Note: Many outdoors activities and parks events for this week have been canceled because of damage caused by the fires in Sonoma County, access issues, the presence of smoke and the availability of staff. For the most up-to-date information on specific outdoors events, see park and event websites.


Petaluma: There will be one weekend of Autumn festivities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Cannon Lane. Hayrides, pumpkin patch, gunny sack races, straw maze, pumpkin bowling, hay slides, food, pumpkin seed spitting contest and more. Note: the previously scheduled weekend of Oct.14-15 was canceled due to the fires in Sonoma County. Visit for full details.

CHARITY RIDE canceled, OCT. 13-14

Santa Rosa: Annual Code Blue Charity Ride through Sonoma County to benefit services for the homeless sponsored by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, Catholic Charities and others, has been canceled for 2017 due to the fires and devastation in Santa Rosa and beyond. Festival producers are offering refunds to those who signed up for the ride, or an option to donate their fee for the homeless community. More information on the ride is available at the ride’s website at


Sebastopol: Hike with your well-behaved dog 10 a.m. to noon at Ragle Ranch Regional Park, 500 Ragle Road. Bring water, dog waste bags and a leash no longer than six feet. Parking, $7, free for Regional Parks members. Call 707-565-2041 for information.


Cabernet Sauvignon, the venerable statesman


Rodney Strong

Rodney Strong, 2015 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% alcohol, $20. ★★★★

This is a cab that clearly overdelivers. It has generous fruit — black cherry and black raspberry — with herbs and spicy oak. It has good structure with firm tannins and a nice length.


J. Lohr, 2015 Hilltop, Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9%, $35. ★★★★: This is a pretty cab with black raspberry fruit, herbs and spice, and the flavors meld together seamlessly. The cab has good balance, ripe tannins and a lingering finish. It’s well-crafted.

Duckhorn, 2014 Three Palms Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.9%, $98. ★★★★: This is a gorgeous cab with notes of black raspberry fruit, and notes of cinnamon and clove in the mix. It has a soft and supple texture, with ripe tannins. Nice length. Striking.

Cliff Lede, 2015 Stag’s Leap District, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 15%, $78. ★★★★: This is a striking cab with complex aromas and flavors. It has notes of jasmine, black currant, blackberry, cinnamon and black pepper. The Cliff Lede has bright acidity and great balance. Top rate.

Justin, 2015 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 14.5%, $25. ★★★1/2: This is a savory cab with dried herbs at the forefront, while cherry and black currant fruit play backup. What melds it together is a hint of caramel. Smart.