Enjoy holiday high tea service on the 24th

The Hotel Healdsburg will once again welcome young and old to a Holiday Tea service from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24 in the Fireplace Lounge.

The high tea service includes housemade pastries, petit sandwiches, custom blend teas, wine, classic cocktails and other holiday fare from Executive Chef Scott Romano.

Live piano music, winter florals and holiday decor round out the relaxing, post-shopping tradition. Cost is $34 adults ($43 with wine or holiday cocktails), $14 for child, with choice of tea, cider or hot chocolate. Information: 707-431-2800 or email dck@hotelhealdsburg.com.


Watch a slide show, talk with author

Thomas Pinney, author of the new book “The City of Vines: A History of Wine in Los Angeles,” will give a slide show and talk on the book at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at the Healdsburg Shed.

Pinney, who also wrote the two-volume “A History of Wine in America,” is the premiere scholar writing on American wine history. The event is hosted by the Healdsburg Literary Guild, Shed and Carol Shelton Wines.

Tickets are $20, which includes a glass of Carol Shelton wine and savory bites prepared by Shed chef Perry Hoffman. Information: healdsburgshed.com. 25 North St.


Santa brunch

Ramekins will hold its annual Santa’s Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Ramekins in Sonoma.

The family celebration includes waffles omelet and carving stations; egg dishes, sides and salads; pastries, sweets and sparkling wine plus eggnog shooter. Seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $65 for adults (17 and over); $25 for chidren 6 to 16. ramekins.com.


Holiday wine tastings and crafts at the Shed

The Healdsburg Shed will get into the holiday spirit from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with Making Merry, a day of demonstrations, tastings and workshops.

The day’s activities includes a tasting of Dandelion Chocolates and Farm Chocolate plus workshops on oyster shucking, pie dough, milling, wreath making, winter shrubs, felting ornaments, wrapping, cassoulet and aperitivos. Tickets are required to some of the events.

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, chocolate maven Alice Medrich will give a demonstration of three cookies from her new book, “Holiday Cookies.” Cost is $20, including tastes of each cookies and a copy of the book.

Information: healdsburgshed.com. 25 North St.


Siduri open house

Siduri Winery will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in its warehouse winery.

There will be a new release tastings plus a preview of their line of 2015 single vineyard pinot noirs from top California and Oregon vineyards.

The open house also features holiday cheer, free bites and wine discounts. There is no charge to attend. 981-E, F Airway Court. siduri.com.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @dianepete56.