Tasting in Alexander Valley
Enjoy a two-day wine festival hosted by 21 wineries of Alexander Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-24 during the annual Experience Alexander Valley weekend.
Hosted by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers, the weekend includes your choice of four experiences, each limited to 24 guests. Experiences feature education, such as Bordeaux blending and breakfast at White Oak; culinary. such as sausage making at Hawkes; or active. such as a vineyard hike and wine flight at Seghesio Family Vineyards.
Tickets are $200. To reserve, go to alexandervalley.org
Stop by for a chat
The McEvoy Ranch Social Club will host its first series of informative gatherings — dubbed Chat — at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 17, at the west Petaluma olive ranch.
The topic will be “Transformations: The Art of Fermentation,” with speakers ranging from the McEvoy Ranch Winemaker Byron Kosuge and Nicasio Cheese Co. Cheesemaker Rick Lafranchi to Karen Diggs, a fermentation expert.
The cost is $55, including panel discussion, Q & A and a seated pairing of cheeses, ferments and wines. To reserve: mcevoyranch.com. 5935 Red Hill Road.
Wind & Rye classes
Wind & Rye Kitchen has announced a new season of cooking classes, including a summer camp for kids July 16-20 and teen cooking camps on pastry basics July 23-27 and Aug. 6-10.
Other classes include Mastering Fried Chicken on Aug. 15 with Daniel Kedan of Backyard Forestville and a three-day Cake Decorating Workshop with Wind & Rye founder Laci Sandoval on Aug. 22-24.
To more information, go to windandrye.com
Italy meets California
L’Artusi, a restaurant in New York’s West Village, will present two evenings of collaborative dinners with Idlewild Wines of Healdsburg on June 23-24 at the Healdsburg Resort House.
The five-course dinners will be prepared by L’Artusi Executive Chef Joe Vigorito and paired with Idlewild’s California-grown Piemontese grape varieties.
Guests can mingle with Idlewild winemaker Sam Bilbro and the team from L’Artusi during a welcome reception, then sit down on the patio for a menu of Grilled Quail, Spaghetti with spot prawns and local uni, Halibut with Santa Rosa plums and salsa verde, Grilled Lamb Chops with succotash and assorted sweets.
The reception starts at 6 p.m. on June 23 and 5 p.m. on June 24. Cost is $225, all inclusive. eventbrite.com. 1770 Alexander Valley Road.
Round Pond Estate will toast to summer at 6 p.m. June 23 during the annual Sunset Palm Dinner outdoors on the winery’s Palm Drive.
Guests will be served a multi-course dinner featuring Round Pond’s artisan olive oils and vinegar and the estate’s wines. After dinner, they can stroll the 468-acre estate as the sun sets.
The dinner is $225. To reserve: roundpond.com. 875 Rutherford Road.
The farm stand at Tierra Vegetables is now open six days a week for its main growing season through December.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Mondays.
Paradise Ridge Winery: Wines and Sunsets parties offer an easy family escape every Wednesday night, with food trucks and live music through the end of October. Food truck offerings range from oysters to tacos to tri-tip. Tickets: $10, kids 6 and older need a ticket. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. prwinery.com.
Larson Family Winery: Reserve outdoor tastings and picnic tables daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for $15 per adult. The annual Harvest Hoedown on Oct. 22, features horse-pulled wagon rides through the vineyards, pony rides, grape stomps for kids and adults and a jumpy house. 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma. larsonfamilywinery.com.
Benziger Winery: 45-minute tram tours roll through biodynamic farming country, ending with wine caves and tastings (grape juice for kids). $10. Tip: Normally the sheep are not visible on the tram tour, but in the wet and woolly months of January-March, there’s a good chance you’ll see sheep and their lambs. 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. beniziger.com.
Francis Ford Coppola Winery: The pool is open until Oct. 28. You can reserve a “cabine” and lounge chairs for 4 people for $170-$215, depending on the day of the week at francisfordcoppolawinery.com/en/visit/pools-andcabines. And just in case you were wondering if you can leave your children at the pool while you go wine tasting, the answer is: “No, children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.” 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. francisfordcoppolawinery.com
Preston Farm and Winery: Every Sunday, Lou Preston busts out the Jim Guadagni jug wine for a laid-back family picnic that you can cobble together from the farm’s homegrown olive oil, baked bread and fresh and pickled vegetables. Farm tours are available at 11 a.m. every Tuesday-Saturday. $30 for walking tour and tasting. 9282 W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. prestonfarmandwinery.com.
Truett Hurst Winery: Kids might not know much about malolactic fermentation, but they know they love goats, chickens and sheep. And they know a nice open space to run around in when they see one. Added bonus: Peer from the banks of Dry Creek at the ongoing salmon habitat restoration. 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. truetthurstwinery.com