Finger lickin’ good
Seghesio Family Vineyards is bringing back its annual Zin & BBQ Festival at 4 p.m. July 21, with three Sonoma County chefs competing at the grill to produce the best pork rib and zinfandel pairing.
Held in the winery’s outdoor grove, the event includes live music and ample tastes of pork barbecue and pours of Seghesio zinfandel.
Tickets are $75. To reserve: seghesio.com. 700 Grove St.
Paella at Robledo
Robledo Family Winery will celebrate its third annual Paella Dinner at 6 p.m. July 21 at the winery in Sonoma.
Tickets are $75. To reserve, call 888-939-6903. 21901 Bonness Road.
Lobster at Sbragia
If you can’t get back to New England this summer, you can still enjoy a real, old-fashioned lobster bake at 6 p.m. July 21 at Sbragia Family Vineyards.
The family-style crustacean feast catered by Sorensen Catering of Napa Valley will be held outdoors on the terrace. Enjoy the meal with live music, the company of the winemaker and Sbragia wine. Tickets are $150. sbragia.com. 9990 Dry Creek Road.
Hanna gives back
Hanna Winery has launched a benefit event for community organizations on the second Saturday of each month that features live music and a special wines-by-the-glass menu and cheese pairings.
The benefit, which is held at both the Russian River and Alexander Valley tasting rooms, donates 30 percent of proceeds from a 24-hour period to local arts organizations and nonprofits.
The next event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. 5353 Occidental Road between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa and 9280 Highway 128 near Healdsburg. hannawinery.com
Walk in the woods
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods will hold a Gourmet Walk in the Woods from noon to 4:30 p.m. July 21 at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
The afternoon includes a walk along the Pioneer Nature and Discovery trails, followed by appetizers and wine pairings by local chefs, then desserts, live music and poetry readings in the Redwood Forest Theater.
Tickets are $65 per person. Reservations required. stewardscr.org. 17000 Armstrong Woods Road.
The fifth-annual Windsor Chili Cookoff will heat up from noon to 4 p.m. July 14, on Market Street on the Windsor Town Green.
For the cook-off, sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society, the main competition will be in the red chili category, but cooks can also compete in the homestyle chili category.
Live music, craft beer, wine and spirits, iced tea and brownies will also be for sale. Admission: $25, to benefit the Windsor Fire Foundation and the culinary program at Windsor High School. To reserve: windsorchilicookoff.com.
Market turns 40
The Healdsburg Certified Farmers’ Market — one of the original, 22 farmers markets to launch in California — will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party on July 14 at the West Plaza Lot market.
Festivities include cake, sparkling cider and live music by the New Skye Band. Kids’ activities include a scavenger hunt, face painting, animal balloons and the Sonoma County Traveling Fair, a preview of the annual fair opening Aug. 2 that includes kids’ games, popcorn, 4-H animals and exhibits.
Auction Napa Valley Totals by Year
The annual auction raises money to benefit local nonprofits focusing on community health and children’s education.
2018 $13.4 million (projected)
2017: $15.7 million
2016: $14.3 million
2015: $15.8 million
2014: $18.7 million
2013: $16.9 million