Get ready for Pliny
The annual release of Russian River Brewing’s famous Pliny the Younger will happen Feb. 2-15 at the brewery’s downtown Santa Rosa location, so expect plenty of lines and plenty of growlers stretching across several blocks. The award-winning brew, which was once named the best beer in America, has triple the hops of a regular IPA, making it difficult and expensive to make. The brew is also not bottled, making it even more special to fans. 725 Fourth St., Santa Rosa.
Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest
This is an event smart locals wait for all year. Gather in the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 for the gallery reception and silent auction, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the crab feed dinner, featuring local wines and a live auction.
Not surprisingly, the tickets — priced at $85 — are sold out, but cruise the Internet and social media, just in case some ticket-holder has to change plans. You might have some luck. sonomafb.org
Forestry Crab Feed
Who can resist an all-you-can-eat menu that includes crab cioppino, marinated crab, shrimp salad and garlic bread, especially when the evening also features dancing, a raffle and a silent auction.
The 57th annual Forestry Crab Feed will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Holy Ghost Hall, 7960 Mill Station Road, Sebastopol.
Tickets cost $65 each, with a limit of eight per customer. Information: facebook.com/ForestryCrabFeed
Winemaker dinner at Campo Fino
Join Ben Cane, Westwood Winery’s vigneron — or cultivator of grapes for winemaking — for a casual night of great food and wine from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Campo Fino restaurant in Healdsburg.
Cane will visit guests’ tables, pour wine and even throw a little Pinot poetry. To serve a table, phone Campo Fina at 707-395-4640.
Ranch to table dinner
Young local ranchers Byron Palmer and Nate Chisolm of Petaluma’s Grounded Grassfed will be featured at a Feb. 17 winemaker dinner at the Wild Oak Saddle Club. The duo manage eight ranches in Sonoma and Marin counties, with more than 600 head of grass-fed cattle sold directly to customers as well as Whole Foods. The ribeye steak dinner will be paired with wines from Balletto Vineyards and prepared by Wild Oak Saddle Club’s executive chef Joe Farinacci. Tickets are $149, or $99 for Harvest Card Members. Details online at getharvestcard.com/events.
Wine, women, chefs and cheese fundraiser The 12th annual fundraiser for the Sonoma County YWCA is adding a new element — chefs — to its lineup of female wine and cheesemaking honorees. This year, Jackson Family Wines’ Tracey Shepos Cenami has been tapped as the first chef honored by the organization for her tireless efforts to feed fire victims last fall, her cheesemaking and wine and cheese pairing experience, as well as her distinguished career in both restaurants and the winery. Also honored at the April 13 event will be Chateau St. Jean winemaker Margo Van Staaveren. The event is held at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, with ticket information at ywcasc.org. Proceeds benefit the program’s domestic violence programs.