Mouthful: Mendocino celebrates Winesong

  • The edge of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens in Fort Bragg. (Kent Porter / PD file 2003)

Winesong 2014: This year’s Winesong, a benefit for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, takes place on Friday, September 5, and Saturday, September 6.

Narsai David, who has long served at the event’s master of ceremonies, is this year’s celebrity chef, too, serving as inspiration for the auction luncheon’s menu.

On Friday from 1 to 4 p.m., Little River Inn hosts a celebration of pinot noir, with more than two dozen regional wineries participating. General admission to this part of Winesong is $50.

The Winesong Wine and Food Tasting takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the beautiful Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Here, wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa Counties are joined by dozens of Mendocino food purveyors for a walk-around tasting with live music by nine different groups.

Following the tasting, the Winesong Charity Auction continues the fun from 2 to 5 p.m.

General admission for the tasting and auction is $150 per person. If you’d like reserved seating in the auction tent, a three-course luncheon, a tote bag and a commemorative glass and tray, you’ll need to pony up $250.

For complete details, tickets and to view auction items, visit winesong.org.


Harvest Table, Calistoga-Style: Next Sunday, September 7, downtown Calistoga will be closed to traffic so that tables can stretch the length of Lincoln Ave. for the first Calistoga Harvest Table.

Here’s how it works. Diners choose among 15 participating restaurants and purchase tickets in advance.

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