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Experience Alexander Valley
The annual Experience Alexander Valley weekend will provide a deep dive into the region’s terroir on June 22 and 23, with one- and two-day tickets available for a variety of morning and afternoon sessions.
Experiences range from winemaker blending seminars and bocce in the vineyards to brunch and a ravioli-making class. Morning experiences are held at ?10 a.m. and afternoon adventures are held at 2 p.m.
Weekend passes are $200. One-day tickets are $125. For more information and to reserve: alexandervalley.org
Wines & Sunsets
Wines & Sunsets returns on Wednesday nights to Paradise Ridge Winery at its Russian River Valley Estate Amphitheater.
The winery, which is rebuilding after the 2017 fires, kicks off the popular summer event at 5:30 p.m. June 19 with artisan wines, live music and gourmet food trucks.
Dessert each evening will be supplied by Cold Stone Creamery.
On June 19, guests will enjoy music by the Blues Burners and tasty fare from The Fig Rig. On June 26, there will be Latin American music from Carlos Herrera and porky provisions supplied by Zazu’s Black Piglet.
Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Seating is family style, with shared tables.
Guests are encouraged to bring glassware, sun hats and warm layers. Plastic cups will be provided for free, and Govino glassware will be available for purchase.
The winery is located at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive. Reservations: shop.prwinery.com/Wine-Shop/Event-Tickets
Learn to make Indian flatbreads
Get an introduction to India’s rich and diverse bread-baking culture during an Indian Flatbread class at ?1 p.m. Saturday at the Artisan Baking Center.
The class, taught by bread baker Pankaj Kumar, will demonstrate how to make roti - simple, round flatbreads made from whole wheat dough - as well as the rich, flaky paratha, which can be enriched with ghee - a special clarified butter - and filled with spicy potatoes, meats, cheese or vegetables.
The class costs $125. To reserve: centralmilling.com/artisan-baking-center/ 1120 Holm Road.
Rosé infuses summer fun
The Great Rosé Infusion for Summer, an immersive wine experience, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. June 22 at Soda Rock Winery.
The event will serve the gold medal winners from Experience Rosé: The 2019 Competition, held on May 1 at Soda Rock Winery.
There were five Best of Show awards, with top honors and Best of Show going to the Balletto Vineyards 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley.
Other wineries pouring at the event include Wilson Artisan Wineries, Fathers & Daughters Cellars of Mendocino and Mutt Lynch Winery of Windsor.
Guest chefs will serve delicious bites, including French charcuterie, artisan bread and barbecue fare. Steel Jam will provide steel drum music.
VIP guests can enter early at 11 a.m. for a special tasting of signature rosés poured by winemakers. VIP tickets are $115.
General admission is $85, designated drivers are $45. To reserve, go to experiencerose.com
“Stone Edge” cookbook event
The CIA at Copia will celebrate the release of Stone Edge Farm’s new cookbook, “Stone Edge Farm Kitchen Larder cookbook,” from noon to 2 p.m. June 22 at the downtown Napa campus.
The book teaches home chefs how to turn fresh, seasonal ingredients into larder essentials such as infused oils, conservas and preserves, then use them in seasonal dishes, cocktails and desserts.
Chef authors John McReynolds, Fiorella Butron and CIA alum Mike Emanuel will host a short Q&A and a book signing in The Store at CIA Copia. There will also be small bites inspired by the cookbook and tastings of Stone Edge Farm wines. Both the cookbooks and the wine will be available for purchase. 500 First St.
Midsummer Swedish feast
Stockhome Restaurant will be serving a special menu in honor of Midsummer, a magical celebration of summertime in Sweden that includes flowers, food and alcohol, during three seatings on June 22.
The smorgasbord includes a bread basket, herring served with dill poached potatoes, a spring salad, spring vegetables, gravlax (cured salmon) with mustard-dill sauce, and a variety of entrees, from Smoked Salmon & Dill Mayonnaise to Jansson’s Temptation. Dessert includes the delectable strawberry cake known as Midsommartarta.
Buffet service will be at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $65, $35 for kids 12 and under. 220 Western Ave. 707-981-8511. To reserve: exploretock.com/stockhomepetaluma
Dinner & a movie at Sbragia
Sbragia Family Vineyards will host a benefit Italian dinner and a screening of the Oscar-winning comedy “Sideways” from 7 to 11 p.m. June 20 at the picture esque winery.
Tickets are $40 for community table seats, with proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Clubs in Cloverdale. 9990 Dry Creek Road. To reserve: bgccsc.org/movienight
Get your Taste of Sonoma
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Taste of Sonoma wine and food festival on Aug. 31 at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
The event, put on by the Sonoma County Vintners, spotlights Sonoma County’s growers, winemakers and chefs and offers a daylong immersive experience in the bounty of Sonoma County. It includes a walk-around wine and food tasting, musical entertainment, guided wine seminars, a beer garden and themed lounges.
Prices range from $150 to $255 per person and can be purchased at tasteofsonoma.com
Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @dianepete56.
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