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A la carte: Food, wine and festivities

SONOMA COUNTY

Flights and bites

Both La Crema’s Healdsburg Tasting Lounge and Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard will offer a free flight of four single vineyard wines, including a taste of the new Willamette Valley Brut Rosé, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. The tasting normally costs $30. lacrema.com

In addition, the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens in Santa Rosa will offer a special chocolate and wine pairing for $25 on Saturday as well as on Valentine’s Day. The estate and gardens is located at 5007 Fulton Road. To make an appointment, call 707-576-3810. kj.com

WINDSOR

Love in the air

Notre Vue Winery will provide a “Love” inspired, four-course dinner prepared by Chef Austin Perkins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the winery.

The menu includes Dungeness Crab Cakes, Wild Mushroom Arancini, Ahi Tuna Crudo, Wood-Fired Duroc Pork Tenderloin, Wood-Fired Lamb Sirloin and Butterscotch Pot de Creme.

The cost is $115 per person, including wine pairings. 11010 Estate Lane. notrevueestate.com.

SANTA ROSA

Chinese New Year

Usher in the Year of the Dog with the Redwood Empire Chinese Association during the annual Lunar New Year celebration at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

The event will feature traditional lion dancing, a parade with a 250-foot dragon and traditional Chinese food.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids, available at Asia Mart, 2481 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. The veterans building is located at 1351 Maple Ave. recacenter.org.

SONOMA

An Olive Odyssey

Enjoy all kinds of olive activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday during the annual Olive Odyssey at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.

With olive expert Don Landis as your guide, you can learn how to cure olives, cook with olives, get a tour of an olive mill, taste olive oil and enjoy olive-inspired art and yummy food.

The event is free, with food, wine and art for sale. 24724 Arnold Drive. donsolives.com

SANTA ROSA

Ranch to Table

A special Ranch to Table Winemaker dinner featuring Balletto Vineyards and ribeye from local ranchers will take place at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Wild Oak Saddle Club.

The event, hosted by Landon McPherson of the local travel company Harvest Card, features grass-fed beef from Grounded Grassfed of Petaluma, which manages eight ranches in Sonoma and Marin counties and raises more than 600 head of beef cattle.

Advance reservations at GetHarvestCard.com. Tickets are $149. 550 White Oak Drive.

PETALUMA

Mardi Gras party

Laissez les bons temps rouler! The Petaluma Music Festival will hold its 5th annual Mardi Gras Party at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary.

The festive menu includes chicken étouffée, jambalaya, mac’n’cheese, cornbread, salad and pralines. Dance music will be provided by the King Street Giants.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for teens (13 to 20) and free for kids 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the music programs in the Petaluma area public schools. petalumamusicfestival.org or at the door. 1280 N. McDowell Blvd.

Staff writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com.

Diane Peterson

Features, The Press Democrat

I’m interested in the home kitchen, from sheet-pan suppers to the latest food trends. Food encompasses the world, its many cultures, languages and history. It is both essential and sensual. I also have my fingers on the pulse of classical music in Sonoma County, from student mariachi bands to jazz crossover and symphonic sounds. It’s all a rich gumbo, redolent of the many cultures that make up our country and the world.

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