Halloween, ’Friendsgiving’ wine tastings among upcoming fall events


McEvoy holds Community Olive Milling Day

McEvoy Ranch will hold its annual Community Olive Milling Day from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15 for small growers across Northern California.

Participants can bring their freshly picked olives to the olive mill, where they will be milled into a regional blend, community olive oil.

Each grower receives a commensurate amount of the final olive oil based on how many pounds of olives he or she contributed.

The cost is $1 per pound of olives. Pre-registration is required for designated times to drop off olives, with masks and social distancing required. Olive oil pickup time also will need to be arranged.

To register:, click on Visit the Ranch. 5935 Red Hill Road.


Paradise Ridge holds final Wines & Sunsets

For its final Wines & Sunsets evening of the 2020 season, Paradise Ridge Winery will hold a Halloween party from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28, with festive decor and Ghostly White Wines and Bloody Reds by the glass or bottle.

Dry Creek Catering will serve a whole hog roast, and Cold Stone Creamery will provide sinfully sweet treats.

Those who dress up can win a prize from one of three Halloween contests. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. To reserve:

There will be three check-in times at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive.


Rodney Strong holds “Friendsgiving” virtual tasting

As part of its Virtual Wine Tasting Series, Rodney Strong Vineyards will hold a pre-holiday “Friendsgiving” via Zoom at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 with hosts Ron Washam and winemaker Justin Seidenfeld.

Participants will taste through three classic wines that pair well with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with the idea of inviting a few friends to gather for the wine tasting.

Cost is $99, including the three wines and ground shipping. Wines include the 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir, the 2014 Library Reserve Malbec and the 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir.

To reserve:; click on Events.


Martha Stewart cake class and cookbook

Sur la Table will hold an online Martha Stewart Cake Class at 1 p.m. Nov. 12 that includes a copy of "Martha Stewart’s Cake Perfection“ cookbook.

The class, which will be given on Zoom, costs $49. Participants will get a prep packet and shopping list for Stewart’s Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Frosting.

To register, go to and click on Online Classes.

Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or On Twitter @dianepete56

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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