Party early, party late to ring in 2024 in Sonoma County

New Year’s events, a wine dinner and more coming up in Sonoma County.|


Get the party started at Ryme

Going out on New Year’s Eve isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if going out on New Year’s Eve day is more your speed, Ryme Cellars is the place to party, or pre-party, for a jump on the end-of-the-year celebration. From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Ryme will be pouring some of their favorite wines like a gruner veltliner, grenache or one of their Italian varietals and pairing them with chef Daniel Kedan’s fried chicken from gone-but-not-forgotten Forestville restaurant Backyard. Live music is also on tap. Tickets are $75 per person and available at 6450 First St.


Party until the cows come home at Maison

For those who prefer to sleep all day and party all night, Maison Healdsburg will host its first masquerade ball beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday. The wine bar, which opened about six months ago and has made a name for itself as a happening late-night spot, will have several champagnes to purchase by the glass for $15 each or bottles discounted at 20% off. Small bites also will be available including a special snack for anyone who comes in true masquerade fashion, wearing a mask of the non-N-95 variety. 210 Healdsburg Ave.


Saturday night special for DeLoach dinner

Once upon a time, Saturday date nights were synonymous with prime rib and Caesar salad tossed tableside. DeLoach Vineyards is bringing back that vibe for a night of prime rib and pinot noir from 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 6. Join DeLoach Master of Wine Clare Tooley, who will host this intimate dinner at the estate guest house. The menu includes prime rib, Caesar salad, twice-baked potatoes, fried Brussels sprouts with maple bacon vinaigrette and dark chocolate torte for dessert, all paired with DeLoach wine. Tickets are $135 per person and available at 1791 Olivet Road.


Prepare for a mind-blowing wine tasting

Forget what you know about wine tasting. Like taking a ride with Aladdin on his magic carpet, you can explore a whole new world of wine tasting with Hardy Wallace. The winemaker for Extradimensional Wine Co. Yeah will use his expertise in wine and rare fragrances, plus his love of music, in a wine and aromatics event from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at his Sonoma tasting room (also on Jan. 27). Guests will taste wines as they would in a regular tasting, then they’ll taste again paired with rare scents and sounds to create new sensory landscapes. The tasting will include a lively discussion and light snacks. Tickets are $80 and available at 27 E. Napa St., Suite E.


Pastry, chocolate classes at Quail & Condor

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to make sure your baking skills are on point, Quail & Condor Bakery has a new round of classes to help. Join baker Lisal Moram to learn about making laminated dough (puff pastry) in classes offered from 4-6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and again on Feb. 17. Attendees will make puff pastry, then learn how to shape and bake it for tarts, danishes and caramelized palmier cookies. For chocolate lovers, classes from 4-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 and Feb. 14 will teach you how to make chocolate caramel tarts, pots de crème and chocolate sandwich cookies with white chocolate-mint filling. Classes are $135 each and can be booked at 149 Healdsburg Ave.


Perfect your pasta with expert help

Making homemade pasta is one of those things that seems intimidating. But once you learn how, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. There’s no better time than the present as Bricoluer’s expert pasta chef, Becca Robinson, will lead a class on how to make dough and turn it into a variety of pasta shapes during a hands-on class in the winery’s kitchen from 5-8 p.m. Jan 27. At the end of class, you can indulge in a delicious dinner of your handiwork paired with wine. Limited seats in the class are available for $175 per person at 7394 Starr Road.

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