A la carte: Wine, cheese and flowers at these spring events

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SONOMA: Bubbles & Blooms

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards welcomes spring from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, with the annual Bubbles & Blooms Festival, a celebration of flowers.

The afternoon includes lectures on caring for roses, planting a cut-flower garden and containers as garden art. Guests can also attend workshops on making a spring wreath, spring flower arranging and how to make a succulent terrarium.

An array of sparkling and still wines, tasty bites from Chef Beth Sogaard and lots of pairings round out the afternoon.

Tickets are $90 and include food, wine tokens, lectures and workshops. To reserve, go to gloriaferrer.com. 23555 Highway 121.


ROHNERT PARK: Chefs of Tomorrow

Give young chefs a helping hand by attending the annual Wine Country Chefs of Tomorrow benefit at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park.

The evening partners culinary students from six local high schools with local chefs to compete in a tasty appetizer competition. There is a reception, followed by a French-inspired dinner.

Tickets are $85. Advance purchase required at chefsoftomorrow.org. One Doubletree Drive.


SONOMA: Recipe repertoire

Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle columnist and author of “Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need,” will serve as the Hacienda Chef-in-Residence at Scribe Winery from April 26 to 30.

Reservations may be made from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day by calling 707-939-1858. Cost is $60. 2100 Denmark St.


GUERNEVILLE: School garden fun

Guerneville School invites the public to a special tour of its new Main Campus Teaching Garden at noon April 29 as part of its Spring “Preview” Garden Celebration.

The new raised-bed Teaching Garden was built and installed by Avalow of Santa Rosa and consists of 20 raised beds made of corrugated aluminum and reclaimed Douglas fir.

At 1 p.m., guests will stroll over to the Guerneville School Historic Community Garden and enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Crista Luedtke. 14630 Armstrong Woods Road.


CALISTOGA: The big cheese

Sterling Vineyards will hold an Artisanal Cheese Celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the winery’s Diamond Mountain Terrace.

The event includes more than a dozen cheeses, plus charcuterie and limited production Sterling wines.

Tickest are $45. To reserve: sterlingvineyards.com. 1111 Dunaweal Lane.


HEALDSBURG: Raw milk cheese

Cheese expert Janet Fletcher will lead a tasting of some awesome American cheeses made with unpasteurized milk at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, which happens to be Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day.

Although regulatory pressures are making raw-milk cheeses increasingly rare, many cheesemakers continue to fight for their rights to make these cheeses.

Tickets are $65. To reserve: healdsburgshed.com. 25 North St.

Staff Writer Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or diane.peterson@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @dianepete56.

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