A la carte: Food and wine fun heating up around Wine Country

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Spirits tastings

The Family Coppola will launch a series of cocktail-infused events this summer with their own line of Great Women Spirits at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

The house-crafted line of spirits is a collection of small-batch vodka, gin and brandy. The winery will host a weekly pop-up cocktail bar on Fridays at the Pool Cafe. Guests pay per drink.

Every other Wednesday, guests can enjoy a Great Women Spirits tasting experience in the West Tower from 5 to 6 p.m. that provides insight into the craft of distilled spirits. Cost is $20. (In July, Great Women Spirits will be held on July 11 and 18 because of the July 4 holiday.)

After the tasting, guests can also enjoy live music, cocktails, wine and food at the Pool Cafe from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during Beats & Bottles, also held every other Wednesday.

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Spoonbar party

The restaurant at h2hotel — Spoonbar — will host its annual Fourth of July celebration with all-American music, food and drink.

From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., locals and tourists can enjoy live music by singer-songerwriter Daisy O’Connor from Austin, Texas, as well as featured cocktails from Young & Yonder Spirits and dishes ranging from fried chicken to wings, ribs and fried green tomatoes.

To reserve: or 707-433-7222. 219 Healdsburg Ave.


Blues in Vineyard

Pellegrini-Olivet Lane will host Blues in the Vineyard from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the winery at 4055 Olivet Road.

The afternoon features live blues by Chicago band MT & the Wolves. barbecue by Double D’s Double Barrel BBQ of Lake County and wine.

Admission is free, but wine and food are for purchase. To reserve, go to or send an email to


Grape-based vodka

Hanson of Sonoma, a family-owned artisan distillery, has opened a tasting room at its distillery at 22985 Burndale Road.

The distillery crafts small batches of organic flavor-infused vodkas made from grapes. Flavors include cucumber mint, habanero pepper, ginger root and mandarin orange, among others.

Guests can opt for a guided tasting of six organic vodkas for $15, a guided tasting of three vodkas plus a craft cocktail for $20, take a tour of the facility and a guided tasting for $25, or go on a VIP tour with seated tasting for $35.

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Palace of Barrels

Feeling peckish? HenHouse Brewing Co.’s second beer tasting room at 1333 N. McDowell Blvd. opened this spring, and it’s hopping with beer lovers.

The Petaluma taproom, which is family- and dog-friendly, is open 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a different food truck Friday-Sunday evenings. Fresh cans of beer are released every Wednesday.

The brewery continues to pour beers at its original taproom at 322 Bellevue Ave. in Santa Rosa, which is open 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Fresh cans are released every Tuesday and Wednesday, and free public tours of the brewery are held at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays. There are rotating food trucks on Tuesday through Sunday.

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Parade and BBQ

The 42nd annual Penngrove Parade will launch at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 1, on Main Street with a flotilla of tractors, horses, bands and bicycle teams.

After the parade, there will be a barbecue in Penngrove Park from noon to 4 p.m. featuring old-fashioned pit beef, barbecue chicken, oysters and hot dogs, followed by dessert made by the Penngrove 4-H. Drinks and Lagunitas beer will be available.

Purchase barbecue tickets at the door. 707-794-1516. 11800 Main St.


Farm-to-table dinner

B. R. Cohn Winery will host a sunset farm-to-table dinner catered by the Girl & the Fig in their new, open-air barn at 6 p.m. July 7 at the Glen Ellen winery.

The menu includes seasonal hors d’oeuvres salad, and an entree of Fresh Corn Polenta with Spiced Duck Sugo, preserved field onions and garden summer squash. Dessert is jumbleberry pie and peach pie.

Cost is $95. To reserve: 15000 Sonoma Highway.


The Big Q

The 8th annual Wine Country Big Q, a national competition and festival, will heat up from 1 to 5 p.m. July 7 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Pitmasters from across the country will compete while the public can sample the mouth-watering ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork.

Admission is $50, including a pound of barbecue, a beer and wine tasting, and live music. VIP tickets are $75, also including a craft spirits sampling. Youth under 12 are $20.

The event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and will benefit the Sonoma County Vet Connect. or 707-837-1928.

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

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