A la carte: Food and wine fun heating up around Wine Country
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.
For more information, go to greatwomenspirits.com or francisfordcoppolawinery.com.
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: opentable.com 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 pellegrinisonoma.com or send an email to email@example.com.
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.
For more information, go to hansonofsonoma.com.
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.