Most harvest parties in Napa have come to an end, but Sonoma is just kicking into high gear. It’s the liveliest time of year in Wine Country and these down to earth celebrations are a perfect excuse to take a break from the city and check out the fall colors and new winery releases.
If you're hankering to joyride a racetrack, head to Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway this Saturday, where they're hosting an afternoon and evening of racing, wine and food to benefit the N.A.S.A non-profit Car Control Clinic for teen drivers. There are racing activities all day and you’ll even get to take a ride around the track with a professional driver.
I basically starved myself in preparation for judging Cochon 555 at Silverado Resort on Sunday. By the time the plates of food came trickling into judge's chambers round about 5 p.m., I was ravenous. I played it safe, though, sampling bites from the bites, trying not to get full before the arrival of Devin Knell's pork paté set on a perfect rectangle of pistachio genoise and Dennis Lee's ssäm. Somehow, miraculously, I made it through unscathed. You know what took the toll? The free-flowing whiskey. Figures.
Forget to make Labor Day weekend plans? Here are some surefire, spur-of-the-moment ideas:
Sip vino in Sonoma. Celebrate the upcoming grape harvest by attending the epicurean weekend packed full of winemakers' dinners and tastings galore. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend runs from noon on Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday.
A couple of months ago, a Sonoma job listing flew around the internet. Not only was it posted everywhere, but it was emailed to me by about 100 people and even made news in places like the New York Times and LA Times. The headline was that Murphy Goode winery was going to pay someone $10,000 a month to Twitter about wine.
Where might you find the likes of Joe Cocker, Shelby Lynne, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Ziggy Marley, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak, all wrapped up in one pretty package and presented to you this Memorial Day weekend? Why, the annual Sonoma Jazz Fest, of course!
Beginning on Thursday and lasting through Sunday, jazz and country acts will take center stage at downtown Sonoma's Field of Dreams, which seats 3,800. In its fifth year, the Sonoma Jazz Festival stands apart from other musical events of its kind by including some of Wine Country's most celebrated chefs and vintners.