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Wine Events for the Weekend, January 27 - 29

The. 49ers. Lost. Woe is us! Normally, I don't recommend drowning one's sorrows. But, this week, I recommend drowning your sorrows. And here are about 16 great opportunities to do so. You can have whine, wine and cheese in Yountville or Paso Robles. You can feel crabby, crack crab and drink wine in Mendocino. Or you can just ZAP! yourself into happiness. It's all good.


All events listed below are in chronological order within each region. I also recommend checking the increasingly jam-packed events calendar at for future events. Some require advance reservations or ticketing. Others offer early-bird discounts.

Lake County

Rosa d'Oro Winemaker Dinner at the Tallman Hotel — Upper Lake: Saturday 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
A four-course Italian dinner prepared by Blue Wing Executive Chef Nick Heidemann to pair perfectly with these Italian style wines from Kelseyville.

Mendocino County

Crab & Wine Days 2012 at McFadden — Hopland: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29, 10am - 5pm
It's crab season, so they'll serve anyone! But seriously, folks... Crab hors d'oeuvres and wine! That works for me.

Crab Cioppino Fest at BARRA of Mendocino — Redwood Valley: Saturday 28, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Roll up your sleeves, tie on your bib and get ready for a crab-crackin’ extravaganza!

Napa Valley

"An Introduction to Wine and Cheese" at Cornerstone Cellars — Yountville: Saturday 28, 02:00pm - 05:00pm
A complimentary tasting of local artisan cheeses recommended by Oxbow Cheese Merchant, plus two Cornerstone or Stepping Stone wines.

Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo County

Cambria Wine and Art Festival at Chambers Gallery — Cambria: Friday 27 & Saturday 28, 01:00pm - 05:00pm
Derby Wine Estates will be pouring.

"Fine Cheese, Fine Wine" at Shale Oak Winery — Paso Robles: Sunday 29, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Danika Reed of Vivant Fine Cheese leads you through the art of wine and cheese pairing.

San Francisco

Treasure Island Flea Market at The Winery SF — San Francisco: Saturday 28, 10:00am - 4:00pm
The famous TI flea market moves indoors to the winery. Go fashion shopping, antiquing, specialty fooding and wine tasting under one roof!

ZAP - Grand Tasting at The Concourse — San Francisco: Saturday, 28, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Savor the journey through the world’s largest single varietal tasting as you sample from hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandels.

Sierra Foothills

Be a Nut for a Day at Vino Noceto — Plymouth: Saturday 28 & Sunday 28, 11:00am - 5:00pm
This is the final weekend in which you can experience the tasting room benefits of Vino Noceto's wine club without actually being in the Nut Club.

Bring Out the Barrel 2012: Good Wine Hunting — Placerville: Saturday 28 & Sunday 29, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Come out and be the first to taste El Dorado’s finest wines straight from the barrel!

Sonoma County

Live Music at Garagiste Healdsburg — Healdsburg: Friday 27, 06:00pm - 07:30pm
Chris Herrod plays, you sip. Enjoy!

Hike & Taste in the Vineyards at Kunde Family Estate — Kenwood: Saturday 28, 10:00am - 2:00pm
A four-hour guided hike through the "volcanic and vertical" Kunde estate vineyard, followed by wine tasting.

Chinese New Year Celebration at Downtown Wine — Healdsburg: Saturday 28, 11:00am - 9:00pm
Enjoy Dim Sum, music, red envelope gifts and more along with the wines of Branham Estate, Hobo Wine Co., Folk Machine and Banyan.

Blending Seminar with Tom Meadowcroft — Sonoma: Sunday 29, 2:00pm
Tom is bringing the wines, the beakers and all the proper equipment for you to create your very own blend.

Southern California

Pinot Days Southern California — Santa Monica: Saturday 28, 11:00am - 5:00pm
This Grand Tasting will showcase over 125 phenomenal producers of pinot noir.

Winter Zinfandel Fest at The Wine Country — Signal Hill: Saturday 28, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Full-bodied Zinfandels from great Zin regions of California: Dry Creek, Paso, Russian River Valley, the Sierra Foothills and more.


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