Tuesday, October 5, 2010

FRIDAY, OCT 8 - Bottle Shots 2010

Bottle Shots is an annual charity event that coincides with harvest in the wine country and supports the Active 20-30 Club of Healdsburg. This year Bottle Shots will be hosted by Trentadue Winery where guests will sample from over 25 local producers of wine, food and beer, and enjoy live music into the night. Call for more information & tickets.

Active 20-30 Healdsburg Children's Charitable Fund, supports underprivileged youth in the local community.

20 Wineries - 8 Restaurants - 5 Breweries - 4 Bands - 1 Cause...

Fee: $35 pre-sale, $40 at the door Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 227.2929

SUE'S NOTE: I've been a part of this organization for many years and it's all for the kids! I'll be there pouring some Graton Ridge Cellars wine for you to enjoy! Hope you will join me!

SUNDAY, OCT 10 - Freestone Vineyards BBQ & Pinot

Come join Freestone Vineyards for a true Southern style BBQ featuring local favorite Larry Vito We will be serving a glass of our 2007 Fogdog Pinot Noir paired with pork spare ribs, a thigh of southern barbecued chicken, Nana’s old fashioned coleslaw, barbecued cowboy beans and freshly baked skillet cornbread with honey butter. Advance reservations required.  

Place: Freestone Vineyards, 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone, CA  Fee: $22/$18 Freestone Wine Club Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m Phone Number: (707) 874.1010 Web: http://www.freestonevineyards.com

SUE'S NOTE: And barbecue.....I LOVE barbecue! No one does it better than Larry Vito from Smokehouse! Throw in a glass of Freestone wine and we have ourselves an incredible afternoon! And by the way, Freestone isn't as far out as you think it is! Worth the drive!

SUNDAY, OCT 10 - Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana provides for scholarships for Sonoma County students and Italian Cultural Programs. Bring the family for a fun-filled day of good food, folk music, auto show, silent auction, face-painting, travel programs, mercato shopping, cooking demonstrations, bocce for adults and children and much more.

Place: Santa Rosa Vets Hall, 1351 Maple Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
Fee: $5 Advance/$8 At the Door/ Under 10 Free Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 591.9696 Web: http://www.nbicf.org

SUE'S NOTE: Have I mentioned I love Italian food? Especially of the authentic persuasion! Yum yum!

SATURDAY, OCT 9 - Bill Soberanes Annual Whiskerino Contest

The Petaluma Farmers' Market will sponsor the annual Bill Soberanes Whiskerino Contest. The judging will take place at 3:00pm in the Gazebo. All categories welcome; show off your facial hair to one and all - Full beards, goatees, moustaches, sideburns and peach fuzz. There will be live music by The Wayward Angels.

Place: Walnut Park, Petaluma Fee: Free Time: 3 p.m. Phone Number: (707)762.0344

SUE'S NOTE: Another one of the reason's we love living here....to celebrate facial hair! And you thought it was just the wine and sunsets!

SATURDAY, OCT 9 - Quivira Farm to Table Dinner

Join us for an evening of fresh-from-the-farm dishes & wines. Duskie Estes of Zazu/Bovolo is preparing dinner on the estate using seasonal produce grown right in our garden. Guests will also get to participate in harvest, take a tour of the estate, all while enjoying a selection of Quivira's wines.  

Place: 4900 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg, CA Fee: $105-$125 Time: 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Phone Number: (877) 759.1004

SUE'S NOTE: Current Iron Chef Contestant Duskie Estes is cooking?? Well, then, it's worth every penny!

SATURDAY, OCT 9 - Cotati Oktoberfest

Get out your lederhosen and practice your yodeling for the upcoming Cotati Oktoberfest. Wunderbar German food and beer, plus the oom-pah-pah of a Bavarian band. Polka to your heart's content on our new dance floor.  

Place: La Plaza Park, Downtown Cotati at the corner of Old Redwood Hwy and West Sierra Avenue under the giant tent! Fee: Call for information Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 795.5508

SUE'S NOTE: Lederhosen, yodeling and lots of beer?....Sounds a bit like the college house I lived in for a while. Looks like it's time to re-live the "old days!" Bottoms up!

OCT 9-10 & OCT 16-17 - ARTrails Open Studios

ARTrails is Sonoma County’s premier self-guided open studios tour. The tour features the work of 150 Sonoma County artists who welcome visitors to their studios and workspaces over the weekends of October 9-10 and 16-17. This is a chance for the public to meet local artists, view and purchase original art, and learn first-hand about creative processes and techniques. It’s also a fun way to explore the back roads and experience the amazing creativity of the region.

Fee: Free Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 579.2787

SUE'S NOTE: This is an amazing opportunity to meet the artists and experience their vision. I take my kids to this every time it comes around. They have learned a huge appreciation of art and ask the best questions of the artists, who have graciously opened their studios for us! This is a must-do event!

OCTOBER 8-11 - B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival & Golf Tournament

Beginning Friday night is the Charity Auction Dinner featuring Celebrity Chef, Bradley Ogden. Saturday & Sunday is the Charity Music Festival featuring The Doobie Brothers, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, The Turtles, Eddie Money, Loverboy, Night Ranger, The Greg Kihn Band! The Celebrity Golf Classic is Monday. Benefiting American Legion Post 489, Little Kids Rock, Salvation Army, Sonoma Jazz+ and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance.

Place: B.R.Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen, CA  Fee: Call for information Time: Call for Information Phone Number: (800) 330.4064 Web: http://www.brcohn.com/events

SUE'S NOTE: Night Ranger?! Say no more...that takes me right back to high school! Good times!