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Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 3:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:33 a.m.


Chateau St. Jean celebrates Cinq Cepages

Chateau St. Jean will host a 20th anniversary party for the winery's renowned Cinq Cepages wine, a Bordeaux blend of five grape varieties, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kenwood winery.

The all-day release party will be highlighted by small bites, live music by Solid Air and The Highway Robbers and unlimited tastes of the new 2009 vintage of Cinq Cepages.

The 1996 vintage was named Wine of the Year by the Wine Spectator magazine in its rankings of Top 10 Wines of 1999.

Cost is $45. To reserve, go to 877-478-5326.


Get a kick by celebrating Italy's Puglia region at the Festa Italiana on Sunday

Celebrate the Puglia region of Italy -- way down at the heel of the boot -- during the 22nd annual Festa Italiana from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building.

The event, sponsored by the North Bay Italian Cultural Foundation, includes food, folk music, dancing, a classic auto show, cooking demonstrations, bocce and more.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 at the door, under 12 free. Tickets can be found at various local outlets, including La Vera Pizza, Nonni's, The Villa and Western Farm Center in Santa Rosa; Costeaux Bakery in Healdsburg; Rosso's Pizzeria in Petaluma; and People's Music in Sebastopol.

The hall is located at Maple and Brookwood avenues in Santa Rosa. 591-9696.


Enjoy the chosen beer at Hopmonk on Sunday with 'world tour' food pairings

HopMonk Tavern will host a Brewer's Dinner with Schmaltz Brewing Company at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Sebastopol restaurant.

The dinner features eight beers paired with a "World Tour" menu by Executive Chef Billy Reid. Jeremy Cowan, founder and owner of the brewery based in San Francisco, will attend the dinner.

The cost is $65, plus tip and tax. Reservations: 829-7300. 230 Petaluma Ave.


Outdoor dinner to benefit AIDS group under Harvest Moon on Sunday

Kelly and Young Winery Estate will hold a five-course dinner under the Harvest Moon at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to benefit the AIDS Nutrient Bank.

Tickets are $100. To purchase, call 887-1647 or go to (Go to the donation page and enter Harvest Moon tickets in the comments field.)


Fashion benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs at Sonoma Mission Inn on Saturday

Fashion in the Vineyards 2012, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, will be held this Saturday at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a reception, followed by a seated Champagne brunch featuring cocktails made with Uncle Val's Botanical Gin.

The BGC Kid's Fashion Show showcases local Sonoma models wearing styles from Sonoma Old School.

Tickets are $125 each. To reserve: 938-8544, ext. 120 or go to 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma.


Copperfield's series features celebrity chefs from top local restaurants

Copperfield's Cooks, a new series sponsored by Copperfield's Books and held at the Whole Foods Market in Napa, features celebrity chef authors from the North Bay and beyond.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, "Plats du Jour" author Sondra Bernstein of The Girl & The Fig will share recipes from her beloved Sonoma restaurant.

Other upcoming events: "Pure Vanilla" author Shauna Sever at 1 p.m. Oct. 6, "LudoBites" author Ludo LeFebvre at 1 p.m. Oct. 13; "Secrets of the Best Chefs" author Adam Roberts at 1 p.m. Oct. 20; "Hubert Keller's Souvenirs" author Hubert Keller at 1 p.m. Oct. 27; and "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" author Deb Perelman at 1 p.m. Nov. 3.

Thomas Keller, author of "Bouchon Bakery" and other cookbooks, will appear on Nov. 4, but the location has not yet been determined.

The rest of the talks will be held in the Culinary Center at Whole Foods, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza.


For 25th anniversary, Domaine Carneros tastes from current, library wines

Set yourself up now for a sparkling tasting at Domaine Carneros to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Available October dates for the tastings at the winery -- each from 3 to 4:30 p.m. -- are the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. The tastings begin with a current sparkling wine, followed up by a retrospective tasting of three exclusive sparkling wines from the winery's library. The rare wines will be accompanied by food pairings, and a final pouring of brut rosé will cap off the celebration. The fee for each tasting is $55 per person. For reservations, call 257-0101, ext. 135. Domaine Carneros is located at 1240 Duhig Road in Napa.


Winesong auction raises $600,000 for Coast Hospital

Winesong 2012's live auction raised more than $600,000 in early September during the two-day fund-raiser for the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation on the Mendocino Coast.

One of the high bids of the day came from Grace Family Vineyards owner Dick Grace of Napa, who bid $25,000 for a week-long vacation in Chianti, Italy.

The luncheon for the auction was prepared by celebrity chef Bradley Ogden, who donated two dinners that raised a total of $20,000.

The weekend also included a tasting of pinot noir at the Little River Inn, a reception at the coastal home of Fedele and Linda Bauccio, and a walk-around tasting at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.


Sparklers and fine photography at Mumm Napa Valley exhibit

Bubbly and fine art make an irresistible pairing and there's an interesting exhibit that runs through Oct. 14th at Mumm Napa Valley in Rutherford. In the main gallery, there's "Ancient Myths & Vineyard Light," a photographic journey of spiritual discovery by photographer/artist Janis Miglavs. The free exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On permanent display in the winery's Private Collection Gallery is a collection of original Ansel Adams prints on loan from the Adams family. For more information about either exhibit, call 967-7700. Mumm Napa Valley is at 8445 Silverado Trail.


Six-course dinner features best of Sonoma County's artisan delicacies

Food 707, a dinner featuring artisan products from North Bay producers, will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at Ramekins in Sonoma.

The deluxe, six-course dinner features beans from Rancho Gordo of Napa, fowl from Liberty Ducks of Petaluma, mushrooms from Wine Forest Wild Foods of Napa, produce from Quarter Acre Farm and Fifth Street Farms of Sonoma, cheese from Bohemian Creamery of Sebastopol, pork from Devil's Gulch Ranch of Nicasio, and panforte dessert from Napa Cakes Panforte.

Cost is $150. To reserve, call 933-0450. 450 W. Spain St.

Compiled by Staff Writer Diane Peterson, who can be reached at 521-5287 or, and Peg Melnik, who can be reached at 521-5310 or

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