Watermelon radish ravioli. Courtesy of Chalk Hill Cookery.
The Napa Valley Wine Wave. Courtesy of napavalleywinewave.org.
Pinot is keeno at the ninth annual ~PINOT ON THE RIVER~ festival on Sunday October 21st in Healdsburg. Paying homage to the noblest of grapes, the “Grand Artisanal Tasting” from noon to 4pm gathers more than 100 small-production pinot producers from the West Coast for a “full-immersion” (meaning you are fully up to your eyeballs in pinot noir) tasting. Riedel-worthy sips include Black Kite, Davis Family Vineyards, Donum Estate, J Vineyards, Littorai, Lioco, Patz & Hall, Siduri, and Roadhouse Winery. Held around the Healdsburg Square, the event is bottoms-up good without being, well, overly pinkies up. Tickets $75 to $150 per person, available online or by calling 707-922-6362.
Sonoma County is in the last throes of its summer harvest, making it the most lush time of year for a plant-based dinner (yes, that means vegan) at ~ROSHAMBO FARMS~. Chalk Hill Cookery’s Matteo Sullivan (formerly of Greens, Millennium) opens the Saturday October 20th dinner with cashew cheese ravioli; followed by masala-spiced tikka with braised greens, heirloom tomato curry, and king oyster mushrooms; and concluding with cardamom carrot cake and handcrafted chocolates. The event is the last of the year before the ranch settles into hibernation. Tickets are $85 per person; call 415-994-7869 for details and to reserve a seat.
Let’s all raise a toast to, well, the world’s longest toast. On October 7th, 487 people raised their glasses, one by one, in the Guinness World Records-breaking relay wine toast. Known henceforth as ~“THE NAPA VALLEY WINE WAVE”~, participants at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena roundly stomped the nearest competitors in Guangzhou, China, who had a mere 321 participants. Santé!