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!