If you just can’t wait for Outside Lands, which is coming to the city August 9th-11th, you’re in luck. You can catch one of the Summer Pairings series between now and the festival, which pair music, food, and wine together, albeit on a smaller scale than at the main event later this summer. First up is an afternoon at Longmeadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St. Helena on Sunday July 14th at 2pm. The Easy Leaves and Langhorne Slim & The Law will be performing live, and you can tour the ranch and enjoy their wines. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door, and include one wine tasting. 738 Main St. at Charter Oak, St. Helena, 707-963-4555.
Then, on Sunday July 21st, catch a sake and food pairing party at ~NOMBE~ along with “Ode to Sir Paul” (as in McCartney, the festival’s headliner) karaoke. The four-part menu includes pork belly, Japanese fried chicken, and a ramen burger (hint: the bun is made of ramen noodles), all paired with Oregon’s Momokawa Saké, which will be one of the vendors at Wine Lands. The event starts at 6:30pm and costs $40 per person; reservations can be made by calling Nombe at 415-681-7150.
The Nombe interior. Yelp photo by Claudine C.