Enjoy sips at more than 100 wineries stretching across Sonoma County at the 13th annual “A Wine & Food Affair,” Nov. 5-6.
Visit your favorite wineries and discover new ones in the Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander valleys. Many participating wineries also will be preparing recipes from the “Tasting Along the Wine Road” cookbook for you to sample.
You’ll receive a commemorative tasting glass and a copy of the cookbook to take home.
Tickets are $70 (for attending both days), $50 for tasting on Nov. 6 only, and $30 for designated drivers (attending both days).
Contest: One lucky Food Gal reader will win a pair of weekend tickets good for both Nov. 5 and Nov. 6. Entries, limited to those who can be in Sonoma County that weekend, will be accepted through midnight PST Oct. 15. Winner will be announced Oct. 17. Winner must provide his/her own transportation to Sonoma County.
How to win?
Just tell me your favorite thing about Sonoma County. Best answer wins the tickets.
Here’s my own answer to that question:
“It could be the more laid-back attitude of this Wine Country. It could be the glorious restaurants to be found here. It could be the superlative wines, including incredible Pinot Noirs. But in the end, it’s the sweet that sways me. The Downtown Bakery & Creamery in Healdsburg is one of my fave haunts. If I’m ever passing through Sonoma County, I just have to stop there to nab a couple of sticky buns. You might think them heavy, leaden cinnamon roll-type creations. You’d be wrong. These are actually more like a croissant dough rolled up into a muffin shape and baked with a crackling sugar top. It’s flaky, buttery heaven.”
Winner of the Previous Contest: In last week’s Food Gal contest, I asked you to tell me which rock star or singer you most want to be — and why. Best three answers win a copy of the new cookbook, “Cook Like A Rock Star” (Clarkson Potter) by Anne Burrell.
1. Amy Kim, who wrote, “Janet Jackson. Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty. Just loved her in the Control and Rhythm Nation days! As a kid, just wanted to sing and dance like her!”
2. Jane Bonacci, who wrote, “I would love to be Bono. He has had international success doing what he loves most, but more importantly he uses his celebrity to help those most challenged. Cute, sexy, talented humanitarian with a heart of gold. It doesn’t get any better than that!”
3. Amy Ward, who wrote, “Tough call, Cher? Annie Lennox?, Gwen Stefani? I think I’m going with Katy Perry. Talented, young, in love with a hilarious guy. She’s got a great career ahead of her, she always looks like she having so much fun – and she doesn’t complain about the ‘how difficult it is to be a star’ business.”
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