Wines, desserts and signature events for spring


Barndiva is bringing back its Pink Party in April

Tickets are on sale now for Barndiva’s Pink Party, scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. on April 3 in the gardens behind the restaurant.

There will be over 35 wineries and winemakers serving their finest local rosés accompanied by canapes and Barndiva appetizers.

Tickets are $80. To book, go to and click on Ticketed Events.


Tickets on sale for Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field will go on sale with tickets for its 2022 California Summer and Fall Dinner Tour starting Sunday, the first day of spring.

The statewide tour kicks off at Mount Tamalpais on May 1 and Mayacamas Vineyards and Winery on May 7. The tour will return to the North Shore a month later with dinners at Belden Barns in Santa Rosa on June 4 and 5, at McEvoy Ranch in Petaluma. on June 8, at Medlock Ames in Healdsburg on June 11 and at Robert Sinskey Vineyards on June 12.

Outstanding in the Field was founded by Jim Denevan in 1999 as a traveling alternative to the conventional dining experience. Rather than sourcing ingredients for a restaurant, they take the restaurant back to its roots, with tables set in vineyards, beaches, fishing piers, city streets, and organic, sustainable farms.

For tickets and more information, go to and click on Events.


The Wine Library welcomes author Robert Camuto

The Sonoma County Wine Library Foundation will host an author showcase at 6 p.m. Friday with Wine Spectator editor Robert Camuto at the Sonoma County Wine Library.

Camuto will talk about his new book, “South of Somewhere: Wine, Food and the Soul of Italy”. This is his third book, after “Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey” (2010). He lives with his family in Verona, Italy.

During the evening, Italian wines Colosi Bianco and Colosi Rosso will be served with Italian varietals from Sonoma County.

The seats are limited. Health and safety protocols will be in place and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is required. The Wine Library is located at 139 Piper St.

Tickets are $40. To book:


Vineyard to Winemaker Weekend in Stags Leap District

Stags Leap District winemakers will host their 2022 Vineyard to Vintner Weekend April 22-24 for cabernet lovers.

The annual celebration includes tastings, meals and educational Stags Leap events. Winemakers and vintners will be in attendance along with culinary partners such as Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa, Napa Valley chef and cookbook author Peter Hall, “Top Chef” finalist Casey Thompson of Folk Table restaurant in Sonoma and Elaine Bell Catering.

“While renowned wines and rare library offerings are in the spotlight throughout the weekend, guests will also be treated to a range of sumptuous menus designed to beautifully complement the power and grace of Stags varietals. Leap District,” said Nancy Bialek, executive director of Stags Leap. Winegrowers of the region.

The April 22-24 experience costs $1,200 per person. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to


Dry Creek Launches 50th Anniversary White Smoke

Dry Creek Vineyard has released a special 50th anniversary edition of its fumé blanc to celebrate a 50-year family winemaking heritage in Sonoma County.

The commemorative packaging shows a 360 degree retrospective view of the winery founded five decades ago.

The front label features the historic 1972 fumé blanc label, while the back label features photographs of the first harvest, winery construction and groundbreaking ceremony with founder David S. Stare and her daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, handing over the first shovel. of dirt.

Love for the Loire Valley led Stare to produce its first fumé blanc in 1972, and the winery has continued to craft the wine with every harvest since.

Stare is widely known as the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley, against the advice of vineyard specialists. Fifty years later, Sauvignon Blanc is the most planted white grape in Dry Creek Valley. In addition to Fumé Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard currently has five distinct bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc in its portfolio.

“We are at a pivotal moment in the history of Dry Creek Vineyard,” said Kim Stare Wallace, President of Dry Creek Vineyard. “Our first Fumé Blanc vintage dates back to 1972. … We remain true to ourselves and our commitment to producing world-class wines from our vineyards and small local family farms.”


Dessert Art Contest for amateurs, pros

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts (LBC) will hold its second Community Baking Contest to celebrate this year’s Art of Dessert spring fundraising event in April.

LBC Bake Off: A Community Baking Challenge invites amateur and professional bakers across Sonoma County to enter a two-week social media contest for the chance to show off their skills and win a gift certificate that can be used for tickets of LBC show.

To participate, bakers register in one of three categories: Young Baker for participants aged 15 and under, Amateur Baker for amateurs over 15 and Semipro/Pro.

Participants prepare and decorate their signature confections and post photos on their Facebook and Instagram accounts. Community members will judge the baking entries and winners will receive a $150 gift certificate towards purchases at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.

Details and rules for registration are available at

The baking contest will start on Wednesday and end at midnight on March 30. LBC will announce the winners at 10 a.m. on April 2 on social media. To view contest entries, comment and share baking inspiration, follow @lutherburbankcenter on Facebook and @lbcsoco on Instagram.

LBC will host Art of Dessert, its annual gala benefiting LBC’s arts and education programs, on April 9 at LBC’s Lytton Rancheria Grand Lobby in Santa Rosa. The event supports the center’s education and community engagement programs. There will be an online public auction starting April 2.

“We are thrilled to once again open The Art of Dessert to the entire community by hosting our second Baking Contest,” said LBC President and CEO Rick Nowlin. “Despite concerns last year when we had to move the event online due to the pandemic, the Bake Off…helped us raise $510,000 for our mission to increase access to the arts for all residents of Sonoma County.”

Managing editor Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected]. On Twitter @dianepete56

Elisha A. Tilghman