Spend a day or weekend in charming city of Healdsburg to find amazing events dedicated entirely to pork and pinot noir, consecutive barrel tasting weekends and a chance to dine, drink and donate to benefit the region’s renowned Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
March highlights include the Wine Road barrel-tasting weekends, Charlie Palmer’s Pigs & Pinot, and the Epicurean Winter Wine Tour for wine-loving travelers.
Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 9-11
Now in its 34th year, this event gives ticket holders the chance to experience private winery tours, taste new wines from the barrel, and sample tasting-room-only and limited production wines. Special offers available at many participation wineries; some tastings by appointment only. Tickets start at $25; visit www.wineroad.com/events or call 888-251-0560 for details.
Pigs & Pinot 2012, March 23-24
Sold out! Chef Charlie Palmer invites you to the 7th Annual Celebration of Pigs & Pinot, March 23-24, 2012 at Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events like “Taste of Pigs & Pinot,” “Pinot Cup,” Spoonbar’s “Eat 100” dinner, and more. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots with perfect pork pairings. All net proceeds from the Pigs & Pinot benefit Share Our Strength and Here For Them’s “Russ’s Kitchen”. For the complete list of the Fri/Sat events, visit HotelHealdsburg.com and click on Pigs & Pinot (http://www.hotelhealdsburg.com/pigsandpinot/)
Sonoma Neighbor Menu & Live Jazz, through March 31
Diners will enjoy live jazz accompanying their three-course tasting menu on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. $36 per guest, $51 with paired wines; $2 from each menu will be donated to the Healdsburg Education Foundation. For details, visit www.charliepalmer.com/Properties/DryCreekKitchen or call 707-431-1500
A Taste of Pigs & Pinot, Now – March 31
Dry Creek Kitchen will be featuring a special pork and pinot noir pairings all month; starting March 24, diners will have a chance to order an actual dish from the popular Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner paired with the official Pinot Cup winner. For details, visitwww.charliepalmer.com/Properties/DryCreekKitchen or call 707-433-1500.
Epicurean Winter Wine Tour, Now – March 31
Healdsburg Area Winery Tours specializes in private wine tasting tours customized to guests’ personal wine preferences and destination interests. Mention “Epicurean Winter” when making reservations and receive a 10% discount on certain tours. For details, visitwww.healdsburgareawinerytours.com or call 707-433-6090.