Spotlight on mushrooms, pinot noir
Paul Kozal's photography explores the beauty of the mushroom.
Paul Kozal/Special to the Index-Tribune
No need to forage for mushrooms on your own this season – Sonoma County mushroom experts will gather at Chateau St. Jean for the second annual Pinot Noir and Mushrooms Weekend on Feb. 23 and 24. The weekend will include a wide variety of ala carte events at the winery.
The three-course “Earthly Wonders Luncheon” from Chef Rodger Babel take place on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $60.
On Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. follow mushroom experts, Kevin Feinstin and Monique Risch, “station to station” through the grounds of the winery to discover different types of mushrooms and how they pair with the flavors of Chateau St Jean’s award-winning pinot noir. Tickets are $20.
The “Pinot Noir and Mushroom Pairing Flight” on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a chance to sample wines and small bites experience at Chateau St. Jean’s Visitor Center tasting bar. The cost is $15 per flight, with walk-ins welcome.
The mushroom marketplace on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is a one-weekend-only pop-up market in Chateau St Jean’s Visitor Center.
“All About Chanterelles” is on Saturday only at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. led by local mushroom expert, Kevin Feinstin. This lecture is free, however space is limited and reservations are required by calling 877-478-5326.
“Art of the Mushroom” photography exhibit can be seen Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paul Kozal’s work is a study of the foraged wild mushrooms of Sonoma County.
Using a camera-less, filmless technique, Kozal scans actual foraged mushrooms and infuses them onto an aluminum surface. There will be an artist reception on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. meet Kozal. This reception is free, with wines by the glass and wine flights available for purchase.
For tickets and information regarding all of the events, call 877-478-5326 or visit chateaustjean.com/events_calendar.