Food: Fear and tasting in Sonoma

Sonoma International Film Festival offers a virtual screening of a 2015 survival film called “Backcountry” on Saturday, Oct. 31. says it “Does for the woods what ’Jaws’ did for the ocean”.

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The movie features an urban couple who go on a camping trip and find themselves lost in the woods with a predatory bear seeking them out. According to SIFF, “This is director Adam MacDonald’s fictionalized account of a wilderness nightmare, but is based on real incidents that occurred in Canada’s vast wilderness.” Born in Montreal, Canadian actor and director MacDonald will introduce the film.

Kevin McNeely, executive director of SIFF, will introduce Susan Doyle from Lake Sonoma Winery to offer tasting notes on their wines. Lake Sonoma is owned by the Stewart family, longtime Canadian farmers who also own the lovely Quails Gate Winery in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Tickets $10. 6 to 10 p.m. Order at Film is free to current 2020 and 2021 pass holders. Lake Sonoma wines can be purchased at 134 Church St., Sonoma. 721-1979.

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