A la carte: Distilled spirits festival heads up February fun in Sonoma County
Spirits in the air
Sonoma County’s growing distilled spirits industry will be celebrated during the first annual Wine Country Distillery Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Sally Tomatoes event venue.
The afternoon includes distilled spirits, craft beverages and local food bites plus a cocktail competition and live music. Tickets are $50 ($90 per couple) and $10 for designated drivers. The proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Social Advocates for Youth.
To reserve: poppyandvine.life. 1100 Valley House Drive.
Tasting in the dark
HopMonk Tavern and Senspoint Design have teamed up to present Tasting in the Dark with blind sensory expert Dr. Hoby Wedler at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the HopMonk Tavern Novato.
Guests will be greeted with a light beer as they arrive, then will blindfold themselves and engage in a one-hour sensory journey through aroma samples and selected styles of beer led by Wedler, who has been completely blind since birth. Bites to cleanse the palate will be provided.
The tasting costs $55, including tax and tip. To reserve: wl.seetickets.us
HopMonk Tavern Novato is located at 224 Vintage Way.
Dinner under the stars
B. R. Cohn will host an intimate Valentine’s Dinner catered by the girl & the fig at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Glen Ellen winery’s covered pavilion.
Guests are greeted with sparkling wine and passed hors d’oeuvres, then sit down to a three-course menu of Roasted Beet Salad, Braised Short Ribs with Black Truffle Risotto and Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart, all paired with wine.
Tickets are $120. to reserve: brcohn.com. 15000 Sonoma Highway.
Pick up a beer passport
After waiting in line for Pliny the Younger, you may build up a mighty thirst.
During February, you may want to pick up a Santa Rosa Beer passport at one of a dozen breweries in Santa Rosa as well as Wilibees, Brew and the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa.
Take your passport to at least nine of the participating breweries (no purchase necessary) and then bring it to the California Welcome Center to choose a prize ranging from a bottle opener to a beer stein.
The Welcome Center is located at 9 Fourth St. in Historic Railroad Square.
Dinner to go
Ramekins Culinary School will cook for you and your sweetie on Valentine’s Day so you can dine in the peace and quiet of your own home, without vying for a reservation.
The dinners include a cheese platter starter, salad, soup, choice of entrees and sides, plus a sweet finale — Chocolate Torte with Graham Crust and Port and Cherry Compote.
Cost is $125 for two. Orders must be placed by noon on Feb. 12 and be picked up on Feb. 14 by 6 p.m. To order, go to ramekins.com.
Tea with your sweetie
Muir’s Tea Room & Cafe will serve a special Valentine’s Tea on Feb. 8-10 and Feb. 15-17. In addition, the plant-based cafe will offer a multi-course, candlelit Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 14.