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• Mayo Family Winery: Enjoy two-for-one Reserve Wine Tastings, featuring seven Mayo Family Reserve wines, paired with seven artisan bites.

• B.R. Cohn Winery: Take advantage of 50 percent off the “Tastes of B.R. Cohn” tasting, which pairs four estate wines with bites that integrate the olive oils and vinegars produced at the B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company.

Participating Sonoma Valley restaurants include Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place, Mayo Family Reserve Room, Shiso Modern Asian Kitchen, Glen Ellen Star, Petroni Vineyards, B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille, Carneros Bistro & Bar, the Girl & The Fig, Tasca Tasca, La Salette, and Cochon Volant BBQ.

Tasting rooms offering specials include Sigh Champagne & Caviar, Three Sticks Wines, Kunde Family Winery, Passaggio Wines and MacLaren Wine Company.

Check participants’ websites or sonomavalley.com/delicious for more information.

El Dorado Kitchen events

Has two “pop-up” events scheduled this winter. Check out their three-course Fried Chicken and Bubbles dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 30 “curated by sommelier Chris Blanchard.” Not sure how you “curate” a fried chicken dinner, especially with a vegetarian option available. Could be fun. $60 inclusive. 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. Reserve at lsommier@eldoradokitchen.com or 931-6022.

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 6, EDK will host a multi-course meal by Chef Armando Navarro paired with Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery’s wines. Marimar Torres founded west county Marimar Vineyards and Winery in the elegant Catalan style of his heritage. $130 inclusive. 6:30 p.m. Reserve at edkmarimarwinedinner.bpt.me or lsommier@eldoradokitchen.com.

Epicurean Connection pop-up dinner

The Epicurean Connection will host a pop-up cassoulet dinner Jan. 31 at the General’s Daughter featuring its cheeses. Dinner will be cassoulet of white Rancho Gordo beans and wild duck, salad from Stone Edge Farm greens with Meyer lemon vinaigrette, breads, and the new Epicurean Connection olive oil. Dinner finishes with chocolate brownies and blackberry pomegranate jam. Bring your own wine, no corkage, or purchase wine from Epicurean Connection, which will serve the same dinner to the Rural Chicks the following evening. $35. Register at Eventbrite.com or sheana@vom.com.

Figalicious updates

The Girl & the Fig’s next Sunday Supper will be Feb. 4 at Suite D with butternut squash soup, coq au vin with winter vegetables and marble potatoes, topped off with a pear tart with red currant sauce and hazelnut cream. $30 club members, $38 nonmembers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Ramen nights are multiplying. Popular and slurpy Ramen Nights continue on Wednesdays at Suite D from 5 to 8 p.m., move to the Fig Café in Glen Ellen on Thursdays from 5 p.m., with the Fig Rig at the Lanning building in Boyes Hot Springs on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m., and at Sonoma Springs from noon.

Walt Hall elected to Winegrowing Alliance Board

Kathryn Walt Hall, lifelong vineyardist and vintner, was just elected to the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance board of directors.

Hall is proprietor of Walt Wine, with its tasting room and popular trivia nights on Sonoma’s First Street West, as well of the art-filled Hall Wines south of St. Helena. She and her brother managed their family’s Mendocino County vineyard from 1982 to 1992, and she served as Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to Austria from 1998 to 2001.

CSWA is a subgroup of the California Wine Institute interested in long-term sustainability of the wine industry. Mike Sangiacomo served as chair of CSWA from 2014-1016 and has been a board member for several years.