Reports of an off-season in Healdsburg have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, vineyards go dormant. And, yes, regular rains force visitors to spend more time inside. But there’s no shortage of places to go and things to do around town. Here are some of the events we’ll be attending and promoting over the next few weeks and months.
*Watch the Academy Awards in style this year at the Red Carpet Evening 2020 viewing party sponsored by the Alexander Valley Film Society. Guests will gather on February 9 at Trentadue Winery for an evening of film, fashion, and food. The party will feature a red-carpet entrance, unique buy-in experiences, the Oscars on a big-screen, and an elegant seated dinner from chef Ken Rochioli. Proceeds from the event will support AVFS educational and cultural programs.
*Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means now is the time to book a special outing to celebrate your sweetie. Many wineries in the Healdsburg area are offering wine dinners for the occasion. The dinner at Seghesio Family Vineyards includes a charcuterie reception in the tasting room and dinner in the cellar prepared by Chef Peter Janiak. Another great dinner option, in Forestville, pairs the duos behind Ryme Cellars and Reeve Wines for a night of great wine and delicious food from Chef Didier Ageorges of Pascaline’s Patisserie.
*Local, regional, and national celebrities turn out for the annual Pigs & Pinot party at Hotel Healdsburg, arguably one of northern Sonoma County’s biggest shindigs of the year. The event is the brainchild of Chef (and Healdsburg resident) Charlie Palmer, and it pairs dozens of the best local pinot noirs with food prepared by local chefs. Every year the program raises tens of thousands of dollars for local charities; it’s not until March 20, but tickets sell out quickly so it’s important to buy them soon.
*Photo courtesy of Hotel Healdsburg