Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Jan. 13 and beyond

Sonoma Valley Delicious: Sonoma Valley and Vista California have teamed up to celebrate all things epicurean. Through Jan. 31, visitors can enjoy prix fixe menus, special food and wine pairings, signature dishes and cocktails, and more at Sonoma Valley restaurants, tasting rooms and wineries.

Martini Madness: Ten restaurants and bars will compete for the title of most creative and delicious martinis, while attendees enjoy a bountiful selection of hors d’oeuvres and small bites, before voting for their favorite martini. 5-7 p.m. Jan. 19. Saddle Steakhouse, 29 East Macarthur St., Sonoma. $65-$125.

Better Together: Spend a fun afternoon with someone special enjoying delicious chocolate treats paired with Wente Vineyards wines. 1-3 p.m. Feb.10. The Event Center, 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore. $30-$60. Reservations required.

Viva Amore: Rock Wall Wine Company will transform into a land of romance filled with wine, food and music. Admission includes a wine glass, three tastings paired with chocolate and entertainment. Wine by the glass, non-alcoholic beverages and food will be available for an additional charge. 7-11 p.m. Feb. 10. Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch St., Alameda.

Big Sur Foragers Festival: This three-day festival includes mushroom hikes, wine and food pairings and a rain-or-shine Fungus Face Off (Jan. 13 on the Ventana Big Sur Ocean Meadow Lawn). The festival runs through Jan. 14 at various locations; prices vary.

Cinnabar Winery Blending Seminars: Try your hand at the art of blending cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petite verdot with winemaker George Troquato. You’ll come away with a unique wine blended, bottled and labeled by you. Light appetizers provided. 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 17, Jan. 31, and Feb. 14. $75-$85. Cinnabar Winery tasting room, 14612 Big Basin Way, Saratoga.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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