Sunday Featured Food Pairings: Join Las Positas Vineyards for chocolate truffle and wine pairings from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 17-31, 1828 Wetmore Road, Livermore. $10-$25. laspositasvineyards.com.
Zinfandel Experience: Three-day wine and culinary extravaganza showcases winemakers, chefs and artisanal food purveyors. Experience the classic character of zinfandel at four events featuring a diverse selection of wines and styles. Among the locations: One Market, Bently Reserve and Pier 27 in San Francisco, Jan. 18-20. Prices vary. www.zinfandelexperience.com.
Cocktails 101: Learn the history and the evolution of cocktails and all the basics for their preparation. Then, make (and drink) three styles of classic cocktails, exploring their base structural nature and how to apply that to making your own cocktails at home. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 20. Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St., San Francisco. $100. http://www.beverageacademy.com/cocktails-101.
Bourbon, Rye and Beyond: Sip through a flight of whiskey while learning the history of whiskey making in America, from 1776 to its current renaissance. 7-10 p.m. Dec. 26. Bourbon & Branch, 501 Jones St., San Francisco. $100. http://bit.ly/2BSEuW9.
Winter WINEland: Visit Northern Sonoma wineries, meet wine makers and taste special wines. Participating wineries will highlight a vintage, varietal or vertical tasting for the weekend. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 13-14. $25-$48.88; designated drivers $5.43. www.wineroad.com.
Concannon Vineyard and Livermore Wine Trolley: This festive experience of lights, bites and flights begins at Concannon Vineyard with a one-hour tasting reception of holiday wines paired with appetizers. Then board the Livermore Wine Trolley for a tour of Livermore’s most dazzling holiday displays. 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14-23. Concannon Vineyard, 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore. $5-$60. www.concannonvineyard.com.
Winter in the Wineries Passport: Passport holders tour, taste, and meet winemakers at more than a dozen of Calistoga’s boutique and well-known wineries including …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle