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Celebrate the holiday season in Sonoma Valley

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The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association will hold its 30th annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 26 wineries along Sonoma Highway.

The holiday celebration includes wine tastings, holiday nibbles, gift packages and caroling, among other festive treats.

Tickets are $55 for both days, including a wine tasting glass and access to all participating wineries. Designated-driver tickets are $10.

Advance purchase is recommended. Info: heartofsonomavalley.com or 866-794-9463.


Seasonal fun downtown: During Healdsburg's Downtown Holiday Party on Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., downtown merchants will serve up tasty treats as Santa's sled lands in the Plaza.

At Barndiva's garden, you can enjoy roasted chestnuts that were grown at owner Jil Hales' farm in Philo.

Meanwhile, inside the gallery, there will be Meyer lemon vodka-infused cocktails made with heirloom apple juice from the farm. The “Why Bears Do It” cocktail also features garden thyme and house-made American oak bitters.

Barndiva is located at 231 Center St. Info: barndiva.com.


New pairings from Meadowcroft: Meadowcroft Wines has introduced two new wine and food pairings at its tasting room in the Cornerstone community.

The first pairing consists of five distinct flavors paired with five wines: dried apricot, sweet and spicy pecan, maple bacon popcorn, chocolate-covered blueberry and Vella cheese.

The Wine & Chocolate Decadence pairing features six wines paired with six confections from Le Bilge Belgian Chocolates, which are handcrafted in Napa.

Meadowcroft Wines will feature wine by the fire pits and Christmas carols by Stephen O'Malley from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22.

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