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Wine Country this week...Taste of Alexander Valley, Airplanes, Oysters and Belly Dancing!

Posted by Meilani N on May 20, 2011

How's that for a headline?  Sure hope that peaked your curiosity a little. Another busy weekend in Sonoma's Wine Country and it is still not even summer!  


Petaluma (just south of us) has a couple of amazing happenings this weekend. 

Sonoma Backroad ChallengeThe Sonoma Backroad Challenge is starting at  Lagunitas Brewery and takes you through some of Sonoma Coounty's famous backroads for one of the most scenic and rustic (rustic = bumpy and potholes in places) bike rides of your life. The 100K challenge will take you out to Tomales Bay and the 50K challenge keeps you closer inland. What a way to see the wine country! bike wine rack 1 

            Don't forget your                  "wine rack"!


Where were you in 1972?
All day downtown Petaluma is celebrating with a tribute to the 1973 movie, American Graffiti (most of the movie was filmed in Petaluma in 1972).

 American Graffiti                                                     
Restored classic cars  cruisin' the main drag, live 50's & 60's rock 'n roll, food and family fun for everyone...especially us grandmas and grandpas.


From vintage cars to vintage aircraft...mosey on up to Pacific Coast Air Museum at the Sonoma County Airport for "Climb Aboard". 

climbaboardairmuseaumDSC01959 This month they are featuring the T-38 Talon, G-106 Delta Dart and the F-4C phantom!  A rare opportunity to get a close-up look and sit in the cockpit of historic aircraft and hear the history of the planes from the crew who have restored them.

Of course, there are great events at the wineries this weekend too.   Lambert Bridge Winery kicks off the summer with Oysters and More, The Oyster Girls! They are pairing Oysters with crisp, white wines in their picnic gardens. Hog Island Oysters LambertBridge 294 
Learn how to shuck and grill oysters to perfection. I'll bet they will have some Hog Island's there... Only between 2-4 pm and you do need to let them know you are coming. If you are an oyster fan- don't miss it!


Another parade-  one of the oldest and largest of its kind in Northern California.

Rose Parade 
The 117th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival  starts at Sonoma Ave. in Santa Rosa and wraps up at 1st Street - something like 4000 people and over 200 entries. All of Santa Rosa (and then some) will be there- head on over to Courthouse square where you will be all set for food and more fun after the parade.


All Weekend long-

Taste of Alexander Valley  shows off one of Sonoma County's premier destinations for wine, food, and fun with live entertainment, wine and food pairings, wine education and wine discounts. 

Alexander Valley    Over 30 wineries - just 
   think- 30 different very 
  special parties all within a  
   short drive of each other.



I'll bet you are still wondering how I can work Belly Dancing into this post... Tribal Fest is in Sebastopol at the Community Center and is the first ever Tribal BellyDance Festival in the world...5 days of Belly Dancing.  Boasting performers from 16 different countries several styles of BellyDance are performed from American Tribal Style to Tribal Fusion, Gothic, Folkloric, Flamenco, Goddess and more.  50 vendors, 39 teachers conducting 60 classes throughout the Festival, and of course, food and drink.tribalfest 

        So get your belly out

               there and ...

     Dance, Dance, Dance!!



Coming soon-

Summer... and hanging out by the pool here at Farmhouse Inn ...who know who this might be?

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 AND the Concerts and Town Picnic on the Square in Healdsburg every Tuesday from May 31-Aug. 10.

 and Sunday Cruise In at B.R.Cohn Winery (1st Sundays)

 and Don't forget Pinot and Paella at Arista Winery

 and Spring to Farm Dinners at Quivira Winery

 and Wood Fired Feast at Medlock Ames Winery

 and OysterPalooza -yep, it's those oysters again!

 and Farmer's Markets everywhere...

And Relish and another Paella party...that Gerard Nebesky sure gets around.

Topics: Sonoma, wine country, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Lambert Bridge, California, wine tasting

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