It’s a star-studded–or maybe fork-studded–weekend of wine and top chefs during the annual Wine Country Weekend. Festivities start Friday with the sold-out Sonoma Starlight Dinner, hosted by girl and the fig’s Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze. Saturday is the main (eating) event at Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. More than 100 wineries and restaurants gather under circus-sized tents with haute bites and top-flight sips.
On the roster is a who’s who of Sonoma dining: Kendall-Jackson’s Justin Wangler with cabernet spiced lamb sliders, Chalkboard chef Shane McAnelly serving hamachi tartare, Taverna Sofia’s rotisserie lamb and beef, crispy duck tacos from the Green Grocer (a BiteClub fave), Rocker Oysterfellers’ gridled pimento cheese and heirloom tomato sandwich, Viola Pastry Boutique’s corn panna cotta with crispy pork belly and Viva Cocolat’s chocolate mousse, to name just a few stand-outs. The annual Steel Chef competition pits four local chefs in a grudge match royal, while the Bubble Lounge serves up, well, bubbles.
Sunday’s wine auction has a Brazilian theme, gathering top local chefs serving dishes including olive oil guacamole tacones (Mateo’s Cocina Latina), fried potato cakes (coxinha) from KJ’s Justin Wangler, and a three course dinner prepared by Barndiva’s Ryan Fancher, Dry Creek Kitchen’s Dustin Valette and John Toulze of girl and the fig. Details and tickets for the weekend’s events (http://www.