ON THANKSGIVING, for the most part, there's a general agreement on what should happen. A gathered family will agree that there should be a meal of some sort, and probably a potato dish, and definitely a gravy boat, and pie is a must. There might be napping, while others conclude that watching a game on television, or heading to the yard to horse around, is also a fine idea. But there really isn't a consensus on what happens after the gravy boat has been washed and the pie pans cleaned and stowed. The relatives are probably still in town for a few more days, so should the family stick around the house? Catch a film? Take several post-Thanksgiving walks around the neighborhood? Finding an after-Thanksgiving outing is always a challenge. But the Heart of Sonoma Valley Association makes it easier for the oenophiles in the general region, those people who'd love something convivial to do, with the relatives, while jump-starting the whole Christmas-y season. It's Holiday Open House, and it spreads out across the wine-tastic region on Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26.
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE... for the annual event, and "access to all participating wineries event tastings and activities" is included. Seventeen spots'll be setting out the tasty bites, and offering solid discounts, and lining up the wine tastings, and offering other convivial to-dos. Look for Chateau St. Jean Winery, Spann Vineyards, and several more area favorites to be on the map. Ready to send out the call to your out-of-state relatives and let them know what the grown-ups will all be doing after Thanksgiving wraps up? Best link them now and start discussing holiday plans (as the holidays, of course, arrive before we know it).