Santa Rosa, Wine Month's Chillaxed Hangout

A lobster feed, a Porsche show, and other diversions fill out September.

WINE COUNTRY METROLIBATIONS: When we visualize a day spent noodling around wine country, a blood pressure-lowering activity that many people engage in about 12 to 20 times a weekday, we visualize, above all, bucolic vineyards. We see rows and rows of grape-producing leafy tendrils, and we picture a rustic winery, too, somewhere in the background. But towns dot the wine country map, regardless of where that wine country happens to be, and the occasional larger city, too. Santa Rosa is one such city -- it's the largest burg in Sonoma County, of course, and while it has the typical city-y things, it also participates in what its home county is known 'round the world for. That participation grows robuster come September, which is Wine Month throughout the state. It's year 10 for the celebration in 2014, and Santa Rosa is breaking out the corkscrew, and the party hats, with a roster of full-bodied, bouquet-sniffy events. Such as...

SONOMA WINE COUNTRY WEEKEND: This is the mondo-of-mondos, the big event to kick it all off, and it flows over Labor Day (through Sunday). But there are more Rosa-near doings afoot. Like? A Sept. 13 Lobster Feed at Trentadue Winery (shrimp, sausage, and artichokes complement the crustaceans) and Korbel Winery's Flavors of Fall, which breaks out the bubbly. The Wine & Sunset Seasonals'll go down at Paradise Ridge every Wednesday through Oct. 2 -- and here we'll type "pretty pretty pretty" to emphasize how lovely the setting is -- and a Porsche show on Sept. 21 at Ledson Winery & Vineyard.

FOR THE ALL OF THE SIPPABLE STUFF... going down around Santa Rosa and spots close to Santa Rosa during California Wine Month's 10th anniversary, point your corkscrew this way.

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