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November 22-28, 2006

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The Eat Goes On

By Gretchen Giles

Just because the tryptophan rush has died down by no means signifies that the feasting is over with Friday's early dawn. Area wineries, in fact, are conspiring against your diet and in favor of your palate, spiking endorphin patterns and tempting robust appetites as they host a variety of weekend events perfect for tooling around romantically, getting those first stocking stuffers or just continuing the binge, Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25; free unless noted.

Alexander Valley Open House Stonestreet, White Oak, Sausal, Johnson's, Alexander Valley Vineyards and Hanna Winery open their doors for holiday appetizers and winetasting. Noon to 4pm. Call or see their website for info and map. 800.888.7209, ext. 117.

COPIA In keeping with its busy schedule, COPIA has Cafe Beaujolais' chef-owner Margaret Fox discussing and demonstrating her renowned breakfast dishes on Saturday at 11am, 1pm and again at 3:15pm. At 3pm that day, there's also a sugarplum tea with live holiday music, perfect for dressing up the little ones, and at 5pm, the center's holiday tree is illuminated with caroling. A nice day at COPIA! 500 First St., Napa. $5-$45. 707.259.1600.

Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House Seventeen wineries throughout the Valley of the Moon welcome the holidays with winetasting, a winemaker talk and tours. 11am to 4:30pm. $10-$20. For a complete list of wineries, log on to or phone 866.794.9463.

Holiday at Dry Creek Delectable food and wine pairings featuring artisan cheeses and limited release wines mark the day at the Dry Creek Vineyard. Saturday only, from 11:30am to 4pm. 3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg. 800.864.9463.

Holiday in the Vines The Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation presents winery holiday events. Saturday only, 5pm to 8pm, wine, cheese and live music. Sebastiani Winery, 389 Fourth St. E., Sonoma. 707.933.3232.

Kaz Vineyard & Winery In conjunction with the Heart of the Sonoma Valley Open house (see above), the Kaz family hosts a reading and book signing of a new children's book, Charlie's Treasures, written by local author Richard Neumann. Free marbles abound! 11:30am to 4:30pm. 233 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 877.833.2536.

Landmark Open House Bring canned-food donations for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and enjoy live carolers, treats and winetasting. Saturday only, from 10am to 4:30pm. Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood. 707.833.0216.

Michel-Schlumberger Open House Holiday music, winetasting and artisanal sweets and savories map out the day. RSVP is requested for Saturday-only event, from 1pm to 4pm. Michel-Schlumberger Winery, 4155 Wine Creek Road, Healdsburg. 707.433.7427.

Paradise Ridge Open House Enjoy special-release wines, hors d'oeuvres, the great sculpture inside and out, and the beautiful views, Friday only, from 11am to 5pm Paradise Ridge Winery, 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa. 707.528.9463.

Robert Mondavi Winery Known for its dedication to the arts, the Mondavi Winery hails area author Cahterine Bergen with an afternoon party and book signing for her newest tome, Made in Napa Valley: Gourmet Every Day. 7801 St Helena Hwy, Oakville. Saturday only, noon to 4pm. 707.968.2203.

Thanksgiving Tasting Try new release Cabernet Franc and Merlots at Chateau St. Jean for just $10. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood. 10am to 5pm. 707.833.4134.

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