Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in Wine Country? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated some of the top events in April so you don’t have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!
Featured Photo: Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner, courtesy of Bob McClenahan
Pliny the Younger Release by Russian River Brewing Company
Now through April 7
This year’s Pliny the Younger will be released at both the Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs on draft and in bottles. Be prepared to wait in line for the coveted beer. 2022 is only the third time RRBC has bottled the Triple IPA; there will be a two-bottle limit per person.
More info: russianriverbrewing.com
Afternoon Tea on the Napa Valley Wine Train
Every weekend in April and May
bASH: Appellation St. Helena’s Wine & Food Pairing Competition
The annual event hosted by Appellation St. Helena (ASH) is returning to the historic barrel room at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Wines from ASH wineries will be paired with bites prepared by CIA students and local chefs.
More info: appellationsthelena.com
Cold-Fusion Creatures Workshop at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art
In celebration of the Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey & Tony Natsoulas exhibit on display through April 24, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is offering a variety of adult workshops. Cold-Fusion Creatures, taught by local sculptor, Josanna Zavala, is inspired by the work of Clayton Bailey.
More info: svma.org
Wildflowers 101 — Not Just Another Pretty Face!
Hikers will learn how to identify wildflowers on the approximately three-mile hike at Jack London State Historic Park. To help visitors make the most of colorful season, the park will update its “Blooming Now” guide to wildflowers every two weeks (through May 31) with wildflower names, photos, and recently spotted locations.
More info: jacklondonpark.com
Calistoga Wellness Week
April 18 – April 24
Visit one of Calistoga’s hot springs resorts and dip yourself in the mud, spread it on yourself or have the spa paint it on for you. There are many ways to muddy up in Calistoga. Your skin and body will thank you. But there’s more to Calistoga than just mud. Enjoy a special nod to nature on Earth Day, April 22nd, including flora, fauna and earth related hikes, and a concert in the park with Maya and sustainable and Napa Green certified wines.
More info: visitcalistoga.com/wellness-week/
Earth Week Nature Hike at Jordan Winery
April 22 – 24
The four-mile guided hike boasts sweeping mountain views and a trek through the winery’s new pollinator sanctuary before ending on the winery terrace with a wine and cheese pairing.
More info: jordanwinery.com
Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner
April 22 – 24
Spend an entire weekend in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District learning about its unique wines and the people who craft them. The weekend immersion includes vineyard walks, seminars, gourmet meals and wine tastings.
More info: stagsleapdistrict.com
HALL’s Cabernet Cookoff
The star-studded 13th annual charity event features a lineup of renowned chefs competing for their favorite charities. 100% of event proceeds benefit non-profit 501c3 organizations.
More info: hallwines.com
Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival
April 30 – May 1
Along with the annual Blessing of the Fleet, you’ll want to catch the Wooden Boat Challenge. Teams of four people have just a few hours to build a wooden boat using limited materials and tools, before racing it around a course in the bay.
More info: bbfishfest.org