Sonoma's celeb chair: If you love those trendy Adirondack winery chairs, you'll want to sit down for this one. In fact, sit your whole family down in Holdredge Wines' newest piece of art and utility: a gigantic Adironack chair that stands outside their Healdsburg tasting room.
The chair, which is more than 12 feet high and 8 feet wide, was handcrafted from Western red cedar by winemaker John Holdredge and his woodworking friends, Randy Davis and Mike Nonella.
Holdredge had admired different versions of big chairs in Europe but was determined to craft one that people could actually sit on. He estimates that 10 people can fit on this giant Adirondack -- four on the back, four on the front, and a couple on the arms (aww, cute). Sounds like a great Instagram opp.
The winery will celebrate the big chair from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 24 with small bites from Liberty Duck Farm and special pricing on current release wines. Details: 51 Front St., Healdsburg. www.holdredge.com.
Happy National Wine Day: No joke, oenophiles. May 25 is our national holiday (not to be confused with National Drink Wine Day on Feb. 18). I know, it's hard to keep track.
What will you do? Spring-clean your cellar? Open that special bottle? Bathe in Champagne? Maybe you should be selfless, and pay your knowledge forward by gifting a friend with "Savvy Girl: A Guide to Wine" (Savvy Girl, $19.99, 96 pages).
Author Brittany Deal says that after the five-hour read, your friend will know what makes great wine better than good wine and throw out words like "terroir" and "tannin" like wine speak is their first language. All we can say is #wineday. Details: http://savvygirl.net.
Festival del Sole: There are few summer wine festivals as swoon-worthy as Napa Valley's Festival del Sole July 11 to 20, when classical music, jazz, opera and ballet converge on Napa Valley along with culinary, wine and wellness adventures.
You can view the entire program at http://festivaldelsole.org, but highlights include Robert Redford's tribute to Sophia Loren at Far Niente, featuring Loren's son, the conductor Carlo Ponti.
Don't have $1,000? Check out "A Taste of Napa" ($45) featuring wines from 70 Napa Valley wineries and nibbles from 50 food artisans and chefs. Or, take in a free wellness talk and tour at eco-chic Bardessono resort. It includes a mystery welcome drink. Now, that's wellness.
-- J. Yadegaran, Staff