Five Bites Fridays, Friday, August 5
This Friday start the weekend off right by coming to California Café in Palo Alto for their Five Bites Fridays. For $20 you will get five 5 appetizers perfectly paired with 5 wines. Munch on the patio while listening to live Latin and classical jazz. If you’re still hungry, consider grabbing something small and tasty off the lounge menu like a slider or crispy truffled mac and cheese while pondering your plans for the weekend. Happy Friday!

Walk With a Winemaker, Saturday, August 6
There is nothing like a summer walk through a vineyard and while you’re at it why not discover the wine making process alongside the winemaker himself. This Saturday, enjoy the warm weather as you walk through Cooper Garrod Estate Vineyards alongside winemaker Bill Cooper as he walks you through each stage of the winemaking process. After your walk, sample some wines and have a picnic lunch while thinking to yourself ‘weekends are wonderful!’

Taste Wine from Central Italy, Saturday, August 6
Most of us have had a long standing unabashed affair with Italian food. We can eat spaghetti, lasagna and tiramisu any day of the week, but Italian wine is another story. While Chianti may be part of some regular wine repertoires, many of Italy’s gems remain little known. This Saturday, bring your love of Italian wine to the same level as your love of Italian food with a little help from Beltramo’s Wines & Spirits in Menlo Park. Taste nine wines from central Italy and enjoy some things you’ve never heard of.

Learn how to Make Cake Pops, Sunday, August 7
Cake pops have taken the world by storm and it’s really not surprising. Who could resist little bites of deliciousness in sizes that significantly reduce the guilt of eating a whole slice of cake. In fact, the guilt is so reduced that you could have two or three. This Sunday, come to Sur La Table to learn how to make your own version of these bite sized treats. You will learn simple recipes for preparation and decorating of your very own cake pops, perfect for parties, bake sales and just to have lying around the house.

Merry Edwards Tasting, Tuesday, August 9
In the 70s – at a time when virtually all California winemakers were men – Merry Edwards had the cojones to break ground and become one of the region’s first female winemakers. She began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974 and went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977 where she remained until 1984. In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. Since then, she has developed a reputation for being one of the best Pinot producers in California (and her Sauvignon Blanc is getting just as popular) and has even been dubbed “the Queen of Pinot.” Join Enoteca La Storia and taste through a selection of her famous Pinots and her highly sought-after Sauvignon Blancs.