The 2016 edition will take place Aug. 27-28 in the quaint Sonoma County village of Bodega, and it’s a wonderful event for enjoying three of life’s great pleasures: seafood, wine and music. Admittedly, I am not an art lover, so that aspect of the event is lost on me, but some of my sophisticated friends who have attended in past years tell me the artwork displayed is stellar. This is accomplished through a jury process that limits the number of artists.
The same attention to quality goes into selecting the food purveyors, wineries and micro-breweries. Ditto for the music performers, who this year will include two of my favorite bands: Incendio, performing on the Wine Stage on Saturday, and The Waybacks, performing on the Main Stage on Sunday.
There are three stages in all, providing ample reason to stroll the grounds and soak in the sounds in between bites of delicious food and samples of delicious wine.
With seafood, few wines are as versatile as Pinot Grigio, a variety featured in this exceptional sampler from Vinesse. Lighter seafood dishes seem to take on more flavor when they’re paired with Pinot Grigio, something the residents of the Amalfi Coast have understood for generations.
The good news is you don’t have to travel to Italy to enjoy this special culinary experience. Simply plan to attend the 2016 Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival. More information is available here.
Or if you can’t make it, check out this sampler, cook up some seafood at home, and simply admire the picture(s) on your living room wall(s).