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Fine Living on the Ranch

By Stett Holbrook

Get out those appetites—Wine Country Weekend is set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2–4. As Sonoma County's biggest food and wine celebration of the year, the marquee event of the sybaritic weekend is Taste of Sonoma, the eating and drinking extravaganza at Healdsburg's MacMurray Ranch on Sunday, Sept. 4. More than 170 wineries will be on hand pouring their finest while more than 60 local chefs will serve up a taste of what they do best. The day also includes wine seminars, cooking demos and vineyard tours.

This will be the seventh year the event has been held at MacMurray Ranch, a stunning 1,500-acre ranch and vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The property was first homesteaded in the 1850s and purchased in 1941 by actor Fred MacMurray (if you don't know him from the film noir classic Double Indemnity, you're missing out). MacMurray's family has owned the property ever since, and grows 450 acres of pinot noir and pinot gris grapes. Ironically, MacMurray himself was known for shunning fine food, instead preferring a brown-bag lunch and a hard-boiled egg each day while filming on set.

Will there be a hard-boiled-egg purveyor in his honor? Find out on Sunday, Sept. 4, at MacMurray Ranch. 9015 Westside Road, Healdsburg. 11am–4pm. $95–$150.

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