Spending this holiday weekend in wine country doesn't have to mean standing elbow-to-elbow in crowded tasting rooms.
Avoid tourists by hitting these five locals-only events instead.
Backyard BBQ: Arista's Annual Memorial Day Weekend Party
Put some South in your mouth at Arista's BBQ lunch as they roast a whole pig and get the backyard pizza oven fired up for flatbread. Live blues music sets the scene you sip four featured wines alongside this hearty menu.
Sun Noon. 7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg. $85.
Keep it Casual: Gourmet Food Truck Frenzy at Freemark Abbey Winery
Enjoy a picnic and live music at the Freemark Abbey Winery, where they'll be pairing bottles with food truck cuisine from Mark's the Spot, Awful Falafel, and Phat Salds and Wraps. And no need to rush if you want to buy a bottle or two; they're extending tasting room hours until 7p.
Sat & Sun 11a-3p. 3022 St. Helena Highway North, Saint Helena. Free.
Perfect Pairings: Grgich Hills' Wine & Cheese Festival
Perfect your pairing skills as Grgich pops some of their Special Selection bottles to sip alongside artisanal cheeses from local producers (Beehive Cheese Co., Nicasio Valley Cheese Co.)
Sun 11a-3p. 1829 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford. $30 per person.
By the Beach: Oysterpalooza at Rocker Oysterfeller's
Make a detour to the Sonoma Coast to enjoy six live bands, Lagunitas on draft, local wines, hurricane cocktails, BBQ brisket, and a mountain of oysters. Just make sure you don't get stuck on DD duty.
Sun 11a. Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen + Saloon, 14415 Highway One, Valley Ford. $15.
Weekend Indulgence: Lobster Boil at Quivira
Get crackin' at Quivira as chefs serve up fresh Maine lobster and Quivira wine amidst live music. Andouille sausage, prawns, veggies, and ice cream sandwiches round out the evening's menu.
Sat 5:30-8p. 4900 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg. $105.