Who doesn’t love a food and wine event that’s off the beaten path? How about the Wine & Mushroom Festival of Mendocino County?

For me, too, I love knowing what the members of PS I Love You are up to. They take Petite Sirah over the top and breathe new breath to this heartiest of all wines… Special emphasis on “heart”iest… There’s a lot of ♥ in PS I Love you…

Here’s what was sent to me by BARRA of Mendocino, and I was intrigued, and am delighted to share.

San Francisco’s Slow Food creator joins Barra of Mendocino Winery for a special celebration of Italian heritage at “Italiano Rustico,” November 10, 2012

Lorenzo Scarpone, owner of Villa Italia Wine Imports / VNO Distributing, and the originator of the Slow Food movement in San Francisco, will be bringing Slow Food to Mendocino County as the headline attraction at BARRA of Mendocino’s “Italiano Rustico” wine and mushroom event this November 12th. Working with executive chef Bruno Quercini of San Francisco’s Pane’ e Vino, Scarpone will be overseeing the slow roasting of a whole pig, and then carefully transporting the Porchetta (Italian for “boneless pork roast”) to the BARRA of Mendocino Winery in Redwood Valley, CA. Scarpone will also be personally hand serving this Italian delicacy to each of the wine dinner guests.

A native of Abruzzi, Italy, Scarpone and BARRA of Mendocino proprietor Charlie Barra, have a shared passion for the Italian heritage of marrying sustainable farming with artisan winemaking practices. Like Scarpone, Barra learned at a very young age the importance of small-scale farming without the use of chemicals or pesticides. In September of 2011, Slow Food San Francisco honored Charlie Barra at an awards dinner for his contributions to organic farming over the last 65 years.

Scarpone is also known for his annual production of the Slow Food “Golden Glass” event, a sustainable, organic, regional happening featuring local foods, plus wines from all over the old and new worlds. This event draws thousands to Fort Mason in February of each year.

A strolling accordion player, book signing and wild mushroom education from “mushroom whisperer” Eric Schramm will also be a part of this special wine and mushroom dinner. For more information visit www.barraofmendocino.com or call 707.485.8771 for advance tickets.

If you’ve got the weekend open for this, I know the fun you’re going to have. I’m a HUGE fan of Euell Gibbons from Stalking the Wild Asparagus fame… Stalking Wild Mushrooms takes a true master, and Barra of Mendocino is off and running by bringing the best of the best to you with “mushroom whisperer” Eric Schramm leading the way in this regard.

Mark your calendars, reserve a room, and get ready to enjoy!

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