Chocolate Infusion pays tribute to one of the world's time-honored sweets with jazz, wine tasting and chocolate, of course. Ludi Hinrichs will tickle the ivories on piano during this tasty event.
When: 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring St., Nevada City
Cost: $20 advance, $25 at the door
Information: (530) 273-9561, www.theunion.com
El Dorado County wine tasting
Head to the hills of El Dorado County for the annual "Bring Out the Barrel" weekend of wine tasting. Eight wineries will participate and highlight barrel samples of upcoming releases.
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 26-27
Where: Various wineries in El Dorado County.
Cost: $25 for a weekend pass
Information: (530) 647-1767, www.crystalbasin.com.
Celebrate the start of the almond-growing season by marveling at the trees' blossoms and feasting on local foods at the Capay Valley Almond Festival. Almond blossom ice cream, barbecued meats and almonds will be available, and activities are to include a local wine tasting and live music.
When: Feb. 24
Where: Various locations around the Capay Valley.
Cost: Various prices for food and activities.
Information: (530) 787-3242, capayvalleyalmondfestival.com