The 27th annual Winesong is Sept. 9th and 10th (www.winesong.org) and the highpoint is the tasting at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens. Here you can sip through hundreds of pours, with wine converging from distant places — Italy, Chile, South Africa, Napa, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, Oregon and Washington State, to name a few. As for foodies who like to graze, there are plenty of highbrow treats as well.

The auction will have bidders vying for 200 swanky lots as they compete in their goodwill bidding. Winesong raises funds for Mendocino Coast Hospital.