With the event quickly approaching – Sept. 4-6- the vintners are no doubt prepping for their zany auction skits, and we’re preparing too.

We’re working on a story that will give people the best “insider’s guide” for the weekend events. We’re asking you to lend a hand by sending your tips and pointers for how to best enjoy any or all of the trio of events. They include Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville Sept. 4; Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Estate Vineyards, in Healdsburg Sept. 5; and Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction in Kenwood Sept. 6.

To give you an idea of what we’re looking for, here’s an example:

clownTIP: At the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, be sure to keep an eye out for Magnum Force in the line-up. This group of women are among the most powerful in Sonoma County and they have the magnum to prove it. What people don’t often realize is that they rehearse throughout the year with a professional choreographer. There’s a seriousness behind their madcap comedy routine. They also offer up a no-nonsense lot. Last year it featured lunch with 10 women of the Magnum Force and a 70-bottle collection of magnums.

This is no time to be shy. Quite the contrary. Send your tips and witty commentary to Peg Melnik at pegmelnik@gmail.com. With your help, we all can sail through the weekend as insiders.