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If you bleed red, white and rosé, you'll be among kindred spirits this weekend at the Humboldt Wine Festival. The anticipated event, now in its 11th year, pops off Saturday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room ($45).

Presented by Rotary Club of Arcata and North Bay Rotaract, the splashy soiree is a fabulous way to meet Humboldt and Trinity County wine and cider makers and sample their selections — all for a great cause. Raising funds for community service projects can be a pressing matter. Thankfully, proceeds from the wine festival's ticket and raffle sales support projects that help area schools, seniors, Rotary International polio eradication, CASA and more.

The evening includes wine-themed games, live music and a Wine Lover's raffle (grand prize is a complimentary flight and up to 10-night stay for two in New Zealand; second prize is $1,000 cash; and third prize is an "instant wine cellar"). There'll also be a Dutch raffle and wine pull.

Purchase your ticket at www.humboldtwinefest.com to enjoy unlimited tastings of hand-crafted wines and ciders, nosh on locally sourced gourmet sweet and savory treats, listen to music courtesy of Humboldt State University Music Department and love the wine you're with.

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