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OC TOBER 30, 2009 – ISSUE 44 – VOLUME 28

Folie à Deux Napa Cellars

ON THE COVER Folie à Deux & Napa Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 WINE COUNTRY NEWS Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-18 Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32



Charles Krug Winery

NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-47 St. Helena Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Napa Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 SONOMA COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-63 Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50-51 Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58-63 Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Glen Ellen Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-65 Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-73 Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Carmel Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74



Ferrari Carano Zinfandel with Garganelli, Sausage & Black Truffle

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards



Berghold Vineyards & Estate Winery

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See the “right” side of the Napa Valley wineries map on page 44-45





s if further proof was needed that the area around Lodi stands on its own as the producer of very high quality wine, one need look no further than Berghold Vineyards & Estate Winery. Not only is the facility state-of-the-art, the tasting room is one of the handsomest to be found anywhere, in any county where wine is an important part of the fabric of life. Here you will find a love for fine wine, art and antiques all in one serene spot. This beautiful property is a must on the list for anyone out touring Lodi, as it offers a view of the past melded with the perfect touch of modern day artistry. Founders and owners Joe and Kay Berghold have been grape growers in Lodi since 1986. Their winery and tasting room opened in May 2005 and was designed with the look and feel of a romantic California barn. Key to the design and building process was the couple’s vast collection of American Victorian antiques. Dating back to the late 1800s, many of these pieces have been incorporated into both construction and décor. Each year, Berghold Estate Winery selects the best grapes from its 85 acres of vineyards, to produce a modest 5,000 cases of barrel-aged wines each year. These wines include their popular (and whimsically named) “Footstomp” Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Viognier under the “Berghold” label. There are also delicious Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah and Cabernet Franc/Syrah blends, while the “Stogie Club” label offers unique estate Ports and a Late Harvest Botrytis Viognier that is made in years when nature cooperates. To compliment it there is also the winery’s own Stogie Club garden for cigar smokers, which features a spectacular 13-foot steel domed gazebo. Add to this the olive trees, the vineyards, the tasting room, the grounds, the antiques and architecture, a location convenient to Sacramento and the Sierra Foothills and to all of the Bay Area, and of course the wines – you cannot forget the wines – you’ll come to the conclusion that a trip to this small boutique winery has to be at the top of the list for your next getaway to wine country.



Members of the Wine Club at Berghold Vineyards receive:

• Quarterly shipments of three or six bottles; you select red only or red and white wines. Three bottle shipments are approximately $50-60; quarterly shipments of six bottle are $90-110. Shipping and applicable taxes are additional.

• A 15% discount on all wines shipped and all wines in the tasting room (except for library wines). • Discounted pricing on special events at the winery. • First offerings of new releases whenever available.

• Special small lot wines developed only for wine club members. • Invitations to exclusive events held during the year. • A winery newsletter with each shipment describing the wines.

17343 N. Cherry Rd. – Lodi (209) 333-9291 –

Open Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Over 250 Quality Wines Under $25 at Wine Garage
Hidden next to a dilapidated ’40s-era former filling station on Highway 29 in Calistoga lies the Wine Garage. A unique wine shop in Napa Valley that retails all wine in the store under $25. Sound crazy? Its true. And the proprietors Todd and Joy Miller, have hit on a niche in the Valley that had been very missed by the locals there. “There are a lot of winemakers here that can’t afford to drink the wine they make” says Miller. “That’s crazy, yes, but who can afford to drink a $65 bottle with dinner every night?” Many people miss The Wine Garage on the first try upvalley, but the search is well worth it. Miller stocks wine from all of California’s wine growing regions including fifty Napa selections and 40 from Sonoma County. When he first sought out buying the initial inventory, “I enlisted a local farmer buddy and his 15-foot box van and off we went all over California hunting down the deals. I tried to seek out the small producers who didn’t have distributors so I could pass the savings on to my customers.” And Miller did just that. His store is stocked with highquality juice all under $25 and all are unique. Most labels in the shop are unrecognizable – but all pass the same test; everything passes over Miller’s lips before he makes a buy. “If I don’t love it, I don’t buy it, period. Sometimes I will taste over a hundred wines in one day, load up the truck and haul it up to Calistoga, unload at the store, and maybe I will crawl in bed by 3 a.m. Needless to say my buddy bowed out of the deal after their second trip. I initially recruited him on a ‘hey lets go wine tasting in Santa Barbara’ until he realized how much work it entailed. Poor guy, he had to be at the farm at 5 in the morning.” It is all worth it. Millers’ customers love him. He has a unique ability to hear a verbal description of a customer’s favorite wine and translate that into a recommendation for sometimes a third of the cost. “I have people all over the country that use me as their local wine shop. I ship right to their door – and the cost of the shipping is a drop in the bucket compared to what they save on the cost of the wine. Miller gets deals on Napa wine too. “I have winemakers from small wineries stop in every week saying ‘I have something that will fit into the store,’ if they only have 15 or 25 cases of an end-of-vintage wine – I am the perfect outlet for them.” So head up to the Wine Garage and check out the best deals in the Valley at 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga, CA 94515. For more information, call (707) 942-5332. You can also check out the website at


ONGOING Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour Napa, Spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm 707-257-1999, ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND Wine Component Tasting Seminar at Merryvale Vineyards St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members 707-963-7777, EVERY 4TH WEEKEND Wine & Food Pairing Seminar at Merryvale Vineyards 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena 707-963-7777, ONGOING THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS Wine & Food Pairings Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, 11am, Wine & Cheese Pairing 1pm: Wine & Tapas Pairing,, 800-446-7358 ONGOING Private Tours Goosecross Cellars, Yountville, $25, RSVP 707-944-1986, ONGOING Epicurean Explorations Goosecross Cellars, Yountville, Minimum 6 people, $95/3-course lunch $135/5-course lunch, RSVP 707-944-1986, FIRST FRIDAY THROUGH OCTOBER Cheers! St. Helena Downtown St. Helena, Taste wine & enjoy live music while strolling! 6-9pm $5/taste, $35/nightly pass, ONGOING WEEKENDS Reserve Room at Markham Vineyards Enjoy reserve and library wines by candlelight in an historic stone cellar $15pp, 11am-4pm,, 707-963-5292 ONGOING Napa Valley Wine Train Napa, 800-427-4124, • Oct 23: Vintners Lunch, Trefethen • Oct 30 Vintners Lunch, Whitehall Lane ONGOING Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, • Oct 24: Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny • Oct 29: Cherryholmes • Oct 30: Straight No Chaser ONGOING Live at the Lincoln Theater Yountville, 707-944-1300, • Oct 22: The Brubeck Brothers • Nov 1: MacHomer • Nov 11: John Cleese • Nov 21: Peter Gros’ Mutual of Omaha – Wild Kingdom ONGOING Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, • Oct 22: Merlot, Napa Valley vs Bordeaux • Oct 23: Wine Advocate 92+ Tasting • Oct 29: Sherry, Comprehensive Tasting & Lesson • Oct 30: Taste Syrahs from Around the World • Nov 5: Tempranillos from around Spain • Nov 6: Under Twelve Bucks a Bottle Tasting • Nov 13: A Taste Tour of Italy • Nov 20: Back Room Blow Out XXXIV ONGOING di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature Napa, 707-226-5991, • Oct 31-Jan 30: Altered States, The Collection in Context • Nov 7: Opening Reception, Altered States: The Collection in Context ONGOING Friday Night Pulse Tastings Acme Fine Wines, St. Helena, 5-7pm, free 888-963-0440, ONGOING Buon Amici Members & Guests Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm 707-963-5853, • Members Only New Release Tastings • Barrel Tastings by appointment • Vertical Tastings by appointment • Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment ONGOING Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting at Monticello Vineyards Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley $25 RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50 707-967-2320,, ONGOING Tour & Taste In Hall Wines’ Ghost Winery St. Helena, Four barrel samples & four current releases, $20 707-967-2620, ONGOING Cabernet Flight Tasting at A Dozen Vintners St. Helena, Taste & compare award-winning Cabernets, $5 707-967-0666, ONGOING Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2000, • The To Kalon Tour & Tasting • A Guided Tasting • Pleasure in the Glass • The Taste of Wine • The“Harvest of Joy”Tour & Lunch • Celebrating California Wine & Food • Artisan Cheese & Wine-A Perfect Match • The Essence Tour & Tasting ONGOING Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit Mumm Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm daily 800-MUM-NAPA, ONGOING Progressive Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Calistoga, Taste limited release wines at the winery 800-726-6136, ONGOING Reserve Tour & Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Calistoga, 11am, Private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 800-726-6136, ONGOING VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, ONGOING Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, • Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm • Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm • Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt • Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt • Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt • Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt • Wine Train, $180 ONGOING Tastings at the Popcorn Bar at Flora Springs Winery St. Helena,10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, • It’s all About You Tasting, $15 • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25 ONGOING THURSDAY - SATURDAY Temptastings in the Temptation Cave at Flora Springs Winery St. Helena,11am & 2pm, $25, $15/member RSVP 707-967-8032, ONGOING Tastings at Silverado Vineyards Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75 • Library Tasting, $75 • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20 • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15 • Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting ONGOING Appellation Tastings at Elizabeth Spencer Tasting Room Rutherford, 10:45am & 4pm by appointment, $40 707-963-6067, ONGOING Vineyard & Winery Tours at Raymond Vineyards St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt) 800-525-2659x620, ONGOING Wine Tasting Experiences at Benessere Vineyards St. Helena,707-963-5853x105,, by appt • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10 • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15 • Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15 • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20 • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 • Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15 ONGOING Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery Napa , 877-386-5070x222, • Individual Tastings, $12 • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting • Food & Wine Pairing • Vineyard Tour • Blending Class • Wine Sensory Seminar ONGOING Wine Tasting Options Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, • Current Release Tasting, $15 • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25 • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75 • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250 • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75 • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall ONGOING Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, Tours at 11am & 2pm, $10, Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm 707-963-2784, ONGOING Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, • Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40 • Daily Guided Tours • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40 ONGOING Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, • Regular tasting, $10 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person


ONGOING Educational Tours & Wine Tasting at Castello di Amorosa Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50 • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20 • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Bacchus That Rascal Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“ 707-942-4981, LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH Winemaker Dinners at Fumé Bistro Napa, Local favorite wineries are spotlighted in a four-course dinner. $60 RSVP 707-257-1999, EVERY SATURDAY ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, EVERY SUNDAY Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings at Havens Wine Cellars Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, EVERY SATURDAY Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays at Bennett Lane Winery Calistoga, 10am-5pm,, 707-942-6684 ONGOING Friday Night Winemaker Events Napa, 5-7pm, JV Wine & Spirits, $2, 877-469-9463, ONGOING SATURDAYS Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500 ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 31 Classic Rock Photography Exhibit Markham Vineyards, St. Helena, 707-963-5292, TUESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Weekly Art Shows Clubhouse, River Pointe Resort, Napa, 5:30-8:30pm, 707-252-4200x152 THURSDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Harvest Night at Luna Vineyards Until 7pm, specially priced wine tastings, $7.50 & special pricing on bottles of Pinot Grigio & Freakout. ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Cathy Trachok Exhibition at Folio Winemakers’ Studio Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-256-2757, ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 19 Winston Branch’s Paintings Exhibit Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville, 10am-5pm, 707-968-2203 ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 13 Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action Photo Exhibit Mumm Napa, Rutherford, 10am-5pm,, 707-967-7700 OCTOBER 22 Robert M. Parker, Jr. 6th Annual Seminar & Tasting CIA at Greystone, St. Helena, 707-967-2305, OCTOBER 25 Halloween Concert at Grgich Hills: Les Violettes Rutherford, 2pm, $25, $15/members, 707-963-2784,


OCTOBER 24 Gary Vaynerchuk Talk & Book Signing at V. Sattui Winery St. Helena, Author of Crush It! 11am-1pm, 707-286-7212, OCTOBER 24 25th Annual Taste For Knowledge at Black Stallion Winery Napa, Benefits students of Napa Valley Unified School District. 5-10pm, $100 707-253-3563 OCTOBER 24 Harvest Festival at Connolly Ranch Napa, 11am-3pm, free, 707-224-1894 OCTOBER 25 Tastemaker Dinner at étoile Restaurant Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 6:30pm, 707-944-2280, OCTOBER 31 Club Artesa Casino Night & Costume Party at Artesa Winery Napa, 6:30pm,, 877-224-8309 OCTOBER 31 Haunted House & Halloween Parade Downtown Calistoga, 707-942-6333 OCTOBER 31 18th Annual AIDS Walk Napa Valley Lincoln Theater, Yountville, 10am, 707-257-3863 NOVEMBER 4 Artist Lecture: The Science of Art, Cheryl Calleri Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, 1-2:30pm, 707-944-0500 NOVEMBER 5 Napa Valley Wine & Grape Expo Lincoln Theatre, Yountville, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, 9am-5pm 707-944-8311, NOVEMBER 7 Red Cross Harvest Night at Castello di Amorosa Calistoga, Benefit for the Napa County Chapter of the American Red Cross Hors d’oeuvres, elegant sit down dinner, silent & live auctions. 6:30-10pm $195, NOVEMBER 7 Passion for Life Auction at Artesa Vineyards Napa, Silent & live auctions, wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres & live music. 6:30-9:30pm, $50/adv, $60, 707-258-6378 NOVEMBER 8 2007 Fifty/Fifty Release Event Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, $30, $20/members, 12-3pm 800-446-7358, NOVEMBER 14 Club Artesa Harvest Winemaker’s Dinner at Artesa Winery Napa, 6:30pm, $115, limited to 60 people RSVP 877-224-8309, NOVEMBER 14 Cooking Class: Holiday Gift Baskets with Chef Graham Zanow Cedar Gables Inn, Napa, 2-5pm, $50, 707-224-7969, NOVEMBER 14 Sine Nomine Concert Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, 4-5:30pm, 707-944-0500 NOVEMBER 15 Tastemaker Dinner at étoile Restaurant Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 6:30pm, 707-944-2280, NOVEMBER 27 Yountville’s 21st Annual Festival of Lights Parade, carriage rides, carolers, elves, Santa & more! $1/tasting tickets for food/wine. 707-944-0904, NOVEMBER 28 – JANUARY 10 Take a Chance on Miniatures Exhibit Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, 707-944-0500

ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm 707-433-6491, ONGOING Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop at B.R. Cohn Winery Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members 707-931-7924x123, ONGOING Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting at B.R. Cohn Winery Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members 707-931-7924x123, ONGOING Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, • Oct 21: Complexions Contemporary Ballet • Oct 22: Rodney Carrington • Oct 24: Stephen Sondheim • Oct 25: SRCA Red Priest • Oct 27: Spanish Harlem Orchestra • Oct 29: Of Mice and Men • Nov 7-9: Santa Rosa Symphony Set Two • Nov 10: Ian Anderson Plays The Acoustic Jethro Tull • Nov 12: Warren Miller’s Dynasty • Nov 14: Charlotte’s Web • Nov 16: Champions of the Dance • Nov 17: Jeremy Camp • Nov 19: Ana Gabriel • Nov 20: Lisa Lampanelli • Nov 21-22: Symphony Pops at Carnegie Hall • Nov 27: Bad Boys of Dance ONGOING Spreckels Performing Arts Center Rohnert Park, 707-588-3400, • Nov 7: 20th Anniversary Festival of Harps • Nov 14: Play Reading Series, The Final Scene • Nov 20: Actor’s Theater for Children, Go Dog Go • Nov 27 – Dec 13: The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris • Dec 4: The EDLOS do the holidays! • Dec 11-13: Ballet Califia presents The Nutcracker ONGOING Sonoma Film Institute Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park 707-664-2606, • Oct 23: Watermelon Woman • Nov 6, 8: Oblivon • Nov 13: The Underground Orchestra • Nov 20: Kahlo Naaho • Dec 4, 11: Dark Matter ONGOING THURSDAYS Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, ONGOING Live Entertainment at River Rock Casino Geyserville, 707-857-2777, ONGOING SUNDAYS Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, ONGOING The Center for Performing Arts 707-664-2353, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park www.sonoma.eduperformingarts/perf/ ONGOING Sunday Brunches by the Sea Timber Cove Inn, Timber Cove, 10am-2pm 707-847-3231, 800-987-8319,

ONGOING Winemaker Tasting Wine Spectrum, Santa Rosa, 6-8pm, $10 707-525-8466, ONGOING Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses. Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, ONGOING Escape to Wine Country Concert Series Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood, Bocce ball, wine, picnic & horse-drawn wagon • Oct 24: Blues Performer, Mark McDonald • Oct 31: Jazz Keyboardist, John Simon ONGOING Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 707-571-7500, ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours & Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20 707-431-4811, ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS ‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines RSVP 707-486-9623, THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH Twilight Tours & Tapas Audellsa Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, $35, 5:30pm 707-933-8514, ONGOING WEEKENDS Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing 707-894-3389, EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 707-522-8629, 8:30am-noon EVERY FRIDAY MORNING Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery Alexander Valley, Taste limited-production reserve Bismark Mountain wines paired with local artisanal cheese selections from The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, $10pp, 707-431-4310, EVERY FRIDAY Complimentary Wine Tasting at Flamingo Hotel Santa Rosa, in the Terrace Grille featuring Sonoma County wines, 5:30-7pm 707-545-8530, 800-848-8300, ONGOING Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment 707-833-4134x5258, • Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 • Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 • Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour • Box Lunch Prgram with Tour ONGOING Tours, Tastings & Seminars at St. Francis Winery Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, • Winery Tour &Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 • Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20 • Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65


ONGOING Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, ONGOING Tastings at the Vine & Barrel Petaluma, 3-5pm, 707-765-1112 • Nov 14: The Great Petaluma Pinot Noir Tasting • Dec 12: Champagne, Oyster, Caviar, Cheese & Paté ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 30 Summer Jazz Series at the Ledson Hotel Sonoma, 6-10pm, 707-996-9779, FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Music in the Courtyard Michel-Schlumberger, Healdsburg, 5:30-8:30pm, $5 707-433-7427, ONGOING SATURDAYS Pizza Café at the Simi Winery Healdsburg, 11am-4pm, 707-473-3236 EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY The Art of Winemaking Workshop Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm 707-9358-8311, ONGOING TUESDAYS Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, Market: 4-6:30pm 707-431-1956, ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 20 The Wine Country Plein Air Invitational Exhibition Fairmont Gallery, Sonoma, 707-996-2667, ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, 5:30-8:30pm, 707-538-7023 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Carole Watanabe Paintings Exhibit Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate, Healdsburg 707-433-7427, ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 24 Envisioning the World The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700 Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa 707-579-1500, ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Celebrate Late at Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sonoma, 7-9pm, 707-933-3204, LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard. Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP. 707-935-3456, OCTOBER 22 Songwriters in Sonoma: Brigette DeMeyer Larson Family Winery Tasting Room, Cornerstone, Sonoma, 8pm, $15 707-934-4090, OOCTOBER 22-25 Pinot on the River Festival Seminars, tastings & much more! Various venues & events on the Russian River CTOBER 23 – DECEMBER 13 Theatre of Insects, Photographs by Jo Whaley Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa 707-579-1500, OCTOBER 23 Ramana Vieira, Fado Concert at the Mission Chapel San Francisco Solano Mission Chapel, Sonoma, 7:30-9pm, $20, 707-935-9560 OCTOBER 24 6th Annual Harvest Festival Robledo Family Winery, Sonoma, 12-4pm 707-939-6903,


OCTOBER 24 Fall for Zin at Christopher Creek Winery Healdsburg, 11am-4pm, $10/incl glass, 707-433-2001 OCTOBER 24 Eastside Bunch Harvest Fest Merriam Vineyards, Acorn, Christie Vineyards, Christopher Creek Winery Foppiano Vineyards, Mietz Cellars & Rodney Strong Vineyards 1am-4pm, $10/includes glass OCTOBER 24 Harvest Celebration Dinner at Gloria Ferrer Sonoma, 6:30pm, $85, $68/members, 707-933-1999, OCTOBER 24 Promenade et Pique-nique Series (Stroll & Picnic) Copain Wines, Healdsburg, Walking tour & French inspired picnic with Rhone style wines. 10:30am-1:30pm, $35, 707-836-8822, OCTOBER 24 Halloween Harvest Party Pellegrini Family Vineyards, Santa Rosa, 1-4pm, 800-891-0244x4, free OCTOBER 25 Carole Watanabe Paintings Exhibit Reception Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate, Healdsburg, 4-8pm 707-433-7427, OCTOBER 25 Pinot on the River Festival at Hop Kiln Winery Healdsburg, 12-4pm, 707-433-6491, OCTOBER 25 Cemetery Walk Cloverdale Riverside Cemetery, Cloverdale, 3:30pm, $5 707-894-2067, OCTOBER 26-30 Sonoma Vineyard Walks OCTOBER 27 – DECEMBER 6 Good Dog, Bad Dog Exhibit Graton Gallery, Graton, 707-829-8912, OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 2 Charles Schwab Cup Invitational Sonoma Golf Club, Sonoma, OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 1 4th Annual Food & Wine Pairing Festival Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Sonoma Golf Club, Sonoma,12:30-4pm 800-868-7563, OCTOBER 31 Winemaker’s Halloween Dinner in the Caves Kunde Estate, Kenwood, RSVP 707-833-5501, OCTOBER 31 The Pumpkin Festival at Healdsburg Farmers’ Market Healdsburg, 9am-12pm, 707-431-1956, OCTOBER 31 Halloween 2 for 1 Tasting at Sbragia Family Vineyards Geyserville, Must come in costume! 707-473-2992, NOVEMBER 1 Good Dog, Bad Dog Exhibit Reception Graton Gallery, Graton, 3-6pm, 707-829-8912, NOVEMBER 1 Wine Club Release Party at Dutcher Crossing Geyserville, 12-3:30pm, 707-431-2700, NOVEMBER 4 Winemaker Dinner Series at Santé Featuring Pride Mountain Vineyards Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma, 6:30pm RSVP 707-938-9000, NOVEMBER 4 2nd Annual Holiday Hors d’oeuvres Party Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville, 707-473-2992, NOVEMBER 6-8 Holiday Affair Wine Country Weekend at Ferrari-Carano Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-6700, NOVEMBER 6 – JANUARY 17 Field Days: Search for a Sustainable Feast by Jonah Raskin Photographs by Paige Green, Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa 707-579-1500, NOVEMBER 7 John Ash Book Signing J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg, 2-4pm, 707-431-3646, NOVEMBER 13 Dinner with the Winemaker Series: Featuring Hall Napa Valley at The Bay View Restaurant Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay, $79, 800-541-7788, NOVEMBER 14 Artisano in Geyserville Geyserville Inn, Geyserville, a boutique festival celebrating small production, locally handcrafted wine, food and art and the people who produce it. A benefit for Slow Food Sonoma County's School Garden Project in elementary schools in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale. Chef demonstrations & live music. 12-5 pm, NOVEMBER 14 Wild Game Winery Dinner at St Francis Winery Santa Rosa, 6:30pm, $130, $104/members, RSVP 888-675-WINEx255 NOVEMBER 14 Fall Crafts Fair Sonoma Marketplace, Sonoma, 10am-3pm, 707-938-5616 NOVEMBER 15 An Evening with Cole Porter… A Romantic Affair A cabaret style show, black-tie optional. Jacuzzi Family Winery, Sonoma 7pm, $40, NOVEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 31 Holiday Gift Gallery Plaza Arts Center, Healdsburg, 11am-5pm 707-431-1970, NOVEMBER 20-29 Old Vintage Week at Christopher Creek Winery Healdsburg, 11am-5pm, RSVP 707-433-2001, NOVEMBER 21 – JANUARY 3 Holiday Celebration Local Color Gallery, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2244, NOVEMBER 26 Santé Thanksgiving Day Buffet Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma, 2-8pm 707-939-2477, www.fairmont/sonoma NOVEMBER 29 Summit ET Bracket Drag Races 8am-6pm, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma 800-870-RACE, ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 10 Three Rivers in the Fall Exhibit Scharffenberger Cellars, Philo, 707-895-2957,

ONGOING Wednesday Sunset Sessions Americano Restaurant at Hotel Vitale, 5-8pm 415-278-3777, OCTOBER 21 Taste of the Bay San Francisco Belle, Embarcadero Pier 3, San Francisco, 6-9:30pm OCTOBER 23 CCOF’s 4th Annual Organic Beer, Wine & Spirit Tasting San Francisco Ferry Building, San Francisco, 4-8pm,, 831-423-2263 OCTOBER 24 Edgewood Hope Ball The Fairmont Hotel Nob Hill, San Francisco, 415-682-3201, OCTOBER 25 The 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, 9am-6pm, free 415-861-1520, OCTOBER 25 Pumpkin Pandemonium Pier 39, The Embarcadero & Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco 415-705-5500, OCTOBER 26 Domaine Carneros Tasting Seminar & Dinner Campton Place, San Francisco, Eileen Crane, CEO/Founding Winemaker, $160 415-955-5574, OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 1 The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 415-989-9019, NOVEMBER 3 The Great Pinot Noir Dinner Campton Place, San Francisco, Hank & Maggie Skewis, Skewis Wines, $185 415-955-5574,

ONGOING Concerts at Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, 408-961-5858, OCTOBER 23 Color-Blind-With-Wine Dinner Mountain Winery, Saratoga, 6-9:30pm 408-913-7124,

ONGOING Sunset Cultural Center-Carmel Carmel, 831-620-2048, • Oct 28: David Sedaris • Oct 30: 3 Mo’Divas • Nov 4: Pilobolus • Nov 7: WAR • Nov 13: An Evening with John Cleese • Nov 19: The Wedding Singer • Nov 22: Keb’Mo’ ONGOING Live at Golden State Theatre Monterey, 831-372-3800, • Oct 25: Garrison Keillor ONGOING Live Music at KRML Radio The Eastwood Building, Carmel, 831-624-6432, ONGOING WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Winemaker Wednesdays Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, 5pm, 831-685-VINE (8463),

EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Food & Wine Pairings McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, EVERY SECOND SUNDAY Buford & Brown Yappy Hour The Vintage Marketplace, Hopland, Wine tasting with your dog. 1-3pm 707-744-8781 ONGOING Skunk Train 866-457-5865, Fort Bragg,


ONGOING Thursday Night Music Series Bargetto Winery, Soquel, Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm 831-475-2258x11, ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row Monterey, Family fun, music, fine dining & great discounts, 4-8pm 831-649-6690 ONGOING TUESDAYS Farmers’ Market at the Barnyard Carmel, Organic fruit, vegetables & flowers, 11am-3pm, 831-624-8886 ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Monterey Museum of Art Monterey, Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, 5-7pm, 831-372-5477 EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH Open for Tasting Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm, $10/refundable w/purchase free/club members, 408-842-9197, EVERY TUESDAY Focus on Monterey County Wines Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm 831-625-5646, ONGOING World of Wine 2009 Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel Valley, 831-624-2600, • Nov 4: Champagne ONGOING TUESDAY - SATURDAY Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards Wine and Cheese Event Monterey, 2pm on. Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award winning wines personally selected by Ventana Vineyards Manager Barbara Pluth. Wines change monthly. 831-372-7415x213, Ventana 831-656-0570 OCTOBER 19-21 2009 Monterey Open Championship Del Monte Golf Course, OCTOBER 20 Miura Vineyards Winemaker Dinner Andre’s Bouchee, Carmel, $145 831-626-7880, OCTOBER 21 Enchanted Wines in the Forest Dinner Forge in the Forest, Carmel, 7pm, $75,, 831-646-8511 OCTOBER 23-24 Ghost Train Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, 831-335-4484, OCTOBER 24 29th Annual Big Sur River Run Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur, 10am831-624-4112, OCTOBER 24 Taste for a Cure Wine Tasting & Auction Bargetto Winery, Soquel, 4-7pm, 831-475-2258, OCTOBER 24-25 Monterey Bay FallFest Holiday Gift Faire Custom House Plaza, Monterey, 9am-5pm, 831-622-0700, OCTOBER 25 Big Kahuna Triathlon Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 1 Pebble Beach Equestrian Championships 831-624-2756, OCTOBER 31 Carmel’s 93rd Birthday Party & Parade Ocean Avenue & Devendorf Park, Carmel, 11am 831-620-2020, NOVEMBER 5-8 Big Sur Food & Wine Festival Big Sur resorts & restaurants, winemaker dinners & much more!, 831-667-0800 NOVEMBER 6-22 Mama The Western Stage, Salinas, 831-375-2111, NOVEMBER 13-15 12th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association, Winemaker dinners, blending seminars, tours, showcase finale & much more! 831-375-9400, NOVEMBER 14 Holiday Entertaining with Bernardus Style Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, 4-6pm, $85, 831-658-3400 NOVEMBER 21-22 Feathered Friends Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey 831-648-4800, NOVEMBER 26 Thanksgiving Buffet at Bernardus Lodge Carmel Valley, 12-3pm, $72, $32/kids 5-12,, 831-658-3400

NOVEMBER 7 Rosenblum Cellars Holiday Open House Alameda, 1-5pm, $35/adv, $45, 510-865-7007,

EVERY FRIDAY Wine Dinners at Café Garré Vineyard Nights & Live Music on the Patio Enjoy gourmet seasonal wine-paired cuisine with locally grown & produced ingredients. 6-9pm 925-371-8200, ONGOING Bankhead Theatre Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore 925-373-6800, • Oct 23-25, 30-31: Ragtime ONGOING FRIDAYS Fridays at Fenestra Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm 925-447-5246, ONGOING Thursday Night Music & Dinner The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 6-9pm, $125/couple RSVP 925-456-2400, ONGOING Wine Cave Tasting Experience Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, $15/wine club members RSVP 925-456-2405, EVERY SUNDAY Sunset Suppers The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards Livermore, 4:30-5:30pm 925-456-2450, ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 29 Mixed Media Art Exhibition at Wente Vineyards Livermore, Featuring Edmee Keele & Marge Huffman 925-456-2405, OCTOBER 23, 24, 30 Ghost Walk of Downtown Pleasanton Museum on Main, Pleasanton 925-462-2766, OCTOBER 24 Fall Fanatic Dinner Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 6-9pm, $60 925-447-5246, www.fenestrawinery OCTOBER 29 Wente Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner Livermore, 6:30-9pm, $89/members, $109 925-456-2405,

EVERY SATURDAY Wine Tasting at Beltramo’s Menlo Park, 2:20-5:30pm, 650-325-2806, ONGOING WEEKENDS Vintner Series at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000, • Nov 6-29: Silver Oak Cellars NOVEMBER 26 Thanksgiving Day Bounteous Buffet The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 11am-4pm 650-712-7000, NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 24 Teddy Bear Tea in The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 10am & 1pm 650-712-7000, NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 24 Holiday Lunch in The Dining Room The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 11:30am-2:30pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 2 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 5:30-7:30pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 3 Winter Wonderland Wreaths & Champagne Lunch The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 11:30am-2pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Afternoon Tea in The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 3:30pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve Dinner in The Dining Room The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 4-9pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Day Bounteous Buffet The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 11am-4pm 650-712-7000, DECEMBER 25 Christmas Dinner in The Dining Room The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 4-9pm650-712-7000, DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve in The Dining Room or The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000,

ONGOING Sierra Railroad Oakdale, 209-848-2100, • Oct 25, 29, 31: Pumpkin Train • Oct 23: Murder Mystery Dinner • Nov 3, 10: Tuesday Lunch Special • Nov 8: Sunday Brunch • Nov 13; Murder Mystery Dinner Nov 26: Thanksgiving Supper • Nov 29: Christmas Train

ONGOING Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Jamestown, 209-984-3953, • Oct 24-25, 31: Harvest Haunt Express-Autumn Festival • Nov 1: Harvest Haunt Express-Autumn Festival


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ONGOING 28th Annual Vintners’ Holidays The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley 801-559-4949, • Nov 1-3: Mumm Napa Estates, Provenance Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery & Sbragia Family Vineyards • Nov 4-5: Honig Vineyard & Winery, Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Rombauer Vineyards & Corison Winery • Nov 8-10: Karly Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, Twomey Cellars • Nov 11-12: Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery, Saintsbury, Amphora Winery & Joseph Phelps Vineyards • Nov 15-17: Domaine Carneros, Rosenblum Cellars, Halleck Vineyards & Huge Bear Wines • Nov 18-19: Smith-Madrone, Iron Horse Vineyards, Morgan Winery & Frank Family Vineyards • Nov 29-Dec 1: Simi Winery, Schrader Cellars & Beckstoffer Vineyards, Ceja Vineyards & Dutton-Goldfield Winery • Dec 2-3: Estancia Estates, Bonny Doon Vineyards, Topel Winery & Ravenswood Winery

SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Wines of the World Education Tastings Murphys Hotel, Murphys, No reservations required, everyone welcome! 5:30pm $15, 209-736-2949 ONGOING Hotel Leger Mokelumne Hill, 209-286-1401, OCTOBER 30 Silent Movie Night: Phantom of the Opera Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 209-728-1251, www.ironstonevineyards OCTOBER 31 Frogtown Flea Market Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, 8am-2pm, 209-736-2561 NOVEMBER 20 Silent Movie Night: Grandma’s Boy Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 209-728-1251, www.ironstonevineyards NOVEMBER 28 Sounds of the Season Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, $35, $25/child 209-728-1251, www.ironstonevineyards

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ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY Private Tastings with the Winemaker Winery By the Creek, Fair Play, Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment, $25, $20/members 530-620-2402, ONGOING SUNDAYS Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 530-620-3248, OCTOBER 24 Heart Songs…Sonnnets…and Sips David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 4-7pm, $15, 510-295-1833 OCTOBER 29-31 Nevada Day Celebration Boeger Winery, Placerville, 10am-5pm, 530-622-8094, OCTOBER 30-31 Nevada Day at Perry Creek Fair Play, 530-620-5175 OCTOBER 30-31 & NOVEMBER 1 Nevada Day at Jodar Winery Placerville, 530-644-3474, NOVEMBER 7-8 Yearly PostCrush/PreHoliday/Getchurwine Event Jodar Winery, Placerville, 12-6pm, $10, members/free, 530-644-3474

ONGOING Sacramento River Train 800-866-1690, • Oct 25, 31: Great Pumpkin Express • Nov 7, 14: Great Train Robbery • Nov 21: Murder Mystery • Nov 26: Thanksgiving Supper • Nov 28: Christmas Train ONGOING Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts U.C. Davis, 866-754-ARTS, • Oct 24: Emerson String Quartet • Oct 28: Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra

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ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 25 Pumpkin Patch Festival Western Railway Museum, Fairfield, 9:30am-5pm, 707-374-2978, OCTOBER 25 4th Annual Family Farm Days Suisun Valley Harvest Trail, Fairfield, 10am-5pm 877-793-7386,

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ONGOING Wine Tasting at Amador Vintage Market C.G. di Arie, Four Vines & Cedarville Vineyards, 10am-7pm, taste the wines in a flight for $3, 209-245-FOOD, ONGOING Wine Tasting at the Cafe Via d’Oro 36 Main Street, Sutter Creek, 6-8pm, 209-267-0535,

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ONGOING Happy Hour Wine Tasting Seminar Story Winery, Plymouth, 1pm, 209-245-6208, • November 14 • December 12 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Pumpkin Patch Amador Flower Farm, Plymouth, 9am-4pm 209-245-6660,

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OCTOBER 24 Bray Vineyards Launch Party Plymouth, 209-245-6023 NOVEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 6 A Tuna Christmas Dinner Theatre, Jackson Rancheria Hotel, Main Street Theatre Works 209-267-5680, Jackson,

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Make Your Own Napa Valley Cabernet!
Want to know how long it takes to get Cabernet juice off of your skin? Doesn’t it feel good, running your hands through those aromatic luscious purple berries? What about the feeling of opening a bottle of Cabernet (or Chardonnay or Zinfandel) you made yourself, at dinner with friends and family? What about going into your wine cellar and seeing those bottles you made yourself, your name front and center on the label, aging nicely until you’re ready to enjoy them? MicroCrush is a service based at Judd’s Hill in the Napa Valley which has been offering a make-your-own wine program for twenty years. Winemakers Judd Finkelstein, Art Finkelstein and Kenn Vigoda have a combined 80 years of winemaking expertise and the winery’s intimate, handson setting makes the experience truly memorable and unusual – and it all takes place in the heart of the wine country in Napa Valley. “Making my own wine at MicroCrush was one of the most fulfilling and exciting experiences I’ve ever had,” comments client Tom Alfred of San Francisco. “I have enormous respect for the complexity of the process and for the ease and good humor with which winemakers, Judd, Art and Kenn guided me through it.” Judd’s Hill’s was one of the first wineries offering this type of service, having first introduced it in 1992. Based in the town of Napa, MicroCrush allows grape growers and wine enthusiasts from anywhere in the world to realize the dream of having their own wine made for them without having to own a winery. “We can walk out in the vineyards surrounding the winery to discuss winemaking nuances with our MicroCrush clients,” winemaker Judd Finkelstein explains. “Because we have a state-of-the-art licensed and bonded winery, MicroCrush can offer an all-inclusive winemaking service specializing in small lots, as little as one barrel. From sourcing the finest fruit to bottling,

we do it all for you,” Judd adds. In addition to working with individuals, MicroCrush has helped launch several small commercial brands. The timeframe for making your own wine at MicroCrush begins with harvest and extends through at least an eightmonth period for white wine and up to a 24-month timeframe for most red wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon. Want to start small? MicroCrush offers a Bottle-Blending Day Camp, another option for winemaker newbies. These personalized winemaker-guided blending sessions are perfect for those who dream of creating a few bottles of their own Napa Valley Cabernet blend. Clients sign up with as little as 24 hours’ notice and then arrive to create their own wine, handbottled with a custom label ready to take home that day. Beginning as garage winemakers, pioneering vintners, Art and Bunnie

Finkelstein have been producing legendary wines in the Napa Valley since the 1970s. Now, along with their son, Judd and his wife Holly, they continue to hand-craft ultra-premium wines with the same passionate and intimate style that has been their signature for over 30 years. Judd’s Hill’s current releases are 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Napa Valley Estate Pinot Noir Milliken Creek Vineyard, 2006 Lodi Old Vine Petite Sirah, 2007 Central Coast Pinot Noir and the wines usually offered only to their Club members – 2008 Napa Valley Rose and 2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Judd’s Hill is located at 2332 Silverado Trail and is open for tours and tastings by appointment daily. For more information, call (707) 255-2332, email, or visit and



Know Your History
by Richard Paul Hinkle
Harry S. Truman counseled that “The only thing new in the world is the history you haven’t read.” If you’ve ever read the history of Napa Valley, you would know that the Prussian revolutionary Charles Krug was the Robert Mondavi of his time, mentoring, counseling and arming (in terms of grape growing and winemaking skills) many of the finest winemakers of the 19th century. He founded his namesake winery in 1861, using a wooden apple press borrowed from Sonoma’s Hungarian revolutionary, Agoston Haraszthy (of Buena Vista Winery fame). So it was with a perfect sense of irony that Peter Mondavi Senior’s father bought the forlorn, nearly forsaken Krug facility in 1943 and patiently set out to restore its glory and reputation. What we’ve seen in the last decade or so is exactly that, in full. It started in the vineyards, of course, with a dedication to the Bordeaux grape varieties, but it was continued in the winery and in the facilities as a whole. While Krug these days – with 850 acres of vineland in the Napa Valley – is focusing rather well on Cabernet Sauvignon, Peter Mondavi Jr. wants you to know that Merlot does not take a back seat to its more known Bordelais cousin. “Great Merlot from premium Napa Valley vineyards – and we have a few at our disposal – can be just as rich and just as full-flavored as any fine Cabernet Sauvignon. When you couple good solid farming practices – working vineyards that you’ve owned for decades – with low yields and modern vinification techniques, you can make a wine with astounding flavor intensity and richness. I believe that our Merlot can hold its own with wines selling for twice the price. “Over the last eight years we, as a family, have made a commitment to producing wine that represents the best of Napa Valley. We’ve replanted vineyards, better matching what’s planted to the soil and climate of each of our vineyards. We moved wholly to sustainable farming practices, and we believe that it is really showing up now in the wines that we are producing.” The Mondavis have also been busy restoring their historic facilities, and were recently recognized for doing so. The restorations of the Redwood Cellar (1872) and Carriage House (1881) were touted by the California Preservation Foundation, which presented the family with the coveted Preservation Design Award. The Redwood Cellar is still used as a production facility, as it was in Krug’s day; the Carriage House originally housed the family’s renowned collection of … yep, carriages. It now serves as a most charming venue for tastings and dinners and other special events.

JUST TASTE THE WINES (All “Napa Valley” appellation, natch.)
Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ($18): Fresh, zesty lime aromatics and flavor, with a texture that just goes on and on – oily, rich and round. You like veal piccata, as I do? This is the wine. Chardonnay 2007 Carneros ($20): If I just said “peaches and cream,” that should sum up this wine nicely. You know those rotisserie chickens, with lemon pepper? Yep, that’s it. Pinot Noir 2007 Carneros ($25): Mulberry and strawberry fruit, with lovely rose petal hints and a bit of leather in the finish; juicy texture that makes this the perfect wine for the pot roast … or pretty much anything else that you can imagine and cook.


Merlot 2006 ($23): If anyone’s missing any tannin, we found it, here it is! This wine is chewy, with cranberry and cassis fruit; thick and gnarly. Salisbury steak, with extra tomatoes. Zinfandel 2007 St. Helena ($25): Kick on your picnic grill and get those burgers going, because this wine is chock-ablock full of raspberry, black pepper and camphor spiciness. Just the wine for the big burger, red onion, and all the pickle relish you love to load it with. Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Yountville ($27): Subtle cassis, with that tobacco and cigar box scent that is so inviting. Very well balanced, with a hint of coffee in the finish. “Generations” 2005 Family Reserve ($51): Livin’ large is this beauty, with out-sized black currant and bacon-fat oak toastiness. If you like grilled meats, this is your wine. Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Vintage Selection ($69): A bit more subtle than the Family Reserve, this wine is all about cassis, blackberry, dark chocolate and dark coffee. Put this one away for a few years in a cool, dark cellar. Then you can have some fun with this one. Charles Krug is located at 2800 Main Street (State Highway 29), St. Helena, just on the northern boundary of the town. Phone 1-800-237-0033, (707) 967-2229, or find them on the web at The elegant main tasting room – ask to look at the original wooden hand press in the nearby private tasting room – is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. [Hinkle, who loves to play baseball (when his back isn’t acting up), is the author of nine wine books. The latest, just out, is Clos Pegase: The Architecture of Wine.]



Dave and Julie Guffy

Enjoying Great Wine is a Way of Life
After more than twenty years of making wine, stretching from Santa Barbara to the Napa Valley, Dave and Julie Guffy have realized their dream – to develop a small familyrun wine business. If you like “micro” produced and handcrafted boutique wines, then Guffy Family Wines is exactly what you are looking for. Focusing mainly on Syrah, their production is so limited, they make cult wines look big! Whether Syrah is grown in Santa Barbara or the Napa Valley or in any other great appellation, California has a lot to offer with this grape. Dave and Julie Guffy are often asked if their style of Syrah is French or Australian. Their response is quite candid, “Why can’t California have it’s own style?” With California’s consistent and excellent weather, they know they can make a powerful and elegant wine with Syrah. Opportunity knocked when the Guffy’s found a new home with an award-winning Syrah vineyard on the northern edge of the Carneros appellation in the Napa Valley. The vineyard is small enough to allow them to do all their own work – from pruning to cluster thinning to eventually hand harvesting themselves. Dave and Julie love being involved in every aspect in the vineyard. With two full-time jobs and two active daughters, the time they spend working in the vineyard is their time together these days. Amazing how much conversation arises when your leaf pulling! Both learned a long time ago that to be a successful winery, the mantra in the vineyard should be – you are not farming grapes, you are farming wine. What they do in their Carneros estate vineyard has a direct impact on the flavors and quality that you will savor in your glass. They believe you must farm each vine in order to achieve the goals they have have set for themselves. As tedious and ridiculous as this may seem, this is truly the difference between just grape growing and farming to make the best wine. As you might surmise by now, Dave Guffy’s commitment to winemaking is held at the highest standards. As Director of Winemaking at the Hess Collection for the past decade, Dave’s responsibilities also encompass overseeing all of the vineyards for the winery. Prior to his current position at Hess, Dave spent many years on the Central Coast as winemaker for Cambria Winery and Vineyards. Dave is a native Californian who was born and raised in San Jose before attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and ultimately graduating from Fresno State with a degree in enology. Julie, on the other hand, hails from Orange County. After a few wine tastings in college, she set her sights on viticulture and enology. After graduating from Cal Poly, she worked in almost every aspect of the wine business from enologist at Byron Winery and Vineyard to Executive Director for the Central Coast Winegrowers Association. Julie currently is a sales representative for Demptos Napa Cooperage and participates on panels as a sensory evaluator for TCA thresholds for VinQuiry. Their interest for Syrah started in the early 1990s in Santa Barbara County when they realized the beauty and potential for this varietal. If you enjoy wines that are intensely colored, brimming with blackberry and blueberry fruit throughout the mid palate and finish with soft, supple tannins, then you will definitely enjoy what Guffy Family Wines has to offer. The wines will always be small lot, handcrafted and of the highest quality. To complement their estate vineyard Syrah, they chose another one of their favorite wines, Petite Sirah. For this wine they chose a vineyard located on Mendocino’s Talmadge bench that is old vine and farmed by the same family for generations. These wines are sold out every year so reserve your case today. The wines are easily available directly for the consumer via the website, or by email Exclusive tastings are available by appointment only by calling (707) 258-2532. You can also enjoy a glass of wine or bottle with lunch or dinner at Zinsvalley Restaurant located in downtown Napa, (707) 224-0695.





The tasting room for Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars is a uniquely refreshing experience in the Napa Valley. Down-to-earth, laidback and fresh are the words that best describe the tasting room where you’ll often find the guests rocking out to AC/DC. If you want to have an entertaining and fun experience in the Napa Valley, this is the tasting room to visit. Located in the center of the Napa Valley, surrounded by prime Oakville vineyards, the Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars tasting room boasts several features that have guests returning time and time again. First of all, this tasting room pours an exceptional selection of beautiful Napa Valley and California wines including Folie à Deux, Napa Cellars and Ménage à Trois. The Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars wines are outstanding examples of classic Napa Valley varietals. Make sure to try the Napa Cellars Chardonnay. The Chardonnay is made from grapes sourced from South Napa, where cool bay air provides the perfect weather for producing a wine with big tropical fruit flavors and aromas of clove spiced oak and coconut. This award-winning wine showcases balanced acidity and ends with a long, polished finish. The Folie à Deux Cabernet Sauvignon is also an exceptional wine to try. For those who love a powerful Cab, this wine delivers ample fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry. The chocolate, mint and leather characteristics lead to balanced tannins: a true Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There are several tasting flights to choose from at the tasting room and all tasting fees are priced at only $5. “We want guests to have a fantastic time here at the tasting room, and when they leave, we want them to say ‘Wow, I had a great experience’,” says Tasting Room Manager Dean Slattery. “Our wines are fun and the tasting room really reflects the spirit of the wines.” The Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars experience continues outside the walls of the tasting room. Beautiful fall weather is starting in the Napa Valley so bring a picnic to the tasting room. The winery’s picnic area is the perfect spot to enjoy an outdoor meal amongst the vineyard leaves, which turn stunning shades of red and yellow in the autumn. The Folie à Deux and Napa Cellars tasting room is located at 7481 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, CA 94562. Tasting room hours are 10 to 6 p.m. daily.



‘Merlove’ Release on DVD
Producer/Director McClain to be a Guest on Wine Library TV, November 17
Producer/Director Rudolf N. McClain announces that the movie Merlove is now available for pre-release orders. The DVD will ship Friday, November 13, 2009 with all new animated sequences, music and digital mastering. The DVD will also include a director’s commentary. Wineries and wine shops wanting to carry the DVD can contact McClain for special pricing and to schedule screenings, appearances and DVD signings. McClain can be reached at or (707) 8158793. McClain will be a guest on Gary Vaynerchuk’s Wine Library TV program on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 (the segment can be found at “I’m eager to spread the love of Merlot,” McClain says. “A winery which makes Merlot can use the DVD in its sales efforts, tasting room and its educational programs,” he adds. “I want to help wineries encourage people to try Merlot,” he says. McClain welcomes wineries, retailers and educators to contact him to discuss joint programs to promote the DVD. Screener copies are available also by contacting McClain. The movie Merlove premiered on June 27, 2008 and has been screened at film festivals around the world. “Merlove is a documentary I wanted to make in response to the movie Sideways,” explains McClain. Filmed in the Napa Valley, Washington State and Bordeaux, Merlove interweaves documentary style filmmaking with animation. The animation subplot centers on a bottle of Merlot wine named “Merlove” which must find a way to fill itself with love when aimlessly tossed into the ocean of mediocre Merlot wine. In Bordeaux McClain filmed JeanClaude Berrouet (winemaker, Chateau Petrus), Michel Rolland (winemaking consultant), Alain Vauthier, (proprietor, Chateau Ausone), Olivier Berrouet (enologist, Cheval Blanc), Jean-Luc Thunevin (owner/winemaker, Valandraud), Murielle Andraud (owner, Valandraud), Michel Gracia (owner/winemaker, Gracia), Michel Puzio (owner/winemaker, Chateau Croix de Labrie) and others. In America Merlove visited with Tom Rinaldi (winemaker, Provenance Vineyards), Chris Phelps (winemaker, Swanson Vineyards), Tom Mackey (winemaker, St. Francis Winery), Larry Stone (general manager, Rubicon Estate), Andy Beckstoffer (owner, Beckstoffer Vineyards), Peter Mondavi Jr. (owner, Charles Krug), Gary Vaynerchuk (operations manager, Wine Library and star of Wine Library TV), Hamilton Nicholson (winemaker, Kelham Vineyards), Ronald Nicholson (winemaker, Kelham Vineyards), Kirk Venge (winemaker, Venge Vineyards) and others. “Merlot is an intriguing grape varietal. Its past, present and future are of great interest to all of us who love great wine,” McClain comments. “As a wine, it holds the key to bottled poetry. Passionate winemakers, in tune with terroir, translate their love for the varietal into some of the best wines in the world,” he adds.

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SERVES 6 • 1 lb. Garganelli pasta, cooked al dente • 4 Italian sausages, not in casings • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 2 medium onion, finely chopped • 2 bay leaves • 1/3 cup white wine • 1 cup cream • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • Salt and white pepper • Parmesan cheese • Freshly ground black pepper In a large skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add sausage mixture, garlic, onions and bay leaf and cook for 15 minutes. Add white wine and reduce. Stir in cream, truffles* and butter. Add pasta to skillet and toss, stir in Parmesan cheese and freshly ground pepper. *Optional: 2 preserved black truffles

Ferrari-Carano 2006 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Perfectly Paired with Garganelli, Italian Sausage and Black Truffle
Rhonda Carano dips into her Italian heritage for this recipe, selecting Italian sausage, freed from its casing in her sauce and, for a tempting touch of elegance she uses the more unusual Garganelli pasta instead of a traditional plain tubular shape. Still short and tubular, Garganelli has grooved sides that give it a dressier appearance and more nooks and crannies for the rich sauce, particularly when nestled into a skillet with a mix of sausage, onions, white wine, a generous pour of cream and, as an impressive addition, two preserved black truffles. Although the recipe calls for a third of a cup of white wine Rhonda and winemaker Sarah Quider feel that an excellent wine choice to share the dining table with the Garganelli and sausage mix would be the 2006 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel with its layers of fruit complexity. Though this wine is primarily composed of Zinfandel, the blend also contains small amounts of Petite Sirah and Carignane. This food friendly red blend is treated to considerable hands-on attention starting at the press as the grapes arrive to be hand-sorted and held in individual lots before spending 18 months aging in American and French oak barrels. The 2006 vintage shows particular ability to pair with slow-cooked and spicy meat dishes and, says Rhonda, it is a great partner for decadent chocolate desserts, and what could be more comforting on a nippy autumn night?

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Peju Winery Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer
A Portion of Sales from Peju Pink Wine to be Donated to Breast Cancer Patient Care and Research Organizations
Peju Winery supports October Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the 2008 vintage of Peju Pink wine. Peju is joining the fight against breast cancer by donating ten percent of sales from each bottle of its third vintage of Peju Pink to organizations that help breast cancer patients and advance breast cancer research. Earlier this year, Peju donated more than $12,000 to the Napa Queen of the Valley Medical Complex Breast Center from a portion of the sales of the 2007 vintage of its Peju Pink wine. The contribution was designated to directly assist women in need of breast cancer treatment and care due to expense and insurance limitations. Since 2007, Peju has donated nearly $50,000 to breast cancer organizations from both the sales of the Peju Pink wine and through participation in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in San Francisco and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Napa. Peju Pink came to fruition in the winter of 2007 when the women of Peju wanted to create a wine to honor the many lives that have been touched by breast cancer. Winemaker Sara Fowler, along with owners Herta, Lisa and Ariana Peju, created a blush-style blend and chose to donate a portion of its proceeds to breast cancer research and patient care. “Most of us know at least one woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and every three minutes another woman in the United States is diagnosed,” Herta Peju said. “Peju Pink is our way of recognizing the women fighting breast cancer and contributing toward the effort to find a cure.” Peju Pink retails for $22 per bottle and is available for sale exclusively in Peju’s tasting room and online at Peju Pink is a fragrant blush-style wine with hints of crisp peach and passion fruit and is served chilled. The Peju Pink label features a woman in pink who depicts one of the three Greek graces from a 100-year-old stained glass window in the Peju tasting room tower.

About Peju Winery
Established in 1982, Peju is a small, family-owned and operated winery located in Napa Valley’s Rutherford Appellation. A certified Napa Green Winery, we are committed to producing high-quality, earth-friendly wines through the use of organic and sustainable farming practices and solar power. Our estate-grown fruit develops into wines that exhibit a graceful combination of power and elegance. Visitors to Peju are invited to enjoy our pristine gardens, art exhibit, extensive gift shop, three wine clubs and an on-premise kitchen that hosts a variety of events and classes. Our tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 8466 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, Napa Valley. For more information, visit or call 1-800-446-7358.



Ménage à Trois Named 2009 'Wine Brand of the Year' by Market Watch
Beverage industry publication Market Watch has named Ménage à Trois the 2009 “Wine Brand of the Year.” The award was announced in New York City, on September 24th, at the 26th Annual Market Watch Leaders Award Dinner. The recipient of this prestigious accolade is selected annually by nearly 200 of the top beverage alcohol retailers in the United States, and bestowed as a mark of excellence on the year’s best products across the beer, wine and spirits categories. “Receiving this award is a great honor and it’s been thrilling to watch the Ménage à Trois brand grow exponentially over the past couple of years,” said Bob Torkelson, President and COO of Trinchero Family Estates. “We are incredibly proud to have been selected by the Market Watch Leaders for this award. We are grateful for the support of our outstanding national wholesaler network that has embraced the brand and enabled our success.” Since purchasing the brand in 2004, Trinchero Family Estates has grown Ménage à Trois from under 25,000 cases to well over one million cases, with Ménage à Trois Red becoming the number one selling red wine in the country. Market Watch is published by New York-based M. Shanken Communication, Inc, a company specializing in food & beverage publications. M. Shanken also publishes Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, Food Arts and Impact. Trinchero Family Estates is wholly owned and operated by the Trinchero family, Napa Valley vintners since 1948. The company produces more than 23 brands of wine including Sutter Home, Trinchero Napa Valley, Main Street, Napa Cellars, Terra d'Oro, Montevina, Trinity Oaks, Folie a Deux, Ménage à Trois, and the number one alcohol-removed wine, Fre. The company also imports Angove Family Winemakers and Little Boomey wines of Australia, and markets and sells the Three Thieves and Joel Gott brands. For more information, visit or

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Are Syrah and Petite Sirah the same Wines?
Petite Sirah, also known as durif, is often used as a blending grape and, although it is not commonly bottled as a singlegrape varietal, when it is it creates a unique, bold and interesting wine. It has a dense, inky quality with intense black fruit flavors. In fact, there isn’t much about it I would describe as petite. If you like big, intense red wines, you will like Petite Sirah. The Syrah grape, however, is more frequently used to make single-grape-variety wine and creates a more moderately powerful wine compared to Petite Sirah. There is a distant DNA connection between the two grapes, but they are generally regarded as two different and distinct grapes. Syrah’s true home is acknowledged to be a region of France called the Northern Rhône. It is in the lower eastern section of the country and it is defined by the north-south running Rhône River. The most famous French wine from this region that is made from Syrah is called Hermitage and the style represents Syrah’s potential as a dense, dark and spicy wine, with a deep ruby color. Its bold, peppery flavors make Syrah a popular choice to serve with strong flavorful foods such as game and stews. In Australia, the Syrah grape is known as Shiraz, and it has become Australia’s trademark red grape. Australian wine producers, as well as American winemakers, have also blended syrah with another black grape, Cabernet Sauvignon, with tremendous success. It is complex and tannic and will age well for many years, possibly decades. In California, the one region coming known for its quality wines made with Syrah is the Central Coast, particularly the areas of Paso Robles and Santa Maria, and extending into Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez area. Wines from this region represent the richness of Syrah at easily affordable prices.
Len Napolitano lives in Sonoma County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, Send your questions about wine to: or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.

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Pinot Party
Passionate about Pinot Noir? Make plans now to attend the 6th Annual “Pinot On The River,” a three-day weekend of all things Pinot Noir, featuring in-depth tastings, seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. On October 22nd-25th, sit with winemakers and meet other Pinot lovers at various venues in the Russian River Valley while sipping highly allocated, limited production Pinot Noirs. More than 50 premium producers, including Schug and Marimar Torres, will be pouring. The event is capped off by Sunday’s Grand Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting with Pinot Noirs from 100 small production artisanal Pinot producers at the historic Russian River Vineyards. Tickets are on sale now with packages starting at $65 per person. To participate, visit winemaking discussion led by Winemaker Steve Urberg. Barcelona native and Gloria Ferrer’s Executive VP, Eva Bertran, will also provide a hands (and lips) on demonstrat ion of the proper usage of the Catalonian “por ron,” a traditional glass wine pitcher famous throughout Spain, followed by an exclusive winery and cave tour. This celebration of harvest takes place on Saturday, October 24th. Reserve your tickets soon, as space is limited. Tickets are $70 and $56 for Cuvée Club members. Call (707) 933-1999 to reserve tickets or visit the winery’s website at

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sits in the shadow of Napa and Sonoma wine country, savvy drinkers know the wines are just as good and the prices don’t break the bank! The perfect time to discover this underthe-radar wine destination is during the annual Hopland Passport Weekend. More than 10 area wineries are participating, including my favorite, Brutocao Cellars, an ultra-premium multigenerational family winery that specializes in superb Old World varietals. Tickets for the two-day fete are only $35 per person and includes live music, bocce ball, barrel tasting, barbecues, organic garden tours, book signings, reserve and future tastings and a few extra surprises. Free shuttles will be running between the wineries too. For more information, call 1-800-5642582 or go to

All That Jazz
Voted Best Napa Music Festival by the Bohemian Readers Poll, the Downtown Blues Festival returns to Calistoga on Saturday, November 7th. Each fall, this event draws thousands of wine and music lovers to the area to experience and enjoy basically one great big jazz and blues club. On Saturday, hear the Bay Area’s best bands playing in restaurants, shops and public spaces, taste wines from Napa Valley’s finest wineries, and enjoy art and great food too. On Sunday, the festivities continues with Blues in the Vineyards with music and wine tasting at seven Calistoga wineries. For details, call (707) 9426333 or go to

The Simple Life
Flora Springs is a family-owned winery that has been styling elegant, complex wines from its Napa Valley estate vineyards for 25 years. Trilogy and world-class Cabernet Sauvignon are the foundations of the winery’s legacy. The estate possesses an enviable record of critical acclaim: five different wine varietals have been listed among Wine Spectator’s “Top 100” wines of the world. A perfect time to discover this fabled winery is on Friday, October 30th, during Savor the Simple Life. Participants will tour through one of Napa Valley’s most romantic caves and taste wines paired with signature dishes. Guests will also explore wine related topics such as: sense of place, flavor profiles, barrel aging and more. Cost to attend Savor the Simple Life is $85 per person. To reserve your place, call (707) 967-6723 or visit

Big Deal
Celebrating excellence in winemaking in an unmatched and beautiful natural setting, Yosemite National Park is the backdrop for several upcoming food and wine events. The Ahwahnee Hotel brings together 32 prominent California wineries over a series of eight sessions from November 1st to December 3rd. Participants are invited to meet, learn from and dine with different winemakers and winery owners in each session, moderated by some of the most respected wine authorities in the country. Esteemed California winemakers making repeat appearances this year include Joseph Phelps, Rombauer Vineyards, Mumm Napa Estates. Newcomers include Ceja Vineyards and Topel Winery. At each session, guests will enjoy a world-class, five-course gourmet dinner paired with that session’s wines. Vintners’ Holidays offers everyone from novice to connoisseur an opportunity to experience rare and limited-releases in one of the most breathtaking winter settings imaginable. This exclusive event does sell out so make your reservations early. Special two and three night packages are available at the Ahwahnee and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. To participate, call (801) 559-4949 or visit

Family Focused
One of the few remaining family owned and operated wineries in the Sonoma Valley, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, specializes in select lots of handcrafted wine sold only through their retail tasting room and Wine Club. Enjoy their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Barbera, in addition to their yummy chocolate truffles filled with VJB Reserve Cabernet. For those seeking a little break from wine tasting, enjoy the family’s full espresso bar and their nice selection of locally made pastries. Contact (707) 833-2300 or the website:

Paella Party
Experience an evening of Spanish culture, music and ambiance at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in celebration of the 2009 harvest. Chef Jose Castaneda, whose passion and artistry for paella is renowned throughout the region, will wow guests with a cooking demonstration of his world-class tapas and seafood paella, which will be paired with Gloria Ferrer’s diverse selection of estate and vineyard designated Pinot Noirs and a

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Tasting Room of the Week:

by Michelle J. Baker
What were you doing 51 years ago? Taking your first steps? Heading into kindergarten? Or maybe like me, you weren’t even born yet. That’s why it’s staggering to consider that Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, co-founder of Grgich Hills Cellar in Rutherford, just passed his 51st anniversary of making wines in the Napa Valley this summer. Last year, Grgich was one inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. Among his many career accomplishments, Grgich was instrumental in propelling California and Napa Valley onto the world wine scene when as the winemaker at Chateau Montelena, his Chardonnay was declared the finest white wine in the world at the famed “Judgment at Paris” in 1976. Mike Grgich’s storied winemaking career started in Croatia, where he studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Zagreb. He left Yugoslavia in 1954 to escape communism, first traveling to West Germany and then Canada. In 1958, Grgich arrived in Napa Valley and over the course of

Halloween Concert at Grgich Hills
Les Violettes will present a special Halloween concert of magical, mythical and macabre French Baroque music, guaranteed to make you shudder, shiver and swoon on Sunday, October 25, starting at 2pm. The concert will be in Grgich Hills Estate’s salon. The winery is located at 1829 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29) in Rutherford. Les Violetttes is Violet Grgich, harpsichord, and Colin Shipman, viola da gamba, with guest artists Corey Carleton, soprano, and David Wilson, violin. Cost is $25 general admission, $15 Grgich Hills wine club members. For reservations, please contact or call the winery at (707) 963-2784.

20 years would go on to work under many legendary winemakers, including Lee Stewart of the original Souverain Cellars; Brother Timothy at Christian Brothers; André Tchelistcheff at Beaulieu Vineyards; and Robert Mondavi. In 1977, Grgich started Grgich Hills Winery with Austin Hills of the Hills Brothers Coffee family. Grgich Hills has made its name by producing consistently high quality Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and more recently, a proprietary late harvest

wine, Violetta. Grgich, who is now 86 years old, has always been one of the wine industry’s great innovators. His winery converted to solar power in 2006, and now the sun provides nearly 100 percent of the facility’s electrical needs. In fact, visitors to Grgich Hills can track the winery’s real-time usage and its solar power production on a kiosk in the tasting room. In addition, Grgich Hills’ 366 acres of estate vineyards are now all certified organic and Biodynamic® by Demeter, an organization that visits annually to recertify them. And, all of the Grgich Hills wines are estate grown from its Napa Valley vineyards. In the cellar, Grgich has started to use larger sizes of foudres (oak barrels) for some wines to keep the benefits of oak aging without overdoing the oak flavoring. He’s also brought in new a new barrel rack system for the Chardonnay that allows the cellar crew to spin the sealed barrels to stir the sediment called lees, a process that adds richness and complexity to the wine. Most wineries open the bung on top of the barrel and manually stir the lees, which risks exposing the wine to bacteria or too much



George Taber to Sign his New Book at Grgich Hills Estate
‘In Search of Bacchus: Wandering in the Wonderful World of Wine Tourism’
Award-wining author George M. Taber will join with Hall of Fame winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich to autograph Taber’s newest book at the Grgich Hills Estate winery, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Traveling to 12 beautiful and fascinating wine-producing regions around the globe, Taber captures the land, the people, and – of course, the grapes – in this delightful and entertaining exploration of the thriving world of wine tourism. Mike Grgich was honored to be one of the first to read the book and his comments were used on the back cover: Mike wrote, “With In Search of Bacchus, George Taber proves that what makes great wines also makes for a great story, as he transports us to the world’s best wine regions and introduces us to the fascinating people who make the wine. My only complaint is he didn’t invite me along on his journey.” Taber’s previous books are “Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine” and “To Cork or Not to Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle.”

air. During Grgich Hills daily tours at 11am and 2pm daily, you can learn more about this process. The winery remains family-owned and operated with Mike assisted by his daughter, Violet Grgich, who is Vice President of Operations, and his nephew, Ivo Jeramaz, who is Vice President of Vineyards and Production. At the tasting bar, the Grgich Hills currently features some limited release bottles, including the 2005 Yountville Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, which comes from some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Napa Valley, planted in 1959. The winery also has a Carneros Selection Chardonnay, a wine that does not go through malolactic fermentation so it has great structure to balance the lovely richness that Chard fans crave. During harvest season Grgich Hills has a grape stomping exhibition. For a small fee visitors can take their turn at stomping some of the day’s harvest. Grgich Hills Estate is located at 1829 St. Helena Hwy (Hwy. 29) in Rutherford. For more information, visit



Four Fun, New Releases from Casa Nuestra Winery
In keeping with their near 30-year tradition of being a premier vintner of rare varieties and unique blends, Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards is releasing their 2007 Charbono, 2008 Late Harvest French Colombard, 2007 Two Goats Red (A Napa Valley Red Wine) and their 2008 Symphony. The CHARBONO is a traditional Italian variety – once widely planted in the Napa Valley, it is now considered rare. The vineyard is located in Calistoga, now California’s Charbono headquarters. The vineyard is very old, very small and head-pruned. The 2007 vintage offers a deep richly color and pleasantly medium–bodied wine with layers of red fruit with allspice followed by a creamy finish. 150 cases were produced, $29 a bottle. The 2008 LATE HARVEST FRENCH COLOMBARD grapes are from a very small block of vines at the top of Casa Nuestra’s near 70-year-old, dry-farmed vineyard in Oakville. This year the vines were Botrytized, and offered unique apricot flavors to the wine. Botrytise, (also known as Noble Rot) occurs late in the harvest season and extracts the moisture from the grapes leaving fruit flavors highly concentrated without raising the sugar level. With only 8% residual sugar, this wine has a wonderfully clean finish. This wine is the perfect pairing to a plate of soft cheeses, candied walnuts and dried fruit. Only 100 cases of 375 ml bottles were produced, $20 a bottle. The 2007 TWO GOATS RED – A NAPA VALLEY RED WINE is from Casa Nuestra’s St. Helena Estate. The wine is amusingly dedicated to the weed abatement staff who are literally, a couple of goats. The varietals in this wine change with each production and is promised to always be delicious and affordable. This, their sixth production is a blend of mostly Merlot with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. 305 cases were produced – $22 a bottle. The 2008 SYMPHONY is truly a California native. This grape variety was created at UC Davis in 1948, by crossing Grenache Gris and Muscat of Alexandria. The wine boasts an exotic floral bouquet with a pleasingly fruity finish. Served slightly chilled, this wine is a treat to taste. 56 cases produced, $20 a bottle. All of these new releases are available for tasting at the winery in St.Helena, by appointment Monday through Saturday. Casa Nuestra, which means “Our House” was established in 1979 and continues to produce only about 2,000 cases annually from the estate’s organic vineyards. Their goal is to preserve rare varieties and unusual blends and to keep the vineyards along with the winery a true taste of old Napa, where folks are encouraged to visit, sit back and savor fine, handcrafted wines. The Casa team of about ten people, proudly craft and present several wines including Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Rosado (a dry rosé,) Old Vines Riesling, French Colombard, Meritage (Bordeaux style blend), Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Two Goats Red and two wines called Tinto St. Helena and Tinto Classico – made from traditional, field blended vineyards. All the wines are award-winning. They welcome visitors Monday through Saturday by appointment, for tasting, tours, and barrel sampling. Casa Nuestra Winery is located at 3451 Silverado Trail North in St. Helena, California, Napa Valley. They can also be reached by phone toll-free at 1-866-844-WINE or on the web at Picnickers and well-behaved canines welcome!





Winemaker Profile: Flora Springs Winery

by Diana Greenwood
Although Paul Steinauer has hiked through forty countries on all seven continents, including some of the world’s most prestigious wine-growing regions, his heels are firmly planted in Flora Springs soil. Winemaker for the past two years and Assistant Winemaker for eighteen years prior to his promotion, Paul has a big worldview to go with his wide grin and he fits right in at this friendly, family-owned and family-run winery. Flora Springs is “old world meets new world” with a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp, a wine blog, and The Room in St. Helena with all its ultra-modern glory, yet the original estate is as serene and lovely as any in wine country with a charming stone winery building built in 1883. Inside that slice of history, Paul works with state of the art equipment to produce the world-renowned wines for which Flora Springs is known. One of Paul’s trips to France may have helped to shape his style. “I think spending time in Bordeaux, tasting wines from single vineyard blocks and talking to a number of winemakers there had an influence on the way I approach our single vineyard line of wines,” said Paul. “In Bordeaux, they don’t have the luxury of blending from different appellations as we are able to do with our Trilogy, a meritage blend. However, in the case of our Wild Boar, Holy Smoke, Out of Sight, Rennie Reserve and our Hillside Reserve Cabernets, those are 100% vineyard designated and each one requires a different winemaking approach. The choices I make are similar to those of the winemakers in Bordeaux.” For all his world travel, Paul is a home-boy, born in St. Helena and although he moved to Oregon when he was young, he spent five summers here with his grandparents, working long hours in the vineyards at Joseph

Phelps Winery. It was there that he caught wine fever. Paul studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Oregon and in 1990, he came home to wine country and joined the Flora Springs team, continuing his education at UC Davis. He’s been having fun ever since. “Having worked for the Komes and Garvey families for almost two decades now, I can honestly say this is like my family away from home,” said Paul. “In addition to providing us with a great place to work, they have also provided all the tools to continue making world class wines. This season we added a new bottling line, new stainless steel tanks, new concrete tanks and all the barrels I requested. All of this just adds to the pleasure I feel arriving at work each day.” Once in a while Paul takes time off to pursue his other passion – fly-fishing. He says there’s something meditative about the sport; where you’re one with nature and all is quiet. No doubt, his mind wanders as he casts, the heady aroma of fermenting grapes and blends

in barrels permeating his thoughts. Paul counts the magnificent estate fruit from Flora Springs’ 650 acres of vineyards throughout the Napa Valley as a real boon to his task as a winemaker. “We’re able to have seamless communication between the farming side and the production side,” said Paul. He credits Vineyard Director Pat Garvey and President John Komes with keeping the quality of Flora Springs’ wines a top priority as evidenced in the sustainably-farmed vineyards. Taste the wines of world traveler, Paul Steinauer, at The Room, 677 St. Helena Highway in St. Helena, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; (707) 967-8032, or visit Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards where tours of the caves and patio tastings are available by appointment. To reach the winery, call (707) 967-6723. Paul says this harvest looks promising and there’s no better time to visit than fall, when the vines are turning color, the air is cool and fresh, and the highways are clear.



Napa Valley is North America’s Preferred Wine Destination
Legendary Wine Producing Region Voted Number One Wine Destination by TripAdvisor® Survey Respondents
In a recent announcement, The Napa Valley was named North America’s number one wine destination by TripAdvisor® survey respondents. Described by TripAdvisor editors as the “undisputed wine capital of America,” The Napa Valley was recognized for its unparalleled beauty, vineyards and world-class wines. “The Napa Valley,” says Clay Gregory, CEO of the Napa Valley Destination Council, “provides the genuine wine country experience travelers desire and we are thrilled that the TripAdvisor community has honored our destination with the #1 position on their Top Ten wine destinations list.” “The Napa Valley defines a casual wine country lifestyle,” Gregory added, “and our region’s beauty, world-renowned wines, restaurants, spas and authentic cities and towns offer the traveler activities that will enrich both body and soul.” In the TripAdvisor commissioned survey of more than 1,000 U.S. respondents, 48 percent plan to visit a U.S. vineyard this year, with 40 percent planning to do so this fall. Travelers are most interested in visiting California favorites Napa Valley (29 percent) and Sonoma (18 percent), with the Finger Lakes, New York and Willamette Valley, Oregon tied for third place with eight percent. To plan an escape to America’s legendary Napa Valley, visit for more details on accommodations, wine tastings and tours, restaurants, spas and regional activities. The word Napa stands for “Land of Plenty,” the original meaning given to the region by its first inhabitants, the Wappo Indians. The Valley itself is one of the rarest and most precious agricultural preserves on earth – a place that moves in perfect synchrony with the seasons. In addition to being internationally recognized as one of only eight “Great Wine Capitals,” the Napa Valley is prized for its natural beauty, phenomenal culinary scene, world-class accommodations, and one-of-a-kind spa experiences including the region’s famed mud baths and natural geo-thermal springs. For more information about The Napa Valley, visit

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Great Tasting Is Just the Beginning
Unique Programs Educate While Visitors Recreate
From simple tastings of fine wines in elegantly appointed tasting rooms to classes that help you refine your palate or blend a Bordeaux, oenophiles can choose from a range of wine experiences when visiting Calistoga. Those interested in learning more about what goes into a great wine “bouquet” can stop by a new tasting room in downtown Calistoga – W.H. Smith Wines & Wine Sensory Experience – located at 1307 B Lincoln Avenue. Featuring W.H. Smith Wines, the tasting room is also home to Wine Sensory Experience, a company that provides classes on “wine aroma identification.” Classes are held daily from 10 to 11 a.m. by appointment and at a cost of $30 per person or $50 per couple. Graeser Winery, located at 255 Petrified Forest Road near Calistoga, offers a hands-on class called “Winemaker for a Day” for those wanting to know more about the winemaking experience. It takes place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, at a cost of $85 per person ($65 for club members). If you’re keen to know more about wine choices relative to food, several restaurants, including JoLe and Brannan’s Grill also offer “winemaker dinners” featuring food and wine pairings specially designed by the resident chef and maker of the wines to be served. If you’re just looking for the “tasting” part of the wine experience, there are several new, newly refurbished and specialized tasting rooms in the area that provide varied settings for your wine samplings. Newly refurbished tasting rooms in the area include Vermeil Wines/OnThEdge, located at 1255 Lincoln Avenue. Vermeil Wines/OnThEdge has hand-crafted wine barrel counters, plus sports memorabilia from owner Dick Vermeil’s career as a Super Bowl-winning football coach. Among the new tasting rooms is Rios Wine Company in downtown Calistoga, which features wines produced by three brothers and a cousin (Rafael, Manuel and Albert Rios, and their cousin Jesus Hernandez). Rios Wine Company makes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet under the label Solovino. The tasting room is located at 1345 Lincoln Avenue. Looking for a place to sample some vintages from some of Calistoga’s smaller wineries? The Calistoga Wine Depot specializes in pouring wines from “producers a bit off the beaten path.” Aptly named, the tasting room is located in California’s oldest railroad building. Among the wines to be featured in October during the Wine Depot’s “Saturday Tastings” are Diamond Terrace Winery, Branham Estate Wines, Chelsea Vineyards and Voces Wines. The special tastings are held from 1 to 5 p.m. each Saturday. For more information on Calistoga’s many wine country visitor attractions, go to: Facebook users can get even more information on visiting Calistoga, including great deals, breaking news and insider tips, by searching for “Calistoga Visitors” and becoming a “fan,” or going to







Lemondrops – New Children’s Boutique Debuts at V Marketplace
After 42 years in business at V Marketplace (formerly Vintage 1870) Hansel & Gretel owner Karen Millhouse decided to hang up her retail apron and retire. The shopping center management, eager to replace their storied children’s boutique, searched high and low for a replacement. They needed to look no further than their own backyard! Long time residents of Napa, the Gulbransen family was looking for a location for their new business venture – a children’s boutique! “Our two children, five grandchildren, and a host of much loved extended family members have enriched our lives in so many ways. One of our greatest joys has been finding that special gift for these young folks over the years at Hansel and Gretel. With the retirement of the store it provided an opportunity for our family to open our own children’s store at V Marketplace.” says Shirley Gulbransen, the new owner of Lemondrops. Shirley shares a passion for retail with her


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37th Annual ‘Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire’
made lunches and dinner. This is a great time to get your Christmas shopping done early – with the personal touch! Special orders are accepted and delivered by Christmas by most vendors. Admission and parking are free, and the Downtown Shuttle makes stops in front of the Expo every 20 minutes. For further information, please call Kim or Mark at (925) 372-8961, or e-mail them at

husband Rob and her daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Charles Gibson. Rob and Charles spent nights renovating the retail space and custom built all the new cabinetry. The interior is fun, bright and cheery with lemon yellow walls and primary color décor. The Gulbransens searched far and wide to find the unique items suited for the Lemondrops boutique. You will find Little Maven, Le Top, Baby LuLu, Mooncakes, Kissy Kissy, Plum Pudding, Petit Lem, Sarah Louise, Jamie Ray Hats, to name a few of the fun children’s clothing lines. Shoes and pretty accessories are featured items. The boutique will also offer customers the opportunity to special order children’s furniture from Young America, a made in America company, and to design and create children’s specialty bedding from Pine Creek Bedding. And, finally, let’s not forget toys! Melissa and Doug, Alex Toys, Corolle Dolls and Gund Plush Toys are a few of the fun lines in store. If you are selective when it comes to purchasing just the right gift or outfit for your special little person, let The Gulbransen family at Lemondrops help you find some unusual items to inspire young minds and unlock the wonders of childhood! Lemondrops opened October 1, upstairs at V Marketplace in Yountville. The phone number is (707) 947-7057. V Marketplace is located at 6525 Washington St., Yountville. Call (707) 944-2451 or go online to V Marketplace is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This popular event is held at the Napa Valley Expo at 575 Third Street, Napa, in the Chardonnay Hall, November 2022. The hours are: Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Holiday Faire features more than 80 booths of fine crafts, art and gourmet foods. The Greater Napa Valley Lion’s Club will again be having their home-baked goodies annual sale. The faire also features a full kitchen serving excellent home-





For nearly twenty years RASgalleries in Yountville, Napa Valley, has been wine country’s premiere art gallery for American art glass. Owner Ronda Schaer has announced receipt of several new-in-2009 sculpture designs by the brilliant young art glass sculptor, Jack Storms. “RASgalleries is privileged to be one of the few galleries in the United States to consider Jack Storms a resident artist, in other words an artist whose works are continually shown in the gallery, and it is exciting for us to reveal new works.” explained Ms. Schaer. In addition to the Bella Vino bottles and Wine Glass sculptures which the gallery premiered in 2008, new works at RASgalleries include VIVI OVO, a beautiful and optically intriguing egg shape, DIAMON, cut like a rare lavender hued diamond and LE CIRCE, a unique circular design. “My passion is to create an original optical glass sculpture that takes your mind on a journey inside of it, just like the brilliance and scintillation of a diamond,” … artist, Jack Storms. The finished sculpture contains up to two hundred pieces of dichroic and optical crystal glass and takes up to eight weeks to complete. Among the artist’s works currently featured at RASgalleries are magnificent small and large wine bottles, as well as his signature beveled cubes.

Storms graduated with a degree in Art from Plymouth State College, and soon went to work as an apprentice for an accomplished glass sculptor in Carmel Valley. He quickly became passionate about working with cold glass, and in 2002 opened his own studio in Northern California.

Complex Techniques
Part of the fascination and mystery of Jack Storm’s glass is that it invites the viewer to ask technical questions. Mr. Storms works with cold glass (as opposed to glass that is heated and blown or otherwise shaped), a challenging medium that requires careful hands and tremendous patience. In creating his pieces, Storms specifically uses the highest quality lead crystal and optical glass with extreme clarity and great light refracting capability. This is combined with dichroic glass (originally developed by NASA for use in satellite optics and spacesuit visors), which is glass coated with a thin molecular coating of pure metals reflecting two or more colors. The dichroic glass layers are bonded to small polished crystal blocks on all sides and allowed to cure in controlled ultra violet light. These steps are repeated, building size from the inside out. When large enough, Jack Storms begins to sculpt.


“When you gaze into one of my sculptures, I want it to take your mind on a journey. The brilliance, the scintillation, the purity of a diamond but a piece I created to breathe light and exhale fire,” says Jack Storms of his work. In a home, his pieces become a focal point the way a beautiful diamond is to a hand. RASgalleries is located at 6540 Washington Street (next to Bouchon), Yountville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Tuesdays by appointment. Please call (707) 944-9211 for details or visit


Napa V Fine Art alley
Downtown Napa has a wonderful new addition to celebrate. World renown sculptor, Bill Mack, has chosen Quent Cordair Fine Art as one of his exclusive galleries. Without a doubt, Bill Mack’s creations are strikingly unique in the world of art. Only nine locations in the world are authorized to carry his work, assuring his collectors of preferred service and quality when acquiring Bill Mack artwork through Elusive one of these galleries. Bill Mack sculpture simply put is emotional elegance defined in sculpture. He has no mentors. There is nowhere to go to learn his art. No one teaches his technique. Sculptor Bill Mack works in such a rare art form that coming up with a name to describe it has been only slightly less arduous than creating the art itself. “Calling my artwork bas-relief,” Mack says, “is incorrect since basrelief technically refers to low relief sculpture. My art, in fact, has more physical depth than high relief; it incorporates various elements

Napa Gallery Chosen to Display Exclusive Works of Bill Mack
in full-round rising toward the viewer as in my ‘Illusion’ image where her leg leaves the background extending into space. Technically, sculptures combining various levels of relief and full-round parts are called ‘Alto Relief’ sculptures. A similar technique has been used on classic Roman and Greek buildings. However, until I offered my current collection of sculptures, this art form had not appeared to any extent in galleries.” Combining Stainless Steel, 22"x37" low and high relief, incised lines, and elements in the full-round in sculpture works that are light enough to be hung on a wall, Mack directly involves the viewer in a 3dimensional experience, both textural and tactile, that is often startling real. Quent Cordair Fine Art is located at 1301 First St. in downtown Napa. The gallery is open every day except Tuesday and by private appointment. For more information, please call (707) 2552242 or go to



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2005 Stags Leap District Appellation Collection Released
An Exclusive Holiday Gift For Discerning Wine Lovers and Collectors
The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association (SLDWA) celebrated, the 13th annual release of its limited-edition Appellation Collection. The Appellation Collection is comprised of one bottle from each of the association’s winery members. For the wine lover, the Collection provides a unique opportunity to taste across the renowned district, one of Napa Valley’s smallest subappellations. It is a perfect wine cellar addition or holiday gift. This distinctive collection of 17 Cabernet Sauvignons, limited to 200 cases, is available only through November 30, 2009 through the association. With its debut in 1997, the Collection was conceived as a way to educate consumers about the appellation’s distinct character and the wines’ hallmarks of lush fruit and soft tannins, but it has additionally turned into a luxurious and coveted offering for avid collectors. The Appellation Collection is the ultimate gift for wine enthusiasts. These rare, critically acclaimed 2005 Cabernets cannot be purchased collectively anywhere in the world,” says Erle Martin, CEO of Pine Ridge Vineyards and the association’s president, “which is pretty special.” Released only once a year, the year’s Collection is the largest yet as the association’s membership increased to 17 wineries, adding this year both Robinson Family Vineyards and Terlato Family Vineyards. The 2005 Appellation Collection includes one 2005 Stags Leap District designated Cabernet Sauvignon from each of the following Stags Leap District Winegrower wineries: Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Hartwell Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Malk Family Vineyards Pine, Ridge Vineyards, Regusci Winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Robinson Family Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stags' Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards, Taylor Family Vineyards and Terlato Family Vineyards. “2005 was a beautiful vintage that served up what I see as the true, delicious hallmarks of Stags Leap District wines in spades – a sweet, juicy core of fruit and ripe, velvety tannins,” says Elias Fernandez, winemaker of Shafer Vineyards. “A perfect budbreak led to a long summer of warm, dry days and chilly evenings, ideal conditions that allowed us to leave the fruit on the vine until it achieved true physiological ripeness. The resulting wines are classic Stags Leap District.” Detailed winemaker tasting notes and additional information regarding the district accompany the Collection. The 2005 Appellation Collection is $1,375 per case plus 8.25% tax applies to California sales. In celebration of the appellation’s 20th anniversary, complimentary ground shipping will be provided. Two-day air rates available. The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association is the exclusive retailer of the Appellation Collection, the only collection of Cabernet Sauvignon released by an American Viticultural Association. Consumers interested in purchasing the collection may order via the website at or for additional information contact the association’s Executive Director Nancy Bialek at (707) 255-1720.





Adler Fels, Owl Ridge Wines Take Home Top Two Awards at 2009 Harvest Fair Wine Competition
Adler Fels of Santa Rosa and Owl Ridge Wines of Sebastopol took home the top two awards at the 35th annual Harvest Fair Awards Night Gala. Adler Fels’ 2007 Pinot Noir won the George Cooke Award, the Sweepstakes Award for Red Wines entered in the competition. The Adler Fels Pinot Noir is from the Russian River AVA and is priced at $25. Winemaker Harry Parducci Jr. took home the Waterford crystal decanter awarded to the Sweepstakes Winemaker for red wine. A 2008 Sauvignon Blanc from Owl Ridge won the James Guymon Memorial Award, the Sweepstakes Award for White Wines. The Owl Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is from the Sonoma County AVA and is priced at $12. Winemaker Joe Otos took home the Waterford crystal decanter awarded to the Sweepstakes white winemaker. The two sweepstakes wines were singled out from the 12 Best of Class white wines and 26 Best of Class red wines presented to the wine judges. In all, 1,214 wines were entered this year, the largest number of wines ever entered in the competition. All wines entered must be made from grapes grown in Sonoma County, making this the largest regional wine competition in the nation. In all the 25 judges, who traveled from around the country for the week of judging, awarded 16 double golds, 177 golds, 483 silvers and 375 bronzes. The 2009 judging panel was very enthusiastic about the wines. Ann Littlefield of Napa was impressed with the high quality of Zinfandels “across the board.” Bob Foster of San Diego, assistant editor of California Grapevine Wine Newsletter who judges about 11 competitions annually, said he was impressed with the increase in quality at the low end of the spectrum. “The flavor and intensity of the wines were remarkable. I’ve really never seen it before at that price range. And all the Syrahs this year were amazing.” Foster also said that he loves coming to this competition because of the energy of the local wine industry. “Only this competition gets the intensity of interest that is present at the Gala when awards are announced.” Carl Brandhorst of Fairfax, VA., who is President of the Vinfera Wine Growers Association there, said he was impressed with the complete change in character of the Chardonnays he tasted this year compared to last year. This year they were “more food friendly…more user friendly…” Larry Van Aalst of Santa Rosa, sommelier and radio host, called the Sonoma County Chardonnays “spectacular…well balanced with fruit and oak…the best ever done.” Dr. Barry Gump, retired professor of enology at Fresno State and now professor of Beverage Management in Aventura, FL., has been judging wines at this competition and others for more than 20 years. Asked to compare this to other competitions, he said it was difficult because other competitions, where national wines are judged, will have a broader range of quality. “Wines from other states are often coming from new wineries, new wine regions. They are still learning. Here, the wineries have the benefit of experience and the expertise in the region. We expect greater wines, and we find them…..and that means more golds.” Both Gump and Brandhorst were exceptionally complimentary of the Harvest Fair’s competition system. “You’ve got these great boxes,” he said, referring to the wooden flight boxes that transport glasses of wine from the back room to the judging panel. “Most wine competitions bring you the wines on a tray, or loose on a rolling cart. It slows things down. Here, we finish one flight, and the next flight is waiting and easy to set. It means our palates stay fresh, and so do our memories. We can judge more wines in a day and judge them more accurately. It makes a more efficient, faster and much better judging.” For a complete list of all 2009 wine winners, visit the website at



Russian River Eastside Wineries Host ‘Fall Fest’
The grapes leaves are in full color in the wine country. Come join the wineries on the east side of the Russian River for the sixth annual fall event. The “Fall Fest” will be held on Saturday, October 24th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is an event sponsored by Wineries on the Eastside of the Russian River. The wineries participating are Acorn Winery, Christie Vineyards, Christopher Creek Winery, Deux Amis Winery, Foppiano Vineyards, Merriam Vineyards, Mietz Cellars and Mutt Lynch. At this event participating wineries will be celebrating fall in the vineyards. Each winery will be serving food as well as pouring new releases or special wines. The wineries are located within blocks of each other on the east side of the Russian River, either on Limerick Lane or Old Redwood Highway – just minutes from downtown Healdsburg. There will be a $10 charge which includes a logo glass. No reservations are needed. This is a unique chance to spend a beautiful autumn day in one of the foremost growing areas of the Russian River and savor great food and wines. For more information about the event, call Christopher Creek Winery at (707) 431-8243 or visit the website at


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A Full-Immersion Weekend of Pinot Noir
Nearly 100 small-production artisanal Pinot Noir producers will join hundreds of serious Pinot Noir fanatics at the 2009 Pinot on the River Festival, held October 22-25 at various venues in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. Pinot On The River is a full-immersion weekend of Pinot Noir, featuring a full program of in-depth tastings and seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as we focus on highly-allocated, limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. From Friday’s kickoff dinner to a Saturday of intimate Pinot seminars and tastings all the way through Sunday’s “Pinot Noir Grand Tasting,” if you love Pinot Noir, it’s a weekend you must not miss. Tickets are on sale now for both the full weekend and for the Sunday tasting only. For more information, visit the website at, call (707) 922-1096 or email






Artisano – Inaugural Celebraton of Locally Handcrafted, Small-Production Wine, Food & Art
November 14 Event Held in Geyserville Will Benefit Slow Food Sonoma County, North’s School Garden Project
Artisano, a celebration of small-production, locally handcrafted wine, food and art, will take place from noon to p.m. on November 14 on the lawn area of the Geyserville Inn with beautiful panoramic vineyard and mountain views. The event provides unique access to: • Sample and discover more than 20 local, small-production, upand-coming, ultra-premium wineries. Most of these wines are not widely available to the general public such as MacPhail, Garden Creek, Foursight, Montemaggiore, Verge, Duxoup and Kelley & Young. • Savor small plates from restaurants like Dry Creek Kitchen, Zazu, Diavola, Manzanita and Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar featuring locally raised meats provided by the Sonoma County Meat Buying Club. Enjoy chef demonstrations and book signings with Gerald Hirigoyen of Piperade, Jeff Mall of Zin and Josh Silvers of Syrah • Sample artisan cheeses from local artisan cheese producers like Cow Girl Creamery, Bellwether Farms and Redwood Hill Farm; and other gourmet artisan food producers like Sonoma Foie Gras, Black Pig Meat Company, Sonoma Chocolatiers, Sensuous Farms and Jimtown Store. • Browse and purchase paintings, ceramics, fused glass, sculptures and other original works of art from several of the region’s premier artists such as Clay Vajgrt, Linda Schroeter and Michael Coy. • Participate in a live and silent auction including rare, hard-to-find lots of artisan wines and incredible destination vacation trips. • Dance to the fabulous live music of the Steve Pile Band. The event will benefit Slow Food Sonoma County, North by helping to fund the chapter’s School Garden Project. The goal is for each elementary school in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg, Windsor and Santa Rosa to create and maintain a school garden, with support and resources from Slow Food. More information about Slow Food Sonoma County, North and the School Garden Project may be found at Community partners to Artisano include Relish Culinary Adventures, Schott Zwiesel/Fortessa, Sonoma County Meat Buying Club, Dry Creek Rancheria and The Special Event. Admission to Artisano is $75 per person in advance and $90 per person the day of the event, if available. For more detailed information on the event and to purchase tickets, go to or contact Mark Tharrington at (707) 894-8500 or by email at







Tasting Room of the Week:

St. Francis Winery
by Nan Reiley
You’re in Sonoma County. You’d like to have at least one wine-tasting experience that shows you definitively why the county’s wines are the best examples of Californiagrown classic wines. Simple. Go to St. Francis Winery in Kenwood, on Hwy. 12 at the northern end of Sonoma Valley. The winery is the creation of San Francisco businessman Joe Martin, who spent eight years growing and selling wine grapes in Sonoma County prior to founding the winery in 1979. He was so convinced of the superior quality of the grapes that he decided to make them into wine under his own label, St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi (partly in recognition of the belief that the Franciscan order was the first to bring European grape cultivation to the new world). From the beginning, the winery’s mission has always been to showcase the high quality of Sonoma County grapes. Today, winery President Christopher Silva, who is, appropriately enough, a fifth-generation resident of Sonoma County, says that “we have evolved into blending different grape varieties to create a better flavor profile and style consistency. Our 600 acres of winery-owned vineyards throughout the county give us an enormous ability to blend complex, delicious wines.” And that is what you will taste at the winery – excellent examples of Sonoma County’s best. St. Francis Winery is a beautiful, missionstyle stucco and red-tiled-roof edifice, surrounded by estate vineyards, the low hills of Sonoma Valley with picturesque (and climbable) Hood Mountain to the east. It has an arched stone bridge leading to the main building, featuring a tower with a bell that rings on the hour. You’ll pass flowering trees and shrubs on your way in, and see a charming larger-than-life statue of St. Francis in the courtyard. A blue-tiled waterfall pool and fountain add to the soothing serenity of the ambience. The tasting room has a floor of large tile squares, stucco walls and a vaulted roof. French doors open on to a wide patio with tables, chairs and market umbrellas looking over a vast green lawn and on out to the vineyards. However, perhaps the most noticeable feature of the tasting room is the staff. They are not just reciting the virtues of the wine by rote. They actually pay attention to you, they know the wines and their origins, and they are genuinely interested in making sure that you get what you want and that you enjoy yourself. You can choose from three different wine tasting experiences: they are the Classic (four Sonoma County wines), the Artisan (wines available only at the tasting room) and the ZinFanatic (fabulous Zinfandels). Don’t miss the 2007 Sonoma County Chardonnay and the 2005 Wild Oak Zinfandel. You don’t need to worry about lunch, either. St. Francis has a unique wine and food pairing experience for you to enjoy either outdoors or inside the elegant dining room adjacent to the tasting room. Executive Chef David Bush presents a delightful selection of artfully crafted small bites, perfectly paired with four premium artisan wines. Food and wine pairings are served between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are not required, but on a weekend, it’s worthwhile to call ahead to reserve your table. Sunshine, a soft breeze, soul-refreshing views and great food and wine. What’s not to like? The St. Francis tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The winery is located at 100 Pythian Road, just a few yards off Hwy 12, between Kenwood and Santa Rosa. For more information on wines and special events at the winery, call 1-888-675-WINE or visit the web site at




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OCTOBER 23-25 – Pinot on the River - Russian River Valley – A weekend of Pinot Noirf indepth tastings and seminars, vineyard tours and food,, email OCTOBER 23 – Seasons After Hours – Ferrari Carano's Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique, PreVail Mountain Cabernet Sauvignons vertical wine tasting, $20. Call today for reservations 707-431-2222 OCTOBER 24 – Seasons After Hours – Ferrari Carano's Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique, Soulful Blues & Adult Contemporary Music by Steven & Bonnis Seydler, free, RSVP 707-431-2222 OCTOBER 24, 31 – Ranger Guided Bird Walks – Lake Sonoma, 9am, call 707-431-4535 OCTOBER 24 – Promenade et Pique-nique Series (Stroll and Picnic) – Copain Wines, country stroll, French picnic lunch and Rhone wines, $35, 10:30am-1:30pm,, 707-836-8822 OCTOBER 24 – One Year Anniversary Party, at Downtown Wines – Live music, food, free tastings: including five Rockpile wines, or call 707-473-0337 OCTOBER 30 & 31 – Raven Players Fall Monster Bash – 15+ acts of song, dance, unusual performances and scary festivities for all ages, $15, $5 kids, or call 707-433-6335 ex. 11 OCTOBER 31 – Healdsburg Farmers' Market The Pumpkin Festival! – Pumpkin car races, pumpkin carving and scarecrow contest, 9am-Noon, or call 707-431-1956 NOVEMBER 1 – Dia de los Muertos – Special Guest Steve Sando at Jimtown Store. Sugar skull decorating contest, food, fun, and festivities, 3-5pm, $10 adults/ $5 kids;, RSVP at 707-433-1212








Charles Schwab Cup Championship Serves Up 4th Annual Wine & Food Pairing Festival
When the Champions Tour’s top players return to California’s wine country this fall, they won’t be the only professionals showcasing their talents at Sonoma Golf Club. For the fourth straight year, tournament organizers will blend the exquisite taste and charm of wine country with the tremendous talent and entertainment of some of golf’s most accomplished players by hosting the Wine & Food Pairing Festival held in conjunction with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the Champions Tour’s final event of the season featuring the top-30 players of the season competing for the prestigious Charles Schwab Cup. Dozens of the region’s finest vintners and renowned chefs will be on hand to offer tastings of their premier varietals and delectable treats to festival attendees Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Staged on the clubhouse lawn with views of the 18th hole and neighboring vineyards, patrons will receive admission to both the festival and tournament with the purchase of a ticket package. The Wine & Food Pairing Festival continues to flourish each year, drawing a diverse range of participants from boutique wineries to large vineyards to top-rated local restaurants. Many Wine Country favorites will be on site this year including Tra Vigne, John Ash & Co., Santé at the Fairmont, El Dorado Kitchen, The Red Grape, Ristorante Allegria, Cuvée, Stark’s Steakhouse, Costeaux French Bakery, ZuZu, Mondo, Roessler Cellars, Nicholson Ranch, Chalk Hill, Buoncristiani, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Landmark Vineyards, Gundlach Bundschu, Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Charles Creek Vineyard, Tin Barn Vineyards, Deerfield Ranch Winery, BR Cohn Winery, Greg Norman Estates, Frank Family Vineyards, Black Coyote Chateau, Paradise Ridge, J. Moss Wines, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Sharp Cellars, Robledo Family Winery, Sojourn Cellars, Cline Cellars, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Schug among others. This year’s event will also feature a cigar lounge hosted by Davidoff Cigars. “Whether you’re a wine neophyte or a true connoisseur, this event offers something for everyone,” said Leon Gilmore, Executive Director, Charles Schwab Cup Championship. “It’s a great opportu-



nity to experience the beauty and flavors of Wine Country in the fall while watching the Champions Tour’s top players of the season compete for their share of $4.6 million in prizes and the coveted Charles Schwab Cup.” The Champions Tour’s Road to the Charles Schwab Cup is a yearlong points race that has been staged at the exclusive Sonoma Golf Club for the past six years. During that time, because of the support of Charles Schwab & Co, PricewaterhouseCoopers, additional corporate sponsors and thousands of fans, the tournament has returned over $2 million to Sonoma County non-profit organizations and has had a significant positive impact on the county’s economy. Ticket packages are as follows: Daily Clubhouse Wine & Food Pairing Festival – $55 in advance, $60 at gate. Clubhouse Wine & Food Pairing Festival Weekender, Friday-Sunday, $160 in advance, $175 at gate. All tickets include access to the tournament, clubhouse and food and wine festival. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800868-7563 or online at




by Frances Rivetti
Boost your California sparkling wine knowledge this holiday season in time to treat friends and family to the finest of Gloria Ferrer’s extraordinary elixirs, served alongside tantalizing party appetizers and festive dinner pairings. ’Tis the season for sparkling bubbles, though a visit to Gloria Ferrer’s welcoming tasting room offers an enlightening experience that extends to the wonders of the Spanish/ Catalan winery’s wide range of readily available, equally delicious Estate Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay. Unlike many high-traffic tasting rooms in the region, guests at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards are encouraged to embrace this particular tasting room visit as a destination spot in which to sit and pause a while to savor the secrets and delights of not just a tiny tipple, but a long, languorous glass of sparkling or the estate’s fine, still wine. Mornings and afternoons are indeed golden at Gloria Ferrer, where comfortable outdoor seating on the tasting room terrace overlooks the sweeping vistas of the glorious Carneros region. Friendly and knowledgeable staff advise on current trends for irresistible pairings such as the recently launched and slightly less-dry sparkling wine, Va de Vi Ultra Cuvée with its intriguing dash of Muscat immersed in a stellar 89% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay blend. Chic and cheerful, Va de Vi (retailing at just $22 or $5 by the glass) breathes a fresh, new approach into the best of California’s sparkling winemaking methods, presenting a superb alternative to serving Chardonnay with appetizers and fruit-based desserts. For those who prefer the more traditional, French-style Méthode Champenoise embodied into premium California sparkling wines, Gloria Ferrer’s prestigious vintage reserve Royal Cuvée ($35 or $8 by the glass) is aged six years on the yeast for a spectacular finish and a fine pairing with small plates of roasted almonds and olives. Exotic to taste in its sparkling status as king of the vineyard, a glass of Gloria Ferrer’s 1998 Carneros Cuvée invites the tasting room visitor to discover the unmistakable advantages of structuring a traditional California sparkling wine that takes ten years to make with 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. This exceptional Carneros Cuvée will blow the cage of far more pricey European Champagnes this holiday season at $50 a bottle and $10 by the tasting room glass. A convenient spot of one-stop, boutique wine-gift shopping awaits. Sampling includes estate wines such as the $35 ($3/taste, $9/glass) stylish 2005 José S. Ferrer Pinot Noir, a coiffed, sensual and elegant limited bottling vintage ideal for the more discerning, wine aficionado’s gourmet turkey dinner! Planning on serving seafood for New Year’s? How about tasting a glass of Gloria Ferrer’s elegant, yet affordable $15 ($2/taste, $6/glass) 2008 blood-orange and wild strawberry flavored Carneros Pinot Noir Rosé for a classy pick for a big New Year’s party? For those who appreciate a crisp, golden pineapple flavor in a French oak barrelagedChardonnay without the buttery overtones, a delightful, estate made $18 ($2/taste, $6/glass) 2007 Carneros Chardonnay would make an ideal accompaniment to calamari, halibut, pork loin and of course, those decadent holiday desserts. Open seven days a week except on major holidays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards’ Tasting Room is located at 23555 Carneros Highway (121), Sonoma. Call (707) 996-7256 or check on line at for tours and seminars and Spanish-style special events.


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New Exhibit at Charles Creek Vineyard Tasting Room & Gallery
A new exhibition of brilliant and colorful new works by local Artist Ann Hollister is now hanging at the Charles Creek Vineyard Tasting Room and Gallery in downtown Sonoma. The show will run from through December 3, 2009. Ann Hollister’s work is a fusion of styles: calligraphy, watercolor painting and the influence on her life of living in the Hawaiian Islands. The acrylic paintings are a new addition to her work. Volcanic eruptions and bamboo forests invite the viewer to visually and mentally enter the paintings and enjoy the secrets to be found. In the abstract work boldness, yet attention to detail, add intrigue to each one. Hollister taught calligraphy in San Francisco and Oakland, California and Kealakekua and Honolulu, Hawaii. She partnered with Terry Englehart in the Pengraphics Studio of Calligraphy and Graphic Design in Oakland for six years. Her work has been shown in California, Hawaii, and Germany. She now lives in Sonoma with her feline assistant, Isabelle. Specializing in high quality Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Syrah and Grenache from great vineyard sources in the Sonoma and Napa Counties, Charles Creek Vineyard produces wines that are food friendly, fruit driven, and easily paired with the courses of a meal. The winery tasting room is conveniently situated in a charming 1890s era storefront on the historic Sonoma Plaza. In addition wine tasting and sales, the tasting room also provides space to show the work of local artists. The Charles Creek Vineyard Tasting Room and Gallery, open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., is located at 483 First St. West in downtown Sonoma. For more information, call (707) 935-3848 or email





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Mendocino County Celebrates Fabulous Funghi
Local Bounty Showcased On Tasting Menus and Celebrated at Unique Events During Mushroom Festival this November
Each fall in Northern California’s Mendocino County, something magical happens when the rains begin to fall – delicious, delectable mushrooms appear. From October through January, more than 3,000 mushroom varieties will pop up, and of these, more than 500 are edible and 20 are readily identifiable – including the rare candy cap mushroom, with its intense maple-syrup flavor, that grows only along the northern coast of California. The highlight of mushroom season is Mendocino County’s annual Mushroom Festival (this year from Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 15th), with everything from mushroom dinners, wine- and beer-pairing workshops, musical performances, exhibits and guided mushroom foraging walks scheduled. Ryane Snow, a member of the Mycological Society and a wellknown local leader of mushroom identification walks, states, “We have so many incredible varieties of mushrooms that are grown in Mendocino County, and everyone in the community gets involved in showcasing this great local bounty. And as more people discover the health benefits of mushrooms, as well as how versatile and delicious they are to cook with, the interest in our festival is growing.” During mushroom season, Snow and others offer identification walks, and in addition to the precious candy cap, mushroom hunters can score chanterelles, porcinis, morels and hedgehogs –and the less adventurous can sample these same mushroom varieties on special mushroom tasting menus throughout the county. Create your own mushroom adventure by attending any (or all!) of the following:

Mendocino Hotel’s Navarro Winemaker Dinner – Mendocino Village Saturday, November 7th, 6pm
Participants will enjoy fabulous local wines from Navarro Vineyards, along with a multi-course meal featuring local gourmet mushrooms prepared by Joe Brown, Executive Chef at Mendocino Hotel. Educational mushroom display and lecture by local fungi expert Eric Schramm. Hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Cost is $95 per person. To make a reservation, call 1-800-548-0513. Check to see the actual menu.

Albion River Inn’s Mushroom Cooking Class – Albion Tuesday, November 10, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Experience the creative culinary style of Executive Chef Stephen Smith as he demonstrates delectable wild and cultivated mushroom recipes for this five-course, mushroom-inspired cooking class. Local wild mushroom expert Don Kowalski will join Chef Smith to give a demonstration on how to identify our coast’s wild mushroom harvest. Each participant receives a full set of class recipes with step-by-step instructions. $80 per person, limited to 20 people. Call 1-800-4797944 or visit to make a reservation.

MacCallum House Inn’s Wild Mushroom Winemaker Dinner Mendocino Village – Thursday, November 12th, 6:30-9pm
Don't miss our 10th Annual Wild Mushroom Winemaker Dinner with Executive Chef Alan Kantor, mushroom expert Eric Schramm and winemaker Greg Graziano. Make advance reservations for one of the most popular events of the festival. $100 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. To make reservations call (707) 937-0289. Check to see the detailed menu.

Skunk Train’s Wine & Mushroom Adventure – Willits Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 11am-4:30pm
All Aboard the Skunk Train! Enjoy Mendocino County wines poured by local wineries, mushroom appetizers and entertainment while you travel through towering trees and watch the wildlife along the Noyo River. Disembark at Camp Mendocino (the halfway point) and enjoy more mushroom goodies whipped up by a famous local chef. Proceeds benefit the Howard Hospital Foundation, the first “green” rural hospital in the country! For more information/tickets, go to or

Little River Inn’s Mushroom and Belgian Beer Dinner Little River – Friday, November 13th, 6:30-9pm
Little River Inn Executive Chef, Marc Dym, and Russian River Brewing Company Brew Master, Vinnie Cilurzo, create a perfectly paired five-course menu. Each dish features a different local mushroom and Belgian-style ale. Chef Marc will share his culinary secrets while Brew Master Vinnie takes you through the world of Belgian brews. $85 per person. Visit or call 1-888INN-LOVE to make a reservation.

St. Anthony's Annual Wine & Mushroom Event – Mendocino Village Saturday, November 14th, 1-5pm
The event at St. Anthony’s Church offers guests a full afternoon of delicious tastes. Nine wineries will pour their best vintages, eight restaurants will whip up their own mushroom soup recipe for tasting and judging, and homemade mushroom appetizers will be passed. Mushroom expert Eric Schramm will be on hand with examples of mushroom varieties, and lots of enticements will fill the silent auction tables. $25 per person which includes a commemorative wine glass. Proceeds benefit the coastal community. For more information go to For more information, call 1-866-782-9636 (866-STAY-MENDO), or visit For specific information about events surrounding festival, visit



Wente Vineyards Announces October Events
The beauty of the fall season awaits in Livermore Valley Wine Country, making this a spectacular time to visit Wente Vineyards for sustainably farmed, estate grown wines, locavore dining and championship golfing. This month, fifth generation winemaker Karl Wente will host a bi-annual winemaker dinner on Thursday, October 29th featuring gourmet four-course dining with wine pairings. Karl invites guests to hear the stories behind Wente Vineyards wines, and how he pairs them with cuisine from Executive Chef Arthur Wall. Also this month, visitors to the Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room will have the opportunity to taste sustainably farmed, estate grown wines in the presence of a mixed media art exhibition. The work of Edmee Keele and Marge Huffman will be on display this month. Please read below for details and a full list of events, including events at Wente Vineyards’ sister wineries Murrieta’s Well and Tamás Estates. Visit for more information about October events, and to stay up to date with special ongoing offers at The Restaurant and The Course at Wente Vineyards. • Wente Vineyards Winemaker’s Dinner Thursday, October 29th- 6:30 to 9 p.m. $89 Club Wente Members, $109 Public, plus tax The Event Center at Wente Vineyards 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore Valley, CA 94550 To purchase tickets call (925) 456-2405

Wine Cave Tasting Experience
Come experience the historic Wente Vineyards caves for a sitdown wine tasting experience. Lasting about an hour, guests will be served a special selection of small-lot wines available only at the winery and artisan cheese pairings. The Wine Cave Tasting Experience is offered for $30 to guests on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 p.m. Reservations are required; call (925) 456-2405. Wente Vineyards is located at 5050 Arroyo Road in Livermore Valley, CA.

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Lodi Wine Weekend
Lodi Wine Country vintners are inviting wine enthusiasts to enjoy the fruits of their labor at “The First Sip – Celebrating Lodi’s New Vintage” on Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15. Attendees will enjoy mingling with the winemakers as they unveil the new 2009 wines with barrel sampling, blending seminars, cellar tours, live entertainment, a host of educational activities and tempting culinary delights. More than 40 Lodi wineries will open their doors for this fall wine festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Visit the website for detailed information on the activities of each winery. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. Guests will receive a commemorative tasting glass, event map and admission to all participating wineries. Tickets can be purchased at the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, (209) 365-0621, or Tickets can also be purchased at each participating winery the day of the event. There is no charge for designated drivers. All tickets are non-refundable. The Lodi wine region produces more than 60 grape varieties, from the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay to exciting new ones such as Vermentino and Tempranillo. The appellation has experienced exponential growth since the early 1990s, with over 75 wineries now bringing international attention to the local industry.


“Discover Lodi!” the 4,000- square-foot facility is located on property owned by Wine and Roses Country Inn at the northwest corner of Turner and Lower Sacramento roads in Lodi. The eye-catching design by Lesovsky-Donaldson Architects of Stockton has the look of an old winery and features an impressive three-story stone tower visible from all approaches to the property. It contains the winegrape commission offices, state of the art wine and viticulture educational displays, a conference room, and a “cellar room” for entertaining and special events, such as wine dinners. Wine-related memorabilia, books and apparel are available for sale. Offices for the Lodi Conference and Visitor Bureau are also on site. The Discover Lodi! center provides the opportunity to highlight the many outstanding tourist attractions in the Lodi area.


Monterey Bay Area

Travelling from Monterey

TRAVEL TIME Average) (Peak)

Sonoma County Santa Cruz San Francisco Paso Robles Santa Barbara

170 42 113 116 238

3 hrs 45 min 2 hrs 2 hrs 4 hrs

3-1/2 hrs 1-1/4 hrs 2-1/2 hrs 2-1/4 hrs 4-1/2 hrs

Travelling from Santa Cruz

TRAVEL TIME Average) (Peak)

Monterey San Francisco Paso Robles

42 45 min 1-1/4 hrs 73 1-1/4 hrs 1-3/4 hrs 136 2-1/4 hrs 2-3/4 hrs

# Wine Country This Week Preferred N Open to the public N Limited hours, call first N Open by appointment only
Check the listings in the back for hours, address and phone number.



Rockin’ October at The Summit Area Wineries
by Laura Ness
With harvest still in high gear well into mid-October, you’ll find tons of fermenting fruit to tempt your olfactory lobes at the crushpads of your local wineries. Harvest officially began for Poetic Cellars on Friday, September 4, with a small bit of Pinot Noir from a vineyard on Rider Ridge (near Vine Hill Winery). Burrell School picked six tons of Estate Pinot on Tuesday, September 8, along with Loma Prieta, who managed a spectacular two tons of Estate Pinot, a harvest high for this tiny, high-altitude vineyard. Muns Vineyard harvested five tons of Pinot on Wednesday, September 9, which was headed over to Savannah-Chanelle. Subsequent pickings are destined for Soquel Vineyards and Silver Mountain, where Tony Craig’s Sonnet brand will also be crushed. This year’s Pinot looks plump and tastes delicious, and in the Summit area, fires, thankfully, were not a factor. I’m frequently asked if wildfires affect wine grapes. The answer is, unfortunately, yes, and not in a good way. Grapes are most susceptible to smoke taint from about six days after veraison until harvest, so this is the worst time to be exposed. Vineyards in the Bonny Doon area were definitely exposed during the Lockheed Fire, and the extent won’t be known until harvest – and beyond. What can be done? Washing the grapes won’t help at all: the vines actually take up the smokey components through leaf transpiration and deposit them in the grape skins. This means reds are far more adversely affected than whites, although you might think otherwise. Why? We ferment reds on the skins, whereas we usually press whites off immediately and get them into stainless or wood for fermentation. What can you do for severely smoke-tainted wines? Besides prayer, which should never be counted out, the most effective treatments are nanofiltration with special membranes and reverse osmosis, conducted by specialty service providers. Despite their high cost, even the best processes can strip only the wet ashtray components from the taste: the smokey aromas persist. After some time in the barrel, these nasty characteristics can be further amplified. Alas, this is one cigar that just won’t quit. Cue up Pink Floyd…

Old vine zin from Leona’s vineyard in San Martin

October Happenings
• October 24, 6 to 9 p.m.: Big Basin Vineyards winemaker dinner at Vino Locale in Palo Alto. • October 24, noon to 5 p.m.: Generosa Fall Open House. The fabled “Tuscan Wedding” returns! Call (408) 489-3441 for details. • October 31st: Burrell School hosts the first wine club “cellar session” for November club wines. • October 31, noon til 5pm: Poetic Cellars, Harvest Halloween



Big Basin Vineyards Holds First-Ever Winemaker Dinner at Vino Locale Restaurant in Palo Alto
Saturday, October 24th, 6-9pm
Big Basin Vineyards of Boulder Creek, CA, will hold an exclusive five-course winemaker dinner at Vino Locale in Palo Alto on Saturday, October 24th, beginning at 6 p.m. Featuring the current releases of winemaker/proprietor Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards, paired with a creative menu by Chef Randy Robinson, proprietor, Vino Locale, the evening promises to be one of culinary adventure combined with wine education. Menu items include Muscovy Duck with Fennel and Rosemary Spiced Quinoa, Afghan Lamb Kabobs, Greek Bison Burgers and Dark Chocolate Mousse. Cost is $60 per person, all inclusive. wines. For those unable to visit the estate winery during their limited invitation-only events, Vino Locale provides convenient access to Bradley Brown’s lineup of exceptional wines during normal business hours. Current releases are available for tasting and purchase. Big Basin Vineyards current release wines are available for tastings Tuesday thru Sunday at Vino Locale, located at 431 Kipling St, Palo Alto; or (650) 328-0450. To contact Big Basin Vineyards, visit: or call 831-621-8028.

November 21: Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Saturday, Big Basin Vineyards will be pouring at Restaurant James Randall in Los Gatos from 2 until 5 p.m. Passport holders taste at no charge. Food and wine pairing available for $10 per person. Prix Fixe Passport Wine Dinner with Big Basin Wines at Restaurant James Randall. Three courses with three outstanding wines for $65 per person. Dinners begin at 5:30 p.m. til closing. Saturday, December 12, noon to 5pm: “Magnum Merriment” at the Winery on Memory Lane in Boulder Creek. Come get your Christmas tree at one of these beautiful local tree farms (Crest Ranch on Empire Grade is highly recommended), and do some holiday shopping for yourself and those on your gift list. Several Big Basin wines are available in magnums for extra special corporate or family giving. There will be food and wine pairing for $10 per person for non-members. No charge for club members. The public is cordially invited. Big Basin Vineyards is named for the nearby Big Basin Redwoods State Park, about two miles from the winery. The estate vineyards is planted to Rhône varieties, and is renowned for blockbuster Syrahs. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Bradley started producing single vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noirs and he continues to add other new varietals to the expanding roster of fine, limited production



Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, November 6-7
As California’s wine industry takes part in harvest (and all indications are for a pretty good year), the Big Sur Food and Wine Festival is getting a lot of attention for the creative way they’re handling their event. With no advertising, it’s all been word of mouth propelling this twoday celebration of friends and neighbors coming together to raise funds for the community as a whole. From restaurant staff talking the weekend up, and a few flyers posted around Carmel, Monterey and of course, Big Sur, within two weeks of opening the tickets sales, two of the weekend’s events have already sold out. “It sort of feels like the Stones, selling out within moments,” says Toby Rowland-Jones, president of the festival, “Within just a couple of days of the Nepenthe dinner featuring Gary Pisoni and Gary Franscioni of ROAR, going online, it had sold out. And our rather unique Hiking With Stemware is also sold out. It’s not as if we crashed PayPal, but we’re delighted with this kind of response on our first year.” This inaugural festival to celebrate the culinary aspects of Big Sur takes place November 6th and 7th at most resorts and restaurants, as well as some private homes, in the heart of Big Sur. From panel tastings to a Grand Public Tasting, Big Sur will be alive with wine and food energy. Winemaker dinners will feature many local wines from the Central Coast such as the vaunted Pisoni, Tantara, Ridge, Calera, Miura, Graff, Au Bon Climat and many others. The centerpiece of the weekend will be Dinner With Friends – A Benefit For Big Sur at the Ventana Inn and Spa, and will feature Big Sur chefs and guest chefs such as Cal Stamenov, Bernardus, of Carmel Valley, and Mark Ayers of the Highlands Inn. Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards will be pouring at this gala event, with Chappellet, Talbott, Bernardus and others. The concept of friendship is a powerful thread running through the entire festival, and every single winemaker or chef is indeed a friend of someone on the committee. “So many large-scale events of this nature bring in people they barely know, based upon name recognition or fame. Our goal is to promote and play with those who know us and whom we have worked with in the past, It also helps that they are outstanding talents in their field!” Says Rowland-Jones, who has helped organize a number of major food and wine events, such as the Masters of Food and Wine, the Central Coast Wine Classic and the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta over a period of twenty years. In the spirit of friendship, Justin Winery has made a fabulous donation (over and above the wines they are presenting that weekend) of The Apprentice – Paso Robles for the auction. This will pit two couples against each other to make great wine that will be judged by the Justin staff. The losing couple is Fired!, but they at least get to walk away with a magnum of the Justin Isosceles, and the winners get a case of their blend they have created, all this after spending a night at the famed Just Inn, replete with dinner, breakfast, tastings and a blending seminar. This is just one of the amazing auction items that have been offered to the event. Is a wine festival in this economic downturn a feasible undertaking? “Absolutely, it is,” says Rowland-Jones. “Several people advised strongly against it, but I am a Leo – determined and even stubborn, and I also had a number of people excited about the concept. Plus, I really wanted to do something for our neighbors and friends here in Big Sur. We’ve had a hard year and a half here on the Coast - the massive fire last year slowed us down, and then various road closures, the slumping economy and other elements made me realize that we need to draw a bit more attention to this area and also infuse some money into our nonprofits, as well as the businesses. Plus I hope to spur recognition of local agricultural/viticultural elements.” “Wherever feasibly possible, we aim to have wines and our food products from as close to Big Sur as possible. We are blessed to have incredible wineries and vineyards, as well as historically rich farming practices throughout this Central Coast. We also have some of the state’s finest chefs right here in Big Sur and in Carmel. When people think of Big Sur, they think of majestic cliffs and the powerful serenity of the area. It’s rarely considered as a culinary destination. We aim the change this perception, as we have truly remarkable food here in Big Sur.” Local wineries and producers are thrilled to participate in the event, Rowland-Jones says. “In talking to the local winemakers about this, they are extremely happy to support our community and be here. They’ll be happy to be done with their harvest and crush, and be ready to play!” The event is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Monterey, J & L Wines, Ventana Inn and Spa, Monterey County Magazine and Joie de Vivre Hotels The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival aims to promote Big Sur as a culinary destination, and raise funds for the Big Sur community as a whole. The Big Sur Food and Wine Festival will take place at various resorts and restaurants throughout Big Sur, located 25 miles south of Carmel, on Friday and Saturday, November 6th and 7th, 2009. For more information, visit or call (831) 667-0800 or email



Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries are Scoring Big in Competition
The summer months have been good to the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. From June through August several awards have been received by member wineries. Storrs Winery was awarded the Best Red Wine of the Show at the San Francisco International Wine competition, held June 18, 19, & 20th. Their 2007 Central Coast Grenache was selected from over 4,200 wines submitted from 21 countries. Quite an honor! The California State Fair is the oldest commercial wine competition in the United States. This year Bargetto Winery’s 2006 Merlot Reserve won Best-Merlot-in-California, Best-ofClass in the Greater Bay Appellations, a Gold Medal and 95 points awards. The “Best of Class” award represents the fourth consecutive vintage of Bargetto Merlot Reserve to receive a gold medal award or higher. Testarossa Winery has been awarded high scores recently for their 2007 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Chardonnay; 94 points by Wine Enthusiast and 93 points by Connoisseurs’ Guide. Their 2007 Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir received 93 points by Wine Enthusiast and 90 points by Wine Spectator. Wine Spectator is also enthusiastic about Mount Eden Vineyard’s 2007 Edna Valley Wolff Vineyard Chardonnay. They gave the “ripe and floral, full-bodied” wine 91 points. Wine Enthusiast awarded the Cumbre of Vine Hill 2006 Hicks Family Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains, 94 points. In their description they comment that this wine “shows the dramatic way that this mountainous region south of San Francisco can ripen Pinot Noir to such perfection.” There is still gold to be discovered in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Oya Salon, Ventana Vineyards Host Wine & Cheese Event
The third Thursday of each month, Ventana Vineyards Manager Barbara Pluth will personally be at Oya offering tastes of Ventana wine, a gourmet cheese platter and answer any wine-related questions attendees have. The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and anyone attending receives a 20% discount on wine purchases. The offer is valid for 30 days from attendance of the event only valid for people who attended. Every Oya customer that signs up for a Ventana Wine Club membership the evening of the event will receive an etched Riedel Wine Tasting Glass. For more information on Oya and Ventana wine tastings, contact Brian Bode at (831) 656-0570 or for more information on Ventana Vineyards contact Barbara Pluth at (831) 372-7415 x213. Oya Salon, with its impressive design and its creative style Oya is the largest and most evocative salon on the Central Coast. Owner Brian Bode recently announced that the Salon added a brow bar and nail lounge for its clients. The brow bar offers perfect brow sculpting as well as make-up services for events and make-up lessons. The nail lounge offers chip free manicures using Bio Sculpture Gel technology. The brow bar and nail lounge are open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Brow and nail appointments can be made through the main Oya reception desk at (831) 656-0570. Oya is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you would like more information on the event or to make an appointment, call (831) 656-0570.

Ventana Vineyards
You’ll find Ventana’s inviting tasting room in Monterey upstairs in a unique stone building next to Tarpey’s Roadhouse, smack-dab on the Monterey-Salinas Highway. Even if you already knew that Ventana was the most award-winning vineyard in America, you can’t help but admire the massive collection of medals and ribbons as you walk in the door. Visit the tasting room at 2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway in Monterey or at the winery, 38740 Los Coches Road in Soledad. For more information, call (831) 372-7415 or visit the website at




Nevada County

El Dorado



A Dozen Vintners – 3000 Highway 29 North, St. Helena; 707 967-0666 Open daily 10-5 Bounty Hunter Rare Wine Co. – 975 First St, Napa; 707 226-3976 Bourassa – 190 Camino Oruga, Napa 707 254-4922; 800-499-2366 Boyd Family – 4042 Big Ranch Road, Napa; 707 254-7353 ACACIA VINEYARD – 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa
Explore Wine Country less traveled and experience the beauty of Acacia. Situated on a country lane with spectacular views of San Pablo Bay, Acacia is dedicated to producing award-winning, vineyard designate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the oldest vines in Carneros.

Sun-Thu 11-10, Fr-Sa 11-Midnight Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Daily 10-5 by appointment Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only

Bremer Family Winery –975 Deer Park Road, St. Helena; 707 963-5411 Brown Estate – 3233 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-2453 Buehler – 820 Greenfield Road, St. Helena; 707 963-2155 Burgess Cellars – 1108 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4766 Cafaro Cellars – 2591 Pinot Way, St. Helena; 707 963-7181 Cain – 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1616 Cakebread Cellars – 8300 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-5222 Calafia Cellars – 629 Fulton Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-0114 Caldwell – 169 Kruzer Lane, Napa; 707 255-1294 Cali 351 – 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9581

Limited, by appointment only, closed Sundays

Open by appointment only, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm 707-226-9991 (ext.2) or 887-226-1700 (toll free) Acacia Vineyard – 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa; 707 226-9991 Aetna Springs Cellars – 7227 Pope Valley Road, St. Helena; 707 965-2675 Ahnfeldt Wines – Uncorked at Oxbow Tasting Room, 605 First St. Napa; 707 927-5864 Allora Vineyards – 3244 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-6071 Alpha Omega – 1155 Mee Lane @ Highway 29, Rutherford; 707 963-9999 Amizetta – 1099 Greenfield Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1460 Amuse Bouche Winery – 2930 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 967-8814 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vnyds – 680 Rossi Road, St. Helena; 707 963-8600
I « ANDRETTI WIN E RY – 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa; 888 460-8463 Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours (Private Tours for 10 or more), Educational Programs

Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Daily 10-6, Tuesdays 11-8 Open by appointment only Daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-3 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily, 10:30-4:30 Sun-Wed 10-6, Thu-Sat 10 to 9 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5:30

Tours/tasting by appointment only at 10:30, 1:30 or 4:30 Thu-Mon 10-5

« CALISTOGA CELLARS – 1371 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 707 942-7422 Su, Mo, We, Th, 12-5pm Fri-Sa 12-6pm Gifts, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings Closed Tu « CALISTOGA WINE STOP – 1458 Lincoln Ave, #2 Calistoga; 707 942-5556 Cardinale – 7600 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2643 Cartlidge & Brown – 205 Jim Oswald Way, Ste. B, American Canyon; 707 552-5199 x222 « CASA NUESTRA WINERY – 3451 Silverado Trail No, St. Helena; 707 963-5783 Gifts, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours & appointments « CASTELLO DI AMOROSA – 4045 North St. Helena Hwy (Hwy 39), Calistoga; 707 942-8200 Gifts, Children & Pets OK; call ahead for: Winery & Cave Tours, reservation recommended Caymus Vineyards – 8700 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford; 707 967-3010 Ceja Vineyards Tasting Room – 1248 1st St, Napa; 707 226-6445 Chappellet Vineyard – 1581 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-7136 Charbay Winery & Distillery– 4001 Spring Mtn Rd; St. Helena; 707 963-9327 « CHARLES KRUG WINERY – 2800 Main St. Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 967-2229 Chase Family Cellars – 2252 Sulphur Springs Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1284 Chateau Boswell – 3468 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-5472 Chateau Montelena – 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-5105 Chimney Rock Winery – 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-2641 Clare Luce Abbey – 2893 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 963-7431 Cliff Lede Vineyards – 1473 Younvtille Cross Rd, Yountville; 707 944-8642 Daily 10-6 Open daily 10:30-5 Open Mon-Sat10-5 Open Mon-Sat 10-5 Open daily 9:30-6

« ARGE R- M AR TUCC I – 1455 Inglewood Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-4334 Wine Tasting, Gift Items, Picnic Area, Arts Exhibit, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairing Ariel Vineyards – 1312 Town Center, Napa; 707 257-9731 Arns – 601 Muno Road, St. Helena; 707 963-3429 « ARTESA – 1345 Henry Road, Napa; 707 224-1668 Gift Items, Children OK; Call for Winery Tours at 11 & 2, Vineyard Tours, Food Pairings Atalon – 3299 Bennett Lane, Calistoga; 1-800-224-4090 August Briggs – 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-4912 Back Room Wines – 1000 Main Street, Napa; 707 226-1378 « BALDACCI – 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-9261 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK Ballentine Vineyards – 2820 St. Helena Hwy N, St. Helena; 707 963-7919 Barlow Vineyards – 4411 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-8742 Barnett Vineyards – 4070 Spring Mountain, St. Helena; 707 963-7075 Beaulieu Vineyards – 1960 Hwy 29, Rutherford; 707 967-5233 Behrens & Hitchcock – 4078 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1774 Bell Wine Cellars – 6200 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-1673 « BENESSERE WINERY – 1010 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-5853 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairings « BENNETT LANE – 3340 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 877 MAX-NAPA Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Beringer Vineyards – 2000 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-4412 Black Cat Vineyard – 1075 Shadybrook Ln, Napa; 707 321-0866 « BLACK STALLION – 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 253-1400 Gifts, Children & Pets OK, Cheese Pairings; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Boeschen – 3242 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-3674 Bouchaine Vineyards – 1075 Buchli Station Rd, Napa; 707 252-9065

Open daily by appointment Open daily 12-6, Th-Sat 12-10 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 9:30-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4

« CLOS DU VAL WINERY – 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa; 800 993-9463 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; call ahead for: Wine Tours, Vineyard Tours, Food Pairings Clos Pegase – 1060 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-4981 Conn Creek Winery – 8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-9100 Constant – 2121 Diamond Mountain Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-0707 Corison Winery – 987 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 963-0826 Cornerstone Cellars – 6505 Washington St., Building C, Yountville; 707 948-6512 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open Sat 10-4, Sun-Fri 11-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only

Open daily 10-5 Oct-Apr, May-Sep 10-6 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5

Cosentino Winery – 7415 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville; 707 944-1220 Crane Family Winery – 1051 Borrette Lane, Napa; 707 259-0175 Cuvaison Estate Wines – 4500 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-2468 Cuvaison Estate Wines – 1221 Duhig Road, Carneros (between Napa & Sonoma); 707 942-2455 Darioush Winery – 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-2345

Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-4

David Arthur – 1521 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-5190 David Fulton – 825 Fulton Lane, St. Helena; 707 967-0719


Del Dotto Caves – 1055 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa; 707 963-2134 Del Dotto Vineyards – 1445 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 963-2134 Delectus Winery – 908 C Enterprise Way, Napa; 707 255-1252 di Rosa Preserve – 5200 Carneros Hwy 121, Napa; 707 226-5991 Diamond Oaks – 1595 Oakville Grade, Oakville; 707 948-3000 Diamond Terrace – 1391 Diamond Mountain Road, Calistoga; 707 942-1189 « DOMAINE CARNEROS – 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa; 707 257-0101 Gifts, Children OK, Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours; Call ahead for groups of eight or more Domaine Chandon – 1 California Dr, Yountville; 707 944-2280 Dominari – 210 Camino Oruga, Napa; 707 226-1600 Duckhorn Vineyards – 1000 Lodi Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-7108 « DUTCH HENRY WINERY – 4300 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5771 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Cave Tours, Food Pairings Eagle & Rose – 1844 Pope Canyon Rd, Pope Valley; 707 965-9463 Ehlers Estate – 3222 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-5972 Elizabeth Spencer – 1165 Rutherford Road, Rutherford; 707 963-6067 Elkhorn Peak Cellars – 200 Polson Rd, Napa; 707 255-0504 Elyse – 2100 Hoffman Ln, Napa; 707 944-2900 Envy Wines – 1170 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-4670 Etude Winery – 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd, Napa; 707 257-5300 Failla – 3530 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-0530 Falcor – 2511 Napa Corporate Dr, Ste 115, Napa; 888-402-WINE Far Niente – 1350 Acacia Dr, Oakville; 707 944-2861 Farella-Park – 2222 N. Third Ave, Napa; 707 254-9489 Fleury Estate Winery – 950 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 967-8333 « FLORA SPRINGS - THE ROOM – 677 St. Helena Hwy So., St. Helena; 707 967-8032 Children & Pets OK, Picnic Area « FLORA SPRINGS WINERY – 1978 Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena; 707 967-6723 Flying Horse – 2825 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 965-1600 « FOLIE A DEUX – 7481 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 800 535-6400 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK « FOLIO ENOTECA – 610 First Street #10, Napa; 707 256-3700 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children Welcome ; Call ahead for Food Pairings Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open Mon-Fri by appointment Open Tu-Fr 9:30-3 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment, 10-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 9-4 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only 10-3 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11-7 Tue 11-8, Sat 8-6, Sun 11-5

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Godspeed Vineyards – 3655 Mount Veeder Rd; 707 254-7766 Golden State Vintners – 401 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena; 707 963-2335 Goosecross Cellars – 1119 State Lane, Yountville; 707 944-1986 Graeser Winery – 255 Petrified Forest Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-4437 « GRGICH HILLS – 1829 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-2784 Gift Items, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours By Appt. at 11 & 2, Food Pairings Groth – 750 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 707 944-0290 Guilliams – 3851 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena; 707 963-9059 Gustavo Thrace – 1021 McKinstry St, Napa; 707 257-6796 « HAGAFEN CELLARS – 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-0781 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours Hall Rutherford – 56 Auberge Road, Rutherford; 707 967-0700 Hall St. Helena – 401 St. Helena Hwy So, St. Helena; 707 967-2620 Hans Fahden Vineyards – 4855 Petrified Forest Rd, St. Helena; 707 942-6760 Hartwell Vineyards – 5795 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-4269 Havens Wine Cellars – 2055 Hoffman Lane, Yountville; 707 261-2000 Heitz Cellars – 436 St. Helena Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 963-3542 Helena View Johnston – 3500 Highway 128, Calistoga; 707 942-4956 Hendry – 3104 Redwood Dr, Napa; 707 226-8320 Hess Collection – 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa; 707 255-1144 Hill Family Estate – 6512 Washington, Yountville; 707 944-9580 Honig Vineyards – 850 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-5618 Hope & Grace – 6540 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-2500 Hopper Creek – 6204 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-0675 J. Kirkwood Winery – 1020 Borrette Lane, Napa James Cole – 5014 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 251-9905 James Creek – 2249 James Creek Rd, Pope Valley; 707 965-2646 « JESSUP CELLARS – 6740 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-8523 Art Exhibits; Call ahead for Food Pairings, last tasting at 5:30pm « JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS – 200 Taplin Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-2745 Gift Items, Children OK; Tastings & Seminars by appointment Last tasting Mon-Fri at 3:30pm, Last tasting on Sat-Sun 2:30 « JUDD’S HILL – 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-2332 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed Juslyn – 2900 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 265-1804 (Poured at Silenus Vintners) Kapcsandy Family Winery – 1001 State Lane, Yountville; 707 265-1804 Keever – 26 Vineyard View Dr, Yountville; 707 944-0910 Kelham – 360 Zinfandel Ln; St. Helena; 707 963-2000 Kuleto Estate – 2470 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-9750 Ladera – 150 White Cottage Rd So, Angwin; 707 965-2445 Laird Family Winery – 5055 Solano Ave., Napa; 707 257-0360 Larkmead Vineyards – 1100 Larkmead Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-0167 Lava Vine – 965 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9500 Long Meadow Ranch – 1775 Whitehall Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-4555 « LOUIS M. MARTINI – 254 St. Helena Hwy So. (Hwy 29 ), St. Helena; 707 968-3361 Gift Items; Call ahead for: Wine Tours at 11 & 2, Cellar Tours, Food Pairings

Open daily by appointment Daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only 10-5 Open daily 9:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open 11-6 Sun-Wed; 11-8 Thu-Sat Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5:15 Open by appointment Open Wed-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 10-6 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Mon-Sat 10-6 Open daily by appointment only 11-4 Limited tours and tastings by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun 10-4 By appointment Open daily by appointment 10-4 Winery open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only 10-4 Open by appointment only Open by appointment 10-5 Open daily 10-6

« FOLIO WINEMAKERS’ STUDIO – 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa; 707 256-2757 Thu-Tue 10-4:30 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed; call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Fontanella Family – 1721 Patrick Road, Napa; 707 252-1017 Forman Vineyards – 1501 Big Rock Road, St. Helena; 707 963-3900 Franciscan Vineyards – 1178 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-7111 « FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS – 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-0859 Gift Items, Picnic Area Frazier Winery – 70 Rapp Lane, Napa; 707 255-3444 « FREEMARK ABBEY – 3022 St. Helena Hwy 29 N., St. Helena; 707 963-9694 Gift Items, Children Welcomed; Call ahead for: Winery Tours Frog’s Leap – 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford; 707 963-4704 Gargiulo – 575 Oakville Crossroad, Napa; 707 944-2770 Girard Winery – (Tasting Room) 6795 Washington, Yountville; 968-9297 Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open Daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6


The first winery on the left heading north on the Silverado Trail. Enjoy the salon-like atmosphere of this beautiful tasting room where you can sample Luna Vineyards’ highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and other varietals at the magnificent tasting bar. Private tours, along with tastings in their gorgeous private reserve room, by appointment only.

Paoletti Vineyards – 4501 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-0689 Paradigm – 1277 Dwyer Rd, Oakville; 707 944-1683 Paraduxx – 7257 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 945-0890 Patz & Hall – 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Ste A, Napa; 707 265-7700 Peacock Family – 3100 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-0770 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11-6 Open Thu-Sun 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open Thu-Mon 11-5:30 Open daily 10-6:30

Open by appointment Fri-Sat 11-5, 11-4 Sun Open by appointment Open by appointment Open Wed-Sun 10-4 Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-6 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-4 Open Thurs-Sun 11-5 or by appt Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-5:30 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Mon-Sat by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Mon-Sat Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open Tues-Sat 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily by appointment 10-4

Open daily 10-5, 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-2474 Madonna Estate Winery – 5400 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa; 707 255-8864 Madrigal Vineyards – 3718 N. St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga; 707 942-6577 « MAHONEY VINEYARDS – Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St, Napa; 707 265-9600 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Mario Perelli-Minetti – 1443 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-8310 Markham Vnyds – 2812 St. Helena Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 963-5292 Mayacamas Vineyards – 1155 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 224-4030 McKenzie-Mueller – 2530 Las Amigas Rd, Napa; 707 252-0186 Mason Cellars – Tasted at Oxbow, Napa 707 255-0658 « MERRYVALE VINEYARDS – 1000 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-7777 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK Call ahead for: Wine Tours Sat & Sun at 10:30, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Mi Sueno– tasted at Vintner’s Collective, 1245 Main St., Napa; 707 258-6358 Milat Vineyards – 1091 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena; 707 963-0758 Miner Family – 7850 Silverado Trail, Oakville; 707 944-9500 MJA – 647 Greenfield Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3394 « MONTICELLO VINEYARDS – 4242 Big Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 253-2802 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Food Pairings Morey Cellars – Napa Moss Creek Winery – 6015 Steele Rd, Napa; 707 252-1295 Mount Veeder Winery – Poured at Franciscan: 1178 Galleron, Rutherford; 707 967-3830 « MUMM NAPA – 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 800 MUM-NAPA Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours « NAPA CELLARS – 7481 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2565 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children OK Napa Valley Farms – 929 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-8011 Napa Wine Company – 1133 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville; 707 944-1710 Neal Family Vineyards – 716 Liparita Rd, Angwin; 707 965-2800 Newton Vineyards – 2555 Madrona Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-9000 Neyers Vineyards– 2153 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-8840 Nichelini Winery – 2950 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-0717 Nickel & Nickel – 8164 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 967-9600 « O’BRIEN ESTATE – 1200 Orchard Ave, Napa; 707 252-8463 Oakville Ranch Vineyards– 7781 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707-944-9665 Olabisi – 974 Franklin St, Napa; 707 257-7477 OnThEdge – (Vermeli Wines) 1255 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 877-668-4334 Opus One – 7900 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-9442 Orin Swift Cellars – 1352 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-9179 Palmaz Vineyards – 4029 Hagen Road, Napa; 707 226-5587 Paloma Vineyard – 4013 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-7504

Pedemonte Cellars – 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena; 707 933-8352 Peju – 8466 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-3600 Pheonix – Poured at Vintners Collective: 1245 Main St, Napa; 707 255-7150 Pina Cellars – 8060 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 738-9328 Pine Ridge – 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-9777 PlumpJack Winery – 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 707 945-1220 Pope Valley Winery – 6613 Pope Valley Rd, Napa; 707 965-1246

Marston Family Vineyard – 3600 White Sulphur Springs Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-8490 Open by appointment

« PRAGER WINERY & PORT WORKS – 1281 Lewelling, St. Helena; 707 963-PORT (7678) Children & Pets OK Pride Mountain Wines – 4026 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4949 Provenance – 1695 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 968-3633 Quintessa – 1601 Silverdo Trail, St. Helena; 707 967-1601 $45 fee includes a vineyard and winery tour, tasting of two vintages and a small food pairing Quixote – 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-2659

Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Call for information; 707 226-2348 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Weekends 10-5, weekdays by appointment Open Mon-Fri 10-3, Sat-Sun 10-2 Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-5 Open by appointment Open Mon-Sun 11-6 Daily 10-5 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Open by appointment Mon-Fri 1-4 Open daily by appointment 9-5 Open by appointment

« RAYMOND VINEYARD – 849 Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-3141 Gift Items, Children OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours Razi Winery – 3108 Silverado Trail; 707 224-4299 Redmon Family – 1185 Starr Ave, St. Helena; 707 968-9252 Regusci Winery – 5584 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 254-0403 Revana Family – 2930 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 967-8814 Reverie Winery – 1250 Diamond Mtn Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-6800 Reynolds Family – 3266 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 258-2558 Ritchie Creek – 4024 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4661 Robert Biale – 4038 Big Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 257-7555 Robert Craig Wine Cellars – 880 Vallejo St, Napa; 707 252-2250 x1 Robert Keenan – 3660 Spring Mtn. Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-9177 Robert Mondavi – 7801 St. Helena Hwy 29, Oakville; 707 968-2001 Robert Pepi – 7585 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2807 Robert Sinskey Vnyds – 6320 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 944-9090 Robinson Family Vnyds – 5880 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-8004 « ROMBAUER VINEYARD – 3522 Silverado Trail, No, St. Helena; 707 963-5170 Children OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours at 10:30 & 11:30 Round Pond Winery – 886 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford; 1-877-963-9364 Rubicon Estates – 1991 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 968-1161 Rudd Winery – 500 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville; 707 944-8577 Ruston Family – 2798 Spring St, St. Helena; 707 967-8025 Rustridge Ranch – 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 965-9353 Rutherford Grove – 1673 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-0544 Rutherford Hill – 200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-1871 Rutherford Ranch – 1680 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 963-5251 Saddleback Cellars – 7802 Money Road, Oakville; 707 944-1305


Saintsbury – 1500 Los Carneros Ave, Napa; 707 252-0592 Salvestrin Vineyard – 397 Main Street, St. Helena; 707 963-5105 Saviez Vineyards – 4060 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5889 Sawyer Cellars – 8350 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-1980 School House Vineyards – 3549 Langtry Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4240 Schramsberg – 1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-2414 Schweiger Vineyards – 4015 Spring Mt Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4882 Scott Harvey – Poured at Salinas: 5225 Solano Ave, Napa; 707 968-9575 Seavey Vineyard – 1310 Conn Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-8339 « SEQUOIA GROVE – 8338 St. Helena Hwy 29, Rutherford; 707 944-2945 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Food Pairings Shafer Vineyards – 6154 Silverado Trail, Nap; 707 944-2877 Sherwin Family – 4060 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-1154 Silenus Vintners – 5225 Solano Ave, Napa; 707 299-3930 Silo’s Jazz & Wine Bar – 530 Main St, Napa; 707 251-5833 Silver Oak Cellars – 915 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 1-800-273-8809 Silver Rose Cellars – 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9581 Silverado Trail Wine Studio – 3105 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 226-8569 Silverado Vineyards – 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-1770 Sky Vineyards – 1500 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 935-1391 Smith Madrone – 4022 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-2283 Spelletich Cellars – 425 Gateway Rd W, Napa; 707 363-5757 Spottswoode – 1902 Madrona Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-0134 Spring Mountain – 2805 Spring Mtn. Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-4188 St. Clement Vineyards – 2867 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 800 331-8266 St. Helena Wine Center – 1321 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-1313 St. Helena Winery – 100 Pratt Ave, St. Helena; 707 967-9463 St. Supéry – 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 800 942-0809 Staglin Family – 1570 Bella Oaks Ln, Rutherford; 707 944-0477 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-2020 Steltzner Vineyards – 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-7272 « STERLING VINEYARDS – 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-3344 Self-Guided Winery Tours, Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK Stonehedge Winery – 1004 Clinton St, Napa; 707 256-4444 Stony Hill Vineyard – Call ahead for appointment; 707 963-2636; St. Helena Storybook Mountain – 3835 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 707 942-5310 Sullivan Vineyard – 1090 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-9646 « SUMMERS/VILLA ANDRIANA – 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-5508 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Summit Lake – 2000 Summit Lake Dr, Angwin; 707 965-2488 « SUTTER HOME WINERY – 277 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena; 707 963-3104 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Swanson Vineyards – 1271 Manley Ln, Rutherford; 707 967-3500 « TASTE AT OXBOW – 708 First Street, Napa/ 707 265-9600 Open Mon-Fri by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment only Tues 4-7, Wed-Thurs 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-12 Open Mon-Sun 9-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Su 10-5:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open Wed-Sat 11-7 Open Mon-Fri 9-5

« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-7 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open Mon-Sat 9-4 Open by appointment Open daily 9-6 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 11-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment 10:30-4:30 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open daily11-5 Open daily 10-5

Teachworth – 4451 St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga; 707 942-8432 Terra Valentine – 3787 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-8340 The Terraces – 1450 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-1707 Tom Eddy – 3870 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 707 942-4267 Trahan Winery – 974 Franklin St, Napa; 707 257-7477 Trefethen Vineyards – 1160 Oak Knoll Ave, Napa; 707 255-7700 Tres Sabores – 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena; 707 967-8027 Trespass Vineyard – 1859 Hillview Place, St. Helena; 707 963-0804 « TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES – 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 1-800-473-4454 Trinitas Cellars – 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa; 707 251-1956 Truchard – 3234 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa; 707 253-7153 Tudal Winery – 1015 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3947 Tulocay – 1426 Coombsville Rd, Napa; 707 255-4064 Turnbull Wine Cellars – 8210 Highway 29, Oakville; 707 963-5839 Twomey Cellars – 1183 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; (707) 942-7122 V Madrone – 3199 St. Helena Hwy N, St. Helena; 707 963-3573 « V. SATTUI WINERY – Corner Hwy 29 & White Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-7774 Picnic Area, Deli, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK, Cave Tours Van Der Heyden – 4057 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-0130 Verismo Wines – 6795 Washington Street, Yountville; 707 944 WINE (9463) Viader Winery – 1120 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3816 Vincent Arroyo Winery – 2361 Greenwood Ave, Calistoga; 707 942-6995 Vine Cliff Winery – 7400 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 944-1364 Vineyard 29 – 2929 St Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 963-9292 Vintners Collective – 1245 Main St, Napa; 707 255-7150 Volker Eisele Family – 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 965-9485 Von Strasser – 1510 Diamond Mtn. Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-0930 « WATERSTONE – Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St, Napa; 707 265-9600 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Wermuth Winery – 3942 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5924 White Cottage Ranch – 555 College Ave, Angwin; 707 965-0516 « WHITEHALL LANE – 1563 St. Helena Hwy S. (Hwy 29), St. Helena; 707 963-9454 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Barrel Tasting Tours Whitford Cellars – 4047 E. Third Ave, Napa; 707 942-0840 William Harrison Vnyrds – 1443 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-8310 « WILLIAM HILL WINERY – 1761 Atlas Peak Road, Napa; 707 265-3024 Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours, Educational Programs « WINE GARAGE – 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga; 707 942-5332

Signorello Vineyards – 4500 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-5990 Fri-Sun 10:30-4:30, Mon-Thu by appointment

Open Mon-Sat 11-6:30, Sun 11-4:30 Daily 11-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30

Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-4 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 11-7

Wineries of Napa Valley – 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa; 707 253-9450 Wing Canyon Vineyard – 3100 Mt. Veeder Rd, Napa; 707 265-8798 Witt Estate – 1500 Whitehall Ln, St. Helena; 707 967-8046 Work Vineyard – 3190 Highway 128, Calistoga; 707 942-0251 X Winery & Amius – 1405 2nd Street, Napa; 707 204-9522 Yates Family Vineyard – 4723 Redwood Rd, Napa; 707 226-1800 Zahtila Vineyards – 2250 Lake County Hwy; Calistoga; 707 942-9251 « ZD WINES – 8383 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 963-5188 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings


A. Rafanelli Winery – 4685 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1385 Acorn – 12040 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 433-6440 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Carol Shelton – 3354-B Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa; 707 575-3441 Open by appt. 11-4

Come join Thomas at The Cave, just off the Sonoma Plaza. 700+ wines, 25+ by the glass, 100+ 1/2 bottles Wines from all regions of California plus Oregon, Washington and 9 countries! Daily varied tastings and an incredible small plate menu is available.

Elegant Sonoma County and Napa Valley wines at an unparalleled value. Taste limited-production Adler Fels wines as well as wines under our other brands (Big Ass, Leaping Lizard, and Coyote Creek). We have picnic grounds with sweeping views of the Mayacamas Mountains and we’re dog friendly as well.

Open daily ’til late 524 Broadway, Sonoma; 707 938-7448 Cellar Door – 1395 Broadway, Suite E, Sonoma; 707 938-4466 Cellars of Sonoma – 133 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa; 707 578-1826 Chalk Hill – 10300 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg; 800-838-4306 Chandelle Winery – 1395 Broadway at the Cellar Door in Sonoma; 707 938-4466 « CHARLES CREEK VINEYARD – 483 First St. W., Sonoma; 707 935-3848 Thur-Mon 11-6,Tue-Wed 4-6 Sun-Wed 10-5, Thur-Sat 10-8 Tours & tasting by appointment only Thur-Mon 11-6,Tue-Wed 4-6 Open daily 11-6 Mon-Thurs 11-3 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-4:30

Sonoma Highway, Kenwood • (707) 833-6131 • Open Daily from 11am to 5pm Adobe Road Winery – 1995 S. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma; 707 939-7967 Adrian Fog – Healdsburg; 707 688-1174 « ALDERBROOK WINERY 2306 Magnolia, Healdsburg; 707 433-9154 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairings Alexander Valley Vineyards – 8644 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-7209 Amista Vineyards– 3320 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-9200 Amphora Wines – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-7767 « ANABA WINES – 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma; 707 996-4188 Arbios/Praxis – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Archipel – 4611 Thomas Rd, Healdsburg; 800-273-0177 Arista Winery – 7015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 473-0606 « ARMIDA WINERY – 2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-2222 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Arrowood Vineyards & Winery – 14347 Sonoma Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 707 935-2600 Gift items, Art Exhibits; Call ahead for Winery Tours at 10:30 & 2:30 « ARTESA –1345 Henry Road, Napa; 707 224-1668 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children Welcomed Artiste Winery – 435 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-1920 Atascadero Creek – 3541 Gravenstein Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol; 707 823-3040 Audelssa Estate – 13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen; 707 933-8514 Balletto & Dutton-Goldfield – 5700 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 568-2455 Banyon – poured at Downtown Wine, 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 Bartholomew Park – 1000 Vineyard Ln., Sonoma; 707 935-9511 Battaglini Wines – 2948 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 578-4091 Bella Vnyds & Wine Caves – 9711 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 473-9171 « BENZIGER FAMILY WINERY – 1883 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 935-4046 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tram Tours Blackstone Winery – 8450 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-1999 Bonneau Family – 23001 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 800-996-0420 Open by appointment only Open by appointment, Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Thur-Mon 11-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 10:30-5:30 Open daily 11am-6pm Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-5 Open daily 11-5

Chateau Felice – 10603 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg; 707 836-9011 Chateau St. Jean – 8555 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-4134 Christie Vineyards – 851 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg; 707 431-0662 « CHRISTOPHER CREEK – 641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg; 707 433-2001 Picnic Area Clarbec – 19368 Orange Ave, Sonoma; 707 996-4012 Clary Ranch – 3461 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma; 707 938-7210 « CLINE CELLARS – 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707 940-4030 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours at 11, 1, 3 or Food Pairings Clos du Bois – 19410 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 857-3100

Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5:30 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-4 Thur-Mon 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 Open daily 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open Daily 11-6:30 (close at 5 in winter) Open daily 10-5 Sat-Sun 11-4 or by appt.

Collier Falls – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12,Kenwood; 888-433-6555 Open daily 10:30-5 Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 10:30-4:30 Copain Wines – 7800 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 836-8822 Corda – 845 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma; 707 781-9310 D’Argenzio – 1301 Clevelend Ave, Ste A, Santa Rosa; 707 280-4658 Dark Horse – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 David Coffaro – 7485 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville; 707 433-9715 Open Thu-Sun 11-5 or by appt. Open by appointment only 11-5 Summer, 11-4 winter; tours available Open daily 11am-6pm Open 11-4, Tours: Fridays by appt. Open daily 10:30-5 Fri-Mon 11-4 Thu-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-4:30, Mon-Thu by appt Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 11-4 Tours & tastings by appointment, Fridays only Open by appointment only Thu-Mon 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 Open daily 11-6, Tue 2-6 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5

Dashe Cellars – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 10:30-4:30 David Noyes – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 Davis Bynum Winery – 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-5852 Davis Family Vnyds – 52 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3858 De La Montanya – 999 Foreman Ln., Healdsburg; 707 433-3711 De Loach Vineyards – 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa; 707 526-9111 « DE LORIMIER WINERY (formerly Mosaic)– 2001 Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-2000 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK « DEERFIELD RANCH – 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood; 707 833-5215 Art Exhibits, Tours Dehlinger – 4101 Vine Hill Rd, Sebastopol; 707 823-2378 Deux Amis – 1960 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-7945 Downtown Wine – 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 « DREYER WINE – Poured at Sonoma-Enoteca, 35 E Napa St, Sonoma; 707 935-1200 Dry Creek Vineyards – 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1000 Duchamp Estate – 280 Chiquita Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6665

« BR COHN WINERY – 15000 Sonoma Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 800-330-4064 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for: Tours, Educational Programs, Wine Pairings Bradford Mountain – 4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-4433

Branham Estate – Poured at Downtown Wine: 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 Thu-Mon 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 Buena Vista Winery – 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1266 C. Donatiello – 4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-433-8296 Camellia Cellars – 57 Front St., Healdsburg; 707 433-1290 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6

« DUTCHER CROSSING – 8533 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-2700 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours


Dutton Estate – 8757 Green Valley Rd; Sebastopol; 707 829-9463 Dutton-Goldfield & Balletto – 5700 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 568-2455 Enkidu Wine – 8910 Sonoma Hwy. 12, Kenwood; 707 833-6100 Ensuenos – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Eric K. James – 452 First Street E, Sonoma Plaza; 707 732-7560 « ERIC ROSS – 14300 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen; 707 939-8525 Also poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Everett Ridge – 435 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1637 F. Teldeschi – 3555 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6626 Family Wineries – Kenwood – 9380 Sonoma Hwy. 12; 707 833-4444 Favero Vineyards – 3939 Lovall Valley Rd, Sonoma; 707 935-3939 « FERRARI-CARANO – 8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6700 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings « FERRARI-CARANO SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD 113 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 431-2222 Field Stone Winery – 10075 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-7266 Folk Machine – Poured at Downtown Wine: 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 Foppiano Vineyards – 12707 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 433-7272 Forchini – 5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8886 Forth Vnyds – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 Francis Ford Coppola 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707 857-1462 Freestone Vineyards – 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone; 707 874-1010 Frick – 23072 Walling Road, Geyserville; 707 857-1980 « FRITZ WINERY – 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd, Cloverdale; 707 894-3389 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings « GALLO FAMILY VNYDS – Tasting Room: 320 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707 433-2458 Gift items, Vineyard Tours Gary Farrell Wines – 10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg;707 473-2909; Geyser Peak Winery – At Canyon Rd, 22281 Chianti Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-2500 « GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VNYDS – 23555 Hwy 121, Sonoma; 707 996-7256 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibit; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Gofessel Vineyards– 200838 Burndale Road, Sonoma; 707 225-6801 Göpfrich – 7564 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1645 Gourmet Au Bay – 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay; 707 875-9875 Grange Sonoma – (Tasting room for boutique wineries) 23564 Arnold Dr (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 707 933-8980 Graton Ridge – 3541 Gravenstein Hwy 116 N, Sebastopol; 707 823-3040 Grey Stack – 4100 Grange Road, Santa Rosa; 707 228-1338 Grove Street – 1451 Grove St, 707 433-6734; Healdsburg Gundlach Bundschu – 2000 Denmark St, 707 938-5277; Sonoma Hanna Winery – 9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 431-4310 5353 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 575-3371 Hanzell Vineyards– 18596 Lomita Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 Ph: 707.996.3860 Hartford Family Winery – 8075 Martinelli Road, Forestville; 707 887-1756 Harvest Moon Estate – 2192 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 573-8711 Hauck Cellars – 223 Center St, Healdsbug; 707 473-9065 Daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11am-6pm Daily 11-6 (closed Tuesdays in Winter) Friday-Sunday 12-5:30 or by appointment Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 12-5 Mar-Dec 10:30-5, Jan-Feb Closed Tu-We Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5

« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week Open daily 10-5, tours by appointment Open daily 11am-6pm Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-5:30 Thu-Mon 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 Sat-Sun 11-4:30 or by appt Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11:30-9

Hawkes Wine – 6734 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-4295 Haywood Winery – 18000 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma; 877 996-4299 Highway 12 Winery – 498 First St. E, Sonoma; 707 938-8091 Hobo – Poured at Downtown Wine: 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 Holdredge – 51 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 431-1424 Homewood Winery – 23120 Burndale Rd, Sonoma; 707 996-6353 Hook and Ladder – 2027 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 546-5712 « HOP KILN WINERY – 6050 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6491 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings House Winery – 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N, Sebastopol; 707 829-1101

Hawley Wines – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900

Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 Open daily 10:30-4:30

« IMAGERY ESTATE – 14355 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 707 935-4515 Weekdays 10-4:30, Weekends 10-5 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings Inman Family – 5793 Skylane Blvd, Ste C, Windsor; 707 395-0689 Fri & Sat 11-4 or by appt. Open daily 11-3:30, tours Mon-Fri by appt. Iron Horse – 9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol; 707 887-1507

Fri-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-7 Open daily 10-5 Thu-Mon 11-6, Fri-Sat 11-7 Open daily 10-4:30 Fri-Sun 11-4 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily by appointment Fri-Sat 11-8, Sun-Thu 11-7 Open daily 10-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10:30-5 Open Thu-Mon 11:30-5:30, Fri & Sat til 7pm

J Lynne Wines – Poured at Vine Tastings: 9058 Windsor Rd, Windsor; 707 620-0833 Mon-Fri 12-8pm, late weekends J RICKARDS WINERY
Sustainable Vines...Exceptional Wines! Stop by J. Rickards Winery Tuesdays-Saturdays (11am-4pm) for a complimentary tasting of our wines, which include estate-grown Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Take the Canyon Road exit from Hwy 101 at Geyserville. We’re 2.5 miles north on Chianti Road. For more information or a tour call 707-758-3441.

24505 Chianti Rd Cloverdale, CA J Vineyard & Winery – 11447 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 431-3646 « JACUZZI VINEYARDS – 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707 931-7575 Johnson’s Alexander Valley Wines – 8333 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-2319 Jordan – 1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-5250 Joseph Swan – 2916 Laguna Rd, Forestville; 707 573-3747 Kachina – 4551 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707 332-7917 Kamen Estate – 21692 8th Street E, Suite 300, Sonoma; 707 833-1700 Kastania Vineyards – 4415 Kastania Rd, Petaluma; 707 763-6348 « KAZ WINERY – 233 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood; 707 833-2536 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyards Tours « KENDALL-JACKSON – 5007 Fulton Rd, Fulton; 707 571-8100 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings « KENDALL-JACKSON – 337 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-7102 Children & Pets OK Kenwood Vineyards – 9592 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-5891 Kokomo – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0200 Korbel Chmpgne Clrs – 13250 River Rd, Guerneville; 707 824-7000 Kunde – 9825 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-5501 La Crema – 235 Healdsburg Ave, Ste 101, Healdsburg; 707 431-9400 Lake Sonoma Winery – 340 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 473-2999 Lambert Bridge – 4085 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-9600 Lancaster Estate – 15001 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-8178x209 Landmark – 101 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood; 707 833-0053 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Sat, Sun & some holidays, 11-4:30 Open daily 11-4 by appt Open by appointment only Sat Sun 11-4 Fri-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 9-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4 Open daily 10:30-5:30 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-4:30

Lago di Merlo – at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100


Larson Family – (Cornerstone, tasting room for boutique wineries) 23564 Arnold Dr, (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 707 933-3010 Larson Family – 23570 Highway 121, Sonoma; 707 934-4090 Laurel Glen – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Nicholson Ranch – 4200 Napa Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-8822 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11am-6pm Novy Family – 980 Airway Ct, Ste C, Santa Rosa; 707 578-3882 Occidental Road Cellars – 707 874-9401 Optima Winery – 498 Moore Ln, Unit C, Healdsburg; 707 431-8222 Paint Horse – 16510 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707 935-0148 Palmeri – 21001 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 857-4101 Papapietro Perry – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0422 « PARADISE RIDGE WINERY – 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa; 707 528-Wine Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours « PARADISE RIDGE – Kenwood Tasting Room, 8860 Sonoma Hwy; 707 282-9020 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5, call for reservations Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-5 Sat 11-4:30, Mon-Fri by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 11-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-6:30 Open daily 10:30-6:30 Thur-Mon 11-6, Tue-Wed 4-6 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9:30-4:30, appt recommended Open daily 11-5 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Tue-Sat by appt only; tours 10:30, 2:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Limited tours, call ahead Open daily 10:30-5:30 Open daily 11-6 Open Friday by appointment only Roessler Cellars – 380 First St W, Sonoma; 707 933-4440 Rosenblum Winery – 250 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1169 Roshambo – (Cornerstone, tasting room for boutique wineries) 23564 Arnold Dr, (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 888-525-9463 Route 128 Winery – 21079 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 696-0004 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Sun 12-6 « RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS – 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 431-1533 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Open daily 10-5 Preston Vineyards – 9282 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-3372 Quivira Vineyards – 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8333 « MATRIX – 3291 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1911 Gift items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Mauritson Family Winery – 2859 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-0804 Mayo Family Winery – 13101 Arnold Drive @ Highway 12, Glen Ellen; 707 938-9401 Mayo Family Reserve Room – 9200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-5504 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Mayo Family– at The Cellar Door in Sonoma, 1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 « MAZZOCCO VINEYARDS – 1400 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8159 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Meeker Vineyards – 21035 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 431-2148 Merriam Vnyds – 11650 Los Amigos Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4032 Merry Edwards – 2959 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol; 888-388-9050 Michel-Schlumberger – 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-7427 Mill Creek Vineyards – 1401 Westside Rd; Healdsburg; 707 431-2121 Moon Mountain – 1700 Moon Mountain Drive, Sonoma; 707 996-5870 Moshin Vineyards – 10295 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-5499 Mounts Family – 3901 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 292-8148 Mueller – 6301 Starr Rd, Windsor; 707 837-7399 Mulas Family – 23900 Ramal Road, Sonoma; 707 938-3134 Murphy-Goode – 20 Matheson St, Healdsburg; 800 499-7644 Muscardini Cellars – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-0526 Nalle – 2383 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1040 RH – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Ramazzotti Wines – 22910 Walling Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-3428 Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Ravenswood – 18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1960 Raymond Burr – 8339 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4365 Remick Ridge – tasted at Adler Fels, 9575 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Richardson Winery – at The Cellar Door in Sonoma, 1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 Ridge Vineyards – 650 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-7721 River Road Vnyds – 5220 Ross Rd, Sebastopol; 707 887-8130 Robert Hunter – at The Cellar Door in Sonoma,1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 Robert Young Estate – 4960 Red Winery Rd, Geyserville; 707 431-4811 Robledo Family Winery – 21901 Bonness Rd, Sonoma; 707 939-6903 Roche – 122 West Spain St, Sonoma Rochioli – 6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-2305 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11am-6pm Open Mon-Sun 11-6 Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 11-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Thu-Mon 11-4, Tue-Wed by appt Parmelee Hill – 8860 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood; 707 282-9020 Passalacqua Vnyds – 3805 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg; 877-825-5547 Pastori Winery – 23189 Geyserville Ave, Cloverdale; 707 857-3418 Pedroncelli Vineyards – 1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-3531 Pellegrini Family– 4055 West Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 800-891-0244 Pendleton Estate – 35100 Hwy 128, Cloverdale; 707 894-3732 Peters Family – 2064 Hwy. 116 No, Suite 102, Sebastopol; 707 829-3111 Peterson – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Petroni Vineyards – 990 Cavedale Road, Sonoma; 707 935-8311 Portalupi – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Porter Creek – 8735 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6321 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-3 Call for tours & tasting Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Thu-Sat 11:30-6, Sun-Wed 11:30-5:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Thur-Mon 10-4 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 11am-6pm Open 10-4 by appointment Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 10:30-4:30

« LEDSON WINERY – 7335 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 537-3810 Open daily 10-5 Tasting Fees, Gift items, Deli, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings « LIMERICK LANE – 1023 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg; 707 433-9211 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Children & Pets OK Little Vineyards Family Winery – 15188 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen; 707 996-2750 « LONGBOARD VINEYARDS – 5 Fitch St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3473 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings « LOXTON CELLARS – 11466 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 935-7221 Picnic Area; Call ahead for Vineyard and Winery Tours Lynmar Estate – 3909 Frei Rd, Sebastopol; 707 829-3374 MacLeod Family Vnyd – 740 Lawndale Road, Kenwood; 707 833-4312 MacPhail Family – 851 Magnolisa Dr, Healdsburg; 707 433-4780 Macrae Family – at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 MacRostie Winery – 21481 Eighth St E, Suite 25, Sonoma; 707 996-4480 Manzanita Creek – 1441 A&B Grove St, Healdsburg; 707 433-4052 Marimar Estate – 11400 Graton Road, Sebastopol; 707 823-4365 Martin Family – 5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-9545 « MARTIN RAY – 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa; 707 823-2404 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Martinelli Vineyards – 3360 River Rd, Fulton; 707 525-0570 Matanzas Creek Winery – 6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 528-6464 Open daily 10-5 Thu-Mon 11-4:30

Open daily 11-6 (closed Tue)

Mietz Cellars – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100


Rued – 3863 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1569 Russian Hill Estate – 4525 Slusser Rd, Windsor; 707 575-9428 Russian River Vineyards – 5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville; 707 887-3344 Sable Ridge Winery – 6320 Jamison Rd; Santa Rosa; 707 542-3138 Sapphire Hill – 55 Front Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1888 Saracina/Atrea – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 « SAUSAL WINERY – 7370 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-2285 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Sbragia Family – 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville; 707 473-2992 « SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE – 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma; 800-966-9365 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed, Picnic Area « SEBASTIANI VINEYARDS – 389 Fourth St. East, Sonoma; 707 938-5532 Complimentary Tours, Gift Items, Picnic Area & Supplies, Children & Pets Welcomed Sebastopol Vineyards – Green Valley Rd; Sebastopol; 707 829-9463 Seghesio Winery – 14730 Grove St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3579 Selby Winery – 215 Center St, Healdsburg; 707 431-1288 Sharp –17560 Norrborn Road, Sonoma; 707 933-0556 Sheldon – 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol; 707 829-8100 Siduri Wines – 980 Airway Dr, Ste C, Santa Rosa; 707 578-3882 Silver Oak Cellars – 24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville; 707 942-7026 « SIMI WINERY – 16275 Healsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-6981 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Tours at 11 & 2 SL Cellars – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 Sojourn Cellars –141 E. Napa Street, Sonoma; 707 933-9753 « SONOMA-ENOTECA – 35 E Napa St, Sonoma; 707 935-1200 Sonoma Valley Port Works – 613 2nd St, Pealuma; 707 769-5203 Spann –Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 « ST. FRANCIS VINEYARDS – 100 Pythian Rd, Santa Rosa; 888-675-WINE Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for Food Pairings, Winery Tours St. Helena Road Winery – 6995 St. Helena Road; Santa Rosa; 707 538-8674 Staley – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 Stonestreet – 7111 Highway 128; 707 473-3333; Healdsburg Stryker Sonoma – 5110 Highway 128; Geyserville; 707 433-1944 Stuhlmuller – 4951 West Soda Rock Ln, Healdsburg; 707 431-7745 « SUNCÉ WINERY – 1839 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 526-9463 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed Taft Street Winery – 2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol; 707 823-2049 Talty – 7127 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-8438 Tandem – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 Terroirs Artisan Wines: Damskey & Co. – 21001 Geyserville Ave, Ste 101, Geyserville; 707 857-4101 Open daily 11-4:30 Open Thu-Mon 10-4 Open daily 11:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment or Thurs-Mon 11-4:30 Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 10-4 Open daily11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 Open daily 10–5 Open daily 11-5:30 Open by appointment only Fri 12-5, Sat & Sun 11-4 or by appt By appointment daily 10-3 Mon-Sat 9-5, tours by appt

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« TOPEL – Tasting Room in Healdsburg, 125 Matheson St; 707 433-4116 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call for: Educational Program, Food Pairings « TRENTADUE – 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 433-3104 Trione Winery – 19550 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 814-8100 Truett Hurst – 5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-9545 Twomey Cellars – 3000 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-505-4850 Ty Caton Vineyards – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-0526 Unti Vineyards – 4202 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-5590 Valley of the Moon – 777 Madrone Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 996-6941 Viansa Winery – 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 707 935-4700 « VJB VINEYARDS & CELLARS – 9077 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-2300 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Pets Welcomed Wattle Creek Winery – 25510 River Rd, Cloverdale; 707 894-5166 Wellington Vineyards – 11600 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 939-0708 Westwood Winery – 11 E. Napa St, Suite 3, Sonoma; 707 935-3246 White Oak Vineyards – 7505 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-84291 Williamson – 134 Matheson St, Healdsburg; 707 433-1500 « WILSON – 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-4355 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Woodenhead – 5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 887-2703

Open daily 11-7 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Sun 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon-Sat 10-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Thur-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-7 Open daily 11-5 Open Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30

Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only 11-6 Wed-Mon, Tue seasonal Sat 12-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-5 Sat-Sun 11-4:30, Mon-Fri 11-4 Most Saturdays 12-4 or by appt. Open daily 10:30-5

Yoakim Bridge – 7209 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-8511 Zichichi Family – 8626 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4410

Fri-Sat 11-4, Sun 1-4, weekdays & tours by appt. Open daily 11-4:30

Ahlgren Vineyard – 20320 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek; 800 338-6071 Alfaro Family Vnyd & Winery – 420 Hames Road, Corralitos; 831 728-5172 Aptos Creek – 520 Nisene Meadws Ct, Aptos; 831 684-1680 Armida Winery – 103 Stockton Avenue, Capitola; 831 462-1065 Bargetto Winery – 3535 N. Main St, Soquel; 831 475-2258 ext 14 Beauregard – 10 Pine Flat Road, Bonny Doon; 831 458-WINE Black Ridge – 18550 Black Rd, Los Gatos; 408 399-6396 Bonny Doon Vineyard – 328 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz; 888 819-6789 Bruzzone – 433 Sunridge Drive, Scotts Valley; 831 438-3120 « BURRELL SCHOOL – 24060 Summit Rd, Los Gatos; 408 353-6290 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Byington Winery – 21850 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos; 408 354-1111 Calera – 11300 Cienega Road, Hollister; 831 637-9170 Casa De Fruta – 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister; 800 543-1702 Castillo’s Hillside Shire – 2215 Liberta Drive, Morgan Hill; 408 776-8200 Cava Wine Bar – 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola; 831 476-2282 Cava Wine Bar – 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola; 831 476-2282 Sat 12-4 or by appointment Sat 12-5 or by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Open 3rd weekend 11-5 & by appointment Open daily 12-close Open by appointment only Open Thu-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 9-6 Sat 1-7, Sun 12-5 Wed-Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10, Mon 4-10, Tue 4-12 Wed-Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10, Mon 4-10, Tue 4-12 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Mon-Fri 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5

Open daily 11:30-5:30; Thu, Fri, Sat til 6 Mon-Fri 12-8, later on weekends Open daily 11-4 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10:30-5:30

Chaine d’Or – 140 Sunrise Drive, Woodside; 650 851 8977 Clos LaChance – 1 Hummingbird Ln, San Martin; 800 ITS-WINE Clos Tita – 4 Kendall Lane, Santa Cruz; 831 439-9235 « COOPER-GARROD – 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga; 408 867-7116 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Food Pairings, Tours

Three Alarm – Poured at Vine Tastings: 9058 Windsor Rd, Windsor; 707 620-0833 Thumbprint Cellars – 36 North St, Healdsburg; 707 433-2393 Tin Barn – 21692 Eighth St E. #340, Sonoma; 707 938-5430 Toad Hollow – 409A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 431-8667


Creekview – 12467 Creekview Ct, San Martin; 408 686-0534 By appointment 11-5 or 3rd weekend of the month Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-4 or or by appointment Open daily 12-5 By appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5 Some Sat, call for appointment Tue-Sun 12-6 Roudon -Smith – 2364 Bean Creek Rd, Scotts Valley; 831 438-1244 Santa Cruz Mtn Vnyd – 334A Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz; 831 335-4242 « SARAH’S VINEYARD – 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 847-1947 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Satori Cellars – 2100 Buena Vista Avenue, Gilroy; 408 848-5823 Savannah-Chanelle Vnyds – 23600 Congress Springs Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-2934 Silver Mountain – off Old San Jose-Soquel Rd Miller Cutoff; 408 353-2278 Silver Mountain – 402 Ingalls St, Ste 29, Santa Cruz; 831 466-0559 Solis – 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 847-6306 Sones Cellars – 334 B Ingalls St, Santa Cruz; 831 420-1552 Soquel Vineyards – 8063 Glen Haven, Soquel; 831 462-9045 Storrs Winery – 303 Potrero St. #35, Santa Cruz; 831 458-5030 Summerayne – Limekiln Road, Hollister; 831 902-5638 Sycamore Creek – 12775 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill; 408 779-4738 Testarossa Vineyards – 300-A College Ave, Los Gatos; 408 354-6150 Thomas Fogarty Winery – 19501 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Thomas Kruse Winery – 3200 Dryden Ave, Gilroy; 408 842-7016 Trout Gulch – 328 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz; 888 819-6789 Vinocruz – Abbott Square on Cooper Street, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 Vine Hill – 2300 Jarvis Road, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 Woodside Vineyards – 340 Kings Mountain Rd; Woodside; 650 851-3144 Windy Oaks Estate – 550 Hazel Dell Rd, Corralitos; 831 786-9463 Zayante Vineyards – 420 Old Mount Rd; Felton; 831 335-7992 CARMEL VALLEY Bernardus – 5 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 800 223-2533 Boekenoogen – 24 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 831 659-4215 Chateau Julien Wine Estate – 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel; 831 624-2600 Chateau Sinnet – 13746 Center Street, Carmel Valley; 831 659-2244 Cima Collina – San Carlos, between Ocean & 7th, Carmel; 831 620-0645 Galante Vineyards – between Ocean & 7th, Dolores; Carmel; 831 624-3800 Georis Winery – 4 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley; 831 659-1050 Joullian Vineyards – 2 Village Drive Suite A, Carmel Valley; 866 659-8101 Joyce Vineyards – 12 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley; 831-659-0312 Otter Cove Wines – 9 Del Fino Place, Carmel Valley; 831 320-3050 Rancho Cellars – 26340 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Carmel; 831 625-5646 Talbott Vineyards – 53 West Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 831 659-3500 Taste Morgan – 204 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel; 831 626-3700 MONTEREY WINERIES A Taste of Monterey Wine Visitors Cntr – 700 Cannery Row, Suite Kk, Monterey; 831 646-5446 Bargetto Winery – 700 Cannery Row Suite G, Monterey; 831 373-4053 Baywood Cellars – 381 Cannery Row Suite C, Monterey; 831 645-9035 Figge Cellars – 3348 Paul Davis Drive Suite 101, Marina; 831 384-4149 Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge - 751 Cannery Row, Monterey; 831-6569463 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-6 Mon-Sat 1-6, Sun 1-5 Mon-Fri by appointment only Open daily 11-7 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat 11-4:30 or by appointment Wed-Sun 12-5:30 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Sat12-4 by appointment Thu-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Thu-Mon 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Tue-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-close Mon-Thu 11-7, Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-6 Special events & by appointment Open by appointment only Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment

David Bruce Winery – 21439 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-4214 DeRose Vineyards – 9970 Cienega Valley Road, Hollister; 831 636-9143 Domenico Wines – 1697 Industrial Rd, San Carlos; 650 593-2335 Enz – 1781 Limekiln Road, Hollister; 831 637-6443 Equinox – 427-C Swift St, Santa Cruz; 831 338-2646; 831 423-3000 Fernwood Cellars – 7137 Redwood Retreat, Gilroy; 408 848-0611

« FLEMING JENKINS VNYDS & WINERY – 45 W. Main St, Los Gatos; 408 358-4949 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Children Welcome Flint Wine Cellars – 13160 Cienega Road, Hollister; 831 636-8986 Fortino Winery – 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-3305 Guglielmo Winery – 1480 E. Main St, Morgan Hill; 408 779-2145 Hallcrest Vineyards – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 831 335-4441 Heart o’ the Mountain – 5610 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley; 831 345-6133 Hecker Pass Winery – 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-8755 « HUNTER HILL – 7099 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel; 831 465-9294 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – 1000 Lenzen Ave, San Jose; 408 918-2160 Jason-Stephens – 11775 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy; 408 846-8463 Kirigin Cellars – 11550 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy; 408 847-8827 Kings Mountain – 187 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside; 650 851-7551 La Nebbia – 12341 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay; 650 726-9463 Léal Vineyards – 300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister; 831 636-1023 « LOMA PRIETA WINERY – 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos; 408 353-2950 « MARTIN RANCH – 6675 Redwood Retreat Road, Gilroy; 408 842-9197 Michael Martella – 17287 Box 103 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Monte Verde – 13775 Sycamore Dr, Morgan Hill; 408 776-8938 Morgan Hill Cellars – 1645 San Pe dro Ave, Morgan Hill; 408 779-7389 Mountain Winery – 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga; 408 741-2822 Muccigrosso – 21450 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-0821 Muccigrosso – 21450 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-0821 Muns Vineyard – Los Gatos; 408 515-2663 Naumann Vnyds – 16505 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 867-7871 Nicholson Vnyds – 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 724-7071 Organic Wine Works – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 800-OWW-WINE Osocalis – 5579 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel; 831 477-1718 Page Mill Winery – 13686 Page Mill Road, Los Altos HIlls; 650 948-0958 Pietra Santa – 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister; 831 636-1991 Pelican Ranch – 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz; 831 426-6911 Picchetti Winery – 13100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Pinder – 165 Cristich Lane, Campbell; 877-684-2601

Open by appointment only Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 9-5 Sat-Sun 11-4 or by appt Open daily 10-5 Open Daily Summer 12-6 , Winter 12-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appt 12-4 third weekend of each month Open by appointment only Open 3rd Sat-Sun or by appointment Tue-Sun 10-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5:30 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Sat 11-4, Sun by appointment

Boëté at Valley Hills Tasting Rm– 7156A Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 831 625-5040 Mon-Fri 2-5, Sat-Sun 12-5

Summer 12-6 daily, Winter 12-5 Thur-Mon 11- 6 Sun-Fri 2-6, Sat 12-6 Summer daily 11-6, Winter 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Mon-Sat 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6

Heller Estate Organic Vineyards – 69 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 800-625-8466 Open daily 11-6

Parsonage Village Vineyard – 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 831 659-7322 Open daily 11-5:30

Pleasant Valley – 600 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 728-2826 Summer Apr-Oct, Sat 12-4, Winter by appointment « POETIC CELLARS – 5000 Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel; 831 462-3478 Rapazzini Winery – 4350 S. Monterey Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-5649 Regale Winery – 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos; 408 353-2500 Ridge Vineyards – 17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino; 408 867-3233 River Run – 65 Rogge Lane, Watsonville; 831 726-3112 Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appt Open daily 10-5 Sat-Sun 12-5:30 or by appointment Summer Sat-Sun 11-5, Winter Sat-Sun 11-4 Open by appointment only


« VENTANA VINEYARDS – 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Monterey; 831 372-7415 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Wine from the Heart Tasting Rm – 241 Alvarado St, Monterey; 831 641-9463 SALINAS VALLEY A Taste of Monterey – 127 Main Street, Salinas; 831 751-1980 Blackstone Winery – 850 South Alta St, Gonzales; 831 675-5341 Boekenoogen – Santa Lucia Highlands, Salinas; 831 675-3549 Mon-Fri 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4 Summer 10:30-4:30, Winter 11-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open daily , call for hours

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Lazy Creek Vineyards – 4741 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3623 Le Vin Winery – 33151 Hwy. 128, Yorkville; 707 894-2304 Lolonis Vineyards – 1905 Rd D, Redwood Valley; 707 485-7544 Londer Vineyards – 14051 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 895-3900 Manoir Girard Cellars – 12601 Ell River Rd; Potter Valley; 707 391 WINE (9463) Maple Creek Winery – 20799 Hwy 128; Yorkville; 707 895-3001 McDowell Valley – 13380 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707 744-8911 McFadden Vineyard – 13275 S. Hwy 101 Suite #5, Hopland; 707 744-8463 McNab Ridge Winery – 13441 S. Hwy 101; Hopland; 707 744-1986 Meyer Family Cellars – 19750 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707 895-2341 Milano Family Winery – 14594 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 800-564-2582 Monte Lago Winery – Clear Lake, 510-599.LAGO Navarro Vineyards – 5601 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3686 Nelson Family – 550 Nelson Ranch Road; Ukiah

Open Fr-Mo 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment Thu-Mon 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-5 Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily10-5 Open by appointment only Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5

Chalone Vineyards – Stonewall Canyon Rd (Hwy 146), Soledad; 831 678-1717 Sat-Sun 11:30-5, weekdays by appt « HAHN ESTATES/SMITH & HOOK – 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad; 831 678-4555 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for Winery Tours Manzoni Estate – 30981 River Road, Soledad; 831 675-3398 Marilyn Remark – 645 River Road, Salinas; 831 455-9310 Paraiso Vineyards – 38060 Paraiso Springs Road, Soledad; 831 678-0300 Pessagno Winery – 1645 River Road, Salinas; 831 675-9463 Scheid Vineyards – 1972 Hobson Avenue, Greenfield; 831 386-0316 « VENTANA VINEYARDS – 38740 Los Coches Road, Soledad; 831 678-2900 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Wrath Wines – 35801 Foothill Road, Soledad; 831 678-2212 Mon-Fri 11-4 Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun, Holidays 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5, Mon-Fri 11-4 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Weekends & Most Holidays 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-4:30

Barra of Mendocino – 7051 N. State Street, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0322 Open daily 10-5

Oster – 13501 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley; 707 485-5257 Pacific Star – 33000 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg; 707 964-1155 Parducci Wine Cellars – 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah; 707 463-5357 Phillips Hill Estates – 8627 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2209 Philo Ridge – Call for an appoinment on weekends, 707 489-2303 Ployez Winery – 11171 Highway 29, Lower Lake; 707 994-2106 Roederer Estate – 4501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2288 Rosa D’Oro – 3915 Main Street, Kelseyville; 707 279-0483

Brassfield Estate– 10915 High Valley Rd, Clearlake Oaks; 707 998-1895 Win Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun by appt: Sum 10-5 Breggo Cellars – 11001 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 895-9589 Brutocao Cellars – 7000 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2152 Brutocao Cellars – 13500 Hwy 101, Hopland; 707 744-1664 Ceago Vinegarden – 5115 E. Hwy 20, Nice; 707 274-1462 Chiarito Vineyards – 2651 Mill Creek Rd, Ukiah; 707.462.7146 Claudia Springs – 1810 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3993 Cougar’s Leap – 9730 Soda Bay Road #8, Kelseyville; 707 279-0651 Duncan Peak Vineyards – 14500 Mtn. House Road, Hopland; 707 744-1129 Esterlina – 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo; 707 895-2920 Fetzer Vineyards – Hwy 175, Hopland; 707 744-1250 Foursight Wines – 14475 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 898-2889 Frey – 14000 Tomki Rd, Redwood Valley; 707 485-5177 Goldeneye Winery – 9200 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3202 Graziano Family of Wines – 13251 S.Hwy 101; Suite 3, Hopland; 707 744-8466 Greenwood Ridge Vineyards – 5501 Hwy 128; Philo, 707 895-2002 Handley Cellars – 3151 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2190 Horne – 2200 Hwy 29, Middletown; 707 987-1069 Husch Vineyards – 4400 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3216 Jepson Vineyards, Ltd. – 10400 S. Hwy 101, Ukiah; 707 468-8936 Jeriko Estate – 12141 Hewlitt Sturtevant Rd, Hopland; 707 744-1140 Langtry Estate – 21000 Butts Canyon Rd, Middletown; 707 987-2385 Open daily 11-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Summer: Fri-Mon 11-5; Winter Fri-Sun 11-5 Call ahead Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 9-5 Fri-Mon 10-4:30 Mon-Frid 10-5, by appointment Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Open weekends 10-6, weekdays by appt. Open daily 10-5

Sum Sun-Tues 11-5, Wed-Sat 10:30-6:30; Win closed Mon-Tue Open daily 11-5 Fri-Mon 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Wed-Mon 10-6 Mon-Sat 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Win 11-5, Sum 11-6 Open Daily 10-5

« SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS – 8501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2957 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Shannon Ridge – 12599 E. Hwy 20, Clear Lake Oaks; 707 998-9656 Silversmith Vineyards – 3700 A Rd J, Redwood Valley; 707 485-1196 Standish Wine Co. – 5101 Hwy 128, Philo707 895-9213 Steele Wines – Hwy 29 at Thomas Dr; Kelseyville; 707 279-9475 Toulouse Vineyards – 8001 Hwy 128, 707 895-2828; Philo Tulip Hill Winery – 4900 Bartlett Springs Rd, Nice; 707 274-9373 Weibel Vnyds – 13300 Buckman Dr., Hopland; 707 744-2200 Whaler Vineyards – 6200 E Side Rd, Ukiah; 707 462-6355 Wildhurst Vineyards – 3855 Main St, Kelseyville; 800 595-WINE Yorkville Cellars – 25701 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707 894-9177 « ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM – 14077 Hwy 128, Boonville; 707 895-9462 Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK

Berryessa Gap – 27260 Hwy 128, Winters; 530 795-3201 Mon-Sat 12-4 Sat-Sun 11-5, Mon-Fri 10-5 Open 12-5 by appointment Wed-Sun 11-5 Bogle Vineyards – 37783 County Rd, Clarksburg; 916 744-1139 Capay Valley Vineyards – 1 Ranch Rd, Brooks; 530 796-4110 Carvalho Family Wines – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1625

Open daily 10-5 Sum 10-5, Win 11-4 Open daily 11-5


Heringer Estates – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1227 Thu-Sun 11-5

Bent Creek Winery – 5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 455-6320 Big White House – 6800 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 449-1976 Bodegas Aguirre – 8580 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-0554 Cedar Mountain – 7000 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 373-6636 Charles R Vnyds – 8195 Crane Ridge Rd, Livermore; 925 454-3040 Chouinard Vnyds – 33853 Palomares Rd, Castro Vly; 510 582-9900 Concannon – 4590 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2505 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-4 Mon-Fri 11-3, Sat-Sun 12-4 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 (and most holidays) Open daily 11-4:30 Mon-Sat 11:30-4:30, Sun 11-4:30 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 & by appointment Fri-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Fri-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Fri 12-4:30, Sat-Sun 11:30-5 Thu-Sun 12-5 Thu-Sun 12-6 Open daily 12-4 Weekends 12-4:30 Wed 4-9, Fri-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 & by appointment Tue-Sun 11-5 Thu-Sun 12-5, Fri 12-6

Old Sugar Mill – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-165

Wed-Sun 11-5

Crooked Vine – 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 371-8156 Cuda Ridge Wines – 5385 East Ave, Livermore; 510-304-0914 Deer Ridge Vineyards – 1828 Wetmore Rd, Livermore; 866 561-0838 Eagle Ridge Vineyard – 10017 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 443-3375 el Sol – 8626 Lupine Way, Livermore; 925 606-1827 Elliston Vineyards – 463 Kilkare, Sunol; 925 862-2377 Fenestra Winery – 83 Vallecitos Rd (Hwy 84), Livermore; 925 447-5246 « GARRÉ VINEYARD & WINERY – 7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 371-8200 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Restaurant, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings John Christopher – 25 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 103, Livermore; 925-456-WINE La Rochelle – 5443 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 243-6442 Les Chenes – 5562 Victoria Lane, Livermore; 925 373-1662 Little Valley Winery– 739 Main St, Pleasanton Longevity Wines – 35 Rickenbacker Circle South, Livermore; 888 325-WINE Marr Cellars – poured at Tesla Vintners, 5143 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-WINE McGrail Vineyards – 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 373-6214 Miramont Estate – poured at Tesla Vintners, 5143 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-WINE Mitchell Katz Winery – 1188 Vineyard Ave; Pleasanton; 925 931-0744

R.H. Phillips – 26836 Country Rd 12A, Esparto; 530 662-3215

Wed-Sun 11-5

Hidden Creek – 21 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 101, Livermore (at Blacksmith Square); 925-989-1163

Satiety Vineyards – 40101 County Rd 25A, Woodland; 530 661-0680

Mon-Fri 7-6, Sat-Sun 11-6

Murietta’s Well – 3005 Mines Rd; Livermore; 925 456-2390 May-Oct Open daily 11-4:30, Nov-Apr Wed-Sun 11-4:30 Red Feather – 5700 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 449-1871 Retzlaff Vineyards – 1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore; 925 447-8941 Rios Lovell Estate Winery – 6500 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 443-0434 Rodrigue Molyneaux – 3053 Marina Ave, Livermore; 925 447-4280 Ruby Hill Winery – 400 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton; 925 931-WINE Steven Kent – 5443 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 243-6440 Solomon Wine Co. – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744 1131 Fri 1-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Stony Ridge Winery – 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 449-0458 Tamas Estate – 5489 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2380 Tenuta Vineyards – 633 Kalthoff Common, Livermore; 925 960-1006 Tesla Vintners – 5143 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-WINE The Singing Winemaker – poured at Tesla Vintners, 5143 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-WINE Thomas Coyne Winery – 51 E. Vallecitos Rd (Hwy 84), Livermore; 925 373-6541 Wente Vineyards Estate Winery – 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2300 Todd Taylor Wines – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1120 Fri-Sun 11-5 Wente Vineyards Visitors Center – 5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2405 Thu-Sun 11-4:30 Open daily 12-4:30 Fri-Sun 12-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-6:30 Sun-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-8 Tue-Fri 12-2, Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Wed-Fri 11-3, Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12:30-5 Wed-Sun 11-5:30 Open daily 12-4:30


Westover Vineyards – 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley; 925 537-3932 Sat-Sun 12-5

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Thu-Mon 12-4:30

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Open by appointment

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