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AUGUST 21, 2009 – ISSUE 32 – VOLUME 28
ON THE COVER Hahn Family Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 WINE COUNTRY NEWS Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-19 Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
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PERFECT PAIRS Ledson 2006 Sonoma County Zinfandel with Grilled Rib-Eye Steak and Garlic Butter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
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WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33-47 Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 St. Helena Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-40 Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-65 Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
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LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66-67 Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70-76 Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Carmel Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards
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JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS
Phelps Preferred remains one of the most innovative wine clubs in the nation. Their mission is to provide new releases, rare library wines, limited productions and futures of their highly acclaimed wines to members at a 20% discount. Phelps Preferred members have special access to Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and many other premium Joseph Phelps Vineyards wines. Club members may choose one of these options:
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he year was 1972 when Joseph Phelps Vineyards came to life in the rolling hills just outside of the quintessential wine country town of St. Helena. Perched on a knoll in Spring Valley, the graceful redwood winery overlooks vineyard-studded hills, the outskirts of St. Helena and the Mayacamas Mountains to the west. Founder Joe Phelps has long been known for his innovative spirit and passion for quality. He pioneered a number of “firsts” in the early years of the winery: The release of his 1974 Syrah in 1977 sparked industry-wide interest in a remarkable French varietal whose plantings in California had virtually disappeared and been forgotten over the previous half century. The 1974 Insignia (released in the spring of 1978) was the first Bordeaux-style blend made in California under a proprietary label. After years of studying the complex relationship between wine quality and place, and understanding the importance of “terroir,” Phelps has developed estate-owned vineyards in the premiere growing regions of Rutherford, Oakville, Stags Leap, Oak Knoll and the eastern foothills of Napa. In Sonoma County, an ambitious project was undertaken in 1999 to purchase land and develop vineyards along the western frontier of the Sonoma Coast, and today they have 80 acres of Pinot Noir and 12 acres of Chardonnay planted in Freestone. Each year the winery produces wines from classic varietals that include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard Cabernet, Insignia (now one of California’s most successful first-growth luxury blends), Syrah, and a rich dessert wine called Eisrébe made from the rare Scheurebe grape; for white wines it is Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. At Joseph Phelps Vineyards it also remains a source of pride that 90% of all the wine produced comes from estate-owned vineyards. The architecture of the winery reflects the same commitment to quality and attention to detail as the wines that are crafted within. The wisteria-covered redwood trellis made from century-old recycled bridge timbers dominates the entrance, visually anchoring the redwood building to the surrounding terrain. From the tree-shaded back terrace, visitors are offered a spectacular view reminiscent of the hills of Provence as they sample these extraordinary wines.
Original Program • Four shipments per year • Two to three bottles per shipment • Red, white & dessert wines are included Red Wine Program • Four shipments per year • Two to three bottles per shipment • Red wines only
Flagship Club • Three to four shipments per year • Red wines only • Each shipment contains six bottles of premium red wine produced by Joseph Phelps Vineyards • Members will have reserved under the futures program six bottles each of 2006 Insignia and 2006 Backus Vineyard Cabernet, to be shipped upon release in Autumn, 2009
Collectors’ Club • Three shipments per year • One case each of Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ highest-quality wines chosen by the winemaker each year (members receive three cases in one year) including 12 bottles of Insignia and 12 bottles of Backus Vineyard Cabernet upon release
200 Taplin Road • St. Helena • www.jpvwines.com
Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tastings Available By Appointment Only • (707) 963-2745
The Freestone Private Collection • Members are guaranteed rare access to new releases of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, including limited production wines which are available to members only These wines are extremely limited and new memberships will be accepted only while supplies last. When the current vintage of Freestone wines run out, members will be prioritized on the waiting list for the next year’s releases. For more information on the Phelps Preferred program, contact Duane Harris at email@example.com or 1-800-707-5789
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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 winegarage.net.
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ONGOING Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour Napa – spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com 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, www.merryvale.com EVERY 4TH WEEKEND Wine & Food Pairing Seminar at Merryvale Vineyards St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members 707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com ONGOING THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS Wine & Food Pairings Wine & cheese pairing, 11am; wine & tapas pairing, 1pm Peju Province Winery, Rutherford, www.peju.com, 800-446-7358 ONGOING Private Tours Goosecross Cellars, Yountville, $25, RSVP 707-944-1986, www.goosecross.com ONGOING Epicurean Explorations Goosecross Cellars, Yountville, minimum 6 people, $95/3-course lunch $135/5-course lunch, RSVP 707-944-1986, www.goosecross.com FIRST FRIDAY THROUGH OCTOBER Cheers! St. Helena Downtown St. Helena – taste wine & enjoy live music while strolling. 6-9pm, $5/taste, $35/nightly pass, www.cheerssthelena.com ONGOING WEEKENDS Reserve Room at Markham Vineyards Enjoy reserve and library wines by candlelight in an historic stone cellar. $15, 11am-4pm, www.markhamvineyards.com, 707-963-5292 ONGOING Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org • Aug 15: An Evening with Bruce Hornsby • Sept 7: Dr. John & The Neville Brothers ONGOING Live at the Lincoln Theater Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com • Aug 22: An Intimate Evening with Ben Vereen • Sept 9: Glenn Miller Orchestra • Sept 12: Buckwheat Zydeco ONGOING Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, www.backroomwines.com • Aug 14: Under Twelve Bucks a Bottle Tasting • Aug 21: Peter Stolpman of Stolpman Vineyards • Aug 28: Back Room Blow Out XXXIII ONGOING di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature Napa, 707-226-5991, www.dirosapreserve.org • Ongoing thru Sep 19: Mike Henderson ONGOING Friday Night Pulse Tastings Acme Fine Wines, St. Helena, 5-7pm, free, 888-963-0440 • Aug 14: Brown Estate Vineyards ONGOING Buon Amici Members & Guests Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm 707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com • 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, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50 707-967-2320, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ciachef.edu 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, www.robertmondavi.com • The To Kalon Tour & Tasting • A Guided Tasting • Celebrating California Wine & Food • Pleasure in the Glass • The “Harvest of Joy” Tour & Lunch • The Taste of Wine • Artisan Cheese & Wine – A Perfect Match • The Essence Tour & Tasting ONGOING Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit Mumm Napa Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm daily, 800-MUM-NAPA ONGOING THURSDAYS - SUNDAYS Library & Barrel Sample Tastings at Sequoia Grove Winery 8338 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena, 707-944-2945, www.sequoiagrove.com • 11am: Library & Barrel Sample Tasting in the underground cellar, $20 • 12:30: Food and Wine Pairing Tasting to include Barrel Sample, $40 • 3pm: Library & Barrel Sample Tasting in the underground cellar, $20 ONGOING Progressive Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Calistoga – taste limited release wines at the winery. 800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com ONGOING Reserve Tour & Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Calistoga, 11am, private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com ONGOING VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com ONGOING Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com • 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, www.florasprings.com • 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, www.florasprings.com ONGOING Tastings at Silverado Vineyards Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com • 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, www.elizabethspencerwines.com ONGOING Vineyard & Winery Tours at Raymond Vineyards St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, group tours available (by appt) 800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com ONGOING Wine Tasting Experiences at Benessere Vineyards St. Helena,707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, 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, www.andrettiwinery.com • Individual Tastings, $12 • Food & Wine Pairing • Vineyard Tour • Blending Class • Wine Sensory Seminar • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting ONGOING Wine Tasting Options Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25 • Current Release Tasting, $15 • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75 • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250 • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75 • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people 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, www.grgich.com ONGOING Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery Napa, RSVP 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com • 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, www.blackstallionwinery.com • Regular tasting, $10 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun • Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person ONGOING Educational Tours & Wine Tasting at Castello di Amorosa Calistoga, RSVP 707-967-6272, www.castellodiamorosa.com • 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, www.clospegase.com 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, www.fumebistro.com EVERY SATURDAY ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com EVERY SUNDAY Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings Havens Wine Cellars, Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com
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EVERY SATURDAY Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays at Bennett Lane Winery Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684 ONGOING Friday Night Winemaker Events Napa, 5-7pm, JV Wine & Spirits, $2, 877-469-9463, www.jvwine.com 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, www.markhamvineyards.com ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 17 Celebrity Photo Exhibit at Mumm Napa ‘Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Other Perversities’ by George Rose Rutherford, 10am-5pm, 707-967-7700, www.mummnapa.com ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST Thursday Night Summer Concert Series Pioneer Park, Calistoga, 6-8pm, www.calistogavisitors.com TUESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Weekly Art Shows Clubhouse, River Pointe Resort, Napa, 5:30-8:30pm, 707-252-4200x152 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 4 Portals to the Past Exhibition Napa Valley Museum, Yountville, includes photo of Mike Grgich www.grgich.com ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 23 Music in the Vineyards Various venues, 707-258-5559, www.musicinthevineyards.org • Aug 12: The Hess Collection • Aug 14-16: Silverado Vineyards • Aug 19: Merryvale Vineyards • Aug 21: Robert Mondavi Winery • Aug 22: Markham Vineyards • Aug 23: Rubicon Estate • Aug 23: Closing Night at Meadowood AUGUST 11 Napa Town & Country Fair Gala & Wine Tasting Napa Valley Expo, Napa, 5:30-7:30pm, 707-253-4900 AUGUST 12-16 Napa Town & Country Fair Napa Valley Expo, Napa, 12-10pm, 707-253-4900 AUGUST 14 Vine Village Annual Celebration Chardonnay Golf Club, Napa, 12-10pm, 707-255-4006 AUGUST 15, 16, 23, 30 Behind the Scenes St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford,11am-12pm, $30, RSVP 707-963-4507 AUGUST 15 Sterling Silver Screen Series: The Big Clock Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga, 7pm, 707-942-3322, www.sterlingvineyards.com AUGUST 15 Club BBQ & Barrel Tasting Artesa Winery, Napa, 2-5pm, www.artesawinery.com, 877-224-8309 AUGUST 16 47th Annual Tasting of the Napa Valley Wine Library Silverado Resort, Napa, www.napawinelibrary.com AUGUST 17 Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Napa Valley Silverado Resort, Napa, 3rd Annual Golf Tournament & Grand Tasting Event 877-26-TASTE, TasteOfTheNation.org AUGUST 21 Annual Day for the Queen Silverado Country Club, Napa, 7am-11pm, various activities throughout the day 707-251-1882, www.queensfoundation.org/view/SpecialEvents/Dayforqueen AUGUST 21 Johnny’s Lobster Feed Atop The Room at Flora Springs Winery St. Helena, 6-8pm, 707-967-6723, www.florasprings.com AUGUST 22 Napa Valley Art Festival V Marketplace, Yountville, 10am-4pm, free 707-256-3828, www.napavalleyartfestival.com AUGUST 22 Vianett Bridal Trunk Show V Marketplace, Yountville, Rosa Clara 2010 collection of wedding gowns! 10am-5pm, 707-944-1505, www.vianettbridal.com AUGUST 22 Summer of ’69: Celebrating 40 Years of Fine Winemaking at Sterling Vineyards Calistoga, 6:30-10pm, advance purchase required, $69, $59/Cellar Club $55/Platinum Club, 707-942-3322, www.sterlingvineyards.com AUGUST 22 Cooking Class: Musical Pig Party with Chef Joey Altman, Schweiger Vineyards & Hoffman Family 2-8pm, class $150, 5-8pm, BBQ, wine & entertainment, $50 Cedar Gables Inn, Napa,707-224-7969, www.cedargablesinn.com AUGUST 22 Reidel Glass Tasting Event St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford, 2-3pm, $125, RSVP 707-963-4507 AUGUST 28-29 Big Barn Sale at Andretti Winery Napa, 10am-5pm, 877-386-5070, www.andrettiwinery.com AUGUST 28-30 The Napa Fresh Aire Festival 888-285-5893x4, www.napafreshairefest.com, The Westin Verasa Hotel, Napa AUGUST 29 Sterling Silver Screen Series: American Graffiti Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga 7pm, 707-942-3322, www.sterlingvineyards.com AUGUST 29 2009 Harvest Stomp Napa Valley Grapegrowers at Gamble Ranch, Oakville, 6-10pm 707-944-8311, www.napagrowers.org AUGUST 29 16th Annual Hands Across the Valley Trinchero Family Estates-Zinfandel Ranch, St. Helena, 6-11pm, $125, 707-226-6136 AUGUST 30 Tastemaker Dinner at étoile Restaurant Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 6:30pm, 707-944-2280, www.chandon.com SEPTEMBER 5 1st Saturday Stroll Downtown Calistoga, music & wine tasting, 1-7pm, www.calistogavisitors.com SEPTEMBER 5 Andretti’s Lobster & Seafood Fest Napa – in honor of the Italian Riviera, seafood & wine, 6-9pm $90/members, $100, 888-460-8463, www.andrettiwinery.com SEPTEMBER 6 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Release Event Peju Winery, Rutherford, 12-3pm, $30, $20/members 800-446-7358, www.peju.com SEPTEMBER 12 Cooking Class: The Art of Sustainable Cuisine Cedar Gables Inn, Napa, Chef Ben Dubois, 4-8:30pm, $95, 707-224-7969 SEPTEMBER 12 Sterling Silver Screen Series: Apollo 13 Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga, 7pm, 707-942-3322, www.sterlingvineyards.com SEPTEMBER 12 Merryvale Vineyards “Oakville” Barrel Tasting St. Helena, 1-4pm, barrel samples, appetizers & live music, $25, free/members 707-968-3429, www.merryvale.com SEPTEMBER 13 Annual Cellar Sale at Louis M. Martini Winery St. Helena, 800-321-WINE, www.louismartini.com SEPTEMBER 13 September Soirée Champagne reception, dinner & silent auction, 5pm, Silverado Brewing Co St. Helena, $100, benefits Community Resources for Children 707-253-0376x101, www.crcnapa.org
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln Russian River Valley – visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & sample more than 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm 707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com EVERY FIRST THURSDAY THROUGH OCTOBER Downtown Sebastopol Art Walk Downtown Sebastopol, 6-8pm, 707-874-9462 ONGOING Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop at B.R. Cohn Winery Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members, 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com ONGOING Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting at B.R. Cohn Winery Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com ONGOING Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org • Aug 13: Huey Lewis and The News • Aug 14-16: Healdsburg Guitar Festival • Aug 20: Lisa Williams • Aug 21: Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes • Aug 25: Diana Krall • Aug 29: Chris Isaak • Sept 1: Sheryl Crow • Sept 11: Marco Antonio Solis ONGOING SUNDAYS Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma ONGOING Winemaker Tasting Wine Spectrum, Santa Rosa, 6-8pm, $10, 707-525-8466 ONGOING Terroir & History Tour Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood – a visit to lifts all of your senses. Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com ONGOING Escape to Wine Country Concert Series Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood – bocce ball, wine, picnic & horse-drawn wagon tours, 1-4pm, 707-833-0053, www.landmarkwine.com • Aug 15: Folk artist, Adam Traum • Aug 22: French cabaret artist, Michel Saga • Aug 29: John Simon & vocalist Cat Austin • Sept 5: Blues performer, Mark McDonald ONGOING Cooking in the Vineyard – Classes & Seminars at Rodney Strong Vineyards Healdsburg, 707-544-3059, www.rodneystrong.com ONGOING Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Fulton – special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 707-571-7500, www.kj.com ONGOING FRIDAYS Saddles Restaurant at MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa Sonoma – an outdoor garden party BBQ on the Veranda Garden, 4:30-7:30pm Live music, grilled appetizers, drink specials, www.macarthurplace.com ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 Downtown Friday Nights Shops open on the Sonoma square until 8pm, www.sonomavalley.com ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com 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, www.ryew.com 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, www.icariawinery.com
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ONGOING WEEKENDS Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing 707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 8:30am-noon, 707-522-8629 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, $10, 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com EVERY FRIDAY Complimentary Wine Tasting at the Flamingo Hotel Santa Rosa, in the Terrace Grille featuring Sonoma County wines, 5:30-7pm 707-545-8530, 800-848-8300, www.flamingoresort.com ONGOING 19th Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards Healdsburg, 866-779-4637, www.rodneystrong.com www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong • Aug 22: The KRUSH Presents: Susan Tedeschi and JJ Grey & Mofro • Sept 7: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Up Close & Personal Tour ONGOING Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean Kenwood – 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com • 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, www.stfranciswinery.com • Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20 • Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 • Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65 ONGOING Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com ONGOING Tastings at the Vine & Barrel Petaluma, 3-5pm, 707-765-1112 www.vineandbarrel.com • Sept 5: The Great Wines of Spain ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 30 Summer Jazz Series at the Ledson Hotel Sonoma, 6-10pm, 707-996-9779, www.ledsonhotel.com ONGOING TUESDAYS Summer Nights on the Green Movie Night Windsor Town Green, Windsor, 15 min after sunset, free 707-838-1260, www.townofwindsor.com ONGOING THURSDAYS Summer Nights on the Green Live Concerts & Farmers’ Market Windsor Town Green, Windsor, free, market 5-8pm, concert 6-8pm 707-838-1260, www.townofwindsor.com • Aug 13: Party Council • Aug 20: The Soulshine Blues Band • Aug 27: Beatles Flashback ONGOING Live From the Middle Reach Summer Music Series C. Donatiello Winery, Healdsburg, 1-4pm, tasting 11am-5pm, free 707-431-4442, www.cdonatiello.com • Aug 16: Alma Desnuda • Aug 23: Allison Schull & Victor Martin • Aug 30: Buddy Sounds & Company • Sept 6: Chris O’Brien • Sept 13: Byson Van Cleve – Troubaduo FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Music in the Courtyard Michel-Schlumberger, Healdsburg, 5:30-8:30pm, $5, 707-433-7427 ONGOING SATURDAYS Pizza Café at Simi Winery Healdsburg, 11am-4pm, 707-473-3236, www.simiwinery.com EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY The Art of Winemaking Workshop Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm 707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com ONGOING TUESDAYS Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg – market 4-6:30pm, concert: 6-8pm 707-431-1956, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org • Aug 11: Lucky Buck & The Winners • Aug 18: California Honeydrops • Aug 25: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 7 Ravenswood After Hours Ravenswood Winery, Sonoma, 5:30-7pm, $20, 707-933-2332 ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 16 Abstractions by Leslie Zumwalt Local Color Gallery, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2744, www.localcolorgallery.com WEDNESDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 26 Petaluma Evening Farmers’ Market 2nd Street between B & D Streets, Petaluma, 4:30-8pm 707-762-0344, www.petalumafarmersmarket.com ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, 5:30-8:30pm, 707-538-7023 ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Celebrate Late at Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery Sonoma, 7-9pm, 707-933-3204, www.sebastiani.com AUGUST 13 The Photography of Andy Katz Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – enjoy wine, food & music at an open reception. 5:30-6:30pm, free, 707-431-2222, www.seasonsofthevineyard.com AUGUST 13 Garden Tour with Seasonal Lunch McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, 10am-12pm, $85, 707-778-2307 AUGUST 13 Wine Tasting FUNdamentals Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $25 707-996-7356, www.gloriaferrer.com AUGUST 14 Relax & Enjoy the Wines of Lazy Creek Vineyards Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – Christy Griffith, winemaker for Lazy Creek Vineyards in Mendocino’s Anderson Valley, leads an informative tasting of Lazy Creek wines. Enjoy wine, food & music at an open reception. 5:30-6:30pm, $15 RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 14 Dinner with the Winemaker Series at The Bay View Restaurant Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay, featuring Marimar Estate, $79 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com AUGUST 14, 28, SEPTEMBER 11, 25 Finally Friday at Wilson Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com AUGUST 14-16 Grape to Glass Russian River Valley Winegrowers, Russian River Valley wineries 707-521-2534, www.rrvw.org AUGUST 15 Scentiments! Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – The nose knows! A fun and open discussion of eight aromas that will make you an expert on wine aromas and flavors. Enjoy wine, food & music at an open reception. 5:30-6:30pm, $15 RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 15 Fete Du Chateau – Charity Event Chateau St Jean Winery, Kenwood, 6-10pm, $55, 707-573-0658 AUGUST 15 Grape to Glass – Hog in the Fog Backyard BBQ Hop Kiln Winery, Healdsburg, 12-4pm, 707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com AUGUST 15 Lobster Feed Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville, 707-473-2992, www.sbragia.com AUGUST 15 Members Only Vineyard Tour & Lunch Sausal Winery, Healdsburg, 800-500-2285, www.sausalwinery.com AUGUST 15 A Warm Summer Night at Passalacqua Winery Healdsburg – after hours outdoor dining, 6-8:30 pm, $35/$25 club members RSVP 877-825-5547, www.passalacquawinery.com AUGUST 15-16 4th Annual Muscardini Cellars Barrel Tasting Olive & Vine Restaurant, Glen Ellen, 12-5pm, www.MuscardiniCellars.com AUGUST 15-16 Wings Over Wine Country Air Show 9am-4pm, Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa 707-566-8380, www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org AUGUST 15-16 Gravenstein Apple Fair Ragle Ranch Regional Park, Sebastopol, $10, $8/seniors, $5/kids 707-824-1765, www.gravensteinapplefair.com AUGUST 18 – SEPTEMBER 27 Peace, Pastures & Beasties Graton Gallery, Graton, 707-829-8912, www.GratonGallery.com AUGUST 20 Sonoma County Exclusive! A Night with Artist Carlo Marchiori Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’ series – meet Venetian-born artist Carlo Marchiori who captures excitement and enchantment in his world of art, from ceramics to paintings. Enjoy wine, food & music at an open reception. 5:30-6:30pm, free, 707-431-2222, www.seasonsofthevineyard.com AUGUST 20 - SEPTEMBER 13 20th Petaluma Summer Music Festival Various locations in Petaluma, 707-763-8920, www.cinnabartheater.org AUGUST 21 Red Wine & Terroir Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – Ferrari-Carano Winemaker Aaron Piotter discusses how terroir plays a major role in Cabernet Sauvignon, while tasting four wines from Ferrari-Carano’s Mountain Vineyards. Enjoy wine, food & music at an open reception, 5:30-6:30pm, $15 RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 21 Winemaker Dinner featuring Cline Cellars Timber Cove Inn, 707-847-3231, 800-987-8319, www.timbercoveinn.com AUGUST 21, SEPTEMBER 4, 18 Music at Mazzocco Mazzocco Winery, Healdsburg, 707-431-8159, www.mazzocco.com AUGUST 21-22, 28-29, SEPTEMBER 4-6 Taming of the Shrew - Avalon Players Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma, $20 707-933-3019, www.gunbun.com, www.sonomashakespeare.com AUGUST 21-23 Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, 800-870-RACE, www.infineonraceway.com AUGUST 22 Inside Track on the Healdsburg Food Scene Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – Teri Rolleri, Wine Club Manager at Ferrari-Carano and former chef at Cyrus, gives tips on restaurant dining in Healdsburg while tasting four favorite restaurant wines. Enjoy wine, food & music reception. 5:30-6:30pm, $15, RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 22 Wine Club Release Party Wilson Winery, Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com
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AUGUST 22 Al Fresco Flavors of Spain Winery Dinner at St Francis Winery Santa Rosa, 7pm, $130, $104/members 888-675-WINEx255, www.stfranciswinery.com AUGUST 22 Taste of Railroad Square Railroad Square, Santa Rosa,12-4pm, 707-523-4185 AUGUST 22-23 Cotati Accordion Festival La Plaza Park, Cotati, 707-664-0444, www.cotatifest.com AUGUST 22 Copain Sunset Dinner Copain Wines, Healdsburg – walking tour & French inspired picnic with Rhone style wines, 6-9pm, $95, 707-836-8822, www.copainwines.com AUGUST 23 4th Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar, The Lodge at Sonoma, Sonoma Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel with Etude Wines, 5pm 707-931-2042, www.thelodgeatsonoma.com AUGUST 23 Artists’ Reception: Peace, Pastures & Beasties Graton Gallery, Graton, Sponsored by Screamin Mimi’s Ice Cream. 3-6pm 707-829-8912, www.GratonGallery.com AUGUST 23 Harvest Grape Stomp & Crush Party at Trentadue Winery Geyserville, 11am-3pm, $35/member, $45, 888-332-3032, www.trentadue.com AUGUST 27 How to Match Wine with Music, You Ask? Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – renowned pianist and vocalist, Frederick Nighthawk, playfully leads you on a medley of how to pair wine with music while sipping on the wines of Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Vineyards. 5:30-6:30pm, $15, RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 27 Wine Tasting FUNdamentals Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $25 707-996-7356, www.gloriaferrer.com AUGUST 28 Finally Friday at Wilson Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com AUGUST 28 What to Do While Visiting Wine Country? Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’series – two local experts share their secret spots that will make your wine country vacation memorable. 5:30-6:30pm, $15, RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 29 Matchmaker Healdsburg, Ferrari-Carano’s Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique ‘Seasons After Hours’ series – learn the art of matching wines with the perfect food. Participants will taste four wines deliciously paired with seasonal small bites. The perfect match … aperitif before your dinner! 5:30-6:30pm, $15, RSVP recommended, walk-ins welcome, 707-431-2222 AUGUST 29 Petaluma Wine, Jazz & Blues Festival Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma, 12-7pm, $40 with wine, $30 707-769-9650, www.petalumawinejazzandbluesfestival.org AUGUST 29 Promenade et Pique-nique Series (Stroll & Picnic) Copain Wines, Healdsburg – walking tour & French inspired picnic with Rhone style wines. $35, 10:30am-1:30pm, 707-836-8822, www.copainwines.com AUGUST 29 Wine Club Harvest Party Wilson Winery, Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com AUGUST 29-30 Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival Watts Ranch, Bodega, 707-824-8717, www.winecountryfestivals.com AUGUST 29 – SEPTEMBER 1 Labor Day Open House Chateau St Jean Winery, Kenwood, 10am-5pm, 707-573-0658
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SEPTEMBER 4 First Friday Santa Rosa – various locations on Fourth Street with food, art & music. 4-8pm, www.firstfridaysonfourth.com SEPTEMBER 4-6 2nd Annual Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Various events & locations throughout Sonoma County www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com • Sept 4: Winemaker lunches & dinners, various wineries • Sept 5: Showcase, Taste of Sonoma, MacMurray Ranch, Healdsburg • Sept 6: Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, Cline Cellars, Sonoma SEPTEMBER 5 Wine Club Harvest Party Mazzocco Winery, Healdsburg, 707-431-8159, www.mazzocco.com SEPTEMBER 7 Summit ET Bracket Drag Races 8am-6pm, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, 800-870-RACE, www.infineonraceway.com SEPTEMBER 10 Wine Tasting FUNdamentals Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $25 707-996-7356, www.gloriaferrer.com SEPTEMBER 10 Garden Tour with Seasonal Lunch McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, 10am-12pm, $85, 707-778-2307 SEPTEMBER 11-13 Harvest Wine Country Weekend at Ferrari-Carano Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-6700, www.fcwinery.com SEPTEMBER 11 Finally Friday at Wilson Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com SEPTEMBER 12 Release Party at the Wilson Winery Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com SEPTEMBER 12 Harvest BBQ at the Alderbrook Winery Healdsburg, 10am-2pm, 800-405-5987x2, www.alderbrook.com SEPTEMBER 12 Orchard Tour McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, 10am-12pm, $30, 707-778-2307 SEPTEMBER 12 Heirloom Tomato Festival at the Kendall-Jackson Winery Santa Rosa – live music, food, wine & more. 11am-4pm, $75, 800-769-3649, www.kj.com SEPTEMBER 12 Harvest Winery Dinner at St. Francis Winery Santa Rosa, 7pm, $130, $104/members 888-675-WINEx255, www.stfranciswinery.com AUGUST 15 Deep Sky Wonders Taylor Observatory Kelseyville, 8-11pm, $3, 707-262-4121 AUGUST 15 Summer Concert Tulip Hill Winery, Kelseyville, 4-7pm, $10, 707-274-9373x100 AUGUST 15-16 Art in the Redwoods Festival Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, 707-884-1138, www.gualalaarts.org AUGUST 21 Summer Grillin’ Series Parducci Wine Cellars, Ukiah, 5-8pm, $30, $20/members, 707-463-5384 AUGUST 21 12th Annual A Taste of Lakeport Main Street, Lakeport – local wine, food & live entertainment! 5-10pm 707-268-8843, 707-263-5752 AUGUST 21-30 Lake County Summerfest Various locations in Lake County, 800-525-3743, www.lakecounty.com AUGUST 22 Concerts in the Vineyards Moore Family Winery, Kelseyville, 6-9pm, $10, 707-738-0507 AUGUST 28 Bink Wine Dinner The Mendocino Hotel, Mendocino, 6pm, $60, 800-548-0513 AUGUST 28-30 5th Annual Pure Mendocino Celebration Various locations in Mendocino, 800-449-6483, www.puremendocino.org AUGUST 29 Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival Yorkville Highlands Growers & Vintners Association, 2-7pm, $60, $35/members 707-894-9177, www.yorkvillehighlands.org SEPTEMBER 3 Specialty Tasting & Tidbits Focused on wine, Kelseyville, 5:30-7:30pm,$10/adv, $12, 707-279-2112 SEPTEMBER 3-6 Lake County Fair Lake County Fairgrounds, Lakeport – live entertainment, exhibits, carnival, livestock & more! 707-263-6181, www.lakecountyfair.com SEPTEMBER 4-6 X.S. Weekend & Takin’ It to the Streets Road Rally Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville, 800-660-LAKE SEPTEMBER 5 Concert in the Vineyard Moore Family Winery, Kelseyville, 6pm, 707-738-0507 SEPTEMBER 7 Blue Wing Labor Day Blues Concert Blue Wing Saloon & Café, Tallman Hotel, Upper Lake, 707-275-2244 SEPTEMBER 12 4th Annual Great American Blues & Barbecue Festival Downtown 4th Street, San Rafael, 415-383-3470, www.teamproevent.com
ONGOING Film Night in the Park 8pm, $6, $3/kids, 415-453-4333, www.filmnight.org • Aug 22: On the Waterfront, Union Square • Sept 19: The Dark Knight, Dolores Park ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 23 72nd Annual Stern Grove Festival Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco, 415-252-6252, www.sterngrove.org AUGUST 17 A Tasteful Pursuit Dinner Masa’s, San Francisco, benefits Share Our Strength, 6pm, 888-273-6141 AUGUST 18 Silverado Napa Valley Wine Dinner Campton Place, San Francisco, Jonathan Emmerich, Winemaker Silverado Vineyards, $160, 415-955-5574, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com AUGUST 22 San Francisco Street Food Festival Mission District, San Francisco, 11am-7pm, 415-824-2729, www.lacocinasf.org AUGUST 22-23 Golden Gate Renaissance Festival Speedway Meadow, Golden Gate Park, 10am-6pm 415-354-1773, www.sffaire.com AUGUST 23-24 Family Winemakers of California Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 877-772-5425, www.familywinemakers.org AUGUST 28-30 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, www.sfoutsidelands.com
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ONGOING Live at Golden State Theatre Monterey, 831-372-3800, www.goldenstatetheatre.com • Aug 29: Brian Regan Live in Concert • Sept 12: Paula Poundstone ONGOING WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Winemaker Wednesdays Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, 5pm, 831-685-VINE (8463), www.scmwa.com ONGOING Thursday Night Music Series Bargetto Winery, Soquel – enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm 831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row Monterey – family fun, music, dining & 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 with purchase free for club members, 408-842-9197, www.martinranchwinery.com EVERY TUESDAY Focus on Monterey County Wines Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm, 831-625-5646 THURSDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 27 Thursday Night Music Series Bargetto Winery, Soquel, 6-8pm, 831-475-2258, www.bargetto.com FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4 Bands on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, 831-423-5590
ONGOING Film Night in the Park 8pm, $6, $3/kids, 415-453-4333, www.filmnight.org • Aug 14: Lost in Translation, San Anselmo • Aug 15: Ratatouille, San Anselmo • Aug 16: Duel, San Anselmo • Aug 28: Cool Runnings, San Geronimo • Aug 29: Dumbo, Mill Valley • Sept 4: TBA, San Anselmo • Sept 5: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, San Anselmo • Sept 6: Rear Window, San Anselmo • Sept 12: Rushmore, Fairfax ONGOING THROUGH SEPT 13 (EXCEPT TUESDAYS) The Box Show: Positively Magnetic Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, 11am-5pm, 415-868-0931 AUGUST 15 San Rafael Food & Wine Festival Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,11am-5pm, free, 800-310-6563 AUGUST 22-23 Tiburon Art Festival Downtown Tiburon, 11am-6pm, free, 415-435-4355
EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Food & Wine Pairings McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com EVERY SECOND SUNDAY Buford & Brown Yappy Hour Vintage Marketplace, Hopland – wine tasting with your dog. 1-3pm, 707-744-8781 ONGOING Classic Concerts by the Lake Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville , 800-660-LAKE • Aug 28: Toby Keith with Jack Ingram • Sept 11: Lynyrd Skynyrd • Sept 18: Gary Allan SUNDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 16 18th Annual Ukiah Sundays in the Park Todd Grove Park, Ukiah, 707-463-6200, www.gomendo.com ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 6 The Circle Mendocino Theatre Company, Mendocino, 707-937-4477
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FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 Jazz at the Plaza Carmel Plaza, Carmel, 5-7pm – live jazz, wine, cheese sampling! 831-624-0138, www.carmelplaza.com ONGOING THOUGH AUGUST 12 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Pebble Beach, 831-622-1700, www.pebblebeachconcours.net AUGUST 13, 20, 27 Time for Wine Clos La Chance, San Martin, 5-9pm, 800-ITS-WINE, www.clos.com AUGUST 15 Moonlight Dinner Train Party Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com AUGUST 10-16 59th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, www.pebblebeach.com AUGUST 11-12 7th Annual Automobilia Monterey International Auto Expo Embassy Suites, Monterey, 831-667-2700, www.automobiliamonterey.com AUGUST 12-16 Monterey County Fair County Fairgrounds, Monterey, 831-372-5863, www.montereycountyfair.com AUGUST 13 Ferrari’s FCA Vintage Concours Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel Valley, 1-4pm, $30, 831-624-2600 AUGUST 13 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Vintage Car Parade & Display Pebble Beach to Carmel-by-the-Sea, 11:30am 831-622-1700, www.pebblebeachconcours.net AUGUST 13-15 Sports & Classics of Monterey Auction Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey, 800-211-4371, www.rmauctions.com AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 27 Oliver Outdoor Forest Theater, Carmel, 831-622-0100, www.pacrep.org AUGUST 14 Comedy Night Under the Stars Fortino Winery, Gilroy, 408-842-3305, www.fortinowinery.com AUGUST 14 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering Quail Lodge Resort, Carmel,10am-4pm, gourmet food, wine & much more! 831-620-8887, www.quaillodgeevents.com AUGUST 14 Twilight Evening Cookout & Nature Walk Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com AUGUST 14-16 2009 Pebble Beach Retro Auto 831-622-1700, www.pebblebeachconcours.net AUGUST 14-16 36th Annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey 800-327-SECA, www.laguna-seca.com, www.montereyhistoric.com AUGUST 15 The Annual Khaki’s Ferrari Event Khaki’s of Carmel, The Barnyard, Carmel, 4:30-7pm, 831-625-8106 AUGUST 15-16 2009 Pebble Beach Automobile Auction Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Pebble Beach, 6pm, 310-899-1960 AUGUST 16 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 175 of the most prized collector cars 831-622-1700, www.pebblebeachconcours.net AUGUST 16 Aloha Races & Polynesian Festival Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz, 831-420-5273, www.santacruzwharf.com AUGUST 20 Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards Wine and Cheese Event Monterey, at the Oya Salon, beginning at 2pm Tuesday through Saturday, Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award-winning wines. Ventana 831-372-7415 X213, Oya Salon 831-656-0570 AUGUST 22 Harvest Festival Guglielmo Winery, Morgan Hill, 408-779-2145, www.guglielmowinery.com AUGUST 22, 29 Starlight Evening Train Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com AUGUST 25 Santa Cruz Mountains Winemaker Dinner Restaurant James Randall, Los Gatos – five course gourmet dinner paired with wines from Poetic Cellars, Big Basin Vineyards, Generosa, Muns & Stefania. 7pm, $85, 408-395-4441 AUGUST 30 22nd Annual Jewish Food Festival Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel Valley, 10:30am-4:30pm, free 831-624-2015, www.carmelbethisrael.org SEPTEMBER 5 Heirloom Tomato Lunch & Presentation Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, 11am-2pm, $85, 831-658-3550 SEPTEMBER 5-6 Great Train Robberies Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com SEPTEMBER 5-6 39th Annual Millbrae Art & Wine Festival Broadway Ave, Millbrae, Mardi Gras-style music, art, wine, food & more! 10am-5pm, free, 650-697-7324, www.miramarevents.com
AUGUST 12 Educational Seminar: Rhône History & Tasting Tour France via Alameda Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda, 6:30-8:30pm, $40, $35/members 510-995-4100, www.rosenblumcellars.com AUGUST 15-16 9th Annual Art & Soul Festival Downtown Oakland – live music, carnival rides & more! 12-6pm 510-444-CITY, www.artandsouloakland.com AUGUST 15-16 Hayward Zucchini Festival Kennedy Park, Hayward, 510-264-9466 AUGUST 22 Cajun/Zydeco Festival Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, 10am-7pm, $16/adv, $20 510-544-2202, www.ebparks.org
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
AUGUST 16 Summer Wine Festival St. Mary’s College, Moraga, $30, $25/adv, 925-631-4200 AUGUST 21 Vintner Dinner with Mike Grgich Lafayette Park Hotel, Lafayette, 925-283-7108, www.grgich.com
ONGOING Summer Concert Series The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, 408-741-2817, www.MountainWinery.com • Aug 14-15: Huey Lewis & The News • Aug 17: Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes • Aug 18-19: Diana Krall • Aug 20: Lewis Black • Aug 21-23: Chris Isaak • Aug 26: Heroes of Woodstock featuring Jefferson Starship, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten & Country Joe McDonald • Aug 27: Susan Tedeschi & Jackie Greene • Aug 31: Foreigner • Sept 2-3: Sheryl Crow • Sept 4-5: Daryl Hall & John Oates • Sept 10-11: Gipsy Kings WEDNESDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 26 Jazz on the Plazz Town Plaza, Los Gatos, 6:30-8:30pm, free, 408-354-1155 AUGUST 1-2 Obon Festival & Food Bazaar Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, Palo Alto, 650-856-0123, www.pabt.org AUGUST 14 Vintner Dinner with Mike Grgich Morton’s Steakhouse, San Jose, 925-283-7108, www.grgich.com AUGUST 28-30 Home Garden & Design Show Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, San Jose, 650-593-3462 AUGUST 29-30 29th Annual Italian American Family Festa Willow Glen, San Jose, 11am-9pm, 408-293-7122, www.iahfsj.org SEPTEMBER 12-13 38th Annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival Castro Street, Mountain View, 10am-6pm, multicultural music, art, wine, food & more! free, 650-968-8378, www.miramarevents.com
ONGOING Sierra Railroad Oakdale, 209-848-2100, www.sierrarailroad.com • Aug 18, 25, Sept 8: Tuesday Lunch Special, Rail & Raft • Aug 23: Sunday Brunch • Aug 26: Wednesday Sunset Special • Aug 28: Murder Mystery Dinner AUGUST 14-16 Fresno Serendipity Antique Show Fresno Fairgrounds, Fresno, 559-485-3354, www.serendipityshows.com
EVERY FRIDAY Wine Dinners at Café Garré Vineyard nights & live music on the patio. Enjoy gourmet wine-paired cuisine with local ingredients, 6-9pm, 925-371-8200, www.garrewinery.com ONGOING WEEKENDS Wine Cave Tasting Experience Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, RSVP 925-456-2405 ONGOING La Luna Fridays Murrieta’s Well Winery, Livermore, 6-9pm, $55, $45/members RSVP 925-456-2395, www.murrietaswell.com • Sept 4: Paul Snagg, Steel Drums ONGOING The Concerts at Wente Vineyards Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 925-456-2424, www.ticketmaster.com • Aug 13: Diana Krall • Aug 19: Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes • Aug 27: Chris Isaak • Aug 31: Sheryl Crow ONGOING FRIDAYS Concerts in the Park Lions Wayside Park, Pleasanton, 7-8:30pm 925-484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.net • Aug 14: Finding Stella • Aug 21: Magic Moments • Aug 28: D-Lucca • Sept 4: Public Eye ONGOING Bankhead Theatre Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, Livermore 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org • Aug 29-30: My Fair Lady • Sept 11-13: Guitar Player Live!
SAN MATEO COUNTY
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Summer Vintner Series The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, 12-5pm, $20, meet a wine educator from the featured winery! 650-712-7000, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb • Ongoing through Aug 20: Thomas Fogarty Winery • Aug 21-Sept 20: Cakebread Cellars
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ONGOING The Cinema at Wente Vineyards On the Terrace Lawn, 925-456-2424, www.wentevineyards.com • Aug 10: Mamma Mia ONGOING Dancing in the Vineyard Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley, 4:30-8:30pm, www.chouinard.com • Aug 16: Cajun Music & Dancing in the Vineyard • Aug 23: ‘70s Music & Dancing in the Vineyard • Aug 30: Blues Music & Dancing in the Vineyard ONGOING FRIDAYS Fridays at Fenestra Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm, 925-447-5246, www.fenestrawinery.com ONGOING Thursday Night Music & Dinner The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 6-9pm, $125/couple RSVP 925-456-2400, www.wentevineyards.com WEDNESDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Bocce Ball & Italian Dinner Night at Garré Winery Livermore, 5:30pm, $38.95, RSVP 925-371-8200, www.garrewinery.com FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Dinner & Live Music at Garré Winery Livermore, 6-9pm, RSVP 925-371-8200, www.garrewinery.com AUGUST 30 Day in the Park - Taylor Family Foundation Camp Arroyo, Livermore – auctions, wine, food, music & more! Benefit for a camp for children. 925-455-5118, www.ttff.org AUGUST 30 – SEPTEMBER 1 Harvest Wine Celebration Mitchell Katz Winery, Pleasanton, 12-5pm, $20, www.mitchellkatzwinery.com AUGUST 15 Summer Concert: Dean O Holics David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 6-8:30pm, $25, $20/members 530-295-1833, www.davidgirardvineyards.com AUGUST 15 BBQ on the Green Jodar Winery, Placerville, 5:30-8:30pm, 530-644-3474, www.jodarwinery.com AUGUST 28 Summer Concert: Tessa Evans & Band David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 5:30-8:30pm, $25, $20/members 530-295-1833, www.davidgirardvineyards.com AUGUST 29-31 Enjoy the Fruits of the Labor Jodar Winery, Placerville – food & wine pairings, wine specials, 5:30-8:30pm www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474
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ONGOING Summer Music Concert Series Story Winery, Plymouth, 209-245-6208, www.zin.com • Aug 22: Ralph Cova • Sept 5: Ray Brancaleon • Sept 6: John Presnall • Sept 7: Richard Bolmen ONGOING THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5 Around the World in 80 Days Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, Jackson, Main Street Theatre Works 209-267-5680, www.mstw.org AUGUST 15, SEPTEMBER 19 Happy Hour Wine Tasting Seminar Story Winery, Plymouth, 1pm, 209-245-6208, www.zin.com AUGUST 14-16 Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival Various locations in Sutter Creek, 209-223-0867
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SEPTEMBER 2 1st Wednesday Street Party Celebrate Pleasanton Downtown Pleasanton, 6-9pm, 925-484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.net SEPTEMBER 6-7 Harvest Wine Celebration at Garré Winery Live blues, crafts, artists & more! 925-371-8200, www.garrewinery.com SEPTEMBER 6-7 28th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration Harvest Village, Robertson Park, Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, Live music, arts/crafts, wine & food! 12-5pm, 925-447-WINE, www.LVwine.org SEPTEMBER 12 Moonlight Movie in the Vineyard Chouinard Vineyards, $20/car, Castro Valley, www.chouinard.com
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 WEDNESDAYS 18th Annual Music in the Parks Calaveras County Art Council, 6:30-8pm, free 209-754-1774, www.calaverasarts.org • Aug 19: Fishtank Ensemble, Cedar Center, Arnold ONGOING Ironstone Summer Concert Series Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 209-728-1251, www.ironstonevineyards.com • Aug 16: Diana Krall with Dave Koz & Brian Culbertson • Aug 28: Jason Mraz with Raphael Saadiq ONGOING A Motherlode of Entertainment at Stevenot Winery Stevenot Winery, Murphys, 7pm, $12, $10/members 209-728-0638, www.stevenotwinery.com • Aug 15: Mario Flores Latin Jazz Ensemble • Aug 22: Still Bill & featuring Megan Slankard • Aug 29: Thick Soup & Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players ONGOING Live Music Cedar Center, Arnold, 209-588-0999 • Aug 19: Fishtank Ensemble • Aug 22: Over the Edge • Aug 29: Groovy Judy AUGUST 15 Art & Wine Festival Cedar Center, Arnold, 2-8pm, 209-588-0999 AUGUST 20 Classic Car Cruise Night Main St., Murphys, 6-9pm, 209-728-9971 AUGUST 22 Fireman’s Fun Day Utica Park, Angels Camp, 209-736-4081
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ONGOING Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Jamestown, 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org • Sept 19: 5th Annual Wine & Cheese Benefit SEPTEMBER 6 21st Annual Alpen Wine Fest The Village at Squaw Valley, www.TheVillageAtSquaw.com
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EL DORADO COUNTY
ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Wood-Fired Oven Pizza Nights Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play – enjoy live music, pizza & wine! 530-620-3248 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, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com FRIDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 28 Sunset Sippin’ 2009 Placerville, Boeger Winery, 5-8pm, $5/car, 800-655-2634 AUGUST 15 Summer Series Blending Class Perry Creek Vineyards, Fair Play, 3:30-8pm, free, RSVP 530-620-5175
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AUGUST 22 Open Garden Day Government Center, San Andreas, 10am-2pm, 209-754-6477 AUGUST 27 Thursdays at the Pit Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 209-728-1251, www.ironstonevineyards.com AUGUST 23 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops Concert Pioneer Park Bandshell, Nevada City, 5pm, free, 530-272-6228, www.nccb.org AUGUST 29 Miners’ Picnic Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley, 10:30am-4:30pm, $3, $1/kids 530-273-8522, www.empiremine.org AUGUST 30 4th Annual Family Farm Days Suisun Valley Harvest Trail, Fairfield,10am-5pm 877-793-7386, www.VisitFairfieldCA.com
AUGUST 15-16 Tomato Festival & West Coast Barbecue Championship Downtown Fairfield, 707-422-0103, www.fairfielddowntown.com
FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 Sunset at the Peak Pilot Peak Winery, Penn Valley, 4-8pm, 530-432-3321, www.pilotpeak.com THURSDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 27 Thursday Night Marketplace & Street Festival Downtown Grass Valley, 6-9:30pm www.downtowngrassvalley.com AUGUST 12-19 Nevada County Fair Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, 10am-11pm 530-273-6217, www.nevadacountyfair.com AUGUST 20-23 Nevada City Film Festival Various locations, 916-548-7716, www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com AUGUST 22 Project Pink Party Pilot Peak Winery, Penn Valley 5-10:30pm, 530-432-3321, www.pilotpeak.com
ONGOING Sacramento River Train 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com • Aug 15: Sunset Dinner w/Larry James Band • Sept 12, 26: Great Train Robbery AUGUST 19-23 Yolo County Fair Yolo County Fair Grounds, Woodland 530-402-2222, www.yolocountyfair.net AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 7 California State Fair Cal Expo, Sacramento, 916-263-3247, www.bigfun.org
ONGOING 2009 Concert Series Jessie’s Grove Winery, Lodi, $20/adv, $25, 209-368-0880, www.jgwinery.com • Aug 15: Very Special Surprise Guest • Aug 29: Leah Tysse & The OG’s ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 28 Rough Sawn, Historic Barns of San Joaquin County Knowlton Gallery, Lodi, 1pm, 209-368-5123, www.KnowltonGallery.com AUGUST 22-23 Heirloom Tomato & Wine Event Boitano Family Wines, Lockeford, 12-5pm, 209-286-1595
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by Charles Neave
“Our mission is delivering a wine that is a true value made from excellent Napa grapes.” That, in a very few words, sums up the philosophy as well as the practice of Waterstone Winery. In a time when hugely expensive estates and celebrity winemaking consultants seem to dominate the landscape, and where financial resources and management philosophies can often times appear to be more important than basic winemaking and grape growing skills as the key to success in the wine business, it is rare that a simple idea can give birth to wines that stand out for flavor and balance, rather than pedigree alone. That is the basis – the foundation - for Waterstone Winery’s credo. Waterstone is a joint venture between seasoned wine executive Brent Shortridge and veteran winemaker Philip Zorn. It was formed in 2000 when the two met and discovered that they had a mutual interest in creating fine wines at a reasonable price. Today, total production is right around 20,000 cases annually, with about half of it devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Out of the total production, about a quarter of it is exported, to such far-flung places as Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Vietnam, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Russia and Poland. There, the wines serve admirably as bottled ambassadors of the wines of Napa. They also make some wines in small lots, such as their exceptional Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, of which less than 250 cases are made, or their coveted and flavor-packed but easily drinkable Syrah, where production hovers right around the 300 case mark. From the very beginning, almost a decade ago, the two founders used their previously established relationships with Napa Valley growers and vintners to build their collection. The goal has always been to develop wellbalanced wines that show their varietal attributes through the careful sourcing of the fruit. They prefer to focus on the wine itself rather than the accumulation and costly maintenance of land and facilities. Instead they have dedicated themselves to winemaking, while maintaining their strong relationships with top growers and securing long-term grape contracts on the finest grapes. Those are some of the keys to Waterstone’s quality and success. “Simply put, we focus on what grape varietal grows best where,” winemaker Zorn said recently. Born in the United States and raised in Germany, he attended that country’s top school of enology and worked at noted producer Weingut Pieroth before returning to this country in 1984. Once back in America he became winemaker at a number of top California wineries, including Tria, Sunny St. Helena, and Paraiso Springs. Along the way he developed an abiding understanding of grape growing and winemaking in the Golden State, eventually becoming a specialist in its particular and distinctive viticultural properties and characteristics. “My winemaking techniques are informed by this ideology: the gentle handling of fruit, the use of oak as appropriate, minimal filtration and fining and careful preservation of acidity. They are all indicative of the level of care exercised throughout,” Zorn has said. His business partner brings a background in biochemistry to the mix, and also extensive experience working at Sonoma’s historic Buena Vista Winery, an experience Shortridge admits changed his life. After a period working with the legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, he knew that wine was his future and his destiny so he stayed at Buena Vista, first as a chemist, then in exports and finance before becoming the vice president of marketing, experience well served in his partnership at Waterstone. To taste Waterstone wines go to their modern (but very comfortable and unfailingly friendly) tasting room in the City of Napa near the river. It is the perfect example of what the term eco-friendly can mean. The
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tasting bar’s long counter top is made up of crushed olive oil bottles and wine bottles, furniture upholstery is recycled polyester, and two sides of the room are made up of walls of windows to let natural light in. “We try to do everything as ‘green’ as possible. We use reclaimed fabrics, plus bamboo, low voltage lights and earth-friendly paint, and whenever possible we offer local Napa products.” They share the space with one of the region’s most noted makers of Pinot Noir, Mahoney Vineyards. “We were looking for tasting room space at the same time they were, and we knew them well, so it was a natural fit, especially since our wines are quite different. In fact, today we even share office space with them about ten blocks away,” Zorn said, obviously pleased at the outcome. The Waterstone wines often poured in the tasting room include a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, possibly the Napa Valley Cabernet Reserve, that refreshing Napa Valley Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, the Napa Valley Syrah, a Carneros Chardonnay from vineyards in Carneros, a Pinot Noir (also from Carneros) and a Napa Valley Merlot. In each you will discover that, indeed, this winery has not strayed from its original mission statement and you, the consumer, are the one rewarded for their unwavering principals. The Waterstone Winery tasting room near the Oxbow Market in downtown Napa is open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The address is 708 First Street. For additional information, call (707) 2659600 or visit their website at www.waterstonewines.com.
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Winemaker Profile: Raymond Vineyards
by Charles Neave
Winemaker Walter Raymond, is not just a part of the grape growing and winemaking team at a famous Napa Valley property that over the years has become synonymous with quality and consistency in the world of fine wine. The second son of Roy Raymond Jr. and his wife, Martha Jane Beringer Raymond, he is both namesake and an integral part of a Napa Valley winery where there was already a lot of history built in, not the least of it being the fact that the Raymonds themselves are fifth-generation winemakers, certainly a rarity in the Napa (or almost any other) Valley. In fact, the grandfather of Martha Jane Beringer, was Jacob Beringer, founder of the famous St. Helena winery that still bears that family’s name. Walter attended college at Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, graduating with a degree in Agriculture-Business Management. After that stint in academia he returned to Beringer where he joined his father and older brother. At Beringer he served for a short time as Cellar Master before leaving in 1971 to help his family establish Raymond Vineyard, a vineyard and winery that, over the years, has become one of the best known and most appreciated faces of Valley wine making. With the winery’s first harvest in 1974, Walter assumed the role of winemaker. It is a role he has filled admirably and with distinction since that first crush. Over the years he has worked alongside a legion of other modern winemaking pioneers in this prized and world-famous Napa Valley appellation. As proof that the family continues to remain at the very core of the winery that bears their name, Walter and Geri’s daughter, Krisi, great-great granddaughter of Jacob Beringer, who began working at Raymond at the age of ten, is now the winery’s Director of Strategic Planning (among other responsibilities) and the mother of two members of the sixth generation of the winery family. As to the future of this iconic winery, Walter says, “Raymond Vineyards is located in the heart of ‘Cab’ country. We are replanting some of our older Merlot vineyards to Cabernet Sauvignon now and are looking closely at location, clone selection, spacing and trellis decisions as a way to improve wine quality in the vineyard. Our entire winemaking team is focused on producing the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.” The bottled offerings produced by Raymond Vineyard, no matter what the vintage or varietal, have always been known as very accessible wines crafted to the highest standards, year after year. They manage to navigate that complex maze between complex and “user friendly” without short-changing either part of the equation. “Our blending, barrel aging and bottle aging is done with both the varietal and the consumer in mind – our goal is to provide superb, enjoyable wines, vintage after vintage,” Walter has said, explaining in part why his wines attract such a sizeable following. “Our wines are crafted to enjoy with your meal,” he said. “We love to plan for, cook and enjoy our meals with family and friends – and wine makes it even more fun!” One sip is all it takes to make that statement ring so true, as it has over all those years since Raymond Vineyard & Cellar made that first, historic vintage. The winery’s tasting room is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every day. They are located at 849 Zinfandel Lane (between Route 29 and the Silverado Trail) in St. Helena. For more information, give them a call at 1-800-525-2659 or look on the internet at www.raymondvineyards.com.
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Hahn Estates Winery – Beautiful, Sustainable, Bountiful
From Wine Tastings to Special Events to Green Vineyard Practices
Situated on an eastern-facing rise in the Santa Lucia Highlands, overlooking Monterey County’s fertile Salinas Valley, is Hahn Estates Winery. Nicolaus (“Nicky”) Hahn, and his wife Gaby, discovered a love for California wines in the mid ’70s. Their passion was so strong that they began a search to find the perfect place to make wines of their own. It took two years for the Hahns to find the two neighboring horse and cattle ranches that had been converted to vineyard property. The grape growing conditions were ideal, so it was there that Hahn Estates Winery and Smith & Hook Wines were established. Then in 1988, sensing the richness and potential of this region, Nicky Hahn sent a letter to his neighbors advocating a new wine appellation; ultimately his pioneering effort led to the creation in 1991 of one of the most exciting and highly-lauded U.S. wine appellations
today: the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) which is the region where the winery estate is located. With the backdrop of the famed Santa Lucia Mountains to the west and the vast Salinas Valley to the east, Hahn Estates Winery has evolved from what was originally a ranch property, to a grape growing venture, to a world-class winery with a dual purpose of the place. Hahn Family Wines, which is still owned and operated by the Nicolaus Hahn family, is now a broad portfolio of wines. It includes the ultra premium estate wines of Lucienne and Hahn SLH Estate to the distinctive Hahn Estates Winery brand, Smith & Hook Winery and Bin36 wines all primarily from the Central Coast and Monterey County appellations. In addition Hahn produces Huntington Wine Cellars from Sonoma County appellations and Cycles Gladiator Wines which bear Central Coast and California appellations. Hahn Estates Winery and Vineyards takes the stewardship of the land very seriously. The estate is rugged and full of natural beauty.
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Hahn Estates wines can be enjoyed on the deck with beautiful views and overlooking the expansive lawn area.
Serious about preserving the environment, the vineyards were Certified Sustainable through the SIP program last year, and recently Hahn Winery was the first winery in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito tri-county region to be certified green by the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program. The winery recently completed a rigorous program to ensure compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. With a longstanding commitment to preservation of the environment, the certification is the latest step in the winery’s ongoing efforts to promote the three “E”s of sustainability, Environmental Health, Economic Viability and Social Equity. The winery property has become a highly-sought destination for wine country visitors and private special events such as meetings, anniversaries, family reunions and weddings. Because of its spectacular location, the Hahn Estates Winery experience is unique. The Hahn Estates Winery Tasting Room and a charming Vineyard House are nestled in the Santa Lucia Highlands among 1,200 acres of Hahn Family-owned vineyards. With the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains as a backdrop, the property also offers panoramic views of the Gavilan and Sierra de Salinas mountain ranges. With a 360 degree vista and appealing views, the Hahn Estates Winery Vineyard House, with indoor and outdoor facilities, is the perfect place for memorable gatherings and celebrations for up to 250 guests. The Vineyard House, with its stunning vineyard views and a full indoor kitchen, has a large dining room that can seat up to 22 guests. Right outside the doors of the house is a lovely deck, as well as an expansive lawn area that can accommodate a larger crowd. Chefs of the region often make use of the large outdoor barbecue area to create fresh California cuisine, which can be paired beautifully with Hahn Estates wines, for groups of all sizes. For more information about Hahn Estates Winery go to www.hahnestates.com. The winery tasting room is open to visitors daily. To inquire about setting up an event at the winery property, call (831) 678-4555 or send an email to email@example.com.
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Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Garlic Butter with Ledson 2006 Sonoma County Zinfandel
Aromas of raspberries, caramel and Indian spices create an intriguing backdrop for fantastic flavor combinations of white pepper, raspberry jam and smooth leather unleashed in a bottle of Ledson’s 2006 Sonoma County Zinfandel. What could be more aptly paired with such a dynamite duo for sensory satisfaction than a delectably juicy, buttery steak? Though garlic is frequently pungent and overpowering, this outstanding Zin easily withstands such a powerful pairing as the two compliment each other ideally atop a terrific cut of meat. Grilled rib-eye steaks infused with garlic butter bring out the spicy pepper and perfectly ripe raspberry tones in the wine. With its soft, vanilla finish, this extra special Sonoma County Zin will round out the palate and leave you craving for more! Pop open a bottle of wine while prepping dinner and mingling with guests – for this is a wine which will see you through the evening and a recipe that will not keep you in the kitchen for too long. Blended from fruit sourced from hand-selected vineyards throughout Sonoma County, this Zinfandel is one of Ledson Winery’s favorite wines. Vineyards chosen for unique characteristics produce a wide range of rich and jammy, soft and subtle fruits for the ideal unity of flavors for a distinctly well-defined wine. In addition to tasting at the legendary Sonoma County family’s Kenwood winery “Castle” and marketplace, the menu at Ledson Hotel & Harmony Lounge, fronting Sonoma’s Historic Town Plaza is inspiration enough for this grilled rib-eye steak and Zinfandel pairing, in its classic evocation of Sonoma’s rich history, great taste and old world charm.
by Frances Rivetti
GRILLED RIB-EYE STEAKS WITH GARLIC BUTTER
Serves 4 • 4 (16 ounce) rib-eyes, each about 1 ½ inches thick • 1 tablespoon kosher salt • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 4 tablespoons minced garlic, divided Season the steaks evenly on all sides with the kosher salt and set aside for at least 20 minutes until meat has reached room temperature. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. When the oil is almost smoking, add one tablespoon plus one teaspoon of the butter. Add steaks and cook, undisturbed, for six minutes, or until well-browned on the first side. Turn the steaks over and top each steak with one tablespoon of the garlic and two teaspoons of the remaining butter. Continue to cook the steaks on the second side for 5 minutes for medium rare. Remove the pan from the heat, tilt the pan slightly and remove some of the excess rendered fat from the pan. Turn steaks briefly so that the garlic and butter are in the pan and allow steaks to sit for 15 seconds. Transfer the steaks to a platter and pour the garlic butter drippings over the steaks. Allow steaks to rest for five minutes before serving. Slice steaks thinly and serve, with pan drippings sizzled over the meat. If there is any garlic butter left over in the pan, pour a little over a smooth mountain of mashed potatoes on each plate. And if you are feeling extra daring, sprinkle fresh Parmesan cheese on a lined baking sheet and stick it in the oven for about five minutes to crisp. Place a Parmesan crisp into the top of the mashed potatoes for an added gourmet touch.
7335 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood (707) 537-3810 • www.ledson.com
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Find the Perfect Accessories to Compliment Your Wine Collection at Wine Hardware
by Michelle J. Baker
Now that your trunk is loaded down with cases of wine, isn’t it time to accessorize your wine life? After all, you can’t go home and drink all that beautiful, expensive wine out of ordinary glasses. Nor do you want to leave an unfinished bottle for the next day without preserving it well. And with all that wine, it’s probably time to think about how to store it properly. This trip, make time to stop by Wine Hardware, a retail outlet with everything you need to enjoy wine even more. All four Wine Hardware stores (see location information below) carry a complete inventory of wine necessities, including cellars, cooling units, wine racks, glassware and wine education products. Their selection is unmatched, no matter your budget. Consider Wine Hardware’s catalog of wine storage systems: they carry 14 different brands of wine storage and cabinetry, including systems that can be custom-made in any finish or style. If you are looking for ecofriendly wine storage options, most of Wine Hardware’s storage systems are made from recycled wood and wood scraps. With 10 years of experience building wine cellars for a who’s who list of Wine Country collectors, Wine Hardware’s staff is ready to tackle any wine storage project. Wine Hardware also carries all of those fabulous wine gadgets that are fun to use and end up stretching your wine buck. Check out the hot new Wine Preserva, a preservation system that uses a disc to float on the surface of the wine, acting as a barrier to oxidation. You can use Wine Preserva in combination with Private Preserve, a spray that replaces oxygen in a bottle with a neutral gas, to protect partial bottles with an impenetrable seal. Or pick up a personal aeration device like the Vinturri or Soiree and see how quickly these magical little inventions soften a wine. Wine Hardware also carries more than 600 styles of corkscrews, 30 styles of decanters, a full range of glassware starting at a dollar per stem, and thousands of wine-related books from more than 200 publishers. Drop by one of Wine Hardware’s four convenient locations: Napa Valley: 659 Main Street in St. Helena Sonoma Valley: 536 Broadway in Sonoma East Bay: 1617 Locust Boulevard in Walnut Creek Peninsula: 360 Swift Ave, Suite 30-34 in South San Francisco. You can also visit Wine Hardware on the internet at www.winehardware.com.
INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER by Len Napolitano
What is a wine appellation?
An appellation is a defined geographic wine-growing region that is recognized for its unique climate, soil, elevation or other physical features that together have a unique impact on its wines. An appellation’s boundaries may cross county and state borders because it is nature that creates its geographic limits, not the government. However, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) does get involved in making these appellations official and legal designations, which can be helpful information to wine consumers when reading a wine label. A TTB-approved region is known as an American Viticultural Area (AVA). There are a total of 193 AVAs designated throughout the US. The oldest one in California is Napa Valley. AVAs also can be sub-divided into smaller areas that are also known for their own unique soil conditions or microclimates. Taking Napa Valley as an example, there are currently 13 AVAs within the Napa Valley AVA, with names like Stags Leap District and Carneros. The TTB specifies that at least 85% of a wine’s grapes must be grown in the AVA specified on the label. In California, when no single AVA is the origin of 85% the grapes of a given wine, the label may indicate a larger AVA that encompasses all the various sources, if possible. Otherwise, it can indicate “California” as the source of the grapes. In a case such as this, the producer may identify on the rear label the different origins of the grapes that make up that wine. As wine consumers experience the wines of different AVAs, reading the AVA designation on a wine label is like a having virtual taste of what’s inside. Because winemakers and wine enthusiasts know that unique soils and climate conditions produce unique wines, an AVA designation indicates a certain consistency of style that these geographic features have produced in wine over a long period of time. In addition, as AVAs are sub-divided into even smaller defined areas, it follows that the wine style gets even more specific, although a wine from a small AVA is not a guarantee that it will be of superior quality to a broad AVA.
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, www.wineology.com. Send your questions about wine to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Summer Fun at the Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival
Enjoy 30 locally produced wines and 24 microbrews and local music favorites Pride & Joy, Zakiya Hooker, and Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums
Started more than a decade ago, the Bodega Seafood Art and Wine Festival has become one of the Bay Area’s popular festivals, attracting winemakers, foodies, art aficionados and music lovers by the thousands. Home to Hitchcock’s classic thriller, “The Birds,” Bodega proves the perfect locale for an unforgettable weekend with Sonoma County’s top wineries, microbreweries, renowned seafood purveyors, talented artists and world-class musicians. The open-air event, which takes place on August 29th and 30th at scenic Watts Ranch, invites wine lovers to participate in the wonderful festival tasting featuring approximately 30 locally produced wines and 24 micro brews. Celebrate summer’s seafood bounty by enjoying festival favorites including barbecued oysters, crab cakes, and Key Lime calamari, as well as other delicacies, including vegetarian options. The weekend festival features dozens of events showcasing carefully selected original artwork, crowd-pleasing entertainers, a wild animal “safari,” and rubber duck races benefiting Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. Created by local artists Janet Ciel and Michael Ecton, the festival was born of their passion for the East Coast’s plethora of traditional seafood festivals. While escaping the winter cold to exhibit in Florida during the leaders of cross-polinated gypsy music,” Fishtank Ensemble will play their mesmerizing blend of flamenco guitar, punk accordion, saw playing, and Japanese shamisen. “A young band that is one of the most thrilling live acts on the planet,” according to the LA Weekly San Francisco darling of the swing dancing set, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums play jump blues, swing, jazz, and rare gems inspired by the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. Tom Rigney and Flambeau, voted best cajun/zydeco band of 2004, is renowned as “a band that will tear the roof off of anyplace and raise the spirits of everyone around” George Cole and Vive Le Jazz’s will bring superbly crafted and sophisticated original music that evokes the best of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Django Reinhardt. Lively fun for kids and adults who are kids at heart – there will be an interactive “wild safari” show featuring alligators, armadillos and wallabies, oh my! The public is invited to enjoy Northern California’s culinary creations, sublime summer weather and world-class entertainment on August 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on August 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, and kids under 12 years are admitted free of charge. Festivities take place in the village of Bodega at Watts Ranch, located at 16855 Bodega Highway. For more information, visit the festival website at www.winecountryfestivals.com.
mid-1990s, they discovered these celebrations-of-all-thingsseafood. “We couldn’t believe there weren’t similar seafood festivals on the West Coast. So we decided to start our own to share with Northern Californians,” says Janet.
The Bay Area’s most popular band, Pride & Joy, will be on the music scene, featuring their oneof-a-kind, electrifying, high-style shows of pop/soul music. There will also be a live performance by the daughter of blues legend John Lee Hooker and an exceptional blues performer in her own right, Zakiya Hooker “The rompin,’ stompin’
Jeffry can be heard discussing wine country every Thursday at 5:45pm on the Monterey Peninsula's number 1 rated talk show: www.ForLocalsOnly.com; with live digital streaming from the legendary KRML Jazz & Blues Radio, in Carmel.
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“Grape To Glass” is an unforgettable journey through the heart of Sonoma County – the Russian River Valley. Take this opportunity to experience an amazing list of unique and educational wine tours and panel discussions, go behind-the-scenes through beautiful vineyards and wineries and meet some of the Russian River Valley’s most respected growers and winemakers. Those looking for lighter fare can chose: cinema screenings, balloon rides, kayaking on the river, barbecue and a whole lot more. Happening August 14th through the 16th, complete weekend packages begin at $450 per person, individual events start at $35. Tickets recently went on sale and will sell out. To purchase, go to www.rrvw.org or call (707) 521-2534. FYI: Grape To Glass has added a new feature – a shipping service. Now you can purchase wine that will be packed and shipped home for you, so you can go about your outing without worrying if your wine is cooking in the hot summer heat. and live ’69-style musical entertainment all throughout the winery, along with special sale pricing on select wines. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $69 per person, $59 for Cellar Club members. For details, call 1800-726-6136 or www.SterlingVineyards.com.
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person. For more information, call 1-888675-6493 or go to www.StFranciswine.com.
Something Old, Something New
The 36th oldest winery in Napa Valley is also one of its best kept secrets. O’Brien Estate Winery truly lives up to the “estate” title producing less than 5,000 cases per year and crafting all their wines with grapes grown on the family’s 40 acre property in the Oak Knoll Appellation. Accomplished wine students know that an important element of fine wine (besides the source) is crop yield. O’Brien Estate maintains a lower yield per acre in order to achieve a high standard of fruit quality. Enophiles will also be happy to learn that the estate farms using wider spacing between vines and vineyard rows which allows for a greater amount of sunlight to reach the grapes. Such demanding vineyard management results in fruit with richer flavors in the juice and more intense color in the skins. Although Estate Chardonnay and Rosé are on the menu, O’Brien is the house of Red – specializing in proprietary blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot (Seduction being the winery’s most popular offering). Tastings are available indoor or outside with enchanting vineyards views. For a comprehensive visit, the Tour Experience is not to be missed – but call for an appointment as tours are limited and the family needs time to ensure everyone has an outstanding experience; (707) 252-8463, www.OBrienFamilyVineyard.com. FYI: O’Brien Estate Winery has introduced a unique wedding gift idea in their Romantic Portfolio wine gift set. Perfect as a wedding gift, or as a gift for an engagement, honeymoon or anniversary, the Romantic Portfolio contains a set of five wines, each named for a different phase of a relationship. Showcased in a lacquered wood presentation case, three of the wines in this elegantly romantic gift set scored 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator and won numerous gold medals at wine competitions nationwide. This limited edition of 400 wine gift sets are personally signed and numbered by Bart O'Brien, making this a true keepsake a new couple will treasure forever.
For the past 19 years, Rodney Strong has presented Sonoma County and the North Bay with a stellar musical lineup for its annual “Jazz in the Vineyard” summer concert series. This year’s schedule is highlighted by blue-eyed soul duo, Hall & Oats (September 7th). Performing Saturday, August 22nd, is soulful singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi along with R&B artist JJ Grey & Mofro. Tickets start at $45 per person. For more details, visit www.RodneyStrong.com or call (949) 3607800. FYI: For an additional $25, upgrade to a VIP ticket which includes a reserved seat in front of the stage and a glass of Rodney Strong Vineyards wine. Bring a picnic basket.
Relax under the stars for the best in vintage films and wine to benefit the Stars & Vines Fund of Napa Valley. During four separate weekend dates, Sterling Vineyards presents a series of outdoor screenings which includes a pre-show tasting, cartoon classics and some of the most entertaining movies ever made. Showing Saturday, August 15th, is “The Big Clock,” starring Ray Milland, as a career obsessed magazine editor who becomes framed for the murder of his publisher’s mistress. Wine tasting and concessions begins at 7 p.m. and each feature starts at dusk. Guests are invited to come early, dress warmly and bring a picnic or purchase a barbecue dinner or movie snacks. Ticket are $10 for adults and $5 for children (16 and under). For more information, visit the website at www.SterlingVineyards.com or call 1-800726-6136. FYI: On August 22nd, take a tram ride back to the ’60s and enjoy an evening at Sterling Vineyards for a one-night-only event celebrating 40 years of superb winemaking. Find food and wine stations, 1969 memorabilia
Forty years ago, long before the world began to recognize that Sonoma County terroir was some of the finest in the world, St. Francis Winery made the commitment to craft wines exclusively from Sonoma. St. Francis now owns more than 600 estate acres of prime vineyards in the Sonoma and Russian River valleys. Under the direction of winemaker Tom Mackey, each of these vineyards were planted with varietals that are particularly well suited to the particular terroir of each site. St. Francis reaps the rewards from the bounty of outstanding fruit used to created luscious, fruit forward wines from superior mountain and valley vineyards. Each year, St. Francis celebrates Sonoma County terroir with “Dinner Under The Stars.” Sharing a warm summer’s evening under a magnificent Sonoma sky has made this annual gathering a perennial favorite with locals and visitors alike. Winery Chef David Bush’s superb wine and food tasting menu always makes the evening sparkle. Tickets to attend the August 22nd dinner is $130 per
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Family Winemakers of California Tasting, August 23
Popular Tasting Showcases Small, Undiscovered Wineries at Fort Mason
One of the largest and most comprehensive tastings of California wine in the world, the annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting in San Francisco, has emerged as the premier opportunity for consumers to experience the world of California wine under one roof. The 19th annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting will be held Sunday, August 23, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. This popular event features 360 family-owned wineries from California’s top wine regions and showcases some of California’s finest wines, many of them from small, boutique wineries. This comprehensive tasting gives consumers first-hand access to new wineries, wines and grape varieties they may never have heard of, and the winemakers and winery owners themselves. From undiscovered gems to old favorites and California wine classics, the Family Winemakers Tasting is a rare opportunity to try California’s newest and best wines. Most wineries in attendance are high-end, small production (under 5,000 cases per year) wineries from a variety of regions around California, including Napa, Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Mendocino and more. And each year the event attracts more than 50 “new” wineries that have not previously attended. Wisconsin cheeses and Marcel & Henri Pate are served at the event to complement the wines. The 19th Annual Family Winemakers of California Tasting will be held at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $45 if ordered in groups of 10 or more, and $60 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at www.familywinemakers.org or by calling 1-877-772-5425. Family Winemakers of California was founded in 1991 to give voice and presence to small, family wineries in California. The annual tasting started as an event for retail and restaurant wine buyers. In 1997, a consumer tasting was added to the event, and it quickly became popular with consumers looking to discover new wines. Additional information is available at www.familywinemakers.org.
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FLAMINGO RESORT & SPA 170 rooms and suites on 10 acres, garden setting with heated pool, night club with entertainment,Terrace Grill restaurant, fitness center and tennis courts 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 1-800-848-8300 VINTNERS INN Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios; surrounded by vineyards. 1-800-421-2584 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa www.vintnersinn.com
ROBIN’S NEST GUEST HOUSE 665 W. Turner Road, Lodi (209) 334-3952 www.robinsnestlodi.com (209) 334-6988 (209) 367-0882 (209) 727-5715 WINE AND ROSES HOTEL AND RESTAURANT 2505 W. Turner Road AMOROSA INN AND GARDENS 8400 E. Harney Lane THE INN AT LOCKHOUSE 19960 Elliot Road, Lockeford
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LAMP LIGHTER INN Tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach, you will discover a charming inn with two cottages and four guest rooms inn and Sunset House Suites. These bed and breakfast boutique hotels have been serving the traveling public since 1935. (831) 624-6046 www.carmellamplighter.com VAGABOND’S INN Vagabond's House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the midst of Carmel's finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries and blocks away from Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn. (831) 624-7738 www.vagabondshouseinn CASA DE CARMEL AND MONTE VERDE INNS Nestled in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Just steps from Ocean Avenue with its many shops, galleries and restaurants, the Inn is only five blocks from the miracle mile of Carmel’s white sandy beach. Style, comfort, location – these inns have it all. Monte Verde & Ocean Ave., Carmel 831 624-6046, www.carmelmonteverdeinn.com LONE OAK LODGE Voted Monterey PeninsulaTravel Planner BestValue.Within minutes to aquarium, wineries, Monterey Harbor, shopping, taverns, restaurants, etc. Rooms available with kitchenettes. 1-800-283-5663 www.loneoaklodge.com
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LEDSON HOTEL Luxury hotel situated on historic Sonoma Plaza. Six individually decorated rooms with king-size bed, whirlpool baths, fireplace and balconies. Appointed with antique grandeur paired with modern amenities. (707) 996-9779 480 First Street East, Sonoma www.ledsonhotel.com KENWOOD INN AND SPA A premier Sonoma County destination for discerning visitors seeking gracious treatment, lush surroundings, soothing pools and elegant accommodations all in a Tuscan Setting. (707) 833-1293 10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood www.kenwoodinn.com
CANDLELIGHT INN Private baths; TV/phone and AC; two-person marble jacuzzis and fireplaces; balconies or decks; three-course gourmet breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, wine and sherry in the evening; luxurious 30'x60'; swimming pool 1045 Easum Drive, Napa 1-800-624-0395 candlelightinn.com
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INN AT THE TIDES Bay views, walking distance to shopping, restaurants; swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, sauna; rooms with views and fireplaces; massage available; continental breakfast 1-800-541-7788 800 Highway One, Bodega Bay www.InnattheTides.com
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Fresh Tasting Rooms Underscore Winery’s Progressive Approach
Smart Designs, Distinct Experiences at Cuvaison’s Two Napa Valley Visitor Centers
Cuvaison Estate Wines has turned its traditional tasting room image on its head with two fresh, distinct and stunningly evocative visitor environments. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the winery has employed the understated and progressive approach used in its winemaking to the sweeping design project, featuring an authentic focus on the specific place. Make that places. Unique in the region, Cuvaison features two distinct winery-based tasting rooms that together embrace the Napa Valley.
Located on the Silverado Trail, the re-design of the historic Calistoga site is a contemporary take on the classic tasting environment – warm and intimate, with an inviting tasting bar and tree-shaded picnic grounds.
The Carneros site off Duhig Road graces the center of the winery’s 400-acre estate vineyards. Surrounded by rolling waves of vineyards, natural light plays a prominent role in the compelling design that blurs the distinction between indoors and out. Massive frameless glass doors slide out of sight, opening to a terrace protected from the elements by the building itself. With relaxing seated indoor and outdoor tastings by appointment, Cuvaison’s Carneros tasting room is the newest incentive to linger in Napa Valley’s southern-most region – easily accessible to Bay Area and Sacramento visitors. For more information, call 1-800-253-9463 or visit the winery’s cool new website at www.cuvaison.com.
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Tasting Room of the Week:
by Charles Neave
Situated most conveniently on Napa Valley’s “other main road,” the scenic Silverado Trail, Luna Vineyards offers a sophisticated but still wine country-friendly tasting experience at the northern end of the famed Napa Valley. If you have not been to the tasting room at Luna in a while, be prepared to be very surprised. For when they call their facility “A tasting tradition transformed” that may actually be a rather grand understatement. From the moment you begin to approach the front door from the vineyard-surrounded parking lot and courtyard, you begin to notice the differences. The changes are subtle and notso-subtle. But it is once you are inside that you realize just how complete and farreaching the changes have been. From the tasting room at the front, with its stone wood-burning fireplace in the corner, stylishly patterned tile floors, coffered wood ceiling, classic furnishings, Persian rugs and soothing, old-world colors anchored by a dark wood four-sided tasting bar in the center, to the Reserve Room behind (more great style, but with a barrel vaulted ceiling this time) everything has changed. It has become more of a tasting salon than simply a tasting room, and a friendly and informative one at that. Up some stairs there is even a tower, open on four sides, where you can take in acre after acre of vineyards. That is fine goal, and certainly to be highly recommended, but should you be looking for a place to propose then, well, it has been used for that very romantic purpose as well. However if wine is foremost on your agenda, though, it is the perfect spot to look down on the crush pad and the big stainless steel crusher-destemmer, or across at the winery building itself, which makes up the third side of the open C-shaped layout of Luna. But back to the tasting room, because it is there that you can sample Luna Vineyards’ highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignons, the Sangiovese and Merlots, and their popular Pinot Grigio that contains just a hint of Chardonnay. On the Reserve menu there is also their Canto, a blend of Cabernet, Sangiovese and a small percentage of Petit Verdot. By reservation, a cheese and wine pairing and other wine education opportunities can be arranged in the Reserve Room. As Luna president and CEO Mary Ann Tsai has said, “We like to have people come here and live the ultimate Napa Valley experience.” One visit and you will see exactly what she means. The tasting room at Luna Vineyards is located 2921 Silverado Trail in Napa a mile or two from Silverado Resort and just north of the Napa city line. They are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Advanced reservations are required for special Reserve Room tastings as seating is very limited, call (707) 2552474. For more information, call them at (707) 255-5862 or take a look at their website, www.lunavineyards.com.
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COLE’S CHOP HOUSE
by Michelle J. Baker
Imagine a single restaurant that is not only wine country’s top-rated steak house, but has wine country’s top-rated bar, and a kitchen run by wine country’s top-rated chef. It’s a rare triple crown bestowed in the 2009 Best of Napa and Sonoma Valleys to Napa’s own Cole’s Chop House. Cole’s is the second restaurant for Greg Cole, a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York who opened his first Napa restaurant, the new California cuisine-inspired Celadon, in 1996. Greg says that in those days he always wondered why there was no great steak house in the city of Napa or even in all of Napa Valley. Finally, after years of wondering, he decided, “if no one else is going to do it, I might as well.” And so, after some cross-country steak house research, Greg came up with the concept of Cole’s Chop House – a real steak house where you choose your cut of meat or fish and choose side dishes to construct your own meal. He wanted Cole’s to be a place where you could celebrate a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other special occasion. In fact, Greg aimed to make it a “dress up place,” although as is customary in wine country, “Napa casual” attire is just fine, too. Cole’s Chop House is in a historic building that was used as the exhibit hall during the Napa and Solano fairs in the late 1800s. Inside, it’s a spacious two-story restaurant, with exposed native stone walls and original wood floors. There’s ample seating, including a mezzanine overlooking the bustling main floor of the restaurant. A small bar with seating for ten is the perfect place to start your evening with a summer special: Strawberry Lemonade cocktail made with Silverado Trail strawberries. Chef de Cuisine Jesús Méndez runs the kitchen at Cole’s and also creates the restaurant’s daily and seasonal specials. Méndez, a native of Jalisco, Mexico who first worked with Greg Cole in 1985, has his own list of culinary accolades including cooking at the James Beard House by invitation along with Cole. While Cole’s is certainly about the chop and the steak (including a selection of beautiful cuts of pork, lamb and aged beef), there is plenty to choose from for those who prefer fish, including salmon on the regular menu and a daily seafood special. The a la carte sides include all you might expect from a steak house: creamed spinach, baked or mashed potatoes, and onion rings, as well as a surprise twist Greg borrowed from his Jesús Méndez favorite breakfast: hash browns. This summer, one of the featured sides is a Sautéed Sweet White Corn with a Blue Cheese and Herb Compound Butter. Yum! Cole’s also boasts a very long wine list with plenty of choices, and a clear leaning toward Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, the Cabernet Sauvignon section of the wine list has grown so long that the wine staff has separated it into the valley’s distinct sub-appellations, along with concise descriptions at the front of each sub-appellation section of the area’s Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics. For dessert at Cole’s, choose among all the classics: whiskey bread pudding, cheesecake, brownie sundae and crème brulee. There’s also the very popular Bananas Foster, a recipe Greg adapted from the signature dessert at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, brought flaming to the table. Cole’s Chop House, located at 1122 Main Street in Napa, is open for dinner from 5 till 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5 till 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekends, and can be made online or by calling (707) 224-6328.
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ZD Wines Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Help ZD Wines stomp grapes! This year, visitors will discover the very essence of harvest season in Napa Valley. It’s about the people, the wine, the beauty of the valley, and taking full advantage of the season with a three-day harvest celebration centered around ZD’s 40th anniversary. Founded in 1969, ZD Wines will host three days of food, wine and entertainment to commemorate four decades of winemaking.
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WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS Friday, October 2 – 40th Anniversary Abacus XI Dinner
Kick-off the weekend celebration. 20 couples will checkin to The Carneros Inn before enjoying an Abacus XI release at the Hilltop Dining Room.
Saturday, October 3 – 40th Anniversary Festival
Be the first to sample fermenting 2009 harvest grapes from the barrel in ZD’s “White Room,” experience a grape stomp, barrel-making demonstration, live music and a silent barrel auction of 2008 Founder’s Reserve Pinot Noir to benefit the di Rosa “Art Alive”.
Sunday, October 4 – 40th Anniversary – “Return to the Past” at di Rosa “Art Alive”
Guests will join the deLeuze family at the di Rosa “Art Alive” at Winery Lake Vineyard, a historic location for ZD Wines, founding vineyard that provided the grapes for the first crush in 1969. For detailed information about the 40th Anniversary Celebration and ticket price, visit www.zdwines.com/40thanniversary.html
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Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort
by Michelle J. Baker
What could be more relaxing than a stay at the Golden Haven Spa and Resort in Calistoga? Start your days off with a dip in the resort’s hot springs mineral pool, enjoy any of a number of spa treatments Golden Haven offers, and then head out for a day of wine tasting. When you come back to the resort, rest in your newly remodeled, cozy and charming room or relax out on the sun deck; then stroll into downtown Calistoga for dinner. Act now and you can book Golden Haven’s most popular room, the Jacuzzi room, which features a full size whirlpool spa, a luxurious king bed (located a short dive from the whirlpool), vaulted ceilings and dressing area. The hot water in the private in-room whirlpool spa, as well as the rest of the resorts baths, showers and pools, is the natural Calistoga hot springs mineral water (cooled to 110 degrees) that has made Calistoga the premier spa destination in wine country. Even if you’re lodging somewhere else, or you live locally, Golden Haven Spa has the perfect spa package for you. Golden Haven proudly specializes in couple spa packages – in fact Golden Haven is one of the few Napa Valley spas where couples can actually enjoy spa treatments side-by-side. Start off your spa day with an immersion mud bath – if you’ve never had one before, it’s an epiphany for all of your senses. The combination of clay, peat and hot springs mineral waters in the mud bath relaxes muscles and joints, detoxifies, and leaves the skin soft and renewed. After your mud bath, shower off, hop in the Jacuzzi for a while and then enjoy a quiet, soothing massage, facial, herbal facial, European body wrap or mineral bath. Feel the stress melt away! Golden Haven also offers many other specials: a Girlfriend Spa Special, perfect for a girls’ weekend away; midweek specials, if your vacation plans bring you to the Napa Valley Monday-Thursday; and Solo Specials, if you want to take in some spa treatments on your own. The Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort is located at 1713 Lake Street in Calistoga, just a few minutes walk to the center of downtown Calistoga’s wine tasting venues, shopping and world-class restaurants. For more information or to book a reservation, call Golden Haven at (707) 942-8000. Visit them on the web at www.goldenhaven.com.
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BENNETT LANE WINERY
by Charles Neave
Wine and NASCAR. Two words that, not that many years ago, would have been as unlikely a pairing as you could find. But that was then and this is now and the times, they do change. But there is a back story to this when it comes to Calistoga’s Bennett Lane Winery, situated in a scenic spot at the far northern end of the Napa Valley. It was in their travels through Italy that Bennett Lane Winery founders and owners Randy and Lisa Lynch discovered their love of fine wine. To pursue that passion in this country they found a spot that is justifiably called the Pinnacle of the Valley. It is the geographic spot where the Vaca Mountain range meets the Mayacamas. Thus it is not surprising that the combination of hills and cliffs, combined with the acres of pristine vineyards, offers a spectacular vista, and there is no place better from which to view it than at this charming small winery Randy and Lisa started about six years ago. Now as to the racing aspect, another passion of this vibrant couple. As the winery grew and prospered, their continued participation and passion for fast cars did not abate. If anything it grew, which is why this is the only winery where you might find, depending on the day and the occasion, a full-fledged NASCAR race car sitting near the winery. “It’s a thrill to be able to combine my two favorite things – wine and NASCAR racing – and I’m excited to share Bennett Lane’s awardwinning wines with NASCAR fans right here in our own backyard,” said Randy. The speed and noise memorable to anyone who has even been close to a NASCAR race is quite a contrast to growing grapes and making fine wine, activities which are anything but accelerated. Yet the Lynch’s decided at the beginning to create a classic red wine that would easily find a place at the dinner table, since they are both wine and food lovers, as so many discerning wine lovers could be described. The Bennett Lane Maximus, named after Roman Emperor Magnus Maximus (himself a great devotee of the grape), was their initial bottling. It is a wonderful wine, carefully crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Since that first bottling, some of the leading wine experts in the country have found themselves among the winery’s biggest fans. In addition to that original Maximus, today their roster of wines includes a Reserve Chardonnay, a White Maximus that is brimming with crisp, ripe fruit nuances, an assortment of Cabernet Sauvignon (including an exceptional Reserve Cab) and a dessert wine made in very limited quantities (less than a hundred cases of 375 ml bottles) that is made from Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Carignane grapes. You can sample many of these wines in their friendly and tasteful tasting room. A combination of Country French and California, with doors leading to a spacious patio and lawn, it is the perfect spot to sample Bennett Lane wines for the first time, or to mingle with people who have been coming to the winery since the day it opened its doors. Since those earliest days the plantings outside have matured, the roster of wines has grown, but that essential mission, to make the best wines possible, in their own style, has endured. Watch carefully for Bennett Lane Winery when you head out of Calistoga. You don’t want to miss the entrance at 3340 Highway 128, Calistoga (it will be on the right side a few miles after leaving town). The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information check out their website at www.bennettlane.com, or give them a call at (877) MAX-NAPA (629-6272).
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Vianett Presents a Trunk Show of Rosa Clara 2010 Wedding Gowns
The Rosa Clara 2010 line of wedding gowns will be showcased as well as original Vianett designs on Saturday, August 22nd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vianett Bridal Boutique in the V Marketplace. Zankyou.com writes about the 2010 collection of Rosa Clara: “Long lines, influenced by the empire-line style with figure hugging skirts contrasted with other models with big skirts, and both styles bore flowers reminiscent of Elizabeth Fillmore’s use of floral appliques in her Secret Garden collection. “There were also short wedding dresses, including a tulle ballerina-style skirt, Greekinspired drop waisted pieces with beautiful belts and beaded straps, and flapper-inspired 1920s style tiered dresses drenched in long white fringe.” An absolute favorite of Napa Valley’s brides and ladies! Vianett specializes in wedding gowns, evening dresses and special-event attire. Whether browsing, buying or hoping, this is the stuff dreams are made of! V Marketplace is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is located at 6525 Washington Street in Yountville.
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Napa Valley Grapegrowers Announce Harvest Stomp 2009
The Ultimate Harvest Party Celebrating with Good Food, Good Friends and Great Wines
Admirers of Napa Valley wines now have a chance to deepen their understanding of the growers’ role in the creation of these fine wines during an authentic harvest celebration on Saturday, August 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Gamble Ranch’s State Farm, Oakville. Harvest Stomp is sponsored by the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), and proceeds will help fund their programs to preserve and promote Napa Valley vineyards. To fully appreciate the allure of the grape harvest in the Napa Valley, one must experience it first-hand. An evening celebration in the vineyard will feature diverse wines from throughout the Napa Valley and offer a chance to meet the growers who tend the grapes and make the wines. Diners will be treated to an amazing pastiche of exhibitionstyle cuisine, presented with a theatrical flair. As they enter the grounds, guests will be enveloped with aromas of seasonal Spanish paella, Argentinean asado, roasted pigs, Mexican ceviche and oysters on the half shell. It will all blend with the scent of harvest, when the air is ripe with the smells of grapes, fermenting juice and late summer heat radiating from the soil. The evening will include dancing, a raffle and a live auction filled with a limited number of select, one-of-a-kind Napa Valley experiences. Tickets for the Harvest Stomp evening are $100 per person. For ticket information, visit www.harveststomp.org or call (707) 9448311 for more information.
About Napa Valley Grapegrowers
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class wine-growing region for over 34 years. Its purpose is to preserve Napa Valley’s grape growing heritage, strengthen the wine industry’s economic viability, promote environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture, and communicate the quality and character of Napa Valley vineyards.
Hands Across the Valley Fundraising Gala at Trinchero’s Zinfandel Ranch
by Michael Rockich
The 16th incarnation of Hands Across the Valley will take place Saturday, August 29 on the grounds of Zinfandel Ranch at the Trinchero Family Estates in St. Helena. Always a highly anticipated glitzy gathering, more than 75 of the top wineries and restaurants from the Napa Valley will present their fine table wine and gourmet cuisine for your enjoyment. Stroll among the numerous purveyors sampling their delicious and uncommon hors d’oeuvres, delicacies and wines. Match various wine and food, or simply enjoy and revel in the variety and creativity in the Napa Valley. Later a delicious buffet style sit-down dinner will be served and a sumptuous V.I.P. dinner prepared by chef Bob Hurley. The event was founded in 1994 when George Altamura and other community leaders learned that funding for the Napa Food Bank was in short supply, and funding from the Federal Government was being reduced. This registered non-profit organization “is committed to working toward the goal of a community without hunger.” The annual fundraising gala has raised more than $2,000,000 since its debut to support Napa Valley Safety Net food programs including the Food Bank, Senior Nutrition Programs and programs that serve hungry families throughout the County. Adding excitement during the evening are the auctions. At the silent auction you can leisurely evaluate the auction lots while tracking the bidding process of your favorites. For those preferring rapid fire bidding, the live auction is the perfect answer. Both auctions will enable bidding for dining experiences, overnight packages and limited production artisan and “cult” wine lots. Finally, a good way to cap a fine evening is to dance under the stars to the Pride & Joy Band. The VIP Sponsor’s reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with general admission at 6 p.m. lasting until 11 p.m. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to inquire about sponsorship, call (707) 2266136, or visit www.handsacrossthevalley.com.
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Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) announced this year’s dates for Open Studios, a free, self-guided fine art discovery tour featuring 88 talented local artists. Whether you are an avid collector or just curious about art, Open Studios is an incredible opportunity to peer into the creative spaces of Napa Valley painters, metal and stone sculptors, mosaicists, photographers, ceramists, printmakers, fiber artists, jewelry makers, glass artists and other fine craftspeople, and to buy local art right from the source. Open Studios runs during the last two weekends in September, the 19th and 20th and 26th and 27th. The Open Studios Exhibition Reception, featuring work from participating artists, is on August 28th at the Mumm Napa Fine Art Gallery, with the Exhibition running from August 28th to September 10th. The Closing Celebration will be hosted by HALL Winery on September 27th. “We have also made important and valuable enhancements this year that will heighten the program experience and make the 2009 experience the best yet,” said Richard Williams, ACNV Board President. For the first time, the program has Honorary Co-Chairs, Eleanor Coppola and Kathryn Hall. To ensure the quality of the art, participating artists were selected by a five-member jury of art experts and gallery owners from around the Bay Area. Thanks to ACNV’s strategic partnership with the Napa Valley Vintners, wineries and resorts will exhibit work by participating artists during the weekends of the tour. A new Open Studios website provides details on the participating artists, images of their work and interactive Google Maps of artist and sponsor locations. The site allows patrons to search for artists by name,
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medium and location, and features event sponsors and partner wineries. Visit www.nvopenstudios.com. Beautiful, full-color Artist Catalogs are available to help patrons plan their selfguided tour. Visit the Open Studios website for catalog pickup locations. “A community is only as vibrant as its culture,” said Honorary Co-Chair Eleanor Coppola. “Open Studios makes it possible for all of us to meet our local artists and experience their creative process. Don’t miss this opportunity.” In more news, for the first time, ACNV received a grant from the Hewlett Foundation. Executive Director, Michelle Williams, was recently named “2009 Outstanding Nonprofit Employee” by the Napa Chamber Foundation’s Community Awards, and ACNV has been named “Best Non-Profit” two consecutive years by the North Bay Bohemian.
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DUTCH HENRY WINERY
by Michelle J. Baker
A couple of years ago, the crew at Dutch Henry Winery in Calistoga laid out plans for a 4,500 square foot cave drilled into the hill behind the winery. The winery was losing 16 barrels (equal to 400 cases) of wine per year to evaporation in their conventional winery building. With a subterranean cave, where nature provides the perfect temperature and humidity to keep wine happy, all that lost wine would survive for the enjoyment of the Dutch Henry’s clamoring followers. Halfway through construction, however, the drillers hit a big boulder and progress on the excavation slowed to an inch per day. With the project completion running well behind schedule, it was time to bring in the big firepower, literally-it took 700 pounds of dynamite to blow through the rock and finish the cave. Now Dutch Henry’s new cave is being put to full use, first as storage for all of it inprocess wine that is aging in barrels. The winery is also using the wine cave for live music with its “Songwriter in the Round” series, which features prominent local and national musicians (including Trent Yaconelli of 5 a.m. and Lowell Levinger, formerly of the Youngbloods) in an intimate space in the cave. Gary Koehler, the general manager of Dutch Henry who is himself an accomplished musician, gets the tunes rolling by playing a few of his own original songs in these all-acoustic events. With all of the barrels out of the way, the old tasting room has new life. Between the barrels and stacked pallets of wine the tasting room that formerly occupied just one postage-stamp sized corner of the room now seems cavernous. Customers have room to stretch out and enjoy some of Napa Valley’s finest below-the-radar wines. The Dutch Henry wines are really impressive, from a lively young 2006 Mt. Veeder Pinot Noir (where the vines live at 1,700 feet elevation, well into the sort of cold and fog they love), to the elegant 2004 Argos, a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. And that’s not to mention a big, brooding Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and a spicy, delicious Cabernet Franc. With some luck you might also find stellar Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Syrah (grown in front of the winery) available for tasting. Dutch Henry also produces a delicious olive oil from olives grown right on the property. You can taste it at the winery and buy it on its own or as a set with the winery’s Cabernet Franc vinegar. Be sure to bring along a picnic to Dutch Henry, where you can enjoy the expansive picnic area and the company of the winery’s three Airedales: Buggsy, Sadie and newest recruit, Minnie. You’re welcome to bring along your own well-behaved pooch to join in the fun. On September 22, the winery hosts its annual harvest party, NUTS (Night Under the Stars), a delightful evening of music and entertainment. Join the Dutch Henry crew and grab a bottle of Dutch Henry wine to enjoy and watch as a talented array of entertainers fill the night with music. All you have to do is bring a blanket, settle into a comfortable spot, and be entertained Dutch Henry style. Dutch Henry Winery is located at 4310 Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The winery is open from 10 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call (707) 942-5771 or go to www.dutchhenry.com.
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Tasting Room of the Week:
by Nan Reiley
Sonoma County has more than eleven different winegrowing regions (appellations) and each of them has its unique topography, climate and character. A visit to each appellation is like a visit to a different country instead of just a short trip of a few miles over a hill. One of the best examples of this is Russian River Valley. Located southwest of Healdsburg, the Russian River Valley, true to its name, hugs the Russian River which flows east to west through it and out to the Pacific Ocean. This river passage permits cool marine air to permeate the entire valley; it’s foggy and rainy in winter and spring and cool and shady in summer and fall. When you drive west from Healdsburg, the physical world changes dramatically from sunshine and dry warmth to the coolness of overhanging trees, moist banks of ferns, giant redwoods, and the deep quiet of nature undisturbed. Plus, of course, vineyards that produce some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, grape varieties that thrive on cool climate vines. Wineries have been present here since the early 1800s and are almost without exception unpretentious in appearance and serious about good winemaking. A perfect example of this is Moshin Vineyards on Westside Road. This winery is the dream come true of Rick Moshin, a former professor of mathematics at San Jose State University. He fell in love with the valley more than 20 years ago and with the help of his family managed to buy a 10-acre Pinot Noir vineyard. The years he spent teaching in San Jose and making wine 120 miles to the north kept Rick moving like a “train going downhill with no brakes” according to his sister Janet, who is a coproprietor of the winery. But those days are over now: Rick purchased a five-acre property in 2000 and here has built his own wine production facility, a four-tier gravity flow system that enables him to make his wines with gentle handling and minimal intervention. In keeping with the local tradition of living in harmony with the land, Rick constructed his tasting room using 100-year-old barn wood for its facing and a countertop for the bar made from a fallen black walnut tree. The tasting room is a small, cheerful room with a flooring of glazed tile squares and white walls that are covered with art work (for sale) by local artists. Exhibits change frequently and can feature anything from oils to photographs to a quilt collection. Rick’s wines are the best reason to visit Moshin Vineyards. The new winery saw its first harvest and crush in 2005, and Rick is now making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah as well as a proprietary red wine called Promoshin and a white dessert wine called Moshin Poshin No. 7, names that tell you Rick has fun making fine wines. One of the most fascinating parts of your tasting experience at Moshin will be to taste his Pinot Noir wines from different regions in Sonoma County. This provides a dramatic example of how soil and climate differences can change the character of a wine, but all are delicious. Another star is Rick’s 2007 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, a silky, luscious wine with notes of pear and apple and a rich caramel aroma that comes from barrel aging in French oak. The tasting room staff is welcoming and knows almost everything about the secluded area – where to stay, where to eat and how to get from here to there. You can schedule a tour of the winery, too, to see how Rick’s gravityflow system works. Moshin’s tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and tours are available by appointment. (You’ll know you’ve found the winery when you see the huge hummingbird sculpture in front of the tasting room.) For more information, go to the website at www.moshinvineyards.com or telephone (707) 433-5499. The winery and tasting room are located at 10295 Westside Road, eleven miles west of Healdsburg.
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Discover 15 of Sonoma County’s Finest Wineries
Award-winning wines showcased for samplings along the beautiful Westside Road
Wineries along Westside Road in Sonoma County have been blessed with exemplary grape growing terrain, gorgeous scenery and the kind of slow pace just perfect for sampling a wide range of varietals from Chardonnay to award-winning Pinot Noir. Hop Kiln Winery and renowned neighbors Mill Creek Vineyards, Matrix, Twomey Cellars, Alderbrook, Rochioli Vineyards and Winery, Gary Farrell, Arista Winery, Moshin Vineyards, William Selyem, Porter Creek, C. Donatiello, De La Montanya Winery, Thomas George and Armida read like a who’s who of Sonoma County winemaking elite; all of whom have been busy planning new enticements like wines by the glass, samples of treasured bottles from past vintages and special weekend events to lure visitors to their world-class wineries. In addition to incredible wines and impressive wineries, Westside Road boasts historic landmarks, picnic grounds with sweeping vineyard views, monthly events such as concert series and movie nights, as well as food and wine pairings at state-of-the-art winemaking facilities. Many varietals of grapes are represented along this scenic route, including award-winning Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon from Mill Creek Vinyards, but visitors flock to the region for Pinot Noir. Rochioli, Moshin Vineyards, Arista, Gary Farrell and William Selyem are well known for their exquisite Pinot Noir’s of impeccable quality. As examples of recent accolades, a release from Hop Kiln Winery’s premium line HK Generations, 2006 Sonoma County Pinot Noir, saw a flattering 91 points from Wine Spectator’s Jim Laube and Arista’s 2005 Longbow Pinot Noir scored an impressive 93 points from the Wine Enthusiast. For more event information on Westside Road, visit WineRoad.com.
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Kendall-Jackson 13th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
The 13th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, 5007 Fulton Road in Santa Rosa. Taste more than 175 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy gourmet food from North Bay chef’s, wine and garden seminars, garden tours, a tomato growing contest, a Chef Challenge and live entertainment, all paired with exceptional KendallJackson wines. This year’s Chef Challenge features Chef Hosea Rosenberg, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Season Five in a Top Chef match against Jamie Lauren, Executive Chef of Absinthe Brasserie in San Francisco. Tickets for this perennial sell-out are $65. Tickets can be purchased at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, by calling 1-800-769-3649, at the Kendall-Jackson Tasting Room in Healdsburg at 337 Healdsburg Avenue, or at www.kj.com/events.
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Simi Fall Forage Kicks off Farm Trails Weekend
by Tina Luster
Friday, September 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. is the kick-off celebration for “Sonoma County Weekend Along the Farm Trails.” Artisanal farmers from Sonoma County and Simi chefs will present a sampling of the bounty of Sonoma paired with a variety of Simi wines. Farmers from each Sonoma region will share history and highlights about farms that can be visited in their area. Price is $25 per person. On Saturday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a Forage Workshop and Lunch – a hands-on cooking demonstration with foraged foods and how to pair the right foods and flavors with different wine varietals. Price is $75 per person. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. is the Fall Forage Feast – a fabulous tasting menu composed of the abundance of Sonoma County artisan farmers paired with Simi wines and hosted by Simi's winemaking team. Price is $125 per person. Proceeds from these events will benefit Sonoma County Farm Trails. Simi remains devoted to producing wines that carry the stamp of the land, while always reflecting the vineyards where they are grown and the care with which they are made. For more information, visit www.farmtrails.org.
Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series Continues
Celebrating their 50-year anniversary of making wine, Rodney Strong Vineyards continues a stellar musical lineup for its 19th Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards, presented by KJZY and Good Neighbor Pharmacy. This year’s schedule is highlighted by a special engagement featuring an Up Close and Personal concert from Daryl Hall and John Oates, the top selling duo in the history of music, whose “rock and soul” sound garnered #1 hits such as “Rich Girl,” “Sara Smile” and “Maneater.” For tickets and passes, visit www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong
Saturday, August 22 – The KRUSH Presents: Susan Tedeschi and JJ Grey & Mofro The music world hasn’t taken its eyes off Susan Tedeschi since she burst on the scene in 1998 with “Just Won’t Burn,” achieving gold status and winning Tedeschi a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Much of JJ Grey & Mofro’s music emotes a raw, yet contemporary, swamp rock ambiance, with elements of southern rock, soul, R&B, folk, gospel, blues and especially funk. Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70, general $45. Monday, September 7 – Daryl Hall & John Oates – Up Close and Personal Tour From their first hit, 1974’s “She’s Gone,” through their heyday of stardom in the ’80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates’s smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success – including eight #1 singles and 60 million records sold, ranking them as the top-selling duo in the history of music. Doors open at 3 p.m. Show starts at 4 p.m. VIP tickets are $110, general $75.
or call (707) 869-1595. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Tasting Room. Bring a picnic meal to enjoy with friends on The Green or purchase an assortment of prepared foods from local purveyors who will be onsite. You may also purchase any of Rodney Strong Vineyards’ wines as well as choose from an array of non-alcoholic beverages. White wines include Sauvignon Blanc and several Chardonnays; red wines include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandel. Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Club members enjoy an exclusive reception before the shows and at intermission as well as a $5 discount on each ticket price. Wine Club tickets must be purchased through Rodney Strong Vineyards by calling 1866-779-4637. No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed into the
venue. Low-back chairs or blankets are recommended. No high back chairs or umbrellas. Parking is complimentary and attendants will point the way. Rodney Strong Vineyards is located at 11455 Old Redwood Highway, off Highway 101 just south of the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.
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ONGOING – Healdsburg Organic Farms Bike Tour – Tour includes: bicycle rental & lunch, $149. Reservation is required. www.winecountrybikes.com or 707-473-0610 AUGUST 13-15, 20-22 – Seasons After Hours – Ferrari-Carano celebrate wine, food and music at Seasons of the Vineyard Tasting Bar & Boutique, 5:30-6:30pm, www.seasonsofthevineyard.com or 707-431-2222 AUGUST 14 -16 – 14th Annual Grape to Glass Weekend – Russian River Valley grapegrowers, winemakers, chefs and innkeepers; “Wings Over Wine Country” Air Show, www.rrvw.org or call 707-521-2535 AUGUST 15 – Lobster Feed – Sbragia Family Vineyards, $100/$85 club. RSVP email Marisa Manna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-473-2992 x.10 AUGUST 18, 25 – Healdsburg Farmers' Market & Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts Healdsburg's Plaza Park, Market 4-6:30pm, concert 6-8pm, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org, or 707-431-1956 AUGUST 19 – Wonderful Wednesdays in Healdsburg – Explore Downtown Healdsburg for special treasures at participating businesses, Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce, 707-433-6935 AUGUST 21 – Mugnaini Wood-Fired Ovens Cooking Classes – Lambert Bridge Winery 11am-2pm, RSVP, www.lambertbridge.com or call 800-975-0555 x13 AUGUST 21-23 – Healdsburg's Downtown Sidewalk Sale – 707-433-6935 AUGUST 22 – Copain Sunset Dinner – Copain Wines, old world style wines paired with Santi Restaurant’s old world style cuisine. Reservation required. 6-9 pm, $95, www.copainwines.com, 707-836-8822 AUGUST 22 – Healdsburg Farmers' Market The Zucchini Festival – Zucchini Car Races and Giant Zucchini Contest, 9am, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org or call 707-431-1956
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The Warm, Inviting Tasting Room of Eric Ross Winery
by Frances Rivetti
It has been said that there was a time when a trip to legendary Jack London’s Ranch in Glen Ellen would simply not have been complete without a visit to the illustrious Jack London Research Center and Bookstore on Arnold Drive. Two years after the bookstore closed its doors and the Jack London Research Center relocated to a vintage cottage on a nearby winery on London Ranch Road, the building underwent a major transformation from beloved vintage bookstore to the equally warm and inviting Eric Ross Winery wine tasting room. Set against a simple, rustic interior a homely scene of cozy rockers and a comfy leather couch is heated by a crackling, wood burning stove, which blazes a welcome glow in winter months. Wine barrels topped with a lengthy, zinc tasting bar have replaced an astonishing volume of documents, reports, notes, letters, photographs and articles pertaining to London’s books and important biographies. Large Chinese paper lanterns hang from the rafters of what is undoubtedly one of the most intimate, relaxed and unpretentious tasting rooms in the region, originally a tractor barn in the late 1880s, now decorated in a simple, Sonoma country-style fashion with free standing metal roosters and a selection of prints from the archives of San Francisco Chronicle photographer/winemaker Eric Ross. Tasting room visitors can expect to be met with a friendly hello by Eric Ross Winery partners Dennis and Diane Mitchell pouring for a nominal, refundable-with-purchase tasting fee Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Nearby Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. Eric Ross Tasting Room is a scenic stone’s throw across the road from the enticing scent of southern BBQ at the Blue Grass Bar and Grill, Figone’s Olive production facility and store and wine country renowned Raymond & Company cheesemongers. Visit the tasting room at 14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen. For more information, call (707) 939-8525 or go to www.ericross.com.
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B.R. Cohn Fall Music Festival
Vintner, philanthropist and music artist manager Bruce Cohn is very pleased to announce support acts for the 23nd Annual B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival which will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, at the B.R. Cohn Winery Amphitheater, 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen. Performers include the Doobie Brothers and Journey headlining. This is the first ever appearance by Journey at the famed Cohn amphitheater. Also new to the stage at B.R. Cohn this year is Jackie Greene, fresh from his stint as front man for Phil Lesh and Friends. Also back this year are favorites Pablo Cruise on both days and the Doobie kids, Pat Simmons Jr. on Saturday and Lara Johnston on Sunday. Rounding out the weekend are the legendary Taj Mahal and Little Feat plus newcomers the Eyewitness Blues Band and from Sonoma the Whiskey Thieves. Tickets are $95 in advance. They are on-sale at the winery and all Ticketmaster outlets. Special two-day tickets are $170 and are also available at Ticketmaster and the winery. Special VIP seats at $325, complete with food and beverage service, are available through www.brcohn.com or by phone at (707) 931-7924 or 1-800-330-4064, ext. 124. In addition, Cohn’s annual celebrity golf tournament returns to the famed Sonoma Golf Club and will be held on Monday, October 5th. The popular charity auction and dinner will be held Friday, October 2nd at the B.R. Cohn Winery’s 140-year-old Olive Grove at 6 p.m. Contact the winery regarding invitations to the tournament, dinner and auction at www.brcohn.com.
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Gundlach Bundschu’s Second Annual Indie Rock Concert Series Features Fruit Bats
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is hosting their Second Annual Indie Rock Concert Series under the stars on August 24th. The rock show in the winery’s outdoor amphitheatre will feature Fruit Bats, a Seattle based band on tour to promote their new album The Ruminant Band (Sub Pop Records) just released this month. Opening Act is Death Vessel. You may bring your own picnic dinner to pair with your favorite Gundlach Bundschu wines, or purchase a gourmet picnic dinner onsite. Gundlach Bundschu Winery is located at 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma. Concert begins at 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 per person with advance purchase; $15 per person at the door. Gourmet picnic dinners are available for $13. VIP packages that include two concert tickets, two dinners and VIP dinner seating on Sir Tom’s Hill are available for $75. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or calling (707) 939-3019. Fruit Bats began in 1999 by Eric Johnson the guitarist, pianist and singer of the band. Over the years Eric Johnson has been the only constant member and the band’s main songwriter. Fruit Bats began in Chicago but moved their home to Seattle. The American folk rock band has been described as playing “zoology rock,” “rustic pop” and “bootgazer.” The band has toured with Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Modest Mouse and The Shins, and signed with Sub Pop in late summer 2002, recording their second album, 2003’s Mouthfuls. The group released their third album, Spelled in Bones, in 2005. Their fourth album The Ruminant Band was just released on August 4. Death Vessel is led by Joel Thibodeau, a native German who moved to Rhode Island as teenager. The band creates a neotraditional folk sound signed to Sub Pop and ATP Recordings. In 2005, their their first album, Stay Close was released on North East Indie to critical acclaim.
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lations. The family meticulously farms the vineyard’s steep hillsides to produce world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, while blocks on the cool, clay soils of the valley floor are ideally suited for limited productions of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. After over 150 years, Gundlach Bundschu remains focused on the future, approaching its vineyards, wines, business and the world with spirit, creativity and dedication to excellence. The family proudly shares not only the estate’s unique ability to produce profound wines, but also their rich, personal relationship with the land on which they live. Gundlach Bundschu is from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Avalon Players Present ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ August 21, 22, 28, 29; September 4, 5, 6 at 7pm
Local Shakespeare company performs a fun and light-hearted version of the well-known play at Gundlach Bundschu outdoor theater. Tickets are $20 per person, children under 10 admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door, or for advance purchase at Readers Books, 130 E. Napa Street, Sonoma.
ABOUT GUNDLACH BUNDSCHU
Founded in 1858, Gundlach Bundschu is California’s oldest family-owned winery. Currently run by the sixth generation of the Bundschu family, the historic winery focuses on making small lots of single-vineyard, estate-grown, ultra-premium wines from its sustainably farmed vineyard in southern Sonoma Valley. This remarkable site at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range is located literally at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley appel-
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Helen Goldfus: A Fine Art Retrospective Show at the Charles Creek Vineyard Tasting Room & Gallery
A retrospective showing of paintings and prints by Artist Helen Goldfus will grace the walls of the Charles Creek Vineyard Tasting Room and Gallery in downtown Sonoma from through September 30. The show will span a 40-year period with selections of the artists work from the 1960s to the 21st century. Helen Goldfus, at 93, continues to paint today. She has worked in many mediums including oils, acrylics, etching, silk screening, photography and watercolors. Her art and creativity continues to be the driving force in her life. 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. Miss Moo-a-lot, the biggest cork cow in Sonoma (and possibly the world) greets visitors with a calm bovine smile at the front door. The atmosphere is casual, whimsical and welcoming. A
tasteful array of gift items is artfully showcased in an antique display case along one long wall – books, glittery jewelry, oils, vinegars and sauces and pet-related chotchkes tempt even the most discriminating shopper. 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 Street West, on the historic Plaza in downtown Sonoma. For more information, call (707) 935-3848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘A Taste of Lakeport’ Pairs Lake County Wines with Local Restaurants
The 13th-annual food and wine event, A Taste of Lakeport, will once again pair Lake County wines and food from local purveyors along seven blocks of Main Street in downtown Lakeport on Friday, August 21, from 5 to 10 p.m. The event encourages a leisurely stroll along Main Street in downtown Lakeport, with stops at shops for wine tasting, while enjoying the company of friends, neighbors and visitors, as well as live entertainment. Local restaurants will prepare signature hors d’oeuvres presented in a central food court area, giving eventgoers a true taste of Lakeport. The LC Diamonds will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. as eventgoers sip premium Lake County wines from more than 20 participating wineries and sample tasty bites of local food. To keep the fun going until the stars come out, Jimmy Z, a dance band from San Francisco, will perform in Museum Square from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and may be purchased at Shari’s Secret Garden, Hillside Honda, The Kitchen Gallery and the Lakeport Regional Chamber of Commerce. Tickets also may be purchased the day of the event for $30. Ticket purchase includes a wine glass and a map showing all participating wineries and restaurants. The map may be stamped at each location and guests who visit each stop throughout the course of the evening qualify to enter a drawing for prizes. For visitor information, contact the Lake County Visitor Information Center at 1-800-525-3743 or www.lakecounty.com.
Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival at Meyer Family Cellars, August 29
Every year, on the last Saturday in August, the Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival is hosted at Meyer Family Cellars, located near mile marker 34.20 (between Cloverdale and Boonville) from 2 until 7 p.m. Wine lovers and families alike, are encouraged to attend this fun-filled day in the scenic Yorkville Highland rolling hills. Highlights will include tasting Yorkville wines made and grown within the region, a tour of Meyer Family Cellars, delicious regional cuisine featuring roast pork and savory lamb barbecue, live music, a tempting silent auction along and fun activities such as a grape stomp competition, the barrel roll race and other winery games suitable for both adults and children. Tickets are $60. For information, visit www.yorkvillehighlands.org or call (707) 895-2341. For more information about the Yorkville Highlands Vintners and Growers Association, their wineries, growers and wines, visit www.yorkvillehighlands.org or contact Amelia Weir at (415) 381-8201 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Meyer of Meyer Family Cellars at (707) 895-2341 or email@example.com.
Pure Mendocino Weekend
Celebrations at Dark Horse Vineyards in Ukiah on August 29th and at The Apple Farm in Philo on August 30 Showcase Life and Health Around Mendocino County’s Certified Organic and Biodynamic® Pure Mendocino, a weekend celebration benefiting the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County, will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year with a new two-day schedule. On Saturday, August 29th, from 5 to 9 p.m., Paul Dolan will host an alfresco wine dinner at his Biodynamic® Dark Horse Vineyard above the Talmage Bench. Prepared by Chef Craig Strattman of Ukiah’s Patrona Bistro & Wine Bar, the $135 per person five-course dinner will be paired with a diverse range of Mendocino County wines. On Sunday, August 30th, The Apple Farm will be showcased at an afternoon of food and wine tasting that includes a silent auction and a farm tour led by hosts Tim and Karen Bates. Tickets are $40 per person. Both events feature locally grown or wild-harvested organic and Biodynamic cheese, meats and produce, all complemented by wines from 100% of Mendocino County’s organic and Biodynamic wineries. For more information and registration, visit the website at www.puremendocino.org or telephone (800) 449-6483.
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28th Annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
Wineries pouring at the Harvest Village:
Bodegas Aguirre Winery Cedar Mountain Winery Concannon Vineyard Cuda Ridge Wines Deer Ridge Vineyards Eagle Ridge Winery Eckert Estate Winery El Sol Winery Elliston Vineyards Fenestra Winery Les Chênes Estate Vineyards Little Valley Winery Longevity Wines Ocassio Winery Page Mill Winery Ruby Hill Winery Ryhan Estate Vineyards Tenuta Vineyards Thomas Coyne Winery Wente Family Estates Westover Winery & Palomares Vineyards
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Livermore Valley Wine Country – Labor Day Weekend Sunday, September 6, 12-5pm & Monday, September 7, 12-4pm
More than 40 wineries will showcase their wines and unique personalities in celebration of the harvest season. Meet Livermore Valley winemakers, taste new releases, dance your socks (or flip flops) off to live bands, learn winemaking tips, enjoy activities and more!
NEW THIS YEAR – Harvest Village
There will be more than 20 wineries pouring wine at the Harvest Village (located at Wineries pouring at their winery location: Robertson Park in Livermore) on Sunday and Monday. In addition to the wineries, there Bent Creek Winery Big White House & John Evan Cellars will be live music, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, adult fun and more! Bring your Charles R Vineyards lawn chairs and picnic blankets and enjoy the fun! Visit LVwine.org for a list of Harvest Chouinard Vineyards Village events and band line-up. Crooked Vine Winery In addition to the Harvest Village, there will be 20 wineries hosting festivities at their Garré Vineyard & Winery winery locations. On Sunday, there will be complimentary shuttle busses taking guests to La Rochelle Winery each of these wineries. More than 20 buses will travel on three different bus routes with Livermore Valley Cellars several wineries on each route. Each of these wineries will host wine tasting, music, special McGrail Vineyards barrel tastings, arts and craft vendors, food vendors and fun. Buses all begin at the Harvest Mitchell Katz Winery Village (located at Robertson Park in Livermore). Murrieta’s Well Tickets for both days are $50 in advance, $75 the day of the event. Sunday only tickets Retzlaff Estate Winery Rodrigue Monyneaux Winery are $45 and Monday only tickets are $40. Non-drinking tickets are $10 and are valid both The Singing Winemaker days. Ticket includes entrance into Livermore Valley wineries, entrance into the Harvest The Steven Kent Winery Village located at Robertson Park, wine tasting from more than 40 wineries, free parking, Stony Ridge Winery complimentary shuttle buses running between Tamás Estates wineries (Sunday only), live entertainment, a Wente Family Estates take home wine glass, official event program, White Crane and good time! Visit LVwine.org for winery Wood Family events and ticket information. Sponsors: Wineries are open to ticket holders only on Bay Area Newsgroup Sunday and Monday of Labor Day Weekend. Comcast Harvest Wine Celebration is the yearly East Bay BMW and MINI fundraiser for the Livermore Valley WinePleasanton Rentals growers Association, a non-profit organization Safeway which supports the wineries and growers in PW Markets the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Tommie’s Deli Complimentary shuttle buses on Sunday Area. For more information, visit LVwine.org. Waste Management
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Garré Winery Invites You to Celebrate Wine Harvest
Head to Garré Winery during the Harvest Wine Celebration during Labor Day Weekend; Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7, and enjoy the wine country at its most festive. Garré will offer wine tasting, live blues band, crafts such as Hugo Naturals Botanical Apothecary Body Care, Olivina Olive Oil, Cookie Lee Jewelry, pottery, wine charms, local artists and painters and more! Make sure to make it for Chef Ty’s large outdoor barbecue and southwestern-style cuisine. Old Italy, where viticulture was a way of life and winemaking, an art form. The skill was defined and refined through the generations and survived the trek from the old country to the new, where Rosa Garré’s namesake winery eventually found its permanent home in the historic Livermore Wine Country. The Garré family tradition is carried on by Rosa (“Nonna”) Garré’s grandson, Bob Molinaro, and his family, and is strengthened by the dedication and service of top-notch industry professionals. Garré Winery is located at 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore. For more information, call (925) 371-8200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.garrewinery.com.
Friday Night Dinners
Come to Garré Café on Friday nights for dinner and live music! Every Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required.
Bocce Ball and Italian Dinner Night
Come to Garré Winery any Wednesday evening for bocce ball and regional Italian cooking. Group play bocce ball night includes three glasses of complimentary vineyard estate wine, an Italian dinner served on the café courtyard and bocce ball instruction. Come alone or bring a group. All skill levels welcome. Join in the deboccery! Reservations are required. Price is $38.95 person.
About Garré Winery
From the traditional bocce ball court and award-winning Mediterranean themed restaurant, to elegant weddings and technologically superior meeting space, Garré offers old world hospitality with new world advances. The Garré family winemaking tradition began in the mountains of
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LODI/WOODBRIDGE | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Taste of Lodi – Incredible Opportunity to Taste Lodi Wines
Lodi is one of California’s most-recognized regions for high-quality grape and wine production. With more than 70 wineries producing premium wine varietals the region has become a major destination for wine lovers. Once a year visitors can get a special look and taste of the Lodi region. On Sunday, September 27th, more than 40 award-winning Lodi wineries and the area’s finest restaurants and caterers will come together for the eighth annual Taste of Lodi presented by the Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitor’s Bureau. The beautiful grounds of the historic Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant & Spa will host the annual event. “The event is getting bigger and better every year,” said Nancy Beckman, President and CEO of Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitor’s Bureau. “Taste of Lodi gives visitors an incredible opportunity to see what Lodi has to offer as a wine country destination.” At the Taste of Lodi, guests will sample wine and food offerings of this Northern California fine wine region. While enjoying the epicurean delights, visitors will stroll through the beautiful grounds of the historic and recently expanded Wine & Roses Hotel Restaurant & Spa. Laura McIntosh, of the syndicated show “Bringing it Home with Laura McIntosh,” will host three celebrity chef demonstrations. Complimentary wine tasting seminars, held in the Cellar Room, will highlight some of the award-winning wines from the Lodi region sponsored by General Mills & MPI Label Systems. Joe Leningan’s “Little” Big Band will keep the music playing all afternoon with a repertoire ranging from big band and swing to Latin, Oldies, Rock ’n’ Roll and today’s pop hits. A popular attraction returning this year will be the Port, Cigar and Chocolate pavilion, where visitors can purchase and enjoy chocolate treats from a local chocolate company, and cigars from Stogies of Lodi. Port tasting will be available from a variety of Lodi wineries. “We’re thrilled to host this event and to give our guests the chance to experience great food and wine on our grounds,” said Russ Munson, managing partner for Wine & Roses. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 27th at Wine & Roses, located at 2505 West Turner Road in Lodi. Tickets are $40 advance and $50 on day of the event. Group rates are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 800-798-1810 or visiting www.TasteOfLodi.com. Sacramento magazine is the event sponsor. The Visit Lodi! Conference & Visitors Bureau and Wine & Roses are organizers of the event. Lodi boasts 750 winegrape growers, 75,000 acres of vineyards and more than 70 wineries. The region’s annual yield of approximately 600,000 tons of grapes comprises 18 percent of California’s total wine grape production – more than Napa and Sonoma Counties combined. Lodi leads all other California wine districts in the production of the top five premium wine varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel. Plus, more than 60 leading California wineries buy grapes from the region including E&J Gallo, Glen Ellen, Fetzer, Delicato, Napa Ridge, Ravenswood, Kenwood Vineyards and Beringer.
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | SIERRA FOOTHILLS
Monterey Bay Area
MONTEREY • CARMEL • CARMEL VALLEY • HOLLISTER • SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS • SALINAS • SANTA CLARA • LOS GATOS
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | MONTEREY/CENTRAL COAST
Sarah’s Vineyard Stays Open Late on Fridays
Things are sizzling this summer on Hecker Pass in Gilroy, where Friday nights are hotter than ever. The place to hang out is Sarah’s Vineyard, where guests are invited to bring something to throw on the grill, grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the summer evening air with friends old and new. Set in the picturesque Santa Clara Valley, in the shadow of Mt. Madonna, Sarah’s is open til 9 p.m. every Friday night throughout the summer. further enjoyment during the weekend. Specials are available on 2004 Merlot, with case prices of $128 (wine club) and $144 (general public), as well as 2004 Syrah: case price $144 (wine club) and $188 (general public). The 28-acre estate of Sarah’s Vineyard is conveniently located at 4005 Hecker Pass Highway, just 30 minutes from Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and Monterey. For the latest events at Sarah’s Vineyard, visit the website at www.sarahsvineyard.com. For more information, call 1-877-44-PINOT.
Catch the glow of sunset on the golden hills, and watch the evening light spread over the valley. Sarah’s has ample picnic tables and bocce courts, with room for dancing under the stars. Proprietor Tim Slater welcomes club members to take advantage of special discounts on wine to pair with their evening feast: buy wine by the bottle, by a three-pack or a case so you have plenty to take home for
MONTEREY/CENTRAL COAST | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Oya Salon, Ventana Vineyards Host Third Thursday Wine and Cheese Event at Oya on August 20
Oya Salon, located at 201 Lighthouse Avenue in Monterey, and Ventana Vineyards announced that they will form a partnership. Beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award-winning wines, personally selected by Ventana Vineyards Manager Barbara Pluth, and the wines change monthly. Additionally, Oya patrons receive a 15 percent discount on any wine ordered while at Oya Salon. Wine can be ordered directly at Oya and picked up at Ventana Vineyards Tasting Room located at 2999 Monterey Salinas Highway, Monterey (Next to Tarpy’s restaurant). The third Thursday of each month, beginning August 20th, Pluth will personally be at Oya offering tastes of Ventana wine; gourmet cheese platter; and answer any wine-related questions attendees have. The event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and anyone attending received 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 in 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.
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | MONTEREY/CENTRAL COAST
Monterey Jazz Festival Announces 11th Annual Golf ‘n’ Jazz Tournament, September 17
Now celebrating eleven years of “swing” and outstanding music, the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 11th annual Golf ’n’ Jazz Tournament will take place at The Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach Golf Resort on Thursday, September 17, prior to the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival presented by Verizon, September 18-20. The net proceeds raised through the tournament will benefit over 2,000 student musicians served through MJF’s year-round youth Jazz Education Programs. The annual MJF Golf ’n’ Jazz Tournament offers golf and jazz fans the ultimate mix of world-class leisure sport and jazz. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Watson and Sandy Tatum, The Links at Spanish Bay mirrors the rugged, natural beauty of Scotland, and recalls the five-hundred year old Scottish golf tradition. With a quartet scramble morning shotgun registration beginning at 7 a.m., Golf ’n’ Jazz participants play for awards and prizes, while mingling with fellow golfers and select jazz luminaries. The registration fee of $395 per golfer includes an exciting round of golf (with cart); a tasty buffet lunch at Peppoli at Pebble Beach; a jazzy gift bag and golf awards ceremony; a Callaway Golf Demo, where contestants can have a hands-on experience with Callaway’s top notch drivers and putters; a hole-in-one contest; a silent auction (including tickets to the Late Show with David Letterman, Los Angeles Dodgers and a stay at the Liberty Hotel in Boston); and a live jazz performance by the Marshall Otwell Trio, with special guests, legendary vibraphonist pioneer Bobby Hutcherson; the Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist and MJF/52 Showcase Artist, Joe Lovano; and the two-time Grammy-nominated trombonist and MJF/52 performer, Conrad Herwig. The benefit event, co-chaired by MJF Board Members Clint Eastwood and Michael Fields, raises much-needed funds annually for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s internationally recognized jazz education programs. The net proceeds from the Golf ’n’ Jazz Tournament benefit the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs, which have helped change thousands of students’ lives through music education. The Traveling Clinicians and Latin Jazz Programs, Digital Music Education Project, MJF Instrument Bank, the MJF Summer Jazz Camp and Next Generation Festival and other outreach projects from the Monterey Jazz Festival are made possible every year due to generous donor support. 11th annual Golf ’n’ Jazz supporters include Callaway Golf, The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Unity Music – Sam Beler, Unity Music – Dick & Bev Atherton (representing Jamie Davis), AT&T, First National Bank of Central California, Doolittle & Ganos Investment Counsel, LLC; and Ghirardelli Chocolate. In anticipation of another sold-out event next year, those interested in participating in or sponsoring or donating to the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 11th annual Golf ’n’ Jazz Tournament on September 17, are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Vitarisi Suro, MJF Event Coordinator, at (831) 373-3366 or email@example.com. Registration may be found online at www.montereyjazzfestival.org/golf. The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.
MONTEREY/CENTRAL COAST | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Chateu Julien Hosts Benefit BBQ
Chateau Julien Wine Estate friends, family and staff members will once again ride as Team CJ for the September 12, Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge ride down Highway One. With the support of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, additional local winery teams will be joining the cause for 2009. To help reach fundraising goals, Team CJ will host a barbecue on Saturday, August 29th from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wine Estate in Carmel Valley. Proceeds from the barbecue will go directly to Best Buddies. The winery has partnered with Best Buddies for the past five years, as the starting point for the 100-mile ride down Highway One to Hearst Castle. Individual team members are responsible for fundraising and riding up to 100 miles. Team CJ raised nearly $9,000 in 2008 and rode more than 500 miles to support the cause. “It was a wonderful, inspirational day,” comments Chateau Julien employee and top 2008 team fundraiser Melinda Klescewski. “We thought the barbecues would help spread the word and increase involvement.” Wild Thyme Deli will prepare a choice of delicious tri-tip or half chicken with salad and barbecued beans for guests to enjoy at home or at the Wine Estate picnic grounds. Orders can be placed on-line at www.chateaujulien.com. Prices are $12 for the chicken or $15 for the tri-tip. Best Buddies was founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver to end social isolation for people with intellectual disabilities through meaningful, lasting one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. For more information, visit the website at www.bestbuddies.org. This year the ride will begin at Quail Lodge and riders have a choice of 100-, 62- , 30- or 15mile distance. Contact Kristin Horton at the Wine Estate directly if you are interested in joining the team – firstname.lastname@example.org. The Wine Estate is open daily for wine tasting, picnicking and tours and is one of the few local wineries that offer tours daily. Come learn about the local wine industry amongst the vineyard and the hills of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Chateau Julien Wine Estate is located at 8940 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley. For more information, call (831) 624-2600.
Not to Scale
Harvest Wine Seminar
Mark your calendars for Chateau Julien’s Harvest Wine Seminar, Friday, September 25. Join the Winemakers and embrace a new vintage of Chateau Julien wine. More than ten tons of grapes will be crushed, de-stemmed and prepared for aging followed by a family-style dinner in the Wine Estate’s cellar. Grape crush begins at 7 p.m., dinner is at 8 p.m. Price is $115 per person, club members are $90 per person. Experience the excitement of harvest!
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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | MONTEREY/CENTRAL COAST
A Locals Favorite in a Tourist Neighborhood
by Joy Eaton
f you have been to the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, chances are you are familiar with the Italian restaurant, started by chef and restauranteur John Pisto, Dominco’s on the Wharf. What you may not know, in the beginning, Pisto had a partner to help him get the restaurant started. That partner was his nephew, a commercial fisherman, Dominic Mercurio. Mercurio, who started as a dishwasher at another Pisto owned restaurant, helped his uncle open Dominico’s on the Wharf in 1981. In 1988 Mercurio sold his shares in the restaurant, after hearing the restaurant 50 feet away was for sale; in 1989, Dominic Mercurio went out on his own opening Cafe Fina, named after his mother Josephina. In 2007 John Pisto decided to sell Dominico’s on the Wharf and who was there to buy it? None other than Dominic Mercurio and his brother, also a fisherman and still actively running a fishing boat, Sam Mercurio. Today, Dominic Mercurio is the owner and operator of two very different dinning experiences yet two very popular restaurants only 50 feet apart. Dominico’s on the Wharf, the larger and more upscale of the two, is decorated simple and tastefully and overlooks the harbor. There is a lounge area with a full bar and a fireplace that makes the wait for your table comfortable and enjoyable. Once you are seated you have a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list and an array of sustainable seafood, such as lobster, crab, salmon and cioppino, to chose from. I recommend the Pasta Capri which has been a favorite by many for years, with its baby shrimp, fresh tomatoes, black olives, green onion and a butter and clam sauce over linguini it is a must try. Cafe Fina a smaller, more casual dining experience with more Italian flair is known for their homemade pastas and ravioli. Immediately after walking into the quaint restaurant, with Monterey Bay views and fresh flowers on each table, the smell of garlic roasting in the kitchen surrounds you. This local favorite had the honor to cater John Madden’s induction into the hall of fame ceremony as well as feeding a few hungry celebrities such as Paul Newman, Brooke Shields, Jay Leno, Joe Dimagio and well known chef and TV host Rachael Ray. If you are looking for fresh you will find it at either of
these two restaurants. Mercurio organically grows all his own vegetables and herbs, including 17 varieties of tomatoes and after 19 summers on a fishing boat he knows fresh fish. “This is what I do, this is not a hobby but instead it is my life. We are here for the long haul,” remarks Mercurio.
WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
A Dozen Vintners – 3000 Highway 29 North, St. Helena; 707 967-0666 Acacia Vineyard – 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa; 707 226-9991 Aetna Springs Cellars – 7227 Pope Valley Road, St. Helena; 707 965-2675 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 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
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« CALISTOGA CELLARS – 1371 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 707 942-7422 Gifts, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Daily 10-6, Tuesdays 11-8 Daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 « CALISTOGA WINE STOP – 1458 Lincoln Ave, #2 Calistoga; 707 942-5556 Cardinale – 7585 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 – 1016 Las Amigas Rd, Napa; 707 255-3954 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
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« 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 Pairings 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 Bealieu Vineyard – 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 Beringer Vineyards – 2000 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-4412 « 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 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 Blair Estate – 4115 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-8283 Boeschan – 3242 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-3674 Bouchaine Vineyards – 1075 Buchli Station Rd, Napa; 707 252-9065 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 Brown Estate – 3233 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-2453 Buehler – 820 Greenfield Road, St. Helena; 963-2155 Burgess Cellars – 1108 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4766 Cafaro Cellars – St. Helena 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
Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 By appointment only, 10-4 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
« 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 Cornerstone Cellars – Napa Corison Winery – 987 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 963-0826 Cosentino Winery – 7415 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville; 707 944-1220 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 David Arthur – 1521 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-5190 David Fulton – 825 Fulton Lane, St. Helena; 707 967-0719 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open Sat 10-4, Sun-Fri 11-4 Open by appointment only Call for information; 877 686-3286 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily by appointment 9-5 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
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Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5
Del Dotto Vineyards – 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 Rutherfrod Road, Rutherford; 707 963-6067 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Food Pairings Elkhorn Peak Cellars – 200 Polson Rd, Napa; 707 255-0504
Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-4 Sun-Thu 11-10, Fr-Sa 11-Midnight Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Limited, by appointment only, closed Sundays Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Call for information; 707 963-7181 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Tours/tasting by appointment only at 10:30, 1:30 or 4:30
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
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 Farella-Park – 2222 N. Third Ave, Napa; 707 254-9489 Far Niente – 1350 Acacia Dr, Oakville; 707 944-2861 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 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 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only 10-3 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11-7 Tue 11-8, Sat 8-6, Sun 11-5 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 Kirkland Ranch Winery – One Kirkland Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 254-9100 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 « LUNA VINEYARDS – 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-2474 MJA – 647 Greenfield Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3394 McKenzie-Mueller – 2530 Las Amigas Rd, Napa; 707 252-0186 Madonna Estate Winery – 5400 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa; 707 255-8864 Madrigal Vineyards – 3718 N. St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga; 707 942-6577 Mayacamas Vineyards – 1155 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 224-4030 « MAHONEY VINEYARDS – Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St, Napa; 707 265-9600 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Markham Vnyds – 2812 St. Helena Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 963-5292 Mario Perelli-Menetti – 1443 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-8310 Mason Cellars – 714 First St, 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 Milat Vineyards – 1091 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena; 707 963-0758 Miner Family – 7850 Silverado Trail, Oakville; 707 944-9500 « 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 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
Open daily by appointment 10-4 Winery open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4 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 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open Thu-Sun 10-5 Open Thu-Mon 11-5:30 Open daily 10-6:30
« 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 Tasting Fees, Gift Items Godspeed Vineyards – 3655 Mount Veeder Rd; 707 254-7766 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 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children OK, Wine Tours; Call ahead for 8 or more; Food Pairings 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 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 Open daily by appointment 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 Open by appointment only 11-4
Marston Family Vineyard – 3600 White Sulphur Springs Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-8490 Open by appointment
Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 11-5 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
WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
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 Olabisi – 974 Franklin St, Napa; 707 257-7477 Orin Swift Cellars – 1352 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-9179 Opus One – 7900 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-9442 Palmaz Vineyards – 4029 Hagen Road, Napa; 707 226-5587 Paloma Vineyard – 4013 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-7504 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 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, 707 255-7150, open daily 11-6 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 Pride Mountain Wines – 4026 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4949 « PRAGER WINERY/PORT WORKS – 1281 Lewelling, St. Helena; 707 963-PORT (7678) Children & Pets OK 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 « 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 Biali – 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 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-4 Open Thurs-Sun 11-5 or by appt. Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-4:30 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 only 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 Weekends & holidays 10-5 Open Mon-Fri 10-3, Sat-Sun 10-2 Open by appointment only Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Open Mon-Sun 11-6 Daily 10-5 Open by appointment Mon-Fri 1-4 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Open daily by appointment 9-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open Wed-Sun 10-4 Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment Fri-Sat 11-5, 11-4 Sun
« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week
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 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 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 Silverado Trail Wine Studio – 3105 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 226-8569 Silverado Vineyards – 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-1770 Silver Oak Cellars – 915 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 1-800-273-8809 Silver Rose Cellars – 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9581 Sky Vineyards – 1500 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 935-1391 Smith Madrone – 4022 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-2283 Spelletich – 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 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-2020 Staglin Family – 1570 Bella Oaks Ln, Rutherford; 707 944-0477 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 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
Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Su 10-5:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 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 only Open by appointment Open by appointment only Tues 4-7, Wed-Thurs 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-12 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open Mon-Sun 9-4 Daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open Wed-Sat 11-7 Open Mon-Fri 9-5 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 by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment only
OnThEdge – (Vermeli Wines) 1255 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 877-668-4334
Signorello Vineyards – 4500 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-5990 Fri-Sun 10:30-4:30, Mon-Thu by appointment
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
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; 707 251-3012 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 Open by appointment only 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 Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-7 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4 Open Mon-Sat 9-4 Open by appointment Open daily 9-6 Open daily 10-6 « 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 Arbios/Praxis – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Anaba Wines – 60 Bonneau Rd, Sonoma; 707 996-4188 Archipel – 4611 Thomas Rd, Healdsburg; 800-273-0177 « ARMIDA WINERY – 2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-2222 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Arista Winery – 7015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 473-0606 « ARROWOOD VNYDS & WNRY – 14347 Sonoma Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 707 935-2600 Gift items, Art Exhibits; Call ahead for Winery Tours at 10:30 & 2:30 « ARTESA – (at Cornerstone, tasting room) 23564 Arnold Dr, (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 707 933-8980 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children Welcomed Artiste – 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 – 10295 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-5499 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 « 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 Buena Vista Winery – 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1266 C. Donatiello – 4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-433-8296 Cale Cellars – (at the Wine Room) 9575 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Camellia Cellars – 57 Front St., Healdsburg; 707 433-1290 Carol Shelton – 3354-B Coffey Ln, Santa Rosa; 707 575-3441 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, 800-838-4306; Healdsburg « CHARLES CREEK VINEYARD – 483 First St. W., Sonoma; 707 935-3848 Chateau Felice – 10603 Chalk Hill Rd, Healdsburg; 707 836-9011 « CHATEAU ST. JEAN – 8555 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-4134 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Chandelle Winery – 1395 Broadway at the Cellar Door in Sonoma; 707 938-4466 Christie Vineyards – 851 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg; 707 431-0662 « CHRISTOPHER CREEK – 641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg; 707 433-2001 Picnic Area Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment, 707 688-1174 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 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Thur-Mon 11-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-5 Open daily 11-5 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 Open daily 11-4:30 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. Thu-Tue 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open by appt. 11-4 Open daily 10-6 Sun-Wed 10-5, Thur-Sat 10-8 Tours & tasting by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Mon-Thurs 11-3 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-6 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-4:30
« WINE GARAGE – 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga; 707 942-5332 Open Mon-Sat 11-6:30, Sun 11-430 Wineries of Napa Valley – 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa; 707 253-9450 Mon-Thurs 11-6, Fri-Sat 10-7:30, Sun 10-6 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 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
A. Rafanelli Winery – 4685 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1385 Acorn – 12040 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 433-6440 Adler Fels – 9575 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Adobe Road Winery – 1995 S. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma; 707 939-7967 Adrian Fog – Healdsburg
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Collier Falls – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 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 David Coffaro – 7485 Dry Creek Rd, Geyserville; 707 433-9715 Davis Bynum Winery – 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-5852 Davis Family Vnyds – 53 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3858 De La Montanya – 999 Ln., Healdsburg; 707 433-3711 De Loach Vineyards – 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa; 707 526-2255 « DE LORIMIER WINERY (formerly Mosaic)– 2001 Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-2000 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Dehlinger – 4101 Vine Hill Rd, Sebastopol; 707 823-2378 DeNatale Vineyards – 11020 Eastside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8460 Deux Amis – 1960 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-7945 « DEERFIELD RANCH – 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood; 707 833-5215 Art Exhibits, Tours 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 « DUTCHER CROSSING – 8533 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-2700 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Dutton Estate – 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 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 Forchini – 5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8886 Foppiano Vineyards – 12707 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 433-7272 Francis Ford Coppola’s Rosso & Bianco 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, Chianti Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-9400 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-4 Thu-Tue 11-6 (Thu-Mon Winter) Open daily Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11am-6pm Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 12-5 Mar-Dec 10:30-5, Jan-Feb Closed Tu-We Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Daily 11-6 (closed Tuesdays in Winter) Dark Horse – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 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. Fri-Mon 11-4 Thu-Sun 11-5 Mon-Fri 11-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5
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« 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 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 – 1441 Grove St, 707 433-6734; Healdsburg Gundlach Bundschu – 2000 Denmark St, 707 938-5277; Sonoma Hanna Winery – 9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 431-4310 5333 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 575-3371 Hartford Family Wines – 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 Hawkes Wine – 6734 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-4295 Haywood Winery – 18000 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma; 1-877-996-4299 Highway 12 Winery – 498 First St. E, Sonoma; 707 996-9911 Hobo – Poured at Downtown Wine: 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707 473-0337 Holdredge – 51 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 431-1424 Hook and Ladder – 2027 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 546-5712 Homewood Winery – 23120 Burndale Rd, Sonoma; 707 996-6353 « 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 Huntington – 52 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 433-5215
Open daily 10-5 Open daily by appointment Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun-Thu 11-5 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 daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10:30-5
Tours & tastings by appointment, Fridays only
Open Thu-Mon 11:30-5:30, Fri & Sat til 7pm Open daily 10-5, tours by appointment Open daily 11am-6pm Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-6 Thu-Tue 11-6 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11:30-9 Thu-Sun 11-5
Hawley Wines – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900
« 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 Iron Horse – 9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol; 707 887-1507 « J RICKARDS WINERY – 24505 Chianti Rd, Cloverdale; 707 758-3441 Picnic Area, Children Welcomed 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 – 8329 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-2319 Jordan – 1474 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-5250 Fri & Sat 11-4 or by appt. Open daily 11-3:30, tours Mon-Fri by appt. Tue-Sat 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Sat, Sun & some holidays, 11-4:30 Opening soon! Sat Sun 11-4 Fri-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-4:40 Open daily 9-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4 Open daily 10:30-5:30 10:30-4:30
J Lynne Wines – Poured at Vine Tastings: 9058 Windsor Rd, Windsor; 707 620-0833 Mon-Fri 12-8pm, late weekends
Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 Open daily 10:30-4:30
Fri-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-7 Open daily 10-4:30 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-4:30
Joseph Swan – 2916 Laguna Rd, Forestville; 707 573-3747 Kachina – 1083 Vine St #239, Healdsburg; 707 894-2431 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
Forth Vnyds – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 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
Lago di Merlo – at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100
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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 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 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11am-6pm 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 Passalacqua Vnyds – 3805 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg; 877-825-5547 Pastori Wines – 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 Thu-Mon 11-5 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 10-5, call for reservations Open by appointment only Sat 11-4:30, Mon-Fri by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 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 11-6 Th-Mon 11-6, Tu-Wed 4-6 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Call for tasting Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9:30-4:30, appt. recommended Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open Friday by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-3 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Preston Vineyards – 9282 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-3372 Quivira Vineyards – 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8333 RH – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Open daily 11-6 (closed Tue) Open daily 11-5 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 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 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11am-6pm
« LEDSON WINERY – 7335 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 537-38100 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 MacPhail Family – 851 Magnolisa Dr, Healdsburg; 707 433-4780 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 « 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 – Hwy 12 & Arnold Dr, 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 Mietz Cellars – 1345 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-7103 Merriam Vnyds – 11650 Los Amigos Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4032 Merry Edwards – 2959 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol; 888-388-9050 Mill Creek Vineyards – 1401 Westside Rd; Healdsburg; 707 431-2121 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 Murphy-Goode – 20 Matheson St, Healdsburg; 800 499-7644 Muscardini Cellars – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-0526 Nalle – 2383 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsbur; 707 433-1040 Nicholson Ranch – 4200 Napa Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-8822 Novy Family – 980 Airway Ct, Ste C, Santa Rosa; 707 578-3882 Occidental Road Cellars – Call for tours & tasting, 707 874-9401 Optima Winery – 498 Moore Ln, Unit C, Healdsburg; 707 431-8222 Paint Horse – 16510 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707 935-0148 Michel-Schlumberger – 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-7427 Open daily 10-5
Ramazzotti Wines – 22910 Walling Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-3428 Open Mon-Sun 11-6 Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Open daily 11am-6pm Ravenswood – 18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1960 Raymond Burr – 8339 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4365 Richardson Winery – at The Cellar Door in Sonoma, 1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 Ridge Vineyards – 650 Lytton Springs Road, 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 « RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS – 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 431-1533 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK 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 Rosso & Bianco - 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707 857-1462 Route 128 Winery – 21079 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 696-0004 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 SL Cellars – 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-5070 Sable Ridge Winery – 6320 Jamison Rd; Santa Rosa; 707 542-3138 « 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 Sapphire Hill – 55 Front Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1888 « 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 Saracina/Atrea – Poured at Locals: Geyserville Ave & Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-4900 Open daily 10-4:30 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 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Mo 11-6 Open daily 11-4:30 Open Thu-Mon 10-4 Open daily 11:30-4:30 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5 Open daily 11am-6pm Open daily 10-4 Thur-Mo 11-5
Open by appointment or Thurs-Mon 11-4:30
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« SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE – 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma; 800-966-9365 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed, Picnic Area « SEBASTIANI VINEYARDS – 389 Fourth St. East, Sonoma; 707 938-5532 Open daily 10-5 Complimentary Tours, Gift Items, Picnic Area & Supplies, Children & Pets Welcomed Sebastopol Vineyards – Green Valley Rd; Sebastopol; 707 829-9463 Daily 10-5 Seghesio Winery – 14730 Grove St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3579 Open daily 10–5 Selby Winery – 215 Center St, Healdsburg; 707 431-1288 Open daily 11-5:30 Sheldon – 6761 Sebastopol Ave. (Hwy. 12), Sebastopol; 707 829-8100 Fri 12-5, Sat & Sun 11-4 or by appt Siduri Wines – 980 Airway Dr, Ste C, Santa Rosa; 707 578-3882 By appointment daily 10-3 Silver Oak Cellars – 24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville; 707 942-7026 Mon-Sat 9-5, tours by appt Open daily 10-5 « SIMI WINERY – 16275 Healsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-6981 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Tours at 11 & 2 Smothers/Remick Ridge – at the Wine Room in Kenwood, 9575 Sonoma Hwy; 707 833-6131 Open daily 11-5 « SONOMA-ENOTECA – 35 E Napa St, Sonoma; 707 935-1200 Open daily Sonoma Valley Port Works – 613 2nd St, Pealuma; 707 769-5203 Sat 12-5 Staley – Poured at Family Wineries – Dry Creek Valley: 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 10:30-4:30 Stonestreet – 7111 Highway 128; 707 473-3333; Healdsburg Open daily 10-5 Stryker Sonoma – 5110 Highway 128; Geyserville; 707 433-1944 Open daily 10:30-5 Stuhlmuller – 4951 West Soda Rock Ln, Healdsburg; 707 431-7745 Open by appointment only Open daily 10:30-5 « 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 Sat-Sun 11-4:30, Mon-Fri 11-4 Talty – 7127 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-8438 Most Saturdays 12-4 or by appt. Tandem – Poured at Family Wineries – Kenwood: 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12; 888-433-6555 Open daily 10:30-5 Tantalus – 19320 Orange Ave, Sonoma; 707 933-5218 Call for tasting information Terroirs Artisan Wines: Damskey & Co. – 21001 Geyserville Ave, Ste 101, Geyserville; 707 857-4101 Open daily 11:30-5:30; Thu, Fri, Sat til 6 Three Alarm – Poured at Vine Tastings: 9058 Windsor Rd, Windsor; 707 620-0833 Mon-Fri 12-8, later on weekends Thumbprint Cellars – 36 North St, Healdsburg; 707 433-2393 Open daily 11-4 Tin Barn – 21692 Eighth St E. #340, Sonoma; 707 938-5430 Sat-Sun 11-4 Toad Hollow – 409A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 431-8667 Open daily 10:30-5:30 « TOPEL – Tasting Room in Healdsburg, 125 Matheson St; 707 433-4116 Open daily 11-7 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call for: Educational Program, Food Pairings « TRENTADUE – 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 433-3104 Open daily 10-5 Trione Winery – 19550 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 814-8100 Thur-Sun 10-5 Truett Hurst – 5610 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-9545 Daily 11-5 Twomey Cellars – 3000 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-505-4850 Mon-Sat 9-4 Ty Caton Vineyards – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-0526 Open daily 10-6 Unti Vineyards – 4202 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-5590 Open by appointment only Valley of the Moon – 777 Madrone Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 996-6941 Open daily 10-4:30 Viansa Winery – 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 707 935-4700 Open daily 10-5 « VJB VINEYARDS & CELLARS – 9077 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-2300 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Pets Welcomed Wattle Creek Winery – 25510 River Rd, Cloverdale; 707 894-5166 Open by appointment only Wellington Vineyards – 11600 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 939-0708 Open daily 11-5 Westwood Winery – 11 E. Napa St, Suite 3, Sonoma; 707 935-3246 Open daily 11-5 White Oak Vineyards – 7505 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-84291 Open daily 10-5 Williamson – 134 Matheson St, Healdsburg; 707 433-1500 Open daily 11-7 « WILSON – 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-4355 Open daily 11-5 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Woodenhead – 5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 887-2703 Open Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30 Yoakim Bridge – 7209 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-8511 Fri-Sat 11-4, Sun 1-4, weekdays & tours by appt. Zichichi Family – 8626 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4410 Open daily 11-4:30
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ALAMEDA COUNTY A Donkey and a Goat – 2323 B Fourth St, Berkeley; 510 926-9050 Dashe Cellars – 55 4th St, Oakland; 510 452-1800 Eno Wines – 805 Camelia, Berkeley; 415 515-7227 Harrington – 805 Camelia, Berkeley; 510 527-1305 J C Cellars – 55 4th St, Oakland; 510 465-5900 Lost Canyon – 2102 Dennison St Ste A, Oakland; 510 534-9314 Rosenblum Cellars – 2900 Main St, Alameda; 510 865-7007 SANTA CLARA VALLEY Bargetto – 700-G Cannery Row, Monterey; 831 373-4053 Black Ridge – 18550 Black Rd, Los Gatos; 408 399-6396 Byington Winery – 21850 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-1111 Casa De Fruta – 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister; 800 543-1702 Clos LaChance – 1 Hummingbird Ln, San Martin; 800 ITS-WINE Conrotto Winery – 1690 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-3053 Creekview – 12467 Creekview Ct, San Martin; 408 686-0534 Fortino Winery – 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-3305 Guglielmo Winery – 1480 E. Main St, Morgan Hill; 408 779-2145 Hecker Pass Winery – 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-8755 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 Loos Family Winery – 4110 Moorpark Avenue, Suite B, San Jose; 408 799-5938 Fellom Ranch Vnyds – 17075 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 779-2145 Open daily 10:30-6 Open 3rd weekend 11-5 & by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open daily 9-6 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 By appointment 11-5 or 3rd weekend of the month Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5 Open daily 10-5 Open Daily Summer 12-6 , Winter 12-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Thu-Mon 12-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-6 or by appointment Open daily 11-6
12-4 third weekend of each month « MARTIN RANCH – 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd, Gilroy; 408 842-9197 Monte Verde – 13775 Sycamore Dr, Morgan Hill; 408 776-8938 Open 3rd Saturday of the month or by appointment Morgan Hill Cellars – 1645 San Pe dro Ave, Morgan Hill; 408 779-7389 Regale – 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos; 408 353-2500 Rapazzini Winery – 4350 S. Monterey Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-5649 « SARAH’S VINEYARD – 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-4278 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Satori Cellars – 2100 Buena Vista Ave, Gilroy; 408 848-5823 Solis Winery – 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 847-6306 Sunrise Winery – Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Sycamore Creek – 12775 Uvas Rd, Morgan Hill; 408 779-4738 Thomas Kruse Winery – 3200 Dryden Ave, Gilroy; 408 842-7016 Troquato Vineyards – 24130 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408 866-6700 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS Ahlgren Vineyard – 20320 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek; 800 338-6071 Alexander Cellars – 427 A Swift St, Santa Cruz; 831 471-9090 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 Ave, Capitola; 831-462-1065 Bargetto Winery – 3535 N. Main St, Soquel; 831 475-2258 Beauregard – 55B Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz; 831 458-WINE Bonny Doon Vineyard – 328 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz; 888 819-6789 « BURRELL SCHOOL – 24060 Summit Rd, Los Gatos; 408 353-6290 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Byington Winery – 21850 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-1111 Sat 12-4 Fri-Sun Noon-5 Sat 12-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 12Open Thu-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Tue-Sun 10-5, Closed Monday Open daily Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only
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Cava Wine Bar – 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola; 831 476-2282 Cinnabar – 23000 Congress Springs Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-5858 « COOPER-GARROD – 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga; 408 867-7116 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Food Pairings, Tours David Bruce Winery – 21439 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-4214 Davenport Roadhouse – 1 Davenport Ave, Daven Port; 831 426-8801 Domenico – 1697 Industrial Rd, San Carlos; 650 593-2335 Equinox – 427-C Swift St, Santa Cruz; 831 338-2646; 831 423-3000 Fellom Ranch Vnyds – 17075 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-0206 Fernwood Cellars – 7137 Redwood Retreat, Gilroy; 408 848-0611 Wed-Sat 12-12, Sun 12-10, Mon 4-10, Tue 4-12 Special Events & by appointment Mon-Fri 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 12-5 Tue-Sun 9-8 Open daily 12-5 Closed Tues Fri-Sun 12-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Tue-Sun 12-6 Open daily 12-5 CARMEL VALLEY Bernardus – 5 W. Carmel Road, Carmel Valley; 800 223-2533 Boekenoogen – 24 West Carmel 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 Tasting Room – 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 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; 800 422-7438 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; 831 656-9463 « 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 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 11-5 Mon-Thu 8-7:30, Fri 8-9, Sat 8-8:30, Sun 8-9 Sat-Sun 11-4 or or by appt Open daily 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 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 , call for hours Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 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 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6
Boëté at Valley Hills Tasting Rm– 7156A Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 831 625-5040 Mon-Fri 2-5, Sat-Sun 12-5
Heller Estate Organic Vineyards – 69 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 800-625-8466 Open daily 11-6
« FLEMING JENKINS VNYDS & WINERY – 45 W. Main St, Los Gatos; 408 358-4949 Hallcrest Vineyards – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 831 335-4441 « HUNTER HILL – 7099 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel; 831 465-9294 « LOMA PRIETA – 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos; 408 353-2950 « MARTIN RANCH – 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd, Gilroy; 408 842-9197 Michael Martella – 17287 Box 103 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Mountain Winery – 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga; 408 741-2822 Natal Vnyds – 1310 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville; 831 750-0271 Naumann Vnyds – 16505 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 867-7871 Nicholson – 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 724-7071 Obester – 12341 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay; 650 726-9463 Organic Wine Works – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 800-OWW-WINE Oscalis – 5579 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel; 831 477-1718 P&M Staiger – 1300 Hopkins Gulch Rd, Boulder Creek; 831 338-4346 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 Picchetti Winery – 13100 Monte Bello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Pleasant Valley – 600 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 728-2826 « POETIC CELLARS – 5000 Rodeo Gulch Road, Soquel; 831 462-3478 Ridge Vineyards – 17100 Montebello Road, Cupertino; 408 867-3233 River Run – 65 Rogge Lane, Watsonville; 831 726-3112 Roudon -Smith – 2364 Bean Creek Rd, Scotts Valley; 831 438-1244 Salamandre – 108 Don Carlos Dr, Aptos; 831 685-0321 Santa Cruz Mtn Vnyd – Near Boulder Creek, Felton; 831 335-4242 « SARAH’S VINEYARD – 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-4278 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Savannah-Chanelle– 23600 Congress Springs Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-2934 « SILVER MOUNTAIN – Santa Cruz Mtns, call for information 408 353-2275 Tasting Room – 381 #Q Cannery Row, Monterey; 831 644-9609 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Soquel Vineyards – 8063 Glen Haven, Soquel; 831 462-9045 Storrs Winery – 303 Potrero St. #35, Santa Cruz; 831 458-5030 Testarossa Vineyards – 300-A College Ave, Los Gatos; 408 354-6150 Thomas Fogarty Winery – 19501 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Vinocruz – 725 Front St, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 Wines of Vine Hill – 2300 Jarvis Rd, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 White Crane Winery – 110 Capitola Ave, Capitola; 831 477-9911 Windy Oaks – 550 Hazel Dell Rd; Corralitos; 831 786-9463 Woodside Vineyards – 340 Kings Mountain Rd; Woodside; 650 851-3144 Zayante Vineyards – 420 Old Mount Rd; Felton; 831 335-7992
Sat-Sun 11-4 or by appt Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appt 12-4 third weekend of each month Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5 Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Fri-Sun 10-5 Mon-Th 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Special events & by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 11-5 or by appt Summer Sat-Sun 11-5, Winter Sat-Sun 11-4 Open by appointment only Sat 11-4:30 or by appointment Special Events & by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 12-6 Sat 11-4 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Mon-Thu 11-7, Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-6 Special events & by appointment Open daily 11:30-6 Special events & by appointment Open by appointment only Special events & by appointment
Parsonage Village Vineyard – 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 831 659-7322 Open daily 11-5:30
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 HOLLISTER Casa De Fruta – 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister; 800 543-1702 DeRose Vineyards – 9970 Cienega Valley Road, Hollister; 831 636-9143 Léal Estate – 300 Maranatha Drive, Hollister; 831 636-1023 Pietra Santa Winery – 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister; 831 636-1991
Barra of Mendocino – 7051 N. State Street, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0322 Brassfield Estate – 10915 High Valley Rd, Clearlake Oaks; 707 998-1895 Breggo Cellars – 11001 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 895-9589 Brutocao Cellars – 7000 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2152 Open daily 10-5 Mon-Fri 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5
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Brutocao Cellars – 13500 Hwy 101, Hopland; 707 744-1664 Open daily 10-6 Ceago Vinegarden – 5115 E. Hwy 20, Nice; 707 274-1462 Open daily 10-5 Chiarito Vineyards – 2651 Mill Creek Rd, Ukiah; 707.462.7146 Open by appointment only Claudia Springs – 1810 Hwy 128, Navarro; 707 895-3993 Summer: Fri-Mon 11-5; Winter Fri-Sun 11-5 Cougar’s Leap – 9730 Soda Bay Road #8, Kelseyville; 707 279-0651 Call ahead Duncan Peak Vineyards – 14500 Mtn. House Road, Hopland; 707 744-1129 Open by appointment only Dunnewood Vineyards – 2399 North State St, Ukiah; (707) 467-4843 Mon-Thu 8-4 Elizabeth Vineyards – 8591 Colony Dr, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0957 Esterlina – 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo; 707 895-2920 Open by appointment only Fetzer Vineyards – Hwy 175, Hopland; 707 744-1250 Open daily 9-5 Fife Winery – 3620 Rd B, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0323 Open daily 10-5 Foursight Wines – 14475 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 898-2889 Fri-Mon 10-4:30 Frey – 14000 Tomki Rd, Redwood Valley; 707 485-5177 Weekdays 10-5, appt recommended Gabrielli Winery – 10950 West Road, Redwood Valley; 707 485-1221 Open daily 10-5 Goldeneye Anderson Vly – 9200 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3202 Open daily 11-4 Graziano Family of Wines – 13251 S.Hwy 101; Suite 3, Hopland; 707 744-8466 Open daily 10-5 Greenwood Ridge Vineyards – 5501 Hwy 128; Philo, 707 895-2002 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Guenoc/Langtry Estate – 21000 Butts Canyon Rd, Middletown; 707 987-9127 Open daily 11-5 Handley Cellars – 3151 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2190 Open daily 11-6 Horne – 2200 Hwy 29, Middletown; 707 987-1069 Open weekends 10-6, weekdays by appt. Husch Vineyards – 4400 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3216 Open daily 10-5 Jepson Vineyards, Ltd. – 10400 S. Hwy 101, Ukiah; 707 468-8936 Open daily 10-5 Jeriko Estate – 12141 Hewlitt Sturtevant Rd, Hopland; 707 744-1140 Open daily 10-5 Lazy Creek Vineyards – 4741 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3623 Open Fr-Mo 11-4:30 Le Vin Winery – 33151 Hwy. 128, Yorkville; 707 894-2304 Open by appointment only Le Vin Winery Bar – 45055 Albion St, Mendocino; 707 937-4960 Open daily 11-5 Lolonis Vineyards – 1905 Rd D, Redwood Valley; 707 485-7544 Open by appointment Londer Vineyards – Philo tasting room opening in July Manoir Girard Cellars – 1 Old Winery Way; Potter Valley; 707 743-1010 Open by appointment only Maple Creek Winery – 20799 Hwy 128; Yorkville; 707 895-3001 Open daily 10-5 McDowell Valley – 13380 S. Hwy 101, Hopland 707 744-8911 Open daily 10-5 McFadden Vineyard – 13275 S. Hwy 101 Suite #5, Hopland; 707 744-8463 Open daily 10-5 McNab Ridge Winery – 13441 S. Hwy 101; Hopland; 707 744-1986 Open daily 10-5 Mendocino Wine Co. – 45070 Main St, Mendocino; 707 937-6190 Open daily 11-5 Meyer Family Cellars – 19750 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707 895-2341 Open daily 10-5 Milano Family Winery – 14594 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 800-564-2582 Open daily10-5 Monte Lago Winery – Clear Lake, 510-599.LAGO Open by appointment only Navarro Vineyards – 5601 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3686 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Nelson Family – 550 Nelson Ranch Road; Ukiah Open daily 10-5 Oster – 13501 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley; 707 485-5257 Open by appointment Pacific Star – 33000 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg; 707 964-1155 Open daily 11-5 Parducci Wine Cellars – 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah; 707 463-5357 Open daily 10-5 Phillips Hill Estates – 8627 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2209 Open daily 11-5 Philo Ridge – Call for an appoinment on weekends, 707 489-2303 Ployez Winery – 11171 Highway 29, Lower Lake; 707 994-2106 Open daily 11-5 « ROEDERER ESTATE – 4501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2288 Open daily 11-5 Children OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Rosa D’Oro Vineyards – 3915 Main Street, Kelseyville; 707 279-0483 Sun-Tues 11-5, Wed-Sat 10:30-6:30 « SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS – 8501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2957 Open daily 11-5 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Shannon Ridge – 12599 E. Hwy 20, Clear Lake Oaks; 707 998-9656 Fri-Mon 12-5 Silversmith Vineyards – 3700 A Rd J, Redwood Valley; 707 485-1196
« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week
Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm or by appointment Wed-Mon 10-6 Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat 8-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open Daily 10-5
Standish Wine Co. – 5101 Hwy 128, Philo707 895-9213 Steele Wines – 4350 Thomas Dr; Kelseyville; 707 279-9475 Toulouse Vineyards – 8001 Hwy 128, 707 895-2828; Philo Tulip Hill Winery – 4900 Bartlett Springs Rd, Kelseyville; 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 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 Heringer Estates – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1227 Old Sugar Mill – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-165 R.H. Phillips – 26836 Country Rd 12A, Esparto; 530 662-3215 Satiety Vineyards – 40101 County Rd 25A, Woodland; 530 661-0680 Solomon Wine Co. – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744 1131 Todd Taylor Wines – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1120 Mon-Sat 12-4 Sat-Sun 11-5, Mon-Fri 10-5 Open 12-5 by appointment Wed-Sun 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Mon-Fri 7-6, Sat-Sun 11-6 Fri 1-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Fri-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 Crooked Vine – 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 371-8156 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 McGrail Vineyards – 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 373-6214 Mitchell Katz Winery – 1188 Vineyard Ave; Pleasanton; 925 931-0744 Red Feather – 5700 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 449-1871 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 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 Fri-Sun 10-6 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 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 & by appointment Thu-Sun 12-5, Fri 12-6 Sun-Fri 11-6, Sat 11-8
Hidden Creek – 21 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 101, Livermore (at Blacksmith Square); 925-989-1163
Murietta’s Well – 3005 Mines Rd; Livermore; 925 456-2390 May-Oct Open Daily 11-4:30, Nov-Apr Wed-Sun 11-4:30
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
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 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 Thomas Coyne Winery – 51 E. Vallecitos Rd (Hwy 84), Livermore; 925 373-6541 Wente Vineyards Estate Winery – 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2300 Wente Vineyards Visitors Center – 5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2405 Westover Vineyards – 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley; 925 537-3932 White Crane Winery – 5405 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 455-8085 Wood Family Winery – 7702 Cedar Mountain Rd, Livermore; 925 606-7411 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 Thu-Sun 11-4:30 Open daily 12-4:30 Fri-Sun 12-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-6:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 Thu-Mon 12-4:30 Open by appointment VanRuiten – 340 W. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 334-5722 Vino Con Brio – 7889 E. Harney Ln, Lodi; 888-410-VINO Vino Piazza – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 800-939-2566 vMv Vineyards – 16475 N. Locust Tree Rd, Lodi; 209 365-1900 Watts – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 794-2871 Woodbridge Uncorked– 18911 N. Lower Sacramento Rd, 209 365-7575 WOODBRIDGE – 5950 Woodbridge Road, Acampo; 209 365-2839 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Call ahead for Tours at 9:30, 1:30 or by Appt Open daily 11-5 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 12-5 Wed-Sun, Call for hours Open daily 10:30-4:30
AMADOR COUNTY Amador Cellars – 11093 Shenandoah Rd, Amador City; 209 245-6150 Amador County Wine Cellar– 14207 Hwy 49, Amador City; 209 267-0104 Amador Foothill Winery – 12500 Steiner Road, Plymouth, 209 245-6307 Avio – 14520 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 267-1515 Bella Piazza – 19900 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4600 Bray Vineyards – 10590 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6023 C.G. Di Arie – 19919 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4700 Charles Spinetta Winery – 12557 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3384 Clos Du Lac Cellars – 3151 Hwy 88/Jackson Vlly Rd, Ione; 209 274-2238 Convergence Vnyds – 14650 Hwy 124, Plymouth; 209 245-3600 Cooper Vineyards – 21365 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6181 Deaver Vineyards – 12455 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4099 Dillian Wines – 12138 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3444 Dobra Zemlja Winery – 12505 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3183 Domaine de la Terra Rouge/Easton Wines– 10801 Dickson Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3117 Drytown Cellars – 16030 Hwy 49, Drytown; 866-379-8696 Il Gioiello – 22355 Lawrence Rd, Fiddletown; 209 245-3395 Karly – 11076 Bell Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3922 Karmére – 11970 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-5000 Nine Gables – 10778 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3949 Nua Dair Vineyards – 13825 Willow Creek Rd, Ione; 209 245-5567 Renwood – 12225 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6979 Serenidad – 21339 Dickson Way, Plymouth; 209 245-5304 x19 Shenandoah Vineyards – 12300 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4455 Sobon Estate – 14430 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6554 Stonehouse Winery – 10861 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6888 Stoneridge Winery – 13862 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 223-1761 Story Winery – 10525 Bell Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6208 Sutter Creek Wine Tasting – 85 Main St, Sutter Creek; 209 267-5838 Sutter Ridge – 14110 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 267-1316 Tanis Vineyards – 13120 Willow Creek Rd, Ione; 209 274-4807 TKC Vineyards – 11001 Valley Dr, Plymouth; 209 245-6428 Terra D’Oro – 20680 Shenandoah Schl Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6942 Toscano Winery & Bistro – 10600 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3800 Young’s Vineyard – 10120 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3005 Vino Noceto – 11011 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6556 Wilderotter Vineyard – 19890 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6016 CALAVERAS COUNTY Beaux Chevaux – 466B Main St, Murphys; 209-728-1000 Fri-Sun 11-5 Wed-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-6 & holidays Fri-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 10-5 Thurs-Mon 10-4:30 Mon, Thu, Fri 8-4, Sat-Sun 9-5 Wed-Sun 10-4 Fri-Sun 10-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Open daily 10:30-5 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 11-4 Fri-Sun 11-5 3rd Sat of the Month 11-5 Open daily 12-4 Thu-Mon 11-5 or by appointment Open Thu-Mon 11-5 Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30 Open daily 10:30-5:30 Sat-Sun, Holidays 11-5 or by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9:30-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open by appointment only Mon-Fri 12-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Sat-Sun 10-5:30 Sat 11-5, Sun 1-4 or by appointment Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10:30-4 Mon-Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 Fri-Mon 10:30-5
Abundance Vnyds/Mencarini Family Winery –1150 W. Turner Rd, Lodi; 209 334-0274 Open daily 11-6 Berghold – 17343 N. Cherry Rd, Lodi; 209 333-9291 Boitano Family – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3270 Borra Wines – 1301 E. Armstrong Rd, Lodi; 209 368-2446 Campus Oaks/Gnekow Family Winery– 17347 E. Gawne Rd, Collegeville; 209 463-0697 Cantiga Wineworks – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3782 Century Oak – 22211 Lower Sacramento, Acampo; 209 334-3482 Chocoholics Divine Desserts 18819 E. Hwy 88, Clements; 209 759-3320 Crystal Valley Cellars – 16750 E. Hwy 88, Lodi; 209 759-3888 Delicato Vineyards – 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca; 209 824-3600 Grand Amis – 115 North School St, Lodi; 209 369-6805 Harney Lane Winery – 9010 E. Harney Lane, Lodi; 209 365-1900 Harmony Wynelands – 9291 E. Harney Ln, Lodi; 209 369-4184 Jessie’s Grove Winery – 1973 W. Turner Road, Lodi, 209 368-0880 Jewel Collection – 3750 E. Woodbridge Rd; 209 340-8521 Leonardo Family – 12470 Locke Rd; Lockeford; 209 369-9616 Lodi Wine & Visitor Center – 21831 N, Lodi. Highway 99; Lodi; 209 369-9463 The Lucas Winery – 18196 N. Davis Rd, Lodi; 209 368-2006 M2 Winery – 1376 East Turner Rd, D, Lodi; 888-757-WINE McConnell Estates – 10686 W. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove; 916 685-5368 Macchia – 7099 E. Peltier Road, Acampo; 209 333-2600 Michael-David Vineyards – 4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 368-7384 Miramont Estate – 24837 E. Milton Rd, Linden; 209 887-3860 Mokelumne Oaks – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 339-3754 Oak Ridge Winery – 6100 E. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 369-4758 Olde Lockeford – 12470 Locke Rd; Lockeford; 209 727-9770 Omega Cellars– 13731 N. Highway 88, Lodi; 209 367-1910 Pasos Vineyards – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3153 Peirano Estate – 21831 N. Highway 99, Acampo; 209 369-9463 Ripken Vineyards – 2472 W. Sargent Rd, Lodi; 209 367-WINE Spenker Winery – 17303 De Vries Rd, Lodi; 209 367-0467 St. Amant Winery – 1 Winemaster Way, Lodi; 209 367-0646 Stama – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 408 464-6923 Thu-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mo-Sa 9:30-7:30, Sun 10-7:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5:30 Fri-Sun 1-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Mon-Sun 11-5:30, Sun 12:30-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Sat-Sun 12-6 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 11-4 Fri-Sun 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment Mon-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-4 Sat & Sun 12-4:30 or by appt only Open daily 1-4 Sat-Sun 11-5
WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Black Sheep Winery – 221 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-2157 Bodega de Sur Winery– 457C Algiers St, Murphys; 209 728-9030 Brice Station – 3353 E. Hwy 4, Murphys; 209 728-9893 Broll Mountain – 106 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-9750 Chatom Vineyards – 1969 Highway 4, Douglas Flat; 209 736-6500 Domaine Becquet – 2173 Highway 12 East, Valley Springs; 209 772-1303 Domaine Becquet – 415 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-8487 Frog’s Tooth Vineyards – 350 Main St. Ste 5, Murphys; 209 728-2700 French Hill Winery – 8032 So. Main St, Mokelumne Hill; 209 286-1800 French Hill Winery – 488 Main Street, Murphys; 209-728-8022 Hatcher Winery – 425 Main St, Murphys; 209 605-7111 Indian Rock – 1154 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd, Murphys; 209 728-8514 Irish Vineyards – 2849 Hwy 4, Vallecito; 209 736-1299 Ironstone Vineyards – 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys; 209 728-1251 Laraine/Gerber – 3675 Six Mile Rd, Vallecito; 209 736-4766 Lavender Ridge – 425 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-2441 Milliaire Winery – 276 Main Street, Murphys; 209 728-1658 Muir’s Legacy – 276 Main Street, Murphys; 209 728-0500 Newsome-Harlow – 403 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-9817 Solomon Wine Co. – 397 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-8290 Stevenot Winery – 2690 San Domingo Rd, Murphys; 209 728-3436 Stevenot Winery – Main & Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys; 209 728-0148 Twisted Oak – 4280 Red Hill Rd, Vallecito; 209 736-9080 Twisted Oak – 350 Main Street, Murphys; 209 736-9080 Vina Moda – 634 French Gulch Road, Murphys; 209 728-9911 Zucca Mountain – 431 Main St, Murphys; 209 736-2949 EL DORADO COUNTY Auriga Wine Cellars – 3500 Carson Rd, Camino; 530 647-8078 Boeger Winery– 1709 Carson Rd, Placerville; 530 622-8094 Busby Cellars – 6375 Grizzly Flat Rd, Somerset; 530 344-9119 Cantiga Wineworks & Deli – 5951 Mt. Aukum Rd, Somerset; 530 621-3352 Cedarville Vnyd – 6320 Marestail Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-9463 Charles B. Mitchell – 8221 Stoney Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3467 Chateau Rodin – 4771 Green Hill Rd, Placerville; 530 622-6839 Chateau Routon – 2800 Omo Ranch Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5818 Chevalier Winery – 5720 French Creek Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-1676 Tasting Room – 2530 Pleasant Valley Rd, Placerville; 888 802-9321 Colibri Ridge – 6100 Gray Rock Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-7255 Crystal Basin Winery – 3550 Carson Rd, Camino; 530 647-1767 Coulson Winery – 3600 Carson Rd; Camino; 877 253-9672 David Girard Vineyards – 741 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville; 530 295-1833 dkcellars – 7380 Vineyard View Dr, Fair Play; 530 620-1132 Fenton Herriott – 120 Jacquier Ct, Placerville; 530 642-2021 Fitzpatrick Winery – 7740 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3248 Fleur de Lys – 7696 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-2246 Granite Springs Winery – 5050 Granite Springs Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-6395 Goldhill Vineyard – 5660 Vineyard Lane, Placerville; 530 626-6522 Jodar Vineyards – 3405 Carson Court, Camino; 530 644-3474 Latcham Vineyards – 2860 Omo Ranch Rd, Mt. Aukum; 530 620-6642 Lava Cap – 2221 Fruitridge, Placerville; 530 621-0175 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open daily 10-5, Summer: Fridays ’til 8 Fri-Sun 11-5:30 Fri-Sun 1-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Open by appointment only Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 11:30-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Wed-Sun 11-4 Sat 12-5 Monday Holidays & Sat-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Wed-Mon 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Thur-Sun 10-5 or by appointment Open daily 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 or by appointment Open daily 11-5 Daily 11-5 Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 12-6 or by appointment Sat-Sun 1-5 Open daily 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Fri 1-5, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5, Mon 12-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Winter Fri-Sun 11-5, Summer Thu-Mon 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5, Mon-Thu 12-5 Fri-Sat 12-5, Sun 11-5 Mon,Tue, Fri 2-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon, Thu 12-5, Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5 Wed-Fri 1-5, Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon, Thu Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 , Open daily 10:30-5:30 Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30T Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Summer Thu-Sun 11-6, Winter Fri-Sun 11-6
« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week
Holly’s Hill Winery – 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville; 530 344-0227 Open daily 10-5 Madrona Vineyards – 2560 High Hill Road, Camino; 530 644-5948 Open daily 11-5 Mining Camp Winery – 4801 Rock Barn Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-6510 Thur-Sun 11-5 Miraflores Winery – 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville; 530 647-8505 Open daily 10-5 Mount Aukum Winery – 6781 Tower Rd, Mt. Aukum; 530 620-1675 Open daily 11-5 Narrow Gate Vyds – 4282 Pleasant Valley Rd, Placerville; 530 644-6201 Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Oakstone Winery – 6440 Slug Gulch Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5303 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Perry Creek Vnyds – 7400 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5175 Open daily 11-5 Primus Vineyards – 2875 Larsen Dr, Camino; 530 647-9463 Open daily 11-5 Sierra Oaks Estates – 6713 Mt. Aukum Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-7079 Wed-Sun 11-5 Sierra Vista Winery – 4560 Cabernet Way, Placerville; 530 622-7221 Open daily 10-5 Single Leaf Vineyards – 7480 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3545 Wed-Sun 11-5 Sogno Winery – 3046 Ponderosa Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 672-6968 Fri-Sun 11-6 Stone’s Throw – 3541 North Canyon Rd, Camino; 530 622-5100 Thur-Sun 11-5 Thompson’s Mining Camp Winery– 4801 Rock Barn Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-6510 Thur-Sun 11-5 Toogood Estate Wine Caves– 7280 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-1910 Open daily 11-5:30 Van Der Vijver Estate – 7451 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3210 Wed-Thu 12-5, Fri-Sun 11-5 Venezio Vineyard – 5821 Hwy 49, Coloma; 530 885-9463 Wed-Sun 11-5 Windwalker Vnyds – 7360 Perry Creek, Fair Play; 530 620-4054 Daily 11-5 Winery by the Creek – 8085 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-2402 Thu-Sun 11-5 Wofford Acres – 1900 Hidden Valley Rd, Camino; 530 626-6858 Thu-Sun 11-5 MERCED COUNTY Red Rock Winery – 7326 E. Hwy 140, Merced; 209 722-7625 Open daily 10-5 NEVADA COUNTY Avanguardia – 13028 Jones Bar Rd, Nevada City; 530 274-9482 Sat-Sun 12-5 Burch Hall – 108 Mill St, Grass Valley; 530 272-7000 Open daily 12-5 Coufos Cellars – 10065 Rough & Ready Rd, Rough & Ready; 530 274-2923 Sat-Sun 12-5 Double Oak – 14510 Blind Shady Rd, Nevada City; 530 292-3235 Sat 11-5 Feb-Dec or by appointment Indian Springs – 303 Broad St, Nevada City; 530 478-1068 Sun-Thu 11:30, Fri-Sat 11:30-6 Lucchesi Vineyards – 167 Mill St, Grass Valley; 530 274-2164 Open daily 11-Dusk Naggiar Vineyards – 18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley; 530 268-9059 Fri-Sun 12-5 or by appointment Montoliva Vineyard – 15629 Mount Olive Rd, Chicago Park; 530 346-6577 Sat-Sun 12-4 Nevada CityWinery –321 Spring Street, Nevada City; 530 265-9463 Mon-Sat 12-6, Su 12-5 Pilot Peak Winery – 12888 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley; 530 432-3321 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sierra Knolls – 19635 Kingswood Ct, Grass Valley; 530 268-9225 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sierra Starr – 209 W. Main Street, Grass Valley; 530 477-8282 Open daily 12-5 (closed Tues.) Smith Vineyard – 13577 Dog Bar Rd, Grass Valley; 530 273-7032 Sat 1-5 Mar-Dec or by appointment Solune Winegrowers– 16303 Jewett Lane, Grass Valley; 530 271-0990 Sat-Sun 12-5 Truckee River – 10061 South River St, Truckee; 530 587-4626 Open by appointment only PLACER COUNTY Dono dal Cielo Estate Vnyd – 5960 Wise Rd, Newcastle, 530 888-0101 Fri-Sun 12-5 or by appt. Fawnridge – 5560 Fawnridge Rd, Auburn, 530 887-9522 Sat-Sun 10-5 Green Family – 3420 Pine Ridge Ln, Auburn; 530 888-8866 Open by appointment only Mt. Vernon – 10850 Mt. Vernon Rd, Auburn; 530 823-1111 Thu-Sun 11-5 Ophir Wines – 7870 Santini, Newcastle; 916-531-3055 Open by appointment only Pescatore – 7055 Ridge Rd, Newcastle; 916 663-1422 (most) Sat-Sun 1-5 Rancho Roble – 340 Fleming Rd, Lincoln; 916 645-2075 Thu-Sat 1-4
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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK