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JANUARY 22, 2010 – ISSUE 4 – VOLUME 29

Trinchero Napa Valley ON THE COVER


Trinchero Napa Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
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WINE COUNTRY NEWS


Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17
FYI: What’s Hot This Week by Jefffry Ross . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
FEATURE

WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS


Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
WINERY

SUISUN VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29


Clos Du Val Suisun Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-43
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Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35


Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37
St. Helena Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
PROFILE
WINEMAKER

Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Napa Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42-43

SONOMA COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-59


David Galzignato, Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
Charles Krug Winery Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47
Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
O F T H E W E E K 52

Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53


Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54-59
TA S T I N G R O O M

Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54


Glen Ellen Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-61


Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Kaz Winery LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
61

LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
FESTIVALS
WINE COUNTRY

NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-69


Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Carmel Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Mendocino Crab & Wine Days WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70-82

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TO TO
EUREKA REDDING

PASO ROBLES 117 158 204 245 255 269 355 263 236 266 278 379

Head
Fort Bragg
MONTEREY 72 112 160 170 184 269 178 151 190 202 307
20 SAN JOSE 48 90 100 115 200 110 83 118 138 231
Mendocino
Willits
SAN FRANCISCO 45 55 70 155 75 48 88 142 201
SONOMA 22 44 129 39 14 68 131 181
Little
River 5 SANTA ROSA 16 101 21 41 104 166 217
Calpella
20 HEALDSBURG 86 26 56 118 181 231
MENDOCINO 111 141 195 266 310
Elk
Ukiah CALISTOGA 27 86 149 199
NAPA 59 122 172
1 253 29
SACRAMENTO 84 115
Boonville Lakeport Clear
Pt. Arena Yorkville Hopland Lake
MURPHYS 118
128 20 LAKE TAHOE
175 Williams
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Cloverdale Clearlake
Gualala Lake Lower Lake 99
Sonoma Geyserville 49
16
Sea Ranch 101 29
Middletown Brooks TO
Healdsburg Auburn RENO
Timber Cove 128 Calistoga 5
Jenner 505
Guerneville 29
Bodega Bay 12
Sebastopol
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Kenwood
St. Helena
Lake
Berryessa
Sacramento
Rutherford
116 Glen 80
Ellen Yountville 128 Winters 50 Placerville
Tomales 12 Napa TO
Pa

121 Davis
LAKE TAHOE
Petaluma 116 Sonoma
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Station 12 Sutter
Pt. Reyes Creek
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Rafael 780 Rio Vista 88
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Lodi
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Muir Woods
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Walnut Creek
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Pacifica Oakland 4
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Livermore Stockton Oakdale
Chinese TO
280 92 Camp YOSEMITE
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Half Moon 880
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Woodside Modesto
Palo
Alto
Santa
Clara
1 San Jose
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Santa Morgan Hill 5
Cruz
Capitola
152 Gilroy
Chowchilla
Watsonville
152
Moss Landing

Monterey Bay
156 99

Monterey
Salinas
68
Pacific Grove
101
Carmel TO TO
BIG SUR & PASO ROBLES & TO
MORRO BAY Gonzales SAN LUIS OBISPO LOS ANGELES

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Wineology INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano

What is organic wine?


Someone I know, who has not consumed red wine in years grapes, if the producer chooses to say so at all. (It is not a require-
because it gave her headaches, has joyfully started drinking red ment to mention whether grapes were grown organically or not.)
wine once again. The cure, she said, was organic wine. But when Wine made from organically grown grapes is not exactly the same
she explained to me that the wine contained no sulfites, and, thus, as organic wine but it might be enough to make a difference to
was the reason for her pain-free sipping, I had to politely correct some people who have allergies.
her just a little. Unless a doctor is consulted, it is impossible to know the true
Organic wines technically still contain some sulfites, however, at reason for one wine being a “headache” wine and another being a
much lower levels than non-organic wines. In organic wine, there “headache-free” wine. But trying organic wines, or at least wine
are no additional sulfites beyond what occurs naturally during made from organically grown grapes, can be a step toward mini-
normal fermentation of grapes. However, in the vast majority of mizing, and maybe avoiding side effects that come from drinking
wines, more sulfites are added because they are necessary to wine. Just remember that the shelf life is limited with 100% organic
preserve the flavor and integrity of the wine throughout its shelf wines, so it is not recommended that you buy these wines for long-
life. But there was still another correction that I had to make after I term aging in your home wine cellar. Also bear in mind that a
read the label of the bottle she was talking about. It turned out that winery is free to practice organic farming methods without
the wine was not really 100% organic, but instead made from acquiring certification, or even mentioning it on the wine’s label.
organically grown grapes. These are two very distinct categories. If you are in search of organic wine or wine made from organi-
Organic wine certification requires years of compliance with cally grown grapes, feel free to investigate your favorite wine brands
certain standards in growing and making wine. Then an indepen- to see if any of their vineyards are farmed organically and what
dent certifying organization audits and qualifies a vineyard and specific wines are made using those vineyards.
winery on its soil management, record keeping and other ecologi-
cally friendly practices that meet strict standards set by the US
Department of Agriculture. For example, the producer must not use
Len Napolitano lives in Sonoma County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators,
chemicals in the vineyard, such as herbicides, fungicides and pesti- Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent
cides and, most importantly, must not introduce additional sulfites contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com.
Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of
into the winemaking process. Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.
Therefore, a wine label is permitted to state that the bottle
contains organic wine if two conditions are met: the wine’s grapes
were grown organically and the total amount of sulfites is below the
government limit. On the other hand, if grapes were grown organi-
cally, but the level of combined sulfites, both naturally occurring
and added, are higher than government limits, the label is only
permitted to state that the wine was made from organically grown

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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 high-
quality juice all under $25 and all are unique. Most labels in the shop are unrec-
ognizable – 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 recom-
mendation 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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NAPA VALLEY ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS ONGOING


Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre Vineyard & Winery Tours
ONGOING St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50 at Raymond Vineyards
Joseph Phelps Vineyards: 707-967-2320, wsgr@culinary.edu, www.ciachef.edu St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt)
Tastings & Seminars 800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com
ONGOING
An opportunity to participate in a wide range of excellent seminars. 1 ½ hours Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery ONGOING
11am daily; 2:30pm, Monday-Friday & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday. $40 Wine Tasting Options
For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2000, www.robertmondavi.com
free for wine club members, RSVP 707-967-3720, details www.jpvwines.com Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com
• The To Kalon Tour & Tasting • A Guided Tasting
· Insignia Blending · Le Nez • Current Release Tasting, $15
• Pleasure in the Glass • The Taste of Wine
· Tasting Terroir · Wine Appreciation
• The “Harvest of Joy”Tour & Lunch • Celebrating California Wine & Food • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25
· Cool California (Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir)
• Artisan Cheese & Wine-A Perfect Match • The Essence Tour & Tasting • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75
· Barrel seminars (Napa Valley Cab)
• Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people
ONGOING ONGOING
• Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250
Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit
• Sonnette Library Tasting, $75
Napa, Spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm Mumm Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm daily • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people
707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com 800-MUM-NAPA, www.mummnapa.com • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall
ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND ONGOING ONGOING
Wine Component Tasting Seminar Reserve Tour & Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate
at Merryvale Vineyards Calistoga, 11am, Private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, Tours at 11am & 2pm, $10
St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members 800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com
ONGOING 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com
EVERY 4TH WEEKEND VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour ONGOING
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery
at Merryvale Vineyards Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com
10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena
ONGOING • Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com
Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines • Daily Guided Tours
ONGOING • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com
Napa Valley Wine Train
• Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm ONGOING
Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com
• Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery
• Jan 16: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre • Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt
• Jan 30: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, www.blackstallionwinery.com
• Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt • Regular tasting, $10
• Jan 30: Moonlight Escape, Full Wolf Moon
• Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun
• Feb 6: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
• Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person
• Feb 13: Valentines Day
• Wine Train, $180
• Feb 14: Valentines Day ONGOING
ONGOING Educational Tours & Wine Tasting
ONGOING
Napa Valley Opera House Tastings at the Popcorn Bar at Flora Springs Winery at Castello di Amorosa
1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org St. Helena,10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com
• Jan 15: An Evening with Perla Batalla • It’s all About You Tasting, $15 • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25 • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50
• Jan 16: Best of the San Francisco Comedy Competition ONGOING THURSDAY - SATURDAY • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20
• Jan 23: African Children’s Choir Temptastings in the Temptation Cave • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours
• Jan 29: A Night of Music for New Orleans at Flora Springs Winery THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
• Jan 30: 130th Anniversary Celebration featuring Ruth Ann Swenson St. Helena,11am & 2pm, $25, $15/member Bacchus That Rascal
• Feb 6: Soul Street Dance, Breakin’ Backwards RSVP, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“
• Feb 13: The Bobby Hutcherson Quartet 707-942-4981, www.clospegase.com
ONGOING
ONGOING
Tastings at Silverado Vineyards LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
Live at the Lincoln Theater
Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com Winemaker Dinners at Fumé Bistro
Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com
• Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75 Napa, Local favorite wineries are spotlighted in a four-course dinner. $60
• Jan 16: Blood Sweat & Tears RSVP, 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com
• Library Tasting, $75
• Jan 17: Goodnight Moon
• Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20 EVERY SATURDAY
• Jan 21: Yesterday And Today - A Beatles Tribute
• Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15 ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar
• Feb 13: Napa Valley Youth Symphony Presents The Red Gala
• Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40
ONGOING
ONGOING 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines
Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, www.backroomwines.com Appellation Tastings at Elizabeth Spencer EVERY SUNDAY
• Jan 14: Get to Know Chenin Blanc Rutherford, 10:45am & 4pm by appointment, $40 Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines
• Jan 15: Taste Wines from Argentina 707-963-6067, www.elizabethspencerwines.com Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
• Feb 5: Under Twelve Bucks a Bottle Tasting ONGOING EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
ONGOING Wine Tasting Experiences Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings
di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature at Benessere Vineyards at Havens Wine Cellars
Napa, 707-226-5991, www.dirosapreserve.org St. Helena, 707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, by appt Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com
• Through Jan 30: Altered States, The Collection in Context • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10
EVERY SATURDAY
• Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15
ONGOING Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays
Buon Amici Members & Guests • Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15
at Bennett Lane Winery
Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20
Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684
707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25
• Members Only New Release Tastings • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 ONGOING SATURDAYS
• Barrel Tastings by appointment • Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15 Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber
• Vertical Tastings by appointment 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500
ONGOING
• Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery ONGOING
ONGOING Napa , 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com Friday Night Winemaker Events
Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting • Individual Tastings, $12 Napa, 5-7pm, JV Wine & Spirits, $2, 707-253-2624, www.jvwine.com
at Monticello Vineyards • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 25
Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley $25 • Food & Wine Pairing • Vineyard Tour Abstract Artists Exhibition
RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com • Blending Class • Wine Sensory Seminar Peju Winery, Rutherford, 10am-6pm, 800-446-7358, www.peju.com

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ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 3 JANUARY 30
A Weekend of Fine Art
Dinah Cross James’ Art Exhibit at Robert Mondavi Mustard Magic ~ The Grand Opening Event
Oakville, 10am-5pm, www.robertmondaviwinery.com, 707-968-2200 Napa Valley Mustard Festival, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone Napa Valley Mustard Festival, art galleries throughout Napa Valley
St. Helena, www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133 www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133
ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 13
Changing Earth: Photographer’s JANUARY 30 FEBRUARY 10
Call to Action Photo Exhibit 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Release
Wine Tasting Class at Beringer Vineyards
Mumm Napa, Rutherford, 10am-5pm, www.mummnapa.com, 707-967-7700 at ZD Wines
with Ronn Wiegand, Master Sommelier
JANUARY 16 Enjoy Cabernet & chocolate! Napa, 12-4pm, www.zdwines.com, 707-963-5188
St. Helena, Petite Sirah: The Transformation of California’s “Big Red”
Vintage Sports Boosters Annual Crab Feed FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 28
Chardonnay Hall, Napa Expo, Napa, 6pm, $50, 707-255-5409 Register through Napa Valley College, 6:30-9pm, $70
Visual Art Competition Exhibit & Sale
Napa Valley Mustard Festival, St. Supéry Winery, Rutherford 707-967-2901, www.beringer.com
JANUARY 17-19
2nd Annual Truffle Camp www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133
FEBRUARY 13
La Toque, The Westin Verasa, Napa, $1800, www.latoque.com FEBRUARY 6 Annual Love Fest Dinner in the Cask Room
JANUARY 23 Generations Cabernet Sauvignon Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena, www.merryvale.com, 707-963-2225
Boys & Girls Club Crab Feed Release Party
Chardonnay Hall, Napa Expo, Napa, 6pm, $50, 707-255-8866x104 Raymond Vineyard, St. Helena, www.raymondvineyards.com, 800-525-2659 FEBRUARY 13
JANUARY 26 FEBRUARY 6 Top 100 Cabs of the Napa Valley
Wine Tasting Class at Beringer Vineyards 2007 Trilogy Release Party Bayleaf Restaurant, Napa, 3-6pm, $95www.Top100Cabs.com
with Ronn Wiegand, Master Sommeier Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena, www.florasprings.com, 707-967-6723
St. Helena, exceptional Zinfandels from the 2007 Vintage. Register through FEBRUARY 13-14
FEBRUARY 6-7 Port, Chocolate & More
Napa Valley College, 6:30-9pm, $70, 707-967-2901, www.beringer.com Cabernet Release Weekend
at Bennett Lane Winery at Beringer Vineyards
JANUARY 30
Annual Justin-Siena High School Crab Feed Sneak preview of 2007 vintage of both Cabernets and access to an exclusive St. Helena, 11am-4pm, $12, $7/members & guests
Justin-Siena High School, Napa, 6pm-12am, $55, 707-255-0950x606 vertical tasting of vintages gone by. 10 to 5:30, Calistoga, 707-942-6684 www.beringer.com, 707-963-8989x2225

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SONOMA COUNTY ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 24


Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours Envisioning the World
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS & Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20 Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa
Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & 707-431-4811, www.ryew.com 707-579-1500, www.sonomacountymuseum.org
sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm
707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 30
‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery Adam Wolpert: Sonoma County Landscapes
ONGOING Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines
Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, 11am-5pm
RSVP 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-1500
at B.R. Cohn Winery
Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 31
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com Twilight Tours & Tapas Running the Gamut All Media Showcase
ONGOING Audellsa Estate Winery, Glen Ellen, $35, 5:30pm Plaza Arts Center, Healdsburg11am-5pm
Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting 707-933-8514, www.audellsa.com www.plazaartscenter.org, 707-431-1970
at B.R. Cohn Winery ONGOING WEEKENDS ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery Tour & Taste at The Olive Press
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 707-939-8900
ONGOING 707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com www.olivepress.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market Tasting Room Sampling at Viansa Winery
• Jan 13: Anthony Bourdain Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 707-522-8629, 8:30am-noon Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 800-995-4740
• Jan 22: African Children’s Choir
EVERY FRIDAY MORNING www.viansa.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
• Jan 23-25: Santa Rosa Symphony Set Four
Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
• Jan 26: The Moscow Circus
• Jan 29: Gabriel Iglesias Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 Estate Olive Oil, Vinegar & Wine Tasting
• Jan 29: Metta Quintet ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS at BR Cohn Winery
• Jan 30-31: American Philharmonic Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery Glen Ellen, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival
• Feb 2: A Year with Frog and Toad Alexander Valley, Bismark Mountain wines paired with local artisanal cheese from 707-938-4064x124, www.brcohn.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
• Feb 7: Quarteto Vivace Brasil Santa Rosa Concert Association The Cheese Shop, Healdsburg, $10pp, 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 14
• Feb 8: In the Mood
EVERY FRIDAY Life of Making Exhibition
ONGOING Complimentary Wine Tasting Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, 707-939-7862, www.svma.org
Spreckels Performing Arts Center at Flamingo Hotel
Rohnert Park, 707-588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com JANUARY 11
Santa Rosa, in the Terrace Grille featuring Sonoma County wines, 5:30-7pm A Very Special Luncheon & Cooking Demo
• Jan 17: Film, Harvey 707-545-8530, 800-848-8300, www.flamingoresort.com
• Jan 21-Feb 7: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music Junipero & Co., Sonoma, 12-2:30pm, 707-939-9065, $80/includes lunch & wine
• Jan 24: Film, The Philadelphia Story ONGOING JANUARY 16
• Jan 31: Film, Bringing Up Baby Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean Wineland in Paradise: An Evening
• Feb 13: Craig Jessup sings Rodgers with Hart Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment with Russian River Valley Wine Stars
ONGOING 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com Russian River Valley Winegrowers, Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa
Sonoma Film Institute • Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 An intimate evening of wine, food & camaraderie! 7-10pm, $150, $285/couple
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, 707-664-2606, www.sonoma.edu/sfi • Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 www.prwinery.com, www.rrvw.org, 707-521-2534
• Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour
ONGOING THURSDAYS JANUARY 16-17
• Box Lunch Prgram with Tour
Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba Winter Wineland
Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine ONGOING Healdsburg, 11am-4pm, Wineries include Alderbrook, Armida, Christopher
tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, www.anabawines.com Tours, Tastings & Seminars
Creek, deLorimier, Dutcher Crossing, Ferrari-Carano, Fritz, Kendall-Jackson,
at St. Francis Winery
ONGOING SUNDAYS Martin Ray, Matrix, Mazzocco Sonoma, Moshin, Murphy-Goode, Paradise Ridge,
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations
Rodney Strong, Sausal, Topel, Trentadue & Wilson, www.wineroad.com
at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, www.stfranciswinery.com
• Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 JANUARY 17-18
Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma
• Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20 Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend –
ONGOING • Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65 Pinot Blanc Release
The Center for Performing Arts Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood, 10am-5pm
707-664-2353, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park ONGOING
707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com
www.sonoma.eduperformingarts/perf/ Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer
Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com JANUARY 21-24
ONGOING 3rd Annual Sonoma Environmental Film Festival
Live Shows at Hopmonk Tavern ONGOING
Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, Sonoma, 8am-5pm, 707-935-3456, www.seff.us
Sebastopol, 707-829-7300, www.hopmonk.com Tastings at the Vine & Barrel
• Jan 15: Volker Strifer Petaluma, 3-5pm, 707-765-1112 www.vineandbarrel.com JANUARY 22
A Festive Evening of Olive Oil
ONGOING EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
Junipero & Co., Sonoma, 5-7pm, 707-939-9065
Sunday Brunches by the Sea The Art of Winemaking Workshop
Timber Cove Inn, 10am-2pm, 800-987-8319, www.timbercoveinn.com Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm JANUARY 22
707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com Dinner with the Winemaker Series featuring
ONGOING
Rafanelli at the Bay View Restaurant
Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean ONGOING TUESDAYS
Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay, 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com
Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses. Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market
Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, Market: 4-6:30pm JANUARY 22-23, 28-31, FEBRUARY 5-6, 12-14
ONGOING 707-431-1956, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org 2 By 5 by The Raven Players
Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Raven Theater, Healdsburg, 707-433-6335, www.ravenplayers.org
LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining JANUARY 23
707-571-7500, www.kj.com Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard. Winter Celebration Truffle Dinner
ONGOING Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP, 707-935-3456, ashtonwines.com Seghesio Winery, Healdsburg, 6:30-10:30pm
Winemaker Tasting at Wine Spectrum 707-433-3579x109, www.seghesio.com
ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 17
Santa Rosa, 6-8pm, $10, 707-525-8466, www.winespectrum.com
Field Days: Search for a Sustainable Feast JANUARY 23
ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY by Jonah Raskin Feast of the Olive Dinner at Ramekins Culinary School
Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Photographs by Paige Green, Sonoma County Museum of Art, Santa Rosa Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, $150
Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com 707-579-1500, www.sonomacountymuseum.org 707-996-1090x108, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival

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Old Time Fiddle Festival at Citrus Fairgrounds Romantic Rendezvous Skunk Train
Cloverdale, 707-894-4466, www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org Wine Country Weekend 866-457-5865, Fort Bragg, www.skunktrain.com
Vintners Inn & Ferrari-Carano, Healdsburg, www.fcwinery.com, 707-433-6700 JANUARY 15, 22, 29
FEBRUARY 6
Tuscan Village Music & Art Series
Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club FEBRUARY 13
Terrill Cellars, Lower Lake, 6-9pm, $5, www.terrillcellars.com, 707-994-3354
Crab Feed at Cline Cellars Wine Club Valentine’s Dinner
Sonoma, $80, www.clinecellars.com at Wilson Winery JANUARY 16
Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com Annual Crab & Wine Gala
FEBRUARY 6 Pacific Star Winery, Fort Bragg, 12-5pm, $70, $60/members, 707-962-9463
Hike & Taste in the Vineyards at Kunde Family Estate FEBRUARY 13
JANUARY 16
Kenwood, 10am, $25, www.kunde.com, 707-833-5501x334 Valentine’s Day Party – Love at First Sip
Anderson Valley Senior Center Crab Feed
Ledson Winery, Kenwood, Exclusively for Wine Club Members, 7-11pm
FEBRUARY 6 Apple Hall, Fairgrounds, Boonville, 5:30pm, $25, 707-895-3609
$250/couple, www.ledsonwinery.com, RSVP, 707-537-3823
Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong JANUARY 20
Healdsburg, 707-431-1533, 1-4pm, $40, www.rodneystrong.com FEBRUARY 13-14 Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar with Chris Yeaton
President’s Day Open House Little River Inn, 7:30pm, $15, 707-937-5942, woodsongconcert@aol.com
FEBRUARY 12 at Chateau St. Jean
Valentine’s Day Club Dinner JANUARY 22-31
Kenwood, 11am-5pm, 707-833-4134x5258 2010 Mendocino Crab & Wine Days
at Chateau St. Jean www.chateaustjean.com, 707-521-2534 A huge array of events throughout Mendocino County
Member Exclusive, Kenwood, 6:30-10pm, $150
Check website for all events, www.gomendo.com
www.chateaustjean.com, RSVP, 707-833-4134x5258
LAKE/MENDOCINO JANUARY 23
FEBRUARY 12-14 11th Annual Crab Cake
Olive Festival Finale Weekend EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Cook-Off & Wine Tasting Competition
9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, Various events & locations Food & Wine Pairings Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery, Boonville, 12-3pm, $75
in Sonoma Valley. www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com www.zinawinery.com. RSVP, 707-961-3463

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Discounts JANUARY 24, 31


Crab & Wine Pairings
FEBRUARY 4
Cooking for a Cause at Crushpad Winery
at Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery San Francisco, 5:45-9pm, $95, www.crushpadwine.com, 888-907-2665
Boonville, www.zinawinery.com, 707-961-3463
ANDRETTI WINERY MARIN COUNTY
JANUARY 28
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 7 10th Annual Mermaid Ball
ONGOING
The Ledford House Restaurant, Albion, $75, 6:30pm, 707-937-0282 Marin Center in San Rafael
415-499-6800, www.co.marin.ca.us
BERINGER VINEYARDS JANUARY 30 • Jan 16: The Best of Doo-Wop 2
2 for 1 Tasting in the Rhine House Windows to the Universe at Taylor Observatory • Jan 20: A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW
Kelseyville, 8-11pm, $3, www.taylorobservatory.org, 707-262-4121
with ad PAGE 70 • Jan 22: Jackie Payne – Steve Edmonson Band
JANUARY 30 • Jan 22: The Peking Acrobats
Middletown Rotary Club Crab Feast • Jan 23: Bay Are Environmental Fair
CALIFORNIA WINE TOURS Middletown, $40, RSVP, 707-998-1564 • Jan 24: RoCo Dance On Stage
Tours and tastings PAGE 27 FEBRUARY 6 • Jan 29-31: Gem Faire
Crab Boil at Moore Family Winery • Jan 29: Spirit of Uganda
Kelseyville, 5-10pm, $65, www.moorefamilywinery.com, 707-738-0507 • Jan 31-Feb 2: Marin Symphony, The Bridge Between Here & Beyond
CHATEAU ST. JEAN FEBRUARY 12
• Feb 6: TAO, The Martial Art of Drumming
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 57 Venetian Carnival Masquerade Party at Rosa D‘Oro
• Feb 8, 11: Marin Speaker Series, Paul Krugman
Kelseyville, 6-9pm, $5, www.rosadeorowine.com, 707-279-0483 SAN MATEO COUNTY
GOLDEN HAVEN FEBRUARY 13 ONGOING WEEKENDS
Mud Treatment for 2, Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting & Food & Wine Pairings Vintner Series at the Ritz-Carlton
McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 10am-5pm Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000, www.ritzcarlton/hmb
$54 per person PAGE 3 www.mcnabridge.com, 707-744-1986 • Jan: Stage Left Cellars
FEBRUARY 13 • Feb: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce Wineries
HAGAFEN CELLARS 4th Annual Wine & Chocolate • Mar: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
Free tasting with ad PAGE 7 Live music, olive oil tasting & more! Mt. Konocti Growers, Lakeport JANUARY 15-17
12-4pm, $35/adv, $40, 888-775-8336, 707-262-1611 Fire & Wine Experience
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, dinners, classes & workshops & more with
JESSUP CELLARS BAY AREA Santa Cruz Mountains wineries. www.ritzcarlton.com, 650-712-7040
Complimentary tasting
SAN FRANCISCO SANTA CLARA COUNTY
for two with ad PAGE 40
ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 18 ONGOING
Holiday Ice Rink Concerts at Montalvo Arts Center
KENDALL-JACKSON WINERY Union Square, San Francisco, 415-781-2688, www.unionsquareicerink.com Saratoga, 408-961-5858, www.montalvoarts.org
Complimentary reserve tasting ONGOING ONGOING THORUGH JANUARY 18
with ad PAGE 23 The Walt Disney Family Museum Downtown on Ice
The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, 415-345-6816, Circle of Palms, San Jose, $15, $13/kids, 408-279-1775, www.sjdowntown.com
www.waltdisney.org
LOUIS M. MARTINI • Ongoing through Jan 30: Film, 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33 • Jan 23: Lecture, Under the Sea: Discussion ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 19
with Renowned Ocean Engineer Graham Hawkes Walnut Creek on Ice
• Jan 29-30: Look Closer, The Underwater Camera and Civic Park, Walnut Creek, 925-935-7669, www.iceskatewalnutcreek.com
MARTIN RAY WINERY 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
LIVERMORE
15% discount with ad PAGE 49 • Feb 1-27: Film, Lady and the Tramp
• Feb 6: Lecture, Innovations: Audio Animatronics, ONGOING
Will the Real Mr. Lincoln Please Stand Up! Bankhead Theatre
MURPHY-GOODE WINERY • Feb 13: Disney Discoveries, Valentines Pop-Up Card Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore
Mention ad for 10% discount PAGE 48 • Feb 14: Reel Delicious, Food & Wine in Film 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org
JANUARY 15 • Jan 14: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Anniversary of the Sea Lions Arrival • Jan 16: The Laurel Ensemble
OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER Pier 39, San Francisco, 12-4pm, www.pier39.com, 415-705-5500 • Jan 22-24, 29-31: Cinderella
$1 off with ad PAGE 36 JANUARY 19 • Jan 28: Alex Filippenko
Champagne Henriot Dinner with Tanya Pringsheim ONGOING
PINK MANSION Campton Place, San Francisco, 7pm, $195
415-955-5574, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com
Wine Cave Tasting Experience
15% off with ad at check-in PAGE 36 Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, $15/wine club members
JANUARY 23 RSVP, 925-456-2405, www.wentevineyards.com/caves
Science of Cocktails at the Exploratorium ONGOING
SONOMA WINE HARDWARE San Francisco, $50, 7-10pm, www.exploratorium.edu, 415-561-0360 Thursday Nights at the Table
Free offer PAGE 4 JANUARY 23-24 Three-course family dining, $29, $39/includes wine, The Restaurant at Wente
New Pickle Circus Vineyards, Livermore, 7pm, RSVP www.wentevineyards.com, 925-456-2444
Jewish Community Center, San Francisco, , $22, $16/kids
STAGECOACH EXPRESS www.jccsf.org/arts, 415-292-1233
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
Complimentary Porcelain by Eugenia Zobel
JANUARY 28-30 Exhibit on display, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, www.WenteVineyards.com
shipping box PAGE 27 19th Annual Zinfandel Festival:
Zin in Paradise JANUARY 23-24
Various events in San Francisco, www.zinfandel.org 18th Annual Soup & Wine Weekend at Fenestra
SUMMERS WINES • Jan 28: Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing, Herbst Pavilion Livermore, 12-5pm, $10, www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246
10% discount with ad PAGE 37 Fort Mason Center, 6-9pm FEBRUARY 6
• Jan 29: Flights! A Showcase of Zinfandels, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Wine Release Party at Mitchell Katz Winery
Hotel, Peacock Court, 10:30am-1pm
TRENTADUE WINERY PAGE 49 • Jan 29: Evening with the Winemakers, Benefit Live Auction & Dinner
Pleasanton, 12-5pm, $20, www.mitchellkatzinery.com, 925-931-0744
Complimentary tasting with ad Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 5pm FEBRUARY 13-15
• Jan 30: 19th Annual Grand Zinfandel Tasting, Herbst & Festival Pavilions 27th Annual Barrel Tasting at Fenestra Winery
Fort Mason Center, 2-5pm Livermore, 12-5pm, $5, www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246
WILLIAM HILL
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33
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Wine’d Down Sunday JANUARY 16
ONGOING Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge, Cannery Row, Monterey, 3-6pm Cooperopolis’ 24th Annual First Tasting of the Year
Sunset Cultural Center-Carmel www.scheidvineyards.com, 831-455-9990 The Historic Armory, Copperopolis, 6:30pm, $15/incl glass, 209-785-1849
Carmel, 831-620-2048, www.sunsetcenter.com
FRIDAYS FEBRUARY 5-26 JANUARY 23
• Jan 23: Menahem Pressler & American String Quartet
Jazz in the Cellars Rod Harris Big Band Dance at Ironstone Vineyards
• Jan 24-25: Monterey Symphony Concert Three
Bargetto Winery, Soquel, www.bargetto.com, 831-475-2258x11 Murphys, 6:30pm, $35, www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251
• Jan 31: Spirit of Uganda
• Feb 6: Dave Mason FEBRUARY 8-14 JANUARY 23
• Feb 14: Gustavo Romero AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Wine & Cooking Class: Homemade Sausage
Pebble Beach, www.pebblebeach.com Tanner Vineyards, Murphys, 4:30-7:30pm, 209-728-8229
ONGOING
Live Music at KRML Radio FEBRUARY 6
FEBRUARY 13
The Eastwood Building, Carmel, 831-624-6432, www.krmlradio.com Between the Sheets Poetry Workshops
Valentine’s Passport River Road Wine Trail
Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251
ONGOING Visit 12 wineries along the trail! 11am-4pm, $20, www.riverroadwinetrail.com
Thursday Night Music Series FEBRUARY 13
FEBRUARY 13 Valentine Dinner & Dance at Ironstone Vineyards
Bargetto Winery, Soquel, Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm
Valentine Wine Festival starring The Groove Kings Murphys, 7pm, $65, www.ironstonevineyards.com, RSVP, 209-728-1251x11
831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com
Kirigin Cellars, Gilroy, 1-5pm, www.kirigincellars.com, 408-847-8827
ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS FEBRUARY 13-14
President’s Weekend Celebration at Chatom Vineyards
Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row in Monterey CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Douglas Flat, 11am-5pm, www.chatomvineyards.com, 209-736-6500
Family fun, music, fine dining & great discounts, 4-8pm, 831-649-6690
ONGOING FEBRUARY 13-14
ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
President’s Wine Weekend
Monterey Museum of Art Sierra Railroad
Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, visit participating wineries
Monterey, Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, 5-7pm, 831-372-5477 Oakdale, 209-848-2100, www.sierrarailroad.com
11am-5pm, www.calaveraswines.org
EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH • Jan 23: Sunset Dinner
• Feb 12: Murder Mystery Dinner
SACRAMENTO VALLEY
Open for Tasting
Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm, $10/refundable w/purchase • Feb 13: Valentine’s Brunch & Dinner ONGOING
free/club members, 408-842-9197, www.martinranchwinery.com Sacramento River Train
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com
EVERY TUESDAY • Jan 16: Dinner
Focus on Monterey County Wines ONGOING • Jan 30: Murder Mystery
Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm 25th Annual Chefs’ Holidays • Feb 13: Valentine’s Dinner
831-625-5646, www.ranchocellars.com
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley, 801-559-4949, www.YosemitePark.com ONGOING
ONGOING TUESDAY - SATURDAY • Jan 17-20: Aureole, New York, NY; Zare at Flytrap, San Francisco; Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards Vie, Western Springs, IL U.C. Davis, 866-754-ARTS, www.mondaviarts.org
Wine and Cheese Event • Jan 20-21: PUBLIC, New York, NY; Incanto & Boccalone, San Francisco; • Jan 16-17: Albers Trio
Monterey, 2pm on. Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award winning Vie, Western Springs, IL • Jan 21-22, 24: Spirit of Uganda
wines personally selected by Ventana Vineyards Manager Barbara Pluth. • Jan 24-27: Lucques, Los Angeles; Zazu & Bovolo, Sonoma County; • Jan 22-23: Violin Festival
Wines change monthly. 831-372-7415x213, Ventana 831-656-0570 Rialto, Boston, MA • Jan 24: Empyrean Ensemble, Music for Viola, Flute & Percussio
WEEKENDS THROUGH MARCH 28 • Jan 27-28: Bravo TV’s Top Chef Competitors, Ryan Scott 2 Go, San Francisco; • Jan 25: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Rain Forest Weekends Culinariane, Montclair, NJ; Alchemy Caterers, Wheaton, MD • Jan 26: Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company
Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com • Jan 31 – Feb 2: La Toque, Napa Valley; Midi, San Francisco; • Jan 27-30: Miguel Zenón Septet
Coco500, San Francisco • Jan 30: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, 25th Anniversary Tour Come Ye Upside Down
JANUARY 14-20 • Jan 31: Alexander String Quartet
Monterey SwingFest • Feb 3-4: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club; Flea Street Café, Menlo Park;
Greens, San Francisco JANUARY 27-31
Hyatt Regency, Monterey, 805-937-1574, www.centralcoastswingdance.com
Third Eye Theatre Festival at Wyatt Pavilion Theatre
JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 14 JANUARY 15-17 UC Davis, Davis, 530-754-2787, www.theartdance.ucdavis.edu
West Side Story Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Golden Bough Theatre, Carmel, www.pacrep.org, 831-622-0100 Downtown, Nevada City, 530-265-5961, www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org LODI/WOODBRIDGE
JANUARY 16 JANUARY 24
Barrel Tasting & Futures Open House Gold Discovery Day ONG0ING
Chateau Julien, Carmel Valley, 11am-4pm, $10 Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Coloma, 10am-4pm Hutchins Street Square
www.chateaujulien.com, 831-624-2600 530-295-2162, www.marshallgold.org 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com
• Feb 9: In the Mood
JANUARY 16 EL DORADO COUNTY • Feb 14: Ol’Blue Eyes is Back: A Romantic & Swingin’Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Santa Cruz Mountains Winter Passport • Feb 15: Daniel Rodriguez
ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Visit participating Santa Cruz
Private Tastings with the Winemaker FEBRUARY 13-14
Mountains wineries, 11am-5pm, $40, 831-685-8463, www.scmwa.com
Winery By the Creek, Fair Play, Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine 13th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend
JANUARY 17 educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment, $25, $20/members Visit participating Lodi area wineries! 11am-4pm, $35/adv, $45
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine & Crab Taste-Off 530-620-2402, www.winerybythecreek.com www.lodiwineandchocolate.com
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Ma Maison, Aptos; Sanderlings
at the Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos; Michael’s on Main, Soquel; Café Cruz, ONGOING SUNDAYS
Soquel, 2-5pm, $49/two restaurants, 831-685-8463, www.scmwa.com Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon
JANUARY 17
Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com Email Your Events to
Fort Ord Foray 10K & 5K Run/Walk JANUARY 23 cathy@WineCountryThisWeek.com
Fort Ord, Seaside, 831-809-7659 Wells on Wine – WOW! Wine Classes:
Wine 101 & Intro to the Rhone For best results, send your emails at least 6 to 8
JANUARY 23
Monterey Symphony David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 10am or 1pm weeks prior to the date of your event. Event listings
Sherwood Hall, Salinas, 831-646-8511, www.montereysymphony.org www.davidgirardvineyards.com, RSVP, 530-295-1833 are free, and published as space is available and at
JANUARY 23-24 JANUARY 30-31 the discretion of Wine Country This Week.
Monterey Indian Arts Market Bring Out the Barrel
Monterey County Fairgrounds, 619-670-4803, www.indianartsmarkets.com El Dorado Winery Association, Visit participating wineries! www.eldoradowines.org For more event listings throughout
JANUARY 23-30 FEBRUARY 13 Northern and Central California, visit
Valley of the World Wine & Food Festival Sweets for Your Sweetie at Boeger Winery www.winecountrythisweek.com
Various locations in Salinas, 831-775-4728, www.wineandfoodfestival.org Placerville, 11am-4pm, www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634x18

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ZAP Festival Celebrates Zin in Paradise


2010 Zin in Paradise Features Flights: A Showcase of Zinfandels, a seated
Celebrity Chef Beverly Gannon tasting with in-depth seminars focusing on limited-
The 19th Annual Zinfandel Advocates & production Zinfandels, takes place on January 29
Producers Festival takes place January 28-30, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at The InterConti-
in San Francisco. The Festival will “headline” Chef nental Mark Hopkins Hotel’s Peacock Court [1 Nob
Beverly Gannon, one of the founders of “HAWAI`I Hill, San Francisco, 94108, (415) 291-9020]. Topics
regional cuisine.” Chef Gannon is the proprietor of will include the role of blending and regional varia-
Maui’s world famous Hali`imaile General Store and possibly the most tion in the world of Zinfandel. Tickets for non-ZAP
well-known chef in Hawaii. She will develop the “HAWAI`I regional members are $80; for ZAP members, $65. Tickets are available only in
cuisine” menu for Dinner With The Winemakers as well as prepare a advance and not at the door.
signature Hawaiian dish for Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing; she will Evening With The Winemakers: A Benefit Live Auction &
also be visible throughout the three days of the Festival and her new Dinner, takes place on January 29 beginning with a reception-
cookbook, Home Style Meals at The Hali`imaile General Store, will be tasting at 5 p.m., at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel in
for sale. To order tickets by phone, call (530) 274-4900; tickets can be San Francisco [1 Nob Hill, San Francisco, (415) 291-9020].
purchased online at www.zinfandel.org. Tickets are $260 for non-members and $210 for ZAP members,
The ZAP Festival will include more than 200 Zinfandel-specialist available only in advance and not at the door. Participating
wineries from all across California pouring their barrel samples and wineries are Alderbrook Winery, Artezin Wines, Cakebread Cellars,
new releases for over 10,000 enthusiasts during three days at four Charter Oak Winery, D-Cubed Cellars, Dogwood Cellars,
separate events. There will be silent auctions during three events – Edmeades Winery, Four Vines Winery, JR Wines, Mazzocco
Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing, The Grand Zinfandel Tasting, and Winery, Peachy Canyon Winery, Ravenswood, Ridge Vineyards,
Evening with the Winemakers; proceeds support ZAP’s Heritage Vine- Robert Biale Vineyards, Rosenblum Cellars, Saddleback Cellars, St.
yard projects. Francis Winery, Starry Night Winery, Terra d’Oro-Trinchero Family
Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing takes place on January 28, 6 to 9 Estates and Three Wine Company. Continuing updates are at
p.m. at Fort Mason Center (Marina Blvd. at Buchanan, San Francisco ww.zinfandel.org/default.asp?n1=14&n2=473&member=.
94123). Approximately 50 restaurants will pair with wineries. Tickets The reception will include the opportunity to taste, for the first
for non-ZAP members are $125, ZAP members are $95. Visit time, the 2008 Heritage Vineyard Zinfandel (made from ZAP’s experi-
www.zinfandel.org/default.asp?n1=14&n2=472&member= for a list mental vineyard by Tom Mackey of St. Francis Vineyards & Winery).
of the participants. Some tickets may be available at the door, but it is Guests will then enjoy a feast prepared by ZAP’s celebrity chef, Beverly
recommended to buy tickets in advance. Gannon; guests are seated with a winemaker host at their table.
Some of the Good Eats participants are Acorn Winery/Alegria Vine- Proceeds from the silent and live auctions benefit ZAP’s Heritage
yards with Zin Restaurant & Bar; Alderbrook Winery; Artezin Wines Projects, preserving the historical and viticultural significance of
with Knickerbockers’ Catering; B.R. Cohn Winery with Preferred America’s heritage wine.
Sonoma Caterers; Barefoot Cellars with Sonoma Cake Creations; Bare- The 19th Annual Grand Zinfandel Tasting takes place on January
foot Cellars 2; Barnard Griffin Winery; Blaauwklippen Vineyards with 30 from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Festival and Herbst Pavilions at Fort
Radio Africa Kitchen; D-Cubed Cellars; Deep Purple Winery; Dogwood Mason [Marina Blvd. at Buchanan, San Francisco]. Tickets for non-
Cellars; Dry Creek Vineyard with The Peasant & The Pear; Edmeades ZAP members are $59; for ZAP members, $49. Over 200 wineries are
Winery; Four Vines Winery; Gnarly Head Cellars; Grgich Hills Estate; expected to pour their wines; a list of participating wineries is at
Guglielmo Winery; Hartford Family Winery; J. Rickards Winery & www.zinfandel.org/default.asp?n1=14&n2=474&member=. There
Vineyards; John Tyler; Klinker Brick Winery; Marr Cellars; Mounts will be a silent auction based at the Festival Pavilion from 10 a.m. until
Family Winery; Outpost Estate Wines with Mustard’s Grill; Murphy- 4 p.m., benefiting ZAP’s Heritage Projects. Participating wineries listed
Goode; Peachy Canyon Winery with Hali`imaile General Store; Peirano at www.zinfandel.org/default.asp?n1=14&n2=474&member=.
Estate Vineyards; R& B Cellars; Rancho Zabaco Winery; Ravenswood; “The world of Zinfandel is full of surprises and out-of-the-box
Ridge Vineyards with Lark Creek Steak; Rockwall Wine Company with thinking,” says Rebecca Robinson, ZAP’s Executive Director. “Since
Angela’s Bistro; Rosenblum Cellars with Miss Pearl’s Jam House; Saddle- Zinfandel lovers are always looking for new adventures, we anticipate
back Cellars; Sausal Winery with EOS Restaurant & Wine Bar; Scott that Chef Gannon’s headlining the Festival will energize wineries and
Harvey Wines; Sextant Wines; St. Amant Winey with A Chef For You; attendees alike,” Ms. Robinson adds.
St. Francis Winery & Vineyard; Terra d’Oro-Trinchero Family Estates More about Ms. Gannon: bevgannonrestaurants.com.
with Taste; Three Wine Company with Hali`imaile General Store; Tin Continuing updates on events as well as ticket purchasing at
Barn Vineyards; Van Ruiten Family Winery and Z-52. www.zinfandel.org.

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Photos by Avis Mandel


CLOS DU VAL
Decades-Plus of Quality
by Richard Paul Hinkle Wine Spectator. After stints with Jed Steele sure the party kept on rolling on Mt.
(Lake County), Newton (Napa) and Preston Olympus. In the spirit of these light-hearted
The wines, of course, are what it’s all (Sonoma), he came to Clos Du Val in April of ladies I hope that our customers’ holidays –
about, and the wines of Clos Du Val have 1999. He is now responsible for managing past, present and future – are filled with joy
been turning heads (well, noses mostly) since both vineyard and winemaking at the Clos. and splendor, new opportunities and
founding winemaker Bernard Portet made Like any good winemaker, Clews bubbles successes, and that our wines continue to give
the winery’s first excellent Cabernet Sauvi- with excitement about improvements you pleasure now and for the years to come.”
gnon in the difficult, rain-sodden vintage of recently made in the winery that enhance his An easy call, given the examples below.
1972. John Clews has ably stepped into ability to take quality grapes and produce still Chardonnay 2007 Carneros ($24): You
Bernard’s big French shoes, and continues to better wines. “We installed new custom get the full creaminess up front, with plenty
maintain a high and attention-demanding equipment to receive our grapes this year, the of peach and dried pineapple fruit; the acidity
standard. first major improvement to the crush pad is what makes it all work, a direct benefit of
“One of the things you have to remember since the founding of the winery, and that will the fruit having been grown in the cool
about wine,” says Clews, “is that it has been result in a significant leap in quality. I get a Carneros region. Eggplant Parmesan.
with us since the beginning of civilization. It thrill every time I watch the MOG [material Pinot Noir 2006 Carneros ($30): Pinot
connects us to the earth and enhances our other than grapes] removed by the grape Noir is, first and foremost, all about texture.
appreciation of life. Food tastes better, chal- sorters with the utmost efficiency. When that When you get those juicy, sulky, silken
lenges seem less daunting, friends and family stuff – leaves, twigs and such – goes over to expressions of black cherry and sweet mush-
are brought closer together by wine.” the compost heap, what goes into the crusher, rooms you get goosebumps all over. There’s a
Clews, oddly enough, started his career as and then into the fermenters, is just grapes. nice touch of clove spiciness that reins all that
an accountant in London. But the native of Really good grapes. Makes better wines, don’t fruit in just enough to make you think of
Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe], had a passion for you know.” prime rib and horseradish.
wine. So he trundled off to the University of He points to the famed Clos Du Val label, Merlot 2006 Napa Valley ($26): Cran-
Cape Town [Republic of South Africa, where graced as it is by the Three Graces. “The berry and black currant, with hints of
fine wines are produced] to study viticulture Three Graces,” he says, “are called Splendor, tobacco, all of which give this wine a solid,
and winemaking. Later, he earned his Master’s Mirth and Good Cheer. Legend has it that earthy nature and show off what this grape
from UC Davis, where he won the prestigious these daughters of Zeus were muses and toast once was and can now be again. Merlot never
M. A. Amerine Research Scholarship from the makers to the gods, responsible for making had to be the Cabernet Sauvignon wannabe

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that all too many winemakers


tried to make it for way too many
years. Salisbury steak.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Napa Valley ($35): Black
currant, cassis and red cherry
fruit that spreads out on the
palate with a juicy, come-hither
allure. I love steak tartar; steak
tartar would love this wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Napa Valley, Stags Leap
District ($75): This is Clos Du
Val’s flagship wine, showing off
the district just north of Napa
City in all its contradiction. One
wag once made reference to the
classic description of Charles V as
the character of Stags Leap
Cabernets: The iron hand in a
velvet glove. Because these
Cabernets do show off more than
a bit of power, but in a very
subtle, even elegant manner. You
see it here in the black pepper,
the blackberry, the green olive,
yet with a succulent, fleshy,
stylish texture. It’s all there. Save
it for the filet mignon. “You’re
right, those velvety-smooth
tannins really illustrate the Stags
Leap terroir,” says Clews. “The
long, lingering finish, I think,
shows the winery’s style. This will
be good for 20 or 30 years.”
Clos Du Val is located at 5330
Silverado Trail, Napa. That’s
about five miles north of the city
of Napa. The tasting room is
open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 1-800-993-9463 or visit the
website at www.closduval.com.
[Mr. Hinkle’s newest book, The
Architecture of Wine: Clos Pegase
Winery, is out now. His work can be
viewed at www.RichardPaulHinkle.com.
Hinkle was a co-founder of the Wine
Spectator, back in 1976.]

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Seventeenth Annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival –


Celebrate Napa Valley’s unique agricultural and cultural bounty exhibits and receptions on February 6 and 7 during A Weekend of
during the 17th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival, bursting in Fine Art. Don’t miss Reverie by Thomas Monaghan at HALL Wines in
bloom this month. The Festival’s line up of stellar events, January 30 St. Helena. There is no admission charge to these open house events.
through March 27, takes place when wild mustard carpets vineyards
THE GRAND DINNER ~ THE GOURMET DINING EXTRAVAGANZA
with gold, celebrating Napa Valley’s agricultural and cultural bounty.
The Festival offers visitors from far and wide immersion in the Indulge in Napa Valley’s most extravagant dining experience of the
legendary wine region’s good life. Vineyards vibrant with wild mustard year at Brix in Yountville on Friday, February 19 at 6 pm. Anne
provide a breathtaking backdrop and share centerstage with mustard Gingrass, Executive Chef Brix, Napa Valley Mustard Festival Host
the condiment during the two-month marathon of food, wine and art Chef, and Julianne Laks, Winemaker Cakebread Cellars, Host Wine-
events. An impressive collection – the who’s who of Napa Valley maker, will head The Dinner’s stellar lineup of chefs and winemakers.
restaurants, caterers and wineries; mustard and gourmet companies Each chef will combine his or her course with a wine presented by
from around the world; regional artists and national sponsors – the winemaker or a winery principle. Their practiced palettes will
present their finest throughout The Season of Events. insure a perfect marriage of tastes. Ken Frank, La Toque, Host Chef
Meet Napa Valley Mustard Festival Host Chef Anne Gingrass, Exec- 2009, will be among the guest chefs to join Chef Gingrass and Wine-
utive Chef, Brix; Host Winemaker Julianne Laks of Cakebread Cellars maker Laks to produce the evening’s magnificent mustard influenced
and Host Artist Thomas Monaghan at the events. The Grand Dinner menu. The event will include a silent auction of exceptional wines and
on Friday, February 19 at Brix is limited to 100 and provides an excel- experiences. Seating is limited to 100 at $225 per person.
lent opportunity to mingle with Napa Valley Mustard Festival Hosts, THE AWARDS ~ A SPICY SOIRÉE!
as well as notable guest chefs and winemakers. Don jewels and black tie for a glitzy evening of food, wine, music
Plan to extend your stay when you attend events or simply take a and dancing at The Awards ~ A Spicy Soirée! on Friday, March 12, 7
mid-week respite to enjoy special mid-week Mustard Season offers. p.m., at the beautiful Black Stallion Winery on Silverado Trail in
Visit mustardfestival.org to view restaurant, hotel, winery and retail Napa.
offers and packages. The mid-week promotion is sponsored by The As you taste your way through the most creative mustard recipes of
County of Napa. the year, while sipping Napa Valley’s finest vintages, the critic’s choice
MUSTARD MAGIC ~ THE GRAND OPENING EVENT recipe judging, headed by Gene Burns of KGO Newstalk AM810, will
Mustard Magic, the opulent grand opening event, will launch the take place behind closed doors. You’ll then have the chance to
season on Saturday, January 30, 7 p.m. at The Culinary Institute of compare your taste buds with those of the professionals as you cast
America at Greystone in St. Helena. The historic three-story stone your ballot for People‘s Choice Chef of the Year.
building sets the stage for dramatic tableaux vivants. Reverie and Raise your glass to World Champion Mustard Makers who’ve come
paintings by European masters will come to life. Entertainment at its to Napa Valley from around the world to walk the red carpet and
finest will complement the living art. receive their Napa Valley Mustard Festival World-Wide Mustard
As you stroll through art-filled, candlelit spaces tantalizing tastes of Competition Awards. Tickets are $100 in advance; $150 at the door.
food and wine will entice you at every turn. Take a turn on the dance NAPA RIVERWALK MARKETPLACE ~ THE SIGNATURE EVENT
floor in the Barrel Room where the Visual Art Competition Exhibit
Celebrate the mustard season and taste mustards from around the
and Silent Auction is surrounded by chefs and winemakers. Visit the
world at Napa Riverwalk Marketplace – The Signature Event – on
Teaching Kitchen on the third floor for a gourmet buffet and raise your
Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in down-
paddle high at the live auction to win food and wine experiences you
town Napa at Riverfront, Historic Napa Mill, Veteran’s Memorial Park
could not otherwise buy. Luxurious trips, art, wine and more will also
and other downtown Napa locations. Highlights of this rain or shine
go to the highest bidders.
food, wine and arts festival include: celebrity chef cooking demonstra-
Tickets are $125 in advance through January 15; $150 in advance
tions, live remote broadcasts of KGOAM810’s Dining Around with
through January 29; $175 at the door. Tickets may be purchased on
Gene Burns and Martha Stewart Living radio shows, and the ever
line at mustardfestival.org, by calling (707) 938-1133, or at local
popular Sunset Magazine pavilion. Artful activities include fine arts
ticket outlets: Antique Fair in Yountville, Art on Main in St. Helena,
and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live perfor-
and Embassy Suites in Napa.
mances of jazz, world and classical music.
MUSTARD MAGIC ART AUCTION AND A WEEKEND OF FINE ART Adult admission to The Marketplace at $35 in advance, $40 at the
Add to your art collection at the Mustard Magic Visual Art Compe- door, includes eight food and five wine tasting tickets (value $1 each),
tition and Silent Auction in the Barrel Room at the Culinary Institute plus a wine glass. Student admission, ages 13 to 20, at $10 includes
of America on January 30; then meet the artists at a reception at St. five food-tasting tickets. Admission for children ages six to 12 is $5.
Supéry Winery on Saturday evening, February 6 during A Weekend Children under the age of six are admitted for free. Visit participating
of Fine Art. The exhibit will be displayed and offered at retail through Raley’s, Nob Hill Foods and Bel Aire Markets to purchase adult tickets
March 30. Galleries throughout Napa Valley will feature special in advance, which include a voucher for five additional tasting tickets.

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– A Sensational Season of Food Wine and Art Events


Purchase a weekend package in advance at mustardfestival.org, COMPETITIONS
which includes both The Awards and The Marketplace at $125 per Napa Valley Mustard Festival activities include Fine Art and Photog-
person. raphy Competitions, The world-wide Mustard Competition, overseen
THE PHOTO FINISH – THE GRAND FINALE EVENT by Barry and Patti Levenson of the Mustard Museum in Madison,
Wisconsin and a Napa Valley Chef’s Mustard Recipe Competition. For
View the season’s beauty captured by photographers from far and
information and guidelines, visit mustardfestival.org.
wide at The Photo Finish, the inevitably “sold out” and wildly
exuberant Napa Valley Mustard Festival Grand Finale Event, at ARTWORK – THE ORIGINAL AND COLLECTOR’S POSTERS
Rubicon Estate in Rutherford on Saturday, March 27 at 7 p.m. Taste a Silent bidding has already began on Reverie, Thomas Monaghan’s
heady array of Napa Valley wines along with sweets and savories, view bucolic 48" by 60" oil painting inspired by Napa’s Carneros appella-
the Napa Valley Mustard Festival Photography Contest Exhibit of tion. The painting is destined to go to the highest bidder at The
photographs, available for purchase, and revel in the party until the Photo Finish, The Season’s Grand Finale Event, at Rubicon Estate,
last dance. Relevé Unlimited, a new Napa Valley Mustard Festival on Saturday, March 27.
sponsor, will join Rubicon Estate to sponsor the photography contest Those who cannot visit Napa Valley but would like to place a bid
and exhibit. Tickets to the event are $95 in advance; $125 at the door. on the painting may call Pat Summers of Summers-McCann Pubic
Relations, Napa Valley Mustard Festival Producer, at (707) 938-
BENEFACTOR’S PACKAGE
1133 ext 106.
Treat yourself to a Benefactor’s Package and take advantage of the
Posters are offered at $30 or $40 signed by the artist. Order at
full spectrum of Napa Valley Mustard Festival events. Offered at $500
mustardfestival.org or call (707) 938-1133.
per person, the package includes one ticket to each of the following
events: Mustard Magic, The Grand Dinner, The Awards, The Market- WHERE TO BUY TICKETS
place and The Photo Finish – plus a 2010 Napa Valley Mustard The Napa Valley Mustard Festival is a non-profit community
Festival poster signed by Thomas Monaghan. Tickets are transferable service organization. For information, call (707) 938-1133. For tickets
and may be given as gifts. and information, visit the website at mustardfestival.org.

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Venture Off the Beaten Path to Bennett Lane Winery’s


Fun-Filled Tasting Room with Award-Winning Cabernets
Cabernet Lovers will race to Bennett Lane for a
Sneak Peek of the 2007 Vintage – February 6th and 7th
The first weekend in February is all about Cabernet in the valley as
wineries up and down Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail release
their luscious Napa Cabernets. One of our favorite stops every year is
Bennett Lane Winery in Calistoga, known for its succulent Cabernets,
their signature “feasting wine,” Maximus, and for a ton of FUN.
Founded by Randy and Lisa Lynch in 2003, Bennett Lane’s off-the-
beaten track location and friendly tasting room offers visitors to Napa
a “secret gem” and a great way to learn about – and try – some of
Napa’s best wines in a more intimate setting. On February 6th and 7th,
the Bennett Lane’s 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) and
2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($95) will be released and poured
for visitors at the tasting room – a special opportunity to get a sneak
peek and taste the wines before they are released to the public later
this year. $10 buys guests tastes of four of Bennett Lane’s wines, the
Cabernet, Reserve Chardonnay, Maximus and White Maximus. We
encourage you to put Bennett Lane on your short-list of must-visit
tasting rooms as the production is small and the Cabernets sell out
quickly.
Bennett Lane’s Cabs have continuously garnered critical acclaim.
Just last year, the 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and
the Napa Valley Syrah were awarded 92 points by the Wine Spectator. referred to on the label, demonstrates owners Randy and Lisa Lynch’s
Our Cabernet recently received a top score of 94 by wine critic Robert commitment to making wine an integral part of entertaining with
Whitley, adding “The Bennett Lane Cabs have always impressed…” family and friends.
Additionally, Bennett Lane’s Maximus is widely recognized as one of Bennett Lane’s wines are crafted to be approachable, yet complex –
Napa Valley’s top value Cabernet blends. Year after year the popular or what Owner Randy Lynch calls “the best of both worlds, meaning
blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah has received 90 points or above you can drink them today, but they are structured enough to cellar for
from the critics. The “red feasting wine,” as Maximus is affectionately several years. My goal is for us to make consistent wines – both in

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quality and taste – from year to year, so that consumers can trust
Bennett Lane wines,” he says.
A 20-year wine industry veteran and the former Vice President and
Director of Winemaking for Sterling Vineyards, Consulting Wine-
maker Rob Hunter works closely with Bennett Lane’s Vineyard
Manager, Doug Wight, both of whom many consider to be among the
best in the business.
Visiting Bennett Lane affords tasters another rarity with a small
winery – a likely run-in (and perhaps a last minute barrel tasting if
you’re lucky!) with owner Randy Lynch. Bennett Lane is also one of
the few Napa wineries to offer a picnic area for winery visitors, with
panoramic views overlooking Mount St. Helena and the Palisades.
Bennett Lane Winery is located in an understated Mediterranean-
style building at the secluded and beautiful northern end of the Napa
Valley, and is considered well worth the drive. Located at 3340
Highway 128, approximately two miles north of Calistoga, Bennett
Lane Winery’s tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information about Bennett Lane Winery, go to the
website at www.bennettlane.com or call (707) 942-6684, or toll free
at 1-877-MAX-NAPA.

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by Jeffry Ross

Hot Spot looked forward to the holidays with giddy will be participating in the celebration.
There’s a new restaurant in town, a true expectation that had nothing to do with There is a week of activities, so plan your
hot spot that expands the definition of Santa Claus. No, my excitement stemmed visit online by going to
taste! El Coqui, Sonoma County’s only from Dungeness crab season, which kicks www.GoMendo.com or call 1-866-466-
Puerto Rican restaurant, is the real deal. off just weeks before Christmas. It’s a deli- 3636.
Playful like a tropical vacation and colorful cacy specific to the West Coast, where the
Say Spahhh!
like a Caribbean sunset, El Coqui enchants feisty crustaceans populate waters from
Although the current economic
with its exotic foods and captivating atmos- Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to California’s
doldrums may seem to threaten the frivolity
phere. Co-owners, Jacqueline Roman and Morro Bay. Their sweet and briny meat –
associated with having a spa day, relaxation
Christina Jackson, have meticulously close in flavor to lobster – shines in sophis-
may still be the best deal in town. FYI has
created a destination restaurant where ticated dishes but also stands deliciously
discovered there are a few places to enjoy a
guests can bask in the charms of El Coqui own its own. Although peak season varies
little relaxation without breaking the bank.
visual aesthetics while delighting in its place to place, it begins around Thanks-
Case in point, Envision Spa offers soothing
exquisite cuisine. The decor and ambiance giving and runs into summer. Dungeness
massage and every feel-good service imag-
are a big part of the restaurant’s appeal, but meat is most plump and tender during this
inable. An owner-operated spa, this popular
the menu is laced with undeniable treasures period, when it becomes the focus of
escape entices clients to “treat thyself” to
that caters to all tastes and appetites. For dinners and festivals along the coast. A
the unique services it offers. Treatment
locals, this fun-loving “cocina criolla” is the couple of places where you can get great
options vary from simple scrubs and brow-
perfect place to gather with friends for claws while indulging your passion for fine
shaping to full-out body therapy, nour-
appetizers and drinks. For wine country wine include:
ishing the skin with a full line of upscale
visitors, El Coqui offers a delicious alterna- The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers
skin products. This fun-loving body shop
tive to the white tablecloth dining experi- Association is hosting the 7th Annual
also focuses on waxing assuring “an
ence. The wine list is selective but well Wine & Crab Taste-Off. Several of the
eyebrow wax can be an instant facelift for
crafted representing a handful of cool local regions finest restaurants will be battling in
only $12.” Want your skin to glow? Ask for
producers as well as a few choice varietals hopes of being named “Crab King 2010,”
the spa’s Eve Taylor beauty products (hailed
from Spain and Argentina. Defining style and you help decide! All participating
by the world’s leading skin care therapists).
rather than following it, El Coqui is the restaurants will be preparing two crab
By the way, don’t be put off by the strip
ideal mix of trendy atmosphere, hip crowds selections on Sunday, January 17th from 2
mall location, this sexy spa is the perfect
and mouthwatering Latin American cuisine. to 5 p.m. For $49, you get a delicious meal
stop before cosmopolitans with that really
El Coqui is located at 400 Mendocino featuring crab and participate as one of the
hot date. Whatever the occasion, pamper
Avenue, Santa Rosa; (707) 542-8868. Consumer Judges. Evaluate both wine and
yourself at this fun urban oasis. Envision
food at two restaurants of your choice or,
Hip Sips Spa is at 817 Russell Avenue, Suite C,
for an additional $16, you can visit another
A great escape from those winter blues is Santa Rosa; (707) 566-0969. FYI: Bring a
restaurant. All scores will be tallied for the
the 18th Annual Winter Wineland. On friend along and receive 50% off their unlim-
“Consumer Choice Award” which will be
the weekend of January 16th and 17th, ited package.
totaled with the results from professional
wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity
judges to determine the “Judges Choice Upcoming
to meet winemakers and taste a bounty of
Awards.” Ultimately, you walk away with a Zinfandel lovers should order tickets
delicious foods and wines at over 100
better knowledge of the versatility of wine now for the 19th Annual Heritage
wineries. Sample library wines and new
and a belly full of delicious crab delicacies! Zinfandel Festival. Held in San Francisco,
releases, do some winery and cave tours,
To participate, go online to the ZAP festival is the first major food and
plus enjoy great off season discounts (addi-
www.scmwa.com or call (831) 685-8463. wine gathering of the new year and always
tional offers will be available Monday,
Mendocino County is the home of deli- sells out. Commencing January 28th
January 18th)! Weekend tickets are $40 per
cious Dungeness crab and world class through 30th, this event features flights,
person; $30 for Sunday only. Add $10 per
wineries. The 11th Annual Crab and great eats and pairings and a intimate
person at the door. To attend, visit
Wine Days begins January 22nd and cele- evening with winemakers. If Zinfandel is
WineRoad.com or call 1-800- 723-6336.
brates the bounty of this region with all- your varietal, this event is for you. To
Crab Crazy you-can-eat crab feeds, a cioppino feast and attend, call (530) 274-4900 or visit
Growing up in California, I’ve always a crab cake cook-off. More than 50 wineries www.Zinfandel.org.

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Redwood Valley Wineries – A Day of Wine, Spirits & Chocolate


For nineteen years, the wine and spirit makers of Redwood Valley the event include: Barra of Mendocino, Cole Bailey, Frey Vineyards,
have joined together in a renowned coalition, “A Taste of Redwood Graziano Family of Wines, Lolonis Winery, Giuseppe Wines, Oster
Valley,” to host wine-tasting festivals. This season the group will debut Wine Cellars and Silversmith Vineyards. The distillery is Germain-
a new event, “In Love with Redwood Valley – a Day of Wine, Spirits, Robin/Craft Distillers.
and Chocolate,” on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Professional chocolatiers will be on hand to fine-tune pairings of
designer chocolates with Redwood Valley’s rich, complex Zinfandels,
‘Bring out the Barrel’ – El Dorado
Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirahs and Syrahs – the perfect comple-
ments to chocolate. Ports, liqueurs and Germain-Robin brandy will
Winemakers Open Their Cellars
seal the valley’s claim on your heart and palate. The festival has been
listed as an “Esteemed Wine and Chocolate Event” in Via Magazine.
for Barrel Tasting, January 30-31
Towers of dark chocolate filled with limoncello, crème brulee and
More than 20 El Dorado wineries are opening their cellars during
café mocha will be presented by Chef Margaret Fox of Harvest Market
the weekend of January 30-31, inviting wine lovers of all levels to expe-
and paired with 2005 Petite Sirah port. Yum! Matt Samuelson, head
rience the nuances of a new vintage – by tasting wine samples straight
chef and chocolatier at Living Light Culinary Art Institute, will serve
from the barrel. It’s a unique opportunity to talk with local vintners and
Golden Bean’s scrumptious organic and fair trade chocolates from
follow the winemaking process from vine to barrel to bottle.
Ecuador, while Katherine Stengold of Cakes will dish up hand-made
The weekend features wine tasting, light food pairings, and the
truffles and chocolate-dipped macaroons. Belgian chocolates,
opportunity to purchase “futures” of limited quantity wines. The event
including napolitans, orangettes and dark chocolates, by Leonidas,
is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
and hand-crafted favorites from Mendocino Chocolate Company will
El Dorado’s family owned wineries are just an hour from Sacra-
also be offered for tasting as well as packaged beautifully for sale.
mento or South Lake Tahoe, and about 2 hours from the Bay Area.
Guests will pay $15 for admission to all the wineries and the
Weekend passes are $20 per person in advance, $25 after January
distillery as well as an embossed wine glass. Redwood Valley, just
23, and are available at www.ElDoradoWines.org. Friends 4-Packs are:
north of Ukiah (exit 557, West Road), is a beautiful two-hour drive
four tickets for the price of three. Passes for Sunday only are $15
from both the San Francisco Bay Area and I-5. For directions or
advance, $20 after January 23. Designated drivers are $5.
lodging ideas, go to www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com. You may also
Participating wineries: Auriga Cellars, Busby Cellars, Colibri Ridge,
call 1-800-760-3739 or (707) 485-0322. The wineries participating in
Crystal Basin, Fenton Herriott, Fitzpatrick, David Girard, Gold Hill,
Granite Springs, Holly’s Hill, Illuminare, Jodar, Latcham, Lava Cap,
Madroña, Miraflores, Mount Aukum, Narrow Gate, ParaVi, Perry
Creek, Sierra Vista and Single Leaf.
For details on the event, winery event highlights, and a map of the
region go to: www.ElDoradoWines.org.

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Welcome to
SUISUN VALLEY
BLUE VICTORIAN WINERY
Exceptional Wines, Over the Top Hospitality
by Charles Neave
The good news is, first, that there is truth in advertising, in that the
Blue Victorian in the Suisun Valley is both quintessentially Victorian
and very, very blue. Two shades, to be exact, with white trim. And, this
being one of the wineries owned by the Vezér family, it also offers a
menu of exceptional wines from this hidden jewel of wine country, an
agricultural valley that has been producing fine wine grapes for many
decades.
The Vezér family (as in Vezér Family Vineyards) bought this nearly
century-old landmark about two years ago and have lovingly restored
it. Winery founder Frank Vezér did the designs for the new interior
and the addition of a barrel room and commercial kitchen (for special
events such as weddings, dinners and receptions outdoors or in the
spacious barrel room). His wife Liz did the design work, as she has
done at their two other historic valley properties: the Old Suisun Fire is another tasting room and smaller barrel room, plus a deli.
House and Town Hall, and 160-year-old Mankas Village, where their The result is that the Blue Victorian (and the other properties) has
never looked better. There are a dozen or so towering palm trees, a
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of them made in small production lots, using local fruit.
Among the wines is a soft, fruit-filled Pinot Grigio that is
wonderful with food, or just to sip on, a surprisingly elegant and alto-
gether delightful Sauvignon Blanc (even if you’re not a fan of this vari-
etal – inexplicable as that may be – trust me and try a sample) and a
complex Zinfandel that is full of olive flavors and a black pepper
earthiness.
In addition, you are welcome to sample the Special Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon, a spectacular blend of Cabernet, Petite Sirah,
Merlot and Zinfandel. Follow with an approachable Syrah that is as Corner. The most occurring comments from visitors is the beauty of
user-friendly as a Syrah gets, and then finish with a Port-like Finito the properties and the over-the-top hospitality that Frank and Liz
Primitivo that is rich, dense but in no way abrasive, with a good provide.”
balance of sweetness and ripe fruit. An enjoyable end to a tasting, and The tasting room at the Blue Victorian is open daily Saturday from
to any meal. 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and the rest of the week from 11 a.m. until 5
“Frank and Liz Vezér are a great addition to the Suisun Valley,” said p.m. Located at 5071 Suisun Valley Road, it is less half an hour from
winery general manager Christopher Livadas. “The passion they bring the City of Napa and just 15 minutes from Fairfield and Interstate 80.
to the wines they produce overflows and is evident to everyone that For more information, go their website at www.BlueVictorian.com or
visits the Blue Victorian and the Vezér tasting room at Mankas give them a call at (707) 422-8025.

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International Alsace Varietals Festival in Boonville


Only U.S. event to showcase Alsace-style white wines to a wide array of cuisines. Participating wineries include: Anne Amie
capitalizes on varietals’ exploding popularity Vineyards, Arista, Banyan/The Hobo Wine Co., Breggo Cellars, Brand-
For the fifth year, the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association borg Vineyard & Winery, Chateau Grand Traverse, Chateau Ste.
will present the International Alsace Varietals Festival – the only U.S. Michelle, Chehalem, Claiborne & Churchill, Claudia Springs Winery,
event to focus on the mostly dry, white wines from Alsace, France. Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss, Domaines Schlumberger, Esterlina
The festival will be held February 20-21 and capitalizes on the Vineyards, Foris Vineyards Winery, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards,
increasing popularity of varietals such as Riesling and Pinot Gris. The Gundlach Bundschu, Handley Cellars, Husch Vineyards, Lazy Creek
2010 International Alsace Varietals Festival will include a technical Vineyards, Left Foot Charley, Londer Vineyards, McFadden Farm,
conference, a grand tasting, a winemakers dinner and winery open Navarro Vineyards, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Robert Sinskey, Steele
houses. Producers from around the world will pour Riesling, Gewurz- Wines, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Toulouse Vineyards, Tudor Wines,
traminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Muscat during the celebration. Zina Hyde Cunningham and Zin Valle Vineyards, among others.
The technical conference on Saturday morning will highlight perti- The winemakers dinner at the Boonville Hotel on Saturday evening
nent issues in winemaking and grape growing, with an in-depth wine will focus on Alsace-style wines (including Pinot Noir) produced by
tasting of one of the focus varieties. participating wineries. The gourmet, sit-down meal will be prepared
The Alsace Varietals Grand Tasting on Saturday afternoon will by chef/owner Johnny Schmitt.
showcase aromatic white wines from producers in California, Oregon, On Sunday, local wineries will host open houses that include semi-
Washington, Michigan, New Zealand, Alsace and several other states nars, food and wine pairings, vineyard tours and more.
and countries. Entertainment will be provided and food made by local A detailed schedule and additional information can be found at
purveyors will illustrate the versatility of pairing Alsace-varietal wines www.avwines.com, e-mail info@avwines.com or call (707) 895-WINE.

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pampered and can enjoy the perfect Napa wine blocks from the historic downtown plaza and wonderful restaurants in Healdsburg.
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Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios;
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SONOMA COUNTY– SOUTHERN
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Luxury hotel situated on historic Sonoma Plaza. Six individually decorated rooms charming inn with two cottages and four guest rooms inn and Sunset House Suites. These bed and
with king-size bed, whirlpool baths, fireplace and balconies. breakfast boutique hotels have been serving the traveling public since 1935.
Appointed with antique grandeur paired with modern amenities. (707) 996-9779 (831) 624-6046 www.carmellamplighter.com
480 First Street East, Sonoma www.ledsonhotel.com
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A premier Sonoma County destination for discerning visitors seeking gracious treat- (831) 624-7372 www.carmellamplighter.com
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Setting. (707) 833-1293 VAGABOND’S INN
10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood www.kenwoodinn.com Vagabond's House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the midst of Carmel's
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Private baths; TV/phone and AC; two-person
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3rd Annual EcoFabulous


Sonoma Environmental Film Festival
A trip in the winter to Sonoma County will surprise you. It is a
region that is wild and full of life. Surrounding the hills and valleys are
yellow mustard, orange calendula and foxtail grasses, lush green
slopes, hawks circling in the sky, solar panels and a vibrant commu-
nity of green businesses, organic and Biodynamic® vineyards and
farms. It is also home to the popular Sonoma Environmental Film
Festival, an event that is entertaining, educational, and enticing.
The third annual Sonoma Environmental Film Festival (SEFF),
takes place in the town of Sonoma, January 22 – 24, 2010. All of the
films foster an open forum where people of different opinions can find
solutions. Many are microcosms that resonate with important environ-
mental issues currently being debated in our communities throughout
the Greater Bay Area.
Topics include watershed restoration, ocean acidification, sustain-
able fishing, urban sustainability, green building, renewable energy,
organic agriculture, edible schoolyards and wilderness adventure. Also
planned are receptions, green exhibits, keynote speakers, a sustainable
seafood buffet, a Green Café serving home made winter soups, organic
beverages and wine.
Winery sponsors include Benziger Family Winery, Deerfield Ranch
Winery, Kaz Winery, Sky Saddle and Ashton Vineyards. All of the
winery partners are committed to local sustainable agriculture. Fine
wines are made from organically and/or biodynamically grown grapes. A Touch of Spice premieres Opening Night
So what is organic? What are the benefits? For the latest cutting
edge information about this growing phenomenon don’t miss the film Sonoma County. Interviews with local vintners and environmentalists
What’s “Organic” About Organic? The film dives headfirst into the explain how dry farming can be one solution to the current water
challenges that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves shortages we face.
into a booming international market. Another must see is A Return to Opening Night Friday Jan 22 starts at 6:30PM with a reception
Dry Farming by Sonoma County filmmaker Kate Wilson. Her film featuring Greek appetizers and fine wine from event sponsors. The
takes a look at the history and techniques of dry farming vineyards in Opening Night film is A Touch of Spice from Greece. The stunning
film is a feature film with food as passion! If you liked “Like Water for
Chocolate” this film is not to be missed! The story is a semi-autobio-
graphical dramedy rooted in novel narratives and sweeping dreamlike
cinematography, rich with culinary imagery. The film is preceded by
the short R.R.R. profiling winemaker Robert Rex of Deerfield Ranch
Winery who reveals himself as a master chef as he guide us through
the making of his famous red wine reduction sauce.
Another must see is Terra Antarctica: Discovering the Seventh
Continent by adventure writer and filmmaker Jon Bowermaster who
travels around the world by sea kayak. The film is a National
Geographic-sponsored exploration, a one-of-a-kind look at Antarctica
from a unique perspective - sea level. Preceding the film there will be
a Sustainable Seafood Buffet paired with local wines.
All films and special events take place at the historic Sonoma Valley
Womans Club at 574 First Street East in Sonoma.
"A Return to Dry Farming" For program details visit www.seff.us.

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Trinchero Napa Valley’s New Winery & New Wines


by Eleanor and Ray Heald
Just north of St. Helena on Highway 29, Trinchero Napa Valley is
the newest winery of Trinchero Family Estates, established to honor
the legacy of founder Mario Trinchero. Inaugural crush at this state-of-
the-art facility was the 2008 harvest and celebrates 60 years of the
Trinchero Family making wines in Napa Valley.
Mario Trinchero and his family moved from New
York to Napa Valley in 1947 and the next year,
purchased the Sutter Home Winery, abandoned since
Prohibition. In the early 1970s, Mario’s son Bob
advanced the family’s fortunes by making and marketing
White Zinfandel, the wine that is given credit for intro-
ducing millions of Americans to premium California since 1976. I work with him to decide on everything
wine. Today, Trinchero Family Estates is still family from pruning to irrigation and ultimately when we
owned and operated and seriously involved in the harvest. After bud break when the growing season
premium wine business. begins, I spend about three days a week in the vine-
Total annual production of Trinchero Napa Valley is yard, walking the rows. The grapes tell me when they
12,000 cases, limited by the quantity of fruit harvested are thirsty, if they are getting sick or if everything is
from 80 acres of vineyards. According to Robert Torres, fine.”
grandson of Mario Trinchero and Senior Vice President Head Winemaker Mario Monticelli Trinchero Napa Valley is located at 3070 N. St.
of Facilities and Operations, “These represent the top Helena Highway in St. Helena. Tours and tastings
tier of Trinchero Family Estates made only from our Napa Valley offered daily, seminars require reservations. Telephone for tasting
estate-grown fruit.” Trinchero Napa Valley head winemaker Mario room and reservations is (707) 963-1160. Visit the website at
Monticelli adds, “This facility is designed to produce small production, www.Trincheronapavalley.com.
luxury-class single-vineyard wines. Our focus is vineyard-designated
Robert Craig
red wines produced from our Rutherford vineyard known as Chicken
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always loved the taste of wine and being outdoors in the vineyard.” COLE’S CHOP HOUSE (Oxbow Public Market)
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to drink wine and that’s half the battle.’ So I graduated from the TASTE AT OXBOW Uncorked
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University of California, Davis with a degree in viticulture and Rare Wine Co. MAHONEY VINEYARDS/ at Oxbow
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Winemaker Profile: Charles Krug Winery

DAVID GALZIGNATO close contact with Charles Krug.


by Diana Greenwood
Now, David is back on staff, still one of the
Charles Krug Winemaker, David Galzignato youngest head winemakers, and loving every
is a promise on a handshake kind of guy. In fact, minute at this place he calls, “the hidden jewel
there’s an Italian word, amichevole, meaning of the valley.” One of the wines he enjoys
“chummy” or “neighborly” that sums up his making is Family Reserve Generations, a tribute
personality and when you meet this smart and to three generations of winemaking by the Peter
savvy winemaker, his quick wit will make you Mondavi family, elegant and rich wines
chuckle while his zest for life spills over to produced from grapes harvested in specific
everything he says and does. No wonder the vineyard blocks; vineyards that David calls “so
Peter Mondavi family considers David Galzig- special and each distinctly different.” The 2005
nato one of their own. He fits right in with the Peter Mondavi Family Generations is a balanced
vision at Charles Krug, Napa Valley’s first wine that showcases its strength and elegance,
winery, where established tradition and method aged for 22 months in French oak with aromas
meets progress and change with open arms. of espresso and nutmeg that lead to plush red
Celebrating history while looking forward is fruit flavors of black cherry and blueberry.
a philosophy that David embraces in the cellar David spends a lot of time on this blend and
and in his personal life. Born in the Bay Area, says, “It is very important not to force a blend
what he calls “the concrete jungle,” David has together.” He believes the key is to allow nature
relatives scattered all over Italy with specific ties “The spice rack of the wine is the barrel,” he and science to mesh with art. Critics agree; the
to the Piedmont region where his family owns a said. “It’s important to keep an open mind and ’05 received 92 points from the Wine Enthu-
small vineyard. It was there, during one of many be able to recognize in a short period of time siast.
visits to come, that David fell in love with the what is working and what is not, and adjust the For this self-proclaimed “once removed
rolling green of vines, the rustic hillside villages, craft accordingly.” farmer” life looks good. David’s frequent trips to
the colorful, open-air markets, and the gracious David’s passion to learn directed him to Italy feed his soul and the enormous supper
family who welcomed him. Upon returning Kendall Jackson where he was enologist and in table there, with uncles and aunts and cousins
home, David was the first in his American the absence of an assistant winemaker, he honed and nieces and nephews, multiple conversations
family to attend college and he did so with gusto his skills with numerous grape varieties across a occurring at once, are lively with the love of
at the University of California, Davis, multitude of appellations. From 2003 to 2006 family.
completing a double major with a B.S. in viticul- he was the winemaker for Charles Krug, one of Another passion of David’s is experiencing
ture and enology and a B.A. in Italian. He the youngest head winemakers working with the local flavor and color of the Italian country-
describes his college years as working both sides the oldest, most historic winery in the valley. side and bringing that simplicity back home.
of the brain, “a half day of biochemistry and a During this time at Charles Krug, working David says, “I have passion for everything I do,
half day of Dante Alighieri.” closely with Peter Mondavi Jr., David followed whether it’s fly fishing or bird hunting or trying
It’s the same way he makes wine, using tradi- the direction of the family to revamp the port- to duplicate my Aunt Rita’s cooking, the best in
tional or progressive science and balancing fact folio, creating a new line of Peter Mondavi the world, or making Charles Krug wine. I have
with art. After graduating, David returned to his Family vineyard-designated wines. Charles such deep appreciation for the life I have, doing
origins with winemaking stints at acclaimed Krug, over the last ten years, completed an what I love to do.”
wineries in Italy and then, stateside, joined the extensive replanting of all vineyards with a focus David’s passion is contagious and it easy to
team at Columbia Crest where he met his on the estate Bordeaux program, and devoted see why when one meets this “promise on a
mentor, Ray Einberger. “Ray taught me how to time, money and resources to new equipment handshake” kind of guy. Amichevole says it all.
develop my palate,” said David. “He always said while remaining dedicated to the winery’s strong Taste the wines of Charles Krug, the Peter
that it takes a minimum of ten years of tasting point – the vineyards. In 2006, David took a Mondavi family, under the expert guidance of
and you can’t just taste your own wines.” David side trip to make small-lot wines with notables David Galzignato, daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5
took that advice further and he believes that that included Paraduxx, Mark David Winery p.m. at 2800 Main Street (Hwy.29) in St. Helena.
great winemakers are the ones who adjust, don’t and Lewis Cellars, fueling his passion for small- Call (707) 967-2229 for additional information
stick with the formula, and know when to stop. lot winemaking while continuing to keep in or visit the website at www.charleskrug.com.

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HOT SPRINGS • COOL WINES • WARM WELCOME

Mustard, Mud & Music Festival, March 6-7


Mustard madness reigns supreme as the Napa Valley town of Calis-
toga again hosts the award-winning Mustard, Mud & Music Festival
on Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Live jazz, wine tasting, an art show and dishes prepared by local
eateries featuring the spicy yellow condiment are all part of activities
visitors can enjoy during the weekend-long festival.
Jazz and tastes from two dozen of the town’s world-renowned
wineries will be available at many of the popular restaurants, galleries
and shops in walkable downtown Calistoga on both days. Tickets are
$25 per person per day and include a souvenir glass. A Weekend Pass
is $35 per person and includes a souvenir glass. Both types of passes
are available at the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitors
Center, 1133 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515 or by calling (707)
942-6333. Passes can be purchased in advance online by visiting
www.calistogavisitors.com.

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Wine Tasting Classes at Beringer by Master Sommelier


– Exceptional Zinfandels from the 2007 Vintage
Beringer Vineyards is pleased to host a Wine Tasting Class by Winery Fermentation Room
Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, through the Napa (second floor of Old Winery), 2000
Valley College, Community Education Program. Main Street, St. Helena. Cost is $70.
2007 was an exceptional vintage for California Zinfandels – All students must be 21 to attend.
among the best ever! Taste a range of scintillating Zins from the To register, contact Napa Valley
various counties of California. Revealing a wide range of this vintage Community College at (707) 967-
in both style and price the 2007s will highlight the fact that this 2901.
vintage is both elegant in style with a vibrant rich fruitiness that make Mr. Wiegand has been teaching
Zinfandels one of the great values in California wine! Register early – wine appreciation classes for more
everyone loves a good Zin! (All students must be at least 21 years than 25 years. Class participants
old). Exceptional Zinfandels from the 2007 Vintage will be held have responded enthusiastically to
Tuesday, January 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Beringer Vineyards – Old his relaxed, informative style and
his candid insights on wine tasting,
wine enjoyment and the wine Ronn Wiegand
S T. H E L E N A market. A Master of Wine (1991)
and Master Sommelier (1986), he currently publishes RESTAURANT
CH AR LES WINE (a consulting guide to wine for restaurants) and Taste Tour
KR U G
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Wine Charts (educational wine materials). As a wine professional, he
David Fulton
Calafia Cellars tastes more than 4,000 wines a year and lectures on wine-related
N
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Redmon since 1980.
POPE
Orin Swift For more than 30 years, Ronn Wiegand has sourced and tasted the
world’s best wines. He was the first person in the world to hold the
N APA VALLEY Master of Wine and Master Sommelier wine titles.
W IN E H A R D W A R E
St. Helena Wine Center
Ronn is regularly quoted in the national media. He routinely tastes
Napa Valley Farms more than 5,000 wines every year and is considered one of the best
Salvestrin wine tasters in the world. Ronn publishes Restaurant Wine and Taste-
M ER R YVALE
PR AG ER Tour Wine Guides and Wine Charts. He also provides wine event
LEWE
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L O U IS M M A R T IN I
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Hall Beringer Vineyards, the oldest continuously operating winery in
Heitz
Napa Valley and the first to offer public tours, continues its commit-
Flora Springs
ment to offer guests original and inspiring wine country experiences.
A R G E R -M A R T U C C I V.SATTU I Guests at Beringer Vineyards can follow their fancy – or many fancies
W IN E R Y
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Corison winery.
Milat AND
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Not to Scale Del Dotto R AYM O N D north of the downtown area on your left (in the Avenue of the Elms).
Phone (707) 963-4812 for further info, or check their extensive
W H IT E H A L L L A N E website – complete with wine
Witt Fransican collecting ideas and fabulous
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Grove
Tres Sabores & Fleury Culinary Arts Center – at
Pedemonte Cellars www.beringer.com. The tasting
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Napa Valley Fine Art
‘Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action’ Photo Exhibit
An inspiring photo exhibit of our dramat- Away – The Last Iceberg), Florian Schulz no charge to view the exhibit. Mumm Napa
ically changing planet titled “Changing (Freedom To Roam: Wildlife Corridors), Winery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail,
Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action” is now John Trotter (No Agua, No Vida: The Thirsty Rutherford. For additional information on
open at Mumm Napa and runs through Colorado River Delta) and Rebecca Norris visiting the winery and its exhibits, call (707)
March 13, 2010. Produced in conjunction Webb (The Glass Between Us: Reflections on 967-7700 or access the Mumm Napa website
with The Ansel Adams Gallery and Blue Urban Creatures). at www.mummnapa.com.
Earth, a non-profit organization focused on Ansel Adams’s photographs demonstrated Mumm Napa is one of California’s top
raising environmental awareness, the exhibit that artistic interpretation can raise public sparkling wine producers and one of the
features works from a variety of acclaimed awareness, change perceptions and alter most popular destinations for wine country
photographers who document the tough understanding about our world. It is in that visitors. For more than 20 years, Mumm
reality of earth’s regression through their spirit that The Ansel Adams Gallery, Blue Napa sparkling wines have set the standard
photographs. Earth and Mumm Napa have joined together for California méthode traditionelle
The photographers and their subjects to put on this exhibit. The mission of Blue sparkling wine, emphasizing the exceptional
included in “Changing Earth: Photographer’s Earth is to raise awareness about endangered qualities of Napa Valley fruit along with the
Call to Action” at Mumm Napa include: cultures, threatened environments and social unique casual elegance of the Napa Valley
Daniel Beltra (Amazon: Forest at Risk), concerns through photography. Blue Earth lifestyle. The winery and visitor center are
Benjamin Drummond (Facing Climate works closely with their selected photogra- located in Rutherford along the Silverado
Change: Global Change. Local People), phers to offer resources and support Trail in the Napa Valley and are open daily
Stephen Harrison (Visualizing Earth), Anne including non-profit, fiscal sponsorship for for tours, tastings and private events. Visitor
Marie Musselman (Finding Trust/The Sarvey fundraising and grant-writing consultation. center and fine art photography gallery hours
Wildlife Project), Camille Seaman (Melting The exhibit is open to the public. There is are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Old romantic stone winery? Check. contemporary shops, superb galleries, and, of Sisters
Designer labels? Check. Fine art? Yep. Award- course, world-class wine boutiques that even Three levels of men’s and women’s apparel for the young and hip! Find unique
gifts, designer jeans, the latest swimwear and lacey under things. Or book an
winning wines? Delicious food? Absolutely! the most traveled-of-tourists and local-of-locals
appointment for bridal make-up, eyebrow or eyelash tinting and waxing in
Head no further than V Marketplace – a desti- will enjoy. Set in the old Groezinger Winery, the top-floor’s boutique salon.
nation gem at the heart of historic Yountville in (circa 1870 and listed on the United States
NapaStyle Paninoteca & Wine Bar
Napa Valley. Registry of Historic Places), it has been restored
Sample small lot, artisan and even rare wines in casual luxury! Sit back and
V Marketplace is a unique collection of
YOUNT MILL RD so that the time-worn bricks, cobblestones and enjoy the warm sunlight as sommeliers discuss featured wines and pour tast-
exposed wood architecture of one of Napa’s ings of Napa Valley wines. Or gnosh on delish, handmade paninis made to
order! Wines are available to taste, by the glass and purchase. NapaStyle is
oldest wineries stylishly houses some of the best
YO U N T V I L L E places to find Napa Valley winemakers, artisans,
open until 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

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Dutcher Crossing Winery Releases Two Cabernets


Dutcher Crossing Winery has released two small-lot vineyard
designated Cabernet Sauvignon wines: the 2006 Taylor Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley, and the 2006 Nevins
Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley. “The 2006 vintage was
excellent for Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the two appellations,” said
Debra Mathy, proprietor. August and September were cooler than
usual, and a storm dropped a half-inch of rain the first week in
October. The rain was favorable to Cabernet, as the sugars didn’t move
for a week or more after the storm, allowing extra hang time. Beautiful
Indian summer weather throughout the latter part of October
provided perfect conditions for ripening and harvesting Cabernet.
The 2006 Taylor Reserve is a blend of 75 percent Cabernet and 25
percent Syrah. Winemaker Kerry Damskey uses the Australian model,
adding Syrah for weight, texture and brightness. “Because of the
blending of Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine’s aroma is multi-
layered and quite complex in nature, exhibiting deeply concentrated
scents of plum, cassis, cedar and earthy terroir, followed by flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon are available for $41 and $39 respectively. They
berry, cola and new French oak,” described Damskey. “Our 2006 can be purchased at the winery or online at: 8533 Dry Creek Road,
Taylor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies how perfect vineyard Geyserville, or www.dutchercrossingwinery.com.
blending brings out the best attributes of Dry Creek Valley Cabernet.”
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Charles Creek Vineyard: Value, Integrity, Quality


by Charles Neave
You may already know about the award-
winning wines from Sonoma County’s
Charles Creek Vineyard. Maybe you had
them at a friend’s house, were lucky enough
to get a bottle or two as a gift, or you ordered
them yourself direct from the winery. And, for
the last few years, you can also taste them at
their tasting room on the town of Sonoma’s
Historic Plaza. But more about that in a
moment. First: let’s talk about the wines and
about Charles Creek.
Winemaker Kerry Damskey, a graduate of
UC Davis (birthplace of so many of the
nation’s – and the world’s – great wine-
makers), brings three decades of experience
on four continents to the table. The winner of
more than an armload of gold medals, he now have come from ten prime vineyard locations with broad windows facing the plaza just as
crafts a wide menu of wines for Charles spread across both Sonoma and Napa coun- they did many years ago. Inside a pair of
Creek. These bottlings include the traditional ties. “It all starts in the vineyard’ is not just a tasting bars – one of them zinc-topped. The
varietals of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Ries- saying for us at Charles Creek Vineyard; it is high ceiling is painted white wood, up high
ling, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Merlot and a commitment that is at the top of our list.” and in the back their are wooden barrel
Cabernet Sauvignon, and even an Alexander Bill and Gerry Brinton founded Charles heads, and to the right is a wall full of wine.
Valley (Sonoma County) Malbec. Then there Creek Vineyard over seven years ago. Their What doesn’t fit on the shelves fills cases on
are some very well thought out blends, such goal was both simple and complex. It was to the floor.
as the Miradero, which is a Sonoma Valley make excellent wines and offer them at a very But what first greets you is Ms. Moo-Lot, a
blend of both Merlot and Cab. good value. From the beginning they made (very large) sculpture of a cow completely
Even more complex, in terms of the sheer wines that were fruit driven, that paired easily covered in corks. The work of local artist
number of grape types involved in the mix, is with food, and were ready to drink upon their Gretchen Gardner, it is, to say the least,
the Muy Bonito. This hearty but very release. And as the production over the memorable.
approachable wine is a blend of Syrah, ensuing years has shown, they have It is not unusual to find seven or eight
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache succeeded. As Gerry Brinton says, “The best wines available for tasting, in this comfortable
and is an excellent choice to pair with a pasta fruit from the best land, well cared for and environment. As tasting room manager Alan
with red sauce, red meat and, particularly, at handled properly, can yield wonderful Wastell says, “In addition to the amazing
this time of year) mushrooms. But the list of wines.” quality of the wines, we work hard to offer a
wines available goes on and on, one of the “I enjoy vineyard selection and develop- warm, welcoming atmosphere in which to
many advantages of making wines in small ment, as well as the critical evaluation and taste; to be educational but with personality
lots. blending of the juice from grapes into wine,” and humor. As one of our slogans goes: ‘Great
Rare in wine country is the fact that they her husband Bill has said. As a direct descen- Wines, Bad Jokes and a Damn Fine Cow.’”
make not one but a trio of dessert wines. The dant of John Deere, he has never strayed If you’d like to sample the wines of Charles
first is the traditional Muscat Canelli, but two, from the core family values that stretch back Creek Vineyard, their tasting room is open
known collectively as La Bomba, are choco- to his ancestor. They are value, integrity and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (until 5 p.m. in
late infused port-like sensations; one even has quality. January and February) every day. They’re
both chocolate and raspberry infusions. As a But to try some of these wines, it’s time to located right across the street from the Plaza
friend once described it, “It’s dessert in a head to the tasting room. Not only is it filled in Sonoma at 483 First Street West. For more
bottle.” with antiques, it actually seems to be one. information call (707) 935-3848 or look
The grapes for these and previous wines This gem of a storefront is perfectly located, them up at www.charlescreek.com.

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Explore the Road, Discover the Wine, Restock Your Cellar


Wine Road Northwest Sonoma County Celebrates its wine. Cost is $40 for both days, $30 for Sunday only, $10 for desig-
18th Annual “Winter Wineland” Event this January nated drivers. The list of more than 100 winery members participating
For one weekend only, the 18th Annual “Winter Wineland” event in the Wine Road in Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander Valleys
allow guests to forge their own path in discovering unique, select participating is available at www.wineroad.com. To purchase tickets,
wines of the Sonoma County region. More than 100 winery members visit the website or call 1-888-251-0560.
of the Wine Road in the Dry The Wine Road is an association of
Creek, Russian River and 152 vintners and 50 lodgings
Alexander valleys open their throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek
cellar doors for a post-holiday and Russian River valleys in Northern
celebration in which guests have Sonoma County – a stunning land-
the opportunity to visit and taste scape dotted with vineyards and
limited-production wines along- picturesque towns. The grandeur of
side new releases and older the Pacific Ocean and towering
vintages. Meander through redwoods lead visitors inland along
picturesque countryside in quiet country roads only one hour
Northwest Sonoma County on north of San Francisco. There is
the “Wine Road,” meeting wine- always something going on along the
makers, sampling the wines that Wine Road with year-round winery
make them famous, with select events, exciting new releases of wine,
wineries offering delectable food pairings and tours. and much more. For more information, or to request a free map,
“Winter Wineland” – January 16 and 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – contact Beth Costa at 1-800-723-6336 or via email at
promises an exceptional weekend of great wine and presents a unique info@wineroad.com. Visit the Wine Road at www.wineroad.com or on
opportunity to save with special discounts on bottles and cases of “Facebook” and “Twitter.”

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Tasting Room of the Week:

KAZ WINERY
But Seriously, Folks – Lighten Up Sirah, Barbera and Mourvedre, as well as to room experience, Kaz always has a barrel “on
at KAZ Winery in Kenwood make proprietary blends from long-time tap” for you to try. If you like it, you can bottle
favorites like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, some for yourself on site or let Kaz draw a jug
by Nan Reiley
Sangiovese and Syrah. For white wine lovers, for you to take home. All the Kaz wines are
Richard Kasmier, aka Kaz, is a light- he just made a Lake County Riesling, and sold at the tasting room or through wine club
hearted, serious winemaker who wants to there is usually a Chardonnay available, too. membership (no wine stores, no restaurants),
have fun. And he wants you to have fun, too, The Kaz empire is housed in a large and so taking some home with you is an excellent
when you visit Kaz Winery, his one-man comfy barn in Kenwood, just down a lane idea.
empire located in Kenwood. Kaz is enthusias- from Highway 12, the north-south route There are always eight or nine wines avail-
tically assisted by his wife and two adult chil- through Sonoma Valley. The tiny tasting room able for you to sample, and these include
dren, but as he says, “I am the only full-time is also housed here, and on any given day, the Kaz’s scrumptious Port wines, which
employee of me.” chances are great that Kaz himself or wife currently include a white Port made from
Yes, a one-man show necessarily limits his Sandi, daughter Kristin or son Ryan will be Chardonnay, with notes of hazelnut and
wine production, and the Kaz Winery pouring tastes for you. And if you’ve brought toasted almond. Kaz also has a blush Port
produces only about 1,000 cases each year. the kids along, they can have their own tastes made from Nebbiolo, and a red Port from
Now that’s a boutique winery! Kaz has an of fruit juice while they enjoy a swing set Malbec and Sangiovese. The tasting fee for
insatiable curiosity about wine in all its outdoors or play-doh and toys inside. any six wines is a modest $5.
aspects, from vineyard to variety to wine- As committed to having fun and experi- The Kaz tasting room is open Fridays
making techniques, and his constant research menting with winemaking as Kaz is, he really through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or
leads him to try something new and different can’t deny that he is a serious winemaker in call to make an appointment at 1-877-833-
whenever he can. “After all, there’s no harm in the sense that he makes delicious wines. All 2536. The winery is located at 233 Adobe
experimenting” is one of Kaz’s favorite his grapes come from organic vineyards and Canyon Road, just off Highway 12.
mottoes. he conscientiously makes his wine with the P.S. Kenwood, in addition to its gorgeous
Kaz likes to experiment with big, rich red lowest possible amount of sulfites, so guess Sonoma Valley location, is blessed with
wines, and he also likes to use lesser-known what? No red wine headache for you! several fabulous restaurants, so plan on lunch
grape varieties like Nebbiolo, Lenoir, Petite In one more unique twist on the tasting or dinner after your visit to Kaz.

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101 Russian River valleys. Escape from those winter blues...join us at Winter Wineland as more than 100 wineries treat
deLORIMIER visitors to library wines, vertical tastings, food pairings, educational tours...and so much more! 11am - 4pm.
Trione For more information, visit www.wineroad.com or call 707-433-4335
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Sunday, February 7th, there will be fish- themed cooking classes at the acclaimed Relish Culinary Center in Healds-
burg. Or book a fishing trip to those secret spots with experienced guides. For more information please visit
www.healdsburgsteelheadfest.org or call the festival director at 707-484-6438
D O W N T O W N

HEALDSBURG FEBRUARY 6 – 21st Annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasy 2010 – Rodney Strong Vineyards
Taste, sip, experience wine & chocolate fantasy. Music by Mitch Woods & his Rocket 88s.
$40, 1-4pm, 21 or older please, no pets, www.rodneystrong.com or call 707-431-1533
Grove Street Winery
Manzanita Creek FEBRUARY 13 – Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner – Lambert Bridge Winery
DRY CREEK RD
A once-in-a-lifetime experience! 12-year vertical of Crane Creek Cuvée.
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Artiste Winery &
Tasting Studio Ferrari-Carano’s PIPER ST
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Enoteca
Sonoma

WINE TASTING, SALES


& HOME ACCESSORIES
– 12 Wineries –
One Great Place
35 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 935-1200
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Tickets are Now On Sale for the Anticipated Vinolivo Event


Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers VINOLIVO highlights include: 11th, $75 at the door and $85 per person
Alliance (SVVGA) have tickets on sale for the • Sip Sonoma Valley’s best wines for Winemaker’s Salon Tickets – and $95 at
Fifth Annual VINOLIVO, taking place Friday, from more than 50 wineries. the door. Purchase tickets early as this event
February 12th from 7 to 10 p.m. at event • Get to know the winemakers and grape has been a sold-out event for the last five
partner and host facility, Lodge at Sonoma growers of Sonoma Valley. years.
(www.lodgeatsonoma.com for map/directions). Tickets include unlimited wine and food
• Ignite your taste buds with culinary
VINOLIVO marks the largest event of tasting and a commemorative wine glass. For
delights from more than 20 of Sonoma’s
Sonoma Valley’s three-month long Olive more information or to purchase tickets, visit
finest restaurants, caterers and artisans.
Festival and celebrates the unparalleled “farm www.sonomavalleywine.com or call (707)
• Sample local savory olives and olive oils
to table” bounty of California’s oldest wine 935-0803.
at the Olive Bar.
country. From artisan olive oils and wines to Each year, the Sonoma Valley Vintners
• Enjoy the seductive Port Wines.
gourmet food products grown and produced and Growers Alliance partners with local
locally, more than 60 acclaimed wineries, • Experience the Pommes Frites and wineries, growers, restaurants and hospitality
restaurants and food purveyors will be on Sparkling Wine Bar. providers to produce four signature events
hand to showcase the agrarian diversity that • New this year! VinOlivo Winemaker’s designed to raise awareness and appreciation
has many calling Sonoma Valley “America’s Salon – Step into the Winemaker’s Salon for the beauty and bounty of Sonoma Valley.
Gourmet Basket.” where Salon ticketholders will have the The events include: Holiday in the Vines in
As with last year, exclusive Sonoma Valley exclusive opportunity to lounge with the December, Passport to Sonoma Valley in May
wine, food and travel packages will be winemakers in the intimate Piano Bar of and Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and
auctioned online before, during and after The Lodge at Sonoma, as they pour their Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction in
VINOLIVO. Bidding for these special lots Winemaker’s Selection Wines. September during Labor Day Weekend. For
runs through Monday, February 16 at Tickets for this year’s VINOLIVO are $65 details, visit www.sonomavalleywine.com or
www.vinolivo.cmarket.com. per person in advance by 10 p.m., February call (707) 935-0803.

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Become a Cave Dweller at


Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma Valley
by Nan Reiley here that his background as a
chef comes into play: he says that
Sonoma Valley, which runs winemaking is more like cooking
south to north from the town of than chemistry – you just try to
Sonoma to the southern edge of create the best flavors and
Santa Rosa, is also called the textures that you can.
Valley of the Moon. It was Of special interest is the Deer-
dubbed that by American adven- field Ranch 2006 Russian River
ture writer Jack London, who Valley Pinot Noir, a rich,
lived and wrote there. And it does Burgundy-style wine with a
seem that the full moon rising meaty, smoky aroma and rich,
over Sonoma Valley is larger and full body. A perfect cold-weather
brighter than you have ever seen dinner companion is the 2004
it elsewhere. This beautiful valley North Coast Cabernet Sauvi-
is also blessed by being home to gnon. Aged 3½ years in French
some of the finest wineries in Sonoma. fan, you will certainly be oak barrels, it is a huge, delicious
California, and among them is The Rexes are well aware that charmed by the hobbit-like feel wine, with plums and violets in
one of the newest, Deerfield many wine lovers feel they must of these cellars, whose tunnels its flavor and a long, rich finish.
Ranch Winery. abstain because some wines open out into a warm and comfy And don’t miss Robert’s late
Robert Rex is the winemaker contain levels of sulfites and hist- living-room-like tasting room, harvest Sauvignon Blanc, a
and managing partner of this amines that lead to headaches complete with colorful area rugs, perfectly balanced dessert wine
enterprise, which can fairly be and other symptoms of illness. It lots of armchairs and sofas and bursting with pear and honey
called the culmination of his is a Deerfield Ranch goal to main- low tables. A small bar with a flavors, perfect with a crème
winemaking dreams. Robert has tain the lowest possible levels of couple of tall chairs at one side of brulée or lemon pound cake.
been a winemaker and wine- both histamines and sulfites. The the room completes the homey The tasting room is open daily
making consultant for 37 years. family jokes that because P.J. is so feel. from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is
He is also a chemist, a graphic sensitive to sulfites she is the The tasting room may be located at 10200 Sonoma
designer and a gourmet cook, “canary in the cave” on whom compact, but the wine offerings Highway, just south of Kenwood.
and by now he knows how he Deerfield Ranch wines are tested: are extensive. Robert makes For more information, call (707)
wants to make wine and what he if she has no reaction, they know Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, 833-5215 or visit the website at
wants it to taste like. The only they’ve got it right! Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Syrah/ www.deerfieldranch.com.
way to achieve those desires is to The best way to taste these Shiraz, Zinfandel and Cabernet
create your own winery, which is wines is to visit the winery your- Sauvignon, as well as some
what he has done, in partnership self. Located just south of the proprietary wines with names
with his wife, PJ, also a managing town of Kenwood, on Hwy. 12 like Red Rex, Super T-Rex and
partner, his family and investors. (also known as Sonoma Hwy.), DRX. The grapes come from
Deerfield Ranch wines are a the winery is approached by a both winery-owned vineyards
fine combination of tradition and road that winds past a wetland and grower-owned vineyards
innovation. The tradition comes marsh with two large metal throughout Sonoma County.
from Robert’s winemaking style, sculptures of giraffes and ends at Robert Rex believes that
which has its roots in the time- the side of a hill. It is then that blending wine across either
honored heritage of the Burgun- you realize the winery is built variety or appellation, creates the
dian and Bordeaux wines of into the side of this hill, and is, in most interesting and complex
France. The innovation is fact, part of a 23,000-square-foot wines.
revealed in the fact that Deerfield barrel storage facility with Because he has so many
Ranch wines are sustainably and tunnels that are carved into the different vineyards to work with,
organically grown, and that the shape of a stemmed wine glass. he has a great selection of climate
winery itself is one of only three Unique? Definitely. and soil characteristics to use in
certified organic wineries in If you are a Lord of the Rings his blending selections. And it is

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‘Season of the Olive’ Sonoma


Enoteca
WINE TASTING, SALES
& HOME ACCESSORIES

Continues in Sonoma – 12 Wineries –


One Great Place
35 East Napa Street, Sonoma
The ninth annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, a celebration of the
(707) 935-1200
olive harvest and an agricultural and epicurean showcase, continues www.sonoma-enoteca.com
through February 2010. Comprising a range of entertaining events,
culinary delights and Valley-wide promotions the season of the olive
Mission
promises to transform the winter months in Sonoma into a celebration San Francisco
de Solano
Roche ROESSLER
of the senses. WEST SPAIN STREET EAST SPAIN STREET
SEBASTIANI
Key events and promotions are planned valley-wide in honor of the VINEYARDS
& WINERY

5th STREET WEST

2nd STREET WEST


three-month celebration. In addition, local restaurants and lodging

1st STREET WEST


Sonoma Wine Shop

1st STREET EAST


The Plaza
MERCATO
properties will offer Olive Festival packages and promotions, Eric K James
including signature olive-inspired menu items and spa treatments CHARLES LEDSON HOTEL &
CREEK HARMONY LOUNGE
throughout the winter months. A complete list of promotions can be VINEYARDS Highway 12 Winery
12 WEST NAPA STREET EAST NAPA STREET
EAST NAPA STREET
found at www.olivefestival.com. Westwood SONOMA Enoteca Sojourn Cellars

4th STREET EAST


TO The Cave
SANTA ROSA ENOTECA
Featured Events in January McDONNEL SONOMA WINE
HARDWARE
• Backyard Olive Tree Basics & McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil Hors
SONOMA

BROADWAY
MAPLE

d’oeuvres with McEvoy Ranch’s nursery and vineyard manager,


Samantha Dorsey – January 17, 4-6 p.m., $5 PLAZA AND
RIEU
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FRANCE

Not To Scale TO
NAPA
(includes class, wine & Hors d’oeuvres) Cellar Door 12
LEVERONI ROAD NAPA ROAD

115 East Napa Street, Sonoma, (707) 939-9065


• Olive Oil Education with Albert Katz & Festivities
at Junipero & Co – January 22, 5-7 p.m.,
115 East Napa Street, Sonoma, (707) 939-9065
• Feast of the Olive Dinner at Ramekins Culinary School –
January 23, 5:30-10 p.m., $150 per person, Ramekins Event
Center, 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma CA 95476 – Eat, drink
and exalt the enchantments of Sonoma’s famed green fruit at this
year’s Feast of the Olive. The best local chefs, winemakers and
olive oil producers pair up to prepare unique 4-course feast for
each long, candlelit table of guests. Tickets are $150 each and
include a welcome reception, a sumptuous four-course feast,
wine pairings and an “after party” of chocolate and port!
Call (707) 996-1090 ext.108 to purchase tickets.
In February, over President’s Day Weekend, the Season of the Olive
will culminate with the Olive Festival Finale Weekend, a grand cele-
bration of special events, dinners and tastings, including VinOlivo, an
epicurean showcase that includes live entertainment, a silent auction,
and a Marketplace highlighting Sonoma Valley wine and olive oil.
For a comprehensive calendar of Olive Festival events, visit the
website at www.olivefestival.com.
About The Sonoma Valley Olive Festival
The Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, currently in its ninth year, is a
celebration of the senses. The Olive Festival brings special events to
the Sonoma Valley, as well as a range of festival promotions with local
lodging, spas, wineries, restaurants and retail shops. For additional
information, including event specifics, contact the Sonoma Valley Visi-
tors Bureau at (707) 996-1090 or visit www.olivefestival.com.

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128 Frey Vineyards


Oster
Claudia Springs Winery Esterlina Vineyards
Redwood Barra of Mendocino
Handley Cellars
Husch Vineyards Roeder Estate Silversmith Vineyards
Lazy Creek Vineyards Valley Elizabeth Vineyards
Londer Vineyards Standish Wine Company Parducci, Hidden Cellars Lolonis Winery
Greenwood Ridge Fife Vineyards
Brutocao Cellars Navarro Vineyards Sketchbook, Zingaro
Toulouse Vineyards Germain-Robin Distillery
Lake
Potter
Philo SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS Mendocino Valley
Goldeneye Vineyards Philips Hill Estates Philo Ridge Vineyards
Breggo Cellars
Anderson Dunnewood

Valley Londer
Ukiah Vineyards

Chiarito Vineyards
ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM 20
Foursight Wines 253
Boonville
Mendocino
Ridge 101 Upper
1 Nelson Family Winery Zoom
Lake County Wine Studio Lake
128 Whaler Vineyards
JAXON KEYS 29
Yorkville
Lakeport
Mendocino Tulip Hill Winery

Cellars
Highlands
Meyer Family Ceago Vinegarden
Benmore
Maple Creek Winery Hopland Valley
McDowell Valley Clear 20
Yorkville Cellars Jeriko Estates
Graziano Family of Wines Lake
McFadden
Yorkville Brutocao Cellars McNab Ridge
McDowell Valley Vineyards
Duncan Peak Weibel Winery 175
Brassfield Estate Winery
TOPEL
128 Milano Family
Winery Finley Monte Lago
Vineyards
Le Vin Winery
Steele Winery
High Valley
Shannon Ridge Winery
Pendleton Estate
EdenCrest
M. Konocti Growers
Kelseyville High Valley Noggle
Wildhurst Vineyards Kelseyville Wine Co.
Rosa D’Oro Vineyards /Dusinberre
Cloverdale Sol Rouge
Clear Lake
Moore Family
Wattle Creek Winery
Villa La Brenta 20
Asti Cougar’s Leap Gregory Graham
101 Red
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Ployez Winery Terrill Cellars
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hours, address and phone number.
101 Wineries not open to the public are not represented.
For corrections, deletions, additions, fax (707) 938-3674
or email info@winecountrythisweek.com

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WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | MENDOCINO/LAKE COUNTIES

Crab & Wine Festival Celebrates Local Bounty


Mendocino County Serves Up Delicious Fare at Annual Event
Every January, Mendocino County in Northern California celebrates
locally harvested Dungeness crab and locally grown and produced
wines with a festival that delights foodies and oenophiles alike! From
gourmet, crab-themed dinners in four-star restaurants, to family-style
cioppino feeds, to the ever popular Crab Cake Cook-off featuring local
Mendocino chefs, this festival has something for everyone! And to
wash down the abundance of crab, local winemakers will be pouring
at winemaker dinners throughout the county and also at the official
Wine Tasting Competition of the festival. Visitors will enjoy a multitude
of dinners, events and lodging specials over the
course of the ten days – hosted by the Mendocino
County Clinics, innkeepers, restaurants and more –
so head to Mendocino County come January and
enjoy good food, fine wines behavioral health care to all Mendocino Coast residents
and family-friendly fun! & visitors, regardless of their ability to pay. For more
“This is our 11th year, and information, go to www.mendocinocoastclinics.org,
the festival just keeps attracting e-mail events@mccinc.org or call (707) 961-3463.
more and more people,” said Come discover Mendocino County’s gourmet restaurants, unique
Scott Schneider, President of inns, picturesque villages, friendly wineries, majestic redwoods and
Visit Mendocino County, Inc. rugged seaside. Enjoy the long-standing tradition of coming together
“It’s a win-win for everyone, as as a community and creating an environment where you will
the local chefs and winemakers encounter friendly faces, peaceful places and delicious local seafood!
are able to showcase their For more information and a complete listing of all events, or for
talents, the attendees get to sample an array of fabulous food and wine information on where to stay during your upcoming trip to Mendo-
creations, and local organizations are able to raise a substantial cino County, call 1-866-STAY-MENDO or visit www.gomendo.com.
amount of money for philanthropic purposes.”
The festival takes place January 22-31. A few highlights of the
festival include:
Crab and Wine Days - January 22 and 23
Fort Bragg, CA – Two Benefit Events!
Mendocino Coast Clinics hosts the 11th Annual Crab & Wine
Days, held at Pentecost Hall in Fort Bragg, where spectacular ocean
bluffs and majestic redwood forests create an incredible backdrop for
the festivities.
Cioppino Dinner: Family-style dinner features steaming bowls of
cioppino, fresh salad, dessert, wine, beer, coffee and lots of homemade
hot bread for dipping! $35 per adult.
Crab Cake Cook-Off and Wine Tasting Competition: The
premiere event of the Crab & Wine Festival! Held under a big tent set
up just behind Pentecost Hall, this is where Mendocino County chefs
and wineries serve up their best to celebrity judges – and the public
gets to sample each of the entries as well! Vote for the coveted Peoples’
Choice Award! $75 per adult.
Proceeds from the Cioppino Dinner, the Crab Cake Cook-Off, and
the Wine Tasting Competition fund uncompensated care for those in
need. Mendocino Coast Clinics, a non-profit, board-governed
community health center, provides medical, dental, perinatal and

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LIVERMORE | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Livermore Valley Presents Wine Winter Starter Kit


The Tri-Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, www.trivalleycvb.com, their favorite wines – with no regard for price – consumers can have
a sales and marketing organization dedicated to promoting a five-city confidence that affordability is not at the expense of quality.
region in San Francisco’s East Bay, unveiled the Livermore Valley Wine As the days grow brisk and the nights chilly, it’s no surprise that the
Winter Starter Kit. Designed to make it simple for wine enthusiasts valley’s winemakers and executives behind the Winter Starter Kit are
near and far to celebrate with festive wines this holiday and winter lining up for reds, with Rhone-style wines, such as Syrah and Petite
season, the Starter Kit contains top picks from the valley’s winemakers Sirah, grabbing their attention.
themselves.
Livermore Valley Wine Winter Starter Kit
Wallet-minded consumers will be pleased to note that all of the 15
• BoaVentura de Caires Vineyard - 2006 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon ($34)
wines in the Starter Kit are under $50, and within this affordable lot, • Concannon Vineyard - 2005 Petite Sirah, Limited Release, Central Coast ($16);
7 wines are under $20, while the bulk of them, 12 wines, are priced 2005 Reserve Syrah ($25)
at $25 or less. Considering that the winemakers were asked to select • Elliston Vineyards - California Sparkling Wine ($14)
• Garré Winery & Vineyard - 2005 Syrah Reserve ($27); 2005 Cabernet Franc ($23)
• La Rochelle - 2007 Pinot Noir Classic Clones ($42)
• Les Chênes Estate Vineyards - Duex Blancs (Viognier/Chardonnay) ($22)
• McGrail Vineyards & Winery - 2006 McGrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)
• Murietta’s Well - 2006 Red Meritage ($38)
• Rodrigue Molyneaux - 2007 Sangiovese ($18)
• Ruby Hill Winery - 2007 Zinfandel Livermore Valley Estate Reserve ($24.50)
• Steven Kent Winery - 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley ($45)
• Wente Vineyards - 2008 Riva Ranch Chardonnay ($19.95); 2006 Crane Ridge Merlot ($19.95)
• White Crane Winery - White Crane Vintage Port ($17.47)
• Wood Family Vineyards - 2006 Syrah "Madden Ranch" Livermore Valley ($24);
2007 Old Vine Zinfandel, Raboli Vineyard ($32)

For more information on visiting Tri-Valley, California, and its


stunning, affordable Livermore Valley Wine Country, stop by the
bureau’s website at www.trivalleycvb.com.

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Wine & Chocolate Weekend


February 13 & 14th
Make your plans now! Spend Valentine’s Day weekend, February
13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lodi Wine Country sipping deli-
cious, handcrafted wines during the 13th annual Wine & Chocolate
extravaganza event! Taste delicious Lodi wines and decadent choco-
lates from 40 wineries in the Lodi Appellation. Be the lucky one to
unwrap the “Golden Ticket” at any participating winery and win a
Wine Country Getaway or one of more than 100 other prizes.
Immerse yourself in romantic indulgences!
Lodi appellation wineries will please your palates, pairing hand-
crafted wines with an assortment of chocolate treats. Enjoy in winery
activities, including barrel tasting, new releases, wine and food pair-
ings, special events and live music throughout the weekend. Meet the
local vintners and growers as they share the wine and hospitality that
makes Lodi Wine Country one of California’s finest wine regions!
Ti c k e t s a re $ 3 5 i n a d v a n c e t h ro u g h t h e w e b s i t e a t
www.lodiwineandchocolate.com or by calling the Lodi Wine &
Visitor Center (209) 365-0621, and are $45 the days of the event at
any participating winery location. Price includes a commemorative
chocolate bar, tasting glass and entry to all participating wineries.
Upon ticket redemption at a participating winery, open your choco-
late bar and see if you are a winner!

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MONTEREY • CARMEL • CARMEL VALLEY • HOLLISTER • SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS • SALINAS • SANTA CLARA • LOS GATOS
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Winter Wonderland Monterey County Style


Migrate to Monterey County this winter for nature lovers escape and fornia, Lake San Antonio is also home to deer, rabbit, quail and a variety
cool deals. Come find the destination that is bursting with scenery and of other wildlife. The lake covers 5,000 acres and birders can explore 40
adventure, the perfect place for a quick fly in getaway. Beat the crowds miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and 60 miles of shoreline;
and beat the blues, Monterey’s winter season packs a secret punch. www.seemonterey.com/lake-san-antonio-recreation-area-california,
Unleash your wild side with an Animal Planet-style adventure of 1-888-588-2267.
the region’s natural assets. The winter parade of nature hits full stride
Ventana Wildlife Society
with everything from migrating butterflies to pods of prodigious
High tail it to Big Sur or the Pinnacles National Monument for a
whales lounging at 36° latitude. Nature escapes and seasonal activities
glimpse of the majestic California Condors overhead. Both parks
abound that will cater to your adventurous side. Check out an
are successful designated release areas for the recovering native
outback estuary safari, naturalist-led kayak tour, hike to the famous
species. Or, visit the Ornithology Lab at Andrew Molera Park in Big
cypress gardens at Point Lobos or trek through the ancient volcanic
Sur to watch bird banding activities. Winter banding is weather
ruins of the Pinnacle National Monument, just outside of Soledad.
dependent, but normally takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays;
From birders to botanists, Monterey County is one of the nation’s top
members.seemonterey.com/ventanawildilfesociety, (831) 455-9514.
migration treks for a variety of birds, whales and butterflies. Bald
eagles, sea otters and a litany of lively critters make a stay along the Pt. Lobos State Reserve
bay a true outback adventure. Pair in the prime coastline that goes for Hike the scenic trails of the 554-acre state preserve, home to
miles and Monterey County is a gem awaiting your discovery. some of the region’s most dramatic seascapes and thousands of
seabirds, seals, sea lions and migrating whales. Noted as “The
Whale Watching
crown jewel of the state park system,” Point Lobos is also home to
Nutrient-rich and naturally wonderful, the Monterey Bay National
the only two naturally growing strands of Monterey Cypress trees.
Marine Sanctuary is the United States’ largest protected region and a
See wandering deer, watch sea otters and sea lions frolic in the
prime viewing area for exotic species including blue, humpback,
surf. Cypress groves, Bird Rock and Whaler’s Cove round out the
minke and orca whales. Winter delivers the magnificent California
adventure; www.seemonterey.com/point-lobos-state-natural-reserve-
Gray Whales on their annual migration south from Alaska to Baja,
carmel-california, (831) 624-4909.
California; www.seemonterey.com/whale-watching, (831) 375-4658,
(831) 372-7440, (831) 372-2203. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Whale Watching at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Weekends Dive in for a day of play at the nation’s top-rated aquarium,
throughout January): Don’t miss these California State Parks ranger- home to 250,000+ animals and plants representing more than 550
guided whale watching presentations. Celebrate the migration of the species of invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds and plants.
California gray whales off the Big Sur Coast. Meet at the vista point on Book a Morning Rounds: Behind-the-Scenes Tour for a rare
Highway 1 at mile marker 37, just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State opportunity to interact with the aquarium’s exhibit animals as an
Park; www.seemonterey.com/julia-pfeiffer-burns-state-park, (831) aquarist would with the daily sea otter feeding and training
667-2315. session, rare look at food preparation and chance to feed some of
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary the animals in the aquarium’s Discovery Lab classrooms;
www.seemonterey.com/monterey-bay-aquarium, (831) 648-4888.
A feast for the eyes, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of beautiful
Visit www.SeeMonterey.com for more information.
Monarch butterflies flutter in this protected shelter of eucalyptus and
Monterey pine trees. Docents are available to answer questions and
point out the “hanging butterflies” as they rest camouflaged in the
trees; www.seemonterey.com/monarchgrovesanctuary; (831) 648-
5716.
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Before a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, stop by this
informative natural history museum to learn about the migration
patterns of the wintering Monarchs, whales of Monterey Bay and
other mammals, birds and wildlife of Monterey County;
www.seemonterey.com/pacificgrovemuseum, (831) 648-5716.
Bald Eagles Retreat at Lake San Antonio
One of the largest winter habitats for bald eagles in Central Cali-

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Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Kick Off 2010


The Santa Cruz Mountains has everything from fun and relaxing details, call (831) 685-VINE (8463).
days to intimate dining experiences. Do you have relatives in to town From Ahlgren to Zayante the wineries of the Santa Cruz Moun-
during the holidays? Request a brochure from www.scmwa.com or tains will once more open their doors to Passport participants on
by calling (831) 685-8463 and take them wine tasting for an inex- Saturday, January 16th between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The Passport
pensive afternoon in the redwoods or by the sea. Program offers a unique opportunity for visitors to visit wineries not
The Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association presents the typically open to the public at other times. Passport holders will be
seventh annual Wine & Crab Taste-Off! Four of the finest local invited to tour the facilities, meet the winemakers, and sample the
restaurants will be battling it out in hopes of being named “Crab fruits of their labors – including special wines poured only for
Cook 2010.” Your help is needed to make the decision, so come and participants in the Passport Program! Passports are $40 per person.
judge for yourself! All four restaurants will be preparing two crab Shadowbrook Restaurant presents its 16th annual Ultimate
dishes to satisfy your appetite. Santa Cruz Mountains Wine & Crab Winemakers Dinner on Tuesday, February 23. This is a rare oppor-
Taste-Off takes place Sunday, January 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ma tunity to taste the fabulous wines of up to 25 Santa Cruz Mountains
Maison, Aptos; Sanderlings at the Seascape Beach Resort, Aptos; Winegrowers, and then be escorted to an intimate dinner. You will
Michael’s on Main, Soquel; and Café Cruz, Soquel. Cost is $49 per enjoy the outstanding ambiance, cuisine, and service of the Shadow-
person for two restaurants ($16 each additional restaurant). For brook Restaurant, which is closed to the general public and open
exclusively for the guests of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers.
You will arrive one half hour before your seating time to enjoy wine
tasting and a silent auction in the restaurant’s stunning Rock Room
Lounge. In the dining room you will be joined by one of the local vint-
ners who will share their wines with dinner. The chef of Shadowbrook
Restaurant will design a special five-course menu to accompany the
wines selected for the evening.
This dinner always sells out far
in advance. Tickets are $105 (for
gourmet meal, wine, tax and
gratuity). Reservations are
required. Sorry, the fee is not
refundable after February 16,
2010. For questions and reserva-
tions, call (831) 685-VINE (8463)
or visit www.scmwa.com.

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Chateau Julien’s Second Annual Barrel


Tasting & Futures Open House – January 16
Chateau Julien Wine Estate’s second annual Barrel Tasting &
Futures Open House kicks off a fun-filled year of winery events in
beautiful Carmel Valley. On Saturday, January 16th from 11 a.m. to 4
p.m., Chateau Julien Winemaker Bill Anderson will select barrels from
the Estate’s Chai, where more than 1200 oak barrels rest with aging
wine, for guests to sip, swirl and smell wine directly out of the barrel.
Limited release Private Reserve Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay will
each be featured and offered at reduced “futures” pricing.
“The Private Reserve Syrah and Merlot aged in French and Amer-
ican oak for just about 16 months,” comments Anderson. “The 2007
grape harvest showed great promise and we are anxious to share a final
taste prior to bottling.” Special “futures” pricing – up to 40% off – will
be extended during the Open House, with delivery scheduled for
summer 2010. The cost to attend is $10 per person. Club members
are complimentary.
In 1996, Château Julien Wine Estate started a new venture with a
partnership in an “Estate Vineyard” in South Monterey County’s San 246-acre vineyard is planted with the winery’s flagship varietal, Merlot.
Antonio Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). Over 25% of the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown in addition to
experimental blocks of Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah, Pinot Grigio,
Marsanne, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.
VENTANA VINEYARDS Located in a unique coastal valley on the western Santa Lucia
MEADOR ESTATE Not to Scale Mountain Range, the vineyard sits at a 980-foot elevation and is a
short 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard’s slight elevation,
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family owned and operated since 1982. Bob feelsm “Elegance is what
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truth is evident without frivolity. If you have good grapes and treat
them well, do all the details every day and let them do what they will
naturally do, you will have a good product.”

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Taste Ventana Wines in Soledad or Monterey


Great wines are made in the vineyard, and the Ventana Vineyard
has the perfect combination of water, soil, climate, art and science to
create superb, world-class wines. Their success is evidenced by the
number of awards that they have won over the years on wine made
from this remarkable property. In fact, wines from the Ventana Vine-
yard have earned more medals and awards than any other single vine-
yard in America.
Ventana Vineyards is fortunate to have winemaker Reggie
Hammond, who has devoted his talents to continuing this
outstanding record of quality and integrity. Building on the
incredible success of the white wines, he has expanded to create
world-class red wines as well. In every case, Reggie crafts wines in
a classical style, with elegance and true varietal character from the
Ventana vineyard fruit. All of the wines are estate grown and
bottled from single vineyard, the most award-winning single vine-
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Taste of Monterey Visit the newest tasting room, located at 38740 Los Coches Road
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Salinas
in Soledad. Enjoy Ventana Vineyards award-winning wines and chat
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Chateau Christina with the knowledgeable staff while overlooking the famous vineyard.
The tasting room is open weekends only from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by
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appointment. Call (831) 372-7415 for more information.

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