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FEBRUARY 5, 2010 – ISSUE 6 – VOLUME 29

Wine Garage ON THE COVER


Wine Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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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


WINERY

Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
SUISUN VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29
Rodney Strong Vineyards Suisun Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-43
22

Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32


Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37
St. Helena Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
PA I R S
PERFECT

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

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


Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
with Queso Fundido
Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47
Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
31

Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54-59
PROFILE

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


WINEMAKER

Glen Ellen Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57


Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-62


Steve Reynolds, Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Reynolds Family Winery
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
O F T H E W E E K 62

LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
TA S T I N G R O O M

LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66-69
Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Jaxon Keys Winery
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
53
29
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
•Santa Rosa
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
12
121 Fairfield
121 99
cif

Pt. Reyes 37 12
Station 12 Sutter
Pt. Reyes Creek
101 Vallejo 680
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1 San San Pablo Jackson


Rafael 780 Rio Vista 88
Bay
Lodi
4 12
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Muir Woods
80 Berkeley 24 Concord Angels 49
Walnut Creek
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San Francisco Camp
San Fr
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580 680
Pacifica Oakland 4
SFO Jamestown
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Hayward 580
Livermore Stockton Oakdale
Chinese TO
280 92 Camp YOSEMITE
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205 Manteca
Pleasanton
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580 Sonora
Half Moon 880
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101
Bay
680
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84 84 Fremont
Woodside Modesto
Palo
Alto
Santa
Clara
1 San Jose
17
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 tannin?
Tannin is a naturally occurring chemical compound in wine that Tannin in wine comes from two
gives a dry red wine texture. Its mouth-drying effect, balanced with sources. Some originate from the
ample fruit, creates a wine of firm structure that can equalize the extended period of time that grapes are in contact with its skins.
effective “weight” in the mouth of a rich red wine. This long-term contact with the skins, in addition to the grapes’
The four basic wine components are fruit, alcohol, acidity and seeds and stems, is the primary source of the tannin in the final wine
tannin. Generally speaking, the proper balance of all four define a product. A white wine will have only a few hours or less in contact
quality wine. Tannins contribute to a wine’s feel in the mouth, and with its grape skins during fermentation, while a red wine will
also provide a stabilizing effect in the wine by helping it to age remain in contact with its skins for days, or until the winemaker
longer and protecting its aroma and flavor over time. extracts enough color. That is why tannin is a subject in the discus-
A comparable parallel of the astringent component that tannin sion of red wine, not white.
contributes to wine is the tannin in a cup of hot tea. When the tea Another source of tannin comes from the wood of the oak barrels
cools down, the mouth-drying effect of tannin is more evident. in which the wine is aged. The amount of structure contributed to
Typically, a young red wine, like Cabernet Sauvignon, will have the wine from oak barrels will vary greatly and depends mostly on
more of this harsh tannin, whereas a mature wine’s tannin has less- the age of the barrel, the type of oak, type of toasting and length of
ened and softened over time, and more pure fruit flavor is exposed. time in barrel.
A red wine is said to be at its peak when it has reached a perfect
balance of tannin and fruit. Len Napolitano lives in San Luis Obispo County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators,
The specific point in time in the life of a wine when this balance Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent
occurs varies with every wine, and is mostly unpredictable. The very 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
best wines in the world will take years, and sometimes decades to Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.
evolve.
Tannin is sometimes described as green, which some consider to
be a fault in a wine. Green tannins have an impact on the palate
much like eating an underipe fruit, like a very green banana. It can
be attributable to growing seasons with insufficient warmth to full
ripen the grapes, or in very rainy growing seasons. This is not
usually a problem in wine regions known for its long, hot summers,
but is more likely to be an issue in cool, coastal regions.

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Wine Garage – Here Comes the Jug!


by Michelle J. Baker

W
ine Garage founder Todd Miller drilled a couple of holes in
the wall at his bustling Calistoga wine shop nearly two years
ago in anxious anticipation of having his own winery’s juice
flowing from one side of the wall to happy customers waiting on the
other side.
Well, it took a while, but the Wine Garage winery is finally open
for business. From those holes in the wall now hang a couple of fabri-
cated stainless steel nozzles, and out of them flow two righteous and
delicious blends, B1 (a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Carmenere, Merlot and Petit Verdot) and R1 (a Rhone-style blend of
Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah). “My biggest
problem,” says Miller, “is that customers can’t decide which to buy
because they love them both so much.”
And with good reason. Miller bought the indi- from grapes they crush. For reds they offer a
vidual lots of finished wine that make up each Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Zinfandel
blend from some of his personal winemaking and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; there are
friends. The wine came from grapes from several also two whites, Joy Ride (named for Todd’s wife
of Napa’s most prestigious vineyards. He’s sworn and business partner, Joy), a lively blend of
to secrecy on the vineyard sources so the Wine Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat,
Garage blends don’t compete against the same and a 2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
wines priced at two, three or even four times what The Wine Garage’s wine club is one of the best
Miller sells it for – just $29.99 for a half-gallon deals around. Club members can choose to
jug, filled to order. receive six bottles of red wine (or three red and
When Todd and Joy Miller moved to Napa three white) six times per year for $100 per ship-
Valley in 2001, they were surprised to find that ment, plus shipping. The Wine Garage also offers
they could hardly find any wines for less than $45 a bottle. Then they an “Intense Red” selection of massively concentrated and extracted
went to a dinner party at a winemaker’s home, and were shocked to wines, also six bottles six times per year for $125 per shipment, plus
discover that many winemakers couldn’t afford to drink the wines shipping.
they made. That’s when the Millers decided to open the first wine shop The Wine Garage, located at 1020 Foothill Boulevard (Highway
in Napa Valley that only carried wines under $25 a bottle. 29) in Calistoga, is open from 11 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. Monday thru
So in 2003, Todd Miller swapped his corporate necktie for jeans Saturday and 11 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call
and boots and started scouring Northern California for great, undis- (707) 942-5332, visit the website at www.winegarage.net or send an
covered wines to offer at the new wine shop, the Wine Garage in Calis- email to team@winegarage.net.
toga. Miller drove the roads less traveled, meeting with winemakers,
walking in their vineyards, and tasting their grapes, barrel samples
and finished wines. The winemakers, tickled to have a real, live wine
buyer at their winery, shared stories with Miller over a glass of wine
at the dinner table.
The Wine Garage carries a wide selection of bargains from
Sonoma and Napa, and gems from as far afield as Paso Robles, Lodi,
the Sierra Foothills and Mendocino County. The store still doesn’t
carry any wines priced over $25, and Miller doesn’t buy a wine for
the store unless he loves it. What’s best is the Wine Garage staff takes
the guesswork out of wine shopping: tell the staff what you’re
looking for and they will steer you to the perfect bottle.
The Wine Garage is now a licensed winery, and in addition to the
blends on tap, they produce a line of their own Wine Garage wines

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NAPA VALLEY ONGOING ONGOING


Tastings at Silverado Vineyards
Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour
ONGOING Napa, Spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com
Joseph Phelps Vineyards: 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75
Tastings & Seminars • Library Tasting, $75
ONGOING • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20
An opportunity to participate in a wide range of excellent seminars. 1 ½ hours Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15
11am daily; 2:30pm, Monday-Friday & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday. $40 Mumm Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm daily • Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting
free for wine club members, RSVP 707-967-3720, details www.jpvwines.com 800-MUM-NAPA, www.mummnapa.com
· Insignia Blending · Le Nez ONGOING
· Tasting Terroir · Wine Appreciation ONGOING Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate
· Cool California (Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) Reserve Tour & Tasting at Sterling Vineyards Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, Tours at 11am & 2pm, $10
· Barrel seminars (Napa Valley Cab) Calistoga, 11am, Private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm
800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com
ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND
Wine Component Tasting Seminar ONGOING ONGOING
at Merryvale Vineyards VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery
St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com
Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com • Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com
• Daily Guided Tours
EVERY 4TH WEEKEND ONGOING • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines
Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com ONGOING
at Merryvale Vineyards Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery
10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena • Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm
• Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, www.blackstallionwinery.com
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com • Regular tasting, $10
• Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt
ONGOING • Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun
Napa Valley Wine Train Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person
• Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt
Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com • Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt ONGOING
• Jan 30: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre • Wine Train, $180 Educational Tours & Wine Tasting
• Jan 30: Moonlight Escape, Full Wolf Moon at Castello di Amorosa
• Feb 6: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre ONGOING Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com
• Feb 13: Valentines Day Tastings at the Popcorn Bar at Flora Springs Winery • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50
• Feb 14: Valentines Day St. Helena,10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20
• It’s all About You Tasting, $15 • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours
ONGOING • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25
Napa Valley Opera House ONGOING FRIDAYS
1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org ONGOING THURSDAY - SATURDAY Friday Night Pulse Tastings
• Jan 29: A Night of Music for New Orleans Temptastings in the Temptation Cave ACME Fine Wines, St.Helena, 5-7pm, www.acmefinewines.com, 888-963-0440
• Jan 30: 130th Anniversary Celebration featuring Ruth Ann Swenson at Flora Springs Winery • Feb 5: Tor Kenward pouring Tor selections
• Feb 6: Soul Street Dance, Breakin’ Backwards St. Helena,11am & 2pm, $25, $15/member • Feb 12: Pam Starr pouring Crocker & Starr
• Feb 13: The Bobby Hutcherson Quartet RSVP 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com
THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
• Feb 17-20: The Shape of Things by Neil Labute ONGOING Bacchus That Rascal
ONGOING Appellation Tastings at Elizabeth Spencer Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“
Live at the Lincoln Theater Rutherford, 10:45am & 4pm by appointment, $40 707-942-4981, www.clospegase.com
Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com 707-963-6067, www.elizabethspencerwines.com LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
• Feb 13: Napa Valley Youth Symphony Presents The Red Gala ONGOING Winemaker Dinners at Fumé Bistro
• Feb 11: Trio Los Panchos Vineyard & Winery Tours Napa, Local favorite wineries are spotlighted in a four-course dinner. $60
• Feb 14: Simply Sinatra at Raymond Vineyards RSVP, 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com
ONGOING St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt) EVERY SATURDAY
Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines 800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar
Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, www.backroomwines.com ONGOING Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40
• Feb 4: First Thursday Bring a Blind Bottle Night 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
Wine Tasting Experiences
• Feb 5: Under Twelve Bucks a Bottle Tasting at Benessere Vineyards EVERY SUNDAY
ONGOING St. Helena, 707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, by appt Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines
di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10 Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
Napa, 707-226-5991, www.dirosapreserve.org • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15 EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
• Through Feb 20: Altered States, The Collection in Context • Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15 Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings
• Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20 at Havens Wine Cellars
ONGOING • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com
Buon Amici Members & Guests • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25
Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm EVERY SATURDAY
• Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15
707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays
• Members Only New Release Tastings ONGOING at Bennett Lane Winery
• Barrel Tastings by appointment Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684
• Vertical Tastings by appointment Napa , 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com ONGOING SATURDAYS
• Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment • Individual Tastings, $12 Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber
• Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500
ONGOING • Food & Wine Pairing
Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting • Vineyard Tour ONGOING
at Monticello Vineyards • Blending Class Friday Night Winemaker Events
Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley, $25 Napa, 5-7pm, JV Wine & Spirits, $2, 707-253-2624, www.jvwine.com
• Wine Sensory Seminar
RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com
ONGOING ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 3
ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Dinah Cross James’ Art Exhibit at Robert Mondavi
Wine Tasting Options
Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre Oakville, 10am-5pm, www.robertmondaviwinery.com, 707-968-2200
Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com
St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50 ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 13
• Current Release Tasting, $15
707-967-2320, wsgr@culinary.edu, www.ciachef.edu Changing Earth: Photographer’s
• Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25
ONGOING • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75 Call to Action Photo Exhibit
Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people Mumm Napa, Rutherford, 10am-5pm, www.mummnapa.com, 707-967-7700
For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2, www.robertmondavi.com • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250 JANUARY 30
• The Signature Tour & Tasting • The Wine Tasting Basics • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75 Mustard Magic ~ The Grand Opening Event
• The Exclusive Cellar Tasting • Tasting Beyond the Basics • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people Napa Valley Mustard Festival, The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
• The “Harvest of Joy”Tour & Lunch • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall St. Helena, www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133

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JANUARY 30 FEBRUARY 6 FEBRUARY 13-14


2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Release at ZD Wines 2007 Trilogy Release Party Port, Chocolate & More
Enjoy Cabernet & chocolate! Napa, 12-4pm Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena, www.florasprings.com, 707-967-6723 at Beringer Vineyards
www.zdwines.com, 707-963-5188 St. Helena, 11am-4pm, $12, $7/members & guests
FEBRUARY 6-7
JANUARY 30 Cabernet Release Weekend at Bennett Lane www.beringer.com, 707-963-8989x2225
V. Sattui Winery’s Annual Barrel Tasting Calistoga, Sneak preview of 2007 releases! Ten 90+ Point Wine Spectator Cabs FEBRUARY 20
St. Helena, Taste over 45 wines & cuisine from around the world. in 4 short years.10am-5:30pm, $20, www.bennettlane.com, 877-MAX-NAPA Moonlight Magic
5:30-8:30pm, $75/members, $85, www.vsattui.com, RSVP, 800-799-2337
FEBRUARY 6-7 Napa, Benefits Napa Valley Nursery School, Valley Gate Vineyards, 6-10pm, $50,
FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 28 A Weekend of Fine Art 707-224-3319
Visual Art Competition Exhibit & Sale Napa Valley Mustard Festival, art galleries throughout Napa Valley
Napa Valley Mustard Festival, St. Supéry Winery, Rutherford www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133 FEBRUARY 20
www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133 A Good Thing Growing
FEBRUARY 10 St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School’s 23rd Annual Wine Tasting & Auction
FEBRUARY 6 Wine Tasting Class at Beringer Vineyards Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena, 6-10pm, $40, $60/door, 707-968-9332
Winter Cellar Sale with Ronn Wiegand, Master Sommelier
St. Clement Vineyards, St. Helena, 12-4pm, www.stclement.com, 800-331-8266 Petite Sirah: The Transformation of California’s “Big Red,”6:30-9pm, $70 FEBRUARY 20
Register Napa Valley College, 707-967-2901, www.beringer.com The Grand Dinner
FEBRUARY 6
Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Brix, Yountville, 6pm
Silver Oak Release Day FEBRUARY 13
www.mustardfestival.com, 707-938-1133
Oakville, 9am-3:30pm, $20, 800-273-8809 Annual Love Fest Dinner in the Cask Room
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena, www.merryvale.com, 707-963-2225 FEBRUARY 20
FEBRUARY 6
Kiwanis Club 24th Annual Crab Feed FEBRUARY 13 Napa Valley Symphony Mardi Gras Express
Napa, Chardonnay Hall, Napa Fairgrounds, 5:30-11pm, $50, 707-227-4794 Top 100 Cabs of the Napa Valley Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, 5pm, $225
Bayleaf Restaurant, Napa, 3-6pm, $95www.Top100Cabs.com www.napavalleysymphony.org
FEBRUARY 6
Generations Cabernet Sauvignon FEBRUARY 13 FEBRUARY 21
Release Party Valentine’s Day Dinner Cooking Class with Chef Mike C
Raymond Vineyard, St. Helena, www.raymondvineyards.com, 800-525-2659 Paraduxx, Napa, 6-10pm, $135, $95/members, 707-967-2031 Cedar Gables Inn, Napa, $95, www.cedargablesinn.com, RSVP, 707-224-7969

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SONOMA COUNTY EVERY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6


Complimentary Wine Tasting at Flamingo Hotel Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Santa Rosa, in the Terrace Grille featuring Sonoma County wines, 5:30-7pm Healdsburg, 707-431-1533, 1-4pm, $40, www.rodneystrong.com
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln 707-545-8530, 800-848-8300, www.flamingoresort.com
FEBRUARY 6
Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & ONGOING Mardi Gras Gumbo Smackdown
sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean at Kendall-Jackson
707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment Fulton, 11am-4pm, $25, www.kj.com, 866-287-9818
ONGOING 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com
FEBRUARY 7
Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop • Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75
B.R. Cohn Winery Olive Curing Workshop
at B.R. Cohn Winery • Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25
Glen Ellen, 11am-1:30pm, free, RSVP, 800-330-4064x124, www.brcohn.com,
Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members • Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com • Box Lunch Prgram with Tour FEBRUARY 12
Valentine’s Day Club Dinner at Chateau St. Jean
ONGOING ONGOING
Member Exclusive, Kenwood, 6:30-10pm, $150
Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting Tours, Tastings & Seminars
www.chateaustjean.com, RSVP, 707-833-4134x5258
at B.R. Cohn Winery at St. Francis Winery
Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations FEBRUARY 12-14
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, www.stfranciswinery.com Olive Festival Finale Weekend
• Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, Various events & locations
ONGOING in Sonoma Valley. www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
• Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
• Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65 FEBRUARY 12-14
Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org
• Jan 29: Gabriel Iglesias ONGOING Romantic Rendezvous
• Jan 29: Metta Quintet Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer Wine Country Weekend
• Jan 30-31: American Philharmonic Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com Vintners Inn & Ferrari-Carano, Healdsburg, www.fcwinery.com, 707-433-6700
• Feb 2: A Year with Frog and Toad EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13
• Feb 7: Quarteto Vivace Brasil Santa Rosa Concert Association The Art of Winemaking Workshop Wine Club Valentine’s Dinner at Wilson Winery
• Feb 8: In the Mood Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com
• Feb 13-15: Santa Rosa Symphony Set Five 707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com FEBRUARY 13
ONGOING ONGOING TUESDAYS Valentine’s Day Party – Love at First Sip
Spreckels Performing Arts Center Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market Exclusively for Wine Club Members, Ledson Winery, Kenwood, 7-11pm
Rohnert Park, 707-588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, Market: 4-6:30pm $250/couple, www.ledsonwinery.com, RSVP, 707-537-3823
• Jan 31: Film, Bringing Up Baby 707-431-1956, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org FEBRUARY 13
• Feb 13: Craig Jessup sings Rodgers with Hart Valentine Food & Wine Pairing
• Feb 19-28: Actor’s Theater for Children presents Fairytale Follies LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sonoma, 2-5pm, $100, $75/members
ONGOING THURSDAYS Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard. www.nicholsonranch.com, 707-938-8822
Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP, 707-935-3456, ashtonwines.com FEBRUARY 13
Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine Farm to Table Dinner – Winter Edition
tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, www.anabawines.com ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
Tour & Taste at The Olive Press Quivira Winery, Healdsburg, 4-8pm, 800-292-8339, www.quivirawine.com
ONGOING SUNDAYS Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 707-939-8900 FEBRUARY 13
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch www.olivepress.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner
at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa
Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg, 6:30-9:30pm, $350
Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
www.lambertbirdge.com, 707-431-4670
Tasting Room Sampling at Viansa Winery
ONGOING
Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 800-995-4740 FEBRUARY 13
Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean
www.viansa.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival Valentine’s Winery Dinner at St. Francis
Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses.
Santa Rosa, 6:30pm, $125, $105/public, RSVP, 888-675-WINEx255
Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 www.stfranciswinery.com
ONGOING Estate Olive Oil, Vinegar & Wine Tasting
at BR Cohn Winery FEBRUARY 13-14
Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Ravenswood Sweethearts Weekend
Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 Glen Ellen, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival
707-938-4064x124, www.brcohn.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival Sonoma, 11am-4pm, $15, 707-933-2336, www.ravenswood-wine.com
707-571-7500, www.kj.com
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 13-14
ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY Olive Oyl & Foccacia
Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Char Wood Exhibit, Master Painter & Colorist
Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate, Healdsburg Cornerstone Sonoma, 11am-4pm, www.cornerstonesonoma.com, 707-933-3010
Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com
707-433-7427, www.artwanted.com/artychic FEBRUARY 13-14
ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY President’s Day Open House
Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 14
Life of Making Exhibition at Chateau St. Jean
& Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola Kenwood, 11am-5pm, 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com
Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, 707-939-7862, www.svma.org
707-431-4811, www.ryew.com JANUARY 28-31, FEBRUARY 5-6, 12-14, 19-21 FEBRUARY 19
2 By 5 by The Raven Players Dinner with the Winemaker Series
ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS featuring Ferrari-Carano
‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery Raven Theater, Healdsburg, 707-433-6335, www.ravenplayers.org
at the Bay View Restaurant
Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines FEBRUARY 4 Inn at the Tides , Bodega Bay, 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com
RSVP 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com The Epicurean Connection Non Profit Night
Sonoma, 6-8pm, 707-935-7960, www.theepicureanconnection.com FEBRUARY 21
ONGOING WEEKENDS Sonoma Winter Artisan Cheese Fair
Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery FEBRUARY 5-7 MacArthur Place, Sonoma, 1-4pm, $20, www.sheanadavis.com, 707-935-7960
Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing Healdsburg Wild Steelhead Festival
707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com FEBRUARY 25
Various locations in Healdsburg
Winemaker Dinner Series:
EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY 707-484-6438, www.healdsburgsteelheadfest.org
Buena Vista/Atlas Peak Team Dinner
Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market FEBRUARY 6 Santé Restaurant, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma
Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 8:30am-noon, 707-522-8629 Sonoma Valley High School Boosters Club www.fairmont.com/sonoma, 707-939-2415
EVERY FRIDAY MORNING Crab Feed at Cline Cellars
FEBRUARY 27
Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market Sonoma, $80, www.clinecellars.com
The Ark Open House
Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 FEBRUARY 6 Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville, 11am-4pm
ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Hike & Taste in the Vineyards at Kunde Family Estate www.sbragia.com, 707-473-2992
Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery Kenwood, 10am, $25, www.kunde.com, 707-833-5501x334
FEBRUARY 27
Alexander Valley, Taste limited-production reserve Bismark Mountain wines FEBRUARY 6 Le Carnaval de St. Francis Auction
paired with local artisanal cheese selections from The Cheese Shop in Chowder Day Cline Cellars, Sonoma, Benefits St. Francis Solano School, $90
Healdsburg, $10pp, 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com Downtown, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3866, www.bodegabay.com RSVP, 707-996-4994, www.clinecellars.com

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LAKE/MENDOCINO FEBRUARY 12 BAY AREA


Venetian Carnival Masquerade Party at Rosa D‘Oro
EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Kelseyville, 6-9pm, $5, www.rosadeorowine.com, 707-279-0483 SAN FRANCISCO
Food & Wine Pairings FEBRUARY 13
McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com ONGOING
Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting & Food & Wine Pairings The Walt Disney Family Museum
ONGOING FRIDAYS McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 10am-5pm The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, 415-345-6816,
Tuscan Village Music Art Series www.mcnabridge.com, 707-744-1986
www.waltdisney.org
Terrill Cellars, Lower Lake, 6-9pm, $5, www.terrillcellars.com, 707-994-3354 FEBRUARY 13 • Feb 1-27: Film, Lady and the Tramp
JANUARY 30 4th Annual Wine & Chocolate • Feb 6: Lecture, Innovations: Audio Animatronics,
Live music, olive oil tasting & more! Mt. Konocti Growers, Lakeport Will the Real Mr. Lincoln Please Stand Up!
Windows to the Universe at Taylor Observatory
12-4pm, $35/adv, $40, 888-775-8336, 707-262-1611 • Feb 13: Disney Discoveries, Valentines Pop-Up Card
Kelseyville, 8-11pm, $3, www.taylorobservatory.org, 707-262-4121
FEBRUARY 13 • Feb 14: Reel Delicious, Food & Wine in Film
JANUARY 30
In Love with Redwood Valley • Feb 21: The American Land, Music of the New World
Middletown Rotary Club Crab Feast A day of wine, spirits & chocolate! Visit participating Redwood Valley wineries.
Middletown, $40, RSVP, 707-998-1564 JANUARY 28-30
11am-5pm, $15, www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com, 800-760-3739
19th Annual Zinfandel Festival:
JANUARY 31 FEBRUARY 20 Zin in Paradise
Crab & Wine Pairings Food & Wine Pairing & Release Party
at Zina Hyde Cunningham Winery Various events in San Francisco, www.zinfandel.org
Tulip Hill Winery, Nice, 1-5pm, www.tuliphillwinery.com, 707-274-9373 • Jan 28: Good Eats & Zinfandel Pairing, Herbst Pavilion
Boonville, www.zinawinery.com, 707-961-3463
FEBRUARY 20 Fort Mason Center, 6-9pm
FEBRUARY 1-28 Living History Day • Jan 29: Flights! A Showcase of Zinfandels, Intercontinental Mark Hopkins
Alsatian Tapas Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum, 11am-4pm, free, 707-995-3565 Hotel, Peacock Court, 10:30am-1pm
Mendocino Hotel, Mendocino, www.mendocinohotel.com, 707-937-0511 • Jan 29: Evening with the Winemakers, Benefit Live Auction & Dinner
FEBRUARY 20-21
FEBRUARY 6 International Alsace Varietals Festival Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 5pm
Crab Boil at Moore Family Winery Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, Mendocino County Fairgrounds • Jan 30: 19th Annual Grand Zinfandel Tasting, Herbst & Festival Pavilions
Kelseyville, 5-10pm, $65, www.moorefamilywinery.com, 707-738-0507 Boonville & participating wineries, www.avwines.com, 707-895-WINE Fort Mason Center, 2-5pm

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Discounts FEBRUARY 3-7


San Francisco Ocean Film Festival
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
Porcelain by Eugenia Zobel
Theatre 39, San Francisco, www.oceanfilmfest.org, 415-561-6251 Exhibit on display, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, www.WenteVineyards.com
FEBRUARY 4 FEBRUARY 6
ANDRETTI WINERY Cooking for a Cause Wine Release Party
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 7 Crushpad Winery, San Francisco, 5:45-9pm Mitchell Katz Winery, Pleasanton, 12-5pm, $20
www.crushpadwine.com,888-907-2665, $95 www.mitchellkatzinery.com, 925-931-0744
FEBRUARY 6 FEBRUARY 13
BERINGER VINEYARDS Wine & Wishes St. Valentine’s Day Massacre / Syrah Release Party
2 for 1 Tasting in the Rhine House Treasure Island, San Francisco, Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation Nottingham Cellars, Livermore, 5-10pm, $65
with ad PAGE 70 • 5-7:30pm: Gourmet Food & Wine Tasting, $150 www.nottinghamcellars.com, 925-294-8647
• 8-11pm: Winemaker Dinner, $350 FEBRUARY 13
www.makewish.org, 415-982-9474 3rd Annual Wines & Valentines Dinner
CALIFORNIA WINE TOURS FEBRUARY 6 Benefits Museum on Main Street, Pleasanton Hotel, Pleasanton
Tours and tastings PAGE 27 KNBR/Giants Winter Fanfest 6pm, $85, 925-462-2766
AT&T Park, San Francisco, 11am-3pm, www.sfgiants.com, 415-972-2000 FEBRUARY 13-15
27th Annual Barrel Tasting
CHATEAU ST. JEAN FEBRUARY 6-28
Chinese New Year Festival Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm, $5
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 57 Parade February 27, 415-986-1370 www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246
Check website for events www.chineseparade.com FEBRUARY 14
GOLDEN HAVEN FEBRUARY 10-15 Chocolate & Cabernet Sauvignon
McGrail Vineyards, Livermore, 12-4pm, $15
Mud Treatment for 2, Tulipmania 2010
Pier 39, San Francisco, www.pier39.com, 415-705-5500 www.mcgrailvineyards.com, 925-215-0717
$54 per person PAGE 3 FEBRUARY 20
FEBRUARY 20
San Francisco Chronicle Release of Irish Mile Chardonnay
McGrail Vineyards, Livermore, 12-5pm, $5
HAGAFEN CELLARS Wine Competition Public Tasting
www.mcgrailvineyards.com, 925-215-0717
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 2-5pm, $60/adv, $80
Free tasting with ad PAGE 7 www.winejudging.com, 650-548-6700 www.mitchellkatzwinery.com, 925-931-0744
FEBRUARY 23
NORTH CENTRAL COAST
JESSUP CELLARS Nemerever Napa Valley Wine Dinner ONGOING
Complimentary tasting Campton Place, San Francisco, Tasting & Dinner with Proprietor William Sunset Cultural Center-Carmel
Nemerever, $150, 415-955-5574, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com
for two with ad PAGE 40 Carmel, 831-620-2048, www.sunsetcenter.com
FEBRUARY 27 • Feb 6: Dave Mason
Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt • Feb 12: Craig Ferguson
KENDALL-JACKSON WINERY Begins at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco • Feb 14: Gustavo Romero
Complimentary reserve tasting www.sftreasurehunts.com, 415-564-9400 ONGOING
with ad PAGE 23 MARIN COUNTY Live Music at KRML Radio
The Eastwood Building, Carmel, 831-624-6432, www.krmlradio.com
ONGOING
Marin Center in San Rafael ONGOING
LOUIS M. MARTINI 415-499-6800, www.co.marin.ca.us Thursday Night Music Series
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33 • Jan 31-Feb 2: Marin Symphony, The Bridge Between Here & Beyond Bargetto Winery, Soquel, Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm
• Feb 6: TAO, The Martial Art of Drumming 831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com
• Feb 8, 11: Marin Speaker Series, Paul Krugman ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
MARTIN RAY WINERY • Feb 12: Coppélia, Moscow Festival Ballet Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row
15% discount with ad PAGE 49 • Feb 13: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Family fun, music, fine dining & great discounts
SAN MATEO COUNTY Monterey, 4-8pm, 831-649-6690

ONGOING WEEKENDS ONGOING TUESDAYS


MURPHY-GOODE WINERY Vintner Series at the Ritz-Carlton Farmers’ Market at the Barnyard
Mention ad for 10% discount PAGE 48 Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000, www.ritzcarlton/hmb Organic fruit, vegetables & flowers, Carmel, 11am-3pm, 831-624-8886
• Feb: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce Wineries ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
• Mar: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards Monterey Museum of Art
OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER SANTA CLARA COUNTY Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, Monterey, 5-7pm, 831-372-5477
$1 off with ad PAGE 36 EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
FEBRUARY 14
Valentine’s Day Dinner Open for Tasting
Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm, $10/refundable w/purchase
PINK MANSION Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin, www.closlachance.com, 800-ITS-WINE
free/club members, 408-842-9197, www.martinranchwinery.com
15% off with ad at check-in PAGE 36 FEBRUARY 15
President’s Day EVERY TUESDAY
Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin, 11am-5pm Focus on Monterey County Wines
SONOMA WINE HARDWARE www.closlachance.com, 800-ITS-WINE Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm
831-625-5646, www.ranchocellars.com
Free offer PAGE 4 LIVERMORE
ONGOING TUESDAY - SATURDAY
ONGOING Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards
STAGECOACH EXPRESS Bankhead Theatre Wine and Cheese Event
Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore Monterey, 2pm on. Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award winning
Complimentary 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org wines. Wines change monthly. 831-372-7415x213, Ventana 831-656-0570
shipping box PAGE 26 • Jan 28: Alex Filippenko
• Feb 5-7: Cinderella ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 14
• Feb 9: TAO West Side Story
SUMMERS WINES • Feb 12: New Orleans Bash Golden Bough Theatre, Carmel, www.pacrep.org, 831-622-0100
10% discount with ad PAGE 37 • Feb 12: Pink Floyd Laser Extravaganza WEEKENDS THROUGH MARCH 28
• Feb 13: Youth and Adventure Rain Forest Weekends
• Feb 14: It’s Magic! Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com
TRENTADUE WINERY PAGE 49 ONGOING JANUARY 30 – OCTOBER 24
Complimentary tasting with ad Wine Cave Tasting Experience Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs
Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, $15/wine club members of Monterey & Beyond
RSVP 925-456-2405, www.wentevineyards.com/caves Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, www.montereyart.org, 831-372-5477
WILLIAM HILL
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33
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Wine’d Down Sunday at Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge Bottle Your Own Wine
FEBRUARY 13-14
Cannery Row, Monterey, 3-6pm, www.scheidvineyards.com, 831-455-9990 Charles B Mitchell, Fair Play, 530-620-3467 Mardi Gras in Nevada City
FRIDAYS FEBRUARY 5-26 FEBRUARY 13 Downtown Nevada City, 530-265-2692, www.nevadacitychamber.com
Jazz in the Cellars Wine & Chocolate SACRAMENTO VALLEY
Bargetto Winery, Soquel, www.bargetto.com, 831-475-2258x11 Boeger Winery, Placerville, 11am-4pm, $20, $15/member
www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634x18 ONGOING
FEBRUARY 8-14 Sacramento River Train
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am FEBRUARY 13 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com
Pebble Beach, www.pebblebeach.com Triumphant Blending • Feb 13: Valentine’s Dinner
FEBRUARY 13 Crystal Basin Cellars, 6pm, $75, Camino, 530-647-1767 • Feb 27: Murder Mystery
Migration Festival FEBRUARY 13-15 ONGOING
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz11am-4pm Presidential Port Weekend Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
831-423-4609, www.santacruzstatepartks.org Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474 U.C. Davis, 866-754-ARTS, www.mondaviarts.org
FEBRUARY 13 FEBRUARY 14 • Feb 1: American Bach Soloists, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610
Valentine’s Passport River Road Wine Trail Valentine’s Day at Lava Cap Winery • Feb 7: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: Bartók, Lyadov, Mussorgsky
Visit 12 wineries along the trail! 11am-4pm, $20, www.riverroadwinetrail.com Placerville, 11am-5pm, 530-621-0175 • Feb 10: The Four Aces Live!
• Feb 12-21: Dances for Non-Fictional Bodies (excerpt) and Blue Jointedness
FEBRUARY 13 FEBRUARY 20 • Feb 14: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
Valentine Wine Festival starring The Groove Kings Wells on Wine – WOW! Wine Classes:
Kirigin Cellars, Gilroy, 1-5pm, www.kirigincellars.com, 408-847-8827 Rhone Varietals & Blending Class FEBRUARY 7
David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 10am or 1pm Taste of Chocolate
FEBRUARY 19 Old Town Auburn, 12-3pm, $20
Chocolate & Wine Tasting www.davidgirardvineyards.com, RSVP, 530-295-1833
www.oldtownauburnca.com, 530-888-1585
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, 7-9pm, $25/adv, $30 FEBRUARY 20
831-646-5601, www.monterey.org/library Winemaker Dinner FEBRUARY 13-14
Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474 Petite Sirah Port Weekend
FEBRUARY 20 Bogle Winery, Clarksburg, 11am-5pm, $5
Clam Chowder Cook-Off CALAVERAS COUNTY www.boglewinery.com, 916-744-1139
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH
www.beachboardwalk.com, 831-423-5590 SOLANO COUNTY
Wines of the World Education Tastings
FEBRUARY 20-21 Murphys Hotel, Murphys, No reservations required, everyone welcome! FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 31
Shark Days 5:30pm, $15, 209-736-2949 47th Annual Fairfield Visual Arts Association
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey Juried Art Show
JANUARY 31 Creative Arts Center, Fairfield, 12-3pm, free
www.montereybayaquarium.org, 831-648-4800
Cooking Class: Skills Part 1, Soups & Stews www.FairfieldVisualArts.org, 707-428-0400
FEBRUARY 21 Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 11:30am, $75
1st Annual Sparkling Wine Disgorging Party www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251 FEBRUARY 5-7
Pessagno Winery, Salinas, www.pessagnowines.com, 831-675-9463 San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival
FEBRUARY 6 Mare Island, Vallejo, 7am-5pm
FEBRUARY 23 Between the Sheets Poetry Workshops www.sfbayflywayfestival.com, 707-557-9816
16th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251
Ultimate Winemakers’ Dinner
Capitola, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association FEBRUARY 6
Lake Tulloch Lions Club Annual Crab Dinner
SUISUN VALLEY
Shadowbrook Restaurant, $105, 831-685-8463, www.scmwa.com
Black Creek Park, Copperopolis, $35, 209-785-8587, 5:30pm FEBRUARY 27
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA FEBRUARY 6 New Release at Vezer Family Vineyard:
Cuisine of Provence 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
ONGOING Tanner Vineyards, Murphys, 209-728-8229 Suisun Valley, www.vezerfamilyvineyard.com, 707-344-0334
Sierra Railroad FEBRUARY 7
Oakdale, 209-848-2100, www.sierrarailroad.com Cooking Class: Skills Part 2, Sautéing LODI/WOODBRIDGE
• Feb 12: Murder Mystery Dinner Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 11:30am, $75
• Feb 13: Valentine’s Brunch & Dinner www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251 ONG0ING
Hutchins Street Square
FEBRUARY 13-14 FEBRUARY 7 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com
Wine & Chocolate Weekend 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off • Feb 9: In the Mood
Visit 10 wineries in Madera, 10am-5pm, $20/adv, $25 Murphys Historic Hotel, Murphys, 209-728-3344 • Feb 14: Ol’Blue Eyes is Back: A Romantic & Swingin’ Tribute to Frank Sinatra
www.maderawinetrail.com, 800-613-0709 • Feb 15: Daniel Rodriguez
FEBRUARY 13
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS Valentine Dinner & Dance
Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 7pm, $65
FEBRUARY 13-14
13th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend
ONGOING www.ironstonevineyards.com, RSVP, 209-728-1251x11 Visit participating Lodi area wineries! 11am-4pm, $35/adv, $45
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park FEBRUARY 13 www.lodiwineandchocolate.com
Jamestown, 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org Rail Jam FEBRUARY 13-14
Murphys Historic Hotel, Murphys, 209-728-3344 Wine & Chocolate at Woodbridge Winery
ONGOING
25th Annual Chefs’ Holidays FEBRUARY 13-14 Woodbridge, 11am-4:30pm
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley, 801-559-4949, www.YosemitePark.com President’s Weekend Celebration 209-365-8139, www.woodbridgewines.com
• Jan 31 – Feb 2: La Toque, Napa Valley; Midi, San Francisco; Chatom Vineyards, Douglas Flat, 11am-5pm
Coco500, San Francisco www.chatomvineyards.com, 209-736-6500
• Feb 3-4: La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club; Flea Street Café, Menlo Park; FEBRUARY 13-14
Greens, San Francisco President’s Wine Weekend Email Your Events to
EL DORADO COUNTY Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, visit participating wineries, 11am-5pm cathy@WineCountryThisWeek.com
ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY www.calaveraswines.org
Private Tastings with the Winemaker FEBRUARY 14 For best results, send your emails at least 6 to 8
Winery By the Creek, Fair Play, Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine Valentine’s Dinner weeks prior to the date of your event. Event listings
educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment, $25, $20/members Murphys Historic Hotel, Murphys, 209-728-3344
530-620-2402, www.winerybythecreek.com are free, and published as space is available and at
FEBRUARY 20 the discretion of Wine Country This Week.
ONGOING SUNDAYS Comedy Night with Del VanDyke
Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon La Contenta, Valley Springs, 209-772-1082
Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com For more event listings throughout
FEBRUARY 20
JANUARY 30-31 Mardi Gras Dinner
Northern and Central California, visit
Bring Out the Barrel Chatom Vineyards, Douglas Flat, $65/members, $75 www.winecountrythisweek.com
El Dorado Winery Association,Visit participating wineries! www.eldoradowines.org www.chatomvineyards.com, 209-736-6500

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CANDLELIGHT INN
Peaceful Elegance in the Napa Valley
by Abigail P. Zimmerman Today, the Candlelight Inn enjoys a well-deserved reputation for
providing superb service and ensuring guests have a truly enjoyable,
The Candlelight Inn epitomizes the elegance and true romance of memorable stay.
Napa Valley. “We appreciate that your time away is valuable, so we are
Built in 1929 by the Napa postmaster, this graceful English tudor- committed to helping you enjoy it to the fullest!” says owner Sam Neft.
style mansion is particularly geared to guest’s intent on enjoying a The full-service concierge staff works seven days a week to ensure
special time in a memorable place. guests want for nothing. While the Candlelight Inn is a destination
Romantic to its core, the Candlelight Inn is a beautifully preserved point unto itself, it is convenient to Napa Valley’s finest restaurants,
element of Napa history. A grand, sophisticated estate, the Inn is at wineries and galleries. Candlelight Inn Concierges are happy to make
once tranquil and stately. Driving up, it’s easy to imagine a horse and any reservations or plans to further enhance your stay.
carriage waiting or hear sounds from glittering parties past. Today, the The Candlelight Inn is truly a fairytale with all the modern ameni-
Inn is simply lovely, tranquil and romantic. ties. Additional amenities include:
Carefully manicured grounds are bordered by the soothing Napa • Flat-screen TVs/ DVD players and CD players
Creek and the majestic Giant Redwoods impart shade and a natural • Personalized dining recommendations
feeling of exclusivity. Ceilings within soar and hand-applied white- and wine country touring advice
washed plaster and blackened oak beams only add to your impres- • Complimentary beverages and snacks
sions of enchantment. • Onsite high-speed wireless Internet access
Steeped in fairytale romance, warmth and comfort, guest suite inte- • Free onsite parking
riors are uniquely individual and well appointed with sumptuous • Send and receive faxes at no charge
linens, floral motifs and wine country charm. Most suites boast crack- • Newspapers available daily
ling fireplaces and two-person marble Jacuzzi tubs. Private balconies • Complimentary movie library
or patios ensure privacy for all. Guest rooms range in price from $175 to $400 with internet
A spacious, secluded swimming pool and sets of comfortable chairs specials from time to time. Pets are not allowed and the Candlelight
to lounge on to create a perfect environment to read, rest or simply to Inn is purely a no-smoking establishment.
enjoy some sunshine. Candlelight Inn is located at 1045 Easum Drive in Napa. For
Enjoy three-course complimentary gourmet breakfasts each more information, call (707) 257-3717 or 1-800-624-0395, visit
morning and hors d’oeuvres in the evening. www.candlelightinn.com or email mail@candlelightinn.com.

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Tom Klein & Rick Sayre

RODNEY STRONG
Something for Everyone
by Richard Paul Hinkle Today, the wine that best exemplifies that bold, concentrated Cabernet, with juicy red
is winemaker Rick Sayre’s “Symmetry,” which and black fruit character.”
The late Rodney Strong was a Broadway shows off the best of what the five-variety red • Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Charlotte’s Home
dancer-choreographer who turned to wine to Bordeaux blends – here dubbed “Meritage” – Vineyard ($15): Flashy and bright, with
express himself in a more down-to-earth can be. “Our owner, Tom Klein gets the credit brisk grapefruit and freshly-mown grass,
fashion. The thing I remember most about for naming this wine,” executive winemaker with just a stiletto-crisp hint of Jalapeno
Rod was his terse and pithy comment about Rick Sayre once told me. “It came out of our pepper to push the fruit forward, give it that
the nonsense of thinking of the wine business looking for a wine with the ideal balance of much more focus and intensity. A great wine
as one of bottom line, profit and loss. “Wine fruit and oak, the sort of balance that gives with smoked salmon, for certain.
is a second or third generation business,” he you youthful enjoyment as well as the capa- • Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma County ($15):
told me. “The idea is to build equity.” bility to age – a sense of symmetry, naturally. Creamy texture with plenty of subtle Fuji
The equity that he passed down to Tom Over the years, we’re finding that, if we blend apple and white peach fruit; velvet (and yes)
Klein – who comes from a farming family, so the grapes a bit sooner, they manage to come creamy texture, with anise spice. Chicken.
he understands the concept better than most together much more quickly in bottle.” • Chardonnay 2007 Chalk Hill Estate ($20):
– was rock solid, grounded in the excellent Another riff on the subject of Cabernet White peach and lots of butter and cream,
vinelands Rod and Charlotte Strong had Sauvignon are a couple of new single vine- with hints of green apple; very fluid and
acquired over the years. Wine, you see, is at yard wines. The first to be released is called rich. Veal.
base an agricultural endeavor. One that has a Rockaway, for a vineyard just north of • Chardonnay 2007 Russian River Valley
great advantage over most ag pursuits: It’s Geyserville (the specific coordinates, should Reserve ($40): Elberta peach – rich and
ultimate product, wine, is self-preserving. you need to know, are 38° 42' 59" N, 122° 52' succulent – and hazelnut crispness. Big and
Thank goodness for alcohol. 15" W). “This vineyard was planted in 1994,” round, with lots of oak toast and French
Cabernet Sauvignon, for the most part, says Sayre, “mostly to Cabernet Sauvignon bread; fat and up to the richest of sauces.
informs Rodney Strong today. When Strong and Merlot, but we also have a little Malbec, • Pinot Noir 2008 Russian River Estate
was alive, his much touted rendering of the Verdot and Franc. The slope rises to 750 feet ($22): Plum and strawberry, soft and expres-
variety was called “Alexander’s Crown,” for the above sea level and the soils are comprised of sive all across the palate; silky, long finish,
low hill at Rod’s home, just past the bridge. It gravelly clay subsoil over fractured sandstone, with a cardamom bite of spiciness.
was a wine that showed the elegance of so it’s very well-drained. We get wonderfully • Zinfandel 2007 Sonoma County Estate
Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. small-berried clusters, ideal for making a “Knotty Vines” ($22): Deep raspberry,

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blood orange and strawberry


fruit that lingers and builds
memories, with lively rosemary
and clove spiciness in the finish.
This is one of the winery’s stan-
dards, and its applications run
well beyond the normal “picnic”
status that you might ordinarily
think of for Zin. Pork roast for
one. Dust it with rosemary.
Mmmmm.
• Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Alexander Valley, Estate
Bottled ($25): Tobacco and bell
pepper and green bean fruit in
an earthy, cigar-box-like setting.
Perfect for the smoked or sharp
cheddar cheese plate that you’ve
been thinking about. Don’t
deny it. You know you want it.
• Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Sonoma County Reserve
($50): Blackberry and blueberry
fruit that is solid, yet fluid; inky,
with iodine and licorice.
• “Symmetry” 2006 Alexander
Valley Meritage ($60): A velvet
texture that coats your tongue is
the signature of this wine, along
with the black currant and dark
chocolate cassis character that
swims through the wine from
first smell to aftertaste. This
wine is nearly 80 percent
Cabernet Sauvignon, with
smaller amounts of the other
four Bordeaux grape varieties.
• “Rockaway” 2006 Alexander
Valley Single Vineyard ($75):
Red raspberry and black currant
fruit, with full toasted oak;
round and silky, yet it still needs
a bit of bottle time.
Rodney Strong Vineyards is
located at 11455 Old Redwood
Highway on the south side of
Healdsburg. Their hospitality
phone number is (707) 431-
1533, or you may check them at
www.RodneyStrong.com.)
If you take the self-guided tour
that circles the tasting room, you’ll
read copy that might sound familiar;
Hinkle wrote that copy.

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P erfect P airs by Millie Howie

Sutter Home
Sauvignon Blanc
Perfectly Paired
with Queso Fundido
Just hearing the name of today’s unique recipe can bring a
smile and the certain feeling that anything with “fun” in its
name is going to be so delightful that it will surely become an
important addition to your own recipe file. The “fun” in
Fundido means “melted” and Jeff Starr, culinary director of
Trinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home Winery, along with
James McNair, co-author of the just released cookbook “Burger
Parties” create their fundido using fresh Mexican melting
cheeses – Asadero, Chihuahua or Manchego with Chorizo and
roasted poblano chiles. After browning the meat and adding
the chiles, tomato, oregano and half a cup of Sutter Home
Sauvignon Blanc the mix is ready to be popped into a 300
QUESO FUNDIDO Serves 6
degree oven for the melt. The grated cheese is stirred in and
Mexican chorizo and melting cheeses can be found in the Latin refrigerated
after approximately three minutes, the hot, rich dip is ready sections of many major supermarkets or in Latin markets. Monterey jack and/or
to be scooped up with crisp tortilla chips and enjoyed along cheddar cheeses may be substituted if you can’t locate the Mexican ones.
with a glass of Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc. The choice of • 4 ounces Mexican chorizo, casing discarded
wine is Jeff’s fruity, refreshing Sangria, but he admits to • 3/4 cup finely chopped white onion
enjoying the food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc that goes so will • 1 cup seeded and finely chopped ripe tomato
with a hint of heat from the poblanos. “I like the hints of • 2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely
melon and lime that the wine brings to the dish and the light- chopped
ness of the wine goes so beautifully with the spicy food,”says • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
Jeff “I feel the crisp acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc offers a • 1/2 cup Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
nice counterpoint to the richness of the Queso Fundido.” • 9 ounces grated Mexican melting cheese, such as Asadero,
Jeff himself has transported his version of Queso Fundido Chihuahua or Manchego (not the hard Spanish version)
• 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
from Santa Fe where he served as sous chef at Coyote Café, to
• Tortilla chips, for serving
his executive chef position at the southwestern – influenced
restaurant, Malibu Adobe in southern California and then north Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Combine the chorizo and
to the kitchens of Trinchero Family Estates/Sutter Home winery onion in a non-stick sauté pan or skillet and cook over
in St. Helena. medium heat, stirring and breaking up the chorizo into small
pieces, until nicely browned, about 7 minutes. Stir in the
tomato, chiles and oregano and cook for 2 minutes. Add the
wine and cook for 2 minutes longer. Transfer the mixture to
an 8-inch shallow casserole or baking dish and stir in the
grated cheese. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cheese
just melts, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the cilantro and
serve immediately with tortilla chips.
Opn daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
277 St. Helena Hwy. So., St. Helena Wine Pairing: Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
(707) 963-3104 | www.sutterhome.com

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Passport to Dry Creek Valley Celebrates 20th Anniversary


New Friday Event Launched: Gateway to Passport—A First Class create for their traveling guests during Passport to Dry Creek Valley™.
Experience – Tickets Now On Sale! Past themes have included a Caribbean Hideaway, Circus Big Top,
Passport to Dry Creek Valley™ is an annual event, sponsored by Mardi Gras, Motown Soul, Old Havana, Heaven & Hell, Taste of Spain
the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley™ (WDCV), showcasing the and Little Italy. Nearly every winery features live entertainment, from
wineries, vineyards and exceptional beauty of Dry Creek Valley. This belly dancers to blues, jazz or 50s rock and roll. Guests are certain to
year, Passport to Dry Creek Valley™ is celebrating its 20th anniversary be carried away by the festive atmosphere created at each winery.
with the launch of a new event on Friday, April 23, called Gateway to Participating winery locales throughout the Dry Creek Valley in
Passport – A First Class Experience. Sonoma County (a complete participating winery list can be found at
The more than 60 wineries and 150 growers in the Dry Creek www.wdcv.com). Activities begin at 11 a.m. lasting until 4:30 p.m.,
Valley produce a variety of wines to please any palate; 46 wineries will Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. Saturday and Sunday event
be offering first class weekend events along the Passport route! Join in tickets are $120 each, including tax, for a two-day Passport. Sunday
Passport weekend, as wineries up and down Dry Creek Valley cele- only tickets are $70 each including tax.
brate the magic of their valley with wine, food, entertainment and the Vineyard Tours – Each tour begins at 9:30am
hospitality for which Dry Creek Valley is famous. Passport to Dry
Passport ticket holders are invited to walk the vineyards and expe-
Creek Valley™ sells out quickly every year.
rience winegrowing in this distinct appellation. Select wineries are
Gateway to Passport — A First Class Experience opening their vineyards with special tours, discussions and tastings.
An elegant evening launched in honor of the 20th anniversary, Register and Enjoy a First Class Weekend
Gateway to Passport includes owners and winemakers of select Dry
Because the number of participants is limited, Passports are sold
Creek Valley wineries, all family-owned. Celebrity chef Charlie
first come first served, like a concert. This event consistently sells out
Palmer, of the famed Dry Creek Kitchen and upscale Hotel Healds-
and tickets will not be available for long.
burg, will create culinary delights paired with small production Dry
Tickets went on sale on February 1 at www.wdcv.com. To be on the
Creek Valley wines. Gateway to Passport – A First Class Experience
mailing list and receive information about this event, and all WDCV
takes place Friday, April 23 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Tickets are $150
events, email name, address and phone to info@wdcv.com
and are very limited.
Attendees every year tell their friends, relatives and even strangers
Theme Parties, Live Music, Sumptuous Foods – about how much fun they had at the Winegrowers of Dry Creek
All Paired with Dry Creek Valley Wines Valley™ Passport event. Participants travel from all over the country
Oysters, BBQ, sculpture gardens, bocce ball, tightrope walkers, to attend Passport to Dry Creek Valley™ – from Texas, Pennsylvania,
barrel samples, newly released wines and old-fashioned fun – all of New York, Arizona and across the U.S. Everybody’s welcome (21 years
this and more is part of the lively environment participating wineries and older).

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‘Bring out the Barrel’ – El Dorado


Winemakers Open Their Cellars
for Barrel Tasting, January 30-31
More than 20 El Dorado wineries are opening their cellars during
the weekend of January 30-31, inviting wine lovers of all levels to expe-
rience the nuances of a new vintage – by tasting wine samples straight
from the barrel. It’s a unique opportunity to talk with local vintners and
follow the winemaking process from vine to barrel to bottle.
The weekend features wine tasting, light food pairings and the
opportunity to purchase “futures” of limited quantity wines. The event
is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
El Dorado’s family owned wineries are just an hour from Sacra-
mento or South Lake Tahoe, and about 2 hours from the Bay Area.
Weekend passes are only $25 and are available online at
www.ElDoradoWines.org. Friends 4-Packs are: four tickets for the
price of three. Passes for Sunday only are $20. Designated drivers are
$5.
Participating wineries: Auriga Cellars, Busby Cellars, Colibri Ridge,
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.

Earth, Wine and Fire Headline Saturday


of the Sonoma Jazz+ Festival, May 21-23
Tickets are now available
Sonoma Jazz + (www.sonomajazz.org) announced that tickets are
now on sale for the first of three nights, with the great Earth, Wind and
Fire headlining Saturday, May 22, in the big tent on Sonoma’s Field of
Dreams. “No other band has been more requested to play the critically
acclaimed festival in the Sonoma wine country,” enthused SJ+ Execu-
tive Producer Jim Horowitz. “We couldn’t be more exited about EWF,
and what a great way to launch a new year, a new decade and our sixth
year with this very hot show, which is certain to attract one of the most
diverse audiences in our history!”
The festival weekend includes Wine and Song events around the
Plaza and an expanded SJ+ after-hours program of live music following
the main stage concerts, with two other big nights to be announced.
Proceeds from Sonoma Jazz + enhance, promote and support local
music programs in the Sonoma Valley schools, with more than
$460,000 raised to date.
Tickets for the Earth, Wind & Fire show available by calling 1-866-
527-TIXX (8499), or through www.sonomajazz.org; also on a walk-in
basis at Sonoma Valley Music, 521Broadway in Sonoma.

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Gold Tasting Simi Winery, in Healdsburg, invites enophiles to enjoy a savings


Awashed in rustic charm and rural solitude, there’s a gold mine of of $10 per couple on tours and tastings when they visit. While there,
luxurious wines in El Dorado Country. With several hot producers be certain to ask for their Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
including Boeger, Colibri Ridge, Fitzpatrick and Iverson Vineyards, In ancient times, Mount St. Helena threw off a landslide that created
the El Dorado appellation is an up-and-coming locale for wine lovers an acre of rich microclimates and soil diversity in the Alexander
seeking tasty wines and great value. The perfect time to discover this Valley. Simi Winery spotted an opportunity there and planted Land-
wine destination is on the weekend of January 30th and 31st during slide Vineyard, growing complex and concentrated grapes that
the annual “Bring Out the Barrel” barrel tasting weekend. More than produce one of my favorite Cabs. Simi Winery is at 16275 Healds-
20 acclaimed wineries will come together to showcase their different burg Avevnue; 1-800-746-4880, www.SimiWinery.com.
personalities, award-winning wines and the exceptional beauty of El Best Bottles (for your buck): Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Dorado. Participants will have the chance to taste fine wines and learn their 2006 California Shiraz for $11. Find this at the winery in
about the art and practice of wine making and grape growing Geyserville. DeLoach, a few minutes west of Santa Rosa, has priced
(including why the area produces such delicious Zins). Located less their delicious 2006 Cote De Loach Pinot Noir at $12. Sutter Home
than an hour from Sacramento or a little over two hours from the San in St. Helena has a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay for
Francisco area, El Dorado’s family-owned wineries welcome visitors $5. Rosenblum Cellars, on the Healdsburg Plaza, has discounted
with a wide diversity of delicious award-winning wines, friendly their non-vintage California Vintner’s Cuvee XXX to $12. Dry Creek
tasting room staffs and idyllic views of snowcapped mountains and Vineyard, a few miles west of Healdsburg, makes a delicious 2008
oak-studded foothills. Wine lovers of all levels will get a special Sonoma County Fume Blanc at the remarkable price of $12. This
preview of what these wines may become, as winemakers reveal the one is a real steal.
magical alchemy that goes into making the wines. Cost is $20 per Nestled in the Valley of the Moon is Kaz Vineyard & Winery,
person for the weekend, $15 Sunday only. You can also buy four literally the smallest working winery in Sonoma County. Kaz
tickets for the price of three! For more information, call 1-800-306- produces ultra small lots of exquisite ports, pinks, whites and reds in
3956 or visit the website at www.ElDoradoWines.org. quantities of one to four barrels. All their wines are delicious and, for
a limited time, bargain hunters can save a barrel of cash by joining
Deals & Discounts the Kaz Klub. By becoming a Kazaholic, whatever you purchase, Kaz
Calistoga Cellars is having a fire sale on their Partner’s Red will double your order for free! Purchase a bottle, get a bottle. Buy
($9.99/bottle) and Partner’s White ($7.99/bottle). Both are delicious two, get two. Forget hit and miss brands at Trader Joe’s, the good
wines and, at these prices, are worth getting a case or two. Speaking stuff is at Trader Kaz: 233 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood; 1-877-
of which, if you purchase a case, the winery will throw in an addi- 833-2536, www.KazWinery.com. FYI: By the way, with any purchase,
tional 10% discount. Calistoga Cellars took home the “gold” and reference this story and Kaz will thrown in a bottle of their gourmet house-
“best of class” honors at the LA Wine Tasting Competition, so they brand mustard and vinegar. A $15 value.
know their stuff. This offer isn’t available through their website.
Instead, you need to stop in or call at (707) 942-7422. They don’t
have that many cases and these will go fast. FYI: Calistoga Cellars also
has an incredible deal on their 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5 Liter
Magnums for $40/bottle.

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ZAP Festival Celebrates Zin in Paradise


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

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Welcome to
SUISUN VALLEY
Vezér Family Vineyards in Suisun Valley
by Charles Neave
Though often – too often – overlooked, Suisun Valley is one of the
last of California’s remaining hidden gems, despite the fact that it is
barely a dozen miles from the City of Napa. But for years Suisun has
been known as a trusted and quality stand-in to the star winemakers
of Napa and Sonoma.
Now, with the recent introduction of Frank and Liz Vezér and their
best friends and partners, Sam and Mimi Mizirawi, things are
changing.
To begin with, the Vezer’s bought the 30-acre ranch and vineyard
formerly contracted to the “Sin Zin” people and “Ravenswood.” That
was followed in very short order by their purchase of the entire
Western “Pony Express” village of Mankas Corners, a property with
160 years of colorful history. Then they acquired Suisun Valley’s
Crown Jewel, the Blue Victorian in the very heart of this valley of
rolling hills, farms, pasture and vineyards. locations are working winery sites, with some of the most unique and
Also a 160-year-old homestead, it has towering century-old date hospitable tasting rooms you have ever experienced, stocked with an
palms and a gorgeous and, yes, a very blue Victorian manor. All three array of good wines and staffed by people who are simply glad you
stopped by and who want to share the area’s history, stories and wines
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are thrilled that we have just won gold at the New York’s International
for their 2006 Cab,” said Frank Vezér. Also, at a blind tasting recently
held at the elegant Bay Leaf Restaurant in Napa, Vezér’s 2006 Cabernet
Sauvignon was unanimously preferred over a famous 97 point Napa
Valley Cabernet.
One cannot write an article on Vezér and Suisun Valley without
mentioning the La Salette, if it is not already known as the world’s
most exquisite Petite Syrah blend, it is certainly known as the world’s
most expensive, where a magnum of La Salette sold to two investors
for $30,000.00 in a live charity auction. Have no fear though, in the
tasting room a bottle is far more affordable price, though it is indis-
putably a wine for those special occasions.
But Vezér is all about hospitality and family, and this is the main areas many fine hotels.
reason why Suisun Valley is being recognized as the “wine hospi- For more information on this special part of the Northern Cali-
tality valley.” The Vezér family warmly invites you to visit all of the fornia Wine Country, go to SuisunValleyTheNapaBackroad.com for
twelve wineries in the valley, and to make it a full weekend destina- more details. And be sure to visit the Vezér website at
tion. You can even plan a dinner at the Vintage Café, right next to www.VezerFamilyVineyard.com for directions and your tasting (and
one of the Vezér tasting rooms, and spend the night in one of the tasting room) options.

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Winners of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine


Competition Sweepstake Recently Announced
On January 8th, 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners
the annual week of judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County, • Sparkling:
California. Over five days, 63 professional wine experts within the media, restaurant J Vineyards & Winery
and hospitality, education, winemaking and retail wine industries tasted and evalu- Russian River Valley J Brut Rose
ated a world-record breaking 4,913 entries, a number that maintains the competi- • White:
tion’s status as the largest competition of American wines in the world. Keuka Spring Vineyards, Finger Lakes, NY
On the final day of the judging process, each of the “Best of Class Judges’ Choice” 2008 Gewurztraminer
wines were carefully assessed one more time. • Pink:
Consumers can look forward to tasting the Sweepstake Award Winners, along Bray Vineyards, Shenandoah Valley, CA
with hundreds of additional wines, at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine 2008 Barbera Rosato
Competition Public Tasting, held at Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion in San • Red:
Francisco on February 20. The Public Tasting is an annual celebration allowing wine Graton Ridge Cellars, Russian River Valley,
lovers to compare their favorites to the top picks announced at the judging while Paul Family Vineyard 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
enjoying great food and breathtaking views. • Dessert:
A comprehensive list of the wines and their awards can be found on Watermill Winery, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
www.winejudging.com. 2008 Late Harvest Gewurztraminer

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NAPA VALLEY SONOMA COUNTY– NORTHERN LODI/WOODBRIDGE
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pampered and can enjoy the perfect Napa wine blocks from the historic downtown plaza and wonderful restaurants in Healdsburg.
tasting experience. Valley or forest views from each 25 W. Grant Street, Healdsburg (707(=) 431-1110 WINE AND ROSES HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
room, lavish breakfast and afternoon wine tasting, 2505 W. Turner Road (209) 334-6988
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distance to most local wineries. entertainment,Terrace Grill restaurant, fitness center and tennis courts
1415 Foothill Blvd 1-800-238-7465 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 1-800-848-8300 THE INN AT LOCKHOUSE
Calistoga www.pinkmansion.com
19960 Elliot Road, Lockeford (209) 727-5715
VINTNERS INN
Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios;
surrounded by vineyards. 1-800-421-2584 MONTEREY BAY/CENTRAL COAST
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa www.vintnersinn.com
CYPRESS INN
800-443-7443 www.cypress-inn.com
SONOMA COUNTY– SOUTHERN
LAMP LIGHTER INN
LEDSON HOTEL Tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach, you will discover a
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
SUNSET SUITES
KENWOOD INN AND SPA
A premier Sonoma County destination for discerning visitors seeking gracious treat- (831) 624-7372 www.carmellamplighter.com
ment, lush surroundings, soothing pools and elegant accommodations all in a Tuscan
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
CANDLELIGHT INN finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries and blocks away
Private baths; TV/phone and AC; two-person
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Bay views, walking distance to shopping, restaurants; swimming pool, hot tub, LONE OAK LODGE
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Winemaker Profile: Reynolds Family Winery

STEVE REYNOLDS room. Apart from having to live in a friend’s other from Los Carneros), a Merlot, our Estate
by Charles Neave
garage for six months, we can now say it was Cabernet, a Reserve Stag’s Leap Cab and our
It is pretty much impossible not to like a labor of love.” Today, Steve and Suzie and red wine blend, appropriately called ‘Persis-
someone as enthusiastic as Steve Reynolds, their three children, Cameron, Rebecca and tence’.” Perhaps most unusual of all is the
founder of Reynolds Family Winery on the Sarah, live in a handsome house on the prop- bottling that includes fruit from all 14 appella-
Silverado Trail in Napa, and also its wine- erty, a stones throw from the Tuscan-style tions in the Napa Valley. Not only is the bottle
maker. After leaving the field of dentistry you tasting room/ winery/barrel room, crush pad, visually arresting, the wine is complex and
can tell within seconds that he found his true pond and terrace. The resident winery cat, a intriguing.
calling making wine, running a winery and gold tabby named Bert, divides his time To sample the wines Steve and his dedi-
generally having a great time doing both. He is between them. cated crew make, visit their tasting room and
the opposite of the wine snob; this is a guy you “We own 14 acres here at the winery, ten of be prepared to relax and enjoy. With its high,
want to listen to when he talks about his it planted to Cabernet Sauvignon vines using slanted ceiling, dark wood, views of the
passion for wine and grapes and the vines in three different clones. Altogether we work terrace, pond and vineyards (that is the Vaca
the vineyard. with 20 different vineyards and growers. In Range beyond), iron chandeliers, private
“My interest in wine started when I was our own vineyard we are a year or two away tasting room and long bar, it is the perfect spot
living in Germany as a young teenager,” Steve from being certified organic, and we are also to try the first of the Reynolds Cabernets.
has said. “Wine was always part of our daily working on being as green as possible. It’s “We’re always trying to do the right thing
life and my father often took the whole family something I feel we owe to our children.” when people visit, to give visitors what we
on wine tasting trips through Europe. Steve uses often complex and time- would like.”
“My father and I dreamt of building a consuming methods of winemaking. For So remember the words of the man who
winery together and our vision became reality instance juice is put in not one type of aging made it: “There are lot of layers of love in our
when my wife, Suzie, and I traded my dental vessel, but sometimes all three: open top bins, wines.” And that, along with a sip of Reynolds
practice for the life of wine growers in 1994. oak barrels and stainless steel fermentation Family wine, says it all.
I’d like to say that we moved in and started tanks. He also segregates the juice based on The Reynolds Family Winery tasting room
making wine on day one. But the truth is the vineyard and the vineyard’s geographical is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (and most
property was a 100-year-old chicken ranch orientation. It is not an inexpensive proposi- holidays) and is located at 3266 Silverado Trail
that needed lots of love but was full of poten- tion, but the results speak for themselves. approximately ten minutes from the City of
tial. It took us over a year to clean it up and “We produced our first vintage in 1999 and Napa. You can also look on their website,
begin renovations. haven’t looked back. We now create seven www.reynoldsfamilywinery.com, for more
“I acted as general contractor, and built wines, including a Chardonnay, two Pinot information or to make an appointment, call
everything from the fences to the tasting Noirs (one from the Russian River Valley, the (707) 258-2558.

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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Release


of 2007 Trilogy, Saturday, February 6
Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards will debut the 2007 vintage of by calling Margaret Meraz at (707) 967-6723.
their signature red wine Trilogy on Saturday, February 6th with a Carnaval attire is strongly encouraged! The person wearing the best
Carnaval-inspired celebration at the Flora Springs Winery in St. mask (voted by the audience) will receive a 3L bottle of Trilogy
Helena from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public, the days festivities (contest time 1 p.m.). The person wearing the most beads will receive
will include Louisiana Creole-influenced food provided by Cindy a Magnum of Trilogy.
Pawlcyn’s Napa Valley Catering, entertainment, blending seminars Trilogy, which retails for $65 and is available in all 50 states, is Flora
hosted by winemaker Paul Steinauer as well as food and wine pairings Springs flagship red wine. Flora Springs was among the first to make
conducted by Cindy Pawlcyn. Samples of both the 2007 Trilogy and a California Meritage in 1984 and, over the years, Trilogy (a blend of
selected single vineyard wines will be offered. as many as five Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Tickets are $30 for Flora Springs wine club members and $35 for Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec) has come to enjoy interna-
non-members. Tickets are available online at www.florasprings.com or tional acclaim. All of the grapes in Trilogy come from certified-organic
vineyards owned and managed by the Flora Springs family. The wine
was made at the Flora Springs Estate in its red wine production facility,
S T. H E L E N A which is housed in a 19th-century stone winery and now completely
solar-powered.
CH AR LES Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards is located at 1978 West
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Calafia Cellars at www.florasprings.com, or by contacting Margaret Meraz at (707)
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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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Welcome to
CALISTOGA
Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort
by Christin Piccin leaving the pond as calm and serene as it was before the show began.
Hot springs and steam vents are numerous but there are only a
When wine touring has tired you out, take a short detour from
handful of geysers in the world that can be relied on to erupt
Highway 29 beneath the lofty peak of Mt. St. Helena, for a nature
predictably and repeatedly. Old Faithful Geyser of California is one of
break at Old Faithful Geyser of California.
those.
Just outside Calistoga, the Geyser’s peaceful garden “theater” is
Geyser owner Olga Kolbek, who has logged the geyser’s activity
ringed with tall grasses and feathery-leafed bamboo. In anticipation of
since 1983, noticed a surprising link between the geyser’s eruptions
the imminent eruption, I found a shady seat at one of the many picnic
and earthquakes. While the geyser spouts off at 40-minute intervals
tables scattered about and closed my eyes. Only the songs of chirping
most days, subsequent studies by seismologists have revealed that
birds who were secreted away in the bamboo, were evident. Suddenly,
California’s Old Faithful goes off schedule when earthquakes activity
though, there was an ominous, throaty rumble. My eyes popped open.
is imminent. The geyser’s eruptions come farther apart and decrease in
The geyser was coming to life.
size, coinciding with earthquakes within 300 miles in the next few
Centered in a small, grass-hemmed pond, the geyser had begun
days.
coughing puffs of steam which dissolved into the warm afternoon air.
Kolbek delights in sharing her vast knowledge of the geyser and of
Then it started to gurgle and bubble like a witch’s cauldron. Suddenly
local history, and is available by appointment for private tours. Like-
it sent up a few spurts three or four feet high.
wise, a series of panels scattered through the garden area, plus a video
After a few minutes of playful squirting, it erupted. It was as if
room explain the mysteries of California’s Old Faithful. The geyser is
someone had opened a fire hydrant straight into the sky. A column of
located at 1299 Tubbs Lane off Hwy. 29 in Calistoga and is open 9 a.m.
350-degree hot water spouted from the rocky source, backlit by the
to 6 p.m., every day of the year. For more information, call (707) 942-
sun. As it peaked, the steaming water fanned out into miniscule
6463 or visit www.oldfaithfulgeyser.com.
droplets that fell like shimmering diamond dust then disappeared,

Mustard, Mud & Music Festival


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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Napa Valley Fine Art
Celebrate the Bounty
Arvid Releases New Sculpture
and Uncorks Silver Oak
Renowned wine painter, Thomas Arvid returns this month
to Napa Valley for Silver Oak Cellars’ Annual Release Day on
February 6th, where he will celebrate the good life with family,
friends and collectors, old and new. Credited with redefining
the modern still life, Arvid’s work allows the viewer to get
caught up in the moment with larger-than-life depictions of all
things wine. Images that seem to flow off the canvas with
realism impel the viewer to want to reach out for a glass of wine,
while embracing the laid-back, joie de vivre of everyday life
surrounded by friends.
Returning this year, Arvid will showcase his sculpture, “Cork
Envy.” The oversized rendition is the inaugural piece in Arvid’s
first sculpture series. In a departure from his traditional oil on
canvas medium, this resin-cast, hand-painted cork brings the
viewer to the brink of anticipation, capturing the decisive
moment when the cork is popped, and the wine yields its
guarded secret. A playful piece, the cork, with its stained end,
entices the viewer to want to smell the deep, fleshy bouquet.
Each limited-edition, signed and numbered sculpture reflects
the nuances of the classic cork and
wine stain with the exquisite detail and
craftsmanship for which Arvid is
known. Arvid has captured his audi-
ence’s longing and imagination.
Collectors and gallery owners alike
praise Arvid’s finesse with detail and
his raw ability to capture the moment.
“The client can appreciate Arvid’s
creativity beyond his traditional
medium as the piece carries the theme
of his work. By adding a different
dimension to the collection, the sculp-
ture keeps the viewer on his toes. You
can see Thomas’ vision coming right
out of the painting,” says gallery
manager Suzanne Perkins of Art on
Main in St. Helena, California.
Although the medium is new to
Arvid, he didn’t hesitate to delve head-
first into this fresh form. Much like his
painting, the process of sculpting for
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texture and color. There is tactileness to sculpting, a delicacy in touch


and feel that makes “Cork Envy” come to life. “I love working with
solid material to create the details that I normally paint on canvas,”
says the artist. “It’s a way to explore surfaces and texture that’s more
casual for me, and influences my other work.”
This family man’s embrace of living artfully is not only evidenced
in his works, but also in the way he and his family live. Whether it’s
exploring the Napa countryside with his wife and their two young
sons or entertaining friends on the back porch of his Acworth, Georgia
home with a ukulele in tow, Thomas is always seeking out new expe-
riences, new muses, to infuse his life and his work. In his own words,
“The good things in life – work that you love, places you visit, wine
that you drink – are best when shared. “
This February, Arvid will once again celebrate the fruits of his
labors and that of Silver Oak Cellars when he spends the first weekend
of the month in Napa. Arvid will display a selection of his works as articulates this confluence with one of his most quoted phrases: “Life
well as paint live on February 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakville without art is like dinner without wine. Why bother?”
winery. For more information about Thomas Arvid and his work, visit Art
Arvid’s work reflects his personal ethos based upon the simple on Main at 1359 Main Street, St. Helena; (707) 963-3350. The gallery
pleasures of his life: good friends, good food, natural and beautiful is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Visit Thomas on
surroundings. A down-to-earth wine-lover himself, Thomas Arvid the web at www.thomasarvid.com or catch him on Facebook.

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Welcome to
YOUNT VILLE
Celebrate American Heart Month in Napa Valley
Napa Valley offers some excellent values n Heart Month, Ehlers is offering a special two- perhaps the best recreational option available
February for those seeking a delicious, for-one tasting opportunity for $35 (normally to visitors seeking a heart healthy Napa
healthy and heartfelt experience. $70) for February only, and must be booked activity has to be cycling alongside the
A tour based around American Heart by appointment. picturesque vineyards. Napa Valley Bike
Month offers an excellent opportunity for an Another winery with a direct connection Tours, based in Yountville, offers both guided
active outing. It all starts at Ehlers Estate. to the heart is Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, also tours and bike rentals for those seeking an
Enjoy both an extensive wine pairing with providing a two-for-one tasting experience authentic and inspiring activity. Cycling acts
gourmet bites and an education in organic during February. It was Julio Palmaz who as a particularly social activity that can be
and Biodynamic farming and feel good, invented the Coronary Stent, which was
shared by couples or the entire family and a
because all of the winery’s profits go to patented in 1988. Palmaz conducts tours
significant couples discount is being offered
support the not-for-profit Leducq Founda- privately and by appointment only. A
in February for American Heart Month. Visi-
tion for cardiovascular research. In honor of member of the family greets guests and
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guides them on a walking tour of the vine-
yards and the winery before tasting wines healthy experience can stay overnight at Napa
YO U N T V I L L E paired with hors d’ oeuvres. The cost is regu- Valley’s premier property, the Silverado Resort
at special rates that will make both the heart
larly $60 per person (limited to 12) and is
and the pocketbook happier in February.
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competition will be held March 22nd and 23rd in Santa Rosa.
“I am extremely proud that Eileen has agreed to be the “face” of
excellence in wine by acting as our Chairwoman this year,” said Lea
Pierce, Founder and Managing Director of the competition. “Ms.
Crane is one of the most respected winemakers in the world today.
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MOSHIN VINEYARDS
Texture and Subtlety
by Richard Paul Hinkle To that end, he worked part time as a • Pinot Noir 2007 Russian River Valley
grape broker, matching up winemakers with ($36): Round and soft, with black cherry
Moshin is all about Pinot Noir, and Pinot grape growers throughout California for 15 and raspberry fruit that is perfectly inte-
Noir is all about subtlety and elegance. It years. “During that time, I decided that I grated.
would follow – if you accept the logical syllo- wanted to get all the way in. In 1989, with • Pinot Noir 2007 Sonoma Coast ($40):
gism concept – that Moshin would be all the help of my family, I bought this ten-acre Filet mignon that is elegant and subtle,
about subtlety and elegance. The former San parcel of Pinot Noir and began farming it on with hints of oak toast and black cherry
Jose State mathematics instructor (logically) weekends. At first I sold most of the fruit to and mushrooms in the finish.
does not let us down on that account. Heck, Gary Farrell and Davis Bynum, just around • Pinot Noir 2007 Russian River Valley,
even the Moshin Family’s winery logo, the the corner, and made a few hundred cases Lot 4 ($44): Red cherry and raspberry,
hummingbird, serves simply to reinforce that each year for the Moshin brand. I sold the with earthy and complex pine and root
notion. So, thankfully, do the wines. (Even wines between teaching my math classes, and beer notes.
the Petite Sirah has a certain elegance to it, went to France to get a better understanding • Petite Sirah 2007 Russian River Valley
and that is no small trick.) of how to get that lovely elegance and finesse ($38): Purple-black color that is nearly
The winery itself is a small and subtle trea- that emanated from Burgundy. opaque; plum and peppermint fruit with
sure, in that Rick decided to make the most “In 2001, I found the perfect slope for a menthol and sage spiciness and a fair
efficient use of the slope that it is built on, and gravity-flow winery just a half mile from our amount of tannin, yet this wine is surpris-
render a four-tiered gravity-flow winery, the little vineyard and began the design work. ingly elegant despite its size. Quite a trick.
fruit working its way to wine via the crush For three years I worked weekends and Moshin Vineyards is located at 10295
pad (at the top of the slope), the press and summers to prepare the site for my winery. Westside Road, Healdsburg. Best route is to
fermenting room, the cellar and the bottling We built it in 2005 and I retired from take River Road west from Highway 101, then
room/tasting room. teaching the following year to make wine full- turn right at Wohler Road (about seven miles
“I started out as a beer hobbyist,” says the time.” from the highway). Cross the bridge and turn
smiling Moshin, “then turned my attention to • Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Dry Creek, left on Westside Road and you’re there. The
wine in 1977. I remember someone asking Larrick Vineyard ($22): Crisp and lively weathered wooden winery and tasting room
me about all the wine barrels in my garage, grapefruit and grain and green olive. are open daily from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
and my response was that I couldn’t afford to • Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Coast, ($28): [Hinkle is the author of nine wine books,
buy the wines that I most liked to drink, so I Elegant nectarine and hazelnut, but a lively including Good Wine: The New Basics. His work
figured that I might as well just make them!” hint of cilantro spiciness. can be reviewed at RichardPaulHinkle.com.]

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Fifth Annual Pigs & Pinot Epicurean Benefit at Hotel Healdsburg


And he’s not alone: Tyler Florence, Top Chef’s Kevin Gillespie and Bryan personalities. The winner and runner up of the prestigious Pinot Cup
Voltaggio, Roland Passot to join in festivities will be revealed during the Taste event.
On Friday, March 19 and Saturday March 20, Charlie Palmer turns Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including
Healdsburg into hog heaven. It’s year number five for Palmer’s annual homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates and other special
Pigs & Pinot weekend (www.pigsandpinot.com), held at the award- creations from Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen Chef de Cuisine
winning Hotel Healdsburg, where three of California’s most important Dustin Valette, guest chefs, and many local Healdsburg restaurants
wine producing regions – Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander including Cyrus, Zin and Manzanita.
Valley – converge. On Saturday, March 20, Pigs & Pinot celebrants can attend two
This year, Charlie gets his swine on with all-star partners in pork: Swine and Wine seminars.
• Tyler Florence (Food Network) Saturday evening’s gala features a sumptuous five-course dinner at
• Kevin Gillespie (Woodfire Grill & Top Chef finalist) Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. As a collaborative offering,
• Bryan Voltaggio (Volt restaurant & Top Chef finalist) each different course features a signature creation from Palmer paired
• Roland Passot (La Folie, Left Bank and LBSteak restaurants) with a limited-production Pinot Noir from wineries Paul Hobbs, Papa-
As featured in this season’s Top Chef, Pigs & Pinot brings together pietro Perry, Kosta Browne and Soter Vineyards.
the country’s most prolific pork and wine professionals, including Pigs & Pinot Late Night is a late evening celebration following the
four Master Sommeliers, toasting and tasting their way to determine gala with after-dinner drinks and dessert in the Hotel Healdsburg
the winner of the coveted Pinot Cup. Proceeds from Pigs & Pinot lobby. All Pigs & Pinot celebrants are welcome to attend.
2010 will benefit Share Our Strength® and local Healdsburg educa- Hotel Healdsburg is offering special guest packages during Pigs &
tion. Pinot weekend.
Festivities begin on Friday, March 19, at the spirited Taste of Pigs Taste of Pigs & Pinot tickets can be purchased separately for $135,
& Pinot where guests can experience 50 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir Swine & Wine Seminars are $75 each, gala tickets are $300 and Pigs
wines, all contenders in the Pinot Cup competition. These hand- & Pinot Late Night is free to all Pigs & Pinot weekend partici-
picked Pinot Noirs, hailing from California and beyond, face a pants. More information is available at www.pigsandpinot.com and
renowned judging panel in a blind tasting, including top wine media www.charliepalmer.com.

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Tasting Room of the Week:

CHRISTOPHER CREEK
by Nan Reiley new direction for an old classic. is an oak-free stunner, with peach and
Now, thirteen years later, their efforts have pineapple aromas and flavors, crisp and fruit-
It’s never too late to resolve to make a resulted in a portfolio of wines that consis- sweet, a great summer white.
fresh start. Why not resolve to try something tently win awards from the nation’s most Something really different is the 2005
new and different, like a wine or a winery prestigious wine competitions. Deux Barriques, made from two barrels
you are not familiar with? Christopher Creek Located to the east of Hwy 101, the only (naturally) of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah,
Winery, located just south of the über- major north-south highway in the county, modestly described by tasting room staffer Al
charming town of Healdsburg, is one Christopher Creek’s tasting room is cozily as “the best wine south of Opus One.” He just
example of a very small – 4,000 cases a year perched on a hillside surrounded by vine- might be right on this, but please do not fail
– winery that is producing excellent wines yards and sweeping views across the valley. to sample the 2006 estate-bottled Reserve
that deserve your attention. Check out the There are no frills here in this small brown Petite Sirah. A great Petite Sirah can knock
tasting room there – your taste buds will be wood structure, but you’ll find a friendly staff the socks off a good Cabernet Sauvignon, and
grateful to you. that may remind you of good, friendly neigh- here is one for red wine lovers who want a
Fred and Pam Wasserman, owners of bors in a small town: they know everything huge red wine, rich with dark fruit flavors of
Christopher Creek Winery, have been wine that’s going on (don’t forget to ask for restau- cassis, black cherry and candied plum and
grape growers in California for 33 years. In rant recommendations), and they know their the characteristic varietal note of spice and
1997 they purchased the Sotoyome Winery, wine, too. Picnic tables and affectionate cats violet. If you are looking for a very special gift
named after one of the original Spanish add to the homey feeling. for a fellow wine lover, or a treat for yourself,
land grants. The winery itself had under- Winemaker Todd Crowell produces this is the one for you.
gone a series of ownerships over the years Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvi- Enjoy a visit to the Christopher Creek
and was in disrepair, but the acreage it gnon, as you would expect from this region, Winery tasting room daily from 11 a.m. to
occupied had produced fine wine grapes but he and owners Fred and Pam Wasserman 5 p.m. Wines are available only at the tasting
for over a hundred years. The Wassermans have also become very interested in the room or through the winery’s wine club.
know their vineyard sites, and they set French Rhône varietals, so in keeping with The winery is located at 641 Limerick
about to renew the vineyards and create a your resolution to try something new and Road, south of Healdsburg. The winery’s
new winery worthy of its fine Sonoma different, don’t miss Christopher Creek’s website, www.christophercreek.com, will
County heritage. A new name for the Viognier, Syrah and Petite Sirah. The 2007 give you good directions, or telephone (707)
winery, Christopher Creek, emphasized a Viognier from Russian River Valley vineyards 433-2001 for more information.

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deLORIMIER held at Hotel Healdsburg, with dinner prepared by Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. Special guest speaker this
Trione year will be Jim Lichatowich, author of “Salmon without Rivers.”
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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
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HEALDSBURG FEBRUARY 7 – American Legion Crab Feed – Villa Chanticleer, 1248 N. Fitch Mountain Rd.
The American Legion – Post 111 hosts their annual "Fantastic" Crab Feed from 4 to 7 pm.
$40 donation, for more information, call 707-838-2076
Grove Street Winery
Manzanita Creek FEBRUARY 13 – Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner – Lambert Bridge Winery
DRY CREEK RD
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101 $350 per person. For more information, visit www.lambertbridge.com or call 707-431-4670
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Enoteca
Sonoma

WINE TASTING, SALES


& HOME ACCESSORIES
– 12 Wineries –
One Great Place
35 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 935-1200
www.sonoma-enoteca.com

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Tickets are Available 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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Tickets Now On Sale for the


20th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley
22 Wineries, Local Chefs & Barrels of Award-Winning Wines!
Heart of Sonoma Valley Association
(HOSVA) announces their premier event of
the year – the 20th Annual Savor Sonoma
Valley happening Saturday and Sunday,
March 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
both days! Twenty-two wineries throughout
the Heart of Sonoma Valley will be show-
casing the 2009 vintage straight from the
barrels, ampling new releases, and offering
award-winning wines paired with scrump-
tious food prepared by local chefs and restaurants.
Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers in caves and on crush
pads, peruse art from local artists while listening to live music, tour
wineries and vineyards, and enjoy a wonderful wine country weekend.
Most importantly – this event offers guests the chance to take an
advance look at what the 2009 vintage is going to be like in bottle!
“This year marks our 20th year and we are so excited to be
teaming up with local chefs and restaurants to create a truly special
weekend of delicous foods paired with the amazing variety of wines
produced in our valley.” Said Executive Director Josie Gay. “We invite
wine lovers out to celebrate the bounty of Sonoma Valley! Twenty-
two wineries are participating this year and they are throwing open
their cellar doors for this authentic wine country experience.”
Admission is $55 per person for a Weekend Pass, which
includes a souvenir wine glass and access to event tastings at all
participating wineries. Advance ticket purchase is recommended
as this is a sell-out event. Tickets and detailed information may
be obtained online at www.heartofsonomavalley.com or by
calling1-866-794-9463.
Participating Wineries
Audelssa Estate Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Chateau St. Jean,
Deerfield Ranch Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Family
Wineries of Kenwood, Imagery Estate Winery, Kenwood Vineyards,
Kunde Family Estate, Landmark Vineyards, Ledson Winery & Vine-
yards, Little Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Muscar-
dini Cellars, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Francis Winery, Ty Caton
Vineyards, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Valley of the Moon Winery and
Wellington Vineyards.
About Heart of Sonoma Valley Association
Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) is an alliance of 24
wineries and tasting rooms located on scenic Sonoma Highway
where for a century and a half many of the vintages that have made
California wines world leaders in viticulture have been harvested. In
our 10 mile stretch of the wine country, in the environs of Glen Ellen
and Kenwood, you’ll find a blend of family owned and classically
beautiful wineries filled with award-winning wines.

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Say Happy Valentine’s Day

Enoteca
WINE TASTING, SALES

with Il Cuore ‘The Heart’ Sonoma & HOME ACCESSORIES


– 12 Wineries –
One Great Place
Wines at Sonoma Enoteca 35 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 935-1200
Want to give your heart to someone special this www.sonoma-enoteca.com
Valentine’s Day? Nothing says it better than Il Cuore
wines since “Il Cuore” means “the heart” in Italian,
Mission
the language of romance. Pronounced “eel quarry,” San Francisco
Roche de Solano
the wines are featured at Sonoma Enoteca in the ROESSLER
WEST SPAIN STREET EAST SPAIN STREET

beautiful, historic Sonoma Plaza. SEBASTIANI


VINEYARDS
If you’re passionate about wine, share the & WINERY

5th STREET WEST

2nd STREET WEST

1st STREET WEST


Sonoma Wine Shop

1st STREET EAST


The Plaza
romance of Il Cuore on Valentine’s Day and every MERCATO

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day. With all Il Cuore wines under $20, you can LEDSON HOTEL &
CHARLES
enjoy these great wines at a great value. CREEK HARMONY LOUNGE
VINEYARDS Highway 12 Winery
The Il Cuore line features Chardonnay, 12 WEST NAPA STREET EAST NAPA STREET
EAST NAPA STREET

Westwood SONOMA Enoteca Sojourn Cellars


Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rosso Clas-

4th STREET EAST


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sico, a Cal-Italia Tuscan-style blend. Il Cuore McDONNEL SONOMA WINE
uses premium grapes grown in the North HARDWARE

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The original art for the lovely heart on the
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artist Dan Rizzie whose bold cubist paintings
are in the permanent collections of both The
Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum
of Modern Art in New York.
But the real beauty is inside the bottle.
The wines are dedicated to the Italian
immigrants who planted the first vines in the late nineteenth century
with heart and dedication. The trademark of all Il Cuore wines is the
gentle use of oak to allow the natural fruit to be the star. If your heart
longs for an elegant Chardonnay, try the 2008 with 9% Viognier
blended in to enhance tropical fruit aromas and add flavor complexity
on the palate.
If Cabernet Sauvignon makes your heart beat faster, the black
cherry and supple tannins of the 2007 vintage is your best bet.
Perfect with aged cheeses and rich, dark chocolate … another Valen-
tine’s Day must.
If finding wonderful Italian varietals would do your heart good, the
Barbera is a robust dry red wine that is sure to please. And the Rosso
Classico is a “classic red” blend of Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah,
Malbec and Carignane. It marries nicely with Mediterranean fare,
grilled meats and pastas, of course!
Il Cuore wines are produced by the Dreyer Family Winery in
Sonoma County, California. You’ll find Il Cuore wines at Sonoma
Enoteca, 35 East Napa Street. Sonoma Enoteca is home to ten
outstanding boutique wineries and is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday through Monday. For more information call (707) 935-
1200, visit www.sonoma-enoteca.com or send an email to
info@sonoma-enoteca.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
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Philo SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS Mendocino Valley
Goldeneye Vineyards Philips Hill Estates Philo Ridge Vineyards
Breggo Cellars
Anderson Dunnewood

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Ukiah Vineyards

Chiarito Vineyards
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Boonville
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Ridge 101 Upper
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Yorkville
Lakeport
Mendocino Tulip Hill Winery

Cellars
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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
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Winery Finley Monte Lago
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★ Wine Country This Week Preferred Le Vin Winery
Steele Winery
High Valley
Shannon Ridge Winery
◆ Open to the public Pendleton Estate
EdenCrest
M. Konocti Growers
Kelseyville High Valley Noggle
Wildhurst Vineyards Kelseyville Wine Co.
/Dusinberre
◆ Open by appointment only Cloverdale Rosa D’Oro Vineyards
Sol Rouge
Clear Lake
Check the listings in the back for
Moore Family
hours, address and phone number. Wattle Creek Winery
Villa La Brenta 20
Wineries not open to the public are not represented.
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International Alsace Varietals Festival in Boonville


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

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


For nineteen years, the wine and spirit makers of Redwood Valley Graziano Family of Wines, Lolonis Winery, Giuseppe Wines, Oster
have joined together in a renowned coalition, “A Taste of Redwood Wine Cellars and Silversmith Vineyards. The distillery is Germain-
Valley,” to host wine-tasting festivals. This season the group will Robin/Craft Distillers.
debut a new event, “In Love with Redwood Valley – a Day of Wine,
Spirits, 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 Zinfan-
dels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirahs and Syrahs – the perfect
complements to chocolate. Ports, liqueurs and Germain-Robin
brandy will 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.
Towers of dark chocolate filled with limoncello, crème brulee and
café mocha will be presented by Chef Margaret Fox of Harvest Market
and paired with 2005 Petite Sirah port. Yum! Matt Samuelson, head
chef and chocolatier at Living Light Culinary Art Institute, will serve
Golden Bean’s scrumptious organic and fair trade chocolates from
Ecuador, while Katherine Stengold of Cakes will dish up hand-made
truffles and chocolate-dipped macaroons. Belgian chocolates,
including napolitans, orangettes and dark chocolates, by Leonidas,
and hand-crafted favorites from Mendocino Chocolate Company will
also be offered for tasting as well as packaged beautifully for sale.
Guests will pay $15 for admission to all the wineries and the
distillery as well as an embossed wine glass. Redwood Valley, just
north of Ukiah (exit 557, West Road), is a beautiful two-hour drive
from both the San Francisco Bay Area and I-5. For directions or
lodging ideas, go to www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com. You may also
call 1-800-760-3739 or (707) 485-0322. The wineries participating
in the event include: Barra of Mendocino, Cole Bailey, Frey Vineyards,

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Tasting Room of the Week:

JAXON KEYS WINERY &


DISTILLERY
Signature Reserve Brandy are each available
Mendocino History: Redefined
for purchase and tastings. Jaxon Keys won
by Abigail P. Zimmerman the gold medal and best of Class awards at
the West Coast Wine & Spirits Competition
Tucked into the cool, atmospheric hill-
for the acclaimed, limited edition brandies.
sides of Mendocino’s blossoming wine
Jaxon Keys currently has 12 new wine
country, sits Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery.
releases. The tasting menu boasts not just
A revitalized and reopened winery, Jaxon
one, but 11 vineyard designate wines ranging
Keys was originally founded in 1858 as the
from crisp, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc to
Burnee Hills Ranch, meaning “House on the
sumptuous Zinfandel to a hearty Cabernet
Hill,” and owned by Scottish immigrant John
Sauvignon.
McGlashen. Today, Jaxon Keys proprietors
adirondack chairs. Brilliant colored Winemaker Fred Nickel believes that the
Ken and Diane Wilson have refurbished this
umbrellas shade reclining guests and provide Jaxon Keys Estate Wines should showcase
once aging farmhouse to its original
a lovely respite from the arduous task of wine the unique characteristics of these special
splendor. vineyards, while building upon the classical
tasting in one of America’s most noteworthy
“The Farmhouse” today is home to the interpretations of each varietal. Fred’s ulti-
and beautiful wine countries.
Jaxon Keys Tasting Room and frankly, looks mate goal? To produce handcrafted wines
Homey and colorful, the Jaxon Keys
straight out of the best home and design and brandies grown only from Jaxon Keys
Tasting Room has an antique tasting bar
magazine. The Farmhouse Tasting Room made from sumptuous wood polished estate vineyards.
sits surrounded by hundreds of acres of smooth from years of guests’ enjoyment and Fred uses a “sustainable agriculture”
gorgeous Mendocino vineyards. Clearly this exploration of their palates. The Tasting approach to grape growing, emphasizing
is a historic property. Warm stone walls give Room also boasts lovely views out of its floor ecologically balanced organic solutions to
way to the winery’s lush and fertile grounds to ceiling windows and the whole environ- vineyard management. He, in conjunction
as well as waterfall and huge views. ment makes you want to curl up in the large with his vineyard manager, minimizes the
The original 1858 Burnee Hill Farm- wooden chairs and let the afternoon slip by. use of herbicides and pesticides to increase
house, now the Jaxon Keys Tasting Room has To make the journey even more memo- the “natural balance” of the vineyards,
been carefully restored. Open daily for wine rable, Jaxon Keys is home to an incredible resulting in consistently high quality wines.
and brandy tasting, The Farmhouse is at French Alambic copper still. A 15th century Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery is located
once impressive and welcoming. No details design, this still is one of the few in the New at 10400 South Highway 101 in Hopland.
or expense were spared in its rebirth. World and is credited with unleashing the For more information, call 1-877-462-0666,
Visitors will at first be impressed by the raw power of brandy for the true connois- email tasting@jaxonkeys.com or visit the
home’s historic, sprawling veranda and seur. The Old Stock Brandy, Rare Brandy and website at www.jaxonkeys.com.

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LIVERMORE | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK

Livermore Valley Winegrowers Host Second


Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend, March 20-21
More than 25 Livermore Valley wineries will participate in the gourmet appetizers, artisan cheeses, chocolate and nuts.
region’s second annual Barrel Tasting Weekend by offering Barrel tasting provides wine enthusiasts of all experience levels
samples of wines still in development – direct from their barrels. with a fun “snapshot” of how wine evolves – from grape to glass.
Guests with special event wristbands and official tasting glasses Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase some of the
will receive at least one barrel sample at each participating wines now, before they are bottled and released to the public (a
winery. Many winemakers will be present to personally pour and practice known as buying “futures”).
discuss their young wines and offer delicious pairings with This special event will take place on Saturday, March 20 and
Sunday, March 21, from noon to 4:30 p.m. each day at partici-
pating Livermore Valley wineries. Locations will be announced
on www.LVwine.org in February.
Ticket prices are $25 per person when purchased online at
www.LVwine.org by March 19 and $30 per person at any partic-
ipating winery during the event. Price includes at least one barrel
tasting at each participating winery, one official tasting glass and
an event map. For more information, visit www.LVwine.org or
call (925) 447-WINE (9463)
Livermore Valley’s Barrel Tasting Weekend is sponsored by the
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, a 501 c(6) organiza-
tion which supports the wineries, growers, and members in the
Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area though educational
and marketing programs.

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