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TABLE OF CONTENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
COVER 24
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APRIL 23, 2010 – ISSUE 17 – VOLUME 29


California Wine Tours ON THE COVER
California Wine Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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WINE COUNTRY NEWS


Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17
FEATURE

SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16


WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS
WINERY

Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
SUISUN VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Suisun Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-43
22

Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37
Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Napa Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41
Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
PAIRS

St. Helena Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42


Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
PERFECT

SONOMA COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-57


Acacia Vineyard Pinot Noir & Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45
Saltimbocca with Cranberry Sauce Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46
Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
O F T H E W E E K 50

Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52


Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53-57
TASTING ROOM

Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53


Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
Glen Ellen & Kenwood Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59


Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
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LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
WINE COUNTRY

NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62-65


Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
EVENTS

Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Monterey’s River Road Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Wine Trail SpringFest WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67-78

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From here to there in
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Fort Bragg
TO
EUREKA
TO
REDDING

20
Mendocino PASO ROBLES 117 158 204 245 255 269 355 263 236 266 278 379
Willits MONTEREY 72 112 160 170 184 269 178 151 190 202 307
Little SAN JOSE 48 90 100 115 200 110 83 118 138 231
River Calpella 5 SAN FRANCISCO 45 55 70 155 75 48 88 142 201
20 SONOMA 22 44 129 39 14 68 131 181
Elk
Ukiah
SANTA ROSA 16 101 21 41 104 166 217
HEALDSBURG 86 26 56 118 181 231
1 253 29 MENDOCINO 111 141 195 266 310
Boonville Lakeport Clear CALISTOGA 27 86 149 199
Yorkville Hopland Lake
Pt. Arena
128 20 NAPA 59 122 172
175 Williams
SACRAMENTO 84 115
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29 MURPHYS 118
Cloverdale Clearlake
LAKE TAHOE
Gualala Lake Lower Lake 99
Sonoma Geyserville 49
16
Sea Ranch 101 29
Middletown TO
Healdsburg Brooks Auburn RENO
Timber Cove 128
Calistoga 5
505
Jenner
Guerneville 29
Bodega Bay 12
Sebastopol
•Santa Rosa
Kenwood
St. Helena Lake
Berryessa
Sacramento
Rutherford
116 Glen
80
Ellen
Yountville 128 Winters 50 Placerville
12 Davis TO
Tomales Napa
Pa

121 LAKE TAHOE


Petaluma 116 Sonoma 12
121 Fairfield
121 99
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Pt. Reyes 12
Station 37
12 Sutter
Creek
Pt. Reyes 101 Vallejo
680
ic

1 San San Pablo Jackson


Rafael 780 Rio Vista
88
Bay
Muir
Woods 4 12
580 Lodi
Oc

80 24 Concord
Berkeley Walnut Creek
4 49
San Francisco
San Fr

Angels
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680 Camp
580
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Pacifica Oakland Jamestown
SFO
Alameda
anc

Hayward 580 Stockton Oakdale


Livermore Chinese TO
280 92 Camp YOSEMITE
isc

205 Manteca
Pleasanton
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Sonora
Half Moon
580
880
Ba

Bay 101
680
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84 84 Fremont
Woodside Modesto

Palo
Alto Santa
Clara
1 San Jose
17
Morgan Hill 5
Santa
Cruz
Capitola 152 Gilroy
Watsonville Chowchilla
152
Moss Landing

Monterey Bay
156 99

Salinas
Monterey
68
Pacific
Grove 101
Carmel TO
BIG SUR &
TO
PASO ROBLES & TO

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MORRO BAY Gonzales SAN LUIS OBISPO LOS ANGELES

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Wineology INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano

‘Is it OK to bring my own bottle of wine to a restaurant?’


I am often asked whether it is proper to bring a bottle of wine into I will only bring wine that is special – not an ordinary super-
a restaurant. I don’t discourage anyone from bringing their own market wine that can be found on virtually any restaurant wine list.
wine, but only suggest a few guidelines and advice on what to expect I do not want to appear as if I am competing with the restaurant by
when you arrive with your bottle. Be aware that some restaurants bringing in a bottle of something they already have on their list. Of
have limits regarding customers taking in their own wine and some course, it isn’t always possible to know this in advance so either I ask
do not permit it at all. in advance or I reduce the chance of that conflict by selecting an
Aside from high wine list prices being the motivation for taking older vintage bottle from my collection. On the other hand, for
your own bottle to dinner, the restaurant wine list that offers a very restaurants that have small and very limited wine lists, bringing in
limited choice of wines that also provides a reason to bring your an ordinary wine may not be a sensitive issue
own. Unfortunately, often wine list selections are either lopsided I expect to pay a fee to the restaurant, known as a corkage fee, to
toward the mass-produced, popular brands, or else do not offer a open and serve my bottle. This fee usually ranges from $5 to $25,
wide enough variety of wines styles. This is why bringing your own depending on the restaurant. Some restaurants may waive this fee
bottle to the restaurant sometimes makes sense. Here is how I for their regular customers or if you also order a bottle off their wine
approach it: list.
If I am uncertain about a particular restaurant’s policy I will call I always offer a taste of my wine to my server, host or sommelier.
in advance to ask about bringing my own bottle. I respect a restau- I do this simply as a courtesy and it is always appreciated, especially
rant that does not permit private party wine, and this is more palat- if I have brought an older wine, or one from an unknown, high-
able to me if their wine list is extensive, diverse and reasonably quality producer.
priced. I tip my server based upon the dinner price and the approximate
value of the wine that I brought.

Len Napolitano lives in San Luis Obispo County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators,
Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent
contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com.
Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of
Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.

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Wine Garage Offers Exclusive Wine Club


Hidden next to a dilapidated ’40s era former filling station on
Highway 29 in Calistoga, lies the Wine Garage. A unique wine shop
in Napa Valley that retails all wine in the store under $25. Sound
crazy? Its true. And the proprietors Todd and Joy Miller, have hit on
a niche in the Valley that had been very missed by the locals here.
“There are a lot of winemakers here that can’t afford to drink the wine
they make, says Miller. “That’s crazy, yes, but who can afford to drink
a $65 bottle with dinner every night?”
Many people miss The Wine Garage on the first try upvalley, but
the search is well worth it. Miller stocks wine from all of California’s
wine-growing regions including fifty Napa selections and 40 from
Sonoma County. When he first sought out buying the initial inven-
tory, “I enlisted a local farmer buddy and his 15-foot box van and off
we went all over California hunting down the deals. I
tried to seek out the small producers who didn’t have
distributers so I could pass the savings on to my
customers.“ And Miller did just that. His store is stocked
with high-quality juice all under $25 and all are unique. percent discount. Any re-orders of club wines are also
Most labels in the shop are unrecognizable - but all pass discounted. You can cancel whenever you wish as long as
the same test; everything passes over Miller’s lips before it is 30 days before the next club ships.
he makes a buy. “If I don’t love it, I don’t buy it, period. As a perk to club members, Miller will alert them to
Sometimes I will taste over a hundred wines in one day, exclusive deals he finds along his wine hunting trips.
load up the truck and haul it up to Calistoga, unload at When an incredible opportunity comes his way, like last
the store, and maybe I will crawl in bed by 3 a.m. Need- year when he found a ‘95 Napa Cabernet grown on
less to say my buddy bowed out of the deal after their Howell Mountain that he sold for $14.99, Miller will
second trip. I initially recruited him on a ‘hey lets go wine tasting in email all the club members and give them the first shot at snapping it
Santa Barbara’ until he realized how much work it entailed. Poor guy, up. He won’t even put those wines on the floor until the club
he had to be at the farm at 5 in the morning.” members have 30 days to buy it all. Then the general public gets their
It is all worth it. Millers’ customers love him. He has a unique opportunity to grab the awesome wine deal - that is, if there is any left.
ability to hear a verbal description of a customers favorite wine and Need a personal wine shopper looking out for deals for you that
translate that into a recommendation for sometimes a third of the cost. lives right in the Napa Valley? Join The Wine Garage Wine Club and
“I have people all over the country that use me as their local wine stock up your cellar the easy (and inexpensive) way.
shop. I ship right to their door - and the cost of the shipping is a drop You can find the Wine Garage at 1020 Foothill Blvd (Highway 29) in
in the bucket compared to what they save on the cost of the wine.” Calistoga. For more information, call (707) 942-5332.
Miller gets deals on Napa wine too. “I have winemakers from small
wineries stop in every week saying ‘I have something that will fit into
the store,’ if they only have 15 or 25 cases of an end-of-vintage wine
- I am the perfect outlet for them.”
The Wine Garage offers a wine club, and much like their unique
approach to wine retailing, this club is very special. Unlike most
clubs offered by wineries that send out the same old two bottles every
other month or so, Miller has put together three different clubs that
include six different offerings. The consumer has a choice of: all red,
half white and half red, or “Intense Red.” The first two clubs includes
3 bottles $15 and under, and three bottles $15 and over, for an
average of $100. The Intense Red club includes wines that are typi-
cally $20 to $25 bottles that are super extracted, fruit bombs that will
turn your teeth purple and have a sixty-second finish. There is no
charge to join. All you do is pay whatever the wine costs, less a ten-

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NAPA VALLEY ONGOING FRIDAYS ONGOING THURSDAY - SATURDAY


Friday Night Pulse Tastings Temptastings in the Temptation Cave
ONGOING ACME Fine Wines, St.Helena, 5-7pm, www.acmefinewines.com, 888-963-0440 at Flora Springs Winery
Joseph Phelps Vineyards: • Apr 23: Elean & Julian Fayard pouring Azur Rose & SB St. Helena,11am & 2pm, $25, $15/member
Tastings & Seminars • Apr 30: Bill Deem pouring Bucella RSVP 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com
An opportunity to participate in a wide range of excellent seminars. 1 ½ hours • May 7: Duncan Arnot Meyers & Nathan Lee Roberts pouring Arnot Roberts ONGOING
11am daily; 2:30pm, Monday-Friday & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday. $40 ONGOING Tastings at Silverado Vineyards
free for wine club members, RSVP 707-967-3720, details www.jpvwines.com Friday Night Winemaker Events Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com
· Insignia Blending · Le Nez Napa, JV Wine & Spirits, 5-7pm, $2, 707-253-2624, www.jvwine.com • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75
· Tasting Terroir · Wine Appreciation • Apr 23: April in Paris • Library Tasting, $75
· Cool California (Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20
ONGOING
· Barrel seminars (Napa Valley Cab) • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15
Buon Amici Members & Guests
• Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting
ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm
Wine Component Tasting Seminar 707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com ONGOING
at Merryvale Vineyards • Members Only New Release Tastings Vineyard & Winery Tours
St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members • Barrel Tastings by appointment at Raymond Vineyards
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com • Vertical Tastings by appointment St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt)
• Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment 800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com
EVERY 4TH WEEKEND
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar ONGOING ONGOING
Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting Wine Tasting Experiences
at Merryvale Vineyards
at Monticello Vineyards at Benessere Vineyards
10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena
Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley $25 St. Helena, 707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, by appt
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com
RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10
ONGOING • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15
Napa Valley Wine Train ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS
• Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15
Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre
Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20
St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50
• Apr 23: Vintners Lunch, Gargiulo Vineyards • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25
707-967-2320, wsgr@culinary.edu, www.ciachef.edu
• Apr 30: Vintners Lunch, Hill Family Estate • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25
• Apr 30: Moonlight Escape ONGOING • Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15
• May 7, 21: Murder Mystery Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery
ONGOING
• May 8, 16: Family Date Night For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2, www.robertmondavi.com
Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery
• The Signature Tour & Tasting • The Wine Tasting Basics
ONGOING Napa , 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com
• The Exclusive Cellar Tasting • Tasting Beyond the Basics
Napa Valley Opera House • Individual Tastings, $12
• The “Harvest of Joy” Tour & Lunch
1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting
• Apr 23: Screening of Every Little Step ONGOING • Food & Wine Pairing
Reserve Tour & Tasting • Vineyard Tour
• Apr 25: Pat Matheny: The Orchestrion Tour
at Sterling Vineyards • Blending Class
• Apr 29-May 1: The Love List by Norm Foster
Calistoga, 11am, Private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 • Wine Sensory Seminar
ONGOING 800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com
Live at the Lincoln Theater ONGOING
ONGOING Wine Tasting Options
Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com
VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com
• May 1: Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special • Current Release Tasting, $15
• May 2: Twentieth Century Review Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25
• May 6-9: A Chorus Line • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75
• May 7: Mac Homer ONGOING
Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people
ONGOING Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250
Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines • Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75
Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, www.backroomwines.com • Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall
• Apr 22: Old World – New World Comparison Tasting • Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt ONGOING
• Apr 23: A Taste Tour of Italy • Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate
• Apr 30: Taste All Five Bordeaux Grapes • Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, Tours at 11am & 2pm, $10
ONGOING • Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm
di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature • Wine Train, $180 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com
Napa, 707-226-5991, www.dirosapreserve.org ONGOING THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
• Ongoing through June 12: MFA Selections, Salute to Bay Area Emerging Artists Tastings at the Popcorn Bar at Flora Springs Winery Bacchus That Rascal
• Apr 29: MFA Selections Artists Panel Discussion St. Helena,10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“
• May 1, 8: New Spring Nature Hikes on Milliken Peak • It’s All About You Tasting, $15 • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25 707-942-4981, www.clospegase.com

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ONGOING EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 24


Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings Kitchens in the Vineyards 13th Annual Tour
Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com at Havens Wine Cellars Visit 5 homes in Napa Valley, $65
• Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40 Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com www.musicinthevineyards.com, 707-258-5559
• Daily Guided Tours • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
EVERY SATURDAY APRIL 25
ONGOING Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays Taste of Tuscany at Andretti Winery
Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery Napa, 2-4pm, $60/person, $100/couple, $125/family of 6
at Bennett Lane Winery
Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, www.blackstallionwinery.com www.andrettiwinery.com, 707-255-0966x10
Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684
• Regular tasting, $10 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun
Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person ONGOING SATURDAYS APRIL 27
Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber Spring Selection Pick-Up Party
ONGOING at Artesa Winery
Educational Tours & Wine Tasting 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500
Napa, 6-7:30pm, Wine club member event
at Castello di Amorosa APRIL 20 www.artesawinery.com, 877-224-8309
Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com Earth Day Celebration
• Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50 APRIL 29, MAY 1
The Room, Flora Springs, St. Helena, www.florasprings.com, 707-963-5711 Plant a Culinary Garden Class, Planting Continued
• Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20
• Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours APRIL 24 Bardessono Napa Valley, Yountville, 9:30am, $45
1995 & 1996 Calistoga Cuvee Tasting www.bardessono.com, 707-204-6050
EVERY SATURDAY
Chateau Montelena Winery, Calistoga, 9:30am-4pm, $20 APRIL 30 – MAY 2
ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar
Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40 www.montelena.com, 707-942-5105 3rd Annual Women for WineSense Grand Event
800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com APRIL 24 Various locations in Napa Valley, www.wwsgrandevent.org
EVERY SUNDAY Annual Vineyard to Vintner: MAY 1
Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines On the Trail for World Class Cabernet Annual Spring Winemaker Dinner
Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20 The Stags Leap District Winegrowers, various events & locations in the Cask Room
707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com www.stagsleapdistrict.com Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena, www.merryvale.com, 707-963-2225

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MAY 1 ONGOING ONGOING


6th Annual Ultimate Spreckels Performing Arts Center Tours, Tastings & Seminars
Blind Date Wine Tasting Rohnert Park, 707-588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com at St. Francis Winery
Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena, $60, 707-287-5810 • Apr 24: Company C Contemporary Ballet Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations
• Apr 25: Film, Shane 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, www.stfranciswinery.com
MAY 1 • Apr 29 – May 16: I Am My Own Wife • Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25
Calistoga Wineries • Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20
ONGOING THURSDAYS
Annual Spring Celebration • Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65
Visit 8 wineries in & around Calistoga, 11am-4pm, Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba
Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY
www.calistogawineevent.com, Benefits St. Luke's Preschool
tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, www.anabawines.com The Art of Winemaking Workshop
MAY 1 ONGOING SUNDAYS Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm
Annual Open House at Casa Nuestra Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch 707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com
St.Helena, www.casanuestra.com, 866-844-9463 at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa ONGOING TUESDAYS
MAY 1 Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market
All in the Family Rummage Sale Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, Market: 4-6:30pm
ONGOING
Legion Hall, 1240 Pearl St, Napa, Benefits CRC’s Toy Library & Early Learning 707-431-1956, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org
Live Shows at Hopmonk Tavern
Center. 8am-1pm, www.crcnapa.org, 707-253-0376 Sebastopol, 707-829-7300, www.hopmonk.com LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
MAY 1 • Apr 22: ALBINO! 50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining
Opening Reception at Mumm Napa • Apr 23: Petty Theft Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard.
• Apr 24: Steve Pile Band Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP, 707-935-3456, ashtonwines.com
The Private Collection Gallery featuring Sculptor Artist Philip Blastoff
Rutherford, 6:30-8:30pm, www.mummnapa.com • Apr 30: Aphrodesia
ONGOING
• May 1: Tempest
MAY 1 Food and Wine Pairing at the Mayo Reserve Room
• May 5: The Stanton Moore Trio
9200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, Daily, 10:30am-6pm, 7 course food/wine tasting
Sense Yountville • May 6: LYNX & Janover
$35, Reservations recommended,707-833-5504, www.mayofamilywinery.com
V Wine Cellar, V Marketplace, Yountville • May 7: The Volker Strifler Band
www.vwinecellar.com, www.vmarketplace.com • May 9: Taarka ONGOING THROUGH APRIL
ONGOING Fine Art of Twyla Gettert at Charles Creek
MAY 1-2 Vineyard Tasting Room & Gallery
Rutherford Appellation Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean
Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses. Sonoma Plaza, 11am-6pm, 707-935-3848, www.TwylaGettert.com
Passport Weekend
Visit participating wineries! 11am-4pm Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com ONGOING THROUGH MAY 23
www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com, 707-332-5585 ONGOING It’s for the Birds
Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Graton Gallery, Graton, www.gratongallery.com, 707-829-8912
MAY 1-2
Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 ONGOING THROUGH MAY 30
Rina Di Montella Trunk Show
707-571-7500, www.kj.com A Painter’s Paradise
at Vianett Bridal
ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol, 11am-6pm
Yountville, Preview the 2010 Collection & enjoy wine & cheese!
Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour 707-829-7200, www.sebastopol-gallery.com
V Marketplace, 10am-5pm, 707-944-1505, www.vianettbridal.com
Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com ONGOING THROUGH MAY 30
MAY 2 Richard Shaw: Four Decades of Ceramics
Tastemaker Dinner at étoile Restaurant ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY
Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 6:30pm, $95, www.chandon.com, 707-944-2280 707-579-1500, www.sonomacountymuseum.org
& Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola
MAY 7 Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20 ONGOING SUNDAYS THROUGH JUNE 27
12th Annual Cinco de Mayo Golf Classic 707-431-4811, www.ryew.com Salsa Dance & Class
Benefits Napa County Farmworkers Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, Santa Rosa
ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS
Silverado Country Club, Napa, 707-967-8038 ‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery www.flamingoresort.com, 707-545-8530
MAY 8 Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines ONGOING WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 27
Lobster Feed Luncheon at Artesa Winery RSVP, 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com Wine & Sunsets in Paradise
Napa, 11am-2pm, $80, Wine club member event Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa, 6pm
ONGOING WEEKENDS
www.artesawinery.com, 877-224-8309 www.prwinery.com, 707-528-WINE
Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery
Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing ONGOING TUESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER
SONOMA COUNTY 707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com Sonoma Farmers’ Market
EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma, 5:30-dusk, 707-538-7023
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market APRIL 21
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 8:30am-noon, 707-522-8629 Nine, Wine and Dine
Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & Links at Bodega Harbour, Bodega Bay, 707-875-3519x40
sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm EVERY FRIDAY MORNING
Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market www.bodegaharbourgolf.com/9winedine
707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com
Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 APRIL 22
ONGOING Tidepool Life Walk
ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS
Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop Doran Beach Regional Park, Bodega Bay
Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery
at B.R. Cohn Winery Alexander Valley, Taste limited-production reserve Bismark Mountain wines www.sonomacountyparks.com, 707-875-3540
Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members paired with local artisanal cheese selections from The Cheese Shop in APRIL 22
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com Healdsburg, $10pp, 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com Earth Day
ONGOING ONGOING Quivira Winery, Healdsburg, 11am-5pm, free
Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean www.quivirawine.com, 707-431-8333
at B.R. Cohn Winery Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment APRIL 23
Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com Dinner with the Winemaker Series
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com • Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 featuring Grgich Hills Cellars
• Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 at the Bay View Restaurant
ONGOING
• Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour Inn at the Tides, Bodega Bay, 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
• Box Lunch Prgram with Tour
Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org APRIL 23
• Apr 21: Golden Dragon Acrobats ONGOING Tapas on the Terrace at Gloria Ferrer
• Apr 24: Classics from the Martha Graham Dance Company Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer Sonoma, 5:30-8pm, $35, RSVP, www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1999
• Apr 25: San Francisco Girls Chorus, Santa Rosa Concert Association Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com
APRIL 23 – MAY 2
• Apr 29: Billy Collins & Kay Ryan ONGOING Grease
• May 7: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Tastings at the Vine & Barrel Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa
• May 8-10: Santa Rosa Symphony Set Seven Petaluma, 3-5pm, 707-765-1112 www.vineandbarrel.com www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts, 707-527-4343

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APRIL 23-25 APRIL 24 APRIL 25


Passport to Dry Creek Valley Tax Relief Winery Dinner 24th Annual Spring Antique Festival
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, theme parties, live music, food, vineyard at St. Francis Winery Historic Downtown Petaluma, 8am-4pm
tours barrel tastings & more! www.wdcv.com, 707-433-4173 Santa Rosa, 6pm, $125, $105/members, reservations required www.petalumadowntown.com, 707-762-9348
APRIL 23-24, 30, MAY 1-2, 7-9, 14-16 www.stfranciswinery.com, 866-675-WINEx255 APRIL 25
Our Town – The Raven Players APRIL 24 Dinner with the Winemaker Series:
Raven Theater, Healdsburg, 707-433-6335, www.ravenplayers.org Castles & Kites Festival Paul Mathew Vineyards
The Village Inn & Restaurant, Monte Rio, 6pm, $48
APRIL 24 Doran Regional Park Beach, Bodega Bay, free
707-865-2304, village@sonic.net
Earth Day Celebration 707-565-2041, 10am-3pm
APRIL 25
Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen, 10am-2pm APRIL 24
Sonoma County Museum’s Spring Gala
www.quarryhillbg.org, 707-996-3166, free 29th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival John Ash Vintner’s Inn, Santa Rosa, 5pm
APRIL 24 Historic Downtown Petaluma, 10am-5pm www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-4849
Wildflower Walk at Crane Creek www.petalumadowntown.com, 707-762-9348
APRIL 30
Crane Creek Regional Park, Santa Rosa APRIL 24 Perfectly Pinot at Gloria Ferrer
www.sonomacountyparks.com, 707-565-2041 Bellwether Farms Cheese & Wine Tasting Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $30, RSVP, www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1939
APRIL 24 J Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg, 11am & 2pm, RSVP
MAY 1
Campfire with a Ranger www.jwine.com, 707-431-5430, $60, $45/members Futures’ Release Party at Ledson Winery
Doran Beach Regional Park, Bodega Bay APRIL 24-25 Kenwood, Exclusively for Wine Club Members, 6-9pm
www.sonomacountyparks.com, 707-875-3540 64th Annual Apple Blossom Festival – www.ledson.com, 707-537-3823, RSVP
APRIL 24 A Sea of Blossoms MAY 1
Spring Lobster Boil Downtown Sebastopol, live music, parade, wine/food pairings & much more! A Painter’s Paradise Artists’ Reception
Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sonoma, 6:30-10pm, $115, $95/members Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-6pm, $10, students & seniors/$5 Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol, 5-7pm
www.nicholsonranch.com, 707-938-8822 www.sebastopol.org, 707-823-3032 707-829-7200, www.sebastopol-gallery.com

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ANDRETTI WINERY
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 7 MAY 1 ONGOING FRIDAYS
Cinco de Mayo Tuscan Village Music Art Series
BERINGER VINEYARDS Windsor Town Green, Windsor, 707-838-1260, www.ci.windsor.ca.us Terrill Cellars, Lower Lake, 6-9pm, www.terrillcellars.com, 707-994-3354
2 for 1 Tasting in the Rhine House MAY 1, 15, 29 APRIL 22 – MAY 23
with ad PAGE 12 Beekeeping Classes Trying
Bear Foot Honey Farm, Santa Rosa, www.bearfoothoney.com, 707-570-2899 Mendocino Theatre Company, Mendocino
www.mendocinothatre.org, 707-937-4477
BRANNAN COTTAGE INN MAY 2
Hot Classic Car Exhibition in the Vineyard APRIL 24-25
10% off standard rate with ad PAGE 37 Blue Lakes Trout Derby
at B.R. Cohn Winery
Glen Ellen, 10am-5pm, free, www.brcohn.com, 800-330-4064 Narrows Lodge Resort, Blue Lakes, www.thenarrowsresort.com, 707-275-2718
CALIFORNIA WINE TOURS MAY 2 APRIL 24-25
Tours and tastings PAGE 10 20th Historic Homes Tour Heron Festival & Wildflower Brunch
Healdsburg Museum, Healdsburg, 1-4:30pm Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville, www.heronfestival.org, 707-263-8030
CHATEAU ST. JEAN www.HealdsburgAAUW.com, $35/adv, $40 MAY 1-2
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 57 MAY 5 Hopland Spring Passport
Winemaker Dinner Series: 15 wineries offering live music, bocce ball, barrel tasting, barbecues,
FOLIO WINEMAKERS’ STUDIO Deerfield Ranch Winery book signings, reserve & future tastings and much more. $35
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 79 Santé Restaurant, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma www.hoplandpassport.com, 800-564-2582
www.fairmont.com/sonoma, 707-939-2415
GOLDEN HAVEN MAY 6
BAY AREA
Mud Treatment for 2, Non Profit Night: YWCA Sonoma County
Epicurean Connection, Sonoma, 6-8pm
SAN FRANCISCO
$54 per person PAGE 3 www.epicureanconnection.com, 707-935-7960 ONGOING
MAY 6 The Walt Disney Family Museum
HAGAFEN CELLARS Artist’s Talk: Adela Akers
The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, 415-345-6816
Free tasting with ad PAGE 7 Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, 6:30-8pm
www.waltdisney.org
• Ongoing through Apr 30: Film, Pinocchio
www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-1500
JESSUP CELLARS • Apr 22: Lecture, Earth Day Program
MAY 7 • Apr 24: Lecture, The Art & Practice of Puppetry
Complimentary tasting First Friday & Congressional • May 1: StringCircle Quartet
for two with ad PAGE 38 Arts Awards Presentation • May 1-31: Film, Peter Pan
Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, 5-7pm • May 8: Peter Pan Adventure Diary
KENDALL-JACKSON WINERY www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-1500
APRIL 22
Complimentary reserve tasting MAY 8 Toast of the Town
with ad PAGE 23 Living History Day Benefits San Francisco Food Bank, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco
Petaluma Adobe, Petaluma, www.petalumaadobe.com, 707-762-4871 www.wineenthusiast.com, 800-847-5949
LOUIS M. MARTINI MAY 8 APRIL 22 – MAY 6
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33 The Art of Wood-Fired Cooking Class San Francisco International Film Festival
Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg Castro Theatre, San Francisco, www.sffs.org, 415-561-5000
www.lambertbridge.com, 707-431-4670
MARTIN RAY WINERY APRIL 24
15% discount with ad PAGE 47 MAY 8 Single Vineyard Pre-release Cocktail Party
13th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off Cellar 360, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, Featuring St. Clement Single
Herzog Hall, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Vineyard Cabernets. www.stclement.com, 707-265-5106
OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER www.cinnabar.org, 707-763-8920
$1 off with ad PAGE 36 APRIL 24
MAY 9 San Francisco International Beer Festival
A Walk in the Vineyards at Cline Cellars Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, www.fortmason.org, 415-345-7500
PINK MANSION Sonoma, Continental breakfast, 3K walk, logo glass & reserve tasting.
APRIL 25
15% off with ad at check-in PAGE 36 8:30-11:30am, $30/adv, $35, 707-940-4013, www.clinecellars.com
Opening Day on the Bay
MAY 9 Pier 39, Embarcadero & Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco
RUTHERFORD HILL WINERY Mother’s Day at Quivira picya.homestead.com/index.html, 415-331-0702, noon
2 for1 tasting with ad BACK PAGE Healdsburg, 707-431-8333, www.quivirawine.com
APRIL 27
MAY 9 Salvestrin Napa Valley Cabernet Dinner
SONOMA WINE HARDWARE Mother’s Day Brunch & Dinner With Rich & Shannon Salvestrin (Winemakers/Proprietors), Campton Place
Free offer PAGE 4 at John Ash & Co. San Francisco, $130, 415-955-5574, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com
Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa, 10am-2pm, 5-9pm
MAY 11
www.vintnersinn.com, 707-527-7687
ST. CLEMENT WINERY 6th Annual Pink Out!
Rosé Avengers & Producers (RAP)
2 for 1 Tasting PAGE 69 MAY 7
Wine Tasting FUNdamentals at Gloria Ferrer Butterfly restaurant, Pier 33, San Francisco,Over 40 wineries from around the
Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $25, RSVP, www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1939 world will be pouring! 6:30-8:30pm, $35/adv, $45/door
STAGECOACH EXPRESS MAY 9
www.rapwine.com, 707-495-0831
Complimentary Roses, Rosé & “Chocolate for Breakfast” MARIN COUNTY
shipping box PAGE 10 at B.R. Cohn Winery ONGOING
Glen Ellen, Celebrate Mother’s Day with 2009 Rosé release! Meet author & chef, Marin Center in San Rafael
SUMMERS WINES Barbara Passino from 12-3pm, www.brcohn.com, 800-330-4064 415-499-6800, www.co.marin.ca.us
10% discount with ad PAGE 37 707-521-2534, www.rrvw.org • Apr 25: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
LAKE/MENDOCINO • May 7: Hellen Dallaire Theatre for Children, The Sun King
TRENTADUE WINERY PAGE 47 EVERY SECOND SATURDAY
• May 8: Marin Human Race
• May 8: Marin Symphony Family Concert, Once Upon a Symphony
Complimentary tasting with ad Food & Wine Pairings • May 8: Donna Cerio Broadway Dance Performance Company
McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com
APRIL 24
VEZÉR FAMILY VINEYARD PAGE 31 ONGOING 8th Annual Artists of Issaquah Show
Complimentary tasting with ad Skunk Train Sausalito Waterfront, Sausalito, 11am-5pm, free
866-457-5865, Fort Bragg, www.skunktrain.com www.artistsofissaquah.com, 415-332-1768
WILLIAM HILL
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 33
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APRIL 24 ONGOING ONGOING SUNDAYS


Great Chefs & Wineries Thursday Night Music Series Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Novato, 6-11pm, www.lifhouseagency.org Bargetto Winery, Soquel, Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com
831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com
MAY 1 APRIL 24
VinoModa Angel Island Wine Festival ONGOING TUESDAYS Wells on Wine – WOW! Wine Classes:
Angel Island, Tiburon, 12-3:30pm, www.angelislandwinefestival.com Farmers’ Market at the Barnyard Wine & Food Pairing, Winemaker Luncheon
Carmel, Organic fruit, vegetables & flowers, 11am-3pm, 831-624-8886 David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 10am or 1pm
SAN MATEO COUNTY www.davidgirardvineyards.com, RSVP, 530-295-1833
ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
ONGOING WEEKENDS Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row MAY 9
Vintner Series at the Ritz-Carlton Monterey, family fun, music, fine dining & discounts, 4-8pm, 831-649-6690 Mother’s Day at Boeger Winery
Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000, www.ritzcarlton/hmb Placerville, 10am-5pm, 530-622-8094, www.boegerwinery.com
ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
• April: Bonny Doon Winery
Monterey Museum of Art MAY 9
• May: Big Basin Vineyards
Monterey, Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, 5-7pm, 831-372-5477 4th Annual Mother’s Day Maifest
• June: Hall Wines
Perry Creek Winery, Fair Play, 12-3pm
• July: Chateau Montelena EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
www.perrycreek.com, RSVP, 530-620-5175
• Aug: Joseph Phelps Vineyards Open for Tasting
Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm, $10/refundable w/purchase AMADOR COUNTY
APRIL 25 free/club members, 408-842-9197, www.martinranchwinery.com
20th Annual Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show MAY 9
Half Moon Bay Airport, Half Moon Bay, a showcase of motorized mechanical ONGOING TUESDAY - SATURDAY Mothers Day at the Farm
marvels.10am-4pm, $20, $10/ages 11-17 & seniors Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards Amador Flower Farm, Plymouth, 9am-4pm
Wine and Cheese Event www.amadorflowerfarm.com, 209-245-6660
www.miramarevents.com, 650-964-3395
Monterey, 2pm on. Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award winning MAY 9
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY wines. Wines change monthly. 831-372-7415x213, Ventana 831-656-0570 Mother’s Day Picnic
APRIL 23 ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 24 Deaver Vineyard, Plymouth, www.deavervineyard.com, 800-217-2304
2010 Flavors of the Vineyard Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs NEVADA COUNTY
Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Brentwood, www.hnvwines.com, 925-513-6349 of Monterey & Beyond
APRIL 24
LIVERMORE Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, www.montereyart.org, 831-372-5477
Grass Valley Car Show
ONGOING APRIL 23 Historic downtown Grass Valley, 10am-3pm
Bankhead Theatre Cima Collina Pinot Fridays www.downtowngrassvalley.com, 530-272-8315
Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore Cima Collina, Carmel, 5-7pm, www.cimacollina.com, 831-620-0645 SACRAMENTO VALLEY
925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org APRIL 24 ONGOING
• Apr 23-25, 30: The Producers Ducky Derby & Carnival in Santa Cruz Sacramento River Train
• May 1-2, 7-9: The Producers Friendship Gardens, Harvey West Park, www.duckyderbysantacruz.com 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com
ONGOING APRIL 24 • Apr 24: Great Train Robbery
Wine Cave Tasting Experience Spring Wine Celebration & BBQ • May 1: Sunset Dinner
Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, $15/wine club members Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, Casa de Fruta Country Park, Gilroy, 12-5pm • May 8, 22: Great Train Robbery
RSVP, 925-456-2405, www.wentevineyards.com/caves www.santaclarawines.com, 408-842-6436 • May 9: Mother’s Day Brunch
MAY 1 APRIL 25 APRIL 24-25
Art & Wine Camp Kadima Fundraiser Wine’d Down Sunday Sacramento Valley Scottish Games & Gathering
Little Valley Winery, Pleasanton, www.littlevalleywinery-lavender.com at Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge Yolo County Fairgrounds, Woodland, www.saccallie.org, 916-557-0764
Cannery Row, Monterey, 3-6pm, www.scheidvineyards.com, 831-455-9990 SOLANO
MAY 5 SUISUNCOUNTY
VALLEY
First Wednesday – Cinco de Mayo MAY 1
Little Valley Winery, Pleasanton, 6-9pm, www.littlevalleywinery-lavender.com Springfest at Hahn Estates APRIL 23
New releases, barrel sampling, food & live band! Soledad, 11am-4pm Solano Wine & Food Jubilee
MAY 5 866-925-7994, www.hahnestates.com The Nut Tree, Vacaville, 6:30-11pm, $75
First Wednesday Street Party – Cinco de Mayo
MAY 1 ww.wineandfoodjubilee.org, 707-646-3133
Downtown Pleasanton, 6-9pm, www.pleasantondowntown.net
May Open House APRIL 30
MAY 8 River Road Wine Trail, New releases, barrel samples, food & entertainment. Chieftan Club Pick-Up
Livermore Shakespeare Festival Spring Fundraiser Visit participating wineries, 11am-4pm, www.riverroadwinetrail.com at Vezer Family Vineyards
Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore, 6-10pm, $135 Suisun Valley, www.vezerfamilyvineyard.com, 707-344-0334
MAY 6-15
www.LivermoreShakes.org, 925-443-BARD
Santa Cruz Film Festival MAY 1, 16
MAY 9 Various locations in Santa Cruz, www.santacruzfilmfestival.org Jazz & Blues in Mankas Gardens
Mother’s Day Brunch Vezer Family Vineyard, Suisun Valley
MAY 8
Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, 11am-3pm, www.elliston.com, 925-862-2377 Monterey Wine Auction & Gala www.vezerfamilyvineyard.com, 707-344-0334
MAY 9 Monterey County Vintners & Growers Foundation, Mission Ranch, Carmel
Barrel Release Week Dinner Series 5-10pm, $150, www.montereywines.org, 831-375-9400 LODI/WOODBRIDGE
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore • May 9: Mothers Day Brunch APRIL 23-25
www.wentevineyards.com, 925-456-2450, $39, RSVP SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS 25th Annual Stockton Asparagus Festival
www.mitchellkatzwinery.com, 925-931-0744 Downtown Stockton Waterfront, 10am-7pm, 209-644-3740
NORTH CENTRAL COAST ONGOING
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
ONGOING Jamestown, 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org
Sunset Cultural Center-Carmel • Apr 24: Wildflower Train Email Your Events to
Carmel, 831-620-2048, www.sunsetcenter.com • May 1: Wildflower Train cathy@WineCountryThisWeek.com
• Apr 23: Kronos Quartet, Black Angels • May 9: Mother’s Day
• Apr 25-26: Monterey Symphony Concert Six MAY 8-9 For best results, send your emails at least 6 to 8
• May 1: The Premier Journey Tribute, Lights Mother’s Day in the Hills Winery Tour weeks prior to the date of your event. Event listings
ONGOING Visit 9 Placer County wineries! 12-5pm, www.PlacerWine.com, 916-660-9671 are free, and published as space is available and at
Live at Golden State Theatre EL DORADO COUNTY the discretion of Wine Country This Week.
Monterey, 831-372-3800, www.goldenstatetheatre.com
ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY
• Aug 5: David Crowder Band
Private Tastings with the Winemaker
For more event listings throughout
ONGOING Winery By the Creek, Fair Play, Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine Northern and Central California, visit
Live Music at KRML Radio educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment, $25, $20/members www.winecountrythisweek.com
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SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY


Founded by Pioneering Winemaker Walter Schug, Celebrates 30th Anniversary
Family-owned winery in Sonoma County’s Carneros Appellation and embody the elegance and balance of European-inspired wine-
marks milestone with first-ever estate grown Pinot Noir – making.”
looks toward the future with plans to go 100 percent solar by year’s end In addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Schug Carneros Estate
Schug Carneros Estate Winery – founded in 1980 by husband and produces Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Beyond its 42-acre
wife, Walter and Gertrud Schug – marks its 30th anniversary this year. estate vineyards, the winery sources grapes from several of Sonoma
To celebrate, the winery will release its first-ever estate grown Pinot County’s premier winegrape growers. Schug wines are available at fine
Noir this holiday season and will break ground on a solar array to wine shops and groceries nationwide and direct from the winery. They
produce 100 percent of the winery’s electricity needs. are also available in 12 foreign countries.
Walter Schug brought his life’s work to California in 1961, estab- About Schug Carneros Estate Winery
lishing his reputation during his tenure as winemaker for Joseph Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and lifelong dream
Phelps Vineyards from 1973 to 1983, where he made California’s first of one of California’s most celebrated winemakers, Walter Schug.
proprietary Bordeaux-style blend, Insignia, and legendary vineyard- Drawing on his extensive experience in the production of fine wines
designated Cabernets from Bacchus and Eisele Vineyards. in Europe and California, Walter established his own brand with his
Walter Schug also made Pinot Noir for Joseph Phelps, and when wife Gertrud in 1980. Focusing on grapes grown in the cool, marine
the winery ended production of the varietal in 1979, Mr. Phelps climate of the Carneros Appellation, he eventually built a new winery
allowed him to continue to produce Pinot Noir under his own label. in 1990 with emphasis on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which had
Schug spent three more years as winemaster at Joseph Phelps before always been close to his heart.
making the decision to devote himself full-time to his own wine brand. In 1995, Sonoma-born winemaker Michael Cox came on board at
From the beginning, Walter Schug recognized the Carneros region’s Schug as assistant winemaker. Trained in Enology at UC Davis, Mike
suitability for the cool climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in which was promoted to winemaker in 1996 and placed in charge of day-to-
the winery specializes. “Making wine, particularly Pinot Noir, has been day winemaking activities, a position he continues to hold. Today,
my chosen craft since my upbringing in Germany, where my father Walter holds the title of winemaster emeritus and uses his experience
produced Pinot Noir on the Staatsweingut Assmannshausen,” said of more than half a century of harvests to provide guidance to the
Walter. “To have merged my roots in Europe with my life’s work in team.
California and reached this milestone is very gratifying.” Surrounded by estate vineyards, Schug Carneros Estate Winery lies
“I have a deep respect and admiration for my parents’ legacy of sheltered in a hillside five miles south of the historic town of Sonoma.
work,” said Axel Schug, managing partner of the family’s winery. “As Located just north of the San Francisco Bay, the winery boasts
we mark this anniversary, our goal remains the same as in the begin- sweeping views of the Carneros region and Sonoma Valley. For more
ning – to produce the finest wines that reflect the terroir of Sonoma information, please visit www.schugwinery.com.

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JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS


Pioneering Spirit – Fun and Educational Seminars
by Michelle J. Baker with two meals per day and a bagged
lunch-to-go, dormitory-style accommo-
Joe Phelps has always been an dations, and other comforts of home for
intrepid trailblazer. As the chairman of a small daily fee.
Hensel Phelps, the construction Phelps also donated 480 acres of the
company his father founded in 1937, winery’s Spring Valley Ranch to the Napa
he was a pioneer in corporate Land Trust as a “conservation easement”
employee relations who early on in 1998. This land is now permanently
recognized that he could recruit the protected from future development, with
best people by offering them employee half of the acres designated “forever wild”
ownership. In his second career as so it cannot be turned into vineyards or
founder of Napa Valley’s esteemed harvested for wood.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Joe Phelps Today, the winery’s Chairman Emer-
has blazed a trail on two important itus Joe Phelps and his staff take as much
good citizen fronts: farmworker pride in good citizenship on the winery’s
housing and land conservation. 124 acres of vineyards on the Spring
In 2002, Joe Phelps came to the Valley Ranch in St. Helena. The winery
rescue in Napa Valley’s farmworker housing crisis by donating an started to embrace sustainable vineyard practices in the early 1980s,
eight-acre parcel of land on Silverado Trail. Napa Valley vineyard and and now approximately 85% of the estate vineyards are Biodynami-
winery owners have long been dependent on migrant workers for cally® farmed.
labor in spring and fall; in the spring workers must prune vines to Visitors to the winery can often see the Biodynamic farming in
prepare them for a successful growing season, and in fall they are action, from the Biodynamic compost piles to the sheep grazing on
needed to hand harvest the grapes. For as much as Napa Valley vint- cover crops, and from the mobile chicken coops to the diversity of
ners rely on farmworker labor, there had always been a severe birds and other wildlife on the property. The winery has a beautiful
shortage of housing available for these workers. deck overlooking the vineyards, and visitors who opt for the Terrace
Now thanks to Joe Phelps, River Ranch Farmworker Center Tasting can enjoy these exquisite, elegant wines while taking in the
provides housing for 60 seasonal farmworkers. Along with two other incredible view.
farmworker centers in Napa Valley, River Ranch provides residents The hospitality team at Joseph Phelps Vineyards has expanded the

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seminar offerings to include: “Le


Nez Seminar,” an Aroma Identity
challenge. They also continue to
offer the ever-popular “Wine
Appreciation Seminar,” where
you’ll learn something new no
matter your level of wine educa-
tion; and the “Insignia Blending
Seminar,” where visitors get the
chance to make their own
version of Insignia, the winery’s
flagship Bordeaux-style blend. In
addition, there’s also “Tasting
Terroir,” “Barrel Seminar: A Focus
on Napa Cabernet Sauvignon,”
or “Cool Californians: Freestone
Chardonnay & Pinot Noir.” They
are available at 11 a.m. every day,
seven days a week; Monday
through Friday again at 2:30
p.m. and on Saturdays and
Sundays at 2 p.m.
All the wines at Joseph Phelps
Vineyards are estate-grown
(except the lovely Syrah, which is
sourced from the prestigious
Hyde Vineyard in Carneros). In
1999, the Phelps family planted
100 acres of vines in the Sonoma
Coast appellation in Freestone
with the goal of producing
world-class Pinot Noir and
Chardonnay. Now Freestone
Vineyards wines are also featured
on the tasting menu at Joseph
Phelps Vineyards (Freestone
Vineyards also has its own visitor
center down the hill from the
vineyards in Freestone, about 25
minutes west of Santa Rosa).
Contact the Guest Center at
Joseph Phelps to make a reserva-
tion for a Tasting or Seminar at
1-800-707-5789. The Terrace
Tasting is offered every half-hour
on weekdays from 10 a.m. until
3:30 p.m. and on weekends from
10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Joseph
Phelps Vineyards is located at
200 Taplin Road, just off the
Silverado Trail in St. Helena.

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Perfect Pairs by Millie Howie

Acacia Vineyard 2008 Lone Tree


Pinot Noir Perfectly Paired with
Chicken Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca, a tempting and tasty dish that is quick and easy to
prepare is traditionally made by pounding fresh sage leaves and a
slice of prosciutto into an already finely sliced piece of veal. The
slices are then fried quickly in butter before being braised in wine.
The term “veal” is generally used to describe meat from a young
calf, with firm, delicately textured flesh, creamy-white with a pale
pinkish tinge. The delicate flavor and fine texture of veal have
appealed to diners for centuries. SALTIMBOCCA
Saltimbocca casually translates to mean “jump in the mouth,” with a Pinot Noir Cranberry Sauce
which this dish is sure to do as each tender meat strip disappears. Acacia Vineyard Chef Kevin Simonson Serves 4
The dish has also been described as a really quick dish that tastes as
• 8 chicken thighs
if it were prepared for a royal banquet. Because veal is not always
skinless and boneless with fat trimmed off
commonly available, this recipe, shared by Acacia Winery Chef
• 8 slices prosciutto, about 1/4 pound
Kevin Simonson, is an American twist on an Italian classic. It is • 16 fresh sage leaves
unique in that the meat used is the more-available tender, young • 16 toothpicks
skinless and boneless chicken thighs that are quickly sautéed with • 2 tablespoons butter
sage and proscuitto, then dressed with a tangy cranberry Pinot Noir • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
sauce. • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
The wine used in the sauce, the 2008 Lone Tree Pinot Noir was • 2 tablespoons shallot, chopped
taste-tested alongside the saltimbocca by winemaker Matthew Glynn • 1 cup dried cranberries
and chef Simonson who agreed the match between the earthy and • 1-1/2 cups Pinot Noir
herbal complexities of the wine’s dense, rich berry flavors and • 3 tablespoons butter
aromas were exactly right. Their only regret is that only 687 cases of • Salt and pepper, to taste
this extremely fragrant and rich Pinot Noir were produced and they Lay chicken thighs flat, skin side down, on a sanitized work
will disappear quickly. It might be wise to add a case or two to your surface. Top each thigh with two sage leaves and a piece
cellar, particularly since Matthew predicts that the Lone Tree Pinot of prosciutto.
Noir will continue to improve through at least the year 2014. Secure the prosciutto to the chicken with the toothpicks.
Turn over and season with kosher salt.

On high heat, in a 4- to 6-quart saucepan, heat olive oil and


butter until the butter begins to turn brown. Brown chicken
on both sides in the butter/olive oil, about 3 minutes per side,
starting with the smooth (skin) side down. Remove to a plate.

In the remaining hot oil, sauté the shallots and dried


cranberries until the shallots begin to brown.
2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and
Explore Wine Country less traveled and experience the beauty of Acacia Vineyard. cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the smell of alcohol has dissipated.
Situated on a country lane with spectacular views of San Pablo Bay,
Acacia is dedicated to producing award-winning, vineyard designate Pinot Noir Stir the butter into the cranberry mixture, season to taste
and Chardonnay from some of the oldest vines in Carneros. with salt and pepper.
Open by appointment only, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm Place chicken, prosciutto side up, on top of cranberry mixture.
707-226-9991 (ext.2) or 887-226-1700 (toll free) Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes.

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Rosé Avengers & Producers’ Annual ‘Pink Out! SF’


Premium Rosé Continues Double-Digit Growth, Outperforming giving rosé wine more attention as they make their wine selections,
Overall Table Wine Market, Reports The Nielsen Company while retailers are giving rosés more prominence among their offer-
Rosé Avengers & Producers (RAP) announced that its signature ings.”
annual tasting event, PINK OUT! SF will be held on Tuesday, May 11. Additionally, while the overall Table Wine category has an average
The celebration will take place at Butterfly restaurant on the Embar- price of $6.10 for an equivalent 750 ml package size, the Premium
cadero at Pier 33. Overlooking San Francisco Bay, the 6th annual fine Rosé category's average price is $10.17 -- a 67% premium. "That's
rosé tasting will feature 40 participating wineries pouring still and good for retailers looking for a trade up option in this time of trading
sparkling rosés from around the world, with many of the winemakers down," said Brager.
who craft them in attendance. Butterfly’s executive chef and owner From its inaugural event in 2005, PINK OUT! tastings have drawn
Robert Lam will create rosé-inspired Pan-Asian appetizers from
full house crowds. This year is expected to sell-out in advance once
sustainably and organically sourced ingredients.
again. The trade and media portion runs 3:30 to 6 p.m. The consumer
PINK OUT! SF underscores the continued ascendancy of the $8
tasting is open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Consumer tickets are $35 in advance
and above rosé category. According to The Nielsen Company, premium
rosé table wines outpaced the market, growing at double-digit levels online only at www.rapwine.com, and $45 at the door if available.
on both dollars and volume in 2009. Premium Rosé wines grew by
13.5% on dollars, and 12.8% on volume, 5 times faster on dollars and
12 times faster on volume than the overall Table Wine category. The
Table Wine category grew at 2.6% on dollars, and just 0.9% on volume
(Total U.S. Food, Drug, and Major Liquor Markets, 52 weeks ending
12/12/09).
“Rosé wines continue to rise in popularity and maturity,” said
Danny Brager, vice president, group client director, Beverage Alcohol,
The Nielsen Company. “At Nielsen, we measure what consumers
watch and what consumers buy and we find that consumers are

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Leave the Driving to the Experts at California Wine Tours


Wine Country’s oldest and #1 Source for Tours and Transportation
The view is better from the back seat of a one would think. Confirm six friends in a
luxury vehicle from California Wine Tours. stretch limousine for five hours and the cost
Enjoy the surrounding vineyard views and starts at $50 per person. No need to worry
the company of your friends/family as the about who will be the designated driver. No
area’s experts do the driving. From daily wine need to worry about creating an itinerary.
tours, airport transfers, dinner events and
event shuttles, California Wine Tours has the
best selection of vehicles in the area and the
most experienced drivers/guides for a truly
memorable wine country adventure.
Napa or Sonoma Wine Tours – For more
than 25 years, California Wine Tours is the
number one choice for daily wine tours in
Napa and Sonoma. Each tour starts with
convenient pick-ups at area hotels and guests
visit four to five wineries with time for lunch
at one of many picturesque picnic spots. The
driver is your personal local wine guide and
can answer questions in between winery
stops. This tour is limited to 10 people so you
are assured an intimate experience. If you are
staying in San Francisco, you can take the Bay
Link Ferry to Vallejo and California Wine California Wine Tours will handle every-
Tours will pick you up at the ferry terminal to thing. All you have to do is enjoy the
join the Napa Valley tour. This tour is $99 per company of your friends and the luxury of
person from Napa or Sonoma and $129 per your limo. Most importantly, no need to
person from San Francisco. worry about a “roadside interview” with the
Private Wine Tour in a Limousine – A local law enforcement for driving while
private limousine tour is not as expensive as under the influence.

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The Very Best for Your Wedding Day – With 25 years experience,
California Wine Tours offers expert assistance with transportation
needs for beautiful wine country weddings. They provide coordina-
tion with guest shuttles, rehearsal dinners, wine tours, bridal party
transportation and bride and groom get-away vehicles. Coupled with
the largest fleet of specialty vehicles in Northern California, bridal
parties have many selections to match the style of the wedding or
special event.
Awards and Honors – Always
focused on lessening their impact on
the environment, California Wine
Tours is the first and only trans-
portation company to be certified in
the Bay Area Green Business
program – a government control
and third party certification
program for increasing sustain-
ability. And for 2010, California
Wine Tours received international acclaim for being named the Best
Wine Tourism Service in North
America by the Great Wine Capi-
tals of the World. This prestigious
award brings attention to their
excellent driver/guides and for
their 25 year track record for
providing first class customer
experiences.
For more information on wine tours, private charters, wedding
transportation, visit the website at www.californiawinetours.com or
call 1-800-294-6386 24 hours a day, seven days a week. California
Wine Tours operates sedans, Suburbans, stretch limousines, limo
buses, custom vans, mini buses, motor coaches, specialty vehicles and
environmentally friendly vehicles.

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Michael Mondavi’s Folio Winemakers’ Studio


The name Mondavi is synonymous with wine in America. In the
Michael Mondavi family (he is the eldest son of the late Robert
Mondavi) that equates to four generations of winemaking. This is now
the solid heritage that is the foundation of the Folio Winemakers
Studio on Dealy Lane in the Carneros region of southern Napa County,
right on the Napa/Sonoma County line.
Folio is a venture of Michael Mondavi and his family: his wife Isabel,
daughter Dina and son Rob. The Winemakers’ Studio serves as the base
for Folio’s locally produced wines. Their labels include Isabel Mondavi,
Medusa, Oberon, Hangtime, Oberon Emblem and Spellbound.
Hangtime, which focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the
Central Coast, now has added to its lineup a
Carneros Estate Pinot Noir from the Gallery Vine- Michael Mondavi Family

yard that surrounds the Folio Taste Gallery. Hang- with a bit of pastureland and open space thrown
time also features a new varietal: a Syrah from the in. “We’re off the main highway, in real wine
Mounts Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. country, and we don’t have – and don’t want to
Inspired by Isabel Mondavi, the Isabel Mondavi have – a big, showy winery and barrel room,”
label features wines that are made the way that she Abernathy adds.
most enjoys. These include a Sonoma County What they do have is a tasting room you will
Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir and a refreshingly dry not want to leave, because of the space, the
Rosé that is perfect now that warm weather has setting, the climate, the friendly staff, the wines,
arrived and summer picnics are clearly on the the views and the list goes on.
horizon The fog that rolls in from San Pablo Bay just a
Zinfandel is the varietal that Medusa concen- few miles away results in cool year-round temper-
trates on. The coveted Old Vine Zinfandel to be atures. In the tasting room, which looks most like
exact, from the Creekside and Lover’s Lane Vine- a thoughtfully restored farmhouse, there are light
yards. There is even a much-coveted ZinPort that simply has to be walls, plenty of natural light year round, lots of polished wood and a
experienced. nicely proportioned tasting bar backed up by a large stained-glass
The Spellbound wines feature a very food-friendly Chardonnay, a window. There is a country tile floor and a fireplace at one end of the
Petite Sirah Reserve, Petite Sirah, and an off-dry Riesling that simply room further softens the open two-storied space. Behind this is
cries out for fresh fruit or spicy food such as Thai or Chinese, or even another airy room that opens onto a porch that stretches the width of
better I think, Vietnamese. These are well-crafted wines for daily (if the building and looks out over the hills and vineyards, and off in the
you desire) consumption. distance on a clear day you can see Mount Diablo. With its comfort-
The wines of Oberon include a serious Napa Valley Cabernet able seating it is the perfect spot to enjoy the wines of Folio.
Sauvignon and Merlot, both well-priced, as well as a fruit-filled Sauvi- During crush – as harvest is known here – the seating on the
gnon Blanc. There is also the Hillside Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet covered front porch is the place to be to catch the oft-times hectic and
Sauvignon. always fascinating action that defines that season of winemaking.
“The big thing we have is the variety of wines at Folio, and the fact The tasting room offers two different tasting menus: the Gallery
that it is a Michael Mondavi family venture,” said the affable Michael Tasting has a selection of good, honest wines, and visitors can pick six
Abernathy, Taste Gallery Manager and a partner in the Folio Fine Wine for $10. The Artisan Tasting includes single-vineyard and reserve
Partners venture. “We have long-term relationships with vineyard wines, and visitors can pick half-a-dozen for $20.
owners and managers in Napa and Sonoma counties, and throughout The Folio Winemakers’ Studio is located at 1285 Dealy Lane in
California. That is invaluable. That, and the hands-on involvement of Napa, which is just off Carneros Highway and Old Sonoma Road.
Michael Mondavi. They are open from noon until 5 p.m., (and closed Wednesdays and
“Here we focus on making great wines that we enjoy drinking, but Thursdays until May). Note that they open at 11 a.m. on Friday,
they are also wines that we love sharing with family and friends. And Saturday and Sunday. Private tastings are available by appointment.
of course with those people who come out here to our tasting room.” For more information call (707) 256-2757. Also be sure to take a look
And quite a pleasant trip it is. The tasting room is surrounded by at their website, www.foliowine.com. You can also find information on
vineyards in an area that is, to be conservative, almost all vineyards their popular wine clubs there.

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Rutherford Wineries Host Passport Weekend, May 1 & 2


The Rutherford Passport Weekend is the premier consumer event produced in this special place.
sponsored by wineries residing in this historical appellation. Experi- This spring, the Rutherford Appellation Winery association will be
ence the wineries of the Rutherford Appellation as never before. providing small appetizer tastings akin to tapas. Don’t miss out on this
Passport Weekend allows Passport holders exclusivity to special unique opportunity to experience some of the best wines in the valley
pourings, barrel and tank tastings, paired food and wines, and during the beautiful spring time in Rutherford.
conversations with the winemakers – all of which will make for a Two-day passports are $65, $50 for Sunday only. For tickets or
memorable time in beautiful Napa Valley. Read about the partici- more information, visit www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com.
pating wineries. NEWS! Napa Valley Vintner Members!
Rutherford Appellation Wineries was established to educate Rutherford Appellation Wineries is offering a 30% discount for
consumers on the significance of the Rutherford appellation as Napa Napa Valley Vintner members. NVV nembers can purchase a Passport
Valley’s preeminent grape-growing area. This consumer-focused orga- at 30% off at participating wineries with showing of business card. See
nization was created to promote the uniqueness of the area and winery listing for available wineries. This experience will go well
encourage visitors to experience personally the quality of the wines beyond the standard free tastings trade generally receives.

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BRANNAN COTTAGE INN
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665 W. Turner Road, Lodi www.robinsnestlodi.com
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easy walk to town for shopping and dining, biking
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1415 Foothill Blvd 1-800-238-7465
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19960 Elliot Road, Lockeford (209) 727-5715
CALDERWOOD INN
Perfect environment to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Situated MONTEREY BAY/CENTRAL COAST
3 blocks from the historic downtown plaza and wonderful restaurants in Healdsburg.
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VINTNERS INN LAMP LIGHTER INN
Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios;
surrounded by vineyards. 1-800-421-2584 Tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach, you will discover
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa www.vintnersinn.com a charming inn with two cottages and four guest rooms inn and Sunset House Suites. These bed
and breakfast boutique hotels have been serving the traveling public since 1935.
(831) 624-6046 www.carmellamplighter.com
SONOMA COUNTY– SOUTHERN
SUNSET SUITES
LEDSON HOTEL (831) 624-7372 www.carmellamplighter.com
Luxury hotel situated on historic Sonoma Plaza. Six individually decorated rooms
with king-size bed, whirlpool baths, fireplace and balconies. VAGABOND’S INN
Appointed with antique grandeur paired with modern amenities. (707) 996-9779
480 First Street East, Sonoma www.ledsonhotel.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 SONOMA COUNTY– COAST from Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn.
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Fabulous, Summertime Wines at Casa Nuestra Winery


Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards is excited to offer the three the palate and a crisp, clean finish. The wine is produced in the style
newest releases of their special interest wines, available for tasting and of the France’s Loire Valley. Enjoy this wine all summer long with BBQ
purchase only at the winery: ribs or a sunny deck. Only 185 cases were produced.
• 2009 Chenin Blanc, Old Vines, St. Helena Estate, Overall, Casa Nuestra’s goal is preserve rare varieties and unusual
• 2009 Riesling, Old Vines, St. Helena Estate blends and to keep the estate vineyards and winery a true taste of old
• 2008 Rosado, A Dry Rosé of Cabernet Franc, St. Helena Estate Napa, where folks are encouraged to visit, sit back and savor fine,
handcrafted wines.
CHENIN BLANC,OLD VINES
Casa Nuestra, which means “our house” was established in 1979
Made from vineyards planted in the
and continues to produce only about 2,000 cases annually, mostly
early 1960s, this, their 30th vintage
from the estate’s organic vineyards. The Casa team of only ten people
offers a fabulous balance of fruit and
proudly craft by hand several wines including Meritage (Bordeaux
acidity. Grapefruit and fresh melon
style blend), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite
flavors give way to a refreshingly clean
Sirah, Charbono, Chenin Blanc, Rosado (a dry rosé), White Riesling,
and crisp finish. Pair this Chenin Blanc
Late Harvest French Colombard, Two Goats Red (a Napa Valley Red
with a variety of foods such as creamy
Wine!), Tinto St. Helena, and Tinto Classico – both made from field
seafood dishes over pasta, green salads
blended vineyards. All are award winning. They welcome visitors to
and even grilled meats. The cellar
the winery daily by appointment, for tasting, tours and barrel
potential for this white wine is more than 20 years! Just 290 cases
sampling.
produced. Once reviewed by Matt Kramer in his book New California
Casa Nuestra Winery is located at 3451 Silverado Trail North in St.
Wine he writes, “The dry Chenin Blanc created by Casa Nuestra is
Helena, Napa Valley. They can also be reached by phone toll-free at 1-
spectacular, displaying the variety’s signature anise/licorice scent and
866-844-9463 or on the web at www.CasaNuestra.com. Picnickers
taste. Very likely it is California’s finest and truest Chenin Blanc.”
and well-behaved canines welcome!
“RIESLING, OLD VINES”
In 1989, there were 24 tons of
White Riesling grapes harvested in
California. In 2009, that number
dwindled to a mere 13. Four of those
tons are from the estate of Casa
Nuestra Winery & Vineyards in St.
Helena. “The experts say this is
Cabernet country, but this hillside
Riesling has been producing fruit of
outstanding quality since 1966. Our 2009 vintage offers a beautifully
balanced wine with bright, exotic fruit, racy acidity and only about 1%
residual sugar. This off-dry style is great for pairing with a variety of
foods, from spicy Asian, Indian and Cajun cuisines to smoked Gouda
and apples served on the deck. This rare Napa Valley Riesling has even
been known to convert a few die-hard, red wine drinkers to an occa-
sional glass of white (wine.)” says Stephanie Zacharia, one of just ten
on staff at Casa Nuestra. “We have only
seven rows and the fence line of Riesling
grapes planted. Just like the mural (from
our winery) that graces the label, we
think this wine is out of this world!”
Only 247 cases were produced.
2009
“ROSADO, A DRY ROSE”
This dry rosé is made from Casa Estate Bottled, Home Vineyard
Rosé of Cabernet Franc
Nuestra’s organic estate Cabernet Franc
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Welcome to
SUISUN VALLEY
Solano County’s Biggest Party is About to Get Bigger & Better
The 23rd Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee – the primary fund-
raising event for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs –
returns to the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville on April 23, where it will
be held under an even bigger tent than ever before.
The area’s premiere food and wine tasting event will feature, as it
always has, an irresistible array of sweet and savory samplings from
some of the area’s most notable wineries, breweries, restaurants and
merchants. But, this year’s larger venue means even more vendors will
participate in this gourmand’s gala, providing ticket-holders with a
wider selection of foods, wines, brews and desserts.
The bigger tent comes courtesy of the Total Home & Garden Show,
which will be held at the Nut Tree the week before the Jubilee. Total
Home & Garden Show organizers offered to support the Jubilee by
leaving their tent in place and offering it to Jubilee organizers. “We’re to visit the shops and eateries that are part of the Nut Tree.
so pleased to be able to team with the Total Home & Garden Show in In addition to the tempting tastes offered by food, wine and brew
this way,” noted Brett Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation pres- vendors, ticket-holders will have a hard time resisting the salsa beat of
ident. “This larger tent and greater number of vendors means our dance band sensation Sapo Guapo. Others may find perusing the array
ticket holders will receive more for the ticket price, even though the of items in a silent auction more to their liking. A raffle, for $20,000
price has not changed in years.” in cash prizes, is on tap again this year and is a highly anticipated part
The Nut Tree’s iconic carousel and train are popular attractions for of the evening.
families. After a spin on the carousel or ride on the train, many choose The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee benefits the NorthBay Hospice &
Bereavement programs. These services, available to all, regardless of
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The Napa Back Road
The Timeless Bounty of the Suisun Valley
by Charles Neave a district famous for what is known as “ultra-premium” fruit, which in
the case of wine lovers everywhere means wine grapes, planted to a
First, foremost and always, the Suisun Valley in Solano County just staggering number of both familiar and rare varieties.
25 minutes from Napa, has its roots – often quite literally – in the busi- If you look at a map of where many growers in Napa County and
ness and passion of agriculture. And nowhere is that more evident beyond source their grapes or own vineyards, you will be surprised at
than in the rich earth and thriving vineyards and farms of the Suisun how many have vineyard holdings here. This is in addition to the
Valley, the stretch of land that runs to the west of Fairfield and Inter- dozen or so wineries that call the Suisun Valley their home, and both
state 80, and borders the county of Napa on two sides. make, age, bottle and market their wines here. Many also have their
Perfectly situated between a pair of coastal mountain ranges, the own tasting rooms, and during the year hold – both individually and
Mount George Range on the west and the Vaca Mountains to the east, collectively – special events to lure those who appreciate wine to their
this verdant six by two mile valley sits within the Coastal climate cellar doors.
region. It is also an area where fog rarely visits, though it is not far from The Suisun Valley is also dotted with farm stands and working
both the Sacramento River delta and San Francisco’s San Pablo Bay. farms that welcome visitors. There are quaint spots to eat and relax,
Set within this compact area are more than 10,000 acres of rich and it is the driving force behind the annual Tomato Festival in Fair-
farmland, almost a third of them planted to the grapes that help field, and for other events that occur throughout the year. But most of
supply the area’s flourishing wineries, and many with a more familiar all it stands as enduing symbol of the real, living heritage of this part
Napa Valley label. This region is part of the North Coast Appellation, of the hidden but treasured wine country of Northern California.

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Stags Leap District to Showcase 19 Appellation Wineries


Join the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association at its annual the upcoming 2006 Appellation Collection followed by an intimate
Vineyard to Vintner: On the Trail for World Class Cabernet event sit-down dinner hosted by Stags Leap District winemakers and vint-
(V2V) on Saturday, April 24. The annual V2V celebration promises to ners.
be a day of discovery and adventure, complete with 19 private winery Guests may participate in any, or all, of the Vineyard to Vintner
open houses and culminating in a vintner-hosted dinner at the historic events. The Looking Back, Leaping Ever Forward Tasting Seminar will
Clos Du Val winery. take place at Silverado Vineyards from 10 to 11 a.m. at a cost of $60;
The day commences with an exclusive Looking Back, Leaping Ever limited seating requires advance registration and purchase of open
Forward Tasting Seminar focused on the 1999 and 2005 vintages at house tickets. The private On the Trail Open Houses at the District
Silverado Vineyards. Leslie Sbrocco, celebrated wine writer and televi- wineries will feature exclusive wine and food offerings running from
sion host, will lead a rare interview and tasting of six Stags Leap District 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $135. The Soiree Cabernet Dinner is scheduled
Cabernets with three of the Napa Valley’s most esteemed master wine- from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets for this exclusive preview tasting recep-
makers: Elizabeth Vianna of Chimney Rock Winery, Jon Emmerich of tion and vintner-hosted dinner are $285 and include access to the
Silverado Vineyards and Elias Fernandez of Shafer Vineyards. daytime open houses. New this year, complimentary bonus tastings
Guests can then experience the 19 beautiful wineries located within are available to V2V participants on Sunday, April 24th from 11 a.m.
the appellation firsthand at V2V’s to 4 p.m. at ten different member wineries. Event tickets can be
On The Trail Open Houses, purchased by visiting www.stagsleapdistrict.com/V2V.
enjoying personal access to vint- The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association is comprised of
ners and winemakers as they 19 wineries, in alphabetical order: Baldacci Family Vineyards,
showcase their caves, barrels and Chimney Rock Winery, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Clos Du Val, Hartwell
cellars for special tours and tast- Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Lindstrom Wines, Malk Family Vineyards,
ings unavailable to the public. Pine Ridge Vineyards, Regusci Winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards,
The Saturday event culminates Robinson Family Vineyards, Shafer Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards,
with the Soiree Cabernet Dinner Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stags’ Leap Winery, Steltzner Vineyards,
at Clos Du Val. Join vintners for Taylor Family Vineyards and Terlato Family Vineyards. Visit the
an exclusive preview tasting of website for more information, www.stagsleapdistrict.com.

Appellation St. Helena Presents the 6th Annual


Ultimate Blind Date Wine Tasting Event on May 1
Meet winemakers from more than 30 of St. Touted as a “blind date – wine country style”
Helena wineries, taste more than 60 hard-to-find contestants will have the chance to win prizes by
wines, enjoy delicious food prepared by renowned correctly guessing the varietal, vintage and producer
chef Cindy Pawlcyn and take the Ultimate Blind of brown-bagged mystery wines, and every partici-
Taste Challenge to win an Instant Cellar of St. pant will automatically be entered into a drawing to
Helena wines! win an Instant Wine Cellar of St. Helena wines
Appellation St. Helena invites the public to meet valued at over $2,000.
and mingle with some of Napa Valley’s ‘most Guests who choose to break from the crowds
eligible’ wineries, winemakers and restaurants at the and take a chance to relax from taste bud fatigue,
6th Annual Ultimate Blind Date wine tasting event can wander the beautiful grounds of the historic
hosted at Charles Krug Winery May 1 from 2 to 5 Charles Krug winery.
p.m., Highway 29 in St. Helena A portion of the proceeds from this event will be
Guests will enjoy a traditional wine tasting expe- donated to support St. Helena’s Work Connection,
rience featuring more than 60 of St. Helena’s best an important nonprofit organization providing
wines paired with culinary creations from assistance and work placement to vineyard and
renowned Chef Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill, migrant workers.
Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and Go Fish. All ticket Tickets are $60 and must be purchased in
holders will also have the chance to test their taste advance online at www.appellationsthelena.com.
buds in an optional blind tasting contest. For further information, call (707) 963-6045.

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Tasting Room of the Week:

BENESSERE VINEYARDS
La Dolce Vita in Napa Valley will guide you through the array of fine Italian varieties
available for tasting. Choose from Pinot Grigio (from
by Nan Reiley the cool-climate Carneros and the only wine not
If an appreciation of good wine, good food and estate-grown), Sangiovese, old-vine Zinfandel, Muscat
the good life is a component of IQ, then the Italians Canelli and a special proprietary red wine called
are geniuses. Share the dolce vita on your next trip “Phenomenon,” a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon,
to wine country with a visit to Benessere Vineyards, Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah. Made in the style of the
where classic Italian grape varieties have found their famous Italian “super-Tuscans,” it is truly a “super-
perfect home in Napa Valley. Established by the Napan” collectible. And with summer fast
Benish family in 1994, the winery aims to produce approaching, you should also try Benessere’s Rosato of
estate-grown Italian-inspired wines in small quanti- Sangiovese, a delicious rosé wine that is perfect for
ties and of high quality. Its very name, “Benessere” summer lunches on the patio.
means “well-being” or “prosperity” in Italian, and a Winemaker Jack Stuart, a fifth-generation Cali-
sense of well-being is certainly what visitors can fornian, has had the benefit of famed Italian wine
expect here. consultant Alberto Antonini, who guided the winery at
Located just a few miles north of the fashionable town of St. Helena, its beginning with advice on selecting the best clones and choosing the
Benessere Vineyards lies at the end of a meandering lane that stops at best vineyard sites for each grape variety. Today, Jack’s mission is to
the banks of the Napa River. keep Benessere’s wine style true to the highest standards of Italian
A grouping of sunny yellow buildings houses both Benessere’s classics. Judging from the bountiful display of award ribbons and
production facility and tasting room. A walkway to the tasting room is medals in the tasting room, Benessere is doing just that.
lined with fragrant thyme bushes and climbing roses that are Benessere Vineyards is located at 1010 Big Tree Road, just off Hwy.
humming with the contented buzzing of honey bees. A trellised patio 29 and north of St. Helena. The tasting room is open daily, except for
with delicate wrought iron tables and chairs provides shade and a major holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
perfect place to sip wine and enjoy a picnic luncheon. Mellow wind Tasting fee is $15 per guest, except for wine club members, who
chimes and muted operatic music add to the feeling of relaxation and can enjoy a free tasting for four. And Napa Valley residents are invited
contentment. to taste free with a friend upon showing local identification. For more
Inside the tasting room, you’ll feel like a guest invited into a friend’s information, call (707) 963-5853, or go to the winery’s website at
home. The staff offers low-key, personal attention to visitors, and they www.benesserevineyards.com.

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Women for WineSense Hosts Third Annual


Grand Event in Napa Valley, April 30-May 2
Women throughout the country with a passion or professional The 2010 Women for WineSense Grand Event Saturday educa-
interest in wine will descend on the Napa Valley April 30 through May tional program includes a series of seminars taught by wine industry
2 to attend the third annual Women for WineSense 2010 Grand leaders: Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Alexandre Schmitt of
Event. Aptly titled “Sip the Wine, Share the Moment, Savor the Expe- Olfacto in France, wine expert Debbie Zachareas, Ann Noble from UC
rience,” this year’s three-day event will be hosted by Honorary Chair Davis, and Winemaker Merry Edwards, to name a few.
Margaret Duckhorn and also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the During lunch, Honorary Chair Margaret Duckhorn will induct
founding of Women for WineSense. founders Julie Johnson and Michaela Rodeno into the Hall of Fame.
“I’m especially excited to serve as Honorary Chair this year, because Ann Noble of UC Davis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for
we're honoring founders Michaela Rodeno and Julie Johnson, who are her contributions to the wine industry and Rising Star Awards will be
two of the wine industry’s biggest trailblazers” said Duckhorn. “It’s given out to up and coming women in the industry. Saturday’s
also wonderful that Women for WineSense has provided wine educa- program concludes with the Grand Tasting of distinctive wines poured
tion and professional development opportunities for the past 20 by women in key leadership roles at wineries, including owners,
years.” CEO’s, winemakers and vineyard managers.
The Grand Event kicks off the weekend with a sparkling wine Program attendance is limited to 250 participants. “Early Bird
reception at Mumm Napa in Rutherford on Friday evening. Saturday’s Registration” pricing for the complete weekend package, including
all-day program takes place at the legendary Culinary Institute of Friday’s sparkling wine reception, Saturday’s seminars, lunch & Grand
America at Greystone in St. Helena and combines exceptional educa- Tasting, plus Sunday’s tours is $210 ($160 for WWS members).
tional seminars along with the Women for WineSense Awards Presen- Single-day pricing available. Further information is available at
tation and a Grand Tasting Event. The festivities continue on Sunday www.wwsgrandevent.org. Proceeds from event will underwrite
with rare, behind the scenes winery tours and tastings at select Napa Women for WineSense educational programs, activities, and scholar-
and Sonoma wineries. ships for women in viticulture, winemaking and wine education.

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Welcome to
CALISTOGA
Summers Estate Wines Invites You to a Winemaker Dinner
Plan a trip to Napa Valley this Spring for Summers’ Library call her at (707) 942-5508, ext. 202.
Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker Dinner on Saturday, May 15. Dine The fact that sometimes you can see Calistoga’s Old Faithful geyser
alfresco on the patio outside Summers Estate Wines Tasting Room, blow off its hourly ration of steam just over the hedge from the
taking in the beautiful vistas, sampling from an array of Summers’ Summers Estate tasting room is only a slight added attraction. The
Library Cabernets (vintages 2000 to 2006) and current releases, main attraction and the reason people visit this beautiful boutique
and enjoying camaraderie and fine dining. Appetizers will start at winery in the wilder, northernmost reaches of the Napa Valley almost
6:30 p.m. and dinner/dessert concludes at approximately 9:30 at the foot of the Palisades, is to be found in the glass. And, of course,
p.m. in the wine aging in the oak barrels at this country winery with its
To participate, visist the website at www.summersestatewines.com, picture perfect setting.
select Upcoming Events and RSVP. You can purchase your ticket Surrounding the winery are almost two dozen acres of vines. They
online. Only 30 seats are available, and hopefully you will be in one include the Villa Andriana Vineyard, planted with Zinfandel, the very
of them. rare Charbono (it is said there are less than a hundred acres planted in
The cost for wine club members is just $75 per person, which the entire world) and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that go into a
includes a sumptuous catered meal, and unlimited tastes of Summers premium wine named after the daughter of owners Jim and Beth
Library Cabernets and current release wines. Summers. Called Andriana’s Cuvee, this deep, rich and complex wine
The cost for General is just $90 per person – feel free to join has been an award winner since the very first vintage.
Summers Wine Club online to take advantage of Wine Club The tasting room at Summers Estate Wines is open every day from
discounts. 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It is located at 1171 Tubbs Lane just a few
For more information, email Beth at beth@summerswinery.com or minutes north of Calistoga. For more information or directions, give
them a call at (707) 942-5508 or go go www.summerswinery.com.

Calistoga Wineries’ Spring Celebration


Saturday May 1, 11am-4pm
Visit and taste wines from eight different wineries in and
around Calistoga. Each winery will be offering something
special and may include food, barrel tasting, live music, library
wines and special deals!
A big “thank you” to the people who attended last year’s cele-
bration! More than $3,500 was raised for the preschool, which
is now in its fourth year, has 40 students enrolled and has a bilin-
gual program! Mark this website for updates, when available,
regarding this year’s event, www.CalistogaWineEvent.com. See
you then!

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Welcome to
YOUNTVILLE
Napa Valley Bike Tours – Wine Country at a Leisurely Pace
One of the nicest – not to mention health- matter which you pick, cycling or kayaking
iest – ways to get to know the Napa Valley has through the Napa Valley are unique and
to be on a bicycle. The pace is leisurely, you always enjoyable experiences.
can really absorb the sights and sounds Napa Valley Bike Tours is centrally located
around you as you pedal along, and you end at 6488 Washington St. in Yountville and is
the day – or the week – with an entirely open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For
different set of memories than if you had reservations or more information, call them at
zipped through this beautiful valley in a car. (707) 944-2953 or 1-800- 707-BIKE (2453).
If this sounds as appealing to you has it You can also check them out on the web at
had to thousands of other visitors, Napa www.napavalleybiketours.com.
Valley Bike Tours will be happy to provide the following support van,” said Brad Dropping,
helmets and the bikes and a van to follow the company president.
group so you can toss in any gear, extra The company offers a variety of other
clothes and purchases you make. All you have options as well, from kayaking to bike rentals, YOUNTVILLE YOUNT MILL RD

to do is make a reservation and show up at even all-inclusive vacation packages. Plus, for
their shop by 9:30 a.m. Full-day tours return corporations and private groups, they offer
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Don’t Miss Judd’s Enormous Wine Show!


by Judd Finkelstein, Judd’s Hill Winery
“Hooray for Hollywood!” This optimistic tune jangled enthusias-
tically inside my young head as I hit tinseltown, armed with ambi-
tion and a degree in television production looking to make my mark
in the movies. I worked steadily on several independent and big
studio films, and although the artistic aspect of filmmaking was
thrilling, it became apparent to me that the industry as a whole was
not suiting me, the purple-footed quiet kid from the Napa County
countryside. A whole new appreciation for the world of wine was
instilled in me and I returned to the family biz.
That was a dozen years ago, and while facets of the Los
Angeles lifestyle (ethnic food eatin’, beach bummin’,
jazz clubbin’) still beckon me back southward now
and again, I couldn’t be happier being back home in
Napa Valley making wine here at Judd’s Hill. it’s now time to
With that said, there’s been a part of me that bring things out
into the
ST. HELENA
missed the creative filmmaking that had been the
focus of my collegiate training. This past year, I light. Enter our new CH AR LES
decided it was time to merge my former and current series, “Wine Booty.” KR U G
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career and launched a series of videos called “Judd’s Enor- Wine as the ultimate pirate Calafia Cellars
David Fulton
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of wine through my somewhat foggy goggles. It’s been a real blast of the previous show, “Wine
POPE
writing and producing again while keeping wine as the center of Booty” takes the character of Orin Swift
attention. The show has found me lampooning wine snobbery, Captain Whylee Raven, the
exploring winemaking as art and even led me back to Hollywood to Judd’s Hill wine pirate, and N APA VALLEY
W IN E H A R D W A R E
shoot a Los Angeles themed mini-series there. introduces him as a cellar
St. Helena Wine Center
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Napa Valley Fine Art
Get Ready for Nimbash!
First Nimbus Arts Fundraiser Features Interactive Art, Food, Wine
An event unlike any other is coming – Nimbash – on May 8, begin- Funds raised will support Nimbus Arts programming and scholar-
ning at 5:30 p.m. at 3111 St. Helena Highway just north of St. Helena ships and community art events.
(in the former St. Helena Outlets complex). Wineries participating will be partnered with specific food
Nimbash will be the first annual interactive art event and auction purveyors and specific artists, all to express similar themes in their
to benefit Nimbus Arts, a Napa Valley community art center founded “art.”
in 2005 by Dana Johnson, with Jamie Graff as executive director. More Nimbus Arts has taught approximately 5,000 children and adults
than 300 guests are expected; ticket prices are $100/adult. Buy a bag in its first five years, beginning with borrowed space for classes at local
of art chips to partake in each of the hands on art experiences, or at schools. Classes have ranged from ongoing ceramics open studios to
$250/ticket, you receive an original Nimbus Arts wristband giving you week-long camps themed to diverse interests (horses, Star Wars, the
free access to all of our art activities. It’s recommended to purchase environment, holiday gift-giving, honey/bees, space, the ocean,
tickets in advance, by calling (707) 963-5278 or emailing construction, master artists and energy).
info@nimbusarts.org. Nimbus Arts has also organized and collaborated in numerous
“This will be something that defies being categorized,” explains community-wide events and art happenings, including Dia de los
Graff. “It’s an uproarious arty party, an interactive art experience with Muertos, performances in Lyman Park, community art installations at
a Paint by Numbers mural, a Pollock paddock, areas to sculpt, paint, Vasconi’s, the Riveropolis exhibit and celebration. Attendees come
print and draw, including live nude models and a print and pottery from all over northern California to enjoy the enormous array of arts
room. There will be an auction featuring art, wine and ‘priceless’ expe- activities Nimbus offers – all of which also are regularly updated at
riences; winemakers and culinary artisans will join us to demonstrate www.nimbusarts.org.
their ‘art’ as well,” she says. Local artists who teach classes at Nimbus include Anne Pentland,
At 8 p.m. guests will move into an elaborate tent for a live auction, David Garden, Nancy Willis, Rob Keller, Will Callnan III, Nikki Ballere
conducted by Ursula Hermacinski; the evening will be full of Callnan, Nick Cann, and Melissa & Mercedes Baker and Sarah Hall,
surprises. Proxy bidding is possible by prior arrangement. just to name a small number of over 35 participating Artist Instructors.

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★ Wine Country This Week Preferred ◆ Open to the public ◆ Open by appointment only
Check the listings in the back for hours, address and phone number.
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Local Artists Showcase Their Work at Wineries


This April and May, the Wine Road will be partnering with Art at info@wineroad.com. Visit the Wine Road at www.wineroad.com or on
the Source for its annual art and wine program. The special “Art at the Facebook and Twitter.
Wineries” event will feature local Sonoma area painters, sculptors,
ABOUT ART AT THE SOURCE:
photographers, potters, jewelers, fiber artists and glass artists on
For the first two weeks in June 2010, “Art at the Source,” West
display at more than 30 Wine Road members’ tasting rooms. This
Sonoma County’s self-guided open-studio tour, will once again open
preview is a two-month event leading up to the 16th annual “Art at the
the doors to the studios of professional artists, with 127 participants.
Source Open Studios,” a self-guided, open-studio event that is held
This will be the 16th year that the Sebastopol Center for the Arts has
the first two weekends in June. The Sebastopol Center for the Arts, a
sponsored the event.
grassroots, nonprofit arts center created in 1988 by a coalition of art,
For further information, or to order a color catalog with images and
business, and community members to provide art programs and
a map that can be kept as a year-round guide to local artists and busi-
services for all sectors of the community, is the sponsor for “Art at the
nesses, please contact the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at (707) 829-
Source Open Studios”.
4797 or visit www.artatthesource.org.
“We are excited to once again be able to showcase beautiful local
art with our winery members,” says Beth Costa, executive director of
the Wine Road. “Visitors are given the opportunity to enjoy Sonoma
County’s visual arts, along with award-winning wines for which this D O W N T O W N
region is known.”
The Wine Road is an invaluable source for planning a perfect
HEALDSBURG
Grove Street Winery
weekend to experience art in the wine country. Visitors can access infor- Manzanita Creek
DRY CREEK RD
mation on the “Art at the Wineries” event through www.wineroad.com, MARCH AVE
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including participating wineries and artists, lodging, shopping, dining

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cuisine and a flourishing artist scene – all set against the beautiful back-

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drop of Sonoma County’s landscape – make for an unforgettable 101
Artiste Winery &
getaway as Wine Road and Art at the Source celebrate art appreciation. Tasting Studio Ferrari-Carano’s PIPER ST
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The Wine Road is an association of 152 vintners and 50 lodgings Downtown Wine
KENDALL PLAZA GalloRussian River Wine Co.
throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys in JACKSON Plaza
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and picturesque towns. The grandeur of the Pacific Ocean and La Crema Winery Hauck
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towering redwoods lead visitors inland along quiet country roads only
one hour north of San Francisco. There is always something going on
along the Wine Road with year-round winery events, exciting new
releases of wine and much more. For more information, or to request
a free map, contact Beth Costa at 1-800-723-6336 or via e-mail at

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UPCOMING EVENTS See page 14 or visit www.healdsburg.com for more event information

ONGOING – – Events and activitines at The Russian River Rose Co –


For schedules/details, visit www.russian-river-rose.com or call 707-433-7455 .
APRIL 24 & 25 – Passport to Dry Creek Valley – event showcasing the wineries, vineyards and
exceptional beauty of Dry Creek Valley. 63+ wineries and 150 growers, Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4:30pm.
For the full list of details, visit www.wdcv.com or call 707-433-3031
APRIL 25 & 26 – Healdsburg Chorus Spring Concert – 50 members, "Do I Hear A Waltz?"
April 25 at 3pm, April 26 at 7pm, Community Church, $10/$12, www.healdsburgchorus.com or 707-838-4557
MAY 1 – Dragonfly Farm Spring Open House – Westside Road, bring a picnic to enjoy in the willow
circle, 1-5pm, visit www.DragonflyHealdsburg.com or call 707-433-3739
SATURDAYS, MAY 1 - NOVEMBER 27 – Healdsburg Certified Farmers' Market –
1 block west of the Plaza at Vine and North Streets, 9am-noon, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org, 707-431-1956
MAY 2 – 20th Historic Healdsburg Homes Tour – Self-guided tour of six charming homes near the
plaza. $35/$40, www.healdsburgaauw.com, 11:30am-3pm, www.healdsburgaauw.com or call 707-473-0313

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Tasting Room of the Week:

KENDALL-JACKSON
HEALDSBURG TASTING ROOM
by Charles Neave tasting room invokes browsing among wines complete newcomer.
and gifts chosen personally by the manager – Grand Reserve is their superlative blend of
The wines of Kendall-Jackson are known ceramics, books, glassware, olive oil and terroir from key vineyards, the harmony of
to virtually every wine lover anywhere in this more. appellation and winemaking skill. Then there
country and far beyond. And the historic Many, if not most, visitors to the tasting are the bottlings from Highland Estates which
Sonoma County town of Healdsburg is room admit that they have never seen this are the wines that best showcase Kendall-
rapidly becoming a destination in itself, with side of Kendall-Jackson, or K-J as it is called. Jackson’s estate properties on mountains and
a constantly growing collection of shops, Will Alexander, the Tasting Room Manager, ridges in California’s cool coastal regions.
boutiques, some first-class hotels and restau- loves what he calls that “Eureka” look on the Stature, the highest level of Kendall-
rants, bars and grills, bed and breakfasts and faces of guests just getting acquainted with
Jackson winemaking, is produced in very
small inns, bistros, galleries and more. the more exclusive Kendall-Jackson wines
small lots from the finest estate vineyards.
Very near the northwest corner of the they will find there.
With its unmatched blend of a welcoming
Healdsburg Plaza, the rich and varied world “Sure we’re Kendall-Jackson, and you can
staff, hand-crafted wines, and its exceptional
of Kendall-Jackson wines seems to shrink find our great Vintner’s Reserve that you
down to an intimate, unhurried scale that know from home,” Will noted. “But what and easily accessible location makes the
wraps every visitor in a unique welcome. You thrills me is meeting people who come here Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg Tasting Room
are not intimidated in the least, simply and discover a whole new world of hand- one of the must-see attractions in this part of
encouraged to enjoy the wines, the tasting crafted, limited-production wines.” the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country.
room, the surroundings. Guests from all over Visitors can approach wine tasting in two Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg Tasting
the world, greeted by the veteran Kendall- ways: a selection of four wines, or a tasting Room is located at 337 Healdsburg Avenue in
Jackson tasting room staff, soon find them- focusing on Stature and Highland Estates. Healdsburg and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For
selves discovering an unexpected dimension Employees are happy to serve the needs of more information, call (707) 433-7102 or
of this renowned winery. The design of the every guest, whether a wine aficionado or a visit the website at www.kj.com.

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Popular Solitude Chardonnay Now Available at Sonoma Enoteca


Whether you’re a die-hard Solitude Chardonnay fan or you’re new Street at First Street East in Sonoma.
to this elegant, beautiful wine, you have reason to rejoice. Solitude is The Dreyer family has been involved in California agriculture for
back. Rediscover this popular and much-sought-after classic. For fifty years growing grapes, olives, tree fruit, cotton and tomatoes.
more than twenty years, the Solitude brand has had a major The Dreyers branched into the premium wine grape business with
following. After a brief hiatus, this rich, full-bodied Chardonnay the purchase of Grand Cru Vineyards in Glen Ellen, Sonoma
is available once again. Look for it at Sonoma Enoteca on the Valley, California in 1980. The family sold this brand to another
historic Sonoma Plaza. winery but continues to produce high quality and high value
Walter Dreyer, founder of Dreyer Family Wines, was thrilled wines under its other brands.
to share the circumstances that led to the re-emergence of Soli- Walter Dreyer has extensive experience in the consumer food
tude. “Bringing Solitude back is especially wonderful for products industry managing Oroweat Foods for over thirty
Sonoma. The grapes come from the Carneros appellation years. He has served as president of the Sonoma County
grown just down the road from the Sonoma Enoteca Tasting Wineries Association, the Sonoma Valley Vintners Associa-
Room. The grapes are grown on south Broadway in Sonoma tion, and has served as a director of the Wine Institute.
on the famed Sangiacomo Family Vineyards. The Sangia- Jonathan Dreyer is general manager of the wine and
como family has been farming in the Carneros area since grape operations for Dreyer Family Wines. In addition to
1927. They are now transitioning into the third genera- working sales and marketing for the family winery, he
tion managers as growers of world class Chardonnay in received a degree from the University of California Davis
the Sonoma Carneros appellation.” after studying viticulture and enology and agricultural
Solitude founder and winemaker Richard Litsch economics.
continues to bring his expertise to the brand. Walter Look for Dreyer Family Wines at Sonoma Enoteca
explained, “We were aware of Solitude as a wine with a along with ten other boutique wineries including Favero
loyal following and a very high reputation after being in Vineyards, Brutocao Cellars, Manzanita Creek, Trios,
the market for twenty years.” Madrone Ridge and the Rose Group featuring Grieve
That stellar reputation was no doubt earned through Sauvignon Blanc, H Pinot Noir and Double Eagle Merlot.
dedication to bringing out the best in this wine. This very Sonoma Enoteca also features olive oil and balsamic
rich, complex Chardonnay uses French oak barrels for vinegar tastings along with wine sales, wine accessories,
full-flavored elegance. Carneros Chardonnay has received books and home furnishings.
worldwide recognition. Quality wine grapes are essential Visit Sonoma-Enoteca at 35 East Napa Street, open
to producing quality wines. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. Open
Solitude Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French oak, utilizing Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, call (707) 935-1200,
Burgundian yeast strains. Malolactic fermentation, yeast contact and visit www.sonoma-enoteca.com, email info@sonoma-enoteca.com.
stirring occurs during the seven months of oak aging. Traditional
Burgundian techniques combined with California cellar practices
produces the ultra-premium Chardonnay that is consistently marked
with high quality and value.
This 2008 vintage exemplifies the style of wine achieved at Soli-
tude. Layers of oak complement the tropical fruit flavors of the
Carneros appellation. The wine is dry, full and very rich but retains
refreshing acidity to keep the wine well balanced. The traditional
Burgundian techniques of barrel fermentation, lees stirring and 100%
malolactic fermentation increase complexity and richness. The wine
drinks beautifully in its youth and will gain aromatic and flavor
complexity with additional age.
Jonathan Dreyer, general manager of Dreyer Family Wines, is
pleased to add Solitude to the family’s portfolio of wines which
includes Seabiscuit Ranch, Compass, Il Cuore “The Heart” and Dreyer
Sonoma. “We have deep roots in Sonoma County and have great
confidence in the future for Sonoma and Carneros wines.” All of the
Dreyer Family Wines are available at Sonoma Enoteca at 35 East Napa

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Enoteca
WINE TASTING, SALES

Sonoma & HOME ACCESSORIES


– 12 Wineries –
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35 East Napa Street, Sonoma
(707) 935-1200
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4th Annual Passport to Sonoma Valley, May 15-16


The Ultimate “Destination” Weekend Featuring unofficial start of the tourist season with a very exciting “behind the
More than 50 Sonoma Valley Wineries and Grape Growers scenes” opportunity for Passport holders. Due to last year’s success of
Tickets are now on sale for the fourth annual Passport to Sonoma this component of the event, participating wineries are partnering
Valley, taking place May 15th and 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at with their growers to provide the ultimate tasting experience; pouring
wineries and vineyards throughout historic Sonoma Valley. From food their best wines on site in the vineyards where the grapes were
and wine aficionados to those looking for a unique, close-to-home sourced. In addition to feeling an even greater connection between
“travel” experience, Passport to Sonoma Valley swings open the cellar the “grape and the glass,” Passport attendees will enjoy the rare – and
doors of California’s oldest and most coveted artisan wineries in cele- often breathtaking - opportunity to taste among the vines of Sonoma’s
bration of Sonoma’s food, wine and arts scene. Visitors to the valley- most exclusive vineyards, not normally open to the public.
wide open house will be issued a “passport,” providing them unprece- Passport to Sonoma Valley provides a unique opportunity to go
dented access to the wines and wineries of California’s oldest wine beyond the traditional tourist experience; to discover the people,
region, including special pricing and exclusive wine offers. places and wines that make Sonoma Valley one of the world’s great
Tickets for Passport to Sonoma Valley are: $90/weekend, $70/ wine regions. This journey of discovery will take passport holders off
Sunday-only and $25/designated driver when purchased in advance the beaten path to tiny cult wineries not normally open to the public,
or $100/weekend and $80/Sunday-only and $25/designated driver to historic estates that ushered in the California wine industry and to
when purchased at the event (subject to availability). On the day of the the many family-owned and operated wineries that define Sonoma’s
event, ticket holders, and those wishing to purchase tickets must “farm to table” culture. Each winery will showcase the very best of
check in at one of four designated “start” locations – including Viansa their current release, library wines and special bottlings, food pairings
Winery & Marketplace, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery, Valley of the and entertainment. Special discounts and after hours shopping will
Moon Winery and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – to receive their also be part of the two celebration.
passport and complimentary wine glass. For tickets or more informa- Visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com to see the list of participating
tion, visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com or call (707) 935-0803. wineries – updated regularly – along with activities planned for this
Passport to Sonoma Valley is kicking off their fourth year and the year’s Passport to Sonoma Valley.

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Roses, Rosé and Chocolate


for Breakfast on Mother’s Day
at B.R. Cohn Winery, May 9
Moms will be greeted with a smile, a long-stemmed rose and
complimentary wine tasting at the B.R. Cohn Winery tasting room
on Mother’s Day, May 9. The tasting room will be releasing the 2009
Rosé and author and chef, Barbara Passino will be on hand from
noon to 3 p.m. to sign her cookbook, Chocolate for Breakfast.
The 2009 Rosé ($18) is produced in a traditional French Rhone
style. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre make this a seductive and
complex wine. It has wonderful tropical aromas and a delightful
touch of raspberry, cherry and peach flavors with hints of spice in the
finish. Slightly chilled, this Rosé is the ultimate wine to kick off the
warm weather season and celebrate Mom.
Barbara Passino is the proprietor/chef of Oak Knoll Inn, a luxu-
rious, intimate inn nestled amidst rows of grapevines in Napa Valley,
California’s Wine Country. Her decadent breakfasts have become
California legend and attract visitors from all over the world.
B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in
Glen Ellen. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its
critically acclaimed, world-class, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvi-
gnon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and award-winning gourmet
estate olive oils, vinegars and gourmet specialty food products. For
more information, call 1-800-330-4064 or visit www.brcohn.com.

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Get Your Tickets Now for Hopland Passport, May 1 & 2


Come join the celebration of Hopland Spring Passport, Saturday, one lucky winner. Returning guests know that the online ticket raffle
May 1 and Sunday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit all the Hopland has great odds of winning as we will have a lucky winner from each
wineries that will pull out all the stops to show the finest Rhône, winery! Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-433-3689. See the
Italian, Burgundian and Bordeaux wines made in Mendocino. Along website for information on complimentary shuttle service.
with great wine, enjoy abundant offerings of fabulous food prepared To keep your group safe, sign up for our Designated Driver
to complement the wines at each venue. Program and receive complimentary entry. The zero alcohol consump-
Each winery will entertain you in their own special way, which tion required with this program will be enforced but you are free to
could include live music, bocce ball, barrel tasting, barbecues, book join all events, food tastings and the drawing.
signings, art shows, reserve and future tastings and much more. The Hopland Passport wineries invite you to come and celebrate
Receive a Passport logo glass, entry to all wine tastings and food with them: Brutocao Cellars, Dogwood Cellars, Graziano Family of
pairings, entertainment at the various wineries and enter to win the Wines, Jaxon Keys Winery, Jeriko Estate, McDowell Valley Vineyards,
Passport Prize Giveaway. Only $35, all-inclusive, for a fabulous wine McFadden Vineyards, McNab Ridge Winery, Mendocino Farms,
weekend. Milano Winery, Nelson Family Vineyards, Rack & Riddle, Terra Savia,
Order your tickets in advance online at www.hoplandpassport.com Saracina and Weibel Family Vineyards.
and you are automatically entered in an exclusive drawing of large For more information on this event, call 1-800-433-3689 or visit
format bottles. Each winery selects a magnum or even a three-liter for the website at www.hoplandpassport.com.

Anderson Valley Winegrowers’ Pinot Noir Festival


The Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association announces that it one single variety from just one appellation, showcases Anderson
will host the 13th annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival on May Valley Pinot Noirs from approximately 40 of the state’s finest producers.
14-16 – albeit with a few changes. This popular festival, focusing on The Pinot Noir Festival weekend kicks off on Friday, May 14 with
a day-long technical conference and educational seminars. This year,
a new, afternoon-only ticket will be offered for serious consumers,
with in-depth tastings, food and wine pairings and presentation.
Participating wineries will pour their Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs
at the grand tasting on Saturday afternoon at Goldeneye Winery. At
the grand tasting, delicious fare will be offered to attendees, as well as
entertainment by Mendocino County musicians, Kevin and the
Coconuts. A silent auction will be held to benefit local charities (to-
date more than $155,000 has been raised at this event).
On Saturday evening wineries from both near and far will join
together to host winemaker dinners in Anderson Valley and on the
Mendocino Coast.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday, May 16 with open houses
at Anderson Valley wineries, featuring special tastings, educational
talks, music and food.
For additional information, visit the website at www.avwines.com
or contact them at (707) 895-WINE or info@avwines.com.

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Livermore Wine Country Welcomes


Back a New Adventure Company
Livermore Valley Wine and Cycle Tours is a premier wine-tasting
and bicycle tour company in the Livermore Valley. This female-
owned company specializes in an eco-friendly way to experience the
wines and olive oils of the Bay area. Owners Melanie Harbert and
Barbara McKay have designed a relaxing and fun way to tour the
Livermore Valley and showcase the oldest wine producing region in
California.
Tours run from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Tours include a bicycle tour, wine tasting fees at three or four
wineries, a locally grown olive oil tasting and a gourmet picnic
lunch. All of this at an affordable value of $75. Bring your own bike
or rent a bike from our partners at Cyclepath of Pleasanton for a
nominal fee. On site delivery of bikes is included in our price.
With a minimum of nine different tour routes through the Liver-
more wine country, each less than 15 miles long, these tours are
unique and designed for all fitness levels. Learn the history of these
family-owned wineries and taste what makes Livermore wine
country an undiscovered jewel of California.
For more information and reservations, visit the website at
www.livermorewineandcycletours.com or call (925) 399-6751. The
website also offers links to all the partnering wineries, olive oil farms,
local lodging, restaurants, bicycle shops and many more local activ-
ities. Plan a weekend getaway in Livermore’s beautiful wine country.

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advance for $75 per person or $750 for a reserved table of 10.
• Saturday, May 15th – noon to 6 p.m.
ZinFest Wine Festival – “Wine, Food & Fun at Lodi Lake”
Lodi Lake Park, 1101 W. Turner Road
Over 50 artisanal wineries showcase what makes Lodi California’s
emerging fine wine region. Taste from an array of local food
purveyors, immerse yourself in the ZinFest Wine & Cooking
schools, or relax along the Mokelumne River to an eclectic mix of
live music. Be among the first to experience the brand new ZinFest
Piano Bar. Browse a diverse selection of merchandise from regional
vendors and take home a bottle of ZinFest Commemorative Old
Vine Zinfandel, custom blended by Michael-David Family of
Wines, from the ZinFest Wine Shoppe. Tickets are $45 in advance,
and include a ZinFest wine glass, wine tasting, participation in
seminars and entertainment.
• Sunday, May 16th
Lodi Wine Country – Participating Wineries
Winery Tours & Open Houses
Embark on a self guided journey through the Lodi Appellation as
participating wineries host special activities and tastings of their
complete line of wines. Visit the tasting rooms that Lodi is home to
and get a unique perspective of what’s going on behind the cellar
door in Lodi Wine Country.
For more information on the 6th Annual ZinFest Wine Festival,
visit the website at www.zinfest.com or contact the Lodi Winegrape
Commission at (209) 367-4727.

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River Road Wine Trail Holds


‘SpringFest’ Open House
Twelve Monterey County Wineries
Celebrate All Things Spring on May 1st
Twelve tasting rooms along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail will
be hosting the 16th annual “SpringFest Open House” on Saturday,
May 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for wine
enthusiasts to visit and enjoy the vintages and hospitality of these
artisan vintners.
The wineries collectively opening their doors for the SpringFest
Open House are Paraiso, Hahn, Pessagno, Marilyn Remark, Puma
Road, Scheid, Ventana, Chalone, Manzoni, Wrath and McIntyre.
While these wineries are a sure bet anytime of the year, the
SpringFest Open House is a particularly auspicious time to visit.
SpringFest attendees to the River Road Wine Trail will not only enjoy
fine crafted wines but will also take pleasure in magnificent wild-
flowers, scenic overlooks, and the people behind the wine. During
the SpringFest Open House you will taste past vintages and witness
the future vintage on the vine. Spring is time folks in the vineyards
celebrate the end of winter and look forward to the start of another
great vintage. This is a fabulous season to stop by one of these tasting
rooms and celebrate this special time of year with them.
At this annual wine tasting, the member wineries will be featuring
rare vintages, barrel samples, music, appetizers that pair with wine,
special discounts, and celebration of all things Spring. The Open
House is complimentary, reservations are not required.
More information is available by visiting the website at
www.RiverRoadWineTrail.com.
The River Road Wine Trail (formerly Steinbeck Wine Country) is
an association of twelve Monterey County winery tasting rooms,
located primarily along the River Road / Foothill Road corridor, on the
Santa Lucia bench above the Salinas Valley. Charming and intimate,
these tasting rooms specialize in limited release vintages and genuine
hospitality. Often, visitors will be sampling with the actual winemaker.
Conveniently situated just east of Monterey and Carmel, and about
seventy minutes south of San Jose, the River Road Wine Trail has
become one of the Central Coast’s premiere wine touring destinations.
The group’s online home is RiverRoadWineTrail.com.

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Open Tuesday – Sunday, Noon to 6pm
45 W. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030
(408) 358-4949 • flemingjenkins.com
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Santa Lucia Highlands Winegrowers Hold 4th Gala


Tickets Now On Sale for May 15th “Highlands’ Fling” yards, planted on the terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range,
The Wine Artisans of the Santa Lucia Highlands, an alliance of overlooking the Salinas River Valley. The area’s unique character
the appellation’s winegrowers and the wineries that rely on the was recognized with official A.V.A. status in 1991.
district’s world-class fruit, announced that tickets are now available The Wine Artisans of the Santa Lucia Highlands, formed in
for their fourth annual Gala tasting, taking place from 2 to 5 p.m. 2005, is a formal association of vineyards and wineries that grow
on Saturday, May 15 at Hahn Estates. grapes here or use this region’s fruit to craft their wines. Their
This “Highlands’ Fling” celebration will be a strolling wine primary goal is to promote this unique viticultural district and
tasting on the grounds of the scenic Hahn property, with dramatic increase awareness and appreciation of the Santa Lucia Highlands.
views of the Salinas Valley below. The event will feature the most To learn more about the Wine Artisans of the Santa Lucia High-
prized vintages and special reserves of the S.L.H.’s artisan wine- lands, visit the website at www.santaluciahighlands.com
makers – paired to delicacies prepared by award-winning local
chefs.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample rare wines poured Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Express
by the vintners themselves; wineries expected to participate
include August West, Belle Glos, Boekenoogen, Cru, Hahn, Hope Held at Roaring Camp Railroads
& Grace, La Rochelle, Lucienne, Manzoni, Martin Alfaro, McIn- While this year is the 15th annual Santa Cruz Mountains
tyre, Mer Soleil, Morgan, Novy, Paraiso, Pelerin, Pessagno, Pey- Wine Auction, it is the second Santa Cruz Mountains Wine
Lucia, Pisoni, Puma Road, Roar, Sequana, Siduri, Talbott, Express event! This Grand Wine Tasting will take place on
Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor and Wrath. Sunday, May 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy the redwoods and sip
Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased at wines from America’s premier mountain appellation! Guests will
www.santaluciahighlands.com The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of
enjoy world-class wines and get the opportunity to ride the
the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Railway at Roaring Camp Railroads,
some of the state’s best cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
located off Graham Hill Road, in Felton.
The appellation encompasses more than 5,000 acres of prime vine-
Wines tasting will be accompanied by delectable appetizers,
TO SAN JOSE
as well as, a silent and live auction. The train will make a 40-
Taste of Monterey
minute loop at 3:30 p.m.
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Salinas Dogs on a leash are welcome for this event for both the
101 Joyce Vineyards
tasting and the train ride. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at
Chateau Christina
the door and $20 for children under 12 years old. For reserva-
RIVER ROAD

Marilyn Remark tions or for more information, call (831) 685-VINE (8463) or
send an e-mail at info@scmwa.com.
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