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NOVEMBER 26, 2010 – ISSUE 48 – VOLUME 29

Wine Garage ON THE COVER


Wine Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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WINE COUNTRY NEWS


Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-17
F E AT U R E

SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS
WINERY

Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
SUISUN VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31
Paradise Ridge Winery Suisun Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32-43
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St. Helena Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32


Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37
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Napa Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41


Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
WINERY

SONOMA COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-55


Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45
Joseph Phelps Winery
Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
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Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50


Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-57
PROFILE

Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52


WINEMAKER

Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55


Glen Ellen & Kenwood Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

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


Domaine Carneros Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Eileen Crane
LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
O F T H E W E E K 42

LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
TA S T I N G R O O M

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


Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Reynolds Family Winery
WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67-78

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INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano

How does wine get color?


White wine, rosé wine, red wine … together they span a range of Throughout the maceration, the skins
color from very pale yellow to pink to deep purple. There’s a world tend to rise to the top, from the carbon
of differences among the styles of these wines and the ways they are dioxide that is released during fermenta-
made. But the way in which they each achieve their own degree of tion. This “cap” of skins is regularly pushed back into the juice, or
color is simply dependent upon how much time the grapes skins “punched down,” to extract as much color from the skins as
spend in contact with the grape juice. possible.
As the juice from crushed red grapes remains in contact with the Before white wine is fermented, the juice is separated from the
grape skins, the pigments of the skins add color to the juice. This is skins, thereby having little or no contact with the grape skins. White
called maceration time. Depending on the wine and the winemaker’s wine can be made from either red or white grapes because the juice
preference, it could last from several days to several weeks. The coming from any grape is always clear, but only red grapes will be
longer the maceration period, the darker the wine’s final color. used to make red wine.
When rosé wine is being made, the grape skins are left in contact
with the fermenting juice for a time period just long enough to
create a pink-colored juice. Then the skins are removed and the
remaining juice is fermented in the same manner as juice for making
white wine.

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 – Here Comes the Jug!


Well, it has taken a while, but Miller doesn’t buy a wine for the store
the Wine Garage Jug Wine unless he loves it. What’s best is the
Program has been free-flowing for Wine Garage staff takes the guess-
the past 18 months. The custom- work out of wine shopping: tell the
made, stainless-steel taps facilitate staff what you're looking for and they
the flow of two righteous and deli- will steer you to the perfect bottle.
cious blends, B1 (a Bordeaux-style The Wine Garage is a licensed
blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, winery, and in addition to the blends
Carmenere, Merlot and Petit on tap, they produce a line of their
Verdot) and R1 (a Rhone-style own Wine Garage wines from grapes
blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, they crush. For reds they offer a Napa
Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Valley Zinfandel, a Zin blend from
Sirah). “My biggest problem,” says Napa Valley, a Rhone blend from The
co-founder, Todd Miller, “is that North Coast of California, and three
customers can’t decide which to selections of Napa Valley Cabernet
buy because they love them both so Sauvignons. They also offer a white
much.” blend: Joy Ride (named for Todd’s
And with good reason. Miller business partner, Joy), a lively blend
bought the individual lots of of Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Viog-
finished wine that make up each nier and Muscat.
blend from some of his personal The Wine Garage’s wine club is
winemaking friends. The wine one of the best deals around. Club
came from grapes from several of members can choose to receive six
Napa’s most prestigious vineyards. bottles of red wine (or three red and
He's sworn to secrecy on the vine- three white) six times per year for
yard sources so the Wine Garage $110 per shipment, plus shipping.
blends don’t compete against the The Wine Garage also offers an
same wines priced at two, three or “Intense Red” selection of massively
even four times what Miller sells it concentrated and extracted wines,
for – just $29.99 for a half-gallon jug, filled to order. also six bottles six times per year for $135-$145 per shipment, plus
When Todd and Joy Miller moved to Napa Valley in 2001, they shipping.
were surprised to find that they could hardly find any wines for less The Wine Garage, located at 1020 Foothill Boulevard (Highway
than $45 a bottle. Then they went to a dinner party at a winemaker's 29) in Calistoga, is open from 11 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. Monday thru
home, and were shocked to discover that many winemakers couldn't Saturday and 11 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call
afford to drink the wines they made. That's when the Millers decided (707) 942-5332, visit the website at www.winegarage.net or send an
to open the first wine shop in Napa Valley that only carried wines email to team@winegarage.net.
under $25 a bottle.
So in 2003, Todd Miller swapped his corporate necktie for jeans
and boots and started scouring Northern California for great, undis-
covered wines to offer at the new wine shop, the Wine Garage in
Calistoga. Miller drove the roads less traveled, meeting with wine-
makers, walking in their vineyards, and tasting their grapes, barrel
samples and finished wines. The winemakers, tickled to have a real,
live wine buyer at their winery, shared stories with Miller over a glass
of wine at the dinner table.
The Wine Garage carries a wide selection of bargains from
Sonoma and Napa, and gems from as far afield as Paso Robles, Lodi,
the Sierra Foothills and Mendocino County. The store features wines
under $25 (with the exception of three Private Label wines), and

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NAPA VALLEY ONGOING ONGOING


Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery
ONGOING at Monticello Vineyards Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com
Napa Valley Wine Train Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley $25 • Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40
Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com • Daily Guided Tours
• Nov 21: Moonlight Escape, Full Frosty Moon ONGOING • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
ONGOING V. Sattui Winery ONGOING
Napa Valley Opera House St. Helena, 9am-6pm, no appt. necessary, 707-963-7774, www.vsattui.com Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery
1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org • Classic tasting, daily, $5 Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, www.blackstallionwinery.com
• Nov 19: Wonderbread 5 • Premium tasting, daily, $10 • Regular tasting, $10
• Nov 20: The Original Stars from Rent - Live • Food & wine pairing, Mon-Thu, $18 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun
• Dec 3-5: Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre • Artisan chocolate & wine pairing, Sat-Sun, $25 Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person
ONGOING • Italian Marketplace with 200+ cheeses
• Deli with panini, sandwiches, crabcakes & more ONGOING
Live at the Lincoln Theater
• Weekend BBQ, wood-fired pizza, oysters, mozzarella bar Educational Tours & Wine Tasting
Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com
• 2 ½ acres of tree-shaded picnic grounds at Castello di Amorosa
• Nov 20: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com
ONGOING ONGOING FRIDAYS-SUNDAYS
Food & Wine Pairings at Etude Winery • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50
Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20
Napa, 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, www.backroomwines.com Napa, 10am, 1pm & 3pm, $35, $25/members
www.etudewines.com, 707-257-5300 • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours
• Nov 19: Back Room Blow Out XXXIX
• Nov 26: Pinot & Potluck Party ONGOING ONGOING
Rombauer Vineyards The Ultimate Flight
ONGOING Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena,A true farm-to-table experience at Logan-Ives
Tasting Events at Wineries of Napa Valley St. Helena, 707 963-5170, www.rombauer.com
• Friday-Sunday: Open by advance appointment only House, 11am, RSVP, $35, www.longmeadowranch.com, 707-963-4555
Napa Town Center, Napa, 707-253-9450
www.napavintages.com, check website for times & prices • Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS
• Nov 17, 20: Chocolate Decadence • Tasting $10 Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre
• Nov 19, 26: Fine Wine & Artisan Cheese • Wine & Cheese Pairing daily by appointment only, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $25 St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50
• Nov 27-28: Comfort Food & Napa Wines ONGOING 707-967-2320, wsgr@culinary.edu, www.ciachef.edu
• Dec 3, 10, 15, 17, 24, 31: Fine Wine & Artisan Cheese Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines ONGOING
• Dec 4: Tri-Tip Steak Appetizer Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery
• Dec 5: Wine of the Month & Tri-Tip Steak Appetizer • Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2, www.robertmondavi.com
• Dec 8, 26: Chocolate Decadence • Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm • The Signature Tour & Tasting • The Wine Tasting Basics
ONGOING • Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt • The Exclusive Cellar Tasting• Tasting Beyond the Basics
Winemaker Family-Style Dinner • Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt • The “Harvest of Joy” Tour & Lunch
Farmstead Restaurant, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, $60/food & wine • Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt
• Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt ONGOING
www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant, 707-963-9181
• Wine Train, $180 VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour
ONGOING Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special
Music on the Terrace ONGOING Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com
Domaine Chandon, Yountville, 1-5pm, www.chandon.com, 707-944-2280 Tours and Tastings
at William Hill Estate Winery ONGOING
• Nov 21: Cascada with David Correa, Latin Guitar World Fusion
Napa, 10am-5pm, by appt. 707-265-3024, www.williamhillestate.com Tastings at Silverado Vineyards
ONGOING • Taste the Napa Valley, $12 Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com
Joseph Phelps Vineyards: • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75
• Chardonnay Experience/with food pairing, $16/$20
Tastings & Seminars
• Exploring Cabernets, $20 • Library Tasting, $75
An opportunity to participate in a wide range of excellent seminars. 1 ½ hours • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20
• Estate Exclusives, $25
11am daily; 2:30pm, Monday-Friday & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday. $40, except
• Intro to William Hill Estate Tour and Tasting, $25 • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15
Insignia Blending/$60, free/wine club members. Terrace tastings daily, $25
• The William Hill Estate Experience Tour and Tasting, $40 • Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting
RSVP, 707-967-3720, details www.jpvwines.com
· Insignia Blending · Le Nez ONGOING EVERY SATURDAY
· Tasting Terroir · Wine Appreciation Vineyard & Winery Tours ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar
· Cool California (Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) at Raymond Vineyards Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40
· Barrel seminars (Napa Valley Cab) St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt) 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com
ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND EVERY SUNDAY
Wine Component Tasting Seminar ONGOING Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines
at Merryvale Vineyards Wine Tasting Experiences Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members at Benessere Vineyards
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com St. Helena, 707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, by appt EVERY SATURDAY
• Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10 Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays
EVERY 4TH WEEKEND at Bennett Lane Winery
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15
• Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15 Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684
at Merryvale Vineyards
10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20 THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 Bacchus That Rascal
• Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“
ONGOING • Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15
Tours & Tastings at Clos du Val 707-942-4981, www.clospegase.com
Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 800-993-9463, www.closduval.com ONGOING ONGOING SATURDAYS
• Classic tastings, $10: fee waived with purchase of a bottle wine. Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber
• Reserve tastings, $20: fee not waived with purchase of a bottle of wine. Napa , 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com
2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500
• Tours by appointment with 24 hour advance notice • Individual Tastings, $12
• Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting ONGOING THROUGH JANUARY 5
ONGOING
• Food & Wine Pairing • Vineyard Tour Eye on Egypt Photography Exhibit
Buon Amici Members & Guests
• Blending Class • Wine Sensory Seminar St. Supéry Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm
Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm
ONGOING www.stsupery.com, 800-231-9116
707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com
• Members Only New Release Tastings Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate NOVEMBER 18
• Barrel Tastings by appointment Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, Tours at 11am & 2pm, $10 Farmstead Fish Fry
• Vertical Tastings by appointment Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm Farmstead Restaurant, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, $35/food
• Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant, 707-963-9181

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NOVEMBER 19 NOVEMBER 27 DECEMBER 4


November Wine Club Pick Up Reception Christmas Parade 15th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade
Acacia Vineyard, Napa, 1-3:30pm, $15, free/wine club members First Street, Downtown Napa, 5-8pm, 707-257-0322 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, 7pm, www.CalistogaVisitors.com, 866-305-5588
www.acaciavineyard.com, 707-226-9991x2
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER 4
NOVEMBER 19-21 Dungeness Crab Festival Wine Sip & Jewelry Shop
38th Annual Gifts ‘n Tyme Holiday Faire Hurley’s Restaurant, Yountville, www.HurleysRestaurant.com, 707-944-2345 at Arger-Martucci Vineyards
Napa Valley Expo, Napa, 10am-4pm, 925-372-8961
NOVEMBER 26 St. Helena, 10am-5pm, free, www.arger-martucci.com, 707-963-4334
NOVEMBER 20-21
Tree Lighting & Open House DECEMBER 4-5
Holiday in Carneros
Long Meadow Ranch Winery, St.Helena, 11am-6pm Rutherford Appellation Passport Weekend
Participating wineries, 10am-4pm, $35/adv, $40, www.carneroswineries.org
www.longmeadowranch.com, 707-963-4555
NOVEMBER 23 Visit participating wineries! 11am-4pm
Thanksgiving Cooking Class DECEMBER 3 www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com
at Raymond Vineyards Barrel Tastings at Twilight
DECEMBER 5
St. Helena, www.raymondvineyards.com, 800-525-2659 Viader Napa Valley, Deer Park, 4-7pm, $35, members/free
Judd’s Hill’s Hanukkah Hootenanny
www.viader.com, RSVP, 707-963-3816
NOVEMBER 24 Napa, 12-3pm, www.juddshill.com, 707-255-2332
Tree Lighting Ceremony in Veteran’s Park DECEMBER 3 – FEBRUARY 6
Downtown Napa, 5-7pm, 707-257-0322 Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries DECEMBER 7
Passport to visit 15 Calistoga wineries, $50 Pig Pickin’ – Slow Roasted Whole Pig
NOVEMBER 25
www.CalistogaVisitors.com, 866-306-5588 Farmstead Restaurant, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, $35/food
Thanksgiving Dinner at étoile Restaurant
www.longmeadowranch.com/Farmstead-Restaurant, 707-963-9181
Domaine Chandon, Yountville, www.chandon.com, 707-944-2280 DECEMBER 4
NOVEMBER 26 Holiday Winemaker Dinner DECEMBER 7
22nd Annual Festival of Lights in the Cask Room at Merryvale Holiday Selection Pick-Up Party
Food, wine, entertainment, Santa, carolers & horse-drawn carriage rides! St. Helena, 7pm, $150, RSVP, Black Tie Optional at Artesa Winery
Downtown Yountville, 2-6pm, www.yountville.com, 707-944-0904 www.merryvale.com, 800-326-6069x429 Napa, 6-7:30pm, www.artesawinery.com, 877-224-8309

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SONOMA COUNTY ONGOING NOVEMBER 19-28


Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer Old Vintage Week at Christopher Creek
ONGOING Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com Healdsburg, 11am-5pm, 707-433-2001, www.christophercreek.com
Friday Night Music at Sebastiani Winery ONGOING SUNDAYS NOVEMBER 20, 27
Sonoma, 6:30-9:30pm, 800-888-5532x3230, www.sebastiani.com Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch Healdsburg Certified Farmers’ Market
• Nov 19: BackTrax at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa Vine & North Streets, Healdsburg, 9am-noon
• Nov 26: Jami Jamison Band Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org, 707-431-1956
ONGOING ONGOING NOVEMBER 20-21
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Holiday in Carneros
Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25 Participating Carneros wineries, 10am-4pm, $35/adv, $40
• Nov 19: Cake Boss 707-571-7500, www.kj.com www.carneroswineries.org
• Nov 19-21: Roustabout The Sound of Music
• Nov 20-21: Am Phil American Portrait ONGOING WEEKENDS NOVEMBER 20 – JANUARY 30
• Nov 22: Daniel Tosh Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964
• Dec 3-5: Roustabout The Sound of Music Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
• Dec 4-6: Santa Rosa Symphony 707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-1500
• Dec 7: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Christmas LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER 20 – FEBRUARY 6
ONGOING 50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining The Artist’s Studio: Fletcher Benton
Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, www.svma.org, 707-939-7862
Live Shows at Hopmonk Tavern
Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP, 707-935-3456, ashtonwines.com
Sebastopol, 707-829-7300, www.hopmonk.com NOVEMBER 26
• Nov 18: PANTyRAiD ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY Holiday Open House at Paradise Ridge
• Nov 19: Mark Karan of Ratdog & Jemimah Puddleduck Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Santa Rosa, 11am-5pm, 707-528-9463, www.prwinery.com
• Nov 21: The Waybacks Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com
NOVEMBER 26-27
ONGOING SUNDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER 19 ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY Holiday Open House at Sausal Winery
Farmers’ Market in Old Downtown Windsor Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours Healdsburg, 11am-4pm, www.sausalwinery.com, 800-500-2285
www.windsorfarmersmarket.com, 707-838-1320, 10am-1pm & Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola
NOVEMBER 26-27
• Nov 21: Thanksgiving at the Market Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20
27th Annual Holiday Open House
• Nov 28: Kids Make Stone Soup 707-431-4811, www.ryew.com
Heart of Sonoma Valley Association, Visit participating wineries in Sonoma
ONGOING ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Valley,11am-4pm, www.heartofsonomavalley.com, 866-794-9463
Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar Introduces ‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery
NOVEMBER 26-27
Thematic Wine Program Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines
Alexander Valley Holiday Open House
Honoring great local wine makers. Plus, each Thursday, 6:30-8pm celebrity wine- RSVP, 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com
Participating wineries: Alexander Valley Vineyards, Field Stone, Hanna,
tenders. The Lodge at Sonoma, RSVP, www.thelodgeatsonoma.com, 707-931-2042
ONGOING THURSDAYS Johnson’s, Medlock Ames, Sausal & White Oak. 11am-4pm, $15
ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba 800-500-2285x11
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine NOVEMBER 26-27
Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, www.anabawines.com Annual Bodega Christmas Crafts Fair
& sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm
ONGOING Bodega Volunteer Fire Department, Bodega, 707-876-3477
707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com
Tastings at the Vine & Barrel
NOVEMBER 27
ONGOING Petaluma, 3-5pm, 707-765-1112 www.vineandbarrel.com
Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
at B.R. Cohn Winery EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY Petaluma River Turning Basin, Petaluma
The Art of Winemaking Workshop www.visitpetaluma.com, 707-769-0429, noon
Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members
Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com NOVEMBER 27-28
707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com
Holiday Open House
ONGOING
Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting ONGOING Windsor Oaks Vineyards, Windsor, 11am-4pm
at B.R. Cohn Winery Cooking Classes at Ramekins Culinary School www.windsoroaks.com, 707-433-4050
Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members 450 West Spain St, Sonoma, Check website for schedule. NOVEMBER 27-28
707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com 707-933-0450, www.ramekins.com Sip, Savor & Shop at B.R. Cohn Winery
ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 28 Glen Ellen, Get a jump on your holiday shopping. Bring a new toy for Toys for
ONGOING
In Relation, New Sculptures by Bobbi Jeanne Quercia Tots & receive complimentary tasting. 10am-5pm
Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean
Quercia Gallery, Duncans Mills, www.Quercia-Gallery.com, 707-865-0243 www.brcohn.com, 800-330-4064
Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses.
Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30 DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28
Mylette Welch Painting Exhibit Tour & Taste at The Olive Press
ONGOING 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season
Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estates, Healdsburg
Food and Wine Pairing
www.mylettewelch.com, 707-433-7427 Sonoma, www.theolivepress.com, 707-939-8900
at the Mayo Reserve Room
9200 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood, Daily, 10:30am-6pm, 7 course food/wine tasting ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 6 DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28
$35, Reservations recommended,707-833-5504, www.mayofamilywinery.com Mad Science, Experiments in Kinetic & Robotic Art Estate Olive Oil, Vinegar & Wine Tasting
Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa at B.R. Cohn Winery
ONGOING
www.sonomacountymuseum.org, 707-579-1500 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season
Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean
Glen Ellen, www.brcohn.com, 707-938-4064x124
Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment NOVEMBER 16
707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com Cheesemaker Dinner with Sheana Davis DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28
• Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 of The Epicurean Connection Artisan Olive Oil Tasting & Press Viewing
• Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 The Depot Hotel Restaurant & Garden, Sonoma, 6pm, $100 at Figone’s of California
• Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour www.depothotel.com, 707-938-2980 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season
• Box Lunch Prgram with Tour Glen Ellen, www.figoneoliveoil.com, 707-938-3164
NOVEMBER 18
ONGOING Winemaker Dinner Series: Robert Hunter DECEMBER 1 – FEBRUARY 28
Tours, Tastings & Seminars Santé, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma Olive Trees in Sonoma State Historic Park
at St. Francis Winery www.fairmont.com/sonoma, 707-938-9000 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season
Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations Sonoma, www.parks.ca.gov, 707-938-9560
NOVEMBER 19
888-675-WINE(9463)x255, www.stfranciswinery.com Classic Sparkling Wine & Cheese DECEMBER 2
• Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 Combinations: Luscious Locals & Spanish Winemaker Dinner Series: Audelssa
• Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20 Delicacies at Gloria Ferrer Santé Restaurant, Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma
• Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65 Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $30, RSVP, www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1939 www.fairmont.com/sonoma, 707-939-2415

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DECEMBER 4 DECEMBER 5 ONGOING


Classic Sparkling Wine & Cheese Catalan Holiday Luncheon at Gloria Ferrer Skunk Train
Combinations: Luscious Locals & Spanish Sonoma 11am-2pm, $70, $59.50/members 866-457-5865, Fort Bragg, www.skunktrain.com
Delicacies at Gloria Ferrer www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1999 • Dec 4-5, 11-23: Christmas Train
Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $30, RSVP, www.gloriaferrer.com, 707-933-1939
DECEMBER 6 ONGOING FRIDAYS
DECEMBER 4 Topel Tasting Room
Tuscan Village Music Art Series
Wine Club Holiday Party at Wilson Winery Holiday Wine & Food Pairing Seminar
Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com Terrill Cellars, Lower Lake, 6-9pm, www.terrillcellars.com, 707-994-3354
“Compositions” Wine & Appetizer Pairings Healdsburg, 2-3:30pm, $25
DECEMBER 4 RSVP, 707-433-4116, www.topelwines.com, donnis@topelwines.com ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 17
Blessing of the Olives at the Mission 8th Annual Victorian Christmas Faire & High Tea
DECEMBER 6-12
Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma, Sonoma – 10th Annual Sonoma Holiday Open House & Food Drive Lakeport English Inn, Lakeport, 11am-6pm
Valley Olive Season, 11am, www.sonomavalley.com/olivefestival, 707-996-1090 at B.R. Cohn Winery www.lakeportenglishinn.com, 707-263-4317
DECEMBER 4 Glen Ellen, Bring a food donation & receive complimentary tasting. 10am-5pm ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 5
Open House & Olive Oil Tasting at The Olive Press www.brcohn.com, 800-330-4064 The Sweetest Swing in Baseball –
Sonoma – 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Season DECEMBER 8-9, 15-16 Mendocino Theatre Company
www.theolivepress.com, 707-939-8900 Holidays in Healdsburg Strolling Dine Around Mendocino, www.MendocinoTheatre.org, 707-937-4477
DECEMBER 4 4-course progressive dinner at 16 restaurants in Healdsburg
NOVEMBER 20
Holiday-Palooza & Toy Drive www.healdsburg.com 707-479-7488, $85
November Release Party Food & Wine Pairing
Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma, 11am-4pm, $15/adv, $20/door
Tulip Hill Winery, Nice, 1-5pm, $5, www.tuliphillwinery.com, 707-274-9373
www.gunbun.com, 707-939-3019 LAKE/MENDOCINO
DECEMBER 4 NOVEMBER 20-21
25th Harvest Anniversary EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Holiday Wine Sale – A Taste of Redwood Valley
Arrowood Vineyards, Glen Ellen, 11am-3pm Food & Wine Pairings Participating wineries in Redwood Valley, 11am-5pm
www.arrowoodwinery.com, 707-938-2600 McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com, 800-760-3739

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NOVEMBER 26-27 LIVERMORE EVERY TUESDAY


Mystery of the Christmas Star Focus on Monterey County Wines
ONGOING
Taylor Observatory, Kelseyville, 7-9pm, $6, $3/kids Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm
Bankhead Theatre
www.taylorobservatopry.org, 707-262-4121 831-625-5646, www.ranchocellars.com
Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore
NOVEMBER 26-27 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org ONGOING TUESDAY - SATURDAY
7th Annual Festival of Trees • Nov 20: Dar Williams Oya Salon and Ventana Vineyards
Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, 10am-4pm, www.gualalaarts.org, 707-884-1138 • Nov 21: Simon & Garfunkel Tribute Wine and Cheese Event
• Nov 27: Rock to Bach Monterey, 2pm on. Oya patrons can sample Ventana Vineyards award winning
NOVEMBER 27 wines. Wines change monthly. 831-372-7415x213, Ventana 831-656-0570
• Dec 3: Messiah
8th Annual Dickens’ Christmas Market
• Dec 4: Three Cheers for Beethoven ONGOING FRIDAYS
Downtown Lakeport, 10am-7pm, www.lakecounty.com, 707-263-5092
ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 30 Fromage Fridays at Taste Morgan
BAY AREA Oils by Mary Kay Feit Carmel, A special cheese sampling paired with wine. 3-5pm
Wente Vineyards Tasting Room, Livermore, 11am-4:30pm 831-626-3700, www.morganwinery.com
SAN FRANCISCO www.wentevineyards.com, 925-456-2300 ONGOING SUNDAYS
ONGOING THROUGH NOVEMBER 21 NOVEMBER 18 Library Sundays at Taste Morgan
New Italian Cinema Winemaker’s Dinner Carmel , An opportunity to taste some older wines from the cellar. 2-5pm
Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema, San Francisco Murrieta’s Well Winery, Livermore, 6:30-9:30pm, $95/members, $105/guests 831-626-3700, www.morganwinery.com
www.sffs.org, 415-561-5000 www.murrietaswell.com, 925-456-2390 ONGOING WEDNESDAYS THROUGH MAY
NOVEMBER 19-20 NOVEMBER 19 Winemaker Wednesdays
Magical Holiday Evening Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola–Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers
4th Annual Holiday Artisan Fair
Downtown Pleasanton, 6-9pm Association, www.scmwa.com, 831-685-8463
de Young Museum’s Piazzoni Murals Room, San Francisco
www.famsf.org, 415-750-3642 www.pleasantondowntown.net, 925-484-2199 NOVEMBER 20
NOVEMBER 20-21 Passport Day –
NOVEMBER 20
Bordeaux by the Bay Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers
Pinot Fest 2010 at Farallon
Concannon Vineyard, Livermore, 11am-4:30pm, $5 Visit participating wineries! 11am-5pm, $40, www.scmwa.com, 831-685-8463
Over 50 of Oregon and California’s best producers. 3-6pm, $100
www.concannonvineyard.com, 925-456-2505 NOVEMBER 20
415-956-6969, www.farallonrestaurant.com/pinotfest.html
NOVEMBER 20-21 30th Annual Holiday Gift Faire
NOVEMBER 21 La Selva Beach Clubhouse, La Selva Beach, 10am-4pm, free, 831-684-0214
Holiday Wine Tasting
Pier 39 Holiday Tree Lighting
Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm, www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246 NOVEMBER 20-21
Pier 39, San Francisco, 1-6pm, www.pier39.com, 415-705-5500
NOVEMBER 26 Feathered Friends at the Aquarium
NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 19 Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, 10am-6pm
Wild Turkey Picnic
Great Dickens Christmas Fair www.montereybayaquarium.org, 831-648-4800
Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley, 12-5pm
Cow Palace, San Francisco, www.dickensfair.com, 800-510-1558
www.chouinard.com, 510-582-9900 NOVEMBER 20-21
MARIN COUNTY NOVEMBER 26-28 Dessert Classes & Fall Boutique
ONGOING Prelude to Christmas Fortino Winery, Gilroy, www.fortinowinery.com, 408-842-3305
Marin Center in San Rafael Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm, www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246 NOVEMBER 21
415-499-6800, www.co.marin.ca.us NOVEMBER 26-28 Fall Release Party
• Nov 29, Dec 2: Marin Speakers Series, Bob Newhart Holiday Preview at Hunter Hill Vineyard & Winery
• Dec 4: Just Dance Academy Wente Vineyards Tasting Room, Livermore, 11am-4:30pm Soquel–Wine Club Member Event, 3-6pm
• Dec 4-5: Stapleton Ballet Nutcracker www.wentevineyards.com, 925-456-2300 www.hunterhillwines.com, 831-465-9294
NOVEMBER 26-27 NOVEMBER 26-28 NOVEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 23
San Rafael Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland Fall Open House A Tuna Christmas – Pacific Repertory Theatre
Downtown San Rafael, 800-310-6563, free, www.sresproductions.com Thomas Coyne Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm Circle Theatre, Carmel, 7:30pm, www.pacrep.org, 831-622-0100
SAN MATEO COUNTY www.thomascoynewinery.com, 925-373-6541 NOVEMBER 26
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 4 NOVEMBER 30 16th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Gingerbread House Display & Silent Auction Artist Reception: Oils by Mary Kay Feit Cannery Row, Monterey, 6pm, www.canneryrow.com
The Lobby, Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Wente Vineyards Tasting Room, Livermore, 1-3pm NOVEMBER 26
www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040 www.wentevineyards.com, 925-456-2300 5 Pinot Friday
DECEMBER 3 DECEMBER 3, 10, 17 Cima Collina, Carmel, 11am-7pm, www.cimacollina.com, 831-620-0645
Nights of Light: Parade & Tree Lighting Winetaster Lunch NOVEMBER 26-28, DECEMBER 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
Main Street & Mac Dutra Park, Half Moon Bay Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, www.elliston.com, 925-762-2377 Holiday Tree Walk
650-726-8380, charise@hmbchamber.com DECEMBER 4, 11 Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, www.roaringcamp.com, 831-335-4484
DECEMBER 4 Winetaster Dinner NOVEMBER 27, DECEMBER 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 20-23
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, www.elliston.com, 925-762-2377 Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
Tea Garden, Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 4:30-6:30pm DECEMBER 4-5 Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, www.roaringcamp.com, 831-335-4484
www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040 Holidays in the Vineyards NOVEMBER 28
SANTA CLARA COUNTY Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association – Participating Livermore Valley Wine’d Down Sunday
Wineries, 12-5pm, www.lvwine.org, 925-447-9463 at Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge
NOVEMBER 20
Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, www.elliston.com, 925-862-2377 Cannery Row, Monterey, 3-6pm, www.scheidvineyards.com, 831-455-9990
Wine & Jazz Night
Mountain Winery, Saratoga, 1-6pm, www.mountainwinery.com, 408-741-2822
NORTH CENTRAL COAST NOVEMBER 28
Holiday Parade of Lights
NOVEMBER 25 ONGOING
Downtown Salinas, 6pm, www.salinasparade.com, 831-796-6915
Thanksgiving Feast Live Music at KRML Radio
Mountain Winery, Saratoga, www.mountainwinery.com, 408-741-2822 The Eastwood Building, Carmel, 831-624-6432, www.krmlradio.com
ALAMEDA COUNTY ONGOING
NOVEMBER 20
Thursday Night Music Series Check the website for more events
Bargetto Winery, Soquel – Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm www.winecountrythisweek.com
Holiday Party 831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com
Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda, www.rosenblumcellars.com, 510-865-7007
ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Email Your Events to
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row cathy@WineCountryThisWeek.com
ONGOING FRIDAYS Monterey – Music, fine dining & great discounts, 4-8pm, 831-649-6690
Friday Night Tastings at Prima For best results, send your emails at least 6 to 8
EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
Walnut Creek, 5:30-7pm, $20, www.primivini.com, 925-735-7780
Pair Your Wine with Ice Cream at Kirigin Cellars
weeks prior to the date of your event. Event listings
ONGOING SATURDAYS Gilroy – Pair your complimentary wine tasting with a cool Vino de Mocca Ice are free, and published as space is available and at
Saturday Night Tastings at Prima Cream Sundae! And stock the cellar 30% of 6 bottle purchases & 50% off cases. the discretion of Wine Country This Week.
Walnut Creek, 3-5pm, $20 www.primaristorante.com, 925-935-7780 www..kirigincellars.com, 408-847-8827

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NOVEMBER 29 DECEMBER 4 NOVEMBER 26-28


City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Santa at Perry Creek Artisans Festival
Jewell Park, Pacific Grove, 5:30pm, www.pacificgrove.org, 831-373-3304 Perry Creek Winery, Fair Play, 1-3pm, free Miners Foundry, Nevada City, 10am-5pm
NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 1 www.perrycreek.com, 530-620-5175 www.artisanfestival.org, 530-274-8636
Christmas at the Inns DECEMBER 4
Pacific Grove, 831-373-3304, 6-9pm, www.pacificgrove.org, $20 NOVEMBER 26-28
Christmas in the Cellar
Country Christmas Faire
DECEMBER 1 Madrona Vineyards, Camino, 12-4pm, 530-644-5948
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, 10am-5pm
Artists in the Museum DECEMBER 4
Jewell Park, Pacific Grove, 5:30pm, www.pacificgrove.org, 831-373-3304 www.nevadacountyfair.com, 530-273-6217
Wine 101 with Rick Kushman of The Sacramento Bee
DECEMBER 2 Lava Cap Winery, Placerville, 1-2:30pm, $25, 530-621-0175 DECEMBER 1, 8, 12, 15, 19
9th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights California Victorian Christmas
DECEMBER 4-5
Downtown, Pacific Grove, 831-373-3304, www.pacificgrove.org Downtown, Nevada City, 800-655-6569, www.downtownnevadacity.com
Holiday Open House
DECEMBER 3 Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474 DECEMBER 4
Carmel Plaza Open House Christmas in the Pines
DECEMBER 5
Carmel Plaza, Carmel, 5:30pm, www.carmelplaza.com
Repeal of Prohibition Auburn, 10am-4pm, 530-268-6318, www.christmasinthepines.com
DECEMBER 3 Boeger Winery, Placerville, 11am-4pm, $15
Christmas Night at The Farm DECEMBER 4
www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634
The Farm, Salinas Valley, 6-9pm Christmas at the Railroad Museum
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com, 831-455-2575 DECEMBER 5 Railroad Museum, Nevada City, 10am-4pm
33rd Annual Christmas Parade www.ncngrmuseum.org, 530-470-0902
DECEMBER 4 Historic Main Street, Placerville, 1pm
17th Annual Stillwell’s Snow in the Park www.placerville-downtown.org, 530-621-5885 DECEMBER 4-6
Caledonia Park, Pacific Grove, 10am-4pm WinterFest Choral Concert
www.pacificgrove.org, 831-373-3304 AMADOR COUNTY
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley
DECEMBER 4, 11 NOVEMBER 20 www.musicinthemountains.org, 530-265-6124
Chocolates and Desserts Cooking Demo Ports on Parade
Bernardus Lodge, Carmel Valley, 1-3pm, $85 Deaver Vineyards, Plymouth, 3-7pm, $10, $5/members SACRAMENTO VALLEY
www.bernardus.com, 831-658-3550, RSVP www.deavervineyard.com, 800-217-2304
ONGOING
DECEMBER 4-5 NOVEMBER 26 Sacramento River Train
Art in the Cellars Terre Rouge Annual Ascent Tasting 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com
Bargetto Winery, Soquel, 11am-5pm, www.bargetto.com, 831-475-2258 Terre Rouge & Easton Wines, Plymouth, 11am-4pm
www.terrerougewines.com, 209-245-3117, $12, $8/members • Nov 25: Thanksgiving Supper
DECEMBER 5
• Nov 27: Christmas Train• Dec 4, 11:Sunset Dinner
30th Annual Christmas Open House NOVEMBER 26-28
at Hahn Estates • Dec 5, 12, 16-23: Christmas Train
Thanksgiving Old Zinfandel Tasting
Soledad, 11am-4pm, $25/includes light lunch, tasting & souvenir glass. Amador Foothill Winery, Amador City, 11am-5pm ONGOING
www.hahnestates.com, 866-925-7994 Blog.amadorfoothill.com, 209-245-6307 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
DECEMBER 5 NOVEMBER 27 U.C. Davis, 866-754-ARTS, www.mondaviarts.org
Chateau Julien Holiday Spectacular 14th Annual Holiday Open House • Nov 18: Tous les Matins du Monde
Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel Valley, 2:30-5:30pm
TKC Vineyards, Plymouth, 11am-6pm, www.tkcvineyards.com, 888-627-2356 • Nov 20: Ornette Coleman
$40, $30/members, www.chateaujulien.com, 831-624-2600
DECEMBER 4-5 • Nov 20-21: Jeanine De Bique
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS Holiday Open House • Dec 1-4: Tord Gustavasen & Solveig Slettahjell
• Dec 5: Alexander String Quartet
Avio Vineyards, Sutter Creek 11am-5pm, www.aviowine.com, 209-267-1515
ONGOING • Dec 5-6: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
DECEMBER 4-5
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park • Dec 6: Heima
Open House Holiday Celebration Port Barrel Tasting
Jamestown, 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org
• Nov 26-27: Santa’s Starlight Express
C.G. Di Arie Vineyard, Plymouth, 11am-4pm, www.cgdiarie.com, 209-245-4700 SUISUN VALLEY
• Nov 26-28: Santa Express DECEMBER 4-5 ONGOING
ONGOING Holiday Open House
Wine by the Glass & Live Music
Vintners’ Holiday Session Deaver Vineyard, Plymouth, www.deavervineyard.com, 800-217-2304
Winterhawk Winery, Fairfield, Wine & complimentary pizza
Yosemite National Park, Yosemite, www.yosemitepark.com, 801-559-4884 DECEMBER 5-15 1-6pm, Music 2-5pm, $5, www.winterhawkwinery.com, 707-428-6977
• Nov 17-18: Session VI, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Frog’s Leap Winery, Holiday Open House • Dec 4: Temptation Mania
Rombauer Vineyards, Carol Shelton Wines Story Winery, Plymouth, 11am-5pm, www.zin.com, 209-245-6208
• Nov 28-30: Session VII, Mumm Napa, Provenance Vineyards & NOVEMBER 21
Beckstoffer Vineyards, J Vineyards & Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards CALAVERAS COUNTY Rancho Solano Holiday Boutique
• Dec 1-2: Session VIII, Selby Winery, ZD Wines, Selene Wines, Ravenswood SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH Rancho Solano Golf Course, Fairfield
NOVEMBER 19-20 Wines of the World Education Tastings 707-399-7195. 10am-5pm, free admission
Mandarin Festival Murphys Hotel, Murphys, No reservations required, everyone welcome!
Gold Country Fairgrounds, Auburn, www.mandarinfestival.com, 916-663-1918 DECEMBER 3
5:30pm, $15, 209-736-2949
7th Annual Shop til You Drop
NOVEMBER 20
NOVEMBER 19 Wooden Valley Winery, Suisun Valley, 6-9pm
Annual Holiday Sampler
Affordable Gifts of Art Holiday Boutique www.woodenvalley.com, 707-864-0730
Boeger Winery, Placerville, 11am-4pm, $5
www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634 San Andreas, 12-3pm, 209-754-1774, www.calaverasarts.org

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Festival of Lights Desserts & Dancing, A Casual Holiday Affair
Historic Main Street, Placerville, 5:30-8pm Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, 7-11pm, $35 ONG0ING
www.placerville-downtown.org, 530-672-3436 www.visitcalavereascounty.org, 209-736-1947 Hutchins Street Square
NOVEMBER 30 NOVEMBER 27 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com
Tour de Vine Contest Christmas in the Country • Nov 20: Chicano Comedy All-Stars
Boeger Winery, Placerville, 10am-5pm, www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634 Mountain Ranch Community Hall, Mountain Ranch, 9am-4pm NOVEMBER 20-21
DECEMBER 4 209-754-5360 Macchia Fall Release Party
Festival of Lights Parade NEVADA COUNTY Acampo, 12-5pm, 209-333-2600
Downtown Auburn, 5:30-8pm, 916-885-5616
ONGOING FRIDAYS NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 17 NOVEMBER 27
DECEMBER 4
Italian Festival & Barbera Release Party 42nd Annual Cornish Christmas Downtown Winefest
Perry Creek Winery, Fair Play, 12-4pm, free, RSVP Downtown Grass Valley, 6-9pm School Street, Downtown Lodi, 12pm
www.perrycreek.com, 530-620-5175 www.downtowngrassvalley.com, 530-272-8315 www.downtownlodi.com, 209-369-8052

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Bennett Lane Winery Offers A Feast


for the Senses this Thanksgiving
Located just north of downtown Calistoga, family-owned Bennett
Lane Winery’s friendly and casual tasting room is one wine country
destination worth the drive north. The winery caters to all of the
senses, offering guests not just wine tasting, but winemaking as well,
and offers the perfect slice of fall as harvest at the winery comes to a
close.
Bennett Lane’s tasting room has become known as the friendliest
tasting room in the valley and this fall they are offering two incredible
tasting options, sure to please everyone from the wine beginner to the
true Cabernet collector. Their flagship $10 flight buys guests tastes of
four of Bennett Lane’s wines, the Chardonnay, the Maximus Red
Feasting Wine blend, the Merlot, and the Cabernet Sauvignon. In
addition they are offering their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon flight for
$20 person. This vertical tasting flight includes a
sample of the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon. The most sought after wine at goal at Bennett Lane is to make wines of outstanding
Bennett Lane, the Reserve Cabernet has garnered crit- quality year after year,” he says. “We make every effort to
ical acclaim for every vintage of release. In the last use only the finest fruit and bring it to fruition in the
four years alone Bennett Lane has had thirteen of their bottle through meticulous winemaking”. In addition to
wines scored 90 and above in Wine Spectator. the red blend, they also produce “White Maximus”, a
The Maximus “feasting wine” blends are the Sauvignon Blanc blend with a touch of Chardonnay and
perfect for the top feast of the year: Thanksgiving. Muscat. This aromatic white is the perfect partner to all
The red “feasting wine” blend has had wine lovers of your holiday meals.
flocking to Bennett Lane’s tasting room since its incep- For the more ambitious Napa-goer, Bennett Lane offers
tion. The current release 2006 Maximus Red Feasting a custom blending experience for groups of six or more,
Wines is being hailed as the best deal in the valley. A offered by advance appointment only. Why not make
blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, this your own wine for this year’s Thanksgiving celebration?
wine will please all of your guests this holiday season. The “Put a Cork in It!” Custom Blend Experience allows
According to Bennett Lane owner Randy Lynch, “Our groups to blend their own red wines Maximus style - lead
by the expert staff at the winery. At $175 per person the
package includes limousine service to and from the winery from either
the Calistoga or St. Helena area (for up to eight people), a blending
session, an individually-blended bottle of wine to take home for each
guest, and a wine and cheese pairing. “Put a Cork in It” is an incred-
ible value and is perfect for couples traveling together, as well as corpo-
rate groups interested in the ultimate hands-on wine tasting adventure.
Visiting Bennett Lane affords tasters another rarity with a small
winery - a likely run-in (and perhaps a last minute barrel tasting if
you’re lucky!) with owners Randy and Lisa Lynch or Winemaker Grant
Hermann.
Bennett Lane Winery is located at 3340 Highway 128, approxi-
mately two miles north of Calistoga, and is open by appointment from
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for tastings and tours. For more information or to
reserve your own Custom Blend Experience, visit the Bennett Lane
website at www.bennettlane.com or call (707) 942-6684.

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PARADISE RIDGE WINERY and Ferrari-Carano as well as world travels Marijke’s Grove, a rotating exhibit of sculp-
by Michelle J. Baker
working harvests in Burgundy, France; Stel- tures by both local and nationally recognized
It would be a cliche only if it wasn’t so lenbosch, South Africa; Sydney, Australia and artists. Visitors to the winery can meander
true: go to Paradise Ridge Winery and the Barossa Valley, Australia. through the grove’s individual “galleries”
discover paradise. Since Barwick took the helm, the Paradise along a simple footpath.
Paradise Ridge is just a few minutes from Ridge wines have become perennial award Marijke, one of Santa Rosa’s best known
Highway 101, yet a trip to the top of this winners. In 2001, the winery began to philanthropists, died in a car accident almost
prominent ridge in Santa Rosa’s Fountain- purchase grapes from what is now the Rock- five years ago. Before her death she was the
grove neighborhood offers visitors the pile appellation. There’s a high level of excite- face of the winery, greeting guests and often
consummate wine country experience. ment at Paradise Ridge about the Rockpile pouring wine behind the tasting bar. Her
You have to see it to believe it, this wines, notably The Convict, the winery’s gold memory is celebrated in the unique and
panoramic view looking west over the Santa medal-winning Rockpile Zinfandel, and the transformative Marijke’s Grove, which is open
Rosa plain and the Russian River Valley. best of class winner Elevation, a Rockpile to visitors free of charge during the winery’s
Walter Byck and his wife, Marijke Byck- Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown at regular hours.
Hoenselaars, first discovered this beautiful 2,000 feet elevation.
156-acre estate in 1978, dubbing it “Paradise Nagasawa Exhibit
These days the next generation of Bycks
Ranch” – a place where they could camp, The Paradise Ranch is adjacent to some
are taking the reins over much of the daily
hike, fish and raise their five young children. 2000 acres of land which once belonged to
operations at the winery, with son Rene acting
The Bycks soon planted Sauvignon Blanc on Kanaye Nagasawa. Nagasawa eventually came
as Vice President, while daughter Sonia over-
the estate, and in a few years added to Santa Rosa with Thomas Lake Harris, who
sees the many other facets of running a
Chardonnay. By the late 1980s, with 17 acres is credited with establishing a local utopian
winery. Block at least an hour of your day to
of vineyards, the couple began to plan for a community on a site he called “Fountain
take in all that Paradise Ridge has to offer: art,
winery and in 1994, they opened Paradise Grove: The Eden of the West”. Harris gave
history and fine wine converging in one
Ridge Winery. The winery quickly became Nagasawa a leadership role in charge of culti-
glorious setting.
Sonoma County’s destination event winery, vating the vines on the land and sustaining
known for its prime setting and sweeping The Sculpture Garden the colony. Eventually the utopian commu-
views. As the story goes, Walter Byck proposed to nity disbanded, and Harris gave Nagasawa
In 1998 the Bycks did another round of his Dutch girlfriend in a sculpture garden in the entire estate.
planting on the estate with four acres of Holland in 1961. The Bycks had always loved Nagasawa went on to great celebrity, even-
Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. That same fine art, and in 1996 they created a four-acre tually becoming known locally as the “Wine
year they brought on their son-in-law, Dan sculpture garden in an ancient oak grove on King” and as the first person to introduce
Barwick, as winemaker. Barwick came with the estate. Now home to one of Wine California wine to Europe and Japan. He died
winemaking experience at Matanzas Creek Country’s most interesting art collections is in 1934, leaving the vast estate to his heirs. In

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1942 his heirs lost the land


during the Japanese-American
Internment. The Bycks have
honored the memory and contri-
bution of the “Wine King” with
the Nagasawa exhibit, which visi-
tors can enjoy during regular
tasting room hours.
Self-Guided Vineyard Tour
Paradise Ridge is one of four
Sonoma County wineries now
participating in “Sonoma County
Vineyard Adventures,” self-
guided vineyard tours sponsored
in part by by the Sonoma County
Winegrape Commission. This
free program gives participants
the opportunity to learn up-close
about what goes on in a vineyard.
Paradise in Kenwood
In case you don’t make it to
Paradise Ridge in Santa Rosa, the
winery also offers an exclusive
Sonoma Valley experience with a
new tasting room and art gallery
in Kenwood. The tasting room
features Paradise Ridge’s elite
selection of wines from the
Russian River Valley and the
exclusive Rockpile appellation.
At the Kenwood tasting room,
both sparkling wine tasting and
barrel tasting are available daily.
There is great art to be found
in Kenwood too, including the
large-scale sculpture that graces
the entrance to the property.
Visitors to Paradise Ridge in
Kenwood can also see the current
indoor art exhibit, featuring
works by young artists from the
Hanna Boys Center (these art
pieces are for sale, with a portion
of the proceeds from the art and
wines sales donated to the
Center).
Visit Paradise Ridge Winery at
two great locations: 4545
Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa
Rosa (open 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
daily); and 8860 Sonoma
Highway, Kenwood (open 11
a.m. until 6 p.m. daily)

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A Hanukkah Hootenanny at Judd’s Hill Winery


by Charles Neave Fifth Annual Hanukkah Hootenanny at the
winery. It will be a benefit for Childrens
Judd’s Hill Winery – now entering it’s 21st Health Initiative Napa County, a non-profit
year – is barely a mile from downtown Napa, organization that ensures that every child is
and it’s there that Judd Finkelstein and his given equal access to health care.
wife Holly, both well-respected veterans of “We’ll have entertainment by Meshugga
the wine business in the Napa Valley, craft Beach Party who play traditional Jewish folk
their wines, many of them in small lots and songs in an instrumental ‘surf music’ style
sold only at the winery. They range from an and a latke bar unlike any other and Napa
intriguing rosé (when available) all the way Valley masters of BBQ Pat Burke and Brian
through a selection of Zinfandel, Merlot, Whitmer will be showing off some new
Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Pinot Noir, Petite treats!”
Sirah, their famous Cabernet Sauvignon and To spread the holiday cheer there will also
the Founder’s Art Reserve Cab (only 144 be another charitable aspect: guests who
cases made). bring an unwrapped (in the box) toy with a
“One of the reasons our Cabernet has value of $10 or more, five cans of non-perish-
become so coveted by people who love wine able food or one or more pairs of lightly worn
is its elegant style, a style that showcases the shoes to donate will receive a certificate to
true nature of the Cabernet grape,” Judd said. return to the winery for a free tour and
“It’s an approachable wine – in fact we make Judd & Holly Finkelstein tasting in the future. Wine club members
all of our wines to be approachable upon who bring a holiday gift of this type will
release, yet they still have enough depth so The facility where it is made is simply receive a special surprise gift. And as this is a
that they can be cellared and aged for years.” what it purports to be – a winery, and a hand- very popular event, there’s no time like today
“A big part of our winemaking philos- some one at that, surrounded on every side to reserve a spot!
ophy is to let the fruit be the showcase. Our by vines. Inside, oak barrels are full of ageing The tasting room at Judd’s Hill is open
style is to have wines with true varietal char- wine; to the left, as you enter, is a comfortable daily, and by appointment only, from 10 a.m.
acteristics with just a nuance of the under- room for sit down tastings.. until 4 p.m. (last tasting is around 3 p.m.)
lying oak. I feel that we just guide it along in As Pat Burke, the Director of Hospitality They’re located at 2332 Silverado Trail in
an artful way and don’t manipulate it too said, “The overwhelming response has been Napa. To make an appointment, call (707)
much, to ensure its fruit origin is preserved.” very gratifying. People become instant fans of 255-2332 or log on to www.juddshill.com.
our wines.” Now all you need to do is find
this out for yourself.” He is the one that will
take you through a sampling of current
releases along with a selection of limited
edition wines available only at the winery or
through their wine club.
But coming this December 5, from noon
“Hanukkah Hootenanny 2008” until 3p.m., back by popular demand, is their Judd with his Hawaiian band, The Maikai Gents

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Taste Hot Wines in a Cool Region – Los Carneros


The eagerly anticipated annual event include Adastra Wines, Anaba Wines,
“Holiday in Carneros” is celebrating its 23rd Bonneau Wines, Cline Cellars, Enkidu Wines,
successful year the weekend of November 20 Etude Wines, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vine-
and 21. The perfect opportunity to stock up yards, Homewood Winery, Jacuzzi Family
on wine for the holidays, this event always Winery, Keating Wines, Larson Family
takes place the weekend before the most Amer- Winery, McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards &
ican of holidays – Thanksgiving! This exciting Winery, Meadowcroft Family of Wines,
multi-winery open house features more than Michael Mondavi Family Winery, Parmalee-
20 wineries in the Carneros region of both the Hill Wines, Robledo Family Winery, Schug
Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Several wineries
November 20 & 21 Carneros Estate Winery, Talisman Wines,
are participating for the first time this year, simply by visiting any participating winery. Tin Barn Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards and
giving attendees a new opportunity to visit All tickets are valid for both Saturday, the 20th Ty Caton Vineyards.
these hosts. Each winery will open its doors to and Sunday, the 21st. Admission includes a Hospitality de los Carneros is a non-profit
visitors to join in on a variety of activities, “Holiday in Carneros” logo wineglass and organization dedicated to promoting the
offering their own special variety of food and access to all the fun! (Some activities at select wineries and winery tasting rooms of the
wine pairings, live music, art or craft shows, wineries may have additional fees, but all Carneros appellation. It produces two open
special tastings (barrel, reserve, library and participating wineries have generous offerings house events each year – “April in Carneros”
new release), discounts or special pricing and for Holiday in Carneros participants included and “Holiday in Carneros”. In its twenty-three
more activities that are unique to each winery. in the cost of admission.) Proceeds from year history Hospitality de los Carneros has
Advance tickets are $35 per person and are “Holiday in Carneros” help to fund scholar- contributed over $100,000 to charities in
available by visiting carneroswineries.org or ships at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Sonoma and Napa counties and currently
calling 800-366-2806. Tickets are also offered Valley College. funds scholarships at Santa Rosa Junior
both days of the event for $40 per person Participating wineries (as of October 1st) College and Napa Valley College.

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It’s a Wonderful Time of Year at Joseph Phelps Vineyards


by Karin Argoud
Want to know one of the best kept secrets about visiting the world
renowned Joseph Phelps Vineyards during the holiday season? Just
like the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Make
sure to treat yourself, friends and family to a special visit that only
Phelps can give you during the next few months. The crowds and
summer heat has sizzled away and so has the hurry of harvest. Now
Napa has slowed to a new rhythm, a joie de vivre kind of feel. If ever
there is a time to visit, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, it’s now! “This is when
we can really respond to special requests,” says Hospitality Director
Stephen Pavy. “If you call us and want to bring family and friends for
a visit, our hospitality staff will personalize it just for you. Whether it’s
a seminar or a fun tasting, we have the time to create something
memorable!”
And the winery is a hidden treasure you will not forget. Nestled in
the hillsides east of the Silverado Trail, just south of St. Helena, it is far
from the hustle and bustle of Highway 29. Gaze at old oak trees, who, in the late sixties, left a career running one of the largest
covered with silky strands of Spanish moss. Soak in the sweet scent of construction companies in the U.S., to make his mark in the wine
pine trees, the ribbeting frogs, flowing creek and the warm sun. Sit at industry. In 1973, he bought this 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch, and
one of the large wooden picnic benches overlooking a breathtaking began planting 128 acres of vineyards. The winery was completed in
view of their vineyards. Now you’re ready for a taste of some Joseph 1974. Nearly four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recog-
Phelps world-class wine and hospitality. nized as one of the world’s great wines. Thirty vintages have been rated
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also become legendary for their phil-


anthropy, including creating new
housing for the farm workers.
Phelps has been at the forefront of
biodynamics for years; promoting a
holistic ecology, a balanced ecosystem
and a healthy dynamic soil. This is a
place where the people who are
growing the grapes, making the wines,
and taking care of the property, are all
in tune with nature’s rhythm. Joseph
Phelps Vineyards believes in giving
back to the earth, not just taking from
it. This is a place you can visit and feel
good about the wine you taste, and
the wine you buy.
“From Joseph Phelps Napa
Cabernet, to our flagship wine, Insignia, our wines are a perfect gift
for that special occasion,” says Pavy. “They speak for themselves in
terms of the quality, and we can have them packaged in incredible
ways.”
Joseph Phelps is a family winery with a staff that will take extra
good care of you during the holidays. “We honor the family,” says
Pavy. “It is important to us. Doing something special, creating memo-
ries together, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is the place to do that.”
Joseph Phelps is located at 200 Taplin Road, St. Helena and is open
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All visits are by appointment only. For more
information or an appointment, call (707) 963-2745.

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B Cellars Opens New Winery


Just in time for this year’s crush, B Cellars Napa Valley Blends
completes renovations of their new winery and tasting lounge in Calis-
toga at 400 Silverado Trail. Founders Jim Borsack and Duffy Keys
announced this week the start of operations in their ‘new-home’ in a
beautiful setting across the Silverado Trail from Calistoga’s Solage
Resort. “After operating out of a co-op winery for the last five years,
we could not be more pleased with our new location and the
enhanced production capabilities we are enjoying by having a dedi-
cated winery tailored to our specific needs and the chance to meet
new friends and neighbors in a spectacular tasting lounge that exudes
personality,” says Duffy Keys. “It’s what we have been working so hard
for since our first vintage release in 2003; now with a home of our
own, we have complete independence and are in a position to take
our business to the next level,” says Jim Borsack.
B Cellars enjoys a loyal following and has earned many accolades/
reviews throughout its young and vibrant history. Winemaker Kirk
Venge has gone beyond expectations creating award winning blends.
According to Venge, the B Cellars philosophy is simply put… “great
wines begin in great vineyards and our approach to blended wines
showcase balance, complexity and layers of flavor in every bottle”.
A visit to B Cellars Winery allows guests to experience the breadth
of Napa’s appellations, varietals and landmark vineyards through our
portfolio of wines. “Please drop by and enjoy our beautiful property
and a taste of our handcrafted wines alongside a fun selection of food
bites,” invites Gianna Furina, General Manager of the winery.
You can follow B Cellars updates and events on FaceBook: B Cellars
Napa Valley Blends and to learn more about our wines visit the
website at bcellars.com.
B Cellars Tasting Lounge is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
is located at 400 Silverado Trail in Calistoga. For more information,
call (707) 709-8787.

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B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen Announces Holiday Events


Sip, Savor and Shop November 27 and 28 sugar cereal, dry milk and fortified soy milk.
Holiday Open House and Food Drive, December 6-12 The food drive begins December 6th and continues through the
B.R. Cohn Winery is pleased to announce the line-up of the 2010 12th. Tasting room hours are between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Holiday Events. The full line of B.R. Cohn Olive Oil Company’s award-winning
Get a jump on holiday shopping; come to B.R. Cohn Winery for olive oils, vinegars and gourmet food products including the new
Sip, Savor, and Shop! Holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier and release lime olive oil, along with green olive tapenade, balsamic and
a lot more fun. Bring in a new toy for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys shallot mustard and the seafood, herb, steak and rib rubs are available
for Tots and your tasting will be complementary. The dates to donate in the Gourmet Shop.
are November 27th and 28th between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen
The Holiday Open House and Food Drive asks that you bring a Ellen. The tasting room is open daily from 10 to 5 p.m. Founded in
food donation to the winery and in return you will receive a comple- 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its critically
mentary tasting. Please donate nutritious non-perishable foods such acclaimed, world-class, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon,
as: canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats and fish, pasta, tomato Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and award-winning gourmet estate
sauce, dry and canned beans, peanut butter, healthy snacks (granola olive oils, vinegars and gourmet specialty food products. For more
bars, raisins, pretzels), rice and rice noodles, breakfast foods, low- information, call 1-800-330-4064 or visit www.brcohn.com.

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easy walk to town for shopping and dining, biking www.brannoncottageinn.com (707) 942-4200
distance to most local wineries. LODI/WOODBRIDGE
1415 Foothill Blvd 1-800-238-7465
Calistoga www.pinkmansion.com SONOMA COUNTY– NORTHERN ROBIN’S NEST GUEST HOUSE (209) 334-3952
665 W. Turner Road, Lodi www.robinsnestlodi.com
CALDERWOOD INN
Perfect environment to create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Situated WINE AND ROSES HOTEL AND RESTAURANT
3 blocks from the historic downtown plaza and wonderful restaurants in Healdsburg. 2505 W. Turner Road (209) 334-6988
25 W. Grant Street, Healdsburg (707) 431-1110 AMOROSA INN AND GARDENS
innkeeper@calderwoodinn.com 1-800-600-5444 8400 E. Harney Lane (209) 367-0882
VINTNERS INN THE INN AT LOCKHOUSE
Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios; 19960 Elliot Road, Lockeford (209) 727-5715
surrounded by vineyards. 1-800-421-2584
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa www.vintnersinn.com MONTEREY BAY/CENTRAL COAST
LAMP LIGHTER INN
SONOMA COUNTY– SOUTHERN Tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach, you will discover
a charming inn with two cottages and four guest rooms inn and Sunset House Suites. These bed
LEDSON HOTEL
and breakfast boutique hotels have been serving the traveling public since 1935.
Luxury hotel situated on historic Sonoma Plaza. Six individually decorated rooms
with king-size bed, whirlpool baths, fireplace and balconies. (831) 624-6046 www.carmellamplighter.com
Appointed with antique grandeur paired with modern amenities. (707) 996-9779 VAGABOND’S INN
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.
marble jacuzzis and fireplaces; balconies or
decks; three-course gourmet breakfast, hors (831) 624-7738 www.vagabondshouseinn.com
INN AT THE TIDES
d’oeuvres, wine and sherry in the evening; luxu-
rious 30'x60'; swimming pool Bay views, walking distance to shopping, restaurants; swimming pool, hot tub, LONE OAK LODGE
1045 Easum Drive, Napa fitness center, sauna; rooms with views and fireplaces; massage available; Voted Monterey Peninsula Travel Planner Best Value. Within minutes to aquarium, wineries,
1-800-624-0395 candlelightinn.com continental breakfast 1-800-541-7788 Monterey Harbor, shopping, taverns, restaurants, etc. Rooms available with kitchenettes.
800 Highway One, Bodega Bay www.InnattheTides.com 1-800-283-5663 www.loneoaklodge.com

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Winemaker Profile:
Domaine Carneros

EILEEN
CRANE
by Charles Neave
The building that houses the winery, cellars and tasting room of
Domaine Carneros sits halfway up a small knoll near the point where
Napa meets Sonoma, right in the midst of the vine-carpeted Carneros
region that inhabits both counties. The winery itself is impossible to
miss. It is a flawless French chateau set magically in this spot 5,000
miles from France.
For years this region near San Pablo Bay has been known for the
cultivation of both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, two of the
essential building blocks of premium sparkling wines. It’s also an area
with a long, cool growing season, as the grapes which are particularly
fine for sparkling wine have greater fruit maturity and produce wines
with superb balance and a long, subtle finish.
The French-based winery started producing small quantities of fine
Estate Pinot Noir almost two decades ago, and in 2003 they respected and is what Eileen strives for.
completed a dedicated Pinot Noir facility that incorporated the largest “My main objective in making wine is making something that has
solar collection system on any winery in the world. superb balance, great flavor and is absolutely delicious. We do this
Domaine Carneros’ Founding Winemaker and CEO Eileen Crane through careful management of our certified organic estate vineyards,
is equally at home in the world of wine and fine dining. Raised with meticulous winemaking and a sensibility for crafting lush wine,”
an abiding appreciation for both, she originally prepared for a culinary Eileen said recently.
career, earning a degree at the Culinary Institute of America. But the “This harvest 2010 – while it was very late, or because it was very
draw of wine – and sparkling wine – was stronger. late – has been a fabulous one for crafting sparkling wines. The grapes
She was chosen by no less a personage than Claude Taittinger for had longer hang time and the wines we will make from this harvest I
that position at the new Domaine Carneros, a project that was dedi- believe will be outstanding.”
cated to producing first rate sparkling wines to be made in the French At the winery you will find that Domaine Carneros is one of the
manner and style. Soon she was in charge of the planning and devel- few wineries where you can relax and enjoy table service either in the
opment of the chateau, vineyards and winemaking facility. very handsome, classic salon or on the terrace that looks out over the
Today, the winery produces sparkling wines in three traditional rolling hills of vines. Their wines may be tasted in flights, by the glass
styles: Brut, Brut Rosé and Blanc de Blancs. This is in addition to the or by the bottle. Additionally, they offer caviar, artisan cheese and
offerings from the Pinot Noir program: Domaine Carneros produces charcuterie plates matched to the wines, to make this truly a feast for
three different Pinots: the fruity and fresh Avant-Garde, the rich all of the senses.
balanced Domaine Carneros and the intense Famous Gate (when you The tasting room at Domaine Carneros is located at 1240 Duhig
visit you’ll understand the origin of the name). Road, Napa. They are open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. and
As has been said: “It is understandable that Taittinger and Eileen tours are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.
Crane have joined forces as they share a common winemaking style.” For more information on tastings and tours, call 1-800 716-BRUT
The elegant, delicate, yet intense style for which Taittinger is well (2788) or go to www.domainecarneros.com.

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Welcome to
SUISUN VALLEY
BLUE VICTORIAN WINERY
Exceptional Wines, Over the Top Hospitality
by Charles Neave are thrilled that we have just won gold at the New York’s International
for their 2006 Cab,” said Frank Vezér. Also, at a blind tasting recently
Though often – too often – overlooked, Suisun Valley is one of the held at the elegant Bay Leaf Restaurant in Napa, Vezér’s 2006 Cabernet
last of California’s remaining hidden gems, despite the fact that it is Sauvignon was unanimously preferred over a famous 97 point Napa
barely a dozen miles from the City of Napa. But for years Suisun has Valley Cabernet.
been known as a trusted and quality stand-in to the star winemakers One cannot write an article on Vezér and Suisun Valley without
of Napa and Sonoma. mentioning the La Salette, if it is not already known as the world’s
Now, with the recent introduction of Frank and Liz Vezér and their most exquisite Petite Syrah blend, it is certainly known as the world’s
best friends and partners, Sam and Mimi Mizirawi, things are most expensive, where a magnum of La Salette sold to two investors
changing. for $30,000 in a live charity auction. Have no fear though, in the
To begin with, the Vezer’s bought the 30-acre ranch and vineyard tasting room a bottle is far more affordable price, though it is indis-
formerly contracted to the “Sin Zin” people and “Ravenswood.” That putably a wine for those special occasions.
was followed in very short order by their purchase of the entire But Vezér is all about hospitality and family, and this is the main
Western “Pony Express” village of Mankas Corners, a property with reason why Suisun Valley is being recognized as the “wine hospi-
160 years of colorful history. Then they acquired Suisun Valley’s tality valley.” The Vezér family warmly invites you to visit all of the
Crown Jewel, the Blue Victorian in the very heart of this valley of twelve wineries in the valley, and to make it a full weekend desti-
rolling hills, farms, pasture and vineyards. nation. You can even plan a dinner at the Vintage Café, right next
Also a 160-year-old homestead, it has towering century-old date to one of the Vezér tasting rooms, and spend the night in one of the
palms and a gorgeous and, yes, a very blue Victorian manor. All three areas many fine hotels.
locations are working winery sites, with some of the most unique and For more information on this special part of the Northern Cali-
hospitable tasting rooms you have ever experienced, stocked with an fornia Wine Country, go to SuisunValleyTheNapaBackroad.com. And
array of good wines and staffed by people who are simply glad you be sure to visit the Vezér website at www.VezerFamilyVineyard.com.
stopped by and who want to share the area’s history, stories and wines
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Wine Country
NEWS & NOTES…
CELADON’S CHILI IS BACK! and conversations with the winemakers – all of which will make for a
It’s fall and time for Chef Marcos’ award-winning chili served with freshly memorable time in beautiful Napa Valley. Tickets are $65 for both days, $50
baked cornbread made with jalapeno and sweet corn and a mixed green for Sunday only. For participating wineries, and more details, visit
www.rutherford-appellation-wineries.com/
salad. Available only at lunch. Call them at (707) 254-9690 and they’ll save
you a spot! Celadon Restaurant is located at 500 Main St., Suite G, Napa.
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAY IN STYLE AT ANDRETTI WINERY
The holiday season is upon us, can you believe it?
RUTHERFORD PASSPORT WEEKEND
So why not celebrate in style in the Tuscan Villa at Andretti Winery.
The Rutherford Passport Weekend is the premier consumer event spon-
Imagine the fire is glowing,
sored by wineries residing in this historical appellation. Experience the
the wine is flowing and the
wineries of the Rutherford Appellation as never before n December 4th and
Chef is smiling while cooking
5th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Passport Weekend allows Passport holders exclu-
a sumptuous meal for your
sivity to special pourings, barrel and tank tastings, paired food and wines,
guests to savor.
Andretti Winery is offering
a special holiday rate for your
ST. HELENA Holiday Celebration. Contact
Andretti Events Department
CHARLES
CHARLES
KRUG RATT for further information, (707)
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Big Ranch
P 259-6777 ext. 222 or ext. 225.
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Welcome to
YOUNTVILLE
Yountville’s 22nd Annual Festival of Lights Hits a Holiday High Note
Weekend Winter Wonderland – Sports, Food & Wine Event, shopping and dining. Admission is free; tasting tickets are
Holiday Carriage Rides, Entertainment & Santa Sommelier $1 each. For details, visit www.yountville.com.
Take an hiatus from the urban holiday rush and sing joy Yountville’s European ambiance mixed with a classic
to the vines at Yountville’s 22nd Annual Festival of Lights, California wine country beat translates into a relaxing
November 26. The town’s annual fête salutes the season getaway. Ideal for families seeking the ultimate safety-net,
with a procession of thousands of twinkling lights and the town’s tight layout keeps kids in check and allows visi-
show-stopping winter wonderland complete with carolers, tors to go “green” by walking to all events, restaurants and
horse-drawn carriage rides, ice carving and the big guy in hotels. For foodies, Napa Valley’s “culinary crushpad”
red. At 2 p.m., the Santa Sommelier arrives at his West sports six Michelin stars and enough cult Cabernet to keep
Pole post where children can mix, mingle and pose for a holiday sky lit; make sure to reserve a table in advance.
posterity. On Washington Street, 20+ wineries and the For the avid oenophile, grab a bike for a trek of the
region’s top toques (Ad Hoc, Bardessono, Bistro Jeanty, area’s 24+ wineries and/or producers within a four square-
Bouchon Bistro & Bakery, Bottega, Cantinetta Piero, etoile mile grid. Key stops include Domaine Chandon, Goose-
at Domaine Chandon, Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar, Pacific cross Cellars, Bell Wine Cellars, Hopper Creek Winery,
YOUNT MILL RD
Blues, Brix and Mustards) serve up tastes while galleries, Girard Napa Valley, Ma(i)sonry, Tamber Bey, Jessup Cellars,
boutiques and restaurants open their doors for late night Silenus Vintners, Keever Vineyards, Gemstone, Morning-

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Visitor Information
Site of Napa Valley’s first planted vines (1838), Yountville sits at the
epicenter of the region’s culinary scene sporting the Valley’s top-
side, Page Wine Cellars, V Wine Cellar, Hill Family Estate, Hope & ranked restaurants (six Michelin stars), 24+ wineries and/or producers
Grace, Beau Vigne, Cornestone Cellars and the new $1 million and 11 lodging properties. An ideal base for the avid oenophile,
tasting/shopping venue at Somerston Wine Company. Yountville offers the county’s only hot air ballooning launch, five
Other options abound including a seven-course adrenalin bump National Register of Historic Places sites, a microclimate pedigree with
via the new Napa Valley Ziplines, caroling above the clouds on a hot its own AVA, world-class shopping and performing arts. Located 55
air balloon adventure, hammering down that handicap at the Vintners mi./88 km. north of San Francisco, travelers can arrive via scenic
Golf Club, visiting the holiday art exhibit at Napa Valley Museum or Highway 29 or via Napa County Airport, Sacramento (SMF), Oakland
slipping into one of the town’s many spas for a decadent mind/body (OAK) or San Francisco (SFO) international airports. For more infor-
experience. Nearby, the Lincoln Theater gears up with live perfor- mation and travel inquiries, contact the Yountville Chamber of
mances. Commerce at (707) 944-0904 or www.yountville.com.

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Welcome to
CALISTOGA
‘Winter in the Wineries’ December 3-February 6 So

A Leisurely, “Insider’s” Way to See Some of View Hotel & Spa; Roman Spa Hot Springs; Best
the Napa Valley’s Award-Winning Wineries Western Stevenson Manor; and Calistoga Wine Way
Calistoga’s Winter in the Wineries, December 3, 2010 Inn.
through February 6, 2011, offers a great way to tour, taste Participating restaurants include All Seasons; Barolo;
wine and meet winemakers at 15 award-winning wineries Brannan’s Grill; Calistoga Inn, Restaurant and Brewery;
in and around this northernmost Napa Valley town. and JoLe.
Calistoga was recently recognized as an American Viti- Participants must be 21 and over. Hours of wine
cultural Area (AVA) with distinct geographic features and tasting vary per winery.
growing conditions. Winter in the Wineries offers a To purchase a passport online, or to view general
perfect chance to explore what makes Calistoga unique as information, please go to www.CalistogaVisitors.com or
a wine-growing region. call the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitor
Those purchasing a passport to the event will have access to a Center toll free at 1-866-306-5588.
select group of Calistoga wineries for one low price of $50 during the For more details about visiting Calistoga, a Napa Valley town
two-month period. known for its natural geothermal waters, popular spas, relaxed
Passport holders can visit as many times as they want during that atmosphere, variety of wineries and great dining, please check out
time to use the 15 tastings (one tasting per winery), as well as receive www.CalistogaVisitors.com. Facebook users can also find informa-
discounts at several of Calistoga’s finest restaurants and lodging tion about Calistoga, including great deals, breaking news and
properties. Participating restaurants will waive corkage for passport insider tips, by searching for “Calistoga Visitors” and becoming a
holders, and lodgings will offer special room rates for passport “fan,” or going to www.facebook.com/calistogavisitors.
holders.
Wineries participating in Winter in the Wineries include Castello
di Amorosa, Bennett Lane Winery, Chateau Montelena, Clos Pegase,
Envy Winery, Lava Vine Winery, Zahtila Vineyards, Madrigal Vine-
yards, Rios Tasting Room, Sterling Vineyards, Summers Winery,
Tudal Winery, Twomey Cellars, Von Strasser and W.H. Smith Wines.
Lodging properties offering special room rates to passport holders
include: Brannan Cottage Inn; Chelsea Garden Inn; Calistoga Inn,
Restaurant and Brewery; Calistoga Spa Hot Springs; Christopher’s
Inn; Craftsman Inn; Eurospa & Inn; The Lodge at Calistoga; Mount

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Calistoga’s 15th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade, December 4


The 15th Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade will take place
on Saturday, December 4, at 7 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue, between Cedar
Street and Fair Way
The Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade offers the ultimate small-town
Christmas experience. Vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks,
human-powered vehicles and construction equipment bedecked with
dazzling lights roll down Calistoga’s scenic main street to celebrate the
Christmas season and Calistoga’s agricultural heritage in a jolly, unique
way. Santa himself will make a special appearance. This free, popular
Napa Valley event gets bigger and better each year. For accommoda-
tion and restaurant information, go to: www.CalistogaVisitors.com or
phone the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center toll free
at 1-866-306-5588.
For more details about visiting Calistoga, a Napa Valley town
known for its natural geothermal waters, popular spas, relaxed atmos-
phere, variety of wineries and great dining, please check out
www.CalistogaVisitors.com. Facebook users can also find information
about Calistoga, including great deals, breaking news and insider tips,
by searching for “Calistoga Visitors” and becoming a “fan,” or going to
www.facebook.com/calistogavisitors.

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TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEY


by Charles Neave an open air pavilion with a myriad of well- native Mario Monticelli has said. “I’m a mini-
conceived plantings, fruit and olive trees, a malist. It is my goal to put forth the best
An architect friend of mine once told me fountain and more. Again, it fits naturally into expression of the fruit and the land on which
that to create understatement is not easy; to this spot on top of a small knoll with its’ it is grown.”
create understatement that is also amazing is commanding views. Even sitting at the half To that end, grapes are carefully dealt with
much more difficult and seldom inexpensive. dozen picnic tables in front of the tasting throughout the year, and come crush extra
If you would like to see proof of this for your- room you are not far from town, but are still care is shown, even though it is all a very
self, plan a visit to Trinchero Napa Valley a far removed from anything but vines, wine labor intensive process. The result is wines of
few miles north of St. Helena, where the and winemaking. exceptional depth and precision, be it the
Trinchero family has created what could “A lot of the properties in the Valley aren’t Vista Montone Vineyard Daybreak Block
almost be called a monument to grape permitted picnics, but luckily we are, which is Merlot, the Chicken Ranch Vineyard offerings
growing and winemaking in the Napa Valley. a nice thing to be able to offer to our guests,” (both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), their
An understated monument, of course. said tasting room manager Lew Price, looking Meritage (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit
Over the past few years the Trinchero down at the tables and the original old trees Verdot and Cab Franc), the Cabernet simply
family, a family synonymous with the amazing that shade them from the broad porch above, called ‘Signature’, or any of the other bottlings
success in the wine business a lucky few have near the door into the tasting room. – including the one white wine, the Mary’s
found here, have built this property to hand- To make these small lots of world class Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
craft single-vineyard estate wines in the most wine, there is everything in the winemaker’s To taste these wines, head to the tasting
modern of facilities, but one that blends in arsenal that could possibly be required. room with its fireplace, L-shaped tasting bar,
seamlessly with the acreage it occupies, Designed from the ground up, there is a polished wood floors and lots of natural light.
Surrounded by vineyards planted on gently sophisticated wine storage area, the most Relax and be prepared to be guided through a
sloping land, it offers exceptional views of modern grape sorting equipment, and small sensory experience that will be both pleasur-
Howell Mountain to the east and Spring fermentation tanks that allow individual lots – able and memorable, no matter which of the
Mountain off to the west. In fact it is not far the most promising ones – to be isolated. three tasting options you choose. “I want
from the places that Mario Trinchero liked No detail is too big nor too small. For people to leave here knowing what the name
best when he arrived in the Valley. instance grapes are sorted not just once but Trinchero is all about,” Lew said recently.
The tasting room is more classic farm- twice, they use a hydraulic basket press, “What they have done for the Valley is
house than ultra-modernist display art or faux grapes are picked with pruning shears not amazing, and it is showcased in these wines.”
Tuscan artifice – albeit a perfectly propor- knives, and the grapes are picked with the The Trinchero Napa Valley tasting room is
tioned farm house at that. The state-of-the-art clusters intact and 35 pound lot boxes are open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They’re located
temperature and humidity controlled barrel used. at 3070 N. St. Helena Highway, St. Helena.
room across the way has a stone facade, and “It is all about attention to detail and For more information call (800) 967-4663 or
as you walk to the tasting room you’ll go past quality,’ winemaker and Northern California go to www.trincheronapavalley.com.

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Tasting Room of the Week:

REYNOLDS FAMILY WINERY tasteful logo products harmonize in a setting luscious, presenting smoky aromas and deep
by Diana Greenwood
that offers an easy welcome. layers of plums and red and black currents
It’s been almost a dozen years since Steve Reynolds Family wines are like that, too, with a subtle hint of chocolate. “We were
and Suzie Reynolds opened Reynolds Family an easy welcome, and they’ve earned their thrilled when we heard about this honor,” said
Winery in the prime location on Silverado first-rate reputation. Known for the delicious Suzie Reynolds. “We just released this vintage
Trail just north of Napa. This spot is a little bit Cabernet Sauvignon grown on ten of the four- of Persistence and it’s a great wine with so
country, a little bit city life. Perched on a pond teen acres you can see through the French much to offer.”
in a slice of rolling vineyard land backed by doors, the winery makes frequent medal You can try Persistence and three addi-
the crags of the Vaca Range, the winery is at news. The Beverage Testing Institute recently tional current releases in the tasting room for
once old-fashioned farm (complete with honored the 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvi- a $10 fee and you keep the lovely logo glass.
vintage truck and critters) and contemporary gnon with a gold medal, the title “Exceptional” The tasting fee is waived with a purchase of
convenience with lifestyle comforts for today’s and 94 points, a hard-to-accomplish rating four or more bottles. For white wine lovers,
wine tasting crowd. The patio with its iron but well deserved. Steve, hands-on in all there’s a fabulous, award-winning Napa Valley
tables and chairs, outdoor fireplace, and the aspects of running the business, is also head Chardonnay and the 2007 vintage is lively
splashing of the fountain in the center of the winemaker and he calls this wine “spicy, with lemon zest, rich minerality and a light
pond, is casual yet designed with an eye for plush, and velvety, a powerful and tasty touch of grilled pineapple. This is another
the long view, the one that sneaks a peak Cabernet.” This is one of the wines to wine for your holiday table. Reynolds Family
through rows of vines, follows the winding consider for your holiday guests this season, Winery produces a total of seven, limited
path where benches beckon under oaks, the extraordinarily luscious when paired with production wines. In addition to those noted
view that spies the hawk against blue fall sky. smoked turkey. above, there are two food-friendly Pinot Noirs,
It’s a lovely time of year to visit Reynolds In keeping with that “little bit of country” a Merlot for purists, and the wonderful 2007
Family Winery. Harvest is complete and feel here, Reynolds Family Winery recently Reserve Cabernet, Stag’s Leap, which should
there’s a winding-down sensation here, fewer entered Houston’s huge annual Rodeo be on everyone’s must-try list.
crowds, more time to taste wine. Heaps of Uncorked! International Wine Competition Located just north of Napa at 3622
gourds and pumpkins and vibrant flowers in where 1,761 wines from 583 wineries vie for Silverado Trail, the winery is open by appoint-
clay pots dot the path to the huge front doors top spots. One of the most talked about wines ment from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so make a
and inside, the soft twang of country music is was the Reynolds Family Winery 2006 Persis- quick call to (707) 258-2558 or visit the
background to friendly chatter at the long tence™, Napa Valley, which grabbed a “Gold website at www.reynoldsfamilywinery.com
tasting counter. Make yourself at home. Steve Belt Buckle Award” and all the heel-clicking, and send an e-mail. You’ll love the mix of
Reynolds is usually around; he’ll probably high-stepping glory that goes with it. A blend country setting and contemporary lifestyle
stop to say hello. Red leather chairs, antique that includes fruit from all the Napa Valley here, you’ll enjoy the family’s welcome, and
sideboards, French doors, upscale gifts and appellations, Persistence is complex and the wines will bring you back again and again.

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‘Celebration of the Vine’ – Bronze Sculptures at Art on Main, St. Helena
This collection will awaken your senses. the portrayal of the land, the vine, the joy, exacting eye for detail and his labor-inten-
Richard Thomas has created a collection that the wine and the ultimate pleasure of love. sive craftsmanship bring Bacchus and his
is complex in direction, simple and pure in The pieces are delicate and witty. Richard’s muse to life, looking shyly, touching
tenderly, exchanging existential thoughts.
Richard Thomas You will want to hear the song, taste the
“Rush to Crush” wine, share the joy. The story is exquisite,
the mood intimate, and the sensuality irre-
sistible and inviting. Breathe it in and enjoy!
Richard’s work is currently represented
by Art On Main, at 1359 Main Street, in
downtown St. Helena; (707) 963-3350.
Having a presence is the Napa Valley for
over 20 years. Art on Main represents a
variety of contemporary artists. There is sure
to be something for everyone. The gallery
features original works, graphics and sculp-
ture. The gallery is open seven days a week
and the friendly, welcoming staff will be
more than happy to present the sculptures
to you.
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Celebrate in Healdsburg with a Restaurant Dine Around


Four Progressive Courses at the Very Best of Healdsburg’s Restaurants Each restaurant can only accommodate a limited number of
The event that delivers incredible food and wine as part of a people, so food aficionados will want to download a copy of the
festive seasonal outing in one of California’s most popular wine brochure soon at www.healdsburg.com to view menus and select
country destinations is the Holidays in Healdsburg Strolling Dine first choice requests for date, time and appetizers, first course, main
Around. This annual dining experience features 16 local restaurants, dish and dessertdining options. The cost is $85 and optional wine
all showcasing the best of wine country cuisine, in a four-course pairing selections will be available for purchase at the restaurants.
progressive dinner as part of Holidays in Healdsburg on December Participating restaurants are Affronti, A Divine Affair, Baci Café &
8, 9, 15 and 16. Wine Bar, Barndiva, Bear Republic Brewing Company, Bistro Ralph,
All the restaurants are within walking distance of the historic Café Gratitude, Cyrus Restaurant, Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek
town plaza and share a dedication to locally grown food – from their Kitchen, spoonbar!, Ravenous Café & Lounge, Restaurant Charcu-
own organic gardens or from local niche suppliers. Style and price terie, Relish Culinary Adventures, Sake’O Japanese Restaurant,
point range from the Bear Republic Brewing Company to Cyrus Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar and Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar.
Restaurant. All the participating restaurants are known for delivering For reservation information, call (707) 479-7488 or visit
seriously delicious food locally or regionally sourced, often carefully www.healdsburg.com.
cultivated in their own organic gardens, and prepared in innovative
dishes. A portion of the event’s proceeds is donated to Healdsburg
Shared Ministries Food Pantry.
Informally, each restaurant competes to deliver the best in their
category while displaying holiday ambiance, style and culinary
talent. Two of this year’s first courses options include annual event
participant favorites Sake’O’s martini prawns (served with the new
wave roll and the Spanish fly additional starters) and Willi’s Seafood
and Raw Bar’s tuna tartar with coconut milk, cashews and jalapeño
(served with flash-fried calamari, warm sourdough bread and blue
arugula and endive salad with blue cheese, cherries and a truffle
honey vinaigrette).
The newest addition to the first course dine around restaurant’s
line-up is spoonbar! The Merguez sausage with harissa and tomato
dip, grilled Tunisian beef skewers with yogurt sauce and Calabrian-
style breaded shrimp have only a few places left once the previous
Strolling Dine Around attendees were advance first pick.
Two of the main course competitors are Relish Culinary Adven-
tures’ pomegranate braised short ribs with cauliflower gratin and
duck leg confit with green peppercorn brandy cream sauce and
truffle-mashed potatoes.
Another new addition to Healdsburg this year, and to the notable
list of dine around participants, is Baci Café & Wine Bar, which will
be offering a choice of tiramisu, pannacotta, pannacotta di espresso,
chocolate decadence, gelato or sorbetto. Annual Dine Around
favorite Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen’s traditional choice of six
“scrumptious” winter desserts created and prepared by Pastry Chef
Yulanda Santos is always is reserved quickly.

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D O W N T O W N

HEALDSBURG
Grove Street Winery
Manzanita Creek
DRY CREEK RD

MARCH AVE UPCOMING EVENTS See page 14 or visit www.healdsburg.com for more event information
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GROVE ST

NOVEMBER 19 – Tasting with J. Rickards Winery – Thirty Four North Wine Merchant,
CENTER ST
HEALDSBURG AVE.

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34 North Street, 4-8pm. Four wines paired with cheeses and chocolates. $10, 707-473-0808

Seghesio
NOVEMBER 20, 27 – Healdsburg Certified Farmers' Market – 1 Block West of the Plaza
COLLEGE ST
FITCH ST

GRANT ST (at Vine & North Streets). 9-12. www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org or call 707-431-1956
PRINCE

101 NOVEMBER 20 – Best of the EDLOS – Farewell Tour – Raven Performing Arts Theater. 8pm,
PIPER ST
Doors open at 7pm. $20 for adults; $10 ages 17 & younger, www.raventheater.org or call 707-433-6335
Toad Hollow SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD
Ferrari-Carano’s
Vineyards
NOVEMBER 26 – Silk Scarves by Siobhan, Trunk Show – Dovetail Collection, 407 Healdsburg
Prohibition Lake Sonoma NORTH ST
Thirty Four North Winery
Ave. Starting at $30, these scarves make exceptional holiday gifts. www.dovetailcollection.com, 707-431-0111
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NOVEMBER 26 – Healdsburg's Downtown Holiday Party! – Downtown Merchants; refresh-
Hawley
Downtown Wine
ments, holiday cheer and entertainment, 5-9 pm, www.healdsburg.com/holidays or call 707-433-6935
KENDALL PLAZA Boisset Russian River Wine Co.
Taste of Terroir
NOVEMBER 26 – An Evening in Town – Hair Artistry By Gabrielle. Come join the fun and have a holiday
The Wine Shop
JACKSON Plaza toast with us and the Ralph Kolarik Trio Jazz Band. 5 - 9 pm. www.gartistry.com or call 707-431-2493
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NOV. 26 - JAN. 31 – Holiday Exhibit ‘Magical Toyland: Model Trains & Teddy Bears’ –
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NOVEMBER 26, 27 – Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Begin at any participating
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winery, 11-4, $15, includes a glass. See page 51 for details. 1-800-500-2285 ext. 11
NOVEMBER 27 – handmade holidays with notion:creative – h2hotel, Healdsburg.
An evening of crafting where you will stamp, collage, draw, stencil & sew one-of-a-kind note cards or gift tags.
5:30-7:30pm, $30 fee includes materials. handmadeholidayworkshop.eventbrite.com or call 707-231-7811
HUDS
NOVEMBER 28 – Lights of Life Holiday Tree Lighting – Healdsburg's Downtown Plaza.
ON 5-6:30pm. www.lightsoflife.org or 707-535-5681
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Westside Road Wineries


Treat Wine Club Members
to a Festive Holiday Party
Renowned Westside Road wineries including Hop Kiln, Alder-
brook, De La Montanya, Michael Bernard, Matrix, Mill Creek and
Twomey are hosting the 2nd Annual Westside Road Wine Club
Appreciation Holiday Party on Saturday, December 4 from 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. This festive event will bestow wine club members of the partic-
ipating wineries with reciprocal wine club benefits, complimentary
tastings and tons of good cheer. To add to the holiday spirit, club
members are asked to bring an unwrapped toy or canned food dona-
tion to benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank. This event is compli-
mentary, but reservations are appreciated at member’s home winery.
The day starts at the member’s home winery where they will
receive a Reciprocal Wine Club Pass and a detailed listing of the days
events, including club benefits for each participating winery. This is a
great way for savvy Westside Road wine lovers to get to know the
other wineries in the scenic Russian River Valley, make special
purchases and to get a jump on their holiday wine shopping.

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Alexander Valley Open House, Thanksgiving Weekend


What to Do After Thanksgiving? and goodies. Medlock Ames, Sausal Winery and White
If you are lucky enough to have traveled Participating wineries include Alexander Oak Vineyards and Winery.
to wine country for Thanksgiving, or if you Valley Vineyards, Field Stone Winery, Hanna For more information, call 1-800-500-
have survived another family gathering at Winery, Johnson’s Alexander Valley Wines, 2285 ext. 11.
your wine country home, and are now
wondering what to do with the rest of the
long weekend, here’s the perfect suggestion: Christopher Creek Winery Hosts ‘Old Vintage Week’
Alexander Valley Holiday Open House, Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 28
Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once a year Christopher Creek Winery brings back some of their older vintages to
taste and buy, as well as Big Bottles (magnums) of Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet. In
Spend the days following the holiday
addition to tasting older vintage wines and current releases, this week there’s also an
among the beautiful vineyards of Alexander
opportunity to buy some of the wines you enjoyed in the past and may not get an oppor-
Valley. Enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by
tunity to purchase again.
miles of rolling fall-colored vines while you
For your convenience, the tasting room will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
taste award-winning wines with scrump-
except for Thanksgiving. Cellar Club members will receive a 20% discount on older
tious food. Find unique holiday gifts and vintage wines as well. No charge or reservations are required. It’s a great opportunity to
enjoy special discounts at seven Alexander purchase some of the wines not normally available and enjoy some case discounts on
Valley wineries. Cost of $15 includes a regular wines.
souvenir glass and access to all participating Christopher Creek Winery is located at 641 Limerick Lane in Healdsburg. For more
wineries. Visit each of them for a chance to information, call (707) 433-2001.
win one of seven gift baskets filled with wine

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CORNERSTONE SONOMA
A Wine Tasting Destination and More
What do you get when you mix 25 architectural gardens with art months ago, is owned and operated by Eric Keating, who gave up a
galleries, cutting-edge design shops, a cafe and then throw in two Wall Street career to return to his roots in Sonoma to pursue a career
first-class wine-tasting rooms? The answer is an incredible Sonoma in the wine business.
County destination called CornerStone Sonoma. Situated in the Upon his return to Sonoma, Keating spent three years learning
Carneros region of the county, CornerStone is a must stop for visi- every aspect of the wine business at the well-renowned, family
tors coming into wine country. owned winery VJB Vineyards & Cellars in Kenwood, California.
The gardens were conceived by Chris Hougie six years ago after his Inspired to venture out on his own, Keating made the decision to
many trips to France and viewing the Festival of Gardens at Chaumont pursue the passion which was slowly consuming his life, wine! A
sur Loire. Wanting to establish something similar in the States, he small-production winery, Keating made a conscious effort to source
created CornerStone which is still the only destination of its kind in only premium fruit available from superior vineyards in Sonoma and
this country. The individual gardens on the nine acre property are Napa counties. After operating out of his home in Kenwood, Keating
designed by landscape architects and garden designers, many of was looking for just the right place to showcase his wines to the
whom are the most acclaimed in the world. Add the unique shops, a public, and when he discovered CornerStone Sonoma, his search
gourmet café and the two tasting rooms to the mix and you have the was over!
most unique destination in the Wine Country. Like Eric Keating, wine grower and winemaker Tom Meadowcroft
And speaking of wine, the two tasting rooms, Keating Wines and was also looking for just the right location. He discovered Corner-
Meadowcroft Wines, offer a variety of hand-crafted varietals created Stone late last year, and in February brought his family of wines to
by using the finest grapes grown in both the Sonoma and Napa his CornerStone location and has enjoyed immediate success. Mead-
valleys. Keating Wines, which opened at CornerStone just two owcroft has worked in the wine industry for many years, starting out

From left, Artefact Design & Salvage, A New Leaf Gallery, Meadowcroft Wines, Zipper

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with Buckland Vineyard Management running the crews and on to


designing, planting and managing fields for wineries such as Cake-
bread, Duckhorn, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Stags Leap and
others.
In 1999 he bought a vineyard on Mt. Veeder in Napa County in
anticipation of establishing his own winery. It took four years to
bring the vineyard up to Meadowcroft’s exacting standards. Finally,
after seven years with Buckland, it was time for him to step out on
his own and put his knowledge and experience to use for himself.
With three labels of his own: Meadowcroft, Magito and Thomas
Henry, Tom Meadowcroft also makes the wines for the Foyt Family
Wines (yes the famous A.J. Foyt racing family), and all of the wines
are available in his CornerStone Sonoma tasting room.
One could literally spend the day at CornerStone Sonoma
enjoying the gardens, shops, lunch in the café, and of course
sampling the fine wines provided by Keating Wines and Meadow-
croft Wines. Come to CornerStone and discover everything you
never expected – and more!

UPCOMING EVENTS

NOVEMBER 20/21
Holiday in Carneros with special offerings at
Keating Wines and Meadowcroft Wines
NOVEMBER 27
6th Annual Lighting of the Snowmen
DECEMBER 4/5
Wreath making and sale
at Potter Green & Co.
DECEMBER 11
Food and Wine Pairing
at Meadowcroft Wines
DECEMBER 18
Pajama Party at Zipper 7pm-9pm
DECEMBER 18/19
Holiday Open House at Meadowcroft Wines

For more information, visit


www.cornerstonesonoma.com/news

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27th Annual Holiday Open House, Nov. 26 & 27


Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA) announces its 27th Tickets are now on sale! Advance tickets are only $40 for both
Annual Holiday Open House, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, days ($50 at the door), which includes a wine tasting glass and access
November 26 and 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Kick-off the to all participating wineries event tastings and activities. A Desig-
holiday season – wine country style! Enjoy two days of wine tastings, nated Driver ticket is also available for $10.
holiday nibbles, gift packages, discounts and much more. Twenty- For tickets, detailed event information and a map, call 1-866-794-
three wineries throughout Sonoma Valley are opening their doors for 9463 or visit www.HeartOfSonomaValley.com. Advance ticket
this festive affair. purchase is recommended, as last year this was a sell-out event.
“This year marks our 27th annual celebration. Twenty-three Participating wineries include: Audelssa Estate Winery, Benziger
wineries along Sonoma Highway, between Sonoma and Santa Rosa, Family Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Enkidu
will be participating in this holiday event,” said Executive Director Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Family Wineries, Imagery Estate Winery,
Josie Gay. “We are looking forward to a fabulous weekend of award- Kaz Vineyards & Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate,
winning wines, fresh baked nibbles, savory treats, caroling and wine Landmark Vineyards, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards,
country holiday cheer. This is a great opportunity to stock up on Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Muscardini Cellars/Ty Caton
your favorite holiday wines and jump-start the holiday season. What Vineyards, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Francis Winery, VJB Vineyards
a great alternative to the busy city streets and overcrowded malls!” & Cellars, Valley of the Moon Winery and Wellington Vineyards.
Heart of Sonoma Valley Associ-
ation is an alliance of 23 wineries
and tasting rooms located on
scenic Sonoma Highway where for
a century and a half many of the
vintages that have made California
wines world leaders in viticulture
have been harvested. In a ten mile
stretch of the wine country, in the
environs of Glen Ellen and
Kenwood, you’ll find a blend of
family owned and classically beau-
tiful wineries filled with award
winning wines, charming B&Bs
and elegant Luxury Inns, stylish
wine bars, a diverse selection of
restaurants, state parks, a lavender
farm, olive presses and gift shops.

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Welcome to
MENDOCINO/LAKE
Counties
128 Frey Vineyards

Redwood
Oster

Valley
Claudia Springs Winery Esterlina Vineyards
Harmonique Wine Barra of Mendocino
Handley Cellars
Husch Vineyards Roederer Estate Silversmith Vineyards
Lazy Creek Vineyards Elizabeth Vineyards

Potter
Londer Vineyards Standish Wine Company Parducci, Hidden Cellars Lolonis Winery
Greenwood Ridge Fife Vineyards

Mendocino Valley
Brutocao Cellars Navarro Vineyards Sketchbook, Zingaro
Toulouse Vineyards Cesar Toxqui Cellars
Philo Germain-Robin Distillery Lake
Scharffenberger Cellars

Anderson
Drew Family Phillips Hill Estates Philo Ridge Vineyards
Jim Ball Vineyards

Valley
Goldeneye Vineyards Breggo Cellars Dunnewood
Elke Vineyards
Ukiah Vineyards

253 20
Londer
Chiarito Vineyards
ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM
Foursight Wines

Mendocino
Rivino

Boonville
Ridge 101
1 Zoom
Upper
Nelson Family Winery

128
Lake County Wine Studio Lake

29
Whaler Vineyards

Yorkville
JAXON KEYS

Mendocino
Highlands
Lakeport
Benmore
Tulip Hill Winery

Valley
Meyer Family Saracina Ceago Vinegarden
Cellars

McDowell Valley 20
Maple Creek Winery Hopland
Clear
Graziano Family of Wines Lake

175
Yorkville Cellars Jeriko Estates
Yorkville Brutocao Cellars
Terra Savia
McFadden/Weibel Family
McNab Ridge
McDowell Valley Vineyards

128
Duncan Peak Weibel Family
Brassfield Estate Winery
TOPEL
High Valley
Milano Family
Winery Finley
Le Vin Winery
Steele Winery Shannon Ridge Winery
Pendleton Estate
Rosati Family Wines EdenCrest
M. Konocti Growers
Kelseyville High Valley Noggle
Wildhurst Vineyards Kelseyville Wine Co.
Rosa D’Oro Vineyards /Dusinberre
Cloverdale Sol Rouge Clear Lake
Wattle Creek Winery
Moore Family Villa La Brenta 20
Asti
Red
Cougar’s Leap Gregory Graham

Hills 29
Pastori
FRITZ Asti, Souverain, Cellar No. 8 Gregory Graham
Lower Lake
1 101 175
Ployez Winery Terrill Cellars
Six Sigma
Hawk and Horse
Shed Horn Vineyards
Cellars

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Dickens’ Christmas Market Held in Downtown Lakeport


The eighth-annual Dickens’ Christmas Market – an event that children. Santa’s Workshop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
transforms downtown Lakeport into an old English village for a day The Christmas Lighted Parade begins at 6 p.m. Anyone may
full of festivities – will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, register for the parade; applications are available at the Lake County
November 27, 2010. Chamber of Commerce. The Annual Hospice Tree Lighting will take
Traveling to downtown Lakeport during Dickens’ Market is like place at Museum Park following the parade. The famous deodar
traveling back through the centuries. Costume-clad characters from cedar is decorated by the Lakeport Main Street Association.
the 1800s stroll along Main Street and welcome guests to browse For more information, contact the Lake County Chamber of
the shops and enjoy the food and vendor booths. Event-goers are Commerce at (707) 263-5092 or visit www.lakecochamber.com
encouraged to arrive dressed for the occasion in period costumes Located in beautiful Northern California, Lake County is just
and enter the costume contest for a chance at cash prizes. two hours by car from the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento
Restaurants in downtown Lakeport offer delicious food for sale Valley, and the Pacific Coast. Lake County is home to Clear Lake,
for the occasion, and a variety of tasty treats also are available at the the largest natural freshwater lake in California and possibly the
“King’s Food Court” on Third and Main streets. Vendor booths oldest lake on the continent. Visitors to Lake County experience the
along Main Street include arts and crafts, toys and plentiful gift state’s cleanest air basin, spectacular scenic beauty, fine wines and
ideas for the holidays. Some Main Street merchants host their own unsurpassed recreational opportunities – from hiking, biking, golf
booths featuring seasonal products and specialty holiday merchan- and off-road adventures to boating, fishing, kayaking, birding and
dise. even rockhounding. For visitor information, contact the Lake
A full schedule of musical entertainers perform throughout the County Visitor Information Center at 1-800-525-3743 or
day and Christmas carolers and strolling minstrels entertain the www.lakecounty.com.
crowds. In addition, Eleven Roses Ranch offers free “sleigh rides”
through town on a seasonally adorned mule-drawn carriage.
Sutter Lakeside Hospital will sponsor Santa’s Workshop,
featuring Santa Claus in Museum Park and activities and snacks for

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Magical Holiday Evening


in Downtown Pleasanton
Celebrate the holidays at Downtown Pleasanton’s Magical Holiday
Evening; the annual downtown open house. The streets will come
alive with the sights and sounds of the holidays.
Start your holiday shopping from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November
19th and celebrate the season with an evening of holiday festivities.
Downtown shops, restaurants and businesses usher in the holidays
with festive decorations, twinkling lights, banners, beautiful window
displays and holiday treats.
This year’s festivities include visits with Santa at the Museum on
Main and encounters with elves who will hand out candy canes and
peppermint lollipops. There will be carolers, choruses, bell ringers,
flutes – all singing and playing your favorite holiday tunes. Balloon
sculptors and face painters will all be on hand to celebrate the magic
of the season.
Experience Pleasanton’s beautiful and distinctive downtown with
its hometown atmosphere and charm. Bring your family and friends
to shop, dine and discover what downtown has to offer for the holi-
days!
For more details visit www.PleasantonDowntown.net or
www.Facebook.com/PleasantonDowntownAssociation

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St. George Macchia
PELTIER ROAD PELTIER ROAD

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Cosentino Heritage Oaks
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WOODBRIDGE ROAD Winery LODI Chocoholics
Woodbridge LAKE (wine tasting)
TURNER ROAD St. Amant
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Lodi Wine EAST Oak Ridge • Stone Garden
Cellars Winery vMv • La Vida Dulce
Cellar Door Vineyards • Watts Family

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Dancing Fox
SARGENT LODI AVE Siqueira
E2 Family Mokelumne River Winery Wine Co.
Winery Ripken
Vineyards Vino
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Vineyard Family Winery
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every day a little less everyday. Woodbridge Winery and Visitor’s FRENCH CAMP ROAD
Delicato Vineyards

Center offers a unique retail shopping experience and free public


tours. Enjoy a tasting at the wine bar, which includes limited-produc-
tion wines available only at the winery or through the Wine Club.
Browse the gift shop featuring exclusive clothing, jewelry, pottery, art
and specialty foods. Check out the deli featuring an exclusive selection
of meats and California farmstead and artisan cheeses. Pair your lunch
with the perfect wine and enjoy the beautiful picnic grounds.
Public Tour (9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., daily)
This 30-minute complimentary tour is offered twice each day at
9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Learn about the history of the winery and
why Lodi has become noted as a premium wine-growing region in
California. The tour includes a visit to the vineyard, a tour of the red
barrel-aging room, and a complimentary tasting of Woodbridge by
Robert Mondavi wines.
Reserved Group Tour (Six+ persons, by reservation, Tuesday-Sunday)
Like the public tour, this one-hour tour includes a private tasting
of limited release wines and a commemorative wine glass. Cost is
$10. For reservations, call the Visitors Center at (209) 365-8139.
The beautiful picnic grounds are available to your group with
advance reservations. Gourmet box lunches are also available for $15
per person. A seven-day notice is required for box lunch reservations.
Woodbridge Winery is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. For everyone’s safety, no children under ten years of age
are permitted on the tours. For reservations or more information, call
(209) 365-8139. They welcome visitors year around, however, are
closed on some major holidays. Call ahead for holiday hours.

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Kirigin
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Vineyards
UEL
Equinox
DR
Thomas Kruse
RESA

Martin Ranch
. Paso Robles 136 2-1/4 hrs 2-3/4 hrs
Bonny Doon Beauregard Cava Fortino
Copious Winery Armida Wine Bar Hecker Pass R PASS RD Solis Casa de Fruta
LE

Hillcrest Terrace HEC


KE

MJA Vineyards

Monterey
SARAH’S
Odonata
AVE
152
MAIN E LAKE
1
Pelican Ranch Rapazzini
VINEYARD

Bay
Santa Cruz Mountain
& Quinta Cruz
SAN

Silver Mountain
FELIP

Sones Cellars
SAN
25
JU B
AN
Storrs Winery
E RD

LS
A SHORE RD.
Trout Gulch
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River Run
129
O

Vino Tabi
RD
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