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YOUNTVILLE MERRYVALE TASTING ROOM OF THE WEEK: CARMEL ART & ELIZABETH SPENCER WINERY AUTO SHOW VINEYARDS SARAH’S VINEYARD WINE CELEBRATION
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JUNE 12, 2009 – ISSUE 22 – VOLUME 28
Bennett Lane Winery
ON THE COVER Bennett Lane Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 WINE COUNTRY NEWS Wine Country Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-19 Wineology by Len Napolitano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 SPECIAL COUPONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 THINGS TO DO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29 WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31-47 Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37 Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-39 Napa Valley Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 NAPA VALLEY WINERIES MAP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45 Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 St. Helena Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 SONOMA COUNTY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48-63 Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58-63 Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Glen Ellen Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64-65 Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 LODI/WOODBRIDGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68-69 Lodi/Woodbridge Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 NORTHERN CENTRAL COAST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70-76 Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Carmel Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
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See the “right” side of the Napa Valley wineries map on page 44-45
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CAVES & VINEYARDS
t was 25 years ago that the Ferrer family, proprietors of the world’s largest producer of sparkling wine, Freixenet USA, bought 250 acres of prime land in the famed Carneros district of Sonoma County. It was there that they planted vineyards with the traditional sparkling wine grapes of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1986 their stunning winery, with Spanish-style architecture, the terrace with the breath-taking views of the vineyards and hills, and the latest state-of-the-art winemaking equipment, opened its doors to the public. Most fittingly, the winery was named after José Ferrer’s beloved wife, Gloria. The winery now has vines on about 385 acres in Carneros and produces a range of both sparkling and still wines and, with the expansion of their vineyard holdings over the last few years, have grown their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as added Merlot. Gloria Ferrer continues to dedicate itself to the production of wines that reflect the artistry of the winemaker and the marriage of vine to place. Gloria Ferrer’s still wines are a wonderful complement to the award-winning sparkling wines they have always been famous for. Those sparkling wines include the premium Tête de Cuvée labels; Carneros Cuvée, Royal Cuvée and Brut Rosé. The remainder of the sparkling wine catalog is made up of the Sonoma Brut, Blanc de Noirs and Blanc de Blancs. To further understand the complexities of making a sparkling wine, a tour of the facility will unlock the secrets of the classic, seemingly timeless, and at times mystifying, méthode Champenoise process. For a more in-depth wine appreciation experience, the winery offers several education seminars ranging from wine pairing to comparison of Pinot Noirs. For the last 18 years the winery has also produced a collection of premium still wines. They currently include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. In subsequent years additions to the Pinot Noir family included the Jose S. Ferrer, Gravel Knob, and Rust Rock vineyard premium estate wines. This designation also includes their still Pinot Noir Rosé. These limited-production still wines are created with “a gentle hand,” aged in French oak barrels and bottled with minimal fining and filtration. Visitors to wine country can enjoy Gloria Ferrer’s sparkling and table wines, accompanied by a Catalan tapa of roasted and spiced almonds, in the expansive tasting room, or outdoors on the always popular Vista Terrace.
WINE CLUB DETAILS
Membership in Gloria Ferrer’s Cuvée Club and the Gloria Ferrer Tete de Cuvée Club is the perfect way to enjoy rare Gloria Ferrer wines year round. Members receive a minimum 20% discount on all wine, clothing and gift purchases in the tasting room or from the on-line store. Each club shipment contains two bottles of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or table wines (six sparkling only for Tete de Cuvée Club members). These wine club shipments are generally comprised of items in limited release or available exclusively through the tasting room. Wine club selections are shipped in February, May, September and early November.
Members receive advance notice and special discounts on new releases and winery-only selections and exclusive discounts on the rental of the winery facilities for private parties, dinners or weddings. Club members also receive discounted admission to all events including the annual Catalan Festival plus admission to special membersonly events.
23555 Highway 121 (Arnold Drive) • Sonoma (707) 933-1917 • (707) 933-1939 wine club • www.gloriaferrer.com
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Wine service is available until 4:45 p.m. daily
Club memberships also make an ideal gift for anyone who appreciates the fine wines of the Carneros.
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Over 250 Quality Wines Under $25 at Wine Garage
Hidden next to a dilapidated ’40s-era former filling station on Highway 29 in Calistoga lies the Wine Garage. A unique wine shop in Napa Valley that retails all wine in the store under $25. Sound crazy? Its true. And the proprietors Todd and Joy Miller, have hit on a niche in the Valley that had been very missed by the locals there. “There are a lot of winemakers here that can’t afford to drink the wine they make” says Miller. “That’s crazy, yes, but who can afford to drink a $65 bottle with dinner every night?” Many people miss The Wine Garage on the first try upvalley, but the search is well worth it. Miller stocks wine from all of California’s wine growing regions including fifty Napa selections and 40 from Sonoma County. When he first sought out buying the initial inventory, “I enlisted a local farmer buddy and his 15-foot box van and off we went all over California hunting down the deals. I tried to seek out the small producers who didn’t have distributes so I could pass the savings on to my customers.” And Miller did just that. His store is stocked with high-quality juice all under $25 and all are unique. Most labels in the shop are unrecognizable – but all pass the same test; everything passes over Miller’s lips before he makes a buy. “If I don’t love it, I don’t buy it, period. Sometimes I will taste over a hundred wines in one day, load up the truck and haul it up to Calistoga, unload at the store, and maybe I will crawl in bed by 3 a.m. Needless to say my buddy bowed out of the deal after their 2nd trip. I initially recruited him on a ‘hey lets go wine tasting in Santa Barbara’ until he realized how much work it entailed. Poor guy, he had to be at the farm at 5 in the morning.” It is all worth it. Millers’ customers love him. He has a unique ability to hear a verbal description of a customers favorite wine and translate that into a recommendation for sometimes a third of the cost. “I have people all over the country that use me as their local wine shop. I ship right to their door – and the cost of the shipping is a drop in the bucket compared to what they save on the cost of the wine. Miller gets deals on Napa wine too. “I have winemakers from small wineries stop in every week saying ‘I have something that will fit into the store,’ if they only have 15 or 25 cases of an end-of-vintage wine – I am the perfect outlet for them.” So head up to the Wine Garage and check out the best deals in the Valley at 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga, CA 94515. For more information, call (707) 942-5332. You can also check out the website at winegarage.net.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour Spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm Napa, 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com ONGOING Wine Tasting at Back Room Wines 5-9pm, 707-226-1378, Napa www.backroomwines.com • June 5: Cabernet Franc • June 8: Dinner & A Tasting • June 12: Back Room Blow Out XXXII • June 19: Guess the Grape • June 22: Back Room Tasting Group • June 26: 7th Annual Hot Dog & Wine Weekend • July 3: Summer Sparklers • July 10: Wines of Italy
« ONGOING THURSDAYS-SUNDAYS
Library & Barrel Sample Tastings Sequoia Grove Winery 8338 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena 707-944-2945, www.sequoiagrove.com • 11am: Library & Barrel Sample Tasting in the underground cellar, $20 • 12:30: Food and Wine Pairing Tasting to include Barrel Sample, $40 • 3pm: Library & Barrel Sample Tasting in the underground cellar, $20
Wine Tasting Experiences By appt, 707-963-5853x105 www.benesserevineyards.com Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10 • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15 • Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15 • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20 • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 • Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15
« ONGOING WEEKENDS
(EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND) Wine Component Tasting Seminar 10:30am-12:30pm, 707-963-7777 www.merryvale.com, $20, free/club members Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena
Progressive Tasting at Sterling Vineyards 800-726-6136, Calistoga www.sterlingvineyards.com Taste limited release wines at the winery.
« EVERY 4TH WEEKEND
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar 10:30am-12:30pm, 707-963-7777 www.merryvale.com, $20, free/club members Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena ONGOING THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS Wine & Food Pairings 11am: Wine & Cheese Pairing 1pm: Wine & Tapas Pairing Peju Province Winery, Rutherford www.peju.com, 800-446-7358 ONGOING Private Tours 707-944-1986, RSVP, www.goosecross.com $25, Goosecross Cellars, Yountville ONGOING Epicurean Explorations RSVP, 707-944-1986, minimum 6 people $95/3-course lunch, $135/5-course lunch www.goosecross.com Goosecross Cellars, Yountville ONGOING WEEKENDS Reserve Room at Markham Vineyards Enjoy reserve and library wines by candlelight in an historic stone cellar. $15pp, 11am-4pm www.markhamvineyards.com, 707-963-5292 ONGOING Napa Valley Wine Train Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com • June 6, 27: Family Fun Dinner • June 7: Full Moon Escape • June 12: Vintner’s Lunch featuring Etude • June 12, 26: Murder Mystery Dinner • June 19: Comedy Night • June 19: Vintner’s Lunch featuring Markham • June 20: Appellation Dinner featuring Green Valley • June 21: Father’s Day • June 26: Vintner’s Lunch featuring X Winery ONGOING Napa Valley Opera House 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org 1000 Main St. Ste 150, Napa • June 6-7: Wildcat • June 12: Battle of the Bands • June 13: Napa Valley Comedy Night Fundraiser • June 15-20: King Arthur’s Quest • June 18: The Wallflowers • June 21: Pocket Opera, The Barber of Seville • June 26: Pocket Opera, Carmen • June 27: Hoedown! • June 27-28: Alice in Wonderland • July 2: Spencer Day CD Release Party • July 6: An Evening with Joan Baez • July 10: Mamma Mia! • July 11: Arty Party’s Old School • July 18: Festival del Solé Opening Night • July 24: Hairspray • July 31: A Midsummer Night’s Dreamweavers – A Retrospective • Aug 1: Smokey Robinson ONGOING Live at the Lincoln Theater Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com • June 9: Brandi Carlile
« ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 30
Jocelyn Audette Exhibition 10am-5pm, Folio Winemakers’ Studio, Napa 707-256-2757, www.foliowines.com ONGOING di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature 707-226-5991, Napa, www.dirosapreserve.org • Ongoing through June 13: (un)Natural • June 27: Opening Reception, Mike Henderson • June 27-Sept 19: Mike Henderson: New Work ONGOING Friday Night Pulse Tastings 5-7pm, 888-963-0440, free www.acmefinewines.com Acme Fine Wines, St. Helena • June 5: Frank & Julie Husic of Husic Vineyards • Jun 12: Jennifer Lamb of Herb Lamb Vineyards
Tours & Tastings at Andretti 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com Andretti Winery, Napa • Individual Tastings, $12 • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting • Food & Wine Pairing • Vineyard Tour • Blending Class • Wine Sensory Seminar ONGOING Wine Tasting Options 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville • Current Release Tasting, $15 • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25 • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75 • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250 • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75 • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall
Reserve Tour & Tasting at Sterling Vineyards 11am, 800-726-6136, Calistoga www.sterlingvineyards.com, $45pp Private tasting in the Reserve Room after tour. ONGOING VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour Mon-Fri by appointment, 800-499-2366 $15 mid-week special, mention this listing www.bourassavineyards.com Bourassa Vineyards, Napa
Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com ZD Wines, Rutherford • Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm • Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm • Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt • Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt • Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt • Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt • Wine Train, $180, RSVP
Buon Amici Members & Guests 10am-4:30pm, 707-963-5853 www.benesserevineyards.com Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena • Members Only New Release Tastings • Barrel Tastings by appointment • Vertical Tastings by appointment • Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment
Tasting at Grgich Hills 9:30am-4:30pm, tours at 11am & 2pm $10, Wine Library Tasting/$30 Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com
Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting $25 Reserve Wine Seminar Reservations required, 707-253-2802 x18 Monticello Vineyards, Corley Family Napa Valley Napa, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre 707-967-2320, www.ciachef.edu St. Helena, firstname.lastname@example.org, $12.50pp Culinary Institute of America at Greystone ONGOING Tour & Taste In Hall Wines’ Ghost Winery Four barrel samples & four current releases, $20 St. Helena, 707-967-2620, www.hallwines.com ONGOING Cabernet Flight Tasting at A Dozen Vintners Taste & compare award-winning Cabernets, $5pp St. Helena, 707-967-0666, www.adozenvintners.com ONGOING Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery 888-RMONDAVI x2000, www.robertmondavi.com Call or check website for particulars. • The To Kalon Tour & Tasting • A Guided Tasting • Pleasure in the Glass • The Taste of Wine • The “Harvest of Joy” Tour & Lunch • Celebrating California Wine & Food • The Essence Tour & Tasting • Artisan Cheese & Wine – A Perfect Match
Tastings at the Popcorn Bar 10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena • It’s all About You Tasting, $15 • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25
Tastings & Tours at Artesa 877-224-8309, RSVP, www.artesawinery.com Artesa Winery, Napa • Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40 • Daily Guided Tours • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
« ONGOING THUR-SAT
Temptastings in the Temptation Cave 11am & 2pm, 707-967-8032, $25, $15/member www.florasprings.com, RSVP Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena
Tastings at Silverado Vineyards 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611 www.silveradovineyards.com Silverado Vineyards, Napa • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75 • Library Tasting, $75 • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20 • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15 • Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting
ONGOING Tours & Tasting 707-253-1400, 10am-5pm, Black Stallion Winery Napa, www.blackstallionwinery.com • Regular tasting, $10 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person Educational Tours & Wine Tasting 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50 • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20 • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours
Appellation Tastings 10:45am & 4pm by appt, 707-963-6067 www.elizabethspencerwines.com, $40 Elizabeth Spencer Tasting Room, Rutherford
Vineyard & Winery Tours at Raymond 11am (by appt), 800-525-2659x620 www.raymondvineyards.com, $15 Raymond Vineyards, St. Helena Group tours available by appointment.
ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 28 Suzie Buchholz Solo Exhibition 707-255-5954, www.gordonhuether.com Gordon Huether Studio, Napa THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH Bacchus That Rascal Multi-media presentation – History of Wine Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm www.clospegase.com, 707-942-4981
Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit Mumm Winery, 10am-5pm daily, Rutherford 800-MUM-NAPA, www.mummnapa.com
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ONGOING Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series 7pm, Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville 888-RMWJAZZ, www.robertmondaviwinery.com • June 27: The B-52’s • July 4: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band • July 11: Ozomatli • July 18: Natalie Cole THURSDAYS THROUGH JULY 30 Napa Chefs’ Market 5-9pm, First Street, Downtown Napa www.napadowntown.com, 707-257-0322 JUNE 4 Open House at Round Pond Estate 1-4pm, 707-302-2500, free Round Pond Estate, Rutherford JUNE 20 Cooking with Wine Series: Pan Sauces 707-963-4507, RSVP www.stsupery.com, $35 St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford
Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting B.R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 29 Scent of Spring by Diana Sodelind 11am-5pm, 707-865-0243 Quercia Gallery, Duncans Mills ONGOING Wells Fargo Center for the Arts Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600 • June 5: Frank Caliendo • June 6: Pride Comedy Night • June 6: Beerfest • June 23: Bill Engvall • June 27: King Arthur’s Quest • July 6-10: Summer Music Camp ONGOING Live Entertainment at River Rock Casino 707-857-2777, Geyserville, www.riverrockcasino.com
« JUNE 20
Food & Wine Pairing Domaine Carneros, Napa, 11-12:30pm $50, $40/members, 800-716-2788x135, RSVP www.domainecarneros.com
« LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
Winemaker Dinners at Fumé Bistro Local favorite wineries are spotlighted in a four-course dinner. $60pp, call for reservations 707-257-1999, Napa, www.fumebistro.com
« JUNE 4-7
Auction Napa Valley Napa Valley Vintners, www.napavintners.com Various events throughout the Napa Valley
« JUNE 21
Father’s Day Invitational Auto Show 11am-4pm, V Marketplace, Yountville www.vmarketplace.com, 707-944-2451
« JUNE 5
Jazz Event 5-7pm, Domaine Carneros, Napa $30 Chateau Society, $35/guests www.domainecarneros.com, 800-716-2788
« EVERY SATURDAY
ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar 800-487-7757 x107, 11am, $40 Rutherford, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
« JUNE 26
Summer Lunch Series 707-967-6723, www.florasprings.com Flora Springs Winery, St. Helena
« JUNE 6
Wine Club Pickup Party 12-4pm, Domaine Carneros, Napa www.domainecarneros.com, 800-716-2788 JUNE 6 Jarvis Winemaker Dinner 6:30pm, 707-257-9720, $100 Bayleaf Restaurant, Napa JUNE 6, 7, 14, 21, 28 Behind the Scenes 707-963-4507 RSVP, www.stsupery.com, $125 St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford JUNE 7 Rootstock 2009 12-4pm, 707-967-4188, $25 Spring Mountain Vineyard, St. Helena JUNE 13 2nd Annual Artisan Cheese Festival 10am-4pm, Beringer Vineyards, St Helena $20/general, wine club members/free www.beringer.com, 707-963-8989x2222
« EVERY SUNDAY
Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines 11am by appointment only, $20pp Rutherford, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings at Havens Wine Cellars 10am-4:30pm, Napa 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com
« JUNE 26
1st Annual June Bug Dance Tucker Farm Center, Calistoga, $25, 7pm Benefit for Napa Valley farm workers. 707-967-6723, www.florasprings.com www.brownpapertickets.com JUNE 27 Cabernet Tasting with Hors d’Oeuvres 707-963-4507 RSVP, www.stsupery.com, $350 St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford
« ONGOING SUNDAYS
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000 www.fairmont.com.sonoma
« EVERY SATURDAY
Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays at Bennett Lane Winery Calistoga, 10am-5pm www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684 ONGOING Friday Night Winemaker Events 5-7pm, 877-469-9463, www.jvwine.com, $2 JV Wine & Spirits, Napa • June 5: Jim & Diane Fore with Fore Family Vineyards • June 12: Trent Moffet with Moffet Vineyards & C&T Cellars ONGOING SUNDAYS Sunday Suppers at Brix 3-course family-style menu, $28, 707-944-2749 www.brix.com, Brix Restaurant, Yountville ONGOING SATURDAYS Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa 10am, $20, 707-251-8500, Napa ONGOING Wine Social Every Evening No corkage & complimentary glasses of wine. 707-944-2749, www.brix.com Brix Restaurant, Yountville ONGOING THROUGH DECEMBER 31 Classic Rock Photography Exhibit 707-963-5292, www.markhamvineyards.com Markham Vineyards, St. Helena
« JUNE 27
3rd Annual Oysters, Paella & Sauvignon Blanc Release Event 6:30-8:30pm, 866-963-4762 www.elizabethspencerwines.com Elizabeth Spencer Wines, Rutherford JUNE 28 Tastemaker Dinner at etoile Restaurant 6:30pm, 800-736-2892, $95 Domaine Chandon, Yountville JUNE 28 Napa Valley 5K/10K Salmon Run 8am, 707-252-4188x111, Yountville JULY 3 Red White & Blue Barbeque 6-9pm, $80, Beringer Vineyards, St Helena www.beringer.com, 866-708-9463 RSVP
« JUNE 13
Seasonal Barrel Tasting & Pick Up Party Barrel samples, finger foods & live music! 1-4pm $25, free/members, Merryvale Vineyards St. Helena, 707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com JUNE 13 Family Fun Day on the Farm 11am-2pm, 707-224-1894, free Connolly Ranch, Napa JUNE 13 Reidel Glass Tasting Event 707-963-4507 RSVP, www.stsupery.com, $30 St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford JUNE 13 Cooking Class with Mike C, The Wine Country Grill Cedar Gables Inn, Napa, $95 800-309-7969, www.cedargablesinn.com JUNE 14 Wine, Women & Shoes 4-8pm, 925-676-0505, $150 St. Supéry Vineyards, Rutherford JUNE 17 StarChefs.com Napa Rising Stars Revue 7-9:30pm, 212-966-7575 Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena JUNE 20 Calistoga Art in the Park 11am-5pm, free, Pioneer Park, Calistoga www.calistogaartcenter.org, 707-942-2278 JUNE 20 Taste of Howell Mountain 2:30-7:30pm, 707-965-2665 Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena
« JULY 3
Le Rêve & Lobster Feast Chateau Society Wine Club Event 6-8:30pm, Domaine Carneros, Napa www.domainecarneros.com, 707-257-0101x122
« JULY 4
4th of July Celebration BBQ, live music & fireworks display! 7-10pm Louis M Martini Winery, St. Helena, 800-321-WINE www.louismartini.com, $95, $80/members
Horse-Drawn Carriage Vineyard Tours at Castello di Amorosa, St. Helena June 6, 13, 20; $68 Includes private reserve wine & chocolate tasting 707-967-6272, www.castellodiamorosa.com ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 10 Gina Werfel’s Paintings Exhibit 10am-5pm, Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville www.robertmondaviwinery.com, 707-968-2203
« ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln 10am-5pm, 707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine & sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, Russian River Valley. EVERY FIRST THURSDAY THROUGH OCTOBER Downtown Sebastopol Art Walk 6-8pm, 707-874-9462, Downtown Sebastopol
« ONGOING THROUGH AUGUST 17
Celebrity Photo Exhibit ‘Hollywood, Beverly Hills & Other Perversities’ by George Rose 10am-5pm, Mumm Napa, Rutherford www.mummnapa.com, 707-967-7700
Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop B.R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com
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ONGOING The Center for Performing Arts 707-664-2353, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park www.sonoma.eduperformingarts/perf/ Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park • June 10-14: International Brass Quintet Summer Seminar ONGOING Sunday Brunches by the Sea 10am-2pm, 707-847-3231, 800-987-8319 www.timbercoveinn.com Timber Cove Inn, Timber Cove ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 14 Ansel Adams Masterworks 707-579-1500, www.sonomacountymuseum.org Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa ONGOING Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses. Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134 ONGOING Escape to Wine Country Concert Series Bocce ball, wine, picnic & horse-drawn wagon tours! 1-4pm, Landmark Vineyards, Kenwood 707-833-0053, www.landmarkwine.com • June 6: Jazz Keyboardist, John Simon • June 13: Blues Performer, Mark McDonald • June 20: Folk Artist, Adam Traum • June 27: Guitarist, Randy Vincent • July 4: Folk Artist, Adam Traum
« EVERY FRIDAY
Complimentary Wine Tasting at Flamingo Hotel 5:30-7pm in the Terrace Grille featuring Sonoma County wines 707-545-8530, 800-848-8300 Santa Rosa, www.flamingoresort.com
WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 7 Ravenswood After Hours 5:30-7pm, $20, Ravenswood Winery, Sonoma 707-933-2332, www.ravenswood-wine.com FRIDAYS-SUNDAYS THROUGH AUGUST 1 Valley of the Moon Food & Wine Pairings 11am-2pm, 707-939-4510, $25 www.valleyofthemoonwinery.com Valley of the Moon Winery, Glen Ellen ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 22 eARTh Art Exhibit 11am-5pm, 707-431-1970, www.PlazaArtsCenter.org Plaza Arts Center, Healdsburg ONGOING THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Tuesday Night Farmers’ Market 5:30-8:30pm, 707-538-7023, Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 20 Spring Exhibit Sebastopol Gallery, Sebastopol, 707-829-7200 Watercolor & mixed media paintings by Susan St. Thomas; Custom wood turnings by Jerry Kermode
JUNE 6-7 48th Annual Art & Artisan Show 10am-5pm, 707-833-4085, www.vomaa.com Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma
« JUNE 7
Sonoma Ox Roast BBQ, live music & art! 11am-5pm, Sonoma Plaza www.sonomacommunitycenter.org, 707-938-4626x1 JUNE 7 Hit the Road Jack, Wine & Cheese Country Run 8am-10am, Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma www.HittheRoadJack.org, 707-935-9566 JUNE 7 The Fog City Stompers 1-5:30pm, Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa www.tradjass.org, 707-328-0939 $10
19th Annual Summer Concert Series Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg 866-779-4637, www.rodneystrong.com www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong • June 27: Peter White & Mindi Abair • July 11: The Rippingtons & Craig Chaquico • Aug 8: Guitars & Saxes featuring Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber & Jessy J • Aug 22: The KRUSH Presents: Susan Tedeschi and JJ Grey & Mofro • Sept 7: Daryl Hall & John Oates – Up Close & Personal Tour ONGOING Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean 707-833-4134x5258, by appointment www.chateaustjean.com • Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 • Cinq Cépages Component Tasting Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 • Private VIP Wine Tasting 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour • Box Lunch Prgram with Tour Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50
« JUNE 7
Pinot Family Reunion 707-527-7687, Wine & food tasting benefit. Vintners Inn Event Center, Santa Rosa JUNE 7 Summer Music in the Plaza 2pm, Plaza Park, Healdsburg www.healdsburg.com, 707-433-3413 JUNE 6-7 Summit ET Bracket Drag Races 8am-6pm, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma www.infineonraceway.com, 800-870-RACE JUNE 6-7, 13-14 Art at the Source – Open Studio Tour Sebastopol, Forestville, Occidental, Bodega Bay Guerneville, Graton & West Santa Rosa www.artatthesource.org WEDNESDAYS JUNE 10 – AUGUST 26 Petaluma Evening Farmers’ Market 4:30-8pm, 707-762-0344 www.petalumafarmersmarket.com 2nd Street between B & D Streets, Petaluma JUNE 11-14 Peggy Sue’s All-American Cruise 707-575-3267, www.peggysuecruise.com Various locations in Santa Rosa JUNE 11 Garden Tour with Seasonal Lunch McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, 10am-12pm, $85 707-778-2307, www.mcevoyranch.com
« JUNE 4, 18
Wine Tasting FUNdamentals Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm, $25 707-996-7356, www.gloriaferrer.com JUNE 5 First Friday Various locations on Fourth Street, Santa Rosa Food, art & music! 4-8pm www.firstfridaysonfourth.com
Cooking in the Vineyard – Classes & Seminars Rodney Strong Vineyards, 707-544-3059 Healdsburg, www.rodneystrong.com
Tours, Tastings & Seminars St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, Ten person minimum Call for more information & reservations. www.stfranciswinery.com • Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25 • Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20 • Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65 • Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25
« JUNE 5, 19
Finally Friday Wilson Winery, Healdsburg 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com JUNE 5 First Friday at Ridge Vineyards 4-7pm, 707-433-7721, www.ridgewine.com Ridge Vineyards, Healdsburg JUNE 5 First Fridays Art Walk www.healdsburg.com Galleries in Downtown Healdsburg
Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm 707-571-7500, www.kj.com, Fulton, $25pp ONGOING (THURSDAY-SATURDAY) Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour 10:30am, 800-447-3060, $25 www.michelschlumberger.com, Healdsburg ONGOING (MONDAY-SATURDAY) Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours & Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola 11:30am, $10pp, box lunch provided for $20 Geyserville, www.ryew.com, 707-431-4811 ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS ‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines. Call for reservations & bring a lunch! 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com
Guided Winery Tours 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, Gloria Ferrer, Sonoma 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com
« ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER 30
Summer Jazz Series 6-10pm, Ledson Hotel, Sonoma 707-996-9779, www.ledsonhotel.com ONGOING TUESDAYS Summer Nights on the Green Movie Night 707-838-1260, 15 min after sunset www.townofwindsor.com, free Windsor Town Green, Windsor • June 2: Igor • June 9: Journey to the Center of the Earth • June 16: Kung Fu Panda • June 23: Ice Age 2 • June 30: Madagascar 2 ONGOING THURSDAYS Summer Nights on the Green Live Concerts & Farmers’ Market 707-838-1260, market 5-8pm, concert 6-8pm www.townofwindsor.com, free Windsor Town Green, Windsor • June 11: Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s • June 18: Pride & Joy • June 25: Charlie Musselwhite • July 2: Mark McLay & the Dust Devils ONGOING Live From the Middle Reach Summer Music Series 1-4pm, 707-431-4442, tasting 11am-5pm www.cdonatiello.com, free C. Donatiello Winery, Healdsburg • June 28: Maria Taylor • July 5: The Hellhounds
« JUNE 5-7
12th Annual Taste Alexander Valley 888-463-0207, www.alexandervalley.org Visit over 20 Alexander Valley wineries! Wine, food & entertainment! JUNE 5-28 In the Mood 707-523-4185, www.6thstreetplayhouse.com 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa JUNE 6 Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner 5-10pm, Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg 800-975-0555x13, www.lambertbridge.com JUNE 6 Open House 10am-5pm, 707-578-3882, free Siduri Wines/Novo Family Winery, Santa Rosa JUNE 6 7th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament 12-3pm, 707-933-3010 Roshambo Tasting Room, Sonoma
« JUNE 12-4
Blending Wine Country Weekend Ferrari-Carano Winery, Healdsburg 707-433-6700, www.fcwinery.com
« JUNE 12, 26
Music at Mazzocco Mazzocco Winery, Healdsburg 707-431-8159, www.mazzocco.com JUNE 13 7th Annual Twilight & Jazz in the Vineyards Rock ’n’ Roll II 7pm, (gates open at 5:30pm), 707-935-1946 www.gunbun.com/events, $35, VP $150/couple Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma Benefits Willmar Center for Bereaved Children JUNE 13 Lobster Feed 707-473-2992x10, www.sbragia.com Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville JUNE 13 12th Annual Spinners Day on the Farm 10am-4pm, 77-431-1642, 707-874-3374 Westside Farms, Healdsburg
« ONGOING WEEKENDS
Wine & Chocolate Pairings 10:30am-4:30pm, Fritz Winery, Cloverdale $5 tasting fee covers the pairing! www.fritzwinery.com, 707-894-3389 EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot 707-522-8629, 8:30am-noon EVERY FRIDAY MORNING Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery Taste limited-production reserve Bismark Mountain wines paired with local artisanal cheese selections from The Cheese Shop in Healdsburg, Alexander Valley, $10pp 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com
« JUNE 6
Eat, Drink & Be Merry in the Russian River Valley 12-4pm, 707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com Hop Kiln Winery, Healdsburg JUNE 6-7 Russian River Rodeo 707-865-9854, www.russianriverrodeo.org Bill Parmeter Field, Duncans Mills
« JUNE 13
Dinner Under the Stars 5-10pm, 707-524-6600, $125 Imagery Estate Winery, Glen Ellen Benefit auction & dinner for Becoming Independent
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« JUNE 13-14
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic 707-837-1884, www.schabc.org Keiser Park, Windsor
« JUNE 19
Dinner with the Winemaker Series: Featuring Lynmar 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com The Bay View Restaurant JUNE 19-21 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Infineon Raceway, Sonoma 800-870-RACE, www.infineonraceway.com
JUNE 20 Mugnaini Wood-Fired Oven Cooking Classes 11am-2pm, Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg 800-975-0555x13, www.lambertbridge.com JUNE 20 Lobster Lunch 12-3pm, $85, White Oak Vineyards, Healdsburg www.whiteoakwinery.com, 707-433-8429 JUNE 20 29th Annual Cotati Jazz Festival 707-794-8100, free, Downtown Cotati JUNE 20 Moshin Pictures 8:30pm, $20, $15/member www.moshinvineyards.com, 888-466-7446 Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg JUNE 20 A Night of Wine & 65 Roses 6-11pm, 707-322-2565 Sheraton Petaluma Hotel, Petaluma JUNE 20 – AUGUST 16 Intersections: Puzzles as Art 707-939-7862, www.svma.org Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma
JUNE 20 Father’s Day Weekend Hike McEvoy Ranch, Petaluma, 10am-12pm, $50 www.mcevoyranch.com, 707-778-2307 JUNE 21 15th Annual Father’s Day Car Show 9am-4pm, 707-546-5500 Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa JUNE 24-28 Sonoma-Marin Fair 707-283-3247, www.sonoma-marinfair.org Petaluma Fairgrounds, Petaluma Wine tasting, live entertainment & much more!
« JUNE 13
Wine Club Vineyard Picnic Wilson Winery, Healdsburg 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com JUNE 14 Bear Flag Celebration Art Show – Sonoma 707-833-4085, www.vomaa.com, Sonoma Plaza JUNE 18 Winemaker Dinner: Peterson Winery 707-847-3231, 800-987-8319 www.timbercoveinn.com Timber Cove Inn, Timber Cove JUNE 18 Bedrock Vineyard Tour 10am, $125, Ravenswood Winery, Sonoma www.ravenswood-wine.com, 707-933-2332 JUNE 19 Fete de la Musique – World Music Day Event Michel-Schlumberger, Healdsburg, 4-9pm, free www.michelschlumberger.com, 707-433-7427
« JUNE 20
Members Only Winemaker Dinner Sausal Winery, Healdsburg 800-500-2285, www.sausalwinery.com JUNE 20 2nd Annual Lobster Boil Quivira Vineyards, Healdsburg, 12am-4pm $95/members, $125/non-members 707-431-8354x218 RSVP www.quivirawine.com, 800-292-8339 JUNE 20 Petaluma Trolley, Track & Trestle Extravaganza 6-11pm, 707-769-0429, $15 The Yellow Barn, Petaluma
« JUNE 25
Grgich Hills Vintner Dinner 707-829-1077, www.peterlowells.com Peter Lowell’s, Sebastopol JUNE 27 Artist Reception: Photographer Joany Goodwin 6-8pm, Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg 888-466-7446, www.moshinvineyards.com
CALENDAR OF EVENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
JUNE 27 Zydeco & Zin 12-4pm, 80-864-9463x121 Dry Creek Vineyards, Healdsburg JUNE 27 13th Annual Days of Wine & Lavender 80-590-6464, www.matanzascreek.com, $95 Matanzas Creek Winery, Santa Rosa Wine, food, lavender & live music! JUNE 27 2nd Annual Indie Rock Show featuring Deer Tick 7pm, 707-933-3019, www.gunbun.com Gundlach Bundschu, Sonoma JUNE 27 Get Smoked with Bruce Aidells 11:30am-3pm, 800-975-0555x13 www.lambertbridge.com Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg JUNE 13 Mendocino Coast Garden Tour 10am-5pm, Fort Bragg to Albion 707-937-5818, www.MendocinoArtCenter.org JUNE 13-14 35th Annual Laytonville Rodeo 9am-7pm, 707-984-7480 Laytonville Rodeo Grounds, Laytonville JUNE 19-21 Sierra Nevada World Music Festival email@example.com Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville JUNE 21 – AUGUST 23 72nd Annual Stern Grove Festival 415-252-6252, www.sterngrove.org Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco JUNE 21 The Golden Glass Event – Slow Food U.S.A. 2-6pm, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco www.thegoldenglass.com JUNE 23 Growers Dinners: Bohemian Creamery Cheese Dinner Jack Falstaff, San Francisco, 6pm 415-836-9239, $85, www.jackfalstaff.com
« JUNE 6-7, 13-14
Vintners’ Festival Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association 11am-5pm, 931-685-8463 www.scmwa.com, $30/adv, $35 Participating Santa Cruz Mountain wineries JUNE 6-7 World Ocean Day Celebration Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey 831-648-4800, www.montereybayaquarium.org JUNE 12 Wine & Cigar Dinner Chateau Julien, Carmel Valley, 6:30pm, $125 www.chateaujulien.com, 831-624-2600
« JUNE 20-21
A Taste of Redwood Valley 11am-5pm, Various locations in Redwood Valley, $25 www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com, 800-760-3739 JUNE 20-21 Middletown Days 707-994-1954, www.lakecounty.com Midtown Central Park, Middletown JUNE 26-28 14th Annual Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival Black Oak Farm, Laytonville, 415-256-8499 866-558-4253, www.culumluspresents.com JUNE 26 – JULY 5 Willits Frontier Days 707-459-6330, www.willitsfrontierdays.com Various locations in Willits JUNE 27 Home Winemakers Festival 1-5pm, $15, Downtown, Kelseyville www.clearlakeperformingarts.org, 707-277-8172
« JUNE 25-28
Pinot Days 415-246-2967, www.pinotdays.com Fort Mason, San Francisco
« JUNE 13
Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration Various locations in Carmel Valley Village Art, live music, wine tasting, etc. 11am-5pm 831-659-4000, www.carmelvalleychamber.com JUNE 13 Fireworks Spectacular Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz 831-423-5590, www.beachboardwalk.com JUNE 13-14 10th Annual Summer Wildflower Show 10am-4pm, 831-659-6065, www.mprpd.org, free Garland Ranch Regional Park, Carmel Valley FRIDAYS JUNE 19 – SEPTEMBER 4 Bands on the Beach Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz 831-423-5590, www.beachboardwalk.com JUNE 20 Early Days in San Juan Bautista 11am-4pm, San Juan Bautista, $2 831-623-4881, www.sjbchamber.com JUNE 20-21 Summer Solstice Celebration 12-6pm, Sartori Cellars, Gilroy, $10 www.sartoricellars.com, 408-848-5823 JUNE 21 Father’s Day at the Winery 11am-5pm, 800-ITS-WINE, www.clos.com Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin JUNE 21 Father’s Day BBQ 1-4pm, Bargetto Winery, Soquel 831-475-2258, www.bargetto.com JUNE 21 Hats Off to Dad Father’s Day on the train! Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com JUNE 26 Music in the Vineyard: Cocktail Monkeys 6-10pm, Fortino Winery, Gilroy www.fortinowinery.com, 408-842-3305 www.cocktailmonkeys.com JUNE 26-28 Monterey Bay Blues Festival 866-558-4253, www.montereyblues.com Monterey Fairgrounds, Monterey JUNE 27 Carmel Mission Founders Day Celebration 111am-5pm, Carmel Mission, Carmel, free 831-624-1271x217, www.carmelmission.org JUNE 27 SummerFest Arts & Crafts Faire 831-622-0700, www.pacrep.org Custom House Plaza, Monterey JUNE 27 Starlight Evening Train Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com
MONTEREY BAY AREA
ONGOING Sunset Cultural Center – Carmel 831-620-2048, Carmel • June 5-6: Smuin Ballet, Spring Program ONGOING Live at Golden State Theatre – Monterey 831-372-3800, www.goldenstatetheatre.com • June 17: The Smothers Brothers ONGOING Live Music at KRML Radio The Eastwood Building, Carmel www.krmlradio.com, 831-624-6432 0NGOING WEDNESDAYS THROUGH OCTOBER Winemaker Wednesdays Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association 5pm, 831-685-VINE (8463), www.scmwa.com Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola ONGOING Thursday Night Music Series Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm Bargetto Winery, Soquel 831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row Family fun, music, fine dining & great discounts 4-8pm, Monterey, 831-649-6690 ONGOING TUESDAYS Farmers’ Market at the Barnyard Organic fruit, vegetables & flowers Carmel, 11am-3pm, 831-624-8886 ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS Monterey Museum of Art Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres 5-7pm, 831-372-5477, Monterey
« JUNE 27
Fandango! Wine Club Exclusive Event, $110/guests, $55/members St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa, 5-8pm 888-675-WINEx254, www.stfranciswinery.com
« JUNE 27-28
Fritz Underground Cellars Wine Club Pick –Up Party & Open House 11am-4pm, Fritz Winery, Cloverdale Pinot on the Patio & Watkins Chili Dogs! 707-894-1503, www.fritzwinery.com JULY 3 First Friday Various locations on Fourth Street, Santa Rosa Food, art & music! 4-8pm www.firstfridaysonfourth.com
JUNE 7, 13-14, 21 Mountain Play: Man of La Mancha Mt. Tamalpais Amphitheatre, Mill Valley 415-383-1100, www.MountainPlay.org JUNE 18-21 Ultimate Father’s Day Weekend Running Experience Cavallo Point, Sausalito 415-339-4777, www.cavallopoint.com
« JULY 3
Finally Friday & All American Zin Day Wilson Winery, Healdsburg 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com
« JULY 4
Inaugural B.R. Cohn Winery Charity Car Classic 12-5pm, 800-330-4064, www.brcohn.com, free B.R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen Live music by Rich Little Band & Whiskey Thieves
« JUNE 28
Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting 1-4pm, Mill Valley Downtown Plaza www.elizabethspencerwines.com, 415-388-3222
« JULY 10, 24
Music at Mazzocco Mazzocco Winery, Healdsburg 707-431-8159, www.mazzocco.com
JUNE 6-7 Union Street Festival 10am-6pm, free, Union Street, San Francisco www.unionstreetfestival.com, 800-310-6563 JUNE 9 Clos Pegase Napa Valley Wine Dinner Jan Shrem, Founder/Proprietor 415-955-5574,$160, Campton Place, San Francisco Clos Pegase Winery, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com JUNE 9 47th Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing Festival 11am-5pm, 415-543-1718, www.sfmuni.com Union Square, San Francisco JUNE 13 Fiesta Filipina 650-871-6647, www.fiestafilipinausa.com Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco JUNE 13-14 North Beach Festival – San Francisco 10am-6pm, free, Washington Square Park www.sfnorthbeach.org, 415-989-2220 JUNE 20-21 60th Annual SFJuneteenth Festival Celebration 415-931-2729, www.sfjuneteenth.org Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
« JULY 18-19
Catalan Festival 11am-4pm, 707-933-1999 www.gloriaferrer.com, $45, $37/under 21 Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma Food, wine & fun with a Catalan accent! yers
« EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
Open for Tasting Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm $10/refundable w/purchase, free/club members www.martinranchwinery.com, 408-842-9197 EVERY TUESDAY Focus on Monterey County Wines Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel 831-625-5646, 3-8pm, www.ranchocellars.com ONGOING World of Wine 2009 Chateau Julien Wine Estate, Carmel Valley 831-624-2600, www.chateaujulien.com • June 3: Wine & Food Pairing • July 1: Spain JUNE 4, 11, 18, 25 Time for Wine 5-9pm, 800-ITS-WINE, www.clos.com Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin JUNE 6 6th Annual Cannery Row Block Party 11am-5pm, www.canneryrow.com Cannery Row, Monterey
EVERY SECOND SATURDAY Food & Wine Pairings 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland ONGOING Classic Concerts by the Lake Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville www.konoctiharbor.com, 800-660-LAKE • June 5: Queensryche • July 4: 3 Doors Down • July 5: All American Rejects JUNE 6 16th Annual Wild West Day 7am-5pm, 707-275-2000, Upper Lake JUNE 6 Luau on the Lake 707-994-3600, www.clearlakechamber.com Shannon Ridge Vineyards, Lower Lake
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JUNE 27-28 Great Train Robberies Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com THURSDAYS JULY 2 – AUGUST 27 Thursday Night Music Series 6-8pm, Bargetto Winery, Soquel 831-475-2258, www.bargetto.com JULY 3-4 12th Annual Race Nights on the Row 11am-5pm, www.canneryrow.com Cannery Row, Monterey JULY 3, 10, 17 Twilight Evening Cookout & Nature Walk Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com JULY 4 4th of July Celebration Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com JULY 4, 18 Starlight Evening Train Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com JUNE 20-21 Bien Nacido & Graham Family Vineyard Release Weekend 11am-4pm, Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos 408-354-6150x21, www.testarossa.com WEDNESDAYS JUNE 24 – AUGUST 26 Jazz on the Plazz 6:30-8:30pm, Town Plaza, Los Gatos, free 408-354-1155, www.jazzontheplazz.com JUNE 26 – AUGUST 8 Stanford Jazz Festival 650-736-0324, www.stanfordjazz.org Stanford University, Stanford JULY 5 Music on the Patio: Francois & Rodrigo 1-4pm, Testarossa Winery, Los Gatos, $10 408-354-6150x21, www.testarossa.com
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Vintners’ Festival Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala La Honda Winery, Redwood City, 11am-5pm www.lahondawinery.com, 650-366-4104 JUNE 26 14th Annual Wine Walk Downtown San Mateo, 5:30-9pm, $25/adv, $30 650-342-5520, www.winewalk.org
ONGOING Concerts at Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, 408-961-5858, www.montalvoarts.org ONGOING Summer Concert Series 408-741-2817, www.MountainWinery.com The Mountain Winery, Saratoga • June 10: Rodgrigo y Gabriela • June 11: India Arie • June 19-20: Heart • June 25: Three Girls & Their Buddy featuring Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin & Buddy Miller • June 30: The B-52s • July 1: Ani DiFranco • July 3: Yes with special guest Asia • July 8: Duran Duran JUNE 5 Wine with Heart Gourmet Winemaker Dinner & Auction 6-11pm, 831-479-WINE Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside
JUNE 17 Educational Seminar: Barreled Down – The Importance of oak in winemaking Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda 6:30-8:30pm, $40, $35/members www.rosenblumcellars.com, 510-995-4100
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JUNE 6-7 Art & Wine Festival 925-934-2007, www.walnut-creek.com Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek
ONGOING Sierra Railroad 209-848-2100, Oakdale, www.sierrarailroad.com • June 6: Sunset Dinner • June 9: Tuesday Lunch Special • June 20: Wild West Lunch • June 23: Tuesday Lunch Special • June 26: Murder Mystery Dinner JUNE 7 A Celebration of Wine 3-6pm, Rancho Vista del Rio, Madera 559-244-5741, www.acelebrationofwine.com
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First Saturday Tour 11am-12pm, Cooper-Garrod Winery, Saratoga 408-867-7116, www.coopergarrod.com
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Vintners’ Festival Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association 11am-5pm, 931-685-8463 www.scmwa.com, $30/adv, $35 Participating Santa Cruz Mountain wineries JUNE 13 Great American Food & Music Fest 12-10pm, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View www.greatamericanfoodandmusicfest.com
EVERY FRIDAY Wine Dinners at Café Garré Vineyard Nights & Live Music on the Patio Enjoy gourmet seasonal wine-paired cuisine with locally grown & produced ingredients. Garré Winery, Livermore, 6-9pm 925-371-8200, www.garrewinery.com
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Ecotour 10am-12pm, Cooper-Garrod Winery, Saratoga 408-867-7116, www.coopergarrod.com JUNE 17 Thomas Fogarty Winery Tasting 6-8pm, 650-329-9644, www.junnoon.com www.fogartywinery.com Junnoon Restaurant, Palo Alto JUNE 20 Summer Solstice Chardonnay Celebration 12-4pm, 650-851-6777, $20, free/members www.fogartywinery.com Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside
ONGOING WEEKENDS Wine Cave Tasting Experience 1 & 3pm, 925-456-2405, RSVP, $20 www.wentevineyards.com/caves Wente Vineyards, Livermore ONGOING Bankhead Theatre Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org • June 6-7: Spelling Bee • June 13: Asleep at he Wheel • June 14: Hairspray The Dance Musical
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ONGOING La Luna Fridays Murrieta’s Well Winery, Livermore www.murrietaswell.com, 925-456-2395 6-9pm, $55, $45/members • June 5: Hurricane Band • July 17: Blue Bottle Band ONGOING The Concerts at Wente Vineyards Wente Vineyards, Livermore 925-456-2424, www.ticketmaster.com www.wentevineyards.com • June 18: Heart • July 2: B-52s ONGOING FRIDAYS Concerts in the Park 7-8:30pm, Lions Wayside Park, Pleasanton 925-484-2199, www.pleasantondowntown.net • June 12: The Corvairs • June 19: The Hurricanes • June 26: The Crisis • July 3: Burton & Company ONGOING FRIDAYS Fridays at Fenestra Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm 925-447-5246, www.fenestrawinery.com ONGOING Thursday Night Music & Dinner The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore 6-9pm, $125/couple, 925-456-2400 www.wentevineyards.com ONGOING Wine Cave Tasting Experience 1 & 3pm, Wente Vineyards, Livermore $20, $15/wine club members 925-456-2405, www.wentevineyards.com EVERY SUNDAY Sunset Suppers 4:30-5:30pm The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, Livermore 925-456-2450, www.wentevineyards.com JUNE 6 1st Annual Paint the Town 9am-8pm, Museum on Main, Pleasanton 925-462-2766, www.museumonmain.org JUNE 6 Miramont Symphony Release Party Live music by the Singing Winemaker! 6-9pm 925-606-9463, www.teslavintners.com Tesla Vintners, Livermore JUNE 20 Release Party 12-5pm, $20, Mitchell Katz Winery, Pleasanton www.mitchellkatzwinery.com, 925-931-0744 JUNE 21 Father’s Day BBQ 12-5pm, www.fenestrawinery.com Fenestra Winery, Livermore JUNE 21 Cajun Music & Dancing in the Vineyard 4:30-8:30pm, www.chouinard.com Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley JULY 4 4th of July BBQ 12-5pm, www.fenestrawinery.com Fenestra Winery, Livermore
ONGOING Wine Tasting at the Cafe Via d’Oro 6-8pm, 36 Main Street, Sutter Creek www.cafeviadoro.com, 209-267-0535 JUNE 6-7 Italian Days Deaver Vineyards, Plymouth 800-217-2304, www.deavervineyard.com JUNE 6 Amador’s Italian Wine Road www.amadorwine.com, participating wineries JUNE 6 Terra d’Oro Spring BBQ 12-4pm, 209-245-6942, Terra d’Oro, Plymouth JUNE 19 – JULY 18 The Three Musketeers Main Street Theatre Works Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre, Jackson 209-267-5680, www.mstw.org JUNE 20 Wine Tasting with the Winemaker 209-245-4700 C.G. Di Arie Vineyard, Plymouth JUNE 20 Fair Play Wine & Poker Run Fair Play Wineries, $89.50 800-245-9166, www.fairplaywineandpokerrun.com
ONGOING Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Jamestown 209-984-3953, www.railtown1897.org
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EL DORADO COUNTY
ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Wood-Fired Oven Pizza Nights Enjoy live music, pizza & wine! Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY Private Tastings with the Winemaker Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment $25, $20/members, Winery By the Creek, Fair Play 530-620-2402, www.winerybythecreek.com ONGOING SUNDAYS Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com
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JUNE 6 Tastes from Il Fornaio JUNE 21 12:30-4pm, David Girard Vineyards, Placerville Father’s Day Picnic 530-295-1833, www.davidgirardvineyards.com, free Deaver Vineyards, Plymouth 800-217-2304, www.deavervineyard.com JUNE 6-7 26th Annual Fair Play Wine Festival Fair Play Wineries 11am-5pm, www.fairplaywine.com JUNE 13 Summer Concert: Tom Rigney & Flambeau 6-8:30pm, 530-295-1833, $20/members, $25 www.davidgirardvineyards.com David Girard Vineyards, Placerville JUNE 13 Tempest Concert & Dinner Under the Stars Celtic Rock Band. Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 6pm dinner, 7pm concert, $38.50 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com JUNE 13 BBQ & Music on the Green #1 5:30-8:30pm, Jodar Winery, Placerville 530-644-3474, www.jodarwinery.com JUNE 19 Sierra Soundbites: Philharmonic Chamber Players 6pm, Madroña Vineyards, Camino www.madronavineyards.com, 530-644-5948 JUNE 21 Father’s Day Celebration Vineyard tours & wine! Lava Cap Winery Placerville, 530-621-0175, www.lavacap.com JUNE 21 Live Music for Father’s Day 1-4pm, David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, free www.davidgirardvineyards.com, 530-295-1833 JUNE 27 Barberian Lobster Dinner Boeger Winery, Placerville, 5:30-8:30pm, $85 800-655-2634, www.boegerwinery.com JUNE 28 Opera in the Vineyards 6-8:30pm, 530-295-1833, $20/members, $25 www.davidgirardvineyards.com David Girard Vineyards, Placerville
JUNE 27-28 Daylily Days Amador Flower Farm, Plymouth 209-245-6660, www.amadorflowerfarm.com JULY 4 Independence Day Celebration Live music & BBQ! 10:30am-5pm Deaver Vineyards, Plymouth 800-217-2304, www.deavervineyard.com
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JUNE 26-28 13th Annual Passport Wine Weekend Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Visit 25 tasting rooms in Calaveras County! Gourmet food, entertainment, discounts & more! 209-728-9467, www.calaveraswines.org
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ONGOING Music in the Mountains Summer Fest Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley 530-265-6124, 800-2182188 www.musicinthemountains.org • June 6: Quartetto Gelato • June 7: Young Composers Showcase Concert • June 10: Wet Ink with the Del Sol Quartet • June 12: Spectrum from Las Vegas • June 13: Piano Concerto with Thomas Rose Crantz • June 14: Light Opera with the MIM Chorus • June 17: High Sierra Jazz Band • June 20: Soiree Musicale Chamber Dinner • June 23: Gypsy Fantasy w/Gregory Vajda • June 25: KinderKonzert • June 26: Formula 1 with Gregory Vajda • June 27: Movie Memories with Gregory Vajda & MIM Chorus • June 30: Italian Fling with Stephen Prutsman • July 2: Tonal Landscapes with Stephen Prutsman • July 3: Happy Birthday USA with Stephen Prutsman
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Father’s Day Rockin’ in the Vines BBQ Garré Winery, Livermore, $39.99, $14.95/kids 12-3pm, 925-371-8200 RSVP, www.garrewinery.com JUNE 27 Wine & Cheese Event 3-4:30pm, 925-456-2305x4 www.wentevineyards.com, $25, $20/members Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, Livermore JUNE 28 Reggae Music & Dancing in the Vineyard 4:30-8:30pm, www.chouinard.com Chouinard Vineyards, Castro Valley
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FRIDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25 Sunset at the Peak Pilot Peak Winery, Penn Valley, 4-8pm 530-432-3321, www.pilotpeak.com JUNE 13 Summer Rock & Roll Dance Party 6-10pm, Sierra Knolls Winery, Grass Valley 530-568-9225, www.sierraknollswinery.com JUNE 14 Music in the Vineyard 2-6pm, Sierra Starr Winery, Grass Valley 530-477-8277, www.sierrastarrwine.com JULY 18 Bella Nota Classical Music Concert Indian Springs Vineyards, Nevada City 5-8pm, $25 www.indianspringswines.com, 800-375-9311 ONGOING Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts U.C. Davis, Davis 866-754-ARTS, www.mondaviarts.org •June 1: Empyrean Ensemble, New Music from Davis •June 2: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra •June 3: University Concert Band, Summer Serenade •June 7: Alexander String Quartet ONGOING 2009 Concert Series Jessie’s Grove Winery, Lodi, $20/adv, $25 www.jgwinery.com, 209-368-0880 • June 20: Chris Cain • June 27: Laurie Morvan Band • July 8-10, 16-18: Changing Faces • July 11: Shane Dwight • July 25: Lady Bianca • Aug 1: Ron Thompson & The Great Resistors • Aug 15: Very Special Surprise Guest Theatrical Group ONGOING THROUGH JUNE 27 Remnant Beauty, Landscape Photographs by Roman Loranc Knowlton Gallery, Lodi 209-368-5123, www.KnowltonGallery.com JUNE 5 Fusion Friday Borra Vineyards, Lodi, 5-7:30pm, $10 www.borravineyards.com, 209-368-2446 JUNE 19-21 Crawdad Festival 916-777-5880, www.crawdadfestival.org Main Street, Isleton JUNE 24-28 San Joaquin County Fair 209-466-5041, Stockton JUNE 26-28 Lodi Street Rod Show 209-369-2771, Lodi JUNE 27-28 8th Annual Art on the Square Festival Art, music & wine! Hutchins Street Square, Lodi 209-333-6800x2458, www.lodiarts.org JUNE 30 – AUGUST 28 Rough Sawn, Historic Barns of San Joaquin County 1pm, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi 209-368-5123, www.KnowltonGallery.com JULY 11 Opening Reception with a “Barn Talk” Rough Sawn, Historic Barns of San Joaquin County, Knowlton Gallery, Lodi 209-368-5123, www.KnowltonGallery.com
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6th Annual Grape Escape A Capital Region Wine & Food Celebration 4-7pm, $40/adv, $50 Cesar Chavez Park, Sacramento www.sacramentograpeescape.com 916-808-7777
ONGOING Sacramento River Train 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com •June 6, 13, 20, 27: Great Train Robbery •June 21: Father’s Day •June 28: Sunday Brunch
ONG0ING Hutchins Street Square 209-333-6782, Lodi www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com •June 13: The Lodi Youth Ballet, Don Quixote – The Marriage of Kitri
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Summer Sunset Wine Tasting Benefit 5-8pm, Pixie Woods, Stockton 209-937-7366, www.elizabethspencerwines.com
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ARTESA: The Great Escape
by Diana Greenwood
ant to get away? Come to Artesa for the wine but stay for the view, the sculpture and the history. Stay for the dramatic design of this place. Feel the cool spray of fountains or summer sun on the terrace where Carneros vistas extend all directions. Beyond the green expanse, the indigo peaks of Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo emerge and you’ll see miles of the glistening San Francisco Bay. Artesa Winery is different. If you love great wine, art and architecture, it’s a must see. It’s possible that everything you need for a great escape is right here, waiting. Your escape begins with a staircase. Framed by cascading water, stairs lead to blue sky, and then unexpectedly end, revealing a lush plateau where the winery rises from surrounding greenery like a temple recently unearthed. Fountains send soft spray that settles on dynamic steel sculpture by glass and metal artist, Gordon Huether. Shrewdly placed, perched to offer contrast to the landscape while signifying balance in life, Gordon’s sculptures intrigue and mystify, setting the tone for what’s to come. Designed by Spanish architects Domingo Triay and E.R. Bouligny, open since 1991, Artesa’s interior is minimalist and modernistic. Sleek furnishings, daring color, fine woods and extensive glass walls bond in the museum-quality setting. Even sunshine participates, casting shadows that dot the
terrace and courtyard in scintillating pattern. The tasting room is warmed by Gordon Huether’s art, each piece created for its contribution to the drama. Gordon has exhibited at Artesa since 1992 and was invited to be Artist in Residence in 1997. His large-scale glass and sculpture installations are found throughout the country. At Artesa, Gordon shows the personal side of his art, creating works in a variety of media including glass, metal and canvas. He periodically introduces new work so that the exhibit is always fresh and provocative. Gordon sums it up this way, “The poetic balance of the beautifully crafted wine, extraordinary architecture and fine art truly makes Artesa an exceptional experience that I’m delighted to be a part of.” Artesa, pronounced Ahr-TESS-uh, means “craftsman” or “handcrafted” in Catalan, the language of Barcelona. Parent company, The Codorniu Group of Spain, consists of eight wineries whose wines are enjoyed in over 100 countries and the founders, the Raventós family, have made wine for five centuries. Artesa combines the ancient art of winemaking with a contemporary style, one that’s eagerly embraced by Vice President of Production and Winemaking, Mark Beringer. Mark joined Artesa in February and like fine artists, the poetic balance of art, science and method in winemaking intrigues him. As an award-winning, fifth-generation winemaker and the great, great grandson of Beringer
Winery co-founder, Jacob Beringer, Mark continues a family tradition and emphasizes Artesa’s commitment to high-quality wines. His philosophy includes meticulous farming practices and respect for nature, first-rate terroir with a multi-appellation approach and minimal interference, letting superior fruit speak for itself. In the elegant tasting room, the fruit, like the setting, speaks boldly. The Carneros appellation is known as ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Artesa offers luscious choices of those wines as well as two other major varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, a delicious Syrah and a few surprises in smaller lots. There are three tiers of wines produced: the Classic Tier, The Reserve Tier and Limited Release Wines. Ask also about the Single Vineyard Tier, lowproduction wines available only at the winery. One wine that will enhance your great escape takes you back to the winery’s origins with one of Spain’s classic varietals, Tempranillo. This is a mountain grape and Artesa’s Oak Mountain Vineyard perches above the fog in Alexander Valley, where the soil is rocky and the sun shines longer. The small berries are intensely flavored, resulting in a daring wine loaded with cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit and exuberant white pepper for a Latin flair. Notes of fig and chocolate add to the nose. On the palate, the fruit is backed up with vanilla, leather and smoke, creating a wine that glides into a rich,
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full finish. Watch for the next release of Tempranillo this fall. Located at 1345 Henry Road in Napa, the Visitor’s Center at Artesa Winery is open daily, 105. The tasting program offers choices: the Artesa Classic Wine Flight for $10 and the Artesa Estate Reserve or Limited Release Wine Flight for $15. Artesa Grand Reserve sparkling wine is available to toast special occasions for $10 per glass. Tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and private tours or creative tasting options are available for a minimum of 10 guests. To help you plan your getaway there are four new tasting experiences at Artesa. Consider The Reserve Experience, a private, informative tasting with Artesa’s wine educator. Limited to 12 guests, it’s offered daily at 10:30 for $40. Provide pleasure for your palate with Vino Con Queso, an intimate culinary journey in wine and cheese. Up to eight guests, this experience is daily at 11:30 for $40. You’ll receive a special memento to preserve the memory. See where wine begins with Vines & Wines, a walk through the vineyard of the wine you’re sipping and learn the influence of terroir. Limited to 10 guests, this tour is $40 Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30, weather permitting. For something special, try The Ultimate Tasting, an exclusive barrel room tasting of Artesa’s best, very limited wines. Offered for up to 12 guests at $50, weekends at 2:30, this might be the perfect fit. For tasting experience reservations call 1-888-679-WINE. To reach Artesa Winery’s tasting room, call (707) 2241668 or check the website at www.artesawinery.com. While you’re visiting this one-of-a-kind place, join the widely popular Club Artesa to enjoy exclusive events. Your great escape waits.
INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano
What is vineyard yield?
A vineyard’s yield is the amount of grapes it produces at harvest, usually measured in tons per acre of vines. In California, this number can vary over a wide range because we have such a broad spectrum of wine producers, from small, artisan wineries with estate vineyards that yield about two tons per acre to large producers of inexpensive wines who cultivate their vineyards to get 12 or 15 tons of grapes per acre. Differences in yield occur because vineyards manage their vines differently throughout the growing season. Some intentionally cut back on the amount of fruit on the vines with the intent of leaving a vineyard that produces fewer grapes but has more intense flavor. But as in any other business, production control is an economic decision as well. If you can get more results from your raw materials, you can sell more product and generate more revenue. So there is a constant balancing act between quantity and quality going on at wineries of all sizes. A winery’s production is normally measured in cases of wine per year. A typical small winery’s production will be a few thousand cases a year. The largest producers in California, such as Sutter Home, Gallo, Beringer and Kendall-Jackson, each make more than five million cases a year. Their popular wines are made from high-yielding vineyards scattered across various wine regions of the state and thus priced very competitively. But each one also offers finely crafted wines made from smaller appellations and single vineyards whose higher prices reflect the lower yields per acre of vineyard. How much wine does a typical acre produce? If you take an average vineyard yield of five tons, you would be able to make about 800 gallons of wine. This would generate a little over 4000 bottles of wine, or around 336 cases. So, on average, how many grapes does it take to yield a bottle of wine? Generally speaking, around two-and-a-half pounds.
Len Napolitano lives in Sonoma County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com. Send your questions about wine to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.
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Bennett Lane Winery 200
Boutique Napa Producer is Title Sponsor at NASCAR West Event at Infineon Raceway, June 20
Winery’s Signature Maximus Blends Will Be Served at the Raceway
Randy and Lisa Lynch, owners of Bennett Lane Winery, the first California winery to own a NASCAR team, will be the title sponsor for second year in a row of the “Bennett Lane Winery 200” NASCAR Camping World Series West Event Race at Infineon Raceway on June 20th. Local racing fans and wine lovers will gather at the track in Sonoma, to cheer for the home team at the Bennett Lane Winery 200 race, which will serve as the main event on the Saturday of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event weekend June 20th-21st. Randy Lynch has often said, “I want to turn beer guzzlers in to wine drinkers one race at a time.” As the title sponsor of this race, he continues to speed ahead toward this goal. Bennett Lane Winery will also host their very own Wine Garden in Turn 8, where fans can catch an incredible view of the track and enjoy a glass ($8) of Bennett Lane’s own “Maximus” red and white feasting wines. Bennett Lane’s Reserve Cabernet will also be poured into the “Winner’s Cup” for the 2009 race season. For more information or to purchase tickets to the race, visit the website at www.infineonraceway.com or call 1-800-870-RACE. “It is always a thrill to be
able to combine my two favorite things – wine and NASCAR racing – and I’m excited to share Bennett Lane’s award-winning wines with NASCAR fans right here in our own backyard,” says Bennett Lane Winery owner Randy Lynch. Since Bennett Lane Winery first pioneered the unlikely marriage of wine and racing as the first California winery to sponsor a NASCAR team in 2003, the relationship between wine and NASCAR has continued to blossom with wine consumption among NASCAR fans nationwide up 22%, compared to the 7% increase in consumption for the rest of Americans, according to a study published in February 2007 by ACNielsen and Nielsen Sports. In 2007, the Bennett Lane Winery team claimed its first NASCAR
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Grand National Division West Series Championship with driver Mike David behind wheel of the #2 Bennett Lane Winery Ford. Off the race track, Bennett Lane Winery is located in an understated Mediterranean-style building at the secluded and beautiful northern end of the Napa Valley, and boasts critically acclaimed wines for a great value. Bennett Lane produces six wines: a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($55), a limited-production Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($95), the Los Carneros Reserve Chardonnay ($45), a limited production Port-style dessert wine ($60), Maximus ($35), a nontraditional blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah affectionately referred to on the label as a “red feasting wine,” and White Maximus ($28), a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and a touch of Muscat, ideal for hot NASCAR days. Bennett Lane’s Maximus and White Maximus were ranked among the Wine Spectator’s top-value wines of 2008, establishing a legacy of award-winning wines for Bennett Lane. “Our goal at Bennett Lane is to make wines of outstanding quality year after year,” Randy says. “We make every effort to use only the finest fruit and bring it to fruition in the bottle through meticulous winemaking,” he says, and it looks like Bennett Lane has done just that.
Bennett Lane’s tasting room is open daily by appointment, and located at 3340 Highway 128, approximately two miles north of Calistoga. Guests are welcome to taste Bennett Lane’s wines ($10) and to use the winery’s picnic are. For more information about Bennett Lane Winery go to www.bennettlane.com or call (707) 942-6684, or toll free at 1-877-MAX-NAPA.
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Fabulous, Summertime Wines at Casa Nuestra
Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards is excited to offer the two newest releases of their special interest wines, available for tasting and purchase only at the winery:
2008 Riesling, Old Vines, St. Helena Estate
In 1989 there were 1,700 tons of White Riesling grapes harvested in California. In 2008 that number has dwindled to a mere 108. Four of those tons are from the estate of Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards in St. Helena planted in 1966. “The experts say this is Cabernet country, but this hillside Riesling has been producing fruit of outstanding quality since 1966. Our 2008 vintage offers a beautifully balanced wine with exotic fruit, racy acidity and only 1.1% residual sugar. This off-dry style is great for pairing with a variety of foods, from spicy Asian, Indian and Cajun cuisines to smoked Gouda and apples being served on the deck. Our Napa Valley Riesling has even been known to convert a few die-hard, red wine drinkers to an occasional glass of white (wine.)” says Stephanie Zacharia, one of just ten on staff at Casa Nuestra. In 2008, 234 cases were produced.
2008 Rosado, A Dry Rosé
Initially, Casa Nuestra’s Rosado was produced in the likeness of the rosés found in the Loire Valley of France’s Rhône Region, which tend to be made from Cabernet Franc. This is their fourth production, however, Casa Nuestra put an unusual spin on their Rosado by offering a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2008 vintage was fermented to dryness in
stainless steel and offers abundant strawberries and bright cherry flavors that dance on the tongue before finishing clean. They suggest serving this wine with grilled salmon, BBQ ribs or even a burrito. Why not visit the winery and taste this one for yourself? Only 173 cases were produced. Overall, Casa Nuestra’s goal is to preserve rare varieties and unusual blends and to keep a true taste of old Napa coming from the vineyards and winery where folks are encouraged to visit, sit back and savor fine, handcrafted wines. Casa Nuestra, which means “our house” was established in 1979 – yes – 30 years ago and continues to produce only about 2,000 cases annually, mostly from the estate’s organic vineyards. The Casa team of only ten people proudly craft by hand several wines including Meritage (Bordeaux style blend), Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Chenin Blanc, Rosado (a dry rosé), White Riesling, Late Harvest French Colombard, Two Goats Red (a Napa Valley Red Wine!), Tinto St. Helena and Tinto Classico – both made from field blended vineyards. All are award-winning. They welcome visitors to the winery Monday through Saturday by appointment, for tasting, tours and barrel sampling. Casa Nuestra Winery is located at 3451 Silverado Trail North in St. Helena, California, Napa Valley. They can also be reached by phone toll-free at 1-866-844-9463 or on the web at www.CasaNuestra.com. Picnickers and well-behaved canines welcome!
Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries’ 19th Annual Vintners’ Festival
The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association has announced details for the 19th annual Vintners’ Festival “A Taste of the Mountains.” This year’s festival will be held on two consecutive weekends. The first weekend, June 6 and 7, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Cruz County. The second weekend, June 13 and 14, the festival will be hosted at wineries and restaurants in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Wineries participating in the Vintners’ Festival will be pouring from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m with restaurant locations closing at 4 p.m. The Vintners’ Festival offers participants a self-guided tour in which they may take part in barrel tastings, meet winemakers and enjoy music, art and good food. Visitors are also invited to wander through many of the winery gardens and to bring picnics to enjoy in picturesque surroundings. Tickets and the official brochure listing participating wineries, along with a map to help you find the locations, will be available by calling (831) 685-VINE. You may also purchase your commemorative wine glass, which serves as your ticket to taste, at one of the festival locations.
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Surf’s Up at the San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival
It is Surf’s Up at the 26th Annual San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival with a bunch of beach-y fun. Downtown San Anselmo will become a seaside village with volleyball, sandcastle building, commemorative Frisbees and an array of surf bands. Fat Kat Surf Shop will be displaying classic surfboards. The free festival is set for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. It features 200 fine art booths, a merchant marketplace, premium wine tasting, food vendors, kids zone and entertainment galore. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the two-day event will be held downtown on San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais Boulevard and Bolinas Avenue. The arts booths will feature fine paintings, sculptures and other unique arts and crafts. The kids zone will include a variety of fun activities for children including a train ride, shark slide, rock wall, face painting, sand art and more. The music lineup includes Santa Cruzbased My Stupid Brother – a young band winning music contests galore – which blends a Ramones sound with traditional surf music. Driving Sand from San Francisco sings fun original songs like “Surfing with Britney” and can’t help but bring a smile to your face. And, you can’t forget the Beach Boys when it comes to surfing and sunshine. The tribute band, California Beach Boys, will sing favorites such as “California Girls.” Other music includes three bands that rocked the San Anselmo festival last year: U2 cover band Zoo Station; Tom Petty cover band, Petty Theft; and Santana cover band, Zebop! The fun doesn’t stop there. Experience ’60s with The Back Pages, the original rock of Luv Planet, and more. Food booths will include teriyaki chicken, Mexican and Chinese food, tri-tip sandwiches, gyros, ribs and many other choices. Some of the participating wineries include Fetzer, Clos Du Bois, Mirassou, KendallJackson, Ravenswood, Beaulieu Vineyard, Murphy-Goode, Smoking Loon, Firefly Ridge, Ross Valley Winery, Blackstone and more. Premium ales are sponsored and provided by Marin Brewing Co. and Moylan’s Brewery. The purchase of a commemorative wine or beer glass for $5 is required to drink the alcoholic beverages purchased at the festival. The glasses feature the “Surf’s Up!” logo. This vibrant summertime festival is situated in the picturesque town of San Anselmo in the heart of Marin County with breathtaking views of Mount Tamalpais. Some 65,000 attendees come each year to view original artwork; sample gourmet wine and food; attend performances by acclaimed entertainers and visit the childrens’ activities. For more information about the festival, call (415) 454-2510. Additional information is also at www.sananselmochamber.org.
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June signals the most outrageously fun sporting event of the year… Roshambo Winery’s annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship. The winery’s signature event will be held at their tasting room at Cornerstone-Sonoma on Saturday, June 6th, and like every year, is expected to draw hundreds of people throwing fists and fingers for their slice of the $1700 pie. Last year’s tournament drew 256 competitors and hundreds of spectators from as far as Sydney, Tazmania, Toronto, Tokyo, D.C. and New York. Register and compete for your chance at the $1700 purse and other great funny money prizes for food and wine at local establishments. Whether you are participating or a supporting spectator, this tournament is a blast! All day music provided by the Space Cowboys and the UNIMOG as well as local band “Crazy Famous.” Don’t forget to bring your costume and sunscreen. The cost is $20 for competitors and $10 for spectators. For details, call 1-888-525-9463 or visit www.RoshamboWinery.com.
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daily. Of course, some do charge for tasting, however that small fee is most often deducted from a wine purchase. Popular stops include Alderbrook, known for world-class Zinfandels and picnics in the vineyards. Armida is an intimate hilltop winery prized for its high-end reds and sweeping views of the Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. Quivira is an artisan, family-owned winery that is 100% solar-powered with certified organic and Biodynamic® vineyards. Matrix excels in Bordeaux varietals earning 91 points from Wine Spectator on their Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (2005). Historic Hop Kiln is a must for the food and wine crowd. In addition to specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (at very good prices), you can also pick a warm loaf of ciabatta, some cheese and prosciutto and then enjoy a picnic by the duck pond. More information about these, and other worthy wineries, are found in this magazine starting on page 46. All in all, you probably won’t find a more congenial place to taste and experience wine country. Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards. Wine drinkers not only appreciate finding an $8 bottle of wine, but finding an $8 bottle that drinks like a $16. To that end, the Wine Garage, in Calistoga, caters to the budget-minded wine buyer with all of their ambitious offerings $25 and under (with many under $15). Specializing in upward of 300 different wines and an impressive inventory of over 3000 bottles, the Wine Garage is where the industry goes to buy wine [www.WineGarage.net, (707) 942-5332]. One last thought, there are other creative, cost-effective ways to enjoy wine without compromising quality. You can opt for non-vintage bottlings, which allows producers to use fruit from several harvests. You can broaden your appellations to purchase less expensive fruit in outlying regions. You can purchase futures, or you can join a wine club (which, at this time, I highly recommend the Kaz Klub from Kaz Winery in Kenwood. Delicious wines and everything is buy one get one free)!
Just an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Alexander Valley – brimming with hospitality and magnificent vineyard vistas. If Mother Nature were a winemaker, this is where she would live. On June 6th and 7th, more than 20 wineries across Alexander Valley will be participating in the 12th annual Taste Alexander Valley. Featuring dramatic themes from around the world, participants of this mega-popular summer kickoff enjoy delicious foods prepared by winery chefs, live music, wagon and gondola rides through vineyards, cave and vineyard tours, barrel-making demonstrations, discounts on purchases and signature Alexander Valley hospitality. Included in the $65 fee ($75 at the door), tasters will receive a wristband, souvenir glass, map and a full description of what each winery will be offering their guests. Tickets are available now at www.AlexanderValley.org or call 1-888-289-4637.
The StarChefs Rising Star Revue is a traveling series of food-and-wine events to celebrate up-and-coming culinary stars in cities across the country. Popular culinary site, StarChefs.com, recognizes 15 area chefs, pastry chefs and sommeliers as upand-coming food industry stars (including, in our case – those from Bottega, Bouchon and La Toque … to name a few). Rising Stars gives those passionate about the food- and-wine scene the opportunity to engage in casual walk-around dining tasting awardwinning signature dishes paired with ultra-premium wines selected by the Rising Star Sommeliers. Tickets are $75 per person; $125 VIP admission includes a private pre-event reception with vintage Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’Or Champagne and caviar. To participate, call (707) 967-2200 or go to www.StarChefs.com.
Arguably the most beautiful views in Sonoma Country are found at Paradise Ridge. Their wines aren’t too shabby either! On Wednesday evenings (after 6 pm), break tradition with the restaurant routine and, instead, grab a picnic, drive to Paradise and enjoy their award-winning wines while watching the sunset. While there, take a stroll through their majestic sculpture garden featuring several playful modern pieces. Come for the wine, be transported by the views – which are nothing short of fantastic. Paradise Ridge is at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive in Santa Rosa, (707) 528-9463; www.PRWinery.com. FYI: Paradise Ridge has a special on their exceptional 2004 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Shiraz. This eagerly anticipated wine is normally priced at $40, but is currently featured at $25.
Deals and Discounts
Wine consumers who seek both bargains and quality should head west. Most of the wineries along the Wine Road offer complimentary tasting and are open
To hoards of Bay Area faithful, early
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Pinot Days San Francisco – A Unique Pinot Noir Tasting Experience
More than 600 acclaimed Pinots will be poured at the 5th Annual Pinot Days San Francisco, a four-day Pinot Noir wine event that t a k e s p l a c e J u n e 2 5 t h ro u g h J u n e 2 8 . P i n o t D a y s , www.pinotdays.com, connects wine enthusiasts directly with winemakers creating a unique opportunity for new and seasoned wine lovers to experience, enjoy and deepen their knowledge of Pinot Noir. Pinot Days includes intimate wine gatherings and tastings, winemaker dinners, a wine tour and a private concert and barbecue. Pinot Days culminates with the Pinot Days Grand Festival at historical Fort Mason in San Francisco, which gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to experience and enjoy some of the world’s best Pinot Noir and interact directly with the more than 200 acclaimed winemakers who produce them. Event tickets and detailed information about Pinot Days are available at www.pinotdays.com. Pinot Days events for 2009 include six thematic Focus Wine Tastings, which are intimate gatherings that feature the best wines and wineries within each given theme. Additionally, a hosted Winemakers “Table Hop” Dinner, held at the renowned Pres A Vi restaurant, will feature 18 notable Pinot Noir producers. Pinot Days 2009 also features a spectacular, all-day tour that takes Pinot lovers to wineries along Westside Road in Healdsburg, culminating in a private concert, wine tasting and barbecue. This year’s Pinot Days Charity Auction Beneficiary is Ethiopia’s HIV Victim Food Relief Effort.
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Meadowood Napa Valley’s Exclusive Travel Offer
For StarChefs.com’s Rising Star Chef Awards: June 17, 2009
On Wednesday, June 17, StarChefs.comTM will present their Rising Stars Revue at Charles Krug Winery, a walk-around tasting gala for the public featuring the Napa Sonoma Rising Stars and their signature dishes, cocktails and wine pairings. Rising Stars is a New York-based, national award that recognizes up-and-coming chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and mixologists from around the country. This is the first time the rising chefs of Napa Sonoma wine country have been recognized since the inception of the program in 2003. Meadowood Napa Valley, home to Rising Star Chef Christopher Kostow and The Restaurant at Meadowood, is offering two lodging packages at the resort. The One-Night Getaway offers lodging, breakfast for two at The Grill at Meadowood or inroom and two VIP tickets to the Rising Star event at Charles Krug Winery. Price is $725 per couple. The Two-Night Napa Valley Escape includes breakfast for two on both days (June 16-18 or June 17-19), a four-course dinner for two at award-winning The Restaurant at Meadowood and two VIP tickets to the June 17th event at Charles Krug Winery. For reservations, call (707) 968 - 3153 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The StarChefs 2009 Napa Sonoma Rising Stars award winners are: Chef Jeremy Fox of Ubuntu, Chef Eric Korsh and Chef Ginevra Iverson of Restaurant Eloise, Chef Christopher Kostow of Meadowood, Chef Nick Ritchie of Bottega, Chef Matt Spector of JoLe, Chef Philip Tessier of Bouchon, Hotel Chef Jesse Mallgren of Madrona Manor, Pastry Chef Deanie Hickox-Fox of Ubuntu, Mixologist Scott Beattie, Sommelier Yoon Ha of La Toque and Sommelier Geoff Kruth at The Farmhouse Inn , Restaurateur John Toulze of the girl and the fig, fig cafe, Estate, Concept Award Chef Duncan Gott of Taylor’s Automatic Refresher and Sustainability Award Chefs John Stewart and Duskie Estes of Bovolo and Zazu. The tasting event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75, available at www.starchefs.com/risingstars or by calling (212) 966-7575. VIP tickets are $125 and include a reception with Nicolas Feuillatte Palmes d’or Champagne and Petrossian caviar.
INN ON RANDOLPH 1860s landmark Victorian and 1930s cottages in Napa’s Riverfront District. All accommodations include full breakfast, privae bath, A/C, phone. Most feature whirlpool tub, fireplace, deck or patio. Cottages also offer TV/VCR/CD, fridge, microwave. 411 Randolph Street, Napa (707) 257-2886 www.innonrandolph.com
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CANDLELIGHT INN Private baths; TV/phone and AC; two-person marble jacuzzis and fireplaces; balconies or decks; three-course gourmet breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, wine and sherry in the evening; luxurious 30'x60'; swimming pool 1045 Easum Drive, Napa 1-800-624-0395 candlelightinn.com
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FLAMINGO RESORT & SPA 170 rooms and suites on 10 acres, garden setting with heated pool, night club with entertainment,Terrace Grill restaurant, fitness center and tennis courts 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 1-800-848-8300 VINTNERS INN Forty-four spacious rooms and suites with balconies or patios; surrounded by vineyards. 1-800-421-2584 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa www.vintnersinn.com
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LAMP LIGHTER INN Tucked into an ancient grove of trees and just steps to the famous Carmel Beach, you will discover a charming inn with two cottages and four guest rooms inn and Sunset House Suites. These bed and breakfast boutique hotels have been serving the traveling public since 1935. (831) 624-6046 www.carmellamplighter.com VAGABOND’S INN Vagabond's House Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in the midst of Carmel's finest restaurants, unique shops and well-known art galleries and blocks away from Clint Eastwood's Hog's Breath Inn. (831) 624-7738 www.vagabondshouseinn CASA DE CARMEL AND MONTE VERDE INNS Nestled in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Just steps from Ocean Avenue with its many shops, galleries and restaurants, the Inn is only five blocks from the miracle mile of Carmel’s white sandy beach. Style, comfort, location – these inns have it all. Monte Verde & Ocean Ave., Carmel 831 624-6046, www.carmelmonteverdeinn.com LONE OAK LODGE Voted Monterey PeninsulaTravel Planner BestValue.Within minutes to aquarium, wineries, Monterey Harbor, shopping, taverns, restaurants, etc. Rooms available with kitchenettes. 1-800-283-5663 www.loneoaklodge.com
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LEDSON HOTEL Luxury hotel situated on historic Sonoma Plaza. Six individually decorated rooms with king-size bed, whirlpool baths, fireplace and balconies. Appointed with antique grandeur paired with modern amenities. (707) 996-9779 480 First Street East, Sonoma www.ledsonhotel.com KENWOOD INN AND SPA A premier Sonoma County destination for discerning visitors seeking gracious treatment, lush surroundings, soothing pools and elegant accommodations all in a Tuscan Setting. (707) 833-1293 10400 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood www.kenwoodinn.com
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INN AT THE TIDES Bay views, walking distance to shopping, restaurants; swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center, sauna; rooms with views and fireplaces; massage available; continental breakfast 1-800-541-7788 800 Highway One, Bodega Bay www.InnattheTides.com
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First Annual ‘June Bug Dance’ to Benefit Napa Valley Farm Workers, June 26 in Calistoga
Spearheaded by Sean Garvey, Singer/Songwriter and Third-Generation Vintner at Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, a Portion of the Concert’s Proceeds will Benefit the Work Connection in St. Helena, which Matches People to Work in Local Vineyards
On Friday, June 26, at 7 p.m., the first-ever “June Bug Dance” will be held at the Tucker Farm Center, located at 1201 Tucker Road in Calistoga. The concert will feature performances by Sean Garvey, The Riff Raff Ramblers and Kevin Gordon. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Carpooling to the event is strongly encouraged. Created and organized by Sean Garvey, musician, thirdgeneration vintner, and Production Sean Garvey, of Flora Springs Director at Flora Springs Winery & Winery is spearheading the Vineyards, a portion of the concert’s “June Bug Dance,” and performing proceeds will benefit the Work Connection in St. Helena, which matches unemployed laborers with housing and fair-wage work, often in the vineyards and cellars of the Napa Valley. Sean Garvey is a singer and songwriter raised in the Napa Valley and production director at his family’s Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards. He wrote and performed all of the songs on his current record, “California Parable,” which was recorded at Wow and Flutter studio in Nashville and released in 2008. He has long wanted to bring an event to showcase folk rock artists to the Napa Valley. The “June Bug Dance” will also feature photographs by Sean’s wife Lindsay Garvey and other local artists. By raising funds for farm workers, he is also following in the footsteps of his father, Flora Springs Vineyard Director Pat Garvey, who, along with Monsignor John Brenkle of the St. Helena Catholic Church and a strong group of growers, vintners and volunteers, spearheaded a farm worker housing committee nearly twenty years ago to build temporary housing for workers in need of shelter. “At its heart, the Napa Valley is a farming community. Farming communities depend on the backs of farm workers and seasonal migrant workers. I learned this first hand. The fields are where I found my first job and it gave me a sense of what work is. My hope is that with the June Bug Dance we can create a forum for folk art as well as assist those in our community who know what work is but may need help finding it,” he says. For more information about Sean Garvey, visit www.seangarvey.net.
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TASTE AT OXBOW
by Frances Rivetti
aste at Oxbow is the sophisticated, sleek new tasting room home of Mahoney Vineyards and Waterstone Wines. Conveniently positioned in the heart of downtown Napa’s revitalized eastern Oxbow Market district, this ultra-stylish, eco-friendly environment is fast becoming one of the region’s most sought-after tasting experiences. Though Taste at Oxbow may well be considered somewhat off the beaten track of the classic wine route, a prime location in the very epicenter of Napa’s thriving, new artisan deli and dining neighborhood makes for a destination tasting adventure with abundant fringe benefits. Foot traffic is a bustling entity throughout the Oxbow district, yet street side parking is plentiful and the general pace of copious food and wine tasting activity takes a pleasant detour from the stop-and-go tempo of a traditional wine trail. In short, this is the place to be if you plan to spend a pleasant afternoon or morning immersing your finer senses in the bounty of the region’s sustainable agriculture and local harvest. Taste at Oxbow opened its modern, sustainable set of doors across from the Oxbow Market in 2008. A substantially large and open interior space offers ample room for large tasting groups as well as more intimate tasting
experiences at chic, little bistro tables and private seating areas. Ten dollar tastings of any four Napa Valley based Mahoney Vineyards or Waterstone Wines, gourmet food, wine by the glass and organic retail items are offered by friendly and knowledgeable tasting room staff in a state-ofthe-art, urban-lounge environment under energy efficient lighting, chemical-free paint and pleasingly eco-sound structural components. A reflection of Mahoney Vineyards using 100% solar power for irrigation and vineyard operations, Taste at Oxbow is every bit as green as the winery’s sustainably organic estates. Exploring and expanding the possibilities of Carneros region since 1972, Mahoney Vineyard wines include the blockbuster Mahoney Ranch Pinot Noir and an impeccably balanced, smooth Carneros Syrah, an Albarino, Riesling, Vermentino, Nebbiolo and Las Brisas Pinot Noir. To keep customers smiling through the current credit crunch, Mahoney Vineyards has rolled back prices on some of its most popular wines as a token of appreciation to Taste at Oxbow and regular customers. Taste at Oxbow partner, Waterstone Winery is rapidly gaining stellar reputation for producing top-quality Napa Valley wines with distinctive varietal character that delight the palate and don’t, thankfully, break the wallet. Waterstone makes a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Reserve, Napa Valley rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Syrah, Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley Merlot, Carneros Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Late Harvest Semillon. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Taste at Oxbow is located at 708 First Street (at McKinstry Street) in Napa. For more information, call (707) 265-9600. No visit is complete without a pit-stop at the ultimate wine country culinary showcase inside the hallowed halls of the Oxbow Market and a meander around the block for a post or pre-tasting bite at any one of a tantalizing selection of popular diners and eateries. Selective vendors from over 50 local farmers offer an extensive range of artisanal food and wine products inside the market itself, featuring take-home ingredients for dinner as well as an inexpensive snack or meal on site. Taylor’s Refresher, wine country’s cult burger stand is a big draw for visitors to the Oxbow district, located directly across the street from Taste at Oxbow. And don’t miss Hog Island Oyster Company’s succulent fresh oysters, seductively prepared or simply served fresh on the half shell. A visit to Taste at Oxbow is to experience the passion and communal character of an enduring partnership of fine, regional wines and outstanding, locally grown food and products.
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The winemaking team of Matthew Rorick, Winemaker and Spencer Graham, Vintner/Proprietor of Elizabeth Spencer Wines
Winemaker Profile: Matthew Rorick
ELIZABETH SPENCER WINERY
by Frances Rivetti
ringing a bottle of Elizabeth Spencer’s extraordinary wine to the family table is akin to expanding the clan. For winemaker Matthew Rorick’s flair for handcrafting fine wines with outstanding personality and consistent appeal took early root at his grandfather’s table of good taste and abundant hospitality. “My grandad made numerous visits over the course of his life to both Burgundy and Bordeaux, as well as the Napa and Sonoma Valleys,” says Rorick. “It was on these trips that he stocked the cellar I would come to explore in time.” A master in sharing a hearty, homecooked meal with great wine and outstanding conversation of family and close friends, the elder Rorick’s complimentary passions for fabulous food and wine would influence the younger to immerse himself in the world of career winemaking. Like his grandfather before him, Rorick has traveled the world’s major wineproducing regions in search of the holy grail of fine wines. With invaluable, hands-on, winemaking experience in South Africa, Chile and New Zealand, Rorick has deduced:
“that winemaking is actually quite similar in every locale of the world; site and climate being the most important factors for producing superlative wines.” So much so that under the intuitive guidance of Elizabeth Spencer’s part name-sake, proprietor and fellow winemaker, Spencer Graham, Rorick strives for the purest expression of site and vine in producing the winery’s vibrant wines. Spencer made the winery’s initial vintages and he and Rorick still work in unison to create the final blends of all of today’s wines. Allowing fruit to showcase its authentic character is of top priority in Rorick’s unwavering method of “meticulous minimalism.” “I spend an increasing amount of time in each of our vineyards as the vines progress from bud break through to harvest,” says Rorick, of the rich and varied terroir of vineyards from the Napa Valley up to Mendocino, down along the Sonoma Coast and as far south as the Santa Ynez Mountains. “By the time the grapes are approaching pick, I am in the vineyards every day.” Harvest lasts from the end of August to the end of October. “Our Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc is typically the first fruit to arrive each year and our Mt. Veeder Cabernet is
usually the last,” says Rorick, also widely acclaimed for his Elizabeth Spencer Chardonnay, Syrah and Pinot Noir. “One of the best parts of producing wine is that the job changes with the season, I may look forward to the warm sun and fresh air of a vineyard in summertime or the thrill and excitement of harvest, but come harvest time I know that the tranquility of the cellar in winter and the fresh optimism of bud break in spring is just around the corner.” Rorick believes that wine is made or broken in the vineyard. “The idea that one can make bad wine from good grapes but can never make good wine from bad grapes is the simple truth,” he says. “The reason that we have developed long-standing relationships with our individual growers is because they are as committed to producing superlative fruit as we are to making that fruit into singular wine.” Elizabeth Spencer Winery is located in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley. The winery’s tasting room and garden is open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. With no appointment necessary, several different tasting flights of Rorick’s definitive wines are changed on a daily basis.
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Raymond Vineyards Expands Small Lot Wine Offerings
Raymond Vineyards will release two new wines this year, Napa Valley Zinfandel and Syrah, under the Raymond Small Lot wine program. Raymond Small Lot wines were launched in May 2008 with a Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Red Wine, White Wine, Petite Sirah, Rosé of Merlot and Meritage. These wines are sourced from Napa Valley vineyards, produced in quantities of 50-500 cases and available exclusively to wine club members and visitors to the winery’s hospitality center and website. “The Small Lot program has been a lot of fun for our winemaking team,” states Krisi Raymond, Raymond Vineyards Director of Strategic Planning. “We are working with different techniques, like sur lie aging for the whites, and different varietals. The wines have been extremely popular with our guests and give them another reason to visit us more often.” Just 150 cases of 2007 Raymond Small Lot Zinfandel were produced for release this past Memorial Day weekend. “Our customers can’t wait to get their hands on the new Small Lot releases, especially the Zinfandel,” says Margaret Raymond, Raymond Vineyards Wine Club Director. In addition to the 2007 Zinfandel, Raymond also released new vintages of their Small Lot Barrel Fermented Chardonnay and White Wine over the Memorial Day weekend followed by Petite Sirah this summer. The 2007 Small Lot Syrah will release this fall along with new vintages of Red Wine and Meritage. The Raymond tasting room is located at 849 Zinfandel Lane and is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Tours are offered by appointment only.
About Raymond Vineyards
Raymond produces Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc as well as limited production Cabernet Sauvignons from the Rutherford, St. Helena and Oakville appellations and Generations Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A limited production Small Lot series of wines were introduced in 2008 and are available exclusively to the winery’s club members and tasting room guests. For more information, call 1-800-525-2659 or visit the website at www.raymondvineyards.com.
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V Marketplace – A Variety of Fine Merchandise Awaits
Old romantic stone winery? Check. Designer labels? Check. Fine art? Yep. Award-winning wines? Delicious food? Absolutely! Head no further than V Marketplace – a destination gem at the heart of historic Yountville in Napa Valley. Set in the old Groezinger Winery, V Marketplace is a unique collection of contemporary shops, superb galleries, and, of course, world-class wine boutiques that even the most traveled-of-tourists and local-of-locals will enjoy. The old Groezinger Winery (circa 1870 and listed on the United States Registry of Historic Places) has been restored so that the time-worn bricks, cobblestones and exposed wood architecture of one of Napa’s oldest wineries today stylishly houses some of the best places to find Napa Valley winemakers, artisans, designers and chefs. V Marketplace is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except restaurants and winebars) and is located at 6525 Washington Street in Yountville, Napa Valley. Exit Veterans Home Exit from CA Highway 29. Visit www.vmarketplace.com or call (707) 9442451 for more details.
CLOTHES – Tay & Grace
A shop in which to get happily lost! Enjoy an entire store of smartly selected, chic, casual clothes for today’s more “with-it” woman. Laurie B, Michael Starz, Twisted Heart, Velvet and Language are only a handful of trend-setting lines carried at Tay & Grace.
GIFTS, HOME & GARDEN – Domaine Home & Garden
Italian serving-ware, sparkling wine glasses, cherry-wood wine storage, handcrafted furniture, wine country artistry and tranquil garden fountains – the perfect store to treat yourself and your loved ones!
ART – Blue Heron Gallery
Located upstairs in V Marketplace, Blue Heron boasts a stellar collection of epically romantic wine country photography, painting and sculpture. Should you wish to purchase wine country inspiration for your home or office, Blue Heron is your first stop!
WINE TASTING & DINING – V Wine Cellar
V Wine Cellar seeks to redefine the Napa Valley wine experience. Handsome leather chairs, exposed stonework, dark mahogany tasting bars, diverse displays of acclaimed wines for sale, and a featured winemaker every Saturday and Sunday educate and enrich a sophisticated wine lover’s visit and palate. V Wine Cellar is open daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Classic Autos Cruise into Napa Valley for Father’s Day
V Marketplace celebrates the “art of the driving machine”
The Napa Valley will proudly welcome car connoisseurs from around the Bay Area and beyond as V Marketplace in Yountville, hosts the 19th Annual Father’s Day Invitational Auto Show on Sunday, June 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Auto entries are by invitation. The event is free to the public. From the national champions, to the local favorites, to the one-of-a-kind collector curiosities, Packard, Porsche, Ford, Ferrari, Mercury, Muntz and more, top a list of more than 100 early and late model autos spanning over 100 years of production! This non-competitive, open-class invitational exhibition is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Whether nostalgia means rolling down the road in a classic 1928 Model A Phaeton, sliding into the drive-in with a ’57 Chevy, or cruising the fast lane in a Porsche Turbo, this show-stopping collection presents some of the finest autos to grace the highway in any era! Make it a Father’s Day weekend escape to Napa Valley! Surrounded by lush picnic gardens, beautiful water features and meandering cobblestone walkways, V Marketplace, provides a breathtaking backdrop for this annual event. Visitors can look forward to a unique variety of distinctive specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, a complete wine tasting cellar, hot air ballooning and Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle and Bottega Ristorante, all housed within and around the historic 139-year-old Groezinger Winery complex. V Marketplace is located just one hour northeast of San Francisco at 6525 Washington Street in Yountville, Napa Valley. Take Highway 29 to the Yountville/Veterans Home exit, nine miles north of the City of Napa. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For information, call (707) 944-2451 or visit the website at www.vmarketplace.com.
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The Summer of ‘69: Celebrating 40 Years of Fine Winemaking at Sterling Vineyards
Sterling Vineyards is one Napa Valley winery that certainly stands tall. 800 feet tall, that is, perched on a hill just south of Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga, with spectacular panoramic views from its north and south-facing decks. But Sterling’s standing isn’t just about its altitude: this year, Sterling Vineyards is celebrating 40 years of exceptional winemaking in the Napa Valley with a special wine, special deals and one especially groovy summer party on June 20, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Take a tram ride back to the ’60s and enjoy an evening at Sterling Vineyards for this one-night-only event celebrating 40 years of superb winemaking. You will find food-and-wine stations, 1969 memorabilia and live ’69-style musical entertainment all throughout the winery, along with special sale pricing on select wines. Tickets bought in advance are $69 per person for the general public, $59 for Cellar Club members and $55 for Platinum Club members. For advance reservations, which are required, call 1-800726-6136, option 1. Tie-dyed T-shirts and hippie sandals optional! Can you dig it? Sterling offers a wide variety of tasting options for visitors, and will customize a tasting to match a guest’s wine preferences. Visitors can also upgrade to a reserve, Sterling Silver VIP or Sterling Gold VIP tasting, and enjoy a sit-down experience in one of the visitor center’s elegantly-appointed private rooms (with roaring fireplace in the winter). What’s best at Sterling is that no appointment is necessary, and a gondola leaves the parking lot station approximately every minute for the three-minute tram ride to the top. You can plan your day around a visit to Sterling, or drop in between other appointments. If you’re interested in a personal, behind-the-scenes tour at Sterling, the winery does offer a private, guided tour and reserve tasting at 11 a.m. daily. The private tour includes a conducted tasting in a private tasting room featuring a three-vintage vertical of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Make reservations for the Private Reserve Tour and Tasting by calling Sterling Vineyards at (707) 942-3349. Visit Sterling Vineyards at 1111 Dunaweal Lane in Calistoga. General admission (including tram ride, complimentary tasting and self-guided tour) is $20. For ages 3 and under admission is free, and up to age 21 admission is $10. Admission is also free for club members and up to three guests. The winery is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, go online to www.sterlingvineyards.com.
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Merryvale Vineyards for Weddings & Events
by Michelle J. Baker
ot off the presses at Merrvale Vineyards: not just another 91point rated wine, but also news that the winery is now able to host wedding receptions at their historic St. Helena facility. It’s great news for engaged couples looking for a memorable spot to hold their wedding reception in Napa Valley, where strict zoning laws have kept most wineries in Napa County from hosting weddingrelated events. But Merryvale, which lies within St. Helena limits, recently received approval from the city for wedding receptions as well as wedding rehearsal dinners. Merryvale offers the perfect setting for wedding receptions no matter the time of year. The winery’s lavish and romantic wine cave – the historic “Cask Room” – is lined on either side with two stories of century-old, 2,000-gallon casks – is an ideal party spot year-round; then in fair weather, the reception can move outdoors onto the winery’s sprawling lawn. Either way, Merryvale can accommodate events for up to 112 guests for wedding receptions or rehearsal dinners, as well as private and corporate events. Winery spokesperson Remi Cohen says that a twohour consultation with Merryvale’s event planner is included with a wedding reception booking, and couples have a lot of flexibility in planning their special party at the winery. “We can make recommendations for vendors, but you can really create your own personalized event experience at Merryvale,” says Cohen. And yes, there is another 91-point wine at Merryvale, not surprising for a winery that frequently racks up such high acclaim for its wines. This time it’s Merryvale’s 2007 Carneros Chardonnay (formerly known as the Reserve Chardonnay), which in its 91-point review Wine Spectator called “deliciously complex, with creamy oak
wrapped around ripe pear, melon and green apple. Intense, fullbodied, vibrant and focused, with a long, clean finish.” Merryvale Vineyards has long been a popular destination for Wine Country visitors. The family-owned winery has been around for 25 years now, operating out of the historic St. Helena building that was the first to be built in the Napa Valley after the end of Prohibition in 1933. Merryvale’s tasting room has a seasoned, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and visitorfriendly hours (open until 6:30 p.m. every day) and tasting choices. Visitors can just walk in, no appointment necessary, and choose from a selection of five different tastings. You prefer whites, but your date prefers reds? No problem at Merryvale, where the tasting choices include their Signature line-up, an all white tasting, and an all red tasting. There’s even a library flight available right at the bar, which a rare opportunity to try and buy a vertical (currently 1999, 2002, and 2003) of the winery’s prestigious Bordeaux-style blend, Profile. Merryvale has one of the most popular wine clubs in Napa Valley. Members receive a whopping 30% off all club shipments, plus 20% off all additional wine and merchandise purchases, two complimentary bottles of wine after one year of membership and every subsequent anniversary as a thank you, complimentary tastings, complimentary wine seminars, and the list of benefits goes on! To learn more about Merryvale’s Profile Club and to join, call 1-877-887-7763. Visit Merryvale Vineyards at 1000 Main Street in St. Helena. The tasting room, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., also offers some great shopping for gifts for everyone back home, including a wide selection of books, food products, housewares and wine accessories. For more information about the winery, visit www.merryvale.com, or to schedule your special event, call 1-800-326-6069, ext. 429.
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Gina A. Gold is a classical portrait photographer in every sense. She draws inspiration from master portraitists from the Flemish School and Renaissance to Impressionists and contemporary artists. She believes every photographer can benefit from studying the old masters and learn how to use light and posing more than from any other source. Their influence is apparent in her portraiture. Originally from Europe, Scandinavia Gina began working in photography 15 years ago in Los Angeles with actors and models. Relocating her business Great Portraits to the Bay area seven years ago, she took three years off to study fine art full time. Now a classically trained portrait painter, she also works in digital medium to create her signiture “Masterpiece” portraits. While she does commercial assignments, models portfolios and select weddings it is her portraits that will take your breath away. Gina prefers working with latest digital cameras and using natural light or combining it with professional lights if needed. Portrait session starts by carefully
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selecting the location, be it nature scenery of vineyards, the beach or garden in full bloom. Observing the light falling on her subject, paying attention to the expression, clothing and mood. The portrait should be a piece of art in your home that will last for generations and treated as an heirloom. Both timeless and beautiful, drawing the viewer into the frame, evoking emotion. Her portraits are original works of art. Each “Masterpiece” portrait is enhanced by hand to create the feeling of a traditional painting. Quality portraits take time, Gina often spends days in hand embellishing the portrait. “I love to watch my clients reaction when they see my portraits. After they catch their breath, asking if these are photographs or paintings”. Exhibited internationally, her work resides in numerous private and public collections. Gina has received numerous international awards and her work has been published in books and magazines. She works with clients throughout the Northern California and worldwide. For more of her work visit www.Great-Portraits.com
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Napa Valley Festival del Sole Gives Back – It is a Summer Festival Like No Other
Each year Napa Valley Festival del Sole brings together an astonishing gathering of internationally celebrated talent, and the finest in food, wine and Napa hospitality – for an unparalleled cultural experience. The fourth annual Festival, which takes place July 17-25, features a roster of world-renowned artists that includes soprano Renée Fleming, Simon Fowler - EMI Classics violinists Sarah Chang and Nikolaj Leif Ove Andsnes Znaider, pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Antonio Pappano and Conrad Tao, jazz singer Dana Land, and Napa Photo by Rocco Ceselin resident Robert Redford. The festival, renowned for its world-class Robert Redford (right) teams up with the concerts, exclusive receptions, lunches, dinners and art exhibitions, festival for an evening benefiting the also includes another important tradition – giving back to the Redford Center, on July 21 at Castello di community. This year, the festival hosts three benefits and deepens Amorosa (above). its commitment to arts education and enrichment through the launch of the Bouchaine Young Artist Series. “The tremendous support we receive from the community is Fleming – a blending of internainspiring,” said Festival Director Richard Walker. “We are pleased to tional glamour and Napa wine join forces with our partners to give back to causes important to all country ambience that makes this festival so unique. of us.” Tickets for these benefit evenings On July 20, an “Evening of Persian Hospitality” benefits the JuvePhoto by Kristina Loggia nile Diabetes Research Foundation. Held at Darioush, this annual range from $500-$1000 per person event is a favorite on the festival schedule. Anoushirvan Rohani and inclusive of the dinners (a healthy chunk is tax-deductible). Festival concert tickets range from $35 - $125, but fans can his ensemble perform in the winery’s beautiful also experience great music at no cost through the amphitheater. His music sets the stage for the tradiBouchaine Young Artist Series. This program provides tional Persian cuisine and elegant Darioush wines performance opportunities for emerging talent. The guests savor after the performance. free concerts are sponsored by Bouchaine Vineyards – Robert Redford teams up with the festival for an owners Tatiana and Gerret Copeland are major festival evening benefiting the Redford Center, on July 21 at supporters. The festival also provides tickets to youth Castello di Amorosa. Fourteen-year-old violin-sensagroups and makes a grant each year to the Napa Valley tion Chad Hoopes performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Youth Symphony. with Alondra de la Parra and the Philharmonic More than a score of events take place throughout Orchestra of the Americas. Redford takes the stage to the week at venues that include AVIA Napa, Calistoga narrate the four sonnets Vivaldi wrote to accompany Ranch, Carneros Inn, Clos Pegase, Dominus Estate, this much-loved work. Post-concert, artists and Photo by Cliff Watts - EMI Classics Far Niente, HALL Napa Valley, Lincoln Theater, Luna patrons dine under the stars with Agustin and Valeria Sarah Chang Vineyards, The Orchard at The Carneros Inn, Palmaz Huneeus at their home on the grounds of Quintessa Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Quent Cordair winery. Napa performing arts organizations benefit on July 23 when Fine Art, Robert Mondavi Winery, Rudd Vineyards & Winery, Round Grammy Award-winning soprano Renée Fleming makes her festival Pond Estate, Seven Stones Winery, Signorello Vineyards, Napa Valley debut at Castello di Amorosa. Star power continues on this night Opera House and Napa Valley Museum. For complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit with performances by pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Antonio Pappano. Dinner following at The Napa Valley Reserve honors Ms. www.fdnsapa.org or call 1-888-337-6272.
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Wine Garage Lives Up to Its Name
Customers can pump wine from proprietary wine ‘nozzles’ Joy Ride, Shade Tree among new Wine Garage wines
Napa Valley wine retail innovators Todd and Joy Miller of The Wine Garage are announcing several new developments at their store in Calistoga.
Pump your own wine!
“We may literally be the only wine store on the planet to offer wine you can pump,” Todd Miller announces. “After a year of research and custom-design work, we now offer customers the fun ‘chore’ of pumping their own wine from our stainless steel gas-station-type nozzles,” founder Todd Miller explains. In keeping with the store’s “garage” theme, Miller found, sourced and blended a Rhône Blend (R1) and a Bordeaux Blend (B1); customers take a half-gallon, jug-style bottle and pump whichever wine they want from the unusual handsome nozzles, which are fed from barrels in an adjoining room of the store. Miller commissioned a metalworker to create the pristine customized stainless steel nozzles – these are a new signature for The Wine Garage. A jug costs $29.99. B1 (Bordeaux Blend #1), is composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot and Petit Verdot and is sourced from Sonoma, Lake, Napa and Solano counties. R1 (Rhône Blend #1), also is a cepage of Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah, sourced from Sonoma, Lake and Napa counties. The Wine Garage’s winemaker, under Miller’s direction, is fourth-generation California winemaker Massimo Monticelli.
wine for our club: I have met a lot of wine people this way. Being a retailer first, we made customers before we crushed a single grape. Being a retailer, I know how important it is to have $50 wines down to $15 wines.” Todd feels it is important to make unique wines while competing amongst Napa Valley’s finest. The 2008 Joy Ride ($20), White Blend North Coast, is composed of Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat Canelli sourced from Suisun and Napa valleys and is currently available in the store and online; only 400 cases were made. The 2007 Shade Tree is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Charbono, sourced from North Coast vineyards, with a price of $25 and will be available this spring. These wines are unusual, distinctive, delicious and affordable – wines you will probably not find duplicated at a neighbor’s dinner table (unless that’s the dinner table of a Napa Valley winemaker, many of whom are loyal Wine Garage customers).
Other Wine Garage-label wines currently available are:
• 2008 Sauvignon Blanc “Musque Clone,” Napa, $18 • 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa, $25 • 2007 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, $45 • 2006 Zinfandel, Napa, $30.
To be released later this spring:
• 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain, $45 • 2007 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre, North Coast, $22 • 2007 Petite Sirah, Napa, $50 (an example of Todd Miller’s wine savvy – this wine is made from grapes from the oldest Petite Sirah vineyard in Napa County, planted in 1870) • 2007 Clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lake County, $15 • 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel, Pato Vineyard, Contra Costa, $30 These wines represent values, bargains and unusual small-lot production wines which Todd Miller has literally “discovered” in his travels through California’s wine regions.
The Wine Garage
Located in Calistoga at 1020 Foothill Blvd. in a remodeled former gas station/ garage, The Wine Garage was founded in 2003 by Todd and Joy Miller. Their operating principles are: • No wine over $25 • Everything must taste great before it goes on the shelf • No wine snob attitudes • Impeccable and personal customer service • No wine questions go unanswered, or are deemed insignificant • Have fun…It’s only fermented grape juice! Todd travels extensively through California searching for wines which meet these criteria. For more information, call (707) 942-5332 or visit the website at www.winegarage.net.
Announcing The Wine Garage label
The most unusual of the new line of proprietary “premium”-priced wines are Joy Ride and Shade Tree. Todd Miller explains that “we are now a merchant, a negociant and a producer. We have a full-time winemaker. While I am out in the field sourcing case goods for the store I am also looking at vineyards and grapes. I have secured some grapes from some amazing vineyards and the common thread weaves its way back to the store since I have to buy so much
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Razi Winery Opens its New Tasting Room
by Charles Neave
Anyone who loves the grape would be happy to drive a long way to sample the deservedly famous Estate Chardonnay of Razi Winery, or the collection of the wines that they pour from other producers they are involved with. Altogether they offer a total of more than a dozen different wines with their regular tasting rotating throughout the week, so you will always have new opportunities to sample special premium wines. Today, they might pour a Chardonnay, a delicious and fruit-filled Sangiovese, two types of Zinfandel, the rich and mouth-filling Syrah, a nonvintage (but exceptional nonetheless) Red Blend, plus a Proprietary Red, three Cabernet Sauvignons, a luscious dessert wine and wines from their Reserve List. For years, Razi has been selling their famous Chardonnay grapes to some of the premier wineries in the Napa Valley, including the acclaimed Newton Vineyard, and in recent years they have also become a custom crush operation with a new state-ofthe-art production facility. “The Razi winery is focused on very small production, ultrapremium wines made from excellent quality grapes from Napa and S T. H E L E N A Sonoma valleys,” said winemaker Massimo Monticelli, a UC Davis graduate and a fourth generation winemaker. “We handcraft unique wines in lots as small as 50 cases. We also produce wines from Chardonnay and fruity Sangiovese all the way to bold Napa Super Cabernet and hope you taste our passion for wine in each style that we make.” To the delight of wine lovers they have also opened that new tasting room where you can sample the wines they are involved with. The new tasting room was built in late 2008 with a distinct sleek modern feel. It has a patio that is located near the winery itself, which all of Razi Vineyard’s guests can use for lunch or for nothing more (or less) than simple relaxation. Indoors the handsome and
comfortable tasting bar is no more than five feet from their estate vineyard. As they say at the winery and in the tasting room, “This is a unique environment where one can become absorbed in wine and food pairings while receiving an education based on different appellations and terroirs. So please, come and enjoy!” Tastings are scheduled by appointment only Monday through Saturday (hours vary) at Razi Winery, located at 3108 Silverado Trail in the county of Napa. For additional information on the winery, call (707) 224-4299.
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Taste Alexander Valley This June 5-7
On June 5 through 7, 2009, Sonoma County’s renowned Alexander Valley wine growing region celebrates its 12th Annual Taste Alexander Valley event. Guests will taste exclusive Alexander Valley wines, enjoy gracious hospitality, tantalizing food and diverse entertainment. Taste Alexander Valley kicks off with dinner on Friday evening, June 5th at the historic Alexander Valley Community Hall located in the heart of the Valley. A reception hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with winemakers pouring their wines from every nook of Alexander Valley. Guests will enjoy a sensational dinner by Park Avenue Catering served with Alexander Valley wines and share tables with the Valley’s renowned winemakers and winegrowers. Tickets for the dinner are $80 per person, which includes wine, tax and gratuities. On Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. more than 20 wineries open their doors to Taste Alexander Valley through the decades. Guests will step back in time with Geyser Peak Winery (1880), Field Stone Winery (1890), Trione Winery (1910) and way, way back with Stonestreet (5000 B.C.!). Celebrate the Roaring ’20s with Rosso & Bianco, Sapphire Hill Winery, Sausal Winery and Stryker Sonoma. Swing on into the ’50s with Meeker Vineyard, Rodney Strong Vineyards and Kelley & Young. Share peace, love, and a great glass of wine celebrating the ’60s with Simi Winery and Garden Creek Ranch Vineyard Winery. Groove on into the ’70s with Alexander Valley Vineyards, Clos du Bois, deLormier-Mosaic Winery, Hart’s Desire, J. Rickards Winery, Silver Oak Cellars and Souverain. Enjoy the Recent past with Hanna Winery (1980), Wattle Creek Winery (1990) and White Oak Vineyards & Winery (1990). Tickets for the weekend (both Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. are $65. Sunday only and Designated Driver tickets are $45. Wine education seminars have been added this year: Friday, June
5th at 3:30 p.m. guests can join Alexander Valley’s, Rodney Strong, Trione Winery, Souverain and other great Cabernet Sauvignon producers to taste single-vineyard Cabernet samples. This seminar will be held at Trione Winery. On Saturday, June 6th at 10 a.m. there will be a choice of two seminars: Hanna Winery’s Winemaker, Jeff Hinchliffe, will offer a walk around selected estate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard blocks and guests will discuss, view and taste the terroir in each of these special blocks. Or join Simi Winery’s Winemaker, Steve Reeder for a reserve Cabernet Sauvignon tasting and learn how Steve creates his “Winemaker’s Signature” Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Costs vary for the above seminars. For Taste Alexander Valley tickets and more event information, go to www.alexandervalley.org or call 1- 888-463-0207. Call (707) 4312894 for questions about event information. Please note that no one under 21 is allowed at Alexander Valley events and this includes babies and young children. Please do not bring pets to Alexander Valley events. Remember to drink responsibly, be safe and have fun at the 12th Annual Taste Alexander Valley. Located at the northern end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is 22 miles long and varies in width from two to seven miles. On the hillsides to the east and west, and adjacent to the beautiful Russian River winding along the valley floor, the valley is home to a diversity of microclimates that support the growth of many wine grape varieties. Over the years, Alexander Valley winegrowers have learned the optimum places to cultivate each particular grape. Since 1846, Alexander Valley has produced wines of distinct quality and character, reflective of their origins. The Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association invite you to taste our wines, spend time in the grandeur of our valley and celebrate our way of life.
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Paradise Ridge Winery Awarded Top Red Wine in Recent West Coast Wine Competition
Paradise Ridge Winery is pleased to announce it has won sweepstakes for its 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir in the 27th West Coast Wine Competition. The West Coast Wine Competition was started in 1982 and recognizes outstanding wines produced in western states and around the Pacific Rim. Competition entries are submitted by wineries in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Baja, California, British Columbia, Australia and New Zealand. In 2009 over 1700 wines were submitted. The panel for the competition includes top journalists, winemakers, distributors and restaurant sommeliers from around the country. This year’s competition chairman was Wine Expert Bill Traverso. Wine competition sweepstakes winners are first judged in their own class. All gold medal and double gold medal winners then move up to be judged in the best of class judging. After winning this next level, the wine competes with all the other best of class wines. Judging is ‘blind’, where the judges cannot see the label of the wines they taste. Judge Larry Van Aalst revealed that “In all the years I have been judging wine competitions I have never seen such a clear vote for one wine in the sweepstakes category.” The win is a double triumph for Paradise Ridge winemaker Dan Barwick, as he was also awarded a sweepstakes in the dessert wine category for a late harvest wine he made. Paradise Ridge Winery is a family run boutique winery located on a 156-acre Estate in the Russian River Valley. Founded in 1991 by Walter Byck and Marijke Byck-Hoenselaars, the winery opened its doors in 1994. Paradise Ridge produces a limited 5000 cases of ultrapremium, mostly vineyard designated wines. The winery is known for its estate grown varietals as well as for wines produced from grapes grown in the prestigious Rockpile AVA. “Paradise Ridge Winery has become one of the most talked about producers of fine wines in Sonoma County. I talk a lot about wine, and this year the wines I am talking about most are from Paradise Ridge” says Van Aalst who hosts ‘The Sonoma Report’ airing Wednesday nights on CRN. The 2007 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir can be tasted at the Paradise Ridge Winery’s 15th Anniversary, which will be held on Sunday May 31st from 11 to 3 pm at the winery located at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa. The winery also invites guests to visit and taste daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Santa Rosa location; or from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its tasting room in Kenwood. For more information visit the Paradise Ridge website at www.prwinery.com.
Wine & Sunsets in Paradise
Known for having “the most beautiful view in Sonoma County,” visitors are invited to come for the wines and stay for the view. Each Wednesday evening through October 28, guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the luscious Paradise Ridge wines while watching spectacular Sonoma County sunsets from the winery’s expansive veranda and beautiful Poetry Terrace. Wines & Sunsets begins at 6 p.m. and ends with the setting of the sun. For this special event, the tasting room is closed, but for your enjoyment, wines are available to purchase by the glass or by the bottle. Paradise Ridge Winery is located at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive in Santa Rosa, (707) 528-9463. Visit their new tasting room at 8860 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood, (707) 282–9020.
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C. Donatiello Winery Announces 2009 ‘Live from the Middle Reach’ Summer Music Series Lineup
Singer-Songwriter Series Kicks Off with Recording Artist Maria Taylor on June 28
C. Donatiello Winery has announced the second annual “Live From the Middle Reach” singer-songwriter music series. The 2009 series will feature 14 complimentary concerts set in the Organic Aroma Gardens, with sweeping views of the Russian River Valley’s Middle Reach, also known as the “Gold Coast” of California Pinot Noir. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to pair with C. Donatiello wines while enjoying its outdoor café-style seating. The event runs every Sunday from June 28th to September 27th from 1 to 4 p.m. Wine tasting is offered daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The series kicks off June 28th with Nettwerk Music recording artist Maria Taylor. Taylor has contributed vocals to Bright Eyes, Moby and Crooked Fingers. Her music has
Scheduled dates and artists:
• June 28th – Maria Taylor • July 5th – The Hellhounds • July 12th – Fred Odell • July 19th – Jason Damato • July 26th – Summer Mencher & White Noise • August 2nd – Big Papa & The TCB • August 9th – Barba Shassus • August 16th – Alma Desnuda • August 23rd – Allison Scull & Victor Martin • August 30th – Buddy Sounds & Company • September 6th – Chris O’Brien • September 13th – Byson Van Cleve – Troubaduo • September 20th – The Hellhounds • September 27th – Dani Paige Band been featured frequently on the popular TV series Grey's Anatomy and other primetime television shows. She’ll be performing songs
from her new album “LadyLuck,” available everywhere. The album features a guest appearance by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. on the track “Cartoons and Forever Plans.” Following each show, guests will have the opportunity to meet the musical artists. No reservations are necessary. Seating is reserved for patrons of C. Donatiello Winery and is first-come, first-served. For more information, visit cdonatiello.com/visit/calendar.aspx.
About C. Donatiello Winery
Founded by Christopher Donatiello and Bill Hambrecht, the 14.5-acre estate has been organically farmed since 1998. Tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Private tours of the winery and Aroma Garden are available by arrangement. To inquire about a private tour, call (707) 431-4417. For more information about the “Live From the Middle Reach” music series, call (707) 431-4442.
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Gundlach Bundschu’s Indie Rock Concert Introduces Deer Tick
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is hosting their Second Annual Indie Rock Concert under the stars on June 27th! The unplugged show in the winery’s outdoor amphitheatre will feature Deer Tick, named this year’s #1 Breakout Band at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, TX by Rolling Stone Magazine. Opening Act is Dawes. You may bring your own picnic dinner to pair with your favorite Gundlach Bundschu wines, or purchase a gourmet picnic dinner onsite from Roli Roti, a gourmet rotisserie. Gundlach Bundschu Winery is located at 2000 Denmark Street in Sonoma. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door. Gourmet picnic dinners are available for $12. VIP packages are $95 per couple and includes two concert tickets, two dinners and VIP dinner seating on Sir Tom’s Hill. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (7907) 939-3019. from North Hills, California called Dawes, created when two members from Simon Dawes decided to pursue their individual music talents. They have picked up two more members and are strumming a rock/R&B melody.
About Gundlach Bundschu
Founded in 1858, Gundlach Bundschu is California’s oldest family-owned winery. Currently run by the sixth generation of the Bundschu family, the historic winery focuses on making small lots of ultrapremium wines from its estate vineyard in southern Sonoma Valley. The vineyard lies at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range where the Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley appellations intersect. Gundlach Bundschu is open for tasting from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The winery is located at 2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma, CA 95476. Phone: (707) 9385277. For more information, please visit www.gunbun.com.
About the Bands
Rolling Stone magazine named Deer Tick the #1 breakout band at this year's South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX! Deer Tick, a rock & roll band with grunge and folk influences, began in Providence, Rhode Island as a drums and guitar duo. Over the years, the duo developed into a quartet with two guitars, bass and drums. The band’s first album, War Elephant, was released in September, 2007. Their new album, Born on Flag Day, will be released in June 2009. Opening for Deer Tick is a new band
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Tickets are On Sale for 19th Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards
Celebrating their 50-year anniversary of making wine, Rodney Strong Vineyards is proud to announce a stellar musical line-up for its 19th Annual Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong Vineyards, presented by KJZY and Good Neighbor Pharmacy. This year’s schedule is highlighted by a special engagement featuring an Up Close and Personal concert from Daryl Hall and John Oates, the top selling duo in the history of music, whose “rock and soul” sound garnered #1 hits such as “Rich Girl,” “Sara Smile” and “Maneater.” Surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards, guests will be treated to some of the top performers in contemporary music while picnicking at the winery’s intimate concert venue, The Green. For concert tickets and season passes, visit www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong or call (707) 869-1595. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Tasting Room. The 2009 Season Pass includes four shows (August 22 excluded), and offers exclusive benefits such as the same reserved seat for all concerts, commemorative gifts and early announcements on future engagements. Bring a picnic meal to enjoy with friends on The Green or purchase an assortment of prepared foods from local purveyors who will be onsite. You may also purchase any of Rodney Strong Vineyards’ wines as well as choose from an array of non-alcoholic beverages. White wines include Sauvignon Blanc and several Chardonnays; red wines include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandel. Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine Club members enjoy an exclusive reception before the shows and at intermission as well as $5 discount on each ticket price. Wine Club tickets must be purchased through Rodney Strong Vineyards by calling 1-866-779-4637. No outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed into the venue. Low-back chairs or blankets are recommended for all lawn seating. No high back chairs or umbrellas. Parking is complimentary and attendants will point the way. The famous Russian River fog usually arrives in the early evening, so attendees are advised to bring jackets and sweaters, or guests can purchase specially logo’d t-shirts and sweatshirts at the show. Rodney Strong Vineyards is located at 11455 Old Redwood Highway, off Highway 101 just south of the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.
Saturday, June 27 – Peter White and Mindi Abair
Jazz guitarist Peter White’s lyrical lines and musical inventiveness are a joy to listen to. The Englishman’s charm and playfulness comes through in his music, giving his style of smooth jazz a liveliness that others in the genre lack. Pop-inspired saxophonist Mindi Abair has attracted many new, young listeners to the genre, with her heavy emphasis on the sounds of R&B and dance music as well as pop and rock. Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70, general admission is $45.
Saturday, August 22 – The KRUSH Presents: Susan Tedeschi and JJ Grey & Mofro
The music world hasn’t taken its eyes off Susan Tedeschi since she burst on the scene in 1998 with “Just Won’t Burn,” achieving gold status and winning Tedeschi a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Tedeschi’s newest release “Back To The River” features husband and slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who she often tours with when not raising her family in Gainesville. Much of JJ Grey & Mofro’s music emotes a raw, yet contemporary, swamp rock ambiance, yet still possesses elements of southern rock, soul, R&B, folk, gospel, blues and especially funk. Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70, general admission is $45.
Saturday, July 11 – The Rippingtons and Craig Chaquico
The Rippingtons are led by guitarist Russ Freeman and features a dynamic group of solo artists, each a consummate musician in his own right. Each member, past and present, has also performed in music realms outside of Mindi Abair jazz, making The Rippingtons collaborations multifaceted explorations of diverse styles and rhythms. Craig Chaquico gives credence to the oxymoron “rock and roll prodigy,” having written his first song at age 12, eventually joining the Bay Area supergroup Jefferson Airplane. In the early ’90s, Chaquico branched out as a solo artist and his records were instant hits in the contemporary jazz genre, earning him several #1 records. Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70, general admission is $45.
Monday, September 7 – Daryl Hall & John Oates – Up Close and Personal Tour
From their first hit, 1974’s “She’s Gone,” through their heyday of stardom in the ’80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates’s smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success – including eight #1 singles and 60 million records sold, ranking them as the topselling duo in the history of music. In celebration of 50 years making incredible wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards is proud to close it’s 19th Concert Season with an afternoon of timeless hits from Hall & Oates, including “Rich Girl,” “Maneater,” “Sara Smile,” “Kiss On My List,” and “One On One.” Doors open at 3 p.m. Show starts at 4 p.m. VIP tickets are $110, general admission is $75.
Saturday, August 8 – Guitars & Saxes 2009 featuring Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber and Jessy J
Guitars and Saxes is one of the hottest annual jazz tours, and this year the musical jaunt is headlined by saxman Euge Groove, whose recent records have topped the contemporary jazz charts. Guitars & Saxes is high energy jazz, so bring your dancin’ shoes. Doors open at 4 p.m. Show starts at 5 p.m. VIP tickets are $70, general admission is $45.
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See page 16 or visit www.healdsburg.com for more event information
ONGOING – Perfume Rose Harvest Tours and Special Events – at The Russian River Rose Company, Healdsburg, visit www.russian-river-rose.com or call 707-433-7455 MONDAYS JUNE 1-30 – Healdsburg Organic Farms Bike Tour – Tour includes: bicycle rental & lunch, $149. Reservation is required. www.winecountrybikes.com or 707-473-0610 JUNE 5 – First Fridays Art Walk – 15 Galleries in Downtown Healdsburg. Download the Guide/Map, go to the Art Walk 2009 WebPage at www.healdsburg.com/events/art_walk.asp JUNE 6 & 7 – 12th Annual - Taste of the Valley – Alexander Valley Winegrowers Celebration of Fine Food & Wine, 11am-4pm, weekend pass $65 advance, www.alexandervalley.org, 888-289-4637 JUNE 7, 16, 23, 30 – Summer Music in the Plaza – Annual Summer Concert 2pm in the Plaza gazebo web.mac.com/pianoroom/HCB/Healdsburg_Community_Band.html or call 707-433-3413
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B.R. Cohn Winery Hosts Charity Car Classic, July 4
Bruce Cohn, proprietor of the B.R. Cohn Winery in Sonoma and himself a classic car collector, builder and aficionado is pleased to announce the Inaugural B.R. Cohn Winery Charity Car Classic will be held at the Cohn winery on Saturday, July 4 between noon and 5 p.m. The exhibit is free to visitors and car registrants. Visit www.brcohn.com for details on how to register a car or for directions to the winery. Since he was sixteen, Bruce Cohn has been in love with fast and collectable cars. He currently owns five of them; a 1933 Willys Roadster, a 1941 Willys Sedan Delivery, 1934 Willys Woody drag racer, 1934 Henry Ford Five-Window Coupe and a 1946 Ford Woody Wagon. All of these cars and many others will be on display July 4 not only at the winery exhibit but additionally can be seen parading during the city of Sonoma’s July 4 celebration around the historic plaza, in front of 10,000 spectators Saturday morning prior to the exhibit. In addition to viewing all kinds of rare, Whiskey Thieves. Additionally, raffle prizes and an auction will add to the days fundraising. The exhibit is a fundraiser for Memorial Hospice and Hospice of Petaluma with proceeds from the day’s activities and donations going to this organization. Memorial Hospice and Hospice of Petaluma have collectively served for the past 30 years as the only community hospice program in Sonoma County. Sponsors include KRON-4, Sonoma Chevrolet and others. B.R. Cohn Winery is located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Founded in 1984 by Bruce Cohn, the estate winery is known for its critically acclaimed, world-class, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and award-winning gourmet estate olive oils, vinegars and gourmet specialty food products. For more information, call 1-800-330-4064 or for other information, visit www.brcohn.com.
sport, drag racers as well as collectable cars, the winery will also feature food offerings from Sonoma star chef and TV Food Networks Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s kitchen, plus award-winning B.R Cohn wines and of course, the latest from the winery’s car collection of wines including Woody White, Roadster Red and Panel Wagon Pinot Noir. These wines celebrate images of Cohn’s cars on the labels and are great gifts for the car fan in the family. There will be live music during the day in the famed B.R. Cohn amphitheatre featuring the Rich Little Band and the
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Anaba Wines Opens New Tasting Room in Sonoma
Located at 60 Bonneau Road at the intersection of Highways 121 and 116, just outside Sonoma, the tasting room is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anaba proprietor John Sweazey converted an old farmhouse on Anaba’s “J McK” Estate Vineyard property into the tasting facility, even adding a special patio tasting area with picturesque vineyard views. Future plans for the site include construction of a new stateof-the-art winery, with a production capacity of 60,000 cases of wine. The new winery will utilize both solar and wind power. Anaba (pronounced “anna-bah”) takes its name from the cool, upward-flowing breezes called anabatic winds which frequently stream through the estate vineyard during the warm summer months. These unique air currents make the vineyard more temperate and slow down the ripening process, which enables the grapes to develop more robust flavors and distinctive varietal characters. The Anaba portfolio, handcrafted by winemaker Jennifer Marion, includes both red and white Rhône-style blends, a Chardonnay, a Viognier and a Pinot Noir. In its inaugural release earlier this year, each wine was awarded a medal at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2007 Anaba Sonoma Coast Chardonnay recently received a 91-point rating by The Wine Spectator. For details, go to www.anabawines.com or call (707) 996-4188.
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Tasting Room of the Week:
LEDSON WINERY & VINEYARDS
by Kathleen Hill
s you wind your way along Highway 12 between Sonoma and Santa Rosa, you cannot miss the alluring “castle” set at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains and wonder what in the world it is. Follow the driveway to the parking area, as the castle winery appears to get bigger and bigger, and stroll or roll toward the visitors’ entrance. Brilliant white Iceberg roses sculpted into delicate trees line the driveway, paths and lawns, as you imagine some of the fantasies we all read about in castles like this in other countries. Owner, winemaker and developer Steve Ledson designed and built the 16,000 square foot “French Normandy” castle as his family’s home, beginning in 1990. The family planted 17 acres of Merlot as they started to build the house. Passersby, local and visiting, watched in wonderment as the castle rose from the ground, building curiosity as its own best advertising. After eventually selling his highly soughtafter Merlot fruit to other wineries and winemakers, Ledson decided it might be a good idea to turn his pride and joy into a winery after all. The Ledson family released their first wine in 1997, the 1994 Ledson Estate Merlot. After a couple of years of redesign, recon-
struction and conversion of the house into a winery, they opened the tasting room to the public. As you walk through the large front door, a concierge welcomes you from your left, with one of the private tasting rooms as her backdrop. Ledson’s castle houses several tasting rooms. A polite – but never hovering – host guides guests to the least busy salon. Most of these downstairs rooms, complete with cathedral-style ceilings and windows, marble fireplaces, and miles of wood inlay cut and installed by Ledson’s son Mike, have tasting bars and genteel hosts of all ages dressed in elegant black shirts. Our first taste was poured by nephew Kelsey Ledson who suggested a chilled Sauvignon Blanc fortified with ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) for a morning sip, while subtly telling guests the history of the Sauvignon grape. All of the tasting salons and marketplace walls are lined with photographs of Steve Ledson’s ancestors. Ledson is one of the very few Sonoma Valley wineries that offer made-to-order sandwiches and salads. You can order hot pastrami with provolone or mozzarella and roasted red peppers, roasted turkey with pepperoncini, turkey or beef dip, a Caprese panini, turkey or roast beef and blue cheese,
each for only $8.95, as well as salads, baguettes, and imported and regional artisan cheeses. Ledson offers a wide array of soft drinks for sale, as well as brownies and cookies baked in Ledson’s commercial kitchen, and an enormous array of olive oils, grapeseed oil, Ledson sauces and mustards, and even the excellent girl & the fig’s fig and chocolate sauces. Tasting fees range from $5 to $25 per person, with each price level offering five tastes of different varietals and blends. You can always visit Ledson initially out of curiosity and stay for wine tasting and lunch. The garden patios are loaded with picnic tables, and you are welcome to bring your Ledson-purchased lunch into the elegantly decorated dining rooms or private tasting rooms if you prefer to be inside. And who knows? You might run into Steve Ledson’s good friends, Jeff Bridges, Michael McDonald or Dwight Clark, all of whom have had a stake in special label Ledson wines. Ledson plans a whole weekend in September of Corvettes and Porsches at the Palace, followed in October by a Ledson Family Harvest Celebration. 7335 Sonoma Hwy. (Hwy. 12) in Kenwood. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (707) 537-3810 for information and reservations. Visit the website at www.ledson.com.
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’Me Eat Good‘
So says Carl the Caveman and he should know as he has been with THE CAVE for seven years in Kona, Scottsdale and Ormond Beach, Florida. Now he has the privilege of being in Sonoma. While his presence is a representative of the wine caves of California, France and beyond, his primary purpose is to disarm guests. For the management of THE CAVE believes that wine, in all of its forms, should be fun and approachable … educational or simply memorable. Pretention has no place in the upscale one-table restaurant. This establishment is unique in any number of ways. Firstly, it is in fact, a onetable restaurant, not to be confused with a private room in a restaurant. Accommodating parties of two to eight guests, those present have the full attention of staff and management. Everything is chosen in advance from the scent of the candles to the type of flowers and preference in music. If a food item is desired that is not on the menu, that item will be brought in. All ingredients are procured just hours before one’s arrival. The experience is completely customized and no request is out of reach. The wine offering is in a class of its own. Presently there are 740+ selections which include nearly 200 half bottles making exploration enticing. All of the regions of California are represented plus selections from Oregon, Washington and 12 countries. Going to THE CAVE is like taking a trip around the world … without the expense. Every price point is represented as well ranging from $22 to $400. Says Wine Director Thomas McGlone, “My charge was to put together a list that exposes the guest to the best of all worlds. The wonderful wines of Sonoma and Napa to the lesser-known regions are here. While there are familiar names on the list, I very much endeavor to find the small producers that offer great value. Having done this for years, I have many contacts insofar as winemakers and winery owners that make their limited production wines available to me. You will find wines at THE CAVE that are simply not available elsewhere.” In place, is a scoring system that Thomas developed some time back. “The system is really rather simple. Traditional categories of bouquet and taste are important but equally so are the categories of uniqueness and value” he says. “If a wine does not achieve the required minimum score is does not get on the list. No exceptions!” There are numerous packages from which to choose. These range from a three course wine paired lunch for $34 per guest on up to The Indulgence with six wines for $175 per guest and includes oysters, Champagne poached prawns, peppercorn crusted Ahi sashimi, prime filet, caviar, escargot, lobster, and crab. For a truly unique, intimate and fulfilling experience, The Cave Private Wine Room is the place to be. Call Thomas for your reservation or more information, at (707) 938-7448. The Cave is located at 524 Broadway, just off the square in Sonoma.
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A Taste of Redwood Valley, June 19-21
Tucked away in the most northern part of the Mendocino County grape-growing region lies a unique appellation, distinguished from other appellations by its geographical elements, weather patterns, but most importantly by the people who farm grapes in this micro-region. Italian and Greek immigrants were the first grape growers to establish vineyards in the late 1880s. They sought out the benchlands above the headwaters of the Russian River where the soils were well-drained, the climate permitted the grapes to mature, but was still cool enough to allow the grapes to ripen slowly to enhance the deep, rich flavors of the grapes. It is truly quite an experience when you come to Redwood Valley to taste the award-winning wines as well as the best brandy in the world. This year, Germain-Robin will be pouring their highlytouted brandies as well as flavored vodkas and liqueurs produced by Craft Distillers also of Redwood Valley. “A Taste of Redwood Valley” kicks off on June 19, with a winemaker dinner at a private residence where guests will be able to taste the wines of nine wineries, feast on delicious hors d’oeuvres, listen to a live performance by Paula Samonte, and then dine on a delicious dinner while sitting around a pool. Brandy, Port and Muscat Canelli will be served alongside dessert. The event starts at 6 p.m., and tickets may be purchased by calling (707) 485-5656. For map and directions, visit the website at www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com. Tickets are $50 per person, or you may purchase dinner tickets plus two-day tasting event tickets for $70. At 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, start your meandering through the Valley where you will visit nine wineries as well as a brandy/vodka producer. Check in at any winery, and receive your complimentary logo glass, plus sign up for a drawing for a basket created at each winery. Food, live music, barrel tastings and artists-in-residence will be on hand for your enjoyment. See website for directions to each winery. Tickets are $25 per person, designated drivers are admitted free. For more information, call 1-800-760-3739 or (707) 485-0322.
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Livermore Valley’s ‘Taste of Terroir’ Set for July 23
Sixteen of the Livermore Valley’s top wineries and an equal number of celebrated San Francisco Bay Area chefs will join forces and compete for honors in food-and-wine pairing at the seventh Wine & Food Experience “Taste of Terroir.” Entrants will vie for Most Innovative Pairing, Best Expression of Local Ingredients and Judges’ Best awards given by a panel of distinguished judges. After sampling each of the sixteen locally inspired pairings, guests will vote for their favorite chef/winery combo in the People’s Choice competition. Then, it’s off to the barrel room to enjoy a decadent dessert spread paired with Livermore Valley Ports. The awards ceremony will take place at 8:15 p.m. Funds raised at this event benefit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. Taste of Terroir takes place Thursday, July 23, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Event Center at Ruby Hill, 1184 Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton. Cost is $75 per person and available online at www.LVwine.org. For more information, call (925) 447-WINE (9463) or visit www.LVwine.org.
About Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association is a 501 c(6) organization which supports the wineries, growers, and members in the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area though educational and marketing programs. www.LVwine.org.
Father’s Day “Rockin’ in the Vines” BBQ
Bring the family and give Dad a treat by heading to the wine country on Sunday, June 21, 12 to 3 p.m., for Garré Winery’s Father’s Day “Rockin’ in the Vines” BBQ with live music by the Red House All Stars. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat BBQ Buffet including T-bones, spare ribs, BBQ chicken, mesquite grilled tri tip, fire grilled corn on the cob and more of your BBQ favorites. Wine tasting and bocce ball available. Reservations are required. Cost is $39.99; children 3-12, $14.95; under 3 eat free. Garré Winery is at 7986 Tesla Road, Livermore. For more information, call (925) 371-8200 or email email@example.com.
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Lodi Wine Country
EXCITING DESTINATION IN CALIFORNIA WINE
Zinfandel is considered California’s grape, and in Lodi Zinfandel is the king. Nestled between the Sierra Foothills and the San Francisco Bay Delta, Lodi offers the ideal climate for producing ripe fullflavored Zins. The distinctive delta bay breezes cool the region in the afternoon and evenings creating characteristic Lodi Zinfandel – ripe forward fruit with soft polished tannins. Dating back to the late 1800s, Lodi has a long proud history of producing some of the finest Zinfandel grapes in the state. Growers, vintners, and consumers from around the world are quickly discovering the distinctive character of Lodi Zinfandel. www.lodiwine.com
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Wine Experts Pick Lodi’s ‘Top Twelve’ Zinfandels
A panel of seven leading wine experts gathered recently at the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center to “blind taste” through 48 Lodi Zinfandel wines to select the top twelve. After three and hours of tasting and deliberation the experts selected the following wines: • 2007 Bargetto Winery Old Vine Zinfandel - $19.00 • 2007 Eola Hills Zinfandel - $12.95 • 2006 Harney Lane “Lizzie James Vineyard” Zinfandel - $28.00 • 2007 Laurel Glen “!ZaZin” Zinfandel - $17.00 • 2007 m2 “Soucie Vineyard” Zinfandel – 28.00 • 2007 m2 “Artist Series” Zinfandel - $35.00 • 2007 Macchia “Oblivious” Zinfandel - $24.00 • 2006 Mettler Family Vineyards “Epicenter” Zinfandel - $19.00 • 2006 Michael-David Gluttony Zinfandel - $59.00 • 2005 Oak Ridge Winery “OZV” Zinfandel - $15.00 • 2007 Talus Zinfandel - $7.00 • 2007 VanRuiten Family Winery Zinandel - $22.99 The wines were tasted by a panel that included some of the industry’s most respected palates. Serving on the panel were: Tim Teichgraeber, wine writer, San Francisco, CA; Sara Schneider, wine editor Sunset Magazine; Charles Olken and Steve Eliot, Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine; Tony Lawrence, chef, Philadelphia, PA; Dan Clarke, Editor California Wine & Food; and Graham Parnell, wine writer and marketing consultant, Santa Rosa CA. The wines will be packaged as a unit and sent to leading wine writers nationwide to educate the media and public about this up and coming wine region. A limited number of cases will be made available for sale to the public through the Lodi Wine and Visitor Center. According to event sponsor Mark Chandler of the Lodi Winegrape Commission “this collection of wines shows that great Lodi wines can be had from every price level, from $7 to $59 per bottle. It also shows that excellent wines are being made from Lodi grapes locally, around the state and even out of state.” Lodi has a long history of growing Zinfandel, with some local vines over 100 years old. Today over forty percent of California’s Zinfandel comes from Lodi, and the region is gaining a reputation for full-bodied red wines that are a great accompaniment to food. Nestled between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Lodi region enjoys a classic Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny days and long, cool evenings. In recent years grape acreage has grown to nearly 100,000 acres, making the Lodi appellation California’s leading producer of popular varieties such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, among others. More background on Lodi is available online at www.lodiwine.com. Photos of the region, and the actual tasting, can be obtained by contacting the Lodi Winegrape Commission at (209) 367-4727.
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La Honda Winery Vinters’ Festival Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala
Saturday & Sunday, June 13 & 14 in Redwood City Award-Winning Wines, Acoustic Guitar, Appetizers, Arts & Crafts
La Honda Winery, located in the heart of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula in Redwood City, will ceremoniously open the doors of its elegant new winery and tasting room to the public on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14 as one of the exclusive “Eastern Side” destinations of the Santa Cruz Mountains Vintners’ Festival at its first annual Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala. Complementing other winery and restaurant venues in the area that will be open for the event that weekend and the weekend prior, La Honda Winery will be pouring a selection of its award-winning wines, and will also be host to the winemakers and exceptional wines of Kings Mountain Winery and Michael Martella Wines – a perfect trio of noted wineries from the renowned northern Santa Cruz Mountains wine region – all in one central and easily accessed location, near I-280, El Camino Real, and Highways 101 and 84. Cruz Mountains, and in particular the northern region around the town of Woodside, recognize and appreciate the relevance and significance of the contributions to superior winemaking that Michael Martella Wines and Kings Mountain Vineyard have had in the last 10 to 15 years. At La Honda Winery’s Vintners’ Festival Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala this June, the winery will be host to both of these venerable producers of small lots of exceptional wines, complemented by the variety of activities planned for both days of the event in Redwood City. The La Honda Winery Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala will be held in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Mountains Vintners’ Festival at the winery and tasting room, conveniently located at 2645 Fair Oaks Avenue in Redwood City, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tastings and winery tours by appointment for groups of 10 or more are also available. For more information, visit www.lahondawinery.com or call (650) 366-4104.
Savor Great Wines From Three Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries
La Honda Winery’s winemaker Ken Wornick has an impressive and lengthy history of managing small, private vineyards bearing exceptional fruit in the region, with his first commercial wine releases debuting only recently. With these wines, La Honda has quickly established itself as a preeminent force in quality winemaking, garnering numerous accolades – from “best of class” and “double gold” medals for its 2006 Naylor’s Dry Hole and 2006 Lonehawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, to yet another gold medal for the Lonehawk, as well as gold for La Honda’s 2006 Villa Colina Merlot in Appellation America’s Best of the Appellation 2008 tastings. At the La Honda Winery Vintners’ Festival Mid-Peninsula Wine Gala this June, Wornick will personally pour his recent award-winners, as well as other current and new releases, complemented by winery tours and selected barrel samples of upcoming releases. Wine enthusiasts following small, artisanal wineries in the Santa
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Tasting Room of the Week:
by Laura Ness
Italians who planted these gnarly vines way back before Prohibition. Especially suited for summer is the picnic-perfect 2007 Grenache Rosé with strawberry and guava flavors that will be ideal with chicken and potato salads. If you’re looking to stock up on wine for summer bashes, both the 2004 Merlot and Syrah are on sale while supplies last. 2004 Merlot is $144 per case, or three bottles for $40; 2004 Syrah is $180 per case, three bottles for $48.
isiting Sarah’s Vineyard, nestled in the Santa Clara foothills at the foot of Mt. Madonna, is always a treat. Open daily from 11 a.m. til 5 p.m, the tasting room has the good fortune to be located right next to a vibrant nursery that provides bountiful color and texture to the landscape all year long. Summer is an ideal time to visit, when you can lounge in the shaded picnic areas and drink in the tranquility of the surrounding vineyards. The vibe here is definitely mellow: the atmosphere is conducive to leisurely tasting and the almost unknown concept of living in the moment. Guests are encouraged to buy a bottle per couple, relax and appreciate the beautiful surroundings and the long range mountain views. There are two regulation bocce courts with traditional shell surfaces, ample picnic tables and a brand new copper-roofed, wood-fired oven that will be inaugurated this month with a special event, stay tuned for details. Inside the beautifully appointed and delightfully air-conditioned tasting room, you’ll typically find the smiling countenance of proprietor Tim Slater, a charming and gracious host, who happens to be a trained Cordon Bleu chef, as well as an inventor, high-tech whiz, gizmo guru, art collector and dog lover. You’re likely to be greeted by Missy or Maxi, the two canine rulers of the roost who enjoy lazing about on the floor of the tasting room when they’re not chasing each other through the vineyards. Grab a glass of the estate Marsanne or Chardonnay and wander through the new art gallery adjacent
Visit for Vintners’ Festival: June 13 & 14
Sarah’s Vineyard will take to the tasting room and part in the eastern side of you’ll see some fine examthe Santa Cruz Mountains ples of plein air oil paintings Winegrower’s Association’s rendered by local artists, annual Vintners’ Festival including the accomplished celebration the weekend of Marni Dufau. Many of the June 13 and 14. Attractions scenes were painted right include live folk music, art here at Sarah’s Vineyard, so exhibits, light appetizers if you are captivated by the and barrel samples of the charm of the place, you can Proprietor, Tim Slater 2008 vintage. Wine Special take some of that magic for Vintners’ Festival: A home with you. Also for bottle of 2007 SCM Chardonnay (silver sale are pieces by potter Jerry Hurst whose medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition) and magnificent jars and vases are enormous but 2007 SCM Pinot Noir (double gold, best of extremely light in weight. Pick one up and class; SF Chronicle Wine Competition) will you’ll be amazed! They weigh less than a be offered as a package with a 20% discount bottle of wine and are very affordable. to Vintners’ Festival participants. Speaking of wine, the lineup gets better as winemaker Robert Hensen’s awesome Shop Online at SarahsVineyard.com vintages continue to make their way to the It is now far easier to order Sarah’s Vineyard’s tasting room. The 2007, estate Pinot Noir is hand-crafted Burgundian and Rhône wines well-rounded, light-footed and redolent of online. The website also allows you to sign up raspberries, a summer Pinot for sure. for the wine club, so until the end of July refer Summer is a great time to join the Wine a friend to sign up online and you'll receive a Club because the current shipment is a not bottle of the 2008 Grenache Rosé , a delicious to be missed collection of Old Vine beauties. treat for a warm summer day. Go to There’s a 2007 Grenache made from a nearby www.sarahsvineyard.com and click on Wine 113-year-old vineyard that offers nice cigar Club. and ripe strawberry flavors, and a very wellThe 28-acre estate of Sarah’s Vineyard is made 2007 Carignane from 100-year-old conveniently located at 4005 Hecker Pass vines off Redwood Retreat Road that hits the Highway, just 30 minutes from Silicon Valley, sweet-spot for a mixed summer grill. It offers Santa Cruz and Monterey. For the latest meaty flavors of salami and ham wound events at Sarah’s Vineyard, visit the website at nicely around dried cherries. This is a beau- www.sarahsvineyard.com. For more informatiful wine that makes you salute the stalwart tion, call the tasting room at (408) 847-1947.
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Cafe Fina – A Favorite Among Visitors, Locals
by Katie Perry
ld black-and-white family photos line the venue’s narrow walls, pointing like an arrow to the blue harbor that glistens through the clear windows below. Italian music hums in the background as the aroma of garlic and roasted tomatoes pervades the senses. Upon stepping through the doors of Café Fina, it’s instantly perceptible why this venerable restaurant on Monterey’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Providing a peek into owner Dominic Mercurio’s family history, this quaint restaurant boasts tradition in every element, from its serene oceanfront setting to its savory cuisine. “Coming from a Sicilian background and a fishing family, the influence came from being around the kitchen with my family. It came naturally,” Mercurio says. The pleasurable dining experience at Café Fina is a testament to the owner’s innate restaurateur talents. Since 1989, Mercurio has been serving homemade pasta and fresh fish out of the esteemed two-story location, which formerly housed one of the many canneries along the peninsula. “My goal is to serve local fish from Monterey,” he explains. Having fished with his father in Alaska for 19 summers in a row in earlier years, he adds, “I know what fresh fish is supposed to be like.” He also knows how to compile a menu of truly flavorful dishes, such as his calamari appetizer with homemade tartar sauce, a special risotto of salmon and peas, and tasty shrimp and crab ravioli in a light pesto cream sauce. Another dish that’s a big hit: the cioppino. “We do it in a light tomato broth with clams, mussels, prawns, scallops and calamari, with a touch of saffron. The only thing we do that’s not traditional is put a little linguini in the bottom. It’s unbelievable,” Mercurio smiles. And in celebrating his Italian heritage with a menu of signature dishes, he adheres to the local theme by using only the freshest vegetables, harvested from none other than his own garden. “I grow 17 different varieties of tomatoes, five different kinds of zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, watermelons, cucumbers and all the herbs. Everything is organic,”
Mercurio says. With crisp ingredients straight from the vine, it’s no wonder that the tomato caprese salad is another tasty delight and a must-have menu item during the summer months. For more information or to make a reservation, call Café Fina at (831) 372-5200 or visit www.cafefina.com.
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Ventana Vineyards Wins Unprecedented Four Sweepstakes Awards with Three Different Wines
For the first time in history, a winery has won a “Sweepstakes Award” in four separate competitions in the same year. Ventana Vineyards added to its collection of top honors with its most recent wins for the Ventana 2008 Arroyo Seco Pinot Gris which was chosen best white at the 2009 West Coast Wine Competition, and the Ventana 2007 “Rubystone” Rhône Blend which was chosen best red at the 2009 Riverside International Wine Competition. Earlier in the year, the Ventana 2007 Arroyo Seco Riesling was chosen Sweepstakes Winner at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In addition, the Riesling won Best of Show White at the 2009 Monterey Wine Competition. “I’m honored that so many have found my wines to be worthy of such high praise,” said winemaker Reggie Hammond. “We have a top-notch winemaking team and we’re working with some of the best grapes from arguably the best wine-growing region in California. Ventana Vineyards’ commitment to excellence is readily apparent with this most recent competition win.” To view a list of additional awards that Ventana Vineyards has won in recent years, visit the website at www.ventanawines.com. The Ventana Vineyards tasting room is located at 2999 MontereySalinas Highway 10 in Monterey, next to Tarpy’s Roadhouse Restaurant. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Art & Wine Celebration
The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual Art & Wine Celebration on June 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Carmel Valley. The celebration will showcase more than 60 artists, local wines and strolling musicians with restaurants, shops and galleries throughout the Village. This year, the Chamber has chosen to feature a piece of art from Shelley Aliotti, photographer and graphic designer called Art on the Vine to represent the Celebration in the marketing collateral and media pieces. The 5th Annual Art & Wine Celebration in Carmel Valley highlights art exhibits that line the streets throughout the Village, including plein air artists, photographers, jewelry designers and an assortment of local crafts. Fine art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and a fine selection of cafes and restaurants will welcome quests in the quaint surroundings while local musicians fill the air with live music. Some of the live entertainment includes: The Money Band, Simple Pleasures and Kiki Whitman who will play on three stages each located at Del Fino Place, Center Street and White Oaks Plaza. The event is free and open to the public. For those who enjoy whetting their palette, wine tastings can be purchased throughout the Village on the day of the event. The cost is $15 per person which includes five tickets for wine tasting and a keepsake wineglass. Additional wine tickets are available for purchase. Join the Chamber in celebrating some of the wonderful sights, tastes and talent the verdant Valley has to offer! The Chamber supports the green imitative and encourages attendees to carpool or ride the Grapevine Express, compliments of Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce. Parking is available but is minimal. For more information, visit www.carmelvalleychamber.com.
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A Dozen Vintners – 3000 Highway 29 North, St. Helena; 707 967-0666 Open daily 10-5 Acacia Vineyard – 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa; 707 226-9991 Open by appointment only Aetna Springs Cellars – 7227 Pope Valley Road, St. Helena; 707 965-2675 Open by appointment only Aetna Springs Cellars – 7227 Pope Valley Road, St. Helena; 707 965-2675 Open by appointment only Ahnfeldt Wines – Uncorked at Oxbow Tasting Room, 605 First St. Napa; 707 927-5864 Daily 10-6, Tuesdays 11-8 Alpha Omega – 1155 Mee Lane @ Highway 29, Rutherford; 707 963-9999 Daily 10-6 Amizetta – 1099 Greenfield Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1460 Open by appointment only Amuse Bouche Winery – 2930 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 967-8814 Open by appointment only Anderson’s Conn Valley Vnyds – 680 Rossi Road, St. Helena; 707 963-8600 Open by appointment only I ANDRETTI W INE RY – 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa; 888 460-8463 Open daily 10-5 Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours (Private Tours for 10 or more), Educational Programs ARG ER - MA RTUC CI – 1455 Inglewood Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-4334 Open daily 10-5 Wine Tasting, Gift Items, Picnic Area, Arts Exhibit, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairings Arns – 601 Muno Road, St. Helena; 707 963-3429 Open by appointment only ARTESA – 1345 Henry Road, Napa; 707 224-1668 Open daily 10-4:30 Gift Items, Children OK; Call for Winery Tours at 11 & 2, Vineyard Tours, Food Pairings Atalon – 3299 Bennett Lane, Calistoga; 1-800-224-4090 By appointment only, 10-4 August Briggs – 333 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-4912 Open daily, 10:30-4:30 Back Room Wines – 1000 Main Street, Napa; 707 226-1378 Sun-Wed 10-6, Thu-Sat 10 to 9 BALDACCI – 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-9261 Open daily 10-4 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK Ballentine Vineyards – 2820 St. Helena Hwy N, St. Helena; 707 963-7919 Open daily 10-5 Barlow Vineyards – 4411 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-8742 Open by appointment only Barnett Vineyards – 4070 Spring Mountain, St. Helena; 707 963-7075 Open by appointment only BEAULIEU VINEYARDS – 1960 Hwy 29, Rutherford; 707 967-5233 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours Behrens & Hitchcock – 4078 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1774 Open by appointment only Bell Wine Cellars – 6200 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-1673 Open daily 10-4 BENESSERE WINERY – 1010 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-5853 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairings Beringer Vineyards – 2000 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-4412 Open daily 10-5 Oct-Apr, May-Sep 10-6 BENNETT LANE – 3340 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 877 MAX-NAPA Open daily 10-5:30 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Black Cat Vineyard – 1075 Shadybrook Ln, Napa; 707 321-0866 Open by appointment only BLACK STALLION – 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 253-1400 Open daily 10-5 Gifts, Children & Pets OK, Cheese Pairings; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Blair Estate – 4115 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-8283 Open by appointment only Boeschan – 3242 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-3674 Open by appointment only Bouchaine Vineyards – 1075 Buchli Station Rd, Napa; 707 252-9065 Open daily 10:30-4 Bounty Hunter Rare Wine Co. – 975 First St, Napa; 707 226-3976 Sun-Thu 11-10, Fr-Sa 11-Midnight Bourassa – 190 Camino Oruga, Napa 707 254-4922; 800-499-2366 Open daily 9-5 Boyd Family – 4042 Big Ranch Road, Napa; 707 254-7353 Open by appointment only Brown Estate – 3233 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-2453 Limited, by appointment only, closed Sundays Buehler – 820 Greenfield Road, St. Helena; 963-2155 Open by appointment only Burgess Cellars – 1108 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4766 Open by appointment only Cafaro Cellars – St. Helena Call for information; 707 963-7181 Cain – 3800 Langtry Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1616 Open by appointment only Cakebread Cellars – 8300 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-5222 Open by appointment only Calafia Cellars – 629 Fulton Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-0114 Open by appointment only Caldwell – 169 Kruzer Lane, Napa; 707 255-1294 Tours/tasting by appointment only at 10:30, 1:30 or 4:30 « CALISTOGA CELLARS – 1371 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 707 942-7422 Gifts, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Educational Programs, Food Pairings « CALISTOGA WINE STOP – 1458 Lincoln Ave, #2 Calistoga; 707 942-5556 Cardinale – 7585 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2643 Cartlidge & Brown – 205 Jim Oswald Way, American Canyon; 707 552-5199 x215 « CASA NUESTRA WINERY – 3451 Silverado Trail No, St. Helena; 707 963-5783 Gifts, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours & appointments « CASTELLO DI AMOROSA – 4045 North St. Helena Hwy (Hwy 39), Calistoga; 707 942-8200 Gifts, Children & Pets OK; call ahead for: Winery & Cave Tours, reservation recommended Caymus Vineyards – 8700 Conn Creek Rd, Rutherford; 707 967-3010 Ceja Vineyards – 1016 Las Amigas Rd, Napa; 707 255-3954 Ceja Vineyards Tasting Room – 1248 1st St, Napa; 707 226-6445 Chappellet Vineyard – 1581 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-7136 Charbay Winery & Distillery – 4001 Spring Mtn Rd; St. Helena; 707 963-9327 Charles Krug Winery – 2800 Main St. Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 967-2229 Chase Family Cellars – 2252 Sulphur Springs Road, St. Helena; 707 963-1284 Chateau Boswell – 3468 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-5472 Chateau Montelena – 1429 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-5105 Chimney Rock Winery – 5350 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-2641 Clare Luce Abbey – 2893 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 963-7431 Cliff Lede Vineyards – 1473 Younvtille Cross Rd, Yountville; 707 944-8642 Thu-Mon 12-5 Daily 10-6 Open daily 10:30-4 Open daily 10-5 Open Mon-Sat 10-5 Open daily 9:30-6 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 12-6, Th-Sat 12-10 Open by appointment only Open Tue-Sat by appointment Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 9:30-4 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4
« CLOS DU VAL WINERY – 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa; 800 993-9463 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; call ahead for: Wine Tours, Vineyard Tours, Food Pairings Clos Pegase – 1060 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-4981 Conn Creek Winery – 8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-9100 Constant – 2121 Diamond Mountain Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-0707 Cornerstone Cellars – Napa Corison Winery – 987 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 963-0826 Cosentino Winery – 7415 St. Helena Hwy, Yountville; 707 944-1220 Cuvaison Estate Wines – 4500 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-2468 Cuvaison Estate Wines – 1221 Duhig Road, Carneros (between Napa & Sonoma); 707 942-2455 Darioush Winery – 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-2345 David Arthur – 1521 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena; 707 963-5190 David Fulton – 825 Fulton Lane, St. Helena; 707 967-0719 Del Dotto Vineyards – 1055 Atlas Peak Rd, Napa; 707 963-2134 Del Dotto Vineyards – 1445 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 963-2134 Delectus Winery – 908 C Enterprise Way, Napa; 707 255-1252 di Rosa Preserve – 5200 Carneros Hwy 121, Napa; 707 226-5991 Diamond Oaks – 1595 Oakville Grade, Oakville; 707 948-3000 Diamond Terrace – 1391 Diamond Mountain Road, Calistoga; 707 942-1189 « DOMAINE CARNEROS – 1240 Duhig Rd, Napa; 707 257-0101 Gifts, Children OK, Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours; Call ahead for groups of eight or more Domaine Chandon – 1 California Dr, Yountville; 707 944-2280 Dominari – 210 Camino Oruga, Napa; 707 226-1600 Duckhorn Vineyards – 1000 Lodi Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-7108 « DUTCH HENRY WINERY – 4300 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5771 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Cave Tours, Food Pairings Eagle & Rose – 1844 Pope Canyon Rd, Pope Valley; 707 965-9463 Ehlers Estate – 3222 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena; 707 963-5972 « ELIZABETH SPENCER – 1165 Rutherfrod Road, Rutherford; 707 963-6067 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Food Pairings Elkhorn Peak Cellars – 200 Polson Rd, Napa; 707 255-0504 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open Sat 10-4, Sun-Fri 11-4 Open by appointment only Call for information; 877 686-3286 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Open daily by appointment 9-5 Open Tu-Fr 9:30-3 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment, 10-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 9-4 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only
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Elyse – 2100 Hoffman Ln, Napa; 707 944-2900 Open by appointment only 10-5 Envy Wines – 1170 Tubbs Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-4670 Open daily 10-4:30 Etude Winery – 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd, Napa; 707 257-5300 Open by appointment only Failla – 3530 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-0530 Open daily 10-5 Falcor – 2511 Napa Corporate Dr, Ste 115, Napa; 888-402-WINE Open daily 10-5 Farella-Park – 2222 N. Third Ave, Napa; 707 254-9489 Open daily 10-4 Far Niente – 1350 Acacia Dr, Oakville; 707 944-2861 Open by appointment only 10-3 Fleury Estate Winery – 950 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 967-8333 Open daily 10-4 FLORA SPRINGS - THE ROOM – 677 St. Helena Hwy So., St. Helena; 707 967-8032 Open daily 10-5 Children & Pets OK, Picnic Area Flying Horse – 2825 St. Helena Highway, St. Helena; 707 965-1600 Open by appointment only FOLIE A DEUX – 7481 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 800 535-6400 Open daily 10-6 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK FOLIO ENOTECA – 610 First Street #10, Napa; 707 256-3700 Open Sun-Thurs 11-8, Fri-Sat 11-9 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children Welcome ; Call ahead for Food Pairings FOLIO WINEMAKERS’ STUDIO – 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa; 707 256-2757 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed; call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Fontanella Family – 1721 Patrick Road, Napa; 707 252-1017 Open daily 10-4 Forman Vineyards – 1501 Big Rock Road, St. Helena; 707 963-3900 Open by appointment only Franciscan Vineyards – 1178 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-7111 Open daily 10-5 FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS – 1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-0859 Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Picnic Area Frazier Winery – 70 Rapp Lane, Napa; 707 255-3444 Open by appointment FREEMARK ABBEY – 3022 St. Helena Hwy 29 N., St. Helena; 707 963-9694 Open Fri-Tues 10-5 Gift Items, Children Welcomed; Call ahead for: Winery Tours Frog’s Leap – 8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford; 707 963-4704 Open by appointment only Gargiulo – 575 Oakville Crossroad, Napa; 707 944-2770 Open by appointment only GIRARD WINERY – (Tasting Room) 6795 Washington, Yountville; 968-9297 Open daily 10-6 Tasting Fees, Gift Items Godspeed Vineyards – 3655 Mount Veeder Rd; 707 254-7766 Open daily by appointment Goosecross Cellars – 1119 State Lane, Yountville; 707 944-1986 Open daily 10-4 Graeser Winery – 255 Petrified Forest Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-4437 Open by appointment only 10-5 GRGICH HILLS – 1829 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-2784 Open daily 9:30-4:30 Gift Items, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours By Appt. at 11 & 2, Food Pairings Groth – 750 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 707 944-0290 Open by appointment only Guilliams – 3851 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena; 707 963-9059 Open by appointment only Gustavo Thrace – 1021 McKinstry St, Napa; 707 257-6796 Open 11-6 Sun-Wed; 11-8 Thu-Sat HAGAFEN CELLARS – 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-0781 Open daily 10-4 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours Hall Rutherford – 56 Auberge Road, Rutherford; 707 967-0700 Open by appointment only Hall St. Helena – 401 St. Helena Hwy So, St. Helena; 707 967-2620 Open daily 10-5:15 Hans Fahden Vineyards – 4855 Petrified Forest Rd, St. Helena; 707 942-6760 Open by appointment Hartwell Vineyards – 5795 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-4269 Open Wed-Sun 11-4 Havens Wine Cellars – 2055 Hoffman Lane, Yountville; 707 261-2000 Open daily 10-4:30 Heitz Cellars – 436 St. Helena Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 963-3542 Open daily 11-4:30 Helena View Johnston – 3500 Highway 128, Calistoga; 707 942-4956 Open by appointment only Hendry – 3104 Redwood Dr, Napa; 707 226-8320 Open by appointment only HESS COLLECTION – 4411 Redwood Rd, Napa; 707 255-1144 Open daily 10-5:30 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children OK, Wine Tours; Call ahead for 8 or more; Food Pairings Hill Family Estate – 6512 Washington, Yountville; 707 944-9580 Open daily 10-6 Honig Vineyards – 850 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-5618 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Hope & Grace – 6540 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-2500 Mon-Sat 10-6 Hopper Creek – 6204 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-0675 Open daily Open by appointment only 11-4 J. Kirkwood Winery – 1020 Borrette Lane, Napa Limited tours and tastings by appointment only
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James Cole – 5014 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 251-9905 Open by appointment only James Creek – 2249 James Creek Rd, Pope Valley; 707 965-2646 Open by appointment only JESSUP CELLARS – 6740 Washington St, Yountville; 707 944-8523 Open daily 10-6 Art Exhibits; Call ahead for Food Pairings,, last tasting at 5:30pm JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS – 200 Taplin Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-2745 Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun 10-4 Gift Items, Children OK; Tastings & Seminars by appointment Last tasting Mon-Fri at 3:30pm, Last tasting on Sat-Sun 2:30 JUDD’S HILL – 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-2332 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed Juslyn – 2900 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 265-1804 (Poured at Silenus Vintners) Winery open by appointment only Kapcsandy Family Winery – 1001 State Lane, Yountville; 707 265-1804 Open by appointment only Keever – 26 Vineyard View Dr, Yountville; 707 944-0910 Open by appointment only Kelham – 360 Zinfandel Ln; St. Helena; 707 963-2000 Open by appointment only Kirkland Ranch Winery – One Kirkland Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 254-9100 Open daily 10-4 Kuleto Estate – 2470 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-9750 Open by appointment only Ladera – 150 White Cottage Rd So, Angwin; 707 965-2445 Open Mon-Sat 9-5 Laird Family Winery – 5055 Solano Ave., Napa; 707 257-0360 Open daily 10-5 Larkmead Vineyards – 1100 Larkmead Ln, Calistoga; 707 942-0167 Open by appointment only 10-4 Lava Vine – 965 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9500 Open by appointment only Long Meadow Ranch – 1775 Whitehall Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-4555 Open by appointment 10-5 LOUIS M. MARTINI – 254 St. Helena Hwy So. (Hwy 29 ), St. Helena; 707 968-3361 Open daily 10-6 Gift Items; Call ahead for: Wine Tours at 11 & 2, Cellar Tours, Food Pairings Luna Vineyards – 2921 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-2474 Open daily 10-5 MJA – 647 Greenfield Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3394 Open by appointment only McKenzie-Mueller – 2530 Las Amigas Rd, Napa; 707 252-0186 Open by appointment only Madonna Estate Winery – 5400 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa; 707 255-8864 Open daily 10-5 Madrigal Vineyards – 3718 N. St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga; 707 942-6577 Open daily 10-4 Mayacamas Vineyards – 1155 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 224-4030 Open by appointment only MAHONEY VINEYARDS – Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St, Napa; 707 265-9600 Open daily 11-6 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Markham Vnyds – 2812 St. Helena Hwy 29, St. Helena; 707 963-5292 Open daily 10-5 Mario Perelli-Menetti – 1443 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-8310 Open Thu-Sun 10-5 Mason Cellars – 714 First St, Napa; 707 255-0658 Open Thu-Mon 11-5:30 MERRYVALE VINEYARDS – 1000 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-7777 Open daily 10-6:30 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK Call ahead for: Wine Tours Sat & Sun at 10:30, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Milat Vineyards – 1091 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena; 707 963-0758 Open daily 10-5:30 Miner Family – 7850 Silverado Trail, Oakville; 707 944-9500 Open daily 11-5 MONTICELLO VINEYARDS – 4242 Big Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 253-2802 Open daily 10-4:30 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Food Pairings Morey Cellars – Napa Call for information; 707 226-2348 Moss Creek Winery – 6015 Steele Rd, Napa; 707 252-1295 Open by appointment Mount Veeder Winery – Poured at Franciscan: 1178 Galleron, Rutherford; 707 967-3830 Open daily 10-5 MUMM NAPA – 8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 800 MUM-NAPA Open daily 10-5 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours NAPA CELLARS – 7481 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2565 Open daily 10-6 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children OK Napa Valley Farms – 929 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-8011 Open by appointment Napa Wine Company – 1133 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville; 707 944-1710 Open daily 10-4:30 Neal Family Vineyards – 716 Liparita Rd, Angwin; 707 965-2800 Open by appointment Newton Vineyards – 2555 Madrona Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-9000 Open by appointment Nichelini Winery – 2950 Sage Canyon Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-0717 Weekends & holidays 10-5 Nickel & Nickel – 8164 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 967-9600 Open Mon-Fri 10-3, Sat-Sun 10-2 O’Brien Estate – 1200 Orchard Ave, Napa; 707 252-8463 Open by appointment only Mon-Sat 10-5
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
Olabisi – 974 Franklin St, Napa; 707 257-7477 Open Mon-Sun 11-6 OnThEdge – (Vermeli Wines) 1255 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga; 877-668-4334 Daily 10-5 Orin Swift Cellars – 1352 Main St, St. Helena; 707 967-9179 Open by appointment Mon-Fri 1-4 Opus One – 7900 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-9442 Open daily by appointment 10-4 Palmaz Vineyards – 4029 Hagen Road, Napa; 707 226-5587 Open daily by appointment 9-5 Paloma Vineyard – 4013 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-7504 Open by appointment Paoletti Vineyards – 4501 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-0689 Open by appointment Fri-Sat 11-5, 11-4 Sun Paradigm – 1277 Dwyer Rd, Oakville; 707 944-1683 Open by appointment Paraduxx – 7257 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 945-0890 Open by appointment Patz & Hall – 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Ste A, Napa; 707 265-7700 Open Wed-Sun 10-4 Peacock Family – 3100 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-0770 Open by appointment Pedemonte Cellars – 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena; 707 933-8352 Open by appointment only Peju – 8466 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-3600 Open daily 10-6 Pheonix – Poured at Vintners Collective: 1245 Main St, 707 255-7150, open daily 11-6 Pina Cellars – 8060 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 944-2229 Open by appointment Pine Ridge – 5901 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-9777 Open daily 10:30-4:30 PlumpJack Winery – 620 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 707 945-1220 Open daily 10-4 Pope Valley Winery – 6613 Pope Valley Rd, Napa; 707 965-1246 Open Thurs-Sun 11-5 or by appt. Pride Mountain Wines – 4026 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4949 Open by appointment « PRAGER WINERY/PORT WORKS – 1281 Lewelling, St. Helena; 707 963-PORT (7678) Open daily 10:30-4:30 Children & Pets OK Provenance – 1695 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 968-3633 Open daily 10:30-5:30 Quintessa – 1601 Silverdo Trail, St. Helena; 707 967-1601 Open daily 10-4 Quixote – 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-2659 Open by appointment « RAYMOND VINEYARD – 849 Zinfandel Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-3141 Open daily 10-4 Gift Items, Children OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours Razi Winery – 3108 Silverado Trail; 707 224-4299 Mon-Sat by appointment Redmon Family – 1185 Starr Ave, St. Helena; 707 968-9252 Open by appointment Regusci Winery – 5584 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 254-0403 Open daily 10-5 Revana Family – 2930 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 967-8814 Open by appointment Reverie Winery – 1250 Diamond Mtn Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-6800 Open by appointment Reynolds Family – 3266 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 258-2558 Open daily 10-4:30 Ritchie Creek – 4024 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4661 Open by appointment Robert Biali – 4038 Big Ranch Rd, Napa; 707 257-7555 Open by appointment Robert Craig Wine Cellars – 880 Vallejo St, Napa; 707 252-2250 x1 Open by appointment Mon-Sat Robert Keenan – 3660 Spring Mtn. Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-9177 Open by appointment only Robert Mondavi – 7801 St. Helena Hwy 29, Oakville; 707 968-2001 Open daily 10-5 Robert Pepi – 7585 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville; 707 944-2807 Open daily 11-4 Robert Sinskey Vnyds – 6320 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 944-9090 Open daily 10-4:30 Robinson Family Vnyds – 5880 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-8004 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 « ROMBAUER VINEYARD – 3522 Silverado Trail, No, St. Helena; 707 963-5170 Children OK; Call ahead for Wine Tours at 10:30 & 11:30 Round Pond Winery – 886 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford; 1-877-963-9364 Open daily 10-5 Rubicon Estates – 1991 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 968-1161 Open daily 10-5 Rudd Winery – 500 Oakville Cross Rd, Oakville; 707 944-8577 Open Tues-Sat 10-5 Ruston Family – 2798 Spring St, St. Helena; 707 967-8025 Open by appointment Rustridge Ranch – 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 965-9353 Open daily 10-4 Rutherford Grove – 1673 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-0544 Open daily 10-4:30 Rutherford Hill – 200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-1871 Open daily 10-5 Rutherford Ranch – 1680 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 963-5251 Open daily 10-4:30 Saddleback Cellars – 7802 Money Road, Oakville; 707 944-1305 Open daily by appointment 10-4 St. Clement Vineyards – 2867 St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 800 331-8266 Open daily 10-5 St. Helena Wine Center – 1321 Main St, St. Helena; 707 963-1313 St. Helena Winery – 100 Pratt Ave, St. Helena; 707 967-9463 St. Supéry – 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 800 942-0809 Saintsbury – 1500 Los Carneros Ave, Napa; 707 252-0592 Salvestrin Vineyard – 397 Main Street, St. Helena; 707-963-5105 Saviez Vineyards – 4060 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5889 Sawyer Cellars – 8350 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford; 707 963-1980 School House Vineyards – 3549 Langtry Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4240 Schramsberg – 1400 Schramsberg Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-2414 Schweiger Vineyards – 4015 Spring Mt Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-4882 Scott Harvey – Poured at Salinas: 5225 Solano Ave, Napa; 707 968-9575 Seavey Vineyard – 1310 Conn Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-8339 « SEQUOIA GROVE – 8338 St. Helena Hwy 29, Rutherford; 707 944-2945 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Food Pairings Shafer Vineyards – 6154 Silverado Trail, Nap; 707 944-2877 Sherwin Family – 4060 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-1154 Silenus Vintners – 5225 Solano Ave, Napa; 707 299-3930 Silo’s Jazz & Wine Bar – 530 Main St, Napa; 707 251-5833 Silverado Trail Wine Studio – 3105 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 226-8569 « SILVERADO VINEYARDS – 6121 Silverado Trail, Nap; 707 257-1770 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Silver Oak Cellars – 915 Oakville Crossroad, Oakville; 1-800-273-8809 Silver Rose Cellars – 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-9581 Sky Vineyards – 1500 Lokoya Rd, Napa; 707 935-1391 Smith Madrone – 4022 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-2283 Spelletich – 425 Gateway Rd W, Napa; 707 363-5757 Spottswoode – 1902 Madrona Ave, St. Helena; 707 963-0134 Spring Mountain – 2805 Spring Mtn. Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-4188 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – 5766 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 944-2020 Staglin Family – 1570 Bella Oaks Ln, Rutherford; 707 944-0477 Steltzner Vineyards – 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 252-7272 « STERLING VINEYARDS – 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-3344 Self-Guided Winery Tours, Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK Stonehedge Winery – 1004 Clinton St, Napa; 707 256-4444 Stony Hill Vineyard – Call ahead for appointment; 707 963-2636; St. Helena Storybook Mountain – 3835 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 707 942-5310 Sullivan Vineyard – 1090 Galleron Rd, Rutherford; 707 963-9646 « SUMMERS/VILLA ANDRIANA – 1171 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga; 707 942-5508 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Summit Lake – 2000 Summit Lake Dr, Angwin; 707 965-2488 « SUTTER HOME WINERY – 277 St. Helena Hwy S, St. Helena; 707 963-3104 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Swanson Vineyards – 1271 Manley Ln, Rutherford; 707 967-3500 Teachworth – 4451 St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga; 707 942-8432 Terra Valentine – 3787 Spring Mountain Rd, St. Helena; 707 967-8340 The Terraces – 1450 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-1707 Tom Eddy – 3870 Hwy 128, Calistoga; 707 942-4267 Trahan Winery – 974 Franklin St, Napa; 707 257-7477 Trefethen Vineyards – 1160 Oak Knoll Ave, Napa; 707 255-7700 Tres Sabores – 1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena; 707 967-8027 Open Mon-Sat 10-6, Su 10-5:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open Mon-Fri by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10-4 Open by appointment Open 10-4 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment Open by appointment only Tues 4-7, Wed-Thurs 4-10, Fri-Sat 4-12 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30
Signorello Vineyards – 4500 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 255-5990 Fri-Sun 10:30-4:30, Mon-Thu by appointment
Open Mon-Sun 9-4 Daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open Wed-Sat 11-7 Open Mon-Fri 9-5 Open by appointment Mon-Sat 10-4 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment Open by appointment only Open by appointment Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only
WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Trespass Vineyard – 1859 Hillview Place, St. Helena; 707 963-0804 Open by appointment « TRINCHERO FAMILY ESTATES – 3070 N. St. Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 1-800-473-4454 Open daily 10-5 Trinitas Cellars – 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa; 707 935-3504 Open daily 12-8 Truchard – 3234 Old Sonoma Rd, Napa; 707 253-7153 Open by appointment only Tudal Winery – 1015 Big Tree Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3947 Open by appointment only Tulocay – 1426 Coombsville Rd, Napa; 707 255-4064 Open by appointment only Turnbull Wine Cellars – 8210 Highway 29, Oakville; 707 963-5839 Open daily 10-4 Twomey Cellars – 1183 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga; (707) 942-7122 Open Mon-Sat 9-4 V Madrone – 3199 St. Helena Hwy N, St. Helena; 707 963-3573 Open by appointment « V. SATTUI WINERY – Corner Hwy 29 & White Ln, St. Helena; 707 963-7774 Open daily 9-6 Picnic Area, Deli, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK, Cave Tours Van Der Heyden – 4057 Silverado Trail, Napa; 707 257-0130 Open daily 10-6 Verismo Wines – 6795 Washington Street, Yountville; 707 944 WINE (9463) Viader Winery – 1120 Deer Park Rd, St. Helena; 707 963-3816 Open by appointment only Vincent Arroyo Winery – 2361 Greenwood Ave, Calistoga; 707 942-6995 Open daily 10-4:30 Vine Cliff Winery – 7400 Silverado Trail, Yountville; 707 944-1364 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Vineyard 29 – 2929 St Helena Hwy, St. Helena; 707 963-9292 Open by appointment Vintners Collective – 1245 Main St, Napa; 707 255-7150 Open daily 11-6 Volker Eisele Family – 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd, St. Helena; 707 965-9485 Open by appointment only Von Strasser – 1510 Diamond Mtn. Rd, Calistoga; 707 942-0930 Open by appointment 10:30-4:30 « WATERSTONE – Taste at Oxbow, 708 First St, Napa; 707 265-9600 Open daily 11-6 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Wermuth Winery – 3942 Silverado Trail, Calistoga; 707 942-5924 Open daily 11-5 White Cottage Ranch – 555 College Ave, Angwin; 707 965-0516 Open by appointment « WHITEHALL LANE – 1563 St. Helena Hwy S. (Hwy 29), St. Helena; 707 963-9454 Open daily 10-6 Gift Items, Art Exhibits, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Barrel Tasting Tours Whitford Cellars – 4047 E. Third Ave, Napa; 707-942-0840 Open by appointment only William Harrison Vnyrds – 1443 Silverado Trail, St. Helena; 707 963-8310 Open Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 « WILLIAM HILL WINERY – 1761 Atlas Peak Road, Napa; 707 265-3024 Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tours, Educational Programs « WINE GARAGE – 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga; 707 942-5332 Open Mon-Sat 11-6:30, Sun 11-430 Wineries of Napa Valley – 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa; 707 253-9450 Mon-Thurs 11-6, Fri-Sat 10-7:30, Sun 10-6 Wing Canyon Vineyard – 3100 Mt. Veeder Rd, Napa; 707 265-8798 Open by appointment only Witt Estate – 1500 Whitehall Ln, St. Helena; 707 967-8046 Open by appointment Work Vineyard – 3190 Highway 128, Calistoga; 707 942-0251 Open by appointment only X Winery & Amius – 1405 2nd Street, Napa; 707 204-9522 Open by appointment only Yates Family Vineyard – 4723 Redwood Rd, Napa; 707 226-1800 Open by appointment only Zahtila Vineyards – 2250 Lake County Hwy; Calistoga; 707 942-9251 Daily 10-4:30 « ZD WINES – 8383 Silverado Trail, Rutherford; 707 963-5188 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings Open daily 10-4:30
« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week
« ARROWOOD VNYDS & WNRY – 14347 Sonoma Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 707 935-2600 Gift items, Art Exhibits; Call ahead for Winery Tours at 10:30 & 2:30 « ARTESA – (at Cornerstone, tasting room) 23564 Arnold Dr, (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 707-933-8980 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children Welcomed Artiste – 435 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-1920 Audelssa Estate – 13647 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen; 707 933-8514 Balletto & Dutton-Goldfield – 5700 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 568-2455 Bartholomew Park – 1000 Vineyard Ln., Sonoma; 707 935-9511 Bella Vnyds & Wine Caves – 9711 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 473-9179 « BENZIGER FAMILY WINERY – 1883 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 935-4046 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Vineyard Tram Tours « BLACKSTONE WINERY – 8450 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-1999 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings Bonneau Family – 23001 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 800-996-0420 « BR COHN WINERY – 15000 Sonoma Hwy 12, Glen Ellen; 800-330-4064 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for: Tours, Educational Programs, Wine Pairings Bradford Mountain – 4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-4433 Buena Vista Winery – 18000 Old Winery Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1266 Davis Bynum Winery – 8075 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-5852 C. Donatiello – 4035 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 800-433-8296 Cale Cellars – (at the Wine Room) 9575 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Camellia Cellars – 57 Front St., Healdsburg; 707 433-1290 Carneros Family Wineries – 23574 Arnold Dr/Hwy 121, Sonoma; 707 934-4090 Castle Vineyards – 122 West Spain St, Sonoma; 707 996-1966 Cellar Door – 1395 Broadway, Suite E, Sonoma; 707-938-4466 Cellars of Sonoma – 133 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa; 707-578-1826 « CHARLES CREEK VINEYARD – 483 First St. W., Sonoma; 707 935-3848 Chateau Felice – 10603 Chalk Hill Rd, 707 836-9011; Healdsburg « CHATEAU ST. JEAN – 8555 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-4134 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Chandelle Winery – 1395 Broadway at the Cellar Door in Sonoma; 707 938-4466 « CLINE CELLARS – 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma; 707 940-4030 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours at 11, 1, 3 or Food Pairings Clos du Bois – 19410 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 857-3100 « CHRISTOPHER CREEK – 641 Limerick Ln, Healdsburg; 707 433-2001 Picnic Area D’Argenzio – 1301 Clevelend Ave, Ste A, Santa Rosa; 707 280-4658 Davis Family Vnyds – 53 Front St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3858 De La Montanya – 999 Foreman Ln., Healdsburg; 707 433-3711 De Loach Vineyards – 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa; 707 526-9111 « DE LORIMIER WINERY (formerly Mosaic)– 2001 Hwy 128, Geyserville; 707 857-2000 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK
Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30
Open Daily 11-6:30 (close at 5 in winter) Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 11-4 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-6 Sun-Wed 10-5, Thur-Sat 10-8 Open daily 11-6 Mon-Thurs 11-3 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-6 11-5 Summer, 11-4 winter; tours available Thu-Sun 11-5 Mon-Fri 11-4:30 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-4 Thu-Tue 11-6 (Thu-Mon Winter) Open daily Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Daily 11-6 (closed Tuesdays in Winter) Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 11-4:30
A. Rafanelli Winery – 4685 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1385 Acorn – 12040 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707-433-6440 Adler Fels – 9575 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Adobe Road Winery – 1995 S. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma; 707 939-7967 « ALDERBROOK WINERY 2306 Magnolia, Healdsburg; 707 433-9154 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibits, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Food Pairings Alexander Valley Vineyards – 8644 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-7209 Amista Vineyards– 3320 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-9200 « ARMIDA WINERY – 2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-2222 Gift items, Children OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Arista Winery – 7015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 473-0606 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily10-5 Open daily 11-5 Thur-Mon 11-4:30 Open daily11-5 Open daily11-5
« DEERFIELD RANCH – 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood; 707 833-5215 Art Exhibits, Tours Downtown Wine – 132 Plaza St, Healdsburg; 707-473-0337 « DREYER WINE – Poured at Sonoma-Enoteca, 35 E Napa St, Sonoma; 707-935-1200 Dry Creek Vineyards – 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1000 « DUTCHER CROSSING – 8533 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-2700 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Enkidu Wine – 8910 Sonoma Hwy. 12, Kenwood; 707-833-6100 « ERIC ROSS – 14300 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen; 707 939-8525 Children Welcomed Everett Ridge – 435 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-1637
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
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Teldeschi – 3555 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707-433-6626 Family Wineries – Kenwood – 9380 Sonoma Hwy. 12; 707 833-4444 « FERRARI-CARANO – 8761 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-6700 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings Field Stone Winery – 10075 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-7266 Forchini – 5141 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8886 Foppiano Vineyards – 12707 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 433-7272 Francis Ford Coppola’s Rosso & Bianco 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707 857-1462 Freestone Vineyards – 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone; 707 874-1010 Frick – 23072 Walling Road, Geyserville; 707 857-1980 « FRITZ WINERY – 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd, Cloverdale; 707 894-3389 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Wine Pairings « GALLO FAMILY VNYDS – Tasting Room: 320 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707 433-2458 Gift items, Vineyard Tours Gary Farrell Wines – 10701 Westside Rd, Healdsburg;707-473-2909; Geyser Peak Winery – At Canyon Rd, Chianti RdGeyserville; 707 857-9400 « GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VNYDS – 23555 Hwy 121, Sonoma; 707 996-7256 Gift items, Picnic Area, Art Exhibit; Call ahead for: Winery Tours, Educational Programs, Food Pairings Gourmet Au Bay – 913 Hwy 1, Bodega Bay; 707 875-9875 Grange Sonoma – (Tasting room for boutique wineries) 23564 Arnold Dr (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 707-933-8980 Grove Street – 1441 Grove St, 707 433-6734; Healdsburg Gundlach Bundschu – 2000 Denmark St, 707 938-5277; Sonoma Hanna Winery – 9280 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 431-4310 5333 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 575-3371 Hartford Family Wines – 8075 Martinelli Road, Forestville; 707 887-1756 Harvest Moon Estate – 2192 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707-573-8711 Hawkes Wine – 6734 Hwy. 128, Healdsburg; 707-433-4295 House Winery – 3100 Gravenstein Hwy. N, Sebastopol; 707-829-1101 Inman Family – 5793 Skylane Blvd, Ste C, Windsor; 707-395-0689 Iron Horse – 9786 Ross Station Rd, Sebastopol; 707-887-1507 Mayo Family– at The Cellar Door in Sonoma, 1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 « MAZZOCCO VINEYARDS – 1400 Lytton Springs Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8159 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Meeker Vineyards – 21035 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 431-2148 Merry Edwards – 2959 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol; 888-388-9050 Mill Creek Vineyards – 1401 Westside Rd; Healdsburg; 707 431-2121 Merriam Vnyds – 11650 Los Amigos Rd, Healdsburg; 707-433-4032 Moondance Cellars – at the Wine Room; 9575 Sonoma Hwy; Kenwood; 707 833-6131 Murphy-Goode – 20 Matheson St, Healdsburg; 800 499-7644 Muscardini Cellars – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707-833-0526 Nicholson Ranch – 4200 Napa Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-8822 Optima Winery – 498 Moore Ln, Unit C, Healdsburg; 707-431-8222 Papapietro Perry – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0422 « PARADISE RIDGE WINERY – 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa; 707 528-Wine Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours « PARADISE RIDGE – Kenwood Tasting Room, 8860 Sonoma Hwy; 707 282-9020 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Passalacqua Vnyds – 3805 Lambert Bridge Rd, Healdsburg; 877-825-5547 Pastori Wines – 23189 Geyserville Ave, Cloverdale; 707 857-3418 Michel-Schlumberger – 4155 Wine Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-7427 Open daily 12-5 Mar-Dec 10:30-5, Jan-Feb Closed Tu-We Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4:30 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun-Thu 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11:30-9 Fri & Sat 11-4 or by appt. Open daily 10-3:30, tours by appt. Thu-Mon 11-6, Tu-Wed 4-6 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 9:30-4:30, appt. recommended Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only Pedroncelli Vineyards – 1220 Canyon Rd, Geyserville; 707 857-3531 Pellegrini Family– 4055 West Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 800-891-0244 Peters Family – 2064 Hwy. 116 No, Suite 102, Sebastopol; 707-829-3111 Petroni Vineyards – 990 Cavedale Road, Sonoma; 707 935-8311 Preston Vineyards – 9282 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-3372 « QUIVIRA VINEYARDS – 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 431-8333 Gift items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Ramazzotti Wines – 22910 Walling Rd, Geyserville; 707-857-3428 Ravenswood – 18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma; 707 938-1960 Raymond Burr – 8339 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4365 Richardson Winery – at The Cellar Door in Sonoma, 1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 Ridge/Lytton Springs – 650 Lytton Springs Rd; Healdsburg; 707 433-7721 Robert Hunter – at The Cellar Door in Sonoma,1395 Broadway; 707 938-4466 Robert Young Estate – 4960 Red Winery Rd, Geyserville; 707 431-4811 Robledo Family Winery – 21901 Bonness Rd, Sonoma; 707 939-6903 Roche – 28700 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 707 935-7115 Rochioli – 6192 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-2305 « RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS – 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg; 707 431-1533 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Roessler Cellars – 380 First St W, Sonoma; 707-933-4440 Rosenblum Winery – 250 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1169 Roshambo – (Cornerstone, tasting room for boutique wineries) 23564 Arnold Dr, (Hwy 121), Sonoma; 888-525-9463 Rosso & Bianco - 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707 857-1462 Route 128 Winery – 21079 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707-696-0004 Russian Hill Estate – 4525 Slusser Rd, Windsor; 707-575-9428 Russian River Vineyards – 5700 Gravenstein Hwy N, Forestville; 707 887-3344 SL Cellars – 9380 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707 833-5070 Sable Ridge Winery – 6320 Jamison Rd; Santa Rosa; 707 542-3138 « ST. FRANCIS VINEYARDS – 100 Pythian Rd, Santa Rosa; 888-675-WINE Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for Food Pairings, Winery Tours St. Helena Road Winery – 6995 St. Helena Road; Santa Rosa; 707 538-8674 Sapphire Hill – 55 Front Street, Healdsburg; 707 431-1888 « SAUSAL WINERY – 7370 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-2285 Gift items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Sbragia Family – 9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville; 707 473-2992 « SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE – 602 Bonneau Road, Sonoma; 800-966-9365 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed, Picnic Area « SEBASTIANI VINEYARDS – 389 Fourth St. East, Sonoma; 707 938-5532 Complimentary Tours & Tasting, Gift Items, Picnic Area & Supplies, Children Welcomed Sebastopol Vineyards – Green Valley Rd; Sebastopol; 707 829-9463 Seghesio Winery – 14730 Grove St, Healdsburg; 707 433-3579 Selby Winery – 215 Center St, Healdsburg; 707 431-1288 Silver Oak Cellars – 24625 Chianti Road, Geyserville; 707 857-3562 « SIMI WINERY – 16275 Healsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 433-6981 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for Tours at 11 & 2 « SONOMA-ENOTECA – 35 E Napa St, Sonoma; 707-935-1200 Stonestreet – 7111 Highway 128; 707 473-3333; Healdsburg Stryker Sonoma – 5110 Highway 128; Geyserville; 707 433-1944 « SUNCÉ WINERY – 1839 Olivet Rd, Santa Rosa; 707 526-9463 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children Welcomed Taft Street Winery – 2030 Barlow Lane, Sebastopol; 707 823-2049 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment Thur-Mon 10-4 Open by appointment only Open 10-4 by appointment Open daily 11-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open Mon-Sun 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Mo 11-6 Open Thu-Mon 10-4 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5 Open daily 10-4 Thur-Mo 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Daily 10-5 Open daily 10–5 Open daily 11-5:30 Mon-Sat 9-4 Open daily 10-5
Family Wineries of Dry Creek Valley – 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-0100 Open daily 10:30-4:30
Open by appointment or Thurs-Mon 11-4:30
Smothers/Remick Ridge – at the Wine Room in Kenwood, 9575 Sonoma Hwy; 707 833-6131 Open daily 11-5 Open daily Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Open daily 10:30-5 Sat-Sun 11-4:30, Mon-Fri 11-4
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Tandem – 4900 West Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707-395-3902 Terroirs Artisan Wines: Damskey & Co. – 21001 Geyserville Ave, Ste 101, Geyserville; 707-857-4101 Tin Barn – 21692 Eighth St E. #340, Sonoma; 707 938-5430 Thumbprint Cellars – 36 North St, Healdsburg; 707 433-2393 Toad Hollow – 409A Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg; 707 431-8667 « TOPEL – Tasting Room in Healdsburg, 125 Matheson St; 707 433-4116 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call for: Educational Program, Food Pairings « TRENTADUE – 19170 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 433-3104 Trione Winery – 19550 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville; 707 814-8100 Twomey Cellars – 3000 Westside Rd, Healdsburg; 707 800-505-4850 Ty Caton Vineyards – 8910 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood; 707 833-0526 Valley of the Moon – 777 Madrone Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 996-6941 « VJB VINEYARDS & CELLARS – 9077 Sonoma Hwy 12, Kenwood; 707-833-2300 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Pets Welcomed Viansa Winery – 25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma; 707 935-4700 Wellington Vineyards – 11600 Dunbar Rd, Glen Ellen; 707 939-0708 Westwood Winery – 11 E. Napa St, Suite 3, Sonoma; 707 935-3246 White Oak Vineyards – 7505 Hwy 128, Healdsburg; 707 433-84291 « WILSON – 1960 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707 433-4355 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Woodenhead – 5700 River Rd, Santa Rosa; 707-887-2703 Zichichi Family – 8626 W. Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg; 707 433-4410 Summer: Daily 10:30-5, Winter: Thu-Mon 10:30-5 Open daily 11:30-5:30; Thu, Fri, Sat til 6 Sat-Sun 11-4 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10:30-5:30 Open daily 11-7 Open daily 10-5 Thur-Sun 10-5 Mon-Sat 9-4 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-4:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30 Open daily 11-4:30
« Especially recommended by Wine Country This Week Tue-Sun 10-5, Closed Monday Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-5 3rd Saturday of each month Open daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Sat 12-4 or by appointment Fri-Sun Noon-5 Sat 12-5 or by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 11-6 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 11-5 Open Thu-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily ’til Midnight Closed Mondays Special Events & by appointment Mon-Fri 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 12-5 Tue-Sun 9-8 Open daily 12-5 Closed Tues Fri-Sun 12-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Tu-Su 12-6 Open daily 12-5
Morgan Hill Cellars – 1645 San Pe dro Ave, Morgan Hill; 408 779-7389 Rapazzini Winery – 4350 S. Monterey Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-5649 « SARAH’S VINEYARD – 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-4278 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Satori Cellars – 2100 Buena Vista Ave, Gilroy; 408 84-5823 Solis Winery – 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 847-6306 Sunrise Winery – Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Sycamore Creek – 12775 Uvas Rd, Morgan Hill; 408 779-4738 Thomas Kruse Winery – 3200 Dryden Ave, Gilroy; 408 842-7016 Troquato Vineyards – 24130 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408 866-6700 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS Ahlgren Vnyd – 20320 Hwy 9, Boulder Creek; 831 338-6071 Alexander Cellars – 427 A Swift St, Santa Cruz; 831 471-9090 Alfaro Family Vnyd & Winery – 420 Hames Rd, Corralitos; 831 728-5172 Aptos Creek – 520 Nisene Meadws Ct, Aptos; 831 684-1680 Armida Winery – 103 Stockton Ave, Capitola; 831-462-1065 Bargetto Winery – 3535 N. Main St, Soquel; 831 475-2258 Beauregard – 55B Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz; 831 458-WINE Bonny Doon Vnyd – 10 Pine Flat Rd, Santa Cruz; 831 425-4518 « BURRELL SCHOOL – 24060 Summit Rd, Los Gatos; 408 353-6290 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Byington Winery – 21850 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-1111 Cava Wine Bar – 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola; 831 476-2282 Cinnabar – 23000 Congress Springs Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-5858 « COOPER-GARROD – 22645 Garrod Rd, Saratoga; 408 867-7116 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children OK; Call ahead for: Food Pairings, Tours
NORTH CENTRAL COAST
ALAMEDA COUNTY A Donkey and a Goat – 2323 B Fourth St, Berkeley; 510 926-9050 Dashe Cellars – 55 4th St, Oakland; 510 452-1800 Eno Wines – 805 Camelia, Berkeley; 415 515-7227 Harrington – 805 Camelia, Berkeley; 510 527-1305 J C Cellars – 55 4th St, Oakland; 510 465-5900 Lost Canyon – 2102 Dennison St Ste A, Oakland; 510 534-9314 Rosenblum Cellars – 2900 Main St, Alameda; 510 865-7007 SANTA CLARA VALLEY Bargetto – 700-G Cannery Row, Monterey; 831 373-4053 Black Ridge – 18550 Black Rd, Los Gatos; 408 399-6396 Byington Winery – 21850 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-1111 Casa De Fruta – 6680 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister; 800 543-1702 Clos LaChance – 1 Hummingbird Ln, San Martin; 408 686-1050 Conrotto Winery – 1690 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-3053 Creekview – 12467 Creekview Ct, San Martin; 408 686-0534 Fortino Winery – 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-3305 Guglielmo Winery – 1480 E. Main St, Morgan Hill; 408 779-2145 Hecker Pass Winery – 4605 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-8755 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines – 1000 Lenzen Ave, San Jose; 408 918-2160 Jason-Stephens – 11775 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy; 408 846-8463 Kirigin Cellars – 11550 Watsonville Rd, Gilroy; 408 847-8827 Léal Estate Vnyds – 300 Maranatha Dr, Hollister; 831 636-1023 Martin Ranch Winery – 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd, Gilroy; 408 842-9197 Monte Verde – 13775 Sycamore Dr, Morgan Hill; 408 776-8938 Fellom Ranch Vnyds – 17075 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 779-2145 Open daily 10:30-6 Open 3rd weekend of each month Open daily 11-5 Open daily 9-6 Mon-Th 11-5, Fri-Sun 11-4 Sat-Sun 11-5 By appointment 11-5 or 3rd weekend of the month Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5 Open daily 10-5 12-6 summer, 12-5 winter Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 12-4 third weekend of each month Open 3rd Saturday of the month or by appointment Open by appointment only Thu-Mon 12-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-6 or by appointment Open daily 11-6
David Bruce Winery – 21439 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos; 408 354-4214 Davenport Roadhouse – 1 Davenport Ave, Daven Port; 831 426-8801 Domenico – 1697 Industrial Rd, San Carlos; 650 593-2335 Equinox – 427-C Swift St, Santa Cruz; 831 338-2646; 831 423-3000 Fellom Ranch Vnyds – 17075 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-0206 Fernwood Cellars – 7137 Redwood Retreat, Gilroy; 408 848-0611
« FLEMING JENKINS VNYDS & WINERY – 45 W. Main St, Los Gatos; 408 358-4949 Hallcrest Vineyards – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 831 335-4441 « HUNTER HILL – 7099 Glen Haven Rd, Soquel; 831 465-9294 « LOMA PRIETA – 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos; 408 353-2950 « MARTIN RANCH – 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd, Gilroy; 408 842-9197 Michael Martella – 17287 Box 103 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Mountain Winery – 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-2822 Natal Vnyds – 1310 Green Valley Rd, Watsonville; 831 750-0271 Naumann Vnyds – 16505 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 867-7871 Nicholson – 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 724-7071 Obester – 12341 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay; 650 726-9463 Organic Wine Works – 379 Felton Empire Rd, Felton; 800-OWW-WINE Oscalis – 5579 Old San Jose Rd, Soquel; 831 477-1718 P&M Staiger – 1300 Hopkins Gulch Rd, Boulder Creek; 831 338-4346 Pelican Ranch – 402 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz; 831 426-6911 Picchetti Winery – 13100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Pinder – 165 Cristich Lane, Campbell; 877-684-2601 Picchetti Winery – 13100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 741-1310 Pleasant Valley – 600 Pleasant Valley Rd, Aptos; 831 728-2826
Sat-Sun 11-4 or by appt Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appt 12-4 third weekend of each month Open by appointment only Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Special events & by appointment Fri-Sun 10-5 Mon-Th 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Fri-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Special events & by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment only
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« POETIC CELLARS – 5000 Rodeo Gulch Rd, Scotts Valley; 831 462-3478 Sat-Sun 11-5 or by appt CARMEL VALLEY Bernardus – 5 W. Carmel Rd, Carmel Valley; 800 223-2533 Boekenoogen – 24 West Carmel Rd, Carmel; 831 659-4215 Ridge Vnyds – 17100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino; 408 867-3233 Sat-Sun 11-4 or by appointment Bountiful Basket – 3969 The Barnyard, Ste A13; Carmel Valley; 831 625-4457 Chateau Julien – 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel; 831 624-2600 River Run – 65 Rogge Lane, Watsonville; 831 726-3112 Open by appointment only Chateau Sinnet – 13746 Center Street, Carmel Valley; 831 659-2244 Cima Collina – San Carlos, btwn Ocean & 7th, Carmel; 831 620-0645 Roudon -Smith – 2364 Bean Creek Rd, Scotts Valley; 831 438-1244 Sat 11-4:30 or by appointment Heller Estate – 69 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 800-625-8466 Galante Vineyards – btwn Ocean & 7th, Dolores; Carmel; 800-GALANTE Georis Winery – 4 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley; 831 659-1050 Salamandre – 108 Don Carlos Dr, Aptos; 831 685-0321 Special Events & by appointment Joullian Vnyds – 2 Village Dr, Carmel Valley; 866-659-8101 Joyce Vnyds/Chateau Christina – 12 Del Fino Pl, Carmel Valley; 831 659-2885 Santa Cruz Mtn Vnyd – Near Boulder Creek, Felton; 831 335-4242 Open by appointment only Talbott – 53 West Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 831 659-3500 Taste Morgan – 204 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel; 831 626-3700 « SARAH’S VINEYARD – 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy; 408 842-4278 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Open daily 11-5 Valley Hills/Boete & Parsonage – 7156A Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley; 831 625-5040 MONTEREY WINERIES A Taste of Monterey Wine Visitors Cntr – 700 Cannery Row, Suite G, Monterey; 831 646-5446 Baywood Cellars – 381 Cannery Row Suite C, 831 645-9035; Monterey Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge 751 Cannery Row, Monterey; 831 624-2600 Savannah-Chanelle– 23600 Congress Springs Rd, Saratoga; 408 741-2934 Open daily 11-5 Silver Mountain – 381 Cannery Row Suite Q, Monterey; 831 644-9609 Terra Nova – 315 Calle Principal, Monterey; 831 649-4124 « SILVER MOUNTAIN – Santa Cruz Mtns, call for information 408 353-2275 Tasting Room – 381 #Q Cannery Row, Monterey; 831 644-9609 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Open by appointment only Open daily 12-6 « VENTANA VINEYARDS – 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Monterey; 831 372-7415 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Wine from the Heart – 241 Alvarado St, Monterey; 831 641-9463 SALINAS VALLEY A Taste of Monterey – 127 Main Street, Salinas; 831 751-1980 « BLACKSTONE WINERY – 800 South Alta St, Gonzales; 831 675-5341 Gift Items, Children & Pets OK, Self-Guided Tour Sat 11-4 Boekenoogen – Santa Lucia Highlands, Salinas; 831 675-3549 Chalone Vnyds – Stonewall Canyon Rd (Hwy 146), Soledad; 831 678-1717 Storrs Winery – 303 Potrero St. #35, Santa Cruz; 831 458-5030 Open daily 12-5 « HAHN ESTATES/SMITH & HOOK – 37700 Foothill Blvd, Soledad; 831 678-4555 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call for Winery Tours Joyce Vnyds/Chateau Christina – 1354 G. Dayton St, Salinas; 831 659-0312 Testarossa Vineyards – 300-A College Ave, Los Gatos; 408 354-6150 Open daily 11-5 Marilyn Remark – 645 River Road, Salinas; 831 455-9310 Manzoni Estate – 30981 River Road, Soledad; 831 675-3398 Thomas Fogarty Winery – 19501 Skyline Blvd, Woodside; 650 851-6777 Thu-Sun 11-5 Paraiso – 38060 Paraiso Springs Rd, Soledad; 831 678-0300 Pessagno Winery – 1645 River Road, Salinas; 831 675-9463 San Saba Vineyards – 35801 Foothill Rd, Soledad; 831 678-2992 Vinocruz – 725 Front St, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 Mon-Thu 11-7, Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-6 Scheid Vineyards – 1972 Hobson Rd, Greenfield; 831 386-0316 « VENTANA – 38740 Los Coches Rd, Soledad; 831 678-2900 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Wines of Vine Hill – 2300 Jarvis Rd, Santa Cruz; 831 427-0436 Special events & by appointment HOLLISTER DeRose Vineyards – 9970 Cienega Valley Rd, Hollister; 831 636-9143 White Crane Winery – 110 Capitola Ave, Capitola; 831 477-9911 Open daily 11:30-6 Léal Estate – 300 Maranatha Dr, Hollister; 831 636-1023 Pietra Santa – 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister; 831 636-1991 Windy Oaks – 550 Hazel Dell Rd; Corralitos; 831 786-9463 Special events & by appointment Sat-Sun 11-4 or or by appt Weekends 11-5, Weekdays by appt Open by appointment only Mon-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-4 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 11:30-4 By Appt Mon-Fri 11-4 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun, Holidays 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 M-F 11-4 Fri-Sun 11-5 Tue-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Weekends & Most Holidays 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-7 Sun-Thu 11-8, Fri-Sat 11Open daily 11-7 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mon-Sat 10-6 Su 12-5 Mon-Fri 8-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 12-5 Sun-Thur Fri & Sat 12-6 Thur-Mon 11- 6 Mon-Thur 11-5:30 Fri-Sun 11-6 Open daily 12-6 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open daily 11
Soquel Vineyards – 8063 Glen Haven, Soquel; 831 462-9045
Barra of Mendocino – 7051 N. State Street, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0322 Open daily 10-5 Mon-Fri 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Brassfield Estate – 10915 High Valley Rd, Clearlake Oaks; 707 998-1895 Breggo Cellars – 11001 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 895-9589 Brutocao Cellars – 7000 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2152
Woodside Vineyards – 340 Kings Mountain Rd; Woodside; 650 851-3144
Open by appointment only
Zayante Vineyards – 420 Old Mount Rd; Felton; 831 335-7992
Special events & by appointment
WINERY LISTINGS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
Brutocao Cellars – 13500 Hwy 101, Hopland; 707 744-1664 Ceago Vinegarden – 5115 E. Hwy 20, Nice; 707 274-1462 Chiarito Vineyards – 2651 Mill Creek Rd, Ukiah; 707.462.7146 Claudia Springs – 1810 Hwy 128, Navarro; 707-895-3993 Cougar’s Leap – 9730 Soda Bay Road #8, Kelseyville; 707-279-0651 Dunnewood Vnyds – 2399 North State St, Ukiah; (707) 467-4843 Elizabeth Vineyards – 8591 Colony Dr, Redwood Valley; 707-485-0957 Esterlina – 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo; 707-895-2920 Fetzer Vineyards – Hwy 175, Hopland; 707 744-1250 Fife Winery – 3620 Rd B, Redwood Valley; 707 485-0323 Foursight Wines – 14475 Highway 128, Boonville; 707 898-2889 Frey – 14000 Tomki Rd, Redwood Valley; 707-485-5177 Gabrielli Winery – 10950 West Road, Redwood Valley; 707 485-1221 Goldeneye Anderson Vly – 9200 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3202 Graziano Family of Wines – 13251 S.Hwy 101; Suite 3, Hopland; 707-744-8466 Greenwood Ridge Vnyd – 5501 Hwy 128; Philo, 707 895-2002 Guenoc/Langtry Estate – 21000 Butts Canyon Rd, Middletown; 707 987-9127 Handley Cellars – 3151 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2190 Horne – 2200 Hwy 29, Middletown; 707 987-1069 Husch Vineyards – 4400 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3216 Jepson Vineyards, Ltd. – 10400 S. Hwy 101, Ukiah; 707 468-8936 Jeriko Estate – 12141 Hewlitt Sturtevant Rd, Hopland; 707 744-1140 Lazy Creek Vineyards – 4741 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3623 Le Vin Winery – 33151 Hwy. 128, Yorkville; 707-894-2304 Le Vin Winery Bar – 45055 Albion St, Mendocino; 707-937-4960 Lolonis Vineyards – 1905 Rd D, Redwood Valley; 707-485-7544 Londer Vineyards – Manoir Girard Cellars – 1 Old Winery Way; Potter Valley; 707 743-1010 Maple Creek Winery – 20799 Hwy 128; Yorkville; 707 895-3001 McDowell Valley – 13380 S. Hwy 101; 707 744-8911; Hopland McNab Ridge Winery – 13441 S. Hwy 101; Hopland; 707 744-1986 Mendocino Wine Co. – 45070 Main St, Mendocino; 707 937-6190 Meyer Family Cellars – 19750 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707 895-2341 Milano Family Winery – 14594 S. Hwy 101, Hopland; 800-564-2582 Monte Lago Winery – Clear Lake, 510-599.LAGO Navarro Vineyards – 5601 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-3686 Nelson Family – 550 Nelson Ranch Road; Ukiah Oster – 13501 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley; 707-485-5257 Pacific Star – 33000 North Highway 1, Fort Bragg; 707 964-1155 Parducci Wine Cellars – 501 Parducci Rd, Ukiah; 707 463-5357 Phillips Hill Estates – 8627 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2209 Philo Ridge – Call for an appoinment on weekends, 707-489-2303 Ployez Winery – 11171 Highway 29, Lower Lake; 707-994-2106 « ROEDERER ESTATE – 4501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2288 Children OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Rosa D’Oro Vineyards – 3915 Main Street, Kelseyville; 707 279-0483 « SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS – 8501 Hwy 128, Philo; 707 895-2957 Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK Shannon Ridge – 12599 E. Hwy 20, Clear Lake Oaks; 707 998-9656 Silversmith Vineyards – 3700 A Rd J, Redwood Valley; 707 485-1196 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Sun-Tues 11-5, Wed-Sat 10:30-6:30 Open daily 11-5 Fri-Mon 12-5 Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm or by appointment Open by appointment only Open daily 9-5 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Mon 10-4:30 Weekdays 10-5, appt recommended Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-4 Open daily 10-5 Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Open weekends 10-6, weekdays by appt. Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open Fr-Mo 11-4:30 Open by appointment only Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment Philo tasting room opening in July Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily10-5 Open by appointment only Summer 10-6, Winter 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Summer: Fri-Mon 11-5; Winter Fri-Sun 11-5 Call ahead Mon-Thu 8-4
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Standish Wine Co. – 5101 Hwy 128, Philo707 895-9213 Steele Wines – 4350 Thomas Dr; Kelseyville; 707 279-9475 Toulouse Vineyards – 8001 Hwy 128, 707 895-2828; Philo Tulip Hill Winery – 4900 Bartlett Springs Rd, Kelseyville; 707 274-9373 Weibel Vnyds – 13300 Buckman Dr., Hopland; 707-744-2200 Whaler Vineyards – 6200 E Side Rd, Ukiah; 707-462-6355 Wildhurst Vineyards – 3855 Main St, Kelseyville; 800 595-WINE Yorkville Cellars – 25701 Hwy 128, Yorkville; 707 894-9177 « ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM – 14077 Hwy 128, Boonville; 707-895-9462 Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK
Wed-Mon 10-6 Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat 8-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 10-6 Open by appointment only Open by appointment only Open daily 10-5 Open daily 10-5 Open Daily 10-5
Berryessa Gap – 1 Ranch Road, Winters; 530 795-3201 Bogle Vineyards – 37783 County Rd, Clarksburg; 916 744-1139 Capay Valley Vineyards – 1 Ranch Rd, Brooks; 530 796-4110 Carvalho Family Wines – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1625 French Hill Winery – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1710 Heringer Estates – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1094 Old Sugar Mill – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-165 R.H. Phillips – 26836 Country Rd, Esparto; 530 662-3215 Satiety Vineyards – 40101 County Rd 25A, Woodland; 530 661-0680 Solomon Wine Co. – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744 1131 Todd Taylor Wines – 35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg; 916 744-1120 First Sat 12-6, Fri-Sat 4-8 Sat-Sun 11-5, Mon-Fri 10-5 Open by appointment only Wed-Sun 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Mon-Fri 7-7, Sat-Sun 11-5 Fr-Su 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-5
Battaion Cellars – 21 S. Livermore Ave, #109, Livermore; 925 245-9242 Bent Creek Winery – 5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 455-6320 Big White House – 6800 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 449-1976 Bodegas Aguirre – 8580 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-0554 Cedar Mountain – 7000 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 373-6636 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for: Wine Tours, Vineyard Tours Charles R Vnyds – 8195 Crane Ridge Rd, Livermore; 925 454-3040 Chouinard Vnyds – 33853 Palomares Rd, Castro Vly; 510 582-9900 Concannon – 4590 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2505 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Crooked Vine – 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 371-8156 Deer Ridge Vineyards – 1828 Wetmore Rd, Livermore; 866 561-0838 Eagle Ridge Vineyard – 10017 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 447-4328 el Sol – 8626 Lupine Way, Livermore; 925 606-1827 Elliston Vineyards – 463 Kilkare, Sunol; 925 862-2377 Fenestra Winery – 83 Vallecitos Rd (Hwy 84), Livermore; 925 447-5246 « GARRÉ VINEYARD & WINERY – 7986 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 371-8200 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Restaurant, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Food Pairings Hidden Creek – 21 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 101, Livermore (at Blacksmith Square); 925-989-1163 John Christopher – 25 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 103, Livermore; 925-456-WINE La Rochelle – 5443 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 243-6442 Les Chenes – 5562 Victoria Lane, Livermore; 925 373-1662 Little Valley Winery– 5700 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 862-9006 Livermore Valley Cellars – 1508 Westmore Rd, Livermore; 925 447-1751 Longevity Wines – 35 Rickenbacker Circle South, Livermore; 888 325-WINE McGrail Vineyards – 5600 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 373-6214 Fri 4-7, Sat-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 12-4 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-4 Mon-Fri 11-3, Sat-Sun 12-4 Fri-Sun Noon-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 (and most holidays) Open daily 11-4:30 Thu-Sun 11-4:30 Thu-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Tue-Sun 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun, 1-6 Fri 4-7 Fri-Sun 1-6 Open daily 12-4:30 Weekends 12-4:30 Fri-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 12-4:30 & by appointment
WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK | WINERY LISTINGS
Mitchell Katz Winery – 1188 Vineyard Ave; Pleasanton; 925 931-0744 Murietta’s Well – 3005 Mines Rd; Livermore; 925 456-2390 Red Skye – 21 So. Livermore Ave, Ste 101, Livermore (at Blacksmith Square) 925-989-1163 Retzlaff Vineyards – 1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore; 925 447-8941 Rios Lovell Estate Winery – 6500 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 443-0434 Rodrigue Molyneaux – 3053 Marina Ave, Livermore; 925 447-4280 Ruby Hill Winery – 400 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton; 925 931-WINE Steven Kent – 5443 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 243-6440 Stony Ridge Winery – 4948 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 449-0458 Tamas Estate – 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2380 Tenuta Vineyards – 633 Kalthoff Common, Livermore; 925 960-1006 Tesla Vintners – 5143 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 606-WINE Thomas Coyne Winery – 51 E. Vallecitos Rd (Hwy 84), Livermore; 925 373-6541 Wente Vineyards Visitors Center – 5050 Arroyo Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2405 Wente Vineyards Estate Winery – 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore; 925 456-2300 Westover Vineyards – 34329 Palomares Rd, Castro Valley; 925 537-3932 White Crane Winery – 5405 Greenville Rd, Livermore; 925 455-8085 Wood Family Winery – 7702 Cedar Mountain Rd, Livermore; 925 606-2411 Thu-Sun 12-5 Wed-Sun 11-4:30 Fri 3-6, Sat 1-6 Sun 1-5 Tue-Fri 12-2, Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Wed-Fri 11-3, Sat-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12:30-5 Wed-Sun 11:30-5:30 Open daily 12-4:30 Thu-Sun 11-4:30 Open daily 12-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment Tue-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 11-6:30 Open daily 11-4:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 12-4:30 Open by appointment Spenker Winery – 17303 De Vries Rd, Lodi; 209 367-0467 St. Amant Winery – 1 Winemaster Way, Lodi; 209 367-0646 Stama – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 408 464-6923 VanRuiten – 340 W. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 334-5722 Vino Con Brio – 7889 E. Harney Ln, Lodi; 888-410-VINO Vino Piazza – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 800-939-2566 vMv Vineyards – 16475 N. Locust Tree Rd, Lodi; 209 365-1900 Watts – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 794-2871 Woodbridge Uncorked– 18911 N. Lower Sacramento Rd, 209 365-7575 WOODBRIDGE – 5950 Woodbridge Road, Acampo; 209 365-2839 Gift Items, Art Exhibit, Picnic Area, Call ahead for Tours at 9:30, 1:30 or by Appt Sat & Sun 12-4:30 or by appt only Open daily 1-4 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 12-5 Wed-Sun, Call for hours Open daily 10:30-4:30
AMADOR COUNTY Amador Cellars – 6150 Shenandoah Rd, Amador City; 209 245-6150 Fri-Sun 11-5 Amador County Wine Cellar– 14207 Hwy 49, Amador City; 209 267-0104 Fri-Sun 11-6 or by appointment Amador Foothill Winery – 12500 Steiner Road, Plymouth, 209 245-6307 Fri-Sun 12-5 Avio – 14520 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 267-1515 Fri-Sun 12-5 Bella Piazza – 19900 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4600 Open daily 10-5 Bray Vineyards – 10590 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6023 Fri-Mon 10-5 C.G. Di Arie – 19919 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4700 Thurs-Mon 10-4:30 Charles Spinetta Winery – 12557 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3384 Tues-Sun 9-4:30 Clos Du Lac Cellars – Hwy 88/Jackson Vlly Rd, Ione; 209 274-2238 Wed-Sun 10-4 Convergence Vnyds – 14650 Hwy 124, Plymouth; 209 245-3600 Fri-Sun 10-5 Cooper Vineyards – 21365 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6181 Fri-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Deaver Vineyards – 12455 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4099 Open daily 10:30-5 Dillian Wines – 12138 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3444 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Dobra Zemlja Winery – 12505 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3283 Open daily 10-5 Domaine de la Terra Rouge/Easton Wines– 10801 Dickson Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3117 Fri-Mon 11-4 Drytown Cellars – 16030 Hwy 49, Drytown; 866-379-8696 Fri-Sun 11-5 Il Gioiello – 22355 Lawrence Rd, Fiddletown; 209 245-3395 3rd Sat of the Month 11-5:30 Karly – 11076 Bell Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3922 Open daily 12-4 Karmére – 11975 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-5000 Thu-Mon 11-5 or by appointment Nine Gables – 10778 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3949 Open daily 11-5 Nua Dair Vineyards – 13825 Willow Creek Rd, Ione; 209 245-5567 Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30 Renwood – 12225 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6979 Open daily 10:30-4:30 Serenidad – 21339 Dickson Way, Plymouth; 209 245-5304 x19 Sat-Sun, Holidays 11-5 or by appointment Shenandoah Vineyards – 12300 Steiner Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-4455 Open daily 10-5 Sobon Estate – 14430 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6554 Open daily 9:30-5 Stonehouse Winery – 10861 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6888 Fri-Sun 10-5 Stoneridge Winery – 13862 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 223-1761 Open by appointment only Story Winery – 10525 Bell Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6208 Mon-Fri 12-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 Sutter Creek Wine Tasting – 85 Main St, Sutter Creek; 209 267-5838 Open daily 11-6 Sutter Ridge – 14110 Ridge Rd, Sutter Creek; 209 267-1316 Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Tanis Vineyards – 13120 Willow Creek Rd, Ione; 209 274-4807 Sat-Sun 10-5:30 TKC Vineyards – 11001 Valley Dr, Plymouth; 209 245-6428 Sat 11-5, Sun 1-4 or by appointment Terra D’Oro – 20680 Shenandoah Schl Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6942 Open daily 10-4:30 Gift Items, Picnic Area, Children & Pets OK; Call ahead for Winery Tours Toscano Winery & Bistro – 10600 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3800 Open daily 10-5 Young’s Vineyard – 10120 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-3005 Open daily 10:30-5 Vino Noceto – 11011 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6556 Mon-Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-5
Abundance Vnyds/Mencarini Family Winery –1150 W. Turner Rd, Lodi; 209 334-0274 Open daily 11-6 Berghold – 17343 N. Cherry Rd, Lodi; 209 333-9291 Boitano Family – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3270 Borra Wines – 1301 E. Armstrong Rd, Lodi; 209 368-2446 Campus Oaks/Gnekow Family Winery– 17347 E. Gawne Rd, Collegeville; 209 463-0697 Cantiga Wineworks – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3782 Century Oak – 22211 Lower Sacramento, Acampo; 209 334-3482 Chocoholics Divine Desserts 18819 E. Hwy 88, Clements; 209 759-3320 Crystal Valley Cellars – 16750 E. Hwy 88, Lodi; 209 759-3888 Delicato Vineyards – 12001 S. Highway 99, Manteca; 209 824-3600 Grand Amis – 115 North School St, Lodi; 209 369-6805 Harney Lane Winery – 9010 E. Harney Lane, Lodi; 209 365-1900 Harmony Wynelands – 9291 E. Harney Ln, Lodi; 209 369-4184 Jessie’s Grove Winery – 1973 W. Turner Road, Lodi, 209 368-0880 Jewel Collection – 3750 E. Woodbridge Rd; 209 340-8521 Leonardo Family – 12470 Locke Rd; Lockeford; 209 369-9616 Lodi Wine & Visitor Center – 21831 N, Lodi. Highway 99; Lodi; 209 369-9463 The Lucas Winery – 18196 N. Davis Rd, Lodi; 209 368-2006 M2 Winery – 1376 East Turner Rd, D, Lodi; 888-757-WINE McConnell Estates – 10686 W. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove; 916 685-5368 Macchia – 7099 E. Peltier Road, Acampo; 209 333-2600 Michael-David Vineyards – 4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 368-7384 Miramont Estate – 24837 E. Milton Rd, Linden; 209 887-3860 Mokelumne Oaks – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 339-3754 Oak Ridge Winery – 6100 E. Highway 12, Lodi; 209 369-4758 Olde Lockeford – 12470 Locke Rd; Lockeford; 209 727-9770 Omega Cellars– 13731 N. Highway 88, Lodi; 209 367-1910 Pasos Vineyards – 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford; 209 727-3153 Peirano Estate – 21831 N. Highway 99, Acampo; 209 369-9463 Ripken Vineyards – 2472 W. Sargent Rd, Lodi; 209 367-WINE Thu-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Open daily 12-5 Open daily 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-5 Mo-Sa 9:30-7:30, Sun 10-7:30 Open daily 10-5 Open daily 9-5:30 Fri-Sun 1-5 Sat-Sun 12-5 Mon-Sun 11-5:30, Sun 12:30-5 Thu-Sun 11-5 Open daily 11-6 Sat-Sun 12-6 Open daily 10-5 Fri-Sun 12-5 Fri-Sun 11-4 Fri-Sun 11-5 Thu-Mon 11-5 Open daily 10-5 Open by appointment only Sat-Sun 12-5 or by appointment Open daily 10-5 Open daily 11-5 Open by appointment Mon-Sun 12-5 Sat-Sun 11-5 Wed-Sun 11-5 Sat-Sun 11-4
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Wilderotter Vineyard – 19890 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth; 209 245-6016 Fri-Sun 10:30-5 CALAVERAS COUNTY Beaux Chevaux – 466B Main St, Murphys; 209-728-1000 Fri-Sun 11-5 Black Sheep Winery – Main St, Murphys; 209 728-2157 Daily 11-5 Bodega de Sur Winery– 457C Algiers St, Murphys; 209 728-9030 Sun-Thu 11-5, Fr-Sa 11-6 (summer only) Brice Station – 3353 E. Hwy 4, Murphys; 209 728-9893 Fri-Sun 12-6 or by appointment Broll Mountain – 106 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-9750 Sat-Sun 12-5 Chatom Vineyards – 1969 Highway 4, Douglas Flat; 209 736-6500 Open daily 11-5 Domaine Becquet – 2173 Highway 12 East, Valley Springs; 209 772-1303 Wed-Sun 11-5 Domaine Becquet – 415 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-8487 Wed-Sun 11-6 Frog’s Tooth Vineyards – 380 Main St. Ste 5, Murphys; 209 728-2700 Thur-Mon 11-5 or by appointment French Hill Winery – 8032 So. Main St, Mokelumne Hill; 209 286-1800 Tue-Sun 11-5 Hatcher Winery – 419 Main St, Murphys; 209 605-7111 Fri-Sun 11-5 Indian Rock – 1154 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd, Murphys; 209 728-8514 Fri-Sun 12-5:30 Irish Vineyards – 2849 Hwy 4, Vallecito; 209 736-1299 Sat-Sun 10-5 Ironstone Vineyards – 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys; 209 728-1251 Open daily 10-5 Laraine/Gerber – 3675 Six Mile Rd, Vallecito; 209 736-4766 Fri-Sun 11-5 Lavender Ridge – 431 B Main St, Murphys; 209 728-2441 Fri-Sun 11-5 Milliaire Winery – 276 Main Street, Murphys; 209 728-1658 Open daily 11-5 Muir’s Legacy – 36 S. Washington St, Sonora; 209 532-WINE Open daily 11-5 Newsome-Harlow – 403 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-9817 Fri-Sun 11-6 Solomon Wine Co. – 397 Main St, Murphys; 209 728-8290 Open daily 12-5 Stevenot Winery – 2690 San Domingo Rd, Murphys; 209 728-3436 Open daily 11-5 Stevenot Winery – Main & Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys; 209 728-0148 Wed-Mon 11-6 Twisted Oak – 4280 Red Hill Rd, Vallecito; 209 736-9080 Open daily 10:30-5:30 Twisted Oak – 350 Main Street, Murphys; 209 736-9080 Thu-Sun 10:30-5:30 Vina Moda – 634 French Gulch Road, Murphys; 209 728-9911 Fri-Sun 12-5 Zucca Mountain – 425E Main St, Murphys; 209 736-2949 Open daily 12-5 EL DORADO COUNTY Auriga Wine Cellars – 3500 Carson Rd, Camino; 530 647-8078 Fri-Sun 11-5 Boeger Winery– 1709 Carson Rd, Placerville; 530 622-8094 Open daily 10-5, Summer: Fridays ’til 8 Busby Cellars – 6375 Grizzly Flat Rd, Somerset; 530 344-9119 Fri-Sun 11-5:30 Cantiga Wineworks & Deli – 5951 Mt. Aukum Rd, Somerset; 530 621-3352 Fri-Sun 11-5 Cedarville Vnyd – 6320 Marestail Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-9463 Open by appointment only Charles B. Mitchell – 8221 Stoney Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3467 Open daily 11-5 Chateau Rodin – 4771 Green Hill Rd, Placerville; 530 622-6839 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Chateau Routon – 2800 Omo Ranch Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5818 Wed-Sun 11-4 Chevalier Winery – 5720 French Creek Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-1676 Sat 12-5 Tasting Room – 2530 Pleasant Valley Rd, Placerville; 888 802-9321 Monday Holidays & Sat-Sun 12-5 Colibri Ridge – 6100 Gray Rock Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-7255 Fri-Sun 11-5 Crystal Basin Winery – 3550 Carson Rd, Camino; 530 647-1767 Open daily 11-5 Coulson Winery – 3600 Carson Rd; Camino; 877 253-9672 Open daily 11-5 David Girard Vineyards – 741 Cold Springs Rd, Placerville; 530 295-1833 Open daily 11-5 dkcellars – 7380 Vineyard View Dr, Fair Play; 530 620-1132 Fri-Sun 11-5 Fenton Herriott – 120 Jacquier Ct, Placerville; 530 642-2021 Thu-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Fitzpatrick Winery – 7740 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3248 Wed-Mon 11-5 Fleur de Lys – 7696 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-2246 Fri-Sun 11-5 Granite Springs Winery – 5050 Granite Springs Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-6395 Open daily 11-5 Goldhill Vineyard – 5660 Vineyard Lane, Placerville; 530 626-6522 Thur-Sun 10-5 or by appointment Jodar Vineyards – 3405 Carson Court, Camino; 530 644-3474 Open daily 11-5 Latcham Vineyards – 2860 Omo Ranch Rd, Mt. Aukum; 530 620-6642 Open daily 11-5
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Lava Cap – 2221 Fruitridge, Placerville; 530 621-0175 Open daily 11-5 Holly’s Hill Winery – 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville; 530 344-0227 Open daily 10-5 Madrona Vineyards – High Hill Road, Camino; 530 644-5948 Open daily 11-5 Mining Camp Winery – 4801 Rock Barn Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-6510 Thur-Sun 10-5 Miraflores Winery – 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville; 530 647-8505 Open daily 10-5 Mount Aukum Winery – 6781 Tower Rd, Mt. Aukum; 530 620-1675 Wed-Sun 11-5 Narrow Gate Vyds – 4282 Pleasant Valley Rd, Placerville; 530 644-6201 Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 Oakstone Winery – 6440 Slug Gulch Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5303 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Perry Creek Vnyds – 7400 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-5175 Open daily 11-5 Primus Vineyards – 2875 Larsen Dr, Camino; 530 647-9463 Open daily 11-5 Sierra Oaks Estates – 6713 Mt. Aukum Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-7079 Open daily 11-5 Sierra Vista Winery – 4560 Cabernet Way, Placerville; 530 622-7221 Open daily 10-5 Single Leaf Vineyards – 7480 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-3545 Wed-Sun 11-5 Sogno Winery – 3046 Ponderosa Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 672-6968 Wed-Sun 11-5 Stone’s Throw – 3541 North Canyon Rd, Camino; 530 622-5100 Thur-Sun 11-5 Thompson’s Mining Camp Winery– 4801 Rock Barn Rd, Shingle Springs; 530 677-6510 Thur-Sun 10-5 Toogood Estate Wine Caves– 7280 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-1910 Open daily 11-5:30 Van Der Vijver Estate – 7451 Fair Play Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-9424 Wed-Sun 11-5 Venezio Vineyard – 5821 Hwy 49, Coloma; 530 885-9463 Wed-Sun 11-5 Windwalker Vnyds – 7360 Perry Creek, Fair Play; 530 620-4054 Wed-Sun 11-5 or by appointment Winery by the Creek – 8085 Perry Creek Rd, Fair Play; 530 620-2402 Thu-Sun 11-5 Wofford Acres – 1900 Hidden Valley Rd, Camino; 530 626-6858 Wed-Sun 11-5 MERCED COUNTY Red Rock Winery – 7326 E. Hwy 140, Merced; 209 722-7625 Open daily 10-5 NEVADA COUNTY Avanguardia – 13028 Jones Bar Rd, Nevada City; 530 274-9482 Sat-Sun 12-5 Burch Hall – 108 Mill St, Grass Valley; 530 477-5500 Open daily 12-5 Coufos Cellars – 10065 Rough & Ready Rd, Rough & Ready; 530 274-2923 Sat-Sun 12-5 Double Oak – 14510 Blind Shady Rd, Nevada City; 530 292-3235 Sat 11-5 Feb-Dec or by appointment Indian Springs – 303 Broad St, Nevada City; 530 478-1068 Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun-Thur 11:30-5 Lucchesi Vineyards – 167 Mill St, Grass Valley; 530 274-2164 Open daily 11-Dusk Naggiar Vineyards – 18125 Rosemary Lane, Grass Valley; 530 268-9059 Open by appointment only Montoliva Vineyard – 15629 Mount Olive Rd, Chicago Park; 530 346-6577 Sat-Sun 12-4 Nevada CityWinery –321 Spring Street, Nevada City; 530 265-9463 Mon-Sat 12-6, Su 12-5 Pilot Peak Winery – 12888 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley; 530 432-3321 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sierra Knolls – 19635 Kingswood Ct, Grass Valley; 530 268-9225 Sat-Sun 12-5 Sierra Starr – 209 W. Main Street, Grass Valley; 530 477-8282 Open daily Noon-5pm (closed Tues.) Smith Vineyard – 13577 Dog Bar Rd, Grass Valley; 530 273-7032 Open by appointment only Solune Winegrowers– 16303 Jewett Lane, Grass Valley; 530 271-0990 Sat-Sun 12-5 Truckee River – 10061 South River St, Truckee; 530 587-4626 Open by appointment only PLACER COUNTY Fawnridge– 5560 Fawnridge Rd, Auburn, 530 887-9522 Open by appointment only Green Family – 3420 Pine Ridge Ln, Auburn; 530 888-8866 Open by appointment only Mt. Vernon – 10850 Mt. Vernon Rd, Auburn; 530 823-1111 Thu-Sun 11-5 Ophir Wines – 8030 Woodman, Newcastle; 530 823-8030 Open by appointment only Pescatore – 7055 Ridge Rd, Newcastle; 916 663-1422 Open by appointment only Rancho Roble – 340 Fleming Rd, Lincoln; 916 645-2075 Thu-Sat 1-4 Secret Ravine – 4390 Gold Trail Way, Loomis; 916 652-6015 Open by appointment only
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