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TABLE OF CONTENTS | WINE COUNTRY THIS WEEK
COVER 24
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F E B R UA R Y 1 2 , 2 0 1 0 – I S S U E 7 – V O LU M E 2 9
Joseph Phelps Vineyards ON THE COVER
Joseph Phelps Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
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WINE COUNTRY NEWS


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

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


WINE COUNTRY GETAWAYS
WINERY

Overnight Accommodations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
SUISUN VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28-29
V. Sattui Winery Suisun Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
NAPA VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-43
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Calistoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-35
Napa Valley Fine Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Yountville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
PROFILE

Napa Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41


WINEMAKER

Downtown Napa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43


St. Helena Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

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


Joe Shirley, Sonoma County Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44-45
Napa Cellars & Folie à Deux Russian River Area Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Healdsburg Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Santa Rosa Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
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Geyserville Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52


Sonoma Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53-57
Sonoma Plaza . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Sonoma Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54
PA I R S

Ferrari-Carano Glen Ellen & Kenwood Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57


PERFECT

Tré Terre
Chardonnay MENDOCINO & LAKE COUNTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58-59
with Lake & Mendocino Counties Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Lemon Risotto LIVERMORE VALLEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Livermore Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
O F T H E W E E K 50

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

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


Monterey Bay/Santa Cruz Mountains Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Salinas Valley Wineries Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Sierra Foothills Wineries Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Martin Ray Winery WINERY LISTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67-78

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Fort Bragg
TO
EUREKA
TO
REDDING

20 PASO ROBLES 117 158 204 245 255 269 355 263 236 266 278 379
Mendocino MONTEREY 72 112 160 170 184 269 178 151 190 202 307
Willits
SAN JOSE 48 90 100 115 200 110 83 118 138 231
Little SAN FRANCISCO 45 55 70 155 75 48 88 142 201
River Calpella 5
SONOMA 22 44 129 39 14 68 131 181
20
SANTA ROSA 16 101 21 41 104 166 217
Elk HEALDSBURG 86 26 56 118 181 231
Ukiah
MENDOCINO 111 141 195 266 310
1 253 29 CALISTOGA 27 86 149 199
Boonville Lakeport Clear NAPA 59 122 172
Pt. Arena Yorkville Hopland Lake
128 20 SACRAMENTO 84 115
175 Williams
53
MURPHYS 118
29 LAKE TAHOE
Cloverdale Clearlake
Gualala Lake Lower Lake 99
Sonoma Geyserville 49
16
Sea Ranch 101 29
Middletown TO
Healdsburg Brooks Auburn RENO
Timber Cove 128
Calistoga 5
505
Jenner
Guerneville 29
Bodega Bay 12
Sebastopol
•Santa Rosa
Kenwood
St. Helena Lake
Berryessa
Sacramento
Rutherford
116 Glen
80
Ellen
Yountville 128 Winters 50 Placerville
12 Davis TO
Tomales Napa
Pa

121 LAKE TAHOE


Petaluma 116 Sonoma 12
121 Fairfield
121 99
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Pt. Reyes 12
Station 37
12 Sutter
Creek
Pt. Reyes 101 Vallejo
680
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1 San San Pablo Jackson


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

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

Angels
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680 Camp
580
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Pacifica Oakland Jamestown
SFO
Alameda
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Hayward 580 Stockton Oakdale


Livermore Chinese TO
280 92 Camp YOSEMITE
isc

205 Manteca
Pleasanton
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Sonora
Half Moon
580
880
Ba

Bay 101
680
y

84 84 Fremont
Woodside Modesto

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

Monterey Bay
156 99

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

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MORRO BAY Gonzales SAN LUIS OBISPO LOS ANGELES

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Wineology INTELLIGENCE FOR THE WINE CONSUMER
by Len Napolitano

What type of bottle closure is best?


You’ve likely been seeing more and more good, quality wines pack- new for closing fine wines, it is too early to know if this claim is accu-
aged with metallic twist-off caps in recent years. Many winemakers are rate for long-term aging. You should know that there are faults being
choosing this closure primarily to eliminate any chance that their claimed with twist caps, as well. Because of their 100% air-tightness,
wines will be tainted by a compound called TCA. It can come from the caps have been blamed for a buildup of sulphides in the bottle
natural corks and impart a musty smell to wine that destroys the fruiti- which creates a subtle smell of rotten eggs in the wine.
ness. Synthetic cork, sometimes produced in a bold color, is a reliable Still, most wine producers believe in applying corks to close their
option to natural cork as a path to untainted wine. But while corks, bottles, both natural and synthetic, as the best closures for the money.
natural or synthetic, have served wine well for a long time, metallic And, in the last few years, cork manufacturers have improved every
twist caps do more than just preserve wine quality. They provide a aspect of manufacturing with regard to cork quality and the occur-
more convenient opening, without requiring a corkscrew, and allow rence of bad wine from tainted corks is diminishing every year. New
bottles to be stored upright instead of on their side because of the to the wine industry, glass closures are making their way onto a few
absence of a cork that needs to stay moist from contact with the wine. high-end wines. Glass eliminates the possibility of tainted wine and
(This expands the cork and keeps an airtight seal with the bottle.) provides a good airtight seal with a rubber ring that sits in between the
Some estimate that anywhere from 1% to 5% of all wine is tainted bottle and glass closure.
from natural corks with the TCA chemical, but winemakers and cork With thousands of wines on the market today, there is ample room
manufacturers have argued that percentage for years. Whatever the for both twist caps and corks – glass closures, too – in the future.
true amount is, it is important to know that corks are not the only Twist caps are found on white wines more than reds, in general, since
culprits of TCA. The compound has also been found on wood struc- they are more likely to be opened and consumed sooner (red wines
tures inside wineries, opening up another possible origination. Unfor- are more age-worthy and corks, it is believed by many, enhance that
tunately, fingers usually point to corks and it is sometimes unde- process). The differences will play out over the coming years and
served. decades and each type will find its own niche in the wine closure
It’s unavoidable, but consumers drink cork-tainted wines without world. Just be aware that no longer is the twist cap associated with
knowing it. The musty smell can sometimes be too subtle for the cheap, poor quality wine, nor should anyone be worried purchasing
average person to notice and, fortunately, consumption of a cork- wines simply because they are closed with natural corks. With any
tainted wine is completely harmless. A winemaker, who works hard at closure these days odds are greatly in favor of the consumer getting a
keeping his or her product free of any off odors, and other industry flawless wine.
person who tastes and samples wine for a living, is very sensitive to
the cork-taint problem and will notice it immediately upon sticking
the nose inside the glass. For both these groups of professionals, cork- Len Napolitano lives in San Luis Obispo County and is certified in wine by the Society of Wine Educators,
Wine & Spirits Education Trust and Chicago Wine School and continually gains knowledge from his frequent
tainted wine goes immediately down the drain. contact with California winemakers. More information is on his website, www.wineology.com.
Twist caps are said by some to age a wine more consistently and Send your questions about wine to: wineologist@earthlink.net or by mail to Len Napolitano in care of
naturally than cork closures. Because metallic twist caps are relatively Wine Country This Week magazine. Wineology is a registered trademark of Len Napolitano.

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More Than 250 Quality Wines Under $25 at Wine Garage


Hidden next to a dilapidated ’40s-era former filling station on Highway 29 in verbal description of a customer’s favorite wine and translate that into a recommen-
Calistoga lies the Wine Garage. A unique wine shop in Napa Valley that retails all dation for sometimes a third of the cost. “I have people all over the country that use
wine in the store under $25. Sound crazy? Its true. And the proprietors Todd and me as their local wine shop. I ship right to their door – and the cost of the shipping
Joy Miller, have hit on a niche in the Valley that had been very missed by the locals is a drop in the bucket compared to what they save on the cost of the wine.
there. Miller gets deals on Napa wine too. “I have winemakers from small wineries
“There are a lot of winemakers here that can’t afford to drink the wine they stop in every week saying ‘I have something that will fit into the store,’ if they only
make” says Miller. “That’s crazy, yes, but who can afford to drink a $65 bottle with have 15 or 25 cases of an end-of-vintage wine – I am the perfect outlet for them.”
dinner every night?” So head up to the Wine Garage and check out the best deals in the Valley at
Many people miss The Wine Garage on the first try upvalley, but the search is 1020 Foothill Blvd (Hwy 29), Calistoga, CA 94515. For more information, call
well worth it. Miller stocks wine from all of California’s wine growing regions (707) 942-5332. You can also check out the website at winegarage.net.
including fifty Napa selections and 40 from Sonoma County. When he first sought
out buying the initial inventory, “I enlisted a local farmer buddy and his 15-foot
box van and off we went all over California hunting down the deals. I tried to seek
out the small producers who didn’t have distributors so I could pass the savings
on to my customers.” And Miller did just that. His store is stocked with high-
quality juice all under $25 and all are unique. Most labels in the shop are unrec-
ognizable – but all pass the same test; everything passes over Miller’s lips before
he makes a buy. “If I don’t love it, I don’t buy it, period. Sometimes I will taste
over a hundred wines in one day, load up the truck and haul it up to Calistoga,
unload at the store, and maybe I will crawl in bed by 3 a.m. Needless to say my
buddy bowed out of the deal after their second trip. I initially recruited him on a
‘hey lets go wine tasting in Santa Barbara’ until he realized how much work it
entailed. Poor guy, he had to be at the farm at 5 in the morning.”
It is all worth it. Millers’ customers love him. He has a unique ability to hear a

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NAPA VALLEY ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS ONGOING


Cooking Demonstrations at The DeBaun Theatre Wine Tasting Options
ONGOING St. Helena, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, $12.50 Bell Wine Cellars, Yountville, 10:30am-4pm, 707-944-1673, www.bellwine.com
Joseph Phelps Vineyards: 707-967-2320, wsgr@culinary.edu, www.ciachef.edu • Current Release Tasting, $15
Tastings & Seminars ONGOING • Reserve Tasting with cheese pairing, $25
An opportunity to participate in a wide range of excellent seminars. 1 ½ hours Ansel Adams – John Muir Trail Exhibit • Clonal Tasting with cheese pairing, $75
11am daily; 2:30pm, Monday-Friday & 2pm, Saturday & Sunday. $40 Mumm Winery, Rutherford, 10am-5pm daily • Blending Seminar, $75, 4-10 people
free for wine club members, RSVP 707-967-3720, details www.jpvwines.com 800-MUM-NAPA, www.mummnapa.com • Clone 6 Library Tasting, $250
· Insignia Blending · Le Nez • Sonnette Library Tasting, $75
· Tasting Terroir · Wine Appreciation ONGOING • Large Group Tastings, $20, 11+ people
· Cool California (Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir) Reserve Tour & Tasting • Grape to Glass Tour, $45, weekends, spring-fall
· Barrel seminars (Napa Valley Cab) at Sterling Vineyards
Calistoga, 11am, Private tasting in the Reserve Room after the tour, $45 ONGOING
ONGOING Tasting at Grgich Hills Estate
800-726-6136, www.sterlingvineyards.com
Fumé Bistro & Bar Happy Hour Rutherford, 9:30am-4:30pm, tours at 11am & 2pm, $10
Napa, Spirit & snack specials, wine & beer, 4-6pm ONGOING Wine library tasting/$30, Barrel tasting on most Fridays 2-4pm
707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com VIP Tasting & Artisan Barrel Factory Tour 707-963-2784, www.grgich.com
Bourassa Vineyards, Napa, Mon-Fri by appointment, $15 mid-week special
ONGOING WEEKENDS EXCEPT 4TH WEEKEND ONGOING
Mention this listing, 800-499-2366, www.bourassavineyards.com
Wine Component Tasting Seminar Tastings & Tours at Artesa Winery
at Merryvale Vineyards ONGOING
Napa, RSVP, 877-224-8309, www.artesawinery.com
St. Helena, 10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members Tours & Tasting at ZD Wines
• Vino con Queso, Wine & Cheese Experience, $40
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com Rutherford, RSVP 800-487-7757, www.zdwines.com
• Daily Guided Tours
• Traditional Tasting, $10, daily 10am-4pm
EVERY 4TH WEEKEND • Vines & Wines, A Vineyard Tour, $40
• Premier Tasting, $15, daily 10am-4pm
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar ONGOING
• Private Group Tasting, $20, by appt
at Merryvale Vineyards
• Cellar Tour & Tasting, $25, 1pm weekends & holidays, M-F by appt Tours & Tasting at Black Stallion Winery
10:30am-12:30pm, $20, free/club members, St. Helena
• Vineyard View Tasting, $40, Sat-Sun 11am, M-F by appt Napa, 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400, www.blackstallionwinery.com
707-963-7777, www.merryvale.com
• Abacus Tasting, $600 for 4-6 people, by appt • Regular tasting, $10
ONGOING • Wine Train, $180 • Reserve tasting, $35, Sat-Sun
Napa Valley Wine Train Artisan cheese additional $7.50/person
Napa, 800-427-4124, www.winetrain.com ONGOING
Tastings at the Popcorn Bar at Flora Springs Winery ONGOING
• Feb 13: Valentines Day
St. Helena,10am-5pm, 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com Educational Tours & Wine Tasting
• Feb 14: Valentines Day
• It’s All About You Tasting, $15 • Everybody’s Talking Tasting, $25 at Castello di Amorosa
• Feb 20: Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
ONGOING THURSDAY - SATURDAY Calistoga, 707-967-6272, RSVP, www.castellodiamorosa.com
• Feb 27: Moonlight Escape, Full Snow Moon
Temptastings in the Temptation Cave • Regular tour & tasting, $25-$40 • Reserve tour & tasting, $35-$50
• Mar 5: Vintners Lunch
at Flora Springs Winery • Tasting only, $10-$25 • Young adult tours, $15-$20
ONGOING • Napa Valley Neighbor Program • Private VIP tours
St. Helena,11am & 2pm, $25, $15/member
Napa Valley Opera House
RSVP 707-967-8032, www.florasprings.com THIRD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
1030 Main Street, Napa, 707-226-7372, www.nvoh.org
• Feb 13: The Bobby Hutcherson Quartet ONGOING Bacchus That Rascal
• Feb 17-20: The Shape of Things by Neil Labute Tastings at Silverado Vineyards Clos Pegase, Calistoga, free, 2pm, Multi-media presentation “History of Wine“
• Mar 6: Wailin’ Jennys Napa, 707-259-6611, 800-997-1770x611, www.silveradovineyards.com 707-942-4981, www.clospegase.com
• Mar 7: Pocket Opera, La Cenerentola (Cinderella) • Saddleblock Vineyard Tasting, $75 LAST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
ONGOING • Library Tasting, $75 Winemaker Dinners at Fumé Bistro
Live at the Lincoln Theater • Daily Tasting Room Flights, Estate/$10, Premier/$20 Napa, Local favorite wineries are spotlighted in a four-course dinner. $60
Yountville, 707-944-1300, www.lincolntheater.com • Public Tours & Tasting, 10:30am & 2:30pm, $15 RSVP, 707-257-1999, www.fumebistro.com
• Private Tour and or Tasting, 15-25 guests, $20/tour, $25/tour & tasting
• Feb 13: Napa Valley Youth Symphony Presents The Red Gala EVERY SATURDAY
• Feb 11: Trio Los Panchos ONGOING ZD Wines: Wine & Cheese Seminar
• Feb 14: Simply Sinatra Appellation Tastings at Elizabeth Spencer Rutherford, Includes visit to Wine Library & Cellar, 11am, $40
• Feb 28: Moscow Circus Rutherford, 10:45am & 4pm by appointment, $40 800-487-7757 x107, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
ONGOING 707-963-6067, www.elizabethspencerwines.com
EVERY SUNDAY
di Rosa Preserve Art & Nature ONGOING Sensory Component Tasting at ZD Wines
Napa, 707-226-5991, www.dirosapreserve.org Vineyard & Winery Tours Rutherford, 11am by appointment only, $20, 707-963-5188, www.zdwines.com
• Through Feb 20: Altered States, The Collection in Context at Raymond Vineyards
• Mar 6: Opening Reception, MFA Selections, A Salute to St. Helena, 11am (by appt), $15, Group tours available (by appt) EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Bay Area Emerging Artists 800-525-2659x620, www.raymondvineyards.com Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairings
• Mar 6 – June 5: MFA Selections, A Salute to Bay Area Emerging Artists at Havens Wine Cellars
ONGOING Napa, 10am-4:30pm, 707-261-2000, www.havenswine.com
ONGOING Wine Tasting Experiences
Buon Amici Members & Guests at Benessere Vineyards EVERY SATURDAY
Benessere Vineyards, St. Helena,10am-4:30pm St. Helena, 707-963-5853x105, www.benesserevineyards.com, by appt Chocolate & Red Wine Saturdays
707-963-5853, www.benesserevineyards.com • Personalized Wine Flights, daily, $10 at Bennett Lane Winery
• Members Only New Release Tastings • Vineyards Walking Tour & Tasting, M-W, 10:30am, $15 Calistoga, 10am-5pm, www.bennettlane.com, 707-942-6684
• Barrel Tastings by appointment • Fudge Pairing Experience, Sun, 10:30am, $15 ONGOING SATURDAYS
• Vertical Tastings by appointment • Barrel Tasting, RSVP, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $20 Napa Riverwalk with Historian George Webber
• Wine & Cheese Pairing by appointment • Barrel Tasting & Current Release, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25 2 hour tour with tales & lore of old town Napa, 10am, $20, 707-251-8500
ONGOING • Barrel Tasting & Vertical, Tues, Sat-Sun, 11am, $25
• Group Tasting, Sat-Sun, 1:30pm, $15 ONGOING
Jefferson House Reserve Room Tasting Friday Night Winemaker Events
at Monticello Vineyards ONGOING Napa, 5-7pm, JV Wine & Spirits, $2, 707-253-2624, www.jvwine.com
Napa, Reserve Wine Seminar, Corley Family Napa Valley $25 Tours & Tastings at Andretti Winery
RSVP 707-253-2802 x18, www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com Napa , 877-386-5070x222, www.andrettiwinery.com ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 3
• Individual Tastings, $12 Dinah Cross James’ Art Exhibit at Robert Mondavi
ONGOING Oakville, 10am-5pm, www.robertmondaviwinery.com, 707-968-2200
Visitor Programs at Robert Mondavi Winery • Private Winery Tour & Tasting, $15/tour, $20/tour & tasting
For details, 888-RMONDAVI x2, www.robertmondavi.com • Food & Wine Pairing ONGOING THROUGH MARCH 13
• The Signature Tour & Tasting • The Wine Tasting Basics • Vineyard Tour Changing Earth: Photographer’s
• The Exclusive Cellar Tasting • Tasting Beyond the Basics • Blending Class Call to Action Photo Exhibit
• The “Harvest of Joy”Tour & Lunch • Wine Sensory Seminar Mumm Napa, Rutherford. 10am-5pm, www.mummnapa.com, 707-967-7700

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Annual Love Fest Dinner in the Cask Room The Grand Dinner
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena, www.merryvale.com, 707-963-2225 ONGOING SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Brix, Yountville, 6pm
Wine & Food Sampling at Hop Kiln
FEBRUARY 13 www.mustardfestival.com, 707-938-1133
Russian River Valley, Visit the historic tasting room to enjoy delicious wine &
Top 100 Cabs of the Napa Valley FEBRUARY 20 sample over 80 food items in their gourmet marketplace, 10am-5pm
Bayleaf Restaurant, Napa, 3-6pm, $95www.Top100Cabs.com Napa Valley Symphony Mardi Gras Express 707-433-6491, www.hopkilnwinery.com

FEBRUARY 13 Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, 5pm, $225 ONGOING


Valentine’s Day Dinner www.napavalleysymphony.org Vineyard Walk & Photography Workshop
at B.R. Cohn Winery
Paraduxx, Napa, 6-10pm, $135, $95/members, 707-967-2031 FEBRUARY 21 Glen Ellen, 10am-1pm, $45, $35/members
FEBRUARY 13-14 Cooking Class with Chef Mike C 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com
Port, Chocolate & More Cedar Gables Inn, Napa, $95, www.cedargablesinn.com, RSVP, 707-224-7969
ONGOING
at Beringer Vineyards MARCH 6-7 Exclusive Wine & Cheese Tasting
St. Helena, 11am-4pm, $12, $7/members & guests Mustard, Music & Mud – at B.R. Cohn Winery
www.beringer.com, 707-963-8989x2225 A Calistoga Jazz Festival Glen Ellen, 11am & 3pm, $25, $20/members
Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Downtown Calistoga, 1-6pm 707-931-7924x123, www.brcohn.com
FEBRUARY 14
Sweet Treats at Judd’s Hill Winery www.calistogajazz.com, 707-942-6333 ONGOING
Napa, 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Party, 12-3pm, free/members, $35/general www.mustardfestival.org, 707-938-1133 Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
www.juddshill.com, 707-255-2332 Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600, wellsfargocenterarts.org
MARCH 7
• Feb 13-15: Santa Rosa Symphony Set Five
FEBRUARY 20 32nd Annual Running of the Kaiser Permanente • Feb 19: Stellaluna
A Good Thing Growing Napa Valley Marathon • Feb 26: Great Moments in Opera
St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School’s 23rd Annual Wine Tasting & Auction Silverado Trail, from Calistoga to Vintage High in Napa • Feb 27-28: Symphony Pops Oscar-Winning Music
Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena, 6-10pm, $40, $60/door, 707-968-9332 www.napavalleymarathon.org, 707-255-2609 • Mar 5: Ferdinand the Bull

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Spreckels Performing Arts Center Tours, Tastings & Seminars Farm to Table Dinner – Winter Edition
Rohnert Park, 707-588-3400, www.spreckelsonline.com at St. Francis Winery Quivira Winery, Healdsburg, 4-8pm, 800-292-8339, www.quivirawine.com
• Feb 13: Craig Jessup sings Rodgers with Hart Santa Rosa, Ten person minimum, Call for more information & reservations
FEBRUARY 13
• Feb 19-28: Actor’s Theater for Children presents Fairytale Follies 888-675-WINE(9463)x255, www.stfranciswinery.com
Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner
• Winery Tour & Tasting, 1.5 hours, $25
ONGOING THURSDAYS Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg, 6:30-9:30pm, $350
• Vineyards Tour & Tasting, 1 hour, $20
Thirsty Thursdays at Anaba www.lambertbirdge.com, 707-431-4670
• Blending Seminar, 1.5 hour, $65
Sonoma, Enjoy complimentary cheese & crackers to pair with your wine FEBRUARY 13
tasting. 4-5:30pm, 707-996-4188, www.anabawines.com ONGOING Valentine’s Winery Dinner at St. Francis
Guided Winery Tours at Gloria Ferrer
ONGOING SUNDAYS Santa Rosa, 6:30pm, $125, $105/public, RSVP, 888-675-WINEx255
Sonoma, 11am, 1 & 3pm, $10, 707-996-7256, www.gloriaferrer.com
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brunch www.stfranciswinery.com
at the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13
Sonoma, 9am-1pm, 707-938-9000, www.fairmont.com.sonoma The Art of Winemaking Workshop Art from the Heart 2010
Petroni Vineyards, Sonoma, 10:30am-12pm 26th Annual Benefit Auction, University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University
ONGOING 707-935-8311, www.petronivineyards.com Rohnert Park, 707-664-2295, 6-9pm, $30
Live Shows at Hopmonk Tavern
ONGOING TUESDAYS FEBRUARY 13-14
Sebastopol, 707-829-7300, www.hopmonk.com
Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts & Farmers’ Market Valentine’s Day Food Pairing
• Feb 11: Nick Thayer
Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg, Market: 4-6:30pm at Deerfield Ranch Winery
• Feb 12: LoCura
707-431-1956, www.healdsburgfarmersmarket.org Kenwood, 10:30am-4:30pm, members/free, $15/general
• Feb 13: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
• Feb 15, 22: DJ’s Jacques and Guacamole LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH www.deerfieldranch.com, 707-833-5215
• Feb17: The Bridge 50 Mile AV Vintner's Dining FEBRUARY 13-14
Glen Ellen, Barrel tasting & Old Vine Pinot Noir & Syrahs from Ashton Vineyard.
• Feb 18: INI Ravenswood Sweethearts Weekend
Foods sourced locally. 4-7PM, RSVP, 707-935-3456, ashtonwines.com
• Feb 19: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Sonoma, 11am-4pm, $15, 707-933-2336, www.ravenswood-wine.com
• Feb 20: The Green String Farm Band ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 13-14
• Feb 21: Vagabond Opera Tour & Taste at The Olive Press Olive Oyl & Foccacia
• Feb 25: MC Yogi Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 707-939-8900
Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma, 11am-4pm
• Feb 26: New Monsoon www.olivepress.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
www.cornerstonesonoma.com, 707-933-3010
• Feb 27: Mimosa ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 13-14
ONGOING Tasting Room Sampling at Viansa Winery President’s Day Open House
Terroir & History Tour at Chateau St. Jean Sonoma, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, 800-995-4740 at Chateau St. Jean
Kenwood, A visit to Chateau St. Jean lifts all of your senses. www.viansa.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival Kenwood, 11am-5pm, 707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com
Complimentary, 11am-2pm, 707-833-4134, www.chateaustjean.com ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 19
ONGOING Estate Olive Oil, Vinegar & Wine Tasting Dinner with the Winemaker Series
at BR Cohn Winery featuring Ferrari-Carano
Wine & Food Pairing at Kendall-Jackson
Glen Ellen, 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival at the Bay View Restaurant
Fulton, Special reserve food & wine tasting, 10am-4pm, $25
707-938-4064x124, www.brcohn.com, www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival Inn at the Tides , Bodega Bay, 800-541-7788, www.innatthetides.com
707-571-7500, www.kj.com
ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 FEBRUARY 21
ONGOING THURSDAY-SATURDAY
Char Wood Exhibit, Master Painter & Colorist Sonoma Winter Artisan Cheese Fair
Michel-Schlumberger Winery Green Tour Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate, Healdsburg
Healdsburg, 10:30am, $25, 800-447-3060, www.michelschlumberger.com MacArthur Place, Sonoma, 1-4pm, $20, www.sheanadavis.com, 707-935-7960
707-433-7427, www.artwanted.com/artychic
FEBRUARY 22-28
ONGOING MONDAY-SATURDAY ONGOING THROUGH APRIL Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Robert Young Estate Winery Vineyard Tours Fine Art of Twyla Gettert at Charles Creek Over 50 Sonoma County restaurants are participating. Enjoy 3-course prix-fixe
& Tasting in a Remodeled Grape Gondola Vineyard Tasting Room & Gallery dinners for $19, $29 or $39. www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org
Geyserville, 11:30am, $10, box lunch provided for $20 Sonoma Plaza, 11am-6pm, 707-935-3848, www.TwylaGettert.com
707-431-4811, www.ryew.com FEBRUARY 25
FEBRUARY 12 Winemaker Dinner Series:
ONGOING FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Valentine’s Day Club Dinner Buena Vista/Atlas Peak Team Dinner
‘Come Crush With Us’ at Icaria Creek Winery at Chateau St. Jean Santé Restaurant, Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma
Winemaker Jeff Smith leads a tasting of bottled & barreled wines Member Exclusive, Kenwood, 6:30-10pm, $150 www.fairmont.com/sonoma, 707-939-2415
RSVP, 707-486-9623, www.icariawinery.com www.chateaustjean.com, RSVP, 707-833-4134x5258
FEBRUARY 27
ONGOING WEEKENDS FEBRUARY 12-14 The Ark Open House
Wine & Chocolate Pairings at Fritz Winery Olive Festival Finale Weekend Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville, 11am-4pm
Cloverdale, 10:30am-4:30pm, $5 tasting fee covers the pairing 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Olive Festival, Various events & locations www.sbragia.com, 707-473-2992
707-894-3389, www.fritzwinery.com in Sonoma Valley. www.sonomavalley.com/OliveFestival
FEBRUARY 27
EVERY WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12-14 Le Carnaval de St. Francis Auction
Romantic Rendezvous Cline Cellars, Sonoma, Benefits St. Francis Solano School, $90
Santa Rosa Original Farmers’ Market
Wine Country Weekend RSVP, 707-996-4994, www.clinecellars.com
Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building parking lot, 8:30am-noon, 707-522-8629
Vintners Inn & Ferrari-Carano, Healdsburg, www.fcwinery.com, 707-433-6700
EVERY FRIDAY MORNING MARCH 6-7 & 13-14
FEBRUARY 13 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting
Sonoma Valley Farmers’ Market Wine Club Valentine’s Dinner Along the Wine Road
Depot Park, Sonoma, 9am-noon, 707-538-7023 at Wilson Winery Russian River Wine Road, Visit participating wineries!
ONGOING FRIDAYS-MONDAYS Healdsburg, 707-433-4355, www.wilsonwinery.com 11am-4pm, $20/adv, $30, www.wieneroad.com, 800-723-6336
Hanna Winery Reserve Tasting Gallery FEBRUARY 13 707-521-2534, www.rrvw.org
Alexander Valley, Taste limited-production reserve Bismark Mountain wines Valentine’s Day Party – Love at First Sip LAKE/MENDOCINO
paired with local artisanal cheese selections from The Cheese Shop in Exclusively for Wine Club Members, Ledson Winery, Kenwood, 7-11pm
Healdsburg, $10pp, 707-431-4310, www.hannawinery.com $250/couple, www.ledsonwinery.com, RSVP, 707-537-3823 EVERY SECOND SATURDAY
ONGOING Food & Wine Pairings
FEBRUARY 13
Wine Experiences at Chateau St. Jean Valentine Food & Wine Pairing McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 707-744-1986, www.mcnabridge.com
Kenwood, Ten person minimum, 2 hours, $50, by appointment Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sonoma, 2-5pm, $100, $75/members ONGOING
707-833-4134x5258, www.chateaustjean.com www.nicholsonranch.com, 707-938-8822 Skunk Train
• Cinq Cépages Blending Seminar, Eight person minimum, 2 hours, $75 FEBRUARY 13 866-457-5865, Fort Bragg, www.skunktrain.com
• Cinq Cépages Component Tasting, Eight person minimum, 1.5 hours, $25 25th Annual Sweetheart Gala & Auction ONGOING FRIDAYS
• Private VIP Wine Tasting, 10:30am, 1 & 3pm, $25, 1 hour Valley of the Moon Boys & Girls Club, Sonoma, 5:30-9pm Tuscan Village Music Art Series
• Box Lunch Prgram with Tour 707-938-8544, www.bgcvom.org Terrill Cellars, Lower Lake, 6-9pm, www.terrillcellars.com, 707-994-3354

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Venetian Carnival Masquerade Party at Rosa D‘Oro 5th Annual International Alsace Varietals Festival Chinese New Year Festival
Kelseyville, 6-9pm, $5, www.rosadeorowine.com, 707-279-0483 Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, Mendocino County Fairgrounds For all events www.chineseparade.com/calendar.asp, 415-986-1370
Boonville & participating wineries, www.avwines.com, 707-895-WINE
FEBRUARY 13 ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY 20-21 A Sweet Matrimony of Chocolate & Wine
Valentine’s Day Barrel Tasting & Food & Wine Pairings
Symphony of the Redwoods Winter Concert in The Lobby Lounge
McNab Ridge Tasting Room, Hopland, 10am-5pm
Cotton Auditorium, Fort Bragg, 707-964-0898 The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 11am, $33
www.mcnabridge.com, 707-744-1986 www.symphonyoftheredwoods.org www.ritzcarlton.com/sanfrancisco, 800-241-3333
FEBRUARY 13 FEBRUARY 27-28 FEBRUARY 13-14
4th Annual Wine & Chocolate 17th Annual Winter Music Festival Woo at the Zoo
Live music, olive oil tasting & more! Mt. Konocti Growers, Lakeport Soper-Reese Community Theatre, Lakeport San Francisco Zoo, San Francisco, $75,www.sfzoo.org, 415-753-7080
12-4pm, $35/adv, $40, 888-775-8336, 707-262-1611 www.lakecountyartscouncil.com, 707-263-0577
FEBRUARY 14
FEBRUARY 13 Valentine’s Lunch in The Lobby Lounge
In Love with Redwood Valley
BAY AREA The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 11:30am-2pm, $65
A day of wine, spirits & chocolate! Visit participating Redwood Valley wineries. www.ritzcarlton.com/sanfrancisco, 800-241-3333
SAN FRANCISCO
11am-5pm, $15, www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com, 800-760-3739 FEBRUARY 14
ONGOING
Valentine’s Dinner in The Dining Room
FEBRUARY 20 The Walt Disney Family Museum
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 5-9:30pm, $175
Food & Wine Pairing & Release Party The Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, 415-345-6816
www.ritzcarlton.com/sanfrancisco, 800-241-3333
Tulip Hill Winery, Nice, 1-5pm, www.tuliphillwinery.com, 707-274-9373 www.waltdisney.org
• Ongoing through February 27: Film, Lady and the Tramp FEBRUARY 20
FEBRUARY 20 • Feb 13: Disney Discoveries, Valentines Pop-Up Card San Francisco Chronicle
Living History Day • Feb 14: Reel Delicious, Food & Wine in Film Wine Competition Public Tasting
Lower Lake Historic Schoolhouse Museum, Lower Lake, 11am-4pm, free • Feb 21: The American Land, Music of the New World Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 2-5pm, $60/adv, $80
707-995-3565 • Feb 26-27: Look Closer, The Hat Bronzed with Love www.winejudging.com, 650-548-6700

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Discounts FEBRUARY 23
Nemerever Napa Valley Wine Dinner
ONGOING
Wine Cave Tasting Experience
Campton Place, San Francisco, Tasting & Dinner with Proprietor William Wente Vineyards, Livermore, 1 & 3pm, $20, $15/wine club members
Nemerever, $150, 415-955-5574, Richard.Dean@tajhotels.com RSVP, 925-456-2405, www.wentevineyards.com/caves
ANDRETTI WINERY
FEBRUARY 26-28 ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 28
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 7 Porcelain by Eugenia Zobel
Pacific Orchid Exposition
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, www.orchidsanfrancisco.com, 415-665-2468 Exhibit on display, Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, www.WenteVineyards.com
BERINGER VINEYARDS MARIN COUNTY FEBRUARY 13
2 for 1 Tasting in the Rhine House ONGOING St. Valentine’s Day Massacre/ Syrah Release Party
with ad PAGE 10 Marin Center in San Rafael Nottingham Cellars, Livermore, 5-10pm, $65
415-499-6800, www.co.marin.ca.us www.nottinghamcellars.com, 925-294-8647

CALIFORNIA WINE TOURS • Feb 12: Coppélia, Moscow Festival Ballet FEBRUARY 13 & 14
• Feb 13: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Valentine’s Dinner at Garré Vineyard
Tours and tastings PAGE 27 • Feb 19: The Chieftains with Paddy Moloney Reservations required, call for details, 925-371-8200, garrewinery.com
SAN MATEO COUNTY FEBRUARY 13-15
CHATEAU ST. JEAN ONGOING WEEKENDS 27th Annual Barrel Tasting
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 57 Vintner Series at the Ritz-Carlton Fenestra Winery, Livermore, 12-5pm, $5
Half Moon Bay, 650-712-7000, www.ritzcarlton/hmb www.fenestrawinery.com, 925-447-5246
• Feb: Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce Wineries
FOLIO WINEMAKERS’ STUDIO • Mar: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
FEBRUARY 14
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 79 Chocolate & Cabernet Sauvignon
FEBRUARY 13 McGrail Vineyards, Livermore, 12-4pm, $15
Romance Dinner in Navio www.mcgrailvineyards.com, 925-215-0717
GOLDEN HAVEN The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 6 & 8:30pm FEBRUARY 20
Mud Treatment for 2, www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040, $85 Release of Irish Mile Chardonnay
$54 per person PAGE 3 FEBRUARY 13-14 McGrail Vineyards, Livermore, 12-5pm, $5
Valentine’s Dessert in the Conservatory Lounge www.mcgrailvineyards.com, 925-215-0717
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 11am-11pm
HAGAFEN CELLARS www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040, $24/couple
www.mitchellkatzwinery.com, 925-931-0744
NORTH CENTRAL COAST
Free tasting with ad PAGE 7 FEBRUARY 14
Valentine’s Brunch & Dinner in Navio ONGOING
Sunset Cultural Center-Carmel
JESSUP CELLARS The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Carmel, 831-620-2048, www.sunsetcenter.com
Complimentary tasting www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040
• Feb 12: Craig Ferguson
for two with ad PAGE 38 FEBRUARY 14 • Feb 14: Gustavo Romero
Jazz Romance Dinner in Miramar
• Feb 19: ATOS Piano Trio
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, 6 & 8:30pm
KENDALL-JACKSON WINERY www.ritzcarlton.com/hmb, 650-712-7040, $280/couple
• Feb 21-22: Monterey Symphony Concert Four
• Feb 27: Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber
Complimentary reserve tasting SANTA CLARA COUNTY • Feb 28: Christine Ebersole
with ad PAGE 23 ONGOING ONGOING
Concerts at Montalvo Arts Center Live Music at KRML Radio
LOUIS M. MARTINI Saratoga, 408-961-5858, www.montalvoarts.org The Eastwood Building, Carmel, 831-624-6432, www.krmlradio.com
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 31 FEBRUARY 14 ONGOING
Valentine’s Day Dinner Thursday Night Music Series
Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin, www.closlachance.com, 800-ITS-WINE Bargetto Winery, Soquel, Enjoy music, food & Bargetto wine! 6-8pm
MARTIN RAY WINERY 831-475-2258x11, www.bargetto.com
FEBRUARY 15
15% discount with ad PAGE 47 President’s Day ONGOING TUESDAYS
Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin, 11am-5pm Farmers’ Market at the Barnyard
MURPHY-GOODE WINERY www.closlachance.com, 800-ITS-WINE Carmel, Organic fruit, vegetables & flowers, 11am-3pm, 831-624-8886
Mention ad for 10% discount PAGE 46 ALAMEDA COUNTY ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
FEBRUARY 14 Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row
OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER Closing Party for San Francisco Beer Week Monterey, Family fun, music, fine dining & great discounts, 4-8pm
Trumer Brauerei, Berkeley, $40, 4-8pm, 510-526-1160 831-649-6690
$1 off with ad PAGE 34
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY ONGOING THIRD THURSDAYS
Monterey Museum of Art
PINK MANSION MARCH 3
Monterey, Evening of music, wine and hors d'oeuvres, 5-7pm, 831-372-5477
Grgich Hills Dinner
15% off with ad at check-in PAGE 34 Amber Bistro, Danville, 925-552-5238, www.grgich.com EVERY THIRD WEEKEND OF THE MONTH
LIVERMORE Open for Tasting
SONOMA WINE HARDWARE ONGOING
Martin Ranch Winery, Gilroy, 11am-4pm, $10/refundable w/purchase
Free offer PAGE 4 Bankhead Theatre
free/club members, 408-842-9197, www.martinranchwinery.com
Livermore Valley performing Arts Center, Livermore EVERY TUESDAY
STAGECOACH EXPRESS 925-373-6800, www.livermoreperformingarts.org Focus on Monterey County Wines
• Feb 9: TAO Cepage Wine Bar, Rancho Cellars, Carmel, 3-8pm
Complimentary 831-625-5646, www.ranchocellars.com
• Feb 12: New Orleans Bash
shipping box PAGE 27 • Feb 12: Pink Floyd Laser Extravaganza ONGOING THROUGH FEBRUARY 14
• Feb 13: Youth and Adventure West Side Story
SUMMERS WINES • Feb 14: It’s Magic! Golden Bough Theatre, Carmel, www.pacrep.org, 831-622-0100
• Feb 18: From Gabrieli to Copland
10% discount with ad PAGE 35 • Feb 20: Di Wu, Piano
ONGOING FRIDAYS THROUGH FEBRUARY 26
Jazz in the Cellars
• Feb 21: Judy, Judy, Judy
TRENTADUE WINERY PAGE 47 • Feb 27: Vagabound Opera
Bargetto Winery, Soquel, www.bargetto.com, 831-475-2258x11

Complimentary tasting with ad • Mar 5: Mad Science CSI: Live ONGOING WEEKENDS THROUGH MARCH 28
• Mar 6: Battlefield Band Rain Forest Weekends
• Mar 7: Mozart’s Requiem Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton, 831-335-4484, www.roaringcamp.com
WILLIAM HILL
2 for 1 tasting with ad PAGE 31
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Land & Sea: Paintings and Photographs Live Music and Wine Specials! Harpist Anna Maria Mendieta
of Monterey & Beyond David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 8pm, no cover charge Bret Harte Theatre, Angels Camp, 209-754-1774, 3pm
Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, www.montereyart.org, 831-372-5477 www.davidgirardvineyards.com, 530-295-1833 FEBRUARY 21
• Feb 12: Frankie Soul Cooking Class: Skills Part 3, Oven Roasting
FEBRUARY 13
• Feb 19: Tessa Evans & Tom Whinnery Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 11:30am, $75
Migration Festival
• Feb 26: Jonny Mojo www.ironstonevineyards.com, 209-728-1251
Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz11am-4pm
• Mar 5: Dane Drewis
831-423-4609, www.santacruzstatepartks.org SACRAMENTO VALLEY
FEBRUARY 12-15
FEBRUARY 13 ONGOING
Valentine’s Passport River Road Wine Trail Private Tastings with Food Pairings
Winery by the Creek, Fair Play, $25, free/members Sacramento River Train
Visit 12 wineries along the trail! 11am-4pm, $20, www.riverroadwinetrail.com 800-866-1690, www.sacramentorivertrain.com
www.winerybythecreek.com, 530-620-2402
FEBRUARY 13 • Feb 13: Valentine’s Dinner
FEBRUARY 12-15
Valentine’s Weekend Getaway • Feb 27: Murder Mystery
Bottle Your Own Wine
Chateau Coralini, Salinas, www.chateaucoralini.com, 831-455-2100 ONGOING
Charles B Mitchell, Fair Play, 530-620-3467
FEBRUARY 13 Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
FEBRUARY 13 U.C. Davis, 866-754-ARTS, www.mondaviarts.org
Valentine Wine Festival Starring The Groove Kings
Wine & Chocolate
Kirigin Cellars, Gilroy, 1-5pm, www.kirigincellars.com, 408-847-8827 • Feb 12-21: Dances for Non-Fictional Bodies (excerpt) and Blue Jointedness
Boeger Winery, Placerville, 11am-4pm, $20, $15/member
FEBRUARY 14 • Feb 14: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
www.boegerwinery.com, 800-655-2634x18
Heart for Haiti • Feb 17: The Chieftains
FEBRUARY 13 • Feb 18: Russian National Orchestra
Baja Cantina, Carmel, www.bajacantina.com, 831-372-2259
Triumphant Blending • Feb 19-20: The Butterfly Lovers by Beijing Dance Academy Youth Dance Co.
FEBRUARY 19 Crystal Basin Cellars, 6pm, $75, Camino, 530-647-1767 • Feb 24-26: Joe Goode Performance Group, Wonderboy & 29 Effeminate Gestures
Chocolate & Wine Tasting • Feb 26: Arianna Huffington
FEBRUARY 13-15
Monterey Public Library, Monterey, 7-9pm, $25/adv, $30 • Feb 27: Joshua Bell, Violin & Jeremy Denk, piano
Presidential Port Weekend
831-646-5601, www.monterey.org/library • Feb 27-28: The American Piano
Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474
FEBRUARY 20 FEBRUARY 13-14
FEBRUARY 20
Clam Chowder Cook-Off Petite Sirah Port Weekend
Mardi Gras at Perry Creek Winery
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Bogle Winery, Clarksburg, 11am-5pm, $5
Fair Play, 12-4pm, RSVP, $5/members, $10/general
www.beachboardwalk.com, 831-423-5590 www.boglewinery.com, 916-744-1139
www.perrycreek.com, 530-620-5175
FEBRUARY 20-21
FEBRUARY 20
Shark Days
Wells on Wine – WOW! Wine Classes: SUISUN VALLEY
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
Rhone Varietals & Blending Class
www.montereybayaquarium.org, 831-648-4800 FEBRUARY 27
David Girard Vineyards, Placerville, 10am or 1pm
FEBRUARY 21 www.davidgirardvineyards.com, RSVP, 530-295-1833 New Release at Vezer Family Vineyard:
1st Annual Sparkling Wine Disgorging Party 2008 Sauvignon Blanc
FEBRUARY 20 Suisun Valley, www.vezerfamilyvineyard.com, 707-344-0334
Pessagno Winery, Salinas, www.pessagnowines.com, 831-675-9463
Winemaker Dinner
FEBRUARY 23 Jodar Vineyards, Placerville, www.jodarwinery.com, 530-644-3474
16th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains LODI/WOODBRIDGE
FEBRUARY 26
Ultimate Winemakers’ Dinner
Girls Night Out ONG0ING
Capitola, Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association
Historic Main Street, Placerville, Hutchins Street Square
Shadowbrook Restaurant, $105, 831-685-8463, www.scmwa.com
www.placerville-downtown.org, 530-672-3436 209-333-6782, www.hutchinsstreetsquare.com
FEBRUARY 26-27 AMADOR COUNTY • Feb 14: Ol’ Blue Eyes is Back: A Romantic & Swingin’Tribute to Frank Sinatra
Banff Mountain Film Festival • Feb 15: Daniel Rodriguez
Rio Theater, Santa Cruz, 7-9:45pm MARCH 6-7
Behind the Cellar Door FEBRUARY 13-14
www.uscscrecreation.com, 831-459-2806 13th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Amador Vintner’s Association, Wineries of Amador County, 10am-4pm
FEBRUARY 28 www.amadorwine.com Visit participating Lodi area wineries! 11am-4pm, $35/adv, $45
Wine’d Down Sunday www.lodiwineandchocolate.com
Scheid Vineyards Wine Lounge, Cannery Row, Monterey, 3-6pm CALAVERAS COUNTY
FEBRUARY 13-14
www.scheidvineyards.com, 831-455-9990 SECOND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH 13th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Wines of the World Education Tastings at Woodbridge Winery
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA Murphys Hotel, Murphys, no reservations required, everyone welcome! Woodbridge, 11am-4:30pm, 209-365-8139, www.woodbridgewines.com
5:30pm, $15, 209-736-2949
ONGOING FEBRUARY 13, 21
FEBRUARY 13 Bird Walk
Sierra Railroad Valentine Dinner & Dance
Oakdale, 209-848-2100, www.sierrarailroad.com Heritage Oak Winery, Acampo, 209-329-5490, 9:30am-11:30am
Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 7pm, $65
• Feb 12: Murder Mystery Dinner www.ironstonevineyards.com, RSVP, 209-728-1251x11 FEBRUARY 27
• Feb 13: Valentine’s Brunch & Dinner Jazz at Heritage Oak Winery
• Mar 6: Sunset Dinner FEBRUARY 13 Acampo, 209-329-5490, 2-4:30pm
Rail Jam
FEBRUARY 13-14 Murphys Historic Hotel, Murphys, 209-728-3344
Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Visit 10 wineries in Madera, 10am-5pm, $20/adv, $25 FEBRUARY 13-14
www.maderawinetrail.com, 800-613-0709 President’s Wine Weekend Email Your Events to
Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, visit participating wineries, 11am-5pm
SIERRAS/FOOTHILLS www.calaveraswines.org cathy@WineCountryThisWeek.com
FEBRUARY 14 For best results, send your emails at least 6 to 8
EL DORADO COUNTY Valentine’s Dinner weeks prior to the date of your event. Event listings
ONGOING THURSDAY - SUNDAY Murphys Historic Hotel, Murphys, 209-728-3344
are free, and published as space is available and at
Private Tastings with the Winemaker FEBRUARY 20
Winery By the Creek, Fair Play, Taste with Charles B. Mitchell or a staff wine Comedy Night with Del VanDyke
the discretion of Wine Country This Week.
educator! 11am-5pm, by appointment, $25, $20/members La Contenta, Valley Springs, 209-772-1082
530-620-2402, www.winerybythecreek.com For more event listings throughout
FEBRUARY 20
ONGOING SUNDAYS Mardi Gras Dinner
Northern and Central California, visit
Jam Sessions Every Sunday Afternoon Chatom Vineyards, Douglas Flat, $65/members, $75 www.winecountrythisweek.com
Fitzpatrick Winery, Fair Play, 530-620-3248, www.fitzpatrickwinery.com www.chatomvineyards.com, 209-736-6500

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Winemaker Profile: Napa Cellars & Folie À Deux Wineries

JOE SHIRLEY
by Michelle J. Baker at the two wineries. The Napa Cellars 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Compe-
Chardonnay is made in a very traditional tition.
Back in 2007, Napa Cellars and Folie à style, with full malolactic fermentation and Like most winemakers, Shirley’s favorite
Deux didn’t have to look far or wide to find a one-third new French oak “that adds length time of year is harvest. “It’s true, you can make
great winemaker. No, right down in the cellar and caramel tones but still allows the fruit to bad wine out of good grapes, but you can’t
of sibling Trinchero Napa Valley, was a come through,” says Shirley. make good wine out of bad grapes. I spend a
seasoned young winemaker named Joe Folie à Deux had just skipped a vintage of lot of time in the vineyards making harvest
Shirley with the credentials (a Masters in Chardonnay when Shirley came on board, so decisions. I find that every extra hour spent at
Enology from the University of California at he had a chance to think about how to make harvest time has way more impact than an
Davis), the experience (a couple years at it push those stylistic boundaries. He started hour spent in the cellar in the winter.”
Sonoma-Cutrer before eight years at with the idea of using American oak, an
Shirley’s extra effort is showing in the
Trinchero Napa Valley) and the passion to uncommon (but not unheard of) approach to
quality of the wines at both wineries, and the
make great wine. Chardonnay. He still used one-third new oak,
accolades that have been rolling in. The 2007
Shirley is in the unusual position of being but “because American oak can be so much
Napa Cellars Carneros Pinot Noir racked up
head winemaker of two wineries with two more assertive, we cut the time down to 3-4
90 points from the stingy Connoisseur’s
very different styles. Folie à Deux is known months in oak.” The Folie à Deux
for being innovative, edgy and free-spirited, Chardonnay goes without malolactic fermen- Guide (“I’m still not sure I get the ‘root beer-
while Napa Cellars is known for its more tation. like’ note that they get, but I’ll take it,” says
traditional approach. Of the different style, Both of Shirley’s Chardonnays are Shirley), and the 2006 Napa Cellars Stage-
Shirley says, “We can push the stylistic smashing success stories: the 2007 Napa coach Cabernet Sauvignon recently received
boundaries at Folie à Deux, but Napa Cellars Cellars Chardonnay was the only wine from 92 points in Wine Enthusiast.
has built its reputation on a very traditional the United States to win the prestigious You can taste through Joe Shirley’s great
style of Napa Valley wines.” Trophee de Citadelles in France, the equiva- wines at Napa Cellars/Folie à Deux. The
The distinct philosophies are illustrated in lent of a Gold Medal and Best of Show. tasting room, located at 7481 St. Helena
how Shirley treats the same varietal at the two Meanwhile his 2008 Folie à Deux Highway in Oakville, is open from 10 a.m.
wineries. Take, for example, the Chardonnays Chardonnay just won a double gold at the until 6 p.m. daily

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V. SATTUI WINERY
by Diana Greenwood under their belts. Resident Executive Chef, well with Marketplace fresh bread and blue-
Gerardo Sainato, runs the kitchen with a firm berry cheese.
The “V” in V. Sattui Winery stands for but friendly Italian hand, making fresh-daily In the Premium Tasting you’ll try a flight of
Vittorio, an Italian immigrant who founded the deli items using olive oil from Dario’s orchard six single vineyard and limited release wines for
winery in San Francisco in 1885, and the great- in Italy. Expect friendly, well-informed chatter a $10 fee. One that might be in the line-up is V.
grandfather of Dario Sattui, owner of the estab- about Satuui wines, food pairings, and local Sattui 2006 Reserve Napa Valley Merlot. This
lishment in its current location since 1975. history from the staff. Director of Winemaking wine took three gold medals and the Grand
One of the most enterprising vintners in Cali- Brooks Painter joined the team in 2005 and Harvest Award at the San Diego Wine Compe-
fornia, Dario Sattui created a hub of wine and works closely with Dario Sattui to make more tition. Brooks describes the Reserve Merlot as
food and fun that attracts approximately than 45 wines. There’s something for every deep, with red fruit flavors of cherries and leafy
400,000 visitors a year. But the “V” could also palate, with sparkling wines, Italian wines, herbs that integrate with light, loamy,
stand for “village” as this Napa Valley winery is reserve and dessert wines part of the extensive graciously-oaked aromas. “The flavors are very
a little slice of Italy much like the bustling portfolio. Since the founding of the winery, the rounded. This wine proves that our Merlot has
central piazza of an Italian community. philosophy of producing exceptional wines size and weight without compromising its
Complete with stone walls, courtyards, a that are available exclusively at the winery has charm.”
museum, archways, an elegant fountain, two held true and the addition of online ordering There are eleven luscious Cabernets from
and a half acres of lush picnic grounds, a through the website is now a convenient which to choose and long before anyone ever
gourmet deli that’s more of a well-stocked option. This year marks the 125th anniversary made White Zinfandel, V. Sattui made a rosé
neighborhood store with unexpected treats and of V. Sattui with special events planned all year. from the Napa Gamay grape. Every year it’s the
goodies, and a selection of award-winning Check the website for details. Come for the most popular single wine and that probably has
wines that go with food, family, and friends, V. wine. Stay for the fun. something to do with its food-friendly person-
Sattui is a gathering place. Here, as in Italian Your fun begins when you first enter the ality. The 2008 Gamay Rouge is another gold
piazzas, there are lively conversations, lots of Marketplace, where a friendly face greets you medal winner with vibrant flavors of ripe
laughter, children playing, families celebrating, with complimentary cheese and food samples. strawberry and tart cherry that quench the
and glasses clinking in toast. You’ll even see a Make your way to one of six tasting areas, all of thirst and inspire the palate. Try also V. Sattui’s
dog or two sleeping in the shade in the oak which offer options for sampling. The Classic 2007 White Zinfandel. This wine matches just
grove. Tasting is one option, a flight of six current about anything you can pack in your picnic
There are some long-term residents of this release wines for a $5 fee. If you like white basket and the flavors of crisp cherries and ripe
village. Keith Idle, the expert who selects and wines, V. Sattui makes up to four different and watermelon are springtime refreshing when
presents more than 200 artisan cheeses in the distinct Chardonnays each vintage and is one served chilled. Both wines are affordable at
marketplace, has been with V. Sattui for over 25 of the biggest producers of Johannisberg Ries- under $20 per bottle.
years, and many of those who pour, serve, ling, with both dry and off-dry styles. The 2008 Located just south of central St. Helena, at
barbecue, or harvest have more than a decade Early Harvest Riesling is delightful and pairs 1111 White Lane, V. Sattui is open from 9 a.m.

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to 6 p.m. in spring, summer and


fall, and in winter from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. On weekends in warm
weather, aromas from the outdoor
kitchen waft through the picnic
grounds. There might be salmon
or tri-tip or smoked turkey legs on
the grill, or homemade thin-crust
pizzas in the wood-fire oven, and
you’ll love the twice-daily pulled
mozzarella with Heirloom toma-
toes. This is enough for anyone to
become a V. Sattui regular.
When you visit, consider a
membership card to the Cellar
Club, which allows year-round
access for you and up to three
guests to taste the full portfolio of
wines in the private “Cellar Club,“
an intimate room away from the
activity in the main tasting room.
To become a member, all you do is
join the Wine of the Month Club
or buy your first case of V. Sattui
wine. You’re also invited to arrange
for focused tastings and food pair-
ings in the “Gold Room” cellar
cave, a beautiful space where stone
shelves are filled floor to ceiling
with reserve and vintage bottles. In
addition to event invitations and
member benefits, a Cellar Club
card allows first peek at “futures”
with barrel tastings when you visit
Cheers to V. Sattui Winery, the
winery that consistently wins more
medals for their wines than any
other U.S. winery and was voted
“Best Winery in the Western U.S.”
in the 2009 Critics Challenge. Add
that to the Winery of the Year
Award for ’07, ’06 and ’04 from the
California State Fair, and you can
see why this is a village of fun,
serving great wine and delicious
food in the middle of a 38-acre
vineyard. For additional informa-
tion call (707) 963-7774 or visit
the website at www.vsattui.com
and if you’re planning a wedding
this summer, check with the
hospitality department. Every-
thing you need for a lovely event is
right there within those Italian
walls.

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Perfect Pairs by Millie Howie

Ferrari-Carano LEMON RISOTTO


WITH PEARS AND GORGONZOLA Serves 4
Tré Terre Chardonnay • 2 Bosc Pears, peeled and cored
• 1/3 cup Limoncello

Perfectly Paired • 1 teaspoon honey

Place pears on a baking dish and drizzle Limoncello and honey.

with Lemon Risotto Bake until caramelized. Set aside.

• 5-1/2 cups vegetable broth


• 1/3 cup finely minced shallots
One of the most important ingredients necessary for • 2 tablespoons butter
preparing Rhonda Carano’s Lemon Risotto is not measured by • 1 tablespoon olive oil
the cup, the teaspoon or pinch. It is patience, and without it the • 1-1/2 cup Arborio rice
results will undoubtedly be considerably less than satisfactory. • Zest and just of 1 lemon, reserving zest until later
• 1/3 cup cream
In most recipes for risotto of any sort one of the most important
• Parmesan cheese
instructions calls for adding broth a half-cup (or ladle-full) at a • 5 ounces Dolcelatte Gorgonzola cheese, in pieces
time, stirring gently and waiting as each addition is absorbed by • Thyme sprigs for garnish
the rice. Finally, after about 20 minutes, the grains of rice will be
separate, creamy white and tender, ready for combining with Heat broth to a steady simmer in a large pot. Heat butter and oil in
a heavy, medium-size pot, add shallots and sauté. Add rice and stir
seafood, chicken, your favorite lightly spiced vegetables or with a wooden spoon, making sure all grains are coated in oil. Add
herbs. This is the point at which you let your curiosity and spirit lemon juice and stir until completely absorbed. Start adding broth,
of adventure lead you to try some of the dozens of risottos a ladle at a time, stirring frequently after each addition. After 20
named for the regions of Italy where the local cooks have put minutes of repeating this same process, the risotto will be tender.
their own stamp on the famous rice dish. Stir in cream, lemon zest and parmesan cheese. Garnish with
chunks of Gorgonzola cheese and top with caramelized pears.
This is also exactly the point at which you reach for Rhonda’s Add sprigs of thyme.
instructions for her Lemon Risotto with Pears and Gorgonzola.
This time of year the pears to start with are Bosc, which are at Serve immediately with Ferrari-Carano Tré Terre Chardonnay.
the height of their season and which hold their shape through
the baking necessary to caramelize the cored and peeled fruit.
The Gorgonzola, Rhonda suggests, is Dolcelatte Gorgonzola, cut
into small chunks and sprinkled over the hot risotto as a garnish
with a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
When the risotto is ready, Rhonda opens a chilled bottle of
the Ferrari-Carano 2007 Tré Terre Chardonnay from the Russian
River Valley. “This full-bodied wine’s delicious citrus aromas and
rich fruit components are Don’s favorites,” she says. “It’s an
elegant wine, perfectly balanced with nice acidity and depth,
perfect for enhancing the more exotic flavor nuances of the three
major ingredients of the Risotto.”

Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
(707) 433-6700 • www.ferrari-carano.com

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Women for Winesense Hosts Third Annual Grand Event in Napa Valley
Women throughout the country with a passion or professional by women in key leadership roles at wineries, including owners,
interest in wine will descend on the Napa Valley April 30 through May CEO’s, winemakers and vineyard managers.
2 to attend the third annual Women for WineSense 2010 Grand Program attendance is limited to 250 participants. “Early Bird
Event. Aptly titled “Sip the Wine, Share the Moment, Savor the Expe- Registration” pricing for the complete weekend package, including
rience,” this year’s three-day event will be hosted by Honorary Chair Friday’s sparkling wine reception, Saturday’s seminars, lunch and
Margaret Duckhorn and also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Grand Tasting, plus Sunday’s tours is $210 ($160 for WWS
founding of Women for WineSense. members). Single-day pricing available. Further information is avail-
The Grand Event kicks off the weekend with a sparkling wine able at www.wwsgrandevent.org. Proceeds from event will under-
reception at Mumm Napa in Rutherford on Friday evening. Saturday’s write Women for WineSense educational programs, activities, and
all-day program takes place at the legendary Culinary Institute of scholarships for women in viticulture, winemaking and wine educa-
America at Greystone in St. Helena and combines exceptional educa- tion.
tional seminars along with the Women for WineSense Awards Presen- Established in 1990 to further the understanding of wine: its
tation and a Grand Tasting Event. The festivities continue on Sunday appreciation, the health benefits of responsible consumption and its
with rare, behind the scenes winery tours and tastings at select Napa cultural importance. For more information, visit the website at
and Sonoma wineries. www.womenforwinesense.org.
The 2010 Women for WineSense Grand Event Saturday educa-
tional program includes a series of seminars taught by wine industry
leaders: Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson, Alexandre Schmitt of
Olfacto in France, wine expert Debbie Zachareas, Ann Noble from UC
Davis and Winemaker Merry Edwards, to name a few.
During lunch, Honorary Chair Margaret Duckhorn will induct
founders Julie Johnson and Michaela Rodeno into the Hall of Fame.
Ann Noble of UC Davis will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for
her contributions to the wine industry and Rising Star Awards will be
given out to up and coming women in the industry. Saturday’s
program concludes with the Grand Tasting of distinctive wines poured

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Insignia and Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


Two Award-Winning Wines from Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Joseph Phelps Vineyards has two world- In December of 1996, after having held a
class award-winning wines: Insignia and long-term lease on the property since 1977,
Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. These Joseph Phelps Vineyards purchased the
two wines represent opposite ends of the entire 45-acre parcel. Subsequent develop-
spectrum in approaches to winemaking: the ment increased plantings to 21.5 acres and
art of blending vineyards and varietals versus all of the work was done by hand. No trac-
the single-vineyard approach. Insignia repre- tors, “cats,” trucks or ATVs were utilized.
sents the art of the blend, the best blend of Shovels and picks were the main instru-
Bordeaux varietals that our estate vineyards ments employed. The soil was not mechan-
located throughout Napa Valley can produce ically ripped. Workers pounded stakes by
in any given vintage. Backus Vineyard hand. They pick-axed through rock to lay
Cabernet Sauvignon represents the best of and bury irrigation lines and all supplies
what a single vineyard can produce year after (end posts, wire, irrigation tubing, etc.) were
year, and from a very unique terroir. hand-carried to the required locations.
When Joe Phelps envisioned the term Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is
“Insignia,” it was to represent the finest lots of distinctive for producing flavors and
Bordeaux grape varietals available from each aromas of dark chocolate, black fruit,
vintage. Insignia was originally sourced from graphite and minerals, followed by lush,
the best grower fruit available. Beginning sweet and lengthy tannins. The 2006
with the 1990 vintage, Insignia was produced Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was
primarily from estate-grown grapes in the rated 92-95 points from Stephen Tanzer’s
Stags Leap District and Rutherford Bench – Wine Cellar and 94+ points from Robert
two of the most desirable sources for Cabernet Sauvignon in the Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate.
world. Finally, beginning with the release of the 2004 vintage, Insignia
has been crafted entirely from Estate Vineyards. Tastings and Seminars at Joseph Phelps Vineyards
For more than 30 years, Insignia has consistently ranked among The hospitality staff at Joseph Phelps Vineyards welcomes the
the top wines in California, if not the world. The 2006 Insignia, opportunity to host you at the winery. There are two different styles
released September 1, 2009, received 95+ points from Robert Parker, of tastings and all are by appointment. Both tastings include a
Jr., 94 points from Wine Spectator, 91-93 points from Stephen sampling of current releases and our flagship wine, Insignia. Call the
Tanzer’s Wine Cellar and 94 points from Wine and Spirits. It placed Guest Center directly at 1-800-707-5789 or (707) 967-3720 to make
first in a tasting of the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Blends your reservation or visit our website at www.jpvwines.com.
by California Grapevine October/November 2009. Seminar-style tastings are offered on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2:30
Since the release of the first Insignia – the 1974 vintage – in 1978, p.m. The duration of the seminar is ninety minutes and the cost is $40
Insignia has received 90 points or greater in every vintage but two. per person. The following are descriptions of the seminar tastings:
And since 1990, Insignia has been rated 90 points or higher every year Insignia Blending Seminar: Test your skills as a winemaker in the
by both Wine Spectator and Robert Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate. “Insignia Blending” seminar. Take a look at more than three decades
In fact, The Wine Spectator has named Insignia its #1 Wine of the Year of making Insignia, how the wine has changed over the years and
(2002 vintage), #3 Wine of the Year (1994 vintage), and #5 Wine of what makes Insignia so unique and so consistently highly rated.
the Year (1997 vintage) and it has been designated a Cellar Selection Experiment with blending the components that go into our award-
five times in addition to the “Top 100” awards. winning flagship wine, Insignia. Taste and compare your blend with
Located on the southeastern corner of Silverado Trail and Oakville our current vintage of Insignia.
Cross Road, the Backus Vineyard has long been known for its iron- Le Nez Seminar: Hone your sommelier skills on the “Aroma Iden-
rich, steeply-terraced hillside soil and exceptional fruit. A picturesque, tity” challenge, where twelve different aromas frequently found in
copper-roofed stone smokehouse sits in the midst of the vineyard, and wine will test your olfactory senses.
in case this location still doesn’t ring a bell, it is situated between Dalla Tasting Terroir: Since 2004, Insignia has been 100% estate grown.
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taste some of the varietal and vineyard components that make up


Insignia.
Barrel Seminar – A Focus on Napa Cabernet Sauvignon:
Explore winemaking in general and the specific place that the barrel
holds in the development and maturation of a wine. In addition to the
current release wines, taste three barrel samples of Joseph Phelps
Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and experience twelve
different aromas frequently found in wines that are aged in barrels.
Cool Californians – Freestone Chardonnay & Pinot Noir:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards has been a leader not only in Bordeaux and
Rhône-style wines, but equally in Burgundian varietals starting with
Pinot Noir in 1973 and Chardonnay in 1974. This seminar focuses on
JPV’s relentless efforts to produce outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir, first in St. Helena and now from the sister winery, Freestone
Vineyards, which opened in 2007 in the Sonoma Coast AVA. This
seminar includes a tasting of the highly rated Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir from Freestone. Participants will also be offered a tasting of our
flagship wine, Insignia, on the terrace after the seminar.
Wine Appreciation Seminar: This seminar leads guests through
an exploration of wine’s appeal to all the senses. You can also sharpen
your skills on wine history, tradition, proper serving, storage and eval-
uation. Can be as basic as “Wine 101” or an upper-level “Wine 202”
or “Wine 303” course!
On weekends there are two seminar-style tastings at 11 a.m. and 2
p.m. The duration of the seminar is 90 minutes and the cost is $40
per person. On Saturday, the Insignia Blending Seminar is offered at
11 a.m. and the Wine Appreciation Seminar at 2 p.m. On Sunday,
Le Nez is offered at both 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. These seminars may
change without notice or upon request to any of the other seminars
listed above.
Terrace Tastings: A casual tasting is offered throughout the day
scheduled on the half hour starting at 10 a.m. “Terrace Tastings” are a
more relaxed tasting of six current release wines, also including the
flagship wine, Insignia. The last “Terrace Tasting” available is at 3:30
p.m., Monday through Friday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
These Terrace Tastings are offered daily and the cost is $25 per person.

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Trinchero Family Estates Named ‘American Winery of the Year‘


Trinchero Family Estates has been named American Winery of the the family and produces wine brands including Sutter Home,
Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. The prestigious award, part of the Trinchero Napa Valley, Napa Cellars, Terra d’Oro, Montevina, Trinity
10th annual Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards, was presented to the Oaks, Folie à Deux, Ménage à Trois and the number one alcohol-
Trinchero family at a gala dinner in New York last month and was removed wine, Fre. The company also imports Angove Family Wine-
featured in the December “Awards” issue of the magazine. Trinchero makers and Little Boomey wines of Australia, and markets and sells
Family Estates is being recognized for leading sustainable wine- the Three Thieves, Bandit and Joel Gott brands.
growing and producing a diverse portfolio of more than 22 award- “The Wine Enthusiast selected an impressive list of honorees this
winning wines that represent quality and value. year and it is a privilege to be among these leaders of the wine
“I was excited to hear that my family’s company was awarded industry,” says Bob Torkelson, President and COO of Trinchero Family
American Winery of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast,” says Roger Estates. “The entire company has embraced the Trinchero method of
Trinchero, Vice Chairman and CEO of Trinchero Family Estates. “The working hard and making smart choices. This work ethic has helped
Wine Enthusiast is one of the most respected publications in the us grow, even in these difficult economic times. We realize that we
industry and it’s an honor to be recognized for our winemaking as well wouldn’t have this success without the dedicated support of our part-
as our business practices and dedication to the environment.” ners: distributors, wholesalers, retailers and consumers that have
The Trinchero family has been producing wines in the Napa Valley demonstrated continued loyalty to our brands.”
since 1948 when they purchased Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena. For more information about Trinchero Family Estates, visit the
Today, the company continues to be wholly owned and operated by website at www.tfewines.com.

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CALDERWOOD INN
PINK MANSION ROBIN’S NEST GUEST HOUSE (209) 334-3952
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Napa Valley's Newest AVA – Years of Effort Pay Off for Calistoga
After a six-year debate with the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Calistoga boasts a unique terroir (special characteristics created by
and Trade Bureau, Calistoga was granted its own American Viticultural geography, climate, soil, etc.) that has an intensity all its own. Ranging
Area (AVA), making it the 15th official AVA within the Napa Valley. from volcanic soil with cooler hillside climates to flat and warmer
Calistoga vintners anticipate the AVA will add value to their brand, and pockets, Calistoga varies in its overall flavor profile. Diverse as the
in the words of Rex Stults, Industry Relations Director for Napa Valley Calistoga region may be, some believe it will be known particularly for
Vintners, will “concrete Calistoga’s place in the world of wine.” Addi- its intensity and “minerality” as it becomes a more cohesive brand
tionally, the AVA will aid consumers in distinguishing one wine from distinct from other Napa Valley AVAs.
another, during a sometimes confusing decision-making process, in Some of the same geologic factors that provide Calistoga its trade-
which the label is often a consumer’s only source of information mark mud baths and spas, such as pure volcanic soil and geothermal
beyond the price tag. waters boiling deep underground, also contribute to the area’s terroir.
An AVA is a designated wine grape-growing region with distinct For more information, check out calistogavisitors.com. Facebook
geographic features and growing conditions, such as climate, soil and users can also find information about Calistoga, including great deals,
elevation that contribute to a wine's identifiable features, such as taste breaking news and insider tips, by searching for “Calistoga Visitors’ and
and aroma. Effective with the newly mandated AVA, labels claiming becoming a “fan,” or going to www.facebook.com/calistogavisitors.
Calistoga in their name or as their AVA must contain a minimum of 85%
Calistoga grapes. Brands that currently have Calistoga in their name
have three years to meet the 85% requirement or alternatively drop the
word “Calistoga” from their name. Resistance from two wineries using
the name “Calistoga” contributed to the delay in the new AVA.

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

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Baldacci Family Vineyards – A Labor of Love


by Charles Neave
The 4,000 square feet of unique caves stretch around the interior
of what geologists – and cave builders – call a volcanic knoll; the 17
acres that surround the tasting room at Baldacci Family Vineyards is
the backbone of the winery’s estate Cabernet Sauvignon program
that carefully nurtures vine growth. This means that the grapes reach
their maximum potential to create exceptional tannic structure and
concentrated flavors, essential elements of their wine. But most of
all, it is one family’s true labor of love.
Taken as a whole, this winery – on the Silverado Trail in the heart
of the famed Stags Leap District – melds a passion for winemaking
with the timeless tradition of family. “Combining these two vital
facets of life into one ensures that every drop in every bottle
produced is a true labor of love.” That is the senti-
ment and goal of Thomas and Brenda Baldacci, who
purchased the 17-acre parcel of prime vineyard land
almost 13 years ago. They believed that the enjoy-
ment of great winemaking and the opportunity to percent) and American oak (95 percent). The result
build a lasting legacy for their family was a dream is a wine filled with cherry, fig and black cherry
worth following. aromas; a smooth wine for both special occasions
Part of their commitment is to the grape, and to and everyday drinking at a reasonable price.
the land. All of the fruit is handled as little as Other wines produced under the handsome
possible, allowing their unique attributes to come Baldacci label include two Pinot Noirs, one from the
through in the finished wine ... “making the special Russian River and one from the nearby Carneros
qualities of every glass a part of the land, a part of the vineyard. Then there is the Black Label Cabernet
tradition and a part of the family.” Sauvignon and the Brenda’s Vineyard Cab, both
One of what might be called “the extended family” from the Stags Leap District. Another Cabernet, the
is winemaker Rolando Herrera. With two decades of very limited production (151 cases) Ruppert, comes
experience making wine in the Stags Leap District, he from just down the road in Coombsville, the area
is a talented member of the team, the one who over- where the fruit for the full-bodied Allwin Syrah is
sees the entire winemaking process from start to picked. As part of their Pinot Noir and the new
finish. Chardonnay and (very dry) Gewürztraminer project,
“When I started talking to the Baldacci’s about coming to work the Baldacci’s also have 20 vineyard acres in the Carneros District
for them, I was very excited because I wanted to get back to the near San Pablo Bay, where these three varietals thrive.
vineyards of Stags Leap District,” he says. “These are the wines I To sample the Baldacci wines – maybe even take a look into the
know and love the best – they have a unique texture and style recog- caves if you call ahead – visit their tasting room on the Silverado
nized everywhere as making the very finest Cabernet Sauvignon. In Trail. It is a comfortable, well-appointed part of a lovingly restored
a way, I feel as if I’ve come full circle, because I started my career 1923 farm house. With two granite-topped bars, a perfect green
here. Now, I return with a wealth of knowledge and experience that wainscoting with white walls above, slate floor and doors that open
I can put to good use for the Baldacci family.” to the terrace and the walkway to the caves, it is the perfect spot to
Of all of the wines made at Baldacci, one that most signifies the begin your journey through the wines of this small winery dedicated
commitment to both family and quality is the bottling labeled IV to family, to friends, and to quality.
Sons Cabernet Sauvignon. For one thing, it recognizes the four sons The tasting room at Baldacci Family Vineyards is open daily from
of Thomas and Brenda Baldacci. Then there are the four elements 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located at 623 Silverado Trail, Napa, it is about
present. First and second is that it is always constructed of five minutes from Yountville and 15 minutes from the City of Napa.
(depending on the vintage, of course) 97 percent Cabernet Sauvi- For more information or to make an appointment for a cave tour or
gnon and three percent Cabernet Franc. Third and fourth is the fact tasting call (707) 944-9261. Their website, which also includes
that the wine is aged in a combination of French oak barrels (five upcoming special events, is www.baldaccivineyards.com.

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Seventeenth Annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival –


Celebrate Napa Valley’s unique agricultural and cultural bounty
during the 17th annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival, bursting in
bloom this month. The Festival’s line up of stellar events, ongoing
through March 27, takes place when wild mustard carpets vineyards
with gold, celebrating Napa Valley’s agricultural and cultural bounty.
The Festival offers visitors from far and wide immersion in the
legendary wine region’s good life. Vineyards vibrant with wild mustard
provide a breathtaking backdrop and share centerstage with mustard
the condiment during the two-month marathon of food, wine and art
events. An impressive collection – the who’s who of Napa Valley
restaurants, caterers and wineries; mustard and gourmet companies
from around the world; regional artists and national sponsors –
present their finest throughout The Season of Events.
Meet Napa Valley Mustard Festival Host Chef Anne Gingrass, Exec-
utive Chef, Brix; Host Winemaker Julianne Laks of Cakebread Cellars
and Host Artist Thomas Monaghan at the events. The Grand Dinner
Robert Johnson, First Place Digital, 2009 Napa Valley Mustard Festival
on Friday, February 19 at Brix is limited to 100 and provides an excel-
lent opportunity to mingle with Napa Valley Mustard Festival Hosts, menu. The event will include a silent auction of exceptional wines and
as well as notable guest chefs and winemakers. experiences. Seating is limited to 100 at $225 per person.
Plan to extend your stay when you attend events or simply take a
mid-week respite to enjoy special mid-week Mustard Season offers. THE AWARDS ~ A SPICY SOIRÉE!
Visit mustardfestival.org to view restaurant, hotel, winery and retail Don jewels and black tie for a glitzy evening of food, wine, music
offers and packages. The mid-week promotion is sponsored by The and dancing at The Awards ~ A Spicy Soirée! on Friday, March 12, 7
County of Napa. p.m., at the beautiful Black Stallion Winery on Silverado Trail in
Napa.
THE GRAND DINNER ~ THE GOURMET DINING EXTRAVAGANZA As you taste your way through the most creative mustard recipes of
Indulge in Napa Valley’s most extravagant dining experience of the the year, while sipping Napa Valley’s finest vintages, the critic’s choice
year at Brix in Yountville on Friday, February 19 at 6 pm. Anne recipe judging, headed by Gene Burns of KGO Newstalk AM810, will
Gingrass, Executive Chef Brix, Napa Valley Mustard Festival Host take place behind closed doors. You’ll then have the chance to
Chef, and Julianne Laks, Winemaker Cakebread Cellars, Host Wine- compare your taste buds with those of the professionals as you cast
maker, will head The Dinner’s stellar lineup of chefs and winemakers. your ballot for People‘s Choice Chef of the Year.
Each chef will combine his or her course with a wine presented by Raise your glass to World Champion Mustard Makers who’ve come
the winemaker or a winery principle. Their practiced palettes will to Napa Valley from around the world to walk the red carpet and
insure a perfect marriage of tastes. Ken Frank, La Toque, Host Chef receive their Napa Valley Mustard Festival World-Wide Mustard
2009, will be among the guest chefs to join Chef Gingrass and Wine- Competition Awards. Tickets are $100 in advance; $150 at the door.
maker Laks to produce the evening’s magnificent mustard influenced
NAPA RIVERWALK MARKETPLACE ~ THE SIGNATURE EVENT
Celebrate the mustard season and taste mustards from around the
world at Napa Riverwalk Marketplace – The Signature Event – on
Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in down-
town Napa at Riverfront, Historic Napa Mill, Veteran’s Memorial Park
and other downtown Napa locations. Highlights of this rain or shine
food, wine and arts festival include: celebrity chef cooking demonstra-
tions, live remote broadcasts of KGOAM810’s Dining Around with
Gene Burns and Martha Stewart Living radio shows, and the ever
popular Sunset Magazine pavilion. Artful activities include fine arts
and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live perfor-
mances of jazz, world and classical music.
Adult admission to The Marketplace at $35 in advance, $40 at the
door, includes eight food and five wine tasting tickets (value $1 each),
plus a wine glass. Student admission, ages 13 to 20, at $10 includes
five food-tasting tickets. Admission for children ages six to 12 is $5.
Steve Smart, Honorable Mention, 2009 Mustard Festival Photograph Contest Children under the age of six are admitted for free. Visit participating

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– A Sensational Season of Food Wine and Art Events


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

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Welcome to
CALISTOGA
Calistoga’s Mustard, Mud & Music Festival, March 6-7
The town of Calistoga is celebrating the return of the mustard Area, including Cavanaugh/Belair, Michelle Michaels Quartet, Rick
flower that turns the Napa Valley into a carpet of vivid yellow blooms Quisol, Herb Gibson, Bob “The Stick” Culbertson, Swing Seven, The
with its Mustard, Mud & Music Festival on March 6 and 7 – an offi- Nancy Wright Trio, Mad & Eddie, Steve Dudgeon Quartet, Mark
cial part of Napa Valley's famed Mustard Festival. Holzinger, Rolando Morales, Susan Sutton, Larry Vann and Tracy Rose.
Live jazz, wine tasting, an art show and mustard-inspired dishes Also returning is the Third Annual Mustard Arts Fete, presented by
prepared by local chefs are all part of festivities visitors can enjoy the Calistoga Arts Center, Friday, March 5 through Sunday, March 7.
during the weekend-long festival. Free jazz music will be offered at The Fete is a members’ art show of paintings and photographic works
various venues downtown, from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 6 and celebrating the presence of mustard in the Napa Valley. For more
from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 7. Wine tasting will be available information on this free art show, visit www.calistogaartcenter.org.
from 1:30 to 6 p.m. both days, also downtown. Calistoga’s chefs are getting into the act as well, creating special
Tickets for the wine-tasting portion of the festival are available dishes with mustard as a starring ingredient on their menus over the
online this year, for the first time. Buying wine-tasting tickets in weekend, and for the second year, by popular demand, Calistoga’s
advance at www.calistogavisitors.com can save you 10% on the gourmet market Cal Mart, 1491 Lincoln Avenue, will be holding a
regular price of $25 per day (a savings of $2.50) or on the regular mustard tasting as part of the festivities on Saturday, March 6.
price of $40 for both days (a savings of $4). The one-day ticket For more information, go to www.calistogavisitors.com or call
provides 10 tastings, and the two-day ticket provides 20 tastings. (707) 942-6333. Facebook users can also find great deals and insider
Included in the ticket prices are an unbreakable Go-vino glass, event tips by searching for “Calistoga Visitors” and becoming a “fan,” or
schedule and map. Tickets are also available at the Calistoga Chamber going to //www.facebook.com/calistogavisitors.
office at 1133 Washington Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515, or by calling
(707) 942-6333. You must be over 21 years of age to purchase tickets.
The music lineup features some of the best jazz artists in the Bay
Cabernet and Chocolate
at Summers Estate Wines
Special Multiple Bottle Sale taking place in the Summers Estate Wines
Tasting Room – Purchase 6 bottles or more and receive 40% discount
Summers will be hosting their annual Cabernet and chocolate
tasting at the Summers Estate Tasting Room. Summers Estate Wines’
ardor-inducing and highly-lauded current releases will be poured
alongside a toothsome array of chocolate treats, exquisite desserts and
Summers Estate Wines’ own dark chocolate truffles, made with
Summers Cabernet Sauvignon by Anette’s Chocolates in Napa.
Club members receive complimentary admittance. The general cost
for admission to this special wine and chocolate event is a $10 tasting
fee that covers tasting of Charbono, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose
of Cabernet, Knights Valley Merlot and Napa Valley Petite Sirah.
Check out our website for more information and directions:
www.summersestatewines.com.

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Tasting Room of the Week:

JUDD’S HILL WINERY


By Michelle J. Baker gold-medal winning 2005 is going fast, but
not to worry, the 2006 has already racked up
Judd’s Hill Valentine’s Party
It’s another Monday at Judd’s Hill Winery gold too. Art Finkelstein, an architect by
in Napa. A small group sits in the cozy tasting
Sunday, February 14 training and a gifted artist, custom paints
room with a pour of wine. Hospitality Food and Wine Pairings special edition bottles of the Cabernet Sauvi-
Manager Pat Burke is chit-chatting with the Massage Therapists • Live Music gnon, available for purchase for $65.
group as winery owner Art Finkelstein pops Although Pat Burke won’t share his recipe
his head in to say “Hello!” The winery’s future $35 per person for award-winning recipes for dry rub or
president, Talulah Finkelstein, now all of two Free for Wine Club Members barbecue sauce, he will share the secret ingre-
and a half years old, toddles by with her dient in his Fudge of Mystery – after you taste
grandmother Bunnie in tow. with the idea that wine is, most of all, meant it and take a few guesses. The fudge is paired
There’s no typical day at Judd’s Hill, which to be fun. with the winery’s double-gold medal 2002
is what makes it so much fun. Most days the The tasting at Judd’s Hill starts with a Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from the
whole family is there; in addition to Art and lovely rosé made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Finkelstein’s estate vineyard in the eastern
Bunnie, there’s winery namesake Judd, who This is yummy stuff with just a hint of sweet- foothills near St. Helena.
makes the wine with Art, and Judd’s wife, ness that makes this wine perfect for spicy Call Judd’s Hill at (707) 255-2332 for an
Holly, who is the winery’s president. They all food or just sitting on the porch. The 2008 appointment. On weekdays you can usually
stop by to visit with customers in between Sauvignon Blanc, made in a more tropical get in on short notice. The winery is located
blending, racking, bottling or meeting with style, will do well with all sorts of lighter at 2332 Silverado Trail, just one mile north of
custom crush clients. dishes. Napa on the right.
If you are in Napa, you should definitely Judd’s Hill has a lovely, lush 2007 Estate In addition to making great wines, Judd’s Hill
take the time to visit Judd’s Hill. You’ll have a Pinot Noir that hails from the vines you’ll pass is also a social media pioneer with a strong pres-
great time and have the chance to pick up as you drive up to the winery. It turns out ence on Facebook and Twitter (@juddshill). They
some prized Judd’s Hill wines that are winery that while most of Napa Valley is too hot for even have their own iTunes channel, where you
exclusives. Pinot Noir, this estate is in a sweet spot where can podcast episodes of Judd's Enormous Wine
Burke, a national champion barbecuer in the San Pablo Bay sends cooling fog to keep Show, a series of comedic shorts that chronicles
his spare time, has been a steady presence at this finicky varietal happy. Judd's adventures in the world of wine. The most
Judd’s Hill. His easygoing manner is a perfect The flagship wine at Judd’s Hills is its recent episode can be viewed on their website,
fit for Judd’s Hill, a winery that makes wine Cabernet Sauvignon. The current release www.juddshill.com.

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Napa Valley Fine Art
‘Changing Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action’ Photo Exhibit
An inspiring photo exhibit of our dramat- Away – The Last Iceberg), Florian Schulz no charge to view the exhibit. Mumm Napa
ically changing planet titled “Changing (Freedom To Roam: Wildlife Corridors), Winery is located at 8445 Silverado Trail,
Earth: Photographer’s Call to Action” is now John Trotter (No Agua, No Vida: The Thirsty Rutherford. For additional information on
open at Mumm Napa and runs through Colorado River Delta) and Rebecca Norris visiting the winery and its exhibits, call (707)
March 13, 2010. Produced in conjunction Webb (The Glass Between Us: Reflections on 967-7700 or access the Mumm Napa website
with The Ansel Adams Gallery and Blue Urban Creatures). at www.mummnapa.com.
Earth, a non-profit organization focused on Ansel Adams’s photographs demonstrated Mumm Napa is one of California’s top
raising environmental awareness, the exhibit that artistic interpretation can raise public sparkling wine producers and one of the
features works from a variety of acclaimed awareness, change perceptions and alter most popular destinations for wine country
photographers who document the tough understanding about our world. It is in that visitors. For more than 20 years, Mumm
reality of earth’s regression through their spirit that The Ansel Adams Gallery, Blue Napa sparkling wines have set the standard
photographs. Earth and Mumm Napa have joined together for California méthode traditionelle
The photographers and their subjects to put on this exhibit. The mission of Blue sparkling wine, emphasizing the exceptional
included in “Changing Earth: Photographer’s Earth is to raise awareness about endangered qualities of Napa Valley fruit along with the
Call to Action” at Mumm Napa include: cultures, threatened environments and social unique casual elegance of the Napa Valley
Daniel Beltra (Amazon: Forest at Risk), concerns through photography. Blue Earth lifestyle. The winery and visitor center are
Benjamin Drummond (Facing Climate works closely with their selected photogra- located in Rutherford along the Silverado
Change: Global Change. Local People), phers to offer resources and support Trail in the Napa Valley and are open daily
Stephen Harrison (Visualizing Earth), Anne including non-profit, fiscal sponsorship for for tours, tastings and private events. Visitor
Marie Musselman (Finding Trust/The Sarvey fundraising and grant-writing consultation. center and fine art photography gallery hours
Wildlife Project), Camille Seaman (Melting The exhibit is open to the public. There is are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Spice Things Up This Spring at 17th Annual ’Taste of Yountville‘
Mustard Season Delivers Gourmet Grains, producers on tap for tastings. The 11 a.m. to Bistro Jeanty. A special garden tour of the
Gorgeous Wines & Gastronomy 5 p.m. event is free; tasting tickets are $1 French Laundry’s two-acre culinary master-
Spring gets spicy in Napa Valley as the each. piece is also in the lineup on an hourly basis
For more information, visit the Chamber with head gardener Tucker Taylor. Visitors
annual Mustard Festival unfolds and the
of Commerce website at www.yountville.com can also tap into the one day Passport which
region’s top toques team up for a one-day
or www.mustardfestival.org for more infor- features trips and giveaways at day’s end.
street party at the 17th Annual Taste of
mation about the ongoing Mustard Festival. Wines from the Yountville appellation will
Yountville, Saturday, March 20. This gourmet Sporting six new Michelin stars, two new flow along with an arts and crafts exhibit, live
gallop puts foodies on the fast track to the hotel properties and three new restaurants, entertainment and a ribs and links barbeque
town’s 13 renowned restaurants, 20+ local Yountville is primed for a season of rebirth sponsored by the Yountville Fire Department.
wineries and an array of mustard and olive oil and renewal. Its prominence as one of the Key participants include Domaine Chandon,
West Coast’s top culinary hot spots continues Jessup Cellars, Bell Wine Cellars, Goosecross
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netta Piero (Nov./2009), Bardessono hotel, Wines, among others. Tri-Eagle Beverage will
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Corley Family – Monticello Vineyards


No matter how long you’ve lived in or visited wine country, it’s still
a challenge to visit all the wineries, right? Because you develop a list of
favorites that you must visit every trip and there’s only so much time…
That’s why it’s always a thrill to discover a new favorite, or an old
favorite, as you will when you drop in at 40-year-veteran Monticello
Vineyards on Big Ranch Road in Napa.
Jay Corley came to Napa Valley in 1969 with the spirit of a pioneer,
intent on finding some land to grow his favorite varietals. Jay Corley
was a grower only until 1980, when he hired a winemaker and started
to produce wine, too. Corley was a great admirer of Thomas Jefferson,
who was not only a founding father but also
the United States first great connoisseur. He
honored the third president by naming the
winery Monticello Vineyards after Jefferson’s
mountaintop home in Charlottesville,
Virginia. In 1984, the Corleys built the and Sunday) before noon with a comparative
Jefferson House, their version of Thomas sampling of Cabernet Sauvignon from three
Jefferson’s Monticello on the Home Ranch different estate vineyards.
that is now used to entertain guests. Jay The Corleys love to tailor tastings to their
Corley has since passed the reins of the vine- guests’ preferences (with appropriate advance
yards and winery to three of his sons: Kevin, notice), so don’t be shy about telling them what
winegrower and president; Stephen, who you like. They also like to show off their library
oversees marketing and administration; and Jay Corley & Sons and library wines in a “vertical” format. Slip into
Chris, the winemaker. the comfortable black leather chairs and enjoy a
In the quaint, rustic tasting room, the staff pours either their “Monti- flight of Cabernet Sauvignon, some Merlot or their very popular Corley
cello Vineyards Tasting” or their “Corley Reserve Tasting” – you can do Proprietary Red Wine.
both and have a little bit of almost everything the Corleys produce from Monticello Vineyards Napa Valley is open for tasting daily from 10
their estate vineyards in Napa Valley. The real treat is to get downstairs a.m. until 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary, but if you’d like to
in “The Cellar of The Jefferson House” and taste in “The Library” or have a reserve tasting, it’s best to make a reservation in advance (espe-
“The Reserve Room.” Also, guests at Monticello often get a chance to cially on weekends) by calling (707) 253-2802. Visit the winery online
do some “barrel tasting on the fly,” during weekends (Friday, Saturday at www.CorleyFamilyNapaValley.com.

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Five Wines = Five Medals for Casa Nuestra Winery


Casa Nuestra Winery & Vineyards is proud to announce that the estate’s vineyards. The Casa team of only six people, proudly craft by
five estate wines entered into the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine hand several wines including Meritage (Bordeaux style blend), Merlot,
Competition brought home medals! Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Charbono, Petite Sirah, Chenin
On January 8th, 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Compe- Blanc, Rosado (a dry rosé), White Riesling, Late Harvest French
tition concluded the annual week of judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Colombard, Two Goats Red (a Napa Valley Red Wine!), Tinto St.
Fairgrounds in Sonoma County. Over five days, 63 professional wine Helena and Tinto Classico – both made from field blended vineyards.
experts within the media, restaurant and hospitality, education, wine- All are award winning.
making and retail wine industries tasted and evaluated a world-record Visitors are welcome to the winery Monday through Saturday by
breaking 4,913 entries, a number that maintains the competition’s appointment, for tasting, tours and barrel sampling. Casa Nuestra
status as the largest competition of American wines in the world. Winery is located at 3451 Silverado Trail North in St. Helena, Napa
Here is what was submitted and were awarded: Valley. They can also be reached by phone toll-free, 1-866-844-WINE
• 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Estate – Silver! or on the web at www.casanuestra.com. Picnickers and well-behaved
• 2007 Merlot, Napa Valley Estate – Silver! canines welcome!
• 2007 Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley Estate – Silver!
• 2007 Tinto St. Helena, Napa Valley Estate – Silver!
• 2007 Meritage – Silver, Napa Valley Estate! (not yet released)
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Passport to Dry Creek Valley – A First Class TM

Journey – Celebrates its 20th Anniversary


New Friday Event Launched: Gateway to Passport – A First Class Experience Vineyard Tours – Each tour begins at 9:30am
– Theme Parties, Music, Food, Tours, Barrel Tasting and Futures Offered Passport ticket holders are invited to walk the vineyards and expe-
Passport to Dry Creek Valley™ is an annual event, sponsored by rience winegrowing in this distinct appellation. Select wineries are
the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley™ (WDCV), showcasing the opening their vineyards with special tours, discussions and tastings.
wineries, vineyards and exceptional beauty of Dry Creek Valley. This Because the number of participants is limited, Passports are sold
year, Passport to Dry Creek Valley™ is celebrating its 20th anniversary first-come, first0-served basis. This event consistently sells out and
with the launch of a new event on Friday, April 23, called Gateway to tickets will not be available for long.
Passport – A First Class Experience. Tickets are on sale at www.wdcv.com. To be on the mailing list and
The more than 60 wineries and 150 growers in the Dry Creek receive information about this event, and all WDCV events, email
Valley produce a variety of wines to please any palate; 46 wineries will name, address and phone number to info@wdcv.com. Everybody’s
be offering first class weekend events along the Passport route! Join in welcome (21 years and older).
Passport weekend, as wineries up and down Dry Creek Valley cele-
brate the magic of their valley with wine, food, entertainment and the
hospitality for which Dry Creek Valley is famous. Passport to Dry D O W N T O W N
Creek Valley™ sells out quickly every year.
Gateway to Passport – A First Class Experience
HEALDSBURG
Grove Street Winery
An elegant evening launched in honor of the 20th anniversary, DRY CREEK RD
Manzanita Creek

Gateway to Passport includes owners and winemakers of select Dry MARCH AVE
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Creek Valley wineries. Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, of the famed Dry

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6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on April 23. Tickets are limited and are $150.

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Oysters, BBQ, sculpture gardens, bocce ball, tightrope walkers, Wine Merchants Downtown Wine
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barrel samples, newly released wines and old-fashioned fun. All this KENDALL PLAZA Russian River Wine Co.

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Nearly every winery features live entertainment, from belly dancers to Selby MILL

blues, jazz or ’50s rock and roll. Guests are certain to be carried away
by the festive atmosphere created at each winery. Saturday and Sunday
event tickets are $120, including tax, for a two-day Passport. Sunday-
only tickets are $70 including tax. A list of participating wineries can HUDS
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UPCOMING EVENTS See page 16 or visit www.healdsburg.com for more event information

FEBRUARY 12-14, 19-21 – Raven Players present: 2 by 5 - Chicago & Cabaret – Raven
Theater, 115 North Street; a musical revue featuring the best of music from two great shows! Tickets at Copperfield
Books (Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sebastopol), www.ravenplayers.org or 707-433-6335
FEBRUARY 13 – Crane Creek Cuvée Vertical Gala Dinner – Lambert Bridge Winery, A once-in-
a-lifetime experience! 12-year vertical of Crane Creek Cuvée with Paula Le Duc Catering – a multi-course meal in
the beautiful, candle-lit barrel room, 6:30-9:30pm. $350pp, www.lambertbridge.com or call 707-431-4670
FEBRUARY 13 & 14 – “Zin City” Valentine’s Weekend – Bella Vineyards, a singing Elvis will be
officiating faux “wedding ceremonies” in the candlelit wine caves. Get “hitched” or “re-hitched,” with Vegas-themed
regalia, pink confetti, top hats, rings and veils. $10 includes festivities, mini-chocolate cupcakes, barrel samples and
a tasting of five wines including new-release Zinfandels. 11am to 4:30pm. No reservations are required. For
“wedding ceremonies,” contact the winery in advance at 1-866-573-3552, www.bellawinery.com
FEBRUARY 14 – Jimtown Store Valentine Dinner with Mercury Wine – Jimtown Store, six
course dinner, 6:30pm in the sweet and romantic antiques room,www.jimtown.com, 707-433-1212
FEBRUARY 27 – The Ark – Open House – Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville. Debut of the renovated
reserve room. Rare tasting of library vintages. 11am-4pm. RSVP events@sbragia.com or call 707-473-2992 ex.10

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Tasting Room of the Week:

MARTIN RAY WINERY


Discover the Martin Ray Winery Tasting Room At Martin Ray, there is a special emphasis on wines, modestly priced, fruit forward wines
in the Peaceful Hills of Western Sonoma County mountain-grown wines, because of Benham’s with screw caps for picnic ease; Martin Ray
by Nan Reiley conviction that mountain-side elevation wines, with more structure and vineyard
The Martin Ray Winery is an ambitious provides cooler nights during the growing character; Martin Ray Reserve wines, all vine-
amalgam of labels and wines, all housed in season and therefore results in longer “hang yard designates; and Courtney Benham
one of Sonoma County’s history-packed time” on the vines for superb fruit ripeness. wines, limited production offerings from
winemaking facilities. Here’s its story in a Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, Sonoma some of California’s most interesting wine
nutshell, related because it helps you under- Mountain in Sonoma County and the Santa regions, such as Sauvignon Blanc from Lake
stand the different labels and the winemaking Cruz Mountain to the south are three of the County and Lucca, a big red wine from Paso
philosophy behind each. (There’s a lot of most prestigious vineyard locations for Robles. All the classic wine varieties are repre-
good stuff to taste at Martin Ray, so you will Martin Ray grapes. sented here, from Chardonnay and Cabernet
need to pick and choose.) As you plan to visit Martin Ray, try to allow Sauvignon to Merlot, Riesling, Malbec and
The man behind it all is Proprietor extra time for a tour of the historic produc- Pinot Noir (try the 2008 Angeline for
Courtney Benham, a third-generation San tion facilities as well as extensive tasting. In instance, a stunner at only $16).
Joaquin Valley winemaker who knew he addition, the winery is located well to the The friendly tasting room staff can suggest
wanted to own a winery himself. In 1990, he west of Santa Rosa, and the scenic drive there interesting wines to taste side by side so you
discovered a treasure trove of old library on winding roads is a fascinating combination can compare the difference between, say, a
wines with the label of Martin Ray, a Santa of forests and vineyards. You’ll know you’ve Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain
Cruz Mountains winemaker. Courtney reached the winery when you see the large and one from Alexander Valley. The tasting
bought the rights to the Martin Ray name and water tower that dominates the skyline at the room is open daily form 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
later, in 2003, purchased the historic Martini- winery. (This part of the county, although There is no tasting fee except for the Martin
Prati Winery in western Sonoma County; abundant in rainfall, is actually a water-scarce Ray Reserve wines. The winery and tasting
these buildings and property have become region.) Picnic tables and chairs outside the room are located at 2191 Laguna Road, west
home to the Martin Ray line of wines. tasting room look over verdant hills and vine- of the city of Santa Rosa. From Hwy. 101 you
One common thread that has run consis- yards. Colorful flower boxes surround the could take either Guerneville Road or River
tently through all the history of these wines is tasting room, whose interior is painted a Road to the west and turn onto Laguna Road
the acknowledgement that vineyard location soothing forest green with white trim. from there. Call (707) 823-2404 or check out
is crucial to the character and quality of wine. Here’s what’s available: Angeline-label the website at www.martinraywinery.com.

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Fifth Annual Pigs & Pinot Epicurean Benefit at Hotel Healdsburg


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

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Dutcher Crossing Winery Releses First Pinot Noir


2008 Pinot Noir, Maboroshi Vineyard, Russian River Valley leading to the reality of their “Maboroshi” dream.
Dutcher Crossing Winery has released its first ever Pinot Noir, the Organically farmed, the vineyard is planted on a 30 percent slope,
2008 Maboroshi Vineyard, Russian River Valley. “Our winemaker, climbing from 400 feet at the lowest elevation to 600 feet at the top.
Kerry Damskey, and I enjoy seeking out small, hillside vineyards for The west side of the vineyard, the coastal side, sees more wind and the
our limited small-lot wines, and this is our newest venture,” explained grapes tend to have more acid. Two clones are planted: Dijon 667 and
Debra Mathy, proprietor. “Tom and Rebecca Kisaichi own an 11-acre 115. Clone 667 provides rich color, a lot of fruit, body and structure.
vineyard west of the town of Sebastopol in the newly recognized area The 115 Clone provides grapes that are more fruit forward with
for Pinot Noir called the Sebastopol Hills,” she continued. “Pacific fragrant perfume aromas and elegance. Fine, sandy loam Goldridge
maritime influences define the terroir of this area, with cool winds and soils nurture the vines. “Millions of years ago, this site was under-
fog ensuring extended hang times and late pick dates.” water,” explained Rebecca Kisaichi, who works and manages the
Named for a Japanese term for extraordinary visions, the family vineyard. “The loamy riverbed mixed with sand, resulting in
Maboroshi Vineyard reflects the hard work and adventurous spirit of soils that drain well but also have good absorption.” Planted in 1999,
its owners. A couple with no winemaking or vineyard experience, they the 2008 vintage was the fourth grape harvest for the property.
left Japan for France in 1991 with a dream to become wine growers. The 2008 vintage was defined by mostly ideal ripening weather in
Tom worked for Gevrey-Chambertin’s famed Domaine Armand July and August. The week before Labor Day, the fog disappeared and
Rousseau in Burgundy, while Rebecca studied at the University of daytime temperatures rose, remaining extremely hot for several consec-
Bourgogne, which eventually led her to study viticulture. Another utive days. For Pinot Noir in most of the Russian River Valley, sugars
move took them to the Sonoma County wine region of California. rose rapidly to elevated thresholds. Fortunately, in the Sebastopol Hills
Starting from the cellar up, they continued on their respective paths, growing region of the appellation, the coastal breezes blunted the
extremes of the heat spell and grapes maintained their balance.
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Enoteca
WINE TASTING, SALES

Sonoma & HOME ACCESSORIES


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

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view through April 2010 at the Charles Creek Vineyard and Gallery in SONOMA
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corporate collections and has been shown in museum exhibitions


and galleries internationally. Twyla’s art is created in several styles and
mediums – painting, monotypes, photography, digital – and includes
large-scale original canvasses up to 12 feet in length. She specializes
in large-scale abstract paintings and has a collection of originals and
archival prints available. Preview her art at www.TwylaGettert.com.
Specializing in high-quality Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
with a bit of Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Malbec, Merlot and Tempranillo
from great vineyard sources, primarily in the Sonoma and Napa
counties, Charles Creek Vineyard produces wines that are food
friendly, fruit driven and easily
paired with the courses of a meal.
The winery tasting room is
conveniently situated in a
charming 1890s era storefront on
the historic Sonoma Plaza. In
addition wine tasting and sales,
the Tasting Room also provides
space to show the work of local
artists.
The Charles Creek Vineyard
Tasting Room and Gallery, open
seven days a week from 11 a.m. –
6 p.m., is located at 483 First St.
West, on the historic Plaza in
downtown Sonoma. For more
information, call (707) 935-3848
or email alan@charlescreek.com.

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Tickets Now On Sale for the 20th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley
22 Wineries, Local Chefs & Award-Winning Wines celebrate the bounty of Sonoma Valley! Twenty-
two wineries are participating this year and they
Heart of Sonoma Valley Association (HOSVA)
are throwing open their cellar doors for this
announces their premier event of the year – the
authentic wine country experience.”
20th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley happening
Admission is $55 for a Weekend Pass,
Saturday and Sunday, March 20 and 21 from 11
which includes a souvenir wine glass and
a.m. to 4 p.m. both days! Twenty-two wineries
access to event tastings at all participating
throughout the Heart of Sonoma Valley will be
wineries. Advance ticket purchase is recom-
showcasing the 2009 vintage straight from the
mended as this is a sell-out event. Tickets and
barrels, ampling new releases, and offering
detailed information may be obtained online
award-winning wines paired with scrumptious
at www.heartofsonomavalley.com or by
food prepared by local chefs and restaurants.
calling1-866-794-9463.
Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers in
caves and on crush pads, peruse art from local Participating Wineries
artists while listening to live music, tour wineries Audelssa Estate Winery, Benziger Family
and vineyards, and enjoy a wonderful wine Winery, Chateau St. Jean, Deerfield Ranch
country weekend. Most importantly – this event Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Family
offers guests the chance to take an advance look at Wineries of Kenwood, Imagery Estate Winery,
what the 2009 vintage is going to be like in bottle! Kenwood Vineyards, Kunde Family Estate, Landmark Vineyards, Ledson
“This year marks our 20th year and we are so excited to be teaming Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family
up with local chefs and restaurants to create a truly special weekend of Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Francis Winery, Ty
delicous foods paired with the amazing variety of wines produced in our Caton Vineyards, VJB Vineyards & Cellars, Valley of the Moon Winery
valley.” Said Executive Director Josie Gay. “We invite wine lovers out to and Wellington Vineyards.

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Handley Cellars
Husch Vineyards Roeder Estate Silversmith Vineyards
Lazy Creek Vineyards Valley Elizabeth Vineyards
Londer Vineyards Standish Wine Company Parducci, Hidden Cellars Lolonis Winery
Greenwood Ridge Fife Vineyards
Brutocao Cellars Navarro Vineyards Sketchbook, Zingaro
Toulouse Vineyards Germain-Robin Distillery
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Goldeneye Vineyards Philips Hill Estates Philo Ridge Vineyards
Breggo Cellars
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Ukiah Vineyards

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ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM 20
Foursight Wines 253
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Maple Creek Winery Hopland Valley
McDowell Valley Clear 20
Yorkville Cellars Jeriko Estates
Graziano Family of Wines Lake
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Yorkville Brutocao Cellars McNab Ridge
McDowell Valley Vineyards
Duncan Peak Weibel Winery 175
Brassfield Estate Winery
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Winery Finley Monte Lago
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★ Wine Country This Week Preferred Le Vin Winery
Steele Winery
High Valley
Shannon Ridge Winery
◆ Open to the public Pendleton Estate
EdenCrest
M. Konocti Growers
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Wildhurst Vineyards Kelseyville Wine Co.
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◆ Open by appointment only Cloverdale Rosa D’Oro Vineyards
Sol Rouge
Clear Lake
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hours, address and phone number. Wattle Creek Winery
Villa La Brenta 20
Wineries not open to the public are not represented.
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International Alsace Varietals Festival in Boonville


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

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


For nineteen years, the wine and spirit makers of Redwood Valley Graziano Family of Wines, Lolonis Winery, Giuseppe Wines, Oster
have joined together in a renowned coalition, “A Taste of Redwood Wine Cellars and Silversmith Vineyards. The distillery is Germain-
Valley,” to host wine-tasting festivals. This season the group will Robin/Craft Distillers.
debut a new event, “In Love with Redwood Valley – a Day of Wine,
Spirits, and Chocolate,” on Saturday, February 13, from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Professional chocolatiers will be on hand to fine-tune pairings
of designer chocolates with Redwood Valley’s rich, complex Zinfan-
dels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirahs and Syrahs – the perfect
complements to chocolate. Ports, liqueurs and Germain-Robin
brandy will seal the valley’s claim on your heart and palate. The
festival has been listed as an “Esteemed Wine and Chocolate Event”
in Via Magazine.
Towers of dark chocolate filled with Limoncello, crème brulee and
café mocha will be presented by Chef Margaret Fox of Harvest Market
and paired with 2005 Petite Sirah port. Yum! Matt Samuelson, head
chef and chocolatier at Living Light Culinary Art Institute, will serve
Golden Bean’s scrumptious organic and fair trade chocolates from
Ecuador, while Katherine Stengold of Cakes will dish up hand-made
truffles and chocolate-dipped macaroons. Belgian chocolates,
including napolitans, orangettes and dark chocolates, by Leonidas,
and hand-crafted favorites from Mendocino Chocolate Company will
also be offered for tasting as well as packaged beautifully for sale.
Guests will pay $15 for admission to all the wineries and the
distillery as well as an embossed wine glass. Redwood Valley, just
north of Ukiah (exit 557, West Road), is a beautiful two-hour drive
from both the San Francisco Bay Area and I-5. For directions or
lodging ideas, go to www.atasteofredwoodvalley.com. You may also
call 1-800-760-3739 or (707) 485-0322. The wineries participating
in the event include: Barra of Mendocino, Cole Bailey, Frey Vineyards,

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Livermore Valley Winegrowers Host Second


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

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Fenestra Thomas Coyne Red FeatherWinery


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Winery White Crane Winery


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Elliston Wente Vineyards Big White House Winery


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Vineyards Restaurant
KILKARE

Visitors Center
RD Tenuta and Golf Course
Sunol OS
Vineyards ★ Wine Country This Week Preferred
Charles R.
Vineyards
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Check the listings in the back for
TO SAN JOSE,
SALINAS & hours, address and phone number.
MONTEREY/CARMEL

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To McConnell Estates
Macchia
PELTIER ROAD PELTIER ROAD
Century Oak

DUSTIN
Peirano Estate
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WOODBRIDGE ROAD Winery LODI (wine tasting)
Woodbridge LAKE
TURNER ROAD St. Amant
TURNER ROAD Jessie’s WINE & Crystal
Grove Winery VISITORS m2 Wines Valley
CENTER AD
Abundance RO Cellars
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99

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CasCande Berghold Lockeford

LOWER SACRAMENTO RD
Spenker Pitto Wines Winery
Winery

DAVIS ROAD

SCHOOL ST
• Boitano Family
12

HUTCHINS ST
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5 • Olde Lockeford
Grands Amis EAST Oak Ridge • Pasos Vineyards
Winery vMv • Stama Winery
Vineyards • Watts Family
Cellar Door

ALPINE
SARGENT LODI AVE Siqueira
E2 Family Ripken Mokelumne River Winery Wine Co. 12
Winery Vineyards Vino
12 KETTLEMAN LANE 12 KETTLEMAN LANE
Con Brio Omega
WEST WEST
d’Art
Michael~David VanRuiten HARNEY LANE Wines Harmony Wynelands
Vineyard Family Winery
Harney Lane
99 Winery
88

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Borra
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Gnekow Family Winery
Stockton 99 GAWNE ROAD

FRENCH CAMP ROAD


Delicato Vineyards

Wine & Chocolate Weekend


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

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Welcome to
MONTEREY BAY AREA
La Nebbia TO S.F. Domenico TO
S.F. 84
TO
LIVERMORE
VALLEY Including MONTEREY • CARMEL • CARMEL VALLEY • HOLLISTER
La Honda
Woodside
Kings Menlo
84 Mountain Park
Chaine d’Or
San Francisco SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS • SALINAS • SANTA CLARA • LOS GATOS
Woodside Bay
Michael Thomas Mountain Milpitas
Martella Fogarty LL RD
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Saratoga J. Lohr Sonoma County 170 3 hrs 3-1/2 hrs
Picchetti
COOPER-GARROD 85 Pinder
San Jose Santa Cruz 42 45 min 1-1/4 hrs
Savannah-Chanelle
Mountain Winery 17 San Francisco 113 2 hrs 2-1/2 hrs
Cinnabar
9 FLEMING Paso Robles 116 2 hrs 2-1/4 hrs
Ahlgren David Black JENKINS Santa Barbara 238 4 hrs 4-1/2 hrs
Bruce Ridge
Big Basin Muccigrosso
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Hallcrest Heart o’ the Mountain Vine Hill SACRAMENTO

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152
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Sones Cellars
1 MAIN E LAKE AVE VINEYARD Gilroy
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