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Top 5 Unforgettable Events Coming to Sonoma this Crush

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By Noah Bradon

Join the millions of wine enthusiasts as they rush to the Bay Area, eager to smell, taste and
participate in harvest season, fondly referred to as "Crush." See Sonoma Valley in the height of
her harvest. Indulge in a heavenly arrangement of delicious food, elegant parties, opportunities
to participate in the harvesting process--and, of course, an abundance of world-class wine and
life-long memories.


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1. "Crush" Wine Tours Aboard The Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley
Experience a unique twist to the wine tasting tour, riding on the Sonoma Wine Trolley as
it winds throughout the Valley. Alive with the Crush, Sonoma simultaneously dazzles and
instructs. Taste the produce from four different wineries and a complementary, catered lunch
from The Girl & the Fig Restaurant. Held daily from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., add this intriguing
event to your Crush calendar for just $99.

Vine Cliff Winery Offers Weekly Wine Tastings w/ Winemaker Jim Kress

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vineCliffWinery_Vineyards.jpgVine Cliff Winery
7400 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 707.944.1364
Open daily 10am - 4pm, by appt only

Vine Cliff Winery, located in the Oakville appellation of the Napa Valley, has announced a new program to allow consumers to tour the winery and taste their wines with winemaker Jim Kress.

"We are very pleased that our guests will have this opportunity," said Rob Sweeney, Vine Cliff's Proprietor and General Manager.  "Jim is a great guy, and what could be better than tasting our wines with one of the key people responsible for making them?"

Kress joined Vine Cliff prior to the 2011 harvest. He  has 16 vintages under his belt having worked previously at St. Clement Vineyards and Domaine Chandon. After graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Jim's passion for food and wine eventually led him to the Master of Science program in Viticulture and Enology at University of California, Davis.

"I am excited to have the chance to share our passion with Vine Cliff's guests ," Kress said.  "We'll check out the production area, kick some dirt in the vineyards, then relax in the caves and try some wines. It should be a lot of fun!"  

The tours and tastings are being offered every Friday at 3 pm and last about 90 minutes. A maximum of 12 guests per week may participate and the cost is $25 per guest. Prior appointments are required, and may be made by calling 707-944-1364. Children and pets are not permitted.

Founded in 1871 and owned and operated by the Sweeney family since 1985, Vine Cliff Winery focuses on producing Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate vineyard in Oakville and Chardonnay from their vineyard in the Los Carneros District.

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WineCountry.com Personality - Kathy Glass

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wcPersonalityPlatypusKathyGlass.jpgA Northern California Favorite with a Southern Accent

When you think of all the best things about the South, gentle conversation, gracious living, and good food come to mind. Nothing is hurried and everything is savored.

That southern tradition adds an extra element to Wine County exploration when you meet Kathy Glass, of Platypus Tours. She imbues the California past time of wine tasting and winery tours with a little southern accent. When you hear the soft lilt of her Alabama upbringing; you know that hospitality and home cooking will be as much a part of your experience as will talking about terroir and grape varietals.

Kathy's first big career was in the financial sector in New York. While Kathy loved her life in the city, 18 years later she traded in her panty hose and pumps for jeans with a taint of vineyard dust and sneakers. She met and married her husband Don and together they started Platypus Tours, a wine tours company, in 2004. Don, who was always in the food and wine industry, found a bus on eBay that was located in St. Louis. He purchased that bus and drove it back to Napa to begin offering specialized tours to meet growing demand. 

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