Calistoga Harvest Table

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Enjoy the Whimsical Crush Season at the first
Calistoga Harvest Table event on Sunday, September 7th!
Live Music, 14 Participating Restaurants and 700 Seats at the Harvest Table . . .


calistogaHarvestTable.jpgThe California harvest season is a whimsical experience in Calistoga. Known for its hot springs and world-class wine, this northern Napa Valley town adds another dimension to the wine country.

The natural beauty of this perfectly preserved town, named top ten "America's Best Small Towns", by Fodor's, maintains the intimate nature of yesteryear. During Harvest the vineyards of Calistoga transform from a luscious landscape to a buzzing dance filled with the vivacious movement of the ripened grapes. The ambiance is breathtaking as the season's colors come to life with vibrant hues of tangerine and copper, and the sweet scents of the soft fruity notes from the harvest's crush fill the air.

What better way to celebrate the bounty of harvest than at the table. With an all-embracing personality, this spirited community will offer a one-of -a- kind experience Sunday, September 7 at the first Calistoga Harvest Table. Guests and locals alike can experience the warm and genuine vibe of this community at the 1000 foot long communal harvest table. 14 Calistoga Restaurants will move their tables to the center of downtown Calistoga for an al fresco dining experience. Choose your dining experience from the diverse restaurant menus online. Find one that fits your palate.

You can purchase your wine from over 40 Napa Valley wines and beer from the various bars set up on the street.  The restaurants will give you pairing suggestions for the menus you select.  Many of these wines will be from Calistoga AVA wineries, many you will never see on a wine list.  Meet Calistoga winemaker's as they join guests at the table and share what is happening in the vineyard for this season's crush - the ultimate time to experience the most exciting process of crafting fine collections of decadent wines. Take a day while you are here to visit the wineries. 

calistoga-harvest-table-Wine-Taste.jpgcalistoga-harvest-table-JoLe-Restaurant.jpgIn addition to the harvest's festivities, guests can experience the warm and genuine vibe of the community. A variety of attractions, offers every visitor the best accommodations to choose from to complement their individual needs. Whether you are looking for a rejuvenating spa experience in one of the naturally heated geothermal pools, to soar above the Valley in an invigorating hot air balloon, or to experience an unforgettable wine tasting adventure, Calistoga offers something for everyone.

VisitCalistoga.com will give all the information you will need to make your plans this harvest season.

American Canyon: 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!

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oktoberfest2012-3810.jpgCalling all herren, frauen, and kinder (men, women, and children)! Come celebrate American Canyon Chamber's 6th annual Oktoberfest on September 27, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm.

This family-friendly event features activities the whole clan is sure to enjoy. Take part in the many festivities including the popular beer stein contest, best authentic Oktoberfest attire, best yodel, wiener dog races, and a chicken dance competition. That's not all! There will be a nice play area for the kinder (children) complete with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face-painting and more.

By popular demand, delicious Bavarian food will be available to purchase along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Savor scrumptious bratwursts, pretzels, potato salad, apple strudel and delicious Napa Smith beer will have your palate singing "myoleladywho!" while polka music by the Karl Lebherz band will get you dancing.

Tickets cost only $5.00 per person, and kids 12 years old and under are FREE!
 
Schedule of Events:

• 1:00 p.m. - Best Authentic Attire
• 1:30 p.m. - Best Yodel
• 2:00 p.m. - Beer Stein Contest
• 2:30 p.m. - Wiener Dog Races *
• 3:00 p.m. - Wurst Eating Championship
• 3:30 p.m. - Chicken Dance
• 4:00 p.m. - Raffle Drawing

(*Wiener Dog race participants are asked to pre-register online at www.AmCanChamber.org.)

Earthquake Affects Wine Country

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Our thoughts are with our Napa and Sonoma neighbors affected by yesterday's earthquake. We are relieved to hear that most are safe and would like to offer our support in any way possible to those affected.

Northern California experienced its strongest earthquake in nearly 25 years early Sunday morning, around 3:20 am. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake has affected several wine areas in the North Bay, most notably Napa Valley and parts of Sonoma County.

Napa Valley was hit hardest with several historic buildings destroyed in downtown Napa. Several businesses are closed while property owners and Emergency Response personnel work to assess damage and make any immediate repairs. No major casualties have been reported, though several were treated at local hospitals for minor cuts and injuries.

The Napa Valley Vintners have reported that there are initial reports of damage to winery production and storage facilities, especially those in the city of Napa. Many vintners are still assessing their individual situations. Additional updates will be available within 24-72 hours. See website.

If you are visiting downtown Napa, please be aware that some businesses may be closed. However, most lodging properties are open for business and welcome visitors to book their stay! Meritage Resort & Spa and Silverado Resort are offering special rates for locals displaced by the earthquake. Call Meritage Resort directly at 707.251.1900 for availability. For Silverado Resort, the "Napa Local's Special" is available Monday-Thursday, August 25th - August 29th only with rates starting at $149; call 707.257.0200.

WineCountry Media is compiling a more comprehensive list and will be updating this page as we learn more information.  We hope to continue to be a resource for visitors, locals, and businesses affected by the earthquake.

Please see the following list of resources:
  • If you have a life-threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately
  • City of Napa: Visit for up-to-date local city status reports concerning street and building closures, water supply, debris disposal and other public information.
  • County of Napa - Emergency information, media releases, etc.
  • If you have a gas line concern, call PG&E at 1.800.743.5000
  • If you  would like to request a building inspection, call 707.258.7829 (City of Napa) or 707.253.4417 (Unincorporated Napa)
  • Shelter is available at Crosswalk Community Church located at 2590 First Street, Napa or contact the Red Cross at 707.257.2900.  
  • If you would like to volunteer to help, call the Volunteer Center at 707.252.6222
Submitted by the Healdsburg Chamber

peach0813-1.jpgThe 8th Annual Dinner at Dry Creek Peach and Produce (August 15th; September 5th) is a highlight of Relish Culinary's robust calendar of events.

Enjoy the beauty of the dinner setting in the peach orchard at peak season starting with the cold, sweet taste of a White Peach Bellini on a hot summer evening.  Join hosts Gayle and Brian Sullivan as they lead a tour of their organic farm, and be entranced by the charm of chef John Ash (often referred to as the "Father of Wine Country Cuisine" and a James Beard award winner) as he orchestrates the cooking and dining experience with an amazing dinner menu; showcasing peaches throughout the entire savory and sweet four-course menu*. Complementing this fabulous dinner will be exciting wines from J. Rickards wines.

With all the beauty of Healdsburg's countryside, an extraordinary dining experience and luscious wines, you just might want to stay a while! Check out the intimate inns or grand hotel suites in this charming town of Healdsburg, the gem of the Sonoma wine country. Explore the downtown plaza, surrounded by stylish boutiques, art galleries, wine tasting rooms and five-star restaurants. Make your memorable meal into an unforgettable weekend!

Top Five Reasons to Catch a Show at Uptown Theatre this Summer

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chrisIsaak_UptownTheater.jpg#1.   Best Headline Entertainment in the Valley!
The Uptown Theatre offers headline entertainment in a world class environment.  Uptown is a beautifully restored art deco period theatre originally opening in 1937 and brought back to its glory with state of the art sound system, lighting and comfortable seating.  Uptown Theatre has hosted a myriad of top named artists and this summer will be hosting hit-maker Kenny Loggins, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, crooner Chris Isaak, southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band, comedian Dana Carvey and a special stop by Dave Mason and his Traffic Jam tour. 

More shows are always being added to the already amazing summer lineup so check the schedule regularly or subscribe to their newsletter for new show announcements here.

#2.  Beat the Heat in the Most Comfortable Venue in Town!  
The seats at Uptown are extra cushy and the leg room extra spacious. Customers have coined the catch phrase "Every Seat is a Great Seat" due to the wide aisles, soft slope of the floor and the best sound quality in Northern California. Not only is this theatre lovingly restored with beautifully appointed period murals and gold accents but whether you're in the front row or the last, the sound quality is just as good and the sight lines are great from every vantage point.  And best of all?  It's Air-conditioned!  Beat the heat after a long summer day of wine tasting, bike riding or sight-seeing by getting indoors where only the entertainment is HOT!

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#3.  Located in the Hub of Napa Valley!
Uptown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Napa, which has become the hub of Napa Valley. Only a few steps and blocks away are world-class wines and restaurants. Dine at restaurants like Chef Morimoto's namesake restaurant for fresh, expertly prepared seafood and sushi.  You can never go wrong with dinner at Cole's Chop House for the very best in an American Steakhouse, or the newest restaurant along Main Street, Torc for elegant yet authentic California Cuisine with global influences.  There are scores of casual dining places in addition to a popping night scene where you can grab drink or glass of fine wine before or after a show at one of many wine bars that keep cropping up in downtown Napa.

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