Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country

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memorialDay.jpgThree day weekend coming up and if the weather holds it should be great for a little barbecue and soaking up some sun outside.  As usual, there are tons of events to choose from around Wine Country.

If you've decided to stay around the house, be sure to check out some cool summer white wines for sipping.


LIVERMORE
May 23 - 25 -- Fenestra's Spring Fling and Whites Sale
Celebration: Fenestra Winery's annual sale of all our white wines and some new releases on Memorial Day Weekend! A great excuse to stock up on your whites for the summer and enjoy our beautiful winery grounds in the Springtime. Receive a fresh herb plant of your choice included with every purchase of $100 or more!
Location: 83 Vallecitos Road (Formerly CA Hwy 84), Livermore
Fee: Free; Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone: (800) 789.WINE

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MENDOCINO
May 23 -- Taste of Chocolate, Wine & Ale
Celebration: Memorial Day Weekend - gives the chocoholic time to recover! A lawn party with tastes of chocolate candy, cookies, cakes, pastries, and ice cream teamed with tasty wine, beer, and ale. All made in Mendocino County to make your taste buds happy. Enjoy live music, fabulous silent auction on the
Location: Kelley House Museum Lawn, Main St. Mendocino.
Fee: $20 pp; Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (707) 937.4041

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NAPAVALLEY
May 23 -- Live Music at Beringer Vineyards
Live Music: Kick off the Summer Season in Wine Country! Wine tasting, food, lovely gardens & live music, featuring Sneaky Pete. Our two Tasting Rooms and Gift Shops are open from 10 a.m - 6 p.m. Tours are offered throughout the day. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Fee: $10-$25 Tasting Fee; Time: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone: (707) 963.8989 ext. 2222

May 23 -- Saturday at CIA - Flavors from Tuscany
Food Education: Bold Flavors From Tuscany. The hearty flavors of Tuscan cuisine rely on fresh, quality ingredients. Favorites such as pappardelle and tacconi pastas are topped with a rich sauce made with game, wild mushrooms, or rabbit and sage. In this class, we keep the traditions of simplicity and create comfort food Tuscan style.
Fee: $75; Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Phone: (707) 967.2320

May 23 -- Count Basie Orchestra
Live Music: The Count Basie Orchestra, a truly iconic jazz orchestra, brings more than seven decades of classic big-band music to the Lincoln Theater stage. Winners of 17 Grammy awards, the band is in constant demand for concert appearances and continues as one of the most historic, timeless and loved jazz and swing bands of our time.
Location: Lincoln Theater, 100 California Drive, Yountville
Fee: $59, $39, $29; Time: 7 p.m. Phone: (707) 944.1300

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OREGON
May 23 - 25 -- The Four Graces Memorial Weekend Tasting
Wine Education: Visit our charming, historical tasting room at the northern entrance to Dundee. New releases include the exceptional 2006 Doe Ridge Estate Pinot Noir. Delicious wine country hors d'oeuvres compliments of Silver Spoon Catering.
Location: The Four Graces Tasting Room 9605 NE Fox Farm Road Dundee Or 97115.
Fee: $15 per flight, Club Members waived; Time: 10 a.m. Phone: (503) 554.8000

May 23 - 24 -- "Memorial Celebration" at Duck Pond
Celebration: Join us for the valley's best celebration. $10 admission ($5 refundable with $20 or greater wine purchase) includes tasting of five wines and a barrel sample,Go Vino glass (featured in Wine Spectator). Wine Club admission is $5 per person (four people per membership). Try our new releases and enjoy special case discounts.
Fee: $10 pp $5 Wine ClubTime: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone Number: (503) 538.3199

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SANTA CRUZ
May 23 - 25 -- Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival
Festvial: Join us Memorial Day Weekend for the 20th Annual Boulder Creek Art, Wine & Music Festival with over 200 vendor booths, two live music stages, 15 international food booths and 10 local wineries.
Location: Downtown Boulder Creek
Fee: Free; Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: (831) 338.2578

May 23 -- Felton Remembers Parade & Covered Bridge Festival
Festival, Family Fun: This is a family event featuring a traditional parade honoring those who have served our country in the military service. After the parade, the Covered Bridge Festival is held at Covered Bridge Park. Live music, vendors selling food, beer, wine & soft drinks and specialty items.
Location: Felton, Hwy 9 & Covered Bridge Park
Fee: Free; Time: Parade begins at 10 a.m.;  Phone: (831) 335.1212

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SLO/PASO ROBLES
May 23 -- 23rd Annual California Festival of Beers
Festival: Enjoy this annual Festival of Beers. This year will feature an even larger selection of great beers (well over 100) not to mention an exciting concert and a wide array of food vendors. Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach
Fee: Call for information.Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (805) 544.2266

May 23 - 24 -- Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival
Festival: This family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, arts & crafts, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box!
Fee: Free; Time: Call for information Phone: (805) 473.2250

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SONOMA

May 23 - 24 -- Chateau St. Jean's Memorial Day Weekend
Celebration: This is always one of our favorite Open House events every year. Along with many exciting new releases, we are offering a jazzy, feel good atmosphere. Our motto says it all. "Welcome to our home".
Location: 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, CA
Fee: $10; Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (707) 833.4134

May 23 -- Open Day at Keller Estate
Celebration: Join us for our Open Day on Saturday and visit one of the most stunning wineries in the Sonoma Coast. We will be showcasing our current vintages and selected library wines.
Location: 5875 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma
Fee: $10 tasting fee, free for Club; Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Phone: (707) 765.2117

May 23 -- "Cabernet & Cabaret"
Live Music, Wine Education: At the Ledson Hotel Harmony Lounge (480 1st St. East), Vocalist Elaine Lucia will lead her group performing jazz standards, Brazilian bossa nova and originals. The wine will be from Ledson Winery. Wine & Song ticket buyers check in at the Sonoma Visitor's Bureau each day at noon to receive their wine glass and logo tote pouch, a punch card good for 12 wine tastings, and four tickets for gourmet local food tastings. Your punch card gives you access to all eight Wine and Song venues.
Fee: $60 in advance, $70 day of event; Time: 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Phone: (866) 527.TIXX

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TEMECULA
May 25 -- Live Music at Tesoro with Naomi Balcombe
Live Music: Join us for another evening of Music and Wine featuring some of the best wines in the Valley with some smooth saxophone playing and vocals by Naomi Balcombe. One Paid Winetasting or One Glass of Wine Minimum Per Person Advanced reservations requested to insure seating.
Location: 28475 Old Town Front Street & 6th, Temecula
Fee: 1Pd Winetasting or 1 Gls of Wine Min/pp
Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Phone: (951) 308.0000

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VIRGINIA
May 23 - 24 -- Loudoun Valley Vineyards Memorial Day
Celebration: Performing live on Saturday May 23rd will be Kristina Furey and on Sunday May 24th we will have live music... stay tuned we will announce the artist soon! Plus, enjoy Chef Rick Zapka's gourmet fare grilled to perfection on a Pit Barbeque for purchase both days. 38516 Charles Town Pike, Waterford
Fee: $5 Tasting Fee; Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: (540) 882.3375

May 24 -- Loudoun Valley Vineyards Bark & Wine

Celebration: Join us for our 2nd annual dog walk. Take your dog on a walk through the vineyard. End your walk with a glass of wine and enjoy the day with your best friend. We unfortunately can not allow dogs in our tasting room for your convenience an outside bar will be set up for you & your pooch!
Location: 38516 Charles Town Pike, Waterford
Fee: $20 per dog & owner/$5 each additional owner;
Time: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Phone: (540) 882.3375

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