30 Days Left to Indulge in Healdsburg's "Epicurean Winter" Events, Offers and Eats

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HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- Healdsburg's "Epicurean Winter" heads into its third and final month with events dedicated entirely to pork and pinot noir, consecutive barrel tasting weekends and even a chance to dine, drink and donate to benefit the region's renowned Healdsburg Jazz Festival. The affordable, off-season lodging packages, regional dinner specials and wine pairings that have been a part of "Epicurean Winter" from its January 1 launch continue through March 31 as Healdsburg showcases its culinary bounty.

wineRoad_WineGlassLogo.jpgMarch Highlights:

EVENTS

March 2-4 and March 9-11: Barrel Tasting Weekends
Healdsburg lies in at the intersection of three celebrated appellations - Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley - making it the ideal location for wine lovers to sample some of the best wine in the state. Now in its 34th year, this event gives ticket holders the chance to experience private winery tours, taste new wines from the barrel, and sample tasting-room-only and limited production wines. Special offers available at many participation wineries; some tastings by appointment only. Tickets start at $25; visit www.wineroad.com/events or call 888-251-0560 for details.

March 23-24: Pigs & Pinot 2012 - All tickets to this annual event are already sold out!

Now - March 31: Sonoma Neighbor Menu & Live Jazz
Diners will enjoy live jazz accompanying their three-course tasting menu on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hotel Healdsburg's Dry Creek Kitchen.  $36 per guest, $51 with paired wines; $2 from each menu will be donated to the Healdsburg Education Foundation.  For details, visit us online or call 707-431-1500.

Now - March 31: A Taste of Pigs & Pinot
Dry Creek Kitchen will be featuring a special pork and pinot noir pairings all month; starting March 24, diners will have a chance to order an actual dish from the popular Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner paired with the official Pinot Cup winner. For details, visit online or call 707-433-1500.

Now - March 31: Epicurean Winter Wine Tour
Healdsburg Area Winery Tours specializes in private wine tasting tours customized to guests' personal wine preferences and destination interests. Mention "Epicurean Winter" when making reservations and receive a 10% discount on certain tours. For details, visit www.healdsburgareawinerytours.com or call 707-433-6090.
hotelhealdsburgexterior.jpgMARCH LODGING SPECIALS

Pigs & Pinot Connoisseur Package at Hotel Healdsburg
Includes a "Pigs and Pinot" dining experience at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen, plus visits to two of Russian River Valley's most revered Pinot Noir producers: Williams Selyem Winery and Merry Edwards Winery. Sunday-Thursday $790; Friday-Saturday $1040. To book, call 800-889-7188 or visit www.hotelhealdsburg.com/special-packages.

h2hotel's Gourmet and Green Getaway
Includes two nights in an eco-king guest room, daily continental breakfast, $75 certificate to dine at Spoonbar, Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen or Mateo's Cocina Latina, VIP Food and Wine Pairing at Medlock Ames Winery, and picnic lunch for two with a self-guided vineyard walk at Michel-Schlumberger Winery. To book, visit  www.h2hotel.com or call 707-922-5251.

Epicurean Indulgence at Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza
Includes one night in a charming guest room, a gourmet, five-course dinner for two at Michelin-starred Cyrus Restaurant, a signature Four Sisters Inns breakfast, and afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres. Valid Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. $405 per night.  To book, visit www.healdsburginn.com or call 800-431-8663.

Epicurean Winter at the Irish Rose Inn

Winter special features 25% off any room, any night through March 31. Mention "Epicurean Winter" when making reservations. To book, visit www.theirishroseinn.com or call 707-431-2801.

Download a complete list of Epicurean Winter events at www.healdsburg.com.

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About Healdsburg, California
Located just 70 miles north of San Francisco, in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, Healdsburg offers a luxurious blend of fine dining; arts and culture; boutique shopping; and a charming array of hotels, B&Bs, Inns, and vacation rentals - all within a short drive to hundreds of world-class wineries situated in the scenic Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. Healdsburg is oriented around its central Plaza, which serves as the town's "heart" and provides easy walking-access to most businesses. Direct flights into Sonoma County Airport (just 15 minutes from Healdsburg) make visiting simple from Los Angeles, Seattle, and Las Vegas; San Francisco and Oakland Airports provide access from other cities. For more information, visit www.healdsburg.com.

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