WineCountry Staff: June 2012 Archives

VIDEO: Cottage Grove Inn - Luxury Cottage Spotlight

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Cottage Grove Inn - A Luxury private Napa Valley Cottage in Calistoga, CA



Luxury private Napa Valley Cottages. Explore the Napa Valley wine country or enjoy a day of spa treatments, then come home to your own private luxury cottage. Slide into your 2-person deep Jacuzzi soaking tub. Listen to your favorite music or snuggle in front of the wood-burning fireplace. It is a short walk to Calistoga's famous restaurants and to the celebrated hot mineral water spas of Calistoga. Let Cottage Grove Inn be your getaway to simple luxury and privacy in the Napa Valley.

Celebrating July 4th in Sonoma

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4th of July Celebrations and Parades Around Sonoma County

4th of July Parade and Fireworks on Sonoma Plaza
Sonoma's Fourth of July on the Plaza and fireworks display is a small town festival that makes you feel proud to be an American. Kick off the day with a parade featuring marching bands at 10am and then enjoy  live music, games, and a chance to hang out in Sonoma's historic plaza before the big fireworks show at dusk. Don't forget to try a hot dog or some apple pie. CLICK HERE for more details.

4th Of July Kids Parade in Healdsburg Plaza

Back by popular demand is the Kids' Parade held on the 4th of July. This year's event will be held in Healdsburg Plaza! Highlights, beside the actual parade and prizes, will be pie eating contests, duck decorating, face painting and live music provided by The Russian River Ramblers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Independence Day: Red, White, & Boom

Join Sonoma County Fairgrounds for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid's activities, and fun for the whole family! Checkout their fantastic lineup of local bands and enjoy great food from the many local vendors who will serve up specialties.  For the kids, there will a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, clowns and more. CLICK HERE for more details.

4th of July Buffet at Depot Hotel
This year Depot Hotel is your one stop 4th of July party where you can eat delicious food, drink until your heart's content and enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks. The Chef and staff celebrate America's Birthday by putting on a lavish Fourth of July buffet dinner. Best of all, you don't have to leave the restaurant in order to watch fireworks. Depot Hotel is one of the few restaurants in town lucky enough to have the fireworks go off in the air right above the Garden. CLICK HERE for more details.

Celebrating July 4th in Napa Valley

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There are several events featuring wine & food, live music, and of course, fireworks in Napa Valley leading up to July 4th which is during the middle of the week this year. Check out the events happening before, on Independence Day, and the weekend after too!

July 3rd - 7th -- Napa County Fair & Fireworks Show
Pack up the family and spend five days of summer sizzle celebrating Independence Day with live music, chef demos, wine pavilion, olive oil tastings, art exhibits and much more! Plus enjoy a Fourth of July Parade and a spectacular fireworks show. Come be rewarded with the unique experience of celebrating America's birthday in a rural setting that offers up loads of small-town "Americana" charm. Click Here for more details.

Napa Valley -  City Wide 4th of July Celebrations and Parades
 
  • American Canyon - 4th of July Celebration
  • Join American Canyon for a spectacular July 4th celebration. The all-day event will include the morning parade, afternoon picnic - which will include fun and free activities, contests and relays for the whole family, food and entertainment, and end with evening fireworks. Click Here for more details.
  • Napa - 4th of July Parade and Festival in Downtown Napa
  • Enjoy the colorful sights and sounds of the Pepperettes, Napa fire trucks, classic cars, and so much more at this year's parade and 4th of July celebration. This year's theme is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Also, Grand Marshall Margrit Mondavi and Chair Doris Gentry will be present. After the parade there will be a festival downtown with beer, wine, food as well as candy and jump houses for the kids and then a fabulous fireworks show. Click Here for more details.
  • Calistoga - 4th of July Parade in Downtown Calistoga
  • Join downtown Calistoga for their all-American celebration, starting with the 79th running of the 4th of July Parade. Thousands of smiling faces line the streets as friends and families share in this patriotic, community tradition. See floats, decorated cars, live bands, and more! Click Here for more details.  

July 4 -- Louis M. Martini Winery Fireworks Spectacular
Spend this 4th of July with the Martini family, as they celebrate 18 years of historic fireworks in St. Helena. Spend time with Mike Martini, third-generation winemaker, and enjoy a Napa-style feast, delectable wine and food pairings, live entertainment and family activities - all culminating in a world-class fireworks display, set against the stunning backdrop of the Napa Valley. Reserve tickets in advance. Click Here for more details.

Wine Tasting in Paso Robles - New Trip Planner

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PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE TRIP PLANNER

pasoRoblesItineraryImage.jpgPress Release - The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance announces the launch of their new Trip Planner on pasowine.com which gives the wine enthusiast power to create customized itineraries that highlight the region's distinct offerings using web based technology. The Trip Planner makes it easy to search over 160 Wine Alliance member wineries and map out a wine tasting experience based on amenities, varietal, and the region's award-winning wineries.  The tool also incorporates the area's hospitality assets including restaurants, accommodations, and tour companies; making it a complete visitor resource when planning a trip to Paso Robles Wine Country.

"This Trip Planner addresses consumer needs for full service planning based on current technologies," said Jennifer Porter, Executive Director, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.  "There is no other wine region or entity that provides such a complete planning tool with the same customization and sharing capabilities that the Paso Robles Trip Planner offers."

Amenities such as certifiable sustainable, tours, pet friendliness, picnic areas and other accommodations are offered as search options along with cross reference capabilities so the user can refine their search according to the type of wine they enjoy.  Adding locations to an itinerary can be done from any page on pasowine.com that lists wineries or hospitality businesses, with a single click of the mouse.  Once an itinerary is built, the user can fine-tune by click-n-drag as well as add specific addresses for begin and end points.  Once the itinerary is complete, it can be shared via social media, printed, emailed and bookmarked.

Dinner & Movie Night Series

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What better way to spend a summer night then at the movies!  Flora Springs Winery is hosting "Dinner & Movie Night Series" June - October and it's perfect for date night!

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Share a delicious Lobster Feed dinner paired with Flora Springs wines in their Vineyard Courtyard. Follow it up sitting fireside, sipping wine and watching a movie on the Rooftop Lounge, overlooking the vineyards and the mountains. Of course, there will also be all your favorite traditional snacks to enjoy during the movie.

Movie nights are open to the public but there is limited availability and and advanced reservations are required. Fees: $99 per person; Wine Club Members, $79.20 per person. See list of films below:

June 30th - A Good Year
(view trailer)
Wine and dinner starts at 6:30pm, movie starts at 8:30 pm.

July 28th - The Ways of Wine
(view trailer)
Wine and dinner starts at 5:50 pm, movie starts at 7:50 pm.

Farmhouse Inn Celebrates the Barn's Birthday

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"You Choose Your Prize" SWEEPSTAKES

At Farmhouse, the beloved Barn is turning three! This calls for a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with gifts! The sweepstakes is simple. Just share the Farmhouse Love with  friends, coworkers, whomever, and every time one of them "likes" Farmhouse Inn on Facebook, you are entered to win . . .again, again, and again.

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THE PRIZES

1. Visit Farmhouse for the ultimate Wine Country Getaway*. Two nights in a Luxury Barn Room, a four-course dinner and wine pairings for two in our Michelin starred restaurant, and a private tour and lunch at one of our exclusive winery partners. (Value approx. $2500) *does not include airfare or travel cost.

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2. Sip Farmhouse-style at home. You and Farmhouse's Wine Director, Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth, will collaborate to create your dream wine cellar*.  We ship you the cellar - we loan you Geoff and his expertise to help you choose, and procure, your dream collection.   *Does not include the wine itself. We promise up to 6 hours of Geoff's time. (Value approx. $2000)

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3. Sleep like you've never slept before
- at least not since you left Farmhouse. The famous and much sought after Farmhouse Bed*- the mattress and our luxury layers of feather bedding and pillows delivered to your door. You choose the size. What's a perfect nights' sleep worth anyway? (Value approx. $2000) *does not include your bed frame or linens.

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4.  Farm for yourself.  Dine on those farm-fresh eggs that are such a part of a Farmhouse stay, every day, at home!  We'll send you a custom built chicken coop, six heritage breed chicks, and a sack of organic chick feed to get you started. Six fresh eggs a day...imagine the possibilities. Includes a selection of Farmhouse breakfast recipes. (Approx. value $1800)

Winner will be announced by email and on Farmhouse Facebook page August 1, 2012.

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Give the Gift of Golf!

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Show Dad you appreciate him with the gift of GOLF!

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*Dudes' or Dads' Retreat at Silverado Resort and Spa!
This Ultimate Gentleman's Getaway package offers unlimited* golf for groups of two or four, with accommodations in a deluxe one- or two-bedroom fireplace suite. (Available June 1 - Nov. 17, 2012). Package also includes:

  • Callaway Razr X Rentals
  • 6 Callaway golf balls
  •  Silverado golf hat and shirt
  • $100 spa credit per person for any 50-minute men's treatment (Go Golf Facial, Golfers Massage, or Golfers Reflexology)
  • 100 credit per person for resort dining
CLICK HERE for more details.

Father's Day in Wine Country

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wenteVineyardsWines.jpgLIVERMORE, CA
June 17 -- Wines, Beats, and Mobile Eats
Celebration: Treat Dad to an array of food choices from our favorite food trucks, Southern Sandwich Co., Rice Rockit, le truc and Kara's Cupcakes, while sampling wines from Wente Vineyards, Murrieta's Well, and Double Decker.
Location: Wente Vineyards Estate Winery, 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore, CA
Fee: $15 general/$10 club members; Time: 12-4pm; Phone: 925.456.2305

June 17, 2012 -- Father's Day BBQ at Elliston Vineyards
Celebration: Make Father's Day extra special this year at Elliston Vineyards. Join us for an afternoon of delicious BBQ, fun and sun, family and friends, and of course beer and wine. Cost is inclusive of food, non-alcoholic drinks, tax and gratuity. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Large group reservations available. Advanced booking is required.
Location: Elliston Vineyards, 463 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA
Fee: $35 Adults/$12 Children; Time: 12pm - 3pm; Phone: 925.862.2377

MENDOCINO, CA
June 15 - 17 -- A Taste of Redwood Valley
Wine Festival: Join eight wineries and a brandy distiller that offer the "Focus on Experience" winemaker dinner. Experience a herb walk, make homemade bread,feast at a farm to table dinner, and enjoy dessert all served with fine wines while listening to live music. On Sat and Sun all will be open for tastings w/food,music, and farmer's market stands.
Fee: Dinner: $55;  Dinner & Tasting:$80; Tasting:$30;
Time: Dinner: 6pm; Sat/Sun Tasting: 11-5; Phone: 707-485-0322


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June 17 -- V Marketplace Father's Day Invitational Auto Show
Celebration, Exhibition: V Marketplace celebrates the "art of the driving machine," from the national champions to the local favorites, to the one-of-a-kind collector curiosities. Packard, Pierce Arrow, Ford, Ferrari, M.G., Mercedes Benz and more, top a list of more than 100 early and late model autos spanning some 90 years of production!
Location: 6525 Washington Street, Yountville CA
Fee: Free; Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Phone: 707-944-2451

June 17 -- Conn Creek's Father's Day Throwdown
Celebration: Wine, Barbeque and hot competition - what more could Dad ask for? 2 amazing Napa valley chefs will be barbecuing up ribs! You vote to determine who wins the throw-down. Challenge our winemaker, Mike McGrath to a wine blending throw-down.
Location: 8711 Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA
Fee: $50/$40 club members; Time: 2pm-6pm; Phone: 800.793.7960 ext. 210

Jazzy Summer Nights at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

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sonomaCutrer_jazzSeries1.jpgSonoma-Cutrer Vineyards will be hosting a new jazz series called "Jazzy Summer Nights" featuring three fantastic Jazz concerts:

Saturday June 23rd The Andrew Speight Quintet
Renowned Australian Alto Saxophonist with his band
"Andrew Speight will carry the music's torch into the next millennium." Wynton Marsalis

Saturday July 21st The Al Molina Latin Jazz Sextet
Legendary Bay Area Latin jazz icon featuring Percussionist Louie Romero

Saturday August 18th Deborah Winters
With Peter Welker's All Star 10 piece band

sonomaCutrer_JazzSeries.jpgMateo Granados will be offering his delicious Yucatan Cuisine from his legendary food truck.
These will be intimate gatherings with limited seating; concerts are 6-8pm. Purchase your tickets now for a fabulous summer of jazz and fine wine before they sell out! Tickets are $35 for each concert and available at www.sonomacutrer.com or by calling 707-237-3489.

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards is located on 400 picturesque acres in the heart of the Russian River Valley and is host to the annual North American Croquet Championships held on world class croquet courts. Sonoma-Cutrer may be the best outdoor venue in Sonoma County to enjoy great music, wine and friends. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear live music at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards!

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
4401 Slusser Road, Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 237.3489
Special Tasting Offer


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