WineCountry Staff: November 2012 Archives

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Rutherford Dust

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $220 Per Couple! Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com and be sure to take advantage of our FREE WineCountry.com Mobile App to locate each stop and to see more itineraries. Want a more personalized and custom trip curated for you and your wine tasting party? Contact our Guest Services Department at 707.260.0721.

The AVA (American Viticulture Area) of Rutherford is known for the well drained soil on the valley floor that produces some amazing cabernet sauvignon with a "dusty" finish, hence the phrase "Rutherford Dust". Experience the flavors of the Rutherford AVA at each of the wineries on this Napa Valley wine tasting itinerary. Though it is famous for Cabernet, many other varietals of wine are grown in this region. Taste them all!


St. Supery, 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 944.2945

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  • Rutherford Dust: A family owned winery in the heart of the Napa Valley, producing award winning Merlot and Cabernet from Rutherford vines.
  • $70 Per Couple - Dollarhide Library Tasting - Complimentary with purchase
  • 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservation Required
  • Directions to Next Stop:  Turn right on Hwy 29 for .5 mile, turn R on Rutherford Rd, BV on R


Wineries Open for Thanksgiving in Napa Valley & Sonoma

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Wineries & Tasting Rooms Open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 in Napa Valley, CA

  • Castello di Amorosa - Open 9:30 - 4pm,  (707) 967.6272
  • Cosentino - Open 10am - 3:00pm, (707) 921.2809 ext 2
  • Del Dotto - St. Helena Location ONLY - Open 11am - 4pm (707) 963.2134
  • Elizabeth Spencer - Open 10am - 4pm, (707) 963.4768
  • Girard Winery - Open 11am - 3pm, (707) 968.9297
  • Hagafen Cellars - Open 11am - 4pm, (888) 424.2336
  • V Wine Cellars - Open 10am - 3pm, (707) 531.7053
  • Van der Heyden Vineyards - Open 10am-3pm, (707) 257.0130
  • V.Sattui Winery - Open 9am - 3:00 pm, (707) 963.7774

Wineries & Tasting Rooms Open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013 in Sonoma County, CA

  • Carneros Brewing Company - Open 10am - 5:30pm, (707) 938.1800
  • Cline Cellars - Open 11am - 3pm, (707) 940.4061
  • Jacuzzi Cellars - Open 11am-3pm, (707) 931.7575
  • Porter Creek Vineyards - 10:30am-2pm, (707) 433.6321
  • Roche Winery - 11am - 2pm, (707) 935.7115

Livermore/Tri-Valley: Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Nov. 23-26, 2012 - Wente Vineyards Holiday Preview
Start your holiday festivities off right and get a jump on your holiday shopping and entertaining ideas! Enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend, browse new holiday merchandise, stock up on holiday favorites, and pick up gifts for friends and family, all while you sample your favorite Wente Vineyards wines. CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov 23-25, 2012 - Wild Turkey Walk at Chouinard Vineyards
Collect all your turkey-stuffed relatives and couch potato friends, pack up some turkey sandwiches and come for a picnic and walk. Your reward for all that effort--a fine wine tasting of whites and reds, and a little dessert wine and port tossed in for good measure.
CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 25, 2012 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Party
Back by popular demand Big Band Voodoo Daddy is returning with their wild and swingin' holiday party show! You'll want to be there as these lovable hipsters turn yuletide classics like "Blue Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and "We Three Kings" into a rollicking big band extravaganza! Throw in a few new songs of their own, like "Zat You Santa Claus" and "Rock-A-Billy Christmas," and you've got a show cool enough to keep a snowman from melting!
CLICK HERE for more details.

Sonoma Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Nov. 17,18, 2012 - Holiday in Carneros
Sample wines, meet winemakers, listen to music, pair wines with food, and view arts and crafts all at the same time. With nearly 20 wineries participating in this annual event, Holiday in Carneros in Sonoma should be on your to do list.This unique event involves both Sonoma and Napa wineries that are located in the Los Carneros Appellation.
CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 23, 2012

  • Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House - Toast the Holiday Season in the Wine Country with our 29th Annual Holiday Open House! Join twenty wineries for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Ledson Winery Holiday Open House - Join Heart of Sonoma Valley Wineries for our 29th Annual Holiday Open House. The Castle will be decked with holiday twinkle and plenty of cheer. Warm up by one of our fireplaces while you enjoy a variety of gourmet treats paired with our award-winning wines. Begin your holiday shopping in our Gourmet Marketplace; sample original selections of sauces and olive oils.CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Kenwood Vineyards Holiday Extravaganza - Black Friday never looked so good! Come Celebrate the holidays with some bubbly and delicious wines at Kenwood Vineyards' Open House. Start your holiday shopping while being serenaded by carols, sipping on superb wines, and tasting scrumptious treats created by our chef Robin Lehnhoff.  Amazing prices abound for the wine connoisseur in your life.CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 25th - Dec 30, 2012 - Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley
The Holiday Wine Trolley is fully decorated and brimming with garlands, lights, and classic holiday music! Travel through Sonoma's Wine Country viewing historic landmarks from the late 1800′s through the 1930s. The Holiday Wine Trolley Tour visits four premium wineries, where you will taste Sonoma's wonderful wines and take care of your holiday shopping at the same time! The Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley will run daily, decorated in holiday spirit, playing holiday music and serving hot cocoa. CLICK HERE for more details.

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Wine Tasting Itinerary: Bubbles, Pinot and Zins, Oh My!

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $75 Per Couple!

*To keep these kinds of offers, buy a bottle or three! Use our FREE Mobile App, WineCountry.com, to locate each stop and to see more itineraries. Contact our Guest Services Department at 707.260.0721 for a custom, personalized trip curated for you and your wine tasting party


The warm days and cool nights of Carneros and southern Sonoma County are ideal for growing these varietals. Some may come from as far north as Knights Valley, but you only need to make these four stops to taste some fabulous wines.  This is a relaxed-paced day. Make a stop for a quick lunch in downtown Sonoma on your way to Kenwood Vineyards.


Acacia Vineyards, 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 226.9991
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  • Fee: $15 Per Couple - Tasting Flight
  • Time: 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservations: Required
  • Oh My!: Acacia's Pinot Noir Wines are made from specific vineyards that are known for a particular flavor profile. Taste the Lone Tree Vineyard's rustic style, St. Clair Vineyard's strawberry notes, L'histoire Profonde's earthy notes, and the Redding Ranch Vineyard's complexity.
  • Directions to Next Stop: R on Duhig Rd, L on CA 12 for 5.8 m., slight L on 121 S for 1.1 m., L on 121 S for .6 m. and R on Wagner Rd for .8 m.

Napa Valley: Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Nov. 23, 2012 - Yountville's Annual Festival of Lights
Take the entire family out for one of Napa Valley's most cherished holiday events the day after Thanksgiving - Yountville's Festival of Lights. 

This annual Napa Valley holiday faire features food, wine and entertainment town-wide. Enjoy visits with Santa Claus, carolers and horse-drawn carriage rides. In the evening, Yountville is set aglow with thousands of twinkling lights adorning trees and shops along Washington Street. CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov 26 - Dec 20, 2012 - Santa Trains: Napa Valley Wine Train
The Santa Express Train is a magical experience for the young and the young at heart. Ride the express train with special guest, Santa! Ole' Saint Nick is going to bring some friends and carolers on board. This is a fabulous holiday experience for the whole family.These are NOT the regular three-hour lunch and dinner trains. This train runs only for an hour and a half from the City of Napa to the Town of Yountville and back, and is filled or overflowing with happy children waiting to see Santa and his friends. **Note: Does not run every single day. CLICK HERE to see specific dates available!

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2012 - Calistoga Holiday Village
While visiting Napa Valley, visit the town of Calistoga which will be aglow with the holiday spirit. Enjoy Hot chocolate, cider, chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and carolers who will sing holiday songs from around the world, and of course. Saturday night will be our 17th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade. The ultimate small-town quirky Christmas experience. After all that excitement have a bite then retreat to your cozy inn where elves await you for holiday story time. This is Calistoga tradition not to be missed. CLICK HERE for more details!


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Wine Tasting Itinerary: Carneros, Mt. Veeder and Southern Napa

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Tasting Fee Budget for the Day: $155 Per Couple! 
*Please let the staff know that you were referred by WineCountry.com.


Domaine Carneros, 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559
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  • $40 Per Couple - Sparkling Wine Sampler
  • 10AM - Allow One Hour
  • No Reservation Required - Table service and nibbles available
  • Directions to Next Stop: Cuvaison is across the street

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