Events: January 2012 Archives

Sonoma County - Special Events for Valentine's

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arrowood_redWineBottle.jpgFebruary 11 -- Arrowood Cabernet Amore
At Arrowood Cabernet Amore we're pairing our 03, 05 & 07 vintages of Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon with libido-revving small bites that will tantalize your tastebuds. Your ears will be tickled with the romance-inspiring sound of Mark Abdilla's guitar. Arrowood Cabernet Amore will set the mood for an unforgettable 2012 Valentine's Day.
Location: 14347 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen
Fee: $20 per person: Cabernet Amore Flight; Time: 11:00am-3:00pm;
Phone Number: 707-935-2639

February 11 -- Anova ACE of Hearts Red & Pink Ball
Celebration: The ACE of Hearts Ball will be held at the Friedman Events Center in Santa Rosa. The evening will feature a silent and live auction, dinner and dancing. Evening benefits the Anova Center for Education (ACE) Visual and Performing Arts Fund Honorary Chair, The Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. Former Mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California Assembly Event Chair, Mr. David Hodges of Hodges Insurance, Auctioneer, Mr. Jordan Kivelstadt of Silver Tap Wines.
Location: 4676 Mayette Avenue, Santa Rosa CA
Fee: $60/$110 per couple; Time: Korbel VIP Champagne Reception 5:15pm, Doors Open 5:30pm; Phone Number: 707-527-7032

February 14 -- Valentine Winery Dinner at St. Francis Winery
Make Valentines Day memorable with a very special dinner at St. Francis. Celebrate with great wine and food as Executive Chef David Bush creates an exquisite menu for you and your special someone. Share an intimate candle lit experience, with each tantilizing course expertly paired with our premium Artisan Series wines. View menu online!
Location: 100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa
Fee: $125.00 Public, $99.00 Wine Club;  Time: 6:30 p.m.;
Phone Number: (888) 675.WINE x 255

relishCulinary_Profiteroles.jpgFebruary 14 -- Valentine's Day Supper w/ Relish Culinary Adventures
Food Education, Dining: Looking for a playful and delicious way to spend Valentine's Day? Chefs Christopher Greenwald and Ciara Meaney are putting together a delicious and romantic menu that you can cook together. At the end of the evening, we'll light candles and then sit, relax and savor the meal.
Location: 14 Matheson Street, Healdsburg CA
Fee: $96; Time: 6pm; Phone Number: 707-431-9999
iStock_oyster.jpgFebruary 11 -- Valentine's Oyster and Wine Pairing @ Black Stallion Winery
Black Stallion Estate Winery invites you to join us for a Valentine's oyster & wine pairing Price: 2 Oysters & glass of wine $15; 6 oysters & glass of wine $25; 12 oysters & glass of wine $35 Wine Club Price: 2 oysters & glass of wine $5; 6 oysters & glass of wine $15; 12 oysters & glass of wine $30.


Location: 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA; Fee: 2-12 Oysters & a glass of wine $15-$35 Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm or until oysters run out; Phone Number: 707-227-3255

February 11 -- Goosecross Cellars Valentine's Day Party
Mark your calendars and plan a trip to Napa! Enjoy an afternoon of wine, chocolate and romance. Wine Club Members can also pick-up their wines and enjoy a pairing from their winter club allocation with a variety of cheeses and light appetizers.
Location: 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa
Fee: $20; Time: 2:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.; Phone Number: 707-253-9450

lovefest_Merryvale.jpgFebruary 11 -- Love Fest at Merryvale
Join us on for LOVE FEST '12, our annual Valentine's Dinner in Merryvale's historic Cask Room! Dinner will feature wines selected from the Library.
Location: 1000 Main Street, St. Helena CA; Fee: $150 Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.;
Phone Number: 707-968-3429

February 11 --
Wild Jungle Love at Safari West
This hot ticket begins with a wine and chocolate reception followed by a safari in an open-air vehicle among some of the world's most exotic creatures. Then, it's time to kick up your hooves (or paws) and dance into the night with our very own wild DJ. Can a holiday get any more wildly romantic? Reservations required, no tickets at the door.
Location: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA; Fee: $90 per person (all inclusive), adults only; Time: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 579.2551

February 11 -- Wine & Chocolate @ Silverado Vineyards
Food & Wine Education: Join us for a sit down special pairing of Annette's Truffles and Silverado Vineyards wines. We will talk about the flavors and aromas from your pairings as you sample each one, and the result...well, you'll have to taste for yourself! Space is limited. 6121 Silverado Trail, Napa
Fee: $30 per person Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Phone Number: (707) 259-6617

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Epicurean Winter in Healdsburg: Valentine's Week!

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This February, "Epicurean Winter" is enticing food and wine-lovers to head to Healdsburg, Sonoma for a romantic and effortless escape to wine country. Widely considered a culinary mecca situated in the scenic Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys, Healdsburg has put together an amazing new winter program with 100+ food & wine events - perfect for a fanciful Valentine's celebration. 

Culinary couples can choose from hundreds of world-class wineries to visit, dine on upscale Sonoma cuisine, and take in the luxurious blend of arts and culture, boutique shopping, and charming hotels that this idyllic yet sophisticated town has to offer. Take advantage of Valentine's Week events and lodging specials:

rodneyStrong_ChocFantasy.jpgEpicurean event highlights include:

  • 23rd Annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong - Feb 4th - The barrel room is transformed to showcase chocolate, wine, live music and savory appetizers; $65/person, includes souvenir glass.
  • Friday Night Guest Sommelier at Dry Creek Kitchen -  Feb 10th - Acclaimed Sonoma County winemakers offer diners complimentary tastes of their wine and tips on pairing it with dinner at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen.
  • Winter Farm to Table Dinner and Wine Class at Quivira Vineyard & Winery, Feb 11 from 4pm-8pm - Upscale seasonal farm to table dinner with local chef; exclusive wine-blending session with highly-respected winemaker Hugh Chappelle; $125 per person

Tri-Valley Events: January 25 - February 1, 2012

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FEATURED EVENTS

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week
January 21, 2012 - January 29, 2012
Participating Restaurants Throughout The Tri-Valley
Taste of Tri-Valley will give local, regional and national food lovers the opportunity to enjoy a prix-fixe meal at a number of participating Tri-Valley restaurants. Some of the finest, most renowned chefs and restaurants in the Tri-Valley will showcase their culinary styles for diners. The event will feature an array of well-known restaurants, casual dining establishments and local purveyors that will provide one of a kind dining experiences offered during this week only.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Barrel Tasting Weekend
Livermore Valley ~ March 31-April 1, 2012  ~ 12-4:30 pm

Sample wines right out of the barrel from over 35 wineries during Livermore Valley's 4th Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend. This is your chance to taste wines before they have been bottled, getting a behind the scenes look into the wine-making process. Meet winemakers, bottle your own wines, enjoy food pairings, and other activities that vary by winery. Tickets
are $30 advance ($35 event day) and include: 2 days of barrel tasting, exclusive discounts, keepsake glass, and special activities at each winery. For a list of activities, participating wineries, and to purchase tickets, visit www.LVwine.org.

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Healdsburg Epicurean Winter 2012

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Healdsburg's 1st Annual "Epicurean Winter" Features 100+ Events

Sonoma County's gourmand mecca offers epicurean travelers great off-season rates
and can't-miss events, experiences, and eats

healdsburgWinterEpicurean2012.jpgHEALDSBURG - Sonoma, Calif. -- For the first time ever, the charming town of Healdsburg has united its celebrated restaurants, renowned Sonoma County wineries, and illustrious hotels and lodging partners for "Epicurean Winter," a new seasonal program offering unique culinary events and special lodging packages to attract visitors during the mild winter months.

"Winter is a great time to visit," says Mo McElroy, CEO of the Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. "Healdsburg is warm, cozy and delicious - the trifecta of fun during winter months. The Epicurean Winter program gives us a easy way to entice people to experience what sets Healdsburg apart - it's a fantastic culinary mecca that remains true to its agricultural roots."

Epicurean Winter runs now through March 31, and includes gourmet events, family activities, budget-friendly options, outdoor recreation, and romantic escapes for Valentine's celebrations.

Save the Date! - Passport to Dry Creek Valley

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Tickets on Sale Starting February 1st!
Wine lovers encourage to act fast to nab tickets to Sonoma County's premier passport event.

  • 23rd Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley - A Modern Tradition with Century-Old Roots
  •  Saturday & Sunday, April 28-29 from 11am - 4:30pm
  • Friday evening Healdsburg Gallery ArtWalk & Wine Tasting, April 27
  • 50 participating wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley
  • Festivities include: exquisite wine tasting, gourmet food, fun motifs, and live music
  • Fly Alaska Airlines into Sonoma County Airport & fly a case of wine home for free

HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- One of California's first and longest-running regional wine events, Passport to Dry Creek Valley is an exceptional wine-tasting experience, blending epicurean thrills with fun, festive décor, and live entertainment. The fun starts the Friday night of Passport Weekend with a Healdsburg Gallery ArtWalk & Wine Tasting, co-sponsored by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley® and Healdsburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.

With more galleries than any one city north of the Golden Gate Bridge - and just minutes from Dry Creek Valley - the charming town of Healdsburg offers sophisticated lodging, restaurants, and 22 art galleries all within walking distance. On April 27, the galleries extend their hours to welcome Passport guests to explore and meet local artists, while sipping Dry Creek Valley wines.

Crab & Wine Festival in Mendocino

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2012 Crab & Wine Festival Toasts Northern California's
Local Bounty of Land and Sea

Mendocino County Serves Up Delicious Fare at Internationally Recognized Annual Event, January 20-29

mendocino_CrabWineDays.jpgMENDOCINO COUNTY, CA -- Every January for the past thirteen years, Northern California's Mendocino County has been celebrating locally harvested Dungeness crab and award-winning wines from "America's Greenest Wine Region" with a festival that satiates the taste buds of foodies and oenophiles alike.

From gourmet, crab-themed dinners in four-star restaurants, to family-style cioppino feeds, to the ever popular Crab Cake Cook-off featuring local Mendocino chefs, this festival has something for everyone! And to wash down the abundance of crab, local winemakers will be pouring at winemaker dinners throughout the county and also at the official Wine Tasting Competition, held in conjunction with the Crab Cake Cook-off. Visitors will enjoy a multitude of dinners, tastings, demonstrations, excursions, events and lodging specials over the course of the ten days -- hosted by Visit Mendocino County, the Mendocino Coast Clinics, innkeepers, restaurants, wineries and more.

The 2012 festival takes place from Friday, January 20th - Sunday, January 29th. Some special highlights not to be missed include:

Tri-Valley Events: January 18-25, 2012

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FEATURED EVENTS
Restaurant Week Kick Off Party
January 20, 2012
Underdog Wine Bar
4590 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550

Join us at the Underdog Wine Bar on January 20, 2012 for a Kick Off Party to celebrate the Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week. Featuring live music, gourmet small plates and our award - winning wines. The party starts at 7pm until 12am. Tickets include: gourmet artisan cheeseboard, tuna tartar, shots of soup, flatbreads, slider trios, crabcakes, pulled pork, mini burgers with cambazola and caesar salad. Dessert: Mini valhrona, chocolate tarts, mini ginger cakes, mini brandy snifters with Petite Sirah marinated berries. Also enjoy wine and a bubbly toast at midnight! Tickets are availabe on the Underdog website, reservations  required. To purchase your tickets at a discounted rate use promo code UWBPARTY. Please bring your receipt as this will be your ticket.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week
January 21, 2012 - January 29, 2012
Participating Restaurants Throughout The Tri-Valley
Taste of Tri-Valley will give local, regional and national food lovers the opportunity to enjoy a prix-fixe meal at a number of participating Tri-Valley restaurants. Some of the finest, most renowned chefs and restaurants in the Tri-Valley will showcase their culinary styles for diners. The event will feature an array of well-known restaurants, casual dining establishments and local purveyors that will provide one of a kind dining experiences offered during this week only.

CLICK HERE for all events over the next 7 days.

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