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Guide to Mother's Day in Wine Country

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There are a host of activities to make Mother's Day a special occasion in Wine Country this year. Treat her to brunch, take her wine tasting, or go to a show!

Travel Tip: If you are planning to spend Mother's Day in Napa Valley, be aware that the town of Napa is host of the Bottle Rock Napa Valley Music Festival (May 9-12th) and is expecting close to 40,000 attendees! Plan on lots of traffic and expect delays. To see street closures, download the WineCountry.com mobile app.


MomDaughter.jpgTake Your Mother to Brunch!

  • etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon (Yountville, Napa Valley)
  • Enjoy a splendid five-course menu expertly paired with Chandon sparkling and still wines this Mother's Day. Menu selections include liberty farms duck confit, pan roasted spring lamb loin, roasted beef tenderloin, spiced valrhona chocolate pot de crème, and meyer lemon vacherin. Children's options also available. Reservations Strongly Recommended. (888) 242.6366

  • Lucy's Restaurant at Bardessono (Yountville, Napa Valley)
  • Bring your mom to Lucy's Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono to enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day brunch. The menu will feature delicious dishes, such as Executive Chef Victor Scargle's Duck Confit Hash, brioche french toast, and refreshing cocktails such as the Yountville Spritz. Reservations Recommended. (707) 204.6030

  • Flamingo Resort (Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA)
  • Enjoy a Mother's Day Champagne brunch buffet at the Flamingo Resort. This event will feature unlimited complimentary Champagne and mimosas; a feast that includes items like, orange spiced french toast, traditional eggs benedict, buttermilk chicken breast, slow roasted turkey, and much more! Plus, there will be a full dessert table with assorted fruit tarts and mini pastries. Click Here to view full menu. Reservations Recommended. (707) 532.4745
  • Santa Ynez Valley Marriott (Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, CA)
    Treat your mom to the extravagance she deserves with Santa Ynez Valley Marriott's Mother's Day Buffet featuring a grand selection of dishes at both chilled and hot stations and a decadent dessert bar (Cherries Jubille & Bannanas Foster, Chocolate covered strawberries, assortment of cakes, pies, and petit fours, Champagne, and more!) Reservations recommended. (805.688.100). Click Here to see other memorable ways to celebrate Mother's Day in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country.
  • Depot Hotel Restaurant (Sonoma, Sonoma County, CA)
  • Join Chefs Antonio and Michael Ghilarducci for Mother's Day Brunch! Enjoy a lavish feast complete with Champagne or mimosas upon arrival and bask in the sun on the patio or in the garden room. Menu will include items such as: grilled prime sirloin steak, poached pacific salmon, porchetta, housemade limoncello cake, and bittersweet chocolate decadence.Reservations Required. (707) 938.2980

  • Nectar Restaurant at Hilton Hotel (Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA)
  • Nectar Restaurant, located at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country Hotel, will offer a Champagne brunch and family portrait with special gifts for all moms and moms-to-be. Reservations Recommended. (707) 569.5525

>> Visit our events calendar to see more Napa Valley and Sonoma restaurants that will be open this Mother's Day. Click date (May 12th), desired region and filter "holiday".

Spooktacular Fun in Wine Country

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See a small sampling of events happening in Napa Valley, Sonoma and Livermore in celebration of Halloween. Visit WineCountry.com's full event calendar HERE.


castelloDiAmorosa_paganBall2.jpgNAPA VALLEY EVENTS

October 27th - The Pagan ball at Castello di Amorosa
Kick off your Halloween weekend at the biggest and best party in the Napa Valley -- our 5th annual Pagan Ball; a traditional Halloween costume party with lots of tricks and treats! Activities will include:RIP Reception(tickets purchased seperately), 'Haunted Chamber' Tours, Video DJ & dancing in the Great Hall, To Die For food & wine stations in the Courtyard, Fortune Tellers in the Chapel, Haunted Haybale Lounge on the Terrace, and Professional Photo Ops! CLICK HERE for more info.

October 27th - Halloween Extravaganza at Napa Fairgrounds

What has become a Napa tradition, this year will be our 37th Annual Extravaganza. This blow-out costume party is held at the Napa fairgrounds.  Held the Saturday before Halloween, this is the largest party of its kind in Napa County and serves as one of our fundraisers. Guests are entertained with live music, enjoy access to an open bar and a casino hall.
CLICK HERE for more info.


SONOMA EVENTS

October 27th - Zombie Party!
Put on your best costume and join Chateau Diana Winery for a Zombie Party.  Watch as the undead take over our Tasting Room.  We will be having ghoulish food, music, and door prizes paired with our blood red Zombie Zin.  Zombie Costume contest with awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Will it be a Trick or a Treat?  You decide!
CLICK HERE for more info.

October 28th - Halloween at Kenwood Vineyards
Come be a part of the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Judging Contest at Kenwood Vineyards. By doing so, you will receive a pass into the 'Temple of Oak' to taste the new release of the 2008 Artist Series Cabernet. A Tasty Halloween treat awaits your arrival!.
CLICK HERE for more info.



LIVERMORE EVENTS

October 27th - Downtown Livermore Halloween Carnival
Activities for families with children in the 5th grade and younger! Kids will enjoy the Costume and Scream Contest, Carnival Games, Activities and some Surprise Entertainment. Livermore Valley Plaza. CLICK HERE for more info.


October 27-28 - Halloween Candy & Wine Pairing at Cedar Mountain Winery
Come in, if you dare, to try something new! Cedar Mountain is pairing Traditional Halloween Candy with their wines in the Tasting Room this Halloween Weekend. Does it sound kind of spooky? We think you will be delighted with our BOOtiful pairings! Tasting Fees apply. CLICK HERE for more info.




Livermore: Annual Harvest Wine Celebration

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livermoreWineHarvestFest_2012.jpgThe 2012 Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration marks the 31st year that people have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to enjoy the fruit of the vines in one of California's oldest wine regions.

Local wineries will offer Livermore Valley's best wine, food, art and music Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 between noon and 5 p.m. Join the fun and festivities and don't forget to purchase tickets early ($55 in advance for 2 day celebration or $65 at the event.

Make it a vacation this Labor Day Weekend in Livermore Wine Country! On top of wine tasting at the festival in Livermore, the Tri-Valley area offers several places to stay and restaurants to dine.. While the ladies do a little shopping or indulge with a spa treatment as the fellas take advantage of the golf scene with courses at Wente Vineyard, Poppy Ridge Golf Course or Callippe Preserve.


Livemore/Tri-Valley: Summer Events Spotlight

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livermoreWineArtStroll.jpgAugust 12. 2012 -- Summer Wine Festival
Saint Mary's College and the Alumni Association invite you to campus for an afternoon of wine tasting, delicious appetizers and fun at the Soda Center. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction support student scholarships at Saint Mary's.
Location: Saint Mary's College of California, 1928 Saint Mary's Road, Moraga CA
Fee: Fee varies, call for more information; Time: 2-5p.m.; Phone: 925.631.8744

August 18 -- Country Band and BBQ

Country music by "Cowboy Bill" and a "BYOM" (Bring Your Own Meal) BBQ! We supply the grill with hot coals! Bring your grilling food and side dishes, plates, and utensils. Wine and beverages will be available for purchase. Call for more information at (925) 373-6636. Fee is $5 p/person. No outside alcohol permitted.
Location: Cedar Mountain Winery, 7000 Tesla Rd., Livermore
Fee: $5 per person; Time: 6-9 pm; Phone: 925-373-6636

August 23, 2012 -- Art & Wine Festival

Enjoy a fun-filled evening of local art, wine tasting, small bites from Danville restaurants, the latest offerings from our shops, live music, a commemorative wine glass and trolley rides during the 9th Annual Art and Wine Stroll in Danville. Select businesses will stay open late to host some of our area's finest wines as you stroll throughout downtown Danville, Danville Livery and Rose Garden Shops, enjoy live music and beautiful forms of art throughout the evening. Artists from the Danville Alamo Artists Society will be on hand to discuss their works as well as those in the Blackhawk Gallery.
Location: Downtown Danville, Danville Livery, Rose Garden Sh, Danville, CA 94526
Fee: $25; Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Phone: 925.339.8330

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


VMarketplaceCarShow.jpgNAPA VALLEY, CA
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

Celebrate Earth Day!

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earthDayImage_SolarLivingInstituteHopland.jpg*MENDOCINO

Where the Earth is First Festival
April 14 - April 22, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day, Mendocino County-style at our first annual Earth Day Festival. Starting on Saturday, April 14 through Sunday, April 22, you can see and experience how Mendocino County lives. From full-day festivals to dog hikes, wine tastings to lodging specials, from the coast to the redwoods, you'll have the opportunity to understand what makes this county such a special place to live and visit.
CLICK HERE for more information.


*NAPA VALLEY, CA

Earth Day River Cleanup
April 21, 2012 ~ 9am-11am ~ Free
Come celebrate Earth Day with the Napa RCD, Napa Spring Clean and Kayak Napa Valley by beautifying downtown Napa! We need dedicated volunteers to help clean up 5 sites along our creeks, the Napa River, and our downtown streets. Come have a great time doing something good for the Earth! In downtown Napa at various locations. CLICK HERE for more information.

Earth Day Napa
April 21, 2012 ~ 11am-5pm ~ Free
Earth Day Napa, Building Awareness & Inspiring Change. Free games for all ages will be conducted throughout the day. Enjoy live entertainment for the whole family. Lunch, snacks, beer and wine will be sold by local providers. Veterans Memorial Park, Downtown Napa.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Earth Night at Oxbox Market
April 21, 2012 ~ 5pm-8pm ~ Free
Earth Night at Oxbow will feature merchant specials, a special elementary school student art show titled "In Season", composting and recycling education, and music by Johnny Smith. Earth Night at Oxbow follows the Earth Day Celebration in Veterans Park in downtown Napa. Oxbow Market, 610 First Street, Napa. CLICK HERE for more information.

pasoRobles_EarthDayFoodWineFestPoster.jpg*CENTRAL COAST

Earth Day Food & Wine Festival Weekend
April 20-21, 2012 at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery

A weekend celebration of all that's best here on the Central Coast. The main event is Saturday's Earth Day Food & Wine Tasting at Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery. Over 200 purveyors of sustainably produced foods and wine will be on hand for a truly unique event: growers, vintners, and chefs coming together to serve out-of-this-world pairings of award-winning wines with one-of-a-kind dishes made with locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, olive oils, chocolates, and more. Also featuring live music, dancing and more! CLICK HERE for more information.

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.

CLICK HERE for all events over the next 7 days.

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