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Annual Summer Music Festivals

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Chris_Isaak_1_1_227_201_c1.jpgRodney Strong Vineyards Concert Series (June 21st - August 31st)
What better way to enjoy the summer in Sonoma County than surrounded by beautiful vineyards while soaking up the sounds of music's top artists. Rodney Strong Vineyards will open their new patio to Chris Isaak (July 13), famous Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, Minidi Abair, Spencer Day,  & Elliot Yamin (July 26),  Tower of Power & Jonathan Butler (August 31). Enjoy music, award-winning wines all on the lush green lawn. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic basket!



Robert Mondavi Concert Series (June 28th - July 19th)
One of the wine country's most popular concert events, the highly-anticipated series will begin on Saturday, June 28th with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Then get amped to hear legendary artists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 5th), Five for Fighting (July 12th), Dave Koz and Friends (July 18th) and then Colbie Caillat closes it out on July 19th!  These tickets always sell out so make sure to get yours early!
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Festival Del Sole (July 11th - 20th)
Every July, all of Napa Valley is on stage during Festival del Sole. The ten-day summer celebration artfully blends one-of-a-kind lifestyle programs and Napa's incomparable wines and culinary delights.

The region's beauty is the backdrop for breathtaking performances, vintner's luncheons, winery dinners, wine tastings, community concerts and rejuvenating wellness activities.

View Schedule & Performing Artists and Buy Tickets and Passes Online!




2015 EVENTS

For 2015 dates on the following annual events, be sure to check back often!

MAY 2015
Bottlerock Napa Valley  (Dates TBA)
The 2014 3 day music festival featured the likes of OutKast, The Cure, Eric Church, Matt & Kim, LLCoolJ and dozens more along with the signature Napa Valley wine and food.

June 2015
Healdsburg Jazz Festival (Dates TBA)
The premier Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2014 featured name artists and dozens of jazz-related events; everything from a Blues Brunch to Jazz and winery dinners.  Experience the music of famed performers Charlie Musselwhite, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter, Marc Cary, Poncho Sanchez, Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes and special guest Bobby Hutcherson, plus many more. See them perform in various venues including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, boutique restaurants and local wineries. 

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (Dates TBA)
2014's fun and exciting lineup featured legendary artists like guest comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, Eric Benét, Morris Day & The Time, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Earl Klugh, Mavis Staples and many more! Listen to great music, taste fabulous wine, and eat at some of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.

Memorial Day Events in Wine Country

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  • 1077613_10151788265599294_336624506_o.jpgBeringer Vineyards - Passport Tasting
  • Explore the picturesque property as you progress through this walk-around tasting. Savor a highlight from the wine portfolio matched with an inspired summer pairing by Beringer's Chef Maurine Sarjeant at each of the four tasting stations. Live music and bocce are also part of the fun. More Details
  • Memorial Day Ceremony
  • Come out for an Old Fashioned Decoration Day Commemoration! Honor the day with special activities. Lemonade and cakes will be served and flags will decorate the graves. The cemetery gate will be open for public vehicle drive through from 9am-4pm on Sunday and Monday. This is the only time of the year that the general public may drive in. More Details.
  • Paris Tasting Chardonnay Release Party at Grgich Hills Estate
  • Join Mike and family at Grgich Hills Estate to celebrate the release of the newest vintage of this exceptional wine with an afternoon devoted to savoring delicious wine paired with small bites of food. To honor Mike's legacy; the winery showcases its best Chardonnay vines to create this limited-production wine with Mike's woodcut image on the label. More Details.

  • Russian River Valley Pinot Classic
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  • The Pinot Classic will consist of several events and will showcase the region's premier Pinot Noir wines. Festivities include the Passport to Pinot whree more than 30 wineries and amazing producers offer ticket holders exclusive experiences like barrel tastings (a glimpse of the 2013 vintage), library and vertical tasting, food pairings, artist tours, vineyard tours, and much more! More Details.
  • San Ramon Arts & Wine Festival
  • This free, family-friendly 27th annual event highlights nearly 200 talented artists from California and beyond exhibiting and selling their work over Memorial Day weekend.The festival also features professional kite flying demonstrations, arts & crafts booths, entertainment on 3 stages, puppet shows, two large kids' activity areas, food booths by local non-profits and more! Join us early on Monday, May 26 for a 6am hot air balloon launch. Bring the family for a spectacular close up view of 6 hot air balloons as they lift slowly into the sky (weather dependent). More Details.
  • Santa Rosa Memorial Park - Avenue of Flags
  • Celebrate freedom by honoring the men and women who have served our country. Highlights Include: dedication of the gold star bench, live music, face painting with Twizzle the Clown, and a visit with Sonoma Humane Society dogs and volunteers. Take time to stroll the park grounds to see the 1,000 American flags we've placed on military service personnel grave sites. More Details -
  • Smooth Melodies in Chateau St. Jean's Garden
  • Sip our 90+ point wines while listening to the smooth acoustic soul of musician Kenya Baker. Baker's repertoire of jazz, R&B, pop, easy listening, blues, and original compositions is the perfect complement to a sunny afternoon in the garden during Memorial Day Weekend.More Details.
  • White Party at Imagery Estate Winery
  • Put on your brightest whites and sip away the afternoon with Joe Benziger and the Imagery crew as we celebrate in style the release of our new white wines. Celebrity Chef and Code Blue Artist, Bob Blumer will be grilling pizzas and signing his new book, "Pizza on the Grill." More Details

BottleRock Napa Valley

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Top Chefs and Wineries Create a Unique BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
with Signature Wine Country Style

BottleRock Napa Valley sits at the epicenter of America's wine and food playground, and the 2014 event May 30-June 1 delivers an impressive line up of Napa Valley and Northern California's best chefs, restaurants and wineries for a gustatory festival experience that is second to none. And of course, let's not forget the music! This year's lineup features an exciting and diverse set of artists, bands and performers, including The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, The Fray, Heart, LL Cool Jay with DJ Z-Trip, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Third Eye Blind and dozens more.

bottleRock2014Image.jpgSituated on four stages on 26 acres just blocks from Downtown Napa, more than 60 artists on four stages are surrounded by superstar vintners like Miner Family Winery, Cakebread Cellars and Schramberg and restaurants including Morimoto, Angele, The Thomas and Oakville Grocery.  Iconic chefs Ken Frank of La Toque, Richard Reddington of Redd, and Oenotri's Tyler Rodde headline the culinary stage in the Platinum Lounge with Master Sommeliers pouring rare wines, only in wine country.

"BottleRock Napa Valley is all about blending great music, food and wine...It really is a feast for your senses" said Latitude 38's CEO David Graham. "Fans will experience rock star on so many levels: top chefs and culinary superstars, world class winemakers and amazing musicians all rocking out together making BottleRock totally unique. There's just no other music festival that matches the quality of wine and food offerings BottleRock provides."

With a craft brew garden, restaurant garden, food truck rally and wine cabanas and full bars conveniently located all across the festival grounds, guests will find no shortage of opportunity to wine and dine BottleRock Napa Valley style.

Tickets Are Still Available!
3-Day VIP passes ($599), general admission 3-Day passes ($279) and single-day passes ($149) can be purchased at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com or www.ticketfly.com or charge by phone at 877.4.FLY.TIX (435.9849).) A very limited number of 3-Day Platinum Passes ($3000), and Single-Day Platinum Passes ($1,000) are also available.



Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Playing in Napa & Sonoma

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Photos by Eric Chazankin

Lucky Penny Productions' Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven." It's based on the Michael Caine-Steve Martin film of the same name from 1988 (based on the 1964 film "Bedtime Story" starring Marlon Brando, David Niven and Shirley Jones.)

Now playing at 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa through April 13th. Buy tickets online or call box office at 707.523.3544 ext 1  for availability.

Starting April 25th- May 4th, catch this highly entertaining affair at the newly renovated Napa Valey Opera House, now City Winery! Buy tickets online or call 707.260.1600;

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Ticket prices range from $25-$35 per show and are showing on the following dates at City Winery:
  • Friday, April 25th - 8pm
  • Saturday, April 26 - 8pm
  • Sunday, April 27th - 2pm
  • Friday, May 2nd - 8pm
  • Saturday, May 3rd - 8pm
  • Sunday, May 4th - 2pm
More About the Show:

Directed by Craig A. Miller
Based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson (Barry Martin) makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson (Rob Broadhurst) more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate (Taylor Bartolucci) wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming, and guessing to the end!


Press Release: City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House

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Opening Shows & Artist Line Up

City Winery Napa at the Historic Napa Valley Opera House is very proud to announce the much-anticipated artist lineup from the soft launch in April through June 2014.  Over the next few weeks ten new concert dates a week will be released until the complete schedule of approximately twenty shows per month is announced. All shows begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted. Tickets available at citywinery.com.

  • Bruce Cockburn : Thursday, April 10 ($35-45)
  • Jay Farrar of Son Volt: Wednesday, April 16 ($26-30)
  • Paris Combo: Thursday, April 17 ($25-35)
  • Lydia Pense & Cold Blood: Thursday, May 8 ($20-25)
  • Karla Bonoff: Friday, May 9 ($20-30)
  • Allen Toussaint: Friday, May 16 ($25-30)
  • John Mayall: Friday, May 23 ($40-50)
  • Leo Kottke: Saturday, May 24 ($30-40
  • Maria Muldaur: Friday, May 30 ($15-25)
  • Red Molly: Thursday, June 12 ($15-20)
  • Milk Carton Kids: Monday, June 16 ($15-25)
  • 10,000 Maniacs: Saturday, June 21 ($40-50)
  • Lewis Black: July 10, 11, 12 ($55-75)

Ring in the New Year in Napa Valley & Sonoma

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Ring in the New Year with dinners, parties, and other adult and family friendly festivities in Napa Valley and Sonoma this year. See our round up of event highlights and check out our calendar for more events!

Napa Valley New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • calistogaChamber_NewYearsEve.jpgCelebrate! New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga
  • Napa Valley is inviting you to enjoy their spectacular New Year's Eve Bash in Calistoga! Kick off the festivities with fine dining at your choice of participating restaurant. After dinner, the party continues at the Fairgrounds Events Center with a premium no-host bar featuring Stella Artois, Charbay cocktails, and Napa Valley wines. Delight in party favors and an over-the-top dessert bar while you dance the night away to classic party tunes performed by Double Funk Crunch. Wrap up the evening with a midnight toast with Schramsberg. So grab your friends and family and join the celebration! CLICK HERE for more details.


  • New Year's Eve Blackjack Ball on Napa Valley Wine Train
  • The annual Blackjack Ball kicks off the New Year in style aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, with sparkling wine, gourmet food and a twilight ride through Napa Valley. Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald and his culinary team shine as they prepare multi-course gourmet meals to order in the kitchen car. CLICK HERE for more details.

  • Enjoy an exquisite five-course tasting menu at étoile Restaurant, delightfully paired with a selection of sparkling and still wines. Then dance the night away to  live music provided by Blue Moon Band in the Tasting Lounge. CLICK HERE for more details








Sonoma County New Year's Eve Event Highlights

  • Alchemy New Year's Eve Party at Spoonbar at H2Hotel
  • an out of this world New Year's Eve party planned at Spoonbar featuring famed San Francisco DJ J Boogie and a special 5 course celebration menu from Chef Louis Maldonado (Bravo's Top Chef Season 11 Contestant) with treats from start to finish. CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Great Bashby Club Midnight
  • Ring in the New Year in Sonoma Wine Country at the The Greaty Bashby which includes a casino, dancing, no host bar, heavy hors d' oeuvres, DJ, silent auction and midnight champagne toast. It's a party you won't want to miss! CLICK HERE for more details

**Visit the Wine Country Event Calendar for a list of all New Year's Eve parties, dinners, festivals, marked on the holiday calendar for December 31st

Napa Valley Film Festival - Must See Films!

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Last year, at the Napa Valley Film Festival, Somm was the runaway hit that had all attendees abuzz with excitement and rave reviews. Lines were around the corner at every screening and #NVFF even added, last minute, additional times to the schedule to accommodate the huge demand. Any guesses on which film will be the darling of this year's Napa Film Fest? See what we have our eye on. First up is . . .

The Narrative Features Category

THE LITTLE TIN MAN
Looks quirky, fun, and just the right amount of sap to make this of one our favs going in!

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Film Description: The Little Tin Man is the story of a quest for the role of a lifetime: the Tin Man in Martin Scorsese's (fictional) remake of The Wizard of Oz. It's also an intelligent and humorous exploration of a struggling actor's big dreams and staunch refusal to accept the status quo. Tired of accepting typecast roles based on his small size and unfulfilled working in his brother's restaurant, Herman is ready for something different. When he's asked to audition for the Mayor of Munchkinland, he takes the opportunity to aim just a little bit higher. .  .
Showtimes:
  • WED, 13 Nov | 5:30pm | Gliderport | Calistoga
  • FRI, 15 Nov | 1:00pm | Cadillac Theater | Napa 
  • SAT, 16 Nov | 10:00am | Farmstead | St. Helena
  • SUN, 17 Nov | 8:30pm | YCC Theater | Yountville
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Obsessed with wine much? Whowouldathunk...

Film Description: For centuries, the French region of Bordeaux has commanded a mythical status inthe world of wine. It stands as a symbol of wealth, power, and influence. However, its prosperity has always been linked to the capricious nature of markets and the shifting fortunes of global economies. China's new super wealthy have pushed prices to stratospheric levels. Despite unprecedented demand for a finite product, Bordeaux's new clients want it all. Will the Chinese market be the bubble that never bursts or the biggest threat yet to Bordeaux's reputation? Beautifully filmed, narrated by Russell Crowe, and featuring numerous luminaries from the wine world, this film by co-directors David Roach and Warwick Ross is a love letter to French wine and those who cannot live without it. 

Showtimes:
  • TUE, 12 Nov | 6:00 pm YCC THEATER | Yountville 
  • THUR, 14 Nov | 8:30 pm GLIDERPORT | Calistoga 
  • SAT, 16 Nov | 5:30 pm OPERA HOUSE | Napa 

New to Napa Valley Film Fest - Lifestyle Pavilion

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In it's third year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (November 13-17, 2013) is upping the ante of hip and sophistication with the addition of the swank Lifestyle Pavilion.

nvff-lifestyle-pavilion.jpgThe Pavilion will be centrally located in downtown Napa's Oxbow Market and open to passholders and the public Friday, November 15th - Sunday, November 17th, 10am - 6pm. Experience the latest innovation in cars, technology, and culinary trends; attend film industry panels and cooking demonstrations; and enjoy premier wines at the Wine Pavilion and a chalice or two of Stella Artois. See all the hip details below and if you haven't gotten passes yet, what are you waiting for?! Click Here to buy festival passes now.

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LOUNGES:

CADILLAC LUXURY LOUNGE
See Cadillac's hottest vehicles at the Cadillac Luxury Lounge featuring their all-new 2014 CTS sedan, the centerpiece of the Cadillac line up, that ascends into the heart of the midsize luxury market with expanded performance, elevated luxury, and sophisticated technology.

SONY DIGITAL LOUNGE AND STAGE
Just like Dorothy landing in OZ, your world will burst into a kaleidoscope of vivid colors in the Sony Digital Lounge. Experience the clarity, beauty, and the rich colors of film on a Sony 4K TV. Red, aqua blues, and emerald greens burst from the 4K displays in sharp, realistic fashion.

STELLA ARTOIS
Since 1366, crafting the rich flavor of Stella Artois has been a serious pursuit of excellence. Served in the specially designed Chalice, where every sip is perfection. Thanks to its love affair with the silver screen, Stella Artois supports the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival...and now, the Napa Valley Film Festival.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE STYLE LOUNGE
Come experience the magic of Hollywood through the latest styles and fashions. The beauty of nature juxtaposed with beautiful women...as seen in San Francisco Chronicle's annual wedding issue where such stunning photos serve as a perfect backdrop to Roche Bobois' celebration of exquisite interior design.

Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov 13-17, 2013)

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Star-Studded Films Headlining This Year's Festival Lineup!

The Napa Valley Film Festival (November 13-17, 2013) is one of the hottest passes to purchase this fall in Napa Valley. Between star-studded films, celebrities (Dianna Agron of Glee and also rumored to be in attendance is Forest Whitaker!), parties, galas, delicious food and, of course, amazing Napa Valley wines, you won't want to miss out on this premiere Napa event!

Film festivities begin on Opening Night, Wednesday, November 13, when the Napa Valley Film Festival will present August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, as part of a dysfunctional family returning to their home in Oklahoma. The film is based on the award-winning play, and directed by John Wells, one of the most prolific writers, directors and producers for television, film and stage. See it before it hits theaters on Christmas!



Next up is two-time Academy Award®-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks with a Gala Presentation, on Thursday, November 14, of Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock and inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of the long road Disney's classic Mary Poppins took to make it to the big screen. Supporting cast includes Colin Farrel, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffith, Kathy Baker and Paul Giamatti. Watch the Trailer

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Napa Valley Festival del Sole

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July 12 - 21, 2013

The much anticipated Napa Valley Festival del Sole named by the Wall Street Journal as one of "12 must-experience summer festivals" is only a couple of days away. This annual Napa Valley festival celebrates the diversity of the arts - over 60 world-class music, dance, and theater performances - set against the beauty of the Napa Valley wine region that boasts incomparable wines and the finest of cuisine.


 Have you purchased your festival pass or tickets yet? Several events have already sold out. Some of the performance and events still available - see below:

Friday, July 13
Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Russian National Orchestra
The mighty Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Montanaro, returns to Festival del Sole, launching the season's multifaceted Rachmaninoff anniversary celebrations with the celebrated Second Symphony. Festival favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Piano Concerto No. 5.
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Tuesday, July 16
Sarah Chang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Russian National Orchestra
Festival del Sole partners with the new Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center for a program featuring the Russian National Orchestra, with Sarah Chang performing Samuel Barber's popular Violin Concerto, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Piano Concerto No. 5, a rarely-performed gem. Carlo Montanaro conducts. (Concert is at Weill Hall at Green Center, Sonoma)

Dive Bar - Bardessono Hotel's Poolside Cocktail Soiree

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Come enjoy a summer's eve at Dive Bar, Bardessono Hotel & Spa's poolside cocktail soiree held the last Thursday of the month from June to August.

bardessonoRooftopPool.jpgBardessono Hotel is located in the heart of Napa Valley in the town of Yountville and has an amazing rooftop pool that is open from 6pm to 8pm for great Happy Hour drink specials and complimentary nibbles from Lucy Restaurant & Bar. Take in the stunning mountain and vineyard views and enjoy a dip and a drink while DJ's spin tunes near the bar.

This year Dive Bar includes a fashion component -  preview the latest summer fashions from top Bay Area boutiques. Come dressed to impress and mingle with Napa Valley locals and top vintners. Our boutique partners will have models showing off some great designs:

  • June 27 - Sisters Boutique/Yountville
  • July 25 - CakePlate / Napa
  • August 29 - Rand + Statler/ San Francisco
Dive Bar is open to the public with free admission and free valet parking. 

Gordon Huether Gallery Presents the Art of Grace Slick

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Gordon Huether has been given the rare opportunity to share the stage with artists who are not only known for the fine art they create but also for being world famous musicians. Huether, who has an unprecedented interest in presenting a refreshing variety of artwork to the community, has opened his gallery to introduce the fine art work of some of these celebrities.

In an attempt to mesh the arts, wine and music, Gordon Huether Gallery is kicking off the season in the Napa Valley with a series of exciting and eclectic pop-up exhibitions. The gallery currently has work by world-renowned musician, the legendary Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane on display.


Join the Gordon Huether Gallery on Friday, May 17th 2013 from 6 - 8PM
 for a reception with a special appearance by Grace Slick. The artist will sign any art purchased at the event and a photo opportunity will be available.

We are honored to have the opportunity to share her work with you:
Gordon Huether Gallery, located at 1465 First Street in Napa, California.

To RSVP please send us an email to mail@gordonhuether.com

Summer Events in Wine Country

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MAY

Funny Girl at the Napa Valley Opera House (May 10-19, 2013)
"Funny Girl" - featuring great songs like "People," I'm the Greatest Star," and "Don't Rain on My Parade," tells the story of legendary singer and comedienne Fanny Brice and her stormy relationship with gambler Nicky Arnstein. Lucky Penny Productions' Taylor Bartolucci stars at the Napa Valley Opera House, backed by a 12-piece orchestra. It's the theatrical event of the year! Click Here for more details.

nvoh_FunnyGirl.jpgEchelon Gran Fondo Series (May 18, 2013)
Be apart of the the Italian cycling phenomenon . . .the Gran Fondo! The Gran Fondo is thousands of your closest friends roaming the beautiful wine country on wheels. There are several bike ride course levels but all riders finish in celebration of epicurean delights from local chefs, wine and beer tasting, live music from local bands, and much more. Enter the race or buy a friends and family ticket to take part in the festivities after the race!
Click Here for more details.

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Livermore is excited to be the host city on day 7 of the cycling race "Amgen Tour of California" featuring elite professional teams and athletes from around the world.  See road cycling at its best, while enjoying the Livermore healthy-lifestyle festival, incredible downtown boutique and luxury outlet shopping, and dining in the award-winning downtown cafes and restaurants. Click Here for more details.

Auction Napa Valley (E-Auction) (May 26 - June 2, 2013)
Wine lovers around the world, from novice to enthusiast, can still get in on the action of this year's sold-out Auction Napa Valley by bidding on the event's global E-Auction. View more than 170 uniquely exciting lots such as unparalleled access to collectable verticals of wine; hand-etched, large-format bottles never to be seen again; hidden cellars; tucked-away winery guest houses; and meals made just for two--or for 30 of one's closest friends.
Click Here for more details.

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.


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  • 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".

Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series

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Business Wire

44th Annual Summer Concert Series Begins June 29th and
Honors 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi


robertMondaviHeader_MondaviWebsite.jpgThis June, Robert Mondavi Winery kicks off its 44th annual Summer Concert Series with a festival featuring five top musical acts. With June 18 marking what would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi, country singer and songwriter Martina McBride will begin the series with a performance that celebrates Robert Mondavi's contributions to the wine industry throughout the Napa Valley and beyond. Now a much-anticipated wine country tradition, the annual concert series began in 1969 by Margrit Mondavi.

"Given Bob's love of uniting friends and family over a celebration of food, wine and the arts, I couldn't think of a better way to honor his 100th birthday than by continuing the Summer Concert Series here in the winery's backyard," said Margrit Mondavi, vice president of cultural affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery. "The combination of diverse musical styles, world-class wine and the backdrop of the beautiful To Kalon Vineyard is a truly unique tradition that I know I'm not alone in looking forward to celebrating."

Calistoga - Mustard, Mud, and Music Festival

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Rock out to your old favorite tunes, enjoy the outdoors, and taste delicious food & wine in Downtown Calistoga, March 9, 2013.

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The annual Mustard, Mud, and Music Festival is returning to Calistoga. Take in the beautiful views of the mustard decorating the city and enjoy 13 bands, 25 wineries, three art galleries, a wellness center and a variety of restaurants with mustard themed food. This fun event happens Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 12 - 5 p.m. along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Calistoga. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets in advance

Participating wineries include Alienor Wines, Bennett Lane Winery, Canard Vineyard, Chateau Montelena, Castello di Amorosa, Envy Wines, Frank Family Vineyards, Joseph Cellars, Tedeschi Family Winery, Twomey Cellars, Vermeil Wines/OnThEdge, Von Strasser Winery, Zahtila Vineyards/Laura Michael Wines, Ziata Wines and more. 

Flyway Festival & Discovery Days in American Canyon Wetlands

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AmCam_FlyawayFestival.jpgTake the whole family and enjoy a weekend of bird watching and nature hikes in the American Canyon Wetlands.

The American Canyon Wetlands is a 465 acre site located adjacent to over 10,000 acres of restored wetlands managed by the State Department of Fish & Wildlife.  It is home to such endangered species as the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse and the Snowy Plover.  Almost 100 different species of birds have been observed in the area.  This is truly a wonderful outdoor experience for families as well as serious birders.  Discover the secret of the American Canyon Wetlands.

AmCam_FlywayFestival2.jpgDiscovery Days is part of the 17th Annual San Francisco Flyway Festival, and co-sponsored by the Napa Solano Audubon Society.  The event is free and open to the public.There will be guided tours on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and on Sunday at 1 p.m.  Self-guided tours on trails include viewing stations and expert birders on hand to answer questions.

Information stations with volunteers will be available at these two locations on Saturday (9am-4pm) and Sunday (9am-3pm):

  • Location 1: American Canyon Wetlands (Eucalyptus Drive & Wetlands Edge Rd.)
  • Location 2: The main Flyway Festival building Bldg.#223, 500 Connolly St. on Mare Island (along with all the other groups participating in the festival) 

CLICK HERE to see full schedule of events planned.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater RE-OPENS

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"This theater is a jewel of the whole Napa Valley and we are committed to doing whatever we can to ensure its vibrant and sustainable future."
~ Yountville Mayor John Dunbar


lincolnTheater.jpgThe Lincoln Theater located in the heart of Napa Valley is re-opening and just announced its Grand Opening Celebration (March 23,2013) and first production "Footloose" (March 1-6, 2013). Maestro Ming Luke has been named as the Music & Education Director who will drive the formation of a scalable professional symphonic orchestra and create a comprehensive music education program.

More Event Details and Upcoming Highlights of the Season:

  • Grand Opening Celebration - Tickets Now on Sale!
  • Indulge the senses as the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater's marks its first inaugural fundraising event by celebrating the Lincoln Theater's past, present and future and its transformation from an auditorium built in 1957 to a state-of-the art venue in 2005 to the March 23rd launch as a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary performing arts center.

  • lincolnTheater_footloose.jpgFootloose - Tickets Now on Sale!
  • Justin-Siena Theatre presents one of the most explosive movie musicals that bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

  • Orchestra Performances - Schedule To Be Announced Soon
  • The debut of the symphonic orchestra will be announced shortly; The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater's education program will start with a summer workshop in June, and the first Napa Valley Performing Arts Center-presented performances begin in May.

Visit www.lincolntheater.org for more performance details and media press releases.

Celebrate Romance & Valentine's Day

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livermorePromotion.jpgRomance doesn't have to be celebrated just one day. With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, it's the perfect excuse to plan an extended romantic weekend with the one you love. Let us help you plan! Call 707.260.0721 for our Guest Services to recommend the perfect plan for where to go wine tasting, where to stay, play and eat.

There's a dizzying amount of specials and activities around In Napa Valley and Sonoma this year to celebrate the season of love! Click below:

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Napa Valley - Plan a Romantic Escape

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Napa Valley oozes with romance no matter what time of year! But during the season of love, aka "Valentine's Day", the iconic wine region pulls out all the stops to make your romantic escape one to remember years to come.

Stop dreaming about a romantic Napa escape and start planning! Luxurious and plush stays at four star Napa Valley hotels and resorts, indulgent spa treatments, to die for gourmet cuisine, and  wine tasting experiences are just a phone call away. Call our Guest Services (707. 260.0721) to help you set the stage and deliver an incredible Valentine's Day, romantic weekend, or week-long affair this coming February. (Shhh...we promise not to tell anyone that you had help!)

Want to plan your own Napa Valley romance-filled day?
Check out Napa Valley lodging and spa special package offers and our suggested list of Napa Valley events to attend below!

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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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.


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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.




Napa Valley: Upcoming Crush & Harvest Events

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August 25 -- Roll Out The Barrels
Annual Grape Stomp

Enjoy a European breakfast before heading into our barrel room cellar to taste a special selection of Peju wines. Then head out to the vineyard for our Annual Grape Stomp Competition. Then enjoy Chef Emily's grilled chicken and ribs before the Crowning of the Stomp King or Queen.
Location: Peju Province Winery, 8466 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford, CA
Fee: $75 General/$65 Wine Club Member; Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm; Phone: 707.963.3600

CLICK HERE for more August Harvest Events.


*SEPTEMBER

September 15 -- Clif Family Annual Harvest Party
Join Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford for an afternoon of local food, wine, music and art. Wine Tastings, Farm Tours, Food & Wine Pairings, Live Music, Grape Stomping and Local Artisans. Call for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets are $15 for youth ages 11-20.
Location: 15 Angwin Plaza, Napa, CA; Fee: $50 General/ $25 wine club & CSA members; Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Phone: 707-968-0625

September 15 -- Harvest Ball at V. Sattui
Come help us celebrate the Harvest and revisit the culture and cuisine of Italy's best-known region with an authentic and traditional Tuscan banquet combined with Napa Valley hospitality and the finest V. Sattui wines for an evening you will long remember! Chef Osvaldo Baroncelli of Prato Italy along with Napa Valley Chef Shannon Kelly. Make your reservations early!
Location:1111 White Lane, St. Helena CA; Fee: $200 Members / $225 Non-members;
Time: 6 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Phone: (707) 963.7774

Napa Valley: Summer Events Spotlight

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*AUGUST

nashvilleInNapa2012.jpgAugust 11 -- Nashville In Napa
Support music education in our local schools and join some of the finest songwriters from Nashville, top winemakers from Napa Valley, and a local Farm-to-Table chef to enjoy music, wine and food. This "one-of-a-kind" evening includes appetizers and sit-down, family style dinner paired with white and red wines poured by the Winemakers themselves! Entertainment takes place inside Baldacci's wine caves and features 7 songwriters performing two 1 hour sets. Location: 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA
Fee: $175; Time: 4:30 p.m.; Phone: 707.944.9261

August 11 -- Hands Across The Valley
Join us for the Annual Hands Across The Valley event. Food and Wine Tasting Reception presented by Napa Valley premier restaurants and wineries. A Silent and Live Auction including cult wine lots, private dinners with celebrity chefs and exciting overnight packages. Hot, Hot, Hot Caribbean Theme! Buffet dinner prepared by Culinary Institute Chefs.
Location: The Culinary Institute of America, 2555 Main Street, Napa, CA
Fee: $100; Time: 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Phone: 707-226-6136

August 17 -- Back Room Blow Out XLVIII
Back Room Wines hosts its 48th "Back Room Blow Out," a walk-around wine tasting, on this Friday evening. Visit and taste with 4 local vintners. Enjoy their wines & hear their stories. Taste wines from Green & Red, Miss Olivia Brion, Phoenix Ranch and Neiman Cellars. Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind event. Wines poured on sale for 10% off tonight only. Location: 1000 Main Street Shop 120, Napa
Fee: $10/credit back with purchase; Time: 5 - 8 P.M.; Phone: (707) 226-1378

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.

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.

Father's Day in Wine Country

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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

Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Napa Valley

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EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

iStock_oyster.jpgMay 26 -- Spring Oyster Bar & Barbeque @ Sequoia Grove
 Enjoy Hog Island Oyster Company oysters (raw or barbequed), Boudin Bakery soup in San Francisco Sourdough breadbowls and the inaugural release of our new summertime sipper, Rebellious White. Soak in the sunshine as you dine in our newly landscaped courtyard beside our mighty Sequoias and gorgeous flower gardens. RSVP required.
Location: Sequoia Grove Winery, 8338 St. Helena Hwy, Napa CA 94558
Fee: $55/$45 Wine Club Members; Time: 12pm-4pm; Phone: 707-944-2945 x111

May 26 -- Renegade a Tribute to Styx @ Silo's

Renegade returns to Silo's with new music, the best line-up ever, and a new show. Renegade will perform your favorite Rock Classics, including the hits of Styx along with covers from Journey, Kansas, Edgar Winter, REO Speedwagon, Boston, Night Ranger, Doobie Brothers, The Beatles, and much more.
Location: Silo's, 530 Main Street, Napa CA 94559
Fee: $20 Advance/$25 At the Door/$14 Members; Time: 8pm-11pm;  Phone: 707-251-5833

May 26 - 27 -- Wine Country Passport Weekend 2012
Enjoy a boutique collection of four unique tasting experiences this Memorial Day Weekend. At each winery guests will enjoy a private event hosted just for passport holders celebrating "the first sips of summer". Featured wineries include Beringer Vineyards, Chateau St. Jean, Etude, St. Clement Vineyards.
Fee: $50 Advance/$60 Day of Event; Time: 11am-4pm; Phone: 877-847-0058

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Not everybody can take a summer vacation to Greece...so Sterling Vineyards is bringing Greece to you with our Inaugural Greek Festival!

Join us for this can't miss event celebrating all things Greek: the wine, the food, the music, the culture, the lifestyle. Event price includes food and wine at the Greek Festival, plus aerial tram, self-guided tour, complimentary tasting of five wines and a souvenir wine glass. Call to RSVP.
Location: Sterling Vineyards, 1111 Dunaweal Lane, Calistoga CA 94515
Fee: $85/$75 Wine Club Members; Time: 11:30am-2:30pm; Phone: 800-726-6136 x1

Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series

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robertMondavi_concertImages.jpgNow in its 43rd year, the Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series is a highlight of the summer season in the Napa Valley, bringing together wine, food, music and the arts for beautiful evenings in the vineyards. Buy tickets to some of the hot acts coming to the Valley this year!

June 30: O.A.R.'s "Celebrating Fume Blanc: An American Classic" performance and a firework show. A portion of each ticket sold for this concert will benefit The Heard the World Fund. The organization helps support youth, education and sustainable programs internationally.

July 6: The Plain White T's headline the "Celebrating the Bounty of Napa and Local Sustainability" concert. This two-time Grammy-nominated band, known for their hit "Hey There, Delilah," brings their heartfelt lyrics and sweet melodies.

July 7: The "Spotlight on Oakville" concert features Natasha Bedingfield. Another Grammy-nominated artist in this summer's concert lineup, Bedingfield brings a soulful voice and an upbeat European flair to the stage.

July 14
: Perhaps best known for their hit "Superman," Five for Fighting brings their smooth vocals to the winery on July 14 for the "Hope in the Vineyard" concert. City of Hope is a national cancer research and treatment center, providing patients with specialized care.

July 21: The summer concert series concludes with the "Spotlight on To Kalon" performance. The artist for this concert will be released later this spring.

For more information and to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

Festival del Sole 2012

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NAPA VALLEY, CA - Festival del Sole in partnership with IMG Artists returns for another spectacular season, July 13-22, 2012, in California's beautiful Napa Valley.

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Set among lush, rolling foothills and breathtaking vineyard landscapes, Napa Valley Festival del Sole blends world-class artistry, gourmet cuisine, fine wines and lifestyle programs in a unique celebration of the art of life, all during a ten-day experience the New York Times calls a "feast for the senses."

Among the artists appearing this season are violinist Joshua Bell, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, sopranos Danielle de Niese and Lisa Delan, baritone Nathan Gunn, cellist Nina Kotova, guitarist Angel Romero, pianist Hélène Grimaud, the Russian National Orchestra, and members of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Other highlights include the Napa premiere of 24 Hour Plays, an exciting feat of extreme theater, which involves writing, rehearsing and performing a series of plays in just 24 hours - in this case 4 plays with musical interludes from Vivaldi's Four Seasons.


Arts in April - Reserve Your Seat at the Theater

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1350 Third Street Napa, California 94559
Phone: 707.259.0123 ~ Box Office Hours: Mon.- Sat.: 12pm-4pm; Sundays: Closed

Jimmy Cliff
April 15, 2012 - 8pm - $45-$55
With a legacy stretching back nearly 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff is still standing as one of the prime movers and continuing shapers of modern music. More Details.

UptownTheater_CraigFerguson.jpgCraig Ferguson
April 25, 2012 - 8pm - $50-$65
Comedian & host of The Late Late Show on CBS. Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on January 3, 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records and achieved the highest ratings since the shows inception in 1995. More Details.

CLICK HERE for the full performance line-up for April.

!WAR - Women Art Revolution Film Debuts At The Hess Collection

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Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson Brings !WAR To Napa Valley

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Throughout the month of April, Napa Valley is celebrating the arts. Join Hess Collection Winery for a special event and presentation of the award-winning film !WAR featuring a rousing score by Carrie Brownstein. The film will debut in the West Galley of the Hess Art Collection at The Hess Collection Winery on Saturday, April 28, 2012 and benefits the Arts Council of Napa Valley.

The film is a moving collection of interviews with female artists recorded over four decades by artist Lynn Hershman Leeson captures the history of women in contemporary art, in their own, often contentious retelling of the impact of the feminist art movement that dates to the beginning of the women's liberation and civil rights movements of the 1960's. !WAR was selected as one of the three best documentaries of 2011 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is an official selection of the Sundance, Berlin, San Francisco, Toronto and Human Rights Watch Film Festivals.

This not-to-be-missed event begins with a garden wine reception at The Hess Collection at 3 p.m., followed by a conversation with artist Leeson in the West Gallery of the Hess Art Collection led by popular KQED Forum host Michael Krasny. The 83-minute film follows.  Later, an exclusive dinner with limited seating with artist Leeson and Michael Krasny which will further benefit the Arts Council. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online which include the reception, artist talk, and film screening all for only $100. For information about the exclusive dinner, which is a separate event and ticket, please contact Ashley Cox at acox@hesscollection.com or [707] 255-1144 x-226.

Celebrate Earth Day!

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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.

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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.

Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Celebrates Life's Aesthetics

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With every collection created by the hand of an artist, artisan, or designer, Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley celebrates life's aesthetics.

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Ma(i)sonry features collections of art and sculptures on display which rotate seasonally with exhibits from Napa Valley favorites, the best in the Bay Area, as well as some of the most respected names worldwide; all of which are available for viewing and purchase. 

We invite you to join Ma(i)sonry in celebrating Arts in April on April 28-29th for our "MenMade" exhibition and artist receptions featuring sculptors Archie Held and James Lloyd and painters Adam Shaw and Robert Percy. This celebration of art will also include wine pairings by Rivera Vineyards. "MenMade" provides a toast to the visual connection between mankind and its origins in nature. The exhibit will be on display from April 28th - May 17th. For more information regarding the opening receptions, venues, and time - please visit us online.

To RSVP to the Opening Reception at I.Wolk Gallery, CLICK HERE.
To RSVP to the Sunday Salon at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, CLICK HERE.


Ma(i)sonry-Glowing-(2).jpgAbout Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley
As an art, design and wine gallery set amidst a contemporary, landscaped sculpture garden, Ma(i)sonry offers guests a respite and a retreat in Yountville. While its past may not appear to play a prominent role in its new incarnations, the history of the former Charles Rovegno House still permeates the walls and rooms of this elegant stone structure.

The History
Originally built for Charles Rovegno in 1904 as his private residence, the building is one of only a few listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Napa County Historic Resources Inventory. The building was designed and built by an Italian mason using stone quarried from the eastern hills of Napa Valley, representing a noteworthy period of design from 1874 to 1912. Almost 20 years after Rovegno passed away, the property was converted to a boutique, seven-room inn known as Burgundy House Inn, which remained in operation until 2007.  Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley opened in October, 2008 and serves as an oasis for sculpture, art, design, and wine.

Napa Valley Opera House - Upcoming Shows! Discount Tickets!

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The arts are flourishing in Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Opera House just hosted the trumpeter Chris Botti and it was a sold out crowd! Don't wait till the last minute on upcoming performances scheduled for April!

sierraMaestra.jpgSierra Maestra - April 1, 2012
One of the original, pioneering Cuban bands; Tickets are $30/$35
Stars of Cuban music ever since they formed in the late 1970s, five of the original nine members remain in the band. Sierra Maestra was the first, and remains the best, of the modern-era groups to play in the old-style son line-up: tres, guitar, one trumpet, bongo, güiro and vocals -- as during the style's golden age of the 1920s and '30s. They have been the pioneers in reviving this style for new generations and reintroducing it into the Cuban mainstream. They named themselves after the mountain range in the eastern part of Cuba as a tribute to the birthplace of son.

**Use special promo code <1030> at check out to receive a buy-one, get-one-free ticket discount.

hermetoPascoal.jpgHermeto Pascoal - April 6, 2012
Innovative Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist, Tickets are $30/$35
Pascoal is a greatly beloved musical figure in the history of Brazilian music, known for his abilities at orchestration and improvisation, as well as being a record producer and contributor to many other Brazilian and international albums. His career began in 1964 with appearances on several Brazilian recordings alongside relatively unknown groups. These now-classic albums and the musicians involved (Edu Lobo, Elis Regina, Cesar Camargo Mariano) established widely influential new directions in post-bossa Brazilian jazz. Known as o Bruxo (the Sorcerer), Hermeto often makes music with unconventional objects such as teapots, children's toys, and animals, as well as keyboards, button accordion, melodica, saxophone, guitar, flute, voice, various brass and folkloric instruments.

**Use special promo code <1030> at check out to receive a buy-one, get-one-free ticket discount.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley

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THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!


Zinfandel fans and wine lovers of every stripe race for remaining tickets to experience the region's premier wine weekend, April 28-29

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HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- For 23 years straight, Passport to Dry Creek Valley has been one of Sonoma County's hottest wine tasting tickets, with the event selling out weeks in advance and loyal guests vying annually for the few check-in spots at their favorite wineries. Scheduled for April 28-29, the 2012 event is proving no exception, with tickets on track to sell out before April 1. Those who miss out can sign up for the waiting list at www.wdcv.com, or get a taste of the fun at the Healdsburg Art Walk & Wine Tasting, happening Friday April 27 from 5:00-9:00pm in the town plaza.

Dry Creek Valley wineries have announced a slate of exciting new themes for 2012, and will transport guests to exotic locales such as the Mediterranean, Tuscany, Provence and Mexico, while others focus on pop-cultural themes like disco, rock 'n roll and the Wild West. All 50 participating wineries will offer high-end food and wine pairings, in keeping with Passport to Dry Creek Valley's reputation as one of California's most illustrious wine tasting events.

Napa Valley Events: April Highlights

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There are some fabulous events happening in Napa Valley during the month of April. Check your calendar and mark the ones you'll definitely want to attend!

NAPA VALLEY EVENTS

April 7 -- Reach for the Stars Fashion Show

This annual luncheon event features a fashion show dedicated to all those who have ever been touched by cancer. The lunch is followed by the fashion show with models that are cancer survivors and are "Reaching for the Stars." Proceeds from the event will go to the Queen's Cancer Wellness Program.
Location: Silverado Resort & Spa, 1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa CA
Fee: Call for information & tickets; Time: Call for information; Phone: 707-257-4044

easter_ChocolateBunny.jpgApril 8 -- Hunt for the Hare Easter Celebration at Safari West
Looking for hare-raising adventure this Easter? Join the animals of Safari West (and their human companions) for our annual "Hunt for the Hare", an egg-straordinary Easter celebration and brunch.
Location: 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
Fee: $68 Adults/$35 Children (Ages 4-12); Time: Morning & Afternoon packages available Phone: 707-579-2551

April 14 -- CSPF's Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup

 Volunteers are needed at Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park for the 15th Annual California State Parks Foundation's Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup presented by PG&E. The water wheel will be restored. To volunteer on Earth Day please call or register online.
Location: Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, 3369 St. Helena Hwy North, St. Helena CA
Fee: Free; Time: 8:30am-4pm; Phone: 888-98-PARKS


St. Patrick's Day Events in Napa Valley

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stPatricksDay.jpgMarch 17  - Cosmos Percussion Orchestra @ Silo's
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with "Cosmos Percussion Orchestra". Dance to the original seductive driving rhythms and percussion music from the range of world beat cultures, traditional and fusion, created by the group. All tickets include free shaker to join in.

Location: Silo's Jazz Club, 530 Main Street, Napa
Fee: $20 Advance/$25 At the Door/$14 Club; Time: 8pm; Phone: 707-251-5833

March 17 - The Shamrock Shin Dig at Embassy Suites Hotel

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day at "The Shamrock Shin Dig!" A crazy-fun event with great food from local chefs, dinner, dancing, libations and unique silent auction lots. Benefiting Alta Heights Magnet School. Must be 21 or over.
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 1075 California Blvd, Napa; Fee: $45 in Advance; Time: 6pm; Phone: 707-224-2679


Napa Valley - Special Events for Valentine's Day Weekend!

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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

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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

CLICK HERE to see more Napa Valley events happening in February!

Ring in the New Year!

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champagneBottles.jpgBring 2011 to an end with a good ol' fashioned wine country BANG! Napa Valley and Sonoma are hosting several New Year's Eve parties to ring in the new year. Check out the list of places to dine, drink and dance into 2012!

New Year's Festivities in Napa Valley
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New Year's Parties & Dinners in Sonoma County
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Don't Miss the 2nd Annual Napa Truffle Festival

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EVENT UPDATE!


Please CLICK HERE to see details for 2014 Napa Truffle Festival!


Past Event Details
World class cuisine meets cutting edge truffle science January 13-16, 2012! Featuring everything truffles--culinary, tastings, science, cultivation and more.

Truffles! Not the chocolate kind, black Périgord truffles - aka "black diamonds." These rare and delectable fungi will be the center of attention at the second annual Napa Truffle Festival, January 13-16, at the Westin Verasa Napa where they will be discussed, examined, probed, prepared, demonstrated and finally, paired with wines and feasted upon for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Festival begins with a Friday night reception where you and fellow truffle-lovers will hobnob with your hosts Chef Frank Toque of La Toque, and Robert Chang and Dr. Paul Thomas of the American Truffle Company. You'll also have a chance to meet the Michelin Star Chefs - sans toques - who have come from as far as Chicago and Italy to cook and demonstrate for you throughout the weekend. The next morning, you'll attend a breakfast with keynote address by distinguished food and travel writer, and former editor of Bon Appétit, Barbara Fairchild. Saturday and Sunday feature culinary and scientific programs - cooking demos, truffle orchard tours, and winery lunches, tours and tastings. Truffle dogs will also be on hand to sniff things out with dog training demos (petting allowed)!

nvTruffleFest2011_Pic2.jpgThe highlight of the Festival will be the Saturday night Truffles & Wine dinner at La Toque featuring a multi-course truffle menu and wine pairing (see last year's menu.  Each course will be prepared by a Michelin Star chef, including Michael Cimarusti of Providence in Los Angeles; Suzette Gresham-Tognetti of Acquerello in San Francisco; Marco Gubbiotti  of La Bastiglia in Spello, Italy; and Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia in Chicago.

The Festival concludes on Monday with a scrumptious Truffle Brunch at Westin's Bank Café, followed by a lively Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace at Oxbow Public Market  showcasing local wines and artisanal vendors with their specialty food products.

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Incoming: Napa Valley Film Festival + Flavor! Napa Valley

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Temperatures may be cooling in the Napa Valley come November, but two dynamic events could make your visit the hottest in memory.  Both in their debut year, the Napa Valley Film Festival (Nov. 9-13) and Flavor! Napa Valley (Nov. 16-22) bring with them a host of diverting events that are rewriting the month's reputation - from a sleepier time to one that's buzzing with eclectic food-and-wine-fueled attractions.

Napa Valley Film Festival ~ 11/9- 11/13

Flavor! Napa Valley ~ 11/16-11/22

Flavor! Napa Valley 2011

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by Courtney Cochran

Silverado Resort & Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

flavorLogo.jpgA four-day gustatory tour de force highlighting farm-to-table cuisine, Flavor! Napa Valley brings together some of the valley's most accomplished food and wine personalities for a powerhouse lineup of events November 16-22nd. 

The highlight of the weekend should be The Appellation Trail: Tasting Napa Valley, a mega tasting of more than 120 wineries' best pours and 30 restaurants' best bites in a festive walk-around format at the Culinary Institute on Friday night. With more big-name purveyors on hand than you'll find in any other place - think Silver Oak Cellars, Robert Mondavi Winery, Stags' Leap Winery, Staglin Family Vineyard and Morimoto Napa, Ad Hoc, La Toque and The Restaurant at Meadowood to name just a few - plus live demos by the likes of chef Tyler Florence, the Appellation Trail should be a phenomenal way to experience the best of the valley in just one night.

Come daytime, attending an intimate workshop with one of the valley's foremost culinary players affords rare insights into the philosophies and methods of these larger-than-life luminaries. Oenobuffs and new wine fans alike should enjoy "The Noblest of Grapes: A Celebration of Cabernet Sauvignon," a seminar hosted by the inimitable Karen MacNeil (authoress of The Wine Bible) and Fred Dame, a charismatic Master Sommelier and one of the nation's foremost wine educators. Sushi fans won't want to miss Iron Chef America star Masaharu Morimoto's "Sushi & Sashimi 101" demonstration, where the reliably entertaining maestro will guide guests through the nuances of this Japanese delicacy. 

For more on the weekend's full lineup, lodging packages and ticketing info, visit FlavorNapaValley.com.

Napa Valley Film Festival 2011

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by Courtney Cochran

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Founded by Bay Area locals and Bottle Shock producers Brenda and Marc Lohrmer, the first-ever Napa Valley Film Festival promises a chockablock schedule of feature, documentary and short film screenings, sneak previews, gala events, and conversations with film industry insiders over five days. 

Highly anticipated festivities will take place in venues from Carneros to Calistoga, with a gala kick-off reception going down at Robert Mondavi Winery on Thursday, November 10.  Thirsty film-goers will be able to sample pours from a diverse lineup of local vintners at wine pavilions, pre-screening pourings and winery open houses throughout the valley as well as at "Festival Front Porches," unique venues offering check-in rewards, live music and social media interactivity. Access Hollywood fans, take note: host Billy Bush will emcee the festival's Tribute Night program on Saturday in Yountville. 

Crush Season in Napa Valley

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October 8 -- Crush Party at V. Sattui Winery
Celebration: Make your reservations today! V. Sattui Winery Production-Fermentation Floor, Crush Pad, Underground Cellars & Caves, Vittorio's Vineyard, Vittorio Room & Tasting Room.
Location: 1111 White Lane, St. Helena CA
Fee: $89/$79 Club Members, plus tax Time: 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Phone Number: 707-963-7774

October 8 -- Peju Club Crush: An Outdoor Lounge Experience
Celebration, Wine Education: Club Crush offers guests an unconventional peek into the harvest experience with an outdoor chill lounge, views of the vineyard, music to move your mood and exquisite small bites to pair with our wines. Taste actual fruit from this year's Harvest Say Flavor!
Fee: $65 plus tax; $55 + tax for club members Time: 5pm - 8pm Phone Number: 800-446-7358

October 8 -- Sequoia Grove Harvest Party & Lobster Feed
Celebration: Join us for our annual Harvest Party. We will be celebrating the bounty of Napa Valley with the bounty of the sea with our Lobster Feed! Come enjoy a rare harvest evening filled with succulent lobster, special pourings from our library and great games. Location: 8338 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558
Fee: $100, $85 wine club Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Phone Number: 707-944-2945 ext. 111

October 15 -- Havrest Party at Bourassa Vineyards
Celebration: Come and join us for another Grape Stomping Harvest Party at Bourassa Vineyards! Live Music Bourassa Vineyards Wines Napa Smith Beer Roast Pig On site Wood Fire Pizza Kitchen Cigars and Port!
Fee: $75, $40 for wine club members Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Phone Number: 707-254-4922

Every Saturday, October - November 5, 2011 - Harvest Experience at St. Supery
Wine Education: Be part of a small group of guests that experience Napa Valley harvest. Each tour includes wine tasting in the cellar from tank or barrel and a guided tasting of finished wines in one of St. Supery's private tasting rooms. Please call to reserve a tour.
Location: 8440 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford CA
Fee: $50 Time: 11am-12:30pm Phone Number: 800-231-9116

CLICK HERE for more Crush and Harvest Season events in October!

More News from This Year's Crush Season

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Crushing in Napa Valley

October 15 -- Havrest Party at Bourassa Vineyards
Celebration: Come and join us for another Grape Stomping Harvest Party at Bourassa Vineyards! Live Music Bourassa Vineyards Wines Napa Smith Beer Roast Pig On site Wood Fire Pizza Kitchen Cigars and Port!
Fee: $75, $40 for wine club members Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Phone Number: 707-254-4922


Sonoma Valley Harvest Season

October 22 -- Harvest Moon Lamb Dinner at Gloria Ferrer
Celebration: Celebrate the crush at Gloria Ferrer with a dinner featuring Sonoma County's finest lamb and Pinot Noir. The evening will commence with a full harvest moon rising over Carneros, while our guests sip bubbly from our unparalleled Vista Terrace. Reserve your tickets soon, as space is extremely limited. 23555 Carneros Highway (121), Sonoma
Fee: $95 Time: 6:30 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 933.1999

Around Wine Country
October 22 - 23 -- Hopland Passport Weekend
Wine Education: This year's theme is "Aged to Perfection". With seventeen participating wineries pouring their best wines, incredible food pairings at each stop, and opportunities to experience tours, art installations, and live music, Hopland is the place to be for wine lovers!
Fee: $45/$55 During the Event; Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone Number: 800-564-2582

Late Summer Festival Highlights

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Summer days are flying by fast. In a blink of an eye, autumn leaves will color wine country vineyards yellow, red, and orange. Not ready to say goodbye just yet? Neither are we! See some of the late summer festivals coming up this last weekend in August and the month of September.

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
September 2-4, 2011 - Sonoma County

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is an Annual Labor Day Weekend Event that celebrates the best of Sonoma wine, food, and lifestyle. "We have created a premium, three-day destination event that celebrates the vineyards, wines, cuisine, culture, and characters that make Sonoma County the ultimate wine country destination," says Executive Director Maureen Cottingham.

Tickets range from $85 to $500 per person and include signature events "Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction" and a host of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County.

All proceeds benefit and support Sonoma Coutny non-profit organizations. To date, more than $10 million has been donated directly to Sonoma non-profits by the local wine community.

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Upcoming Festivals in Napa Valley

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AUGUST
August 3 - 21 -- Music in the Vineyards
Live Music: Music in the Vineyards is a nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival held each August in the Napa Valley. The three-week festival showcases world-class artists-in-residence performing new and classic chamber music repertoire in stunning winery settings.
Fee: Varies Time: Varies Phone Number: (707) 258.5559

August 20 -- Napa Valley Art Festival
Exhibition, Benefit: The Napa Valley Art Festival is a juried exhibit and sale of over 300 original paintings by 30 of the West's premier representational artists. 6516 Washington St., Yountville, CA
Fee: Free Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: 707-256-3828

Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2011

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It's been dubbed a "feast for the senses" by the New York Times and we couldn't agree more!

The 6th annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole is July 15-24th featuring internationally renowned soloists, orchestras and ensembles that delight audiences over a 10-day period among the lush rolling vineyards of the legendary Napa Valley wine region. Add five-star cuisine, art exhibits, and wines from Napa Valley's top vintners and you'll definitely want to attend this "star-studded extravaganza that in just three years has become one of the hottest tickets on the global classical music circuit" according to Diablo Magazine.

Are you planning on being in attendance? There's only a few more days and our inside sources say tickets and VIP Packages are SELLING OUT FAST!

>> Overview of Concerts
>> Overview of Food & Wine Events
>> Overview of Wellness Events
>> Download Festival Schedule

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Valentine's Day in Wine Country

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rosePetals.jpgWhat are you doing for Valentine's Day or that entire weekend? Below is a list of romance inspired events around Wine Country if you're still wondering what the perfect plan is!

NAPAVALLEY
February 12 -- Love Fest 2011 at Merryvale
Celebration: Join us on for LOVE FEST '11 in Merryvale's historic Cask Room! Events Manager Kelly Craig has teamed up with Meadowood Napa Valley, for a four-course Valentine's Day Dinner not to be missed. Dinner will feature wines selected from the Library and served in 3-Liter bottles. 1000 Main St., St. Helena, CA
Fee: $150; Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 968.3429

**More Events HERE

SONOMA
February 12 -- Valentine's Day Concert at Gloria Ferrer
Celebration, Live Music: Please join us in a special Valentine's Day performance by Flamenco guitarist Eric Symons and special guest Patrick Imbimbo, who is an international recording artist and performer specializing in flamenco and Spanish classical music. Event includes Dessert Buffet plus 2 glasses of award-winning sparkling wine. Please call for reservations. 23555 Carneros Hwy 121, Sonoma CA
Fee: $35/$29.75 Wine Club Members; Time: 7:30 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 933.1999

**More Events HERE


LIVERMORE
February 13 -- Romance on the Rails!
Celebration: Join us for Valentine's Day Wine-Tasting Train on the Niles Canyon Railway. Enjoy fabulous fine wines and hors d'oeuvres aboard a luxurious Art Deco Lounge Car. 1940's attire admired, but not required. Limited seating. Departs Sunol Depot at 2 p.m. & 5 p.m, sharp! Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Road, Sunol CA
Fee: $75; Time: 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.; Phone Number: (510) 910.7024

**More Events HERE


FAIRFIELD/SUISUN VALLEY
February 11 -- Wine and Food "A Love Story"
Celebration, Food & Wine Education: Bring your Valentine to a wonderful taste of Suisun Valley wines, exploring the flavors of the region along with Solano foods prepared by local restaurants. Art and photo displays combined with performing arts will make it all delicious. Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1031 W. Texas St., Fairfield
Fee: $35Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 425.4625

**More Events HERE

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Uptown Rises

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uptown-theater.jpgNapa's art deco theater reopens as Wine Country's coolest music venue.

by Peter Crooks

Longtime Napa residents remember Napa's Uptown Theatre as a neighborhood cinema that screened everything from Casablanca to Ben-Hur to Sling Blade. Hollywood legends Clark Gable and Carole Lombard even visited this art deco jewel while passing through Northern California. Alas, by the 1990s, the theater had been split into four tiny screening rooms and slid into disrepair. It went dark in 1999.

But like a feel-good Hollywood tale, this story has a hero. Napa businessman George Altamura purchased the building and spent five years restoring it to its original glory. Early in the process, construction workers peeled back paint and were astonished to find original art deco murals--still in very good shape--on the ceiling and walls.

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Calistoga, CA - Upcoming Fall & Winter Events

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Napa Valley Wine Country

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October 23 -- Calistoga Blues Fest: Downtown Blues Festival
Festival: Featuring some Smokin' Hot Bands! Stroll through our walkable downtown and taste the wine of 15 different wineries while listening to the sounds of some of the coolest Blues around - Live! New this year is a cigar lounge. Main Stage on Washington Street, Calistoga, CA
Fee: Free/$30 Tasting Pass Time: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Phone Number: (707) 942.6333

October 30 -- The Pagan Halloween Ball at Castello di Amorosa
Celebration: Dario Sattui's, Castello di Amorosa, an authentically-styled, 13th century Tuscan style castle winery, takes a haunted turn this Halloween as it celebrates The Pagan Ball. The event features a haunted tour, an outrageous costume contest, dancing in the Castello's Great Hall to Masterpiece, a 12-piece San Francisco cover band, wine bars and hors d'oeuvres. 4045 North Saint Helena Hwy, Calistoga CA
Fee: $95 WineClub Members, $115 their guests Time: 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Phone Number: (707) 967.6274

Napa Sonoma Wine and Food Festival

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The Napa Sonoma Wine and Food Festival celebrates its inaugural event of wine, food, and fashion. The event brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a medley of signature events designed to entertain, educate and inspire! October 16th, 2010. See below for more information or CLICK HERE


September Saturdays in the Valley

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Napa Valley is known throughout the world for its stunning wines, gorgeous countryside, and world-class cuisine.  Late summer is the perfect time to visit this corner of foodie paradise and taste the good life, and conveniently, tons of September events give visitors and locals the opportunity to experience all three of Napa's greatest attractions in the same sitting.  Here are my top weekend picks for a good time this month
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Build Your Own BLT day at Bardessono Resort. Next Saturday, September 11, from 2pm to 5pm, I will be following my dreams to an embarrassment of deliciousness, courtesy of Bardessono and Hill Family Estates.  On this momentous day, Chef Sean O'Toole will give guests free rein to assemble the greatest BLTs imaginable using the resort's own organically farmed heirloom tomatoes and lettuces, a panoply of housemade aiolis, local breads, and of course a full selection of artisanal bacons.  Will you choose Bardessono's own apple-smoked bacon, with Cajun aioli on slices of rich brioche?  Or will you go with Fatted Calf from Napa, slathered with bacon-sherry aioli on tender pain de mie?  As you ponder these important questions, sip on a selection of lovely Hill Family Estate wines, and nosh on passed hors d'oeuvres like Andalucian gazpacho, sweet tomato cream puffs, or La Quercia prosciutto with crushed tomato crostini.  Round out the tomato-bacon feast with sides like fennel salad with taggiasca olive, preserved lemon, and Regina extra virgin olive oil, or a visit to the decadent burrata bar with its selection of specialty salts.  Cardiologists will be standing by... or so I hope.  For tickets call Bardessono at 707-204-6030.


Harvest Happenings 2010

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By Courtney Cochran

Those of us who pop a cork on occasion know these vinous spoils don't arrive from the vineyard ready to drink: There's real work that goes into coaxing wine from vine to bottle.  And each year, come harvest time, proof of this precious labor can be seen throughout Wine Country, as vintners and their trusted teams race against time and mother nature to deliver ripened fruit to the winery - where crush begins and ends within just a few frenetic weeks.  

We'd like to raise a glass to these teams, whose standout efforts allow us to enjoy each vintage's best at a more leisurely pace (cheers to that).  For word on where to go in Wine Country for the best 2010 harvest happenings, read on.

August Means Busy In Wine Country

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August heralds the start of harvest season in wine country, when wineries and restaurants kick into overdrive to welcome visitors with events and activities related to our most important time of year.  Since actual harvesting doesn't typically begin until September (or later!), many wineries plan August parties around their release of red wines, while others pick a crowd-pleasing food or educational topic to theme their event.  Regardless of the official focus, these early harvest events always feature sunshine, fun, tasty edibles, and fantastic local wines.  Here are a few August events with all of those essential factors, as well as particularly cool themes.

Yountville, CA: Tomatoville Touches Down

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by Courtney Cochran

With a nod to Jimmy Buffet's catchy vaca anthem, Margaritaville, Yountville's Bardessono and Hill Family Estate will bring Wine Country visitors the three-day Tomatoville celebration September 10, 11 and 12.  Billing the tomato "Mother Nature's finest fruit (since the grape)," the event's sponsors promise a juicy lineup of activities; highlights include:

Upcoming Events for Mother's Day in Napa Valley

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Have something special planned for your Mother on the big day? Try something new this year and instead of a family get together at the house or just brunch at a restaurant, really go out and show your Mother how much you appreciate her - WINE COUNTRY STYLE!

See below for some of the events happening around Napa Valley to help you make this a memorable Mother's Day.

May 9  -- Mother's Day Open House at Viader
Celebration: Please join us on Mother's Day & Wine Club Pick Up for a Sunday Open House at VIADER Winery. Taste our newest releases including our DARE by Viader Rose, paired with some delicious homemade chocolate truffles prepared by our winery chef Mariela Viader.
Location: 1120 Deer Park Rd., Deer Park, CA
Fee: $35 (Ladies & Wine Club members Free); Time: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone Number: (707) 963.3816 RSVP


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Ma(i)sonry Adds to Its Art Ensemble

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Michael Polenske, the Bay Area native who brought us "a life aesthetic" with Yountville's gorgeous Ma(i)sonry - which marries limited-production wines with expertly curated art and furnishings in a stylishly restored 1904 stone building - has added to his art ensemble with the purchase of I. Wolk Galleries.  The acquisition brings I. Wolk's three galleries (St. Helena, Auberge du Soleil, Mac Arthur Place) into partnership with Ma(i)sonry, further articulating the multi-faceted aesthetic vision that art and antiques-loving Polenske has pledged to bring to life in Wine Country.

To the Beat of the Drums

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On Saturday and Sunday, January 2, 3, 2010 bring friends and family to the Cave of the Drums performance at Clos Pegase Winery. This annual special event soothes and energizes mind and body at the same time.  Hear the thunder of drums rolling deep down winery cave tunnels and the compliment of dulcimers, flutes, psalteries, and bells from distant times and places. Tickets are $45 with wine available for purchase and the show lasts two hours. (A portion of tickets sales will benefit the Arts Council of Napa Valley). Buy tickets directly online HERE.

About the Artist
What do you call a master of cave acoustics who plays a hundred rare and beautiful instruments, who has performed nearly two hundred winery cave concerts, and who puts us in touch with our ancient roots in ways that are timelessly new, immensely enjoyable and totally creative?

The Improvisator, of course! Your guide to adventures in sound underground at www.cavemusic.com. This is the man who invented the wine country cave concert more than twenty years ago and has lovingly evolved the concept into a fully refined art form, with an array of entrancing shows that cover all the year's seasons with a cornucopeia of imaginative themes: "Cave Of The Drums", "Cave Of The Spirits", "Cave Of The Bells"... and the best known of all, "Carols In The Caves" (ask the locals - they'll tell you it's a real "only in the wine country" holiday tradition!).  READ MORE

Holiday Events in Sonoma & Napa Valley

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safariWestholiday.jpgFrom the Serengeti at Safari West, to the Heart of Sonoma, to a tractor parade, to a day with Santa...you're sure to find something that will keep you, your family and your friends happily entertained this holiday season. You may even decide to make a day, weekend or entire season of it!

In Sonoma, for instance, why not spend Thanksgiving day the fun and easy way by taking advantage of Safari Wests Thanksgiving feast. The following day, instead of braving "Black Friday", do something more festive....choose between a Holiday Open House at Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, a Holiday Party in Healdsburg, or Heart of Sonoma Valley's Annual Holiday Open House. And there are plenty more events to follow in the coming days and weeks!

In Napa, events begin as early as November 21st with Holiday in Carneros, Thanksgiving dinner at etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon  (just received Michelin star) and continue all the way up to Christmas Eve. This means, there are more days to fill with holiday cheer, beautiful lights and the kind of exhileration that comes only once a year. 

However you choose to enjoy this season, just make sure it's with the family and friends you cherish most. From all of us at WineCountry.com to you...Have a VERY happy holiday!

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