Travel: January 2012 Archives

Sonoma County - Special Events for Valentine's

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Epicurean Winter in Healdsburg: Valentine's Week!

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

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

rodneyStrong_ChocFantasy.jpgEpicurean event highlights include:

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

Healdsburg Epicurean Winter 2012

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

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

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

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

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

Save the Date! - Passport to Dry Creek Valley

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

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

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

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

Crab & Wine Festival in Mendocino

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

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

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

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

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

Top 25 Relaxation & Spa Hotels

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bardessonoHotel.jpgBased on the reviews of millions of Trip Advisor travelers, the 2012 Traveler's Choice results for Best Hotels are officially in. Hotels in both Napa Valley and Sonoma County ranked in the top 25 for Relaxation & Spa Hotels. See below:

10. Bardessono - Yountville, CA
Most recent review from a couple in Texas said "My wife and I came here for a three night getaway. The hotel and staff were first class. We had incredible massages and the staff there was the friendliest I have seen. They had just finished renovating the restaurant. The concierge helped plan every meal and winery. I highly recommend the hotel and town. It is central to everything." - January 12, 2012.  See more reviews.


15. Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort - Calistoga, CA


kenwoodSpa_pic1.jpg22. Kenwood Inn & Spa - Kenwood, CA
A couple from Hawaii recently reviewed and said, "The Kenwood Inn and Spa is so very nice! It was like walking into a small Tuscan village - so romantic and quiet and relaxing! ... Our spa day was awesome! My husband and I both had the best facials and massages we've ever had - even better than the ones we would get from the spas in Germany. The Kenwood Inn and Spa is centrally located to some amazing wineries and we enjoyed one day with a personal driver and the picnic lunch that the Inn and Spa prepared for us during our wine tasting day. " - December 31, 2011. See more reviews.


23. Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort - Calistoga, CA






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Create Your Own Romance at Silverado Resort & Spa

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Silverado Resort & Spa will help you create that perfect romantic wine country getaway you've always wanted.

couple_kissing.jpgAvailable through the entire month of February, book the "Create Your Own Romance" package that includes a one-bedroom fireplace suite, a bottle of Napa Valley Sparkling wine, and breakfast for two in the Silverado Grill. In addition, add one of the following to complete your package:

Dine & Relax
Enjoy a three-course dinner for two to include a bottle of white or red wine (house selected), two 50-minute massages, one 50-minute couples massage or a couples massage lesson to learn the fine art of massage with a romance blend of oil to take-away, all at the Spa at Silverado

Take a Wine Tour
Enjoy a four-hour private limousine tour of wine country. You select the wineries or we'll do it for you. Your tour begins with a private tasting and tour at the William Hill Winery.

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