Travel: March 2012 Archives

!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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earthDayImage_SolarLivingInstituteHopland.jpg*MENDOCINO

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

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


*NAPA VALLEY, CA

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

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

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

pasoRobles_EarthDayFoodWineFestPoster.jpg*CENTRAL COAST

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

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

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.

Sonoma County Events - April Highlights

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mushroom.jpgMarch 30 - April 1 -- Chateau St Jean Pinot & Mushroom Weekend
Join local chefs, artists, foraging experts, authors and the Chateau St Jean team for a weekend celebrating Pinot & Mushrooms at the winery. Enjoy tasting flights, a mushroom marketplace, free workshops, discussions and art installations!
Location: Chateau St. Jean Winery, 8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Fee: free workshops, tasting fees apply; Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Phone: 877-478-5326

April 7 -- Wild Mushroom Foray and Demo Lunch @ Relish

Join us for a tromp through the woods as we search for edible wild mushrooms with chef Elissa Rubin-Mahon. After our foray we will caravan back to the Relish Culinary Center where a four-course wild mushroom lunch awaits our arrival. We'll cook up any edibles we find as chef Elissa demonstrates key elements of the lunch. Location: Relish, 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg
Fee: $98; Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm; Phone: (707)431-9999

April 9 -- Clash of the Sommeliers @ Farmhouse Inn

Farmhouse Wine Director Geoff Kruth has announced an exciting new format for the 2012 Farmhouse Wine Dinner Series: Clash of the Sommeliers. Top Sommeliers from all over the Bay Area will compete in pairing wines with four course menus featuring unique seasonal ingredients, with guests voting during each of four evenings.
Location: Farmhouse Inn, 7871 River Rd., Forestville
Fee: $165; Time: 5:30pm; Phone: 707-887-3300

April 11 - 15 -- Sonoma International Film Festival

The annual Sonoma International Film Festival promises to include new independent films from around the world. Film presentations at a variety of venues including the Historic Sebastiani Theatre on the Sonoma Town Plaza will include feature length narratives, documentaries, shorts and a student film program.
Location: Venue varies depending on film, please check online for more information.
Fee: Varies; Time: Varies; Phone: 707-933-2600

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


Help Support a Great Cause - Pawsport Napa Valley!

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napaHumane_PawsportNV.jpgHead to Napa Valley March 23rd-26th for a fun-filled four days of exclusive wine tastings, events, and special offerings. Whether you're a pet owner, animal lover, or just love to support great causes - Pawsport Napa Valley is the event for you!

Your Pawsport ($75 per person) includes access to over a dozen wineries for complimentary tastings along with a variety of special retail offers, library tastings, food and wine pairings and other activities and events only available to Pawsport Napa Valley pass holders.

Proceeds from the event will support Napa Humane and its programs and services to fulfill their ongoing mission to promote the welfare of companion animals through protection, advocacy, education, and by example.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online or call 707-255-8118 x205.

Playing Hooky: It's Not Just for Kids

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Escape Winter Work and Worries for a Wine Country Escape
at Milliken Creek Inn & Spa


It's the time of year that often seems the longest. With no official long holiday weekends until the end of May and summer nowhere near, the days drag. So why not sneak away mid-week and be your own boss for a few days?

Milliken Creek Inn & Spa, a12-room luxury boutique hotel and spa in the very heart of Napa, invites you to "play hooky" and escape to a place where the "daily grind" includes sleeping in a plush luxurious bed, sipping wine by the fireplace and getting massaged by an expertly trained professional. Playing Hooky is not just for kids - just as a power nap helps the brain focus for the rest of the day, Milliken Creek Inn & Spa proposes that a quick and strategic break from the work routine helps refresh the mind and renew the body!

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With Milliken Creek Inn and Spa's "Playing Hooky" package, guests experience:
  • One night accommodations in a Milliken Room with King Bed                                     (Sunday through Thursday only)
  • One 60-minute aromatherapy massage
  • Breakfast for two each morning served in your room or anywhere on property
  • Concierge assistance in planning and visiting the most acclaimed wineries and restaurants in Napa Valley
  • Daily sunset Magic Hour wine and cheese reception


Relax with a Cold Brew . . .

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calistogaInn&Brewery.jpgWhat better way to relax from a day of wine tasting or a day of work than with a cold brew, great food, and live music?! Swing by Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery to hang out with the locals and have a good time.

This coming weekend they celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a traditional Irish Dinner including Corned Beef Brisket, Mashed potatoes & Steamed Cabbage, Chocolate Paddy Cake and much more all while listening to the sounds of Greenhouse who will be playing Irish music. If you can't make it this Saturday, be sure to check out Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery throughout the year for weekly live music sessions and of course, beer tastings.

THE BREWERY

In 1987, the Calistoga Inn gave birth to Calistoga beer and the Napa Valley Brewing Company. The Inn was the first establishment to brew beer commercially in Napa County since the days of prohibition. It brews four principle beers: Calistoga Wheat Ale, Pilsner, Red Ale & Porter. In addition, other seasonal beers are brewed throughout the year, such as the German Kölsch, Blitzen I.P.A., Belgian Pale Ale & Dugan Oatmeal Stout. They have won numerous awards for their beer, including both bronze and gold finishes at the Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado, and blue ribbons at the California State Fair.

Brewery tours are available Monday - Friday with our Brewmaster, Brad Smisloff.
Call in advance for an appointment: 707-942-4101

Click Here to check out the Brewer's Blog!

St. Patrick's Day Events in Sonoma

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shamrock.jpgMarch 17 - Bear Republic Brewmaster Dinner @ Tides Wharf
Join us on St. Patrick's Day as we welcome Proprietor/Brewmaster Ricardo Norgrove,Bear Republic Brewery of Healdsburg for a beer and food pairing dinner. Price includes appetizer and beer reception and four-course dinner and beer paring.
Location: Inn at the Tides, 835 Hwy One, Bodega Bay
Fee: $69 plus tax & gratuity; Time: 6:30 pm Phone: 707-875-3652

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Feast at Ramekins
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Style while learning traditional Irish recipes, techniques and ingredients with the always entertaining Chef Dermot Whelan.
Location: 450 West Spain Street, Sonoma
Fee: $95; Time: 3pm-6pm; Phone: 707-933-0450




March 17 -- First Annual St. Patrick's Day Run/Walk
Wear your green and walk with us! All finishers will receive a commemorative glass mug! After the run/walk, join us for a traditional Irish dinner (Irish corned beef and cabbage) and festive live music. Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports and Brooks, all proceeds benefit Recreation and Parks programs and facilities.
Location: Julliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Fee: Adults $25, Under 18 $15; Time: Race starts at 3:00 pm; Phone: 707-543-3737

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


Recharge and Take a Hike!

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napaLandTrust_websiteImage1.jpgDiscover the beauty of Napa Valley up close and personal when you hike through a variety of nature's corridors through field trips sponsored by the The Land Trust of Napa County. Enjoy a hike, educational walk or even a kayaking experience. But space is limited, so check the calendar and sign up early!

MARCH HIGHLIGHTS - UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

Saturday, March 10th at 9am - Foote Botanical Preserve Workday
Get together with other volunteers on Mount George for half a day having fun trimming the hiking trails, viewing wildflowers and taking pictures. Bring work gloves, small hand saws and loppers if you have them.

Sunday, March 18th at 9am - Audubon-Cheyney Adventure
Don't be fooled - this hike is not for the faint at heart! The first part of this hike has rough fire roads, a narrow trail and a stream crossing, but we'll see amazing views of northern Napa Valley and the Bell Canyon Reservoir. Bring your hearty lunch as we stop and explore the 20th century homestead near Bell Creek. The adventure begins after lunch as we begin hiking up the creek - be prepared for rock-hopping, boulder-scrambling, debris-crossing, and vegetation-brushing paths en route to the magnificent Devil's Punchbowl, a unique waterfall and grotto in Napa County.

Park the Car - Go on a Bike Ride!

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Despite popular belief, you don't always need a car to go wine tasting in Napa Valley. In fact, we encourage you to park your car and leisurely take a bike ride tour. Check out some of the Napa Valley Bike Tour Companies offering several different types of cycling tours and a Best of the Web Special Offer Guarantee!

bikeRide_Picnic.jpg*Getaway Adventures
Getaway Adventures offers tours in both Napa Valley and Sonoma. One of their most popular biking day tours is the Calistoga Sip N' Cycle that takes you through the quiet and scenic northern Napa Valley vineyards and includes stops at wineries for tasting and a delicious wine country picnic lunch.

Currently, they are offering a BEST OF THE WEB SPECIAL OFFER GUARANTEE on their Sip N' Cycle tours in Calistoga in Napa Valley, the Carneros District or in Healdsburg (Sonoma County). It's a steal of a deal, where you only pay $98 per person (normally $149pp). You won't see this offer anywhere else on the web. CLICK HERE to see offer details.

Recharge . . . Your Senses, Body, and Mind

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MARCH INTO NAPA VALLEY..

RECHARGE . . . your mind & body with scores of activities that will revive the senses in Wine Country. Whether it's the exhilarating rush of the wind in your face as you bike ride through the vineyards, the majestic views of Napa Valley as you soar above the clouds on a balloon ride, the blooming spring wild mustard fields and budding vines on a hike, or even a kayak adventure - we are sure you'll find something to happily distract yourself for a couple of hours as you rediscover and unleash your inner child!

calistogaBalloons.jpgRecharge Your Senses and Take Flight
Get a bird's eye view of rolling Napa Valley hills and vineyards from inside a hot air balloon. You'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscape before you. If you take an early morning flight, you're in for a treat. Watch the morning's fog lift, the sun rise, and the valley open up right before your eyes as your balloon wafts softly through the air. READ MORE . . .


bikeRide_Picnic.jpgPark the Car - Go on A Bike Ride!
Despite popular belief, you don't always need a car to go wine tasting in Napa Valley. In fact, we encourage you to park your car and leisurely take a bike ride tour. Check out some of the Napa Valley Bike Tour Companies offering several different types of cycling tours and a Best of the Web Special Offer Guarantee! READ MORE . . .



golfIstock.jpgGet into the "Swing" of Things
Whether you're after the country club afternoon, the relaxation of a resort, or the challenge of one of the toughest public course in the region, Napa Valley offers a golf experience to suit all tastes - and skill levels for that matter. READ MORE . . .


Rejuvenate . . . at the Spa!

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What better way to rejuvenate and restore that youthful vigor and appearance than with a relaxing spa treatment. Whether a cleansing European facial, deep tissue massage to work out all the kinks, or a mani/pedi escape - Napa Valley is full of choices to suit your fancy! Check out some of the specials running right now . . .

*The Spa at Silverado Resort & Spa
Inspired by the serene sophistication of a classic Roman spa, The Spa at Silverado offers fitness, spa and salon services surrounded by tranquil garden courtyards and breathtaking scenic views. Book the Spa Getaway Package featuring overnight accommodations, 50-minute spa treatment, complimentary wine tasting passes, and much more!
CLICK HERE for more details.


HEALDSBURG, Calif. -- Healdsburg's "Epicurean Winter" heads into its third and final month with events dedicated entirely to pork and pinot noir, consecutive barrel tasting weekends and even a chance to dine, drink and donate to benefit the region's renowned Healdsburg Jazz Festival. The affordable, off-season lodging packages, regional dinner specials and wine pairings that have been a part of "Epicurean Winter" from its January 1 launch continue through March 31 as Healdsburg showcases its culinary bounty.

wineRoad_WineGlassLogo.jpgMarch Highlights:

EVENTS

March 2-4 and March 9-11: Barrel Tasting Weekends
Healdsburg lies in at the intersection of three celebrated appellations - Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, and the Russian River Valley - making it the ideal location for wine lovers to sample some of the best wine in the state. Now in its 34th year, this event gives ticket holders the chance to experience private winery tours, taste new wines from the barrel, and sample tasting-room-only and limited production wines. Special offers available at many participation wineries; some tastings by appointment only. Tickets start at $25; visit www.wineroad.com/events or call 888-251-0560 for details.

March 23-24: Pigs & Pinot 2012 - All tickets to this annual event are already sold out!

Now - March 31: Sonoma Neighbor Menu & Live Jazz
Diners will enjoy live jazz accompanying their three-course tasting menu on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hotel Healdsburg's Dry Creek Kitchen.  $36 per guest, $51 with paired wines; $2 from each menu will be donated to the Healdsburg Education Foundation.  For details, visit us online or call 707-431-1500.

Now - March 31: A Taste of Pigs & Pinot
Dry Creek Kitchen will be featuring a special pork and pinot noir pairings all month; starting March 24, diners will have a chance to order an actual dish from the popular Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner paired with the official Pinot Cup winner. For details, visit online or call 707-433-1500.

Now - March 31: Epicurean Winter Wine Tour
Healdsburg Area Winery Tours specializes in private wine tasting tours customized to guests' personal wine preferences and destination interests. Mention "Epicurean Winter" when making reservations and receive a 10% discount on certain tours. For details, visit www.healdsburgareawinerytours.com or call 707-433-6090.

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