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Fourth of July Festivities in Wine Country

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Check out family friendly festivities in wine country this 4th of July. Take the kids to the parade and fireworks on Friday, and then get in some adult fun aka "wine tasting" over the weekend! 

LIVERMORE/TRI-VALLEY

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Alameda County Fair - Concert & Fireworks Spectacular
Pack up the entire family and bring them to the Alameda County Fair! Before the fireworks, sit back, relax and enjoy a free Concert Series Blues Festival (1pm-9pm) Later, watch the night sky come to life with the return of the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular (9:45pm)! This show promises to live up to its name with non-stop, razzle-dazzle fireworks set to music and a cool video tribute to Alameda County.

4th of July Parade in Downtown Danville
Park yourself curbside and cheer on the bands, gymnasts, scouts and other community organizations as they proudly march by. Horses and other animals will pace the route, while antique cars inch along for your enjoyment.


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Join American Canyon for a spectacular July 4th celebration. The all-day event will include the morning parade, fun and free activities, contests and relays for the whole family, food and entertainment, and end with evening fireworks.

Enjoy the parade through downtown Calistoga,  and then head on over to the fairgrounds and enjoy picnicking on the lawn, live music & entertainment, fun games & contests, Kids Kountry, chef demonstrations & wine tasting, carnival rides & attractions, fine arts & photography shows, flowers, farms & garden exhibits, youth art & craft show, and of course, Fireworks!

SONOMA

Come celebrate Kenwood's hometown patriotic pride that only their picturesque town can supply! View parade entries of animals, classic vehicles, music, bicycles, Uncle Sam, and more are welcomed. New this year - after the parade, there will be jazz in the park!  Bring the whole family and join Kenwood on the 4th for all the fun!

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More than just a fireworks show - bring the whole family for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, and a ton of kid's activities (watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, clowns and more). The evening will conclude with an amazing fireworks show simulcast live to music by our friends at KZST 100.1 FM
Weil Hall Green Music Center invites all to enjoy a concert by Judy Collins and post concert 4th of July Fireworks along with patriotic mainstays that include "America the Beautiful," "This Land is Your Land," and "God Bless America."

4th of July at Spoonbar Restaurant in Healdsburg
Celebrate life, liberty and the American picnic! Groove to the sounds of the Easy Leaves Duo and enjoy a delicious family-style menu by Chef Louis Maldonado, recent 2014 Top Chef Finalist and Last Chance Kitchen Winner. We've got cocktails to match, too! 


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
"Taste the Lighter Side of Summer" Wines on Mother's Day Weekend

NAPA, Calif. - The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa has invited select California wineries to participate in its second annual First Blush event, including a special celebration that will allow guests to "Taste the Lighter Side of Summer." The tasting event will highlight California's lighter wines including Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Rieslings and sparkling wines, plus a few beers from Napa Smith Brewery, as the Napa Valley enters its summer season this Mother's Day Weekend, May 10-11, 2014. The tasting of more than 40 lighter California wines and local craft brews will be held on Saturday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a Mother's Day Brunch will be held on Sunday, May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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The Taste the Lighter Side of Summer event will take place outside and in the shade on the Vineyard Terrace which overlooks the resort's Estate Cave, pool with private cabanas, nine acres of hillside vineyards, and Napa's iconic Grape Crusher Statue. As guests sample more than 40 lighter wines from throughout California and craft brews from Napa Smith Brewery, they will also taste a variety of culinary creations from the chefs of The Meritage Resort. Each guest will receive and get to keep a commemorative First Blush wine class.

Mothers will continue to be celebrated on Sunday with Siena's full Mother's Day Brunch. From an artisanal local farm fresh cheese selection to antipasti display, smoked salmon and seafood display, in addition to full entrees including everything from Crab Cake Benedict 'Oscar' to Butter Seared Fillet Mignon and Brioche Crème Brûlée French Toast, every mom will know they are special. Especially when paired with a California rosé or glass of pink bubbly.

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Easter Events in Wine Country

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LIVERMORE

April 19th - Spring Eggstravaganza at Emerald Glen Park
Features a "freestyle" egg hunt, carnival games, petting zoo, arts 'n crafts, interactive parent games, jumpers and more.

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  • You are invited to the third annual Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast brought to you by the YMCA at Camp Arroyo. Egg Hunts will be held every 30 minutes starting at 9:00, the last egg hunt will be at 11:00. Egg hunts are open to children 11 and under. Breakfast will be served from 8:30-11:15.


  • April 20th - Easter Brunch at the Wente Restaurant
  • Enjoy a delicious three course prix fixe menu prepared by Chef Matt Greco paired with our fresh Spring drinks. Menu items to include items like lamb pastrami with pickled onions, eggs Benedict, crispy estate beef brisket, mocha stout cheesecake, and more.

NAPA VALLEY

  • April 20th - Hunt for the Hare at Safari West
  • A fun-filled adventure that will have everyone (adults and kids alike) trying to find Mr. Hare, who has disappeared from Safari West's Savannah Café. Includes an Easter brunch, egg hunt and kids or those young at heart can get their face painted.

  • April 20th - Easter Egg Hunt at Meadowood Napa Valley
  • The Egg Hunt will begin at 10:00 am on the fairways. Families may also enjoy music, a petting zoo and a visit from the Easter Bunny. A photographer will be available for family pictures during the Egg Hunt. Sunday-best attire is encouraged!

  • April 20th - Easter Aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train
  • Spend this Easter collecting memories instead of Easter Eggs. The Train itself holds a special magic for children, and the luxurious environment, decadent cuisine and enchanting scenery makes it easy for adults to unwind and focus on the quality of the moment.

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  • April 20th - Easter Brunch at Ramekins
  • Enjoy a delectable spread on Easter Sunday. With a selection of freshly prepared delights, you will want to take your time hopping from one savory station to the next! Easter crafts and cookie decorating for the little one, a truly family friendly event.

  • April 20th - Easter Dining & Egg Hunt at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
  • On Easter Sunday, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, the resort's Michelin Star rated signature dining room, Santé will be serving an extravagant Easter Sunday Buffet complemented by live entertainment. Back by popular demand.... Monsieur Easter Bunny will host a traditional children's Easter Egg Hunt at noon in addition to other family-friendly activities.

  • April 20th - Easter Egg Hunt at Sea Ranch Lodge
  • Kids can collect Easter Eggs and hunt for 2 special  Golden Easter Eggs in each section for a special gift from the Easter Bunny.  Other festivities include: Sea Ranch Sheep and Sea Ranch Wool Works in the barn, Sea Ranch Fire Truck, azzo Marco Gelato Cart, Flowers from Garden by the Sea, and Easter Bunny Photos and much more!

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

Celebrate the Holidays in Tri-Valley California

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During the holiday season, the Tri-Valley region takes on a whole new charm that makes it an ideal destination for holiday travel or a weekend wine holiday.

tri-valley-livermore-fall-winter-vineyards-photo.jpgThe Tri-Valley offers all sorts of alluring attractions, including 17 premier golf courses, along with 17 regional, National and State parks and is home to over 50 distinct wineries in Livermore Valley. See article. And, several shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries in surrounding areas; Pleasanton, Dublin, and Danville.

Whether you're looking for entertainment, innovative cuisine, freshly caught seafood or friendly, un-rushed tours through some of the country's finest wineries; you'll find it in California's Tri-Valley. You'll also discover a seasonal flare that permeates the countryside, creating the perfect setting for a holiday getaway unlike any other. Read the full blog . . .

Other articles and resources:
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Santa Ynez Valley's Mother's Day Toast

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santaYnezMarriott_MothersDayBottleFlower.jpgLooking for a memorable way to celebrate Mother's Day? How about a relaxing getaway nestled in the enchanting, rolling hills of Santa Ynez Valley's wine country.

It's the stuff mothers' dreams are made of...luxurious accommodations, Solvang's Danish bakeries with made-from-scratch pastries, gourmet restaurants featuring fresh local ingredients and inspired cuisine, unique shopping and art galleries...all paired with world-class yet unpretentious wine tasting.

A seamless blend of sophisticated style and unhurried, small town charm is the ideal escape for the mother in your life this May.

Check out a host of Santa Ynez Valley Mother's Day ideas sure to make it a special occasion:

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".

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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Romantic Retreat to Sonoma Wine Country

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Special Events & Things To Do During Valentine's Day
*Updated for 2014!

Celebrate romance and love this Valentine's Day in Sonoma Wine Country with special dinner reservations at Sonoma restaurants & winemaker dinners at Sonoma wineries. In addition, enjoy wine tasting experiences (chocolate and wine pairings), cooking class with your sweetheart, or dance the night away in the arms of the one you love at Rodney Strong Vineyards.

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER RECOMMENDATIONS

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  • Applewood Inn 
  • Have a lovely dinner with your sweetheart in a rustic and romantic setting that balances warmth and elegance at Applewood Inn. Michelin Starred Chefs Shelly Cerneant and Tyja Taube are preparing a special menu that includes entrees like confit pork belly, oven roasted halibut, grilled fillet of beef tenderloin and much more!
  • Dry Creek Kitchen
  • Experience a romantic evening with your loved one at Dry-Creek Kitchen this Valentine's Day. Executive Chef Dustin has created an exquisite tasting menu using a variety of fresh and local ingredients. Courses include Wild Salmon Tartare with Avocado Mousseline, Preserved Lemon and Lavash Hearts and Nori Roasted Maine Lobster with Ponzu Butter, Yuzu Powder and Jade Rice.
  • Partake K-J
  • Indulge your senses with a special Prix Fixe Menu! Explore a wide range of wine flights to satisfy your curiosity and thirst. Dive into a selection of seasonal bites driven by our gardens and Sonoma County's culinary artisans.
  • St. Francis Winery
  • Celebrate with great wine and food at St. Francis Winery as Executive Chef David Bush creates an exquisite menu for you and your special someone. Share an intimate candlelit experience, with each tantalizing course expertly paired with our premium Artisan Series wines. There's no place quite as romantic as the rolling vineyard-covered hillsides of Sonoma Valley!
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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!

Livermore/Tri-Valley: Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Nov. 23-26, 2012 - Wente Vineyards Holiday Preview
Start your holiday festivities off right and get a jump on your holiday shopping and entertaining ideas! Enjoy a fun and relaxing weekend, browse new holiday merchandise, stock up on holiday favorites, and pick up gifts for friends and family, all while you sample your favorite Wente Vineyards wines. CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov 23-25, 2012 - Wild Turkey Walk at Chouinard Vineyards
Collect all your turkey-stuffed relatives and couch potato friends, pack up some turkey sandwiches and come for a picnic and walk. Your reward for all that effort--a fine wine tasting of whites and reds, and a little dessert wine and port tossed in for good measure.
CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 25, 2012 - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Party
Back by popular demand Big Band Voodoo Daddy is returning with their wild and swingin' holiday party show! You'll want to be there as these lovable hipsters turn yuletide classics like "Blue Christmas," "Jingle Bells" and "We Three Kings" into a rollicking big band extravaganza! Throw in a few new songs of their own, like "Zat You Santa Claus" and "Rock-A-Billy Christmas," and you've got a show cool enough to keep a snowman from melting!
CLICK HERE for more details.

Sonoma Holiday Events Guide 2012

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Nov. 17,18, 2012 - Holiday in Carneros
Sample wines, meet winemakers, listen to music, pair wines with food, and view arts and crafts all at the same time. With nearly 20 wineries participating in this annual event, Holiday in Carneros in Sonoma should be on your to do list.This unique event involves both Sonoma and Napa wineries that are located in the Los Carneros Appellation.
CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 23, 2012

  • Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House - Toast the Holiday Season in the Wine Country with our 29th Annual Holiday Open House! Join twenty wineries for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Ledson Winery Holiday Open House - Join Heart of Sonoma Valley Wineries for our 29th Annual Holiday Open House. The Castle will be decked with holiday twinkle and plenty of cheer. Warm up by one of our fireplaces while you enjoy a variety of gourmet treats paired with our award-winning wines. Begin your holiday shopping in our Gourmet Marketplace; sample original selections of sauces and olive oils.CLICK HERE for more details.
  • Kenwood Vineyards Holiday Extravaganza - Black Friday never looked so good! Come Celebrate the holidays with some bubbly and delicious wines at Kenwood Vineyards' Open House. Start your holiday shopping while being serenaded by carols, sipping on superb wines, and tasting scrumptious treats created by our chef Robin Lehnhoff.  Amazing prices abound for the wine connoisseur in your life.CLICK HERE for more details.

Nov. 25th - Dec 30, 2012 - Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley
The Holiday Wine Trolley is fully decorated and brimming with garlands, lights, and classic holiday music! Travel through Sonoma's Wine Country viewing historic landmarks from the late 1800′s through the 1930s. The Holiday Wine Trolley Tour visits four premium wineries, where you will taste Sonoma's wonderful wines and take care of your holiday shopping at the same time! The Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley will run daily, decorated in holiday spirit, playing holiday music and serving hot cocoa. CLICK HERE for more details.

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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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Eat, Drink and Be Scary! at Ghost Winery Flora Springs

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Join Flora Springs Winery for two very special events:

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2011 Ghost Winery Release Party
~ Saturday, October 27th, 10am-4pm
Each year, Flora Springs creates a limited edition varietal to honor their historic "ghost winery." The haunting aromatics and luscious dark fruit flavors of this year's 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah are sure to send a thrill down your spine! Be the first to enjoy the spooktacular taste of the 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah paired with charcuterie and cheese. Costumes encouraged and prizes will be awarded. No extra charge for this event! (No reservation necessary for groups under six. Call The Room at (866) 967.8032 for groups of six or more.

The Ghost Winery Creature Feature Bast

~ Saturday, October 27th; Reception: 5:3pm, Movie: 8:00pm
It's the finale event for the Dinner & Movie Night Series at Flora Spring Winery and it's an evening to DIE for!

Step onto the Hollywood-style red carpet reception with a keepsake photo opportunity. Then experience a memorable tasting of the 2011 Ghost Winery Syrah as you are transported onto the set of the legendary American horror film Sleepy Hollow. Sit down to a hauntingly delicious lobster feed by celebrated Chef John Sorenson before a screening of Sleepy Hollow, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci. Enjoy Halloween candy, popcorn, and a wine bar during the movie. Be sure to come dressed for the occasion as we will be giving out prizes for our favorite costumes.

Tickets are selling out fast for this event! Only $99 per person or $72.20 per person if you are a wine club member. Reservations required. Call The Room at (866) 967.8032 for reservations.


Celebrating July 4th in Sonoma

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4th of July Celebrations and Parades Around Sonoma County

4th of July Parade and Fireworks on Sonoma Plaza
Sonoma's Fourth of July on the Plaza and fireworks display is a small town festival that makes you feel proud to be an American. Kick off the day with a parade featuring marching bands at 10am and then enjoy  live music, games, and a chance to hang out in Sonoma's historic plaza before the big fireworks show at dusk. Don't forget to try a hot dog or some apple pie. CLICK HERE for more details.

4th Of July Kids Parade in Healdsburg Plaza

Back by popular demand is the Kids' Parade held on the 4th of July. This year's event will be held in Healdsburg Plaza! Highlights, beside the actual parade and prizes, will be pie eating contests, duck decorating, face painting and live music provided by The Russian River Ramblers. CLICK HERE for more details.

Independence Day: Red, White, & Boom

Join Sonoma County Fairgrounds for an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid's activities, and fun for the whole family! Checkout their fantastic lineup of local bands and enjoy great food from the many local vendors who will serve up specialties.  For the kids, there will a watermelon eating contest, jumpy houses, face painters, clowns and more. CLICK HERE for more details.

4th of July Buffet at Depot Hotel
This year Depot Hotel is your one stop 4th of July party where you can eat delicious food, drink until your heart's content and enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks. The Chef and staff celebrate America's Birthday by putting on a lavish Fourth of July buffet dinner. Best of all, you don't have to leave the restaurant in order to watch fireworks. Depot Hotel is one of the few restaurants in town lucky enough to have the fireworks go off in the air right above the Garden. CLICK HERE for more details.

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

sterlingVineyards_GreekFestival.jpgMay 27 -- Sterling Vineyards Greek Festival
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

Mother's Day Events in Sonoma

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floriaFerrerBrutBottle.jpgMay 13 - Mom's & Music & Bubbles @ Gloria Ferrer
Treat your Mom to a Sparkling Celebration on Mother's Day. Join us at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards for a casual, relaxed afternoon with live music, sparkling wine with cheeses, spreads and desserts to complement your bubbly. Feel free to bring the whole family! Live music by North Bay Singer/Songwriter Dustin Saylor.
Fee: $35.00 general, $29.75 club member; Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm; Phone: 707-933-1931

May 13 -- Mother's Day Tasting @ Valley of the Moon Winery

Moms, stop by Valley of the Moon Winery for complimentary wine tasting and fabulous discounts on gifts and wine purchases. Valley of the Moon Winery delivers a unique flavor of California. They produce ultra-premium Sonoma wines that embrace both time honored wine-making tradition and state-of-the-art production.
Location: Valley of the Moon Winery, 777 Madrone Rd, Glen Ellen
Fee: Free; Time: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Phone: 707-939-4510

May 13 -- Mother's Day Safari at Safari West
Run like a Cheetah to Brunch on the Sonoma Serengeti. Enjoy a special Mothers Day tour aboard The African Queen along with some other surprises! What could be more extraordinary than spending Mother's Day amongst some of the word's most elegant creatures? Our chef is preparing a glorious champagne brunch featuring delectable selections especially for you.
Location: Safari West, 3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
Fee: $68 for adults; $35 for children (ages 4-12); Time: Morning & Afternoon packages available; Phone: (707) 579.2551 or 800.616.2695

MothersDay.jpgMay 13 -- Mother's Day Plant Sale & Free Corsages
Bring Mom to Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, one the most beautiful places in Sonoma County. Buy her a living gift, take a docent-led tour of the historic Burbank home, and browse in the Carriage House Museum & Gift Shop. Ladies will receive a fresh flower corsage; come early while the supply lasts.
Location: Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa CA
Fee: Free Admission/ Historic Home Tour $7; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Phone: 707-524-5445

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.

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

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

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

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.

Thanksgiving in Sonoma County

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turkeyDinner5.jpgApplewood Inn
Applewood Inn offers world-class fine dining in their delightfully upscale restaurant.This Michelin Star Sonoma / Russian River Restaurant is highly regarded for its exquisite cuisine, soothing atmosphere, polished guest services, and its mellow earthy ambiance.
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

Bay View Restaurant & Lounge
This elegant dinner restaurant is a perfect spot to relax and watch the sun set on Bodega Bay. The Chef creates wonderful dishes made from the finest and freshest of Sonoma Wine Country products.
Seatings on November 24th: 1:00 - 8:00pm
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

Depot Hotel
Toward the end of November we look forward to celebrating THANKSGIVING DINNER with all of you. Over the years, this has become a family tradition for many of our guests. As each familiar face comes into the front door they know they can look forward to a Thanksgiving dinner to remember with family and friends . . . Join us! Reservations strong recommended. Call (707) 938-2980 or online.
Seatings on November 24th: 12:00pm-7:00pm
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen

If this country has a culinary cradle, it's in Northern Sonoma, where the fruits of local labor--from outstanding produce to handcrafted cheese--have never been on a plane. Drawing upon regional ingredients is a superior way to eat and one can taste the freshness in Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette's Dry Creek Kitchen specialties.
Seatings November 24th: 2:00pm to 7:00pm
Thanksgiving Menu

Saddles Steakhouse at MacArthur Place
Experience exceptional dining at Saddles Steakhouse, named "Best Beef Restaurant in California" this year by the California Beef Council. Saddles specializes in steaks, chops and fresh seafood and Saddles' wine list offers an outstanding selection of Sonoma and Napa wines earning The Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence".
Thanksgiving Menu

Sante Restaurant at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission & Spa
An elegant grand buffet will be offered from Santé, awarded with the prestigious Michelin Star and AAA Four Diamond Award. Call (707) 939-2415 for reservations.
Seatings on November 24th: 12:00-8:00pm (includes Live entertainment by Guitarist Isaac Carter). 
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving in Napa Valley

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2011 Update - Where to go for Dinner!

turkeyNsides.jpgétoile Restaurantat Domaine Chandon
Join us for one of the most remarkable meals you'll have in wine country - or anywhere. At étoile, inventive cuisine paired with award-winning wines and sophisticated surroundings set the stage for the ultimate wine and food experience.
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

FARM at the Carneros Inn
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a family style menu that includes all the "fixins". This warm and comforting menu is a great way to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude to loved ones. Priced at $69 per person, and $35 for children ages 4-12 (children under 4 eat for free). 
Seatings offered from 1pm to 8pm on November 24th. Call 707-299-4880 to make reservations!
See Special Holiday Menu

Napa Valley Wine Train
Travel back to a time when Grandma did all the cooking and everything was made just the way you liked it. Thanksgiving on the Napa Valley Wine Train is a traditional Thanksgiving feast in a non-traditional (yet extremely memorable) atmosphere. We'll have all of the customary Thanksgiving fixings, and of course, a perfectly cooked turkey prepared by world-class Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald on Thursday, November 24, 2011.
More Details ~ See Special Thanksgiving Menu

The Restaurant at Meadowood
Enjoy a seven-course menu tasting menu, inspired by Thanksgiving flavors prepared by Chef Christopher Kostow. The Restaurant at Meadowood is one of two Napa Valley restaurants to receive the prestigious three stars in the Michelin Guide to San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country 2011. Call (707) 957-1200 ext. 801 or 813 to make a reservation.
Seatings: 1:00 - 2:30pm and 5:00 - 6:30pm; $225 per person, wine pairings $205 per person.

Silverado Resort and Spa
The Silverado Resort and Spa is pleased to present a festive Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 24. Join us in the Ballroom and enjoy elegant buffets decked with all the trimmings.  Call 707.257.5431 to make reservations.
See Special Thanksgiving Menu

What Are Your Halloween Plans?

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NAPA VALLEY, CA

wineTrainHaunted.jpgOctober 28 -- Napa Valley Wine Train Trick or Train
Celebration, Holiday: For Halloween, step back in time. Ride in the same train cars that our ancestors rode in -- some of whom are not amongst the living. A dinner on our antique train is the perfect way to celebrate this mystical holiday. After dinner, join us in the station for a ghoulish costume party and dancing with prizes for the best costume.

Location: 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa CA;
Fee: $155 Gourmet Express/$185 Vista Dome/$30 After Party Only;
Time: 5:30pm - 1am; Phone Number: 800-427-4124

October 28 -- Haunted Opera House Masquerade Party
Celebration, Benefit: Kick off your Halloween Weekend at the Napa Valley Opera House for a masquerade evening filled with great wine, nibbles and music. There will be a few tricks, but mostly treats at this benefit evening for the NVOH and Arts Council Napa Valley.
Location: 1030 Main St., Napa
Fee: $25 Time: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Phone Number: 707-226-7372

October 29 -- The Pagan Ball at Castello di Amorosa
Celebration: Castello di Amorosa, Dario Sattui's authentically styled, 13th century Tuscan castle and winery celebrates Halloween with The Pagan Ball. Haunted underground chamber tours, sinfully decadent food and wine, fortune telling in the Chapel, Haybale Hell Smoking Lounge & Bar, Bone Shaking music and dancing with VJ Kidd Karter. Reservations required. Location: 4045 North St. Helena Hwy, Calistoga CA
Fee: $95 Member/$115 Guests/$110 VIP/$130 Member Guest; Time: 8pm-Midnight;
Phone Number: 707-967-6274

October 29 -- Downtown Halloween Family Day
Family Fun: Visit downtown Napa and any merchants displaying black and orange balloons, as they invite all ghosts and goblins to come in for treats. Lots of photo opportunities as the characters from the Flintstones, Wizard of Oz and more are all dressed up and a part of amazing backdrops for photos with the whole family.
Location: Downtown Napa CA
Fee: Free; Time: 12pm-3pm; Phone Number: 707-257-0322

CLICK HERE for more Halloween Events in Napa Valley!

Red, White, & Bubbles at AVIA Napa

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Join Chef Aken for his Tasty and Popular Second Sunday Supper Club Plus Small Plates of Soft Shell Crab, Champagne Sparklers
and Live Music on the Terrace


terrace.lounging.jpgAVIA Napa, a AAA Four Diamond hideaway in the heart of Downtown Napa, salutes the month of July with the flavors of summer. Chef Chris Aken, who will be available to chat every Thursday at the Napa Downtown Chefs' Market from 5-9pm, gets things cooking at his popular Second Sunday Supper Club on July 10 from 5:30-7:30pm featuring a four-course dinner of Americana Cowboy Cuisine paired with wines by Bounty Hunter Rare Wine + Provisions. The cost is $75 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, and features an evening of cooking demonstrations and communal grazing.   

Foodies can also stop in anytime in July to enjoy Chef Aken's small plates of seasonal Soft Shell Crab served with corn, roasted tomatoes and citrus beurre blanc paired with a Champagne Sparkler. AVIA A-Listers, an elite group who receive exclusive perks and discounts, can enjoy a complimentary Champagne Sparkler during July when they order the Soft Shell Crab.  To become an AVIA A-Lister, visit www.aviahotels.com.  

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

To see events from other wine regions,
CLICK HERE

New Year's Festivities in Sonoma

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champagneBottles.jpgDon't spend another New Year's Eve at home. Sonoma Wine Country offers a host of places to ring in the new year in style! Check a few of the places we've spotted that are sure to host a great New Year's celebration. Join the fun! CLICK HERE for more party hot spots.

Romp with the Beasts @ Safari West
Go wild this New Year's and Romp with the Beasts at Safari West. Brent Farris of KZST will be providing music all night long. Enjoy great food, music and dancing. Want to enjoy Safari West past midnight? Make sure to book overnight accommodations in their luxury safari tents and enjoy breakfast with mimosas on New Years Day. This ferociously fun event is always a sell-out, so purchase your ticket today!
CLICK HERE for more details!


New Year's Eve Countdown Ball at Doubletree Hotel

This year the entire hotel will be dedicated to making your New Year's Eve one for the record books! Antix Events is ramping up the plans for their annual Countdown Ball. With over 22,000 square feet of event space, 4 areas of music, 10 DJ's, and 245 rooms this is one party you won't want to miss. Dressy attire is a must and dress code will be strictly enforced. CLICK HERE for more details.


New Year's Eve Flamingo Lounge Party

Join us in the retro-modern Flamingo Lounge this New Year's Eve! There will be New Year's Eve decorations, a balloon drop, party favors & noise makers, champagne toast, live music and dancing. Please note, this is a 21 and older event.
CLICK HERE for more details.


New Year's Eve Dinner and Dancing @ the Inn at the Tides

Celebrate the beginning of 2013 with a fun and festive New Year's Eve party with a delicious 5-course menu including wine, dancing, party favors, midnight toast and balloon drop.  This very popular event sells out each year so make your reservations early. CLICK HERE for more details!

New Years Eve Celebration @ Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Join the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country for their Annual New Years Eve Celebration. Fee includes a 1 night stay for two in a standard room with chocolate amenity upon arrival. A five course dinner for two in Nectar Restaurant and entry to the Dance Party in the Sonoma Ballroom. Please note, the event takes place all day and the dance party starts at 8pm. CLICK HERE for more details.
 

>> See Sonoma Events Calendar for more New Year's Eve festivities.

New Year's Eve Parties in Napa Valley!

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Rock the night away and into the New Year!  Parties are happening all around Napa Valley. Grab some friends and join the festivities. Below are just a few of the parties that caught our eye, but check out the full events calendar HERE!

winetrain_Champagne.jpgNew Years Crystal Ball @ Napa Valley Wine Train
The Crystal Ball will begin with an hors d'oeuvre reception in the station. Guests will board the Train and relax with a New Year's Eve themed beverage and a fresh, multiple course gourmet meal. Upon returning to Napa the party will be transported back into the station, where guests can socialize, and dance away the rest of 2012.

If you already have dinner plans, but don't want to miss the celebration, join the After Party. Dancing and entertainment will start in the station at 10pm. At midnight, toast to 2013 with a glass of sparkling wine. Then finish your evening with music and dancing until 1am.

CLICK HERE for more details

Prohibition Style Speakeasy New Year's Bash!

Enjoy a glorious Prohibition Era flashback celebration to ring in 2013! Harvest Inn (located in St. Helena) has a magical two night package that includes a New Year's Bash at restaurant Goose & Gander. The party is a glamorous evening of dining, libations, live jazz and fun, flapper-style surprises.
CLICK HERE for more details!


New Year's Eve Dinner at Siena Restaurant & Ballroom
Kick off 2013 with a wonderful prix fix five-course dinner at Siena Restaurant in Napa Valley. Savor a special menu prepared by Executive Chef Mike before dancing the night away! Already have dinner plans on New Year's Eve? Keep the celebration going at The Meritage Resort with our "Napa Style" New Year's Eve Celebration. Located in our brand new Carneros Ballroom, enjoy dancing, dessert, party favors, and good times as you welcome 2013.
CLICK HERE for more details!

New Years Eve @ Silo's w/ Briefcase Full of Blues

Silo's invites you to see Briefcase Full of Blues Band live! There will be two shows this evening. The early show includes Glass of Mumm Champagne with Chocolates upon arrival, & Party Favors. The late show includes Glass of Mumm Champagne with Chocolates upon arrival, Party Favors, Midnight Countdown with Champagne Toast.
CLICK HERE for more details!


>> SEE MORE New Year's Eve events in the Napa Valley Calendar.


WinterScape Celebration in Yountville

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holidayStar.jpgThe town of Yountville is full of holiday surprises. This year the town launches their first month-long winter wonderland featuring a host of activities, attractions, and special hotel deals. Bring the whole family, make a romantic couple's escape, or just getaway with friends. See what's on the town's Holiday Hot List this winter season:

Vintage Winter Pavilion - Spin into the season skating under the stars in a clear-top tent infused with holiday music, festive trees and elaborate décor at V Marketplace.   This new attraction is certain to spark holiday cheer with a lively sidekick of food and drink venues.  After 6 p.m., the Hot Toddy & Holiday Cocktail menu debuts. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily, December 11 - January 2nd.  $12/adults; $8/children 8 & under. Yountville Chamber/707.944.8008.
 
Carriage Rides - Saddle up this season with a team of stout Percheron and Shire horses leading a holiday-decorated carriage through Yountville's main artery - Washington Street - on weekends throughout December.  (Nov. 27; Dec 4, 11, 18, 31). Complimentary.
 
North Pole "Drink & Clink" - Weekends around the rink will include select Yountville AVA wine tasting (Fri./Sat.) showcasing the area's top producers and a Santa sommelier to keep the cheer flowing.  A seasonal grazing menu will showcase heady roasted chestnuts, dim sum and pulled pork sliders - a perfect complement to the region's cabernets.

Wineries Open Thanksgiving Weekend

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by Sipping Savant

Have the Thanksgiving and three days off ... visit Wine Country.  So far everyone is looking forward to welcoming visitors Friday, Saturday and Sunday with their normal hours and reservation requirements.

Thanksgiving Day - in between eating, resting, exercising and grid-iron games see below for some wineries that are open ... if you don't see your favorite Wine Country region on this list it is because there are no wineries open and not because we left them out or they did not reply to our inquiry in time for publication:

Upcoming Holiday Events in Sonoma Valley

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holidayStar.jpgNovember 25 -- Thanksgiving Dinner at the Lodge at Sonoma
Holiday, Dining: Kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving Dinner at the Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar located at The Lodge at Sonoma. Rising star chef Janine Falvo often harvests from the restaurant's own year-round garden and other ingredients are sourced from the very best Sonoma farms, ranches and dairies. You're sure to enjoy a delicious meal with family this Thanksgiving.  Reservations required. , 1325 Broadway, Sonoma
Fee: Call for information & reservations Time: Call for information and reservations Phone Number: (707) 931.2042

November 26 - 27 -- Annual Holiday Heart of Sonoma Valley Open House
Celebration: Join over Twenty wineries throughout the Heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! This event takes place at each winery, and as you travel from winery to winery you will enjoy award-winning wines, fresh baked nibbles, savory treats, caroling, holiday cheer and much more.
Fee: $40/person for both days in advance ($50 at the door) Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Phone Number: (866) 794.9463

Halloween Activities in Oregon

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Looking for a good fright this Halloween? In Oregon, they don't have to "create a haunted house or makeshift phantom spirit". They've got the real thing with 13 documented ghost towns to explore and lighthouses that hold dark and stormy tales. The Travel Oregon Blog has all the scary details!

Haunted Oregon by Mikhael Romain
It's October and jack-o-lanterns, cackling witches and white-sheet ghosts are peeping up everywhere (not to mention the candy corn). But in Oregon we don't need to create a haunted house or makeshift phantom spirit--we've got the real thing. With abandoned desert towns, haunted historic hotels, unsettled spirits and mysterious and unexplainable incidents, this state is teeming with the paranormal! (Cue deep-throated screech here).

Eastern Oregon's spattering of retired gold mining settlements makes it ripe for ghost towns, where deserted saloons and bordered buildings are all that's left of these once thriving towns. There are 13 documented ghost towns in this area to explore. Check out Granite, where the once-booming town had a population of 5000 and today only a dozen or so residents call it home. While you're in Eastern Oregon, check out the historic Union Hotel, which is rumored to be haunted.

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Labor Day Sun, Fun & Savings in Tri-Valley, CA

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livemoreGenericPhoto.jpgTri-Valley, CA - Do you know what you're doing this coming Labor Day Weekend? Why not make a last minute getaway to Tri-Valley. Several hotels, restaurants, wineries and shops are offering discounts and specials. In addition, There are three great events and festivals happening the same holiday weekend. See below:

29th Annual Wine Harvest Celebration
The wineries of Livermore Wine Country have opened their doors Sunday, Sept. 5th and Monday, Sept 6th to celebrate the harvest. Come join the fun and enjoy music, food, arts & crafts and of course wine throughout wineries in Livermore Valley and at Robertson Park. Some wineries will even be offering complimentary vineyard tours and winemaking seminars. Tickets range in price from $10-$65 and can be purchased online.


July 4th Weekend Events in Wine Country

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Fourth of July is less than a month away so now's the time to start planning your festivities! We suggest, instead of the same 'ol backyard bbq, why not venture out and experience some of the fabulously patriotic events going on in your wine country backyard? More than likely, you'll find BBQ, wine tasting and of course fireworks too! Click here for Red, White and Blue events near you!

LIVERMORE/TRI-VALLEY,CA
July 4  -- Winestock Alive! Free Independence Day Concert

Live Music: Chouinard Winery's 'Music in the Vineyards' series includes live cajun, swing, reggae, jazz, blues, & sugar beat. All in our beautiful woodland vineyard. Reservations are necessary. Bring your own gourmet picnic. 33853 Palomares Road, Castro Valley.
Fee: $40; Time: 12pm - 5pm.; Phone: (510) 582.9900


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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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Easter Sunday Openings in The Napa Valley

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Each holiday season The Council produces a list of "Businesses Open" ... and this Easter is no exception.
 
Click Here for this helpful summary of Easter Sunday openings for wineries, restaurants, and spas.
 
Happy Holidays from
The Napa Valley Destination Council!

Romantic Events in Wine Country

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Spice up your life and plan a romantic getaway to Wine Country. Wine regions across California, Virginia, and Oregon offer a variety of wine tasting activities that are both romantic and fun.

Below are just a few of the events many wineries are hosting this year for Valentine's Day Weekend. Please go to our Events Calendar for other ideas! Happy romance making....

GOLD COUNTRY
February 13 -- Valentine Dinner & Dance at Ironstone Vineyards
Celebration: Enjoy a romantic dinner at Ironstone Vineyards Tasting Room. The three-course meal includes a split bottle of wine per couple and romantic dessert. No host cash bar available to purchase your favorite Ironstone Wines. Enjoy the great sounds of Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra and dance the night away. Call for reservations. Ironstone Vineyards, 1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
Fee: $65 per person; Time: Dinner seating starts at 7 p.m.; Phone: (209) 728.1251 x11


CLICK HERE for full Gold Country Events Calendar
 

2009 Napa Valley Holiday Openings

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Napa Valley will still be bustling with activity through the holidays. Several restaurants and a few wineries will be open Christmas Eve.  Only a handful will be open on Christmas Day, so plan accordingly. Celebrate New Year's Eve wine country style - gourmet dinners, wine tasting, and dancing to ring in the new year.

Find out what's happening on the Napa Valley Events Calendar.

What's Open on Thanksgiving in The Napa Valley

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Listing Courtesy of The Napa Valley Destination Council - 1310 Napa Town Center, Napa. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Visitor Information Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in observance of the Holiday.

We wish you and yours a Happy Holiday.


RESTAURANTS OPEN
Alexis Baking Company   (707) 258-1827
Auberge du Soleil    (707) 963-1211
Avia Hotel Restaurant   (866) 644-2842
Bank at Westin Verasa   (707) 257-5151
Bardessono Hotel Restaurant   (707) 204-6030
Bayleaf   (707) 257-9720
Boon Fly Café at Carneros Inn  (707) 299-4870
Bistro Jeanty   (707) 944-0103

Winter Wonderland

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Top Reasons to Make Wine Country Your Holiday Getaway
By Robert P. Farmer

FestivalofLights.jpgNAPA VALLEY & SONOMA COUNTY - You can tell by the sheer amount of cars on the road - and the difficulty that you'll no doubt encounter when trying to book a room - that summer is the most popular of seasons in Wine Country. It has the reputation for good reason. But for my money, the holiday season is the best time to visit.

Yes it's colder and yes it can often be rainy and windy. But mostly the weather is abundantly cooperative - a brisk chill in the air, and days bracketed by morning fog and wildly colorful sunsets. The vines are asleep for the winter, having offered up the fruit of their summerlong labor. And while the landscape is less lush and green than during summer time, it has its own unique beauty, one characterized by tangled leafless branches set against a white midday sky.

Barren bucolic beauty aside, the best thing about Wine Country during the winter holiday season is that the place is just so darned festive. Few things are likely to get you more into the spirit than a winery bedecked with twinkling lights and offering Yuletide-themed pairing of their wines. Or, if that's not sufficient, there are entire towns that get into the act with festivals and events infused with enough good cheer to thaw even the most Grinch-y of winter traveler. Rooms are in greater supply, restaurants easier to get into, and crowds are pleasingly thinner and, dare I say, in better spirits. Sure, summer's great, but Wine Country from beneath a coat and warm hat is my idea of a holiday.

Here are few highlights worth exploring this season.

Top 3 Holiday Things To Do
Top 3 Holiday Places to Eat


Top 3 Holiday Places to Eat

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Napa Valley & Sonoma County

by Robert Farmer


FARM.jpg1. Farm at the Carneros Inn
During winter months the grounds of the Carneros Inn resort, situated at the southern end of the Napa Valley, is slower paced, more sparsely populated, and graciously beautiful. It's the kind of place where the family can decamp for a few days and retreat from the hustle and bustle of citified holiday madness. The property's signature restaurant, Farm, is the ideal spot for a festive holiday repast. The expansive dining room and adjacent large covered patio centered by a huge fire pit, are the sort of environments that seem to invite spirited social gathering. The mood is casual, unfussy, but nevertheless very chic. And it doesn't hurt that there are simply no misses on the seasonal farm-driven menu of American Wine Country dishes. Throw in a wine list that solidly reminds one of the location, and the makings of a great winter evening are all in place.

*Open for dinner 5:30-10pm Wed-Sun

FARM at Carneros Inn
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa
(707) 299.4880
www.thecarnerosinn.com

2. Dry Creek Kitchen at the Hotel Healdsburg
Just because it seems like everybody knows each other at this always-jammed, always buzzing Wine Country outpost from chef Charlie Palmer, doesn't necessarily mean they do. But the neighborhood feel and congeniality of the staff have a tendency to make every guest feel like a regular. My guess is that one visit won't be enough for you anyway. Because this is the place to be in Healdsburg, and its gravitational pull only increases during the holidays. Whether you visit during one of the planned special Winter Winemaker Dinner series in December, or you make your stop a special event of your own, it's hard to beat Palmer's inventiveness and eagerness to please. The dining room offers many large-group options as well as intimate tables for two--all with views to the open kitchen and action at the bar up front. Tables outside are available, too, and the winter chill can be easily offset with the right vintage.

*Open for lunch
Fri-Sun noon-2:30pm;

Dinner
Sun-Thurs 5:30-9:30pm,
Fri-Sat 5:30- 10pm

Hotel Healdsburg

317 Healdsburg Ave., 
Healdsburg
707-431-0330
www.hotelhealdsburg.com

3. EDK at the El Dorado Hotel
Anchoring one corner of Sonoma Plaza, this lively, friendly Sonoma spot quickly became one of my Wine Country favorites after its opening a few years ago. The large sophisticated-looking room is typically buzzing with visitors and locals alike, who stream in for executive chef Justin Everett's "farm driven" menu. My wife and I, however, returned again and again simply for the amazing black truffle-dusted French fries.  There are of course several other tempting treats on the seasonally changing menu. But the food is just part of the story. The dining room--in terms of both location and atmosphere--is the perfect spot for a festive holiday celebration. With indoor and outdoor seating options and an exhibition kitchen, it's the sort of place where there always seems to be some kind of party taking place, no matter the season. And if you and 20 of your best friends can secure the 21-foot-long wood table in the center of the room, yours will no doubt soon be the party everyone wants to join.


EDK at the El Dorado Hotel
405 First Street West, Sonoma
707-996-3030
www.eldoradosonoma.com

Sonoma Holiday Specials

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vMarketplace1.jpgTraveling to Sonoma Wine Country for the holidays? Or have folks coming to visit and they need a place to stay, play, and eat before the big Thanksgiving Dinner at your house? No worries. Several hotels, b&bs, and wineries are offering fabulous holiday offers to help you out!  See below:

WINE TASTING

B.R. Cohn Winery
Sip, Savor & Shop Thanksgiving Weekend - Visit the winery for holiday shopping, light hors'deourves, and there is a free drawing every hour to win something special! (Nov 27 -29th)

Toys for Tots Toy Drive - Receive a complimentary tasting when you bring in a new toy for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Also do some holiday shopping at the onsite store for the full line of B.R. Cohn olive oils, specialty vinegars, other gourmet products, wine, gadgets and much more! (Dec 1st - 6th)

Anaba Wines
Pie Sampling Saturdays - Sample a different holiday pie with our 2008 Late Harvest Viognier every Saturday in November so you can find the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving feast! Receive 15% off this wine when you purchase 4+ bottles. www.anabawines.com

Mayo Family Winery - Reserve Room

Harvest 2009 wine and food pairing menu features delectable items like:
"Butter paochaed Loch Duart Salmon w/ Yuzu Zest ~ 2007 Chardonnay"
"Cherry Almond Empenada w/ Seared Chanterelle ~ 2006 Pinot Noir"
"Pumpkin Souffle w/ Macadamia Nute & Spiced Whipped Cream ~ 2008 Gewurtztraminer

PRESS RELEASE: Silverado Resort Holiday Packages

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silveradoResort2.jpgNAPA, Calif., - The Silverado Resort inNapa Valley is offering three-night Holiday Celebration packages for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays highlighted by dinners prepared by the resort's renowned executive chef.
 
The packages feature acaccommodations for up to four people in a two-bedroom fireplace suite, the holiday buffet on either Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day and a 20 percent discount on golf at the resort's courses and select services at the Spa at Silverado.
 
The rate is $299 per suite per night and is based on at least a three-night consecutive stay during the periods of November 24-29, 2009 or December 23 - 28, 2009. The package does not include taxes, service charges or resort fee of $20 per night. Additional nights are available at a 25 percent discount off published rates.
 
The Holiday package can be booked by calling (1) 800-532-0500. Some other restrictions may apply.

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