Gloria Ferrer Catalan Festival

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A Spanish Heritage of Wine, Music and Food



Transport yourself to the beauty and culture of Spain without the expense! Visit Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards this summer, July 19-20, 2014, for their annual Catalan Festival. This two day celebration was established by the Ferrer family of Spain to honor the opening of Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards in 1986, the first Catalan-owned winery in California.

Each day of the lively festival, guests will stroll Las Ramblas, replicating Barcelona's popular main street filled with the colors, smells and sounds of Spain.  Along the way they will sample savory tapas, enjoy paella and cooking demonstrations, and participate in educational seminars, cocktail demonstrations, food & wine pairings and a festive grape stomp.  Acclaimed Gloria Ferrer Carneros sparkling and estate varietal wines, as well as select wines from the Ferrer family's Spanish wineries, will be available for sipping. 

Those captivated by the mood may also learn to dance the traditional Sardana or learn about Havaneras. This year, music and entertainment will be provided by Makru Music and Sol Flamenco.  Finally, each year the handmade artistic replica of the Gegants de Mataró made specifically for Gloria Ferrer is presented during the festival. These 15-foot-tall paper mâché figures represent the Catalan Medieval King & Queen and are traditional to every Catalan town festival.

Tickets range from $60-90 per person and are on sale now at www.gloriaferrer.com or call the winery directly at (707)933-1917. The winery is located at 23555 Carneros Highway in Sonoma Wine Country. This is a popular event, so buy your tickets early!

Vintage Napa Valley 2012 TV Series

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What are you watching on television lately? The Olympics, the ongoing drama at Downton Abbey or waiting for new episodes of Scandal? What about VINTAGE: Napa Valley 2012?

Step outside the box and watch a new 6-part series that highlights the winemaking process and the glorious 2012 harvest season at three different Napa Valley wineries - Markham Vineyards, Chimney Rock Winery, and Rutherford Hill.

vintageNapaValley2012_TvSeries.jpgIn 2012, Mother Nature produced the "perfect" growing season in California's Napa Valley -- yielding a rare combination of quality fruit and an abundant crop load. Growers and winemakers across the Valley expressed high expectations for a classic year that would surely produce epic wines.  This outstanding vintage sets the backdrop for the new six-part public television series VINTAGE: NAPA VALLEY 2012.  Each half-hour episode takes viewers into three renowned Napa Valley wineries and the lives of the people who make the wine. Watch video trailer

"VINTAGE is a unique and engaging concept, and I am very pleased APT has agreed to distribute the program," said Daniel Soles, chief content officer for WTTW. "I believe the viewers will be invested in stories of the harvest," he added.

"Harvest is the most action-packed part of the winemaker's year, when some of the most important, and nail biting, decisions need to be made," says Peter Backeberg, the show's creator and producer. "We were granted fantastic access to follow the winemakers and their teams and I'm sure the viewers will enjoy the ride," he added.

The series started in early January in some areas like Chicago, but you can still catch the last few episodes. Be sure to check your local listings. Visit www.vintageseries.com for more information, details, and videos.

Mendocino County Winemaking Legend John Parducci Dies

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Winemaking legend John Parducci, a champion of Mendocino County viticulture for the better part of eight decades, died Tuesday at his home east of Ukiah. He was 96.

Parducci, who traveled alone cross-country at the age of 14 to sell his family's grapes during Prohibition, was the first to put Mendocino County and, later, the Anderson Valley, on wine labels.

Family and friends described him as a skilled winemaker and great salesman who helped put his home county on the winemaking map.

"I would call him the godfather of Mendocino wine country," said Mendocino County Supervisor Carre Brown, a rancher and longtime friend of Parducci.

Click Here to read full story on Press Democrat.

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The Perfect Pair on Valentine's Day

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by Kathy Babcock, healdsburg.com

Ahhh, Valentine's Day...the veritable sweetheart day that arrives annually, ready or not.  Set aside for romance, flowers, music, perhaps a cozy fire...but, along with it, comes the daunting task of figuring out a sexy menu for two.  Not a problem when Lambert Bridge Winery and Chef Bruce Riezenman put their considerable pairing skills together and create the ultimate luscious offering for your seductive pairing. 

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Put the apron away and retire your whisk for now (no one likes a tired sweetheart) and head to Healdsburg for the most romantic treat of all.  Fall in love with the bucolic vineyard hills, the quaint but oh-so-hip plaza with abundant shopping, art galleries and acclaimed restaurants, then take your special someone to the gorgeous candlelit redwood Barrel Room at Lambert Bridge; tastings available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, 1 pm & 3:30 pm by reservation (try to get in a hello to the resident sommelier, Summer Jeffus while you're there).  Enjoy their expertly paired unique flights with artisan small bites, prepared by Chef Riezenman, owner of Park 121 restaurant, Park Avenue Catering Co., and a foremost speaker on the subject of food & wine pairing (he's even developed an app for it:  pairit! with over 1,000 dishes and 20,000 pairings).

This experience is sure to please your special someone. Then impress them again by preparing some of the delights of your day in Healdsburg at home, with their inspired menu.  Valentine's Day will give new meaning to a perfect pair.

Deliver Romance To Your Doorstep!

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If a romantic wine country escape is not in your plans this year for Valentine's Day, don't fret! Set the stage for romance at home. Plan a romantic dinner for two with your sweetheart. And what better way to compliment that delicious meal than with a bottle of wine. See our romance in a bottle suggestions below.

couple-romantic-dinner-iStock_000022130513Small.jpgFlora Springs Winery
Claim Your Valentine. There's no better way to say "I adore you" than with Be Mine Blend from Flora Springs Winery. Presented in a limited-edition etched bottle, the Be Mine Blend is an alluring Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc with a splash of Petite Verdot and Malbec. Bright berry flavors and subtle oak notes are combined with a soft tannin structure - perfect for your Valentine's dinner! Shipping Alert Deadline: February 6, 5pm PST.

Visiting Napa Valley for Valentine's Day Weekend? Click here for details on Flora's Spring's Chocolate Buffet!

Rodney Strong Vineyards

Forget the flowers and chocolates and just get Knotty! Buy a bottle of the 2011 Knotty Vines Zinfandel from Rodney Strong Vineyards. Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage Russian River combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. At only $25 per bottle, go ahead and buy six and get complimentary ground shipping with promo code "SHIP6".

Valley of the Moon Winery
The color of rosy cheeks and sweet hearts, Valley of the Moon's Rosato di Sangiovese is another perfect pairing with your romantic dinner on February 14th- wherever it might be. (Tip: Many restaurants offer free corkage or a nominal fee than buying a bottle off the wine list!) This brilliantly hued rosato has vibrant strawberry and blood orange aromas with hints of raspberry. The ripe fruit flavors are enhanced by tart pomegranate and spicy ginger notes, providing a lively and refreshing palate to this delightful Italian-style rosé. 

*Visiting Sonoma on Valentine's Day? Click here for details on VOM's Valentine's Dinner!

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