20th annual Holiday in Carneros Open House

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by Robert Farmer

Because you're a faithful reader of this space, you already know how much I love the Carneros region. So I don't have to spend any time or toss around fancy words and expend valuable typing time to espouse the merits of this oh-so-unique area of California's Wine Country. I don't even have to tell you how its true terrior produces some of the best pinot noirs and sparklers this side of Loire Valley. I don't have to mention that visiting Carneros is visit unlike a visit to any other part of Napa or Sonoma—both counties which Carneros spans east to west, by the way. And you already know that wine tasting in Carneros is a relaxing, familial affair; its many small, bucolic wineries welcome visitors with a smile and a neighborly embrace. So okay. You already know that. But did you know that this weekend (November 17th and 18th) is the 20th annual Holiday in Carneros Open House? This weekend is an ideal time to get to know the region for the first time or to pay a visit to an old favorite. Part open house, part holiday party, the annual event features numerous participating wineries offering barrel and reserve tastings and, in most cases, food pairings and live entertainment. For the mere $25 admission price, you can visit any participating winery—commemorative logo glass in hand—and get acquainted with everything that makes Carneros special. Most wineries will offer something not typically available during regular visits—including tastings from library and reserve selections. For details, check out  www.carneroswineries.org/events. So pay a visit to Carneros this weekend and find out for yourself what I've been trying to tell you all this time! Happy Holiday in Carneros, faithful readers...

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