November 15, 2007 Newsletter
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"No other holiday celebrates the gift of wine like Thanksgiving," says Natalie MacLean, author of the bestselling book Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass. "Wine is a taste of the harvest along with all the delicious dishes on the table. But actually choosing a bottle can feel like a thankless task, especially with so many flavors to match." READ MORE >>
WINE COUNTRY PERSONALITY
Miles and Ryan MacDonnell
With the unveiling of a beautiful new winery and tasting room this past summer, Round Pond Estate took another step in establishing itself as one of Napa Valley's great young wineries. Guided by the dynamic brother and sister team of Miles and Ryan MacDonnell, Round Pond is a small, family-owned and operated winery located . . . READ MORE >>
Urban Spa Escape Myth
On a recent evening I found myself commiserating with a friend over the rigors of our urban lifestyles. Between sips (okay, slugs) of a brooding Alexander Valley Cab, we agreed that the solace from the city grind we desperately needed was a spa "escape" trip to wine country. READ MORE >>
When it comes to wine country chic, Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen + Saloon in the newly renovated Valley Ford Hotel's got it nailed. From the oversized teak rockers on the porch to the bespoke bar made of redwood salvaged from a Bodega Bay boathouse, the spot strikes just the right chord between folksy sophistication and rural charm.
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A Bottle of Chilled Champagne delivered to your guestroom sets the tone for your escape! The Romance Package includes deluxe accommodations for two featuring a fireplace and oversize sunken bathtub, champagne breakfast buffet and much more! Reserve online. READ MORE >>
Let CRUISE WEST show you Mexico's Sea of Cortes & Copper Canyon. 8 or 12 day trips. Highlights include: amazing islands, private beaches, kayak to turquoise coves, snorkel with sea lions, see the giant cardon cactus. Visit Copper Canyon with rustic towns deep in the Sierra Madres. SAVE up to $125/person when you book and make deposit by 12/7/2007. Free Brochures at www.CruiseWest.com. Call 800-211-8503.
Named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as one of Five (Wine) Regions to Visit Now, Virginia s reputation as wine country continues to grow, with Loudouns 15 wineries leading the way. Follow stacked-stone fences lining elegant horse farms. Explore country roads leading adventurers through the Americana of our charming and historic towns and villages. All this is just 25 miles from Washington, D.C.
Get your wine lover the perfect gift this season. Tour and taste Napa Valley's finest wines with the Staglin Family. The winemaker or owner will open the winery to you, complete with library wine tasting and barrel samples. Your Exclusive Experience includes the winery, garden and family estate, location of Disney's "The Parent Trap" movie. Guests are even invited to join the wine club or be an active member on the mailing list, which is currently closed to new members. Buy on WineCountry.com now.
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