Pigs & Pinot
February 19, 2009 WineCountry.com 

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WINE: Wine Pairings for Academy Awards

LIFESTYLE: Wine Country Living

FOOD & WINE: Ferrari-Carano

PROFILE: Barbara & Walt Gruber

February 19, 2009 Newsletter


Annual Academy Awards

Come February 22, many of us - film and wine buffs alike - will find ourselves settling in to enjoy the time-honored tradition of watching Hollywood's annual version of an all-you-can-eat buffet with extra helpings of couture, paparazzi and bawdy political jokes thrown in for good measure. That's right: it's Oscar time! And, to further enhance your viewing pleasure, this year we're pleased to present our second-annual Academy Awards tasting lineup, complete with frank and - hopefully - amusing commentary on nominated films and personalities.


Wine Country Living

Trends in so-called flexible design are revolutionizing the way we live, often with unexpected benefits. To wit, pre-fab homes now available from the likes of Method Homes combine sophisticated design, environmental efficiency and affordability into sleek ready-to-go housing models that can be installed just about anywhere, anytime. And now, at a time when the idea of building a new home and winery in wine country may seem . . . READ MORE >>



Sonoma County is famous for their year-round abundance of produce. Each season Ferrari-Carano's culinary gardens offer Rhonda Carano's inspiration for new and delicious recipes as well as tried and true recipes from her Italian ancestry. With farmers' markets spreading across the country and people's desire for fresh fruit and vegetables, it's becoming easier for today's cook to create fresh and diverse menus that are . . . READ MORE >>


Barbara & Walt Gruber

In l993, we sold a large home nearby and moved to our 25-acre fixer-upper farm property. We named it Healdsburg Country Gardens which was a stretch of the imagination since it had mostly junk piles and weeds. It had a compound of four homes and two barns and 20 acres of unplanted farmland. When our grown children saw the property, they thought we lost our minds! READ MORE >>


Stay 1 night, Get the 2nd Night Half Off!!!

Reserve two nights at the Vino Bello Resort and receive the second night for Half Off! To book this exclusive special, you must book online only. Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts. Blackout dates apply. You must book & stay at the Vino Bello Resort by March 31, 2009.

Sonoma International Film Festival

SONOMA, CA - Looking for a good reason to hit the road and relax for a few days? Well, look no more. Every spring the Sonoma International Film Festival draws more than 17,000 visitors to the historic Sonoma City Plaza for an extended weekend of laid-back film, food, wine, art and music. In addition to all of the fantastic independent movies and panel discussions that you've come to expect, this year Bruce Willis will accept a Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, April 4th. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, all Festival Passes are on sale at 20% off the regular price from now until February 28th.

Napa Valley Mustard Festival - Signature Connoisseurs Event

Celebrate the mustard season at The Marketplace, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival's Signature Event at Robert Mondavi Winery. Taste an array of different mustards, gourmet products and wine country cuisine. Activities include celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, fine arts and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live performances of jazz, world, and classical music. Adult admission is $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door. Purchase tickets directly online!

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