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March 31, 2009 WineCountry.com 

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TRAVEL: Wine Tourism Trend Save Travel?

WINE BUZZ: Wineries to Watch


RECIPE: Braised Hunter Style Chicken

March 31, 2009 Newsletter


Wine Tourism Trend . . .

While it's no new concept in the valleys of Napa or Sonoma, the idea of wine tourism is starting to take root across the globe. From France to Germany and Australia to Chile, people are increasingly booking passage based less on the destination itself than on the wine produced in that destination.


Wineries to Watch

Each year I attend countless wine tasting events where I am inevitably plied with the wines of hundreds if not thousands of producers from our own backyard and the far corners of the globe. Sparkling wines from Brazil, sweet wines from Sonoma, soulful reds from Lake County and intriguing, sea-scented whites from Galicia. . . Read on for a list of memorable wines sampled recently.


Geoff Kruth - Farmhouse Inn

Master Sommelier Geoff Kruth brings vitality, passion and extensive knowledge to his role as wine director of Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant. Having worked at some of America's finest dining establishments, Kruth is on a short list of up-and-coming young wine professionals. In 2008 he became one of less than 150 people worldwide to have earned the designation of Master Sommelier.


Braised Hunter Style Chicken

At The Hess Collection, Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson utilizes an organic garden outside the kitchen, and purchases from local farmers and vendors to create fresh seasonal recipes to pair with Hess Collection wines. This recipe pairs well with the Hess Collection Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon 2005.


Spring Spa Special at Sonoma's MacArthur Place

MacArthur Place, a luxurious inn & spa set on an 18th century estate four blocks from Sonoma Plaza, is offering a Spring Spa Special now through April 30th. Rates begin at $225 per night ($249 on weekends) and include cont. breakfast, nightly wine and cheese reception and $25 off any 50-minute treatment at the Spa. (800) 722-1866, www.macarthurplace.com.

Sonoma Film Fest - Bruce Willis Tribute Tickets!

There's still time to purchase tickets for the Sonoma International Film Festival that starts tomorrow, Wednesday April 1 - Sunday, April 5th. Come 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. A limited number of tickets are still available at a cost of $75 per person. Call (707) 933-2600 to order.

Villagio Inn & Spa Wine Country Romance Getaway

Perfect time to visit Napa Valley! Rates are affordable and less crowds to fight in the tasting rooms. Villagio Inn & Spa located in Yountville has the just the package for Spring and romance. Guest room accommodations include a fireplace and oversize sunken bathtub, complimentary bottle of wine delivered to your room, and Champagne breakfast buffet each morning of your stay. Offer expires April 30, 2009, so book online today!

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