Blackstone Winery
May 13, 2009 

Inside This Issue . . .

TRAVEL: Girlfriend Getaway Hot List

PERSONALITY: Ralf Holdenried

EVENT: Passport to Sonoma Valley

RECIPE: Duck Breast w/ Blueberry Cabernet Sauce

May 13, 2009 Newsletter


Girlfriend Getaway Hot List

There's nothing like an escape to wine country to reinvigorate friendships and make lasting memories with the gal pals most important to you. From wine blending lessons to sustainability treks and salsa lessons (not to mention divine food and wine), there's no shortage of delightful diversions to keep you and your gang occupied.


Ralf Holdenried

When winemaker Ralf Holdenried was invited to craft William Hill Estate's wines in the summer 2007, it was an offer he couldn't refuse. Ralf says, "The William Hill Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon are classically styled Napa Valley wines."


Passport to Sonoma Valley

Explore Sonoma Valley with a passport to over 50 wineries showcasing the very best of their current wine releases, library wines, and special bottlings! The event is next weekend May 16th & 17th from 11am to 4 p.m. and promises to be two fun-filled days of wine tasting festivities including food pairings and entertainment.


Duck Breast with Blueberry-Cabernet Sauce

Since 1933, the wines of Louis M. Martini have been crafted in the belief that wine is best enjoyed with food and among friends and family. The Martini family has been gathering and creating recipes for generations, recipes made with their rich, distinctive wines in mind. Here is one such recipe.


Wine- Exclusive Offer!

For a limited time, we’re offering subscribers our best offer yet! Stay in our spacious condo style suites at the Vino Bello Resort and receive: 25% off of our Best Available Rate. Midweek stay rates start from $129/nt & weekends from $199/nt! Stay in spacious studio 1 & 2 bedroom suites for less. Black out dates apply. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or specials and valid ONLINE ONLY!

Mumm Napa's Luxury Oak Terrace

Join us for a special VIP experience on our beautiful patio addition! Overlooking the vineyards, our two level terrace is outfitted with plush lounge chairs and loveseats with ottomans and a variety of gourmet services. Each reservation offers a two hour time period for your enjoyment. A select pairing of cheeses and fruit is available, to pair with your tasting, for an additional fee, only on the Oak Terrace. By appointment only at 866-783-5826 or email

Napa Valley Symphony

Closing out the Napa Valley Symphony's 2008-2009 season will be a program that offers playful musicfare for the start of summer. Starting with Stravinsky's ballet score "Jew de Cartes" ("The Card Game") to Mendelssohn's interpretations of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Dvorak's great Cello Concerto. Soloing in the Dvorak Concerto will be cellist Lynn Harrell - a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher. He is in the highest echelon of today's performing artists.

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