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August 14, 2009 

Inside This Issue . . .

TRAVEL: Pure Mendo, Pure Fun

WINE BUZZ: Grape Crush Begins

FOOD: A Cheese For All Seasons

RECIPE: Crab Cakes w/ Sherry Mayonnaise

August 14, 2009 Newsletter


Pure Mendo, Pure Fun

Oenophiles looking for an excuse to experience the bounty Mendocino has to offer need wait no longer. The weekend of August 29 and 30, 2009 will see luminaries from the spot known as the greenest wine region in the country open their doors and uncork . . . READ MORE >>

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Grape Crush Begins

It's early, but for some vineyards crush has already begun. On August 10th, in the dead of the night (3 am to be exact), Hunter Farms of Sonoma Valley began harvesting this season's first pinot noir. Although the unusually cool weather has many Californians crying "what happened to summer?", it is actually perfect weather for growing grapes.


A Cheese For All Seasons

Shopping for cheese can test the endurance of even the most food-obsessed. The typical modern cheese counter has so many delicious options from so many interesting places, with flavors and textures and shapes all over the map. And yet, when it comes down to identifying the cheese that is always in my fridge at home, the cheese I can . . .


Crab Cakes with
Sherry Mayonnaise

Summer's not over just yet. Take in as much of it as you can sipping a glass of Rodney Strong’s Reserve Russian River Valley Chardonnay. It's at once refreshingly crisp and luscious and will compliment these scrumptious crab cakes.


Vino Bello Resort - Exclusive Special

Vino Bello Resort is the perfect location for your Napa Valley wine country escape. For a limited time, we're offering subscribers 20% off of our Best Available Rate! Stay in our spacious condo style suites at the Vino Bello Resort during any Weekday for as low as $159.00 per night. Restrictions apply.

Napa Fresh Aire Festival

Enjoy an August weekend of health, wellness and renewal with programs featuring over 60 leading authorities and 75 sessions on health and our environment. Hear Dr. Andrew Weil and Dan Buettner, enjoy Grammy® winning guitarist Laurence Juber, participate in outdoor fitness and yoga classes, learn about bio-dynamic food and wine, and more! For online ticket savings, use promo code NFAWC706.

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

From The Village Grape Stomp to kids’ cooking classes to the signature Culinary Competition and Grand Tasting... Three days of delicious fun at the Village at Northstar. Wine and food events, featuring renowned chefs/presenters Traci Des Jardins, Lars Kronmark, Jason Gronlund, Mark Estee, Taro Arai, Lara Ritchie, John Richmond, Kim Caffrey and Marko Karakasevic, plus live entertainment and more.

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