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December, 2000

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  • Featured Sponsor: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Bob
  • Editor's Note: Festival of Lights!
  • Wine Country Holiday Tips
  • December Events Calendar
  • The December Contest!

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Bob
Gourmet Gifts from the Napa Valley

Rosemary & Bob McCormick, (no their kids are NOT named Parsley & Sage), operate a charming gourmet food and wine market located in the heart of historic downtown Napa at 1248 First Street. This "must shop" for foodies also offers an exceptional selection of gourmet food products from the wine country. Mustards, olive oils, pasta, tapenades, chocolates, salsas, coffees, teas, dozens of herbs and spices (including their own signature herb blend), and a fine selection of well priced California wines. Features include a gourmet-to-go deli with tasty fresh salads, sandwiches, cheese and pate, plus a complete coffee/tea/wine bar. Bob makes Napa's best cafe mocha! They're open daily with FREE SAMPLES and friendly service. Check out their fun and flavorful selection of gourmet gifts from the Napa Valley at: or call toll free 1-866-262-NAPA.

Editor's Note:Festival of Lights!

The tiny town of Yountville in the Napa Valley was illuminated with brilliant white lights on November 24th, as Santa and his entourage paraded down Washington Street during the 12th Annual Festival of Lights. The entire town - houses, shops, restaurants, inns, and landscape - will remain lighted through New Year's Eve, and it is a breathtaking sight! As one travels down Hwy 29 Yountville suddenly appears - glistening and glowing…it doesn't look real! Turn off the highway and drive through the town - the magic holds, even up close!

Prior to the Parade and Lighting - Yountville hosted a Holiday Faire. Stores stayed open until 9:00 p.m., restaurants and wineries offered food, cider, and wine sampling. Locals and visitors lingered to enjoy the musical entertainment, dancers, artists, magicians, and a spectacular ice-carving contest!

The 2nd Annual Napa Valley Ice Art Championship was the "warm-up" competition for the 2001 Ice Art Championship. Using chainsaws and chisels, competitors transformed enormous blocks of perfectly clear ice into stunning works of art. The winner was Shannon Kelly of Knickerbockers' Catering in St. Helena! His sculpture, "Napa Valley Still Life", was a café table with a bowl of fruit. Imagine that carved of ice - it looked as if it was made of crystal! Exquisite! A big Congratulations to Shannon!!

The Town Lighting was just the opening act for Yountville. There will be a series of events throughout the month of December, including: a Pre-Release and Sale of Cosentino Winery's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a Holiday Concert by the Napa Valley Symphony, and an Angel Gala (dinner, dancing, & auctions) for the Napa Valley Museum

Check out all the details on the Festival of Lights event pages:

Happy Holidays from all of us at FreeRun Technologies!!

We encourage your feedback! Please send your comments to our newsletter editor at Suggestions of topics you would like to see in future issues are welcome.

Wine Country Holiday Tips:

The Wine Country always has something beautiful and unique to offer, any time of year. In the wintertime - crisp fresh air, dramatic skies, bright, clear sunlight angled low over the slumbering vines… A breathtakingly beautiful place to spend the Holidays.

During your visit (virtual or actual), no doubt you will be selecting gifts to give to a beloved friend or relative. Naturally there are the countless bottles of fine wines to select from, but have you ever considered buying a Chocolate Dipped bottle of wine? Goosecross Cellars offers this unique gift:, perfect for a "peel and pour party!" They also have Etched wine bottles, and fabulous Salmon that has been smoked over Goosecross Chardonnay barrel wood!

For elegant Wine Country artwork, pottery, tiles, stained glass, and books visit the Napa Valley Galleria Pick something out for yourself while you're at it! Photographs, postcards, and prints to remember your visit by can be purchased from Nicholas Elias, Water Pear, or from Wine Country Scenes,

Don't forget the many and varied theme gift baskets offered by Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Bob which can be purchased with or without wine. They have selections for tea and coffee lovers, a basket full of salsas, a "Lavender Garden Spa" - or call with your special request!

Need more ideas? Visit Vintage 1870 and the wonderful Mustard Seed Clothing Company Wait! There's more! Stop by the Oakville Grocery, Napa Valley Traditions, and Ferrari-Carano's Season's of the Vineyard home and garden gift shop on The Plaza in Healdsburg

You're sure to find perfect gifts!

FreeRun has a new portal to the network for Mendocino County! From - click on Mendocino.

December 16 & 23 -- Christmas Train
The Holiday Skunk Train
Ride with Santa to Northspur! Call for additional information and reservations. California Western Railroad - The Skunk Train.
Fee: $27 Adults & $14 Kids
Time: 9am - Noon, or 2-5pm
Phone: (800) 77-SKUNK

December 31 - Millennium Menu at Stevenswood Lodge
Celebrate the Real Millennium with dinner at Stevenswood Lodge - Executive Chef, Marc L. Dym, an honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has planned a feast you will remember well into the next century.
Fee: $200 per couple (Five-course prix fixe menu)
Time: Call
Phone: 800-421-2810

December 2 -- Holiday Festival at The Barnyard
Festival features carolers, minstrels, entertainers and gift booths in the spectacular, magical gardens. At dusk, Saint Nicholas will ride in on his white steed to light the Christmas Tree and visit with the children.
The Barnyard Shopping Center, Carmel.
Fee: Free
Phone:(831) 624-8886

December 15 -- Stars & Moon Constellation Evening at Quail Meadows
Enjoy stargazing with the astronomy educators from the Monterey Institute for Research while listening to fascinating stories about the cosmos, sharing telescopes, warm winter drinks, hot hors d'oeuvres and a delicious buffet dinner. Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, Carmel.
Fee: Call
Time: Call
Phone: (831) 620-8886, (831) 620-8830 Information & Reservations

December 3, 7, 12, 14, 17, & 21 - "Holiday Tours" Historic Inns of Napa
15 of Napa's finest historic inns, beautifully decorated for the season are featured on this walking and driving tour. You must stay at one of the 15 historic inns anytime between December 1st and Christmas to receive your pass. Please come and feast your eyes and warm your hearts.
Fee: An Inn stay December 1st through Christmas
Time: Tours 1pm-4pm
Phone: (707) 255-0489

December 31 -- New Year's Eve-"Orient Express of the West, Year 2001" Napa Valley Wine Train
Enjoy a reception with wine, hors d'oeuvres & jazz surrounded by "Orient Express" decor, followed by a 4-hour excursion in the Gourmet Dining Car or Champagne Vista Dome Car. Join the party in the station afterwards for dancing and a toast at midnight.
Fee: $225 Gourmet Dining Car; $235 Vista Dome Car
Time: Check-in 4:30-5pm; Reception 5:15-6:30pm; Boarding 6:30-7pm; Excursion 7-11pm; Dancing 11-1pm
Phone: (707) 253-2111 or (800) 427-4124

December 10 -- Catalan Holiday Luncheon
Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves presents a traditional four-course Catalan feast. It begins with a sparkling wine reception with appetizers, followed by a private guided winery tour and a single seating for lunch at 12:00 noon. Join us for this special Spanish celebration.
Fee: $50 per person ($40 under 21 yrs.)
Time: 11:00am
Phone: (707) 933-1999 Reservations

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.
Champagne reception, 4-course dinner, dessert buffet, midnight champagne toast and dancing poolside to the 8-piece "Silver Moon Big Band". Please call for additional information and reservations.
Fee: $250 per person
Time: 6:30-7:30 Reception; 7:30/8:00/8:30pm Dinner seatings
Phone: (800) 862-4945

There are so many events to choose from -- we encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list at:

Enter Our Contest!! The comments accompanying some of our contest entries are hilarious!! Here are some examples of what we received last month for our One Night at Bodega Bay Lodge contest:

"Ahhhh…I'm relaxing already…"
"So, when do we leave?? Love it…xoxo"
"I would love to win a night in Bodega Bay Lodge. It would be much better than Central Texas."
"Please choose me!!!"
"Please! Please! Oh Please!!"
"I can hardly wait!"
"I might consider taking you with me if I win!!"
Well, despite their attempts at buttering up, none of these poor folks won the prize… (it was a random drawing, you see). However, they did make us laugh - and gave us a great idea for a new contest…

Tell us why you should win the next prize, in 150 words or less. The winning story, to be selected by popular vote of FreeRun staff, will be published in January's Lifestyle News newsletter (Winning decision is final)! By submitting your story, you are granting FreeRun Technologies the right to use your story.

This month we are offering a Wine Country Feast!

WIN A WINE COUNTRY GOURMET GIFT BASKET! Courtesy of Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Bob

Treat yourself or someone special to a Gourmet Gift Basket filled with wine country cuisine. This gorgeous gift, a $75 value, features pasta, pasta sauce, olive oil, chocolate sauce, biscotti, coffee, tapenade, crackers, mustard and chocolates all perfectly packed in a distinctive basket. Just add your own Napa Valley Merlot or Chardonnay, light a candle, and you'll feel like you're dining at a wine country bistro. Bon Apetit!

To enter this contest: 1.) click "Reply" and 2.) in the body of the message pen your story! Write the reason(s) why *you* should win this mouthwatering Wine Country Gift Basket!! Remember - 150 words or less!

One entry per person, please. ***Deadline for response is Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) Friday, December 8, 2000.***

We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winner will be contacted

The winning essay will be published in the following month's Lifestyle News, along with the writer's name and state of residence only (email address, physical address, or other personal identifying information will not be published).

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FreeRun employees or past employees are not eligible to enter this contest.

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