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October, 2000

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  • Featured Sponsor: Apples & Oranges Event Planning
  • Editor's Note: "Carriage Rides"
  • Restaurant Review: Tastings Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Travel Tips: Free Run
  • Events Calendar
  • The October Contest!!!

Apples & Oranges Event Planning
(707) 254-8980

Apples & Oranges Event Planning is Napa Valley's destination expert specializing in Meeting Planning, Wine Country Tours, Corporate Events and Celebrations of all kinds.

Susan Hamilton, Owner of Apples & Oranges Event Planning has successfully designed events on every level. If you're looking for a unique location, day trip or weekend retreat for your top management team, we are here to take care of all the details.

Custom designed wine tours are specifically tailored to your group's knowledge of wine and the Napa Valley area. A day excursion can include a casual vineyard luncheon or elegant cask room dining experience.

Apples & Oranges Event Planning specializing in events that are private, unique and memorable in every way.

Editor's Note: Carriage Rides at Landmark Vineyards

"Carriage Rides," the sign says. Not what you expect along Sonoma Highway near Kenwood, where tasting rooms are lined up like shot glasses on a bar. The other wineries advertise barrel samples, new releases, and picnic lunches. But that's what the sign outside Landmark Vineyards promises, and on a gorgeously crisp autumn Saturday in the Valley of the Moon, plenty of Wine Country visitors make the turn onto Adobe Canyon Road to investigate. What they find is a mission-influenced structure ringed by vineyard -- planted to Chardonnay, as they're about to learn.

To read the rest of "Carriage Rides at Landmark Vineyards," please visit:

Landmark Vineyards is one of the wineries you can visit with Burdick Vineyard Tours. Burdick Vineyard Tours offers a variety of vineyard and winery tours, including lunch and musical serenades!

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Tastings Restaurant and Wine Bar
505 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, CA 707-433-3936

Have you ever wished you could just order four or five appetizers because they all look so appealing?

Well, we have found the place to indulge your dining fantasy. Open for only a couple of months and tucked away in a somewhat unlikely location is a small gem or a new restaurant called Tastings Restaurant and Wine Bar. We knew we were probably on to something good when we heard the locals complaining that the wines poured were not "local" and the place did not serve bread! After tasting Sonoma County's wonderful wines all day, we were ready to compare and contrast.

Now since we are not professional reviewers, just locals that enjoy a fine meal, here is a link to a recent "real" review:

Try Tastings when you visit Healdsburg and we are sure you will not be disappointed. (Make sure you enter our contest and you may even get to try it on us!)

Tell Sandy and Derek "hello" from, and we promise that all you have to do is ask for bread -- it will be promptly provided with a smile.

Wine Country Travel Tips
Free Run. Did you know this is a winemaking term?

When wine grapes are harvested the winemaking process begins immediately. Customarily, the grapes are brought to the crush pad, dumped into the hopper, and conveyed into the de-stemmer. If the juice is to be fermented without the skins, the grapes are then moved into the presses.

The process of de-stemming, which separates the grapes from the stems and leaves, breaks open the berries. As you might imagine juice is already flowing from the broken fruit as it is loaded into the press. This first juice, gathered without additional pressure from the press, is often considered to be of a finer quality and may be fermented separately from the pressed juice. This first juice is called: free run.

On the subject of grapes and juice… While touring smaller wineries during crush, visitors may be given freshly harvested grapes to sample - you will be amazed at the tangy sweet taste! You may even be fortunate enough to be offered a sip of juice right from the press, or perhaps (if the timing is just right) juice that has been fermenting a few days - just long enough to be "spritzy" and loaded with flavor! An experience you'll not soon forget!

October 5 - 21 -- Carmel Performing Arts Festival
A community cultural and social event that highlights regional and distinguished guest performing artists. More than 35 different concerts, recitals and productions over three weeks, in 15 or more intimate venues, to produce a collection of classical and contemporary expressions unlike any other.
Fee: Full Festival Pass $140, Flexi-Pass $75, 5-Show Pass $60. Individual performance tickets also available.
Time: Call for various performance times.
Phone: (831) 624-7675

October 31 -- Halloween on Cannery Row
Free trick or treats from Cannery Row shops, galleries and restaurants. Complimentary surprises, face painting and balloon sculptures from "Witchie Poo" and "Scarecrow." Kids eat free with paying adults at participating Cannery Row restaurants.
Fee: N/A
Time: 3pm-7pm
Phone: (831) 372-2259

October 5 - 6 -- CIA Greystone Golf Classic
Play with the nation's top executives, local vintners and celebrities during a spectacular two-day food, wine and golf event. Enjoy great wines, gourmet meals and magnificent scenery, and support culinary education. Sparkling wine reception on Thursday at 6pm followed by a live auction and dinner in the Barrel Room at Greystone Dinner-only participation is $100 per individual. Players tee off Friday at 9am at the Chardonnay Golf Club's private Shakespeare Course in Napa.
Fee: Call for various fee levels
Time: Friday Registration 7am, 9am Shotgun Start
Phone: (707) 967-2340

October 29 -- Napa Valley Chocolate & Wine Tasting
Join us at Robert Mondavi Winery for a tempting array of chocolate delicacies served by local restaurants and confectioners along with Robert Mondavi wine. Benefit for Children Abuse Prevention Council. Location: Robert Mondavi Winery, ( Oakville.
Fee: $20 Advance, $25 at Door
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Phone: (707) 252-1123

October 6 - 8 -- Sonoma County HARVEST FAIR
Recognized as one of the top festivals in Northern California, this festival celebrates the harvest of the Sonoma County with the tasting of the region's finest wines and foods. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.
Fee: $5 General, $2 Children
Time: Fri. 10am-8pmpm; Sat. & Sun. 10am-7pm
Phone: (707) 545-4200

October 7 - 8 -- "Award Winning Wines" -- First Weekend in Alexander Valley
A fun weekend with great wine. Taste the 2000 Harvest Fair award winners! At Clos du Bois (, Chateau Souverain (, & Seghesio Family Vineyards.
Fee: Free
Time: 11am - 3pm
Phone: (888) AVWINES (289-4637) or (800) 222-3189

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

Enter Our Contest!! This month we have a special "Wine Country Harvest for Two" prize for our contest!

Two Visors
Two complimentary tastings at Hess Collection
Two complimentary tastings at Sequoia Grove Vineyards
A Two-for-One pass to the Napa Valley Museum - And…
Dinner for Two at Tastings Restaurant in Healdsburg!! (See "Restaurant Review" above)

To enter this contest: 1.) click "Reply" and 2.) in the body of the message type: "Yes! I want my Wine Country Harvest for Two Prize!"

Please respond by Midnight (PDST) Friday, October 6, 2000. We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winner will be contacted.

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


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