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September, 2000

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  • Featured Sponsor: Lavender Hill Spa
  • Editor's Note: The Grapes Are Coming!
  • Restaurant Review: Restaurant Charcuterie
  • Travel Tips: Dog Friendly Lodging!
  • Events Calendar
  • The September Contest!!!

Lavender Hill Spa
Enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, privacy, and the finest European spa treatments designed to meet your individual relaxation needs. Lavender Hill Spa combines a beautiful natural environment with therapies that treat the many symptoms of our hurried, stressful lifestyles. The staff is dedicated to maintaining a serene environment to enhance relaxation of body, mind, and spirit.

Located in Calistoga, elegant Lavender Hill Spa is a "garden spa for couples" specializing in state of the art treatments for one or two people. The facilities include private bathhouses - one with a fireplace, each with two individually prepared, cushioned jacuzzi tubs - tucked into terraced gardens.

The complete privacy and unhurried schedule are only part of what is unique about this spa. Relaxing treatments include a "non-traditional" mud bath: a lighter, whirlpool style bath, prepared with volcanic ash, white sea kelp, Dead Sea salts, and selected essential oils. All bath treatments include a facial mask, blanket wrap with light foot massage. Lavender Hill Spa also offers a variety of baths, body wraps, aromatherapy treatments, foot reflexology, and soothing massages, including hot "LaStone Therapy" massage.

For more information and to make your reservations, please visit their website at

Lavender Hills Spa 1015 Foothill Boulevard Calistoga, CA. 94515 Phone: (707) 942-4495 or (800) 528-4772

Editor's Note: "The Grapes Are Coming
The grapes are coming. It's crush time in Napa Valley, and Miner Family Vineyards in Oakville is getting ready. Director of sales, Jack Edwards, says, "the sparkling wine houses are at full swing, so we're next." The growing season has been perfect and Jack expects a great 2000 vintage. "Cellar rats" clean wine presses, rack new barrels, and stack grape bins for the crush. The sound of clicking bottles reverberates though the winery as other workers bottle zinfandel for one of the winery's custom crush clients. Fruit samplers are in the vineyards, testing grapes for ripeness.

Despite the buzz of activity and anticipation, everybody is relaxed. The valley seems to have that effect on people. Winemaker Gary Brookham talks to an East Coast distributor while Jack gives an impromptu tour to two restaurateurs from Colorado who've come to see where some of their favorite wines are made. The winery's owner, Dave Miner, takes time to chat with the tasting room guests.

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Restaurant Charcuterie
It has been such a beautifully mild summer in the Sonoma wine country that there is no better time than right now to visit the lush rolling vineyards, just as harvest begins. Be sure to stop in Healdsburg at lunch or dinner time - and pay a visit to the Restaurant Charcuterie.

It is hard to tell which makes more of an impact - the pig collection (, or the consistently enormous portions of delicious food. The pig collection gives visual definition to the phrase "Hog Heaven." There seems to be a pig of every shape, size, color, and possible material. There are many porkaphiles who visit the Charcuterie as if they were taking a pilgrimage to Pig Mecca. The food, on the other hand, is just as strong of a draw -- it is common to hear foodies call Healdsburg "the Food Mecca of Northern California." Chef/Owner, Patrick Martin, is from the South of France (Nimes to be exact). Masterfully using the cooking style of the Mediterranean, he coaxes the most amazing flavors out of the bountiful local food products!

If your visit is at lunch time, you might want to feast on the Smoked Chicken Salad - mixed baby greens with smoked chicken, mangoes, pine nuts, jicama, and blood orange, all perfectly dressed with a vinaigrette dressing. Great flavors in every mouthful! Or maybe you want to have the carnivore's dream - a Rib-Eye Steak Sandwich with Bermuda onion marmalade and chipotle mayonnaise. At dinner time the House Cured Pork Tenderloin, with brown sugar and brandy sauce, is a house favorite. (The pork is cured in a salt/sugar brine for 48 hours before cooking, and it melts in your mouth!) Fresh Bodega Bay Salmon is a favorite dinner special during the local salmon season - Served Herb Crusted, with a Meyers lemon hollandaise sauce was how I found it presented during my last visit. Hopefully, after all this, you will have saved room for one of the wickedly wonderful desserts, such as the blueberry gallette or the beyond sinful chocolate bread pudding! The wine list has something for every palate, and it is fun to be given so many choices. The staff is knowledgeable, and I have had prompt and friendly service - paced for the time of day - on every visit!

Restaurant Charcuterie is located at 335 Healdsburg Avenue, nestled between the K.J. Tasting Room and the Clock Tower building. Lunch is served six days a week from 11:30 until 3:00 Monday through Friday, and from noon until 3:30 on Saturdays. Reservations for lunch are accepted for parties of five or more. Dinner is served from 5:00 until 9:00 Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 until 9:30 on Friday and Saturday. Reservations for dinner are recommended. Visit for more information.

Restaurant Charcuterie 335 Healdsburg Avenue Healdsburg, California 95448 (707) 431-7213

Wine Country Travel Tips
For my family, one of the most difficult things about going on vacation is leaving the dogs behind… As those of you who love pets will understand! Fortunately, there is Pet Friendly Lodging available in the Wine Country! One such place is Creekside In The Redwoods Proprietors, Ken and Marjorie Metzger, offer a lovely home on 18 secluded acres near Healdsburg for your vacation rental.

For other Pet Friendly places, including dining establishments and attractions, visit: If you don't see the city your interested in listed, try their search feature. The main page, has many additional tips for traveling with your pet.

Please remember that autumn daytime temperatures can be very warm - even hot! Never leave your pup unattended in a closed automobile, even with the windows cracked open!

September 9 & 10 -- Russian River Jazz Festival
Two days of amazing music! Among the best festivals in Northern California, lying on the beach, splashing in the river, and resting among the redwoods while listening to music that moves you. The earlier you buy your tickets the less you pay. No glass, cans, pets or audio/video equipment allowed. Johnson's Beach, Guerneville.
Fee: Call for special two day ticket prices
Time: Gates open 10am, Music starts 11am
Phone: (707) 869-3940

September 9 -- Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
The Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival celebrates America's favorite vegetable - or is it a fruit? The Festival includes tasting of 100+ varieties of tomatoes, food & wine tasting, tomato art show, restaurant & gourmet food purveyors, garden tours, food & wine seminars, live entertainment and much more.
Fee: $25 purchased by 9/2; $30 at the door: 11am to 4 pm
Phone: (800) 769-3649

September 22 -- Fall Wine Opener Festival
Celebrate the harvest by tasting newly released and limited-production wines paired with food created by Beringer's culinary team and local purveyors. Enjoy freshly pressed grape juice, live music, and a raffle. Guests are invited to stroll the grounds and visit the historic Hudson House (usually closed to the public). This event sells out fast - so call now for your tickets. Net proceeds will benefit Napa Valley public schools. Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena.
Fee: $100 per person Time: 5pm - 8pm
Phone: (707) 963-7115

September 30 -- Calistoga Beer and Sausage Festival
Enjoy live music while sampling microbrews from over 50 Microbreweries, cider, region home brews, chili cook-off, sausages, mustards, and much, much more. At the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga. Price includes parking and a beer tasting glass. Call to reserve your tickets. Fee: $25 for Adults and $12 for Designated Drivers
Time: 1pm - 5pm Rain or Shine
Phone: (707) 942-6333

September 9 - Galante Vineyards
Annual Days of Wine and Roses Enjoy a walking tour of the vineyards and rose gardens, followed by an outdoor luncheon with music, games, and great wines. Carmel Valley.
Fee: $55.00 Time: 11am-4pm
Phone: (800) 425-2683

September 16 -- Taste a Rising Star
Come and feel the excitement of harvest first hand. You are invited to join the Smith Family for a night of wine and whimsy at their annual full moon celebration of the winegrape harvest. Featuring demonstrations of night harvesting, hors d'oeuvres and tasting of limited release wines. Reservations required. RSVP by September 8th. Paraisio Springs Vineyards, Soledad.
Fee: $25 per person, $20 for Passport Club Members Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Phone: (831) 678-0300 Jennifer

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Enter Our Contest!! Tickets! We have tickets!

Would you like to attend The Indian Summer Music Festival?

September 30 - Indian Summer Concert
George Benson and Acoustic Alchemy

4th Annual Indian Summer Music Festival held on the driving range of the spectacular Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley celebrating fall on the Monterey Bay with gourmet food and beverages and world-class jazz.
Presented by: Sandy Shore Productions

Concerts held outdoors on the expansive Driving Range at Quail Lodge - dress appropriately for all weather. Attended parking available behind Driving Range. No outside food or beverages permitted. Bags and coolers will be inspected. No video/audio recording of artist performances allowed. Cell phones and pagers turned to off or silent during performance.

Fee: $35-General, $50 Preferred, $95 Café
Will Call / Tickets open 11:00am - Gates open 12:00pm - Show time 1:00pm
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable (NO TICKET / NO ENTRY): 1:00 PM
Phone: Sandy Shore Productions 831-649-1223

We have free tickets available for this show! To win a pair of tickets: 1.) click "Reply" and 2.) in the body of the message type: "Yes! I want to see George Benson + Acoustic Alchemy on September 30th!" One concert entry per person - one pair of tickets per winner. Please respond by 5pm, September 6th, 2000. We will draw the winners September 8th, 2000. THESE DATES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE. Please do NOT apply if you will not be able to attend on the date of the concert. We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winners will be contacted. Winners will meet our FreeRun representative at the Will Call desk after 1:00pm. FreeRun employees or past employees are not eligible to enter this contest. Good Luck!


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