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January 2003

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The Daughter's Inn
Napa's Newest Bed & Breakfast Inn!
Wine Country Spas
Pamper yourself in Wine Country...
Special Offer!
Highland Ranch
Recipe of the Month
Chicken with Truffles...and more!
Tasting Room Recommendation
Yorkville Cellars
Lodging Recommendation
Hotel Oceana
Events for January Drawing
Win a Wine Country Gourmet Getaway

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Ambrose Bierce House Bed & Breakfast
"Warm and Enthusiastic Hospitality"

Ambrose Bierce House Bed and Breakfast - warm and enthusiastic hospitalityFormerly the home of the witty and cynical Ambrose, the owners John and Lisa offer a gracious blend of luxury, history and warm hospitality under a roof of 1872 Victorian elegance. Elegant antiques offer old fashioned charm with modern day conveniences. The full gourmet champagne breakfasts are famous with repeat guests and residents throughout the valley - complete with eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, homemade croissants and breads. While tasting premium wines and cheeses each evening, we are happy to act as your own personal concierge. Each beautiful guestroom is as inviting as the next including private baths, 2 with Jacuzzi tubs, 1 with fireplace & television. Walk to charming and historic St. Helena for unique shopping and unequalled fine and casual dining. As innkeepers for 18 years here in the valley, we are very knowledgeable about the off-the-beaten-path treasures. John is a wine-maker, chances are that you will get to sample some of his wines and/or have a private tour of the winery and taste samples right out of the barrel.

For more information... email:, phone: 707-963-3003 or visit


Olivet Grange Vineyard Estate
"A wonderful and relaxing retreat…stylish accommodation…truly memorable."

Olivet Grange Vineyard Estate - A wonderful and relaxing retreat…stylish accommodation…truly memorable.Olivet Grange Vineyards is the perfect place for friends and family to gather and enjoy a peaceful country setting amidst some of the Russian River Valley’s finest vineyards. The historic three-bedroom farmhouse offers accommodation that is elegant and comfortable. Located just over an hour north of San Francisco on a quite country lane, the home, on our 10-acre property, is surrounded by gardens and our Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris vineyards. Olivet Grange offers the quality in décor and amenities you would expect in the finest bed and breakfast inns, yet you have complete privacy with the entire house all to yourselves!

Fine art and antiques, luxurious bed linens, plush terry robes, and fresh flowers and a number of special touches add to the unique experience. We can help you to identify the best local restaurants, wineries and activities to help make your stay "truly memorable."

For more information... email:, phone: 707 433 6262 or 707 235 2071 or visit


Goosecross Cellars
"The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift"

Goosecross Cellars - The Perfect Valentine's Day GiftShopping for perfect Valentine's Day gifts is always difficult - especially if you want yours to come from the heart and stand out. suggests you let Goosecross Cellars help with their unique Valentine's wine gifts. With the charm and personality of an intimate micro-winery nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, Goosecross ensures that each bottle of wine is given the same time and attention they offer their customers.

For the perfect Valentine's Day gift, may we suggest one of the following Goosecross unique gift ideas: "A SURE THING": Your choice of Valentine's Day patterns etched and handpainted on a bottle of Goosecross 1999 Chardonnay; "A ZIN-FUL VALENTINE": One bottle of Goosecross 2000 Zinfandel dipped in velvety chocolate; "VALENTINE'S WINE BOUQUETS": Roses are so cliché. Six and 12-bottle options include a mixed selection of red and white Goosecross wines.

Call Goosecross at (800) 276-9210 or visit

The Daughter’s Inn

The Beazleys carry on family traditions by opening Napa’s newest Bed & Breakfast Inn…

The Daughter’s Inn may be the newest B&B in town, but Jim and Carol Beazley are not new to the B&B’s of Napa! They opened the Beazley House, Napa Valley's first bed & breakfast inn, 21 years ago. The Daughter's Inn, opened just this last November, is their sophisticated new B&B. The inn is appropriately named as the owners and innkeepers are Jim & Carol’s daughter, Brooke Peterson, and her husband Perry. A family tradition is truly being carried on here! Just two doors apart, both inns are located in the Historic Downtown area of Napa.

The Daughter’s Inn was originally built in the early 1900’s in a grand Queen Ann shingle style. It was "modernized" in the 20’s to reflect a more Arts & Crafts style exterior. This lovely mansion has beautiful Venetian chandeliers, coved ceilings, a magnificent wood staircase, and an original carved ceramic fireplace, all lovingly restored to reveal original charm and beauty -- truly a fabulous home.

As you enter the grand foyer you are greeted warmly by your Innkeepers, Brooke or Perry, who live on the premises. Beautiful large "lights over glass" windows abound throughout the house creating a bright cheery feel. The ever so inviting living room, with its fabulous fireplace, is a great place to sit and enjoy the moment, read a book, or just converse with a friend.

Each guest room is as individual as their names. All of the rooms are named after "flower fairies" and decorated with the colors of these flowers, commonly found in England. The attention to detail is evident everywhere, and includes all the modern conveniences. The rooms are large, beautifully decorated and furnished with English and American antiques. Each room has a private bath, large shower, whirlpool tub, and fireplace.

Guests at the Daughter's inn will enjoy a delicious full breakfast described as "low fat, high taste!" Everything is prepared at the inn, including fresh homemade muffins and breads.

The Daughter’s Inn is in the Historic Downtown area of Napa, a comfortable walk to fine shops, world-class restaurants, and the picturesque Napa River. You can also catch the Napa Downtown Trolley and cruise to many Napa attractions including COPIA, Napa Premium Outlets and more. What an ideal location!

Wine Country Spas

Pamper yourself in Wine Country...

Last month editorial staff visited three spas - two in Sonoma County and one in the Napa Valley - to experience a selection of the unique offerings available at various spas in Wine Country and present them to you, our readers. Here is what our staff members had to report:

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the by products of the winemaking business? Well I just had the chance to find out. On a cold and rainy day I visited the Raindance Spa at the Lodge at Sonoma to indulge in their Grape Seed Rose Hip Mud Wrap. After relaxing in tranquil surroundings I was wrapped in a luxuriously warm paste made of milled white wine grape seeds and rose hips. This combination is said to infuse the body with powerful antioxidants and vitamins E and C to build and maintain a good blood vascular system…and although I can’t be sure it did all that it certainly felt good.

The Raindance spa has created a lovely atmosphere with cozy fireplaces and places to just sit and relax. One can dip into the natural hot mineral waters located in a beautifully designed courtyard just outside the main building, or enjoy the Raindance Suite, the spa's signature treatment room which is designed for individuals or couples and boasts a private fireplace, cedar sauna, Monsoon shower, and hydrotherapy tub along with a private balcony overlooking the spa garden.

Whichever treatment you choose you will not be disappointed. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and when necessary unobtrusive. And now that I know that wine by products can be put to such good use…..I will just have to enjoy more wine and do my bit to insure we have plenty to go around.

Visit and click on the link to Raindance Spa for all the details.

In continued pursuit of wine related treatments, next came the Vintage Wine Treatment at the newly opened Vineyard Creek Spa, part of the Vineyard Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Santa Rosa. Housed in a separate wing of the hotel, the Spa offers a tranquil, well appointed waiting area, spacious locker rooms with a large steam room, and wet/dry treatment rooms to accommodate a variety of different treatments.

The Vintage Wine Treatment starts with a full body exfoliation using crushed grape seeds mixed with a soothing lavender body gel. This is gently rubbed over the entire body and then you slip into the waiting bath filled with an anti-oxidant grape seed tea. After relaxing peacefully for 20 minutes and sipping on your choice of a Sonoma County wine or herb tea you emerge smooth and relaxed. A full body grape seed oil massage finishes the treatment…and a nap is about all you can think of from then on.

The Vineyard Creek Spa is open to the public as well as Hotel guests and offers a full range of treatments and packages designed to suit just about every taste.

At the Mount View Hotel and Spa I enjoyed the Dr. Hauschka Full-Body Rhythmical Treatment. This treatment was beautifully presented by Estethician, Corrine Rowland, who is one of few people trained in the technique. The relaxing and unique full-body massage uses a soft rhythmic technique, stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby strengthening and detoxifying the immune system. As a result I felt totally de-stressed and deeply relaxed. The holistic approach helps to restore the flow of natural life rhythms, and with the aid of pure botanical products and a nurturing touch by Corrine, I found myself sinking into utterly blissful relaxation.

Following this marvelous treatment I slipped into a luxurious Lavender Hydrotherapy Bath located in a private room, allowing me to totally escape into a quiet, serene world of my own. The comfortable tub is suitable for individuals or couples, making a Seasonal Hydrotherapy Bath or Mud Bath the perfect way to spend a soothing afternoon.

The Mount View Hotel's newly remodeled spa has 12 private treatment rooms, locker rooms, a large outdoor heated pool, and a Jacuzzi whirlpool. Tranquility and privacy are so ideally conveyed at this elegant spa which offers an extensive variety of treatments and packages. From the moment you step into your robe and slippers until the end of the treatment you are totally pampered.

The Mount View Hotel also offers charming rooms, suites and cottages. Within the hotel is one of Napa Valley’s finest restaurants, the Catahoula.

For the ultimate in relaxation and pampering, be sure to include a spa visit in your itinerary for your next trip to California's Wine Country!

Special Offer!

Highland Ranch — Anderson Valley

This month the Special Offer is from Highland Ranch in Mendocino County's beautiful Anderson Valley.

Buy one night's stay* at Highland Ranch and your companion gets to join you for free! A $285 value! (Some restrictions may apply.)

Only one special is available! Call now!

For a unique opportunity to practice the neglected art of ‘hammocking,’ a skill which involves lying on your back in a hammock and doing absolutely nothing, there is no better place than the perfectly serene Highland Ranch.

Host George Gaines is happy to provide you with all sorts of wonderful distractions, but strongly advises that you give doing nothing a good try. Should you feel like a little activity, you can go trail riding with one of the ranch’s experienced guides, have a dip in the pool, fish the well stocked lake, or practice your skill at clay pigeon shooting.

The perfect quiet of Highland Ranch will lull you into a sense of marvelous well being, and the gourmet meals prepared with fresh local produce and wines chosen by the host himself will delight your senses.

One final luxury... your well-behaved dog is not only permitted to join you, he is welcome! So welcome in fact that each "canine guest" even receives their own special welcome gift.

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*Your stay includes private lodging, all meals, wine and cocktails, and riding and use of all recreational facilities. Also included are county room tax and state sales tax on relevant portions. The only additional charges are for cartridges and clay pigeons, private riding lessons, and any special arrangements or long-distance telephone calls.

For details contact George Gaines at Highland Ranch.

Recipe of the Month

Chicken with Truffles, Wild Mushrooms and Potatoes

Pairs superbly with the 1999 Hawley Merlot, Bradford Mountain.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound chicken wings
4 shallots, sliced
1 cup dry white wine
4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
1 6- to 7-pound roasting chicken
8 fresh thyme sprigs
6 garlic cloves
12 slices black truffle or 2 teaspoons black truffle sauce*
2 teaspoons white truffle oil**
1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into ß-inch pieces
1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed
3 thick bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken wings; brown well, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add shallots; sauté 4 minutes. Add wine; bring to boil. Add broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to 2 cups, about 25 minutes. Strain sauce into medium saucepan. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle roasting chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Place thyme and garlic in cavity. Run fingers between skin and meat on breast to loosen. Arrange truffle slices under skin or spread truffle sauce under skin. Rub 1 teaspoon truffle oil over skin. Place chicken in roasting pan.

Toss potatoes, mushrooms, bacon and 2 tablespoons olive oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spoon mixture around chicken. Roast chicken until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced, stirring vegetables occasionally, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter. Mix peas into vegetable mixture; stir to heat through.

Bring sauce to simmer. Reduce heat to low. Add 1 teaspoon truffle oil, then butter and whisk just until butter melts. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon vegetables onto plates. Serve with chicken and sauce.
Makes 4 servings.

Recipe from Bon Appetit.

*Black truffles and black truffle sauce are available at specialty foods stores.
**Available at Italian markets, specialty foods stores and some supermarkets

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Tasting Room Recommendation

Yorkville Cellars in Anderson Valley

A staff member recently visited Yorkville Cellars, located in Mendocino County’s scenic Anderson Valley along Highway 128. Yorkville Cellars is one of the ten original certified organic vineyards in the North Coast regions of California. This CCOF (Certified California Organic Farmers) certification, which the vineyard has held since 1986, guarantees that no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or chemical fertilizers are ever used in the growing of Yorkville Cellars’ grapes.

All of their estate-grown and bottled wines are produced from grapes grown in the 30-acres of vineyards that surround the winery. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes are from the Randle Hill Vineyard, while the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc grapes are grown in the Rennie Vineyard. Yorkville Cellars is the only North Coast estate to organically grow all seven of the Bordeaux grape varietals.

In addition to producing the five main red wines of Bordeaux, Yorkville Cellars also crafts two blends; Eleanor of Aquitane and Richard the Lion-Heart. Eleanor of Aquitane is a classic Graves-style Bordeaux blend made from the very best estate-grown Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Richard the Lion-Heart is a blend of the five red Bordeaux grapes grown in the Yorkville vineyards, bringing together all the full-bodied aromas and complexities in one very fine wine. Other wineries have been known to blend all five Bordeaux-style grapes, but never from one single vineyard location. This fact and their "Masters of Organics" Award makes Yorkville’s wines stand out from others in their class.

Winery proprietors, Edward and Deborah Wallo, founded Yorkville Cellars and bottled their first estate wines in 1994. The driveway, lined with over 500 rose bushes, leads to the original highway that ran through the Anderson Valley in the 1940s, towards coastal Highway 1. You will find the winery's tasting room located in the middle of the estate vineyards and surrounded by 175 year-old oak trees, which provide much-needed shade during the warm days of summer.

Edward Wallo specifically chose the location of the tasting room for the Oregon-like view visible from the wrap-around porch and the rolling California hills behind. He says, "The Mendocino region still holds the feeling of the locals getting on with business."

The next time you visit southern Mendocino County, stop by Yorkville Cellars’ Tasting Room and experience their wonderful wines firsthand. They offer wine tasting daily from 11 AM – 6 PM, free of charge.

Yorkville Cellars can be found on the web at

Lodging Recommendation

Hotel Oceana

From the moment of arrival at Hotel Oceana one notices the Mediterranean splendor and luxurious surroundings. Decorated by renowned interior designer, Kathryn Ireland, this gracious property offers the ambiance of an elegant beachside home. The utmost attention to detail is prevalent throughout the hotel.

Situated in Santa Barbara's West Beach, within a stone's throw of the ocean and all that Santa Barbara has to offer, Hotel Oceana's delightful grounds feature flowering courtyards, sun terraces, patios with ocean views, heated pools, a Jacuzzi, fitness center and an onsite spa, not to mention sweeping views of the wharf and harbor. Who could ask for anything more…but there is! All rooms feature luxurious touches such as crisp Frette linens, fluffy duvets and Aveda™ bath products. The hotel is located just a block away from State Street shopping, elegant restaurants, fine galleries, and the nightlife of Santa Barbara.

A WineCountry representative recently experienced Hotel Oceana, and confessed wanting to forgo all planned expeditions and simply take pleasure in the elegant Spanish charm, cool fountains, palm trees and tropical flowers, perhaps ending the day with a trip to the spa! In the evening you’ll find enjoyment in sipping wine under a beautiful coastal sunset from a balcony dripping with fragrant "giant honeysuckle" vines. This month you can enjoy superb wines from the Santa Ynez Valley, as Koehler Winery is hosting a wine tasting in Hotel Oceana's guest lounge on Friday, January 24th and 31st, from 4pm to 7pm.

Upon rising in the morning, be sure to indulge in the delightful breakfast served in the guest lounge. Hotel Oceana is said to have the best breakfast in town, for the unbelievable price of $9. Fresh coffee and a fabulous array of pastries are offered, along with a sumptuous selection of fruit, meats, cheeses, cereals and beverages.

After a relaxing night and a delicious breakfast at Hotel Oceana, you’ll be ready to experience all Santa Barbara Wine Country has to offer!

Check out Hotel Oceana's web site at:

Events for January


January 24 - February 2 -- Mendocino Crab & Wine Days
Mendocino restaurants and inns feature crab dishes. Crab and whale watching cruises, Skunk Train crab louie lunch, Crabcake Cookoff & Best Wine Competition, Winemaker Dinners, Wine & Brewery Passports, and more! Call for additional information.
Fee: Varies According to Event Time: Varies According to Event Phone Number: 866-466-3636

January 30 -- Crabulation! Crab Cooking Demonstration
Celebrate Crab at Little River Inn, where Chef Silver will guide his audience through the intricate steps of preparing crab for several succulent dishes. Enjoy his warm manner and helpful hints...and of course, some tasty samples of both crab and Husch wines. Proceeds to benefit the Noyo Women for Fisheries Fishermen's Disaster and Memorial Funds. Call for reservations.
Fee: $15.00 Time: 1:30 PM Phone Number: 707-937-5942

For a complete calendar of events in the Mendocino Region, visit:



January 16 -- Sweet Thursdays at Cannery Row
Join us every third Thursday of the month on Cannery Row for music, special values and over 70 in-store drawings. Free parking at the Cannery Row Garage.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Phone Number: 831-649-6690

January 17 -- Blending Seminar
Come and enjoy our blending seminar conducted by Lockwood's winemaker, Steve Pessagno. The seminar will be held at A Taste of Monterey wine visitor center at 127 South Main Street.
Fee: $25.00 Time: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM Phone Number: 831-775-4725

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January 10 -- Taste of Copia Luncheon
Sparkling Flavors of Sonoma. Our Taste of Copia Luncheon series brings the taste of Sonoma to Napa to feature three of Sonoma County's fabulous sparkling wines. Following a discussion and tasting, we'll see how each wine pairs with a lunch entree inspired by local and seasonal products. Located at 500 First Street, Napa.
Fee: $25.00-$30.00 Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Phone Number: 707-259-1600

January 25 -- Memories of Living Along the Napa River
The Napa Valley Museum presents storytelling and sharing with Shelly Monte, native Napan. To celebrate the opening of the Museum's newest exhibit, Voices for the Napa River, Shelly will share some of her most memorable stories about the River.
Fee: Free with Museum admission Time: 2:00 PM Phone Number: 707-944-0500 ext. 201

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January 17 -- Tim Conway and Harvey Korman
Relive some of those great variety show moments with stars Conway and Korman together again! Former cast memebers of the Carol Burnett show. The lost art of sketch comedy is alive and well! Located at 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo.
Fee: Call Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Phone Number: 805-756-2787

January 18 -- Winter BBQ
Martin and Weyrich Winery presents a fabulous winter BBQ. Let our winemakers satisfy your appetite with delicious grilled sausage sandwiches and barrel tastings of our award winning wines! 2610 Buena Vista, Paso Robles.
Fee: Call Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM Phone Number: 805-238-2520

For a complete calendar of events in the San Luis Obispo Region, visit:


January 10 - 11 -- Solvang Blues Festival
Enjoy great live blues music at the Royal Scandinavian Inn in Solvang. Hear all sorts of different blues songs, and enjoy other happenings while you're there as well. Located at 400 Alisal Road.
Fee: Call Time: 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Phone Number: 805-688-8000

January 23 -- Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Performing Kodaly, Bartok, Liszt and Ligeti. Founded in 1923, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra remains the premier orchestra of Hungary. Under the direction of acclaimed pianist and Music Director, Zoltan Kocsis, the orchestra performs an eclectic all-Hungarian program including Liszt's famed Piano Concerto in E-flat Major. Located at 111 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 805-966-4324

For a complete calendar of events in the Santa Barbara Region, visit:


January 18 -- Wineries' Passport Program
Wineries will open their doors to the public inviting a rare opportunity for tasting sample barrels, and providing tours throughout the facilities. The Passport Program will offer a chance to meet winemakers as well as see what it takes to run a winery. Please call for all the participating wineries.
Fee: Call Time: 11:00 AM-5:00 PM Phone Number: 831-479-WINE

January 11 - 12 -- 29th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
Fungus is in. Benefit from spectacular mushroom displays along with delicacies, cooking demonstrations; bring your own mushrooms along to be identified. Sponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz. 1305 E Cliff Dr. S Crz, Santa Cruz.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 831-420-6115

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January 24 - 25 -- Dinner Conversations with Chef Marco
Join Chef Marco for dinner in the restaurant at Applewood Inn and enjoy great food, great wines and lively conversation. Topics will include traveling in Italy's beautiful lake region, his philosophy of cooking and tips about dining in Italy. 13555 Hwy 116, Guerneville. Seating limited to ten per night. Call for reservatioins.
Fee: $75.00 Time: 7:00 PM Phone Number: 707-869-9093

January 25 -- LBC Presents Ain't Misbehavin'
Prepare to snap your fingers, stomp your feet and laugh so hard it hurts as the Tony Award winning musical "Ain’t Misbehavin'" hits the stage at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa! 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Fee: $35.00-$60.00 Time: 8:00 PM Phone Number: 707-546-3600

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Win a Wine Country Gourmet Getaway for Two!

Relax and let your worries melt away... Journey by rail while you tease your palate with a delicious and decadent five-course gourmet dinner… Sample world class wines… Learn the secrets of Wine Country gourmets …

You could win a the Wine Country Gourmet Getaway for Two, including the Stress Stopper Package from Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort, a five-course gourmet dinner on the famous and historic Napa Valley Wine Train, vineyard and winery tour tickets from Robert Mondavi Winery, and tickets for a gourmet cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone!.

No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected February 7, 2002 by random drawing. Winner will be notified by email. Employees of FreeRun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.

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