Napa Valley Mustard Festival

March 2003

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Napa Valley Mustard Festival
A Sensational Season of Wine Country Events
Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands
Overlooking the Pacific and the lush Carmel Highlands
Wine Country Recipe
Ridgeback Shrimp with Roasted Corn Cakes and
Key Lime Soused Mixed Greens
Restaurant Recommendation
Geyser Smokehouse in Sonoma County
Wine Tasting Recommendation
Folie a Deux Winery in the Napa Valley
Lodging Recommendation
Ambrose Bierce House Bed & Breakfast in St. Helena
Events for March Drawing
Win a Taste of Sonoma

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Safari West
"The Wine Country’s Little Savannah"

Safari West - Safari WestFor many of us, Africa holds a deep fascination and allure that begs for a visit…but a weekend getaway isn’t very practical. Now you can experience the wildlife of Africa without a passport! Safari West located in the breathtaking foothills of California’s wine country, brings the thrill of wandering among some of nature’s most graceful creatures much closer to home.

Stay in our African Tent Camp, affording the ultimate in rustic luxury. You'll dine on the premises at the Savannah Café or the adjoining Elephant Room. Continental breakfast is served in the café every morning, and lunch and dinner are also available. Perfect also for meetings, retreats and special events. Come and explore the possibilities Safari West presents. Advanced Reservations Required. 1 800.616.2695 or visit us online at

Come and explore the possibilities Safari West presents —available for meetings, retreats and special events.


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


Sheraton Petaluma Hotel
Wine Country Wetlands!

Sheraton Petaluma Hotel - Wine Country Wetlands!Sheraton Petaluma Hotel, perched on the Petaluma Marina just 32 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, offers guests a unique blend of wine-country charm, service and convenience in an elegant waterfront setting. The adjacent 500-acre Wetland Park has hiking trails where visitors can take pleasure in discovering the abundance of migratory birds ranging from simple shore birds to the graceful Snowy Egrets and majestic Great Blue Herons.

Each of our 180 deluxe guestrooms features the Sheraton Sweet-Sleeper Bed, voice-over-IP phone, laptop-sized safe, coffee maker and small refrigerator. Many rooms have spectacular marina, wetlands, or mountain views.

And wining and dining takes on a new meaning at our Jellyfish Restaurant, with a global wine list and menu featuring naturally-raised meats and poultry, seafood from the nearby coastal waters and seasonal local produce in dramatic dishes inspired by the Far East.

For the Best Rates, guaranteed! Call 888-627-8458 or reserve on line. Proud member of the Starwood Preferred Guest Program.

Napa Valley Mustard Festival

A Sensational Season of Wine Country Events!

The Mustard Season offers a full palette of food, wine, art, entertainment, and cultural activities staged throughout the world-famous grape growing region from Saturday, February 1, through Saturday, March 29. There is still time to join in the festivities. Below are some of the events yet to come!

The Awards
March 14, 2003 -- 7:00 PM
World-Wide Mustard Competition Awards Ceremony, Chef of the Year & Rising Star Chef Mustard Recipe Competitions

Meet world champion mustard makers and taste original mustard recipes by Napa Valley chefs while you enjoy music and Napa Valley vintages throughout the caves at Clos Pegase.

When the doors are opened to the public, you will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite mustard recipe presentations and select the "People's Choice" Mustard Festival Chef of the Year.

The Marketplace ~ The Signature Event
March 15, 2003 to March 16, 2003 -- 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Showcase of Food, Wine, Music & Art

Celebrate the mustard season and taste mustards from around the world at The Marketplace, the Napa Valley Mustard Festival's Signature Event, on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Napa Valley Exposition in Napa. Mustards and an array of gourmet products will be showcased alongside sensational wine country cuisine, world famous wines, hearty craft brews, and fine arts and crafts. The Marketplace will provide you with the opportunity to explore the best of Napa Valley during the most beautiful time of year in the wine country, when the brilliant gold of mustard in bloom carpets hillsides, valleys and vineyards.

Mumm Cuvée Napa Photo Finish ~ The Grand Finale Event
March 29, 2003 -- 7:00 PM
View the season's beauty captured by photographers from far and wide at The Mumm Cuvée Napa Photo Finish, the inevitably "sold out" and wildly exuberant Napa Valley Mustard Festival grand finale event, to be held at Mumm Cuvée Napa in Rutherford on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

Sample delectable offerings of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and wine. Enjoy jazz and classical music throughout the winery and gather in the gallery to compare and contrast, compliment, and thoroughly enjoy the multitude of entries in the ever-popular photography contest. Take home a framed photograph to keep glorious visions of brilliant green and gold alive until Mustard Season 2004

Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands

Overlooking the untamed Pacific and the lush Carmel Highlands

The Tickle Pink InnTwo of's editorial staff recently had the opportunity to stay at the "Tickle Pink Inn" in Carmel Highlands, the gateway to Big Sur, just a few miles south of Carmel. Here is their story:

Situated atop rugged cliffs, the Tickle Pink Inn provides spectacular views of crashing waves, rock outcrops, misty trees and sunsets. Chatting with other guests, and reading the journal left in the room, it became clear that the Tickle Pink Inn is special place for many couples, young and old, who come year after year to this romantic getaway to invigorate, restore and renew themselves. The views, tranquil setting, gracious service, attention to detail, and quality ambience were mentioned often . No wonder the family-owned Inn, which has operated since the 1950s, has earned the prestigious 4-Diamond AAA rating.

Be sure not to misss the complimentary evening wine and cheese reception, featuring a variety of delicious cheeses, fruit, cookies and excellent wine from Chateau Julien Wine Estate, and of course, a wonderful view from the glass-enclosed patio or comfortable flower-filled sitting room. Similarly, guests greet each morning with a complimentary continental breakfast featuring fresh-baked pastries.

Breakfast at the Tickle Pink InnThe Tickle Pink Inn does not have a restaurant, but guests can enjoy a 2-minute stroll to the nearby Highlands Inn for lunch or dinner at its two award-winning restaurants. Or, just minutes away by car, fine dining may be found at the many fabulous restaurants in the Carmel/Monterey area.

Each room or suite at the Tickle Pink Inn features a cove or ocean view. Many rooms have private balconies with sturdy wooden furniture. Some rooms have fireplaces and in-room spas. Every room comes with amenities such as lush terrycloth robes, fresh ground coffee, daily newspaper, TV/VCR with complimentary video rental, access to a terrace spa, and room service. The Tickle Pink Inn even provides binoculars for whale watching from your room!

Room rates range from $229 to $429 per night (double occupancy). A ten-person full-service meeting facility is also available. Families might consider staying in the Senator’s Cottage, which harkens back to the gracious ambience of original owners State Senator Edward and Mrs. Bess Tickle, an avid gardener who loved pink!

The Tickle Pink Inn at Carmel Highlands is located at:
155 Highlands Drive
Carmel CA 93923
Phone (800) 635-4774.

Alegria Oceanfront Inn and Cottages

Alegria Oceanfront Inn & Cottages
Alegria - a joyful, light spirit... an inn that welcomes you by putting your cares to rest so that you can focus on more important things - hummingbirds out the window, the fragrance of the ocean breeze, sunlight across the path to the beach. Alegria of Mendocino...experience the simple and restorative pleasures of rest, relaxation, good food, and natural beauty. Call (800) 780-7905 for more information.

Wine Country Recipe

Ridgeback Shrimp with Roasted Corn Cakes and Key Lime Soused Mixed Greens
Courtesy Bouchon Santa Barbara

8 ounces    Shrimp – raw and chopped
2 each   Corn – roasted and shelled
1 each   Red pepper – medium dice
2 each   Scallion – chopped
9 each   Large eggs – beaten
1/2 cup   Fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup   All purpose flour
4 tbsp   Extra virgin olive oil
    Salt & pepper
1 pound   Mixed greens
3 each   Key limes
3-4 ounces   Extra virgin olive oil
    Salt & pepper

-heat 1 oz olive oil in 8 inch sauce pan
-sweat peppers, scallions, and corn
-add shrimp, toss twice, remove and cool
-in large mixing bowl add eggs, bread crumbs, and flour
-heat remaining olive oil in 8 inch non stick or cast iron skillet
-drop silver dollar size "fritter" in hot oil
-cook until fritter is golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side
-remove from oil
-dress greens and serve

Yield 6 servings

For more fabulous recipes, as well as a peek at Bouchon Santa Barbara's menu, wine list, and contact information, please visit their website at

Restaurant Recommendation

Geyser Smokehouse in Sonoma County

The Geyser Smokehouse is located at the stop sign in the small, pastoral community of Geyserville, in northern Sonoma County. Situated in the Oddfellows’ building, the stamped metal ceiling, bare brick walls, long wood bar, and wooden floors give the distinct impression that nothing has changed since its original erection in 1863 as a stagecoach stop for the nearby geysers. This impression is, however, the result of extensive renovations by Smokehouse owner Bill Weisel. As recognition of modernity, there is a large, high-definition television mounted on the wall at the far end of the bar. On the day our WineCountry staff member visited, patrons were watching the "Geyserville Cam", a videocam located atop the building broadcasting a panoramic view of the main street with special focus on the stop sign. Rumor has it that the stop sign is struck once a week by a truck, and that the locals sit at the bar waiting for the next such event. Money has been known to change hands.

The Geyser Smokehouse offers ample servings of delicious food. The 1/2-pound Geyserburger, and a chicken salad that is as colorful as it is tasty, are of special note. The Buffalo wings demonstrate that in the over two decades since Bill left his CBS News job in N.Y.C. and transplanted west, he hasn’t forgotten that unique spiciness of the original dish.

The main draw for our staffer was the Texas-style barbecue. Items include a wonderfully spiced sausage, succulent baby back ribs, scrumptious pork ribs, beef ribs, tri-tip and a savory smoked chicken. The perfect flavor and textures are imparted by smoking, and the diner may choose between a spicy Central Texas BBQ sauce, or a tamer Kansas City BBQ sauce. Our staffer recommends you order one of the combinations, as none of these items should be missed by the BBQ lover.

A choice of two of the following accompany a barbecue order: rancho beans, a creamy cole slaw, old fashioned potato salad, and our staffers’ favorite, delicious skin-on French fries. The Geyser Smokehouse carries local microbrews, including the wonderful Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale.

If you want a particularly nice bottle of wine to accompany your meal, stop by Locals, a collective tasting room for some of the best local wineries, located right next door. Their staff will help you select a wine particularly suited to the spiciness you are about to encounter.

The next time you’re in Geyserville, be sure to bring your healthy appetite to the Geyser Smokehouse. You won’t be sorry!

Geyser Smokehouse can be found on the Internet at:

Wine Tasting Recommendation

Folie à Deux Winery in the Napa Valley

Recently a staff member visited an inviting old farmhouse, known as Folie à Deux Winery, up on a hill just 2 miles north of downtown St. Helena on Hwy 29. Here’s what she had to say about her experience.

Award winning wines, a fun and friendly staff, spectacular views, hidden caves and much, much more abounds at Folie à Deux Winery in the Napa Valley.

Folie à Deux Winery was founded by two psychiatric professionals fulfilling their dreams to start a winery and it was jokingly suggested that the couple was exhibiting the classic symptoms of Folie à Deux. Folie à Deux is a psychiatric term used to describe the sharing of fantasies by two close friends. The couple could not imagine a more appropriate name.

There are many ways to enjoy wine tasting at Folie à Deux. Learn about the different varieties while sipping away at the bar in the tasting room and enjoy the warm surroundings of this charming old farmhouse and friendly tasting room staff. A tasting is $5.00 per person. This includes the five wines chosen for the day.

An extensive tour of the winery and hidden caves are available by appointment. You will actually get to taste wines right out of the barrels before the wine is ready for release! This tour which includes your glass is $10.00 per person.

Planning on a picnic lunch? Bring your lunch to Folie à Deux and enjoy the scenic surroundings in their picnic area. Tables are available for your use 10:00am to 5:00pm every day. Just add a bottle of Folie a Deux wine and you are all set to enjoy your lunch overlooking the picturesque vineyards and the hills of St Helena.

For all the Zin lovers out there, Folie à Deux has seven different Zinfandels to choose from. Grown in the Gold Country in Amador County these vines come from the oldest known Zinfandel vineyard. The staff is happy to tell you about these old vines, some dating as far back as 1868. The award winning 1999 Sangiovese is rich, full bodied and truly Italian in character with a firm structure. You can also enjoy several other wines; a sparkling Napa Valley Brut as well as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Syrah, and more!

Folie à Deux invites you to join them in the caves for a Zinfandel Blending Seminar and Luncheon where they will be making five different blends from a single vineyard of Old Vine Zins. March 8th and March 22nd. Tickets are limited. Call Dave Foster at 707-963-1160 for information.

Experience the fantasy and take the time to visit Folie à Deux. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week from 10-5.

Wine Country Lodging Recommendation

Ambrose Bierce House Bed & Breakfast in St. Helena

The Ambrose Bierce House, an intimate and charming Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn conveniently located in the quaint, quiet little town of St. Helena, was originally built in 1872.

Recently a couple stayed at the Ambrose Bierce House and they found that the owner/innkeepers John and Lisa Runnells are big on hospitality. When you arrive just sit on the front porch swing built for two and watch the world go by, or lounge in the turn-of-the-century cozy parlor and enjoy a lovely afternoon of great wine, cheese and conversation with your hosts and other guests. John and Lisa are very passionate about their homemade food and wine, and they should be; John’s the gourmet cook and winemaker! You’ll surely want to take home some of their special wine to remember your experience with them.

This romantic inn has three lovely rooms, one is a suite. The entire inn is furnished with authentic, period antiques and old world charm. Soft pastel colors and a warm inviting décor in each room take you back to a slower time and place. All the rooms at the Ambrose Bierce House come with a romantic, luxurious private bath and shower, with two in mind. The suite has an ample bedroom and a lovely adjoining sitting room that could accommodate an additional person.

A full gourmet champagne breakfast is served every morning, complete with Eggs Benedict, Belgian Waffles, or stuffed French toast, fresh fruits, home-baked breads and croissants, a selection of premium teas, coffee, fresh juice and of course, champagne.

Looking for things to do or perhaps a superb restaurant? Just ask Lisa! She’ll even make your reservations. One of the nice things about staying at Ambrose Bierce House is that you are so close to many of the wonderful things the Wine Country has to offer - fabulous restaurants, some of the best wineries in the world and great shops, to name but a few!

Enjoy the romance, the downtown convenience and great hospitality at the quiet little house on Main Street in historic St. Helena - Ambrose Bierce House, a charming Wine Country Inn.

Events for March


March 15 -- Daffodil Wreath Making Workshop
Join us on the Ides of March. Continuing our Spring Celebration, Michele Morris will bring her floral arranging expertise to create this cheerful wreath to grace your home. Fresh flowers, frames, and accessories will be supplied. Located at Botanical Gardens on the Mendocino Coast. 18220 North Highway One, Fort Bragg.
Fee: $25.00-$30.00 Time: 10:00 AM Phone Number: 707-964-4352

March 27 - 30 -- Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival
Weekend of whales and jazz! Day events include Whale watching and family activities at the Point Arena Lighthouse. Free jazz concert, seafood chowder, wine & beer tasting, art exhibit at Gualala Arts Center. Vocal jazz workshop & Jazz artists in evening concerts. Food & Jazz at local restaurants.
Fee: FREE events to $25.00 evening concert door Time: Eve Concerts 7:30 PM, activities all day Phone Number: 707-884-1138

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


March 16 -- Carmel Kite Festival
Register your kite—home-made or commercially made— at noon for judging at 1:00pm, down on the silver sands of Carmel's beach (foot of 8th Avenue). Prizes awarded in several categories and age groups.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 831-626-1255

March 30 -- Spring Floral Design Presented by Chateau Julien
Stroll through the exquisite rose gardens and vineyards of the Estate, and then bring the beauty of flora into your home through a unique floral design workshop. Nationally acclaimed florist, Linda Arietta of Country Essences, brings 30 years of innovative floral design and growing experience to this delightful afternoon. 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel.
Fee: $50.00 Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Phone Number: 831-624-2600

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March 22 -- Rutherford Hill Winery Food & Wine Pairing Luncheon
Please join us for an enjoyable, educational culinary experience! We are proud to announce the availability of intimate winery luncheons prepared by Rutherford Hill's Executive Chef Craig Linowski. Wines featured include our 2001 Sauvignon Blanc, 2001 Chardonnay, 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the extremely limited 1999 Reserve Merlot. Seating for this luncheon is limited. Please call to guarantee your seat at this popular event.
Fee: $65.00 per person/$55.00 Club Members Time: 12:30 PM Phone Number: 707-963-1871 x 2251

March 24 -- The Yountville Epicurean Affair
Enjoy a full day of epicurean delights, a rare opportunity to learn tips on cooking directly from master Chefs. Also find out about the various components in different wine varietals from the valley's expert winemakers, discover new ways to entertain, enjoy a stroll through the enchanting hamlet of Yountville and share a delicious and creative dinner with live music, prepared by the featured Master Chef and complemented by local premium wines. Chef Mari Jennings and Owner Sally Gordon, from Gordon's Cafe & Wine Bar and Winemaker Timothy Milos from S. Anderson Vineyard. At the Old Barrel Room in Vintage 1870, Yountville.
Fee: $225 per person Time: 1 PM - 9 PM Phone Number: 707-944-9429

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March 7 - 9 -- Central Coast Orchid Show & Sale
This years' Orchid Tidal Wave showcases multitudes of blooming orchids represented by hobbyists, local societies, and vendors. Show Preview on Friday evening from 6:00 - 9:30 PM is a Benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation featuring Central Coast wines, hor d'oeuvres, live music, and perpetual awards. Tickets to the Preview are $18.50. Daily admission to the Show & Sale is $2. Call for ticket information. South County Regional Center, 800 West Branch Street, Arroyo Grande.
Fee: Varies - See DescriptionTime: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Phone Number: 805-929-1791

March 26 -- Artisan Cheese - Cooking Class
Reservations are required. Complimentary wine tasting will be paired with each recipe. Enjoy exquisite meals that include all sorts of ways to use cheese. Presented by Edna Valley Vineyard. Located at 2585 Biddle Ranch Road, San Luis Obispo.
Fee: $40.00 Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM Phone Number: 805-544-5855 ext 42

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


February 28 - March 9 -- Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Now in its 18th year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form. It presents American Independent, Foreign and Documentary cinema in the beautiful setting of downtown Santa Barbara. 2064 Alameda Padre Serra Street, Santa Barbara.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 805-963-0023

March 31 -- Whale Festival
Come and enjoy fantastic exhibits and entertainment to celebrate the annual gray whale migration. There will be all sorts of information on the gray whale, and some activities that involve the migration as well. Please call for more information.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 805-897-3187

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


March 9 -- Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Faire
The Downtown Santa Cruz Antique Show has vendors from throughout California who provide high-quality, pre-1960s antiques and collectibles for purchase. Located in downtown Santa Cruz.
Fee: No admission fee Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Phone Number: 831-425-7106

Every Wednesday -- Winemaker Wednesdays
Each week, Shadowbrook Restaurant will spotlight a different Santa Cruz Mountains appellation winery, offering its unique wines throughout the week. On Wednesdays, the winemaker will offer flights of wines in the bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, 50% OFF discount on featured wines by the glass and bottles, Please join us for this very special series. Located at the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.
Fee: Call Time: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Phone Number: 831-479-WINE

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March 15 - 16 -- 13th Annual Barrel Tasting at Valley of the Moon Winery
Join us for this annual "Heart of the Valley" bash with barrel samples of 2000 vintage red wines. Food & wine pairings at all participating Heart of the Valley Wineries. Call to reserve your tickets for this 2-day event! Valley of the Moon Winery, 777 Madrone Rd., Glen Ellen.
Fee: $40 for 2-day event Time: 11 AM - 4:30 PM Phone Number: 707-996-6941

February - April -- "Villa Fiore" at Ferrari-Carano
Enjoy strolling the garden paths at Villa Fiore (which means House of Flowers). The early months of Spring bring 20,000 tulips and daffodils, joining the other spring blooms throughout the acres of gardens that surround Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, Healdsburg.
Fee: Free Time: 10am - 5pm Phone Number: (707) 433-6700

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Win a Taste of Sonoma!

Wine and Dine your way though the world-class wine growing region of Sonoma!!

Win $100 in dining certificates to Tastings Restaurant and Wine Bar, $100 in dining certificates to Restaurant Charcuterie, and a Premium Tasting for Two, including gorgeous Reidel Locals Logo glasses, at Locals - a collective tasting room.

No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected April 7, 2003 by random drawing. Winner will be notified by email. Employees of FreeRun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.

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