WineCountry.com

April 2002

Mustard Festival
A Napa Valley Tradition
Winemaker Wednesday
A Real Santa Cruz Treat
Fun Party Recipe
Crab Meat Spread
Dinner at Miró
Dining Recommendation
Sullivan Vineyards
One of Napa Valley's Best Tasting Rooms
Bacara Resort
Visiting Santa Barbara in Style
Events for April
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Spotlight

Getaway Adventures Spring Bike and Hike Tours SeriesGetaway Adventures Spring Bike and Hike Tours Series

Spring is the best time of the year to enjoy the beauty of the Wine Country. Cool, fresh, and green, the by-ways of Napa and Sonoma invite you with wildflowers and sunny skies. Daily Departures.

Our Sip N Cycle tour visits five off the beaten path wineries, includes our signature gourmet picnic lunch and is available in Calistoga, Sonoma, Napa, and most anywhere in the Wine Country.

Try our Hiking and Walking Tours going to our favorite spectacular view spot up Mt. St. Helena, The Sonoma Coast, through vineyards or in Old Grove Redwood forests.

Bike and Canoe Trips. Bike in the morning, paddle in the afternoon. Great for families and summer fun!

Call Today, Go Tomorrow! We love groups! Send us your tired and overworked key employees for rejuvenating and team building getaways on any of the above trips! Special group rates apply! Call us at 800-499-2453 for any further information on any of the above.

Spotlight

Safari West — The Natural Place to Meet or RetreatSafari West — The Natural Place to Meet or Retreat

Maybe it’s time for a corporate retreat that doesn’t feel like a corporate retreat. Leave the stuffy conference rooms behind and inspire your employees with the beauty of some of the world’s most beautiful creatures. Situated on 400 acres of breathtaking foothills in the heart of California’s Wine Country, Safari West Wildlife Preserve and African Tent Camp is home to over 350 exotic, endangered and extinct-in-the-wild African mammals and birds. With our deluxe African tent camp and onsite dining, we have everything you need for a successful retreat, whether it’s for the day, overnight or for a week. Discover the spirit of Africa in the heart of the wine country.

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
phone 707-579-2551
email safariwest@safariwest.com
www.safariwest.com

Spotlight

Healdsburg GuestHouses - Wine Country Vacation RentalsThe Perfect Getaway - Healdsburg Guesthouse

Our quiet, private, vacation accommodations are nestled between Sonoma County's Alexander & Dry Creek Valleys. Surrounded by lush gardens and our own small vineyard, we are in a perfect location - Only minutes from the Healdsburg Town Plaza, the Russian River and over 60 wineries.

The rentals are all delightfully furnished with many added amenities to insure your total comfort. Each unit can sleep 2+ people. Combinations of two or more units can sleep up to six.

Our properties include a one bedroom, one and a half bath, Cape Cod-style house with private garage and all the comforts of home. Our lovely, luxury Studio apartment, located on the same property, is loaded with amenities and overlooks our small vineyard and neighboring cows. The GuestHouse & Studio are available year 'round for daily, weekly and monthly stays.

For more information, visit Healdsburg Guesthouses at: www.healdsburgguesthouse.com, email us - info@healdsburgguesthouse.com, or contact us by phone - (707) 431-8056.

Mustard Festival

A Napa Valley Tradition

The 2002 Mustard Festival is a non-profit annual tradition celebrated throughout the Napa Valley promoting the area and all its beauty during non-peak tourism months. The festival is packed with events throughout the months of January, February and March, and recently members of the WineCountry.com staff participated in "The Marketplace," the Mustard Festival signature event.


Executive Chef Peter Pahk of Silverado

The Marketplace was held at the Napa Valley Exposition in Napa, CA and showcased mustard, mustard and more mustard, as well as an array of gourmet products. Also featured was the incredible wine country cuisine of Napa Valley chefs alongside world famous wine and specialty craft brews. The Mustard Festival Marketplace provides the perfect 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."

The Marketplace is a great place to relax with friends, enjoy fabulous artwork and music, and sample some of the best Napa Valley restaurants have to offer. Many wine country inspired accessories for your home or gifts are available for purchase, making the experience something to remember long after the tents are down.

While planning your next late winter/early spring getaway, mark the Mustard Festival Marketplace as a must see. Visit the Mustard Festival online at: www.mustardfestival.org

Winemaker Wednesday

Featuring the Fabulous Wine of Silver Mountain Vineyards

Winemaker Wednesday is a special event sponsored by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and Shadowbrook restaurant located in Capitola, CA. Each Wednesday, the Shadowbrook Restaurant will spotlight a different Santa Cruz Mountains appellation winery, and showcase its exceptional wine throughout the week.

Each Winemaker Wednesday the featured winemaker is available to guests as well as flights of wines in the bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. On a recent Wednesday a member of the WineCountry.com staff had the absolute pleasure of attending a Winemaker Wednesday at Shadowbrook, which featured Winemaker Jerold O' Brien of Silver Mountain Vineyards.

Learning about Silver Mountain Vineyards and of Mr. O'Brien's passion for exceptional winemaking, was an absolute highlight of the evening. Silver Mountain Vineyards is one of a very select few to commit to 100 percent organic viticulture. Silver Mountain Vineyards "only employs organically approved and naturally occurring substances in all vineyard applications, which means that no chemical herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or synthetic fertilizers are used in our vineyard," according to O'Brien. This approach has aided them in creating world class wines that not only rate high alone, but also serve as the perfect compliment to nearly any meal.

The Shadowbrook Restaurant is an ideal location for highlighting fabulous wines such as Silver Mountain Vineyards. With gorgeous surroundings and a cozy interior, the restaurant exudes character and charm.

The Santa Cruz wine-producing region often doesn't receive the praises it deserves. The region is beautiful, lush and ideal for Bordeaux style wine production. The wine produced in Santa Cruz is true to the heart of traditional winemaking. With wineries such as Silver Mountain Vineyards, the region is certainly one never to be missed.

Visit Shadowbrook restaurant at:
www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/Shadowbrook.html

Visit Silver Mountain Vineyards at: www.silvermountainvineyards.com

Crab Meat Spread

A Great Party Treat

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 egg, hard cooked and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. Horseradish
  • 1 cup cooked crab meat, flaked

Combine ingredients; let stand for 2-3 hours so flavors blend. Serve on crackers or on your favorite bread rounds.


Dining Recommendation

Miró of Santa Barbara


Original sculptures and vibrant colors

A WineCountry.com staff member had the delightful and pleasant experience recently dining at Miró of Santa Barbara, CA. Dining at Miró was overall a fantastic experience, and served as a prime opportunity to try the local Santa Barbara spiny lobster, which was beautifully prepared with roasted seasonal vegetables and a "civet" sauce.

The striking Miró restaurant is "perched on the high bluffs with a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired California French cuisine is superbly executed with an accent on impeccable and further complemented by a vast selection of California and the world's finest wines." Miró's sophisticated Sommelier, Gillian Ballance, made the dining experience exceptional due to her knowledge and refined wine skills. Ballance is currently formulating plans for a series of Bacara winemaker dinners that will take place in the Miró cellar.

The menu selections of Miró not only compliment the extensive wine list but are also enhanced by the wide selection of fresh vegetables that are organically grown at the Ranch at Bacara. Each characteristic of the restaurant beautifully streams together with the next. The abstract expressionist artist, Joan Miró, which also provides the namesake, inspired the interior of Miró. The vibrant and lush colors of the restaurant also showcase several of Miró's original sculptures.

The dining experience at Miró is second to none, and should be a must see stop during your next trip to the Santa Barbara area.

Visit Miró at: www.bacararesort.com


Tasting Room Recommendation


Property and vines at Sullivan Vineyards

Sullivan Vineyards a Napa Valley Treat

Sullivan Vineyards of Rutherford, CA is April's tasting room recommendation. Sullivan Vineyards receives WineCountry.com praises for several reasons - first, the vineyard location is ideal, and with a getaway feel only minutes from Hwy 29. Secondly, the winery atmosphere is incredibly welcoming and relaxed, and third, Sullivan Vineyards welcomes visitors with open arms and a desire to please.

The family owned and run estate is the perfect venue for an afternoon visit with a picnic basket in hand. The property has a beautiful sitting area overlooking the vines that provides just the right amount of shade for a spring afternoon. During our visit to Sullivan Vineyards we had the opportunity to stroll about the property, sip on a variety of tasting room features, and watch the ducks and geese dodge the play of two Golden Retrievers.


WineCountry.com's Kathy Moore enjoying the Sullivan tasting room

In the tasting room, visitors will find the exquisite artwork of Kelly Sullivan, ranging from prints to oils, some of which are an unofficial wine country trademark. Kelly Sullivan's artwork is absolutely captivating. The same moment you taste the fine 1998 Couer de Vigne red table wine, you look to the walls and become enthralled by the talents of Kelly Sullivan, leaving you wondering how so much talent came from the same family.

From the tasting room, to the sitting area overlooking the vines, to the pond scattered with ducks and geese, along with the personable and charming staff, the beautiful surroundings only enhance the fine wines produced at Sullivan Vineyards.

An ideal way to bring Sullivan Vineyards home to you would be to join their wine club by visiting www.sullivanwine.com



Lodging Recommendation


Bacara, luxury resort

Bacara: Santa Barbara's Best Kept Secret

Bacara is a luxury resort that is best enjoyed quietly and serenely. The surrounding beauty encourages tranquility, while the luxuriously appointed spa and myriad of recreational possibilities promote good health - the combination of the two is enticing. Every possible care is taken to make each guest's stay one not soon to be forgotten.


Bacara's view of the Santa Barbara coastline

The service is unobtrusive, yet always available, making the impression that the word "no" doesn't exist. The superbly appointed rooms are more than alluring, with certain rooms featuring a private balcony and a gorgeous unobstructed view of the ocean. Every detail seems to be considered with Kiehl's products in the bathroom and Frette linens and towels. After a wonderful massage followed by a delicious dinner, the guest room is ideal for curling up in bed with the balcony doors open wide allowing a deep restful sleep to set in, all with the crash of waves on the beach below.

Bacara is absolutely remote, quiet and incredibly exclusive. The mood promotes good health with beautiful hikes, walks and outdoor experiences just steps away. Located only a short 13 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara, Bacara captivates and seduces you, completely dispelling any urge to return to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Visit Bacara at: www.bacararesort.com

Events for April

MENDOCINO

April 11 -- Cheryl Wheeler at the Little River Inn
Come hear Cheryl Wheeler perform at the Little River Inn's Abalone Room. Be sure to ask for the special show rate if you'll be staying at the Little River Inn! Call for ticket information.
Fee: $15.00 Time: 7:30 PM Phone Number: 888-466-5683

April 26 - 27 -- Spring Wildflower Weekend Show
A weekend horseback riding adventure. Seals and their new pups line our shores as we ride along deserted beaches and up into the redwood forest. Riding along coastal mountain ridges, we pass virgin trees that are over 1000 years old. The tangerine hues of the California Poppy, which will last all summer long, and the dainty purple flower of Oxalis bring our forest to life. At Ricochet Ridge Ranch
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 707-964-9669

MONTEREY COUNTY

April 21 -- Wine & Art Festival at Chateau Julien Wine Estate
Local artists display their most treasured works, from ceramics to oils, throughout the cobblestone garden courtyard. A casual, elegant afternoon highlighted by talented artists and new release barrel selected wines. At Chateau Julien, 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel.
Fee: $5.50 per person Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phone Number: 831-624-2600

Ongoing Wednesdays -- Focus on local Monterey County Wines
Cepage Wine Bar carries the largest selection of local and international wines by the glass on the Central Coast. Your wine bar host is Sommelier, Winemaker, Wine-educator Dylan Sheldon. Stop by for some fun, some education, some great wine. At Rancho Cellars, Carmel.
Fee: Varies...by the glass, taste or flight. Time: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM every Wednesday Phone Number: 831-625-5646

NAPA VALLEY

April 6 - 7 -- Hakusan Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival
The Hakusan Sake Brewery's Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of giving and sharing. Invite your family and friends to experience this tradition! One Executive Way - off Highway 12 - Napa.
Fee: Call Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone Number: 707-256-6160

April 13 -- The Mad Hatter's Chair-A-Tea Art Party
The adventure begins with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception held in the Barrel Room of the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery. Then, guests are treated to a gourmet dinner, followed by a live auction of the Chair-A-Teas custom made by local celebrities including Margrit Mondavi, Barbara Shaefer, Ira Yeager, René di Rosa, among others. Call for ticket and reservation information.
Fee: $125 ACNV Members; $150 Non-members Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phone Number: 707-257-2117

SANTA BARBARA

April 19 -- Winemaker Dinner at Fess Parker Winery
Proceeds from this Winemakers' Dinner benefit the Santa Barbara County Alzheimer's Association. Dinner will be prepared by our special guest chef, Andy Beardslee. Call for advance reservations.
Fee: $200 General; $170 Wine Club Members Time: 7:00 PM Phone Number: 800-841-1104

Each Sunday -- Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show
The show is now the only continuous arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. Approximately 300 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own works in an informal atmosphere under the palms of Chase Palm Park. All items are original art, created by the artists you meet. The show is held on all Sundays and holidays.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 10:00 AM 'til Dusk Phone Number: N/A

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

April 20 -- Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Day
A special opportunity to visit wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains, many not open to the public at other times. You may tour the facilities, meet the winemakers, sample the wines, and learn more about why the wineries from this appellation are so special. This is a great adventure and a lot of fun! Call for Passport locations.
Fee: $20.00 Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone Number: 800-211-6630

Ongoing Weekly -- Winemaker Wednesdays at Shadowbrook Restaurant
Each Wednesday Shadowbrook Restaurant will spotlight a different Santa Cruz Mountain appellation winery offering its unique wines throughout the week with special pricing on Wednesdays! At Shadowbrook Restaurant, 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola-by-the-Sea.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM Phone Number: 831-475-1511

SONOMA COUNTY

April 13 - 14 -- Welcome Spring at Valley of the Moon Winery
Tired of winter rains? Ready for a break? Get a jump on spring at Valley of the Moon Winery. We will have discounts on selected wines, food and wine pairings, local vendors and their products, music and an afternoon of relaxation. 777 Madrone Road, Glen Ellen.
Fee: $5.00 - Includes logo glass Time: 12 Noon - 4:30 PM Phone Number: 707-996-6941

April 22 - 24 -- An Evening with Ellen Degeneres
Ellen Degeneres opens her national tour at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts! Tickets go on sale to LBC Members on March 18th and non-members on March 22nd. The LBC is located at 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa.
Fee: $35.00 - $65.00 Time: 8:00 PM Phone Number: 707-546-3600


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