October 2001

Welcome Note
Beringer 125th Anniversary
Cal-Italia Wine Tasting
Events For October
This Month's Recipe
Dining Recommendation
Newsletter Contest Info

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Welcome Note

Welcome to the Lifestyle Newsletter! Inside you will find highlights of recent Wine Country events, Wine inspired recipes, CONTESTS, a calendar of upcoming events and much more!

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Beringer 125th Anniversary

This past September marked the celebration of 125 years in the winemaking business for Beringer Vineyards. To showcase and commemorate Beringer’s rich history in the Napa Valley they hosted several events at their St. Helena estate.

Throughout the month of September Beringer hosted “Wine Country al Fresco” tours of the winery open to the public. The guided tour included the original St. Helena Home Vineyard and was followed by a plentiful wine country buffet lunch prepared by David Frakes, Beringer Vineyards Executive Chef, and the Hudson House Culinary team. The meals were intended not only to please the palate, but also to demonstrate the principles of paring wine and food. During the following weeks, Beringer hosted special guided tours, also open to the public, that highlighted the incredible estate, the Old Stone Winery, the hand-dug caves created in 1877, and the original Victorian home of co-founder Frederick Beringer, the Rhine House.

From left to right: Nicole Griffith- Freerun Corporate Communications Mgr., Jacob & Frederick Beringer, Dan Rogers- Freerun Sr. Web Designer

On September 29, 2001 was invited to Beringer’s exclusive anniversary party to celebrate 125 years in winemaking and the 25th anniversary of current winemaker, Ed Sbragia. The event featured an incredible tasting of Beringer’s new release of the125th Anniversary Cabernet, as well as an assortment of Knights Valley, and Private Reserve, along with many others. The party was complimented with extraordinary catering of fine cut meats, pastas, and decadent desserts. The sound of the band guided guests as they strolled along estate grounds to explore the cave cellars and place a bid in the silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction were dedicated to the Easter Seals, as that is Mr. Sbragia’s favorite charity.

The anniversary celebration was a complete success as the Napa Valley community was able to experience the result of a dream of two young Beringer brothers. As you plan your next late summer trip to the wine country, be sure to visit the Beringer Estate and learn how you can participate in their next celebration.

Cal-Italia Wine Tasting

September 29, 2001 marked the Fifth Annual Consorzio Cal-Italia Wine Tasting at the Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason in San Francisco. was a sponsor of the event and participated in the exhibit.

Inside the Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason in San Francisco.

The Consorzio Cal-Italia event was created by the Italian-American wineries of California. The ultimate goal of the Consorzio Cal-Italia is to highlight the contribution of the early Italian-American pioneers and to introduce consumers to the pleasures of Cal-Italia wines. The event showcased the incredible California grown Italian varietals, such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Refosco and Teroldego; it also demonstrated how fruity, bright and delicious these wines are when paired with a variety of foods. As guests strolled through the aisles tasting Cal-Italia wines, a dazzling array of olive oils, cheese, salamis, biscotti and sorbetti were also available to tease the taste buds.

This year, along with over 65 wineries and 200 Cal-Italia wines, Consorzio Cal-Italia featured the founding chef of Napa Valley’s renowned Tra Vigne restaurant, Michael Chiarello, as he hosted a cooking demonstration stage. Also, to highlight the pairing of Cal-Italian wines and food, guests were presented with a complimentary book, Companions at Table: Food to Serve with American-Grown Italian Varietals, by Margaret Acton Smith and Barbara J. Braasch. Ms. Smith was at the event available for autographs.

The booth!

In the spirit of community, a silent auction was held during the tasting to raise funds for Hands On San Francisco, a volunteer organization that aids the San Francisco community with issues such as the environment, healthy living, youth and elderly, and many more.

This event provided guests a peek into the vast world of California-Italian wines and allowed for participants to contribute to a great cause. The Consorzio Cal-Italia should find its way on to your calendar next year!

Events For October


October 13 -- Oktoberfest Bocce Tournament: Brutocao Cellars
Let's celebrate Oktoberfest with polka music, beer, specialty mustards and sausages all in the Hof Brau tradition. Includes commemorative stein and microbrew tasting.
Fee: Call Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm Phone Number: RSVP by calling 707-744-2020

October 27 & 28 -- Country Pumpkin Fest & Parade
The Ukiah Annual Harvest Street Festival boasts a parade along School Street on Saturday. A fiddle contest and Country BBQ Sunday and continuous live entertainment, a children's carnival, Scarecrow City, arts and crafts and food booths all weekend downtown on School Street and in Alex R. Thomas Plaza.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm Phone Number: 707-462-4705


October 6 - 7 -- Indian Summer Music Festival
Celebrate fall at Quail Lodge with gourmet food and wine and rhythmic live music from around the world.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: (831) 649-1223

October 27 -- Man's Best Friend Costume Competition
"Howl-o-ween" costume competition for you and your dog presented by Del Monte Kennel Club. All ages welcome to participate. Registration 8:30am-9:30am. Carmel Valley Community Park, Ford Road, Carmel Valley.
Fee: Spectators Free, Dog Competition $10, Costume Contest $3 Time: 2:00pm Phone Number: (831) 649-4280

Napa Valley:

October 7 -- Yountville Days Parade & Festival
The parade kicks-off from the California Veterans Home and runs the length of picturesque Yountville, followed by a festival celebration until dusk in tree-shaded Yountville Town Park. Enjoy great food, drinks, live entertainment and fun for the whole family.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: Parade begins at (approx.) 12 Noon - 6:00pm Phone Number: 707-944-0904

St. Helena Hometown Harvest Festival
5K/10K/5K Run/Walk & Kids Mile. Race starts at Oak & Tainter St. Pet Parade at 10 AM and much more! Whether you walk, run or just enjoy the festivities, don't miss this Festival for the entire family! Downtown St. Helena.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm Phone Number: 707-963-5706

Santa Barbara:

October 6 - 7 -- Santa Barbara Symphony - Concert One
The new Symphony season launches with an American fanfare and Strauss' immortal tone poem: Samuel Jones "Fanfare and Celebration," Richard Strauss "Also sprach Zarathustra," and Sergei Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No.3." The program features conductor Gisele Ben-Dor and pianist Mikhail Rudy. 1900 State Street, G, Santa Barbara.
Fee: Varies Time: Saturday 8:00pm ; Sunday 3:00pm Phone Number: 805-898-9386

MS Bike Tour & Fest
The Channel Islands Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society presents one of their most popular events. Routes for all levels of riders; 12-,30-,60- and 100-mile rides along the beautiful coast. Form your own team with buddies and family members. Call for route and registration information.
Fee: Various Registration Fees Time: TBD - Call Phone Number: 805-682-8783

Sonoma County:

October 5 - 7 -- 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. Awards Night date TBA. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa.
Fee: Call Time: Friday 10am-8pm ; Saturday & Sunday 10am - 7pm Phone Number: 707-545-4200

October 13 - 14 -- ARTrails Open Studio Tour 2001
An opportunity to see local artists at work in their studios. A chance to discover the rich variety and quality of Sonoma County art. A place to purchase fine arts and crafts. Promoting the power of art! Call for information and map. (Also weekend of October 20 - 21.)
Fee: Free Time: 10am - 5pm Phone Number: (707) 579-ARTS

This Month's Recipe

Pecan Pie Surprise Bars

October's recipe is courtesy of Nicole Griffith of Nicole says this is a quick and easy dessert she learned from her mom, and reader, Kathy.

Also, according to Alderbrook Winery, their 2001 Port will compliment the nutty, soft and sweet flavors of this dessert very well. This 2001 Port is primarily created from Zinfandel grapes, and is very smooth, not overly sweet to provide easy enjoyment. Find your favorite Alderbrook wine at

Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

If you have a favorite "Wine Country inspired" recipe you would like to share, please send your entries to


  • 1 pkg. of yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • 2/3 cups reserved cake mix
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 eggs - beat together for 1 or 2 minutes

Grease bottom and sides of 13" x 9" baking pan. Reserve 2/3 cups of dry cake mix for filling. In a large mixing bowl combine remaining dry mix, butter and one egg. Mix. Press into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 15 or 20 minutes until light brown.

Meanwhile prepare filling. Pour over partially baked crust, sprinkle with pecans. Return to oven - bake 30 to 35 minutes until filling is set.

Dining Recommendation

Celadon, Napa

Carolyn Lewis, Director of Sales and Marketing for recently had the pleasure to dine at one of Napa's finest restaurants, Celadon, located in downtown Napa. Celadon's owner Greg Cole and his wife Beth Fairbain established the restaurant in 1996. In their pursuit to bring sophistication and popularity to downtown Napa, they also brought an upscale and stylish avenue for “global comfort food.” Celadon strives to have the best of a little bit of everything, with courses that range from hearty American dishes to rich Mediterranean and flavorful Asian cuisine.

Celadon’s current Chef De Cuisine, Zoilan Ruiz created Carolyn’s dinner choice, squab. This incredible dish was prepared with fresh haricot verts, wild mushroom risotto, and a squab reduction sauce. Carolyn loved this, and chose a Gregory Graham Viognier to compliment her meal.

As with every visit to Celadon, Carolyn was delighted with the service, the selection and her meal. Carolyn and would strongly recommend this restaurant to our readers!

To learn more about Celadon visit's dining listings, or to explore your wine possibilities with Gregory Graham Winery, visit

Newsletter Contest


In the past, each month Lifestyle Newsletter invited you to participate in a variety of contests to win many wonderful Wine Country inspired prizes. Now, the contests are even better! Just by being a subscriber to our Wine Country Lifestyle Newsletter you will be automatically entered in a random drawing to win!

This month we are offering a $100 gift certificate to the incredible John Ash & Co. Restaurant in Sonoma!

The winner will be chosen on October 29th and will be notified via email.

We at love to hear from our readers!

One of our readers and past contest winners wrote in to share their thoughts on a recent prize:

Lynda at

Just wanted to say thanks for the gift certificate at Tastings. We dined there Sunday evening, as I had mentioned, my birthday, and it could not have been nicer. Sandy was just great as was our waiter who is also one of the owners; the chef, also one of the owners, was also just great, he is a true artist... They applied the certificate to our cost and even gave me a free dessert! We were delighted and though unlikely, we plan to return there prior to my departure if we can...

I wanted to let you know what a pleasant experience it was and say thanks again to and you (for getting me in there to use the certificate). We would highly recommend Tastings...

Thanks! Info

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