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Wine Country Recipe
Clear Lake Salad
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A Taste of Redwood Valley
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A Taste of Redwood Valley- Mendocino County

FATHER'S DAY EVENT- June 18 & June 19th 2005, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

The 14th Annual “A Taste of Redwood Valley” invites you to enjoy a weekend of sensory experiences in the heart of Mendocino Wine Country. Taste award-winning wines, sample local gourmet foods and listen to live music as you tour through 13 wineries. Get a close look at vintage cars in their “Tour du Vin”, a classic car show traveling from winery to winery. Tickets are $25.00 and include a logo wine glass, wine tasting and food for two days, and entry into a drawing for wine prizes.  Purchase tickets at any participating winery.  For information, visit or call 1.800.760.3739 or email

Inn at Schoolhouse Creek

Inn at Schoolhouse Creek"Whereas most small inns located along the Mendocino coast have to make do with an acre or less, the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek has the luxury of spreading its nine private, immaculate cottages amidst 10 acres of beautiful flower gardens, lush meadows, and cypress groves. As a result, the instant you pull into the driveway you feel like you've gotten away from it all and entered a more tranquil environment." - Northern California, Best Places, 2001

Whether you are searching for a romantic weekend escape or a fun filled getaway with your family and pets, the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek has accommodations to fit every budget and taste. Our new Cliffside Cottages offer some of the best white water ocean views on the coast. Unwind, relax and enjoy life on the Mendocino Coast.

The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek ~ 7051 North Highway One
Little River, California 95456
(800) 731-5525

The Inn at the Tides

The Inn at the TidesThe Inn at the Tides invites you to visit one of the premier Sonoma Coast resorts. The six rolling acres encompass 86 bay view rooms, two onsite restaurants, fish market and gift shop. Relax in our heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa and Finnish sauna or rejuvenate yourself with an in-room therapeutic massage.

What better way to spend your evening then by sipping fine wines paired with sumptuous five course faire at our 20th Annual Dinner with the Winemaker Series in The Bay View Restaurant. Join us June 17th for the Wattle Creek Winemaker Dinner with host Michael Scholz. If you enjoy fine Italian cuisine, reserve a seat for our Big Night Gala June 24th for a family style Italian dinner featuring Ruffino winery. For reservations, please email or visit our website at to view additional winemaker dates and menu selections.

Grape Leaf Inn

Grape Leaf InnThe picturesque Grape Leaf Inn is a luxuriously restored Queen Anne Victorian. Located in Healdsburg, in the heart of the California wine country and only an hour from the Golden Gate Bridge, Sonoma County's Grape Leaf Inn has been warmly welcoming its guests for over two decades.

This award-winning bed and breakfast combines the gracious hospitality of a country inn with meticulous service, fine cuisine, and 12 luxurious accommodations. Stylish, contemporary decor paired with timeless antiques meld to create the best of California wine country style and luxury. The relaxing ambience, attentive staff, and its unmistakable romance have made this bed and breakfast one of the most sought after small luxury inns in the Sonoma wine country.

View Grape Leaf Inn's accommodations, check availability, and book on-line any time of day or night at "Leave the stress of everyday life behind and surrender to the allure of the wine country; Escape to the romance of the Grape Leaf Inn ".


Clear Lake Salad

Pears and walnuts are two of the other agricultural specialties of the Clearlake area besides wine grapes.  Visiting with the friendly staff at Steele Winery in Kelseyville, home of the Steele and Shooting Star brands, this Clear Lake Salad recipe came up in conversation. 

The combination works well, and expresses the casual quality of the area’s food and wine culture.  Paired with Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc, whether served as appetizer or dessert, you will enjoy three famous flavors from the lake area, arranged together in perfect harmony.

Clear Lake Salad Recipe:

  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup walnut oil
  • ¼ cup raspberry vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 large head butter lettuce
  • 1 cup spring mix
  • feta or blue cheese
  • 2 pears

Bake walnuts at 350 for approximately 6 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool and chop coarsely.

Mix olive oil and raspberry vinaigrette, adding the Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.

Reserve 4 lettuce leaves for each plate.  Mix shredded butter lettuce and spring mix together in a bowl.  Toss the greens lightly with some of the dressing.  Plate on individual dishes, on a leaf of the butter lettuce.

Over the top of each plate, fan out 1/2 of a ripe pear, sliced very thin.  Sprinkle with crumbled feta or blue cheese and the chopped nuts. Drizzle more dressing on the pears and salad.

Serve with either a Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc or Steele Viognier.  Serves 4.


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