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Sabor de Napa
A Latino New Wave Gets Creative Juices Flowing for Community
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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 ".


Sabor de Napa — A Latino New Wave Gets Creative Juices Flowing for Community

Napa Wine Country turned out in full force to support the sold-out Sabor de Napa (Flavor of Napa) event Saturday May 14th at Quintessa Winery.  This exclusive opportunity to enjoy and explore Latino wine culture behind the landmark curved rock wall of Quintessa benefited the Napa Solano Health Project, which serves those who are the backbone of our collective wine country experience.  The event, like the work of its beneficiary, was nothing less than a stellar experience.

In the last year, the NSHP has reached well over 3000 individuals in 65 different wineries, migrant labor camps and vineyards, enriching their quality of life with the added value of preventative health services.  NSHP offers a multitude of compassionate Spanish bilingual/bicultural services along with educational outreach on several preventative health issues.

The dramatic setting, with wine barrels and tanks towering above all heads, was the backdrop for an impressive exhibition of featured Latino artists from all walks—musical, visual, food and wine.  The turnout for the event expressed resounding appreciation for NSHP and its community, and the crowd was rewarded with a relevant and rich expression of Latino-influenced wine culture at every turn.  We also made a list of tasty wines to watch for that we will share with you a bit later.

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Sabor de Napa is the brainchild of dynamic business leader Sandra Gonzalez.  Sandra is President and Founder of Vino con Vida, a wine education company focused on Latino consumers, food, chefs, wine, and culture.  At her right hand were an army of enthusiastic volunteers, like Felipe Barragan of Calistoga’s awesome Chateau de Vie Bed & Breakfast, and rising politicos like Nicole Parra of the California State Assembly.

To the backdrop of spicy Latin music, Latino food stars from around the valley dished up loads of tasty treats, and the crowd effortlessly matched tostadas, tortas and other delectable items to Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Merlot.  The wealth of Napa Zinfandels poured is further evidence of the success of this varietal’s exciting new ascension in Napa.  Fruity Zins were demonstrated as a perfect complement when enjoyed with Mexican food.  The spicy gazpacho soup from Mustard’s Grill was especially successful, infused with shrimp and avocado, a cool piquant match to the Summers Winery Zinfandel by Winemaker Ignacio Blancas, wow!

Violeta Barroso, the elegant winemaker from Vinos de Mar y Sol, spoke of taking full advantage of the characteristic forward fruit of Monterey County.  Her wines offer a slightly sweet flavor (though no residual sugar) to tame and match the character of spicy Latin fare. Her winery is an impressive Monterey County project, and the wines are a hit in progressive Mexican restaurants daring to venture beyond the confines of margaritas.  They bring a perfect match of dry red wine to this popular, influential cuisine.

Alex Sotelo displayed his mastery of photography and winemaking, wowing the crowd with artistry in each.  Winemaker for Robert Pecota Winery, Alex poured the impressive Alex Sotelo Cellars 2002 Dalraddly Vineyard Zinfandel, a wine whose jubilant, rich fruit was tightly constrained by tasteful French oak.  Careful organic growing, gentle fermentation, low 14.2% alcohol and long barrel time have resulted in a sophisticated, elegant, Cab drinker’s Zin to make all of Napa proud.

Yes, the wines were huge stars.  The winery list was a comprehensive who’s-who of hard work, vineyard management successes and up-and-coming Latino winery brands that are just now being uncorked.  While the names may be new to the public, they have for many years been responsible for delivering the fruit to supply some of Napa’s best known wines.  And when it comes to making wine, these folks clearly know where to go for the best fruit—from vineyards typically under their supervision as well.

Heading the group, and pouring at side-by-side tables, were Salvador and Oscar Renteria and the Robledo Family.  Rising from field hands to foremen to founders of vineyard management companies, these American dream stories are inspiring, and so are their wines!  Renteria Wines demonstrate the tremendous vineyard acumen that ties this impressive new brand with spectacular Russian River Pinot Noir and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon fruit to produce truly great wines. 

Robledo Family Winery brings the most expansive definition to the category, with seven brothers and two sisters further enabling the family dream.  Robledo’s Sonoma facility is North America's first tasting room and winery established by an owner who started as a migrant vineyard worker, and worked his way to the top of the industry.  The winery is quickly becoming known for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot, along with a series of unparalleled winery events featuring the culinary talent of matriarch Maria Robledo and patriarch Reynaldo Robledo Sr.

With artistry and charity to match, the future of Latino flavors and people in Wine Country is ever-brighter thanks to Sabor de Napa.  If you can, be sure to catch this breakout event next year, which will be its third.  In the meantime, some excellent wines are awaiting your attention today!


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