FEATURED EVENT |
13th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction - September
2 - 4, 2005
the golden age of Hollywood cinema at the Sonoma
Valley Harvest Wine Auction.
Experience A Day in the Vineyard. Be an insider at the Cult Cab Dinner. See the
Phantom under the Big Tent. Have grape stompin’ fun at Saturday’s
Harvest Picnic. The Main Event has fabulous lots of everything from rare and
coveted vintages to exotic overseas travel. We will have you lifting your
glass to toast California’s most historic wine destination. For tickets
and information visit: www.sonomavalleywine.com or call (707) 935-0803
Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery
Visit one of the premier California wineries, the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery, located on the historic Inglenook Estate. For more than 100 years, the Inglenook property in Rutherford has produced some of California's greatest vintages and charmed visitors with its timeless beauty. Francis Ford Coppola, the director/producer of the Godfather trilogy, bought a portion of the property in 1975 to make wine for his family and friends. He purchased the remainder of the historic property in 1995 and restored the Inglenook Chateau, which is once again bringing prestige to the landmark winery.
Now through July 31st, Niebaum-Coppola is offering free shipping on purchases made through the online store with no minimum purchase! Go to store.niebaum-coppola.com, add items to the shopping cart, click the "enter coupon" button and enter WSH2 to activate your shipping discount. You'll see a zero balance for shipping during the checkout process.
Niebaum~Coppola Estate Winery
1991 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA 94573
The Inn at the Tides
Escape to The Inn at the Tides for a relaxing Sonoma wine country retreat. Elegant guest lodges are nestled among secluded, natural surroundings that overlook the bay and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Let the power and allure of the rugged Sonoma Coast envelop you and give you peace of mind.
Guest rooms have all the modern comforts of home. The heated swimming pool and whirlpool will surely rejuvenate your mind, body and soul or try a massage, available in the privacy of your guest room. To add to your enjoyment, there are also several special packages such as the Stay and Play Golf Package, Horseback Riding Package, or Stay Awhile Package. For fine dining cuisine, look no further than The Bay View Restaurant & Lounge or The Tides Wharf Restaurant, both located onsite.
The Inn at the Tides ~ 800 Coast Highway One
Bodega Bay, California 94923
MONDOVINO Comes To DVD!
"A Fahrenheit 9/11 for the grape."
The ultimate film about wine and wine culture, 'Mondovino' offers an unprecedented look into the conflicts, conspiracies and alliances of the wine trade. Filmed by award-winning director Jonathan Nossiter, 'Mondovino' has sparked controversy in its theatrical run among wine producers, distributors and consumers as it shed light on the esoteric world of wine. 'Mondovino' is an epic exploration into the modern world of wine spanning three continents and five languages, over a three-year period. Juxtaposing artisan wine growers with multi-national conglomerates, and peasants with billionaires, the film gives voice to those who create, critique and are involved in the commerce of wine. The feature length documentary had its world premiere and was an Official Selection at the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival and was seen for the first time in North America at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. Order your copy of 'Mondovino' today at www.specialtydvd.com or www.amazon.com.
TEMECULA VALLEY TRAVEL
Warm Days, Cool Wines in
Not too far from popular Southern California
tourist attractions like Disneyland and Sea World is a different
kind of wine country destination. That the surprising Temecula Valley is such
a lively wine area, and is one located so conveniently for tours
deep in the southern part of the state, will be a revelation
to those who have never visited. This fairly hot growing
area is best known for cool, crisp, refreshing white wines, but
also presents some excellent reds, along with a generous selection
of ports and other tasty dessert wine treats.
For decades, the quality wines and hospitality
of Temecula wineries have been of interest to those in the
know. We took a day
off from the beach in San Diego to explore the growing reputation
and distinctive style of South Coast Wine Country. Following
an easy one-hour drive (one-and-a-half hours if you are coming
from Los Angeles), we headed east of Old Town Temecula from US
Highway 15. Here lays a very compact wine-producing area,
neatly nestled amongst the area’s citrus groves and hillside
avocado ranches. The majority of vineyards and wineries
are conveniently lined up along a five-mile stretch of picturesque
Rancho California Road.
This likable area was very busy on the Thursday
we visited, with a few surfers and tourists mingling with
crowds of women escaping nearby suburbia for the
day. The pleasant
weather of a late spring morning was an agreeable treat, and
as the day heated up the area’s warm hospitality kept us cool everywhere we went.
Continue Reading the Temecula Itinerary Story, Click Here
South Coast Resort — Temecula, CA
Coast Resort Winery and Spa opened last year with a fresh
appeal and demonstrates quality development in modern Southern
California style. Seventy-four rooms are subtlety integrated
into an innovative clustered layout that features lovely vineyard
or citrus grove views and inviting fireplaces. Wedding
and event hospitality is big business in this area, and this
resort is a great venue for any large group desiring a feeling
of family and neighborhood as part of their Temecula experience.
The Resort is known for a broad range of varietal wines that
are quickly gaining a great reputation.
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT —
Summer Musicals at Yountville's
Attend the first annual Napa Valley Summer Musicals at Lincoln Theater
at the California Veterans Home in Yountville from August 11th through September
4th. Lincoln Theater, with Reinis-Friedson Productions, will present three exciting
and critically acclaimed shows - Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway," Ron Hawking's
"His Way: A Tribute to the Man and His Music" and Ennio Marchetto's "ENNIO!"
For tickets and more information visit www.lincolntheater.org.
TASTE OF REDWOOD VALLEY
Enjoy A Genuine Northern California
There is something truly special happening in
Redwood Valley, a first class wine-producing area in northern Mendocino
County, just northeast of Ukiah. Here a small-town, old-California feel
harkens to decades of wine enjoyment. Located directly two
hours north of San Francisco on US Highway 101, many of the folks
in this friendly neighborhood have been supplying quality fruit to
the venerable Mendocino Parducci and Fetzer brands,
amongst others, for generations.
Nowadays, they are increasingly celebrating their
own family winemaking traditions, bringing handcrafted wines to
a somewhat larger audience, and with great success. Small artisans dominate the area; there
are no mega-winery projects here in the valley. More and more,
they celebrate their own winemaking along with lots of authentic
hospitality, pouring the delicious fruit of dedicated labors.
With just a single day to spend at the area’s popular annual Father’s
Day weekend event A Taste of Redwood Valley, our appetite was
greatly enhanced to enjoy more of the outstanding wines that this picturesque
area has to offer. A few of these wineries with tasting rooms
in Hopland to the south had their barns and winemaking facilities open
for this event. After one action-packed, enjoyable day, we had
developed a far greater appreciation for the talent and accomplishment
of the folks who make these Redwood Valley wines so special.
2003 Barra Sangiovese
All-organic fruit from Barra of Mendocino’s Redwood
Valley Vineyards graces a complex wine with solid acidity, making it very pasta
and marinara friendly. A pleasant, characteristic strawberry flavor in
the fruit is perfectly matched with smooth tannins. For the recently released
2003 vintage, 14% Zinfandel was added, further brightening the Sangiovese fruit,
and 4% Petite Sirah darkens the character and extends the finish. A nice
buy at $16.50.
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT —
13th Annual Winemakers' Celebration
Join the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association as they celebrate their 13th Annual Winemakers' Celebration. Over 45 Monterey County wineries will pour new releases and special wines in Monterey's Custom House Plaza. Also featuring educational seminars, barrel building, live music and silent auction. $35 in advance / $40 at the door. Visit our website for more information or call us at 831.375.9400.
WINE COUNTRY RECIPE
Rosemary Coffee Cake
Old Thyme Inn serves a delectable gourmet breakfast each morning in their dining room.
Make reservations and wake up to the scent of baked goods wafting through your room like
the popular dish featured in this month's newsletter - The Rosemary Coffee Cake.
Go to recipe
The French Bakery Slicer from NapaStyle
Originally used in French bakeries, the bread guillotine allowed professional
bakers to cut large pieces of bread effortlessly and always have a knife close
at hand. This slicer from NapaStyle is a handy utensil for anyone who enjoys
fresh artisan breads, and is especially helpful in preparing perfect baguette
slices for your summer cheese plate. The 16” slicer is constructed for
maximum efficiency, and is made of top-quality Martensitic stainless steel. The
handle and board are crafted from Bubinga, an African wood prized for its strength
and durability. Order now at NapaStyle.
COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT —
"Cause for the Paws" to benefit Napa Humane
Make plans to attend "Cause for Paws" at Turnbull Wine Cellars August 27, 2005, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., to benefit Napa Humane. Enjoy tastings from animal-themed wineries and breweries and offerings from popular Valley restaurants, chefs and food purveyors. Live and silent auctions will feature cult wines, luxury meals, vacations and shopping sprees - and, meet adorable adoptable animals! Tickets are $45 in advance by calling (707) 224.7211.
Newsletter Trivia Contest—Enter
Wine & Dine in Napa Valley Package
Spend a relaxing afternoon touring the famous Robert Mondavi Winery and sipping their premier
Napa Valley wines with two Vineyard & Winery Tour gift certificates ($20 value). Then, step aboard the
Napa Valley Wine Train for gorgeous panoramic views of the Napa Valley countryside and enjoy an extraordinary five-course meal.
The contest winner will receive two gift certificates ($170 value).
You can enter to win by answering the following question from this Newsletter: What is the name of the Callaway Coastal wine varietal that has an intense bouquet of strawberries and cherries?
here to enter this drawing!** The winner of
this drawing will be announced on The
Winner's Page after July 31, 2005.
*some restrictions apply
** No purchase necessary. Must be
at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted.
Winner will be selected July 31, 2005 by random drawing from
the correct entries. Winner will be notified by email. Employees
of Freerun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited
The Front Room Bar and Lounge
Freshly remodeled, the Front Room Bar and Lounge is the spectacular new
incarnation of casual, intimate enjoyment at the venerable Sonoma County favorite John
Ash & Co. in northern Santa Rosa. Attractive cool, dark colors
interplay with diffuse sunlight in the spacious dining area. You can enjoy a casual approach to the full restaurant menu
in this richly decorated room without making a reservation, although at busy
times there is often a wait. And while the restaurant takes a break between
lunch and dinner from 2:30-5:30, you can still enjoy a short menu of delights
that would be a perfect match to extensive by-the-glass and eclectic half-bottle