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Discover Winter in the Wine Country
December 2005
Exploring Napa Valley, California
One Day – the Napa Valley Wine Country Way
Redd Restaurant
Four Courses of Bliss
Wine Country Recipe
Cranberry Cornmeal Torte 
Wine Country Featured Event
Mendocino Crab & Wines Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*
Holiday Shopping
Mendocino Crab & Wine Days

Make plans to attend the 7th Annual Crab and Wine Days - Mendocino County's annual celebration of Dungeness Crab. From January 20, 2006 - January 29, 2006, meet the fisherman, learn cooking secrets from local chefs, take a cooking class, sample crab and taste Mendocino wine. Crab cruises, sunset cruises, wine and beer paired with food, special barrel tastings, crab appetizers are just a few of the festivities! Pick up winery passports at any participating winery tasting room or lodging establishment in Mendocino wine country. Call (866) 466.3636 or visit us online for more information.


MONDOVINO COMES TO DVD!"A Fahrenheit 9/11 for the grape." - MSNBC

'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 or

Fetzer Vineyards

Fetzer VineyardsVisit Fetzer Vineyards this winter, located in Mendocino Wine Country, for great wine, fun events, and an array of gourmet treats from their Marketplace and Gourmet Food Shop. Try their well-known Chardonnay or sample the Cabernet Sauvignon which according to Winemaker Dennis Martin is "full of black cherry flavors, a hint of chocolate and aromas of vanilla and spice".

Become a member of the Fetzer Vineyards Reserve Wine Club and enhance your wine drinking experience. Members are invited to exclusive events such as the Red Wine & Chocolate Spectacular in February 2006 and sent limited release wines which include unique varietals such as Petite Sirah and Malbec, as well as exciting blends like Syrah~Grenache. For more details about the Fetzer Reserve Wine Club and how to become a member, visit us online or email

Villagio Inn & Spa Winter Packages

Special Winter Packages at Villagio Inn & SpaVisit Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville, CA this Winter and take advantage of their many seasonal specials and great package offers. Villagio is a wonderful Tuscan–inspired countryside inn and spa, surrounded by gardens, fountains and flowing waterway.

The Hurley's Wild Game Weekend Package features deluxe accommodations for two, champagne breakfast buffet, complimentary bottle of wine and Wild Game Dinner for two at Hurley's Restaurant & Bar! Go online for more details and other fabulous packages many of which are only available from December 1, 2005 – February 28, 2006..

Not just another wine country hotel, Villagio features 112 spacious guestrooms arranged in two story building clusters, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, welcome bottle of wine, daily champagne breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, coffee and cookies, concierge and room service, and more. You will find everything a guest or conference attendee would want in the AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Villagio Inn and Spa..


Napa Valley Wine Country Itinerary

Napa Valley Wine Country Itinerary

One Day — The Napa Wine Country Way

By Kimberly Wilson

Napa Wine country is a pleasant introduction to a decadent and luxurious lifestyle masked by a rural existance -- rugged, beautiful vineyards, two lane highways, and laid-back, friendly hospitality tease you with wine and food at every 1/16 of a mile.

Tried and true suggestions are offered for a fail-safe fabulous Napa Valley adventure. If this is your first time in the Valley this is an excellent place to start. Eventually, your winery, restaurant, and attraction choices will broaden. Of course, like red wine, some of these stops just get better with time. Go with a partner, a friend, a group of folks or even go by yourself!



Gordon's Cafe
Gordon's Eggs Benedict

I have two favorite breakfast dishes; huevos rancheros and Eggs Benedict. My absolute favorite Eggs Benedict is served at Gordon's Café in Yountville as a weekend special. Breakfast is only served till noon on weekends, so go early and avoid the crowds.

The laid back country café always serves fresh, delicious, uniquely prepared food. People are friendly and Sally Gordon is usually around to make sure things run according to her standards (high). Local celebrity sightings are common, the wine selection nice, and the communal tables are a great way to make new friends.

Gordon's Café & Wine Bar, 6770 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599.
tel. (707) 944.8246.


Mayacamas Ranch New Year's Eve Dinner, Dance and Overnight Packages
Mayacamas Ranch New Year's Eve Festivities

Join Mayacamas Ranch for a Champagne Reception and Hors D'euvres, Gourmet Dinner, and Dancing to the live music of Petty Theft — only $200 per couple. Or eat, drink, dance and be merry AND stay overnight and have New Years Day breakfast for $450 per couple. Plus tax and gratuity. Call (707) 942.5127 ext 102 to make reservations or email reservations@mayacamasranch.comand mention the Newsletter!


Redd Restaurant in Yountville, CA

Redd Restaurant – Yountville, CA

By Heather Irwin

I hadn't planned on staying long: a glass of wine, perhaps and a fritto misto and back to work in a respectable forty-five minutes or so. This was, after all, a Tuesday and not a time for dawdling over the menu. Or so I told myself . . . two hours ago.

Sometimes the best laid plans for efficiency need to be thrown out the window and patiently ignored. Life is short––too short for wolfing down a turkey sandwich in the car while checking your phone messages. Crumbs on the carseat and a closet full of mayo-stained shirts speak volumes about the need to slow down and smell the foie gras every once in a while. And Redd, which opened in November, turned out to be just the place to do it.



Silverado Resort Gift Certificates
The Gift of Giving at Silverado Resort

Silverado Resort gift certificates are a thoughtful surprise and a wonderful way to treat that someone special to something extraordinary. Choose from several popular packages such as the Spa Girl Package or Napa Valley Experience Package or give – Silverado Dollars – which can be used throughout the Resort with no expiration date! Purchase certificates online and send directly to that someone special – just in time for the holiday season!


Cranberry Cornmeal Torte

Cranberry Cornmeal Torte

Be adventurous and prepare a dessert outside of the usual pumpkin and sweet potato pie fare typically eaten at this time of year. Domaine Chandon recommends the Cranberry Cornmeal Torte along with any of their sparkling wines. Sparkling wine has an amazing ability to enhance a broad range of foods by refreshing and enlivening the palate. Follow this tasty recipe paired with sparkling wine and see how delicious this marriage can be.

Or join Domaine Chandon Christmas Eve Day and enjoy a sumptuous 3-course prix fixe menu paired with the best selections of Domaine Chandon sparkling and varietal wines.



Discover Winter in the Wine Country
Discover Winter in the Wine Country

Create your custom getaway with a Discover Winter in the Wine Country VIP pack. Sip award-winning wines, sample world-class cuisine, sleep among the vines, rejuvenate at legendary spas, and discover unique boutiques and more – all while experiencing substantial savings! Valid Nov. 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006. Purchase online and start saving – only $25. Call the St. Helena Chamber at (800) 618. 6456, or visit us online for more information.


Enter and Win!*

Napa Valley Winter Getaway

Discover all that Napa Valley has to offer during the winter - reduced lodging rates at many b&bs, inns, and hotels, holiday themed events, and the opportunity to book reservations at premier Napa Valley restaurants that are usually booked solid during the high, summer tourist season! Enter to win 2 gift certificates ($190 value) aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy a scenic journey through the heart of Napa Valley's picturesque vineyards and taste delicious gourmet entrees. 

This package also includes two $30 dining certificates to Bayleaf Restaurant which offers a number of indoor and outdoor dining areas, and of course, world-class wine country cuisine.

You can enter to win by answering the following question from this Newsletter: "Where is Petty Theft playing on New Year's Eve?

Click here to enter this drawing!**  The Winner of this Drawing will be announced on The Winner's Page after December 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 December 31, 2005 by random drawing from the correct entries. Winner will be notified by email.  Employees of Freerun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.



4th Annual Passport Weekend
4th Annual Passport Weekend

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Passport Weekend and Monterey Wine Auction & Gala on February 17-19, 2006. Passport Weekend features tasting room events throughout Monterey Wine Country and an array of festivities such as music, gourmet food, completion prizes and much more! Winemakers will host tables for the evening and pour their best in an intimate setting at the Monterey Wine Auction & Gala.

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