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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
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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..


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.

Wine Country Recipe - Cranberry Cornmeal TorteINGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen, thawed cranberries


Heat oven to 350�. Grease and flour a 9-inch springform pan. In large bowl, combine sugar, butter, vanilla and egg; beat until well blended.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off.

Stir flour, cornmeal and baking powder into first mixture until well mixed. Spoon into prepared pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and press in lightly.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Place on wire rack to cool completely.

Serve torte with sweetened whipped cream. Makes 10 to 12 servings.



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