OnLine Newsletter
January 2006
Exploring Central Sonoma, CA
Matanza Creek Winery
Destinations – Santa Rosa, CA
Renaissance in Railroad Square
Wine Country Recipe
California Almond Cake 
Wine Country Featured Event
Monterey Passport Weekend Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*

Grand Opening Special – Save 30% At Hyatt Grand Aspen in Aspen, CO

Grand Opening Special — Save 30% At Hyatt Grand Aspen in Aspen, CO

Aspen's newest resort celebrates the Rocky Mountain experience in exclusive style. Now through Sept. 30, 2006, take advantage of savings up to 30% on regular rates. It's an ideal opportunity to enjoy Aspen's world–class skiing, hiking and year–round outdoor fun, plus shopping, dining and exciting events such as Aspen's food & wine and music festivals.

Every aspect of Hyatt's studio, one–, two– and three–bedroom accommodations has been designed with lavish attention to detail. Enjoy finely crafted interiors incorporating stone, polished woods, granite and marble with multiple fireplaces, private balconies, grand kitchens, spa tubs and steam showers. And it's all just steps from Aspen's world-famous boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightlife.

For reservations or information, visit, or call (800) 926.4447 (Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–5p.m. ET) or (800) 233.1234 (anytime). No special offer code required when booking online. Please mention Wine Country when booking by phone.

Miramont Estate Vineyards – Wine & Chocolate Event

Miramont Estate Vineyards – Wine & Chocolate Event in FebruaryTaste Miramont Estate Vineyard's award– winning wines at the Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend February 11–12, 2006 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will be offering an array of decadent chocolate food, barrel tastings and all visitors will receive logo glasses. Make plans to attend this fun event with that special someone or with a group of friends!

Miramont Estate Vineyards recently received 3 medals for their wines from the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition in Las Vegas last November. The 2002 Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon won a Silver, and the 2001Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Reserve Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon both won bronzes.This Spring Miramont will be releasing their Chardonnay and are inviting all of their wine club members to help them select the label for the Chardonnay.

Go online for Tasting Room location of Miramont Estate Vineyards. For more information about Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, contact the Lodi Visitor Center at or call (209) 365.0621.


California Almond Cake with Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone

Create a dessert masterpiece with this recipe from John Ash & Co at Vintners Inn. The California Almond Cake with Balsamic Strawberries and Orange Mascarpone is rich in taste and the perfect ending to any meal.

Or escape to Central Sonoma Wine Country and stay at Vintner's Inn. Steps away from your luxurious private room is John Ash & Co. Restaurant. Experience a feast for the senses. With their picturesque vineyard as a backdrop, Chef Jeffrey Madura utilizes the freshest of locally grown products to create inspired wine country cuisine for your pleasure.

Wine Country Recipe - California Almond CakeINGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz. almond paste
  • 1/2 cup unstaled butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier or other orange brandy
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • Powdered sugar for garnish
  • Balsamic Strawberries (recipe follows)
  • Orange Mascarpone (recipe follows)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the almond paste, butter, and sugar. One at a time, beat in the eggs, followed by the lemon zest and brandy.

Sift the flour and baking powder together over waxed paper. Beat the flour into the almond–egg mixture until just combined.

Pour the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Cool on a rack before removing the cake from the pan.

Serve a wedge of the cake with a scoop of the Balsamic Strawberries. Dust with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and pipe a small rosette of the Orange Mascarpone from a pastry bag or simply place a dollop on the cake.

Serves: 8 TO 10

Balsamic Strawberries


  • 2 pints ripe strawberries, stemmed and halved
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. drained and rinsed green peppercorns, slightly crushed

In a bowl, gently combine all ingredients.

Allow to stand, refrigerated, for at least 1 hour before serving.

Orange Mascarpone


  • 3 oz. fresh mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. Grand Marnier or other orange brandy

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and beat well.

Let stand, refrigerated, at least 1 hour before serving.

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