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August 2001

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  • Newsletter Sponsors: Robert Mondavi Winery & Tra Vent
  • New Wine Country Tips: Local News
  • Home Winemakers Classic 2001: Sips of Wine Through Time
  • New contests on
  • Wine Country Recipes: Staff Recipe Picks - Crab Fettuccini
  • August Events Calendar
  • The August Newsletter Contest!

Come experience all that's new at Robert Mondavi Winery in the heart of Napa Valley. This year marked completion of the To Kalon Project, a $30 million renovation of the winery, the first major remodel since 1966. With our new facilities we seek the best of Old World traditions and New World technology to create wines that honor what has become one of the world's premier winegrowing regions. When you visit our winery, you will experience the family's commitment to excellence and education and share in our philosophy of integrating wine, food and the arts into gracious living.

We offer a wide variety of unique tours and programs to suit everyone from the novice to the collector. Our Vineyard & Winery Tour, which is offered all day long beginning at 10 a.m., follows the path of the grape from the vineyard through the new To Kalon fermentation cellar to the finished wine stored in our beautiful underground first-year barrel aging room. Afterwards, enjoy a tasting of Robert Mondavi wines with an hors d'oeuvre paired to our featured wine of the month. This tour takes 75-90 minutes and the tariff is $10 per person.

Designed for visitors who are looking for a more in-depth experience, our Winegrowing Tour offers education on all aspects of winegrowing, including research and developments in viticulture, fermentation techniques and barrel aging. The Essence Tour & Tasting unveils the mysteries of aromatic essences commonly associated with red and white wines such as green apple, leather, peach, smoke, pineapple and oak. For a lovely lunch, sign up for Picnic in the Vineyards. We'll transport you to our historic To Kalon Vineyard where some of our finest vines grow, and you'll enjoy a delicious picnic luncheon under the shade of a sprawling oak tree.

If you don't have time for a tour, our tasting rooms offer a selection of wines for purchase by the taste. Our To Kalon Tasting Room provides an elegant environment to enjoy the very best Robert Mondavi Winery has to offer - limited production and reserve wines. In the Appellation Tasting Room, we invite you to explore the appellations and vineyards of Napa Valley through Robert Mondavi's District and vineyard designated wines. Finally, visit our wine shop, Le Marche, featuring the full array of Robert Mondavi wines. You may choose from a broad selection of lifestyle merchandise and wine accessories as well as books on everything from basic wine education to cooking to olive oil.

The Robert Mondavi Winery is open to visitors daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and reservations are highly recommended for our tours. Due to the educational nature of these programs, children are permitted only on the Vineyard and Winery Tour. For more information on any of our programs, visit our web site at or call 1.888-RMONDAVI ext 2000. Also, if you would like to be kept up-to-date on Robert Mondavi news, events and wine releases, please sign up for our e-newsletter by visiting

Whatever your interests, we can help you learn more about enjoying wine and food and we look forward to welcoming you at Robert Mondavi Winery.

WINE TASTING ON THE HIGH SEAS- The Ultimate Wine and Cruising Experience!
Imagine yourself cruising exotic locales, sipping exquisite wines, dining on gourmet food, and learning from some of the world's foremost wine and food experts. Envision yourself wrapped in luxurious surroundings while every whim is being catered to. Picture all of this with cruise package prices rarely seen.

Join TraVent/Fine Wine Travel, the leading fine wine cruise company, for a "Wine Seminar at Sea" aboard Radisson's luxurious Seven Seas Navigator October 14, 2001 hosted by Catherine Fallis, Master Sommelier, including lunch with Lord De Colbert, who will share vintage wines from the Castle of Flaugergues in France. David Berkley, White House Wine Consultant, will host an exotic 7-day Tahiti cruise aboard the intimate, 320 guest, m/s Paul Gauguin, October 27, 2001. Members of these exclusive groups will receive cocktail parties, wine seminars and a $100 shipboard credit, in addition to complimentary wines and onboard gratuities! Prices start at $2,095 per person, including FREE AIR from all gateway cities for the Tahiti cruise.

For more information and a chance to win a FREE TRIP, visit the TraVent web site at

Or, call 888-208-8338 today!

About TraVent
TraVent was founded in 1998 by travel industry veterans and wine professionals to offer exclusive, one-of-a-kind programs that creatively combine luxury travel, fine wine and cuisine with the best value and the most amenities the industry has to offer. TraVent is the only travel company of its kind in the world.

TraVent's 2002 fine wine travel program includes the beauty of the Virgin Islands, the exotic Society Islands of Tahiti and Bora Bora, the rugged splendor of Alaska, wine country river cruises through France and Italy, along with other beautiful destinations.

New Wine Country Tips -- Local News!

You can now get Napa Valley news and classified ads from NapaNews through!

Visit the home page and click on the "News" or "Classifieds" links:


Home Winemakers Classic 2001: Sips of Wine Through Time

On Saturday July 15, 2001, members of the editorial staff at were fortunate enough to attend and experience the Home Winemakers Classic 2001: Sips of Wine Through Time. The event took place at St. Supery Winery and Wine Discovery Center, in Rutherford, California. The Home Winemakers Classic was not just an opportunity to drink wine and share good conversation, but also to raise funds for the Dry Creek-Loloya Fire Department. The event perfectly paired community care and the love of winemaking.

To read the rest of "Home Winemakers Classic 2001: Sips of Wine Through Time," please visit:

4. New Contests on!

There are several contests running on's portals. Look carefully at the display advertising throughout the network!

Find the LobsterAnywhere "Spotlight" or "Tile" for an opportunity to win a lobster dinner for two, delivered to your door! Click on the photo and enter the contest!

For a romantic dinner in the Wine Country, look through the Featured Listing pages on for a tile that says: "Win Dinner at one of Wine Country's most acclaimed Restaurants!" That would be John Ash & Co.!

For your listening pleasure, go to the Featured Listing pages on and find the tile announcing: "Win two concert tickets to see Dave Koz Summer Jam…!"

So check out those display ads - and don't forget the Free Stuff, Discounts, and Promotions pages on each of our portals!

We encourage your feedback! Please send your comments to our newsletter editor: Suggestions of topics that you would like to see in future issues are always welcome.

This month's recipe comes from Denise Travao -'s Human Resources Manager. She writes, "I use it when I have unexpected guest and I need to whip-up something quick. Everyone is always impressed. They think I slaved all day over the stove for it. They just don't know how quick and easy it is!"

Crab Fettuccini

1lb Crab meat
¼ c Butter or Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1c Chardonnay Wine
1 pint of Heavy Cream
½ c Parmesan Cheese
Chopped Fresh Basil
Black Pepper
Fettuccini Pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss with one tablespoon of olive oil. Cover and set aside.

Sauté garlic, basil and crab meat in butter or oil over low heat till tender. Set aside. Heat wine and cream in a saucepan over low heat bringing to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir one minute. Pour over crab mixture; add Parmesan; mix well. Add pepper to taste.

Serve over pasta.

August 17 - 18 - Thatcher Inn Cooking School
Two day culinary retreat featuring Grilling. Package includes two nights lodging, multi-course dinner & wine tasting Friday, hands on cooking class & four course dinner Saturday, full breakfast Saturday & Sunday, lunch Saturday, recipes, t-shirt and Marlena's herbal mixes. All in the heart of Mendocino's Wine Country - beautiful Hopland. Thatcher Inn
Fee:$595 Per couple; $325 Single
Time: Call for reservation
Phone: (800) 266-1891 or (707) 744-1890

August 25 -- Hawaiian Luau at Brutocao Cellars
Aloha from the Crushed Grape Restaurant at Schoolhouse Plaza. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or skirt and celebrate the warm summer weather in Mendocino County. Come and enjoy an authentic Hawaiian-style pig roast, tiki torches and beach, fun, fun!
Fee: Call
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Phone: RSVP by calling 707-744-2020

August 26 -- 7th Annual Concert by the Bay 2001
DAVE KOZ SUMMER JAM (Dave Koz/ Michael McDonald/ Norman Brown/ Brian Culbertson) - Summer Jazz Series - Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.
Fee: : $65 - $85
Concert Time: 3:00pm
Phone: (831)649-1223

August 2 - 5 -- The 21st Steinbeck Festival
Enjoy four days of speakers, panels, film and theater along with literary and architectural walking tours of Oldtown Salinas and bus tours of Steinbeck Country, The Red Pony Ranch, Cannery Row and Ed Ricketts' lab and more. National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
Fee: Free after regular paid admission
Time: Various
Phone: (831)775-4737, (831)796-3833

August 8 - 12 -- Napa Town & Country Fair & Parade
This award winning fair features everthing you expect, with a distinct Napa Valley flavor added. Entertainment, arts & crafts displays, children's activities, livestock and agricultural exhibits, food and wine tasting, carnival and more. Parade on August 12th at Noon on First Street. Napa Valley Exposition. Napa Downtown Association
Fee: Call
Time: Wed.-Sun. Noon - 10pm (Carnival closes at Midnight)
Phone: (707) 253-4900

August 15 -- Music in the Vineyards
Featuring pianist Paul Herst. Sterling Vineyards, Calistoga
Fee: Call for reservations
Time: 7:30pm
Phone: (707) 258-5656 tickets

August 16 - 18 -- Santa Barbara International Wine Auction
2001 Santa Barbara International Wine Auction Enjoy a three-day celebration of wine, food, and music at the Music Academy of the West, a century-old Mediterranean estate that is home to one of the world's finest summer music festivals. Call for specific locations.
Fee: Call
Time: Call
Phone: 805-969-9463

August 24 -- Coast Village Road Artwalk
8th Annual Artwalk promotes local and recognized artists. Over 40 businesses participate in the dispay of original works by 100+ artists. The public is invited to view displays and exhibits, purchase artwork, and enjoy complimentary refreshments & live entertainment throughout the evening along Montecito's scenic Coast Village Road.
Fee: $12 Prior Sale; $15 Day of Event
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Phone: (805) 565-3666

August 11 -- Road Trip 2001
Over 40 wineries will be on hand to sample their wines, in on convenient location. Enjoy the Wine Country Barbecue, then stroll through the grounds sampling treats from select Sonoma producers. Tickets are limited so order yours early. Kendall-Jackson Wine Center, Santa Rosa.
Further information may be obtained at WineRoad
Fee: $35 Member, $40 Guest
Time: 12 Noon - 4 PM
Phone: 800-723-6336

August 18 -- Blues & BBQ
The weather will be hot, but the blues will be cool. So will the discount you will be offered their wonderful wines. Come listen, taste and spend a relaxing summer afternoon at Valley of the Moon Winery in Glen Ellen
Fee:Please call winery for ticket price
Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
Phone: (707) 996-6941

There are so many events to choose from -- we encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list at:

Enter Our Contest!!
For this month's contest send us your favorite Wine Country inspired recipe!

The prize is a Four-Hour wine tour from Beau Limousine! (Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays - subject to availability), and $100 in gift certificates to Restaurant Charcuterie in Healdsburg!

"Nothing quite compares to a custom limousine wine tour of the Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Whether you are just visiting, or live here in the Bay Area, Beau Limousine will come to you to begin your day of adventure." Your four-hour tour comes complete with complimentary champagne and beverage bar. Includes license fee, tax, and a standard gratuity.

"Great wine country fare with the focus on fresh and local foods. A favorite of local winemakers, the menu offers something for everyone. Enjoy the great wine list and marvel at the pig collection....but don't feed them! Reservations are recommended for dinner."

The best Wine Country Recipe, to be determined by FreeRun Staff, will win the prize! (Winning decision is final!) By submitting your recipe, you are granting FreeRun Technologies the right to include it in our newsletters and on our web sites.

To Enter This Contest:
1) click "Reply"
2) in the body of the message write your recipe.

One entry per person, please. ***Deadline for response is 8:00 am (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) Monday, August 13, 2001*** Recipes may be edited for tone, clarity and length.

We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winner will be contacted.

The winning recipe will be published in Lifestyle News, along with the writer's name and state of residence only (email address, physical address, or other personal identifying information will not be published).

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