Wine Country Weekend Highlights: Oct 30-Nov 1

Greetings Wine Country lovers, from my new part time digs in Portland. Those on Facebook that have been following me (amidst Facebook’s breakdown) know that my Wine Country Sabbatical ended abruptly this week, as I plunged back into the Tech Sector more rapidly than planned. After 5 weeks of interviews, 10 hours of final interviews last Thursday, Monday morning I received an offer from the CEO, wanting me to start yesterday. I am with a software start-up,  VP of Sales and Marketing, managing a team and helping them to launch. Its 8 days before our most important trade event of the season, and springboard for 2010, so its busy. More on this phenomenon later, this blog is about wine and fun, not my life!

I really didn’t want this article back to back with last weeks event synopsis, but I am still editing two articles from last weekend including Pinot on The River, but they aren’t complete yet. Get use to a few typos and grammar errors , as you may find some these busy next few months. :)

Post-Harvest, its still a busy weekend:

Charles Schwab Cup Championship–Food and Wine Festival (Fri-Sun)

Featuring the top-30 money leaders of the season, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship is the culminating event in the Champions Tours Road to the Charles Schwab Cup.’Wine Festival Golf Ball

The Clubhouse Wine & Food Festival Ticket – $55.00 Advance Purchase/ $60.00 Gate Purchase – The Wine & Food Festival ticket allows access to the Clubhouse, Wine and Food Festival and acts as a tournament grounds pass. The Wine and Food Festival is located on the back lawn of the Sonoma Golf Club. Wine Festival access includes admission to the Wine Festival, a complimentary wine glass and wine tasting and food pairings from local Sonoma County restaurants.

Entrances to the Wine & Food Pairing festival are on the back patio of the clubhouse (find the big white pairings sign) OR inside the hallway towards the clubhouse entrance.The festival itself will be inside Vintage Room C.

2009 Participating Wineries: Black Coyote Chateau, BR Cohn Winery, Buoncristiani, Charles Creek Vineyard, Cline Cellars, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Don Sebastiani & Sons, Frank Family Vineyards, Greg Norman Estates, Gundlach Bundschu, J. Moss Wines, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards, Landmark Vineyards, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Nicholson Ranch, Paradise Ridge, Robledo Family Winery, Roessler Cellars, Schug Carneros Estate, Sharp Cellars, Sojourn Cellars, Tin Barn Vineyards, Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards & Cellars,

2009 Participating Restaurants: Carneros Bistro, Chardonnay GC, Costeaux French Bakery, Della Santina’s Trattoria, El Dorado Kitchen, John Ash & Co., Mia’s Kitchen, Mondo Press, Restaurant Cuvee, Ristorante Allegria, Saffron, Sante-Fairmont, Sonoma Sausage, Stark’s Steakhouse, The Red Grape, Tra Vigne, ZaZu Restaurant. Tickets

Saturday

Kendall Jackson 2006 Highland Estates Pre-Release Party 11-4 pm

Join KJ as they taste 6 of  Parker 90+ rated 2006 vintage Highland Estates wines. These wines won’t be available for sale for several kendall-jacksonmonths, but this is your opportunity to try them and purchase them before they are released. KJ will be selling these wines the day of the event only – after that you’ll have to wait! We’ll have seminars, a special place for Wine Club members and, of course, bites from our culinary team. Call 1.800.769.3649 for reservations or more information.

2006 Napa Mountain Merlot – 91 Points

2006 Taylor Peak Merlot – 90 Points

2006 Trace Ridge Cabernet – 91 Points

2006 Hawkeye Mountain Cabernet – 92 Points

2006 Napa Mountain Cabernet – 93 Points

2006 Trace Ridge Red Wine – 93 Points

Wine Club members – complimentary. General public – $10 per person if reserved prior to 10/26/09. $15 per person at the door

Facebook Wine Meetup! Dogtoberfest Fundraiser at Topel Winery

Hosted by yours truly, in conjuction with Topel’s own annual event.flashtopel

Haven’t you said before you wish you’d meet, or see more often, your FB Wine Friends? I’d like to host the first of regular ‘Facebook Wine Meetups’. (Hey, Twitter has Tweetups.)

Every year Topel Winery, (a dog friendly winery) publishes a Dog ‘Wine Tails’ calendar, as a fundraiser for the Healdsburg Animal Shelter. I am pleased to share Flash is featured in September (my birth month.)

( For those of you that have met Flash, you know he is a special soul. And also a testament to Rescue Programs, I got him after two traumatic events, yet with some love his spirit and majestic nature stayed in tact.)

To Celebrate (and donate) I have purchased 15 calendars ($20 each) to give to the first people who show up for this Meetup.

Topel is also offering complimentary tastings, food treats for humans and doggie biscuits for canine friends, as well as a portrait artist on hand to drawn caricatures of you (and your pet!) for a small fee.

The event runs 12-5. I will be hosting my Meetup from 130-330. (hopefully that time works ok.)

So come meet up with your FB fellow wine-o’s, and help raise money for Man/Women’s Best Friend!

TWine or TWeets @ Cellars of Sonoma 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Halloween Tweets @ Cellars of Sonoma! Wines paired with everyone’s favorite halloween candy. Social networking introducing POKEN, an amazing new technology POKEN available for purchase. Twitter Lounge, big screen tv’s and live video broadcasting. $10.00 in costume  or  $15.00 no costume. RSVP @707-578-1826

Sunday

Murphy Goode – Meet and Greet Top Chef Las Vegas Contestants!

top chefKevin and Eli are in town!  Come hang at Murphy-Goode with Top Chef contestants Kevin Gillespie, Eli Kirshstein, winemaker Dave Ready, Jr., and Hardy Wallace. Grab some tastes, snacks, and play some Liar’s Dice while we welcome Kevin and Eli to Murphy-Goode and Healdsburg. Please RSVP. 330 – 5 pm.

Hope to see some of you this weekend!

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