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SF Wine History at the Old Mint

by Nikki Lincoln

reducedMy favorite thing about wine tasting is the education that comes from trying something new or learning about what sets a wine maker apart. Each time I attend a wine event, I know that the breadth of my wine knowledge is continuing to grow. That's why when I heard about the SF Wine History tasting, I was quickly intrigued. Here was an opportunity to keep trying new wines while also learning about San Francisco's history with wine.

The presentations will cover a variety of topics from the history and nuances of wine production in SF to more basic knowledge about wine production. There's something for everyone no matter how advanced your background is.

I always appreciate a wine tasting that takes place in my backyard and I'm really excited to tie my tasting together with some San Francisco history so please join me this Thursday, August 1st at 6pm at Old Mint on Mission at 5th St. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time via Eventbrite. Many discounted tickets are still available making this a very affordable tasting event.


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Summer New Release Bash tomorrow July 20th at Sheldon, Krutz and Two Shepherds

Summer is in full swing and Sheldon Wine, Krutz Family Cellars and Two Shepherds want to celebrate with a new release summer bash! (I don't publish events normally about just my own label, but since this is three, I hope readers don't mind.)


Each winery will be releasing 1-2 new wines, including the much awaited Two Shepherds 2012 Grenache Blanc, the Krutz 2011 Martinelli Road Chardonnay 96 points, at the recent North Coast Challenge, and the highly acclaimned Sheldon Anderson Valley, 2011 Roma's Vineyard Pinot Noir, 94 points by Virginie Boone of Wine Enthusiast.

We will also be featuring a oysters, chocolatier, local artist, and a Bocce Tournament.  Read below for full details, it's a not to be missed party!

Ticket Details

The wineries have decided to truly celebrate to waive entry fees and make the event free! We'd greatly appreciate RVSPs as it helps with planning. RVSP at

The event is from 2-7 p.m. at Sheldon Winery, 1301 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa.

Your ticket includes a taste of the 6 releases from the 3 wineries. Normal tasting fees applie to full lineup of each winery.

Wine will also be available by the glass to consume with your game of Bocce, BBQ, Oysters etc!

New Releases:

Krutz Family Cellars:

  • 2012 Inspiration Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2011 Martinelli Road Chardonnay. 96 Points at the recent North Coast Challenge

Sheldon Wines:

  • 2012 Weatherly Rose'  – a special rose' of Graciano, an uncommon varietal!
  • 2011 Roma's Vineyard Pinot Noir – 94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Two Shepherds:

  • 2012 Grenache Blanc, Santa Ynez. Much anticipated, after the 2011 success
  • 2011 Grenache Noir, Russian River Valley, Saralee's Vineyard

Oyster Bar!

While supplies last, Dylan will be shucking oysters to pair!

Food with Wine, Of Course!

The boys will be grilling a pork shoulder and smoked beans will be available.  Wine will be available by the glass, so after your tasting of the 6 releases, grab a glass of something tasting, and enjoy the summer bash!
Interact & Socialize With the Wineries & Wine Makers

Too often we end up behind the table the entire event, filling glasses and have 30 second engagements. This time we have vowed to try and stay away from that, and out with our friends and supporters, socializing, answering questions, and having fun, while our talented teams fill your glass!

Guest Artisans

While you sip wine, check out these other cool Sonoma wares:

  • Photography of Damon Mattson: Damon Mattson has been a photographer for more than 20 years and is a Sonoma County ARTrails artist. Damon attempts to create photographs that are so realistic that you feel as though you are standing in front of the actual place. t
  • Bert's Desserts – Wine truffles and more! Syrah, a Petite Sirah and a Viognier truffle, as well as  Chocolate and Raspberry Truffles, and Peanut Butter Cups. Bert's was a big hit at our last event, come see why!

Bocce Tournament

There is a Bocce' court in the back, we'll be hosting a tournament! Bring a team, or form one on the spot.

THE Party of the Summer

So: cialis online pharmacy thats 6 new wines, an onsite oysters, food, bocce tournament, wine by the glass, local artists, party with the winemakers, at one of the funnest tasting rooms in town...

You have heatstroke if you miss this! (and yes we have AC!.)


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Don't Miss! Saturday Feb 2nd is the 2nd Annual Micro-Winery Collective Open House at Inspiration Custom Crush

This Saturday (tomorrow!) is the  2nd Annual Micro-Winery Collective Open House at Inspiration Custom Crush in Santa Rosa.

Inspiration Custom Crush is located at Inspiration Vineyards & Winery, and is a second business managed by Jon Philips, where very small and/or new wineries can share facilities and knowledge to make their wine.

The Superbowl is the next day, so this is also excellent opportunity to stock up on adult beverages for your Superbowl party.

Try & Buy Wines You Normally Can't

With the exception of Inspiration Vineyards, these wineries don't have public tasting rooms. This is a special opportunity for you to TRY & BUY wines from seven uniquely different wineries, each with their own winemaker present to tell you their story and introduce you to their wines. Experience the small lot, artisanal wines from:

Food Pairings & Offers

Just in time for Valentine’s day, Sonja Schluter, buy pfizer viagra in canada owner and chocolatier of Eye Candy, sampling and selling her artisanal chocolates.  In addition,  two local cheese makers will be offering samples of their delicious artisanal cheeses.

No wine event is complete at without a food truck! David from FishOn will be here featuring the regular menu that includes his famous fish & chips, plus he’ll also have some fan favorites like his pulled pork sandwiches.

Your Ticket Includes $10 Wine Credit!

Upon check-in at the door, you'll receive $10 back in wine bucks, redeemable on the day of the event at ALL seven wineries.  Tickets are $20 at the door, or buy today and save $5  – either thats a price of $5-10 to taste from SEVEN wineries

– beat that bargain for Saturday entertainment!


  • When: Saturday, February 2nd from 11am till 5pm
  • Where: 3360 Coffey Lane – Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
  • Cost: $20 at the door – SAVE $5 by registering online, using promo code: promoiv 
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Visit Other Wineries Without Leaving the Parking Lot!

Still 'thirsty' after tasting – the business park has other wineries including Vinoteca, a collective tasting room for multiple wineries; famed Zin maker Carol Shelton; the geeky NPA & Salinia, and high end, appointment only Donelan Wines.

Or visit other nearby wineries on the Santa Rosa Wine Trail!

Have a great wine weekend – cheers!


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Win Tickets to Next Weekend: "Eat, Sip, & Be Merry" On The Santa Rosa Wine Trail

The Members of The Santa Rosa Wine Trail  are hosting a special holiday tasting weekend on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 11 am to 4 pm each day. The wine trail is a collecti

on of urban wineries and tasting rooms, restaurants, and a hotel, all located within a a close radius, and a few minutes of downtown Santa Rosa.

Guests will enjoy food trucks, live music, and exclusive tours and buy cialis online activities at ten wineries. Each guest will receive a special “passport” for the weekend. Passports with stamps from each location will be entered for a drawing to win prizes including a case of wine for only one cent!

Tickets Are Only $25 buy soft viagra AND Include $10 Wine Purchase Credit

The ticket price of $25.00 presale or $35.00 at the door includes tastings at ten wineries and tasting rooms, a commemorative wine glass, and $10.00 in “wine bucks” which may be used towards the purchase of wine at any of the participating wineries.

For designated drivers, a $5.00 ticket includes special activities and non-alcoholic beverages.

Tickets are available at, at participating wineries, and at the door at any of the participating wineries during the event.Eat Sip & be Merry

Participating wineries are: Carol Shelton, D’Argenzio, Inspiration, Krutz Family Cellars, Old World, Paradise Ridge, Sheldon, Siduri/Novy*, Two Shepherds, and the collective at Vinoteca.

The Fountaingrove Inn is offering a limited number of Deluxe King Rooms for just $89/night to Eat, Sip and Be Merry visitors who would like stay in town Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday nights.  A link to the special purchase rate is available at Other lodging options may be found at

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To win is simple, simply tell us in comments below:

If you were to receive wine as a Christmas gift from one of the wineries pouring – which would be your favorite pick?

A winner will be drawn at Random next Wed evening Dec 5th.  Enter now!


About the Santa Rosa Wine Trail

The Santa Rosa Wine Trail is a collection of eleven wineries, three restaurants, and one hotel in northern Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California. The Santa Rosa Wine Trail card (print yours here or pick one up at one of our member wineries) is your passport to great days and nights of some of the best wine and food Sonoma County has to offer, all in close proximity.

Members: Carol Shelton Wines, D’Argenzio Winery, Inspiration Vineyards, Krutz Family Cellars, Old World Winery, Paradise Ridge, Robert Rue Vineyard, Sheldon Wines, Siduri/Novy, Two Shepherds, Vinoteca, John Ash, Stark’s Steak & Seafood, Willi’s Wine Bar and Vintners Inn.The offica map of the Santa Rosa Wine Trail

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Tomorrow is Global Champagne Day! How to Join In and Celebrate #ChampagneDay

In case you missed it, tomorrow is Global #ChampagneDay!!  (Note this is champagne, which is specifically limited to sparkling wine from the Champagne regio

n of France. Even Cremant, sparkling wine from other regions of France, is not Champagne.  So please leave that bottle of Gloria Ferrer or Barefoot for #SparklingDay.

There are many events happening around the world from the heart of the Champagne region to Japan to Australia to South America and of course, in the USA.  You can locate an event near you by visiting this interactive Google map

Live Video Broadcast & Entertainment

There is also a live video tasting  for #ChampagneDay on

with some great guests, including Catherin Fallis, Master Sommelier and Master Sabreuse at Sabering Champagne, who will be showing us the correct way to saber a Champagne bottle and talking all things Champagne. Also joining will be some well-known producers and smaller grower/producers, Champagne importers, bloggers, etc. There will also be a mixologist on deck to talk about the perfect Champagne cocktails.

Simple Hedonisms will be onsite for this tasting and broadcast – be sure to join us from 3pm to 7pm PST for this livestreaming event via and tweet us your question by using the #ChampagneDay hashtag.

How you can join in the bubbles (no saber necessary):

  1. Pick out a Champagne to enjoy on #ChampagneDay.
  2. Whether you're at home, out at a restaurant or tuned in to our live show(, you can post your memories online for others to see.
  3. Share your label photos, tastes, likes, food pairings or any other experiences on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. making sure to include #ChampagneDay in your post.
  4. Host your own event or home tasting
  5. Visit between 3pm -7pm PST to watch and join in live.

Take Photos & Enter to Win & iPad!

To Enter the Champagne Day contest to win an iPad click here: Champagne Day photo contest 

Be Like Nike – Just Do It!

So head to your local wine shop tonight, and pick out something for tomorrow! What better way to kick of Friday night & your weekend.

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Sonoma County's Finest Wine Weekend Gets Even Better: New Starlight Dinner Kickoff

Labor Day weekend in Sonoma County is extra special to me.  Its’ the weekend every year that hosts my beloved adopted county’s premier, county wide wine event: Sonoma Wine

Country Weekend, the star of which, for me personally, is the Saturday afternoon Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch. Its also my last hurrah before harvest for my own wine project begins.

Why is Taste of Sonoma So Special?

It’s the only event of the year where wineries from our many widespread AVA’s (regions) gather together into one place. People email me regularly saying “I am coming to ‘Sonoma’ where should I go?” Often not realizing we have 13 AVAs, and the county is very spread out. And the regions can be VERY different. Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley are only miles apart, but one is very warm, and one is very cool, and produces very different wines.

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Sonoma County has lots of great  wine ‘bracelet’ events, where you go from winery to winery, but fewer ‘walk around’ tastings where you can move from table to table covering ground more quickly, and these tend to be focused on a single variety or narrow focus.

There is no other event where all our regions are combined together in one event on this scale. As if that isn’t enough, each regional tent is accompanied by some cheap auto insurance of the many rock star chefs and great epicureans of the county.  It’s an event not to be missed. I attended it in a boot cast once even and hopped around at lightning speed!

My only ‘complaint’ every year is that 4 hours is just too little time, I could spend 2 whole days just tasting food and wine from so many amazing artisans. The afternoon window is a gift and experience I’ll happily accept.

The other amazing thing about Taste of Sonoma is the leisurely pace. It’s true several thousand people attend, but the event is so well organized, and spread into so many venues and things to do, it never feels busy, rushed, or crowded.

This event sells OUT! You have been warned if you procrastinate. People travel from all over the country ever year to attend this event.

In addition to tickets there are additional items you can add to your event, including Sommelier Tours and more.  Many are already sold out!

New in 2013:  Sonoma Starlight Supper Club

On Friday, August 31, the first ever Sonoma Starlight Supper Club will be held at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Set against the backdrop of the shimmering night sky of the Alexander Valley, the Sonoma Starlight Supper Club begins poolside at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, featuring an array of wines from twenty Sonoma County wineries paired with local cuisine served al fresco and prepared by Jeff Mall, Carlo Cavallo and Josh Silvers, the Sonoma County trio of chefs that comprise Culinary Cuvee.

The evening will culminate with dessert, live music, and dancing to the ever-popular Bay Area band Pride & Joy.

Also available is an exclusive Patron Ticket which will entitle guests to a Sparkling discount cialis online Wine Reception, a luxurious, sit-down multi-course meal prepared by Mark Stark – Chef/Owner of Stark Reality Restaurants, and access to a cigar bar and private lounge.


But Wait, There’s More!

I am not doing the Wine Country Weekend experience justice focusing just on the Taste of Sonoma. Locals and visitors alike can fill their weekend with lunches, Friday and Saturday night dinner parties, and BBQs. I attended a wine maker dinner last year and it was an incredible evening.

Last but not least, there is the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction – a grand affair at Chateau St Jean this year. I was the guest of a sponsoring winery 2 years ago, its an amazing, fun, experience. Also, money raised at this, goes to support Sonoma charities. In 2011, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gave $395,385 to local charities in Sonoma County.

See you at MacMurray Ranch!

2012 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Schedule At-A-Glance

Friday, August 31
12:30 p.m. – Winemaker Lunch Series, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak
7:00 p.m. – Sonoma Starlight Supper Club at Francis Ford Coppola Winery sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak
Saturday, September 1
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®
6:00 p.m. – Winemaker Dinner Parties, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak
6:00 p.m. – Chairman’s Dinner Party
Sunday, September 2
12:30 p.m. – Winery Barbecues at Wineries throughout Sonoma County
1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St.

Jean, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak

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Don't Miss This Weekend! Muscardini Cellars of Sonoma 8th Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

This weekend in Sonoma (July 27-28) Muscardini Cellars of

Sonoma hosts its 8th Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend , to be held at Deerfield Ranch Winery.

‘Mercato di Vino’ is the theme this year, with an Italian Marketplace set up overlo

oking the rolling vineyard hills in the Sonoma Valley.


Guest can enjoy current release tasting from both Muscardini Cellars and Deerfield Ranch Winery, tasting out of the barrels in the wine caves, wood fired pizza, live music, artisan chocolates, and a cigar deck., all out on the beautiful Deerfield Ranch Property in Sonoma.

The views are magnificent, the wines are small production and high quality, and the parking is in ample supply.

This fun day is a steal at only $35/person


  • Event Hours: Both Sat and Sun 12-5pm
  • Location/Address: Deerfield Ranch Winery, 10200 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, buy viagra canada CA 95452
  • You can buy tickets for either Saturday Or Sunday

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Tomorrow is Rootstock: The Great Gastronomic Wine, Street Food & Music Festival. Save 45% On Tix!

Santa Rosa, CA, June 19th Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square and Creative Furnace host the second annual viagra online best price

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The Rootstock Festival brings together fine wine and craft brew tasting, gourmet street foods, a Best Bites Competition hosted by Heather Irwin of Bite Club Eats,

and live music from the Hotel Cafe Tour. Returning to the main stage is the fiercely independent and self-aware “loudmouth” Jim Bianco, whose songs “expose, embarrass and offend ex-girlfriends, future girlfriends, fellow singer/songwriters and, most notably, himself.” Joining Bianco are singer-songwriters Holly Conlan, Jesse Thomas and Javier Dunn.


Support The Santa Rosa JC Shone Farm Foundation AND Save 45%

A portion of the day’s proceeds benefit Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Shone Farm Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to manage, support and raise funds for the Shone Farm agricultural and educational facility. This includes the SRJC Shone Farm Winery, which makes and markets wine as an integral part of the instructional program at SRJC, and is now a member of The Wineyard cooperative in Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square. General admission is $45, with advance-discounted tickets available for $35 each at and $25 each directly at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square merchants until July 6th. A small allotment of VIP experience tickets are available at $65 each. (sold out!)

Use code SH12 at checkout. Expires at Midnight!

Music Lineup

“Along with the stellar indie talent, one of the main reasons we love teaming with Hotel Cafe is the camaraderie of the performances,” said Joel Quigley, co-producer of the Rootstock Festival. “Hotel Cafe isn’t just a venue in LA and a tour, they bring artists into their circle of talent to create a support network. These artists become close friends, who then collaborate and play together, which translates into their performances. Last year we saw our headliner playing mandolin and singing back up for our opening artist. This makes for a very unique, intimate, and special day of music.”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter and pianist Holly Conlan is a “surefooted indie-pop artist” who has shared the stage with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Katy Perry, Cary Brothers and Butch Walker. Conlan will take a break from recording her third studio album to join us in cheap cialis online Sonoma wine country.

Singer-songwriter Jesse Thomas is a “redheaded firecracker” from Kentucky, whose “whiskey soaked soul drips into every song she sings.” She’ll be performing songs from her recently released, first full-length album War Dancer.

Javier Dunn, known equally for his awe-inspiring lyrics and guitar playing (he’s also lead guitarist for singer-songwriter and pianist sensation Sara Bareilles), will feature songs from his new EP Small Spaces.

You can check out some of the artists performance here:

Great Wine & Microbrew

Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square is home to a host of lifestyle businesses such as its three outstanding wineries with production facilities including D’Argenzio Winery, Krutz Family Cellars and Sheldon Wines, with The Wineyard cooperative tasting room featuring Albertina Wine Cellars, Atascadero Creek, Flocchini Wines, Jazz Cellars, and SRJC Shone Farm Winery. Heritage Public House is the new local gathering spot for live music, comedy, special events and a rotating beverage menu focused on California nano- and micro-brews including Ruth McGowan’s Craft Brews, as well as wines from The

Wineyard next door. Squire Cigars, host of Rootstock’s VIP Cigar Tent, and The Barbery round out the line up of merchants at Santa Rosa Vintners’ Square.

Other festival partners include TasteLive, CellarPass, House Band Wines, Rodney Strong Vineyards, 7×7 Wine Country, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Sonoma County Vintners, Grapebuddy, Jahn Art, and preferred lodging partner, the Flamingo Convention Resort & Spa.

The 2012 Rootstock Artisan Street Food Line Up

Along with a host of wineries and craft brews to whet the appetite, Rootstock’s artisan street food purveyors will satiate guests with a diversity of delicious dishes created from locally sourced ingredients by some of the region’s best street and market chefs. They will also compete in multiple categories to take home a Best Bites award, which includes the coveted Rootstock bumper stickers touting each award.


See you tomorrow – cheers!
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Two More Routes for the Barrel Tasting, plus North Coast Events for March 9 – 15

We’ve got another big barrel tasting weekend ahead of us. I’ll be able to participate this time and I’m really looking forward to it.

If you haven’t decided which wineries you’ll go to yet, here are a couple of theme-based itineraries.

The So

noma Advocate Tour

Antonio Galloni recently published his Sonoma Report for Wine Advocate. He focused heavily on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from producers that don’t happen to be part of the Wine Road Barrel Tasting, such as Paul Hobbs, Kistler and Hirsch. However, six wineries awarded 90+ points are pouring.

Of course, Galloni rated bottled wine. Get a leg up on him by evaluating barrel samples from these wineries yourself. (And don’t forget to give their neighbors a little love buy viagra online cheap us too.)

  • Freestone in Occidental
  • Siduri in Santa Rosa
  • Red Car in Sebastopol
  • La Crema in Windsor
  • Kendall-Jackson in downtown Healdsburg (that’s where they are pouring high-end Cabernet)
  • Stonestreet in Alexander Valley
There was a bit of a fuss about people piling out of limos and partying too hard last weekend. I suspect the issue was blown a bit out of proportion. However, if you want to avoid any risk of running into big bands of revelers, here are a few of the many fine wineries that don’t allow groups,

limos or buses. (Every winery not

allowing groups is identified on the Wine Road’s list of participating wineries.)

  • Bella Vineyards in Healdsburg
  • Claypool Cellars in Sebastopol
  • Freestone in Occidental
  • Fritz in Cloverdale
  • Joseph Swan in Forestville
  • La Crema in Windsor
  • Red Car in Sebastopol
  • Sausal in Alexander Valley
  • Stonestreet in Alexander Valley
  • Vinoteca (6 wineries in one location) in Santa Rosa
Enjoy your barrel tasting. I hope to meet up with you out there.


Lake County

Gregory Graham Winemaker Dinner at the Tallman Hotel — Upper Lake: Saturday, March 10, 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Owner and Winemaker Greg Graham and Marianne Graham will be there to introduce the wines and pairings.

Mendocino County

McFadden’s Second Saturday — Hopland: Saturday March 10, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Enjoy 100% organically grown grape wines paired with a delicious food treat.

Napa Valley

Calistoga Spring Jazz Festival — downtown Calistoga: Saturday, March 10, noon – 6:00pm
Live jazz music, wine and food right downtown in Calistoga.

Merryvale Pinot & Pizza Barrel Tasting — St. Helena: Saturday, March 10, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
An afternoon of wine, food and entertainment featuring current releases, library wines and Tra Vigne pizza.


Music at Vino di Amore Tasting Lounge — Cloverdale: Friday, March 9, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Bill Vestal plays Americana music.

A Taste of West Sonoma County at Dutton-Goldfield Winery — Sebastopol: Saturday & Sunday, March 10 – 11, 10:am – 4:30pm
A rare tasting of their single-vineyard wines from the Green Valley of Russian River Valley appellation.

34th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting — Northern Sonoma: Saturday & Sunday, March 10 – 11, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Your chance to sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.

Clash of the Sommeliers at Farmhouse Restaurant — Forestville: Monday, March 12, 5:30pm – 9:30pm
Three sommeliers pairing wines side-by-side for a four course, seasonal menu.

Songwriters In Sonoma at Meadowcroft Wines — Sonoma: Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm – 9:15pm
Dustin Heald, Rich Little and Fred McCarty


This article is by Fred Swan of for Copyright 2012 Fred Swan.

Valentine's Day Weekend Wine Events Update

Everybody wants to be your Valentine! Wineries, wine bars and restaurants are pulling out all the stops. And all the chocolate! Even if you don’t have a romance to kindle, you can cuddle up with a glass of wine and y

our sweet tooth this weekend.

My previous post included a whole box of chocolate and wine events. And even some without cacao. But then I got a Kiss-o-Gram with even more events for this weekend!

All events listed below are in chronological order by region. Some events require advance reservations or ticketing, so it’s best to click through for any event you’d like to attend. The headline links for each event will take you to the calendar at where you’ll find further details on that event. And event organizers sometimes change details at the last minute, so it’s always a good idea to contact the host prior to showing up at their doorstep. For events in other regions, also check the calendar or my weekly NorCal event articles.

Mendocino County

Saturday, February 11

Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Sampling at Milano Family Winery — Hopland: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Bring your Valentine and tickle your taste buds with heavenly creations by the ladies of Milano Family Winery.

Parducci’s Valentines Day ‘Death by Chocolate’ Event — Ukiah: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Parducci Wine Cellars presents a romantic day of music, sensuous wines, and exquisite chocolates to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Napa Valley

On-Going Events

Saturday February 11 – Tuesday, February 14
Chocolate and Wine at Cornerstone Cellars — Yountville:
10:00am – 6:00pm
Bring your sweetie to Cornerstone Cellars and indulge them in a wine flight paired with 3 chocolates hand crafted by Brent and Anette at Anette’s Chocolates, Napa Valley.

Saturday February 11 – Monday, February 20
The Ultimate Decadent Tasting at Trefethen Family Vineyards — Napa
10:00am – 4:30pm
Enjoy special selections of Trefethen wines paired with handmade confections produced by one of Napa’s finest chocolatiers.
Daily Events

Sunday, February 12

Cooking up Sweet Passion: Amy Reiley, Author of Romancing the Stove at Peju — Rutherford: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Learn to make hand rolled chocolate truffles from Amy Reiley’s new cookbook Romancing the Stove while sipping Peju wines.

Sonoma County

Friday, February 10

An Evening with Merry Edwards at Paradise Ridge Winery — Santa Rosa: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Come spend a great evening celebrating Merry Edwards stellar career at a benefit for the Sonoma County Wine Library.

Music at Vino di Amore Tasting Lounge — Cloverdale: 7pm
Music by Michael Hantman plus belly dancing by Kimberly Andora.

Saturday, February 11

Special Valentines Day Vertical Tasting at John Tyler Wines — Healdsburg: 11:ooam – 5:00pm
2004-2006 Pinot Noir and Zinfandel wines in a mini vertical tasting paired with Brix Chocolates.

Wine & Chocolate at Amista Vineyards — Healdsburg: noon – 3pm
Join canadian healthcare viagra sales us at Amista Vineyards for award-winning wines paired with specialty chocolates from Sebastopol chocolatier Peters Chocolates.

5th Annual Amphoradisiac Winemaker’s Dinner at Amphora — Healdsburg: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
A multi-course gourmet dinner with fabulous wine pairings, white tablecloths, candlelight and roses.


Event organizers and publicists get your events published here. Post your events in the calendar at Posting events there requires a one-time registration (easy, peasy), but is totally free of charge. And it only takes a couple of minutes. I’ll soon post a guide at with tips on how to make event posts as effective as possible.

Disclaimer: The events I’ll call attention to here are those that I’ve become aware of and which offer something beyond the standard winery tasting room experience. Neither I nor William are compensated by any of the event organizers in any way. The listings are for the benefit of the community. Event details are subject to change without notice.

This article is by Fred Swan for Simple Hedonisms. All rights reserved.

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