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A Perfect Sunday in Healdsburg: Oct 21st Pinot on The River

This Sunday, October 21st is the annual Pinot cialis online canadian pharmacy on the River. This wonderful, Pinot Noir filled day, returns again to the Square on Downtown Healdsburg.  The weather is forecasted for a balmy 72 degrees and sunny, promising to be a great day.

Sunday’s Pinot Noir Grand Tasting, with over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square,  is a Sonoma County wine weekend, and Pinot Noir experience, you won’t want to miss.

Go VIP

For the Pinot-phile seeking the ultimate day of

Pinot Noir immersion, with a VIP Ticket. VIP Guests  have the opportunity to attend the special Pre-Tasting Seminar exploring Pinot Noirs from Littorai, presented by Ted Lemon.

This seminar, beginning at 9 AM and moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor and publisher of the PinotReport newsletter, is available to VIP ticket holders only.

Following the seminar, VIP ticket holders can enter the Grand Tasting ahead of the general public, and enjoy the VIP lounge.

Tickets for the VIP Experience are $150, regular attendee ticket is $75. Factor in the price of high quality Pinot Noir, the costs of tasting fees, the close proximity of 100 Pinot producers, and the food experience that accompanies, and $75 is a a value any wine lover will quickly realize.

If Pinot Noir is one of your favorite varietal wines, this is simply a can not skip event. VIP & Seminar spots are very limited, if you are interested, I’d suggest you buy them ASAP. Tickets: http://www.pinotfestival.com/registration.html

Simple Hedonisms will be onsite tasting & tweeting live at #POTR !

 

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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.

Events

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.

Sonoma

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 NorCalWine.com for SimpleHedonisms.com. Copyright 2012 Fred Swan.

Events for This Weekend and Two Routes for the Wine Road Barrel Tasting

Guest Post by Fred Swan

This weekend’s events look a little sparse on the surface. But one little line item portends barrels of adventure. Hundreds of barrels. Full of wine. canadian viagra

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There have already been excellent articles on this site about the barrel tasting. I don’t want to repeat what has been said. But, the list of more than 120+ wineries makes it hard to know where to start. So, I’ll offer a couple of itineraries for you to consider:

(Editorial note by William, for those of you who listened to me on KRSO tonight and are looking for the Tips & Ticket Contest, see Monday’s Post Here: Wine Road Barrel Tasting – The Premier Wine Buying Event of The Season. Learn, Share and Win Tickets! (4 winners!) )

Route 1: Get it While You Can — Wineries Open This Weekend Only

Saturday, focus on wineries west of Hwy 101. I might start at Moshin. Their Sauvignon Blanc will ease you into tasting. Follow it up with vineyard-designate Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Next, head up Westside Road to De La Montanya. They have five different wines for you to sample, starting with Pinot Noir and closing with a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc. The dessert wine will lead nicely into lunch. You did pack a lunch, right?

Head north on Westside Drive as it turns into West Dry Creek. Pull in at Quivira. Eat your lunch near their biodynamic gardens. Then enjoy their Mourvedre and Petite Sirah.

From Quivra continue on to A. Rafanelli Winery which will be pouring 2010 Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their wines are always very good. And they age well.

On the second day do an eastern route. Rodney Strong will have a tasty assortment. Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Dry Creek Zinfandel.

From there, go to Stryker Sonoma. See how the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate differs from the Dry Creek wines you tried on Saturday. The’ll also pour Merlot.

Stay on the Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon path by going to Trentadue. They’ll let you try their reserve, the La Storia Cabernet Sauvignon. The La Storia Zinfandel and La Storia Cuvee 32 blend will also be available.

For a taste of a completely different Cabernet Sauvignon AVA, head back across Hwy 101 to Ridge Vineyards. They’ve got a barrel of 2011 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon from the Santa Cruz Mountains. (Ridge is open the 2nd weekend too, but why wait?)

 

Route 2: Que Syrah — There’s more to Sonoma than Chard, Zin, Pinot and Cab

Formulate an itinerary from among these excellent Syrah producers:

Joseph Swan (Forestville) will be pouring not one but three vineyard-designate Syrah. Give them a try and see how the terroir of the different vineyards shows through in the wines. The winery will also have Zin, Tannat and more.

Vintoteca in Santa Rosa will be featuring six different wineries. Among the wines will be Olson Ogden’s Dry Creek Syrah. Before you dive into that though, try the Pinot Noirs from Bjornstadt and Baker Lane.

Krutz Family Cellars (Santa Rosa) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Stagecoach Vineyards of Napa Valley was one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines for 2011. They’re opening a barrel of Syrah from that same vineyard, which excels with that variety.

Lauterbach Cellars (Windsor) has acclaimed Syrah fruit, but makes wine in tiny quantities. This is your chance to try some. They’ll have the 2009 Syrah, but will start you off with Pinot Noir and their Syrah Rosé.

Red Car (Sebastopol) is un-bunging their Estate Syrah. But first, enjoy Heaven & Earth and their estate Pinot Noir.

Dutton Estate Winery will be pouring My Father’s Syrah. …I didn’t even know my dad had Syrah! I’m sure it will be good though. They’ve also got Pinot and Chardonnay on tap wine thief.

 

Events

Lake County

Six Sigma Ranch Pro & Amateur Pruning Competition —Lower Lake: March 3, 10:00am – noon
Learn pruning from the pros and try your hand at it, too!

 

Napa Valley

Cab Release Weekend at Velo Vino — St. Helena: March 3 – 4, 11:00am – 6:00pm
A special Vertical tasting of our 2006, 2007 and 2008 kit’s killer cab.

Charles Krug Winery Celebrates Charles Krug’s 187th Birthday — St. Helena: March 3, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Imagine the light the birthday candles will put out! There’ll be appetizers and three-course wine dinner.

 

Sonoma County

34th Annual Wine Road Barrel Tasting – Northern Sonoma: March 2 – 4, 11:00am – 4:00pm
144 wineries open their doors this weekend, many will be offering futures. Advance ticket sales are over, but you can buy tickets at the door.

Inspiration Vineyards Winemaker Dinner — Santa Rosa: March 2, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
There are still a few seats available for this dinner and the menu looks great!

Music at Vino di Amore Tasting Lounge — Cloverdale: March 2, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Unwind after work, or barrel tasting, to rock and reggae played by Oscar Caleron.

Hanzell Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Santé — Sonoma: March 8, 6:30pm
Join Hanzell winemaker Michael McNeill for a delicious four-course dinner paired with past and current vintages of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

 

A Quick Plug:

The Wine Advocate will soon be releasing Antonio Galloni’s report on Sonoma County Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You can learn levitra viagra online more about him and what he looks for wines by reading my in-depth interview with him. It’s being published in daily doses this week at NorCalWine.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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 NorCalWine.com 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 NorCalWine.com. 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 NorCalWine.com 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.

Upcoming Wine Events in the North Coast, February 4 – 12

William has invited me to keep you apprised of upcoming wine events for the North Coast with weekly posts here at Simple Hedonisms. Each article will cover roughly 2 weeks of events taking place in Lake, Mari

n, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties. Every now and then, there’ll be a sneak preview of something farther out in time or distance.

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 NorCalWine.com 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.

One-time, up-front disclaimer (in future articles, this will appear at the end): 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. Enjoy!

Event organizers and publicists wishing to maximize the likelihood of their events being published here should post their events in the calendar at NorCalWine.com. 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 NorCalWine.com with tips on how to make event posts as effective as possible.

Now that that’s out of the way… Wow! What a busy couple of weekends we’ve got coming up. If it weren’t for the Super Bowl this Sunday — an event against which few wineries are daring to compete — I’d still be clacking away, adding festivities. Valentine’s Day has inspired a huge bouquet of events pairing wine and chocolate, wine and oysters, wine and flowers, wine and romance. I’ll take any of those over a Hallmark card. (Gentlemen, this is not a suggestion that you forgo a card this year. Bad idea!)

Have a great weekend and I hope to see you tomorrow afternoon at the Micro-Winery Collective Open House at the Inspiration Vineyards tasting room in Santa Rosa.

Lake County

Saturday, February 11

Wine & Chocolate . . . and More! at Mt. Konocti Winery — Lakeport: 12:00 – 4:00
There will be more than 30 wineries pouring premium Lake County wines paired with gourmet chocolates and savories by Master Sommelier Candidate and Masters of Wine Candidate Sommelier Stephanie Green.

Marin County

Tuesday, February 7

Happy Hour with Tudal Family Winery at Bacchus Venus — Sausalito: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Taste through a flight of Tudal Wine’s for $10.


Mendocino County

Sunday, February 11

McFadden’s Second Saturday — Hopland: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Enjoy McFadden’s wines made from 100% organically-grown grapes and paired with a delicious food treat.

Wine & Chocolate Extravaganza at RWV Wineries — Redwood Valley: 11:00am – 5:00pm
One ticket gets you a glass for Wine Tasting and Chocolates at all 9 locations.

Cupid in the Caves at Saracina Vineyards, Hopland: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Stop by the Saracina Tasting Bar for the romance-inducing foods of the gods: wine, oysters and chocolate!

Crab Feast in the Barrel Room at Jaxon Keys Winery — Hopland: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
A Valentines Weekend Crab Feast in the Jaxon Keys Barrel Room. They’ll start things off with Oysters three ways: Rockefeller, Florentine, and raw and then it’s all about the crab!

Napa Valley

Friday, February 3

Annual Open House at Charles Krug Winery — St. Helena: 10:30am – 4:30pm
The Peter Mondavi family welcomes you to their annual open house. Meet the family, taste new releases and enjoy live music.

Saturday, February 4

Annual Open House at Charles Krug Winery — St. Helena: 10:30am – 4:30pm
The Peter Mondavi family welcomes you to their annual open house. Meet the family, taste new releases and enjoy live music.

Winter Release Day at Silver Oak — Oakville: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Release celebration for the 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and kicks off of festivities for Silver Oak’s 40th Anniversary.

Cabernet Release Event at Bennett Lane Winery — Calistoga: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Visit Bennett Lane Winery for the pre release of their 2009 Cabernet and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winter Tag-a-Long at Saddleback Cellars — Oakville: 11:00am – 5:00pm
It’s a great day to taste at Oakville wineries since most in the area celebrate the release of the 2007 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon! At Saddleback, they’ll have an enhanced tasting day with food from Rebel-Dog and live music by the Wasted Rangers.

Cabernet Pre-Release Day at Cosentino Winery — Yountville: 12:00pm – 04:00pm
Get a sneak peak at the Cosentino Winery Reserve Cabernet and its library varietal, paired with chocolate.

Cabernet Pre-Release Day at Girard Winery — Yountville: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
A sneak peak at the inaugural release of the Girard Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

Friday, February 10

Cupid’s Kitchen at Girard Winery — Yountville: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bubbles, the Oyster Girls from Tomales Bay, a sensuous chocolate fountain and exquisite cheeses.

Saturday, February 11

Valentine’s Oyster and Wine Pairing at Black Stallion Winery — Napa: 12:00pm – 4:00pm or until the oysters run out
Oysters by the pair, six-pack or dozen. And wine!

Goosecross Valentine’s Day Party at TopFlight — Napa: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Enjoy an afternoon of wine, chocolate and romance.

San Valentino Dinner at Andretti Winery — Napa: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Put on your best Upscale Wine Country attire and come celebrate amore and Valentine’s Day with Andretti Winery.

Sonoma County

Saturday, February 4

Crab Feed at Sbragia Family Vineyards — Geyserville: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
The Sbragia family invites you to join them for an evening of cracked crab and fabulous wine!

Winter Release Day at Silver Oak — Geyserville: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Release celebration for the 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and kicks off of festivities for Silver Oak’s 40th Anniversary.

Syrah Saturday at Amista Vineyards – Healdsburg: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Enjoy Amista’s signature estate wines with gourmet food pairings from 11:00-4:30 on Saturday, February 4th.

Wine & Chocolate Fantasy at Rodney Strong Vineyards — Healdsburg: 10:00am – 5:00pm
The Rodney Strong barrel room is transformed into a beautiful series of halls and rooms, featuring wine and chocolate and chocolate and wine!

Micro-Winery Collective Open House at Inspiration — Santa Rosa: 11:00am – 5:00pm
These wineries don’t have public tasting rooms. This is a special opportunity for you to try and buy wines from seven uniquely different wineries, each

with their own winemaker present to tell you their stories and introduce you to their wines.

Fundrasier for the Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue at Marimar Estate — Sebastopol: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Tapas, wine, and an education booth run by Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Tuesday, February 7

Tasting Tuesdays at Willi’s Wine Bar — Santa Rosa: 4:00pm – 05:30pm
This week’s guest is Jesse Inman of August Briggs Wines.

Friday, February 10

Roche Winemaker Dinner at Sheraton Sonoma County — Petaluma: 6:30pm – 09:00pm
This “Pre-Spring Fling” Winemaker Dinner is open to the public, however, advanced reservations and RSVP are required.

Saturday, February 11

Reds & Romance Weekend at Dutton Goldfield — Sebastopol: 10:00am – 04:30pm
Featuring Dutton Goldfield Winery‘s luscious red wines, including single-vineyard Pinots from the amazing 2009 vintage. A special sweet treat awaits you as well.

Bring Your Sweetheart! at Deerfield Ranch Winery — Kenwood: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Deerfield Ranch Wines paired with Robert’s handcrafted chocolate truffles.

Culinary Romance: Valentine’s Weekend at Bella Vineyards — Healdsburg: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Bring your special valentine and bask in the elegant ambiance of our wine cave as you explore the culinary side of romance.

Sweet 116 at the Wineries of 116 — Sebastopol: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Enjoy decadent treats and delicious wines at six wineries along Highway 116 near Sebastopol.

Valentine Library Wine Flight at Skewis Wines — Healdsburg: 11:00am – 4:00pm
We have a special tasting planned for Valentine’s weekend; a single vineyard, vertical tasting from our private wine library.

Miette Pastries at J Vineyards — Healdsburg: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Head over to J Vineyards and Winery and enjoy tasty treats prepared by Executive Chef Mark E. Caldwell from the Miette, San Francisco’s most charming pastry shop.

Tasting Room Grand Opening at Karah Estate/Windy Hill — Cotati: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Come to the grand opening of the new Karah Estate tasting room and enjoy a free tasting, plus its panoramic view of the Petaluma Gap!

A Zin Affair to Remember at DeLoach Vineyards — Santa Rosa: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Vertical Zinfandel tastings, gourmet chocolate, local artisan cheeses, live music and more!

Sunday, February 12

Reds & Romance Weekend at Dutton Goldfield — Sebastopol: 10:00am – 04:30pm
Featuring Dutton Goldfield Winery‘s luscious red wines, including single-vineyard Pinots from the amazing 2009 vintage. A special sweet treat awaits you as well.

Bring Your Sweetheart! at Deerfield Ranch Winery — Kenwood: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Deerfield Ranch Wines paired with Robert’s handcrafted chocolate truffles.

Culinary Romance: Valentine’s Weekend at Bella Vineyards — Healdsburg: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Bring your special valentine and bask in the elegant ambiance of our wine cave as you explore the culinary side of romance.

Valentine Library Wine Flight at Skewis Wines — Healdsburg: 11:00am – 4:00pm
We have a special tasting planned for Valentine’s weekend; a single vineyard, vertical tasting from our private wine library.

Love and Meritage Blending Party at Topel Tasting Room — Healdsburg: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Topel winemaker Marcus Topel will pair up with KRSH Radio’s Ziggy Eschliman, best known as Ziggy – The Wine Gal, to guide friends (with or without benefits) and lovers through the wine blending process.

Wine Lover’s Event at Mounts Family Winery — Healdsburg: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Indulge yourself with a wine, cheese & chocolate Pairing and try pre-release Petite Sirah, Malbec viagra best buy and Zinfandel. RSVP required.

Looking Forward

Don’t forget the 7th Annual Int’l Alsace Festival coming up on February 18 in Boonville. There will be an Int’l Alsace Varietals Festival Technical Conference a Grand Tasting and a Winemakers Dinner. I’ve attended this event before and really enjoyed it.

 

This article is by Fred Swan for Simple Hedonisms. Photograph ©Igor Prole, used under license. All rights reserved.

Join "The Club" This Sunday for Healdsburg "Wine'd Up" – Details & Drawing to Win Entry to This Exclusive Event!

What better way to get into the Holiday Spirit than to spend the day being treated like royalty by 25 Wineries in Healdsburg.

Its the Second Annual Wine’d Up!

Wine club members at any one of the participating wineries get to be a Wine Club member of the others, that day only. What a great way to taste, discover, and buy wines, at a club price.

Become a fan of Wine’d Up on Facebook!

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Not a Wine Club Member? Enter to Be One for The Day

Well, first you could/should consider joining one. I am a big proponent of wine clubs, as I wrote in Wine Clubs – A Review of Different Types and Benefits.

Simple Hedonisms and Thumbprint Cellars will give four lucky couples tickets for the day. TWO ways to win. Enter BOTH ways, to double your chances.

(1) In comments, tell us which winery below you would pick to be a wine club member of and why. Or if you are a wine club member – why. You can gift your tickets if you win, as you obviously can already attend.

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Featured Winery Offers for Wine’d Up

When you check in and start, you will be given a card with detail from each winery. Below are highlights of some of the offers.

Davis Family Vineyards

  • 20% off all wines
  • In addition to the 6 wines that are part of the  tasting we will be pouring from large formats as well.
  • Will be doing a cheese & truffle pairing with truffles from  Truffle Gateaux.
  • We are also offering a gift with a 6 bottle + purchase.
Downtown Wine (Hobo + Branham)

At Downtown Wine we will extend a 15% discount on all purchases to wine club members PLUS  just $1 shipping on cases.

We are also offering a 6 pack Holiday Deal that includes the following wines:

REGULAR PRICE $165,  DEAL PRICE $140

  •  2009 Hobo Wine Company Treborce Zinfandel     Reg $30
  • 2010 Folk Machine Three Ceremonies                  Reg $22
  • 2009 Make Work Wine Company The Plan             Reg$35
  • 2006 Branham Jazz* Reg $26
  • 2007 Branham Jazz* Reg $26
  • 2008 Branham Jazz  Reg $26

Hawley

We will be releasing our new 2010 Reserve Petite Sirah. It comes from small hillside vineyard on West Dry Creek Rd. and we made less than 100 cases.We will be pairing it with a semi-sweet dark chocolate.

Hudson Street Wineries

A partnership of five boutique wineries in one tasting room. (Bluenose, Kelley & Young, Sadler-Wells, Shippey Vineyards and Willowbrook).

  • We will be serving grilled chicken sausages and assorted cheese from Vella and Marin French Cheese Company.
  • Offering 20% discount on all our wines to Wine’d Up participants.
  • Holiday discounts including a 50% case discount on Bluenose 2006 Zinfandel and Kelley & Young 2008 Sauvignon Blanc and up to 30% on everything else.

J. Keverson Winery

  • Serving Bánh mì – Vietnamese Pork Sandwich
  • 30% off wine purchased on Sunday for new club members
  • 2007 Sangiovese sale

    $15/bottle or $144/case

La Crema

  • Flight of 5 small production, non-distributed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. New 2010 release of Russian River Chard paired with a Winter Soup – (mushroom, potato, bacon) and New 2008 release of Sonoma County Syrah paired with an Oreo Crumble with chocolate espresso bean crush and cherry drizzle cake.
  •  Additional promotion: 25% off for new wine club members & 30% off case discounts

Longboard

 Affronti is catering pairing three types of crostini-bites with our wines:

  •  Basil Pesto + Parmesan (Sauv. Blanc)
  • Duck Rillette + Fig Gastrique (Pinot Noir)
  • Pinchito Beef + Manchego (Bigger Reds: Merlot, Cab., Syrah)

We will be offering a 20% discount to all participants on EVERYTHING including current & library releases, large-formats, merchandise & apparel.

Murphy-Goode and Edmeades

  • Wine Club Member discount, 20% Bottles, 25% Case
  • New WC members enjoy a 35% discount.
  • Seasonal Music
  • Food Pairings by Healdsburg’s own Kathy King Catering:

Prime Rib Sliders

  • 2006 Snake Eyes Zinfandel-Murphy-Goode
  • 2007 Snake Eyes Zinfandel-Murphy-Goode
  • 2006 Perli Zinfandel-Edmeades
  • 2007 Perli Zinfandel-Edmeades

Salty Nut Carmel Chews

  • 2008 Late Harvest Semillion-Murphy-Goode
  • 2005 Late Harvest Zinfandel-Murphy-Goode
  • 2006 Perli Late Harvest Zinfandel-Edmeades

Goode Offerings

2004 Terra a Lago Cabernet Sauvignon -      Reg $35  today  $22.75

Portalupi

  • We will be serving a recipe created by Tim Borges: Italian Roma Tomato Based Chilli with fresh sauted japapeno peppers, red onion and bell peppers. Made with Itailian Moretti beer, browned with Italian seasoning on ground chuck roast, cubed roast and boneless pork chops.
  • 20% off all wine purchases. 30% off case and a complimentary bottle of Luna Portalupi Olive Oil.
  • Complimentary tasting of Luna Portalupi Balsamic Vinegars and Oils.

thumbprint cellars

  • featuring the upbeat musical stylings of Rose City Ramblers, from 1-4.
  • showcasing the wildly popular 2008 climax blend and a newly released 2010 Gewurtztraminer from Saralee’s Vineyard, as well as an outstanding 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Andolsen Vineyard, and who knows what other types of surprises.
  • thumbprint’s owner and winemaker, recently named The Bad Boy of Winemaking, Scott Lindstrom-Dake will pull off the shelves to pop open.
  • There will be honey demonstrations by Moonshine Trading Co., flatbreads, cheese platters and many more noshy treats.
  • Should you decide to join one of thumbprint’s wine clubs and become a ‘thumbsucker’ or a ‘friend with benefit’ you will receive an additional 10% off your wine club discounts on all purchases that day.
Topel
  • We will have live music,  games, food and of course wine!Wag Tails
  • Buy a Wine Tails Calendar, Be Entered to Win A Year Wine Club, $450 Value. Topel just released its annual Wine Tails calendar, a fundraiser for the Healdsburg Animal Shelter. These are great gifts for $20, help a great cause AND for each one you purchase, you are entered into a drawing for our Trio Wine Club, a $450 value, for $1!
  • Register Here on EventBrite, To Be Entered for Drawings. Register here, print out and bring along your registration, and we will enter you into drawings for Topel gift certificates. Put them in someone’s stocking, or use them yourself!
  • One Stop Wine Purchase for Your Gifts AND Your Holiday Table: Whether you need wine for your own family feast, a gift for someone you’re trying to impress or a ready-to-go party pack, we have the perfect 4-Bottle Topel Holiday Wine Gift for the perfect price: $99!
    •  2009 Topel Chardonnay “Classique,” which is fantastic paired with fresh Dungeness Crab from the Sonoma Coast, plus 3 bottles of our Topel Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve (2005, 2006 and 2007), sublime when served with heartier dishes, like Prime Rib and Beef Bourguignon. Our regular price for these 4 wines is $143. That’s a savings of more than 30%!

Windsor Vineyards

  • Foi Gras and Water Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms with Blanc De Noir and Persimmon Drizzle Paired with the 2007 Windsor Blanc de Noirs Carneros
  • Crab and Shrimp Crustini paired with 2010 Windsor Chardonnay Evelyn Parrish Vineyard
  • Handmade Lamb Sausage with dried cranberries and pistachio nuts with whole grain mustard sauce paired with 2009 Windsor Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
  • We will be offering a selection of holiday gifts, stemware, wine accessories, clothing, wine and more:
    • 30% family discount on all purchases for Wine Club Members
    • 20% discount on wine purchases only for event participants
    • Complimentary glass of bubbles when you refer a friend to the club

 

See Everyone Sunday,

 

Participating Wineries

Bluenose Wines
Davis Family Vineyards
Downtown Wine
Edmeades
Garagiste Healdsburg
Hart’s Desire
Hauck Cellars
Hawley
J Keverson
Kelley & Young
Kendall Jackson
La Crema
Longboard
Murphy Goode
Portalupi
Roadhouse
Sadler-Wells
Sapphire Hill
Selby
Shippey Vineyards
Toad Hollow
Topel
Willowbrook
Windsor Vineyards


Join Topel Winery & Simple Hedonisms this Saturday for the 4th Annual Dogtoberfest in Downtown Healdsburg

This Saturday, October 29th is Topel Winery's annual Dogtoberfest fundraiser for the Healdsburg

Animal Shelter.

This is a special event for Simple Hedonisms as it marks the Two Year anniversary of our Sonoma Wine Meetup. Our inaugural meetup was held at Topel during Dogtoberfest.

This event is special as it also marks the 2nd year that my beloved Australian Shepherd, Flash, himself a rescue, is featured in the calender.

Please register here on Eventbrite to be eligible for special door prize drawing.

The 2012 Topel Wine Tails Calendar

The event is viagra pills australia held honoring the winners of the annual “Shoot Your Pet!” photo contest for the 2012 Topel Wine Tails Calendar, a benefit for the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.

The event features:

  • Free readings by Marla, The Pet Psychic (1-4 pm)
  • Renderings of your favorite pet(s) by artist Robert Harris (fee applies)
  • Human and doggie treats
  • Wine for humans, water for dogs!
  • Great discounts on selected wines

Noon to 5 pm Saturday, October 29, 2011 Costumes welcome, but not required — after all, it’s almost Halloween!

Door Prizes Drawing for Eventbrite Attendees

Bring a printed copy of your registration ticket, we will be drawing for merchandise prizes and emailing winners the following week.
Bring your canine friend, or if you are a dog lover without one, just come enjoy the fun. (and the wine!)

The Topels, Flash and I will be there to greet you! Come see us and support this great cause.

cheers!

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Pinot-Philes – Sunday October 23 Healdsburg Pinot on the River is a Must Not Miss Event. (New Venue!)

Pinot Noir…I may be 'married' to Rhones these days it seems, but Pinot was always my first girl and love. 

The “Full Immersion” Pinot Noir Event! 8th Annual Pinot On The River Festival Takes Over Healdsburg Plaza

This Sunday,  more than 100 small-production artisanal Pinot Noir producers will join hundreds of serious Pinot Noir fanatics at the 2011 Pinot on the River Festival, held October 23, 2011 on the Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. The eighth edition of this popular annual event focuses upon highly allocated, limited-production Pinot Noirs from up and down the West Coast.

This is a true “full-immersion” in Pinot Noir, featuring a full day of tastings from some of the West Coast’s best Pinot producers as well offerings from local artisan cheese makers and other sumptuous food.

VIP Plaza Lounge Option

Pinot on the River is again partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma which is hosting a one of a kind VIP Plaza Lounge. VIP guests will join winemakers and other special guests in this Plaza Lounge for the only on-site seating, premium tasting seminars from 6 premier wineries, fine Sonoma County fare provided by Vintage Valley Catering without long lines, and, of course, plenty of Pinot Noir! There are a limited number of VIP tickets available to ensure maximum comfort, atmosphere, and value. To purchase these VIP tickets, visit www.bgccsc.org. From a special VIP seminar on Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains all the way through Sunday's “Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting,” it’s an event created for people who love Pinot Noir.

“We’ve brought in more than 100 of the absolute best Pinot producers on the West Coast,” said co-founder/organizer Eric Hall. “These are incredible wines, that

in many cases you simply can’t find in the marketplace. We are in a “golden age” of American Pinot Noir—it will be an extraordinary weekend for Pinot lovers.”

Seminar and Grand Tasting

Pinot On The River 2011 begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 23, with a special seminar exploring Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains. This seminar, moderated by Gregory S. Walter, editor and publisher of the PinotReport newsletter, will feature 10 producers from this often undiscovered region and is available to VIP ticket holders only.

Following the seminar, VIP ticket holders can enter the Grand Tasting ahead of the general public, and enjoy the VIP longue presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, our partners in the event. Noon marks the beginning of the “Grand Artisanal Pinot Noir Tasting” at the north end of the Healdsburg Plaza. The event is open to public and individual tickets are available.

Event Sponsors, who support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, include M.A. Silva Corks, Collotype Labels, Enartis-Vinquiry, Trilogy Glass, Encore Event Rentals, Dickenson Peatman, & Fogarty Attorneys at Law, Alexander Valley Cellars, C & E Capsules, North Bay Corporation, Bank of Marin, Andras & Gomez Attorneys at Law, Pack-N-Ship Direct, Sonoma County Vintner’s Co-op, and Vintage Valley Catering.

Tickets are on sale now for the event. For more information visitwww.pinotfestival.com.  Follow them on Facebook.

You can follow my tasting notes and comments on Twitter by following me here, and you can follow ALL related Pinot on The River 'tweets' by following hashtag #POTR or click here.

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Windsor Vineyards Re-Opens Tasting Room in Healdsburg with a Soiree This Weekend!

Guest post by Ed Thralls of WineTonite and Windsor Vineyards.

Healdsburg is a quaint little town in the northern part of Sonoma County that has really grown in prestige and popularity as a wine country vacation destination.  Located right at the crossroads of Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley it is a great home base for your next trip.  It seems to make sense that if Windsor Vineyards wanted to share their quality wines sourced from vineyards these same great AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) as well as the extreme Sonoma Coast that they have produced in Sonoma since 1959 then a return this great town was imminent.

Event

Celebrate the Grand re-Opening this weekend, September 16-18th (Link to EVENT details), with a weekend of wine, food, music and wine country festivities.  There will be special offers and unique flights all weekend starting on Friday night as well as live music and nibbles Saturday & Sunday from 2-5pm each day.  The delicious bites will be provided by Tim Vallery and Peloton Catering and the music will be provided by two local Healdsburg favorites:

  • Saturday, 9/17 2-5PM: Chris Herrod
  • Sunday, 9/18 2-5PM: Brandon Hassur

The Tasting Room

At the heart of Healdsburg is “The Plaz

a,” which is in the shape of a square lined with with trees, grass, benches and a pergola for concerts and surrounded by shops old and new as well as tasting rooms, bars and some of the best local restaurants in wine country.  Imagine waking up and taking the dog for a walk in the early morning fog, while you stop for a cup of coffee at the Flying Goat Coffee shop.  Perhaps, for breakfast, you might be craving the pastry delights from the Downtown Bakery & Creamery including their popular donut muffins or sticky buns.  It just so happens that the bakery is the next door neighbor at 308 Center St. and the location provides a pristine view of the Plaza.

The unobstructed Plaza vista is framed by sliding glass windows that remain open throughout Summer providing an atmosphere that is relaxing and scenic and pairs best  with a glass of wine.  This is a great place to hang before, during and after the summer's Music on the Plaza every Tuesdays.  This is country living, folks.  Leave your big city dreams at home and become assimilated.  The tasting bar has plenty of room for everyone to enjoy and if you are looking for some privacy, you can reserve the VIP room in the rear for private

tastings too.
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Bring your friends and family.  Afterall, that is how wine is best enjoyed.  Cheers!

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This Thursday Night – Sonoma Wine Meetup, Downtown Healdsburg. New Format, Free for Industry

For the last 18 months now I have been hosting the monthly Sonoma Wine Meetup - a labor of love designed as a networking event to put the Social in Social Media. We have a Facebook Page where we post the events. This Thursday night from 530-730 is our latest meetup, in downtown Healdsburg.

New Format

In February I modified the format to be more of a combination Industry Open House and Meetup. This comes at an increased hosting cost to the winery, but the goal was to increase industry traffic, so we decided to waive the usual $10 cost, and eliminate all drink tickets, including for consumers, who are still invited.

It appears the new format was a resounding success, we had over 140 people come through Old World Winery last month.

So How Does This Work

The basic premise hasn’t changed; intermixing Industry, Media, Hospitality, Concierge and Consumers to network. Many have ‘met’ on social media platforms canada drugstores americans viagra border like Facebook and Twitter, but not always in person. The event is specifically NOT called a Tweetup. We are not spending the evening with our noses in our phones, but connecting, the old fashioned way, face to face, glass of vino in hand.

If you are industry there is no charge. If you are a consumer, or the guest of someone industry, the charge is $10, 100% of which goes to the winery to defray some of the costs of wine, catering, staff. That includes all food and wine that night (no more drink tickets.)

Where Are We Meeting?

This month we are at Vintage Wine Estates cozy new tasting room and lounge, right on the square in downtown Healdsburg. (308 B Center Street.) Vintage Wine Estates will be pouring bubbles. Vintage Wine Estates Sonoma Coast label was the winner of the Charlie Palmer Pig & Pinot Cup in 2008. They will be pouring:

  • 2007 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sea Fog Cuvee Blanc de Noir (bubbles!)
  • 2009 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Gold Ridge Hills Chardonnay
  • 2008 Sonoma Coast Vineyards Bodega Ridge Block Pinot Noir
  • 2007 or 2008 Windsor Sonoma Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • NV Windsor Vineyards Port

Also for consumers attending, and wish to purchase everyone is treated like Industry this night, so you may buy wine to take home at 30% discount.

Helena of Helena’s Kitchen will be catering again, as she did for Old World Winery.

Meet Fun People, Take Home Prizes

One of the highlights of the evening is the raffle prizes. Each person who comes in, drops of a business card to be entered. Winery staff who donate a bottle for the drawing, get an extra chance to win. Consumers who pre-pay, also get an extra chance.

We generally give away 6-12 bottles, so we have smiling faces at the end. Must be present to win.

This week, we also give away a pair of tickets to this Saturday’s inaugural Taste of Olivet Road event.

The Facebook event to RSVP is here. The site to pre-register, pre-pay, and for you people STILL not on Facebook is here http://sonomawine.eventbrite.com/.

Visiting Guests

We generally get some out of town winos visiting and try and make them feel welcome. This month Suzie Linville, Wine blogger and PR person will be in town. (Suzie is interested in moving to CA from the east coast.) Her wine blog is RunningWineGirl or @SuzieLin on Twitter.

Also visiting is the Portland based team from IndieVinos Karin McKercher (@KarinMcKercher), Kim Fuller (@KimF_IndieVinos) and Dennis Powers. Also @IndieVinos.

IndieVinos is in town visiting and chatting with wineries in anticipation of their June soft-launch of their community-based social-commerce site that enables the purchase of artisan wines. Also part owner of Part owner, Deux Fen Estates, a small producer of Burgundian-style Oregon Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Do say hi and show them some Sonoma hospitality!

Many people will hit the bars and restaurants of Healdsburg after, so it should be a fun night – see you there! Cheers and thanks for reading Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog !

 

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