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February and Valentine's Day: Super Romantic Along The Wine Road

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By Tracy Logan

February and Valentine’s Day are almost here and I note that there are a number of cool, romantic events at our Wine Road member wineries and lodging specials to celebrate the Most Romantic of All Months & Holidays. Book a trip here and your wintertime blues will disappear; with something fun to look forward to, the grey days will slip by…and if, perchance, you do not currently have a Romantic Someone, coming up here will introduce you to new opportunities, fun and people. After all, Wine Road IS the most romantic place I know- roaring fireplaces, cozy nooks, brisk-snappy-breath-misting air, wine, great food, comfortable accommodations at lovely properties, friendly wineries, wine, world-class and Healdsburg-class restaurants, wine, scenic vineyards, open land and spaces, wine….and some cool specials and spiffy events!

The Rodney Strong Wine & Chocolate Fantasy 2012 comes your way 2.4.12:

The word fantasy describes best this event. If you love wine and/or chocolate your fantasy will come true! The barrel room is transformed into a beautiful series of halls and rooms, featuring wine and chocolate and chocolate and wine! Our three single vineyard cabernets will be featured and the live music and savory appetizers are sure to please. This is a “bucket list” event not to be missed.

The photos from past years depict a Bacchanalia for chocolate and wine lovers:

Austin Power's Bed Chamber at Rodney Strong....yeah, Baby!
Austin Power’s Bed Chamber at Rodney Strong?…yeah, Baby!
Mardi Gras? Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland? NO- It is the fantastical Rodney Strong Wine & Chocolate Fantasy!

How’s about the Amphoradisiac Dinner at Amphora:

February 11, 2012: 5th Annual Amphoradisiac Valentine’s Dinner

Join Amphora Winery for a romantic evening in the cellar as we enjoy a multi-course feast prepared by Chef Martin Courtman accompanied by gems from the Amphora wine library. White tablecloths, candlelight, roses…you get the idea!

A Zin Affair To Remember at DeLoach

Schmaltzy, lovely film on its own, spun out in ditto “Sleepless in Seattle”….

Six Romantic Wineries: Sweet 116

Or how about beings sweet (1) 16 all over again?

 

Or Geyser Peak’s romantic Crab Feast…..You will LOVE it; crabs fear it!

Or Corks at Russian River Vineyards Valentine Dinner….

 

And what says “romance” better viagra uit india than the Kendall-Jackson Gumbo Smack-down?

 

 

Skewis– always planning for romance:

We’re planning to offer a special tasting from our library over Valentine’s weekend, 11th and 12th. The flight will be $20, four wines, single vineyard Pinot Noir.

 

Valentine’s Weekend at Truett- Hurst:

1) Release of the 2011 Zinfandel Rose! 2) Live music by Bobbie Jo Valentine, 3) Chocolate and Savory snacks paired with the wines

Topel’s Fourth Annual Love & Meritage Blending Party with Winemaker Marcus Topel, Ziggy the Wine Gal, you and your sweetie for a true affair to remember…. 2.12.12, 1pm- reservations required.

Lodging

And now, perchance to dream…where are you going to stay? Romantic Specials!

Vintage Towers Valentine Special!

February 10 and 11 ONLY — Book any room and receive a free bouquet of fresh cut flowers for your sweetheart FREE! This promotion must be mentioned at time of booking to be valid.

 

And what about the romantic power of President’s Day?! Hail to the Chief, Dawn Ranch:

Dawn Ranch President’s Day Weekend Special
Stay two nights and get the third night free! Poolside, Roadside, or Redwood cabins are $249 or upgrade to a Chalet with a sitting room & gas stove fireplace for $50. Package includes a $50 gift certificate for dinner at the Agriculture Bar & Kitchen as well as a $20 gift certificate to use for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday. Valid February 16-20, 2012

 

Romance your Valentine at the Jenner Inn
Stay at the Jenner Inn and enjoy all that west Sonoma County has to offer, walk on the beach with your loved one, relax in one of our rooms with a hot tub while you absorb the magnificent view of where the Russian River and Pacific Ocean meet. Have Champagne and a box of chocolate waiting in your room on arrival – $60 over room rate. This is good from Thursday

February 9th through Monday February 21st

 

Camellia Inn– Chocolates and Romance!


The Camellia Inn Un-Valentines Day Package – Celebrating Girlfriends for Valentines Day
Well, not all of us can have a special someone every Valentines Day. Why not get away to the Wine Country to celebrate with your other significant: your girlfriends. Package price includes two bottles of wine, microwave popcorn and hot chocolate, foot fizzers and bath melts, chocolates and movies and board games. This package is based on two to seven girlfriends. An accommodation at the Camellia Inn’s All Seasons Vacation Suites cottages for $309 per night – a savings of more than $100.

Chocolate Covered Valentines Getaway at the Camellia Inn
A chocolate adventure at a great price from Sunday, Feb. 12 to Tuesday, Feb. 14. Chocolate afternoon treats, evening chocolate port, gourmet chocolates, chocolate for breakfast (other things too), chocolate and wine pairing adventure, self-guided chocolate shop tour, a romantic dinner for two with chocolate dessert, chocolate soap, a gift each night including a bottle of wine and three nights in a King room with fireplace and two-person whirlpool tub. $950 including taxes – Savings of more than $150.

Here’s looking at you, kids.

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Wine Review: Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc; suggested holiday pairings

It’s back; Simple Hedonisms wine reviews. I have quite the backlog of reviews, and hope to share a steady stream over the holiday season. I should note, I actually recording tasting notes frequently during the week, which can be found on my CellarTracker profile, here.

Buying for the Holidays

It’s that time where family and friends are beginning to roll in.  The holidays are such a great time to enjoy wine paired with seasonal fare, or just to quaff something that’s easy to enjoy as you catch up with loved ones.

Residents of wine country have a lot at our fingertips from very small lot producers, to value priced widely available wines. When buying wine for visiting family, friends, and for meals  consider a few bottles that are modestly priced, appeal to a wide range of palates and experience levels, and foods. Your Uncle Charlie may not appreciate that Wind Gap  Trousseau Gris with extended skin contact…so don’t waste it on him.

Why Sauvignon Blanc

One of wines I’d recommend for a broad range of consumers is the Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc.  I like, and recommend this wine for a variety of reasons:

  • It won’t break the bank at $15 or so, and widely available at many stores; you can just throw one in the cart, as you are buying supplies to feed the house guests.
  • Sauvignon Blanc in my experience is one of those ‘universal’ whites that almost everyone will drink. I find that the ‘red wine only’ crowd if they do dabble in white, will enjoy sauvignon blanc. I also find on the other end of the spectrum for many of my friends and I always looking for new and interesting, sauvignon blanc still offers a safe haven, and a good balance of flavor, acidity.
  • It drinks great by itself, as an aperitif, or paired with many foods; especially a salad at the beginning of the meal.   This is even more so with a style like this one, that is a bit more bold and ‘juicy’ as opposed to some of the more New Zealand ‘grassy’ style.

For Turkey Day?

You will find people on both side’s of the fence for sauvignon blanc for Turkey. It certainly can pair with portions of the menu, especially the salad and starters. Thanksgiving is one of those holiday meals I strongly recommend going through wine in courses if you have a crowd, or as I like to do, open up 2-3 different bottles and have them all on the table.

What better way to see first hand what pairs well and what doesn’t. Sparkling wine and Pinot are two others  I’d recommend as near universal.

Wine Review

Wine: Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County

Color: clear, light straw

Aromas: Nose of citrus and kiwi.

In the Mouth: The blend of the warm climate Alexander Valley fruit with cooler climate Russian River, makes for a unique, flavorful wine. Ripe grapefruit , pear, melon in mouth. Nice finish with good minerality and acidity. Drinks well by itself, pair with moderate acidic foods.

Price: Media Sample. $12-15 retail. 

Enjoy Your Friends and Family

A special pre-Holiday best wishes to all readers and followers. I hope next week you can take the time to slow down a bit, and appreciate the gifts we have in life.  I hope to be finally be unwinding a bit myself, and look forward to relaxing with friends, tasting wine and doing some creative kitchen time. Feel free to post comments looking for wine recommendations or food pairings, always happy to help. Cheers!


Wrapping up Summer with Rodney Strong Concert Series, Food & Wine Pairings

As the shadows lengthen, and the light changes, Wine Country’s transition into fall and harvest continues. Summer is my absolute favorite season, so it’s fun to reflect on the bounty of culinary delights Sonoma County produces, of course paired with our world class wines.

The moderate weather wasn’t what we’d like for grape growing, as we enter harvest with much nail biting, but it did make it easy for us to sit out and enjoy the moderate 80’s temperatures, while attending the many events throughout the county. What better way to spend a Sunday sitting on the lawn at a winery, with live music, a blanket in the warm sunshine, a glass of wine and a picnic.

Simple Hedonisms  has been an avid attendee of Sonoma County summer events, and was delighted to end the season with the final concert of the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series, featuring none other than Chris Isaak.

The event features a variety of wines by the glass, and various food offerings. I set out to explore and pair the two.

A crisp Sauvignon Blanc is a great way to start as an aperitif, aka  a ‘warm up.’ The Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of the varietal; floral, great notes of citrus, grassiness, and minerality. It went down solo happily, then accompanied with mild cheese, like Sonoma Jack. It also paired well later with the light meal served for the press, the acidity matched nicely with the astringency of the fresh cole slaw, and the corn salad.

I love to pair multiple wines with a meal, and couldn’t resist pairing the Davis Bynum Russian River Valley Chardonnay with the salmon. Its tropical notes, and dense mouth feel paired nicely, accenting the richness of the salmon.

I am a sucker for summer BBQ, and couldn’t resist buying a grilled tri-tip sandwich to nibble on. Pairing wine with this was an easy decision, the Rodney Strong Zinfandel . The spicy undertones and big red fruit was made for the richness of the grilled meat and the smoky sweet BBQ sauce.

Well fed and ‘watered’ it was time to enjoy the showmanship of Chris Isaak, who didn’t disappoint. Chris and his colorful pink suit and sequins, comical interaction with the audience, and of course his great voice, delighted the crowd. What wine did I choose to ‘pair’ with musical entertainment? The silky Davis Bynum Pinot Noir was the perfect accompaniment while Chris and his band gave a stellar performance; co-incidentally ending a 3 month world tour that night, making it even more memorable.

It was a picture perfect Sonoma afternoon; surrounded by picturesque vineyards, friendly Sonoma residents basking in the sun and fabulous hospitality and wine of Rodney Strong. I’ll keep the memory fondly in my mind’s eye until the Summer 2011 Concert Series begins!

Simple Hedonisms Contest: Win Tickets to Aug 7th Concert at Rodney Strong Concert Series ($100 value)

Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog is pleased to team up with Omega Events to sponsor a contest to win tickets to August 7th concert, part of the summers stunning lineup of artists in the gorgeous settings of Sonoma County, at the Rodney Strong Concert Series.

How to Win

Winning couldn’t be easier:

  1. Go to the Rodney Strong Concert page, and check out this Summer’s hot lineup of artists.
  2. In comments under this post, tell us  why you’re a fan of any of the concert’s musicians or of Rodney Strong Vineyards.  All those that submit an entry will be entered into a drawing to win.
  3. Contest starts today, Friday July 30th, and a winner will be chosen at then end of the day, next Tuesday August 3rd.
  4. Go to the Rodney Strong Facebook Fan Page to see the winner announcement! (We’ll contact you as well.)


Tickets to these Concerts are popular, and sell out, grab a pair for your favorite. Maybe we’ll see you there – cheers!

Simple Hedonisms Previews the “Taste of Alexander Valley” June 5&6, Details and Promotions

Summer is here in Wine Country, and the plethora of amazing food and wine experiences is getting ready to ramp up, right through fall Harvest.

One of the highlights of the start of summer, is the Taste of Alexander Valley, an incredible event featuring food and wine pairings, and entertainment from 35 wineries in gorgeous Alexander Valley. I have yet to visit a fair number of these, and I bet many gems await your discovery as well.

Two Days of Casual Elegance, World Class Food and Wines

The event is June 5 & 6th, from 11-4 pm. Only two days, so many great places, so little time – will need a plan! Luckily the Alexander Valley website is very well done with great interactive tools and maps, the ability to sort by many different ways including varietal (3 wineries make Tempranillo – who knew?!), even sort by dog friendly! As the event gets closer, I will write an article to assist with planning your days, but all the tools are here.

For only $65, a weekend ticket provides you the chance to experience 35 wineries hosting their own special parties offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts. For a list of Participating Wineries and a Description of their featured pairings, click HERE.

*Special Offer* Enter Promo Code: FBOOK when you purchase online, and get $10 off – thats the entire weekend of premium food, wine, and entertainment in gorgeous Alexander Valley, for $55. To purchase tickets online CLICK HERE.

There are new wineries, as well as wineries not normally open to the public or without tasting rooms participating – have to admit a few I never heard of. (Check out the ‘The Outlaw 7’ pouring at the  Geyserville Inn: Icaria Winery, Joseph Family Vineyards, Kelley & Young, Pendleton Estate, Quaking Hills Winery, and Wilson Fleming Estate Winery.)

Friday Night Opening Gala

For those Hedonists looking for even more culinary and wine delights, there is a special event Friday night to kick it off,  The Opening Gala. Friday June 4 from 5:00–8:30 PM at Rodney Strong’s renowned Alexander’s Crown Vineyard estate. The Gala will feature reserve wines from throughout Alexander Valley and a variety of exquisite small plates prepared by Peloton Catering. There will also be live swing music by Stompy Jones, a well known San Francisco bases sextet. Mingle with Alexander Valley’s winemakers, winery principals, and vineyard owners at “The Crown”, amidst stunning Alexander Valley views. Tickets are  $90 with limited availability, and nearly sold out.

Win Free Tickets

Taste of Alexander Valley has been generous enough to donate tickets for promotional giveway. Two winners will be selected this Friday, May 21st, at the Sonoma Facebook Wine Meetup, in downtown Healdsburg, at the new Roadhouse Winery. Early next week, we will announce a contest for drawing for an additional winners, so stay tuned. And in yet one more chance to win, there will be a drawing for tickets to email subscribers of Simple Hedonisms. (top right.) Come back for details, as well as Tips on planning your event, as well as a special article on Winery inventory promotions.

See you in Alexander Valley – Cheers!

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