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Livermore Valley Holidays in the Vineyards Saturday - Sunday, December 4 - 5 Noon - 5 p.m., Located at participating Livermore Valley Wineries

Livermore Valley Wine Country celebrates the season with a weekend full of holiday cheer. Holidays in the Vineyards is an annual wine country tradition where wineries showcase their tasting rooms with arts and craft vendors, holiday music, special wines, and more. Guests are encouraged to bring toys to their favorite wineries. All toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation after the event, directly benefitting children in need throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit This is not a ticketed event, however Tasting Fees may apply and vary by winery. Visit for a complete list of participating wineries, or call (925) 447-9463.

Monterey The 14th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend Friday - Sunday, November 12 - 14 Escape the ordinary at the Great Wine Escape Weekend. Now in its second decade, the Great Wine Escape celebrates Monterey County’s world-class wines and gastronomic delights crafted by nationally recognized chefs during a weekend of unbeatable events. More than fifty award-winning wineries showcase their wines, reflecting the quality of the region’s distinct AVAs. The weekend will feature open houses at many Monterey county wineries that include special tastings, hors d’ oeuvres, music and more with no fee. Also included is the Barrel Tasting event at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, winemaker dinners, wine country boot camps and seminars. From 25 p.m. on Saturday, you may Taste the County in 175 Sips at the InterContinental, The Clement Monterey for $95 per person. On Sunday you’ll want to experience the Culinary Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. also located at the Intercontinental, The Clement Monterey for $100 per person. For a complete list of events throughout the weekend and to purchase tickets contact the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association at (831) 375-9400 or visit Robles

Paso Robles CRAVE Paso Friday, October 22, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Veterans Hall, 801 Grand Avenue San Luis Obispo

Satisfy your craving at this unique wine tasting experience in San Luis Obispo where music, food pairings and plenty of Paso Robles wine are sure to gratify you - instantly! Take pleasure in an evening of unlimited tasting, with nearly 40 of the best wineries in Paso Robles. A large variety of Paso wine varietals will be featured and paired with the finest food fare of San Luis Obispo County. Discover your favorite Paso Robles wine varietal among your peers. A stylish ambiance in a lounge-like atmosphere complements the distinct and different wine of this unique region. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Visit for tickets and complete information.

Santa Barbara 2010 Celebration of Harvest Saturday, October 9, 1 - 4 p.m. Rancho Sisquoc Winery 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria Vintners Visa, October 8-11 Join the more than 110 winery members of the Santa Barbara County Vintner’s Association as they celebrate the 2010 harvest at beautiful, historic Rancho Sisquoc Winery. Spend the afternoon tasting award winning wine with delectable tidbits served by dozens of the area’s finest restaurants and caterers while listening to the music of Sean Wiggins & One Lone Goat and the Laurel Street Jazz Band. Per tradition, Vintners’ will be donating a plethora of large format bottle wines, special dinners at their wineries and gift-boxed verticals for a silent auction, which will benefit local charities. Your ticket to enjoy the afternoon is $65 per person. To experience the weekend in wine country, purchase the Vintner’s Visa for $35 per person and go to 12 participating wineries (Friday thru Monday) or, purchase a combination of both the Festival & Visa Tickets for $90 per person. For complete details and tickets, visit the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association website at www.SBCounty, or call the Association office at (805) 688-0881.

Santa Cruz Mountains Fall Passport to the Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains Saturday, November 20, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located at the Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains

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Vine Times publishes all winery guides on a rotating space-available basis. Only wineries with tasting rooms are listed. Guides can be downloaded from our website at Amador County ..................................33 Calaveras County ..................................8 El Dorado County North/South ......20 Gilroy ......................................................12 Glenn County ......................................13 Humboldt County................................22 Lake County ..........................................22

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What’s Doin’ in Wine Country... Continued from Page 3 a chance to see all the hard work that goes into making these special Santa Cruz Mountain wines. This program offers a unique opportunity for visitors to visit wineries not typically open to the public. You are invited to tour the facilities, meet the winemakers, and sample the fruits of their labors, including special wines poured only for participants in the Passport program. Passports are $40 per person and are valid until all the wineries have been visited. These Passport days are held every year on the third Saturday of January, April, July, and November and you may continue to use your Passport until you have visited all 75 wineries located from Redwood City to Santa Cruz and many locations in between. Passports will be available for purchase at any participating winery on Passport day. For more information and a complete list of participating wineries, visit or call the Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association at (831) 685-VINE (8463).

The Glass Blowing and Wine Tasting Experience At La Nebbia Winery 12341 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay Here is an opportunity to do something special. Half Moon Bay Art Glass and La Nebbia Winery have come together to offer a unique way to spend a day. Located at La Nebbia, Half Moon Bay Art Glass creates beautiful glasswork including hanging lampshades in the shape of jellyfish, stemmed orchids, fruits and veggies, and their signature piece – glass pumpkins. Instructors will help you make a glass heart or paperweight in their cozy studio, located just steps away from La Nebbia’s tasting room. You will gather hot glass on a steel rod, learn how to color it and then shape it yourself to complete your project. Afterwards, enjoy wine tasting in the warm and inviting La Nebbia tasting room. You take home the wine glass, your glass project, and if you decide to purchase, a bottle or two of La Nebbia’s finest. To complete the experience, do enjoy La Nebbia’s grounds including a lovely picnic area complete with bocce ball courts. The cost is $50. Dates for classes are ongoing. For more information call Half Moon Bay Art Glass at (650) 283-5626, or La Nebbia Winery at (650) 726-9463,

First Annual Half Moon Bay Food & Wine Fare Saturday, November 13, Noon - 4 p.m. Oceano Hotel & Spa and Half Moon Bay Harbor Village Shops 280 Capistrano Road • Half Moon Bay Get away to the beautiful coastal town

of Half Moon Bay, known for its views, great food and fabulous Santa Cruz Mountain wines. Admission is free. Guests may purchase a Winegrowers glass for $5 and $1 per ticket for wine tasting. Wineries will be offering wine by the taste, glass and bottle. The event will feature wines from more than 20 Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries. Come hungry because a dozen local Half Moon Bay restaurants will be cooking up some delicious food for sale. For more information visit or call (831) 685-8463.

Harvest Bounty Celebration on the Summit Saturday - Sunday, October 9 - 10 Noon - 5 p.m. The Summit Wineries: Silver Mountain, Burrell School, Regale Winery, 24040 Summit Road, Los Gatos Celebrate the bounty of the harvest with The Summit Wineries. Silver Mountain, Burrell School and Regale are all in close proximity along Summit Road and have joined together as a group to give you an easy destination for wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Visit the vineyards, see harvest in action, take vineyard & winery tours, and share in the harvest with bounty from local farms. Enjoy barrel tasting, live music, delicious food, excellent mountain wines, and wine specials. Experience the winegrape harvest and “Elevate your taste” with spectacular high mountain views. (Silver Mountain is open Saturday only for this weekend event.) Each winery will present a different harvest experience so visit all three. Each winery’s tasting fee & policy applies. For more information visit,, or www., or call Silver Mountain at (408) 353-2278.

Luncheon, VIP Party, and the grand finale, the Grand Tasting Event. The star-studded Grand Tasting Event is held November 20 on the Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village. Seventy San Diego Star chefs show off their culinary artistry, 30 gourmet food companies wow you with their scrumptious fare, and 170 international winemakers and spirit producers pour some of the most renowned wines and spirits on the market today. Ticket price is $125 per person in advance for general admission. For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit or call (619) 342-7337.

passion for the art of winemaking. This auction is not typical, be prepared to be entertained by the winemakers as they show off their lifestyle auction lots. This year’s auction will open up with live music from the Winemaker’s Band, “The Crush Tones” a group formed especially for the 20th Annual Event. Tickets are $75 per person. On Sunday explore the area’s wineries at the Winery Open Houses. Your ticket to the Main Event gets you in free and includes wine tasting, food samples, special discounts, and more. For complete information and tickets, visit or call (805) 541-5868

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2nd Annual Treasure Island WineFest, Lodi Wine on the Water

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Sunday, October 10, 1 – 5 p.m. 291 Avenue of the Palms Treasure Island, San Francisco Join Lodi Wine Country as they return to historic Treasure Island, San Francisco for the 2nd Annual Treasure Island WineFest. Taste your way through 200 wines exclusive to the Lodi appellation while sampling artisan cheese & olive oils or indulging in gourmet wood-fired pizzas. Experience educational wine seminars, enjoy live acoustic music and take in the absolute best view of Fleet Week’s aerial shows. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the passionate vintners and growers behind the wines that make up California’s bestkept secret – Lodi Wine Country. Tickets are $55 in advanced, $65 at the Door and $25 for designated drivers. Tickets can be purchased online until October 8 at 11:59 p.m. or by phone at (209) 3650-0621 until October 1 at 5 p.m. Visit for tickets and complete information.

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7th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

SLO Vintners 20th Annual Rockin’ Harvest Celebration

Wednesday - Sunday, November 17 - 21 Join over 10,000 wine and food enthusiasts, cookbook authors, culinary personalities and celebrity chefs, 170 world-class winemakers, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, and gourmet food purveyors during the week-long lifestyle celebration of gourmet wine and food. The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is the largest wine and culinary event in Southern California and is nationally recognized by wine and food enthusiasts, media, chefs and winemakers alike. The five-day festival features wine tasting seminars and cooking classes, a WineRave, the elegant Reserve & New Release Tasting, Wine Dinners, an AIWF Big Bottle Auction & Celebrity Chef

Friday - Sunday, November 5 - 7 Avila Beach Golf Resort 6450 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach Harvest Celebrations take place all weekend and kick off on Friday night with winemaker dinners that offer a great value. Wineries and restaurants partner to provide festive food and wine experiences at various winery and restaurant locations in San Luis Obispo County. The Main Event takes place on Saturday at the Grand Tasting with Live & Silent Auction from Noon to 3 p.m. Over 60 wineries and restaurants from the San Luis Obispo region are featured in the scenic seaside setting of the Avila Beach Golf Resort. Winemakers, local chefs and wine lovers share the fruits of their labor and

Monday - Sunday, October 25 - 31 10 a.m. - 4:30 pm daily Chateau St. Jean, 8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood 707-833-4134 Visit Chateau St. Jean for a haunted Halloween week at the Chateau. Enjoy the haunted mansion, food sampling and special wine packs just for the occasion. Regular tasting fees apply. For more information, call (707) 8334134 ext. 5258 or visit

27th Annual Holiday Open House Friday - Saturday, Nov. 26 - 27 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Located at 23 wineries in the Sonoma Valley The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association invites you to their 27th Annual Holiday Open House. Join 23 wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in the caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer! This event takes place at each winery, and as you travel from winery to winery you will enjoy award-winning wines, fresh baked nibbles, savory treats, caroling, holiday cheer and more. The cost is $40 per person in advance for both days ($50 at the door), which includes a souvenir wine glass and access to all participating wineries. Designated Driver tickets are $10 each. No one-day tickets available. For tickets, a complete list of participating wineries and information, visit

Temecula San Diego State University Offers Temecula Wine Course Saturday, October 16, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Maurice Car’rie Winery, 34225 Rancho California Road, Temecula Students will be given a true insight Continued on Page 6 • October / November 2010


What’s Doin’ in Wine Country... Continued from Page 5 into the way wine is made during this “Wine Making Behind the Scenes” course. Attendees will learn the “from grape to table” philosophy as well as manufacturing, and operations of the wine business. Basic knowledge of state regulations will be examined along with discussion focusing on how climate, soil, and perception relate to profit. The class is offered through San Diego State University’s College of Extended Studies and is part of its Professional Certificate in the Business of Wine program, which helps prepare participants for success in wine-related occupations. The series is directed to: restaurant

managers, owners, entrepreneurs, winery employees, event planners, bartenders, bar managers, distribution and retail sales employees, wine enthusiasts, and anyone interested in moving into hospitality careers. Students must be 21 years of age to register for this program. Cost of the Temecula course is $195 or $225 after Oct. 9. For more information, call (619) 594-6924 or visit

Tuolomne County Christmas Through The Ages Friday - Saturday, December 3 - 4 Groveland Hotel’s Cellar Door Restaurant 18787 Main Street, Groveland Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to

be approaching faster than ever and the Groveland Hotel’s Chef Greg Lutes is busy creating irresistible holiday menus. While he is not quite dreaming of sugar-plums or nutcrackers, the ingredient lists are definitely enticing. Along with the annual exuberant Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners this year, Chef Lutes and hotel owner Peggy Mosley have conspired to create a Christmas Feast with entertainment to celebrate the season. “Christmas Through the Ages” features a full, four-course dinner with a pageant of Christmas songs, stories, costumes and diversions. Spanning the ages of Medieval, Currier & Ives, American Memories and Santa Claus, each course will correspond with a particular time-peri-

od with accompanying frivolity. The fourcourse dinner with non-alcoholic beverage, merry entertainment, and all taxes and gratuities are included in the $69 per person ticket. Wine pairing is also available for each course with fine wines from the hotel’s historic and well-stocked cellar. Alternatively, let Gerard Liou, event sommelier, offer you special guidance in choosing the wines best for you. Make your reservations by phone by calling (209) 962-4000 or (800) 273-3314. Email a reservation request to Or visit their website at Don’t miss more events listed in our feature article, Destination...Harvest Celebrations starting on page 9.

Winery Guide

TEMECULA ALEX’S RED BARN WINERY 1 39820 Calle Contento 951-693-3201, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-6 BAILY VINEYARD & WINERY 2 33440 La Serena 951-676- WINE, Tasting Daily 11-5, ex. Sat 10-5 BELLA VISTA VINEYARD & WINERY 3 41220 Calle Contento 951-676-5250, Tasting Daily 10-6 BRIAR ROSE WINERY 4 41720 Calle Cabrillo 951-308-1098, Tasting Daily 10-5 CALLAWAY VINEYARD & WINERY 5 32720 Rancho California Rd. 951-676-4001 or 800-472-2377 Tasting Daily 10-5/Tours by Appt. CHURON WINERY 6 33233 Rancho California Rd. 951-694-9071, Tasting Daily 10-5

COUGAR VINEYARD & WINERY 7 39870 De Portola Rd. 951-491-0825,,Tasting Daily 11-6 DANZA DEL SOL WINERY 10 39050 De Portola Rd. 951-302-6363, Tasting Fri-Mon 11-6 DOFFO WINERY 8 36083 Summitville St. 714-715-6610, Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 FOOT PATH WINERY 32 36650 Glen Oaks, 951-265-9951 Tasting M-F 12-5, S-S 10-5 FALKNER WINERY 9 40620 Calle Contento 951-676-8231, Tasting Daily 10-5 HART WINERY 11 41300 Avenida Biona 951-676-6300 Tasting Daily 9-4:30 KEYWAYS VINEYARD & WINERY 12 37338 DePortola Rd. 951-302-7888, Tasting Daily 10-6

LEONESSE CELLARS 14 38311 DePortola Rd. 951-302-7601, Tasting Daily 10-5 or by Appt. LONGSHADOW RANCH WINERY 15 39847 Calle Contento 951-587-6221 Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 10-5 LORIMAR WINERY 19 Old Town Temecula Tasting Room 42031 Main St., 951-240-5177, Tasting Sun-Thu 12-6, Fri-Sat 11-9 M AURICE CAR’RIE VINEYARD & WINERY 16 34225 Rancho California Rd. 951-676-1711 Tasting Daily 10-5 MIRAMONTE WINERY 17 33410 Rancho California Rd. 951-506-5500/ 866-MIRAMONTE Tasting Daily 10-5 MOUNT PALOMAR WINERY 18 33820 Rancho California Rd. 951-676-5047, Tasting Sun 11-6, Mon-Thu 10-5, Fri-Sat 10-6

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OAK MOUNTAIN WINERY 20 36522 Via Verde, 951-699-9102 Tasting Daily 11-5 21 PALUMBO FAMILY VINEYARDS & WINERY 40150 Barksdale Cir., 951-676-7900, Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5, Fri 12-5or by Appt. PONTE FAMILY ESTATE 22 35053 Rancho California Rd. 951-694-8855, Tasting Daily 10-5 ROBERT RENZONI 23 VINEYARDS 37350 De Portola Rd.,951-302-VINO Tasting Daily 11-6 SOUTH COAST WINERY 24 34843 Rancho California Rd. 951-587-9463/ 866-9-WINERY, Tasting Daily 10-6 STUA RT CELLARS 25 33515 Rancho California Rd. 888-260-0870, Tasting Daily 10-5 TESORO WINERY Old Town Tasting Room 26 28475 Old Town Front Street 951-308-0000, Tasting Mon-Thu 1-6, Fri 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 1-6 TEMECULA HILLS 27 WINERY 47200 De Portola Rd. 951-767-3450, Tasting Daily 11-5,Tours by Appt. THORNTON WINERY 28 32575 Rancho California Rd. 951-699-0099, Tasting Daily 10-5,Tours Sat-Sun 11-4 VAN ROEKEL WINERY AND VINEYARDS 29 34567 Rancho California Rd. 951-699-6961/ 800-716-1711 Tasting Daily 10-5 VINDEMIA ESTATE WINERY 33133 Vista Del Monte 33 951-699-0601, Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 WIENS FAMILY CELLARS 35055 Via Del Ponte 30 951-694-9892, Tasting Daily 10-5 WILSON CREEK WINERY & VINEYARD 31 35960 Rancho California Rd. 951-699-9463, Tasting Daily 10-5

SCHWAESDALL WINERY 17677 Rancho De Oro Rd., (not shown on map) Ramona, 760-789-7542 BELLE MARIE WINERY 26312 Mesa Rock Rd., Tasting Sat-Sun 10-6 Escondido, 760-796-7557 SHADOW MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS & WINERY Tasting Daily 11-5, 34680 Highway 79, Tours Sat at 1:00 by Appt. Warner Springs , 760-782-0778 BERNARDO WINERY 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte, Tasting Wed-Sun 10-5 Rancho Bernardo, 858-487-1866 TWIN OAKS VALLEY VINTNERS Tasting Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun 10-6 @ Prime Meats & Sausages COUNTRY CELLARS 735 E. Mission Rd., San Marcos, 4456 Hwy. 78, Julian 760-471-9192 760-765-0089, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-4 Tasting of wine and beer: WITCH CREEK WINERY Wed-Sun 11-5, open holiday 2906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad Mondays 11-4 760-720-7499 FALLBROOK WINERY 2554 Via Rancheros, Fallbrook Tasting Daily 11-5 760-728-0156 Tasting by Appt. FERRARA WINERY 1120 West 15th Ave, Escondido 760-745-7632 Tasting Daily 10-5 J. JENKINS WINERY 1255 Julian Orchards Drive Julian, 760-765-3267 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. LENORA WINERY 632 Main St., Ramona 760.788.1388 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-6 MENGHINI WINERY 1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, 760-765-2072 Tasting Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10-5 ORFILA VINEYARDS 13455 San Pasqual Rd., Escondido, 760-738-6500, Tasting Daily 10-6 SAN CLEMENTE WINE CO. 212-1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949-429-7067 Tasting Mon-Fri 2-7:30, Sat-Sun 2-8:30 Submit your winery or SAN PASQUAL WINERY changes to be included in 5151 Santa Fe Street, Ste. H, our December / January San Diego issue’s guides. Please submit 858-27-7550 by Nov. 1, 2010 to editor@ Tasting Tue-Thu 11-4, Fri-Sat 12-6


Placer County Wine Rewards By Linda J. Bottjer


magine mist clinging to hillsides crisscrossed with trellised vines while Disney-like animals frolic harmlessly nearby. Day’s end is a glorious sunset reflected in raised glasses as the adorable animals serenade the sun good night. To some that is the romantic version of vineyard owning. Meet Phil Maddux as he struggles to rack barrels and the reality of vineyard ownership is evident by his grape stained T-shirt and a frayed baseball cap sitting atop matted hair. Being a vintner is undeni-

ably hard work, but to him, and his clients, the efforts are rewarded with the superior wines produced by his small boutique Lone Buffalo Vineyards in Auburn. His skills, first as a home wine maker, flourished after taking a UC Berkeley wine-making course. Further influenced by the alchemical mastery of wine greats Louis Martini and Dick Arrowood, his first wine was bottled in 1971. Joined by his wife Jill, daughter Jocelyn and a dedicated band of volunteers called “ Friends of the Range” the winery specializes in Rhône Valley wines. Their namesake, Where the Buffalo


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NEVADA COUNTY AVANGUARDIA WINES 1 Winery: 13028 Jones Bar Rd., Nevada City, 530-274-9482, Tasting Sat 12-4 Apr-Dec or by Appt. Tasting Room: 209 W. Main St, Grass Valley, Tasting Daily 12-5 B URCH H ALL/ COYOTEVILLE WINERIES 2 108 Mill Street, Grass Valley 530.272.7000, Tasting Mon,Wed, Fri-Sun; 12-5 5 COUFOSCELLARS 10065 Rough & Ready Rd. Rough&Ready, 530.274.2923 Tasting Sat 12-5 or by Appt. DOUBLE OA K V INEYARDS 6 & WINERY 14510 Blind Shady Road, Nevada City, 530-292-3235 Tasting Sat 11-5 or by Appt. I NDIAN SPRINGS V INEYARD 8 303 Broad St., Nevada City 530-478-1068/ 800-375-9311 Tasting Sun-Thu 11-5, Fri-Sat 11:30-6 LUCCHESI V INEYARDS & 11 WINERY 167 Mill Street, Grass Valley 530-274-2164, Tasting Daily 11-6 M ON TOLIVA V INEYARD & 12 WINERY 15629 Mt. Olive Rd., Chicago Park, 530-346-6577, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4

N AGGIAR WINERY 13 18125 Rosemary Ln., Grass Valley, 530-268-9059 Tasting by Appt./Tours by Appt. N EVADA CITY WINERY 14 321 Spring St., Nevada City 530-265-9463, Tasting Daily 12-6, Sun 12-5 P ILOT P EAK V INEYARD & WINERY 16 12888 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, 530-432-3321,, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 SIERRA K NOLLS V INEYARD & 18 WINERY 19635 Kingwood Ct., Grass Valley, 530-268-9225 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. SIERRA STA R R V INEYARD & WINERY 19 11179 Gibson Drive, Grass Valley, 530-477-8277, Tasting by Appt. SMITH VINEYARDS & WINERY 20 13719 Dog Bar Road, Grass Valley, 530-273-7032,, Tasting by Appt. SOLUNE WINEGROWERS 21 16303 Jewett Ln., Grass Valley 530-271-0990, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 or by Appt./Tours by Appt. T RUCKEE R IVER WINERY 22 10061 So. River St.,Truckee 530-587-4626, Tasting by Appt.

B AUMBACH WINES 23 291 Auburn Folsom Rd., Auburn 530-305-0048, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 & by Appt. 24 CIOTTI CELLARS 10555 Harris Rd., Auburn 916-534-8780, Sat-Sun 12-6 CRISTALDI V INEYARDS 24 10555 Harris Rd., Auburn 916-759-1291, Sat-Sun 12-6 DONO DAL CIELO ESTATE 25 6100 Wise Rd., Newcastle 530-888-0101, Fri-Sun 12-5 26 FAWNRIDGE WINERY 5560 Fawnridge Rd., Auburn 530-887-9522, Fri-Sun 10-5 or Tues-Thurs by Appt. FORTEZZA WINERY 24 10555 Harris Rd., Auburn 530-889-2824, Sat-Sun 12-6 GREEN FAMILY WINERY 27 3420 Pine Ridge Ln., Auburn 530-888-8866, Sat-Sun 12-4:30 LONE B UFFALO V INEYARDS 28 2682 Burgard Ln., Auburn 916-663-4486,, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 M T. VERNON WINERY 29 10850 Mt.Vernon Rd., Auburn, 530-823-1111, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 PESCATORE VINEYARD & WINERY 30 7055 Ridge Rd., Newcastle 916-663-1422,, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 & by Appt. P OPIE BY DUA RTE FAMILY V INEYARDS 24 10555 Harris Rd., Auburn 916-768-7643, Sat-Sun 12-6 R ANCHO R OBLE V INEYARDS32 340 Fleming Rd., Lincoln 916-645-2075, Tasting by Appt. SECRET R AVINE V INEYARD & WINERY 33 4390 God Trail Way, Loomis 916-652-6015, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 & by Appt. V I NA CASTELANO 34 4590 Bell Rd., Auburn 530-889-2855, Thu-Sun 12-5 WISE V ILLA WINERY 35 4226 Wisel Rd., Lincoln 916-752-6635, Tasting by Appt.

YUBA COUNTY R ENAISSANCE 36 12585 Rices Crossing Rd., Oregon House, 530-575-1254 Tasting Mon-Sat 11-3 by Appt.

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Roams is a blend of Placer County grown Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache and Cinsault grapes. The 2008 sets an assertive attitude with strong fruit and silky tannins that match creamy and pungent foods. Think mozzarella cheese with basil and prosciutto. The ‘08 Thunder Beast Zinfandel proves a fine Sierra Foothills offering. Unlike the big jammy tastes of other zins the estate-grown wine rewards a delicious pairing of grilled meats with a peppery zing. Medium bodied with hints of raspberry the Cabernet Sauvignon is created from El Dorado County grapes. Find a permanent spot on your wine rack for this wine. Two Viogniers, one an estate-grown, bring a tart freshness of stone fruits – apricots and peaches that compliment light and spicy entrees. Winning major wine competitions,

Lone Buffalo’s Tasting Room (Lone Buffalo Vineyards) including the recent “ Best of Class” from the California State Fair for their ‘08 Where the Buffalo Roam, is a frequent occurrence at Lone Buffalo. Maddux says such recognition resonates with consumers who like drinking wine validated by experts. Continued on Page 8

Her VineNess


By Laura Ness


2008 Loma Prieta Pinotage,Amorosa Vineyard, Lodi, $45 Have you tried Pinotage yet? If you did, you’re likely to remember, as it is a full frontal assault on the palate. A quite attention-getting cross of Pinot and Cinsault, Pinotage was created for South Africa. It takes Pinot to a new level. It’s as relentless as a thirteen-year old bent on a tattoo in a questionable location. There is nothing subtle or delicate about this wine. It is the big sister of Pinot Noir, the one who can change her own flat tire, the one who would never expect to have the door held open for her. She commands your attention and respect. Paul Kemp decided to graft all the Cabernet and Merlot on the estate property over to Pinotage, plus he’s putting more in. This is heady, gamey stuff. You can buy this wine at the winery, which is open every weekend from noon to 5 p.m. with views practically to Japan. It is also available at VinoCruz in Santa Cruz and at The Summit Store in Los Gatos on Summit Road. For more information visit

2007 Tre Gatti Old Curmudgeon Red, Central Coast, $14.99 This is a wine born of calamity and opportunity. Owner Paula Getzelman of Tre Gatti, a small winery with vineyards in the San Antonio Valley at the southern tip of Monterey county, told an interesting tale of woe turned wow! Their 07 vintage of Syrah got a tad overripe, even jammier than the stuff many young Paso winemakers seem to hanker for, and the 08 crop was nearly devastated by leafhoppers, yielding juice that was sorely lacking in fruit. With neither vintage up to snuff, Tre Gatti barrel-aged them anyway, and in early 2009 began to do some “mad scientist” blending trials. Adding a touch of Petit Sirah from Paso really finished off the resulting blend, and Old Curmudgeon Red was born. It’s fun, easy to drink and very food friendly. And to think, it was born of two underwhelming vintages. Goes to show, there is no end of black magic in the wine business. This is perfect for Halloween, because it has three cool cats on the label. You can order this wine direct from Paula at (805) 610-3263;

2006 Jazz Cellars Syrah, Las Madres Vineyards, Sonoma, Carneros, $33 Ah, I love a good Syrah; something savory with a hint of sweet. Winemaker Joe Lazzara of Jazz Cellars realized he had something seriously massive in the bottle with this one, so he decided to keep that horse in the barn for a while. When you also make Pinot Noir and Zin, you at least have something to drink while you are waiting on your Syrah to come around. And did it come around. It is now sizzling in its prime, like women in their 40s, 50s and 60s. One of my culinary compadres put on a Labor Day feast of rosemary-marinated lamb, tomato coulis and eggplant risotto: this Las Madres Syrah worked beautifully. A splendid animal filled with kalamata olives, white pepper, roasted tomatoes, chiles, roasted eggplant, this is a great example of cooler climate • October / November 2010


Winemaking Starts in the Vineyard at Orfila Winery

Winery Guide

By Tom Plant


e’re like what Napa was in the 50s… what the Central Coast was in the 80s.” That’s what Justin Mund told Ambassador Alejandro Orfila, proprietor of Orfila Vineyards and Winery. Mund is Orfila’s new winemaker. Leon Santoro passed away a few years ago and Don Reha took over as interim winemaker, stepping down earlier this year. Mund is a viticulturist at heart, and his goal is to promote the fruit and bring out all its best attributes. “Winemaking starts in the vineyard and that’s always been my philosophy.” Mund grew up in Sonoma County, near Healdsburg and the famed Russian River valley. Living in Wine Country, he became interested in grapes and winemaking at an early age. He studied under Rich Thomas at Santa Rosa Junior College and landed a job at Ferrari Carano. He moved to San Luis Obispo where he attended Cal Poly before being hired as assistant winemaker at Laetitia. After a stint there he became head winemaker at Addamo. He believes it’s essential to get a good wine education, but knows the real learning Continued on Page 11

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Orfila gladly welcomes all visitors. (Tom Plant)

Justin Mund, Orfila’s new winemaker. (Tom Plant)

Placer County Wine Rewards Continued from Page 7 Lone Buffalo’s tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. and is located at 2682 Burgard Lane in Auburn. For more information visit or call (916) 663-4486.

Casque Wines Placer County Casque Winery of Loomis also received top State Fair honors. Heralded as the Best of Micro Winery in both the red and white wine class, it is happy news to owners, Mark Breunig and Kevin Stevenson. Just four years after opening the winery, the pair, heavily supported by their spouses, offers a variety of Rhône and Bordeaux varietals under the Le Casque label. A ‘08 Roussanne transcends time zones as its nose is reminiscent of a French summer flush with honeysuckle, apricot and melon tastes. A Double Gold winner is their 2009 Vermentino. Like its golden coloring this wine glows. A cornucopia of citrus and green apple tastes accented with pear, the acidity is evident without compromising the delectable richness. With their first release of the ‘07 Calotte Blanc, oenophiles’praises began. It continues with the 2008 offering – a complex blend of Viognier and Vermentino

Phil and Jill Maddux of Lone Buffalo Vineyards. (Lone Buffalo Vineyards) added to Marsanne and Roussanne fermented in both stainless steel and Hungarian oak. Big berried Syrah along with spiced cherry tones of Grenache is the platform from where their Calotte Red compliments tomato dishes. Heartier dishes receive full respect when served with the ‘07 Malbec. Created from Nevada County grapes and aged for over two years the wine starts big in the mouth with tinges of blackberry and currants. It finishes briskly with the slightly bitter black tea flavorings. Casque Winery currently does not have a tasting room. The wines can be enjoyed at frequent area events and bought online. For event listings and to purchase Casque wines visit or call (916) 660-9671.

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(IN MURPHYS UNLESS NOTED) BEAUX CHEVAUX 2 466 B Main St., 209-728-1000 Tasting Fri-Sat 11-5, Sun 11-4 BLACK SHEEP WINERY 3 221 Main St., 209-728-2157 Tasting Daily11-5 BODEGA DEL SUR WINERY 4 457 S. Algiers St., 209-728-9030 Tasting Sun,Mon,Thu 11-4;Fri-Sat 11-5 BROLL MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS 6 106 Main St., 209-728-9750 Tasting Sat-Sun 1-5 7 BRICE STATION 3353 E. Highway 4, 209-728-9893 Tasting Fri-Sat-Sun 12-6 10 CHATOM VINEYARDS 1969 Hwy. 4, Douglas Flat 209-736-6500 Tasting Daily 11-5 CHIARELLA WINES 11 431 Main St., 209-728-8318 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 DOMAINE BECQUET 13 415 Main St., 209-728-8487 Tasting Mon,Thu, Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 FRENCH HILL WINERY 14 8032 S. Main, Mokelumne Hill 209-286-1800 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5

MARIPOSA COUNTY BUTTERFLY CREEK WINERY 2 4063 Triangle Road, Mariposa 209-966-2097, Tasting Fri-Sat 10-4 GIANELLI VINEYARDS 3 18263 Main St., Jamestown 209-984-1500 Tasting Thu-Sun 12-5 MARIPOSA WINE COMPANY 4 20146 Road 21, Madera 559-673-6372 Tasting Daily 11-4 MOUNT BULLION VINEYARD 5 6947 N. Highway 49, Mariposa 209-377-8450 Tasting Fri-Sat 12-4, or By Appt. SILVER FOX WINERY 9 4683 Morning Star Lane, Mariposa, 209-966-4800 Tasting by Appt./Tours by Appt.

FROG’S TOOTH WINERY 15 380 Main St., Ste. 5, 209-728-2700, Tasting Fri 1-5, Sat 11-6 18 LARAINE WINES 3675 Six Mile Rd.,Vallecito 209-736-4766, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. HATCHER WINERY 19 425 Main St, 209-605-7111 Tasting Mon-Thu 12-5, Fri-Sun 11-5 INDIAN ROCK VINEYARDS 20 1154 Pennsylvania Gulch Rd, 209-728-8514, Tasting Fri- Sun 12-5 21 IRISH VINEYARDS 2849 Hwy. 4,Vallecito 209-736-1299, Tasting Mon,Tue, Fri 2-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 IRONSTONE VINEYARDS 22 1894 Six Mile Rd, 209-728-1251, Tasting Daily 10-5 LAVENDER RIDGE VINEYARDS 25 431 B Main St, 209-728-2441 Tasting Daily 11-5 MILLIAIRE 26 276 Main St., 209-728-1658, Tasting Daily 11-5 MUIR’S LEGACY VINEYARDS 27 260 Jones St., 209-728-0500,, Tasting Daily 11-5 NEWSOME-HARLOW WINES 28 403 Main St., 209-728-9817 Tasting Mon-Thu 12-5, Fri-Sun 11:30-5:30

RENNER WINERY 31 310 Town Square Rd., Copperopolis, 209-785-3649 Tasting Fri-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5 32 SOLOMON WINE CO. 397-A Main St., 209-728-8290 Tasting Mon-Fri 1-5, Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5 STEVENOT WINERY 33 458 Main St., 209-728-0148 Tasting Daily11-5 TANNER VINEYARDS 34 202 Main St., 209-728-8229 Tasting Mon-Tue,Thu-Fri 1-5, Sat 12-5:30, Sun 12-5 37 TWISTED OAK WINERY 4280 Red Hill Rd.,Vallecito 209-736-9080, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 Historic Murphy’s Location: 38 350 Main St, Murphys Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30.Winter hours Fri-Sun & Holidays 12-5 VAL DU VINO WINERY 40 634 French Gulch Rd., 209-728-9911, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 41 VINA MODA WINERY 147 Main St., 209-728-1917, Tasting Sat 12-6 ZUCCA MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS 42 431 E. Main St., 209-728-1623, Tasting Daily12-5


Map not to scale 13 TUOLOMNE COUNTY MT. BROW WINERY 10850 Mt. Brow Rd., Sonora GOLD MINE WINERY 10 209-532- 8491 22265 Parret’s Ferry Road, Columbia, 209-532-3089 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 Tasting Wed-Sun 12-6 Submit your winery or LA BELLA ROSA VINEYARDS 12 changes to be included in 117990 Old Wards Ferry Rd., our December/January Sonora, 209-533- 8668 issue’s guides. Please submit by Nov. 1, 2010 to editor@ Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5

...Harvest Celebrations


he days are growing shorter while the slight cooling of the air reveals the change in the season that is well under way. The onset of fall is a signal that California’s wine country is deep in the heart of harvest. This is a great time to visit wine country, when many regions and wineries open their doors for festivals both grand and small. Vine Times asked our regional writers to share with you their favorite harvest events happening in October and November. Read on for the inside scoop on favorite harvest events across California.

8th Annual Auburn Wine and Food Festival October 9, 1 to 5 p.m. By Linda J. Bottjer

tones. At last year’s event, when combined with the tomato zest of gourmet pizza, Fawnridge Winery’s Chardonnay gave the mouth a crisp fruit zing that sang of autumnal harvests. Expect a natural buoyancy of wood and floral notes from the Zinfandels of Dono dal Cielo Vineyards. Grapes grown in the Sierra Foothills produce a lighter fruit, unlike the heavier alcohol varieties of the Central Valley. Green Family Vineyards is the result of a lifetime of owner Charlie Green’s world-wide adventures. The Barbera is pert while the Syrah delivers a warm hardiness. The dryness of Szabo Vineyards’soils in Nevada City cause slight vine stress and benefits their estate grown wines, such as Primitivo, with big-berried explosions of taste. The celebration of the grape harvest abounds in Auburn. Tickets are $45.00, $25.00 for designated drivers. For tickets and complete information visit

vest event is meant to be celebrated. Guests will be treated to an evening of wine, food and entertainment. This unique fun-filled evening features delicious premium Lorimar wines, yummy appetizers, abundant Wine Country buffet dinner, a tractor-pulled hayride, and Grape Stomping in bare feet, just like on “I Love Lucy!” Dress up or come as you are – just, be there! Live entertainment features the Bayou Brothers Band and lots of dancing. Tickets for Lorimar Winery’s First annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Fest are on sale now. Ticket price is $60 for the general public and $50 for Wine Club members and their guests. For more information visit Purchase tickets by calling the winery at (951) 240-5177.

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend October 15 – 17 By Lisa J. Pretty

Lorimar Vineyards Harvest Festival,Temecula October 9, 5 to 9 p.m.

winery. Also on the educational, yet very fun, side: Maloy O’Neill Vineyards are asking people to help them create the next big red blend. Blending is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and if your blend is selected you can win a large etched bottle. For me it is often about the food, and my Winemaker’s Dinner pick this year is Pear Valley Vineyards. On Saturday evening, October 16 at 6 p.m., they will be hosting a four course winemaker dinner at Pear Valley (4900 Vineyard Road, Paso Robles) prepared by the Paso Robles Culinary Arts Academy with items such as Pumpkin Pear Squash Soup, Salmon Encroute, Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Chocolate Bread Pudding Soufflé. Tickets are $75 per person or $52.50 for their club members. For more info call (805) 237-2861 or visit

Harvest 2010 in the Santa Cruz Mountains By Laura Ness Winemaker Dinner at Pear Valley (Auburn Wine and Food Festival) I, like others, hail Claude Chana. The intrepid mid 19th century Frenchman crossed an ocean, a continent and mined a gold fortune. For a follow-up his attention turned to planting grapes in Placer county from cuttings brought from the Mission San Juan. The old vines may be long gone but the spirit remains robust as ever at the 8th annual Auburn Wine and Food Festival happening October 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. The quaintness of Auburn’s Old Town and downtown creates the perfect background for more than 25 regional wineries to be paired with delectable tidbits from area eateries. Many participants opt for a slow meander around winding streets stopping in the wine-colored balloon marked venues. Others choose the free shuttle bus service to sip without the hill climbing. Among the participating wineries is Viña Castellano. Their Spanish inspired wines are a homage to the owners’ late Abuelita (grandmother). The Tempranillo’s smoky finish, sans residual sugar, is dry and well integrated with toasted oak

Celebrate the Temecula harvest surrounded by the lush Lorimar vineyards. (Lorimar Vineyards) By Linda Kissam I love events that celebrate the grape harvest, and this particular one looks like a winner to me. It may be one of the last of the season in the So Cal area – so buy your tickets now. Lorimar Winery owners Mark Manfield and Lawrie Lipton invite you to join them for a Harvest Festival in their vineyards on the property that will eventually hold their winery & tasting room. (Their tasting room is currently in Old Town Temecula.) This is a VERY special, TRUE harvest event set in and amongst the vineyards providing guests an up close and personal experience. Generally wineries keep the guests pinned to the cement where they can gaze at the landscaped vineyards, but here you will enjoy the scenery IN the vineyards. This experience is how a har-

Harvest is my favorite time of year. The vines look so pretty with their plump purple grapes, the sound of tractors and trucks hauling bins of grapes fill the air, there is a feeling of anticipation as vintners wait for that perfect time to pick the grapes and when things are in full swing who can resist the aroma of grapes fermenting? Regardless if harvest is early, late or right on time, the wineries of Paso Robles all take time to celebrate with visitors the third weekend in October each year. Known as Harvest Wine Weekend, over 140 wineries offer something special. New releases, barrel samples, case specials, appetizers, barbecues, winemaker dinners, food & wine pairing, seminars, open houses, live music and even the chance to help with crush – there is something for everyone this weekend. I spent some time at www. to see what everyone else was doing and here are my favorite picks for October 15 to 17 this year. Tablas Creek is offering an inside look at harvest with complimentary tours at 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. each day. The tour includes the organic vineyards, the grapevine nursery and the

The Summit Sirens (from left) are: Amy Kemp of Loma Prieta, Christine Slatter of Hunter Hill, Lore James of Vine Hill, Katy Lovell of Poetic Cellars and Anne Moulton of Burrell School. (Laura Ness) Everyone will be breathing a sigh of relief when this grape-growing season is over. It has been a wonderful year for plums, pluots and apples, but to say that about winegrapes would be a stretch. With the coolest summer on record in far longer than most have been farming vines here in the mountains, it’s been a constant challenge to parry Mother Nature’s seemingly passive-aggressive moves. Talk about mood swings! If you think that’s good for wine…have another beer. To help celebrate this crazy season, Continued on Page 10 • October / November 2010


Destination: Harvest Celebrations Continued from Page 9 here are two fun events that I love in the Santa Cruz Mountains, both located along the Summit to Sea Wine Trail including Burrell School Winery, Loma Prieta Winery, Poetic Cellars and Hunter Hill Winery. Vine Hill will be open for the Harvest Celebration as well. Wine Tasting fees apply at each winery.

Summit to Sea Harvest Celebration October 16 - 17, Noon – 5 p.m. Come enjoy the incomparable sights, sounds and scents of harvest, along with food, music, golden hues and vineyard views. Taste ripe fruit, fresh-pressed juice and help punch down the grapes. Listen to live music while tasting some homemade apple pies from local apples. Admission is free. Food pairings are $5.

Sirens of the Summit Scary Pairings for Halloween October 30-31, Noon – 5 p.m. If it’s Harvest, it must be Halloween, and that’s a great excuse to ingest weird combinations of candy in the form of strange insects and corn kernels, while sipping witches brew. Join the Sirens of the Summit, the women of Burrell School, Loma Prieta, Poetic Cellars and Hunter Hill, for their “Scary Halloween Pairings,” featuring Psycho Donuts’ creepy-delicious Trick or Treat temptations. Each winery will offer a devilishly different donut paired with a ghoulishly seductive wine: do you dare to pair? Scary pairings will be complimentary with wine tasting fees, and donuts will be available for purchase, along with special wines. For more information on both of these events visit For more about Psycho Donuts crazy donut creations, visit

Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Festival November 5 - 15 By Denise Kouzoujian As fall quietly makes its elegant entrance with gentle rains and cooling temperatures, I am reminded of the spectacular wine & food festival that will be in full

Golden and black chanterelles picked in Mendocino County. (Visit Mendocino County, Inc.)

swing for ten days in November where Mendocino’s rugged coastline meets breathtaking beaches. Mendocino’s Wine & Mushroom Festival is the perfect opportunity to taste several of the county’s divine wines and enjoy them with dishes that have been created with many of the 500 edible mushrooms that have been foraged in the region. In addition, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn about the 3000 varieties of mushrooms that can be found in abundance in this flourishing county, along with meeting many of the winemakers and learning how these exceptional wines are grown and produced along this spectacular slice of California. You could say that this festival is the perfect place to enjoy savory mushrooms such as chanterelles, porcinis, morels, and hedgehogs. You may even get the chance to taste the extremely-rare candy cap mushrooms with their intense maple-syrup flavor, that grow only along the northern coast of Mendocino. I am looking forward to driving up the coast and enjoying the magnificent wine & mushroom pairings from this picturesque region. One of my favorite wineries to visit is Pacific Star Winery in Ft. Bragg, with its breathtaking views and the incredible offerings of winemaker, Sally Ottoson. You can also find Pacific Star wines at Company Bar on Main Street in Mendocino, which is Sally and Marcus Strutz’s newest venture. With the mushroom season arriving just shortly after the wineries have harvested their grapes and begun the crush, It makes good sense to present these two outstanding local bounties together for one spectacular event. This year’s festivities begin Friday, November 5 and wrap-up on Monday, November 15. Here you can find a host of wine pairing workshops, fabulous dinners, exhibits and more. And don’t miss the Mendocino Crab and Wine Days Festival that takes place in January. For complete information on these Mendocino events visit their website at

Palumbo from Palumbo Family Winery as well as Marcelo Doffo and his son Damian at Doffo Vineyard and Winery. Food offerings range from barbeque to more elegant fare and wine samples range from delicate whites to bold reds and late harvest wines. The event usually sells out quickly. Two-day tickets are priced at $99, Sunday only at $79 and discounts are available for local residents and designated drivers. For tickets and information contact the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association at (800) 801-9463 or visit their website at

The Third Annual First Sip Lodi Wine Weekend

Chef Dean serves up the perfect pairings for Temecula’s fine wines at the Temecula Harvest Celebration. (Temecula Valley Winegrowers Assoc.) their stuff. Odds are excellent the person pouring your barrel sample will be a winery owner or winemaker. Last year South Coast Winery owner Jim Carter was pouring wine alongside head winemaker Jon MacPherson. Joe Hart was manning the grill at Hart Family Winery. You’ll get a chance to meet folks like Nick & Cindy

November 13-14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. By Kimberly Horg-Webb More than 40 wineries in the Lodi Wine Country will be hosting the Third Annual First Sip Lodi Wine Weekend. The event falls right after the harvest season on November 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. so visitors will be toasting to another successful harvest. Guests receive a wine glass and map of winery events. The ticket grants access to all the wineries in which participants take a self-guided tour where they can enjoy various activities including live music, barrel tasting, barrel building Continued on Page 11

Winery Guide ROCK WALL WINE COMPANY 9 2301 Monarch St., Suite 300, Alameda, (510) 522-5700 Tasting Thurs-Sun 12-6 or by Appt. Also pouring: R&B Cellars JRE Wines, Blacksmith Cellars Ehrenberg Cellars ROSENBLUM CELLARS 10 2900 Main St., Alameda (510) 865-7007, Tasting daily 11-6 STAGE LEFT CELLARS 11 2102 Dennison St, Oakland (510) 434-9930 Tasting first Saturday of the month 11-5 URBAN LEGEND CELLARS 13 621 4th St., Oakland (510) 545-4356, Tasting Fri-Sun 1-6

20th Annual Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend,Temecula November 6 - 7 By Tom Plant The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is gearing up for their 20th Annual Harvest Celebration and each year shows how much this region is growing. Last year 25 wineries opened their doors to offer visitors tasty treats and barrel samples. This year there will be more than 30 wineries participating. The smells (both of food and wine) are intoxicating. Temecula’s Harvest Celebration really allows the area’s wineries to show off

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AUDUBON CELLARS 2 600 Addison St., Berkeley (510) 540-5384 Tasting by Appt.

JC CELLARS 5 55 4th St., Oakland (510) 465-5900, Tasting Thurs-Sun 12-6

PERISCOPE CELLARS 6 2 1410 62nd St. Ste B., Emeryville (510) 655-7827, Tasting Fri-Sun 1-6. Also pouring URBANO CELLARS wines Sat & Sun 1-6 Submit your changes or new listIRISH MONKEY 4 ings to our guides by Nov. 1, 2010 1017 22nd Ave., Oakland to be included in the December/ (510) 915-5463, January issue. Submit to Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 DASHE CELLARS 55 4th Street, Oakland (510) 452-1800 Tasting Thurs-Sun 12-6

Orfila Winery Continued from Page 8 begins in the vineyards. “If you really want to learn wine-making, go to a hands on school” like Cal Poly or Fresno he says. Since his arrival at Orfila, he has been busy tasting through the barrels and just finished bottling some of the ‘07 and ‘08 vintages. He says there are some tasty wines that have just gone into bottle. Mund has spent time in the area. His dad lives nearby and he loves to surf, hitting the waves as often as he can, although not during harvest. He feels a lot of winemakers in Southern California over-age their wines, masking the fruit and not allowing the fruit to shine. While he doesn’t consider himself a minimalist winemaker, he considers himself proactive. As far as the fruit here is concerned, he feels its potential has yet to be reached. This years harvest, he says, should be exceptional, with the prolonged cool weather at the beginning of summer allowing for long hang time, leading to good ripeness, flavors, lower sugars, good acid balance and lower alcohol. This should be an elegant vintage with beautiful colors. Harvest got underway the first week of September. He doesn’t pick strictly on brix level. He lets the flavor of the grapes tell him when they’re ready to be harvested. If the brix level is right, but the flavors haven’t developed, he’ll “let it ride.” Mund’s desire is to produce wines that


Present this ad to redeem at either of our locations: Orfila Vineyards & Winery 13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, CA 92025 Toll free: 1.800.868.9463 Local: 760.738.6500 x 22 Open daily 10am-6pm.

Justin Mund’s goal is to promote the fruit and bring out all its best attributes. (Tom Plant) aren’t just good for the region, but good anywhere. He believes it’s time for Southern California wines to bask in the spotlight. The tasting room at Orfila Vineyards and Winery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 13455 San Pasqual Rd. in Escondido, 30 miles north of San Diego. For more information call the winery at (760) 738-6500 or visit their website at

Destination: Harvest Continued from Page 10 demonstrations, grape stomps, bottling wine, wine and food pairing seminars, cellar and vineyard tours and of course tasting different varieties of wines. “This event is for consumers who are interested in taking a peek behind the cellar door to learn about the winemaking process, see what goes into the delicious wines, meet the growers and winemakers, experience the authentic hospitality and gain a new perspective and passion for Lodi wines,” Courtney Thommen, Event Manager for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, said. “It’s a fun, educational and tasty experience!” At last years’ event there were between 3000-3500 people and this year the wineries are expecting more people to join in on the action. “With the event falling right after what we hope to be another successful harvest season in Lodi, our vintners are excited to celebrate the fruits of their labor and share them with guests,” Thommen said. According to her, it is a great way to spend the weekend, before the holiday season takes over. Guests can check out Lodi Wine Country, try new wines and pick a few bottles for the Thanksgiving table. One ticket is valid for both days.

Also visit our Julian Tasting Room: 4470 Hwy. 78, Julian, CA 92036 760.765.0102 Open Friday through Tuesday (closed Wed. & Thurs.) 10am-5pm.

The Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park and The Cellar Door Restaurant

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Ariana Watkinson of Newport Beach and Karen Armstrong of Chico stomp grapes at Ripken Winery. (Lodi Winegrape Commission) Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door of any participating winery. Tickets can be purchased by calling (209) 3674727 or by visiting

18767 Main Street  Hwy 120, Groveland, CA 95321 1-800-273-3314 or 1-209-962-4000 • October / November 2010


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Map created by Artifact, Ink SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS & S.F. PENINSULA AHLGREN VINEYARD 1 20320 Hwy. 9, Boulder Creek 831-338-6071, Tasting Sat 12-4 ALFARO FAMILY VINEYARD 2 420 Hames Rd., Corralitos 831-728-5172, Tasting Sat 12-5 BARGETTO WINERY 3 3535 N. Main St., Soquel 831-475-2258, Tasting Daily 12-5 BEAUREGARD VINEYARDS 4 10 Pine Flat Rd., Bonny Doon 831-425-7777 Tasting Daily 11-5 BLACK RIDGE VINEYARDS 5 18550 Black Rd., Los Gatos 408-399-6396, Tasting Third Sat-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. BONNY DOON VINEYARD 6 328 Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz 831-425-4518, Tasting Daily 11:30-5:30 BURRELL SCHOOL VINEYARDS7 24060 Summit Rd, Los Gatos 408-353-6290, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 BYINGTON WINERY & VINEYARD8 21850 Bear Creek Rd., Los Gatos, 408-354-1111, Tasting Daily 11-5 CINNABAR WINERY TASTING ROOM 9 14612 Big Basin Way., Saratoga 408-741-5858, Tasting Daily 11-5 COOPER-GARROD VINEYARDS11 22645 Garrod Road, Saratoga 408-867-7116, Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 COPIOUS WINERY 12 427 Swift St., #A, Santa Cruz 813-425-WINE, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. DAVID BRUCE WINERY 13 21439 Bear Creek Rd, Los Gatos 408-354-4214, 800-397-9972 Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5

14 DOMENICO WINES 1697 Industrial Rd., San Carlos, 650-593-2335 Tasting Daily 12-5 or by appt. DOWNHILL WINERY 15 16393 Bonnie Ln, Los Gatos, 408-358-8028, Tasting by appt. EQUINOX WINE CELLARS & VINOS BARTOLO WINERY 16 427 Swift St., Santa Cruz 831-423-3000, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 FELLOM RANCH VINEYARDS18 17075 Montebello Road, Cupertino, 408-741-0206, Tasting by appt. FLEMING JENKINS TASTING ROOM 19 45 W. Main Street, Los Gatos 408-358-4949, Tasting Tue-Sun 12-6 GENEROSA WINERY 20 22630 Summit Rd., Los Gatos 408-353-3763 Tasting by Appt. GLENWOOD OAKS WINERY21 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley, 831-438-4097 Tasting Sat 12-4:30 HEARTS FIRE WINERY 22 165 Cristich Lane, Unit K Campbell, 408-858-6029 Tasting 1st Sun. every month 1-4 or by appt. HALLCREST VINEYARDS/ ORGANIC WINE WORKS 23 379 Felton Empire Road, Felton 831-335-4441 Tasting Daily 12-5 HILLCREST TERRACE 24 429-B Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831-419-0803 Sat-Sun 12-5, most Fri afternoons HUNTER HILL 25 7099 Glen Haven Road, Soquel 831-465-9294 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-4 or by Appt.

J. LOHR WINERY 26 1000 Lenzen Ave., San Jose 408-918-2160, Tasting Daily 10-5 LA HONDA WINERY 27 2645 Fair Oaks, Redwood City 650-366-4104 Tasting 3rd Sat Each Month 11-4 LA NEBBIA WINERY 28 12341 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, 650-726-9463 Tasting Daily 10-5 LOMA PRIETA WINERY 29 26985 Loma Prieta Wy, Los Gatos, 408-353-2950 Tasting Sat-Sun, 12-5 MICHAEL MARTELLA WINES 32 17287 Box 103 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, 650-851-6777 Tasting by Appt. MJA VINEYARDS 30 328 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 408-741-2822, Tasting Thu-Sun 12-5 THE MOUNTAIN WINERY 33 14831 PIERCE RD., SARATOGA, 408-741-2822 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 NAUMANN VINEYARDS 1605 Monte Bello Rd., 31 Cupertino, 408-867-7871 Tasting by Appt. NICHOLSON VINEYARDS 34 2800 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos, 831-724-7071 Tasting Sat 12-4 ODONATA 35 334-A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831-566-5147, Tasting 1st Sat of each month OSOCALIS 36 5579 Old San Jose Road, Soquel 831-477-1718, Tasting by Appt. P&M STAIGER 37 1300 Hopkins Gulch Road, Boulder Creek, 831-338-4346, Tasting by Appt.

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PELICAN RANCH WINERY 38 402 Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831-426-6911, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 PICCHETTI WINERY 39 13100 Montebello Road, Cupertino, 408-741-1310 Tasting Daily 11-5 PINDER WINERY 40 165 Cristich Lane, Campbell 877-684-2601. Tasting Sat 10-3 PLEASANT VALLEY VINEYARD 44 600 Pleasant Valley Rd., Aptos 831-728-2826, Tasting Sat 12-4 POETIC CELLARS 41 5000 North Rodeo Gulch Rd., Soquel, 831-462-3478 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 REGALE WINERY &VINEYARDS42 24040 Summit Rd., Los Gatos 408-867-3233, Tasting Fri 4-8, Sat-Sun 11-5:30 RIDGE VINEYARDS 43 17100 Monte Bello Rd, Cupertino, 408-867-3233, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 ROUDON-SMITH VINEYARDS45 2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley, 831-438-1244 Tasting Sat 12-4:30 SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN VINEYARD 47 334-A Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831-426-6209 Tasting Wed-Sun 12-5:30 SAVANNAH-CHANELLE VINEYARDS 48 23600 Big Basin Way, Saratoga 408-741-2934 Tasting Daily 11-5 SILVER MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS 402 Ingalls St., Ste 29, 49 Santa Cruz, 831-466-0559 Tasting Thu-Sun 12-5 SONES CELLARS 50 334-B Ingalls St., Santa Cruz 831-420-1552, SONESCELLARS.COM Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 SOQUEL VINEYARDS 51 8063 GLEN HAVEN ROAD, SOQUEL, 831-462-9045 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-4 STORRS WINERY 52 303 Potrero St., #35, Santa Cruz, 831-458-5030 Tasting Daily 12-5 TEAM ZIN 830 Jury Ct., San Jose 408-445-2508, Call for appt. TESTAROSSA WINERY 53 300-A College Ave., Los Gatos 408-354-6150, Tasting Daily 11-5

THOMAS FOGARTY WINERY54 19501 Skyline Blvd.,Woodside 650-851-6777, 800-247-4163 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 VINE HILL WINERY 57 2300 Jarvis Rd., Santa Cruz 831-427-0436, Tasting every 3rd weekend each month 12-5 & special events WINDY OAKS ESTATE VINEYARDS & WINERY 46 380 Sweetwood Way, Corralitos, 831-786-9463 Tasting by Appt. WOODSIDE VINEYARDS 59 340 Kings Mountain Rd, Woodside, 650-851-3144 Tasting by Appt. ZAYANTE VINEYARDS 60 420 Old Mountain Road, Felton, 831-335-7992 Tasting by Appt. SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAIN WINE GROWERS 99 ASSOCIATION

7605–A Old Dominion Ct. Aptos, 831-685-VINE (8463)

SANTA CLARA VALLEY South Santa Clara County & Gilroy CLOS LA CHANCE 3 1 Hummingbird Lane, San Martin, 408-686-1050 800-487-9463,, Tasting Daily 11-5 CREEKVIEW VINEYARDS 4 12467 Creekview Ct., San Martin, 408-686-0534 CASTILLO’S HILLSIDE SHIRE WINERY 5 2215 Liberata Dr., Morgan Hill, 408-776-8200 Open Sat. 1-7, Sun. 12-5 FERNWOOD CELLARS 6 7137 Redwood Retreat Rd. Gilroy, 408-848-0611 Tasting by Appt. FORTINO WINERY 7 4525 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, 408-842-3305 Tasting Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5 GUGLIELMO WINERY 8 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill 408-779-2145, Tasting Daily 10-5 HECKER PASS WINERY 9 4605 Hecker Pass Rd., Gilroy 408-842-8755 Tasting Daily 9-5 JASON-STEPHENS WINERY 10 11775 Watsnville Rd, Gilroy, 408-846-VINE, Tasting Daily 12-6

KIRIGIN CELLARS 12 11550 Watsonville Rd., Gilroy 408-847-8827, Tasting Daily 10-5 MARTIN RANCH WINERY 6675 Redwood Retreat Rd., 13 Gilroy, 408-842-9197 Tasting every 3rd weekend each month 12-5 MONTE VERDE VINEYARDS 14 13775 Sycamore Dr., Morgan Hill, 408-776-8938, Tasting the 3rd Sat and by Appt. MORGAN HILL CELLARS 1645 San Pedro Ave., 15 Morgan Hill, 408-779-7389 Tasting Tue-Sun 10-5 NATAL VINEYARDS 16 1310 Green Valley Rd Watsonville, 831-750-0271 Tasting by Appt. RAPAZZINI WINERY 19 4350 Monterey Hwy., Gilroy, 408-842-5649 800-842-6262, Tasting Daily 9-6/Tours RIVER RUN VINTNERS 20 65 Rogge Lane,Watsonville 831-726-3112, Tasting by Appt. SARAH'S VINEYARD 21 4005 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy 408-847-1947, Tasting Daily 11-5 SATORI CELLARS 22 2100 Buena Vista Ave., Gilroy 408-848-5823, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. SOLIS WINERY 23 3920 Hecker Pass Hwy., Gilroy 408-847-6306, 888-411-6457 Tasting Daily 12-5/Tours by Appt. SYCAMORE CREEK VINEYARDS 24 12775 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill 408-779-4738 Tasting Thu- Fri, Mon 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 THOMAS KRUSE 25 3200 Dryden Ave, Gilroy 408-842-7016, Tasting Tue-Sun 12- 5 CASA DE FRUTA 27 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy, Hollister, 408-842-7282 Tasting Mon-Thu 8-7:30, Fri-Sat 8-8:30

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Winery Guide GLENN COUNTY LAWLEY VINEYARD & WINERY 7503 Cutting Ave., Orland 530-865-2388 Tasting by Appt.

YOLO COUNTY BOGLE VINEYARD WINERY 37675 County Road 144, Clarksburg, 916-744-1139 Tasting Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 CARVALHO FAMILY WINES Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, 916-744-1625 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 FRENCH HILL WINERY Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, 916-744-1710 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 HERINGER ESTATES Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Ave., Ste.203, Clarksburg 916-744-1094 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5

MADERA COUNTY BIRDSTONE WINERY 9400 Road 36, Madera 559-970-2060 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 CHATEAU LASGOITY 11219 Road 26, Madera 559-674-8291 Tasting Sat-Sun 1-5 or by Appt. FICKLIN VINEYARDS 30246 Ave. 7 1/2, Madera 559-674-4598, Tasting Daily 12-5/Tours by Appt. IDLE HOUR WINERY 41139 Hwy 41, Oakhurst 559-760-9090 Tasting Wed-Sat 4-10 or by Appt.

R.H.PHILLIPS VINEYARDS 26836 County Rd., 12A, Esparto, 530-662-3215 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 RIVER GROVE WINERY 52183 Clarksburg Road, Clarksburg 916-744-9000 Tasting by Appt. ROMINGER WEST WINERY 4602 2nd Street, Ste. 4, Davis, 530-747-2044 Tasting Mon-Sat 12-5 or by Appt./Tours SOLOMON WINE CO. Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg, 800-861-4185 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5

SACRAMENTO COUNTY BLUE GUM WINERY 13637 Borden Rd., Herald 209-748-5669 Tasting Daily 11-5 FRASINETTI'S WINERY 7395 Frasinetti Road, Sacramento, 916-383-2444 Tasting Tue-Sat 11-8 SCRIBNER BEND VINEYARDS 9051 River Road, Sacramento. 916-744-1803 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4:30 SIX HANDS WINERY 13783 Isleton Rd.,Walnut Grove, 916-776-2053 Tasting by Appt.

TODD TAYLOR Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue, #204, Clarksburg 916-744-1120 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5

MARIPOSA WINE COMPANY 20146 Rd. 21, Madera 559-673-6372 Tasting Daily 11-4 OAK HOLLOW WINERY 9805 Road 30, Madera 559-675-8826 Tasting by Appt. PACIFIC CREST WINERY 33137 Avenue 9, Madera 559-674-4996, Tasting Daily by Appt.

WESTBROOK WINE FARM 49610 House Ranch Road, O’Neals, 559-868-3499 Tasting by Appt.

MERCED COUNTY RED ROCK WINERY 7326 E. Hwy. 140, Merced 209-722-7625 Tasting Daily 10-5

QUADY WINERY 13181 Road 24, Madera 800-733-8068 Tasting Mon-Fri 9-4:30, Sat-Sun 12-4:30

Visit our website for the latest wine country news and downloadable maps and guides. • October / November 2010


Exploring Paso Robles’ White Wines in Style By Lisa J. Pretty


have recently had several people come to my tasting room with Destination Drivers, a company that was recently started by Sean Pennington, an eleven year resident of Paso Robles. Clearly with the economy today people are looking at affordability when planning a wine getaway. Sean launched Destination Drivers just a few months ago as a service for people who want to relax, be pampered, enjoy the scenic wine country views and travel in the comfort of their own car without having to shell out a large sum of money. Destination Drivers provides you with a driver who will take you and your tasting companions where ever you want to go in your own vehicle. Each of the drivers is very knowledgeable about the area and will treat you like royalty for the day. The service is just $30 per hour per vehicle with a three hour minimum – that is just approx-

imately the price of four bottles of wine. Since all of the Destination Drivers clients seemed so happy, I decided to try out the service myself. One of my girlfriends and I were on a mission to explore the white wines of Paso Robles and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to pamper ourselves a little. We wanted to hit a lot of wineries and both taste, so clearly we needed to let someone else do the driving. Sean was our driver for the day, he arrived right on time and was totally prepared. He had a cooler, plenty of water to make sure we stayed hydrated, a tackle box with complimentary gourmet cheese, meats and breads he sources from Di Raimondo’s Italian Cheese Shop in Paso Robles, a camera to capture special moments, a first aid kit and, just in case, a bottle of Wine Away. He had also made reservations for us for lunch at a very special location. Our first stop was Wild Horse Winery.





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Sean pulled up to the sidewalk, opened our doors and sent us in to enjoy our tasting. We stuck to the plan and only tasted whites. The line-up included a Grenache Blanc, a Verdelho, a Malvasia Bianca, a Chardonnay and a Viognier. I have to say the Viognier was very interesting, not overly floral, and was the highlight of our tasting at that stop. From there we headed up to Highway 46 East to visit Robert Hall. The winery had just won the Golden Winery award and I was curious to taste some of their gold medal winners. They had several whites on the list and knowing we had a driver, we decided to taste them all. The line-up included Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and a very interesting white blend “Blanc de Robles.â€? The blend was 46 percent Roussanne, 41 percent Grenache Blanc and 13 percent Piquepol. We both really enjoyed the blend and for us Piquepol was a new grape – how fun. Sean greeted us back at the car with an open door and we decided to nibble on some of the great cheeses and salty bread on our way to the next tasting room. We didn’t have long since the next stop was just next door. Vino Robles has a white blend called “White4â€? that I had discovered at the Fair earlier this year and really enjoyed. The blend is 42 percent Vermentino, 29 percent Verdelho, 26 percent Viognier and 3 percent Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was every bit as good as I remembered. We also tasted the full line-up of whites and were very impressed with the standalone Verdelho. Another short drive on Highway 46 East and we were delivered to Eberle for yet another great line-up of whites. They have a un-oaked Chardonnay that is very refreshing; however, my favorite from the whites we tasted there was the “CĂ´tes-duRĂ´bles Blanc.â€? The blend is Eberle’s white RhĂ´ne blend and is made from 49 percent Roussanne, 33 percent Grenache and 18 percent Viognier. Back in the car, we updated Sean on our wine exploration and headed to downtown Paso Robles. Stephanie at Anglim Winery was kind enough to open the tasting room for us on what is normally a day they were closed. I am a huge fan of Anglim white wines and couldn’t imagine a day of tasting whites without a stop there. They have a white blend called Cameo that is 50 percent Marsanne, 25 percent Roussanne and 25 percent Viognier. In addition to the blend, the Roussanne and Grenache Blanc are fabulous. We decided to squeeze in one more stop downtown before our lunch reservation. Clayhouse was a great find. It was my first time tasting their wines and I was not only impressed with the wines but the price was also a nice surprise. Their Clayhouse Adobe White was a blend of 22 percent

The German name “Eberle� translates to “small boar.� At Eberle Winery, a bronze boar greets every guest who visits the Tasting Room. The statue is the 93rd replica of the original bronze Porcellino cast by Tacca in 1620. (Lisa J. Pretty)

Lago Giuseppe provided a beautiful setting for our private lakeside lunch. (Lisa J. Pretty) Viognier, 18 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 17 percent Grenache Blanc, 16 percent Roussane, 6 percent Chardonnay, 5 percent Chenin Blanc and we were told there is even a little bit of a table grape that they grow on the property included in the blend – a very nice and unusual blend. The stand alone Chenin Blanc was also very good. That was a lot of wine and it was clearly time to eat. Sean had made us reservations at Lago Giuseppe for a private, lake side lunch. The setting was so beautiful and peaceful with the sound of water tricking from a nearby waterfall. Located on Highway 46 West, Lago Giuseppe is available for private events. They recently opened a Farm Stand and will soon have a winery with a tasting room. We were served by Giuseppe (he goes by Joe) and his daughter. We felt extremely pampered as we enjoyed our gourmet lunch with a glass of wine. It was hard to leave, but we did want to taste a few more white wines before the day was over. Several of the west side wineries were not open mid-week, so we only managed to taste at one winery out that way. We stopped at Red Soles and although they specialize in red wines, they did have a white blend called “Flip Flop� available for tasting. The blend was Chardonnay and Viognier – not your typical white blend. We decided that one more wine stop would be all that we could do for the day and headed back to the east side to Pear Valley. Pear Valley has some great whites offered at very reasonable prices and we really Continued on Page 15

M c M i l l i n’s P i ck s If You are a Charter Member Here are Your Picks for October and November These wines tasted better than over 200 rivals.

WHITES, PINKS, SPARKLERS AND DESSERTS Best Chardonnay Under $20: Glen Ellen Winery, Calif., 2008, $10 Over $20: Monthaven Winery, Central Coast, 2008, $24 Best Chenin Blanc Under $20: Dry Creek Vineyards, Clarksburg, 2009, $12 Best Gewurztraminer Under $20: Daniel Gehrs Wines, Monterey County, 2008, $19 Best Pink Under $20: Pinot Noir Rosé, Kenwood Vineyards, Russian River Valley, 2008, $13 Best Pinot Gris (Grigio) Under $20: King Estate, Oregon, 2008, $16 Best Riesling Under $20: Limited, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Monterey County, 2009, $19 Best Sauvignon Blanc Under $20: Pedroncelli Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2009, $16 Over $20: Peju province Winery, Napa Valley, 2008, $22 Best Traminer Under $20: Targovishte Winery,(Bulgarian Master Vintners), Bulgaria - Black Sea, 2009, $11 Best Viognier Under $20: Yalumba Wines (Negociants U.S.A.), So. Australia, 2009, $15

REDS Best Barbera Over $20: ReZerve, Shenandoah Vineyards, Shenandoah Valley of Calif., 2003, $24 Best Cabernet Sauvignon Under $20: Fetzer Vineyards, Calif., 2008, $12 Over $20: Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2006, $25 Best Carignane Over $20: Limited, Daniel Gehrs Wines, Santa Ynez Valley, 2007, $24 Best Malvasia Bianca Over $20: Ballentine Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2009, $24 Best Merlot Under $20: Napa Ridge Winery(Bronco), Napa Valley,2007, $12 Over $20: Ballentine Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2006, $24 Best Mouvedre Over $20: Ballentine Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2009, $24 Best Petite Sirah Under $20: Concannon Vineyards, Livermore Valley, 2007, $15 Over $20: Silkwood Wines, Stanislaus County, 2007, $39 Best Pinot Noir Under $20: Sebastiani Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, 2007, $18 Over $20: Signature, King Estate, Oregon, 2008, $27 Best Primitivo Over $20: Deaver Vineyards, Amador County, 2007, $22 Best Red Blend Over $30: Mariner-Meritage Blend, Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2006, $40 Best Sangiovese Under $20: Valley of the Moon, Sonoma County, 2007, $16 Best Syrah, Shiraz Under $20: Private Selection, R.Mondavi, Calif,, 2008, $11 Over $40: Cakebread Cellars, Napa Valley, 2007, $50 Best Tempranillo Over $20: Deaver Vineyards, Sierra Foothills, 2007, $25 Best Zinfandel Max $20: Old Vines, Ballentine Vineyards, Napa Valley, 2007, $20 Over $20: Pedroncelli Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley, 2007, $28 Credits: Tasting: Edgar Vogt • Statistics: Ophelia Mercado, Rubella Desquis Fred McMillin has been honored by the Academy of Wine Communications as one of America's 22 best wine writers. He teaches a new wine course every month in San Francisco at S.F. City College, (Ft. Mason campus). For the tasty details, fax Fred at (415)567-4468.

The Rising Stars of Livermore By Laura Ness


ith due thanks to the tremendous tenacity and vision of the Concannon’s and the Wente’s, Livermore’s constellation in the wine universe is beaming ever more brightly. They may together be the twin suns that fuel the galaxy, but they are far from the main event any longer. New rising stars are filling the wine-dark sky with their own brilliance. Let’s take a star cruise through the new cosmos that is Livermore Valley Wine Country. If we take them in alphabetical order, we begin with Charles R Vineyards, and winemaker Randy Bartlett. In the selfreliant spirit of the gracious old oak on the label, Bartlett has been a varietal purist, eschewing the concept of mixing different grapes. He’s also somewhat of a vineyard purist, preferring to bottle small lots of several different batches of Cabernet or Syrah to preserve the unique flavors of the terroir. This is all good, especially if you are getting primo fruit from each source, and picking the proper barrels to show them off. But even varietal purists come around to seeing the benefit of blending. Sometimes your hand is forced. Ask Randy about the ‘07 Zinfandel – some of the fermentation lots yielded juice a bit lighter than desired, presenting an opportunity to create something really delicious by adding some Petite Sirah. A few barrels of Cab didn’t quite make it to the bottling line on the last round, so they’ll lay the ground floor for the very first Bordeaux style blend from Charles R. Blending makes different varieties work together in a way that makes the fabric stronger and the resulting quilt more colorful, more interesting, more alluring. This is a winery to watch. The winery is at 8195 Crane Ridge Road, Livermore. Tasting Room is open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Next up is Cuda Ridge, and Larry Dino, who took a passion for a purple Barracuda and somehow turned it into a boutique winery making some of the best balanced and enjoyable Bordeaux wines in the Livermore Valley. He aims for low alcohol and for that alone he gets a gold

Larry Dino of Cuda Ridge.

(Laura Ness)

Mitchell Katz of Mitchell Katz Winery. (Laura Ness)

John Kinney of Occasio Cellars. (Laura Ness) star. Not to be missed here are the Cabernet Sauvignon (the 2007 won Gold at the 2010 SF Chronicle Competition), Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec. It doesn’t hurt that he got some good advice from whizbang winemaker diva, Rhonda Wood, a star in her own right. The winery is at 5385 East Avenue, Livermore. Open weekends, 12 to 5 p.m. Moving on, we shine the spotlight on winemaker Mitchell Katz of Mitchell Katz Continued on Page 29

Exploring Paso Continued from Page 14 enjoyed our final tasting of the day. The line-up included a un-oaked Chardonnay (we were told they will soon be releasing an oak aged one as well), a Sauvignon Blanc, a Muscat Canelli and an Orange Muscat. Sean delivered us safely back home and helped unload our purchases. We had a wonderful day, had discovered some fan-

tastic white wines in Paso Robles, enjoyed an incredible lunch and overall were happy with the pampering we received from Destination Drivers. If you are planning a day out wine tasting be sure to call Sean at (805) 423-3176 or visit – you deserve to go wine tasting in style. • October / November 2010


Paso Robles Winery Guide

ADELAIDA WINERY 1 5805 Adelaida Road, PR 805-239-8980, Tasting Daily 10-5 AJB VINEYARDS 2 3280 Township Road, PR 805-239-9432, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 3 ANGLIM WINERY 740 Pine Street, PR, 805-227-6813, Tasting ThuSat 11-5:30, Sun 12-5:30 or by Appt. ARROYO ROBLES 4 739 12th Street,PR,877-759-WINE, Tasting Daily 11-7 AUGUST RIDGE VINEYARDS 5 8790 E.Hwy.41,Creston 805-239-2455, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. B & E VINEYARDS 7 10000 Creston Rd., PR 805-238-4815, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 BELLA LUNA 8 1850 Templeton Rd.,Templeton 805-434-5477, Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 BIANCHI VINEYARDS 3380 Branch Road, PR 9 805-226-9922, Tasting Daily 10-5 BRIAN BENSON CELLARS 10 2985 Anderson Rd., PR 805-296-9463,, Tasting Fri-Sun 10:30-5 CALCAREOUS VINEYARD 11 3430 Peachy Canyon Rd., PR 805-239-0289, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 or by Appt. CAPARONE WINERY 12 2280 San Marcos Road, PR 805-467-3827, Tasting Daily 11-5 CARMODY MCKNIGHT ESTATE WINES 13 11240 Chimney Rock Road, PR, 805-238-9392 Tasting Daily 10-5 CASA DE CABALLOS 14 2225 Raymond Ave.,Templeton 805-434-1687, Tasting Daily 11-5

CASS VINEYARDS 15 7350 Linne Road, PR 805-239-1730, Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-6 CASTORO CELLARS 16 1315 N. Bethel Rd.,Templeton 805-238-0725, Tasting Daily 10-5:30 CHANGALA WINERY 17 3770 Willow Creek Rd., PR 805-226-9060 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 CHATEAU MARGENE 18 4385 LaPanza Road, Creston 805-238-2321 Tasting 12-5 Sat-Sun & by Appt. CHUMEIA 19 8331 E. Hwy.46, PR 805-226-0102,, Tasting Daily 10-5 CLAUTIERE VINEYARD 1340 Penman Springs Rd., PR 805-237-3789, Tasting Daily 12-5 20 D’ANBINO VINEYARDS & CELLARS 22 710 Pine St., PR 805-227-6800, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-7 DARK STAR CELLARS 23 2985 Anderson Rd., PR 805-237-2389, Tasting Fri-Sun 10:30-5 DENNER VINEYARDS 24 5414Vineyard Drive, PR 805-239-4287,, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 DERBY WINE ESTATES 5620 E. Hwy. 46, PR 51 805-238-6300 Tasting Daily 10-5 DOCE ROBLES 25 2023 Twelve Oaks Drive, PR 805-227-4766, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 DONATI FAMILY VINEYARD 26 2720 Oak View Rd.,Templeton 805-238-0676 Tasting Daily 10-5

DOVER CANYON WINERY 27 4520 Vineyard Drive, PR 805-237-0101, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 DUNNING VINEYARDS ESTATE WINERY AND 28 GUEST VILLA 1953 Niderer Road, PR 805-238-4763 Lodging Accommodations Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 EAGLE CASTLE WINERY 3090 Anderson Rd.,PR 29 805-227-1428, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 EBERLE WINERY 30 3810 E. Hwy. 46, PR 805-238-9607, Tasting Daily 10-6, 10-5 (winter) EDWARD SELLERS VINEYARDS 31 1220 Park Street, PR 805-239-8915, Tasting Thu-Mon 12-7 EOS ESTATE WINERY 5625 E. Hwy.46, PR 32 800-249-9463, Tasting Daily 10-5 FALCON NEST 34 VINEYARD & WINERY 5185 Union Rd., PR 805-226-0227,, Tasting Daily 10-6 FIRESTONE VINEYARD 2300 Airport Road, PR 35 805-591-8050, Tasting Daily 10-5 FOUR VINES 36 3750 W. Hwy 46, Templeton 805-237-0055, Tasting Daily 11-6, 11-5 (winter) FRATELLI PERATA 37 1595 Arbor Road, PR 805-238-2809, Tasting by Appt. GARRETSON WINE COMPANY 38 2323 Tuley Ct., Suite 110, PR 805-239-2074., Tasting by Appt. GREY WOLF CELLARS 2174 W. Hwy 46, PR 39 805-237-0771,, Tasting Daily 11-5:30

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40 HALTER RANCH VINEYARD 8910 Adelaida Road, PR 805-226-9455, Tasting Daily 11-5 HANSEN VINEYARD 41 5575 El Pomer Dr.,Templeton 805-239-8412, Tasting Fri- Sun 11-5 HARMONY CELLARS 42 3255 Harmony Valley Rd., Harmony 805-927-1625/ 800-432-9239 Tasting Daily 10-5 HUG CELLARS 43 2323 Tuley Ct., Suite 120D, PR 805-226-8022, Tasting Thu-Mon 11- 5 & by Appt. HUNT CELLARS 44 2875 Oakdale Road, PR 805-237-1600 Tasting Daily 10-6, 10:30-5:30 (winter) J. LOHR WINERY 46 6169 Airport Road, PR 805-239-8900, Tasting Daily 10-5 JADA VINEYARD 47 5620Vineyard Drive, PR 805-226-4200, Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 or by Appt. JANKRIS WINERY 48 1266 Bethel Road,Templeton 805-434-0319, Tasting Daily 11-5 JUDD FAMILY WINES 49 2850 Ranchita Canyon Rd. San Miguel, 805-467-2891 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 JUSTIN VINEYARDS & WINERY 50 11680 Chimney Rock Rd., PR 805-238-6932, Tasting Daily 10-5/ Tours by Appt. L’AVENTURE 51 2815 Live Oak Road, PR 805-227-1588, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-4 LINNE CALODO 52 CELLARS 3030 Vineyard Drive, PR 805-227-0797, Tasting Daily 11-5 LOCATELLI VINEYARDS 8585 Cross Canyons Road San Miguel, 805-467-0067 53 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4 or by Appt. LONE MADRONE 54 2485 W. Hwy. 46, PR 805-238-0845, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 MALOY O’NEILL 55 VINEYARDS 5725 Union Road, PR 805-238-7320, Tasting Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 or by Appt. MARTIN & WEYRICH 56 WINERY 2610 Buena Vista Drive, PR 805-238-2520, Tasting Daily 10-6 MERIDIAN VINEYARDS 7000 E. Hwy.46, PR 57 805-226-7133,, Tasting Daily 10-5 MIDLIFE CRISIS WINERY 1244 Pine Street, Ste. A, PR 805-237-8730 58 Tasting Thu-Mon 10:30-6 MIDNIGHT CELLARS 59 2925 Anderson Rd., PR 805-237-9601, 805-239-8904 Tasting Daily 10-5:30 MINASSIAN YOUNG VINEYARDS 60 4045 Peachy Canyon Rd., PR 805-238-7571, Tasting FriMon 11-5 MITCHELLA VINEYARD & WINERY 61 2525 Mitchel Ranch Way, PR 805-239-8555, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5

62 MONDO CELLARS 3260 Nacimiento Lake Dr., PR 805-226-2925, Tasting Daily 10-6 MOONSTONE CELLARS 801 Main St., Suite C, Cambria 805.927.9466/ 877-517-WINE 63 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 NADEAU FAMILY 65 VINTNERS 3860 Peachy Canyon Rd., PR 805-239-3574 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 NORMAN VINEYARDS 66 7450 Vineyard Dr., PR 805-237-0138,, Tasting Daily 11-5 67 OPOLO VINEYARD 7110 Vineyard Dr., PR 805-238-9593, Tasting Daily 10-5 PASO PORT 68 6996 Peachy Canyon, PR 805-239-2229, Tasting Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon 11-5 or by Appt. PEACHY CANYON WINERY 69 1480 N. Bethel Rd.,Templeton 805-239-1918, Tasting Daily 11-5 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr., PR 805-237-7848 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 PENMAN SPRING VINEYARD 70 1985 Penman Springs Rd., PR 805-237-7959, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 PIPESTONE VINEYARDS 2040 Niderer Rd., PR 71 805-227-6385 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 POALILLO VINEYARDS72 1888 Willow Creek Rd., PR 805-238-0600, Tasting by Appt. PRETTY-SMITH 73 VINEYARDS & WINERY 13350 N.River Rd., San Miguel 805-467-3104, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 RABBIT RIDGE WINERY & VINEYARDS 75 1172 San Marcos Road, PR 805-467-3331,, Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 RIO SECO VINEYARD & WINERY 77 4295 Union Road, PR 805-237-8884, Tasting Daily 11-5 RIVERSTAR VINEYARD 78 7450 Estrella Road, San Miguel 805-467-0086,, Tasting Daily 11-5 ROBERT HALL WINERY 3443 Mill Road, PR 79 805-239-1616, Tasting Daily 10-6, 10-5 (winter) ROCKY CREEK CELLARS 8687 Apple Rd.W. Hwy. 46, Templeton, 805-238-1919 80 Tasting Daily 12-5 ROTTA WINERY 81 3750 W. Hwy. 46,Templeton 805-237-0510, Tasting Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 11-6 SAN MARCOS CREEK 83 7750 N. Highway 101, PR 805-467-9260 Tasting Daily 11-5 SCULPTERRA WINERY 5015 Linne Road, PR 84 805-226-8881, Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 SILVER HORSE VINEYARDS 85 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel 805-467-9309, Tasting Fri-Mon 11-5 STACKED STONE 86 CELLARS 1525 Peachy Canyon Rd., PR 805-238-7872, Tasting Mon-Thu by Appt., Fri-Sun 11-5 STILL WATERS

VINEYARD 87 2750 Old Grove Lane, PR 805-237-9231,, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 STEPHEN’S CELLAR 88 7575 York Mountain Road, Templeton, 805-238-2412 Tasting by Appt. SUMMERWOOD WINERY 2175 Arbor Road, PR 89 805-227-1365, Tasting Daily 10-6, 10-5 (winter) SYLVESTER WINERY 90 5115 Buena Vista Dr., PR 805-227-4000 Tasting Daily 11-6, 11-5 (winter) TABLAS CREEK 92 VINEYARD 9339 Adelaida Rd, PR 805-237-1231, Tasting Daily 10-5 TERRY HOAGE VINEYARDS 93 870 Arbor Road, PR 805-238-2083 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4 by Appt. THUNDERBOLT WINERY 2740 Hidden Mtn. Rd., PR 94 805-226-9907 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 TOBIN JAMES CELLARS 8950 Union Rd., PR 95 805-239-2204, Tasting Daily 10-6 TURLEY WINE CELLARS 2900 Vineyard Dr.,Templeton 805-434-1030,, Tasting Daily 9-5 96 VENTEUX VINEYARDS98 1795 Las Tablas Rd.,Templeton 805-369-0127, Tasting Mon-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 10-5 VICTOR HUGO WINERY 2850 El Pomar Dr.,Templeton 805-434-1128,, Tasting by Appt. 99 VIHUELA WINERY 100 1307 Park Street Alley, PR 805-835-4304, Tasting Sun-Mon 11-4,Thu-Sat 11-8 VILLICANA WINERY 101 2725 Adelaida Road, PR 805-239-9456, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 VINA ROBLES 102 3700 Mill Road, PR 805-227-4812, Tasting Daily10-6,10-5 (winter) VISTA DEL REY VINEYARDS 103 7340 Drake Road, PR 805-467-2138 Tasting Sun 11-5 & by Appt. WESTBERG CELLARS105 3180 Willow Creek Rd., PR 805-238-932, Tasting by Appt. WILD COYOTE ESTATE WINERY 106 3775 Adelaida Road, PR 805-610-1311, Tasting Daily 11-5 WILD HORSE WINERY 1437 Wild Horse Winery Ct., Templeton, 805-434-2541 107 Tasting Daily 11-5 WINDWARD VINEYARD 1380 Live Oak Rd., PR 108 805-239-2565,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 YORK MOUNTAIN WINERY 109 7505 York Mountain Rd., Templeton, 805-238-3925 Tasting Daily 11-4 ZENAIDA CELLARS 1550 W. Hwy. 46, PR 110 805-227-0382, Tasting Daily 11-5 ZIN ALLEY WINERY 111 3730 W. Hwy. 46, PR, 805-238-0959 Tasting by Appt.

Culinary Road Trip . . . A Perfect Pairing By Denise Koujouzian


y “Culinary Road Trip” to Mendocino began one latesummer afternoon with a slight chill in the air and a hint of fall peeking around the corner. I stopped at my favorite local destination spot – Café Borrone and Kepler’s Book Store. This wonderful family owned café and magical independent book store sit perfectly next to one another in my home town of Menlo Park. Over the years these two have become my home away from home, and I always find myself walking away with a gentle smile on my face and a quiet sense of contentment. On this particular afternoon I left with more than I had hoped for – the perfect pairing. While enjoying Café Borrone’s bustling atmosphere and a delicious Lasagna Bolognese, I began talking with the manager, Jeffrey Frey, about wines that would pair perfectly with this dish. He suggested a wine that was new to the café – Topel Winery’s 2008 Pinot Noir. This wine, I learned, is “crafted in the style of Burgundy from grapes grown in Monterey County.” It was an absolute delight. After leaving the cafe, I headed over to Kepler’s book store. I love the smell and feel of the new and gently used books, the

numerous isles and shelves, and the variety of all kinds of writing and literature. As I perused, soft music and voices swirled in the air. I began walking up the wine isle when suddenly a book leaped out at me: Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice For Pairing Wine With Food. (Written by Evan Goldstein with recipes by Joyce Goldstein.) Coincidence? The following morning I drove up to Northern Sonoma County’s wine country with Barbara Glasner, a very dear friend of mine who is also a fellow chef. We drove through San Francisco and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge on a crystal clear afternoon, and then continued North on Highway 101 until we reached the picturesque, small town of Healdsburg. Nestled amongst the beautiful boutiques, cafes, and bookstores, we found Topel Winery’s Tasting room and were warmly greeted by David Milner who would be pouring our tasting. The tasting room was gorgeous with a rich mahogany and forest green slate bar, set against light colors and clean lines. We were invited in to enjoy the organic room and sample the high-quality wines. Looking around, I could not help but feel the time and love that went into designing this magnificent space and noticed a book on the shelf – Perfect Pairings: … it was the same

Grilled Eggplant Lasagna Bolegnese with a Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce

Inspired by the beautiful bounty of heirloom tomatoes, onions and the variety of Asian eggplant that continue to grow in my garden; the secret Lasagna Bolognese recipe from Café Borrone; and the priceless suggestions from Barbara Glasner and Donnis Topel, I developed this dish to pair perfectly with Topel’s 2008 Pinot Noir, Serendipity. 12 lasagna noodles, fresh or dried that have been boiled and cooled 16 ounces of ricotta cheese 1/2 pound of ground beef 1/4 pound of ground pork 1/4 pound of ground veal

book I picked up at Kepler’s the day before! Another coincidence? No, I think not. Shortly after arriving to the tasting room, we had the pleasure of speaking with Donnis Topel, a chef herself, who owns and operates Topel Winery with her husband, Mark. Our conversation shifted to a dish that would perfectly pair with Topel’s 2008 Pinot Noir Serendipity. We collectively agreed that a Grilled Eggplant Lasagna Bolognese with Fresh Tomato and Basil Sauce would do the trick. The time passed as we drifted into great conversation, learning about and tasting the savory wines that Topel Winery has to offer. Finally, we were on our way. I look forward to going back before the year ends, as this region and winery has become one of my new favorite destination spots. I recently read these words from Mark Topel, “The goal of Topel Winery is simple. To make absolutely the best wine that can be made from these grapes, in this spot, at this time, and to do it honestly…” And they have done just that. By simply matching delicious foods with a beautiful Topel wine you will always end up with a “Perfect Pairing!”

Recipes and Photos by Denise Kouzoujian

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds 6 ounces parmesan cheese, grated 4 heirloom tomatoes, diced 1 pound Asian eggplants, cut into 1/4 inch rounds 1 medium onion, diced 8 tablespoons olive oil 2 egg yolks Salt and pepper For the Bolognese sauce: Sauté the onions and a pinch of salt in a large, lightly oiled skillet until they begin to brown. Add ground beef, pork and veal to the pan and gently stir, folding the different meats together. Add tomatoes, a pinch of salt & pepper and cook until browned, set aside. Grill the eggplant rounds in a grill pan and brush olive oil and a pinch of salt on each side. Continue turning the eggplant while lightly brushing with olive oil until they are tender, set aside. Combine the ricotta cheese with egg yolks, two ounces of parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt, set aside. For the tomato sauce: 8-10 heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped 20 (total) combined orange, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, halved 4 small Asian eggplants, sliced about 1/4 inch 1 small white onion Bunch of Basil, sliced Sauté the onions, eggplant and a pinch of salt in a large, lightly oiled sauté pan until they begin to brown. Add tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper to the pan and cook until vegetables are soft but not completely falling apart.

Café Borrone’s Ismabi Castro and Topel Winery’s Ben Topel. (Denise Kouzoujian)

Jeffrey Frey (right) and Jack Kouzoujian at Café Borrone. (Denise Kouzoujian)

Topel Winery Tasting Room in Healdsburg with David Milner. (Denise Kouzoujian)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pour a thin layer of tomato sauce into a deep rectangular lasagna dish and add a single layer of 4 noodles. On top of the noodles add a layer of the ricotta mixture, a layer of Bolognese sauce, a layer of grilled eggplant, a layer of mozzarella and a layer of tomato sauce. Repeat all for a second layer. Add a third layer of pasta, top with a layer of tomato sauce, sliced mozzarella and 2 ounces parmesan. Tent the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake on the center rack for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes. Top with a spoonful of tomato sauce and finish with some grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Dried Apricot and Cambinzola Cheese Bites

After tasting the delectable sweetness of the flavors in Topel’s 2008 Orange Moscato, my friend Barbara Glasner said to Donnis and me, “This would pair beautifully with a dried apricot topped with Cambinzola cheese and a candied pecan that has been drizzled with orange blossom honey.” 12 dried apricot halves 6 ounces of Cambinzola Cheese, this cheese is a combination of Brie and Blue cheeses. 12 candied pecans 4 tablespoons of honey Spread a small mound of cheese on each apricot and top with a piece of candied pecan. Finish with a drizzle of honey and serve. • October / November 2010


Santa Barbara County Winery Guide

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY NORTH ADDAMO VINEYARDS 1 400 East Clark Ave, Santa Maria 805-937-6400, Tasting Tue-Sun 11-7 BEDFORD THOMPSON WINERY & VINEYARD 12 448 Bell St, Los Alamos 805-244-2107, Tasting Daily 11-5 BYRON 20 5250 Tepusquet Rd, Santa Maria 805-344-2107, Tasting by Appt. CAMBRIA WINERY & 21 VINEYARD 5475 Chardonnay Ln, Santa Maria, 805-937-8091,Tasting Daily 10-5 COLD HEAVEN 27 448-B Bell St, Los Alamos 805-937-9801, Tasting by Appt. 28 CORE WINERY 145 S. Geary St. #103, Old Orcutt 805-937-1600, Tasting Wed-Sun COSTA DE ORO WINERY 30 1331 S. Nicholson Ave., Santa Maria 805-922-1468. Tasting Sun-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-8 COTTONWOOD 31 CANYON 3940 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria 805-937-9063 Tasting Daily 10-5:30 32 CURTIS WINERY 5249 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 805-686-8999 Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 FESS PARKER WINERY & VINEYARD 36 6200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria, 805-937-4251,Tasting Daily 10-5 FIRESTONE VINEYARD 38 5000 Zaca Station Rd, Los Olivos, 805-688-3940, Tasting Daily 10-5/Tours FOXEN VINEYARD 41 7200 Foxen Canyon Rd, Santa Maria, 805-937-4251,Tasting Daily 11-4 KENNETH VOLK 58 5230 Tepusquet Road, Santa Maria 805-938-7896, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 KOEHLER 59 5360 Foxen Canyon Rd, Los Olivos 805-693-8384, Tasting Daily 10-5 MCKEON-PHILLIPS 68 2115 S. Blosser Road, Unit 114 Santa Maria, 805-928-3025 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-6 or by Appt. RANCHO SISQUOC 79 6600 Foxen Canyon Rd., Los Olivos, 805-934-4332,Tasting Daily 10-5 RIVERBENCH VINEYARD & WINERY 78 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria, 805-937-8340,Tasting Daily 10-4 STEPHEN ROSS WINE CELLARS 80 2717 Aviation Way, Ste. F1, Santa Maria, 805-594-1318 Tasting by Appt. TRES HERMANAS VINEYARD 82 9660 Foxen Camp Rd., Santa Maria 805-937-8451 Tasting Daily 10-5 ZACA MESA 98 6905 Foxen Canyon Rd, LosOlivos 850-688-9339, Tasting Daily 10-4

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SOUTH ALEXANDER & WAYNE 2 2922 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos 800-824-8584 Tasting Daily 11-6 3 ALMA ROSA 7250 Santa Rosa Road, Buellton 805-688-9090, Tasting Daily 11-4 ANDREW MURRAY 5 2901-A Grand Avenue, Los Olivos 805-693-9644,,Tasting Daily 11-6 6 ARTHUR EARL 2922 Grand Avenue, Los Olivos 800-646-EARL, Tasting Daily 11-6 7 ARTISTE 3569 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez, CA, 805-686-2626,Tasting Daily 11-5 9 BABCOCK on Highway 246, west of Buellton 805-736-1455, Tasting Daily 10:30-4 BECKMEN 11 2670 Ontiveros Rd, Los Olivos 805-688-8664,Tasting Daily 11-5 14 BERNAT 2879 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 805-688-7265, Tasting Daily 11-9 BLACKJACK RANCH 15 2205 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang 805-686-9922, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 BRANDER 16 2401 Refugio Rd, Los Olivos

805-688-2455, Tasting Daily 10-5, 11-4 (winter) 17 BRIDLEWOOD 3555 Roblar Ave, Santa Ynez 805-688-9000, 800-467-4100 Tasting Daily 10-5 BUTTONWOOD FARM19 1500 Alamo Pintado R, Solvang 805-688-3032,,Tasting Daily 11-5 CARINA CELLARS 21 2900 Grand Ave, Ste A, Los Olivos 805-688-2459, Tasting Daily 11-5 CARHARTT VINEYARD22 2990-A Grand Ave., Los Olivos 805-688-0685, Tasting Wed-Mon 11-5 CARR VINEYARDS 24 414 N. Salsipuedes St, Santa Barbara, 805-965-7985,Tasting Daily 11-5 CASA CASSARA 25 291 Valley Station Rd, Buellton 805-688-8691, Tasting Wed-Mon 10-6 28 CONSILIENCE 2933 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 805-691-1020, Tasting Daily, 11-5 D’ALFONSO-CURRAN 29 1557 Mission, Solvang, 805-6883494, Tasting Fri-Mon 11-5 (winter hours) DANIEL GEHRS WINES 31 2939 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 800-275-8138, Tasting Daily 11-6

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DIERBERG, STAR LANE & 32 THREE SAINTS 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave,Los Olivos, 805-693-0744, Tasting Daily 11-5 DRAGONETTE CELLARS 33 1633 West Central Ave., Lompoc 805-737-0200, Tasting Sat 11-4,other days byAppt EAST VALLEY VINEYARD 34 4960 Baseline Ave.,Santa Ynez 805-455-1412, Vineyard Visits by appt. EPIPHANY CELLARS 35 2963 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 866-354-9463, Tasting Thu-Mon 11:30-5:30 FIDDLEHEAD CELLARS 62 597 E Chestnut Ave, Lompoc 800-251-1225/ 805-742-0204 Thu-Sat 11-4 and by Appt. FLYING GOAT CELLARS 76 1520 E. Chestnut, Unit A, Lompoc 805-736-9032, Tasting Thu-Sat 11-4 40 FOLEY ESTATES 6121 E Highway 246, Lompoc 805-737-6222, Tasting Daily 10-5 42 GAINEY 3950 East Highway 246 Santa Ynez, 805-688-0558,Tasting Daily 10-5 HITCHING POST 46 406 East Highway 246, Buellton 805-688-0676, Tasting Daily 4-8

47 HUBER CELLARS 539 Mission Dr., #A, Solvang 805-686-9323, Tasting Daily 10– 5 JAFFURS WINE CELLAR 51 819 East Montectio St, Santa Barbara 805-962-7003, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4 or by Appt. 53 JOHN KERR At Los Olivos Tasting Room 2905 Grand Ave., Los Olivos 805-688-5337, Tasting Daily 11-6 KALYRA 55 343 North Refugio Rd Santa Ynez, 805-693-8864,Tasting Daily 11-5 KEN BROWN WINES 56 Terravant Wine Ctr. 70 Industrial Way, Buellton 805-448-3791, By Appt. only LAFOND 60 6855 Santa Rosa Rd, Buellton 805-688-7921, Tasting Daily 10-5 37 LA VIE 308-D North 9th St., Lompoc 805-291-2111, Tasting Fri-Sun, 11-5 LINCOURT VINEYARDS 63 1711 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang 805-688-8554, Tasting Daily 10-5 64 LONGORIA 2935 Grand Ave, Los Olivos 866-RLWINES, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 LUCAS & LEWELLEN 65 1645 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang 805-686-9336, Tasting Daily 11-5:30 66 MANDOLINA 1665 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang 805-686-5506,Tasting Daily 11-5:30 MELVILLE 69 5185 East Hwy. 246, Lompoc 805-735-7030, Tasting Daily 11-4 MOSBY 72 9496 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton 800-70-MOSBY/ 805-688-2415 Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5, Mon-Fri 10-4 OREANA / CELLAR 205 73 205 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara 805-962-5857, Tasting Daily 11-5 76 PALMINA 1520 East Chestnut Ct, Lompoc 805-735-2030, Tasting Thu-Sat11- 4 or by Appt. 77 PRESIDIO 1603 Copenhagen Dr. #1, Solvang, 805-966-9463, Tasting Daily 11-6 RIDEAU 80 1562 Alamo Pintado Rd, Solvang 805-688-0717, Tasting Mon-Fri 10:30-5, Sat-Sun 10:30-5:30

81 ROBLAR WINERY 3010 Roblar Avenue, Santa Ynez 805-686-8540, Tasting Daily 10-5 82 ROYAL OAKS 1651 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang 805-693-1740, Tasting Daily 10-5:30 RUSACK 83 1819 Ballard Canyon Rd, Solvang 805-688-1278, Tasting Daily 11-5 84 SANFORD 5010 Santa Rosa Rd, Lompoc 805-688-3300 or 800-426-9463,Tasting Daily 11-5 SANTA BARBARA WINERY 85 202 Anacapa St, 805-963-3633/ 800-225-3633,Tasting Daily 10-5 SCOTT CELLARS 86 2933 San Marcos Ave, Los Olivos 805-570-0048, Tasting Wed-Mon11-5 SHOESTRING WINERY 87 800 East Hwy. 246, Solvang 800-693-8612, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4 or by Appt. STOLPMAN 88 2434 Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos 805-688-0400 Tasting Daily 11-5, ex. Fri 11-6 SUMMERLAND WINERY 89 2330 Lillie Ave, Summerland 805-565-9463, Tasting Tue-Thu 11-5, Fri- Sun11-7 SUNSTONE 90 125 Refugio Rd, Santa Ynez 800-313-9463, Tasting Daily 10-4 TASTES OF THE VALLEYS 91 Au Bon Climat,Arcadian, Margerum & more... 1672 Mission, Solvang, 805-688-7111, Tasting Daily 12-8, Sat 12-9 TENSLEY/LEA WINES 92 2900 Grand Ave., Ste. B, Los Olivos 805-688-6761, Tasting Fri-Sat 11-5 93 TRE ANELLI WINE 2923 Grand Ave., Los Olivos 805-686-3000, Tasting Daily 11-5 WINE COUNTRY 94 TASTING (Core, Great Oaks, Huber, J.Wilkes, Qupe,Silver, Taz,Verdad) 2445 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos, 805-686-9699 Tasting Daily 11-5 WHITCRAFT WINERY 95 36-A S. Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, 805-965-0956 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4

Fantesca, It’s About Being Exceptional!

Harvest Wine Weekend, Paso Robles, October 15-17

By Sandrew Montgomery


usan and Duane Hoff are one of the most charming Napa Winery owner couples I have ever met. College sweethearts at the University of Minnesota, the Hoff’s played a huge part in taking “Best Buy” from one billion dollars in revenues to forty-five billion dollars. In their respective roles, they found themselves traveling extensively for the company, leaving to “tag team” raising their two young children. “We needed to find something to do together,” says Duane with a twinkle in his eye. Their travels found them in a continual rendezvous in the Napa Valley. “I thought to myself, I know I can’t own a Sports Team but I think I can own a small winery,” chortles the energetic proprietor. “Parducci had just sold, and I took a look at the numbers. I knew I had to seek out a partner to help with the business plan, so I called Cary Gott. Susie and I looked for two years at high-end mountain wineries because we knew we wanted to do Cab, we knew we wanted to make good wine and we knew we wanted an actual place to make the wine.” Finally, they came across a fantastic estate on Spring Mountain that fit all their criteria: Fantesca! The winery is also home to a few select custom crush clients that include rock star winemakers Heidi Barrett, Diane Snowden and Phillipe Melka. Starting with the 2007 vintage, Heidi has taken over Wine Director duties at Fantesca from Kirk and Nils Venge and

J. Lohr’s Harvest Festival Events Friday, October 15 J. Lohr’s premium wines will be paired with five Italian courses by Executive Chef MacDonal from Il Cortile Ristorante.

Seating 6:30PM ~ $115 per person Reservations required. Duane and Susan Hoff, the proprietors of Fantesca. (Kat Ryan Montgomery)

Saturday, October 16 Sold out

Sunday, October 17 Educational four course food and wine pairing by Vinoteca Wine Bar G.M. and Chef Wiesinger.

Seating 11:00AM $60 per person Reservations required. The entrance to Napa’s Fantesca Estate and Winery. (Kat Ryan Montgomery) works in collaboration with Tony Arcudi. Having launched their inaugural release with the 2002 Vintage, Robert Parker Jr.’s comments included, “This is an impressive start!” The less than 2,000 case production is comprised of three of the five “Noble” grapes: The Estate Cabernet, a Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Each and every bottle is sealed with a “Fortune Corkie.” Each Vintage has 10 different classic quotes, personally selected by the ever clever P.R. Duo, the Hoff’s. Continued on Page 20

Tasting Notes 2007 Fantesca Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Nose: Initial impressions of smoke, sweet cedar, anise and minerals give way to red currants, blackberries, black currants, plum skin, sandalwood and exotic Asian spices. Second impressions add hints of vanilla bean, pomegranates, molasses, clove and dried herbs. Palate Bright raspberries, red and black plums, white pepper and cinnamon are wrapped in firm tannins that are smooth on the entry and have a lingering finish. Very polished, refined and well-integrated – especially for such a young wine made from mountain fruit from a classic vintage. Entrée Recommendations: 1) Cabernet vine-smoked Rack of Lamb with loganberry reduction or Juniper Rosemary sauce, curried couscous studded with black currants and cumin, Moroccanspiced glazed carrots. 2) Pan seared Duck breast confit topped with Bing cherries infused with Grand Marnier and Chinese five spice, garlicky sweet potato frites, and sautéed Chanterelle mushrooms. 2008 Chardonnay, Russian River Nose: Waves of honeysuckle and orange blossom, lemon meringue, D’Anjou pear, mandarin orange notes, nutmeg and hint of fennel and lemon thyme. Palate: Impeccable orchestration of tiers teaming with pear, spice, butterscotch, vanilla and mandarin orange finish. Elegant and multi-layered, balanced acidity and a kiss of sweet oak, exhibiting a light touch of buttered toast and guava. 2007 King Richard’s Reserve Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley Nose: Queen Anne cherry, cola, anise, toast, cedar perfumed framboise and star anise. Palate: light cherry pie filling, ripe red and black plums, sweet herbs, rosemary, vanilla, orange pekoe tea with fine grain tannins.

J. LOHR PASO ROBLES WINE CENTER 6169 Airport Road, Paso Robles (Off Hwy 46 East)

805.239.8900 • October / November 2010


Fantesca, It’s About Being Exceptional Continued from Page 19 When we tasted the King Richard’s Reserve Pinot Noir, named for Susan’s father, the cork read: “The World owes you nothing, it was here First!” This is Heidi Barrett’s first project she has taken on since Screaming Eagle. I asked Heidi how she and the Hoff’s met: “They called me out of the blue – I wasn’t looking for a new project, but their names kept coming up. I read about them in the St. Helena Star, so I met them to see if we had some common ground, mutually beneficial. I knew I could definitely improve their wine and they could help me with marketing with all of their technology background.” “Heidi is a phenomenal winemaker,” states the lovely Susan Hoff. “This is the only Chardonnay she makes, so we decided it (the packaging) should be special – it’s

a work of art, just like the wine inside, just like the Artist herself,” quips Susie. The name “Fantesca” is derived from the 16th century Italian plays of Commedia dell Arte that has inspired Cirque du Soleil. In those times, it was scandalous to have a woman on stage, but Fantesca was loved by all with her smart, sexy, unpretentious wit, and she was adored most by Harlequin, her lover. The distinctive Harlequin packaging completes and compliments each work of vinified art. On the King Richard’s Reserve Pinot Noir label, Susie remarks, “The label is oversized, so the guy’s get mad at me – nothing here is standard – everything is exceptional. It’s not about efficiency, it’s about being exceptional! When you are this size and there are so many beautiful wineries here in Napa, you have to be exceptional!” I think the wines are exceptional too,

STONE’S THROW WINERY 27 3541 N. Canyon Rd., Camino 530-622-5100, Tasting Fri-Sun May-Dec, by Appt. STOVER OAKS 28 5241 Nashville Tr., Placerville 530-626-WINE Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 THOMPSON MINING CAMP WINERY 29 4801 Rock Barn, Shingle Springs 530-677-6510 Tasting Thu-Sun 10-5 VENEZIO VINEYARDS & WINERY 31 5821 Hwy. 49, Pilot Hill 530-885-WINE, Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 WOFFORD ACRES VINEYARDS 32 1900 Hidden Valley Ln., Camino 530-626-6858, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 or by Appt.

Winery Guide

EL DORADO NORTH AURIGA WINE CELLARS 1 3500 Carson Rd., #D2, Camino, 530-647-8078 Tasting Fri-Sun, 11-5 BOA VISTA ORCHARDS/ VINEYARDS 2 2952 Carson Rd., Placerville 530-622-5522, Tasting Daily 11-5 3 BOEGER WINERY 1709 Carson Rd., Placerville 530-622-8094 Tasting Daily 10-5 CHATEAU RODIN WINERY 4 4771 Green Hills Rd. , Placerville 530-622-6839 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 CHEVALIER WINERY 5 5720 French Creek Rd., Shingle Springs, 530-677-1676 Tasting Sat 12-5 CRYSTAL BASIN CELLARS 7 3550 Carson Rd., Camino 530-647-1767 Tasting Daily 11-5 COULSON ELDORADO WINERY 8 3600 Carson Rd., Camino 530-644-2854 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5

DAVID GIRARD VINEYARDS 9 741 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville 530-295-1833 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 FENTON HERRIOTT VINEYARDS 11 120 Jacquier Ct., Placerville 530-642-2021 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5/Tours by Appt. FINDLETON ESTATE & 12 VINEYARD 3500 Carson Rd., Camino 530-644-4018 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 13 GOLD HILL WINERY 5660 Vineyard Ln., Placerville 530-626-6522 Tasting Thu-Sun 10-5 HOLLY’S HILL VINEYARDS & WINERY 14 3680 Leisure Ln., Placerville 530-344-0227 Tasting Daily 10-5 ILLUMINARE ESTATE 16 3500 Carson Rd., Camino 530-647-1884 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 JODAR VINEYARDS & WINERY 17 3405 Carson Court, Camino 530-644-3474, Tasting Daily 11-5

The vineyards at Fantesca Estate and Winery. as you will see in my review of their wines below. With only 8.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1.5 acres of Petit Verdot for the Estate blend, this is a by appointment only winery experience. Most likely you will be greeted by Roxy, their Flat Coated Retriever who will graciously escort you to

LAVA CAP WINERY 18 2221 Fruitridge Rd, Placerville 530-621-0175/ 800-475-0175 Tasting Daily 11-5 MADROÑA VINEYARDS 19 2560 High Hill Rd., Camino 530-644-5948 Tasting Daily 11-5 MIRAFLORES WINERY 21 2120 Four Springs Trail, Placerville, 530-647-8505 Tasting Daily 10-5 NARROW GATE VINEYARDS 22 4282 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, 530-644-6201 Tasting Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 PARAVI VINEYARDS 23 2875 Larsen Dr., Camino 530-647-9463 Tasting Daily 11-5 SIERRA VISTA WINERY & VINEYARD 25 4560 Cabernet Wy., Placerville 530-622-7221/ 800-WINE-916 Tasting Daily 10-5 SOGNO WINERY 26 3046 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs, 530-672-6968 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5

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EL DORADO SOUTH BUSBY CELLARS 1 6375 Grizzly Flat Rd, Somerset, 530-344-9119 Tasting Fri-Sun11-5:30 CANTIGA WINEWORKS 2 5980 Meyers Ln, Somerset 530-621-1696 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 and by Appt. CEDARVILLE VINEYARD 3 6320 Marestail Rd, Fair Play 530-620-9463 Tasting by Appt. CHALET FLEUR DE LYS 4 7696 Perry Creek Rd, Somerset, 530.620.2246 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. CHATEAU ROUTON 5 2800 Omo Ranch Rd, Fair Play, 530-620-5818 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 COLIBRI RIDGE WINERY 6 & VINEYARDS 6100 Grey Rock Rd, Fair Play, 530-620-7255 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 CHARLES B. MITCHELL WINERY 7 8221 Stoney Creek Rd, Fair Play, 530-620-3467, Tasting Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat-Sun 10:30-5 DK CELLARS 9 7380 Vineyard View Dr., Fair Play, 530-620-1132 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5

(Kat Ryan Montgomery) their caves. To make your reservation, you can e-mail their concierge: Angela or contact me at Sandrew or via my website at

10 FITZPATRICK WINERY 7740 Fairplay Rd., Fair Play 530-620-3248/ 800-245-9166 Tasting Daily 11-5 ex.Tue GRANITE SPRINGS WINERY 12 5050 Granite Springs Winery Rd., Fair Play, 530-620-6395/ 800-638-6041, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 14 IVERSON WINERY 8061 Perry Creek Rd., Fair Play 530-620-7474 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. 15 LATCHAM VINEYARDS 2860 Omo Ranch, Mt. Aukum 530-620-6642/ 800-750-5591 Tasting Thur-Mon 11-5 MOUNT AUKUM WINERY 17 6781 Tower Rd., Mount Aukum 800-591-9463, Tasting Daily 11-5 OAKSTONE WINERY 18 6440 Slug Gulch Rd., Fair Play 530-620-5303 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 PERRY CREEK VINEYARDS 19 7400 Perry Creek Rd. Fair Play 530-620-5175 Tasting Daily 11-5

SIERRA OAKS ESTATES 21 8171 Mt.Aukum Rd., Mt.Aukum 530-620-7079 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 22 SINGLE LEAF VINEYARD & WINERY 7480 Fairplay Rd., Fairplay 530-620-3545/ 888-ONE-LEAF Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5 TOOGOOD ESTATE WINE 23 CAVES 7280 Fair Play Rd, FairPlay 530-620-1910 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5:30 or by Appt. URSA VINEYARDS 24 5951 Mt.Aukum Rd, Somerset 530-647-2646 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 VAN DER VIJVER ESTATE 25 7451 Fairplay Rd., Fair Play 530.620.3210 Tasting 11-5 Wed-Sun & by Appt. WINDWALKER VINEYARDS 26 7360 Perry Creek Rd., Fair Play 530-620-4054 Tasting Daily 11-5 or by Appt. WINERY BY THE CREEK 27 8085 Perry Creek Rd., Fair Play 530-620-2402 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5

. . .Chico By Cynthia Bournellis I went to Chico to visit my cousin’s winery, Odyssey Winery and Vineyards, and what I got was a whole lot more. Since Odyssey doesn’t open until 1 p.m., my boyfriend Greg and I took a detour through downtown Chico. Greg wanted to show me his alma mater, Chico State University. We strolled the campus’tree-laden tranquil paths, pausing on a footbridge – one of nine on-site – that overlooks Big Chico Creek. The creek

runs into the Sacramento River, another place to stop when traveling to and from Chico, especially in warmer months when Chico’s temperatures reach triple digits. Chico State resides at one end of downtown, enabling easy foot access to a number of eclectic restaurants, shops, pubs, coffee bars…just about anything you’d want from a college town. One of the more popular restaurants, and a must-see, is Madison Bear Garden, a kitschy joint adjacent to Chico State. Madison Bear is famous for its eye-candy collection of memorabilia assured to over stimulate the senses, raucous crowd – as evidenced by the party photos that plaster its walls – and legendary “mouth-watering” Bear Burger, or so they say. I don’t eat meat, but Greg does and confirmed the legend.

Bidwell Park

From left to right: Greg Timmerman, Janice Rosene, Cynthia Bournellis and John Papadakis (Janice’s father) at Odyssey Winery’s tasting room, Chico. (Cynthia Bournellis)

Bidwell Park was our next stop, a 3,600-acre municipal park that has two distinct sections: Lower Park and Upper Park. Upper Park is in a canyon with Big Chico Creek running through the center. Much of the land is undeveloped and has special rules for use, but there are a multitude of dirt trails

for jogging, mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking, as well as many rocky swimming holes surrounded by bluffs. Lower Park boasts majestic oak and sycamore trees, picnic areas, a large rectangular fresh-water wading pool, nature center and playing fields. Much of the park is off limits to motor vehicles, so bicycling, skating or walking are popular activities. We lunched on a bench beneath a great oak, while taking in the bounty of colorful spring flowers before heading to Odyssey.

Chico Wine Tasting Odyssey Winery and Vineyards is



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Fairplay Wine Area 800-622-1323


nestled in the rolling Chico foothills on the outskirts of north Chico. Getting directions via cyberspace is possible but challenging. Odyssey doesn’t have a website, so a web search is required. Not a shocker. I stumbled across a number of small, family-run operations in the area without websites. Perhaps this is part of Chico’s “small-town charm” or a way of playing “hard to get.” Either way, my journey overall was worth it. A boutique winery that produces just 500 cases a year, Odyssey is owned and operated by Norm Rosene (dentist by day, winemaker by night) and his wife Janice Continued on Page 22


43+/- Acres 13+/- Acres of vineyard 4 Bedroom/2 bath home Barn/ equipment building Local views of vineyards & winery Additional plantable acreage Fenced pasture 2 Car garage Additional hilltop building site for main residence Williamson Act Owner financing


(Norm Rosene)



NAPA VALLEY AVA • 131 Acres- 2 separate parcels • Breathtaking views- San Pablo Bay, Napa River, Mt Tamalpais & valley vineyards • 1 Acre Syrah Noir • 59+/- Plantable acreage • Multiple building sites • Close to Napa airport & Napa marina • Easy access from Hwy 12 in Napa County • Unbelievably priced at $20K an acre! • Possible Seller financing w/acceptable terms • Bank owned, BLA needs county approval

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards, Chico, Calif.

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65 acres with great building sites and views Tasting room Capable of 12K-14K cases a year Long established label 2 winery buildings – 9800 sq ft total Price includes license, label, equipment, wine club and real property • Big well - plenty of water • 1500 sqft office • Owner financing w/sufficient down payment


Shenandoah Valley Wine Area 800-748-5931 • October / November 2010


Discover Chico

Continued from Page 21 (tasting room host and vineyard manager). The couple conceived the idea when they were students at UC Davis and designed the winery, with help from Janice’s father, a retired architect. Odyssey broke ground in 1993. The two-story building is a Mediterranean Greek-style villa. The first floor contains the tasting room, kitchen and open-air conference room. Tile floors with a Greek Key border, high arched ceilings painted in a cloudscape, adobe white walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows welcome sunlight and fresh air. Odyssey’s tasting room is a showcase for regional art. It also reflects the couple’s eclectic lifestyle and love of dogs. Norm is a bicycling enthusiast and part owner of a Cessna 172, thus the many photos of vintage planes on display. Even one of their

dogs, a 2-year-old Doberman pinscher, is named after a plane: “Habu” Air Force SR71 Blackbird. The other, a 10-year-old Bernese mountain dog, is named after Odysseus’ most loyal hound, Argus. Odyssey’s wines are as unique as its art. There’s the Cabernet/Syrah blend “Fideaux” (pronounced “fido” after, guess who?). The 2004 is a composite of three different Cabernet Sauvignon vintages, giving the wine a deep dense color, blackberry and caramel undertones, soft tannins and velvety finish. The 2004–2005 Barrel Select Syrah is a marriage of two vintages, giving it an intense character of spicy black pepper and licorice. Odyssey also produces a French Colombard, one wine you don’t often see. This dry wine has crisp, clean flavors and subtle aromas. I ended my tasting with a splash of

Winery Guide


Hwy. 128, Downtown Boonville 707-895-3993, Tasting Daily 11-5 BARRA OF MENDOCINO 2 7051 North State St., Redwood Valley, 707-485-0322,, Tasting Daily 10-5 BREGGO CELLARS 3 11001 Hwy. 128, Boonville 707-895-9589, Tasting Daily 11-5 BRUTOCAO CELLARS 4 13500 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland 707-744-1664,, Tasting Daily 10-5 7000 Hwy. 128, Philo 5 800-661-2103, Tasting Daily 10-5 CHIARITO VINEYARD 7 2651 Mill Creek Rd., Ukiah 707-462-7146, Tasting by Appt. CLAUDIA SPRINGS WINERY 8 1810 Hwy. 128, Navarro 707-895-3993, Tasting Fri-Mon 11-5 COLE BAILEY VINEYARDS 9 12482 Inez Way, Redwood Valley, 707-485-9507,, Tasting by Appt. DEMUTH WINERY 11 16125 Deer Meadows Rd., Boonville, 707-895-3729, Tasting by Appt. DOMAINE SAINT GREGORY 13 13251 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. 3, Hopland, 707-744-8466 Tasting Daily 10-5 DUNCAN PEAK VINEYARDS 14 14500 Mountain House Rd., Hopland, 707-283-3632,, Tasting by Appt.

DUNNEWOOD VINEYARDS 15 2399 North State St., Ukiah 707-467-4843, Tasting Mon-Thu 8-4 ELIZABETH VINEYARDS 17 8591 Colony Dr., Redwood Valley, 707-485-9009, Tasting by Appt. ESTERLINA 19 1200 Holmes Ranch Road, Philo 707-895-2920, Tasting by Appt. FIFE VINEYARDS 21 3620 Road B, Redwood Valley 707-485-0323, Tasting Daily 10-5 FREY VINEYARDS 22 14000 Tomki Rd., Redwood Valley, 707-485-5177/800-760-3739,, Tasting by Appt. GIRASOLE VINEYARDS 24 7051 N. State Rd., Redwood Valley, 707-485-0322,, Tasting Daily 10-5 GOLDENEYE 25 9200 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-3202, Tasting Daily 11-4 GRAZIANO FAMILY OF WINES 26 13251 S. Hwy. 101, Ste. 3, Hopland, 707-744-8466 Tasting Daily 10-5 GREENWOOD RIDGE VINEYARDS 27 5501 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-2002, Tasting Daily 10-5 HANDLEY CELLARS 30 3151 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-3876/ 800-733-3151, Tasting Daily 10-6 HUSCH VINEYARDS 32 4400 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-3216/ 800-55-HUSCH, Tasting Daily 10-6

JEPSON VINEYARDS 34 10400 S. Hwy. 101, Ukiah, 707-4688936/ 800-516-7342,, Tasting 10-5/Tours by Appt. JERIKO ESTATE WINERY 35 12141 Hewlitt & Sturdtevant Rd., Hopland, 707-744-1140, Tasting Daily 10-5 LAZY CREEK VINEYARDS 37 4601 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-3623, Tasting by Appt. LE VIN WINERY 38 33151 Hwy. 128,Yorkville 707-894-2304, Tasting by Appt. LOLONIS WINERY 39 1905 Road D, Redwood Valley 707-485-8207, Tasting by Appt. LONDER VINEYARDS 40 4780 Monte Bloyd Rd., Philo 707-895-3900, Tasting by Appt. MAPLE CREEK WINERY 41 20799 Hwy. 128,Yorkville 707-895-300,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 MCDOWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM 43 13380 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland 707-744-8911,, Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5, Mon-Fri 11-5 MCNAB RIDGE TASTING ROOM, LAWSON STATION 44 13441 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland 707-744-1986, Tasting Daily 10-5 MENDOCINO WINE CO. 46 45070 Main St., Mendocino 707-937-6193,, Tasting Daily 10-5 MEYER FAMILY CELLARS 48 19750 Hwy. 128,Yorkville 707-895-2341, Tasting 10-5 ex. Sun MILANO FAMILY WINERY 49 14594 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland 707-744-1396/ 800-564-2582, Tasting Daily 10-5 NAVARRO VINEYARDS 50 5601 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-3686/ 800-537-9463, Tasting Daily 10-5 NELSON FAMILY VINEYARDS 51 550 Nelson Ranch Rd., Ukiah 707-462-3755,, Tasting Daily 11:30-5 OSTER WINE CELLARS 53 13501 Tomki Rd., Redwood Valley, 707-485-5257,, Tasting by Appt. PACIFIC ECHO CELLARS 54 8501 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-2065/ 800-824-7754 Tasting 11-5/Tours by Appt. PACIFIC STAR WINERY 56 33000 N. Hwy. 1, Fort Bragg 707-964-1155,, Tasting Daily 11-5 PARDUCCI WINE CELLARS 57 501 Parducci Rd., Ukiah 707-463-5350, Tasting Daily 10-5 PHILO RIDGE VINEYARDS 59 27700 Nash Mill Rd., Philo 707-489-2303, Tasting by Appt. ROEDERER ESTATE 60 4501 Hwy. 128, Philo, 707-8952288, Tasting Daily 11-5

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2006 Late Harvest Symphony dessert wine, served chilled. It flowed across my palate like liquid honey; mellow with minimal residual sugar and floral aromas of Muscat and Grenache on the finish. Spending the entire afternoon with loved ones left Greg and I little time for visiting other wineries. One of the oldest is the Abbey of New Clairvaux, just 20 miles north of Chico in Vina. The Abbey was once home to reportedly the largest wine operation in the world during the late 1800s. Today the property is a working Cistercian monastery. Father Paul Mark Schwan, Abbot of the monastery, and Aimée Sunseri, fifth-generation California winemaker, carry the tradition of making wine using both Old World and New World techniques under the label New Clairvaux Vineyard. SCHARFFENBERGER CELLARS 62 8501 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-2288, Tasting Daily 11-5 63 SILVERSMITH VINEYARDS 3700-A Rd. J, Redwood Valley, 707485-1196,, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. STANDISH WINE COMPANY 65 5101 Hwy. 101, Philo, 707-8959213, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 THREE FAMILIES WINERY 66 13500 Hwy.101, Ste. H, Hopland, 707-473-0301, Tasting Daily 11-5 TOULOUSE VINEYARDS 68 8001 Hwy. 128, Philo 707-895-2828,, Tasting by Appt. VIN DE TEVIS 70 51161 Covelo Rd., Dos Rios 707-983-9433, Tasting by Appt. WEIBEL VINEYARDS 71 13300 Buckman Dr., Hopland 707-744-2200, Tasting by Appt. WHALER VINEYARDS 72 6200 Eastside Rd., Ukiah 707-462-6355, Tasting by Appt. YORKVILLE CELLARS 73 25701 Hwy. 128,Yorkville 707-894-9177, Tasting Daily 11-6 ZINA HYDE CUNNINGHAM 75 WINERY 14077 Hwy. 128, Boonville 707-895-9462, Tasting Daily 10-5 LAKE COUNTY BRASSFIELD ESTATE WINERY 2 10915 High Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, 707-998-1895, Tasting by Appt.

Dining and Beer Tasting Too A day of wine tasting often calls for a cold beer to cleanse the palate. Greg insisted we dine at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. I agonized over the thought of having “brewery food,” which to me equates to artery-clogging fare. I would end up eating my words. The Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant has a hearty selection of individual beers, beer flights, a beer/food pairing menu and a main menu that changes daily. If going on a Saturday night, as we did, expect to wait one hour or more to be seated in the dining room. So, we sat at the Taproom bar. I ordered a dark, rich Sierra Nevada Porter. This medium-bodied ale has a creamy head and smooth malty flavor with hints of caramel. The main menu is based on a local, Continued on Page 23

CEAGO DEL LAGO 3 5115 E. Hwy. 20, Nice, 707-2741462,, Tasting Daily 10-5 COUGAR’S LEAP WINERY 4 9300 N. Seigler Springs Rd., Kelseyville, 707-279-0651, Tasting May-Oct Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. DUSINBERRE CELLARS 6 5627 Gaddy Ln., Kelseyville 707-279-2995, Tasting by Appt. EDEN CREST VINEYARDS & 8 WINERY 2550 Big Valley Rd., Kelseyville 707-279-2987,, Tasting by Appt. GREGORY GRAHAM WINES 9 13633 Point Lakeview Rd., Lower Lake, 707-995-3500, Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5 THE LAKE COUNTY WINE 12 STUDIO 9505 Main St., Upper Lake 707-275-8030, Tasting Thu-Sun 1-7 LANGTRY ESTATE VINEYARDS 13 & WINERY 21000 Butts Canyon Rd., Middletown, 707-987-9127, Tasting Daily 10-5 MOORE FAMILY WINERY 15 11990 Bottle Rock Rd., Kelseyville, 707-279-9279, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 MT. KONOCTI GROWERS 16 WINERY 2550 Big Valley Rd., Kelseyville 707-279-4213, Tasting by Appt. NOGGLE VINEYARDS & 18 WINERY 700 Old Long Valley Rd., Clearlake Oaks, 707-998-0319 Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5 or by Appt.

PLOYEZ WINERY 19 11171 Hwy. 29, Lower Lake 707-994-2106, Tasting Daily 11-5 RED LAVA WINE TASTING 21 8040 Hwy. 29, Kelseyville 707-278-0224,, Tasting Daily 11-6 ROSA D'ORO VINEYARDS 22 3915 Main St., Kelseyville 707-279-0483 Tasting Wed-Sat. 10:30-6:30, Sun 11-5 SHANNON RIDGE WINERY 24 12599 E. Hwy 20, Clearlake Oaks, 707-998-9656,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 SIX SIGMA WINERY & 25 VINEYARDS 13372 Spruce Grove Rd., Lower Lake, 707-994-2086, Tasting by Appt. STEELE WINES 27 4350 Thomas Dr., Kelseyville 707-279-9475, Tasting Mon-Sat 11-5 TERRILL CELLARS AND 29 TUSCAN VILLAGE 16175 Main St., Lower Lake 707-252-8444, Tasting Daily 10-4 TULIP HILL WINERY & 30 VINEYARDS 4900 Bartlett Springs Rd, Nice, 707-274-9373, Tasting Daily 10-6 WILDHURST VINEYARDS 31 3855 Main St., Kelseyville 800-595-WINE, Tasting Daily 10-5 HUMBOLDT COUNTY (not shown on map) BRICELAND VINEYARDS WINERY 5959 Briceland Rd., Redway 707-923-2429, Tasting by Appt. CURTIS AND DAVID 1800 Q St., Arcata, 707-499-0920,, Tasting by Appt. FIELDBROOK WINERY 4241 Fieldbrook Rd., McKinleyville 707-839-4140,, Tasting by Appt. HEIDRUN MEADERY WINERY 55 Ericson Crt., Ste. 4, Arcata 707-825-8748,, Tasting by Appt. ROBERT GOODMAN WINERY 937 10th St., Arcata, 707-825-7406,, Tasting by Appt. TRINITY VALLEY VINEYARDS 11000 West End Rd., Arcata 707-822-7094, Tasting by Appt. WOODENHEAD VINTNERS 5700 River Rd., Santa Rosa 707-887-2703, Tasting Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30

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Sierra Oro Farm Trail

Janice Rosene and Argus take a break in the vineyard at Odyssey Winery and Vineyards, Chico, Calif. (Cynthia Bournellis)

Norm Rosene, winemaker and coproprieter of Odyssey Winery and Vineyards, after receiving his pilot's license (Janice Rosene) Continued from Page 22 seasonal and sustainable model. Dishes range from vegetarian entrées to aged beef fed a diet that includes brewer’s yeast with beer and grains from the brewery. Homemade breads and pizza dough are made with malted barley from the brewing process. Even sauces are based on Sierra Nevada ales and lagers. After dinner, we checked out the estate hopyards. The hop vines, which when seen at night appeared to be hanging in mid-air, climb a trellis structure of poles, metal cables and fiber rope. Scheduled tours of the hopyards and brewing process are available. And, in mid-November, Sierra Nevada is planning a 30-year

While Chico is home to many points of interest and activities, it also is the fastest growing city in Butte County. The population was 59,954 at the 2000 U.S. Census and has grown to more than 87,000 as of 2009, according to the California Department of Finance. Despite its growth, Chico is still often perceived by visitors as just a farming community, says Jolene Francis, president and CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, and a Chico native. Yet, in fact, Chico is a cultural hub for the northern Sacramento Valley. There are roughly 40 murals and other public art, and several galleries and theaters in town. Agriculture though is still a major part of Chico’s economy – not to mention the county’s – and is protected by a “green line” on the west side of town to preserve farming. Butte County boasts 19 specialty farms, six farmers’ markets and eight wineries. To explore its agricultural roots and savor its local flavor, tour the Sierra Oro Farm Trail, a 60-mile loop that runs through the county’s three major cities: Chico, Paradise and Oroville. This annual event coincides with Passport Weekend,

October 9–10, and highlights Butte County’s enthusiasm for local agriculture. The Farm Trail is a self-guided tour that chronicles generations of farmers and the unique crops they grew during the mid1800s and early 1900s, when the first almond, walnut, olive, peach, orange, and kiwi reportedly grew in the area. You can also sample local foods such as sausages, sundried tomatoes, artisan oils and nuts. New stops this year include organic pork producer Llano Seco Rancho and Butte College Environmental Horticulture Nursery, a retail and wholesale nursery training ground for students. There is one

farm along the trail that is outside the county, Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese in Orland. Most farm members will give the public a glimpse into their regular operations October 16 and 17 as part of Bonus Passport Weekend. Participating farms are listed in the 2010 passport, which is $20 per person pre-event; $25 the day of the event. With so much to do in Chico, and surrounding area, spending the night is highly recommended. Greg and I stayed with some of his old college buddies who live in town. For accommodations, visit

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Hopyard at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, Calif. The hop “bines” climb a trellis system of poles and metal cables. Fiber rope is strung from the ground 18 feet to the wires and the hop bines wind their way up the rope. (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

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Odyssey Winery and Vineyards is open May through December, 1–6 p.m., 6237 Cohasset Road, Chico, 530-891-9463, New Clairvaux Vineyard, 26240 7th Street, Vina, Calif., Chico State University, 400 West First Street, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, 1075 East 20th Street, Chico, To download a detailed map of the Sierra Oro Farm Trail and to purchase a weekend passport, visit,, or call the Chico Chamber of Commerce at 1 530 891-5556. The passport entitles you to visit all participating farms and wineries during Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend, October 9–10.

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Napa Valley Winery Guide

MAP 1 ANGWIN CHATEAU WOLTNER 100 150 S.White Cottage Rd. 707-965-2445, AT LAMBORN FAMILY VINEYARDS 101 925-254-0511,, A SUMMIT LAKE VINEYARDS 102 2000 Summit Lake Dr.,707-965-2488, A CALISTOGA AUGUST BRIGGS WINE 105 333 Silverado Tr.,707-942-4912 Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 BENNETT LANE WINERY 106 3340 Hwy. 128, 707-942-6684 Tasting Daily 10-5:30, T CALISTOGA CELLARS 107 1371 Lincoln Ave., 707-942-7422,, A CASTELLO DI AMOROSA 108 4045 N. St. Helena Hwy, 707-967-6272, Tasting Daily 9:30-6/Dec-Feb 15 ‘til 5, Tours by appt. CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY 109 1429 Tubbs Lane, 707-942-5105, Tasting Daily 9:30-4 CLOS PEGASE WINERY 110 1060 Dunaweal Ln., 707-942-4981,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5T CONSTANT-DIAMOND MOUNTAIN VINEYARD 111 2121 Diamond Mountain Rd.,, 707-942-0707 CUVAISON WINERY 112 4550 Silverado Tr., 707-942-2468,, Tasting Daily 10-5, 1221 Duhig,Napa 707-942-2455,A DUTCH HENRY WINERY 115 4310 Silverado Tr., 707-942-5771/ 800-224-5879,, AT GRAESER WINERY 116 255 Petrified Forest Rd.,,707-942-4437,Tasting Daily 10-5 HELENA VIEW JOHNSTON 117 VINEYARDS 3500 Hwy. 128, 707-942-4956, AT LARKMEAD VINEYARDS 118 1100 Larkmead Ln.,707-942-0167, AT PAOLETTI VINEYARDS 120 4501 Silverado Tr., 707-942-0689,, A REVERIE ON DIAMOND 121 MOUNTAIN 1520 Diamond Mountain Rd. 707-942-6800,, AT ROBERT PECOTA WINERY 122 3299 Bennett Ln.,707-942-6625, A SCHRAMSBERG VINEYARDS & 124 CELLARS 1400 Schramsberg Rd., 707-9424558,, AT SILVER ROSE RESORT WINERY 125 351 Rosedale Rd., 707-942-9581,, A STERLING VINEYARDS 126 1111 Dunaweal Ln.,707-942-3300 / 800-726-6163, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30, T STORYBOOK MOUNTAIN WINERY 127 3835 Hwy. 128, 707-942-5310, AT

SUMMERS WINES 128 1171 Tubbs Ln.,707-942-5508, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 TWOMEY CELLARS 130 1183 Dunaweal Ln., 707-942-2700/ 800-505-4850, Tasting Mon-Sat 9-4, T VINCENT ARROYO WINERY 131 2361 Greenwood Ave., 707-9426995,, A VON STRASSER WINERY 132 1510 Diamond Mountain Rd., 707942-0930,, AT WERMUTH WINERY/ 133 RANCHO DE LAS FLORES 3942 Silverado Tr., 707-942-5924, A ZAHTILA VINEYARDS 134 2250 Lake County Hwy., 707-9429251,, AT DEER PARK DEER PARK WINERY 136 1000 Deer Park Rd.,707-963-5411 Tasting Fri-Sat 10-5 VIADER VINEYARDS 137 1120 Deer Park Rd. 707-963-3816,, AT POPE VALLEY AETNA SPRINGS CELLARS 138 7227 Pope Valley Rd., 707-965-2675,, A CLEAVAGE CREEK WINERY 139 6307 Pope Valley Rd.,, 707-965-1246, A POPE VALLEY WINERY 140 6613 Pope Valley Rd.,, 888-295-1280, A MAP 2 ST. HELENA ANDERSON'S CONN VALLEY 200 VINEYARDS 680 Rossi Road,707-963-8600, A ARGER-MARTUCCI VINEYARDS 201 1455 Inglewood Ave.,707-963-4334,, A BALLENTINE VINEYARDS 203 2820 St.Helena Hwy.707-963-7919,, A BARNETT VINEYARDS 204 4070 Spring Mountain Rd,707-9637075,, AT BENESSERE VINEYARDS 205 1010 Big Tree Rd.,707-963-5853,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T BERINGER VINEYARDS 206 2000 Main St., 707-967-4412,Tasting Daily 10-6,T BUEHLER VINEYARDS 207 820 Greenfield Rd.,707-963-2155,,AT BURGESS CELLARS 208 1108 Deer Park Rd.,707-963-4766/ 800-752-9463,,A CAFARO CELLARS 210 1591 Dean York Lane 707-963-7181, AT CAIN VINEYARD & WINERY 211 3800 Langtry Rd. 707-963-1616,, AT CALAFIA CELLARS 212 629 Fulton Lane, 707-963-0114 A

CASA NUESTRA WINERY 213 3451 Silverado Trail North, 707-9635783,,AT CATACULA LAKE WINERY 214 4105 Chiles Pope Valley Road 707-965-1104 CHAPPELLET VINEYARD 215 1581 Sage Canyon Road, 800-494-6379, AT CHARLES KRUG WINERY 216 2800 Main St.,707-967-2229,Tasting Daily 10:30-5 CHATEAU BOSWELL 217 3468 Silverado Tr., 707-963-5472, A CONN CREEK WINERY/ 219 VILLA MT. EDEN 8711 Silverado Tr., 707-963-9100,, Tasting Sun-Fri 11-4, Sat 10-4, T CORISON WINERY 220 987 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-963-0826,, A DOMAINE CHARBAY WINERY 222 4001 Spring Mountain Rd.,707-9639327/ 800-634-7845,,A A DOZEN VINTNERS 223 (Splenetic,Reverie,Von Strasser,Destino,Eagle and Rose,Adams Ridge,Howell Mountain,Fife, Lamborn Family,Koves-Newlan)

3000 Hwy.29 N.,707-967-0666,Tasting Daily 10-5 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS 224 1000 Lodi Lane, 707-963-7108, AT EAGLE & ROSE ESTATE 223 3000 St. Helena Highway. 707967-0666, Tasting Daily 10-5, T EHLERS ESTATE WINERY 227 3222 Ehlers Lane, 707-963-5972, Tasting Daily 10-5, T

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FLORA SPRINGS WINE CO. 228 677 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-967-8032, Tasting Daily 10-5, T FORMAN WINERY & VINEYARDS 229 1501 Big Rock Rd., 707-963-0234, A FRANK FAMILY VINEYARDS 119 1091 Larkmead, 800-574-9463 Tasting Daily 10-5, T FREEMARK ABBEY WINERY 231 3022 N. St. Helena Hwy., 707-9639694,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T GUILLIAMS VINEYARDS 233 3851 Spring Mountain Rd., 707-963-9059, A HALL WINERY 234 401 S. St. Helena Hwy. 866-667-4255,, T HEITZ WINE CELLARS 235 436 S.St.Helena Hwy.,707-963-3542,,Tasting Daily 11-4:30, T JOSEPH PHELPS VINEYARDS 236 200 Taplin Road, 707-963-2745, A KELHAM VINEYARDS 238 360 Zinfandel Ln., 707-963-2000,, AT KULETO ESTATE WINERY 239 2470 Sage Canyon Rd.,707-9639750,, AT LORENZA-LAKE WINERY 240 1764 Scott Street,707-963-8593, A LOUIS M.MARTINI WINERY 242 254 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-968-3361/ 800-321-WINE, Tasting Daily 10-6, T MARKHAM VINEYARDS 243 2812 N. St. Helena Hwy., 707-963-5292, Tasting Daily 11-5 MERRYVALE VINEYARDS 244 1000 Main St., 707-963-2225/ 800-326-6069, Tasting Daily 10-6:30, T MILAT VINEYARDS 245 1091 S. St. Helena Hwy., 707-963-0758/ 80054-MILAT, Tasting Daily 10-5:30 MOUNT VEEDER WINERY 391 1178 Galleron Rd., 707-967-3830 (Franciscan Oakville Estate), Tastng Daily 10-5, T NEWTON VINEYARDS 248 2555 Madrona Ave., 707-963-9000,, AT NICHELINI WINERY 249 2950 Sage Canyon Rd, 707-9630717, Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5, or AT PRAGER WINERY & PORT WORKS 252 1281 Lewelling Lane, 707-963-7678/ 800-969-7678, Tasting Mon-Sat 10:30-4:30 PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS 253 4026 Spring Mountain Rd., 707-9634949,, AT

PROVENANCE VINEYARDS 319 1695 S. St. Helena Hwy., 707-9683633, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30, T RAYMOND VINEYARD & CELLAR 255 849 Zinfandel Ln., 707-963-3141/ 800-525-2659,, Tasting Daily 10-4, T RITCHIE CREEK VINEYARD 256 4024 Spring Mountain Rd.,, 707-963-4661, A ROBERT KEENAN WINERY 257 3660 Spring Mountain Rd.,, A 707-963-9177 ROMBAUER VINEYARDS 258 3522 Silverado Tr., 707-963-5170,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T RUSTRIDGE WINERY 260 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. 707-965-9353,, A RUTHERFORD WINE CO. 261 1680 Silverado Tr., 707-968-3200 Tasting Daily 10-4:30 SCHWEIGER VINEYARDS 263 4015 Spring Mountain Rd., 707-9634882,, AT SEAVEY VINEYARD 264 1310 Conn Valley, 707-963-8339, AT SHERWIN FAMILY VINEYARDS 265 4060 Spring Mtn. Rd. 707-9631154,,AT SPRING MOUNTAIN 266 2805 Spring Mountain Rd., 707-9674188,, AT SMITH-MADRONE VINEYARDS 267 4022 Spring Mountain Road, 707963-2283,, A SPOTTSWOODE WINERY 268 1902 Madrona Ave.,707-963-0134, T ST. CLEMENT VINEYARDS 269 2867 N.St.Helena Hwy.,707-967-3033,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T STONY HILL VINEYARD 270 3331 N.St.Helena Hwy.,707-9632636,, AT SUTTER HOME WINERY 272 277 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-963-3104/ 800-967-4663, Tasting Daily 10-5 TASTING ON MAIN 273 1142 Main St., 707-967-1042 Tasting Daily 10:30-6 TERRA VALENTINE 274 3787 Spring Mountain Rd., 707967-8340,, AT TRINCHERO NAPA VALLEY 275 3070 N.St.Helena Hwy.,707-9631160, Tasting Starting Summer ‘09 TUDAL WINERY 276 1015 Big Tree Rd., 707-963-3947, AT

V. SATTUI WINERY 278 1111 White Lane, 707-963-7774,,Tasting Daily 9-6,9-5 (winter),T VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE 279 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. 707-965-9485,, AT WHITEHALL LANE WINERY 280 1563 S.St.Helena Hwy.,707-963-9454 800-963-9454, Tasting Daily 11-5:45 WILLIAM HARRISON VINEYARDS 281 1443 Silverado Tr., 707-963-8310, Tasting Thurs-Mon 11-5 MAP 3 RUTHERFORD 301 ALPHA OMEGA WINERY 1155 Mee Lane @ Hwy. 29, 707-963-9999, Tasting Daily 10-6 BEAULIEU VINEYARD 302 1960 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-967-5200, Tasting Daily 10-5, T CAKEBREAD CELLARS 304 8300 St. Helena Hwy. 707-963-5221/ 800-588-0298,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T CAYMUS VINEYARDS 305 8700 Conn Creek Rd., 707-963-4204,, A FLEURY FAMILY WINERY 307 950 Galleron Rd., 707-967-8333, AT FRANCISCAN OAKVILLE ESTATES 309 1178 Galleron Rd., 707-967-3993,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T FROG'S LEAP WINERY 310 8815 Conn Creek Rd., 707-9634704/ 800-959-4704,, T GRGICH HILLS CELLARS 312 1829 S.St.Helena Hwy., 800-532-3057,,Tasting Daily 9:30-4:30,T HONIG VINEYARD & WINERY 314 850 Rutherford Rd., 707-963-5618,, AT MUMM CUVÉE NAPA 316 8445 Silverado Tr.,707-967-7700,Tasting Daily 10-5.T PEJU PROVINCE WINERY 318 8466 S.St.Helena Hwy.,707-963-3600,,Tasting Daily 10-6,T QUINTESSA 251 1601 Silverado Tr., 707-967-1601, AT RUBICON ESTATE 321 1991 St.Helena Hwy.,800-782-4266, Tasting Daily 10-5,T RUTHERFORD GROVE WINERY 322 1673 St. Helena Hwy., 707-9630544,rutherfordgrovewinery- .com, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 RUTHERFORD HILL WINERY 262 200 Rutherford Hill Rd., 707-963-1871/ 800-637-5684

(24 boutique wineries)

7830-40 St. Helena Hwy., 707-944-1710, Tasting Daily 10-4 NICKEL & NICKEL 349 8164 St. Helena Hwy., 707-9679600,, AT OAKFORD VINEYARDS 350 1575 Oakville Grade, 707-9450445,, A OPUS ONE WINERY 351 7900 St. Helena Hwy. 707-9449442,, AT PLUMPJACK WINERY 353 620 Oakville Cross Road, 707945-1220, Tasting Daily 10-4 ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY 355 7801 S.St.Helena Hwy.,707-226-1335 888-RMONDAVI,, Tasting Daily 10-4, T RUDD WINERY 356 500 Oakville Cross Road 707-944-8577,, AT SADDLEBACK CELLARS 357 7802 Money Road, 707-944-1305, A SILVER OAK CELLARS 359 915 Oakville Cross Road 707-944-8808/ 800-273-8809, Tasting Mon-Sat 9-4, T TURNBULL WINE CELLARS 361 8210 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-963-5839/ 800-887-6285 Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T YOUNTVILLE BELL WINE CELLARS 364 6200 Washington St., 707-944-1673, Tasting Daily 10:30-4 CHATEAU CHEVRE 365 2030 Hoffman Lane, 707-942-5105, A CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS 367 1473 Yountville Crossroad, 707-944-8642,

Tasting Daily 10-5, T COSENTINO WINERY 378 7415 St. Helena Hwy., 707-9441220, cosentinowinery. com, Tasting Daily 10-5:30 DOMAINE CHANDON 380 1 California Dr., 707-944-8844, Tasting Daily 10-6, T FRANUS WINE COMPANY 381 2055 Hoffman Ln., 707-945-0542, A GIRARD WINERY 237 6795 Washington St., 707-968-9297, Tasting Daily 10-6, T GOOSECROSS CELLARS 383 1119 State Ln., 707-944-1986/ 800-276-9210, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 HAVENS WINE CELLARS 385 2055 Hoffman Ln., 707-261-2000,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 HILL FAMILY ESTATE 386 6512 Washington St., 707-944-9580,,Tasting Daily 10-6, T HOPE & GRACE WINERY 387 6540 Washington St., 707-944-2500, Tasting Mon-Sat 10-5:30 or A HOPPER CREEK WINERY 388 6204 Washington St. , 707-944-0675, A JESSUP CELLARS 390 6740 Washington St., 707-944-8523, Tasting Daily 10-6 MAP 4 NAPA ACACIA VINEYARD 401 2750 Las Amigas Rd., 707-226-9991 877-226-1700, Tasting Daily 10-4, Sun- A ALTAMURA WINERY 402 1700 Wooden Valley Rd., 707-253-2000,, A ANDRETTI WINERY 403 4162 Big Ranch Rd., 707-261-1717,,Tasting Daily 10-5,T BALDACCI FAMILY VINEYARDS 363 6236 Silverado Tr., 707-944-9261,, AT BLACK STALLION WINERY 405 4089 Silverado Tr., 707-253-1400 Tasting Daily 10-5 BOUCHAINE VINEYARDS 406 1075 Buchli Station Rd., 707-2529065/ 800-654-WINE, Tasting Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 10:30-5, T CEJA VINEYARDS 408 1248 First St., 707-226-6445 Tasting Daily 11-6 CHIMNEY ROCK WINERY 366 5350 Silverado Tr., 800-257-2641,,Tasting Daily 10-5, T CLOS DU VAL WINE CO. LTD.368 5330 Silverado Tr., 707-261-5225,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T DARIOUSH WINERY 412 4240 Silverado Tr., 707-257-2345,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5, T DEL DOTTO CAVES 413 1055 Atlas Peak Rd., 707-256-3372,, AT DOMAINE CARNEROS BY 414 TAITTINGER 1240 Duhig Rd., 800-716-2788, Tasting Daily 10-6 ELKE VINEYARDS 416 2222 Third Ave., 707-258-1822, A ELKHORN PEAK CELLARS 417 200 Polson Rd.,707-255-0504 888-829-5082, A ELYSE WINERIES 418 2100 Hoffman Lane, 707-9442900,, A FARELLA-PARK VINEYARDS 420 2222 Third Ave., 707-254-9489, AT FRAZIER 421 40 Lupine Hill Rd., 707-255-3444/ 707-255-1399,, AT HAGAFEN CELLARS 423 4160 Silverado Tr. 888-HAGAFEN,, A HARTWELL VINEYARDS 424

5795 Silverado Tr., 707-255-4269, AT THE HESS COLLECTION 425 4411 Redwood Rd., 707-255-8584,, Tasting Daily 10-4 JAEGER WINE CO. 427 4324 Big Ranch Rd.,707-255-4456, A JARVIS VINEYARDS 428 2970 Monticello Rd., 707-255-5280/ 800-255-5280,, A JV WINE & SPIRITS 429 301 First St., 707-253-2624/ 877-469-9463,, Tasting Daily 1-6 JUDD’S HILL WINERY 430 2332 Silverado Trail 707-255-2332,, AT KIRKLAND RANCH WINERY 432 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., 707-254-9100,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 LAIRD FAMILY ESTATE 433 5055 Solano Ave., 877-297-4902. Tasting Daily 10-5 or by Appt., T LUNA VINEYARDS 435 2921 Silverado Tr., 707-255-2474,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T MADONNA ESTATE 436 5400 Old Sonoma Rd., 707-255-8864/ 866-724-2993,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T MAYACAMAS VINEYARDS 438 1155 Lokoya Rd., 707-224-4030,, A MCKENZIE-MUELLER 439 VINEYARDS & WINERY 2530 Las Amigas Rd., 707-252-0186,, A MONTICELLO VINEYARDS 440 4242 Big Ranch Rd., 707-253-2802/ 800-743-6668, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 MOSS CREEK WINERY 441 6015 Steele Canyon Rd., 707-2521295,, A NAPA WINE MERCHANTS 442 (Tasting for Astrale e Terra,Ceviche,Crichton Hall,Gustavo Thrace, Liparita,Rocca Family,St. Barthelemy,Waterstore,Young Ridge,Z-52)

1146 First St., 707-257-6796 Tasting Mon-Sat 10-5 PARADUXX 444 7257 Silverado Tr.,707-945-0890, A PINE RIDGE WINERY 445 5901 Silverado Tr. , 707-252-9777/ 800-575-9777, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30, T REGUSCI WINERY 446 5584 Silverado Tr., 707-254-0403, A REYNOLDS FAMILY WINERY 447 3266 Silverado Tr., 707-258-2558,, AT ROBERT CRAIG WINE CELLARS 448 880 Vallejo St., 707.252.2250, ext 1,, AT ROBERT SINSKEY VINEYARDS 449 6320 Silverado Tr., 707-944-9090/ 800-869-2030, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 SAINTSBURY 451 1500 Los Carneros Ave. 707-252-0592,, T SHAFER VINEYARDS 452 6154 Silverado Tr., 707-944-2877,, A SIGNORELLO VINEYARDS 453 4500 Silverado Tr., 707-255-5990,, AT SILENUS VINTNERS 454 5225 Solano Ave., 707-299-3930,, A SILVERADO HILL CELLARS 456 3103 Silverado Tr., 707-253-9306, A SILVERADO VINEYARDS 394 6121 Silverado Tr., 707-257-1770/ 800-997-1770, Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T SKY VINEYARDS 458 1500 Lokoya Road, 707-9351391,, A STAG’S LEAP WINE CELLAR 395 5766 Silverado Tr., 707-261-6441,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T STAR HILL WINERY 461 1075 Shadybrook Ln. 707-255-1957, A STELTZNER VINEYARDS 462

5998 Silverado Tr., 707-252-7272,, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 STONEHEDGE WINERY 463 1004 Clinton St., 707-256-4444, Tasting Mon-Sat 10-6:30 or A TREFETHEN VINEYARDS 465 1160 Oak Knoll Ave. 707-255-7700/ 866-895-7696 Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T TRUCHARD VINEYARDS 466 3234 Old Sonoma Rd., 707-2537153,, AT TULOCAY WINERY 467 1426 Coombsville Rd. 707-255-4064,, A VAN DER HEYDEN VINEYARDS 469 & WINERY 4057 Silverado Tr., 707-257-0130/ 800-948 9463, AT VINE CLIFF WINERY 470 7400 Silverado Tr., 707-944-1364,, Tasting Daily 10-5 VINTNER’S COLLECTIVE 471 TASTING ROOM (Ancien,Ahnfeldt,Buoncristiani,D Cubed, Destino,Gregory Graham,Longfellow,Melka, Mi Sueno,Richard Perry,Parallel,Phelan, Showket,Spelletich Cellars,& Vinoce)

1245 Main St., 707-255-7150,Tasting Daily 11-6 WHITFORD CELLARS 473 4047 E. 3rd Ave.,707-942-0840, A WILLIAM HILL ESTATE 474 1761 Atlas Peak Rd., 707-265-3024,, AT CARNEROS ARTESA WINERY 476 1345 Henry Rd., 707-224-1668, Tasting Daily10-5 FOLIO WINEMAKERS’ STUDIO 478 1285 Dealy Ln., 707-256-2757, Tasting Daily 10-5 AMERICAN CANYON GREENFIELD WINERY 479 205B Jim Oswald Rd. 707-552-0362, Tasting Daily 10-4 SOLANO COUNTY FAIRFIELD / SUISAN VALLEY GV CELLARS 481 1635 Mason Rd.,707-864-2089, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 LEDGEWOOD CREEK WINERY 482 4589 Abernathy Road, Suisun Valley, 707-426-4424 Tasting Daily 10-5 WOODEN VALLEY WINERY 483 4756 Suisun Valley Road, 707-864-0730,,

A = Tasting by Appointment T = Tours For ease of use, note that the color of the number next to each winery listing corresponds to the map with a border of the same color.

1 Angwin, Calistoga, 2

Deer Park, Pope Valley St. Helena

3 Yountville, 4

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Napa Valley Winery Guide,Tasting Daily 10-5,T SAWYER CELLARS 324 8350 St.Helena Hwy.,707-963-1980 800-818-.2252, Tasting Daily 10-5,T SEQUOIA GROVE VINEYARDS 325 8338 S. St. Helena Hwy.,707-9442945, Tasting Daily 10:30-5, T STAGLIN FAMILY VINEYARDS 327 1570 Bella Oaks Ln., 707-963-4507,, AT ST.SUPÉRYVINEYARDS &WINERY 328 8440 S. St. Helena Hwy. 707-963-4507/ 800-942-0809, Tasting Daily 10-5, T SULLIVAN VINEYARDS 271 1090 Galleron Rd.,877-BIG-REDS,,Tasting Daily 10-5, T SWANSON WINERY 330 1271 Manley Lane, 707-967-3500, A ZD WINES 332 8383 Silverado Tr., 707-963-5188 800-487-7757, Tasting Daily 10-4:30,T OAKVILLE 334 BONDED WINERY #9 7830-40 St. Helena Hwy., 707-9451213,, A CARDINALE ESTATE 335 7600 St. Helena Hwy., 707-948-2643/ 800-588-0279,, A FAR NIENTE 337 1350 Acacia Drive 707-944-2861,, AT FOLIE À DEUX WINERY 225 7481 St. Helena Hwy., 707-944-2565,, Tasting Daily 10-6 GARGIULO VINEYARDS 340 575 Oakville Cross Road,707-944-2770,,AT GROTH VINEYARDS & WINERY 342 750 Oakville Cross Road, 707754-4254,, AT MINER FAMILY VINEYARDS 344 7850 Silverado Tr.,707-944-9500/ 800-366-WINE, Tasting Daily 11-5, T NAPA CELLARS 345 7481 St. Helena Hwy., 707.944.2565,, Tasting Daily 10-6 NAPA WINE COMPANY 347




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Savor hand-crafted, award-winning wines in the 1922 “Fruit House,” our historic tasting room. View San Francisco Bay from horseback at our 108-year ranch. Select your wines in person or online. Directions: Highway 280 to Foothill Expwy/Foothill Blvd, south 5 miles to stop sign in Stevens Creek Park, straight on Mt Eden Road for 1.6 miles, left on Garrod Road.

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aste is an ongoing problem in any industry. In mine, it’s empty wine bottles and used corks, shipping boxes and paper wine bags, to name some. While wineries do recycle these products, they also consume them like water. For example, no sooner is wine bottled and most stored for a few months or so prior to release, only to be consumed shortly thereafter. This leads me to a mantra that you’ve probably heard ad nauseam: reduce, reuse and recycle. While I’m not encouraging you to reduce your wine budget, Large holiday wreath made I am encouraging you to reuse or recycle your used from 300 used wine corks. wine materials. So, allow me to share with you some Artists: Cindy and Robert creative and smart ways to get the most mileage from Marton, owners, Corks & your spent wine paraphernalia. More LLC, Mount Dora, There’s always a stockpile of used wine corks Florida behind the tasting bar. Just ask, and they are yours. Cork boards, seating arrangement holders, Christmas ornaments, seasonal wreaths, picture frames, jewelry, kindling, and fetching toys for Rover are just some ingenious ways to use old corks. When you run out of clever ideas for corks, please recycle them. More than 13 billion natural corks are produced each year, according to Cork ReHarvest, a national recycling organization that works with businesses, communities, colleges and government agencies to protect and sustain the Mediterranean cork forests. To find a location near you that accepts used corks, go to Once the corks are collected, they are sent to one of three recycling centers in the United States and Canada: U.S.-based companies Western Pulp grinds up and mixes the corks with recycled newspaper to make shipping inserts for the wine industry; and Yemm & Hart manufactures cork-based materials such as cork tiles for the built environment. Jelinek Group, in Ontario, makes industrial and consumer cork products. Hate throwing out perfectly good empty wine bottles? If you make wine for noncommercial consumption, you can disinfect used bottles using dish soap and a bottle brush to scrub the inside. Then, sanitize the bottles to ensure that they are free from any germs caused by dirt, grime, grease or more. CleanPro SDH is a popular sanitizer among home winemakers. Bottles with attractive labels make for unique vases in which to display a small bunch of fresh or dried flowers. An old bottle of mine that has sentimental value houses dried, pink roses from an old-flame’s garden. Another, a Chianti that was given to me as a white elephant gift, works nicely as a candle holder. If you need a rolling pin in a pinch, grab a standard-sized (750 milliliter) Bordeaux bottle, toss on some flour and roll out the dough. Knee-high boots can easily maintain their shape with the help of empty Bordeaux bottles. Just place one inside each boot. Half bottles are a must for storing partial wine that wasn’t finished the night before. As long as you fill the bottle, your wine will keep for a couple more days. Wine barrels have a short lifespan, in vintage years that is – two to three at best. Most barrels, if not discarded, are sold as firewood or planters. Half barrels are popular for planting flowers or small trees. My dwarf avocado tree and blueberry bushes reside in half barrels. Full barrels also have an afterlife. To give an outdoor garbage can a facelift, place the container inside the barrel and line it with a plastic garbage bag. Place a circular metal lid on top that provides ample coverage yet has a decent-sized opening in which to throw trash. Got fish? Make a wine barrel fish tank. The one inside my tasting room is now home to gold fish. Wine barrels can also be broken down and the wood used for making indoor/outdoor furniture, wine racks, serving platters, rain barrels for catching and recycling rain water for your garden, and more. When it comes to paper wine bags, I have one comment: don’t accept them. Get yourself a canvas wine bottle carrier to use on your tasting trips and save a tree. Shipping materials are another sore spot. If you are a wine club member and pick up your wines in-person, remove them from the shipping box or bags in which they might be kept. The winery can always reuse the packaging materials for shipments to out-of-town customers. If your wine is delivered via freight, keep the packaging for storing your collection. The Styrofoam or cardboard inserts will help keep the wines cool. Just make sure to place the box in a cool, dry place. Cynthia Bournellis, a self-proclaimed wine wench, works in the Santa Cruz Mountains wine industry. Email your wine-related recycling ideas to her at,

The Wine Chixs By Linda Kissam & Ginger Giordano

The Wines of Ojai


e love visiting emerging wine regions with small lot, familyowned wineries that just don’t seem to get the press they deserve. So it came to be that we left fast paced So Cal and headed north two hours to Ojai. What’s that? You didn’t think Ojai had a wine region of its own? Yes it does, thank you very much. Read on as we introduce you to The Wine Chixs in the Noble Oaks Vineyard. an incredibly unique two-day wine tasting trip – Wine Chixs Style. First stop was the by-reservation only Noble Oaks Vineyard & Winery. Located in a private home off a private lane near downtown Ojai, this 250 case eight-year old winery is run by father-daughter team John Cuthbert and Anne Cuthbert Brink. Noble Oaks Winery is committed to single-vine- Boccali Vineyard Tasting with Joe Boccali. yard wines “patriotically aged in new American oak barrels” for two years followed by six months in glass before release. We quickly learned from Anne, “We do wines that we like. We pick, crush, age and barrel our wines ourselves…well sometimes with a little help from our friends.” According to John, “Each year our wines get better and better. I think our 2009 wines Tour Guide Alice at Ojai Olive Oil farm. will turn out to be our best ever. “ We visited the vineyards and tasted several wines, including a couple of barrel samples – all a treat. Standouts include the 2006 Noble Oaks Malbec (vinted by John), a dark purple color showcasing a distinct earthiness with soft undertones of vanilla, licorice and prunes; and the 2006 fruit forward Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyards Petite Sirah (vinted by Anne) with notes of black pepper & bittersweet chocolate. It is rich, round and velvety. Call for a private taste and tour, we know you’ll be wowed by the experience. (805) 640-9990. Second stop was a tasting with Joe Boccali of Boccali Vineyard wines at Boccali’s Restaurant. The winery and vineyards are located in the scenic Upper Ojai Valley. Partners and winemakers, DeWayne & Joe Boccali are the driving forces behind the label. Joe set the tone by telling us, “Our wines are medium bodied, taste of the fruit …you’ll get to know the terroir it comes from. I don’t mash the fruit. The wine has a smooth finish and yummy characteristics. It’s definitely food friendly.” We’d agree with that. Boccali Vineyards hand-crafted wines are grown, produced & bottled on-site, and aged in American Oak. We tasted their current offerings including the 2008 Topa Topa Syrah ($28) (expect vanilla, blackberry, dark cherry, with hints of blackberry, chocolate and spice, medium-bodied with a peppery warm finish), the 2009 Grenache Blanc “Shangri-La” ($25) (aromas of citrus and apricot, a crisp, acidic and refreshing zippy mouth feel), and the 2009 “Pink Moment” Syrah Rose ($18) (a swirl of fresh floral, strawberries and citrus aromas on the nose. Dry on the palate with a crisp & tangy acidity). Wines are available at their two restaurants and local retailers. Nice wines – be sure and stop by for lunch or dinner and a tasting. For more information visit, or call (805) 646-6116. On our way back to the Emerald Iguana Inn we stopped at Ojai Olive Oil, nestled on the Asquith Farm on the southern edge of the Los Padres National Forest. It can be a bit of a challenge to find – but definitely worth it. This family owned and operated business has been around for 10 years or so. We were certainly impressed with the 130 year-old olive trees and our knowledgeable and enthusiastic private guide Alice Asquith. Bring a picnic lunch for after your free one-hour tour (Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., or by appointment) so you can enjoy the beauty of this place in a leisurely fashion. We loved learning all about the differences between black and green olives, the “haircut” olive trees receive at the end of harvest, the fascinating 90 minute processing method, and of course…the tasting of the oils and vinegars. This is quite a treat. We recommend you think about visiting during November through January when harvest is occurring. For more information visit or call (805) Continued on Page 32

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Making History in the Santa Clara Valley Kirigin Cellars Winemaker Celebrates 25 Years By Laura Ness Kirigin Cellars in the Santa Clara Valley is one of the oldest wineries in California. It originated as Bonesio winery in the 19th century, and was purchased in 1976 by Nikola Kirigin, a Croatian immigrant whose family had been making wine on the Adriatic coast for generations. Upon coming to the Santa Clara Valley in 1959, after his ancestral land was seized by the Yugoslav government, he worked as a winemaker at San Martin, Almaden, Pirelli-Minetti, and Canadagua Wineries, all the while lusting after the Bonesio Winery in the Uvas Valley, which remindContinued on Page 29

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The vines at Kirigin Cellars (Laura Ness)

BARGETTO WINERY 1 700 G Cannery Row, Monterey 831-373-4053, Tasting Daily 10:30-6 BAYWOOD CELLARS 3 381 Cannery Row,Ste.C,Monterey 831-645-9035 Tasting Daily 12-6, Sun 1-5 BERNARDUS WINERY 12 5 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 831-659-1900,, Tasting Daily 11-5 BLACKSTONE WINERY 20 800 South Alta St., Gonzales, 831-675-5341 Tasting Daily 11-4 BOETÉ WINERY 8 7156A Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, 831-659-7563, Tasting Thu-Fri 2-5:45, Sat-Sun 12-5:45 CHALONE VINEYARDS 25 Stonewall Canyon Rd. & Hwy 146, Soledad, 831-678-1717 Tasting Sat-Sun 11:30-5 or by Appt. CHATEAU JULIEN WINE ESTATE 9 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, 831-624-2600 Tasting Mon-Fri 8-5, Sat-Sun 11-5/ Tours by Appt.

JOULLIAN VINEYARDS LTD. 13 2 Village Drive, Suite A, Carmel Valley, 831-659-8100, Tasting Daily 11-5 MANZONI ESTATE 21 VINEYARD 30981 River Road, Soledad 831-675-3398 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 MARILYN REMARK WINERY 17 645 River Road, Salinas 831-455-9310, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 MEADOR ESTATE WINERY/ 5 VENTANA VINEYARDS 2999 Hwy. 10, Monterey 831-372-7415, Tasting Daily 11-6 MORGAN WINERY 7 204 The Crossroads, Carmel 831-626-3700, Tasting Thu-Mon 10-6 PARAISO VINEYARDS 24 38060 Paraiso Springs Rd., Soledad, 831-678-0300 Tasting Mon-Fri 12-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 PESSAGNO WINERY 19 1645 River Road, Salinas 831-675-9463, Tasting Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 ROBERT TALBOTT VINEYARDS TASTING ROOM 53 W. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, 831-659-3500 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 SAN SABA VINEYARD 26 35801 Foothill Rd., Soledad 831-678-2292, Tasting Tue-Sun 11- 5 SCHEID VINEYARDS INC. 10 1972 Hobson Ave., Greenfield 831-386-0316, Tasting Daily 11-5/Tours by Appt. TALBOTT VINEYARDS 11 53 W. Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, 831-659-3500, Tasting Daily 11-5 TASTE OF MONTEREY 1. 700 Cannery Row, 27 Monterey, 831-646-5446, Tasting Daily 11-6 2. 127 Main St., Salinas 28 831-751-1980 Tasting Mon-Thu 11-5, Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4

CHATEAU SINNET 14 13746 Center St., Carmel Valley 831-659-2244, Tasting Sun-Thu12-5, Fri-Sat 12-6 CIMA COLLINA 16 San Carlos, b/t Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea 831-620-0645, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-6 GALANTE VINEYARDS 4 Off Dolores b/t Ocean & 7th, Carmel-By-The-Sea 831-624-3800, Tasting Daily 12-6 GEORIS WINERY 15 4 Pilot Road, Carmel Valley 831-659-1050, Tasting Daily 11-5 HAHN ESTATES/SMITH & HOOK WINERY 23 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad 831-678-4555, Tasting Mon-Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-5 Tours by Appt. HELLER ESTATE 10 ORGANIC VINEYARDS 69 W. Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel Valley, 831-659-6220 800-625-8466, Tasting Mon-Thu 11-5:30, Fri-Sun 11-6 Submit your winery or changes to be included in our December/ January issue’s guides. Please submit by Nov. 1, 2010 to

Kirigin Cellars Continued from Page 28 ed him of his homeland in Brac, Croatia. When Nikola and his wife, Biserka, took over the property, they sought to marry the traditions of old European winemaking with the best aspects of modern American technology. Talk about tradition in concert with innovation. Since 1984, Kirigin has had the same winemaker, Allen Kreutzer, now a 33-year veteran of the wine industry. “When I started winemaking in the Santa Clara Valley, they were still using big 20k gallon redwood tanks for storage. They impart a slightly musty flavor. You have to keep them filled with wine, though, or they dry out. Because they’re made from old growth heart redwood, they’re absolutely gorgeous, and probably more valuable now than ever!” A graduate of Fresno State, Kreutzer’s real education came from growing up on a farm/ranch, where his father was, in his words, “the best mechanic I ever knew: he could, and did, fix everything.” Allen studied well. “I quickly learned that the wine business is farming: hard work, filled with repetitive processes and dependent on machinery.” He constantly relies on his mechanical prowess to keep the winemaking process moving forward, whether it’s in the vineyard mending

Winemaker Allen Kreutzer celebrates 25 years with Kirigin Cellars (Laura Ness) tractors, or in the winery, keeping a forklift on the up and up. Allen recalls what it was like arriving at Kirigin, after working for a number of years at another Santa Clara winery, where everything was done in large tanks. The wines du jour were Burgundy, Chablis and Rose, bottled in jugs. “Burgundy” was usually some combo of Barbera and Zin: ah, the old days of jug wine! The vineyards, too, were pretty pathetic. About 30 acres of the 50-acre parcel were then planted mostly to Chard, Cab, Barbera, Pinot and Green Hungarian. These were ownrooted vines, suffering from phylloxera and nematodes. Slowly, slowly, they were replanted, mostly to the original varieties, with the recent addition of Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Tempranillo. Continued on Page 32

Traditional, Hand-Crafted, Sparkling Wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains Since 1989 Why wait for a celebration? Make any day an occasion! Equinox/Bartolo • 427 Swift St. Unit C, Santa Cruz Visit our working winery and tasting room, Fri-Sun Noon to 5 p.m.

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The Rising Stars Continued from Page 15 Winery, who by no means is new to the star charts. His passionate commitment to elevating quality and consistency earns him a permanent place on the monument to the new Livermore wine industry. He could well be the guy on top of the horse on top of the marble block. Or, depending on his mood, he might prefer to be the horse. Built tough and tenacious, this Paul Bunyanesque man has a heart of gold, a mind of steel and an opinion that he generously shares with anyone who will listen. His achievements this year alone are remarkable: January saw him in the running for a big sweepstakes win at the SF Chronicle for his 2007 Crackerbox Sangiovese. It was chosen Best of Class and Judges Choice, besting 52 other submissions. There, he also scored Gold for his 2007 Ghielmetti “For Play” Cabernet, as well as Gold for the 2007 Clark’s Corner Syrah, and silvers for the 2007 Ghielmetti Syrah and the 2008 Falling Star Merlot. At the State Fair in July, his 2007 Estate Ruby Hill Syrah took Best of Greater Bay Area, with a double Gold and 98 points, and his 2007 Clark’s Corner Syrah took Best of Region, Best of State, and was tied, at 98 points, with the Red Rock Malbec, which eventually won. This big ox of a man wants the Golden Bear badly: odds are he’s eventually going to get it.

The winery is located at 1188 Vineyard Avenue in Pleasanton. Tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Friday from 12 to 6 p.m. Equally determined, John Kinney of Occasio Cellars, is a truly hands-on, artisan, yet highly technology-dependent winemaker, who selects his grapes as fastidiously as he selects his equipment. Using only Livermore fruit, he crafts beautiful examples of Pinot Gris, Fume Blanc, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Each one is a neatly wrapped Tiffanyesque like package, complete with the ribbon, and all are beautiful expressions of their terroir. Occasio just celebrated its first year in business, a year that brought them a Double Gold for their 2008 Petite Sirah from Del Arroyo Vineyard in the National Women’s Wine competition, followed by a Gold medal at the California State Fair. Occasio was honored to receive the Judge’s Choice Award at Taste of Terroir for their Petite Sirah pairing with Izzy’s Steaks & Chops skirt and flank steak dish. John is working on some new blends that are sure to set a new standard in the increasingly luminous night skies over Livermore’s beautiful wine country. The winery is located at 2245 B South Vasco Road, Livermore. Tasting room is open Friday through Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Now Open Now Open October 23rd – Pinot Release Party November 13th – Crab Boil and After Crush Party Check out our web site for details and join us on Facebook. • October / November 2010


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The City Cellar

Winery Guide

By Michelle Sieling

VIN12 and B3: Wine by the Numbers


hen an oenophile thinks of wine and numbers, Robert Parker ratings may first come to mind, but in this case it’s VIN12 and B3.


LODI WINE & VISITOR 1 CENTER 2545 W.Turner Rd., Lodi 209-365-0621, Tasting Daily 10-5 ABUNDANCE VINEYARDS 2 21482 N. Ray Rd., Lodi 209-334-0274 Tasting by Appt. BERGHOLD VINEYARDS 3 17343 N. Cherry Rd., Lodi 209-333-929 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5, & by Appt. 4 BORRA VINEYARDS & WINERY 1301 E. Armstrong Rd., Lodi 209-368-2446, Tasting Daily 12-5 CELLAR DOOR 5 21 N. School St., Lodi 209-339-4394 Tasting Tue- Wed 12-6, Thu-Sat 12-9, Sun 12-5 COSENTINO WINERY 3750 East Woodbridge Rd., 6 Acampo, 209-333-8014 Tasting Daily 10-5:30 d’Art Wines 7 13299 N. Curry Ave., Lodi 209-334-9946, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 DELICATO VINEYARDS & CLAY STATION WINES 12001 S. Hwy. 99, Manteca 209-824-3501, Tasting Daily 9-5:30 E2 FAMILY WINERY 9 9009 W. Highway 12, Lodi 209-334-5911, Tasting by Appt. GNEKOW FAMILY WINERY 17347 East Gawne Rd. Collegeville, 209-463-0697, 888-446-3569, Tasting Daily 11-5 GRANDS AMIS WINERY 10 115 N. School St., Ste. 5, Lodi 209-369-6805, Tasting Fri-Sun 1-5, or by Appt. HARMONY WYNELANDS 11 9291 E. Harney Ln., Lodi 209-369-4184 Tasting Mon-Sat 11-5:30 Sunday/Holidays 12:30-5 HERITAGE OAK WINERY 12 10112 E.Woodbridge Rd, Acampo, 209-986-2763 Tasting Mon-Fri 2-5pm, Sat 12-6, Sun 1-4

HOUSLEY’S CENTURY 13 OAK WINERY 22211 N. Lower Sacramento Rd., Acampo, 209-334-3482 Tasting Sat 12-4, or by Appt. JESSIE’S GROVE WINERY 1973 W.Turner Rd., Lodi 14 209-368-0880, Tasting Daily 11-5 LANGETWINS WINERY16 1525 E. Jahant Rd., Acampo 209-334-9780, Tasting by Appt. THE LUCAS WINERY 17 18196 N. Davis Road, Lodi 209-368-2006, Tasting Thu-Sun 12-4:30/Tours by Appt. 18 M2 WINES 1376 East Turner Rd,. Ste. D, Lodi, 888-757-9463 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. MACCHIA 19 7099 E. Peltier Rd, Acampo 209-333-2600 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 MCCONNELL ESTATE 20 10686 W. Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, 916-685-5368 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 MICHAEL DAVID WINERY 4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi 21 209-368-7384 Tasting Daily 10-5 OAK RIDGE WINERY 22 6100 E. Highway 12, Lodi 209-369-4758 Gift Cottage Daily 10-5 or by Appt. 23 OMEGA CELLARS 13731 N. Highway 88, Lodi 209-367-1910 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 PEIRANO ESTATE 24 VINEYARDS 21831 N. Highway 99, Acampo 209-369-9463, Tasting Wed-Sun 11-4:30 RIPKEN VINEYARDS & 25 WINERY 2472 West Sargent Rd, Lodi 209-367-WINE (9463) Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4/Tours SIQUEIRA WINE COMPANY 26 220 S. Cluff Ave., Lodi 209-403-9200 or 800-769-8491 Tasting by Appt. SPENKER WINERY 27 17303 N. DeVries Rd., Lodi 209-367-0467 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4 By Appt. January-April

ST. AMANT WINERY 28 1 Winemaster Way, Lodi 209-367-0646 Tasting by Appt. VAN RUITEN FAMILY 29 WINERY 340 W. Highway 12, Lodi 209-334-5722, Tasting Daily 11-5 VINO CON BRIO 30 AT AMOROSA VINEYARDS 7889 East Harney Ln, Lodi 209-369-5392, 888-410-VINO Tasting Thu-Mon 12-5 or by Appt. VINO PIAZZA 32-38 12470 Locke Road, Lockeford (Wineries 32-38 are all in Vino Piazza)

BOITANO FAMILY WINES 32 209-727-3270 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 LA VIDA DULCE WINERY 209-727-3966 33 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 MOKELUMNE OAK VINTNERS 34 209-339-3754 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 OLDE LOCKEFORD WINERY 209-727-9770 35 Tasting Daily 11-5 PASOS VINEYARDS 36 559-978-0523 or 209-727-3153 Tasting Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5 37 STAMA WINERY 209-727-3314 or 408-464-6923 Tasting Mon,Wed,Thu 11-5 Fri-Sun 11-6 WATTS WINERY 38 209-329-1569, Tasting Fri-Mon 12-5 WOODBRIDGE BY ROBERT MONDAVI 5950 E.Woodbridge Rd, Acampo, 209-365-8139 Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 Tours Daily 9:30 & 1:30


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VIN12 holds monthly wine tasting events in San Francisco, each with a different theme or focus, with the purpose of giving you a relaxed place to try new wines. Past events have included Summer VinFest 2010, The Pink, Sparkling & Red Wine Summer Event, The Zinfandel Event and The Pinot Noir Parade. This summer I attended The Pinot Noir and Big Red Event, which featured a couple dozen wine producers pouring Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Barbera, Sangiovese, and a few other red and white wines from Napa, Sonoma, Central Coast, Italy and South Africa. For 25 bucks you get unlimited tastings all night of wine from small to medium size vintners, including Rasumussen, Cline Cellars and Azur Wines. It’s billed on its website as “California’s largest wine event.” I’m not so sure that it’s the biggest, but it was heavily attended by women who had just gotten off of work. If you’re a dude looking to meet women, it’s not a bad thing. And there are crowds of women – so many so that I found it hard to even get to the tables to try the wine. I found myself jostling for position, which doesn’t make for a very relaxing experience. As I’ve said, I do think wine should be brought to the masses, but it should have been easier to visit each table. While at the event I ran into a group of co-workers from my day job. It really seemed like a great idea, the whole team of women getting together and going to a wine event. But when I asked later what they thought of the event, I was told they had bailed out early after finding that it was hard to get access to the tastings because of the crush of people. They instead crossed the street to another venue where they were able to sit down and order a bottle to share. There were also a few things that seemed like an afterthought, such as the website noted there would be food from local Italian food importer and caterer A.G. Ferrari. I didn’t see anyone passing out food, but over in a corner I did find were some abandoned wraps. In addition, there was hand-made jewelry by local designer Versa. Though beautiful, I’m not sure how it fit into the event. Also, a DJ was playing music, but you really couldn’t hear it over the din in the huge space.

B3 For more wine by the numbers, I headed to the recently opened wine-themed restaurant B3 on Valencia Street in the Mission District. If you haven’t been over to the area around 22nd and Valencia, you should. New restaurants and shops seem to be opening there all of the time. Even though this neighborhood is full of trendy young things, B3 is still the kind of place you can bring your parents. Billed as a winemaker’s speakeasy, the three Bs stand for bottles, burgers and beers. The Bs could also stand for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Yountville, too, as B3 is run by former Bouchon alumni Johnny Gato, along with partner Ron Elder, as well as alumni Kevin Ahajanian helming the kitchen. As far as bottles, there are hard-to-find wines from small production wineries, many that you couldn’t visit for tastings even if you tried. There are roughly 50 wines at any given time and the selection rotates from month to month. Most of the wines are from Napa or Sonoma, but you can also find choices from regions such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley or the central coast near Santa Barbara. The wines are under $25 a bottle, and all offered by tasting pours and glasses as well. For example, a Beaucanon Cabernet Franc was $10 a glass and $2.75 for a tasting pour. What’s great is that they actually bother to bring out the bottle to the table so even if you are just getting a taste or a glass, you know that what you see is what you get. You can even just sidle up to the bar and taste the wines as you would in a tasting room. If you like, you can purchase these unique wines by the bottle or by the case at retail prices. If you’re looking to stretch your dollar a little further, B3 holds happy hours from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to midnight. For burgers, you’ll find a dozen burger toppings to choose from, including panseared foie gras, house-cured pancetta, fried egg, bourbon brown sugar bacon and Humboldt Fog cheese. If you aren’t in the mood for burgers, there are salads and sausages. Also, check the board in the back for specials. On one visit there was a Liberty Farms duck breast with a wine reduction and mixed berry sauce with English pea risotto on the side for $19. To note, on our first visit this place was hopping and they were really on their game, even if they were busy. They were cordial and attentive and the food and wine Continued on Page 32 • October / November 2010


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The Emerald Iguana Inn Continued from Page 27 646-5964. Dinner was at the amazing AZU restaurant in downtown Ojai. Chef Laurel Moore has created a yummy California fusion style Spanish Menu inspired by traditional Spanish and Mediterranean Cuisine. Fresh local ingredients are used whenever possible, and Chef Moore grows her own produce in the Azu vegetable garden and carefully selects her meat and produce from local Ojai farms and ranches. We certainly enjoyed the hip, artsy décor that seats about 100 people. Featuring 25 wines by the glass from $8 to $13 (bottles run $18 to $120) and a tapas menu to die for, we relaxed and enjoyed small plates of Lamb Kabobs, Chili Relleno, Flat Iron Steak and a Syrian Chicken Salad. Dessert followed with home-made (seriously OMG) gelato and a trio of crème brulée. This is casual fine dining at its best. We highly recommend you stop here. Visit or call (805) 640-7987. Our night’s lodging; the Emerald

Iguana Inn was, to say the least, perfect for us. We had heard it was a local treasure, but this is everything a romantic-at-heart could ask for: peaceful, restful, spacious, and gorgeous. It’s a treat for the eyes and the spirit. Perfect for singles, married couples, writers… anyone looking for a rejuvenating experience. There are a variety of rooms and rates to choose from depending on the season, starting at $159 in the low season. What a luxurious bargain. We stayed in the Lily Pad cottage. Two bedrooms, two stories, kitchen, whirlpool bath, private patio and many, many more amenities made this an exceptional experience. We loved the lush green grounds, continental breakfast by the pool, and the private layout of each room and cottage. This adult only architectural and artistic inspired property has to be THE Place to stay. It’s about a four-block walk to downtown, situated on a dead-end street. It is luxury that inspires. Absolutely stay here. Visit or call (805) 6465277. Dawn breaks to find us working madly at our computers at the Inn. We break at 8:15 a.m. for a leisurely breakfast poolside, then we’re off for a very busy day. The GPS is first set for our ahhhhh moment of the trip at the Day Spa of Ojai. We were greeted serenely and warmly by owner, Kim Wachter as our feet soaked in rose-petal water. We love spas. We go often. We’d rate this one in the top three. Linda had the anti-aging 60-minute facial

with Kesha. Talk about a WOW moment. Ginger had a foot and hand treatment with an especially gifted staff member, Veronique. This turned out to be a physical and spiritually renewing experience for her. The natural based products and staff are top notch. Owner Kim shared that her idea of

Day Spa of Ojai owner Kim Wachter. (Linda Kissam)

success is “Seeing my clients transformed. I want our guests to walk in the door and feel, sense and hear tranquility. That’s the beginning of the experience of letting go. That’s what we’re all about.” We couldn’t have said it better. Spa prices and products are extremely affordable ($20 to under $200). This is a MUST stop for its kind, nurturing, renewing possibilities. Glowing and renewed we were off to lunch at Feast Bistro. This is an award-winning place to nosh and people watch. Located on the main street (East Ojai Ave) Chef Susan Coulter has created a small but focused New American cuisine menu we know you’ll love. Feast Bistro showcases Susan’s talents in an open kitchen at the front of the restaurant. Don’t know how Continued on Page 33

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Kirigin Cellars Continued from Page 29 Today, the remainder of the 50-acre plot is planted to sod, a nod to the current owner, Dhruv Khanna, a New Delhi, India, native, who is completely besotted by cricket. You will find beautiful cricket and soccer fields on the property, a concession, says Allen, to the need for wineries to entertain as well as lubricate. Plus they are applying for permits for an expanded winery facility, and the county ag requirement encourages cultivation. Consequently, Allen finds himself in the grass farming business, something he says is very demanding, requires constant weed patrol, along with a boatload of water. Good thing

they have an amazing well. The prolific aquifer that drew the original settlers to this property during the Gold Rush era, still proves to be the purest form of liquid gold. Allen also has his own label, Drytown Cellars, in Amador county. After much consulting, he decided he really just had to go do his own thing. So he keeps his feet planted in both Amador and Santa Clara counties: one the seat of the Silicon Valley Gold Rush of the 1980s, and the other that started it all in 1849. There is little doubt in his mind where the richer veins lay to be mined. But then, the gold always gleams brighter on the other side of the county line.

The City Cellar Continued from Page 31 were spot on. But on another visit when the place wasn’t too busy, the staff was a bit lethargic. For example, our waiter spilled the wine and didn’t bother to wipe it up, plus spent more time chatting in the back. The food seemed as if it had been lazily prepared, too. The pasta we ordered was too al dente and the salad was overly coated in blue cheese. My hope is you get the experience we had the first night. That said, I’d go back and try it again, too. VIN12 events are held at The Solarium, located at 101 Second Street in San Francisco. Check their website for events and times at B3 is located at 1152 Valencia Street (at 22nd) in San Francisco. Call for more information at (415) 401-7258. Visit for more information and hours.

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ALAPAY CELLARS 1 415 First St., Avila Beach 805-595-2632, Tasting Sat-Thu10:30-6, Fri 10:30-8 3 BAILEYANA 5828 Orcutt Rd, SLO 805-269-8200, Tasting Daily10-5 CERRO CALIENTE CELLARS 5 831-A Via Esteban, SLO 805-544-2842, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 8 CHAMISAL WINERY 7525 Orcutt Rd, SLO 805-541-9463, Tasting Daily 10-5 6 CLAIBORNE & CHURCHILL 2649 Carpenter Canyon, SLO 805-544-4066, Tasting Daily11-5 10 EDNA VALLEY VINEYARDS 2585 Biddle Ranch Rd, SLO 805-544-5855, Tasting 10-5/Tours 15 KELSEY SEE CANYON VINEYARDS 1947 See Canyon Rd, SLO 805-595-9700, Tasting Daily11-5:30 16 KYNSI WINERY 2212 Corbett Canyon Rd,

Arroyo Grande, 805-544-8461,, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 LAETITIA VINEYARD & WINERY 18 453 Laetitia Vineyard Dr, Arroyo Grande, 805-481-1772, Tasting Daily 11-5 23 PERBACCO CELLARS 1850 Calle Joaquin, SLO 805-787-0485, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 PIEDRA CREEK WINERY 24 6425 Mira Cielo Drive, SLO 805-541-1281, Tasting by Appt. 26 REFUGIO VINEYARD COMPANY 1691 See Canyon Rd, SLO 805-801-1919, Tasting by Appt. SALISBURY VINEYARDS 28 6985 Ontario Rd., SLO 805-595-9463, Tasting Daily 11-6 SAUCELITO CANYON VINEYARD 29 3080 Biddle Ranch Rd, SLO 805-543-2111, Tasting Daily 10-5 30 SEXTANT WINES 3536 S. Higuera, Ste 250, SLO 805-542-0133, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 or by Appt.

STEVEN ROSS WINE CELLARS 32 3031 Lopez Dr.,Arroyo Grande 805-489-0446, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 33 TALLEY VINEYARDS 3031 Lopez Dr.,Arroyo Grande 805-489-0446, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 TANGENT 31 5828 Orcutt Rd, SLO 805-597-8250, Tasting Daily 10-5 35 TOLOSA WINERY 4910 Edna Rd., SLO 805-782-0500, Tasting Daily 11-5 WINDEMERE/CATHY MACGREGOR WINES 39 3536 S. Higuera, Ste. 240B, SLO 805-542-0133 Tasting Daily 11:30-4 WOLFF VINEYARDS 40 6238 Orcott Rd, SLO 805-781-0448, Tasting Daily 11-5 41 WOOD WINERY 136 Bridge St., Arroyo Grande 805-489-9663, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5

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Chef Susan Coulter of Feast Bistro. (Linda Kissam)

Ojai Vineyards tasting room. (Linda Kissam)

the whole way up, “Trust that you can make it up here. I promise my beautiful wines are the reward and I am here too.” He was also right. This was perhaps our favorite wine tasting spot. Owner Don Dafau grows his grapes on his home-estate vineyards then takes them up to work with Norm Yost at Flying Goat Cellars. Don believes Ojai is a viable wine region as he envisions a time in the not too distant future when, “More and more grapes will be grown here, more wineries will be established, and our area will merit more interest by wine lovers and the media.” We LOVED his 2009 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon ($14). This is a PERFECT European style dry rosé that is sassy, refreshing and balanced. We also enjoyed and can easily recommend the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($18), and the 2007

Casa Barranca server Chloe prepares for a tasting with the Wine Chixs. (Linda Kissam)

12 DOBRA ZEMLJA 12505 Steiner Road, Shenandoah Valley, 209-245-3183, Tasting Daily 10-5 31 BELLA PIAZZA DOMAINE DE LA TERRE13 19900 Shenandoah School Rd., ROUGE/EASTON WINES Plymouth, 209-245-4600 10801 Dickson Rd, Plymouth Tasting Daily 10-5 209-245-3117, BRAY VINEYARDS 5 10590 Shenandoah, Plymouth Tasting Fri-Mon 11-4 209-245-6023, DRYTOWN CELLARS 14 Tasting Fri-Mon 10-5 16030 Hwy. 49, Drytown C. G. DI ARIE 6 209-245-3500, VINEYARD & WINERY Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 11919 Shenandoah School Rd, FRENZ VINEYARD & 33 Plymouth, 209-245-4700 WINERY Tasting Thu-Mon 10-4:30 21390 Ostrom Road, Fiddletown CHARLES SPINETTA 7 209-245-4800 WINERY Tasting Sat-Sun 10:30-4:30 12557 Steiner Road, Plymouth IL GIOIELLO/MORSE 209-245-3384, WINES 15 Tasting Thu-Mon 9-4 22355 Lawrence Road, Fiddletown CLOS DU LAC CELLARS/ 32 209-245-3395, GREENSTONE WINERY Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 3151 Hwy. 88, Ione, 209-274-2238 JEFF RUNQUIST WINES 16 Tasting Wed-Sun 10-4 10776 Shenandoah Rd., Plymouth CONVERGENCE 8 209-245-3143, VINEYARDS Tasting Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11-5 14650 HIGHWAY 124, PLYMOUTH KARLY 17 209-245-3600 11076 Bell Road, Plymouth Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 209-245-3922, COOPER VINEYARDS 9 Tasting Daily 12-4 21365 Shenandoah School, KARMERE VINEYARDS 18 Plymouth, 209-245-6181 11970 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-5000, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 3 AVIO VINEYARDS & Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. WINERY DEAVER VINEYARDS 10 NINE GABLES 20 14520 Ridge Rd., Sutter Creek 12455 Steiner Road, Plymouth 209-267-1515, 209-245-4099, 10778 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-3949, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 or by Appt. Tasting Daily 10:30-5 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 4 DILLIAN WINES BANTAM CELLARS 11 NUA DAIR VINEYARDS 21 10851 Shenandoah Rd., 12138 Steiner Road, Plymouth 13825 Willow Creek, Ione Plymouth, 209-245-6677 209-245-3444, 209-245-5567, Tasting Fri-Sun 11- 4:30 Tasting Sat -Sun 10:30-5:30 or by Appt. Tasting Daily 11-4

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AMADOR CELLARS 1 11093 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth, 209-245-6150 Tasting Wed-Sun, 12-5 AMADOR FOOTHILL 2 WINERY 12500 Steiner Rd., Plymouth 209-245-6307, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5

Continued from Page 32 she keeps a running conversation with her devoted clientele as she cooks up and sends out inspired cuisine, but she does…with grace and good humor. She says of her restaurant, “It’s the experience of enjoying food with other people enjoying food.” We loved the Blue Plate Special and the Pulled Pork Sandwich. Susan let us taste her famous Olive Oil Cake (a citrusy, dense cake that is somehow airy and melts in your mouth), and the to-die-for homemade chocolate and lemon crème cookies made by her partner Beryl Schwartz. Feast Bistro has a solid wine list of by-the glass ($7 to $18) and by-the bottle ($25 to $36), and they hold winemaker dinners throughout the year. You really need to check this place out. Our next stop was the 1,000 case Ojai Ridge Winery. This was to turn out to be the adventure of the year for us. Local publicist Ann Flower noted on our itinerary that it, “…was a bit of a drive, but worth it.” Holy smokes…it was a two-mile winding, drop slope ride up an unmapped mountain. Ginger was the cheerleader and communicator as Linda creeped up the sharp climb in her too-big-for-the-trip SUV. “Mr. Big.” Owner Don Dufau had to talk us up the mountain over Ginger’s cell at every twist and turn. But, as Ann promised, it was worth the trip…not just for the incredible 360 degree view, but for the charming, welcoming vintner who told us

Suzanne's Cusine patio seating. (Courtesy of Suzanne’s Cuisine) Syrah ($18). Wines are sold online and at local Ojai retailers. Our last two winery stops were in downtown Ojai. Casa Barranca specializes in boutique wines handcrafted from organic grapes. They believe in, “, natural, and sustainable practices” as they continue to strive for optimal balance in their approach to wine making. Their organic tasting menu includes Pinot Noir, Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, and red blends, including a no sulfites added Arts & Crafts Red and a Bungalow Red ($25) that we liked a lot. We enjoyed the feel of the tasting room with its interesting art by local Ojai artists as our server Chloe led us through a relaxed tasting of reds and whites. Ginger asked Chloe to use the Venturi to aerate the reds and we felt that really helped showcase the wines true character. We encourage you to make this Continued on Page 37

22 RENWOOD WINERY 12225 Steiner Road, Plymouth 209-245-6979/ 800-348-8466 Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 SERENIDAD 34 21339 Dickson Road, Plymouth 209-245-5304 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 SHENANDOAH 23 VINEYARDS 12300 Steiner Rd, Plymouth 209-245-4455, Tasting Daily 10-5 SOBON ESTATE 24 14430 Shenandoah Rd, Plymouth, 209-245-6554 Tasting Daily 9:30-5 STONEHOUSE WINERY 25 10861 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-6888 Tasting Fri-Sun 10-5 STORY WINERY 26 10525 Bell Road, Plymouth 209-245-6208, Tasting Daily 11-5 35 SUTTER CREEK WINETASTING (Crystal Basin Cellars, Gold Hill & Le Mulet Rouge)

85 Main St., Sutter Creek 209-267-5838 Tasting Daily 11-6 SIERRA RIDGE 27 VINEYARD & WINERY 14110 Ridge Rd., Sutter Creek, 209-267-1316 Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4

TANIS VINEYARDS 36 13120 Willow Creek Road, Ione, 209-274-4807 Tasting Sat-Sun 10-5:30 TERRA D’ORO 19 20680 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth, 209-245-6942 Tasting Daily 10-4:30 TKC VINEYARDS 28 11001 Valley Drive, Plymouth 209-245-6428 Tasting Sat 11-5; Sun 1-5 or by Appt. VILLA TOSCANO WINERY37 10600 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-3800 Tasting Daily 10-5 29 VINO NOCETO 11011 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-6556, Tasting Fri, 12-4; Sat-Sun, 11-4 or by Appt. YOUNG’S VINEYARD 38 10120 Shenandoah, Plymouth 209-245-3005 Tasting Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 10:30-5 WILDEROTTER VINEYARD30 19890 Shenandoah School, Plymouth, 209-245-6016 Tasting Fri-Mon 10:30-5

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STRYKER SONOMA 24 5110 Hwy. 128, 707-433-1944, Tasting Daily10:30-5 THE MEEKER VINEYARD 25 ANNAPOLIS 21035 Geyserville Ave. ANNAPOLIS WINERY 1 707-431-2148, 26055 Soda Springs Rd., 707-886- Tasting Mon-Sat 10:30-6, Sun 12-5 5460, TRENTADUE WINERY 26 Tasting Daily 12-5 19170 Geyserville Ave.707-433-3104 CLOVERDALE, Tasting Daily 10-5, T CELLAR NO. 8 2 HEALDSBURG 26150 Asti Rd., 866-557-4970 A LEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS 28, Tasting Thu-Mon 10-5 5110 Hwy. 128, 707-433-7209 FRITZ WINERY 3, Tasting Daily 10-5 24691 Dutcher Creek Rd. A. RAFANELLI WINERY 29 707-894-3389/ 800-418-9463 4685 West Dry Creek Rd., 433-1385, A Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30, T AMISTA VINEYARDS 30 ICARIA CREEK WINERY 4 3320 Dry Creek Rd., 707-43127750 Asti Rd., 707-486-9623 9200, A Tasting Thu-Mon 11-4:30 PASTORI WINERY 5 AMPHORA WINES 31 23189 Geyserville Ave. 4791 W. Dry Creek Rd., Bldg. 6, 707-857-3418, A 707-431-7767,, WATTLE CREEK WINERY 6 Tasting Daily 11-4:30 25510 River Rd., 707-894-5166, ARMIDA WINERY 32, A 2201 Westside Rd., 707-433-2222 GEYSERVILLE, Tasting Daily 11-5 CLOS DU BOIS WINES 11 CAMELLIA CELLARS 35 19410 Geyserville Ave., 57 Front St., 707-433-1290 707-857-3100/ 800-222-3189 cameliacellars. com, Tasting Daily 11-6 CHATEAU SOUVERAIN 36 Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T 308B Center St., 707-433-2822 DAVID COFFARO VINEYARD & WINERY 12 Tasting Daily 11-6 7485 Dry Creek Rd. DAVIS FAMILY VINEYARDS 38 707-433-9715, 52 Front St., Tasting Daily 11-4, T 707-433-3858, DE LORIMIER WINERY 13 Tasting Thu-Sun 11-4:30 2001 Hwy. 128, 707-857-2000 DE LA MONTANYA 39, A 999 Foreman Ln., 707-433-3711, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA 300 Via Archimedes, 707-857-1980 DEUX AMIS WINES 40 1960 Dry Creek Rd., 707-431Tasting Daily 11-5 7945,, A FRICK WINERY 15 DOMAINE DANICA 42 23072 Walling Rd., 1960 Dry Creek Rd. 707-857-1980, 707-431-1902, A Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 DRY CREEK VINEYARD 43 GEYSER PEAK WINERY 16 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd., 70722281 Chianti Rd. 707-857-2500/ 433-1000, 800-255-9463, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 Tasting Daily 10-5 DUTCHER CROSSING WINERY 44 LOCALS TASTING ROOM 17 8533 Dry Creek Rd., 866-431Geyserville Ave. @ Hwy. 128, 2711, 707-857-4900, tastelocalTasting Daily 11-5, T, Tasting Daily 11-6 EVERETT RIDGE VINEYARDS & PEDRONCELLI WINERY 20 WINERY 46 1220 Canyon Rd., 707-857-3531, 435 W. Dry Creek Rd.,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 1637, ROBERT YOUNG VINEYARDS 21 Tasting Daily 10-5 4950 Red Winery Rd., 707-431FERRARI-CARANO WINERY 47 4811,, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 8761 Dry Creek Rd., 707-433SILVER OAK CELLARS 22 6700, 24625 Chianti Rd., 707-857-3562, Tasting Daily 10-5, T Tasting Mon-Sat 9-4


FORCHINI VINEYARDS & WINERY 49 5141 Dry Creek Rd., 707-4318886,, A T GALLO OF SONOMA 50 320 Center St., 707-433-2458, Tasting Daily 10-6, T GROVE STREET WINERY 52 1451 Grove St., 707-836-5615, Tasting Daily 11-4:30, T HOLDREDGE WINERY 53 51 Front St., 707-431-1424 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-4:30 HUNTINGTON WINE CELLARS54 53 Front St., 707-433-5215, Tasting Thu-Sun 11-5 JORDAN VINEYARD & WINERY 57 1474 Alexander Valley Rd., 800654-1213,, A T KENDALL-JACKSON WINE ESTATES 58 337 Healdsburg Ave., 707-4337102, Tasting Daily 10-5

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59 LA CREMA WINERY 235 Healdsburg Ave. 707-431-9400, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 LAKE SONOMA WINERY 60 340 Healdsburg Ave., 800-7509463, Tasting Daily 10-5 LAMBERT BRIDGE WINERY 61 4085 W. Dry Creek Rd. 800-975-0555, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 LONGBOARD VINEYARDS 63 5 Fitch St., 707-433-3473, Tasting Thu-Sat 11-7, Sun 11-5 or by Appt. MAURITSON FAMILY WINERY64 2859 Dry Creek Rd., 707-431-0804 Tasting Daily 10-5 MAZZOCCO VINEYARDS 65 1400 Lytton Springs Rd., 707-4318159,, Tasting Daily 11-5

MICHEL-SCHLUMBERGER FINE WINE ESTATE 66 4155 Wine Creek Rd., 707-433-7427, A T MILL CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY 68 1401 Westside Rd., 707-433-5098 Tasting Daily 10-5 MURPHY-GOODE WINERY 69 20 Matheson St., 707-431-7644 Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 NALLE WINERY 70 2383 Dry Creek Rd., 707-433-1040, Tasting 12-5 Sat or A OPTIMA WINE CELLARS 73 498 Moore Ln., 707-431-8222, A PASSALACQUA WINERY 74 3805 Lambert Bridge Rd. 707-433-5550, passalacquawine, Tasting Daily 11-5 PETERSON WINERY 75 4791 Dry Creek Rd., Bldg. 7 707-431-7568, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 PRESTON VINEYARDS & WINERY77 9282 W. Dry Creek Rd., 707-4333372, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 QUIVIRA VINEYARDS 78 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd., 707-431-8333, Tasting Daily 11-5, T RAYMOND BURR VINEYARDS 79 8339 W. Dry Creek Rd., 888-9000024,, A RIDGE VINEYARDS 82 650 Lytton Springs Rd., 707-433-7721, Tasting Daily 11-4 ROSENBLUM WINE CELLARS 83 250 Center St., 707-431-1169 Tasting Daily 10-6 SAPPHIRE HILL WINERY 85 Front St., 707-431-1888 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-4:30 SAUSAL WINERY 86 7370 Hwy. 128, 800-500-2285, Tasting Daily 10-4 SBRAGIA FAMILY VINEYARDS 87 9990 Dry Creek Rd., 707-473-2992,, Tasting Daily 11-5, T SEGHESIO WINERY 88 14730 Grove, 707-433-3579, Tasting Daily 10-5

SELBY WINERY 89 215 Center St., 707-431-1288, Tasting Daily 11-5:30 SIMI WINERY 92 16275 Healdsburg Ave., 707-4336981/ 800-746-4880, Tasting Daily 10-5, T STONESTREET VINEYARDS 93 7111 Hwy. 128, 800-355-8008, A STUHLMULLER VINEYARDS 94 4951 W. Soda Rock Ln., 707-4317745,, A TALTY WINERY 96 7127 Dry Creek Rd.,707-4338438,, A TELDESCHI WINERY 97 3555 Dry Creek Rd., 707-4336626,, Tasting Daily 12-5 TOAD HOLLOW VINEYARDS100 409A Healdsburg Ave. 707-431-8667,, Tasting Daily 10:30-5:30 UNTI VINEYARDS 101 4202 Dry Creek Rd., 707-4335590,, A WILSON WINERY 103 1960 Dry Creek Rd. 707-433-4355, Tasting Daily 11-5 YOAKIM BRIDGE WINERY 104

SONOMA COUNTY CENTRAL 7209 Dry Creek Rd. 707-433-8511, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4:30, A CAZADERO FLOWERS VINEYARD & WINERY 1 28500 Seaview Rd., 707-847-3661, A FORESTVILLE HARTFORD FAMILY WINERY 2 8075 Martinelli Rd., 707-887-8010, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 JOSEPH SWAN VINEYARDS 3 2916 Laguna Rd., 707-573-3747,, Tasting Sat-Sun11-4:30 TOPOLOS AT RUSSIAN RIVER VINEYARDS 4 5700 Gravenstein Hwy. N. 707-887-3344,, Tasting Thu-Sun 11:30-4:30 WOODENHEAD 5 5700 River Rd., 707-887-2703 Tasting Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30

WHITE OAK VINEYARDS & 45 WINERY 7505 Hwy. 128, 707-433-8429 Tasting Daily 10-5

SONOMA COUNTY SOUTH KENWOOD BLACKSTONE WINERY 1 8450 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-1999 Tasting Daily 10-4:30 CHATEAU ST. JEAN WINERY 2 8555 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-4134,, Tasting Daily 10-5, T FAMILY WINERIES OF SONOMA VALLEY 5 9200 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-5504, Tasting Daily 11-6 KAZ VINEYARD & WINERY 6 233 Adobe Canyon Rd. 707-833-2536, Tasting Fri-Mon 11-5 KENWOOD VINEYARDS 7 9592 Sonoma Hwy.,707-833-5891 Tasting Daily 10-4:30 KUNDE ESTATE WINERY 8 9825 Sonoma Hwy. 707-833-5501, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 LANDMARK VINEYARDS 11 101 Adobe Canyon Rd., 707-833-0218, Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 LEDSON WINERY & VINEYARDS 12 7335 Sonoma Hwy., 707-537-3810/ 800-539-2331,Tasting Daily 10-5 MUSCARDINI CELLARS 8910 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-0526 Tasting Daily 11-6 SL CELLARS 13 9380 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-5070, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 THE WINE ROOM 15 9575 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-6131 Tasting Mon-Thu 11-4, Fri-Sun 11-5 VJB VINEYARDS & CELLARS 16 9077 Sonoma Hwy., 707-833-2300,, Tasting Daily 10-5

SANTA ROSA FISHER VINEYARDS 47 6200 St. Helena Rd.,707-5397511,, A HANNA WINERY RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY 48 5353 Occidental Rd., 707-575-3371, Tasting Daily 10-4 HARVEST MOON ESTATE 49 2192 Olivet Rd., 707-573-8711 Tasting Daily 10:30-5 BALLETTO VINEYARDS & DUTTONGOLDENFIELD TASTING ROOM 50 57 Occidental Rd., 707-568-2455,,, Tasting Daily 10-4 BATTAGLINI ESTATE WINERY 51 2948 Piner Rd., 707-578-4091, A MARTIN RAY WINERY 54 2191 Laguna Road, 707-823-2404, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-4 MATANZAS CREEK WINERY 55 6097 Bennett Valley Rd. 707-528-6464/ 800-590-6464 Tasting Daily 10-4:30 PARADISE RIDGE WINERY 56 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr. 707-528-9463,, Tasting Mon-Fri 11-5 PELLEGRINI FAMILY VINEYARDS 57 4055 West Olivet Rd. 800-8910244,, A T SABLE RIDGE VINEYARDS 60 6320 Jamison Rd., 707-542-3138,, A T SIDURI 61 980 Airway Court, Ste. C, 707-578-3882,, A ST. FRANCIS 62 100 Pythian Rd., 888-675-9463, Tasting Daily 10-5, T GLEN ELLEN SUNCE WINERY & VINEYARD 63 ARROWOOD VINEYARDS 1839 Olivet Rd.,707-526-9463 18, Tasting Daily 10:30-5 & WINERY 14347 Sonoma Hwy., 707-935SEBASTOPOL 2600, IRON HORSE VINEYARDS 66 Tasting Daily 10-4:30, T 9786 Ross Station Rd. AUDELSSA ESTATE WINERY 19 707-887-1507, ironhorsevine13647 Arnold Dr., Tasting Daily 10-3:30, T 707-933-8514, LYNMAR WINERY TASTING ROOM67 Tasting Fri-Mon11-5, T 3909 Frei Rd., 707-829-3374 B. R. COHN WINERY 20, Tasting Daily 10-5 15000 Sonoma Hwy., MARIMAR TORRES ESTATE 68 707-931-7924,, 11400 Graton Rd.,707-823-4365, Tasting Daily 10-5, T, Tasting Daily 11-4, T BENZIGER FAMILY WINERY 21 PETERS FAMILY WINERY 69 1883 London Ranch Rd. 707-935-3000, 2064 N. Gravenstein Hwy., Ste. Tasting Daily 10-5, T 102, 707-829-3111, A DEERFIELD RANCH WINERY 24 SEBASTOPOL VINEYARDS 71 1310 Warm Springs Rd., 707-8338757 Green Valley Rd.,, 707-829- 5215,, A 9463, ERIC ROSS WINERY 25 Tasting Daily 11-5 14300 Arnold Dr., 707-939-8525, TAFT STREET WINERY 72, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 2030 Barlow Ln., 707-823-2049, IMAGERY ESTATE WINERY 28, Tasting Mon- 14335 Hwy. 12, 707-935-4515 Fri 11-4, Sat-Sun 11-4:30 Tasting Sun-Thu 10-4:30, Fri-Sat 10-5 WINDSOR LOXTON CELLARS 29 INMAN FAMILY WINES 74 11466 Dunbar Rd., 707-935-7221, 5793 Skylane Blvd., Ste. C, A 707-395-0689,A VALLEY OF THE MOON WINERY30 MARTINELLI VINEYARDS & 777 Madrone Rd., 707-939-4510, WINE TASTING 75, 3360 River Rd.,707-525-0570 Tasting Daily 10-4:30, Tasting Daily 10-5 WELLINGTON VINEYARDS 31 RUSSIAN HILL ESTATE 76 11600 Dunbar Rd., 707-939-0708 4525 Slusser Rd., 707-575-9428 800-816-9463, Tasting Daily 11-4, T Tasting Thu-Mon 10-4 SONOMA BARTHOLOMEW PARK WINERY 34 1000 Vineyard Ln., 707-935-9511,, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 BUENA VISTA WINERY 35 18000 Old Winery Rd. 707-938-1266/ 800-926-1266 Tasting Daily 10-5, T

CASTLE VINEYARDS & WINERY 36 122 West Spain St., 707-996-1966,, Tasting Daily 10-5 CHARLES CREEK VINEYARD 37 483 W. First St., 707-935-3848, Tasting Daily 11-6 CLINE CELLARS 38 24737 Arnold Dr., 707-940-4000, Tasting Daily 10-6, T CORNERSTONE PLACE 39 (multiple winery tasting room) 23570 Hwy. 121, 707-933-3010, Tasting Daily 10-5 FAVERO VINEYARDS 42 3939 Lovall Valley Rd., 707-9353939., A T GLORIA FERRER CHAMPAGNE CAVES 43 23555 Hwy. 121,707-996-7256, Tasting Daily 10-5, T GUNDLACH-BUNDSCHU WINERY 44 2000 Denmark St., 707-938-5277, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 HANZELL VINEYARDS 45 18596 Lomita Ave., 707-996-3860 800-393-4999,, A HOMEWOOD WINERY 46 23120 Burndale Rd., 707-996-6353 Tasting Daily 10-4 LARSON FAMILY WINERY 49 23355 Millerick Rd., 707-938-3031 Tasting Daily 10-5 50 MACROSTIE WINERY 21481 E. 8th St., #25, 707-996-4480, A T MOON MOUNTAIN VINEYARD51 1700 Moon Mountain Dr. 707-996-5870,, A T NICHOLSON RANCH WINERY52 4200 Napa Rd., 707-938-8822 Tasting Daily 10-6 54 PETRONI VINEYARDS 990 Cavedale Rd., 707-935-8311,,A RAVENSWOOD WINERY 55 18701 Gehricke Rd., 707-933-2332, Tasting Daily10-4:30 ROBERT HUNTER WINERY 56 15655 Arnold Dr., 707-996-3056,A T ROBLEDO FAMILY WINERY 57 21901 Bonness Rd., 707-939-6903, A ROCHE WINERY 58 28700 Arnold Dr., 707-935-7115 800-825-9475, Tasting Daily 10-5 SCHUG CARNEROS ESTATE WINERY 60 602 Bonneau Rd. 707-939-9363/ 800-966-9365, Tasting Daily 10-5 SEBASTIANI VINEYARDS & 61 WINERY 389 E. 4th St., 707-933-3230, Tasting Daily 10-5 SONOMA ENOTECA 62 (multiple winery tasting room) 35 E. Napa St.,707-935-1200 Tasting Wed-Mon 11-6,Tue 3-6 65 THE CELLAR DOOR (multiple winery tasting room) 1395 Broadway, 707-938-4466, Tasting Mon,Thu-Sun 11-6,Tue-Wed 4-6 66 VIANSA WINERY 25200 Arnold Dr., 707-935-4700 800-995-4740,, Tasting Daily10-5, T PETALUMA 67 ADOBE ROAD WINERY 1995 S. McDowell Blvd., 707-9397967,, A KELLER ESTATE 69 5875 Lakeville Hwy., 707-765-2117,, A

NOT ON MAPS MARIN COUNTY PACHECO RANCH WINERY 235 Alameda del Prado, Novato, 415-883-5583, A POINT REYES VINEYARD INN 12700 Hwy. 1, Point Reyes Station 415-663-1011, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 STEPHEN ZELLERBACH VINEYARD 159 Glen Park Ave., San Rafael 707-527-0172, A WINDSOR VINEYARDS 72 Main St.,Tiburon 800-2149463,, Tasting Sun, Mon-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-7

A = Tasting by Appointment T = Tours For ease of use, note that the color of the number next to each winery listing corresponds to the map with a border of the same color.

NORTH Annapolis, Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg

CENTRAL Cazadero, Forestville, Guernville, Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor

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GUERNEVILLE KORBEL CHAMPAGNE CELLARS 7 13250 River Rd. 707-824-7000, Tasting Daily 9-4:30, T HEALDSBURG ACORN WINERY 8 12040 Old Redwood Highway 707-433-6440,, A ALDERBROOK WINERY 9 2306 Magnolia Dr., 707-433-9154, Tasting Daily 10-5 ARISTA WINERY 10 7015 Westside Rd., 707-473-0606,, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-5 C. DONATIELLO WINERY 13 4035 Westside Rd. 707-431-4409,, Tasting Daily 11-5 CHALK HILL WINERY 14 10300 Chalk Hill Rd., 707-6574837,, A T CHATEAU FELICE 15 223 Center St., 707-836-9010, Tasting Fri-Sat 11-6, Sun-Thu 11-5 CHRISTOPHER CREEK WINERY16 641 Limerick Ln., 707-431-8243,, Tasting Daily 11-5 DAVIS BYNUM WINERY 19 8075 Westside Rd., 707-433-2611,, Tasting Daily 10-5 DENATALE VINEYARDS 20 11020 Eastside Rd., 707-431-8460, A DOMAINE ST. GEORGE WINERY & VINEYARD 21 1141 Grant Ave., 707-433-5508, A T FIELD STONE WINERY & VINEYARD 23 10075 Hwy. 128, 707-433-7266, Tasting Daily 10-5 FOPPIANO VINEYARDS 24 12707 Old Redwood Hwy. 707-433-7272, Tasting Daily 10-4:30 GARY FARRELL VINEYARDS & WINERY 25 10701 Westside Rd., 707-4732900 Tasting Daily 11-4, T HANNA WINERY ALEXANDER VALLEY 27 9280 Hwy. 128, 707-431-4310, Tasting Daily 10-4 HOP KILN WINERY 28 6050 Westside Rd., 707-433-6491, Tasting Daily 10-5 J. ROCHIOLI VINEYARD & WINERY 30 6192 Westside Rd., 707-433-2305,, Tasting Thu-Mon 11-4 J VINEYARDS & WINERY 31 11447 Old Redwood Hwy. 707-431-3646, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-4, T JOHNSON’S ALEXANDER VALLEY WINES 32 8333 S. Hwy. 128, 707-433-2319, Tasting Daily 11-4 KENDALL-JACKSON WINE CENTER 33 337 Healdsburg Ave., 707-4337102,, Tasting Daily 11-5 LANCASTER ESTATE 34 15001 Chalk Hill Rd., 707-4338178,, A T LIMERICK LANE VINEYARDS 36 1023 Limerick Ln., 707-433-9211 Tasting Daily 10-5 MIETZ CELLARS 38 602 Limerick Ln., 707-431-7103,, A PORTER CREEK VINEYARDS 39 8735 Westside Rd., 707-433-6321 Tasting Daily 10:30-4:30 ROCHIOLI VINEYARDS & WINERY 40 6192 Westside Rd., 707-433-2305 Tasting Thu-Mon 11-4 RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS 41 11455 Old Redwood Hwy. 707-431-1533, Tasting Daily 10-5, T VERITE WINERY 44 4611 Thomas Rd., 707-433-9000,, A

Red Soles Winery to Sell Pet-Themed Calendar Portion of Proceeds Donated to Woods Humane Society Pet loving wine drinkers – there will soon be another way to support your four legged friends and the Central Coast Wine Region! Just in time for Christmas, Red Soles Winery of Paso Robles is proud to release a 2011 Calendar, and will donate a portion of each sale to Wine 4 Paws, a Wine Industry fundraiser supporting Woods Humane Society. The calendar will feature four-legged visitors to the Red Soles tasting room as well as Winery Fans’ photos of their beloved pets. “We started taking pictures of the dogs that visited the winery as part of a contest for a calendar. The response was great; we had requests from people whose pets were at home but wanted to participate!” The 2011 Calendar is available starting in October. Wine 4 Paws is in its third year, and holds an annual fundraising weekend throughout San Luis Obispo County. During the weekend of April 9-10 2011, wineries from San Luis Obispo to San Miguel will donate a portion of their proceeds to Woods Humane Society. Last year’s event raised over $16,000. “As we move into our third year, it’s inspiring to see wineries like Red Soles come up with other ways to help raise money for Wine 4 Paws,” Director Sarah Tomasetti said. “It’s not about the one weekend a year anymore!” For more information on Wine 4

Lucy – one of the Red Soles calendar dogs. Lucy is a 135 lb., 8 year old, Swiss Mountain Dog. (Wine 4 Paws) Paws, visit or email Tomasetti at You can visit the Red Soles Winery at 3230 Oakdale Road in Paso Robles to buy your calendar - and try their wine. Calendars will also be for sale on their website,, or call Red Soles Winery at (805) 238-9898.

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LEAL VINEYARDS 8 300 Maranatha Way, Hollister 831-636-1023 Tasting Daily 11-5


PESSAGNO WINERY 9 22704 Picador Dr., Salinas 831-675-9463 or 831.675.1922 Tasting Fri-Sun, 11-5

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PIETRA SANTA WINERY 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister, 831-636-1991 Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5, Mon-Tue by Appt.

SUMMERAYNE VINEYARD 11 1781 Limekiln Rd., Hollister 831-902-5638 Tasting Sat-Sun 1-4 ZANGER VINEYARDS 12 of Casa de Fruta 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, 408-842-7282 Tasting Mon-Thu 8-7:30, Fri-Sun 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. CALERA WINE COMPANY 1 11300 Cienega Rd., Hollister 831-637-9170 Tasting Daily 11-4:30

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DEROSE VINEYARDS 9970 Cienega Road, Hollister 831-636-9143 Tasting Sat-Sun 11-4


ENZ WINERY 5 1781 Limekiln Rd., Hollister 831-637-6443 Tasting by Appt. FLINT WINE CELLARS 6 13160 Cienega Road, Hollister 831-636-8986 Tasting by Appt.

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Briar Rose Winery........................................28 Burrell School..................................................39 Butterfly Creek ..............................................13 Castoro Cellars..............................................39 Cooper Garrod..............................................26 Copious Winery ............................................29 Equinox ............................................................ 29 Grey Wolf Cellars..........................................39 Groveland Hotel............................................11 Hunter Hill ......................................................39 J. Lohr ............................................................2, 19 Keller & D’Agostini ......................................21 Le Vigne Winery ............................................39 Loma Prieta Winery ....................................39 Lorimar Winery ............................................27 Orfila ................................................................11 Patti Robbins ..................................................36 Peachy Canyon Winery ..............................39 Poetic Cellars..................................................39 San Diego Food & Wine ............................30 Sandrew Montgomery ................................26 Santa Barbara ..................................................14 Santa Clara Winegrowers ..........................26 Soquel Vineyards ............................................23 Summit Wine Trail ........................................39 Temecula Wines ............................................40 The Chickering Company..........................28 Thornton Winery..........................................27 Vine Hill ............................................................39

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1 BATTAION CELLARS 21 S. Livermore Ave., #109, Livermore (@Blacksmith Sq.), 925-245-9242, Tasting Fri 4-7, Sat-Sun 12-5 BENT CREEK WINERY 2 5455 Greenville Rd., Livermore, 925-455-6320, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. BIG WHITE HOUSE WINERY 3 6800 Greenville Rd., Livermore, 925-449-1976, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. BOAVENTURA DE CAIRES WINERY 5 9309 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-606-9672, Tasting 1st weekend each month & by Appt. BODEGAS AGUIRRE WINERY 6 8580 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-606-0554, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. CEDAR MOUNTAIN WINERY 8 7000 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-373-6636, cedarmountain, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4 CHARLES R VINEYARDS 9 8195 Crane Ridge Rd., Livermore, 925-454-3040 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. CHOUINARD VINEYARDS 10 33853 Palomares Rd., Castro Valley 510-582-9900, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 & by Appt. 11 CONCANNON VINEYARD 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-456-2508,, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 12 CROOKED VINE WINERY 4948 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-449-0458, Tasting Mon-Thu 12-4, Fri-Sun 12-5 CUDA RIDGE WINES 15 5385 East Avenue, Livermore 510-304-0914 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4:30 DEER RIDGE VINEYARDS 16 1828 Wetmore, Livermore 925-447-4328,, Tasting Fri-Sun 11-5 EAGLE RIDGE VINEYARD 18 10017 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-743-9427, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. ECKERT ESTATE WINERY 19 2400 Arroyo Rd., Livermore 925-371-8606, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. EL SOL VINEYARD 20 8626 Lupin Way, Livermore 925-606-1827, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 ELLISTON VINEYARDS 21 463 Kilkare Road, Sunol 925-663-8219, Tasting Sat-Sun 11-5 24 FENESTRA WINERY 83 Vallecitos Road, Livermore 925-447-5246, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 GARRÉ VINEYARD & WINERY 25 7986 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-371-8200, Tasting Sat-Sun 11:30-5 27 HIDDEN CREEK WINE 21 S. Livermore Ave., #101 Livermore (@Blacksmith Sq.), 925-989-1163,, Tasting Fri-Sun 1-6

JOHN CHRISTOPHER CELLARS29 25 S. Livermore Ave., #103, Livermore (@Blacksmith Sq.), 925-456-9463,, Tasting Thu-Sun 12-6 LA ROCHELLE WINERY & STEVEN KENT WINERY 30 5443 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-243-6440,, Tasting Daily 12-4:30 LES CHENES ESTATE VINEYARDS 31 5562 Victoria Ln., Livermore 925-373-1662,, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. LITTLE VALLEY WINERY 32 5700 Greenville Rd., Livermore 925-862-9006, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 LIVERMORE VALLEY CELLARS 33 2838 Cellars Dr., Livermore 925-454-9463, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5, or by Appt. LONGEVITY WINES 34 35 Rickenbacker Circle South Livermore, 925-454-9463, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5, or by Appt. MCGRAIL VINEYARDS 35 5600 Greeville Rd.,Livermore 925-373-6214, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. MITCHELL KATZ WINERY AT RUBY HILL 36 1188 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton, 925-931-0744,, Tasting Thu-Sun 12-5 MURRIETA'S WELL 37 3005 Mines Rd., Livermore 925-456-2390, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 38 NOTTINGHAM CELLARS 2245 S.Vasco Rd., Livermore, 925-294-8647 Tasting Fri 2-6, Sat-Sun 12-4:30 PAGE MILL WINERY 40 1960 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, 925-456-7676 Tasting Sat-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. RED FEATHER WINERY & VINEYARD 41 5700 Greenville Rd., Livermore, 510-861-2722, Tasting Mon-Thu 1-5, Fri 12-6 Sat 12-8, Sun 1-5 or by Appt. RED SKYE WINERY 42 21 S. Livermore Rd. #101, Livermore, 510-795-7725, Tasting Fri 3-6, Sat 1-6, Sun 1-5 or by Appt. RETZLAFF ESTATE WINERY 43 1356 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, 925-447-8941, Tasting TueFri 12-2, Sat-Sun 12-4:30 RHYAN ESTATE VINEYARDS 44 5385 East Ave., Livermore 408-712-1984,, Tasting Wed-Fri 12-5, Sat-Sun 11:30-5 or by Appt. RIOS-LOVELL ESTATE WINERY 46 6500 Tesla Road, Livermore 925-443-0434, Tasting Wed-Fri 12-3, Sat-Sun 11-5 RODRIGUE-MOLYNEAUX WINERY 47 3053 Marina Ave., Livermore 925-447-4280, Tasting Sat-Sun 12:30-5

48 RUBY HILL WINERY 400 Vineyard Ave., Pleasanton 925-931-9463, Tasting Wed-Sun 11-5:30 STONY RIDGE WINERY 51 4948 Tesla Road, Livermore 925-449-0458, Tasting Mon-Wed 12-3,Thu-Sun 11-4:30 TAMAS ESTATE WINERY 52 5489 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-456-2380, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 TENUTA VINEYARDS 53 633 Kalthoff Commons, Livermore, 925-960-1006 Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. THE SINGING WINEMAKER 55 5443 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-606-9463,, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-5 THOMAS COYNE WINERY 56 51 E.Vallecitos Rd., Livermore 925-373-6541,, Tasting Sat-Sun 12-5 WENTE VINEYARDS ESTATE WINERY 59 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore 925-456-2305, Tasting Daily 11-4:30 WENTE VINEYARDS VISITORS CENTER 60 5050 Arroyo Rd,. Livermore 925-456-2405, Tasting Daily 11-6:30 WESTOVER VINEYARDS/ 61 PALOMARES WINERY 34329 Palomares Canyon Rd., Castro Valley, 510-537-3932, Tasting Mon-Fri 1-5, Sat-Sun 12-5 or by Appt. WHITE CRANE WINERY 63 5405 Greenville Rd., Livermore 925-455-8085, Tasting Fri-Sun 12-4:30 or by Appt. WOOD FAMILY VINEYARDS 64 7702 Cedar Mountain Dr., Livermore, 925-606-7411 Tasting by Appt. & Scheduled Events

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winetasting room a stop on your Ojai visit. Our final winery tasting was at the Ojai Vineyards tasting room just around the corner from Casa Barranca. We met owner/winemaker Adam Tolmach for one of the most intense and productive tastings of the trip. In his 28th harvest and with no lack of enthusiasm after all those years, this man knows his stuff and it was a sincere pleasure to spend an hour with him. His vision is to, “Stay small and keep an eye towards the craft that insures premium balanced wines that can age gracefully for eight to 15 years.” What’s “the craft?” It is comprised of knowledge, experience and intuition…and his wines definitely speak to that philosophy. His wines are balanced treasures of strong and plentiful fruit. They’re aromatic and complex. They inspire, rather than tire out the palate. “I am on a never ending quest to make my wines ever so much better and fine.” Yep, we get that. Signature wines to be sure and try are: 2006 Clos Pepe Chardonnay ($37.50), 2009 Kick On Riesling (Unexpected and unusual zippy excellence for $24), and the earthy, chewy, balanced 2005 Fe Ciega Pinot Noir ($56). Last stop of our amazing trip was dinner at Suzanne’s Cuisine, one of the top three fine dining masterpieces that make up the magical Ojai culinary scene. Set off a bit from Ojai’s main street, the rustic looking restaurant is surrounded by large trees and lush greenery which sets you up for a relaxed evening of great, seasonally inspired food, amazing wine and their professional and caring staff. You can take a deep breath when you go through the front door to an interior where the décor is richly romantic – appointed with dark woods, a big stone fireplace and tables spaced for intimate conversation. Our table overlooked a beautiful garden oasis completing the feeling of the fine dining experience. That is not to say this is a stuffy, dress up kind of place. Come as you are. This place definitely shouts the cool, relaxed Ojai vibe we had come to know. What’s not to love when you’re handed a 15-page wine list and an eclectic menu featuring Italian, French, Asian and Mexican cuisine? We had an Asian inspired hors d’oeuvre, an Italian inspired entrée, and an heirloom salad that knocked our socks off. Our server Kari Chapman, who is an 18-year veteran of the restaurant, watched over us all night. She was patient explaining our options, stopped by often to see how we were doing, and generally made our dining experience one to remember and recommend. Rested, relaxed, rejuvenated, and truly stirred by the fine wines, food, activities, and special feeling that IS Ojai, we programed the GPS and headed back to our hectic lives in Temecula, but we’ll be back! • October / November 2010



Eat This With...

By Lisa J. Pretty

Lisa Pretty is owner/winemaker at Pretty-Smith Vineyards & Winery as well as owner of the Pretty Café. One of her favorite activities is to experiment with food and wine combinations to find ones with the “wow” factor. You can find several of her favorite pairings on the blog site

Eat Lamb Kabobs with Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc is one of the grape varietals that has many people confused. Some people think it is just another name for Cabernet Sauvignon, some people think it can only be used for blending and some people think it is high in tannins. The reality is that Cabernet Franc is one of five red grape varietals traditionally grown in the Bordeaux region of France. Many years ago Cabernet Franc was bred with Sauvignon Blanc to create Cabernet Sauvignon – so you can think of Cabernet Franc as a parent to the Cabernet Sauvignon most of us know so well. Cabernet Franc has a shorter growing season so it tends to ripen earlier and it has a larger berry size with thinner skins – therefore not a lot of tannins. In France they would say the lack of tannin means the Cabernet Franc does not have enough structure to stand on its own and that is where it gets its reputation as being a blending grape. The French add the Cabernet Franc to Bordeaux blends to help with the aroma profile and to add a little spice to the blend. More and more producers, especially in the Western United States, are introducing stand alone Cabernet Franc. With its violet aroma, ruby-garnet color, flavors of herbs, tea leaves, cedar and that distinctive clove-spice finish it produces a wonderful wine that clearly can stand on its own. In terms of food pairing it tends to go really well with grilled foods – both veggies and meat. As long as you don’t put it with anything with too much fat or with a lot of spice, Cabernet Franc tends to be very food friendly. My two favorite flavor combinations are grilled veggies and lamb – making lamb kabobs an ideal recipe for pairing with a nice bottle of Cabernet Franc.

Chow Bella

Compiled By Victoria Buonocore

Broiled Prawns Mount Palomar Winery, 33820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92592 (951) 676-5047, Toll Free: (800) 854-5177, This is a very simple recipe, but hard to beat for simple eating enjoyment. The recipe calls for broiling, but it can also be prepared over a barbecue grill. The marinade works great with any grilled seafood. Ingredients: 1-1/2 to 2 pounds large shrimp (about 15 or fewer per pound) 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon crushed garlic 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup Castelletto Cortese white wine 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper pinch of sea salt (optional) small wooden grilling skewers 4 small lemon wedges grated Parmigiano Reggiano (or other Parmesan) cheese (optional) Method: Mix the liquid ingredients plus the pepper for the marinade. Shell and devein the shrimp if necessary, and place in marinade for about ten minutes. Preheat broiler (on high) with rack in highest position. Place shrimp on skewers lengthwise (several per skewer is fine) and place on a broiling pan. Cook approximately three minutes and turn the skewers. Brush with marinade and cook another three minutes or until done (shrimp should be firm to touch on both sides). Remove from skewers. Salt lightly, if desired, (or sprinkle with a little Parmigiano Reggiano cheese) and serve with lemon wedges, a side of Spaghetti, Aglio e Olio (see below). Serves four.

Spaghetti, Aglio e Olio Saute three cloves of garlic, very thinly sliced and then chopped, in 3 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive until slightly golden. Cook spaghetti (about 1/2 pound) and drain well, reserving about 4 tablespoons of pasta cooking water. Mix the pasta water with the oil and garlic, and toss into the pasta along with a good amount of black pepper and a little salt to taste. Add a little chopped Italian parsley for color and flavor, and a sprinkling of the Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve with 2006 Castelletto Cortese.

Lamb Kabob Recipe

Eggplant Caponata

1.5 pounds lamb cut into 1 inch cubes 2 red bell peppers cut into 1 inch squares 1 yellow onion cut into 1 inch squares Salt and pepper to taste

Place lamb cubes into a glass bowl, mix together marinade ingredients and pour over lamb. Stir to coat, cover and then place in the refrigerator to marinate for 2-3 hours. While lamb is marinating, soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes (this prevents them from burning on the BBQ). Skewer lamb, onion and bell pepper in an alternating pattern, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Grill for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Note: While the onion and bell pepper add a nice flavor all by themselves, to inject additional flavor, try marinating them in oil, red wine, thyme and oregano for 30 minutes prior to skewering.

Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road, Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-8094, Toll Free: (800) 655-2634, From the kitchen of Tara De La Rosa, Boeger Winery Ingredients: 1 large eggplant, cubed 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, sliced 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tablespoon capers, drained 1/4 cup Boeger red wine, such as Primitivo 1 cup Italian tomato sauce 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1 baguette, thinly sliced and toasted Method: Quarter eggplant lengthwise and scoop out very seedy parts and discard. Cut eggplant into cubes and place in colander. Sprinkle with salt and lightly toss until all pieces are evenly coated. Set colander in sink and top with a sturdy, weighted plate and let drain for one hour. Rinse the eggplant cubes of excess salt and pat dry. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread the eggplant on a greased cooking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until nice and brown. In a large skillet add the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add onion and cook over moderate heat, until tender. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute. Return eggplant to the skillet. Stir in capers, olives, balsamic vinegar and red wine and cook until the liquid has reduced to half. Add the tomato sauce and continue to cook over low heat until thickened. Taste mixture, and then season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Spread the caponata on baguette toasts and garnish with basil. Serving suggestion: Boeger Primitivo

Cabernet Franc

Blackberry Pie

Lisa’s Favorite: 2005 Burrell School Estate Cabernet Franc “Earthy with aromas of dusty black raspberry bushes, big berry flavors leading to alluring cedar and eucalyptus notes on the mid palate with some lovely sassafras flavors on the finish.” $44

HoneyRun Winery, 2309 Park Ave, Chico, CA 95928, (530) 345-6405, Ingredients 4 cups fresh blackberries 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double crust pie 2 tablespoons milk 1/4 cup white sugar Method: Combine 3-1/2 cups berries with the sugar and flour. Spoon the mixture into an unbaked pie shell. Spread the remaining 1/2-cup berries on top of the sweetened berries, and cover with the top crust. Seal and crimp the edges. Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle with ?-cup sugar. Bake at 425 degree F for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature of the oven to 375 degrees F, and bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes.

Marinade 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 olive oil 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

Paso Pick: 2005 Ranchita Canyon Cabernet Franc “Beautiful balance between tannin and fruit. Delivers cherry and berry flavors with a hint of spice.” $28 Value Pick: 2006 Castoro Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve “Medium body while elegant in character. Aroma of ripe fruit with flowery notes.” $19.95

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