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Yappy Hour

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Mutt Lynch Yappy Hour today!

Celebrate the Luck o’ the Irish!  A day late!!  Everyone with an Irish last name will get a special treat and Irish dogs will be smiling.  With a winery name like Mutt Lynch, you know this will be a good time.  Green wine, Irish snacks, a Hound Lounge so the dogs can rest while you imbibe.  Donations received on the day will benefit the NorCal Irish Setter Rescue group

Thursday March 18th from 5 to 7pm
at our Mutt Lynch Winery
$5 for humans (benefiting the NorCal Irish Rescue Group)
Dogs free!

Calling For Volunteers For 2010 Annual Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour

Monday, March 15th, 2010

2009’s Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour was such a success- everything went so smoothly, and many of the riders (781 attended last year) said that it was the most organized event they’ve ever been to, due to the great work of everyone who volunteered! So for this year, they’re calling for more volunteers to participate in this event.  

This will be a great opportunity to spend time with friends, family, and to meet new people! If you aren’t into biking, who knows- this just might motivate you to hop onto a bike and join a race one day!

Please keep an eye out for further announcements on this event, but mark your calendars! This year’s bicycle tour will be held on July 17, 2010. Thank you and see you there!

Enjoy Breakfast Cooked With Local Products

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Did you know that Sonoma County was voted #1 as “The Happiest and Healthiest Place in California”? What better way to celebrate this than to have a wonderful breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients from different farmers and growers in the county?

Sonoma County Farm Trails will have an Early Bird Breakfast Club – Luscious breakfast using seasonal local products on Friday Morning, March 19th at 8:00AM. This will be held at Hampton Inn 8937 Brooks Road, Windsor, CA. Guest speaker for this event is Kenneth Fischang, President of the Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.

Farm Trail Members can attend this event for free, and for those who aren’t members, the breakfast will be $10 per person. There will be limited seating for this event, so please reserve as soon as possible! You may call (707) 837-8896.

See you there!


A Few Friendly Reminders for Barrel Tasting 2010

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Here are a few friendly reminders for Barrel Tasting weekends of March 6th-7th and March 13th-14th. Be sure to read these tips before you attend these events! This is a great opportunity for you to beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.

To those who are new to this event, we’d like to remind you that you will need to purchase the Barrel Tasting ticket to taste at any of the participating wineries, and tickets are good for one weekend only. If you do not have time to purchase tickets right now, you can purchase your entry on the Friday of each weekend at the wineries participating in this event and you will be able to enjoy three full days of Barrel Tasting.  Tickets are good for all three days of the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at any winery that indicates they are Barrel Tasting on Friday. Also, keep in mind that you have to wear your wristband at all times during these days. 

Absolutely no one under 21 years of age, including infants and young children. Also, please do not bring your pet dogs (or any pets) during Barrel Tasting Weekends. Wine Road requests that you please taste responsibly. You must have a designated driver at all times, no matter what happens. Wineries cannot continue to serve anyone that appears intoxicated.

Also keep in mind that Barrel Tasting is not a food or themed event. Many wineries offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them.

For the fist time, all wineries will be limited to 150 people, per weekend, for check-in. This is only for check-in. Once you check-in at the winery, you select when you place your ticket order, you can then go to any participating wineries you want. This will help spread the crowd out for check-in, rather than overwhelming a few wineries and causing long lines at check-in. Every winery would like to have an equal number of folks at check-in.

Once a winery has sold 150 tickets (per weekend) their name will be removed from the ticket order page. If you are attending with a group of people – make sure you all order at the same time, or you may not be able to all check-in at the same location. Again – once a winery reaches 150 tickets (per weekend) their name will be removed and you will not be able to select them for check-in.

When buying at the door, each person in the party must be present. The winery staff will need to check each person’s ID to confirm they are at least 21 years old, then attach your event wristband. Wristbands and glasses are not handed out to one person buying for the group. In the rare case that you break your wine glass, they would gladly it, but lost or misplaced glasses are $5.00 to replace.

Almost all our vacation homes are very near the wineries participating in this event, so we encourage you to please take a look at our website.

For more information on Barrel Tasting Event 2010, please visit this Wine Road. Have fun, be safe, and be responsible! Thank you very much!

Say Hello To All The Babies At Safari West

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

You’ll find Safari West right in the heart of California’s wine country, in the field of wheat-colored grass, slopes of rolling green hills is where you will find the essence and spirit of Africa. On their website, Safari West is described as, Not a zoo…not a drive through park…this is the home of Nancy and Peter Lang.Come through our gate and be transported into an exotic, new world. A captivating tapestry of raw sounds and earthy smells; a magic place with the sights and sounds of the Serengeti where the air is filled with melodious chirps from the aviary, squawking calls from gregarious parrots, and a occasional lemur screech. An African style oasis where guests experience a rare sense of freedom and gain renewed inspiration.

Spring is just around the corner, and Safari West has been blessed with a lot of new babies! This is the most magical and perfect time to visit them, especially if you go with your family. They will have a special lodging rate of $150 for double occupancy on most Sundays through Thursdays in March and April excluding holidays. You will have the chance to stay in a luxury safari tent and dine on Sonoma Serengeti.

We have a number of vacation homes near Safari West such as Kenwood Hillside Estate, Sonoma Siesta, Mark West Retreat, Casa de la Luna and a lot more.

For more information, please visit Safari West’s website. Have fun!

Sonoma County Restaurant Week Starts Today!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Sonoma County Restaurant begins today! This is the perfect opportunity to try different restaurants at an affordable price. Restaurants participating in this event will have a three course dinner for $19, $29, or $39. If you’ll be in Healdsburg this week, we’d like to share with you the menus of participating restaurants.

For $19

  • Affronti Wine Bar & Restaurant will be serving seasonal soup or mixed greens salad for first course. Second course, a choice of local fish en papiote or house-made sausage. Third course, a sundae with Cabernet chocolate sauce and cinnamon pine nuts.
  • Bovolo’s first course will be black pig salumi antipasti. Second course, Johnny’s hand thrown pizza. Third  course, housemade gelato.
  • Healdsburg Bar & Grill first course will be a choice of roast beet salad or cup of soup. Choices for second couse- burger, falafel, chicken sandwich, or pulled pork sandwich. Third course is a choice of apple bread pudding or chocolate brownie surprise.

For $29

  • Barndiva will be serving butter leaf lettuce salad for their first course. Second course will be a choice of Sonoma County cripsy leg duck confit or roasted hen of the woods mushroom. Third course will be a warm gingerbread spiced cake, caramel ice cream, frosted cranberries and candied ginger.
  • A Divine Affair will be serving a choice of dueling goat cheese, housemade cheve, archadinha’s capricious, or arugula and cranberry bean salad. Second course is a choice of chicken and dumplings or hand cut tagliatelle pasta. Third course will be a choice of chocolate and coconut pot de crème or warm persimmon bread pudding.
  • Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar first choice will be a choice of hearts of romaine, tuna tartar, or flash fried calamari. Second course will be a choice of uni and bay scallop ‘macaroni’, marinated chicken skewer or almond crusted market fish. Third course will be a chocie of warm chocolate cake, lemon pudding cake, or warm chocolate chunk banana bread pudding.
  • Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar will be serving a eastside farm deviled egg with zin bacon prior to the first course. First course will be a choice of soup de jour or mixed greens. Second course will be a choice of nightly blue plate special, 1/2 herb roasted rocky jr. chicken & barley risotto, or tripoline pasta. Third course will be a choice of old fashioned chocolate and peanut butter layer cake, sweet potato pecan pie with bourbon crème fraiche, or a trio of housemade ice cream.

For $39

  • Dry Creek Kitchen’s first course is a choice of local organic Sonoma County greens or roasted red beet soup. Second course will be a choice of mushroom crusted trip tip steak or a crispy skinned pacific red snapper. Third course will be chocolate fondant or citrus napoleon.
  • Relish Culinary will be serving dukka for first course. Second course will be pork leg cooked in three ways. Third course will be blue cheese panna cotta.

We hope you have a lot of fun dining out with your friends and family! Do let us know which restaurants you’ve tried! For a list of restaurants in Sonoma County participating in Sonoma County Restaurant Week, please visit this website.


Cheese, Chocolate, and Cabernet

Friday, February 19th, 2010

It can’t get any better than that! Come celebrate decadent cheese, chocolate, and cabernet at Lambert Bridge on Saturday, March 27th! Lambert Bridge is a beautiful winery in West Dry Creek Road with a wonderful picnic area. The sun should be out in March, so this will be the perfect opportunity to experience wine country with family and friends.

A beautiful selection of artisan cheeses and a decadent selection of chocolates are flawlessly paired with Lambert Bridge’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. They will showcase their 2005 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon, and their new 2006 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon.

For more information on this event, please visit or call 707-431-4670.

32nd Annual Barrel Tasting

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This year’s 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting weekend is just a few weeks away! Barrel Tasting will take place on March 6-7 and March 13-14 from 11:00AM-4:00PM on both days.

Over 100 wineries will be joining this event, one of which just may be your favorite winery here in Healdsburg! There are a lot of great tips and reminders for this event, and you may visit this link for more information

Almost all our vacation homes are near wineries participating in this event, so we encourage you to look at our vacation homes to see if you’d like to stay with us.

Please don’t hestitate to give us a call if you have any questions on where to eat and other activities to do during these two weekends! We’re here to help you!

Are You Ready For Sonoma County Restaurant Week?

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Sonoma County Restaurant Week is just two weeks away! From February 22 to 28, restaurants all over Sonoma County will be serving three course menu dinners for $19, $29, and $39- a celebration of our county’s food and wine. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Sonoma County!

There are 80 restaurants participating in this event, and the menus are now available on their website. We encourage you to come up and spend the week here, or even just the weekend!

We have vacation homes in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Forestville, Healdsburg, Geyserville, and Cloverdale- some of which are quite near some of the restaurants participating in this event! Please check our website. Hope to hear from you soon!

Healdsburg’s Wild Steelhead Festival Is Just A Few Days Away!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Respect, restore, and celebrate the wild steelhead in Sonoma County with good food, wine, and music!

On February 5th, the Festival will begin with a gala dinner at Hotel Healdsburg. The main event will be on February 6th at the Healdsburg Plaza from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.  This day  will be filled with a lot of fun- educational exhibits, a free trout pond for the young angler’s to try their luck, a fly fishing demonstration pond with tips from the pros, fishing gear and boats, art for kids, cooking demos by local chefs at 12 noon, 1:15 and 2:30. Be sure to check out the live steelhead display as these beautiful fish swim around. There will be music from the Rose Town Ramblers, and wine tasting from  Quivira, Steelhead Wines, Truett-Hurst Vineyards, Merriam Vineyards, Michel Schlumberger Vineyardsand Simi Winery. Tasty treats from Chef Mateo Granados, Dry Creek Kitchen, Costeaux French Bakery, Vintage Valley Catering and Love Farms will be available for purchase.

On February 7th, there will be fish- themed cooking classes at the acclaimed Relish Culinary Center in Healdsburg. Or book a fishing trip to those secret spots with experienced guides.  Family activities, art for kids, fish sorting, food, music and more will take place 10 -3pm at the Lake Sonoma Fish Hatchery.

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore Healdsburg if you’ll be visting for the first time. So please feel free to take a look at our vacation homes and see if you’d like to stay with us during this great weekend. See you there!