Asti Tour de Vine

July 19th, 2010

There are so many amazing cycling events in wine country, and here’s another one! On Saturday, October 16, the Asti Tour de Vine will have a 25k, 50k, 100k, and 100mile bicycle tour. This will be the perfect time to cycle in wine country since it’ll be harvest time and the vineyards will be filled with grapes!

Stay in one of our vacation homes during this weekend and be part of this amazing event! Adults $60, students from 14-17 years old $35, and teams of five $275. Registration information can be found on

Have fun, be careful and good luck!

ZIN Taste

July 15th, 2010

Sonoma County is the best place in the world to grow Zinfandel, so a few wineries here in Healdsburg want to put that to the test! On July 29th, Thursday, everyone over 21 years old is invited to go Affronti Restaurant in Healdsburg to have a taste test of zinfandels from various wineries from Dry Creek and Alexander Valley.

This will be a live wine tasting event to determine whether your favorite zin comes from Dry Creek or Alexander Valley, hosted by Alexander Valley Vineyards, Ridge Lytton Springs and Seghesio Family Vineyards.

Here’s the line up:

Alexander Valley
~ 2008 Ridge Geyserville
~ 2008 Seghesio Home Ranch
~ 2008 Sin Zin – Alexander Valley Vineyards

Dry Creek Valley
~ 2006 Redemption Zin – Alexander Valley Vineyards
~ 2007 Ridge Lytton Springs
~ 2007 Seghesio Cortina Dry Creek Valley

If you’re on twitter, add the hash tag #ZinTaste and taste along with us.  Get your friends together to taste all six or simply choose a few.  Affronti has a live performances every Thursday, so stay a while to enjoy the music and have something to eat.

Have fun and taste responsibly!

24th Annual Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour

July 9th, 2010


The Healdsburg Harvest Century Bicycle Tour is just one week away! Healdsburg is known for being one of the best places to cycle, and if you’re into cycling and racing, this is the perfect activity for you! There can’t be anything better than cycling through vineyards, especially during this time of the year since the grapes are growing! There are races for cyclists of all levels. Road and mountain bike riders will enjoy this moderately challenging ride through the Alexander, Dry Creek & Russian River Valleys. Distance options include 23, 37 or 60 miles; gradually increasing in difficulty. The 23 mile route is rather flat, while the 37 & 60 mile routes have more rolling hills and moderate climbs.

We highly recommend you register for this event and stay for the weekend! We are almost booked for that weekend, so if you’d like to stay in one of our vacation homes that are right in Dry Creek, Alexander Valley or Russian River Valley, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (707) 433-8899. We’d love to help you out!

Good luck!

Beautiful Healdsburg

July 6th, 2010

Hello! We just wanted to share with you all photos we took around Healdsburg recently. The vineyards are lush, the grapes are growing bigger by the week, the roads are filled with cyclists, the Plaza’s busy and happening, and the Russian River is full of people kayaking and swimming to cool down from the sun’s rays.

We’d love for you to come visit Healdsburg soon and enjoy what our town has to offer. There’s a lot to do for everyone! In fact, there was an awesome article on Healdsburg on the LA Times which you read here,0,571254.story

Let us know if you need help with finding a place to stay or looking for a good restaurant nearby. We’d love to help!

Looking For A Place To Watch The Fireworks?

July 2nd, 2010

If you’re looking for a plce to watch the fireworks this 4th of July, the place to be is at the Healdsburg High School Athletic Field. This is the 20th year that your local veterans are sponsoring the show. Fireworks start at 9:30 pm, and last for approximately 40 minutes.

Everyone comes together to watch the fireworks, so this will be a memorable experience for you if you’ll be visiting Healdsburg for the first time. Prepare to be blown away! Have fun and be safe!

Another Delicious Dinner At Bistro Des Copains

June 25th, 2010

We had dinner at Bistro Des Copains in Occidental last night and had a wonderful time, as usual! Bistro Des Copains is a cozy restaurant in West County, and it’s the perfect place to have an intimate dinner with friends or family. We had oysters- Kusshis, Skookums, and Miyagis (so fresh and so sweet), corn chowder (which was just amazing), pan-seared sole with capers, lemon and brown butter sauce, mashed potatoes and haricot verts (so yummy), New York strip with crispy potato chips and vegetables (so juicy and flavorful), Meyer lemon crème brûlée and caramel pot de crème- just extremely scrumptious!

Bistro Des Copains is one of my favorite restaurants in the world! Everything is just absolutely delicious- from their fresh bread and fresh tapenade, delicious soups and salads, incredible main courses and their desserts that are to die for!

You HAVE to visit Bistro Des Copains if you come up to wine country. All the people who work there are our dear friends- they’re all so sweet and caring, especially the owner, Michel. So get in the your car, enjoy a scenic drive to West County and have dinner at Bistro Des Copains. I’m certain you’ll fall in love with this wonderful restaurant!

Farmers Market & Tuesdays In The Plaza

June 24th, 2010

If you’ll be visiting Healdsburg anytime soon, we’d like to invite you to attend the free concert at the plaza every Tuesday from 6:00PM-8:00PM, and the farmers market from 4:00PM-6:30PM at Plaza at Vine and North Streets!

Tuesdays In The Plaza is a tradition for many of us here in Healdsburg- almost everyone in town comes together and we bring a picnic blanket and a basket of yummy things to munch on such as cheese, crackers, fresh fruits, and pasta and bring our own chairs and catch up with friends. The music is always great and everyone gets up and starts dancing in the middle!

So if you’ll be in town on a Tuesday, don’t forget to stop by and enjoy the music! See you there!

Wine & Lavender Festival At Matanzas Creek Winery

June 22nd, 2010



This Saturday, June 26th, Matanzas Creek will have their 14th Annual Days of Wine and Lavender Festival from 1:00PM-4:00PM. This is a very special event that people from all over the country attend, and we highly recommend that you join the festival if you’ll be in wine country this weekend! If you love lavender as much as we do, this is the perfect event for you.

The weather will be warm and sunny on Saturday- the perfect setting to view the beautiful lavender fields and taste Matanzas Creek Winery’s delicious wine. There will be live music on Saturday, as well as food from the estate’s chef. There will also be jeep tours of their vineyards! There will be amazing products made with lavender, so it’ll be perfect if you’re looking for the perfect present for your friends or family members. Who doesn’t love lavender, right? Have fun!

Driving Near Vineyards

June 11th, 2010

Hello everyone! We just wanted to advise you to drive slow and carefully when you are near any vineyard. The vines are at a critical point in their growth, and they cannot have any dust on them now that the grapes are starting to grow.

It’s been quite hot lately, making the roads very dusty, so we’d like to ask you to kindly drive slow when you are near any vineyard area, especially if you are driving on dirt road or if you’re driving right next to a vineyard. Let’s all help in keeping the grapevines happy and healthy! Thank you so much and have a wonderful time in wine country!

Friendly Reminders For Taste Alexander Valley

June 4th, 2010

Just a few tips for Taste Alexander Valley! Please take the time to read the following:

– No one under 21 is allowed in this event- Please be prepared to show your identification card and have it handy at all times.

– Healdsburg is a very dog friendly town, however, for this weekend, dogs and other pets will not be allowed in this event as there will be a lot of foot traffic, and most wineries will also be serving food.

– Carry identification.

– No fragrances- to enhance your enjoyment of the wines of Dry Creek Valley, they ask you to refrain from wearing perfume, colognes, aftershaves, or lotions. Fragrances can overwhelm the aromas and taste of the wine for you and the people around you.

– Drink responsibly.

– Drive carefully- most roads in Dry Creek and West Dry Creek Road are very narrow and have blind corners. West Dry Creek Road is extremely narrow, so please drive slow. We’ve noticed that a lot of people who visit the area have difficulty driving, or are simply oblivious to road rules and proper road courtesy. Driving in wine country is very different from driving in the city or the suburbs. Most of the roads are very narrow yet are two-lane. There are a lot of turns with blind corners, so we encourage you to stay on the right side of the road to avoid any accidents.

Remember, drive slow. Narrow roads usually have 15-25 speed limits. There are also a lot of cyclists on wine country roads, and we encourage you to drive even more carefully when cyclists are around. And remember, share the road. Cyclists are also expected to ride in single file and not side by side.

There is also a bridge in Healdsburg called Lambert Bridge that leads to West Dry Creek Road. We would like to remind you that this is a one lane bridge, and cars are to pass alternately, one car at a time. Please be reminded that you are to drive slowly, and you are required to stop a few yards away from the entry of the bridge, and whoever stops first gets to pass first. We have seen a lot of cars driving very fast without stopping whatsoever, leading to collisions.

Hope these tips would be of help! Please drive safe and have fun in wine country!