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6. Mustard Festival – Napa Valley
The Mustard Season in Wine Country offers a full palette of food, wine, art, entertainment, and cultural activities staged throughout the world-famous grape growing region when fields, vineyards, and hillsides are vibrant with wild mustard in bloom. We recommend indulging in ticket passes that include the chef demonstrations and dinners at resorts such Meadowood in Napa Valley. Starts this January 27th.
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7. Chalk Hill Estates- Sonoma, CA
Combine your love of food and wine with chef prepared winery lunch. Chalk Hill’s Executive Chef Didier Ageorges pairs each course with a different wine, served in the Estate's Pavilion featuring panoramic views of Chalk Hill Valley.

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8. Winter Wineland- Russian River, CA
The 15th annual Winter Wineland sends you on a weekend of wine tasting, meeting winemakers and touring wineries along the Russian River Wine Road in Sonoma County. 105 wineries and 20 lodging properties offer up gourmet food tastings and wine pairings on January 13 and 14th.

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9. Crab & Wine Days- Mendocino, CA
For the eighth year, Mendocino County celebrates its relationship with Dungeness crab by pairing a wide variety of crab dishes with fine, locally-crafted Mendocino wines. Restaurants, winemakers, and even the fishermen themselves will welcome locals and visitors alike to join them in celebrating this popular food focused event December 26, 2006 through February 28, 2007.

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10. Bacara Resort- Santa Barbara, CA
Head south for the winter in wine country. The Santa Barbara region, with temperatures even now in the high 60s, provides Rhone focused wine tasting in the Santa Ynez Valley and trips to the beautiful beaches. Bacara Resort on the coast of Santa Barbara offers up 3 wine and dine experiences with their restaurants: Miró, The Bistro and casually elegant Spa Café.

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