January 27, 2009 Newsletter
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WINE & TRAVEL
Recession Ups and Downs
With our nation now fully entrenched in a recession, no one can deny the ripple effects of the economic downturn coursing through our lives and those of friends, colleagues and family. And, though we'd all like to imagine the wine industry impervious to the nation's economic ills, the fact is that wine country, too, is feeling the effects of the crisis. Fortunately, it's not all bad news . . . READ MORE >>
World Wine Forecast Fair
According to a study just released by The International Wine & Spirit Record, demand for wine is projected to grow roughly 6 percent to 2.8 billion cases between 2008 and 2012, a figure close to in synch with pre-recession trends. Global production is also predicted to grow over the same period to an estimated 3 billion cases annually, an increase of approximately 3.83 percent over earlier levels. READ MORE >>
WINE COUNTRY PERSONALITY
Bruce Cohn - B.R. Cohn Winery
Music and wine have been living together in harmony since the beginning of music and wine. The iterations are both subtle and obvious. Wherever you find good wine, you will reliably also find good music. For one man in Sonoma County, the combination has provided the philosophical basis for a life that has spanned successful careers in each field. READ MORE >>
Napa Valley Mustard Festival
It's that time of year again. Mustard flowers dot the vineyard landscape resulting in picturesque views along Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley Wine Country. The Napa Valley Mustard Festival "celebrates the food, wine, art and rich, unique agricultural bounty of the Napa Valley". Don't miss out on the events from January 31st - March 28, 2009.
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Serenity begins at Vintners Inn in Sonoma Wine Country! Upon arrival, relax with sparkling wine and cheese. Then, light the fire and enjoy an in-room couple’s massage followed by an intimate dinner for two at John Ash & Co. For full list of what your Romantic Rendezvous includes and restrictions, please visit us online or book directly by calling 800.421.2584 or 707.575.7350. Only available through February 2009 so be sure to make reservations soon!
Our cozy accommodations boast views of the dramatic Sonoma Coast and a surplus of fine amenities that will provide you with indulgent sleep and fulfilling days. Relax in your room's hot tub, cozy up by the fireplace, or have a cup of coffee on the deck while reflecting on the sea. Allow Timber Cove to become your yearly or monthly retreat for pure relaxation and enjoyment. You deserve it.
Pour out the laughs and brim over with American spirit as the incredible true story that put Napa on the map of fine wines is uncorked with Bottle Shock, debuting onto DVD February 3rd from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Bottle Shock follows novice vintner Jim Barrett who, against all odds and expectations, defeated the heavily favored French varietals at the 1976 blind taste challenge called "The Judgment of Paris." Stellar ensemble includes Alan Rickman, Bull Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, and many more! Pick up your copy and own it on DVD February 3rd!
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