February 11, 2009 Newsletter
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Family Fun in Wine Country
The trip from San Francisco to California's Wine Country is a quick one. But for several months in my life it might as well have been half way around the globe. The addition to our family of a baby--our beautiful daughter--had countless positive effects. However, there was one drawback. It turned the Golden Gate Bridge, over which we previously had skipped so effortlessly into Wine Country into a . . . READ MORE >>
Aussies Fight Fires, Other Woes
Clearly, this is not the year for the Australian wine industry. With exports sagging as a result of the global financial crisis, unfavorable exchange rates and increased competition in the value sector, Australian winemakers are facing serious challenges - not the least of which is picking up the pieces from a deadly blaze. READ MORE >>
Read the story of Winemaker Steve Leveque at HALL Wines and his answers to questions like "You are scheduled to die tomorrow. What does your last meal (wine specifically) include?
Readers: If you could ask a winemaker anything you wanted, what would you ask?
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Cooking with Ice Wine
A recent article "A Lesson in Enjoying Wine" aptly stated "You pair it with desserts, drink it after meals, but you've never thought to use it to make your desserts, or use it in your meals". Perhaps, its time we all venture out into new territory. Imagine all the wonderful possibilities of cooking with ice wine...like with your French Toast...
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Pigs & Pinot 2009
HEALDSBURG, CA - Don't miss this year's Fourth Annual Celebration of Pigs & Pinot 2009 event, March 20-21, 2009 at Hotel Healdsburg. The weekend will include a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by renowned Chef Palmer.
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Indulgent Napa Valley Spa Escape
Soothe your worries and cares away with a trip to the beautiful Napa Valley and a stay at one of Conde Nast/Johansen’s recommended properties: 1801 First, Napa's Intimate Luxury Inn or the magnificent White House Inn, Napa's newest 'hip hotel.' The Spa Escape package includes one night accommodation in a luxurious room complete with fireplace and $75.00 spa credit. A Gourmet Breakfast and complimentary evening wine and cheese also included--all for only $275 (plus tax)! Offer valid through March 31, 2009. Other restrictions apply, visit online for more details or to make reservations.
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!
Searching for a romantic weekend escape, rejuvenating retreat or fun filled getaway with your family and pets? The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek has accommodations for every budget and taste. Our Cliffside Cottages offer some of the best whitewater ocean views on the coast. Come unwind, relax, and affordably indulge yourself on the Mendocino Coast and enjoy life without a schedule . . .
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