Sonoma International Film Festival
March 11, 2009 

Inside This Issue

TRAVEL: Where to Save & Splurge

WINE BUZZ: Second Label Standouts


FOOD: Breakfast at Bella Villa Messina

March 11, 2009 Newsletter


Where to Save & Splurge

Read on for our top suggestions on where to save and - as important - where to splurge in wine country this season. Because if one thing is a constant no matter the economic climate, it's that we can all use a little affordable luxury every now and then to keep our spirits afloat.


Second Label Standouts

Thanks to the "waste not, want not" mentality of many a high-end vintner, wine that doesn't make the cut for some of wine country's most sought-after labels is finding a home in cheaper bottlings from the same wineries - often at deep discounts from what you'd pay for the vintners' first-label offerings. .


Randy Ullom - Kendall Jackson

A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Randy Ullom became interested in wine during a three-year stay in Chile, while on sabbatical from college in the early 1970s. His stay inspired a cross-country trek through Chile's vast wine-growing regions. It was an education in various climates and soils that has proved invaluable throughout Ullom's winemaking career.


Breakfast at Bella Villa Messina

Bella Villa Messina is located in Sonoma Wine Country. They boast 5 rooms that feature goose-down comforters, fine linens, private baths, TVs with VCRs, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and a superb Sonoma breakfast prepared each morning. They submitted two recipes (Spinach Frittata or Hawaiian French Toast) that you can either try at home or perhaps taste when you make reservations at the villa! READ MORE >>


Napa Valley Lodge Mustard Festival Offer

During March and April, enjoy the Napa Valley Mustard Festival - a celebration of food, wine, art, music and activities. To commemorate this beautiful time of year, the Napa Valley Lodge is offering a special Mustard Festival Package that starts at $229 per night and includes a deluxe guestroom, free breakfast, bottle of wine and wine tasting passes.

Napa Valley Symphony

The Napa Valley Symphony's 4th classical series program showcases the virtuosity of pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The concert is steeped in musical classicism -- both the traditional 18th century variety (Mozart & Beethoven) and early 20th century neo-classicism with a Russian flair (Prokofiev). Prior to Beethoven's 8th Symphony, Maestro Raboy and the NV Symphony will embark on musicial excursions to Petrograd, with Prokofiev's famed Classical Symphony. Let me know if you need anything else. Have a great weekend!

Napa Valley Mustard Festival - Signature Event

The Napa Valley Mustard Festival's Signature Event is this weekend at Robert Mondavi Winery! Taste an array of different mustards, gourmet products and wine country cuisine. Activities include celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, fine arts and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live performances of jazz, world, and classical music. Adult admission is $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door.

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