Blackstone Winery
May 5, 2009 

Inside This Issue . . .

TRAVEL: Mother's Day Brunch & Events

WINE BUZZ: Hotel Wine Reception

PERSONALITY: Penny & Doug McKesson

RECIPE: Fish and Chips

May 5, 2009 Newsletter


Mother's Day Brunch & Events

Show Mom you love her. There are several wineries and restaurants hosting Mother's Day celebrations on May 10th throughout California Wine Country, Oregon and Virginia. Read on for some recommendations by or we'd love to hear what your plans are for Mother's Day are this year and what you've done in the past!


Hotel Wine Reception

Those of you who have traveled enough, and even those of you whose adventures take them away from home only occasionally, can attest that the little things a hotel does for its guest can go a long, long way. In today's world of travel incentives--ranging from free night's stays to tickets to the hottest shows, few such lures have the cachet or the staying power as the Complimentary Wine Reception. READ MORE >>


Penny & Doug McKesson

Read how former Sonoma Mayor Doug McKesson and his wife Penny went from running restaurants to owning a small town bike shop and becoming an integral part of the community. "The secret to our success is that we live in a most special place. We have turned a lifestyle into a vocation."


Fish and Chips

The new Friday tradition at The Meritage Resort is Fish 'n Chips. Chef Laurent is using seasonal cold water fish and Napa's own Napa Smith Brewery Beer to create the perfect batter. Every Friday morning, Laurent brings the freshest fish available from Kanaola Seafood at Oxbow Market, depending on the season, to make the perfect Fish 'n Chips.


Best Western Big America Hotel

Visit the lush Santa Maria Valley appellation and experience its lavish beauty, and stay at the Big America hotel. Our hotel offers its guests a complimentary, deluxe continental breakfast, free high speed internet access, easy access to the Santa Maria Valley Wine Country and the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, and all the wonderful amenities, and superb customer service you would expect from a Best Western.

Wine & Gift Baskets for Mother's Day

Surprise mom with something different this year - an impressive selection of 6 wines from around the world. Start with the bubbly Spanish Cava for a Mother's Day toast, then she'll enjoy a Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc picked for Spring. Three of the most popular reds, a Merlot and Cab from California, plus a French Rich red will take her from cocktail hour to grilling season.

Napa Valley Symphony

Closing out the Napa Valley Symphony's 2008-2009 season will be a program that offers playful musicfare for the start of summer. Starting with Stravinsky's ballet score "Jew de Cartes" ("The Card Game") to Mendelssohn's interpretations of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Dvorak's great Cello Concerto. Soloing in the Dvorak Concerto will be cellist Lynn Harrell - a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher. He is in the highest echelon of today's performing artists.

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