Sonoma Valley Olive Festival

January 2004

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Discover Winter in the Wine Country
Relax, Play and Stay in the Napa Valley Wine Country!
The Napa Valley Mustard Festival
A Sensational Season of Wine Country Events!
Wine Country Featured Destination
Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Wine Country Recipe
Poached Chicken with Ginger and Scallion Sauce
Wine Country Featured Event
12th Annual "Winter Wineland" Drawing!
Win A Gourmet Getaway for Two!

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Shady Oaks Country Inn
"The Best of Both Worlds"

Shady Oaks Country Inn--The Best of Both WorldsThis is the best of both worlds; Shady Oaks Country Inn, located on a quiet country lane just two miles from historic downtown St. Helena. We are knowledgeable and happy to act as your personal concierge for dinners, winery tours; anything you may want or need.

We are famous for our full gourmet champagne breakfasts and the Roman pillared patio where breakfast and "premium wines and cheeses are served each evening with warm hospitality!"

Each guestroom at the Shady Oaks Country Inn boasts its own private bath, antiques and fine linens. Three have fireplaces and two have their own private entrances. The owners are also winemakers and will be delighted to let you taste their wines and sample right out of the barrel.

It is our sincere wish that your stay with us be romantic and memorable. Off-season mid week rates available.

Shady Oaks Country Inn, 99 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena, 707-963-1190,


The California Wine Club
"A tasteful gift from California"

The California Wine Club--A tasteful gift from CaliforniaForgot someone this holiday season? Why not send a New Years Gift! Since 1990 The California Wine Club has been delivering tasteful and unique gifts of wine that are not soon forgotten.

Each month your gift recipient (or why not treat yourself?) will receive two bottles of award-winning wine, hand-selected from the best of California's boutique wineries. Wines not found in local stores! Monthly shipments start at $32.95 plus shipping and include an 8-page newsletter called Uncorked. Special discounts on gifts of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.

Call 800.777.4443 or visit their web site at It's a California Wine Adventure!


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
"Wild Mushrooms, Wine, Whales and Wetlands!"

Holiday Inn Express Hotel  & Suites - Wild Mushrooms, Wine, Whales and Wetlands!With the hectic holiday season winding down, the Holiday Inn Express invites you to come relax with us in the tranquil beauty of West Sonoma County and enjoy the Winter Wonders of the Wine Country! Visit the misty ancient redwoods to view the wild mushrooms, taste the wonderful wines along the Russian River Wineroads for the 12th annual Winter Wineland (Jan 17th-19th), celebrate the opening of whale-watching season or wonder at the abundance of migratory birds along Sonoma County's wetland trails.

At our Holiday Inn Express in Sebastopol you will find spacious, well-appointed accommodations convenient to all of these attractions. Complimentary continental breakfast, free local calls and wireless internet connectivity, in-room coffee makers and refrigerators, outdoor pool and spa, fitness room, guest coin-laundry, and a friendly staff to accommodate you. It is the perfect place to begin and end your days!

Call (707)-829-6677 to reserve your room at the Inn, or reserve on line now.

Discover Winter in the Wine Country

Relax, Play and Stay in the Napa Valley Wine Country!

Discover Winter in the Wine CountryA special invitation to...experience beauty and grandeur...sip award-winning wines...sample world-class cuisine...sleep among the unique boutiques...relax, play and stay in the Napa Valley wine country!

Locals and visitors to Napa Valley are in for a winter treat with the "Discover Winter in the Wine Country" program. The collective effort, celebrating its 2nd year, provides a sampling of Napa Valley’s bounty of food, wine, and fun. Organized by the St. Helena and Calistoga Chambers of Commerce, the promotion provides incredible discounts and specials offered by featured businesses. Visitors are now privy to the information locals have always known – that winter is the best time to experience the Valley due to reduced traffic on the road, in winery tasting rooms, restaurants, etc. Now big discounts are another great reason to enjoy the Valley during winter.

Discover Winter in the Wine CountryThe seasonal offers, available from November 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004 include up to 50% off lodging, complimentary wine tasting, and tremendous discounts on dining, shopping, spas and recreation. Gift Packs, good for two people, include two non-lead crystal wine glasses, sponsor gifts, magazines, ID card and brochure featuring participating businesses and offers. Simply present the ID card to receive the discounts. Your ID card may be used repeatedly through March 31, 2004. Pass your glasses onto friends anytime during the promotion for them to enjoy the tastings!

The $25 gift packs can be reserved online at Gift packs can also be purchased at the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce, the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce or many participating businesses. If you would like more information on "Discover Winter in the Wine Country," or to obtain a full list of participating businesses and offers, contact the St. Helena Chamber at 963-4456 or or contact the Calistoga Chamber at 707-942-6333 or

The Napa Valley Mustard Festival

A Sensational Season of Wine Country Events

The Napa Valley Mustard FestivalThe Napa Valley Mustard Festival celebrates its eleventh season of sensational events in the year 2004. This two month season, during which fields, vineyards, and hillsides are vibrant with wild mustard in bloom, celebrates the rich, unique agricultural and cultural bounty of Napa Valley - and YOU ARE INVITED!

The Mustard Season offers a full palette of food, wine, art, entertainment, and cultural activities staged throughout the world-famous grape growing region from Saturday, January 31, through Saturday, March 27. Mustard the condiment shares center stage with mustard in bloom throughout the season - appearing at events and in mustard recipes, from entrées to desserts.

Indulge in art, music, and exquisite foods and wines at Mustard Magic, the opulent grand opening event, at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena on Saturday, January 31; and wrap up the season at The Mumm Napa Photo Finish at Mumm Napa in Rutherford on Saturday, March 27. The season's beauty, captured by photographers who enter the tenth annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival Photography Contest, will be on exhibit.

The Napa Valley Mustard FestivalAn intimate and elegant evening extraordinaire, Grand Dîner à Domaine Chandon avec l’Artist de Moutard honors 2004 Napa Valley Mustard Festival poster artist Ira Yeager. A memorable seven-course feast presented by seven culinary luminaries and seven winemakers is slated for Friday, February 20 at Domaine Chandon in Yountville. This event is limited to 125 guests, so be sure to reserve your table early!

Meet world champion mustard makers and taste the original mustard recipes of Napa Valley chefs at The Awards on March 12 at COPIA – The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa.

The Napa Valley Mustard FestivalCelebrate the season at The Marketplace, the Festival's signature event, at COPIA – The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts in Napa on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14. Mustards from around the world will be showcased alongside regional food, wine, and art.

Mustard Festival events provide unique opportunities to experience the beauty of Napa Valley's golden season. Sample superb culinary fare and sumptuous wines; experience luxurious sojourns in historic wine country communities; and attend events from casual to black tie.



Featured Sponsor
Sutter Home - Harvesting the Dream in Napa Valley

Harvesting the Dream in Napa Valley
We highly recommend a new book that provides a fascinating glimpse into the transformation of Napa Valley's wine industry over the past half-century. Harvesting The Dream: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of The Sutter Home Winery (John Wiley & Sons) chronicles the decades-long struggle of the Trincheros, an Italian immigrant family, to harvest their American dream in California's Wine Eden.

Click here for more information.

Wine Country Featured Destination

Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center—"The complete resort experience."

Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference CenterThe Flamingo Resort’s mission is to provide a friendly, relaxing, and complete resort experience. After staying at this historic Santa Rosa resort and experiencing their services and facilities first hand, here at we say, "mission accomplished!" From the unique atmosphere, to the friendly staff, to the exquisite Spa at Montecito Heights Health and Racquet Club, the Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference Center in the Sonoma Wine Country has it all.

Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference CenterThe grand opening of the resort took place in 1957, complete with its famous tower adorned with a neon bird...a flamingo of course! Since its opening, the Flamingo has been a favorite with celebrities and film crews including 50’s beauty icon Jayne Mansfield. Now enjoying historical landmark status, the Resort has been completely renovated. All 170 rooms have been remodeled, including the Flamingo's outstanding business-class wing, the Courtyard. Both the Terrace Grill Restaurant and the Cabaret Lounge have also been given makeovers and are open seven days a week, providing full-service meals and live entertainment. Rated 3-stars by The Press Democrat, the Terrace Grille offers American Wine Country Grill cuisine, indoor and patio dining, and an extensive wine list focusing primarily on Sonoma county wines. Don’t miss the complimentary breakfast buffet with fresh fruit and delicious omelets made to order.

The Resort offers an Olympic size swimming pool, hot tub, five tennis courts, and a full-service health club and day spa. Recently built, the Spa at Montecito Heights is a state-of-the-art facility with a professional, knowledgeable staff ready to perform facials, wraps, manicures/pedicures, and massage. The spa boasts innovative treatments, such as the Stone Therapy Facial – a truly magical and relaxing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the Health and Racquet Club during your stay. Got kids? No problem with an on-site day child care facility available seven days a week.

Flamingo Resort Hotel & Conference CenterIf you are looking for meeting or banquet space, accommodates groups up to 600 with a full range of meeting rooms. They can even create an outdoor BBQ cooked and served by the pool. Staffed with a team of professional and experienced planners, the Flamingo Resort is the perfect place for your next meeting, party or wedding reception.

Located in the breath-taking Sonoma wine country, the Flamingo Resort and Conference Center is minutes away from world renowned wineries, golf courses and shopping. The friendly front desk staff will be more than willing to help you with your itinerary. Visit their website, call 1.800.848.8300, or email the Flamingo Resort to start planning your next visit to the Sonoma wine country!

Featured Sponsor
E-Postcards - Greetings From The Wine Country!

E-Postcards - Greetings From The Wine Country!
Do you find you can't stop reading email, even while on holiday in the Wine Country? Or perhaps you are a virtual visitor, planning for that glorious day you find yourself among the vines, discovering treasures in the cellars and tasting rooms! While online send a Wine Country e-postcard to friends and family! Visit E-Postcards and build a postcard from five beautiful photographs and your own personal message.

Now you won't return from vacation before your "Wish You Were Here" postcards arrive!

Wine Country Recipe

Poached Chicken with Ginger and Scallion Sauce

Wine Country Recipe1 3 1/2-lb. Chicken
1/2 cup sesame oil
6 tablespoons peanut, vegetable, or corn oil
1/4 cup finely shredded fresh ginger
3 scallions, green part included, trimmed and cut into fine strips, 4 inches long
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon dry sherry or shao hsing wine
1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate (optional)

1. Place the chicken in a covered stock pot filled with enough water to cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and simmer about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the chicken stand in the cooking liquid until just warm. Drain, reserving the broth for another use. Rinse the chicken under cold water, pat dry, and rub lightly with sesame oil.

2. Cut the chicken into pieces. Arrange neatly on a platter.

3. Heat the peanut, vegetable, or corn oil in a small saucepan, and when it is hot add the ginger and scallions. Cook about 30 seconds; remove ginger and scallions with a slotted spoon, leaving the oil in the pan.

4. Scatter the ginger and scallions over the chicken.

5. Add the remain ingredients to the oil, bring to a boil and pour over the chicken. Serve at room temperature.

Makes 4 servings

Wine Pairing Suggestion — Viognier or Pinot Blanc


Wine Country Featured Events

Things to Do in the Wine Country:

January 17 - 19 — 12th Annual "Winter Wineland"
85 Wineries & 25 Lodgings participating! Join in the fun along the Russian River Wine Road as they celebrate their 12th Annual Winter Wineland. Your 2-day Ticket entitles you to: discounts on wine & lodging, a commemorative logo glass, winery tours & winemaker talks, library & special release wines, and delicious wine & food pairings. Make it a three-day weekend and sign up for Monday events! Advance ONLINE ticket sales end January 11th. After that they can be purchased from participating wineries. Contact Russian River Wine Road for participating wineries.

Fee: Advance ticket prices are $30.00 Regular, $24.00 RoadRunner (+ 7.5% tax). FREE for Designated Drivers who accompany a ticketed participant. Regular ticket prices will go up $5 per ticket at the door during the event. Time: Saturday & Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM. Special Offers on Monday January 19th. Phone Number: 800-723-6336, 707-433-4335

For a complete calendar of events by region, visit: Gold Country, Mendocino, Monterey,
Napa Valley
, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County, Temecula, Virginia Info Drawing:

Win A Gourmet Getaway for Two!

Relax and let your worries melt away... Journey by rail while you tease your palate with a delicious and decadent five-course gourmet dinner… Sample world class wines… Learn the secrets of Wine Country chefs …

You could win the Wine Country Gourmet Getaway for Two, including a five-course gourmet dinner on the famous and historic Napa Valley Wine Train, vineyard and winery tour tickets from Robert Mondavi Winery, as well as tickets for a gourmet cooking demonstration at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone!.

***No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected February 7, 2003 by random drawing. Winner will be notified by email. Employees of FreeRun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.

Click here to enter this drawing! (Please note: If you are already subscribed to the newsletter, you are automatically entered in this drawing.)

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