Valley Men Who Cook

April 2004

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Sterling Vineyard's 35th Anniversary
Celebrating 35 Spectacular Years of Excellence
Wine Country Featured Destination
Hennessey House – Napa’s Queen Anne Victorian B&B
Wine Country Recipe
Chevre Cheesecake with Biscotti Crust
Wine Country Featured Event
The Yountville Epicurean Affair Drawing!
Win a Discover Calistoga Package for Two!

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Napa Valley Reservations Unlimited
"The Heartbeat of the Napa Valley's Lodging Industry!"

Napa Valley Reservations Unlimited - The Heartbeat of the Napa Valley's Lodging Industry!Representing the best accommodations at the best rates! Dedicated to helping individuals and groups since 1985. When it comes to Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, Condos, or Cottages, we have current information on availability. Whether a quaint Bed & Breakfast or a Five Star Resort suits your budget, there is a wealth of options for travelers that plan ahead.

Our website enables you to easily book lodging reservations online, 24 hours a day, FREE OF CHARGE. Offering a wide selection of quality accommodations, with in-depth information and photos, you will know everything about your accommodations before you arrive. Search by your preference of lodging, price, services, location and/or amenities. View and reserve activities such as the Napa Valley Wine Train, Hot Air Balloons, Spas and more. Let our team of professionals do the work so you don't have to.

Book Online at, E-mail –, or Call – 800.251.6272 or 707.252.1985.


Discover Clipper's Wine & Cuisine Cruises!

The 138-passenger Yorktown ClipperClipper Cruise Line invites you to join our wonderful six-day tour of the California Wine Country aboard the yachtlike Yorktown Clipper, departing April, May, and October 2004. Visit premier wineries and enjoy special events, including dinner at The Culinary Institute, Napa Valley Wine Train, hors d'ouevres at Auberge du Soleil, a tour of COPIA, and hot-air ballooning. Renowned chefs, including Laurent Gras, Martin Yan, Joanne Weir, and others, will join us on various departures to share their culinary expertise.

Mention Code YKNCWC to receive a $100 per-person shipboard credit! We're also waiving the single supplement on spring departures. Click here for details. Clipper has been named one of the top small-ship cruise lines in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler for nine consecutive years.

See your travel agent, call Clipper toll free at 1-800-325-0010, or e-mail for more information. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!


Embassy Suites Hotel – Napa Valley

EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL - Napa ValleyNestled in the midst of Napa Valley's picturesque wine country, the Embassy Suites Hotel is a magical world of tailored elegance and gracious hospitality. With its Mediterranean inspired architecture, first class facilities and spacious accommodations, the Embassy Suites is an irresistible destination for business or pleasure.

Embassy Suites is Napa's only all-suite hotel and boasts over 6,900 square feet of meeting/banquet space. Located around a tropical atrium courtyard with a majestic fountain, the event space provides the perfect atmosphere for your special occasion. For cocktail receptions and memorable photographs, the Embassy Suites has a well-manicured garden with a Millpond surrounded by colorful flowers. You and your guests will delight in the fresh, crisp Napa air and the stunning scenery of the valley.

We invite you to visit us on-line at or call 1-800-EMBASSY for individual reservations.

1075 California Blvd., Napa, CA 94559 707.253.9540

Sterling Vineyard's 35th Anniversary

Celebrating 35 Spectacular Years of Excellence

Sterling Vineyard's 35th AnniversaryFor more than three decades, visitors to the Sterling Vineyards hilltop winery have enjoyed a spectacular treat.  Perched high atop a 300-foot knoll, the winery’s distinctive architecture is reminiscent of Mykonos Island in Greece, and offers stunning panoramic views of the Napa Valley in all directions.  An upcoming celebration of their milestone 35th birthday reaches into the history of the winery, pouring from it for the enjoyment of lucky guests visiting during a special Anniversary Open House Weekend in late April.

Sterling's unique, progressive self-guided tour allows visitors to enjoy a series of matchless wine country vignettes at their own pace.  You will want to stop to appreciate glorious open-air windowpane views, the artful winery structure frames awesome vistas of Calistoga and the upper Napa Valley.  Recently, large plasma screens were installed at key winemaking areas along the tour, so that visitors can view the activity seen if they were lucky enough to be in the same spot during harvest.  At the Barrel Room, video is complemented by an interesting display showing samples of different levels of oak barrel toast levels and how their flavors affect the wines…scratch and sniff!  The videos are engaging and informative as well.

Sterling Vineyard's 35th AnniversaryOf course, Sterling is famous for their wines.  Sterling uses fruit from all three of the significant microclimates of the Napa Valley—Calistoga (a hot pocket ideal for Sauvignon Blanc), down-valley (for the core varietal Cabernets & Merlots), and Carneros (the cooler southern area, ideal for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay).  Sterling employs techniques such as cold-soaking fruit to retard fermentation, and pulling the skins away from the juice at the critical point before harsh tannins develop.  The result is the signature richness and smoothness that is the trademark of the terrific drinkability of Sterling wines.

The Main Tasting Room atrium offers table service, so relax and enjoy the legendary Sterling hospitality as you taste the wines.  In good weather the adjacent terrace is always busy, and what a stunning view!  In the Reserve Room, older vintages from the 70’s and 80’s of the premium Diamond Mountain Cabs will be offered for the Anniversary Event.  The Club Room and Reserve Room always offer premium tastings (additional cost), and the special wines offered at the event truly magnify that value!  Finally, when you are ready to purchase these treasures in the Wine Shop, the variety of interesting gourmet, wine and logo items will interest everyone in your party.

Sterling Vineyard's 35th AnniversaryFor the Anniversary Celebration, Saturday and Sunday April 24 and 25, the remarkable Sterling experience is enhanced with special tastings positioned at key spots on the tour, and a commemorative souvenir wine glass.  The visitor fee for the Sterling Vineyards Anniversary Open House Weekend will be only $15 per person, which includes the ride up the on the one-of-a-kind aerial tram, the self-guided tour, special tastings including library wines and the commemorative glass, for all guests.  The Sterling Tour always offers great value at $10, and is certainly an exceptional value for this event!

Reservations are not required, but Sterling does get busy, a line can develop down at the tram.  A good plan is to start your day at Sterling, and work your way down the valley or through the rest of the Calistoga area after you enjoy this inspiring destination. 

Sterling Vineyards is located at 1111 Dunaweal Lane, just south of the town of Calistoga at the top of the Napa Valley.  Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (closed Easter).  More information at

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Wine Country Featured Destination

Hennessey House in NapaHennessey House – Napa’s 1889 Queen Anne Victorian B&B

This elegant Napa Bed and Breakfast has everything a savvy traveler would expect; charming accommodations, central location, friendly knowledgeable hosts, incredible food and an interesting history.  Dr. Edwin Hennessey built Hennessey House in 1889 and the property is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.  Architecture buffs will appreciate the original woodwork and decor throughout the mansion.  Most impressive is the stamped-tin hand-painted dining room ceiling installed in the early 1900’s. 

Each of the ten guest rooms is unique and beautifully decorated with exquisite European antiques.  Most guest rooms have fireplaces and claw foot bathtubs for soaking as you sip on complimentary sherry and nosh on chocolate.   Choose to stay in the main house, or for a more private experience, sleep in the original Carriage House with its authentic carriage house doors.  Two of the rooms have skylights perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading or napping in the quietness. 

Hennessey HouseLet the Hennessey House plan your itinerary for you!  They truly take pleasure in planning your stay from providing a gourmet picnic for your day of wine tasting in the Napa Valley, to hiking and biking to mud baths or riding in a hot air balloon.  Choose from a variety of carefully planned packages or create an unique experience to fit your needs.  Before heading out to explore the beautiful Wine Country, start your day at Hennessey House with a full gourmet breakfast in the main house, vibrant gardens or in the privacy of your guest room.  Tea is served at three o’clock accompanied with freshly baked goodies.  In the evening, join the other guests for a wine and cheese reception on the patio. 

For your next visit to the Napa Valley, be sure to reserve your room at Hennessey House for first-class accommodations and service.  Be sure to check out their Specials!   Call 707-226-3774 or email for reservations

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Wine Country Recipe

Wine Country Recipe of the MonthChevre Cheesecake with Biscotti Crust

6 ounces soft butter
1-1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup biscotti crumbs
1/2 cup ground walnuts

2 cups cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup goat cheese
4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon salt

Preheat over to 225 degrees. Place butter, confectioner's sugar, flour, walnuts and biscotti crumbs in a 5-quart mixing bowl with a paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until ingredients are incorporated. Do not cover mix.

Press the dough into pan, being careful to press the dough evenly on the bottom and sides of pan. Place pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the dough to set. Place cream cheese and goat cheese in a 5-quart mixing bowl with paddle attachment and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add eggs one at time until incorporated. Add sugar, rosemary, and salt. Mix for one minute.

Remove pan with crust from the refrigerator and pour the batter into the pan. Place in oven and bake for 2 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick or cake tester. The toothpick will be clean and the cheesecake will not be fluid. If the batter is still runny, turn the oven off and allow cake to remain in the oven until firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Serves 12 to 16

Serve with Kendall-Jackson Camelot Vineyards Chardonnay

Brought to you by Kendall-Jackson Wine Center and Russian River Wine Road


Wine Country Featured Events

May 17 -- The Yountville Epicurean Affair
Please join us for a day of epicurean delights! A rare opportunity to learn tips on cooking directly from the Master Chefs, find out about the various components and flavors in different wine varietals from the Winemakers, enjoy a stroll through the historic Vintage 1870 specialty shops and around the town, discover new ways to entertain, visit art galleries, and share a delicious and creative dinner with live music prepared by the featured Master Chef and complemented by the local featured Premium Wines.

For May 17th, join Executive Chef, John Ernst from the Vintage Estate Hotels and Mitch Cosentino, Owner & Winemaker from Cosentino Winery. A day filled with delicious treats & educative seminars including: Cooking demonstration, Special Seminar on the Table topic, Private tour & Wine Workshop at Cosentino Winery and a festive Guest Chef & Winemaker dinner with live music. Event Location: Vintage 1870, Yountville, Napa Valley - Space is limited.

Fee: Tariff per person for full-day event, all inclusive: $275 Time: 1 PM - 10 PM Phone Number: 707.944.9429 or email

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Enjoy a one-night's stay at Carlin Country Cottages. This Irish Inn will accommodate your individual needs from bungalows with private mineral spas for two to a one-bedroom suite just fitting for a family of four, all within walking distance of Calistoga’s many fine restaurants and world famous spas.


Golden Haven Hot Springs Resort "Come and experience the magic of the healing mineral waters and rejuvenating spa treatments!"  Enjoy either a Mud Bath for two persons at Golden Haven Spa or a Body Mud Treatment for two persons at Lincoln Avenue Spa, "where pampering is a way of life."

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***No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Carlin Country Cottages gift certificates must be used Sunday through Thursday. Golden Haven Spa/Linconln Avenue Spa certificates valid everyday except Saturdays & Holiday periods. Expires 10/1/04. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected May 17, 2004 by random drawing. Winner will be notified by email. Employees of Freerun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.

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