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September 2002

Napa Valley Museum
Preserving the unique cultural and environmental heritage of the Napa Valley

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Fifty years of memories...
Dining Recommendation
Chateau Souverain – Café at the Winery
Recipe of the Month
Dungeness Crab & Ricotta Cheese Pillow with
Blood Orange Cream Sauce, by Chateau Souverain
Tasting Room Recommendation
Kirkland Ranch Winery
Lodging Recommendation
Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
Events for September
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Win the "Vintner's Choice Wine Country Tour"!

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Shady Oaks Country Inn

"The Best of Both Worlds"

Shady Oaks Country Inn - The Best of Both Worlds This 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.

Shady Oaks Country Inn
99 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena
707-963-1190
www.shadyoaksinn.com
shdyoaks@napanet.net


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Hilton Garden Inn Napa

Napa Valley's Newest Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Napa - Napa Valley's Newest Hotel Just opened! The Hilton Garden Inn Napa is the newest hotel in the Napa Valley and serves its guests with 80 beautifully appointed guestrooms that range from simple elegance to extravagant luxury! As a boutique hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Napa offers special qualities to the Napa Valley traveler; A full service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with evening room service, a wine bar and lounge and the "Pavilion Pantry," a 24-hour convenience center located in the lobby area.

With over 1,200 square-feet of divisible function space, the Hilton Garden Inn Napa offers a full in-house catering menu to serve up to 100 guests with a variety of tastes and treasures. We supply every guest with the tools to get the job done! Such as the complimentary 24-hour business center fully equipped with a computer and printer, copy machine and fax capabilities!

Perfectly situated just off Highway 29 in Napa, the Hilton Garden Inn Napa offers a convenient location to local restaurants, shopping, golfing, art, attractions and not to mention over 270 wineries!

Call us today and learn more about the comforts of the Hilton Garden Inn Napa at (707) 252-0444 or (800) HILTONS.

Napa Valley Museum

Preserving the unique cultural and environmental heritage of the Napa Valley

Located in Yountville, California, the Napa Valley Museum is a destination for locals and visitors alike. The museum offers a variety of programs and changing exhibits, from fine arts to history and the natural sciences, showcasing the cultural and environmental heritage of the Napa Valley

A member of the WineCountry.com staff recently visited the Napa Valley Museum to view their latest exhibit and catch a Saturday afternoon program, Lost Arts of the Napa Valley, a talk and demonstration with Joe Callizo and Ed Salvestrin, two Napa Valley historians. Joe and Ed talked about the old ways of growing a vineyard—those techniques that have been replaced by modern farming methods. They brought a complete array of old tools and demonstrated how to use them.

 The current exhibit at the Napa Valley Museem is based on the book Native Grandeur: Preserving California's Vanishing Landscapes, published by the Nature Conservancy of California. The extraordinary landscapes and unique light of California have inspired painters from when they first arrived on the West Coast. The approximately 50 paintings in this exhibit document with clarity the visions of these early landscape painters.

An impressive photography exhibit that runs through November 3, 2002, is Wine Caves: Napa Valley Underground. This visual story of the history and construction process of wine caves was developed by Randolph Murphy, Senior Curator at the Museum, along with Lowell Downey and Janna Waldinger of Art & Clarity in Napa. Using over 80 remarkable photos of some of Napa Valley's most exclusive wineries, this work embodies not only information but beauty and creativity as well.

A visit would not be complete without touring the museem's permanent exhibits.The Land and People of the Napa Valley exhibit focuses on the unique environment and history of the Napa region. Another permanent and very popular exhibit is the California Wine: The Science of an Art, the Valley's only interactive wine exhibit. Using 26 video disc players, 9 microcomputers, 24 monitors, and 11 audio speakers integrated into glowing three-dimensional panels, this exhibit traces the complete winemaking process. Technology combined with music, the spoken word, and images in accelerated time, allows visitors to enjoy and explore the realm of winemaking at their own pace.

The next time you are in Yountville, WineCountry.com suggests you take a tour of the extraordinary Napa Valley Museum, and learn about the unique cultural and environmental heritage of the Napa Valley.

Visit their website at www.napavalleymuseum.org

Charles M. Schulz Museum

Fifty years of memories...

The Charles M. Schulz Museum is the vision of Jeannie Schulz, wife of the late cartoonist, Ed Anderson, close family friend and Schulz's lawyer, and the late Mark Cohen, Santa Rosa cartoon collector. Although Charles Schulz was very much opposed to the idea, not wanting to create a "theme park" atmosphere, the end result could not be further from that.

The Museum is a place where those who loved the daily comic strip can forever enjoy the Peanuts Gang. Situated in Santa Rosa, CA, just one-half block from the studio where many of the comic strips were created, the area is filled with close to 50 years of memories.

A member of the WineCountry.com staff visited the museum during its first week of operation and found it to be a warm, inviting, and especially entertaining place to visit. The kids will enjoy exploring all the whimsical artwork and displays while the adults take a stroll down memory lane with the Peanuts Gang. The museum encompasses over 27,000 square feet, including various galleries, a video room complete with bean bag chairs for enjoying old Peanuts movies, an art studio, a research center which provides information on the life and career of Mr. Schulz, a 100-seat auditorium, and of course, Charlie Brown's kite-eating tree!

Ruth Gardner Begell, the Museum Director, reported a constant flow of visitors on both the Member's Opening Day with between 1,500 - 2,000 visitors, and the first day the museum was open to the general public with close to 1,500 visitors. Ms. Begell was very pleased with these numbers saying "They provided the best possible experience for those visiting the museum."

So far one of the the most popular and most inquired about exhibits is the "Colorado Wall". This wall was moved from Mr. Schulz's home in Colorado Springs where he lived in 1951 and contains early images of the Peanuts characters. It had been covered by several coats of paint applied over the years that was painstakingly removed inch by inch with cotton balls. The other exhibit that draws the most curiosity is the 17' x 22' mural of Lucy and Charlie Brown in the museum's Great Hall, which is compiled of 3,588 individual comic strip tiles, It took Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani over two years to complete the layout of the comic strips to create the Peanuts' characters images.

Instead of one grand opening day, the Museum will offer special programs from August 17 - September 2, 2002. There will be book signings, trivia contests, special appearances by the Peanuts Gang, discounted rates at Snoopy's Home Ice, and documentaries as well as interview video footage of Charles M. Schulz shown in the Auditorium.

Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum at http://www.schulzmuseum.org.



Dining Recommendation

Chateau Souverain – Café at the Winery

Dining on the patio at Chateau Souverain may well be the Wine Country's quintessential experience. Located in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, which has been recognized as a premium grape-growing region since the late 1800s, the Café At The Winery Restaurant offers the chance to dine at the winery itself and experience excellent wines produced from the grapes grown just yards from your table.

The extraordinary food competes for your attention while the sun is setting over the surrounding lush vineyards - and triumphs admirably. Chef Martin Courtman's bistro-style menu reflects the local bounty with excellent salads and sauces obviously made from just picked ingredients. The Souverain Caesar Salad with Vella Dry Jack cheese was classically prepared and a wonderful, first course to the delicious Fig Stuffed Quail. Each dish was paired with a wine suggestion that suited the selection perfectly. Food and wine pairings are important at Chateau Souverain, and the opportunity to taste several flights of wine offers the novice a chance to hone their palette.

Don't forget to take a peek at the desert menu before you go, or perhaps sample a Chateau Souverain Syrah Port for the perfect ending to an excellent meal. The experience of dining at the Café at the Winery Restaurant should not be missed during your next trip to the Wine Country.

http://www.souverain.com/v_restaurant.html



Recipe of the Month

Dungeness Crab & Ricotta Cheese Pillow with
Blood Orange Cream Sauce, by Chateau Souverain

This month, we bring you a featured recipe by Chateau Souverain's Executive Chef Martin Courtman, Dungeness Crab & Ricotta Cheese Pillow with Blood Orange:

http://www.chateausouverain.com/recipes/dungeness_crab_cheese_pillows.html

Make this recipe and let WineCountry.com know how it turned out. Send responses to editor@winecountry.com


Tasting Room Recommendation

Kirkland Ranch Winery

The Kirkland Ranch Winery is a beautiful architectural rendition of a rustic ranch lodgehouse. This spacious structure is supported by massive cedar trunks, some three-stories tall, and is decorated in a western motif that conveys the feeling that you are stepping into years gone by, to the time of the early California settlers, cowboys and cattle ranchers. In fact, this property was previously a working cattle ranch built by generations of Kirklands. In 1985 the Kirklands planted their first vineyards, and in 1998 produced their first estate wine. Currently Kirkland Ranch Winery has over 142 acres of prime estate vineyards. The winery itself was opened to the public in October of 1999

A WineCountry.com Lifestyle editorial staff member recently visited the Kirkland Ranch Winery and found it to be an unpretentious, friendly kind of place run by real down-to-earth people. Located on the second floor of this rustic lodge of high ceilings and western artwork is the immense and exquisite tasting room. After being greeted by the delightful Tasting Room Manager, Daniel Barnes, our staff member was presented with a tasting that included five selections. A very smooth 1999 Pinot Grigio; a 1999 Rosato Di Sangiovese, 100% Sangiovese, full of fruit aromas and flavors; a 1996 Merlot produced entirely of estate fruit from vineyards surrounding the winery; and a 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon with lovely earthy characteristics and a finish that lingers. Last but not least, a taste of the 1999 Agape - Agape means "Unconditional Love." This richly flavorful and fruity wine excites all of your taste buds! The wines were delicious and David's passion for the wines and knowledge of the winery's history added to the ambience of the experience.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the room, the artwork, and the majestic, panoramic views. There are many spots to sit back and relax - at a table, in front of the massive fireplace on a comfy sofa, or outside on the balcony. The beautifully decorated wine shop is filled with wonderful treasures to select from. Take home a bottle of Kirkland Ranch wine to savor while you reminisce about your Wine Country visit!

Located on Highway 12 between Highways 80 and 29, Kirkland Ranch Winery offers a tasting room and wine bar, wine gift shop, and impressive event facilities. The winery is set high upon a knoll, with spectacular views overlooking vineyards, the Carneros wine-growing region, San Pablo Bay, and San Francisco. Visit the website at http://www.kirklandranchwinery.com



Lodging Recommendation

Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center

Is Santa Rosa the center of the Wine Country? Local newspapers are touting the newly opened Vineyard Creek, Hotel Spa and Conference Center located in Santa Rosa as being just that. A member of the WineCountry.com Lifestyle editorial team recently stayed the night at Vineyard Creek to find out for themselves.

Certainly the hotel's Santa Rosa location could not be a better starting point for shopping, dining and visiting the wineries. Located just 52 miles north of San Francisco, with its property bordering historic Railroad Square http://www.railroadsquare.net, the 155 room Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center is designed in a Mediterranean style with courtyards, pool, full service spa, and beautiful sculpture gardens.

Despite being located in an urban area the Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference offers a secluded feeling. The rooms are very well equipped and comfortable and, in addition to a long list of amenities, feature high-speed internet access just in case your trip is not all pleasure. In fact, if you need to be in Santa Rosa or the surrounding area on business this property offers a nice mix of both relaxation and business amenities.

Executive groups will appreciate the beautifully appointed boardrooms and conference rooms, as well as the proximity of several excellent golf courses. Leisure travelers will enjoy the hotel's proximity to many of the Wine Country's favorite attractions. The Spa offers massage, aromatherapy, facials and full body treatments - perfect after a long day of meetings or wine tasting. The hotel's restaurant, Brasserie de la mer, offers regional cuisine inspired by classic country French influences and an excellent selection of regional wines.

The friendly concierge service can assist with procuring winery tours, theater tickets, dinner reservations, sightseeing tours, limousine service and other special requests.

Check out Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center's web site:http://www.vineyardcreek.com


Events for September

MENDOCINO:

September 14 -- Emeril In The Harvest Sun Hosted by Fetzer Vineyards
Celebrate the harvest at Fetzer Vineyards with food and wine seminars; barrel making demonstrations, garden tours, wine and food tastings galore featuring Emeril Lagasse's food products, and a gourmet picnic on the lawn with live music. A cooking demonstration by Emeril and introduction to new Emeril's Classic wines will highlight the day. 21+ Please. Fetzer Vineyards, 13601 Eastside Road, Hopland.
Fee: $100 Per Person Time: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Phone Number: 800-846-8637 x 404

September 20 - 22 -- Mendocino County Fair
The annual Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show in historic Anderson Valley will take place September 20 through 22 at the County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Bursting with the red and gold colors of fall flowers and billed as "A Fair for the Whole Family." There will be carnival rides, great food, rodeos, livestock competitions, wine tasting, apple tasting, apple and harvest displays, arts and crafts, and free entertainment. Children under age 12 admitted free; seniors $1.50.
Fee: Varies - See Description Time: 8 AM - 12 Midnight Phone Number: 707-895-3077

For a complete calendar of events in the Mendocino Region, visit: http://mendocino.winecountry.com/events.html

 

MONTEREY:

September 21 -- Galante Vineyards Days of Wine & Roses
Enjoy a walking tour of our vineyards, rose gardens and winery, followed by an outdoor luncheon with music, games and, of course, Galante Wines. Reserve early, this annual event is always a sellout!
Fee: $60.00 Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phone Number: 1-800-GALANTE (425-2683)

September 28 -- Hahn Estates Smith & Hook
Presents Riedel Glass Tasting Workshop. Hahn Estates, Smith & Hook Winery hosts its first Estate Riedel Crystal Tasting. Ellie Mitchell, West Coast Wineries Director of Sales for Riedel Crystal of America, will conduct this interactive seminar. 37700 Foothill Road, Soledad
Fee: $120 Non-Members/ $100 Members Time: 1:00 PM Phone Number: 831-678-2132

For a complete calendar of events in the Monterey Region, visit: http://monterey.winecountry.com/events.html

NAPA VALLEY:

September 14 -- Harvest Party at Koves-Newlan Vineyards
Join us for our annual Harvest Celebration "Vine to Wine" aka, "Salmon Enchanted Evening". Enjoy a winemaker seminar on Pinot Noir from "Vine to Wine", great food, barrel tasting, new releases of Zinfandel, music by Trio Solea! Reservations required. 5225 Solano Avenue (frontage road to Hwy 29), between Napa & Yountville.
Fee: $30.00 General Admission; Wine Club Members, free Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phone Number: 800-500-9463 ex. 209

September 21 -- Staglin Family Vineyard Music Festival
The 2002 Music Festival will include an afternoon concert, wine tasting from some of the finest wineries, an evening gourmet dinner by chef Josiah Citrin of Melisse Restaurant in Santa Monica, and a scientific symposium. Guests will have the opportunity to hear Nobel Scientist Dr. Eric Kandel, and to meet Nobel Prize winner Dr. John Nash, subject of the recent Oscar-winning movie biography A Beautiful Mind. Sylvia Nasar, author of the book upon which the movie was based, will also be present. Call for reservations.
Fee: Varies - Please Call Time: Call Phone Number: 707-944-0477

For a complete calendar of events in the Napa Valley Region, visit: http://www.napavalley.com/events.html


SAN LUIS OBISPO:

September 14 -- 15 -- Autumn Fest at Paso Robles Hot Springs & Spa
The 2nd Annual Autumn Fest features the finest in our region's wine and food, as well as an eclectic musical line up featuring alternative rock, jazz, soft rock and maybe even some country. Come enjoy a day of wine, food and music! 3725 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles
Fee: $35 - includes parking and 6 tasting tickets Time: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM Phone Number: 805-238-4600

September 1 --Pops by the Sea '02
The 11th Annual Pops by the Sea concert in Avila Beach will become "Cops by the Sea" this year as retiring San Luis Obispo Police Chief Jim Gardiner joins the Symphony as our esteemed Master of Ceremonies. Chief Gardiner will introduce a lighthearted musical salute to "TV Cop Shows," a patriotic tribute to America's heroes and an always-entertaining program of film scores, show tunes and light classical music. Be sure to participate in the Grand Prize Drawing, Maestro's Baton Auction and more! View website for parking and ticket information. Held at Avila Beach Resort.
Fee: Varies According to Seat Location Time: Gates Open 2:30 PM; Concert Begins at 4 Phone Number: 805-543-3533

For a complete calendar of events in the San Luis Obispo Region, visit: http://sanluisobispo.winecountry.com/events.html

Santa Barabara:

September 6 -- Winemaker Dinner at Citronelle
Citronelle, at the Santa Barbara Inn, will be hosting a guest Sommelier. Craig Jaffurs of Jaffurs Wine Cellers will be pairing their wines with a 5-course meal. This program creates a unique opportunity for our guests to gain insight into the influences and passions of the Winemakers. Call for reservations. 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara.
Fee: $69.00 Time: 7 PM Phone Number: 805-963-0111

September 21 -- Crush Party at Gainey Vineyard
Join us for our most popular event of the year! Enjoy an afternoon of grape-picking in the vineyard, cooking, wine aroma and barrel-building demonstrations, special barrel-tastings, the infamous GRAPE STOMP, hay-rides through the vineyard, award-winning Gainey Vineyard wines, and our special Tri-Tip and Chicken Santa Ynez-style Barbecue. We'll also have a live band, dancing, and our famous "Lucy Look-A-Like Contest". At Gainey Vineyard, 3950 East Highway 246, Santa Ynez. Call for reservation information.
Fee: $75.00 Per Person - All Inclusive Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Phone Number: 805-688-0558

For a complete calendar of events in the Santa Barbara Region, visit: http://santabarbara.winecountry.com/events.html

SANTA CRUZ:

September 28 - 29 -- Cinnabar Vineyards Grape Stomp
Come feel the grapes between your toes at the 12th Annual Cinnabar Vineyard & Winery Grape Stomp! Besides stomping grapes, you can sample our latest releases, tour the winery and enjoy our breathtaking views! 23000 Congress Springs Road, Saratoga.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Phone Number: 408-741-5858

September 22 -- San Francisco Comedy Competition at the Crow's Nest Restaurant
The San Francisco Comedy Competition will consist of a full line-up of live comics taking their best shot at making you laugh! Guaranteed fun!! Come for dinner before the show and stay for the comedy! 2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.
Fee: $10.00 Time: 9:30 PM Phone Number: 831-476-4560

For a complete calendar of events in the Santa Cruz Region, visit: http://santacruz.winecountry.com/events.html

SONOMA:

September 1 -- Ten Years of Winemaking at Chateau Souverain Winery
Come and join us in celebrating 10 years of winemaking. We'll enjoy a New Orleans-style luncheon with 10 vintages of your favorite wines. 400 Souverain Road, Geyserville.
Fee: $60.00 Time: 11:30 AM Phone Number: 707-255-9440 x 12

September 24 -- Dinner with the Winemaker at Tastings Restaurant
Come enjoy our Dinner with the Winemaker featuring Betsy & Bill Machbaur of Acorn. This event begins with a reception at 6:30 PM followed by dinner at 7:00 PM. Call for reservation information. Tastings Restaurant is located at 505 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg.
Fee: Call for Price Time: Reception at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7 PM Phone Number: 707-433-3936

For a complete calendar of events in the Sonoma Region, visit: http://www.sonoma.com/events.html


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Win the "Vintner's Choice Wine Country Tour"!
Provided by Califonia Wine Tours

Your tour begins mid-morning at the Napa Valley location of your choice and will take you and your guests to a day filled with world-class wines and the ever present beauty that defines the region. Sit back and relax while sipping complimentary champagne. Our knowledgeable chauffeurs/tour guides will take you and your guests to unique family-owned wineries and some of the unforgettable cornerstones of California Winemaking.

You may find a more intimate wine experience by visiting a small and more personal winery where the opportunity may present itself to talk with the winemaker and discover the secrets of their handcrafted products.

Investigate the winemaking practices and enjoy the handcrafted products of two different wineries located in the Rutherford Bench or the Stag’s Leap District where some of the most highly coveted Cabernet Sauvignon’s can be found. Unveil the rich traditions and winemaking techniques that go into every step in production from grape to glass. .

A unique barrel tasting at a world-renowned winery will help you to understand how a wine’s color, texture, taste and aroma are exemplified in the early stages of a wine's life and how those elements change throughout the years.

No visit to wine country is complete without a picnic alongside the vineyard. Select all your favorites from a gourmet deli and enjoy a bottle of the wine made by their family since the late 1800’s.

Tour includes: Includes 6 hour limousine tour for up to 6 people, tasting fees at 4 wineries, wine country picnic, and gratuity. (Valued at $900.00)
Restrictions: *Subject to availability, some restrictions may apply.

Arrangements made by California Wine Tours www.californiawinetours.com

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