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October 2003

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Wine Country Tours
Your Guides to Wine Country Travel
WineVision Survey
Nationwide Wine Consumption Survey
News Flash!
Sniff, Swirl, Vote
Wine Country Featured Destination
Wine Country Lodging at The Yountville Inn
Wine Country Recipe
Wild Mushroom Crostini
Wine Country Featured Event
Things to Do in the Wine Country Contest!
Enter your Wine Country Inspired Recipe

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"The Grapes are Coming"

Niebaum-Coppola - The Grapes are Coming October is a crucial time at the Niebaum-Coppola Estate. Harvest is at its peak with the small berried, late ripening Cabernet Sauvignon that makes this Estate and the Rutherford appellation famous reaching its optimal ripeness. To capture the essence of this grape our full time harvest crew hand selects vine by vine only the best Cabernet to produce our flagship wine, Rubicon. We welcome you to visit during this time and see the Cabernet being crushed in our new winemaking facility, the Rubicon Winery.

In addition to wine, we offer many specialty food and exclusive retail items only available at the Winery or online at: We're offering first-time web shoppers a 15% discount on all online purchases made from now until Nov. 1, 2003. Simply enter the coupon code FRN33 before you begin your online shopping. For additional assistance please contact us at: Cheers and see you soon!


Quality Inn-Petaluma
Wireless in the Wine Country !

Quality Inn-Petaluma - Wireless in the Wine Country

The Quality Inn-Petaluma invites you to pack up your grape stompin' shoes, windbreaker, golf clubs and laptop to come stay with us in the wine country! Located 38 miles north of San Francisco with easy access to Napa and Sonoma wineries, Pacific coast beaches and golf courses, antique and art galleries, redwood forests and pumpkin patches.

The charming inn has 110 spacious guest rooms and suites with in-room coffee makers and small refrigerators, modem-friendly phones, free local calls, and free "Primestar" TV. Other guest amenities include a deluxe complimentary continental breakfast daily in our sunny lobby, free wireless internet connectivity, on-site guest coin laundry, fitness room, outdoor heated pool and spa, dry heat sauna.

Come for the crush, the coast, the courses or the pumpkins…and stay comfortable, stay convenient and stay connected at the Quality Inn-Petaluma.

Reserve on-line or call 707-664-1155. Three-diamond AAA rated, Choice Hotels Gold Award Winner. Pet-friendly.


The Yountville Inn
Winter in the Wine Country October 30 - March 31, 2004

Yountville Inn - Visit the Napa Valley during Harvest Season

Visit the Napa Valley during a "time less traveled" this Winter Season. Enjoy great room rates starting at $175 at the Yountville Inn! During this time of year guests will be able to visit the local tasting rooms, secure restaurant reservations and move about the valley in a leisurely fashion.

Nestled into the lush landscape of Hopper Creek, the Yountville Inn provides visitors with a warm and welcoming experience indicative of wine country hospitality. The fieldstone exteriors with slate entryways, wood beamed vaulted ceilings and luxurious furnishings please the most seasoned traveler.

Guestrooms are appointed with king or queen beds, fieldstone fireplace, robes, refrigerator, honor bar, coffee maker, patio, balcony or high vaulted ceiling. A complimentary California breakfast is served each morning, and the large heated pool and spa are open until midnight. In-room massage is available, as well as nearby golf, bocce ball and spa services.

Visit for information and special promotions.


Wine Country Tours

Your Guides to Wine Country Travel

Planning a Special Event or Tour in the Wine Country? Let the experts invest in your celebration – each in their own unique way!

Sonoma Wine Tours
Sonoma Wine Tours Experience Sonoma Wine Tours ~ specializing in private, dynamic tours with access to exclusive wineries and reserve rooms. Relax in an intimate atmosphere where owners, Soussan Talegahni-Rudel and her husband Norby Rudel, are dedicated to helping others experience the beauty and essence of the Northern California wine culture. They offer the finest quality tours and services at a good value while educating, informing and entertaining their customers. Soussan and Norby always conduct their own tours, never hiring drivers and guides. Sonoma Wine Tours provides unique, dynamic services that can be added on to any tour, such as Wine Education Classes – an educational hour on food and wine pairing. Or, for an evening you will never forget, let Soussan plan a private and exclusive dinner at a winery. Sonoma Wine Tours can customize any tour or event to meet and exceed each client's request. Explore the beauty and romance of Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino wine regions with Sonoma Wine Tours.

Wine Country Tours Virginia
Virginia Wine Country ToursPresenting Virginia Wine Country Limousine Tours! Guests can now enjoy safe and affordable wine tasting tours to regional wineries, restaurants and cultural destinations in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. They offer a diverse selection of vehicles ranging from sedans, stretch limousines, HUM-V Limousines, mini-coaches, and large motor coaches. Leave the choice of wineries based on your palate, driving, and stress to them while their drivers whisk you away to your perfect day! Wine Country Tours is the only company in the world that has its chauffeurs & hospitality drivers trained by a University of California Davis Enologist, making them the true experts in the Virginia Wine Country! Guests receive special VIP treatment at participating wineries, such as reserved tastings, private tours and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Wine Country Tours also offers wine tasting gourmet luncheons, corporate outings, romantic rendezvous, wedding transportation/coordination, gourmet wine dinners, or nights-on-the-town—or an evening on their Yacht with award-winning Virginia wines! Voted Best of the Best by readers of Washingtonian Magazine.

Viviani, Inc. Napa
Viviani, Inc.Founded in 1980, Viviani, Inc. has become one of the most respected destination management companies and remains at the forefront of event planning in Northern California. Specializing in comprehensive events, planning, seminars, teambuilding, activities, executive retreats, corporate or incentive programs, and individual travel – Viviani’s innovative staff always designs a unique experience. A dedicated team of designers, florists and entertainers are assembled to create themes as elaborate as Tuscan feasts, Venetian carnivals, bacchanals, or cave operas. Viviani will get you there in class with your choice of stretch limousines, full size motor coaches to antique cars, or the new Hummer 2! Viviani, Inc. is proud to be the only Virtuoso On-site in Northern California. They customize exclusive itineraries for the clientele of the top independent luxury travel agencies, who specialize in elite travel around the world. Service is the focus of Viviani, Inc. Allow them to exceed your expectations.

WineVision Survey

Complete the WineVision Survey and You Could Win up to $200 Cash!

WineVisionWineVision: American Wine in the 21st Century is conducting a nationwide wine consumption survey on behalf of the wine community. They need to hear from wine drinkers of all sorts—frequent, occasional or even those who rarely take a sip of the Wine Country's finest.

Do you drink wine, even infrequently? Does your spouse, friend or mom? If you answered yes to any of the above, please help WineVision obtain additional responses by completing their survey. The survey (check the scrollbar on the bottom left of the home page) already has attracted nearly 5,000 responses (making it the largest U.S. wine consumer survey ever done!), but the responses so far have been mostly from regular drinkers.

They are not trying to sell anything and your name and/or email address will not be used for any purpose other than this study. In exchange for your time you will be entered in a drawing to win a $200.00 cash prize or one of three $100 cash prizes. You will be notified via email within 45 days if you are one of the winners.

Thank you in advance for helping WineVision build a bridge between the wine industry and its customers.

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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!

News Flash!

Sniff, Swirl, Vote

The office of California’s Secretary of State, which is overseeing the state’s upcoming, stranger-than-fiction gubernatorial recall election, has announced it has approved a last-minute addition to the ballot. Responding to a legal challenge from numerous Zinfanatics – rabid consumers of the state’s signature wine, Zinfandel – the Secretary of State is permitting the candidacy of a mystery man named the Czar of Zinfandel (COZ), whose campaign slogan apparently is "Elect me, for I have zinned."

Spice E. Berry, leader of the last-ditch effort to get COZ on the ballot, says, "COZ is a natural. He’s been making great Zinfandel in the Sierra foothills for over 20 years, in the process making lots of Californians very happy. I think we all can agree that Zinfandel is the right choice for just about everything – burgers, barbecue, budget deficits, you name it. COZ is a candidate everyone will rally around, especially after we pass out big glasses of his wine at polling places. Our message will be simple: Sniff, Swirl, Vote."

Although the COZ’s identity has yet to be revealed, Sacramento is buzzing with rumors that the mystery candidate may be Jeffrey B. Meyers, longtime winemaker at Montevina Winery in Amador County. When reached at his spartan log cabin in the small Amador burg of Plymouth, Meyers denied he was COZ, but said if he were, he’d have no trouble trouncing Arnold, Cruz, Peter, Tom, or any of the ballot’s other wacko candidates.

"Think what these people would serve at state dinners," Meyers fumed. "If Arnold wins, it’ll be Grüner Vetliner. Have you ever tried that stuff. Ugh! If McClintock wins - well, obviously, it will be white and cheap. Gray? Thin, insipid Vin Gris, naturally. And God forbid Peter Camejo gets elected. How would you like to drink Green wine?

"I don’t know who this Czar guy is, although I hear he’s brilliant and good-looking. The effete white and pinko wine crowd will probably try to Cruzify him, but they should keep in mind what the Wine Bible says: "He who is without zin, let him hang the first chad."


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

Wine Country Featured Destination

The Yountville InnWine Country Lodging at The Yountville Inn

Next time you take a trip to the Napa Valley, consider exploring Yountville and staying at the wonderfully situated Yountville Inn. A recent stay at the Inn was a relaxing experience and put us close to many valley activities. Yountville Inn is within strolling distance of the great shopping and delicious restaurants located in this quaint town, and the valley's wineries are only a short drive as well!

The extremely spacious rooms will surprise frequent travelers who may be used to cramped quarters. Yountville Inn provides room to spread out and relax! King beds, vaulted ceilings and large fieldstone fireplaces are complemented by plush amenities. Some rooms include French doors with outdoor patios. The quiet creek-side setting and beautiful landscaping invite one to relax in casual elegance. There is a heated pool and spa to further tempt you into relaxation mode. Just remember, technically you are not considered a couch potato if you’re sitting outside!

The Yountville InnA sumptuous breakfast is served each morning, with the option of guest room delivery by request. The staff is courteous and helpful, and can assist you in planning a full day in the Napa Valley. They are eager to make sure your Wine Country experience is most delightful, even helping with reservations for your adventures. Upon returning from your day, be sure to stop by the "Club Room" where the Inn features a local winery on Friday nights for a complimentary wine tasting!

The intimate retreat setting of Yountville Inn also is an extraordinary place for a group conference. The staff at the Inn is extremely professional and specializes in small groups, assisting with the planning, catering, and presentation needs for your Executive Conference.

Whether you are traveling the Wine Country for business or pleasure, the Yountville Inn is the perfect setting of elegance and beauty–tucked away in the Napa Valley. For more information on Yountville Inn visit!


Wine Country Recipe


Each November, the Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Fest, a county-wide celebration of two of Mendocino's products - fine wine and magnificent mushrooms! Events include winemaker dinners, cooking classes, guided mushroom walking tours, demonstrations, exhibits, special winter lodging rates, and featured cuisines.

The Yountville InnThis year's Mendocino Wine & Mushroom Fest will be held November 12-24.

Here is a recipe from last year:

Courtesy of the Joshua Grindle Inn

Makes approximately 24 crostini
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 pounds mushrooms, trimmed, brushed clean and finely chopped
1/3 cup finely diced shallots
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, minced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
2 cups Mendocino County dry white wine
one baguette

Heat three tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat, and sauté mushrooms until golden, about ten minutes. Add shallots, garlic and herbs and sauté two minutes longer, taking care not to let the garlic brown. Add wine, and simmer until mushrooms are tender and liquid has thickened.

Slice baguette thinly and brush each side of the slices using the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil. Grill bread (or toast in oven) turning once, until toasted on both sides.

Serve mushrooms on grilled baguette slices.

Wine Country Featured Events

Things to Do in the Wine Country:

November 18 - 23 -- Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational
The Callaway Golf Pebble Beach International Invitational is golf's only head-to-head competition among PGA, LPGA, Champions and Nationwide Tour players for the same purse. As always, this 32nd playing will be held on Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course.
Fee: Please Call Time: Please Call Phone Number: 831-625-8575

For a complete calendar of events by region, visit: Gold Country, Mendocino, Monterey,
Napa Valley
, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County, Virginia Info Contest: T-shirtFor all the Food & Wine Lover’s out there…. Now’s your chance to show your stuff! would like to offer you the opportunity to enter your favorite Wine Country inspired recipe in our contest!

The best Wine Country recipe will be determined by our editorial staff, and the winner will receive a prize, and their winning recipe published in our next Newsletter! (By submitting your recipe, you are granting Freerun Technologies the right to include it in our newsletters and on our web sites).

The winner receives either 2 T-shirts or 2 Riedel Wine Glasses !

To enter the contest:

1. Click here and fill out the entry form! It’s that simple!

** Deadline for response is 8:00 am (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) November 17, 2003**

***No purchase necessary. To participate you must be 21 years of age or older. Only one entry per person permitted. Prize is same as cash, Freerun Technologies, Inc/ is not responsible if lost or stolen. Winner name and state of residence will be announced in a future issue of Lifestyle Online newsletter. Employees of FreeRun echnologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited. Info...

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