November 2002

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Wine Country Weddings
Storybook settings for your Special Day
A Day in Mendocino
Wine Country and Coastal Splendor
Dining Recommendation
CITRONELLE at the Santa Barbara Inn
Battle of the Appellations
Jellyfish Hosts the October BOA
Tasting Room Recommendation
Santa Barbara Winery
Lodging Recommendation
Adagio Inn in the Napa Valley
Events for November Drawing
Win the "Rollz Royce Limousine Wine Country Tour!!"

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Gilroy Comfort Inn
"Close to Wine Tasting and Shopping"

Gilroy Comfort Inn - Close to Wine Tasting and ShoppingGilroy, California, is the Garlic Capital of the World, host of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival. While in Gilroy, you will find great restaurants, wineries and breweries, as well as world-class shopping at the Gilroy Premium Outlets.

With the holidays almost upon us, now is the time to find those perfect gifts for the special people in your life. Shop in Gilroy to find that special gourmet garlic item for the chef that has everything or that perfect bottle of wine for the enthusiast in your life. Of course, you'll have to visit the nearby wineries to find that perfect bottle of wine.

At the Gilroy Comfort Inn you will find luxurious, well appointed accommodations adjacent to all of these attractions. A large swimming pool, spa, and spacious deck await you for fun in the sun! We also serve a continental breakfast, and provide a microwave, mini refrigerator, and in-room coffee maker to make your stay comfortable and convenient.

Our friendly guest services team will help guide you in planning a memorable stay with us at the Gilroy Comfort Inn. Call now for bookings: 408-848-3500


Old Yacht Club Inn
"A fun-filled getaway near the beach"

Old Yacht Club InnOne block from famous East Beach, experience turn of the century charm at the Old Yacht Club Inn. Opened in 1980 as Santa Barbara's first bed & breakfast, the original house was constructed in 1912 as a private family home on East Beach but was utilized during the roaring 1920's as temporary headquarters for the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The Inn has been lovingly restored and is furnished throughout with period pieces, classic European & Early American antiques. Oriental rugs cover the hardwood floors and capture the warm hospitality that is the trademark of the Innkeepers themselves. Fresh flowers and a decanter of sherry welcome you in comfortably furnished guest rooms. Guests may relax and mingle in front of the brick fireplace, on the covered front porch, or on the back patio deck.

Old Yacht Club Inn
Address: 431 Corona Del Mar Drive, Santa Barbara CA 93103
Phone: (805) 962-1277, FAX: (805) 962-3989
Reservations: Calif. (800) 549-1676, USA: (800) 676-1676


Ambrose Bierce House Bed & Breakfast
"Warm and Enthusiastic Hospitality"

Ambrose Bierce House Bed and Breakfast - warm and enthusiastic hospitalityFormerly the home of the witty and cynical Ambrose, the owners John and Lisa offer a gracious blend of luxury, history and warm hospitality under a roof of 1872 Victorian elegance. Elegant antiques offer old fashioned charm with modern day conveniences. The full gourmet champagne breakfasts are famous with repeat guests and residents throughout the valley - complete with eggs benedict, Belgian waffles, homemade croissants and breads. While tasting premium wines and cheeses each evening, we are happy to act as your own personal concierge. Each beautiful guestroom is as inviting as the next including private baths, 2 with Jacuzzi tubs, 1 with fireplace & television. Walk to charming and historic St. Helena for unique shopping and unequalled fine and casual dining. As innkeepers for 18 years here in the valley, we are very knowledgeable about the off-the-beaten-path treasures. John is a wine-maker, chances are that you will get to sample some of his wines and/or have a private tour of the winery and taste samples right out of the barrel.

You can visit The Ambrose Bierce House web site at for more information. John and Lisa can help you with reservations at 707-963-3003. The Ambrose Bierce House is located at 1515 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 and our email is If you prefer a country setting or a vacation home please inquire about our other properties.

Wine Country Weddings

Storybook settings for your Special Day

Photo by Kopol BonickThe natural beauty found throughout California’s Wine Country creates a storybook setting for the most romantic day of your life, your wedding. Whether you select an intimate celebration in a lush vineyard or a large cliff-side ceremony overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the ambiance will surely be unforgettable.

Wineries are a popular wedding location choice. Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves in Sonoma offers an intimate reception under the stars and exclusive use of their facilities for your celebration. Merryvale Vineyard's Historic Cask Room is renowned as one of Napa Valleys most enchanting event settings. Capture the magic of the moment with a professional photographer, such as Kopol Bonick Photography.

For those adventurous romantics, wedding ceremonies are available at 2,000 feet above the valley! If you want a spectacular vineyard view while you say “I do,” Napa Valley Aloft, Inc. will perform your ceremony in a Hot Air Balloon!

Throughout the Wine Country you’ll also find extravagant resorts available for parties big and small. Silverado Resort and Spa has luxurious facilities for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and post wedding brunch. Located in the Napa Valley, this sophisticated resort will add a sure touch of elegance to your Wine Country wedding. Traveling along the California coast you’ll find magnificent resorts available for wedding services, such as Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort . Bacara Resort will even help combat the stress by providing the bridesmaids a day of beauty at the spa prior to the wedding!

Take the stress out of planning by using a wedding planner. Vineyard Bride & Events in Napa Valley offers services ranging from researching locations to full event day coordination! Choosing a ceremony officiant is also an important decision. At Blessings to You the bride and groom can be involved in creating the wedding vows and other ceremony rituals. Adding personal touches to the ceremony, such as involving family and friends, is encouraged.

Following is a quote from a visitor who recently married in Sonoma:

“I just had a wedding in Sonoma, Ca….and hosted 100+ out of town guests. We used your ideas as well as family members on the ground in Sonoma to organize a wine tasting tour, a golf outing and beautiful wedding in the Wine Country. I forwarded articles to guests and gave them 6 months in advance to plan…We had a beautiful wedding with 300+ guests and I just wanted to say thank you.”

Amanda Miller Bettinelli, California

A beautiful Wine Country wedding celebration will make your special day truly unforgettable!

A Day in Mendocino

Mendocino County: Northern California Wine Country and Coastal Splendor

Northern California is a place of natural abundance, beauty and diversity, and no place fits this description better than the County of Mendocino. staff went the extra mile to understand first hand what some of the most savvy wine country travelers already know—Mendocino County offers a wonderfully romantic and peaceful setting for your getaway.

There are many wineries in the Hopland, Ukiah, and Redwood Valleys from which to choose, and Fetzer Vineyards is a must see. In fact, it may be your destination should you choose to stay in one of the 10 rooms available on the estate. Fetzer’s Visitor Center offers wine tasting and tours, a gift center, beautiful gardens, and a wonderfully relaxing environment.

The acclaimed Yorkville Highlands and Anderson Valley stretches from west of Cloverdale to Navarro, just a few miles from the coast. There are more than a dozen wineries to visit, but don’t miss Yorkville Cellars and their award-winning organically grown wines, or Esterlina Vineyards in Philo, where they are "Quietly making wines that are too good to ignore." While in Philo, consider staying at the Highland Ranch Inn, where they have perfected the long neglected fine art of "hammocking."

There are many options for lodging in Mendocino County. If you have golf, spa, and dining on your mind, then the Little River Inn in Little River is an excellent choice. A few miles North on Hwy 1 is the historic village of Mendocino—a town known for its romantic walks, historic luxury inns, fine dining, and shopping. There you will find the c.o. Packard House, with innkeepers Maria and Dan Levin, displaying talent in their cooking, craftsmanship, taste in décor, and attention to detail—the Spanish Sherry they have awaiting you in your room is a nice touch.

You may wish to enjoy both warm accommodations and fine dining at the MacCallum House Inn, Restaurant and Bar, where Chef Alan Kantor’s food is creative and outstanding. The Alegría Oceanfront Inn and Cottages offers great service, fantastic ocean views, and the beach a mere 200 steps from the garden’s edge. Those who travel with furry best friends can enjoy affordable luxury and a dog-friendly environment at McElroy’s Cottage Inn. So many wonderful places to stay!

The locals say when the storms crash into the coast in November, Mendocino takes on an especially romantic feel as ocean views also become ocean sounds. When you plan your next trip to the Wine Country, you must consider Mendocino County.

Dining Recommendation

CITRONELLECITRONELLE Restaurant at the Santa Barbara Inn

The rumor that Isabelle Alexandre will take the famous CITRONELLE Restaurant in Santa Barbara to a new level of excellence is true. This was confirmed by representatives of who had the delight of enjoying a spectacular tasting menu prepared by Isabelle in CITRONELLE's elegant surroundings with its breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline.

Chef IsabelleChef Isabelle follows the spirit of Chef Michel Richard, but brings to each dish her own very unique qualities of whimsical delight. Born in Toulouse, France, Isabelle originally trained at Georges Blanc Vonnas, a three-star restaurant in France renowned for French Nouvelle Cuisine. You may have had the pleasure of tasting her cooking at Michel Richard’s Bistro which she opened in San Francisco. We join in the excitement of the Santa Barbara Inn staff at having such an accomplished chef at CITRONELLE.

Each dish, so elegantly prepared, was an art piece to behold. Among the array of sumptuous dishes were Tuna Tartare paired with a glass of Qupe Chardonnay from the Santa Ynez Valley. For those of you who cannot pass up Foie Gras on a menu, Isabelle’s preparation of Foie Gras with Orange Gastric was a treat beyond words. The most attractive presentation of Duck Aiguilette with Apple Risotto and Dried Cherry Sauce was the winner, and this was an extremely difficult decision given the delectable choices! A light and energizing desert of Napoleon with Lemon Sorbet and Fresh Berry Coulis was a delightful finish to this unforgettable meal.

 CITRONELLE’s new, $100,000 wine cellar houses over 500 different selections of the finest wines in the world, including outstanding selections from Santa Barbara’s own local vineyards, and has earned the coveted Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence”

In addition to being the longtime favorite of local residents, CITRONELLE was voted "one of six restaurants in the entire U.S. with perfect food," by the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Poll, as well as "Best Restaurant in Santa Barbara" by the Los Angeles Times.

Visit the CITRONELLE website for more information and to peruse their current menus and wine list.

Battle of the Appellations

Jellyfish Hosts the October BOA presents Battle of the Appellations!

The Battle of the Appellations is a contest conducted quarterly by wine enthusiasts! Eight panalist go two rounds in a blind food and wine tasting to answer the question: Which wine best pairs with each dish?

The idea is to have wines from various appellations throughout the California Wine Region compete as they are paired with selected gourmet dishes. A host restaurant chooses two dishes to prepare for the event, and a select number of wineries are then invited to participate. The wineries submit their suggested wine for the "perfect pairing!" A winner is chosen for each dish!

Our most recent Battle of the Appellations event was a smashing success!

Date: October 24, 2002

Location: Jellyfish @ Sheraton Petaluma
Petaluma, Ca

Featured Menu Items:
Chinese Ravioli with Ginger Cream Sauce
Rotisseried Quail with Dry Creek Peaches

Participating Wineries: Appellation:
Bouchaine Vineyards, Inc. Carneros
Chateau Julien Wine Estate       Monterey County
Edgewood Estate Winery Napa Valley
Folie a Deux Winery Napa Valley / Amador County
Freemark Abbey Napa Valley
Santa Barbara Winery San Ynez Valley
Signorello Vineyards Carneros / Napa Valley Oak Knoll Area


"Cheers" to Great wine, great food, and delicious competition!
Click here to read more about Battle of the Appellations and find out who won the October 2002 event!

Tasting Room Recommendation

Santa Barbara Winery – Wine Country in Downtown Santa Barbara

Planning a trip to Santa Barbara? – Experience the Wine Country right in the heart of town!

Treat yourself to a peek at the winemaking process while tasting some of Santa Barbara finest wines at Santa Barbara Winery. Located in downtown Santa Barbara, this winery offers a wonderful Wine Country experience. Every step of the winemaking process takes place on location and visitors can taste wine while viewing the activity in the barrel room. Browse through some wonderful gift selections and find yourself tempted to do all your holiday shopping in one place. Gift ideas include glassware, coasters, t-shirts, gift baskets, chocolates and some wonderful gourmet samplings.

A staff member recently visited Santa Barbara Winery and was delighted to report this story with a twist that will peak the interest of Zinfandel enthusiasts. Santa Barbara Winery's 1999 Zinfandel harvest initially looked disappointing because the winemaker, Bruce, noticed the grapes were beginning to pucker right before harvest that year. Fortunately, the finished wine was quite a delicious surprise, and the harvest ended up being one of the best in terms of quality for that decade! The dry Fall that year led to a distinct black pepper flavor in the finished wine; a flavor that is classic in Zinfandel, but is usually subdued in relationship to the raspberry character Santa Barbara Winery tends to get from their vineyard. This was the first time in 30 years that a distinct black pepper character developed in the Zinfandel.

The lively raspberry character typical of their Zinfandel encouraged Santa Barbara Winery to create Beaujour, a Nouveau style wine similar to the Beaujolais Nouveau made in France, but made with 100% Zinfandel instead of Gamay. The grapes are fermented as whole berry clusters (carbonic maceration), and the wine never touches wood. The Beaujour is a bright, full-bodied fruit-forward Zinfandel that is released right before Thanksgiving of the year it is harvested as part of the Harvest Celebration. Beaujour is a great wine for the Holidays as well as BBQ's the following summer.

Check out the full story on Santa Barbara Winery, and shop their online store at


Lodging Recommendation

The InnAdagio Inn in the Napa Valley

Adagio Inn – Restful for mind, body and spirit!

In the heart of the Wine Country, just off St. Helena’s historic Main Street, you’ll find the elegant and luxurious Adagio Inn. Recently renovated with the decorative talent of the innkeepers, John and Patti Valletta, this bed and breakfast is magnificent! The intimate surroundings of European splendor, and the gracious attentiveness of the Valletta’s, leave you feeling like royalty!

Adagio Inn offers three majestic suites each decorated with impeccable European charm. One quickly notices the utmost attention to detail in every room; an exquisite job furnishing top to bottom with an enchanting motif. Each suite offers a special amenity setting the mood for relaxation and romance. The Concerto suite includes a private sitting room with plush oversized chairs and an old-fashioned claw foot tub/shower bath. A private entrance leads you into the Sonata suite, complete with a two person whirlpool tub. The Prelude suite includes a private deck with a two person spa. Plush robes, fluffy towels, cd player, wine glasses, and personal refrigerators are a few special features that you will find in each suite.

The Concerto SuiteEach suite has a tv/vcr hidden away behind small doors on the wall, allowing the decorative theme to remain untouched. A directory of local Wine Country restaurants and wineries is found in the sitting area of each room to help plan your day. At nightfall turndown service is provided, and chocolates are left on the pillow. There are no worries about a refreshing nights sleep once you snuggle into the soft, lush comforter in your king-sized bed.

Wake up to the smell of homemade muffins baking and fresh coffee brewing as the innkeepers prepare a sumptuous gourmet breakfast . Start off with your choice of espresso drinks, featuring a selection of mocha, caramel, or hazelnut flavors. Mixed fruit smoothies and fresh squeezed orange juice is also available. All choices are absolutely delicious! The main breakfast dishes are served hot from the oven, and are sure to fill you up either on the verandah or inside the quaint sun-filled dining area.

If you and your sweetheart are looking for a few days of romance and relaxation, the Adagio Inn comes highly recommended! The innkeepers uniquely cater to each guest, personalizing the experience with their hospitality. For an unforgettable trip to the Wine Country, experience the Adagio Inn in Saint Helena.

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Events for November


November 21 - 23 -- Full Moon Mushroom Madness Weekend
Join other compatible RRR riders on special weekend riding getaways in Mendocino. Our well-trained English or Western horses are available to suit all riding abilities. Ricochet Ridge Ranch, 24201 Highway 1, Ft. Bragg. Call for reservation information.
Fee: $195 per day; Hourly rates available Time: Call Phone Number: 707-964-7669

November 14 - 21 -- Musical Comedy Mystery at the Gualala Hotel
The Gualala Hotel proudly presents Sally Gorham Productions’ new musical comedy mystery spoof entitled "The Altos" at The Gualala Hotel on Thursday November 14th and Thursday, November 21st. The evenings’ entertainment includes two hours of spectacular interactive theater along with a four-course dinner. Casual attire is acceptable. Seating is limited to 30 persons. Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce Business members will receive 5% discount at any time. Call for ticket information.
Fee: $55.00 per person, includes dinner/theatre Time: 7:00 PM and 10:30 PM Phone Number: 707-884-3441

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November 7 - 10 -- The Great Wine Escape Weekend
Presented by the Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association. This 3-day affair features over 25 wineries at 15 locations, with tours occurring either by narrated bus tour or self-guided tour. Other events throughout the weekend include: Great Wine Escape Golf Tournament; The Monterey Wine Auction & Gala; Winemaker Dinners by world-renowned chefs; The Great Wine Symposium; an evening Jazz Concert; and The Great Wine Escape Finale with over 30 wineries pouring their world-class wines. Call for brochure and tickets.
Fee: Prices range from $30 - $175 per person Time: Varies - Please Call Phone Number: 831-375-9400

Ongoing through December 2002 -- Steinbeck Film Festival
The Steinbeck Film Festival honoring the life of John Steinbeck is an ongoing event at the Maritime Museum in Monterey. There are monthly showings and quarterly walking tours. Contact the museum for specific information. Maritime Museum, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 831-375-9180

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November 9 - 10 -- Wine Prospecting on the Silverado Trail
Sixteen different wineries along the Silverado Trail will be offering something special to Silver Pass holders such as free tasting, barrel samples, food pairing, and or special discounts. Discover the "road less traveled!"
Fee: Silver Passes $30 Weekend $20 Sun. only Time: 10 AM to 4 PM both days Phone Number: 707-255-2474

November 29 -- Yountville Town Lighting Ceremony & Street Faire
Kick-off festivities for the month-long Festival of Lights celebration. A day-long holiday faire with food, wine, and entertainment town-wide. A magical tree and town lighting extravaganza, followed by a holiday parade, with a visit by Santa Claus and carolers. Shops will be open until 9pm.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Phone Number: 707-944-0904 or 707-944-2451

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November 15 - 17 -- Paso Robles Inn Blues Festival
Join the Historic Paso Robles Inn for an exciting weekend filled with Blues entertainment and food to match! 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles. Call for additional information.
Fee: Call Time: Call Phone Number: 805-238-2660

November 23 -- Pretty-Smith Food Pairing Seminar
This seminar will be held in the Pretty-Smith kitchen. Seminar participants will walk through the basic principles of food & wine pairing through tasting exercises. The seminar will conclude with a lunch (you guessed it - paired with Pretty-Smith wines). 13350 North River Road, San Miguel.
Fee: $35.00 Per Person Time: Call Phone Number: 805-467-3104

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November 8 -- Taming of the Shrew Ballet
Based on Shakespeare's four-centuries-old hit that stars the spitfire Kate, who meets her match in the bombastic Petrucchio, the ballet teems with passion and caprice. Taming of the Shrew epitomizes the company’s trademark – classical ballet powered by character-driven drama – and it proves once again that ballet does not have to be boring. The production is sure to be a hit! Please come and join us at the Historic Lobero Theatre, 33 E. Canon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara.
Fee: Adults $20-$38 Kids $18-$25 Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Phone Number: (805) 963-0761

November 10 -- Mozart by Candlelight
16th Annual Mostly Mozart Concert. Performed by the West Coast Chamber Orchestra. Historic Presidio Chapel. Canon Perdido & Santa Barbara Streets. Call for ticket information and exact prices.
Fee: $10.00-$20.00 Time: 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM Phone Number: 805-965-0093

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November 2 - 18 -- Grease!
A high spirited musical involving the romance between a good girl and a greaser. With zesty, zippy production numbers, this show explodes with panache and pizzazz. One of Broadway's longest running shows with 3,388 performances. At the American Musical Theatre of San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose.
Fee: $40.00 - $65.00 Time: Varies According to Performance Time Phone Number: 408-277-3900

November 16 -- Pigeon Point Light Station
Each year the lighthouse staff celebrates the anniversary of the November 15, 1872 lighting of its first-order, 8,000-pound Fresnel lens. This event will be taking place at Pigeon Point Light Station 27 miles south of Half Moon Bay, 210 Pigeon Point Road Highway 1 in Pescadero.
Fee: $5.00 Per Person Time: Call for Times Phone Number: (650) 879-2120

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November 16 -- Janeane Garofalo An Evening of Comedy Hosted by Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
If you are looking for a good laugh, this is the event for you. Come and join us in seeing Janeane who is a brilliant standup comedian. Her wit and piercing commentary on our cultural hang-ups sets Garofalo apart from the normal stand up routine. This event will be taking place at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.
Fee: Call about tickets Time: 8:00 PM Phone Number: 707-546-3600

November 29 -- Holiday Open House at Paradise Ridge Winery
Join us for this festive celebration of the season. Wine and food pairing along with recipes to take home. Special holiday offers on wines and tasting room accessories. This event will be taking place at 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive in Santa Rosa.
Fee: No Admission Fee Time: 11:00AM - 5:30 PM Phone Number: 707-528-9463

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