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Vino con Brio Pinotage

Pinotage is a cross between the Burgundian varietal Pinot Noir and the Rhone Cinsault, and is very popular in South Africa.  The Vino con Brio 2001 Pinotage ($19.99) displays the elegance of the first and the richness of the latter.  The bottle opens with a slightly spicy flavor, which softens to somewhat sweeter fruit after exposure to a bit of air.  Its balanced use of French and American oak, old and new, highlights its light fruity nose.  Flavors of blueberry, cranberry and raspberry are matched with a slightly smoky flavor and sturdy mouthfeel.  Light in alcohol at 13%, it is an outstanding food wine; we enjoyed it with grilled garlic lamb and eggplant. 

Napa River Inn

Napa River InnThe Napa River Inn, downtown Napa's only upscale boutique hotel, anchors the historic Napa Mill. We proudly offer a tradition of comfort, convenience, and personal service to business and leisure travelers visiting the Napa Valley. We host weddings, meetings, and specials events and are the only upscale boutique hotel in all of Downtown Napa.

Our great downtown Napa location makes this historic hotel the number one choice for visitors to the Napa Valley region. The location is a visitor's paradise as we are connected to the Historic Napa Mill, the famous Napa shopping, dining and entertainment complex. Originally built in 1884 it boasts two restaurants, gourmet food and gift market, European day spa, jazz club, art gallery and frame shop, gourmet candy shop, on-site bakery and outdoor performance plaza.

Visit our website for more information and to make a reservation at
500 Main Street Napa, Ca. 94559 (877) 251.8500 or (707) 251.8500

FogCatcher Inn

FogCatcher InnLocated just footsteps from Cambria's beautiful Moonstone Beach, the FogCatcher Inn has an Old English feel with contemporary conveniences. With its rounded thatched-style roof, flower lined brick paths and fireplace in every room, FogCatcher Inn is the perfect romantic getaway.

Many of the rooms have fabulous ocean views; whether the surf is crashing or calm and serene, the ocean sets the mood for this unique and memorable hideaway. All of our rooms at the FogCatcher Inn on the Central Coast feature a romantic fireplace, microwave, coffee maker and hair dryer. A heated pool and spa await you for swimming or sunning.

A complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is offered in the gathering room each morning the perfect way to start your day of exploring. Email address:

Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace

Viansa Winery & Italian MarketplaceViansa's romantic Tuscan Villa sits on a hilltop surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, overlooking Viansa's 90-acre waterfowl preserve. Outfitted with hand-painted murals, massive beams and Italian marble, the Villa exudes Tuscan charm.

Step inside our marketplace and explore the wide array of wines, specialty foods and unique gift items. Savor delicious Cal-Ital fare for picnics on our hilltop terrace and join us on the weekends to enjoy live music, Tuscan barbecue and Italian wines for a memorable afternoon reminiscent of Italy's countryside.

A third generation winemaker fascinated with his Italian heritage, Sam Sebastiani has brought Italian vines, winemaking knowledge and technology to Sonoma while creating Italian wines in California. Viansa grows an array of Italian grapes - Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Aleatico, Fresia, Pinot Grigio and Arneis - unmatched by any winery here or in Italy. Viansa also offers an award-winning array of California varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Visit us at our Tuscan inspired Villa in Sonoma. Open daily 10am-5pm. (707) 935.4700


Classic American Cuisine from the Rosewood Bar & Grill

Wine & Roses is the perfect spring escape for any Lodi wine country traveler!  Relax, rejuvenate, refresh in their plush accommodations and then enjoy classic American cuisine in their restaurant Rosewood Bar & Grill where they feature the NEW WALDORF SALAD.  If you can’t escape just yet, try creating this delectable delight at home for friends and family.


  • 4 cup red seedless grapes halved
  • 4 cup green seedless grapes halved
  • 4 cup dried cranberries
  • 3 cup sliced celery
  • 2 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 16 red apples medium diced

(soak in water with sliced lemons or anti-browning solution)

  • 8 granny smith apple diced

(soak in water with sliced lemons or anti-browning solution)

  • 4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 6 cup glazed walnuts
  • 1 red apple halved and sliced (soak in water with sliced lemons)

Drain apples. Add all ingredients except sliced apples, cheese and walnuts to a large mixing bowl and toss until well mixed.  Transfer to another bowl or platter, sprinkle with glazed walnuts and cheese, and arrange apple slices on top. May also be garnished with sliced avocados.

Makes 50-5 oz servings (15 pounds)

If Plating

Thinly slice 25 heads romaine lettuce

Prepare dressing as follows:

  • 3 cups mayonnaise whisked until smooth
  • 1 ½ cups apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 dashes Tabasco and Worcestershire

Whisk mayo in a bowl and add remaining ingredients, whisking until smooth.  Toss with lettuce and place 2oz on plate.  Scoop a 5 oz portion (#8 scoop) of Waldorf salad on lettuce and top with candied walnuts, bleu cheese and a few dried cranberries.


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