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Cause for the Paws
August 2005 IN WINE COUNTRY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Paso Robles Wine Country
Between Sky and Sea
Tablas Creek Winery
French Roots and New Growth
Wine Country Recipe
Pan Roasted Venison with Morel Crust
and Asparagus Puree
Wine Country Featured Event
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
WineCountry.com Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*
 
FEATURED EVENT
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

20 Years of Exquisite Cuisine - Sublime Wine - Pure Experiences.
Come savor a pure Tahoe experience filled with tasting, learning, and relaxing. Join culinary classes with Chef Bradley Ogden, John Ash, Joseph Keller and Lars Kronmark. Enjoy a Celebrity Chef's dinner, vertical wine tastings, Long Vineyards 25th Anniversary wine luncheon, Gar Woods grape stomp, the Tahoe City Moveable Feast Dine Around and the Truckee Wine Walk and Shop. Sunday's Grand Tasting will bring lingering notes of a flavorful weekend together with a bright, memorable finish. For tickets/information call (888) 229.2193 or visit PureTahoeNorth.com/wine.


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.

Explore the wide array of wines, specialty foods and unique gift items in the marketplace. Savor delicious Cal-Ital fare for picnics on the hilltop terrace with live music on the weekends, Tuscan barbecue and Italian wines for a memorable afternoon reminiscent of Italy's countryside.

Viansa grows an array of Italian grapes - Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Aleatico, Fresia, Pinot Grigio and Arneis. Viansa also offers an award-winning array of California varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Visit the Tuscan inspired Villa in Sonoma. Open daily 10 a.m. -5 p.m. with tours at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. (707) 935.4700 www.viansa.com.


The Inn at the Tides

The Inn at the TidesHoliday Parties . . . Now is the time to make plans to celebrate the holiday season, while space is available! Bring your company to The Inn at the Tides and The Tides Wharf for your holiday celebration - cocktail parties, dinner-dances, and overnight stays at special holiday rates.

The property is beautiful all the year round, and during the holidays it has a spectacular sparkle, with garlands of lights defining roofs and trees, and decorated Christmas trees everywhere. The atmosphere of festivity lends itself to the perfect holiday party.

In the meantime, escape to The Inn at the Tides for a relaxing Sonoma wine country retreat. Reserve your seats at one of the renowned Winemaker Dinners, or choose a special package such as "Stay and Play Golf," "Horseback Riding," "Stay Awhile" or "Group Meetings."

The Inn at the Tides ~ 800 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, California 94923, www.innatthetides.com, (800) 541.7788


 

PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY

>Paso Robles Wine Country

Between Sky and Sea

Halfway between Monterey and Santa Barbara, Paso Robles is suddenly the focus of new-found attention. Since the release of Sideways and its Pinot-craving characters found themselves wandering through the wineries of California’s Central Coast, interest has been shifting Southward toward the incredible Syrahs, Cabernets, Burgundian blends—and even a few Merlots—being produced in Central California.

But Paso Robles is no overnight success story. Some rootstock dates back to the late 1800’s, though like most of California, prohibition all but ended grape growing until the 1960’s and 70’s. Until the mid-90’s, much of Paso Robles' high-yield production went to commercially blended bulk wines that laid the foundation for the growth of their premium wine industry. In the last decade small production wines, especially in the hillier wineries West of Highway 101, are winning accolades in this agricultural region often compared to the French Rhone. Many vintners prize Paso Robles for its unique terroir. The Paso Robles wine region has warmer nights than the north, a longer growing season (it typically doesn’t rain before November), special mineral qualities in the soil and a combination of intense heat and oceanic influences.

For visitors, the charm of Paso Robles is in the unspoiled, off-the-beaten path qualities of its wineries and restaurants. With a mix of large, tourist-friendly commercial wineries and artisinal, family-run operations, Paso Robles bridges as many tastes as it has varietals—making this area an increasingly popular wine destination.

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EDITOR'S PICK —

 Willow
                Creek Olive Ranch
Pass the Olive Branch,
but don't pass up Pasolivo

On any trip to Paso Robles make sure that you stop by Willow Creek Olive Ranch and pick up their award-winning Pasolivo estate bottled extra virgin olive oil. They grow, crush, bottle, and label their oils mainly on the ranch, keeping hands-on control from the tree to the table.

I loved the one-of-a-kind pottery that is made just for Willow Creek. The hand-painted pieces are not available in any store and they are perfect for showing and using the oil. Make sure you try both the Orange and Meyer Lemon flavors. Tours are available on the weekend and usually led by a member of the family. Willow Creek has the only olive press in San Luis Obispo County. Willow Creek Ranch, 8530 Vineyard Dr., Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 227.0186 www.pasolivo.com

 


WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

The Carneros Inn
The Carneros Inn

In the midst of Napa Valley's beautiful Carneros winegrowing region is a luxurious resort designed to make absolutely everything feel better. The Carneros Inn, a PlumpJack Resort, was created to provide an intimate atmosphere that is reminiscent of its unique rustic vineyard surroundings- combined with stylish, modern interiors- to capture the region's distinct charm as well as the needs of our sophisticated guests. Please call (707) 299.4900 or visit www.thecarnerosinn.com to view hot Summer packages and rates.


TABLAS CREEK WINERY

TABLAS
              CREEK WINERY

French Roots and New Growth

For the Perrin family, creating Rhone-style wines in America meant starting from the ground up -- literally. In the rocky foothills of the Sierra Mountains near Paso Robles, the owners of the famed Chateau Beaucastel in the French Chateauneuf du Pape appellation (along with American partner Robert Haas) found the ideal climate and concentration of mineral-rich soil for a new American outpost.

It seemed a perfect place to create a new French style of wine that had its own terroir, or sense of place, in the warm, ocean-influenced hills of mid-coastal California. But there was one problem: the vines. Uncomfortable with American-grown Rhone vines, the owners instead decided to import stock directly from the mother vineyard, Chateau Beaucastel.

That was no easy task. The roots spent three years in quarantine (to avoid transferring possible pests or disease), before being approved for planting at the Paso Robles vineyard. Vine by vine, grafts of Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier were married with existing rootstock. This is a time and labor-intensive operation attracted the attention of neighboring wineries (and others) who wanted the authentic French clones of their own.

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EDITOR'S PICK —

Pan Roasted Venison

Hearty Eats at Hoovers

Fresh baked biscuits, homemade gravy and homemade sausages are a fraction of the menu at this Templeton landmark. Hoover’s Restaurant sounds more like something you might visit at night instead of early morning down-home-comfort food, but breakfast here is totally eye-popping especially if you are used to seeing baby vegetables on your plate. Diners can choose from almost 10 cuts of meat and eggs (pork, sausage, ham, steak, hash, and so on).

I hear that you should order half an omelet (not mentioned on the menu) because the whole omelet feeds several small children and women. Prices are inexpensive, but your belt should be expansive. We definitely recommend a stop at Hoover’s, an easy jump off the 101 freeway at 81 Wellsona Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93441. (805) 467.2972

 


WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure
Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure

WineCountry.com Special! 10% Off Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure. The Napa Valley Opera House presents the Bay Area premiere of Dave Gorman's Googlewhack! Adventure August 16 through August 28, 2005. Tickets are $45/$38. The award-winning one-man show Chronicles Gorman's journey to the wildest places on the World Wide Web. Receive 10% off ticket prices when you mention the WineCountry.com Special purchasing tickets in person or by phone. Discount not available online. For more information or tickets, call (707) 226.7372. www.nvoh.org


WINE COUNTRY RECIPE

Pan Roasted Venison

Pan Roasted Venison with Morel Crust
and Asparagus Puree

Who says you have to dine out and spend an arm and a leg for delicious gourmet food?  Don a chef’s hat and try your hand at making this dish by Executive Chef Ryan Swarthout from Justin Vineyards & Winery.  The meal and suggested presentation will make a believer out of anyone. 

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WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

Sea Rock Bed & Breakfast Inn
Sea Rock Bed & Breakfast Inn

Experience the beauty of the Mendocino coast with spectacular panoramic views of the ocean and the dramatic rocky cliffs when you stay at Sea Rock Bed & Breakfast Inn. This bed and breakfast offers romantic ocean view cottages and suites that are luxuriously furnished and soothing massages at their newly added Spa. Call (800) 906.0926 to make reservations now for a memorable getaway or honeymoon.


WINECOUNTRY.COM DRAWING

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Sonoma Pampering Package

Enter to win a one night stay at MacArthur Place, Sonoma’s Historic Inn & Spa in one of their luxurious suites that offer the ultimate in relaxation and comfort during your stay.  MacArthur Place is set among 7 acres of magnificent gardens filled with original sculpture and their spa offers over 40 different massage, facial and body treatments.  The next day, explore Sonoma’s boutiques, galleries and wineries, and stop in at Kendall Jackson Winery where you’ll receive reserve wine tasting for two.  Finally, wind down at Healdsburg Charcuterie with a glass of wine and dine on their delicious French Mediterranean cuisine. 

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