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November 2005
IN WINE COUNTRY
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Exploring Portland, Oregon
A City of Neighborhoods
Aequis Spa
Relax at This Portland, Oregon Spa Spa
Wine Country Recipe
Ravioli with Butternut Squash, Sage and Hazelnuts 
Wine Country Featured Event
Discover Winter in the Wine Country
WineCountry.com Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*
Holiday Shopping
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FEATURED EVENT
Discover Winter in the Wine Country

From Nov 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006, create your custom getaway. Sip award-winning wines, sample world-class cuisine, sleep among the vines, rejuvenate at legendary spas, and discover unique boutiques and more - all while experiencing substantial savings! Discounts are only available with a Discover Winter VIP pack - only $25. VIP Packs include a keepsake wine opener, VIP commemorative pins, copy of destination magazines with maps, and participant brochures. Simply present your VIP commemorative pin to access discounts. Purchase once but visit numerous times to enjoy discounts throughout the entire promotion. Purchase today and start saving. For a complete listing of participating businesses or to purchase VIP Packs, call the St. Helena Chamber at (800) 618. 6456, or visit www.sthelena.com/discover.


Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery

Niebaum-Coppola Estate WineryNiebaum-Coppola Estate Winery is one of California's premiere wineries located on the historic Inglenook Estate. For more than 100 years, the Inglenook property in Rutherford has produced some of California's greatest vintages and charmed visitors with its timeless beauty.

The Coppolas, along with winemaker Scott McLeod, produce their flagship wine Rubicon and other exceptional estate wines. Also produced are the award-winning coastal-grown Diamond, Director's and Francis Coppola Presents Series wines. Visit the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery tasting room in Rutherford or visit online. All first-time web shoppers will receive a 15% discount on all online purchases. Simply enter the coupon code STCH95 before you begin your online shopping.

Francis Coppola, the director/producer of the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, bought a portion of the Inglenook property in 1975 to make wine for his family and friends. Charmed by Inglenook and the Napa Valley landscape, Francis purchased the remainder of the historic property in 1995 and restored the Inglenook Chateau, once again bringing prestige to the landmark winery.


Grape Leaf Inn – Voted "Best Place to Rest Your Head"

The Grape Leaf Inn - Voted NBC's Best Place to Rest Your HeadThe Grape Leaf Inn was announced as the "Best Place to Rest Your Head" in NBC11's In Wine Country first annual Golden Grape Awards. The Golden Grape competition covered the entire California Wine Country and Grape Leaf Inn edged out three other well known establishments as finalists.

The Grape Leaf Inn combines the gracious hospitality of a country inn with meticulous service, fine cuisine, outstanding wines served daily in the secret Speakeasy, and 12 luxurious amenities and accommodations. Stylish, contemporary decor paired with timeless antiques meld to create the best of California Wine Country style and luxury. The relaxing ambience, attentive staff, and its unmistakable romance have made this small luxury Inn one of the most sought after spot to stay in the Sonoma Wine Country.

Experience for yourself why viewers voted Grape Leaf Inn, hands-down, the best place to stay in the California Wine Country. Make reservations ONLINE or call (707) 433.8140 for more information.


Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza

Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza - a Four Sisters InnHealdsburg Inn on the Plaza - a Four Sisters Inn - is located in the beautiful Sonoma wine country. From summer concerts in the outdoor bandstand to antique fairs and holiday tree lightings, all of the town's best events take place in Healdsburg.

The Inn has modern amenities and comforts where guests will find a blend of wine country warmth and Umbrian chic. The 12 spacious guest rooms feature high ceilings, original moldings and other architectural details, fireplaces, bay windows or balconies, private baths (many with jetted Jacuzzi tubs), as well as amenities such as telephones and televisions. Guests are also surrounded by stylish shops, galleries, wine tasting rooms and superb restaurants.

Make reservations now and get your second night free! Call the Inn directly at (800) 234.1425 and ask about this special winter promotion.

 

EXPLORING PORTLAND, OREGON

Wine Tasting Itinerary - Northern Santa Cruz Mountains

A City of Neighborhoods

Portland, Oregon with a population of just over 500,000 has a thriving downtown, bustling both day and night with businesses, restaurants, hotels and museums. But to understand this booming Pacific Northwest, visitors need to get into some of Portland's neighborhoods.

Nob Hill — Best thing to do: Get glamorous, shop, eat

This area, located in around 21st and 23rd Streets in Northwest Portland, is home to many of Portland's more upscale galleries and shops-though the pioneering spirit of this region makes for a good mix of funky, hip independently owned stores as well.

 

EDITOR'S PICK

Aequis Spa
Inn Style

No matter what pleasure you are pursuing in Eugene, Oregon you will be well served if you find yourself staying at the Campbell House Inn. The best kept secret about Myra Plant's historic home, now Inn, is that she has a couple of rooms in the $90 range. All of the luxury accommodations that are part of her suites: great linens, fabulously comfortable beds, desks, robes, bathroom amenities and a full breakfast are available for the lower priced rooms as well. Making this absolutely the best $90 room I have ever found.

The Inn is rated 4 stars by AAA. The main house is fully restored and boasts rich colors, gardens, and it is situated at the foot of Skinner's Butte Park with great views of Eugene. It is also within walking distance to downtown Eugene as well. A not to miss feature is dinner in their intimate dining room. You will find local fresh ingredients prepared exquisitely and paired to Oregon wines. You can always choose to stay in one the sumptuous suites, but Myra is thinking about pulling out the smaller, economical rooms to allow for spa services on site. If you want luxury on a budget, book a cozy room at the Campbell House for your next stay in Eugene while they are still available. (800) 264.2519


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 our Winter Packages and Special Rates.


AEQUIS SPA

Aequis Spa

Relax at This Portland, Oregon Spa

Bad thoughts and tense shoulders: Be gone! The bliss–inducing environment of Aequis Spa melts away outside stresses, aching muscles, bad bosses, speeding tickets and noisy kids like butter.

Using ancient Ayurvedic healing methods, treatments are individually designed to improve everything from fatigue to detoxification of the body, wellness, healing massages and even a female–centric "goddess" to enhance feminine energy. Using hot stones, one of the spa's signature treatments is a massage that releases toxins and relaxes muscles by rubbing the heated marble stones over the body. But despite the somewhat mystic spiritual component inherent in many of the treatments, the spa offers simple Swedish, Lomi Lomi and Thai massage and renewing facials as well.

Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy Aequis' treatments, however — most can take between two and four hours, though time passes quickly in the gentle environment of the spa.

 

WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

Discover Winter in the Wine Country
Discover Winter in the Wine Country

Create your custom getaway with a Discover Winter in the Wine Country VIP pack. Sip award-winning wines, sample world-class cuisine, sleep among the vines, rejuvenate at legendary spas, and discover unique boutiques and more — all while experiencing substantial savings! Valid Nov. 1, 2005 - March 31, 2006. Purchase online and start saving — only $25. Call the St. Helena Chamber at (800) 618. 6456, or visit us online for more information.


WINE COUNTRY RECIPE

Ravioli with Butternut Squash

Ravioli with Butternut Squash,
Sage and Hazelnuts 

Mediterranean cuisine is a specialty of Portland chef Ronnie MacQuarrie, who created this dish to highlight the toasty, earthy taste of hazelnuts-one of Oregon's largest exports. You can find this recipe and many others featuring the foods and wines of Oregon at www.traveloregon.com/bounty

 

WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

AVA Wine Club
AVA Wine Club

Bring the Wine Country lifestyle into your home with AVA Wine Club. With our unique selection of hard to find wines and gourmet recipes that are sure to bring you back to your favorite wine country destinations. AVA Wine Club delivers California Wine Country directly to your door. Select from a variety of California boutique wines or join one of our five wine clubs to remember your Wine Country experience today.


WINECOUNTRY.COM DRAWING

Enter and Win!*

Napa Valley Winter Getaway

Discover all that Napa Valley has to offer during the winter - reduced lodging rates at many b&bs, inns, and hotels, holiday themed events, and the opportunity to book reservations at premier Napa Valley restaurants that are usually booked solid during the high, summer tourist season! Enter to win 2 gift certificates ($170 value) aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy a scenic journey through the heart of Napa Valley's picturesque vineyards and taste delicious gourmet entrees. 

This package also includes two $30 dining certificates to Bayleaf Restaurant which offers a number of indoor and outdoor dining areas, and of course, world-class wine country cuisine.

You can enter to win by answering the following question from this Newsletter: "What is the cost of one of the rooms at Campbell House Inn?

Click here to enter this drawing!**  The Winner of this Drawing will be announced on The Winner's Page after December 31, 2005.

*some restrictions apply
** No purchase necessary. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Only one entry per person permitted. Winner will be selected December 31, 2005 by random drawing from the correct entries. Winner will be notified by email.  Employees of Freerun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.

 


WINE COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

Napa Soap Company - it's Cabernet Soapignon
Napa Soap Company - it's Cabernet Soapignon™!

Whether you're looking for that perfect gift or for a fun thing to do in the Napa Valley, you should not miss Napa Soap Company in St. Helena. We make a variety of natural soaps, lotions and unique home cleansers, using local ingredients such as Napa Valley wine and grapeseed oil. Order Online or visit us at 651 Main Street, St. Helena CA (707) 963.5010.


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