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San Luis Obispo Wine Country
February 2006
Exploring the Sierra Foothills
Nicest Place in Gold Country's Mother Lode
Destination – Amador County, CA
Behind the Cellar Door Event
Wine Country Recipe
Grilled Lamb Loin with Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce 
Wine Country Featured Event
Discover Winter in the Wine Country Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*

Ambrose Bierce House: $30 off Lodging Rates

Ambrose Bierce House:<br>$30 off Lodging Rates

Experience the romantic charm and warm hospitality of Ambrose Bierce House. This Victorian bed and breakfast is central to Napa Valley wineries, restaurants, and unique shopping in beautiful and quaint downtown St. Helena. Make reservations any day of the week throughout the year and receive wine tasting cards valid at wineries throughout Napa Wine Country.

Plan a trip right now and take advantage of their off-season, midweek rate – $30 off any room or suite Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays which includes a complimentary bottle of wine. This offer is only valid through March 31, 2006! Rooms are furnished with luxurious private bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, and satellite television. Also, enjoy their famous full gourmet champagne breakfasts and premium wines and cheeses served each evening.

So what are you waiting for? Call us at (707) 963.1190 or CLICK HERE to submit a reservation. A memorable stay at Ambrose Bierce House awaits.

El Prado Inn – Perfect Downtown Location

El Prado Inn – Perfect Downtown Location

Escape to El Prado Inn, located only moments away from inter – nationally renowned exhibits at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Broadway caliber stage productions at the historic Granada, Arlington and Lobero Theatres, and enjoying gourmet cuisine at premier restaurants.

Recently renovated guest accommodations are spacious and inviting, and many feature views of the lush pool area or majestic mountain background. Relax in the lobby and indulge in a cup of coffee while reading the daily paper or enjoy Santa Barbara sunshine on a warm, quiet afternoon lounging at the poolside. The friendly front desk staff will help you plan your stay in Santa Barbara from the time you call for reservations.

Romance, family fun and the best of Santa Barbara Wine Country are right around the corner so call (800) 669.8979 or CLICK HERE to make reservations.

7 Chefs In 7 Days – Montana’s Last Best Food, Wine, & Wilderness Festival

7 Chefs In 7 Days – Montana’s Last Best Food, Wine, & Wilderness Festival

The Resort at Paws Up has assembled seven extraordinary culinary talents from around the US and brought them all to Montana's newest luxury resort for one unforgettable event: 7 Chefs in 7 Days – Montana's Last Best Food, Wine, & Wilderness Festival.

Each night, diners will indulge in a creatively themed meal prepared by different world–class chefs. From an 'Aphrodisiac Dinner' to an 'Exotic Game Feast – Lewis & Clark Style', you'll be wowed by a culinary experience that will leave taste buds begging for more! During the day, participate in hands–on cooking classes and demonstrations, lectures from cookbook authors, and wine, port, cheese and chocolate tastings. Paws Up also provides a host of wilderness adventures like horseback riding, fly–fishing and more.

March 19 – March 26, 2006, join some of the most innovative and original epicurean artists in the industry for seven days of flavor, food and fun! For reservations: please call (800) 473.0601, email us at or visit


Exploring the Sierra Foothills

Exploring Sierra Foothills

Destination: Gold Country

By Heather Irwin

SUTTER CREEK, CALIFORNIA—There's a land rush a' coming, so stake your claim. The Sierra Foothills have suddenly been re–discovered by visitors as one of the hot–spots for wine and food travel. Named by Frommer's as one of the "Up and Coming Places to Visit in 2006" and recently gushed over by the New York Times and Wine Spectator, the region is awash in rustic charm and rural solitude that has folks talking.

One of the most popular destinations in Gold Country is Sutter Creek, a former lumber and mining town that had its first heyday back in the mid–1800s. Remodeled Victorian homes and Old West–architecture throughout this tourist town lend to the feeling that you've stepped back in time, ready to pan for gold, while modern Cal–Italian restaurants like Zinfandel make it very clear you don't have to give up some of the modern luxuries.

We've collected the mother lode of our favorite restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and wineries from around the Sutter Creek region (about an hour southeast of Sacramento). There's travel gold in them thar hills.



Discover Winter In The Wine Country

Now through March 31, 2006, Discover Winter in the Wine Country and 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! Purchase the Discover Winter VIP pack online for only $25 to receive substantial savings. 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. For a complete listing of participating businesses or to purchase VIP Packs, call the St. Helena Chamber at (800) 618.6456, or visit


Cottages of Napa Valley – 20% off Rates!
Cottages of Napa Valley – 20% off Rates!

Take advantage of a special promotional discount at Cottages of Napa Valley and be the first to discover the plush, luxurious rooms of these original cottages. Call (866) 900.7810 to make reservations receive 20% off 2006 room rates when you mention Offer is only good through March 06. There are many imitations, but none can compare to The Cottages of Napa Valley.

Amador County Wine Country Event

Behind the Cellar Door Event in Amador County, CA

Go Behind the Cellar Door

By Heather Irwin

AMADOR COUNTY, CA — Do you Tongue Fu? Get a sneak peek inside the wineries of Amador County as the cellar doors swing open to the public February 11,12 2006 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual two–day event features tasting of new and limited–release wines at 27 member wineries, gourmet foods, and an array of demonstrations-including a Tongue–Fu tasting seminar.



Grilled Lamb Loin with Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce

Grilled Lamb Loin with
Zinfandel Sage Morel Sauce

Recipe developed for Amador Foothill Winery by
Matt Pinsonneult Chef, Sierra Nevada Tap Room and Restaurant, Chico, CA

Heady Zinfandels, like those of the Sierra Foothills, pair beautifully with late-winter meats and mushrooms. This recipe takes fresh spring lamb and marries it with a luscious Zinfandel sauce complemented by the earthiness of sage and morel mushrooms. 

Wine Pairing: Amador Foothill Zinfandel



Napa Valley Mustard Festival
Napa Valley Mustard Festival

Celebrate the food, wine, art, and the rich, agricultural and cultural bounty of Napa Valley at the Napa Valley Mustard Festival! The Mustard Season offers a full palette of cultural activities staged throughout the world–famous grape growing region when fields, vineyards, and hillsides are vibrant with wild mustard in bloom. Attend events January 28, 2006 through April 1, 2006. Purchase tickets online and view events calendar!


Sonoma Getaway Package

Enter to win the Sonoma Getaway Package that includes two spa gift certificates to Osmosis, two Reserve Wine Tasting certificates for Kendall Jackson, and two dining certificates at Healdsburg Charcuterie. Package Value is $220!

You can enter to win by answering the following question from this Newsletter: "What type of town was Sutter Creek back in the mid–1800s??

Click here to enter this drawing!**  The Winner of this Drawing will be announced on The Winner's Page after February 28, 2006.

*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 February 28, 2006 by random drawing from the correct entries. Winner will be notified by email.  Employees of Freerun Technologies are ineligible. Void where prohibited by law.


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