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9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival
March 2006
The Moveable Feast
Planning Your Trip, One restaurant At A Time
Santa Barbara Wine Country
Eat and Drink!
Wine Country Recipes
Recipes, Reviews, Itineraries and More 
Wine Country Featured Event
Napa Vally Mustard Festival Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*

Shady Oaks Country Inn: Free Bottle of Wine!

Shady Oaks Country Inn: Free Bottle of Wine

Stay at Shady Oaks Country Inn for a romantic interlude in the Napa Valley Wine Country. The Inn is located on two acres of secluded property but only two miles from wineries and restaurants in downtown St. Helena. Each guestroom boasts its own private bath, antiques and fine linens. Three have fireplaces and two have their own private entrances. Guests also rave about the full gourmet champagne breakfasts and wines and cheeses served in the evenings.

So why not make reservations for an early Spring Break! The owners are also winemakers and will be delighted to let you taste their wines and sample right out of the barrel. For a limited time, get a free bottle of limited–production wine produced by winemaker John Runnells, when you stay at Shady Oaks Country Inn now through March 31, 2006.

If you prefer a place in–town or a vacation home please inquire about our other inn, the Ambrose Bierce House where the hospitality is the same; just different ambiance and amenities.

Tickle Pink Inn — Carmel Escape

Tickle Pink Inn — Carmel Escape

High atop the rugged cliffs overlooking the untamed Pacific and the lush Carmel Highlands a romantic hideaway awaits. The Tickle Pink Inn is intimate, private, and offers the discriminating guest a variety of personalized services.

Guestrooms are tastefully furnished and decorated which create the backdrop for your unforgettable visit. The quiet, casual mood is enhanced by European details orchestrated in a natural, eclectic style. Some of the rooms include private balconies, wood burning fireplaces, and spa tubs. Now through March 31, 2006, take advantage of Winter discount rates. Call (800) 635.4774 for more details. Mention offer.

Enjoy complimentary wine & cheese reception in the Terrace Lounge each evening, featuring Monterey County wines and an assortment of cheeses, breads and fruits. Or, relax at the Cliffside Deck for breathtaking panoramic views of the Carmel Coast. The enchantment from the natural beauty will captivate your senses and sets a mood which will nurture, renew, and inspire. Plan your Carmel Escape now — make lodging reservations online!

9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival

9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival

The 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival — one of Sonoma Wine Country's most popular events is a premier destination festival unlike any other! Set amidst the unparalleled beauty of Sonoma Valley, the festival welcomes film lovers to experience an intimate and luxurious extended weekend, pairing award–winning wine, world–class dining, celebrity mingling, and new independent films from all over the world.

This year, leave all the planning to us! is now featuring four all inclusive Sonoma Film Festival packages: Celebrity Wine Excursion, Legend Tour (3 days), Legend Tour (4 days), Icon Tour (4 days). CLICK HERE for details. Enjoy the film festival in a way that you never would be able to do on your own.

For those of you exclusively interested in the more than 75 new films from around the world, purchase the Patron, Premier or Festival Pass which will give you priority seating and admittance, plus complimentary wine and local epicuria pairings before every film screening. Tickets can also be ordered through's Travel Offers or through Cinema Epicurea at Don't miss out on this stellar wine country experience — the perfect weekend escape for people with a passion for fine living.


Wine Country Moveable Feast

Wine Country Moveable Feast - Plan Restaurant Trip

Planning Your Trip, One Restaurant At A Time

By Heather Irwin

WINE COUNTRY—Any trip beyond 20 miles from home requires a serious consultation with my mother's file cabinet. Over the years, she's collected hundreds, possibly thousands of articles about restaurants, cafes, local pubs and roadside greasy spoons. Boonville, California: Large file. Peoria, Illinois: Small file. New York, San Francisco and anywhere else family lives: industrial–size expandable folders.

No matter, in her mind, that she may never actually travel to Tokyo to try blowfish sushi mentioned in a small article in Gourmet circa 1981, or to rural Texas for BBQ. It's the dream of the adventure and the small scrap of paper with a precious phone number and address that she holds onto, just in case. See, my mom has always been at the forefront of culinary tourism—a recently penned term for what our family has always done: travel on our stomachs.

More and more folks seem to be joining in, however. Walk into the French Laundry any night of the . . .



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. This year, the Festival's signature event at COPIA, The Marketplace, is on March 18 and 19. Purchase tickets online for any of the art, community and tasting events.


Cottages of Napa Valley – Have a Dream Wedding!
Cottages of Napa Valley – Have a Dream Wedding!

Cottages of Napa Valley features eight stunning private cottages, each with kitchens, luxurious baths, a master suite with a king size bed, gas fireplace, private patio and design details not found anywhere else. This romantic property is surrounded by vineyards and a wonderful garden with 100 year old trees. It's the ideal setting for a dream proposal and picture perfect wedding. Most couples honeymoon right here! Please call (866) 900.7810 for information about wedding packages.

Exploring Santa Barbara Wine Country

Eat and Drink in Santa Barbara Wine Country

Eat and Drink!

By Heather Irwin

Long before Santa Barbara's wine country hit it big on the silver screen, or much of anywhere else, Doug Margerum was already its biggest fan. In the early 1980's his family purchased a beer and wine store in Santa Barbara that soon housed one Southern California's most impressive collections of small production and hard–to–find wines from around the world. But at the heart of it was a second collection—that of the best wines being made in Santa Barbara County. Today, that small store, The Wine Cask, (813 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, California, 800.463.9463, or ) has the largest collection of Santa Barbara County wines in the world and is one of the only places you can find multiple vintages of the same local wines.



9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival
9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival

Buy tickets to this year's hottest event happening April 5–9, 2006 — The 9th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival. Exclusive packages can be purchased directly online through's Travel Offers featuring 3 to 4 day trips such as the Celebrity Wine Excursion, the Legend Tour, and the Icon Tour.

The Film Festival will feature more than 75 new films from around the world, food & wine tastings before every film screening, hot parties, exclusive winery excursions, and casual mingling with emerging filmmakers, film stars, star winemakers and celebrity chefs. Many special events, exclusive screenings and VIP parties are very limited and do sell out, so buy your tickets now!



Hungry for Wine Country food? Visit our new food pages where you can get recipes, reviews of some of your favorite Napa and Sonoma restaurants, itineraries, news and much more. Plus, each week, find out what's on Heather's plate with her Forklifter Blog.



Napa Valley Wine Train

Sit back and enjoy dinner for two aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train featuring an extraordinary five-course. Open year–round, the magnificent Napa Valley Wine Train is an attraction you surely won't want to miss during your visit to the Wine Country. Treat a friend or loved one to world class wines, freshly prepared fine dining, and relaxed elegance.

You can enter to win by answering the following question from this Newsletter: "What recipe uses 2 Tablespoons of Kahlúa?

Click here to enter this drawing!**  The Winner of this Drawing will be announced on The Winner's Page after April 30, 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 April 30, 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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