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APRIL 2006
Inside Napa Valley Wine Tasting
Merlot Lovers Trip
Napa Valley Wine Tours
Wine Tasting VIP Style!
Wine Country Recipes
Roast Leg of Lamb
Wine Country Featured Event
Valley Men Who Cook Drawing
Newsletter Contest—Enter and Win!*

Enjoy & Experience the California Coast

Enjoy & Experience the California Coast

Make plans for your Spring getaway to Coastal California. Pacifica Hotel Company's collection of charming hotels offer a perfect break!

Whether you're searching for a romantic weekend or time away from it all, Pacifica Hotels provide a wonderful setting for R&R in some of California's most beautiful locations. The Cambria and Pismo Beach properties have rooms with fabulous ocean views. Take advantage of their special packages which feature wine tours, gourmet dining, whale watching or kayaking. Visit for a list of properties that have insightful amenities and delightful accommodations that will pleasantly surprise you.

When you book online, guarantees the best rate on the Internet. Make reservations today for your next wine country or coastal getaway experience. Nobody knows the coast like Pacifica. But you're invited to learn.

Ambrose Bierce House — Start Wine Tasting Now!

Ambrose Bierce House — Start Wine Tasting Now!

Experience the romantic charm and warm hospitality of Ambrose Bierce House B&B. This Victorian bed and breakfast is central to Napa Valley wineries — within walking distance to historic Beringer Winery. Also stroll to charming downtown St. Helena where you will find casual and fine dining restaurants as well as unique shops and boutiques.

Plan a trip right now and begin wine tasting as soon as you arrive! For a limited time, get a free bottle of limited–production wine produced by winemaker John Runnells when you stay at Ambrose Bierce House B&B now through April 30, 2006. Rooms are furnished with luxurious private bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs, hot tub in a private courtyard, 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 (707) 963.3003 or CLICK HERE to submit a reservation. A memorable stay at Ambrose Bierce House B&B awaits...

25% Off at Four Sisters Inns Wine Country Locations!

25% Off* at Four Sisters Inns Wine Country Locations!

The prestigious Four Sisters Inns collection offers elegantly appointed guest rooms, fabulous amenities and many feature breathtaking views.

For a limited time only, the collection is offering 25% off to subscribers of our newsletter at any of their five Wine Country inns! The participating inns located in Napa Valley include Maison Fleurie and Lavender; and the inns located on the Monterey Peninsula include Green Gables Inn, Gosby House Inn and Cobblestone Inn. Guests receive a bountiful breakfast, afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres, evening turndown service, complimentary newspaper delivery, home–baked cookies, and bicycles to borrow. To take advantage of this fantastic spring special, simply mention "" when calling the Inns for availability.

**This offer is valid Sunday through Thursday, April 1, 2006 through April 27, 2006, and is based on availability, excludes holiday periods and certain room types. This offer may not be combined with other discounted rates.


Inside Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Inside Napa Valley Wine Tasting - Merlot

Merlot Lovers Trip

By Heather Irwin

Though Cab may reign supreme in Napa, Merlot has always been a member of the royal family—though somewhat in exile these days. But tastes are a fickle thing, and those who know the true beauty of a silky, carefully crafted Merlot aren't slaves to fashion, or the whims of Hollywood.

For those who remain true to great Napa Merlots, this is a wonderful time to taste the grape that steadfastly refuses to slink away quietly while others have their moment in the sun. In fact, 2002, according to published reports was one of the best years ever for Napa Merlot, with several top wines receiving stellar scores and launching a quiet renaissance of this noble grape.

Take a special varietal-inspired tour of Napa's best Merlot producers, located primarily along the Silverado Trail, but dipping into Rutherford, as well.



Can You Stand the Heat?

Taste Spring's bounty at the Valley Men Who Cook event in Napa Valley on May 7, 2006 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sample delicious food, sip award–winning wines and locally brewed ales, steal deals on cult wines, enjoy live music and vote for your favorite chef team!

Buy tickets to one of Napa's premier culinary events directly online or call (707) 963.4456. Sign up to be apart of the event itself. Applications are still being accepted now through April 15, 2006. Visit website for application and more details!


14th Annual Best of Napa and Sonoma Valleys
ZD Wines 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir

ZD Wines New Release — 2004 Reserve Pinot Noir, Carneros! Produced from organically grown grapes, this limited production wine is flying out the door. Once again, the notoriously small bunches and berries of the Hanzell clone from ZD's deLeuze Family Vineyard in Carneros have given us a wine of amazing color, depth and complexity. This vineyard is dry farmed and has been certified organic since 1999. Available now at

Napa Valley Wine Tours

Insider Winery Tours of Napa Valley

Wine Tasting VIP Style

By Heather Irwin

NAPA VALLEY—For discriminating wine tasters, a trip to Napa can sometimes be, well, more like a trip to Disneyland complete with tour busses, fanny-pack wearing tourists and tippling merrymakers who've had one too many glasses of Cabernet. You're sooooo over all that.

For those in the know, there are behind-the-scenes tours that get to the heart of what Napa's really about: winemaking and winemakers. With just a little extra planning (and sometimes a few extra dollars), you can get up close and personal with the folks actually making the wine; learn the ABC's of wine tasting, get a VIP pass to the reserve room or taste straight from the barrel. Here are some of our favorite in-the-know tours and tips for getting the most of your tasting experience in Napa…



Wine and Dine in the Desert
Wine and Dine in the Desert

Escape to La Casa del Zorro Desert Resort for a romantic getaway or a serene weekend retreat. Experience 7–course, wine–pairing dinners featuring leading California wineries. Indulge in fine wines from our state–of–the–art wine room including more than 7,000 bottles and 600 labels from around the world. Visit for more information.


Roast Leg of Lamb with Marinated Garlic Confit

Roast Leg of Lamb with Marinated Garlic Confit

Submitted By Pine Ridge Winery

April showers bring May flowers. With sunny Spring days yet to appear for most of us around the country, why not make some good old fashioned comfort food to warm you up - both out and inside. Try your chef hands at this Leg of Lamb recipe submitted by Pine Ridge Winery in Napa Valley, CA that is sure to please your palate.



14th Annual Best of Napa and Sonoma Valleys
14th Annual Best of Napa and Sonoma Valleys

The 14th annual Best of Napa and Sonoma Valleys is out! The winners have been chosen by local ballot and the magazines printed. Best of readers have offered answers to the truly crucial questions in life, such as best place for seafood, best boutique winery, best giftshop, and best nightspot. If you don't agree with the choices your brothers and sisters in culture, lifestyle and consumption have made, well, we encourage you to exercise your right to vote.

Check out all the winners!


Napa Valley Wine Train

Sit back and enjoy dinner for two aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train featuring an extraordinary five-course experience. 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 is the name of the place that offers Victorian Teas every Sunday at 1 and 3 pm?

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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