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  • Newsletter Sponsors: Larkmead Inn
  • New Wine Country Tips: Golf!
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  • Wine Country Recipes: Cal-Asian Seared Tuna Sandwiches
  • July Events Calendar
  • July Contest!

Larkmead Inn
"Built in the early 1900's by one of the first wine producing families of the Napa Valley, Larkmead is today a Country Inn, preserving the atmosphere of quiet hospitality that characterizes a country house at its best. It is a charming California Victorian with architectural details that suggest a distinct Italianate flavor.

The house has the unique good fortune of having been built at a time when there were few intrusions on our privacy and peace of mind. Nestled as it is in the midst of the vineyards, Larkmead Inn recaptures a bit of that quiet time. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the ambiance of the house and grounds -- a good book by the fire in the living room or a leisurely stroll through the vineyards down Larkmead Lane to the Silverado Trail."

Check out our Contest for a chance to stay at Larkmead Inn!


The Wine Country has more to offer than fantastic wines! You will discover breathtaking scenery as you take in the views: vineyard, ocean, forest, mountain….. and golf course!

There are several world class golf courses in California's Wine Country. One of the newest, set in the Napa Valley, is Vintners Golf Club:

This championship nine-hole course, featuring three different sets of tees, was originally designed by Casey O'Callaghan and opened in 1999. The course has been redesigned by PGA Tour and Senior Tour player, Bob Boldt, to include a new set of black tees, accommodating professionals and scratch players in addition to the golfing public at large. Players of all skill levels will find this an enjoyable course.

You'll enjoy a two-hour round of golf, and no matter what your handicap there is a set of tees that will fit your needs. Golf course Superintendent, Sean Battistini, has the golf course in top shape with beautifully manicured greens. The Vintner's is recognized as having the best greens in the area.

For more information see or for tee times please call (707) 944-1992.

More golf in the Wine Country can be found on these pages:

Don't forget to bring your clubs when you visit the Wine Country!!


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Carolyn Lewis - Director of Sales and Marketing at recently made this dish and recommends you give it a try.

Cal-Asian Seared Tuna Sandwiches

1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
4 3/4-inch-thick tuna steaks (each about 5 ounces)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 1/2-inch-thick slices crusty
country-style white bread
1/2 medium English hothouse cucumber, unpeeled, thinly sliced
8 radishes, thinly sliced
1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, sliced

Flavored mayonnaise is easy to make, and it lends added appeal to any sandwich. Here, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and green onions give the spread an Asian flair. Mix first 5 ingredients in small bowl to blend. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Sprinkle tuna with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tuna and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare.

Spread mayonnaise mixture over 1 side of each bread slice. Top 4 bread slices with cucumber, radishes, then avocado, dividing equally. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with tuna steaks.

Place remaining bread slices, mayonnaise side down, atop tuna. Cut sandwiches in half and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

July 14 -- Lavender Estate Fiesta: Brutocao Cellars
In July our Lavender de Provencal plants will begin blooming, providing a fresh aromatic scent within the Schoolhouse Plaza. Our staff will be on hand to talk about the uses of lavender along with various drying techniques. Includes a luncheon with guest speakers and culinary lavender recipes.
Fee:Call for Reservations
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Phone: 707-744-2000

July 28 - 29 -- California Wine Tasting Championship
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards hosts this annual event. Tasters of every level can compete individually on July 28th or in the doubles competition on July 29th. Cheese and chocolate tastings will also be held. Spectators are admitted Free. Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, 5501 Highway 128, Philo.
Fee: $30/Single entry; $50/Doubles team
Time: Call
Phone: 707-895-2002

July 22 -- Seventh Annual Concerts by the Bay 2001
GUITARS & SAXES (Craig Chaquico/ Warren Hill/ Jeff Golub/ Jeff Kashiwa)- Summer Jazz Series - Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Fee: $55.00 - $75.00
Concert Time: 3:00pm
Phone: (831) 649-1223

July 29 -- Moss Landing Antique Street Fair
Stroll through this historic fishing village to browse through thousands of antiques and collectibles brought here by dealers from all over the west coast. Held on the last Sunday in July. Held along a half-mile of Moss Landing Rd. in Moss Landing, north of Monterey on Highway 1.
Fee: Free
Time: Call
Phone: (831) 633-4501

July 21 -- Antique and Collectable Street Faire
Over a hundred dealers feature antiques, including glassware, furniture, ceramics, clothing and more. Downtown Napa - First Street, from Main to Franklin. Napa Downtown Association -
Fee: Free
Time: 8am - 4pm
Phone: (707) 257-0322

July 19 - 29 & August 2 - 13 -- 15th Annual Wine Country Film Festival
The Festival showcases the finest in Feature Films, Shorts, Documentaries, Animation and Digital Films. Plus Special Food and Wine Events. August 2-13 the 15th annual Wine Country Film Festival will screen films outdoors alfresco at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen and at the Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma. Seminars and tributes to guest celebrities plus a wine maker dinner are planned. Travel packages for two guests are now available.(Festival's first section is July 19- 29 in Napa Valley at Sequoia Grove Vineyards in Rutherford). Call for schedule and location of selected theatres and outdoor open air venues.
Fee: Price per show from $12 - $25
Time: Events run day and night, call for schedule
Phone: (707) 996-2536

July 14 -- The Ultimate Wine Tour at Babcock Winery
Introducing the Babcock Winery Discovery Tours held at the 100 acre, family owned winery and vineyard. Two special programs are tailored for the intermediate and advanced taster. This is a two hour presentation. A limited group of 10 to 20 guests will experience a fascinating overview of the vineyard and cellar.
Fee: $25 per person
Time: : Saturday morning by appointment only
Phone: (805) 736-1455

July 28 -- Old Spanish Days Fiesta; Buckaroos at the Bowl
Celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Bowl with with a rousing "fun"draiser of a party. Live music, performances, cowboy poetry, great Bar-B-Q, beer, wine, friends, dancing -- all under the stars. Kick up your heels and kick off your 2001 Fiesta Celebration at the place where it all began
Fee: $65.00
Time: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Phone: (805) 560-0895

July 14 -- Caribbean Rhythm Festival
Music, dancing, wine discounts and food & wine pairing. Valley of the Moon Winery Glen Ellen.
Fee: Please call winery for ticket price
Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00pm
Phone: (707) 996-6941

July 27 - 29 -- Sonoma Salute to the Arts "Cirque du Salute"
An elegant vibrant festival, Sonoma's annual Salute to the Arts brings together visual, performing, and literary artists; and Sonoma County chefs, food producers, and winemakers. Dancing beneath the stars in the historic Sonoma Plaza. (Watch for upcoming Opening Night Gala & Live Auction information.)
Fee:No admission fee, food & wine tasting tickets available
Time: 10am - 6pm
Phone: (707) 938-1133

There are so many events to choose from -- we encourage you to pick your favorites from the full list at:

Enter Our Contest!!
For this month's contest we will be drawing a name from email responses (see "To Enter This Contest" below).

This month - a Napa Valley Fantasy!!

Creative Flair Menu: A one-night's stay at Larkmead Inn! (Weekday only, excluding holidays) "Presently owned and run by the Garbarino family, Larkmead Inn is tastefully furnished with Persian carpets, antiques, and fine old paintings and prints which they have collected over the years. Continental breakfast, which is included with the room, is served to guests in the dining room, or during summer months, on the porches. This consists of a fresh fruit plate, freshly ground coffee, brioche and French rolls with sweet butter and preserves."


A Four-Hour wine tour from Beau Limousine! (Sunday through Thursday, excluding holidays) "Nothing quite compares to a custom limousine wine tour of the Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Whether you are just visiting, or live here in the Bay Area, Beau Limousine will come to you to begin your day of adventure." Your four-hour tour comes complete with complimentary champagne and beverage bar. Includes license fee, tax, and a standard gratuity.

Both prizes are subject to availability.

To Enter This Contest:
1) click "Reply"
2) in the body of the email type: "I want my night at Larkmead Inn and Wine Tour from Beau Limousine!!"

One entry per person, please. ***Deadline for response is 8:00 am (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) Monday, July 16, 2001***

We're sorry, we will not be able to respond to everyone - only the winner will be contacted.


FreeRun employees and their families are not eligible to enter this contest.

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