Wine Country Home
home > newsletter
search site index Lifestyle News
June 2001

Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends.

If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to subscribe, please go to:

*Please note* that we are unable to make modifications to your subscription with a simple reply to this message. To modify your subscription, see below.

From all of us at FreeRun - Thank you for using our sites!


  • Newsletter Sponsors: Brewery Gulch & Getaway Adventures
  • New Wine Country Tips: Sonoma Lodging - Wine Spectator
  • Wine Country Recipes
  • June Events Calendar
  • The June Contest!

Brewery Gulch Inn
The distinctive new Brewery Gulch Inn, one mile south of the historic town of Mendocino, combines yesterday's history with today's comforts. On ten acres encompassing mature pine trees, redwoods, hundreds of rhododendrons, and many native plants, this extraordinary Craftsman-style inn features 150-year-old eco-salvaged, first growth timbers. The site, overlooking Smuggler's Cove and the Pacific Ocean, provides a peaceful retreat for those enjoying the North Coast's many recreational opportunities and the delights of Mendocino.

Each of Brewery Gulch Inn's ten spacious and luxuriously appointed guestrooms are individually designed to capture views of the ocean. Each room features seating in comfortable leather club chairs in front of the fireplace, down comforters, dataport telephone, clock radio with CD player, and armoire with color television. The bathrooms have a tub/shower combination; several have either a Jacuzzi or soaking tub for two. They all have terry robes, hair dryers, amenity baskets, and granite surfaced vanities with redwood cabinets. Eight of the rooms have private decks. For additional privacy, great care has been taken in the interior soundproofing. A full gourmet breakfast is prepared by a French-trained chef, as well as hors d'oeuvres for an early evening wine hour featuring Mendocino County wines.

For reservations, call us at 800-578-4454 or 707-937-4752, or email -

Visit for more information on Brewery Gulch Inn.

Getaway Adventures
Would you like to make this the year you join us for a relaxing GETAWAY ADVENTURE? Since 1991 Getaway Adventures has shown thousands of guests the delights of our favorite Wine Country secrets. We visit grand, historic wineries, taste world class wines, dine on an incredible array of excellent food, and stay at elegant inns. Add to that the world's perfect weather, and you have an idyllic place for your active vacation with your ease and comfort in mind.

Choose from the following, or create your own trip!

  • 6 DAY LUXURY BIKING - our most popular trip; a great escape for wine lovers of all biking abilities.
  • 6 DAY MULTI SPORT - biking, hiking, horseback riding, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and more. Great for all abilities, beginner to expert!
  • WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Luxury biking of the Napa and Sonoma County wine regions, or luxury mountain bike and sea kayak adventures in and around Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • SIP-N-CYCLE - our most popular day trip, exploring the scenic upper Napa Valley in and around the Calistoga Area. Visit five wineries, feast on our signature gourmet picnic lunch, and relax while cycling in the Valley's perfect weather.
  • FOUR WINERIES and A BREWERY - "It takes a lot of beer to make a great wine" is a common saying here in the Wine Country. Visit four wineries and have an exclusive tour of Napa Valley's best little Microbrewery.
  • PEDAL-N-PADDLE - 1/2 day biking 1/2 day canoe or kayak in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Russian River. The Russian River is warm and clean with lots of swimming holes!
  • GROUP AND CORPORATE EVENTS - Getaway does over 150 group events each year. Our clients list reads like a Who's Who of industry leaders looking to reward, rejuvenate and focus their executives, sales people, and best customers. Bike, Hike, Kayak and Team Building are available for groups of 10 to 150, or more!

CALL 1-800-499-BIKE(2453), or e-mail us at:

Visit for more information and lots of photos!

Sonoma County Lodging and the Wine Spectator!

The Wine Spectator's June 15th Issue has an article devoted to Sonoma County Lodging. Pick up an issue at your newsstand!

Congratulations to our advertisers who are featured in the article:

Applewood Inn & Restaurant

Duchamp Hotel

Gaige House Inn

Honor Mansion

MacArthur Place

Raford House

Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Vintners Inn

So come check out Sonoma County! Just one hour north of San Francisco, home to vineyards, redwoods, and the wild Sonoma Coast…

We encourage your feedback! Please send your comments to our newsletter editor at Suggestions of topics you would like to see in future issues are welcome.

This month's recipe comes from the Applewood Inn and Restaurant of Guerneville in Sonoma County:

Brioche and Strawberry Cake with Black Pepper and Rhubarb Sorbet
Yield: 10, 4" fluted tart shells, greased

For the cakes:

3 cups all purpose flour
7 T sugar
4 t yeast
1 1/2 t salt
several grinds of fresh black pepper
zest of 1 large orange, grated
6 ounces butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch dice
4 large eggs
2 oz. whole milk
2 t vanilla extract

1. In bowl of food processor, pulse flour, sugar, yeast, orange zest, salt & pepper together to blend.
2. Pulse in butter until coarse meal.
3. Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together, then pulse into remaining ingredients. Dough will be sticky.
4. With greased fingers, divide the dough equally between the tart mold bottoms.
5. Cover and rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours.

2 pints strawberries, stem end cut off level
1/2 cup sugar
3 T Grand Marnier

While brioche is rising, macerate strawberries in sugar and Grand Marnier. Reserve 10 whole strawberries for the center; slice the remaining in half lengthwise. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange whole strawberry in center of tart, followed by the halves in concentric circles, leaving a 1/2 in brioche border. Sprinkle cake with additional sugar and bake for about 30 minutes.

For the sorbet:

1lb rhubarb, stems trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup water
2 cups simple syrup
juice of 2 lemons

1. Combine rhubarb and water is a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until rhubarb is tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Purée in blender with simple syrup until smooth. Strain if necessary.
3. Adjust flavor with more simple syrup and the lemon juice.
4. Chill and churn.

"Wine country accommodations do not come any more relaxed or romantic than those at the Russian River Wine Valley's Applewood Inn and Restaurant. The restaurant offers Sonoma dining at it's best. Perfect for a wine country honeymoon or a romantic Sonoma bed and breakfast getaway, the inn is close to both the Sonoma coast and Sonoma-Russian River wine tasting."

The Applewood Inn and Restaurant:

June 22 - 23 -- Thatcher Inn Cooking School
A two day culinary retreat featuring Sicilian Cuisine. Package includes two nights lodging, multi-course dinner & wine tasting Friday, hands on cooking class & four course dinner Saturday, full breakfast Saturday & Sunday, lunch Saturday, recipes, t-shirt and Marlena's herbal mixes. All in the heart of Mendocino's Wine Country - beautiful Hopland.
Fee:$595 Per couple; $325 Single
Time: Call for reservation
Phone: (800) 266-1891 or (707) 744-1890

June 30 -- "Edible Landscaping" Class at Fetzer Vineyards
Design principles, plant selection, seasonal care of edible landscapes, and enjoying the harvest. At Fetzer Vineyards Visitors Center, Hopland.
Fee: $30 per person
Time: 9:00am - Noon
Phone: (800) 846-8637

June 24 -- Symphony at Quail Meadows
Free outdoor concert by Monterey County Symphony, in a spectacular outdoor setting. A beautiful afternoon of live music and fun at the Lake at Quail Meadows, Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, Carmel.
Fee: Free
Concert Time: Open 11:00am, Concert 1:00pm
Phone: (831) 624-8511

June 30 -- 12th Annual Art & Wine Festival, The Barnyard
Taste the wines of local wineries, stroll through the gardens and visit with exhibiting local artists actually painting in the gardens, listen to live music and sample foods from Barnyard restaurants. Silent auction benefiting Monterey County AIDS Project. Location: The Barnyard, Carmel.
Fee: $15.00
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Phone: (831) 624-8886

June 23 -- Napa Valley Symphony presents "Wine Country Pops"
Featuring renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Ms. Horne will be performing popular songs by Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Rodgers, and Foster. At Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville
Fee: $10.00 - $15.00
Time: 8:00pm (gates open at 5:00pm)
Phone: 707) 226-8742

June 26 - 27 -- 33rd Anniversary Beringer Vineyards Winetaster's Cup
Sponsorship includes dinner at the Beringer Vineyards Hudson House on Tuesday, green fees and cart, box lunches, tee prizes and awards, and dinner at the Silverado Country Club on Wednesday. All proceeds benefit the Justin-Siena High School Athletic Program. Tickets sell out early for this popular event.
Fee: Sponsorships $1500/foursome
Time: Call
Phone: (707) 226-2984 Bill Dodd or 255-0950, ext. 646 Beth Fox

June 23 -- Summer Solstice Parade
An outburst of creativity by artistic Santa Barbarans makes for one of the most original and spectacular parades in America, celebrating the year's longest day. Over 3,000 participants parade the mile long route up State Street, through the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. Music festival follows in Alameda Park
Fee: Free
Time: 12:00 Noon
Phone: (805) 965-3396

June 30 -- Red, White & Blues Festival
Join Richard Longoria Wines and Buttonwood Farm Winery for our 6th annual concert in the vineyard. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes because bluesman Finis Tasby and his six piece band and Special Guest Catalina Eddy deliver the real deal. At Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard 1500 Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA
Fee: $24 advanced sales $28 at the gate
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Phone: (805) 688-3032 for tickets.

June 9 -- Opera in the Vineyards, Valley of the Moon Winery
Contemporary and classical opera paired with fine wines and gourmet foods. Valley of the Moon Winery, Glen Ellen.
Fee: Please call winery for ticket price
Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00pm
Phone: (707) 996-6941

June 16 - The Annual Beerfest (A Benefit for Face to Face)
10th Anniversary!! A beer and food tasting extravaganza. More than 30 of Northern California's microbreweries (the best of the best!) Exceptional gourmet treats for tasting. All beverage and food tasting included in the ticket price! Rockin' Blues with Uncle Wiggly and friends - wear dancing shoes!
Location:Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Fee:$24 Advance / $28 Day of Event
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Phone: (707) 887-7031

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

Enter Our Contest!!
We received many wonderful recipes for our last contest! Here is the winner:

Everyday meal: "Irish pizza" (grilled cheese and tomato sandwich) with coleslaw and a Yoo-Hoo.

Creative Flair Menu: A wheel of warm Brie crusted with cranberry puree and almonds wedged on ripped, thick slices of French baguette; thinly sliced carpaccio over baby spinach, lightly drizzled with a balsamic reduction and swirls of Asiago cheese; bright red sugared strawberries dipped in creme fraiche; served with a 1996 Teldeschi Zinfandel in Reidel stemware.

Thank you,
Patricia Zempol

Congratulations Pat!! Enjoy your Healdsburg Happening!

For this month's contest we will be drawing a name from email responses (see "To Enter This Contest" below). There will be a First Prize and a Runner Up Prize!

The First prize is: One Night's Stay (Sunday through Thursday) at the beautiful new Brewery Gulch Inn in Mendocino!!

"Mendocino's romantic NEW bed-and-breakfast inn, perched on a 10-acre sylvan hillside overlooking Smuggler's Cove, built with 150-year old virgin redwood eco-salvaged from Big River. Ocean views, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs for two, private decks."

This prize must be used by 12/31/01.

The Runner Up Prize is: Two tickets to the 10th Annual Beerfest! A beer and food tasting extravaganza. More than 30 of Northern California's microbreweries (the best of the best!)

This event takes place Saturday, June 16, 2001

To Enter This Contest:
1) click "Reply"
2) in the body of the email type: "I want my night at Brewery Gulch Inn or tickets for the Beerfest!"

One entry per person, please. ***Deadline for response is 8:00 am (Pacific Daylight Saving Time) Monday, June 11, 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.

Good Luck!

For weather predictions, please visit:

If this newsletter has been forwarded to you and you would like to SUBSCRIBE please visit

To UNSUBSCRIBE click here:

Please read our privacy policy:

For information on advertising in the Lifestyle News, please contact Kathy Moore at or 707-265-1853 ext. 109.

Copyright © 2001 FreeRun Technologies all rights reserved