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  • Editor's Note: Napa Valley Mustard Festival
  • News Flash!
  • Wine Country Travel Tips
  • Wine Country Recipes
  • March Events Calendar
  • The March Contest!

Editor's Notes: Napa Valley Mustard Festival
The Wine Country is golden with mustard blossoms! It's time to celebrate this visual promise of spring, and the arts, culture, and agriculture of Napa Valley… The Napa Valley Mustard Festival is in full swing!

"The Napa Valley Mustard Festival supports and promotes a number of non-profit events that take place during the mustard season. Organizations including Friends of the Fair, Napa Valley Museum, Sharpsteen Museum, Dreamweavers Theatre, Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau, Napa Valley Unified Education Foundation, and high school music and drama departments have benefited from net proceeds of Napa Valley Mustard Festival-produced events."

The Festival started February 3, and runs through the end of March. Check out the events, contests, and artwork on this page:

You can even order Mustard Festival merchandise online:

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.

News Flash!
Congratulations to Albion River Inn in Albion, and Applewood Inn in Guerneville, for their selection as two of "The World's Best Small Inns" in the February 2001 Sunset Magazine!!

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Select "Preferences" to see more posts, or use the "Search" feature for specific research. Read what others have suggested, or post a question of your own!

See you soon in the Wine Country!

A new feature for our newsletter - Recipes from the Wine Country!

The first recipe comes from Kathleen McGowan Inman, owner of Olivet Grange, a charming vacation rental in the Russian River Valley To recreate an authentic taste from the wine country try making this at home and let us know how it turns out.

Seville Orange Pudding
Serves 6-8

85g (1/3 c)
230g (1 c)
grated zest and
5 large eggs
60g (1/4 c)
1/2 pint (10 oz)
unsalted butter at room temperature
granulated sugar
juice of 3 Seville Oranges
whole milk

Preheat the oven to 350F

Butter a soufflé dish. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light in color and fluffy. Add the orange zest and juice and then the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well. The result will be a curdled mixture to which you add the milk and flour alternating until all is added.

Beat the egg whites until stiff and then fold into the orange mixture. Pour into the soufflé dish and place on a rack in a roasting tin and pour water half way up the side of the soufflé dish. Bake for around 50 minutes until nicely browned on top. Serve warm.

The result is a luscious sponge pudding that rises like a soufflé and forms its own custard at the bottom. Four Meyer's lemons may be substituted for the Seville oranges.

Olivet Grange

"Olivet Grange is an elegant farmhouse vacation rental in the heart of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley between Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, California. This wine country vacation rental sleeps up to six and is ideally positioned for exploring Healdsburg, the beautiful Sonoma Coast, the historic town of Sonoma and the wineries and vineyards of the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Fine restaurants, spas, and excellent shopping are only minutes away from this wine country vacation rental."

March 17 - 18 -- 19th Annual Mendocino Coast Whale Festival
Whale watching tours & cruises, wine & chowder tasting, classic car show, arts & crafts fairs, lighthouse tours in Fort Bragg. (Festival runs two weekends, two locations...see March 3 & 4th.)
Location: Fort Bragg.
Fee: Call
Phone:: (800) 726-2780

March 30 - 31 -- Thatcher Inn Cooking School
Two days culinary retreat featuring Mediterranean 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. Thatcher Inn (
Fee: $595 Per couple; $325 Single
Time: Call for reservation
Phone: (800) 266-1891 or (707) 744-1890

March 11 -- Spring Flower Design
Floral artist Kim England shares her expertise on flower arranging and design. Morning and afternoon classes offered. At Chateau Julien Wine Estate Carmel.
Fee: $45 per person
Time:10am - 12 noon class; 2pm - 4pm class
Phone:(831) 624-2600

March 22 -- Sea Otter Classic
Robert Talbot Cannery Row Criterium: Mens' and Women's International Pro Team cycling race. Street closure. Cannery Row
Fee: Free
Time: Call
Phone: (831) 649-6690

March 10 -- New Orleans Style Wine Dinner at La Famiglia
Experience the flavors of New Orleans with Chef Duke LoCicero, of Cafe Giovanni. Noted for his New World Italian Cuisine by blending techniques of American, French, Italian, Asian and Creole styles of cooking. A delectable menu will be paired with La Famiglia wines. La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi, Oakville.
Fee: $85 per person, all inclusive, festive attire
Time: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Phone: (707) 944-2811 or (888) 4LF-WINE

March 17 -- A Taste of Yountville
Yountville will flaunt its "gourmet roots" as part of the two month Napa Valley Mustard Festival Town-wide sampling of gourmet foods, mustards, oils, wine, fashions, lodgings and local attractions.
Fee: Tasting tickets sold on site, most demonstrations are free.
Time: 11am - 4pm
Phone: (707) 994-0904 Yountville Chamber

March 17 & 18 -- Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting
Fifteen participating Kenwood and Glen Ellen wineries open their cellar doors to offer barrel samples of their finest wines. Guests will enjoy two days of excellent wines and savory food pairings, in addition to wine and grape growing education demonstrations. This is a weekend not to be missed, and an unusual treat throughout the Valley. This event sells out early.
Fee: $35, Good for both days, must be purchased in advance
Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Phone: (707) 833-5891 or (800) 543-7713 ext. 102

March 18 -- Winemakers' Dinner at Madrona Manor
This food and wine extravaganza is sure to satisfy the gourmand in you! March 18th features Clos du Bois Madrona Manor, Westside Road, Healdsburg.
Fee: $85.75, includes tax & tip
Time: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Dinner
Phone: 6pm Reception; 6:30pm Dinner

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 so many wonderful essays for our last contest! Here is the winner:

"My husband and I live in a desert that sometimes reaches temperatures of 115° in the shade. While we have beautiful sunshine year round, we do without the beauty of a flowing river. The e-mail announcement of your contest advertising River Village Resort put me into a trance. I'm a dreamer, sitting in an office, dreaming of another place and another way of life. Visions of a river calmly meandering through the forests, farms and vineyards of Northern California filled the screen of my mind. The backdrop from the movie "A Walk in the Clouds" played for me, and a soft breeze carried me to that gentle land where life is wonderful. What reverie!

Then the shrill ring of the phone broke the moment. Tell me -- is River Village Resort the place of my dreams? I would love to experience it."

Jackie Manogian, Arizona

Congratulations Jackie!! We hope you enjoy your stay at River Village Resort!

This month we are offering a Hot Air Balloon Ride for Two, from Balloons Above the Valley!! "Greet the sunrise and the soft morning mist as you gently dance with the winds and enjoy the majestic beauty above the Napa Valley."

There is no other experience quite like that of hot air ballooning! Following your lofty adventure, you will enjoy a fabulous Champagne Brunch while you reminisce about the morning's events.

This prized must be used by 11/29/01.

For this month's contest, we would like to know what you like or dislike about our network of web sites. What were you excited to find, or what would you suggest we add or change?

The most creative and useful suggestion, to be determined by FreeRun Staff, will win the Balloon Ride! (Winning decision is final)! By submitting your suggestion, you are granting FreeRun Technologies the right to include your answer in our newsletters and on our web sites and/or implement your suggestions or ideas.

One entry per person, please. ***Deadline for response is 8:00 am (Pacific Standard Time) Sunday, March 11, 2001***

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