California Wineries

Sip some Barbera at Villa Toscano Winery, Amador

Widely planted throughout Italy and California, this immigrant to the Shenandoah Valley of California has rich blueberry flavors and hints of vanilla. For those of you who missed out on the "off the charts" 2003 Barbera, the 2004 is a truly worthy successor. This wine already shows incredible fruit and balance. The '04 Barbera is now in the tasting room barrels for you to sample for yourself. DO NOT MISS THIS TREAT Approximate bottling date: 2/01/06 Approximate release date: 3/01/06
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Susan said...

Celebrate the holidays at Carols in the Caves. Whether in wine caves of Napa Valley, Sonoma, other regions of California wine country... in natural caverns, cathedrals, or other sacred settings, Cave Music features the silence, resonance, reverberation and echo of the pristine acoustical environment. Hear the cave. Experience the space. Go back in time.

Participating wineries include

Schramsberg Vineyards, Calistoga - America's First House of Sparkling Wine

Rutherford Hill Winery, Rutherford - Merlot with 94 points from Wine Spectator Magazine

Cliff Led Vineyards, S. Anderson

Pine Ridge Winery, Napa

Jarvis Winery, Napa

irishlass said...

Taste our favorite Chardonnay at Rombauer Vineyard

from their website:

Come and visit our winery; let our retail room staff pour you all of your favorite wines. We are pleased to announce new releases of the 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Napa Valley Merlot. With Spring approaching, this is a great time to visit Napa Valley and Rombauer Vineyards.

As always, the Rombauer Vineyards retail staff is pleased to welcome you, your family and friends to our tasting room. We offer complimentary tasting daily from 10-5 and tours by appointment. For assistance with wine questions, orders and shipping please call us at 800-622-2206

Rombauer Vineyards is located north of St. Helena, 2.5 miles north of the intersection of Deer Park Road and the Silverado Trail. Rombauer Vineyards' primary focus is the production of ultra-premium Napa Valley and Carneros varietals. Koerner Rombauer, together with winemaker Greg Graham, crafts a limited production of Carneros Chardonnay, Napa Valley Merlot, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.

irishlass said...

On the first Friday in November, you can join the Harvest Celebration at a Winemaker Dinner at one of San Luis Obispo's fabulous wineries.

Here's what they served last year

Amuse Guelle
Napolean of Seascallops, Crispy Potatoes and Leek

Shrimp and Chicken "Cuon Diep" with Vermicelli Tamarind Glaze, Ginger and Cilantro

Claiborne & Churchill Gewuerztraminer 2004

Herb Seared Sea Bass
Artichoke Risotto Cake, Lemongrass Grapefruit Beurre Blanc

Claiborne & Churchill Dry Riesling 2004

Roasted Loin of Colorado Lamb
Vegetable Chevre Strudel, Pino Noir Reduction

Claiborne & Churchill Twin Creeks Pinot Noir 2002

Poached Pear with Pistachio Mousse
Caramel Sauce and Almond Tuile

Claiborne & Churchill Port Obispo 2003

(16 seats)
Filo cups filled with goast cheese and cherry marmalade
Ahi tartar and wonton crisps
Carpacio Crostini with Lemon Dijon aioli

Carrot Ginger Soup
Rose of butter lettuce with a citrus vinagrette and toasted hazelnuts
Pan seared salmon served over grilled pears with a balsamic glaze
Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb with a maple demi glace and horse radish scended red smashed potatoes

Pumpkin cheese cake with cinnamon creme fraiche

Polenta con funghi Porchini
Piedra Creek Pinot Noir

Baccala in umido
(over roasted cod with tomatoes and olives)
Perbacco Chardonnay

Cotechino con lenticchie
(Cotechino with lentils)
Piedra Creek Florianus
Perbacco Pinot Noir

Crostate di pere
(Pear Tart)
Vin Santo


Seared Scallop Nigiri Sushi
fresh mano de leon scallop, marinated in mellow red miso, seared adn thinly slice over a sushi rice cake. Served with a saffron-white miso cream sauce and garnished with crispy soba noodles and steamed edamame. Paired with Pinot Blace - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley - 2004

Roasted Quail Salad oven roasted quail, fresh goat cheese, baby lettuces, toasted hazelnuts, finished with a orange vinaigrette. Paired with Pinot Noir - Edna Valley - 2002

Grilled Beef Tenderloin with garam masala spiced zinfandel reduction, roasted onion trio, duxelle of morel, porcini, and local oyster mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, and market fresh greens. Paired with Zinfandel - Barn Owl Vineyard - Paso Robles - 2002

Chocolate Oblivion Torte, dense flourless torte with belgian chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream, and fresh raspberries. Paired with Syrah ZB - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley - 2002

(20 seats)

Coconut Butternut Soup with Shrimp

Wasabi Potato Crusted Ahi Tuna with Pickled Mushrooms in Ponzu Broth

Thai Curry Cod with White Clams

Drunken Lamb two ways

Chinese Donuts with Coconut Whipped Cream, Chocolate, and Passion Fruit Puree Dipping Sauces

(36 seats)
Bruschetta al pomodoro
Grilled garlic bread topped with fresh diced tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil

Avvoltinadi Proscutto
Fresh lettuce and parmesan cheese wrapped with imported proscutto

Fantasia di Pizzette
Variety fo individual puff pastry pizza

Insalata Fantasia
Organic arugala, sections or orange and grapefruit, toasted pine nuts, red onions and finished with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and topped with fresh goat cheese

Tris di Pasta
Rissotto di porcini, Agnolotti, Tortelloni di zucca
Rissotto, arborio rice with imported porcini mushrooms, fresh herbs, sweet onions, and white wine cooked in a savory chicken broth.
Agnolotti, homemade half moon shaped ravioli stuffed with scampi in a light saffron sauce. Hommade Tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin and ricotta cheese in a sage and mascarpone cheese sauce topped with toasted walnuts.

Nodino di Vitello
T-bone of veal marinated with fresh herbs and served with a balsamic reduction

Imported cheese platter
Variety of cheese

Chocolate Torte
A flourless chocolate cake served with a raspberry sauce and mascarpone

Seasonal vegetables
Homemade bread and olivata

Anonymous said...

When you can't get to the winery, go to a great wine bar like First Crush in San Francisco.

First Crush serves dinner nightly in the lively street level restaurant. All of the menus are available at any seat in the restaurant making First Crush a great place for:
-an evening out lingering over fine food and wine
-a quick snack, glass of wine, or favorite cocktail
-just dessert!
-an early or late meeting place for you and your friends
-seeking out one of the many hard to find California wines (we offer by the one-half or full bottle or by the glass)

irishlass said...

Be sure and visit Marcus Graziano at Capitol Cellars in Roseville when you need a fabulous wine store, or someplace to hang out for a glass or two of vino.

Marcus comes from a long history of wine-his grandparents migrated from Northern Italy bringing their grape-growing knowledge to Northern California, his parents continued that tradition and his brother expanded to making wine, as founder of Domaine St. Gregory, Monte Volpe and more recently Enotria Wineries. It was only natural for Marcus to do what he does…he knows wine from "the ground up."

A UC Davis economics and international relations graduate, Marcus is passionate about wine and the service he provides for his clients. He loves wine and he loves people!

Capitol Cellars has supplied wines for many political events, corporations associations throughout the U.S. including The Sacramento Kings, Fox Broadcasting, Turner Broadcasting, Pacific Telesis, Motion Pictures Association, CBS, Paramount, Disney Corporation, Federal Express, Bozwell Sawyer Miller Group, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Pfizer, Abbott Laboratories, California Manufacturers Association, Sierra Health Foundation, The Money Store… just to name a few.

But Capitol Cellars has been much more than a purveyor of wines. Marcus has provided numerous wine tasting and wine educational courses for his clients. Traveling to Phoenix for an airline officals' golf tournament or to unknown destinations for Fox Broadcasting's Super Bowl events, he has enlightened individuals to the joys of wine.

Capitol Cellars provides wine tastings from 15 to 250 guests and at any venue. Marcus once provided wines for the opening of the Turner Broadcasting premier of "Gettysburg" in Washington D.C. for over 1000 guests. When asked to select wines for the "US Senate Wives" dinner at the nations capitol, Marcus chose wines from women wine makers to honor the guests. When Prime Advisors asked Marcus to do something special for a small event they were hosting in Aspen, the tasting from 3 Liter bottles was the hit of the evening.

Understanding the needs of the client is paramount. With over 16 years of experience, Capitol Cellars provides the perfect wine to accompany any menu and the right amount needed.

Anonymous said...

The County of Sacramento and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau present the Fourth Annual Grape Escape—an event designed to spotlight the Capital Region’s wineries and restaurants. The event will feature wine tastings, food pairings and celebrity chef’s cooking demonstrations. Special Winemaker Dinners will give the public the opportunity to sit down with winemakers from some of the Capital Region’s best wineries. Join us for incredible self-guided tours to the best wineries in our area!

Where: Crocker Park
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

When: Saturday, June 10, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Who Exhibits: Wineries from Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo County. Restaurants from various participating counties.

Ticket Prices: $30 in advance -
$40 at the door

irishlass said...

On the Madera Wine Trail, you'll stop at Ficklin Vineyards, home of the #1 selling Port in California. Made entirely with traditional methods and traditional Portuguese varietals, Ficklin Ports earn more awards than any other port brand sold in America.

Madera Wine Trail Welcomes Visitors to
Holiday Spirit Wine Trail Weekend
November 11th & 12th, 2006

Come join the merry vintners of the Madera Wine Trail as they open the doors of their wineries to celebrate the end of harvest and the beginning of the holiday season. The wineries will be open both Saturday and Sunday, November 11th & 12th from 10am to 5pm. The participating wineries for this event will include two new wineries for the Madera Wine Trail, Birdstone Winery and Mariposa Wine Company, who are excited to introduce patrons to their wines and hospitality.

Joining Birdstone Winery and Mariposa Wine Company, the wineries of Chateau Lasgoity, Ficklin Vineyards, Oak Hollow Winery, Pacific Crest Winery, Quady Winery and Westbrook Wine Farm will delight visitors to wonderful food, music, art and some barrel tastings throughout the weekend. The purchase of a $15 commemorative passport glass available at any participating winery entitles visitors to taste the award winning wines of the Madera Wine Trail vintners on both days. The only exception is Westbrook Wine Farm who will welcome visitors by appointment, from 10am until 3pm both days.

The small, family-owned wineries of the Madera Wine Trail are committed to making premium quality wines from grapes produced in the Madera Appellation and Madera County. Bring a friend, relative or just another wine lover and join the vintners for a celebration featuring their best wines of the season.

irishlass said...

14th Annual Winemakers' Celebration

Saturday - August 12, 2006 - 12 to 4pm
Custom House Plaza, Monterey California
$35 in advance / $40 at the Door
Must be 21 years of age, or older, to consume alcohol. Identification will be required at check in.

Sample Wines From Over 40 Monterey County Wineries

Bargetto Winery
Bernardus Winery
Blackstone Winery
Boyer Wines
Carmel Road Winery
Carmichael Vintners Cru Monterey
Chalone Vineyards
Chateau Christina / Joyce Vineyards
Chateau Julien Wine Estate
Chesebro Wines
Cima Collina
De Tierra Vineyard
Estancia Vineyard
Galante Vineyards
Hahn Estates / Smith & Hook Winery Heller Estate Organic Vineyards
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Jekel Vineyards
Joullian Vineyards
Kendall-Jackson Vineyards & Winery
Line Shack Winery
Lockwood Vineyard
Manzoni Estate Vineyard
Marilyn Remark
Marin’s Vineyard
McIntyre Vineyards
Michaud Vineyard
Miura Vineyards
Monterra Winery
Morgan Winery
Muirwood / Steel Creek
Newell Vineyards
Paraiso Vineyards
Parsonage Cellars
Pavona Wine
Pelerin Wines
Pessagno Winery
Pianetta Winery
San Saba Vineyard
Scheid Vineyards
Silver Mountain
Storrs Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Ventana Vineyards / Meador Estate
Wines of Carmel


& Even More Fun!
• Enjoy the upbeat tunes of the Dennis Murphy Band throughout the day!
• Bid on old vintages & large bottles, VIP winery tours, winemaker dinners, and more... in the silent auction
• Experience the process of creating fine wines in the education tent featuring: wine barrel building, blend your own wine, wine seminars and more.
• Partake of fine cuisine to compliment our Monterey County Wine (food available for purchase).
• Riedel Sparkling Wine Glass Seminar ($10 Click Here)

Franca said...


Thursday July 13th, the California State Fair presented Daryl Sattui with the Golden Winery Award, recognizing V. Sattui Winery as THE TOP WINERY IN CALIFORNIA FOR 2006!

This award is presented annually to the winery which has the greatest number of wines winning the highest number of awards.

The top awards included eight wines selected "BEST OF CLASS," one wine voted "BEST OF REGION," and nine GOLD MEDAL winners, including one DOUBLE GOLD.

The California State Fair is the largest state wine competition in California. This year 651 wineries entered nearly 3,000 wines from around the state.

We have currently won 76 Gold Medals in the most prestigious tastings in the world - and many of the competitions haven't even taken place yet. We thought it couldn't get any better.