Fall into the Season This Harvest in Sonoma County with New Events and Happenings

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Members of Sonoma County’s Wine Road offer unique vineyard experiences that run the gamut from delectable tastings to restful retreats this fall. Visitors to this bucolic region, just one hour north of San Francisco, can experience an array of out-of-the-box explorations at wineries and hotels throughout the area.

Members of Sonoma County’s Wine Road offer unique vineyard experiences that run the gamut from delectable tastings to restful retreats. Visitors to this bucolic region, just one hour north of San Francisco, can experience an array of out-of-the-box explorations at wineries and hotels throughout the area. With harvest in full swing, the colors of fall make this the perfect time to visit Sonoma County and take in tastings and events including:

Harvest Dinner at Merriam Vineyards
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Cost: $80
Reservations: 707.433.4032
Join winemaker David Herzberg and Owner Peter Merriam for this harvest celebration. This year’s festivities will be catered by Jeff and Susan Mall of Zin Restaurant in Healdsburg. Reservations are limited to 40 seats for this very special event and it promises to be a wonderful evening of wine, food and waxing poetic about the future of the grapes fermenting to wine in the tanks and barrels surrounding the dinner.

Fall Release Party at John Tyler Wines and Bacigalupi Vineyards
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Cost: $20.00, free for members
Reservations: 707.473.0115, http://www.johntylerwines.com
To celebrate harvest, guests are invited to stop by and taste a new release, the 2007 Bacigalupi Vineyard Zinfandel. This much anticipated vintage promises to be worth the wait and John Tyler Wines will also be pouring some select library wines including the 2005 Pinot Noir. Guests can be a vintner for the day and try their hand at sugar sampling! Enjoy small bites and relax under the oak trees in beautiful Russian River Valley.

Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves Annual Harvest Celebration
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 11:00am to 4:30pm
Cost: $15, free for members
Reservations: 707.473.9014, http://www.bellawinery.com
There’s no time like harvest in wine country. The air is filled with energy, excitement and the fantastic smell of fermenting grapes! Bella will be celebrating the season in all its autumn glory with one of its legendary harvest parties. Kick off your shoes and curl your toes in the grass as you soak up the Bluegrass sounds of local favorites The Brothers Comatose on the Bella lawn. Guests are also invited to join in the fun at the grape-stomping competition. Bella’s spectacular caves will be open, and the winery will be showcasing a special selection of highly anticipated new release wines alongside tasty food bites, including delicious autumn chili and cornbread prepared by Chef Bruce Frieseke.

Crepes and Croquet at Clos du Bois Winery
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011
Cost: Free admission, Crepes and Wine for Purchase
Reservations: 707.857.9000
Jumping on the red hot phenomenon of the “Food Truck” scene, Clos du Bois Winery has partnered with Ultra Crepes to provide an afternoon of great food and croquet. The lawn will be transformed into two croquet courts allowing for simultaneous matches to take place. While waiting to play or just being a spectator, guests can enjoy freshly made crepes from a local Sonoma County food truck while sipping Clos du Bois wines and listening to live music. Bring a blanket and plan an afternoon basking in the warmth of the Alexander Valley sun.

Chefs’ Harvest at Seghesio Family Vineyards
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Cost: $125, $95 for members
Reservations: 707.433.3579
Celebrate wine country’s most festive time of year with an epicurean extravaganza. The second annual Chefs' Harvest will showcase the versatility of Zinfandel with unique cuisine crafted by some of the nation’s top chefs. Meet Seghesio Executive Chef Peter Janiak and his special guests — James Beard Award winner Michael Schlow of Boston’s Radius and “Top Chef Masters,” “Iron Chef” winner and Foundry on Melrose mastermind Eric Greenspan, and Gayle Pirie and John Clark of San Francisco’s acclaimed Foreign Cinema — as they pair delectable culinary designs with their favorite Seghesio wines. Ian Scherer and Fat City will perform upbeat jazz tempos, capping off an unforgettable evening in our beautiful grove.

Wood Fired Festival at J. Keverson Winery/Old Roma Station Wine District
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Cost: $20 prepaid online, $30 at the door
Reservations: http://www.oldromastation.com
Come join winemakers as they pour their Harvest Fair Medal winning wines. Festivities include four wineries pairing wine with pizza from Rozzo’s Wood Fired Pizza Oven and live music from Solid Air.

Pimitivo Release Party at Trione Vineyards and Winery
Date: Sunday, October 16, 2011
Cost: $10, free for members
Reservations: 707.814.8100, tasting(at)trionewinery(dot)com
Celebrate the 2nd vintage of the popular Alexander Valley Primitivo/Zinfandel Blend. Enjoy local sweet and savory treats, including heirloom tomato bisque from Peloton Catering and death by chocolate mini cupcakes. There will be live music from Brandon Hausser and stunning views by Mother Nature.

Swine and Wine at Russian River Vineyards
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Cost: $49 (by October 8, 2011)
Reservations: http://www.russianrivervineyards.com
Celebrate the 2011 Harvest Season with Corks at Russian River Vineyards’ 1st Annual “Swine and Wine”. Chef will create a delicious pork feast from Russian River Vineyards’ Berkshire-Hampshire pig, to be paired with award-winning wines, live music, and stunning views.

Mounts Family Winery
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 11:00am-4:00pm
Cost: $15, free for members
Reservations: http://www.mountswinery.com
It’s time to celebrate with a wine and food extravaganza atop the 140 acre estate in the Dry Creek with Chef Duskie Estes. Guests will enjoy food from Zazu Restaurant paired with award-winning wines.

Haunted Winery Halloween Party and Benefit at Trione Vineyards and Winery
Date: Friday, October 28, 2011 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (includes one drink ticket)
Reservations: http://www.trionewinery.com
Join Trione Vineyards and Winery for a spook-tacular Halloween celebration including live music from two local bands - Crazy Famous & Pat Jordan Band as well as food, wine, beer, fa-boo-lous prizes and costume contests. The proceeds benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Geyserville Unified School District. Each admission includes one drink ticket.

DaVero’s Sunset Supper Series
Date: October 27, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Cost: $85, $75 for club members
Reservations: (required) 707.431.8000
Back by popular demand, Paella expert Chef Gerard will be at the farm and gardens to kick off the Fall Harvest! There will be a special menu and collaboration with Colleen McGlynn, Chef and co-owner of DaVero.

Date: Friday, November 25, 2011
Cost: Free
Reservations: (optional) 707.431.8000
Join the 2nd annual Farm and Garden Day, the day after Thanksgiving at DaVero with Rosso Pizzeria! Get out of the house with family guests and enjoy a glass of wine and a slice of pizza.

Hands on Harvest at Windsor Oaks Vineyards and Winery
Dates: Now through November 15, 2011 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $50
Reservations: (required) 707.433.3810
Experience harvest, hands on! Come tour, taste and enjoy. Explore the vineyards and learn how to check ripeness and pick grapes. At the winery, guests can visit the crush pad, participate in punch down, taste pure juice and be part of the grape-to-glass process and then taste the award-winning results.

Harvest Production Tour and Tasting at Mauritson Wines
Dates: Every Saturday through November 26, 2011 starting at 10:30am
Cost: $25
Reservations: http://www.mauritsonwines.com
Meet at Mauritson Wines tasting room for a day full of action and fun! Depending on the day, guests may see fruit coming in right off the vines and being sorted or watch the cellar crew as they do morning punch downs and run brix and temp. End the tour with a tasting of newly released Mauritson Wines.


Hope-Merril House
Reservations: 707.857.3356, http://www.hope-inns.com
Fall colors abound in Geyserville during the fall. Take a spooky tour through Olive Hill Cemetery or stroll through the vineyards for a burst of color. For a great deal, spend three nights at the Hope-Merrill House and get the third night at half price.

Auberge on the Vineyard
Reservations: 707.894.5956
Spend a romantic evening in wine country. Choose a vineyard view room with king bed and fireplace, a one hour couples massage and chocolate fondue served with Champagne or artisan red wine. Wake up refreshed and after a scrumptious three-course gourmet breakfast, go wine tasting in Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys with an assortment of tasting passes. Package is $89 (a $250 value) plus room rate. Available Sunday through Thursday until December 31, 2011.

Case Ranch Inn
Reservations: 707.887.8711, http://www.caseranchinn.com
Visit the Russian River Valley appellation and enjoy a fabulous package featuring restorative slumber at the Case Ranch Inn, gourmet dining at Corks Restaurant and complimentary wine tasting at Russian River Vineyards tasting room. The package includes:

  •     3 nights at Case Ranch Inn Bed and Breakfast
  •     $50 dining voucher redeemable at Corks Restaurant
  •     Complimentary tasting for a maximum of 4 persons at Russian River Vineyards tasting room ($20 value)

Package is $500, a savings of more than $100. Must request when booking stay, may not be combined with other specials and subject to availability. Dining voucher requires a minimum purchase of two entrees, is not valid for wine purchase, and has no cash value. Tasting Room Voucher must be redeemed during regular tasting hours of 11:00am-to 5:00pm.

The Wine Road is a travel resource for those looking to visit the region, which is famous for its renowned wine producers and cuisine, scenic beauty, and wine country lifestyle. The association hosts three celebrated wine events throughout the year, “Winter Wineland” in January; “Barrel Tasting” in March; and “A Food and Wine Affair” in November. Made up of 190 vintners and 50 lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Sonoma County, something is always going on along the Wine Road. To plan your next trip, please visit: http://www.wineroad.com. For additional information, or to request a free map, contact Beth Costa at 800.723.6336 or via e-mail at info(at)wineroad(dot)com, or visit the Wine Road on Twitter and Facebook.


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