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California Current Events Wine Happenings

California Current Events - Current Events in CaliforniaThis is your source for the latest California Current Events related to wine. Don’t miss these fabulous activities happening soon.

If you love wine, you will have a great time at these activities. Learn about upcoming happenings in the Wine Country including:

  • tastings/wine and food pairings
  • wine festivals/auctions
  • grape stomps/special blending sessions
  • live entertainment
  • fascinating seminars/wine dinners
  • bicycling/running events

Plan to attend these exciting events!
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California Current Events – January

Red and White Wine Toast

January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – CIA at Copia in Napa

January 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco

January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel

January 18-21: Napa Truffle Festival

January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino

January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg

January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport

January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville

January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival

January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival

January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula Valley

California Current Events – February Wine Events

Artistic Heart

February 2: Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest – Santa Rosa

February 3: Crab Feed in the Vineyards – Hannah Nicole Vineyards, Brentwood

February 9: Valentine Wine Walk – San Francisco

February 9-10: Port, Wine & Chocolate Lovers Weekend – Old Sugar Mill, Clarksburg

February 10-19: San Francisco Beer Week – SF Bay Area

February 11-12: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

February 11-12: Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Madera

February 16: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting – San Francisco

February 18: Winter Brew Fest – San Diego

February 19: Wine 101: Sensory Analysis – Clarksburg

February 23-25: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco

February 25: Alsace Festival – Anderson Valley

California Current Events – March

Leprechaun presenting

Leprechaun presenting

March 2-3: World of Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara

March 1-3 and 8-10: Barrel Tasting – Sonoma County

March 2-31: Spring Passport 2018 – Morgan Hill

March 9-10: Pechanga Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival – Temecula

Mar. 10- Apr. 16 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

March 10: Riedel Education in the Vineyards – Hannah Nicole Winery Brentwood

March 10: Hop ‘N Vine Festival – Santa Clara

March 23-24: Barrels, Tasting Weekend – Livermore

March 14-18: Taste of Solvang

March 16-18: Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend – Paso Robles

March 8: Palm Desert Food & Wine

March 31: Champagne on Main Street – Ventura

California Current Events – April Wine Events

Couple exploring a vineyard - Winery Pass
April 1: Lodi Wine & Food Festival

April 8: VinDiego Wine & Food Festival – San Diego

April 9: California Jazz & Wine Fest – Westlake Village

April 9: Columbia Wine Tasting
April 15: Passport Day – Santa Cruz

April 20-23: Pebble Beach Food & Wine

April 20-23: Spring Weekend – Santa Barbara

April 21-22: California Wine Festival – Orange County

April 22-23: Passport 2017 Wine Adventures – El Dorado County

April 22-23: North Sierra Wine Trail Bring Out the Barrels – Oroville

April 26: Stars of California 2017 – Beverly Hills

April 27-29: Passport to Dry Creek

April 29-30: Passport 2017 Wine Adventures – El Dorado County

April 29-30:: Clayton Art & Wine Festival

April 30: Taste of Huntington Beach

California Current Events – May

Truett Hurst Winery

Truett Hurst Winery – near Healdsburg

May 2-4: Adult Wine Camp – Murphys

May 6: Junior League of San Diego’s Food & Wine Festival – La Jolla

May 6-7: Hopland Passport Weekend

May 6-7: Downtown Livermore Street Fest

May 7: Valley Public Radio’s Annual Wine Tasting – Fresno

May 13: Uncorked! Wine Festival – San Francisco

May 13-14: Spring Wine Trail Adventure – Madera

May 13-14: El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire

May 18-21: Paso Robles Wine Festival

May 19-21: Zinfest – Lodi

May 19-21: Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival

May 26-28: BottleRock Music & Food Festival – Napa Valley

May 27: Art & Wine Festival – Mariposa

California Current Events – June Wine Events

Women Wine Tasting in Vineyard

June 2-4: Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival

June 3-12: Healdsburg Jazz Festival

June 3-4: Artichoke Festival – Castroville

June 3-5: Monterey Wine Festival – Monterey

June 4: 13th Annual Olive Festival – Paso Robles

June 4-5: Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival

June 5: Paso Pinot & Paella Festival – Templeton

June 9-10: Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival

June 10-11: San Francisco Weekend Celebration of American Rhone Wines 2016

June 11: Barbera Festival – Plymouth, California

June 11: Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – San Diego

June 11: Ojai Wine Festival

June 11: Wine in the Pines – Pine Mountain Club

June 11-12: Creston Wine Trail Passport Weekend – Paso Robles

June 18: Art and Wine Celebration – Carmel Valley

June 22-24: San Luis Obispo Roll Out the Barrels

June 24: Santa Barbara Food & Wine Festival

June 25: The Blind Barrel – Placerville

June 25-26: LA Wine Fest – Los Angeles

California Current Events – July Wine Events

Uncle Sam Hat

July1: Red, White, & Blues Extravaganza – Clear Lake

July 4: Independence Day on the Napa Wine Train

July 8: 6th Annual Oyster Festival – Avila Beach

July 14-15: Mammoth Food & Wine Experience – Mammoth Lakes

July 15: Niles Canyon Railway Wine Tasting Special – Livermore Valley

July 20-23: Taste Our Terroir – Livermore

July 22-23: Barrel Tasting Weekend – Anderson Valley

July 30: Taste of Camarillo Wine, Brew & Food Festival

California Current Events – August

summer sun

August 4-5: Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

August 4-7: 18th Annual V Wine Celebration – Napa Valley

August 5: Preston Castle Wine Tasting & Tour – Ione

August 5: Sip of Julian – San Diego

August 12: Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival

August 12: Gala Wine Festival – Ukiah

August 12-13: Gravenstein Apple Fair – Sebastapol

August 18-19: Main Street Reunion – Downtown Napa

August 18-20: Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire – Lompoc

August 19: 11th Annual Taste of Petaluma

August 19-20: Pacific Wine And Food Festival – Newport Beach

August 20: Family Winemakers Tasting – San Francisco

August 24-27 Eat Drink SF – San Francisco

August 26-27: Bodega Bay Seafood, Art, and Wine Festival

August 25-27: Brentwood Art, Wine & Jazz Festival

August 25-27: Central Coast Wine Classic – San Luis Obispo

August 27-30: Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Wine Happenings – September

September 2-5: US Sand Sculpting Challenge – San Diego

September 3-4: The Last Blast of Summer – Millbrae

September 4-6: Sonoma Wine Country Weekend – Sonoma County

September 8-9: Winesong Weekend – Mendocino

September 9: Calistoga Wine Experience

September 10: Taste of Downtown Livermore

September 10-11: Capitola Art & Wine Festival

September 10-11: Russian River Jazz Festival

September 10-11: Mountain View Art & Wine Festival

September 11: Taste of the Town – Santa Barbara

September 14-17: Lodi Grape Festival

September 16-18: Sonoma Valley Crush – Sonoma

September 16-18: Monterey Jazz Festival

September 17-18: Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival

September 17-18: Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

September 23-25: Los Alamos Old Days – North of Santa Barbara

September 24-27: Savor the Central Coast

September 29-October 2: Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival

California Current Events – October Wine Events

Halloween Jack o'lantern
October 1-2: Big Crush Harvest Festival – Amador County

October 7-9: Los Angeles Greek Fest

October 7-10: Celebration of Harvest – Santa Barbara

October 8-9: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival – San Diego Area

October 8-9: West Covina Food and Wine Festival

October 14-17: Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival – Woodland Hills

October 15: Art & Wine Festival – Placerville

October 20: Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles

California Current Events – November


November 2-4: Big Sur Food& Wine Festival

November 3: Russiam River Valley Single Vineyard Night at Fort Mason – San Francisco

November 3-5: Big Sur Food and Wine Festival

Nov.5-Dec.1: The Grand Grape Celebration – Yosemite National Park

November 14-20: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

November 18: Trade Tasting at Somm Con – San Diego

November 25: Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Hwy. 128 near Healdsburg

California Current Events – December

Christmas wine

December 1-2: Balboa Park December Nights – San Diego

December 1-3: Holiday Festival of Wines – Murphys

Fridays in December: Cornish Christmas – downtown Grass Valley

December 2: 22nd Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 2: Taste of the Santa Cruz Mountains – Menlo Park

December 2: Breakfast With Santa – Ironstone Vineyards Calaveras County

December 2-5: Holidays in the Vineyards – Livermore

December 3-4: Wine Country Winter Festival – Santa Rosa

December 9: Lighted Boat Parade – Petaluma (Sonoma County)

December 9-10: Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk

December 12-25: The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park

Throughout December: Santa Trains – Napa Wine Train

Throughout December: Julian Country Christmas (San Diego County)

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Disneyland Facts You Really Need to Know

Disneyland Facts

Get important Disneyland facts and insider tips needed to plan your visit. Find out why more people have gone to Disneyland than any other park in the world. If you haven’t visited Disneyland yet, you really should!
Scroll down for answers to these questions:

  • When in the best time to visit Disneyland?
  • Where can I get the best prices on tickets?
  • Should I visit Disneyland AND California Adventures?

Disneyland’s newest area, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened. Until June 24, 2019 be aware that special reservations are needed to enter Galaxy’s Edge. One of the main attractions in this brand new area of Disneyland is open. Millennium Falcon puts you and up to five friends in the cockpit.
The second main attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open later this year.

Be sure to download the Play Disney Parks mobile app prior to your arrival at Disneyland. This app allows you to deepen your engagement with the land and interact with the world around you on the planet Batuu. Definitely fun!

Important Disneyland Fact #1 – The Best Time to Visit Disneyland

You’ll have fun at Disneyland any time of the year. There are special events held at certain times of the year. The park is open longer hours during the summer months. Certain times of the year are more crowded than others. All of these Disneyland facts are things to consider when choosing the dates for your visit.

Calendar of Special Events

  • June – August – Summer at Disneyland
    (Enjoy extended hours: the park is open later.)
  • September 12 – October 31 – Halloween Time at Disneyland
    (Spooky decorations, activities, and celebrations)
  • Mid-November – Early-January – Season to Sparkle
    (The park is transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the Holidays.)

Disney CastleMost Crowded/Less Crowded
Generally, holidays and 3-day weekends are the most crowded days at Disneyland. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are typically less crowded than other days of the week.

Seasonally Disneyland has the lowest attendance visiting during the following times:

  • Mid-January – Mid-March
    (except President’s weekend)
  • Mid-April – Mid-May
    (except Spring Break)
  • First two weeks of November

If you want to avoid the crowds, be at Disneyland ready to walk through the gates shortly before the park opens. The park will be less crowded during the first few hours it opens. The lines for the rides will be shorter. I’ve usually found that the park is also less crowded during the last few hours it is open; especially in the summer.

Important Disneyland Fact #2 – Where to Get the Best Ticket Prices

Teacups DisneylandYou will find lots of places that offer special deals on Disneyland tickets. However, the discounts are not all that great. You should be able to save between $2-$12 off per ticket.

Check out the following deals to decide which one will save you the most money. It’s a good idea to purchase your tickets in advance because it saves you from having to stand in another line at the gate.

Costco Travel
Costco has travel packages for sale online that can save you money. These packages normally include accommodations, admission to Disneyland, and dining options. Sometimes a local Costco will actually sell tickets in the store. These are usually the best deal.

California educators can buy tickets through TSA for slightly reduced prices.

Southern California Residents
Disneyland sometimes has special rates for Southern California residents living in certain zip codes. Check out their website to see if any specials are currently active.

Good Neighbor Hotel Vacation Package
Mickey Mouse and Minnie MousePurchase a Good Neighbor Hotel Package from Walt Disney Travel to save on accommodations , admission to Disneyland, and a variety of other perks. If you purchase a 3-day pass or longer, you will receive a Magic Morning Early Admission. This lets you enter the park one hour before the park opens to the public. If you are an early riser, it’s worth getting in early because you can just walk right onto the rides that are opened. No lines!

Members of the AAA Auto Club can usually purchase discounted tickets from AAA online or in person at a local office.

Credit Unions
Many credit unions offer discounted Disneyland tickets. If you belong to a credit union, it’s worth asking. Golden 1 Credit Union usually has some of the best prices.

Active and retired Military personnel can purchase discounted tickets at their local U.S. Military base ticket office.

Important Disneyland Fact #3 – Should I Visit Both Disneyland and California Adventure?

Dumbo Ride DisneylandThere are two separate theme parks at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim: Disneyland and the newest park, California Adventure. You can buy a ticket that just lets you into Disneyland or a ticket that just lets you visit California Adventures.

They also have “hopper passes” that allow you to go back and forth between the parks.

You could easily spend an entire day at one park and still not ride every single ride or do every single attraction. If you only have one day, I’d probably recommend spending the day at Disneyland. It is the most popular park.

If you have 2 or more days I’d recommend visiting both parks. The cheapest way to do this is to purchase multi-day tickets that let you into a single theme park each day. A Hopper Pass gives you same-day admission to both parks and is the most flexible option.

grapesSpecial Note to Wine Lovers
Alcohol will be served in Disneyland for the first time, but only in the new Star Wars area. California Adventure, on the other hand, does sell alcohol. There’s even a special area that represents the California Wine Country. Many restaurants serve wine and some even offer special flights of wine. Click here for more information and tips on California Adventure.

We hope these Disneyland Facts help you to have the best Disney Vacation!

If you have been Disneyland, please share your Disneyland Facts with us. We’d love to hear about your recommendations and advice.

Tracy Wineries – Yes, There Are Wineries in Tracy

Tracy WineriesEnjoy wine tasting at Tracy Wineries located in the Tracy Hills Appellation. The area between Tracy and the Altamont Hills has been designated as the Tracy Hills Appellation.

There are only a handful of wineries currently open with wine tasting rooms. Expect this area to grow in the near future. Tracy is located east of San Francisco in California’s Central Valley. Elevation ranges from 100 to 500 feet above sea level.

Tracy Golf Course

Tracy Golf Courses. There are a variety of courses in the area to consider. Click on this link to learn more. You might play an early round of golf in the morning and stop by the Tracy wineries in the afternoon.

Tracy Wineries

La Bonne Vie CellarsLa Bonne Vie Cellars
Address: 29181 S. Lehman Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209) 836-2188
Open weekends noon to 5 PM and other days by appointment
This Tracy winery was established in 2002. White wines include Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Red wines: Merlot and Sangiovese. They also produce a Port-like blend called Nectare des Dieux. This winery is also used as a wedding and special events venue.

Ramon RiosRamon Rios Vineyards & Winery
Address: 8482 W. Linne Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209) 839-6781
Open weekends noon-5PM
This Tracy winery was established in 2006. Wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Petite Syrah, and Port.

Windmill Ridge WineryWindmill Ridge Winery
Address: 8350 West Linne Road, Tracy, CA 95304
Telephone: (209)834-0005
Open weekends noon-5PM and other days by appointment.
Wines include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Merlot Rose, Barbera, and a Port. Established in 2008, this winery is a place for wine tasting but also serves as an event center and facility rental.

M & J Bistro - Tracy, California
You can also sample local wines made at these wineries at M & J Bistro. This Tracy restaurant is also an excellent destination for either lunch or dinner. You’ll find great San Francisco cuisine and friendly service. It’s our favorite place to dine in the area. Click on the link above to learn more about M & J Bistro.

Also worth checking out, is Vino 100. This is a wine shop located in the Home Depot Shopping Center at 2467 Naglee Road in Tracy. Stop in for a glass of wine or check out the calendar of upcoming events. They often have fun happenings such as live music, comic nights, educational seminars, and special tastings. You can purchase bottles of wine at Vino 100. They even have a wine club that you could join.

Take a Drive Over the Altamont to the Livermore Wine Country

Vineyard rows of grapesThere are more than 60 wineries producing wine in the Livermore Wine Country. Wineries are scattered around Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, and Castro Valley. There’s a mix of both small and large wineries. Enjoy rolling hills and great wines! Click on the link above to learn about Livermore wineries.

After exploring the wineries of Tracy, be sure to check out other Central Valley wine regions:

Lodi| Madera | Clarksburg

Have you visited the Tracy wineries? If so, please tell us all about the winery you visite.