January 2019 – Celebrate the New Year All Month

January 2019
January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.

Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!

Make reservations soon as many of these events do sell out.


Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019


January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Champagne Sparkling WineAttend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.

The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!



ZinfandelJanuary 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.



January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel

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Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.

This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.


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January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.

Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.


January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
January 2019 Wine EventsTravel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.

This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.


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January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.

Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.


January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Placerville, CaliforniaEnjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.

This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.


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January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.

I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!


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January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.

Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.


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January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!

Learn more about Temecula wineries!


If you attend any of these January 2019 events, please scroll down and leave a comment. Our visitors really would like to hear about your experiences!

California Fun Activities – December 2017

candy canes christmasTake a look at the many California fun activities. Discover holiday activities for the entire family as well as exciting wine events throughout California.

Celebrate the holidays at Yosemite National Park for a unique Christmas. Shop for unique artwork made by craftspeople and artists. Sample wine and beer in a festive, Christmas setting. Experience an old fashioned Christmas. Bring you children to meet Santa Claus ride a Christmas Train, or watch a festive lighted boat parade. There are so many fun things happening this month.

Check out the California Fun Activities that you do not want to miss this month. Make your reservations soon. Many of these events are quite popular and will sell out. Click on the link at top of each listing to learn more.


Merry Christmas from Cheers-2-Wine!


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We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. We are thankful for the many visitors to our website. We appreciate all of the interactions and support we receive throughout the year.


December Events


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December 1-2: Balboa Park December Nights
2017 marks the 40th year for December Nights. It’s a popular holiday tradition that offers fun for the entire family. Balboa Park will be all decked out with festive lighting and holiday decorations. A wide variety of activities are planned throughout the park.

Complimentary admission to Balboa Park museums, food from around the globe, unique gift shopping, live entertainment, and holiday music are just a few of the attractions to enjoy. Balboa Park is definitely the place to go in San Diego for California Fun Activities.


DunbarDecember 1-3: Holiday Festival of Wines
Visit the historic town of Murphys in Calaveras County during their Open House weekend. The celebration will include parade, music, and holiday activities. More than 20 Calaveras wineries will be welcoming you into their wine tasting rooms for special tastings, gift buying deals, and exciting wine and food pairings. Information about Calaveras Wineries.


Red Wine CandlesDecember 2: Ventura Winter Wine Walk
This event includes a street fair in downtown Ventura. Browse handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment. Sample beer and wine at 60 different tasting locations. Delicious food will be available for purchase. Enjoy festive holiday decorations and an evening snowfall.


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Fridays in December: Cornish Christmas
The streets of downtown Grass Valley are closed to traffic as this historic community celebrates its Cornish heritage. The sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas fill the air: Christmas carolers, jugglers, musicians, cloggers, and, of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and crafts from local artisans will be for sale along with delicious food and drinks. Sample wine from local wineries.


Santa on a Tractor December 2: 22nd Annual Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade
The Tractor Parade is a holiday tradition that celebrates the agricultural heritage of this small Napa Valley town. Vintage tractors and modern tractions along with antique trucks and other farm equipment will be adorned with holiday lights. They will parade down the main street of town to kick off the Christmas season. Bring your children as Santa is sure to make an appearance. The Calistoga Christmas Faire takes place on the same day at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Head over there for holiday activities, unique shopping, and delicious food and treats.

If you decide to visit some of the area wineries, check out the Guide to Calistoga Wineries


SantaDecember 2: Breakfast With Santa – Ironstone Vineyards Calaveras County
Enjoy a breakfast buffet, create holiday crafts, and have your picture taken with Santa on December 3rd. Ironstone Vineyards is located near Murphys in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Be sure to visit the wine tasting room as well as the Ironstone Heritage Museum, which is home to a 44 pound crystalline gold leaf specimen; the largest in the world!


Santa BearDecember 2: Taste of the Mountains
Taste wine from the boutique wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains at this annual event in downtown Menlo Park. Purchase a wristband that entitles you to sample wine throughout the afternoon. Experience shopping at the unique upscale boutiques and dine at gourmet restaurants. Join in the tree lighting ceremony. Make reservations to enjoy breakfast with Santa.


Christmas wine December 2-3: Holidays in the Vineyards – Livermore
Join Livermore wineries on December 2nd and 3rd for holiday fun. Wine tasting rooms will be all decked out for the holidays with special wine offerings, arts and crafts, holiday music, and a variety of holiday fun activities. Tasting fees will be charged by individual wineries. It’s a festive time to visit the Livermore Wine Country!


Christmas Lights December 9: Lighted Boat Parade
The Lighted Boat Parade takes place at the Petaluma River Turning Basin, which is in downtown historic Petaluma. This charming town is an hour’s drive north of San Francisco and is surrounded by incredible Sonoma County Wineries. Come watch the popular event or register to participate yourself. Boats range from stately yachts to kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. All are decorated for Christmas.


SolvangDecember 9-10: 2017 Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk
Get in the holiday spirit in the Danish village of Solvang. Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Wine Country; 35 miles north of Santa Barbara.

A ticket to this two-day event allows you to sample wine and beer all weekend at tasting rooms and wine bars. Stroll through Solvang exploring the unique shops. Treat yourself to Danish pastries at one of the world famous bakeries in the village. Dine at gourmet restaurants. It’s a weekend of fun!


Yosemite National ParkDecember 12-25: The Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite National Park
The dining room at the Alwanhee Hotel is transformed into an Old-English-era hall to celebrate Christmas on selected December dates. These seven course dinners have been a Yosemite tradition since 1927. More than 100 cast members participate to create an unforgettable evening.

Click on the link to see which dates have openings. Dinner and lodging packages are available. Make reservations soon!


merry christmas santaNapa Valley Santa Train. The Napa Valley Wine Train will be hosting Santa Trains throughout the month of December. This family fun includes music, games and entertainment on the 90 minute train ride. Enjoy hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. It’s a magical Christmas experience. These train excursions book up quickly so make your reservations soon.

Train excursions are available throughout California. Most offer special Santa Trains or Polar Express trips during December. Check out Other Train Rides Here


Santa Old FashionedCountry Christmas
Experience a Country Christmas in the historic town of Julian. This charming town is known for having the best apple pies. There are many wineries in the area and some have tasting rooms in the downtown. There are a variety of bed and breakfast inns and unique specialty shops to browse.

The downtown transforms itself each December into an old fashioned Christmas. Events include history re-enactments, costumed carolers, a living nativity scene, carriage rides, home tours, Christmas Teas, and performances of “The Christmas Carol” by local children. Julian is in eastern San Diego County. There are many choices in Julian for California Fun Activities in December.


If you have attended any of these California Fun Activities, please leave a comment below. If you know of an event not listed, we’d really love to hear from you about that activity as well.


October 2017 – Events You Won’t Want to Miss

October 2017There are many events planned for October 2017. Don’t miss out on a event that you are sure to enjoy. Check out upcoming events and make your plans soon. October is the time to attend a Grape Stomp and experience other harvest activities. It’s always time to sample wines, enjoy live music, and learn about pairing wine and food.

Click on the name of each event for more information.


October 2017 – Wine Country Events


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October 6-8: Sonoma County Harvest Fair – Santa Rosa
Participate in a farm to table celebration that includes world-class wines, award-winning beers and ciders, as well as a variety of culinary delights. More than 100 wineries will be pour their wines.

Enjoy chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, and gourmet meals. This is one of Sonoma County’s most popular events.


grapes being harvestedOctober 6-8: Big Crush Harvest Festival – Amador County
Spend some time in the scenic foothills of the Amador Wine Country. Stomp grapes, enjoy creative food and wine pairings, live music, and a variety of harvest activities. This includes a Grape Stomp on Friday evening. Taste wine at more than 40 wineries.


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October 7: 27th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp
Teams of two compete to extract the most juice out of measured amounts of wine grapes. Prizes are awarded. Costumes are encouraged and prizes are awarded to best costumes. Participate yourself or come watch the fun!

There’s also a silent auction, street fair, and a raffle. The Grand Prize raffle winner will get to choose between a vacation to Australia or New Zealand. Murphy’s is an historic Gold Rush town with lots of wine tasting rooms and unique boutiques to explore.


View of Lake TahoeOctober 7: Truckee Wine, Walk, & Shop
Sip wine and sample local food. Enjoy unique shopping in Truckee’s historic downtown area.
Attendees will receive a commemorative wine glass to sample wine at 30+ venues as well as five food tickets and a map to all participating venues. Truckee is just a short distance from beautiful Lake Tahoe where you can enjoy a wide variety of activities.

While in the Truckee area, be sure to check out Nevada County Wineries


LaJollaCoveNewOctober 7-8: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival – San Diego Area
This annual event is one of the most prestigious art and wine festivals in Southern California. It’s a juried art fair featuring works of art from over 150 established artists. Admission is free. Enjoy the charms of downtown La Jolla. Participate in a silent auction, enjoy live entertainment, visit the gourmet marketplace, and taste local wines and beers.


face paintingOctober 7-8: Camp Richardson Oktoberfest – Lake Tahoe
This Oktoberfest celebration offers fun for the entire family. Sip from a souvenir beer mug and sink your teeth into a freshly-cooked turkey leg or IPA beer-infused bratwurst. Thrill the kids with a trip to the face painting booth before heading to the bouncy house or bungee jump to burn off some energy. And in addition to a well-stocked beer and wine garden, an assortment of delicious German food and desserts, it’s your chance to get up and dance to live music by the crowd-pleasing Gruber Family Band. Plus, it’s free to attend October 2017!


Cheese and Wine
October 14-15: 41st Annual Riverbank Cheese & Wine Exposition
Taste locally produced artisanal cheeses, award-winning Central Valley wines, as well as a selection of craft beers. More than 100 vendors, consisting of artists and crafters from all over the United States, and food booths, add excitement to this festive occasion. This event offers fun for the whole family. There’s also a full carnival, a fantastic kids area with rides and games, and live music. Admission is free.


Dry Creek Valley
October 14: Wine Road’s Magical Mystery Tour
Enjoy a day of Wine and Food along the Wine Road with tours of four wineries in the Dry Creek Area The tour will visit four wineries, where you will taste four wines with a food pairing. Tours are limited to 20 people. Shh…It’s a secret where you are going. Don’t ask…they can’t tell you! You will be tasting Zinfandel, Rhone varietals, and other wines from Dry Creek.


Grape HarvestOctober 20: Harvest Wine Weekend – Paso Robles
Discover award winning wines at this annual wine weekend. Events take place at the more than 100 participating wineries located throughout Paso Robles. Join in the fun and discover a new favorite wine as well. Events include winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairing, and live music. A great time to visit Paso Robles!


accordion October 21: Swiss Day 2017 – Paso Robles
Kick off your shoes and enjoy a folksy, flavorful afternoon of Swiss-style delights! Explore traditional Swiss dishes prepared by Executive Chef Randal Torres paired with Vina Robles estate wines and melodies by accordionist Michael Gutin. Guests are also invited to participate in the grape stomp and imprint their feet on a souvenir t-shirt.

While in the Paso Robles area, be sure to check out Paso Robles Wineries


Have you attended any of these October 2017 events? If you have, please tell us what you thought. Our visitors would love to hear about your experience.