Healdsburg California: The Only Guide You Need

Healdsburg tours-stay-eat- have fun There’s many reasons to choose Healdsburg, California as your next Wine Country destination. Learn about fun things to do in Healdsburg and get practical tips on where to stay and where to eat while visiting this small city located in northern Sonoma County.

Healdsburg offers the charms of a small town combined with incredible restaurants and world class wineries to please the most particular foodie and wine connoisseur. Drive the uncrowded country roads through breathtaking Wine Country scenery. Healdsburg is centrally located between three major wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley


Healdsburg California: Where to Stay


DryCreekInnIf you are on a budget, stay at Dry Creek Inn. You can frequently find special deals on websites such as Travel Zoo and Groupon. This hotel is conveniently located just off of Highway 101 and just a short distance in every direction to wineries.

There’s two swimming pools, an outdoor jacuzzi tub, an outdoor fire pit, water fountains, as well as a sauna. Casa Siena are the standard rooms. They charge slightly more to upgrade to a Tuscan room, which includes a fireplace and spa tub. All of the rooms have very comfortable beds. Breakfast is complimentary and is better than most free breakfasts. If you plan on wine tasting at local wineries, ask at the lobby for free wine tasting coupons.


HonorMansionHonor Mansion is the place to go if you want to be spoiled. This is an upscale bed and breakfast located near downtown Healdsburg. Swim, play croquet, tennis, bocce, or basketball. Practice your putting. Arrange for a poolside massage. Listen to the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the koi pond. Gorgeous rooms, amazing happy hour with beverages and appetizers, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Staff is friendly and they go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay.


Healdsburg California: Where to Eat


Willi's Seafood
Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar If you don’t care for raw seafood, don’t let the name scare you. Willi’s has an extensive menu that includes a variety of delicious small plates. Some of my favorites include raw oysters, hanger steak, minted lamb, fish tacos, and pan roasted Duncan’s mushrooms. They have the best sour dough bread, served warm with garlic parsley butter. Dine indoors or outside on the patio. Willi’s is located just north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue.


Chicken - Barndiva

Crispy Free Range Chicken


Barndiva
This outstanding Healdsburg restaurant uses fresh local ingredients to create scrumptious seasonally inspired dishes. Barn diva is known for their creative cocktails as well as their delicious food. Treat yourself to lunch, dinner, or a Sunday brunch. Barn diva is located in downtown Healdsburg a few blocks south of Healdsburg Plaza.


Spaghetti

Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese


Campo Fina
This restaurant is located on Healdsburg Avenue north of the Healdsburg Plaza. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or on the outside patio. This is the place to enjoy delicious Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Favorites here include Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese and Nonna’s Chicken served with sauteed greens and soft polenta. Make reservations well in advance!


Baci Restaurant Healdsburg
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
Baci’s is an incredible Italian restaurant located north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue. Everything about this restaurant is amazing. The service is friendly and attentive. Waiters are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. The food is full of fabulous flavors. Favorites at this restaurant include Stinco d’Agnello al Forno, a slow braised lamb shank and Pollo alla Livornese, pan sauteed chicken breast served with polenta and fresh vegetables. Don’t leave without trying the flourless chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean gelato!


Sonoma Chicken

Duck breast and confit of duck leg .


Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen has the perfect blend of wine country charm and elegance. Dine outdoors on the vine-covered terrace or indoors in their elegant dining room. Along with their delicious food, enjoy contemporary and classic jazz on Monday and Tuesday evenings featuring local Sonoma County musicians. As a bonus, the corkage fee is waived for your first two bottles of Sonoma County wines.

Dry Creek Kitchen is located just across the street from the tree-lined Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg.


Healdsburg California: Fun Things to Do


Wine Tasting at Wineries

Truett Hurst Winery

Treat-Hurst Winery – Dry Creek Valley

Healdsburg is surrounded by some of the best wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and the Alexander Valley. It’s a short drive from Healdsburg to visit any of these wine regions. Click on each of these links to learn about the wineries in each region.

The Dry Creek Valley is northwest of Healdsburg. Some wineries, such as Truest-Hurst, have views of Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Dry Creek produces outstanding Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Russian River Valley is a scenic region well known for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley, located north of Healdsburg, is recognized for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All are worth exploring!


Boy in Healdsburg Plaza

Healdsburg Plaza

Downtown Walking Wine Tour

More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms located in downtown Healdsburg. Park near the Healdsburg Plaza and walk from winery to winery.

Located on Healdsburg Avenue:
Rockville Vineyards, GrapeSeed Wines, Hartford Family Wines, S, Stonestreet, La Creama, and Stephen & Walter.

Located on Center Street: Banshee Wines, Cartograph, JCB Tasting Lounge, Roadhouse Winery, and Selby Wines.

Located on Matheson Street: Thumbprint Cellars, Lioco Wine Company, and Williamson Wines. Plaza Street: Ferrari-Carano.


Canoe Down the Russian River

Canoe down the Russian RiverIt’s a blast to kayak or canoe down the Russian River. There are a number of businesses that offer rentals right on the river. Pack your lunch and you’re ready for a relaxing day on the river.

We booked a 10 mile self-guided trip through Burke’s Canoes. Burke’s has a shuttle that picked us up and returned us back to where we started. There a many beaches along the way. Sometimes we could park the canoes and take a break on the beach. What a great day we had outdoors on the river!


Ride a Segway

Ride a Segway
Tour Healdsburg on a segway. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as roll along the river and through vineyards. If you have not ridden a segway before, there’s time to practice before you start. There are different segway tours to choose from. Our tour took us to three different wineries where we stopped for wine tasting. Learn More


Visit Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma - Healdsburg
Visit Lake Sonoma for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and picnicking. This lake is just 10 miles west of downtown Healdsburg. Take time to visit the Fish Hatchery and Visitor’s Center, which are open throughout the year.

The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival takes place every February. This annual event offers fun activities for the entire family. Learn More


Have you visited Healdsburg California? We would love to hear what you like to do in Healdsburg, where you like to stay and eat.
Please comment below.


California Hiking Trails – Top Hikes in the Wine Country

California Hiking TrailsCalifornia hiking trails are some of the best hikes you’ll find anywhere. Discover the top California hikes. Get detailed information on nature hikes throughout California. Access hiking trail maps, tips, and directions.

California is a large state with diverse geographic opportunities to enjoy. Enjoy hiking along the coastline with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy breathtaking mountain views hiking through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Hike through dense redwood forests or beautiful desert scenery. California has so much to offer. Plan an outdoor getaway soon!


Northern California Hiking Trails


redwood forest California
Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve

Coastal redwoods are the tallest living thing on the Earth. This state reserve is the place to visit and enjoy these amazing trees. Experience the amazing serenity and beauty of this redwood forest. The tallest tree in this redwood grove is 310 feet high.

Hiking trails at Armstrong Woods range from easy to strenuous. This park is located in Guerneville. Hikes range from one to nine miles in length. This is the heart of the Russian River Wine Region. This region produces an abundance of outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Explore the nearby wineries of the Russian River Valley


Bothe Napa Valley State Park
Bothe Napa Valley State Park
Discover a serene redwood forest. It’s located just off the highway near the city of Calistoga, the most northern part of Napa Valley. There are 10 miles of hikes available to hikers, equestrians, and bicyclists.

The most popular hike takes you to the top. Hikers are rewarded with scenic vistas of the Napa Valley and surrounding hills.
While in the area, take time to visit historic Calistoga. Calistoga is known for being the most laid-back area of the Napa Valley. Most of the wineries are small, family owned wineries. Visitors also head to Calistoga to enjoy the hot mineral springs and the very popular mud baths.

Learn About Calistoga Wineries


CavernsCaverns in the Sierra Foothills
Discover the underground world of limestone caverns in the Sierra Foothills. You can explore the caverns on a guided walking tour. Some of the caverns have trails that let you hike outdoors in the surrounding area. If you’re really adventurous, you might want to rappel down into the cave.

Grapes were planted in the Sierra Foothills during the 1800s by Europeans who immigrated to California looking for gold. The flagship wine produced in this region is Zinfandel. Zinfandels from this regions are recognized as being full-bodied, bold wines. You will also find outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Ports, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Primitive.

Discover the Wineries of the Sierra Foothills


Half Dome - Yosemite National Park

Hike Half Dome – Yosemite National Park
You’ll find many hikes at Yosemite National Parks from easy to strenuous. The ultimate Yosemite hike is the iconic hike to the top of Half Dome. I’ve done this hike numerous times. Read my tips and advice on planning for this exciting hike.

Yosemite National Park is a truly awesome place. This is the reason that visitors from around the globe visit this park every year. It’s definitely worth exploring. Yosemite gets my vote for the most beautiful place in California!

Wineries are located in nearby Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. In fact, before Prohibition more wine was produced in this area than in the Napa Valley. Wine production died off but is experiencing a rebirth in recent years. Wineries are small, family owned businesses.

Visit Wineries Near Yosemite National Park


John Muir WoodsJohn Muir Woods – Marin County
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and drive into Marin County to enjoy a day of hiking at John Muir Woods. An amazing California Redwoods Forest is just a short drive from San Francisco. Pick up a trail map at the Visitor’s Center.Enjoy a variety of hikes beginning with a short half mile loop that begins as you enter the park.

Marin County is just north of San Francisco and borders Sonoma County on the north. They have some unique small wineries that are family owned and operated. Located in a cool climate, they primarily produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Experience Marin County Wineries


Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park – Mendocino
Find peace and serenity at Van Damme State Park near Mendocino. Hike or bike through a fern covered canyon along Little River Creek. A beautiful hike any season of the year. An easy hike on a paved trail! There are 10 miles of trails in this state park.

Mendocino is famous for its unspoiled beauty, secluded beaches, breathtaking views, and fabulous award winning wines. This is one of the leading wine regions to organically produce wines. They have many award winning wines which and are mostly known for their top quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Explore Mendocino County Wineries


Central California Hiking Trails


Point Lobos

Point Lobos State Reserve
You’ll love the dramatic ocean views at Point Lobos State Reserve near Monterey. There are a variety of hikes. They even have a few trails that are wheelchair accessible. You might spot a whale or two.

Point Lobos is home to many animals including sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of birds. A spectacular place to hike!

More than 40 different varietals of wine are produced in Monterey County. You’ll find many world class wines just waiting to be enjoyed!

Learn About Monterey County Wineries


Garland Ranch

Garland Ranch Regional Park
Garland Ranch is located in the scenic Carmel Valley. It’s a dog friendly park. There are areas that allow dogs to roam off-leash.

You’ll find lots of hiking trails to choose from for beginners to experienced hikers. Gorgeous scenery!

A major attraction in the area that you should visit if you can is The Monterey Bay Aquarium They have a variety of fascinating exhibits that are worth a visit.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Hike through a redwood forest, along a creek, past lush waterfalls, and on sunny ridge tops with fabulous views. You’ll find just the hike for you at Big Basin. This was California’s first state park.

Big Basin State Park was established in 1902. This park is well known for having some of the best California hiking trails. The park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, home also to a number of award winning wineries. This is the region to taste fabulous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Discover San Cruz County Wineries


Bishop's Peak

Bishop’s Peak
Bishop’s Peak is a popular hike in San Luis Obispo. This 4 mile round-trip hike to the peak offers a panoramic view that includes Morro Bay, the Pacific Ocean, Cal Poly, and the surrounding hills.

The Bishop Peak’s hike takes approximately 2 hours to do this hike. Hike in the morning and head to the beach or a nearby winery in the afternoon. Check Out the Top 15 Things to Do in San Luis Obispo.


Morro Bay State ParkBlack Hill Trail at Morro Bay State Park
Black Hill Trail is a 3 mile round-trip hike located in Morro Bay State Park. Park in the marina parking lot across from the campground. The hike begins in the campground.
It’s an easy hike with an elevation gain of 600 feet. The hike can be done in approximately 2 hours. It’s often foggy during the summer months. On clear days the view at the summit is stunning.

San Luis Obispo is famous for its delicious Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. However, you will find other high quality wines produced here such as Syrah, Sparkling Wines, Port, Grenache, Merlot, Roussanne, and Viognier.

Visit the Wineries of San Luis Obispo County


Nojoqui FallsNojoqui Falls – near Solvang
This is an easy hike (.6 miles roundtrip) for all ages. Located just 1 and a half miles off of Highway 101, it would be a perfect break for travelers driving along 101.

It’s best to do this hike in the winter or early spring when the water will be at full flow. However, this picture was taken mid-summer and it’s still pretty even in the summer. One of the shorter California hiking trails!

Santa Barbara is best known for its top quality Chardonnay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. However, many other varietals are produced here. You will find excellent wines of every varietal as you tour Santa Barbara wineries.

Learn About Santa Barbara Wineries


Southern California Hiking Trails


Torrey Pines Ocean View
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Explore eight miles of hiking trails at Torrey Pines in the La Jolla area of San Diego. This coastal park has 2000 acres of stunning scenery. Highlights include rare Torrey Pine trees, miles of gorgeous beaches, and a lagoon that is a habitat for migrating seabirds.

There are more than 60 wineries in San Diego. Some are urban wineries with tasting rooms in the city of San Diego. There are numerous wineries located away from the city either in the eastern or northern sections of the county.

Discover San Diego Wineries


Cedar Falls - San Diego Hike
Hike to Cedar Creek Falls in San Diego
Cedar Creek Falls is a scenic hike through the hills of Eastern San Diego. The falls cascade into a pool below. It’s a blast to swim in the pool beneath the falls. The 80 foot high Cedar Creek Falls is located southwest of Julian.

Spring is the best time for this hike. Wild flowers will be blooming. The falls do dry up in the summer and the extreme heat can be dangerous during those hot summer months. If you are spending some time in the area, Check out the Top 25 Things to do in San Diego.


Iron Mountain Trailhead in Poway near San Diego, California
Hike Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain is a six mile roundtrip hike that takes you to the top of Iron Mountain. On a clear day you can see all of San Diego. There’s even a magnified viewer that zooms in on the sights. It’s fun to point out the landmarks you can recognize.

Iron Mountain is located on Highway 67 near Poway in east San Diego County. The hike usually takes two to three hours, but depends on your pace and how long you linger at the top to enjoy the stunning view.


If you have hiked any of these California hiking trails, please leave a comment below to tell us about your experiences.


April 2019 – Upcoming Events in the Wine Country

Pouring WineThere are so many fun things happening in April 2019. Special wine tastings, wine seminars, wine and food pairings, dinners, passport weekends, auctions, and live music.

Wine Events are happening throughout the state: from San Diego to the Sierra Foothills. Spend time along California’s scenic coast, the Central Valley, or the renowned wine regions of the Napa Valley and the Sonoma County. Make plans to attend soon.


Wine Events You Don’t Want to Miss


El Dorado County April 6-7 & April 13-14: Wine Adventures Passport Weekends 2019 – El Dorado County
Explore the wineries of El Dorado County during two passport weekends during April 2019. Sample wine paired wth delicious appetizers at more than 20 mountain wineries.

The wineries are scattered around the county but you will find that most of the El Dorado County Wineries are located near the historic towns of Placerville and Fairplay. It’s a rural area with uncrowded scenic roads.


Learn about El Dorado County Wineries.


Pebble Beach California April 11-14: Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Join 100 celebrity chefs for a four-day wine and food event. Enjoy great wine and food along with stunning ocean scenery. Experience wine tasting, cooking demos, golf, and gourmet dining opportunities at this annual event in picturesque Monterey County.

This is your chance to experience some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world and sample wine from 250 top wineries.

Learn About Monterey County Wineries


Point Loma San Diego April 13: VinDiego Wine & Food Festival – San Diego
More than 300 wines will be available to taste at this annual event. Award winning wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Oregon, Santa Lucia Highlands, Temecula and San Diego will be pouring their wines. Top chefs will be serving food samples for you to enjoy. The ever-popular VinDiego Silent Auction takes place during the event. Jimmy & Enique will be the musical headliners this year.

While in San Diego, make time to explore this growing wine region. The historic mining town of Julian in the foothills east of San Diego is worth a visit. There are a number of wine tasting rooms located in this charming town with others located nearby. Find additional wineries in San Diego’s North County in and around the towns of Rancho Bernardo, Fallbrook, and Escondido. All worth exploring!

Learn About San Diego Wineries


Santa Cruz Mountains
April 20: Passport Day – Santa Cruz
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. April 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this scenic 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.

Santa Cruz is increasingly being recognized for producing award-winning wine. Most wineries are small, family owned businesses. Some tasting rooms are looking in the city of Santa Cruz while others are spread out in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Enjoy the California Redwoods, the Pacific Ocean, delicious wine, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk all in one day!

Learn About Santa Cruz Wineries


free wine tasting couponsApril 23-25: Hospice du Rhone – Paso Robles
This event claims to be “the largest international Rhône wine gathering on the planet!”. Experience wine tastings, seminars, a variety of special meals, and a live auction. Purchase tickets to each event individually or buy a weekend pass!

Paso Robles is especially known for the great Zinfandel that is produced in the area. However, many you find many other varieties of wine that you are sure to enjoy. Theres are hundreds of wineries just waiting to be explored.


Learn about Paso Robles Wineries


Dana Point California SunsetApril 26-27: California Wine Festival – Orange County
This popular wine festival lets you enjoy both wine and the California Coast. This seaside location in Dana Point is the ideal place to enjoy wine, food, music, sea and sun. Wineries will be pouring hundreds of red and white wines while top chefs will be serving gourmet appetizers. A variety of live entertainers will be performing. This is sure to be a fun day at the beach!

When Orange County is mentioned, most people think immediate of Disneyland. However, there are a number of wineries with tasting rooms located in the area.


San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge April 27: Taste of Mendocino – San Francisco
This event showcases the wine and food of Mendocino County, but takes place at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Over 30 Mendocino wineries will be pouring their world class wines while Mendocino County artisanal food producers will be serving up delicious bites to complement the wines. You will be able to purchase wine and artisanal foods at the event. Come savor the flavors of Mendocino!

Learn About Mendocino County Wineries


Fresno County Wineries
April 27-28: North Sierra Wine Trail Bring Out the Barrels – Oroville
Enjoy wine tasting at the 16 wineries of the North Sierra Wine Trail. These wineries are located near the cities of Oroville and Dobbins. April 2019 is the perfect time to explore this undiscovered wine region.


Dry Creek Valley April 27-28: Passport to Dry Creek Valley
Purchase a one or two-day passport that allows you to taste wine at more than 40 wineries in the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. Experience special food and wine pairings. Options are available for special dinners, vineyard lunches, live music, and vineyard and wine tours.

This is a gorgeous region known for its outstanding wines. It’s also becoming a mecca for foodies with an amazing number of gourmet restaurants located in the town of Healdsburg.


Fun Things to Do in the Dry Creek Valley!


Chimney RockApril 27-28: Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner
Visit winery open houses to mingle with owners and winemakers. Tour the vineyards. Discover winery caves, enjoy special barrel tastings, explore the cellars and enjoy food and wine pairings not available to the public. Enjoy special lunch and dinners . Drive from winery to winery along the Silverado Trail at your own pace. Great wine and food!

Explore the Napa Valley!


Sea Gull - Huntington Beach, CAApril 28: Taste of Huntington Beach
This April 2019 event features delicious food from 50 local restaurants and catering companies as well as wine and beer. Sit back and relax as you listen to live entertainment by The Ramsey Brothers Band and get up and enjoy dancing to the music. There’s also a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Friends of the Children’s Library. This is sure to be a day of fun all for a great cause!


If you have attended any of these April 2019 events, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!


March 2019 – Top Things to Do in the Wine Country

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March 2019 is sure to be a fun-filled month in the California Wine Country. There are many exciting events being planned for March. Make plans to attend.

While exploring the wine regions of California, stop and visit our Favorite California Wineries. Different wineries are favored for different reasons. Check out wineries with the best views, favorite wineries for picnics, and top winery restaurants.

Discover wineries that offer overnight lodging, have unique wine caves, and those that are kid friendly. Some wineries host exciting concerts. Others have annual grape stomps where you can actually stomp the grapes yourself.

Click on the links below to learn more about each March 2019 event.


What’s Happening – March 2019


Santa Barbara March 2019
March 1-2: World of Pinot Noir – Santa Barbara
More than 250 producers of Pinot Noir will gather in Santa Barbara to share and discuss their wines. World class chefs will pair these wines with locally prepared dishes. Enjoy two days of two days of in-depth Tasting seminars and excursions, grand gastings, and gourmet lunches and dinners.


Tasting Wine at Tasting Rooms
March 1-31: Spring Passport 2019 – Morgan Hill
Meet the talented winemakers of the Santa Clara Valley. More than 30 wineries will be pouring their wines throughout the month of March. Enjoy food and entertainment, special wine tastings, barrel samples and passport discounts.


Sonoma Grapevines March 1-3 and 8-10: Barrel Tasting – Sonoma County
Two exciting weekends of wine tasting will be happening this year. Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Many wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now, often at a discount, then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is your only chance to purchase them.


California Adventure March 1- April 23: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
A variety of free seminars, demonstrations and presentations are being planned.
The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will also feature ticketed events, such as premium dining events, wine tastings, and demonstrations by celebrity chefs.


Wine and ChocolateMarch 1-2: Pechanga Chocolate Decadence & Wine Festival – Temecula
Sample a variety of chocolates. Experience wine from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Temecula, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. Enjoy live music. Sip and savor as you sample a variety of distinguished dishes from the award-winning chefs of Pechanga Resort & Casino.


wine and beer toastMarch 9: Hop ‘N Vine Festival – Santa Clara
The Hop ‘N Vine Festival features tastes from Santa Clara wineries and craft breweries. It will also include lite bites and live entertainment. This year’s Hop ‘N Vine will also have a “Hop ‘N Vine University” area with great speakers, a wonderful exhibit of historical photos of wine and beer production in Santa Clara County, plus several fun artisan vendors.


solvangMarch 15-17: Taste of Solvang
Experience a culinary weekend featuring Solvang farmers, chefs, bakers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, and artisans showcasing the bounty of Santa Barbara wine country set amidst the quaint Danish town of Solvang. Taste your way through dozens of restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and wine and beer tasting rooms. Events include a special dinner or brunch, wine and beer tasting, food sampling, and live music. It’s sure to be a weekend full of fun!


Fresno County Wineries
March 15-17: Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend – Paso Robles

Discover why Paso Robles is known for its world class Zinfandel. More than 140 wineries have special events planned. Visit wineries to sample their wine. Join in the fun at winemaker dinners, special tastings and seminars.


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March 16: Humboldt Wine Festival – Arcata, California
This annual event takes place at Humboldt State University in the Kate Buchanan Room. This is your chance to meet local wine and cider makers. Taste the wines and ciders of Humboldt and Trinity Counties while dining on a wide selection of locally sourced gourmet treats.


January 2018 Wine Events
March 17: Family Winemakers Pasadena Tasting
This one day event features award-winning small, family-owned wineries from throughout California. This is your chance to taste over 500 wines offered by over 125 wineries. 40 different varietals or blends will be available for tasting all in one location.


wine and beer toast March 22-24: Palm Desert Food & Wine
Enjoy three days of culinary, wine, and beer tastings. A four-course luncheon prepared by celebrity chefs kicks off the weekend. This is followed by two days of grand tastings. Sample gourmet bites from local and regional restaurants, sip more than 60 premium wines, and savor some of the country’s most unique beers and ciders. Vintners and chefs will be available to discuss their culinary offerings.


wine barrelMarch 23-24: Barrels, Tasting Weekend – Livermore
Join more than 30 Livermore Valley wineries, meet winemakers and sample wines still in development–right out of the barrel. A number of the wineries will be holding special brunches to help get you off on a good start each morning. As you visit the wineries throughout the valley, keep your eyes open for the hand painted one-of-a-kind barrels. If you find a unique barrel you like, purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win that barrel!


Have you attended one of these March 2019 events? If so, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!


Events in the Wine Country – February 2019

events in the wine countryMake plans to attend these “Don’t Miss” events in the wine country. There’s lots of fun happening throughout California in February. Make plans to attend soon as many of these events will sell out.

This is the month for crab feeds, wine and chocolate festivals, and a variety of special wine tasting opportunities. The top events this month are scattered across the state from Mendocino in the north to Santa Barbara in the south. Don’t miss the fun!


California Wine Country Events


February 2: Great Sonoma Crab Feed – Santa Rosa
Crab Fest

Enjoy award winning wines paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Dine on fresh Sonoma Coast crab and accompaniments. Participate in both live and silent auctions benefiting local agriculture educational programs.

If you love crab and wine, this is one of the events in the wine country that you do NOT want to miss!


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

chocolate curlsTaste delicious wines, ports, dessert wines, and chocolates from fourteen wineries at the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. Admission includes wine tastings at all fourteen wineries, barrel tasting, chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, sweet & savory pairings, and live music & entertainment.

The Old Sugar Mill is an historic building (circa 1934) located in the scenic Sacramento Delta just 20 minutes south of Sacramento. Today the building houses a unique community of fourteen wineries.


February 1-10: San Francisco Beer Week – SF Bay Area
Beer Glasses
Attention all beer lovers! This is an event that you do not want to miss. 10 days packed full of beer events in beautiful San Francisco.

Join the fun run along the San Francisco marina. Participate in multiple beer tastings, seminars, and release parties. Take a guided walking beer tour.

Enjoy live music, horror moves, and art. Learn how to make chocolate and pair it with beer.
Attend a Super Bowl Watch Party. Drink lots of beer and dine on a variety of food, including a roasted pig and beer flavored popsicles.


February 9-10: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Wine and Chocolate FestivalTreat yourself to a weekend of Lodi wines and delicious chocolate treats. Visit more than 50 participating wineries at your own pace. Win big by discovering the “Golden Ticket” in your complimentary chocolate treat!

Each of the wineries will celebrating this weekend. As you travel from winery to winery you’ll enjoy live music, food, a photo booth, art show, special tastings, and a variety of wine discounts. This is one of the most popular events in the wine country this month.


February 9-10: Wine & Chocolate Weekend – Madera

Wine and ChocolateThe Madera Wine Trail’s family wineries will host the 17th annual “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Enjoy wine tasting at participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, and delicious food.

Tickets are available online or at participating wineries.


February 9-10 and February 16-17: Valentine Day Weekends – Placer County
Happy Valentines Day
Placer County wineries invite you to come fall in love with the Placer County Wine Trail. They’re celebrating Valentine’s Day for two full weekends in a row. Enjoy special treats, sweets, special tastings, and live music. This is not a ticketed event. Individual wineries are each planning their own celebration.

It’s the perfect time to explore the wineries in Placer County! These wineries are located in the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA). Most are small, family owned wineries with their own vineyards. A unique experience!


February 15-18: Wine Country Weekend – Santa Ynez Valley
Toasting with White Wine
Visit participating wineries to meet the winemakers, taste reserve and estate wines, and enjoy delicious appetizers. Each passport holder will receive a souvenir wine glass and a wine tote bag.

Explore the scenic villages of Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang. This area produces world class wines that you are sure to enjoy!


February 16: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting – San Francisco
wine tasting
Get your tickets now to attend the largest competition of North American wines. The winners have been chosen from more than 6,800 entries and this public tasting is your chance to sample the wines.

Experience award-winning wines paired with delicious food. Learn more about wine and fine food, in a scenic location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Meet the wine makers and congratulate the winners in person! This is one of the events in the wine country eagerly anticipated by both winemakers and wine drinkers as well.


February 23-24: Anderson Valley Winter White Wine Weekend – Mendocino County
White Wine Festival
Celebrate the fabulous white wines being produced in California’s Anderson Valley. Visit wine tasting rooms all weekend to sample varietals such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, and Riesling.

Enjoy food paired with wines and live music at the various tasting rooms. Make reservations to attend a multi-course Winemaker Dinner. This is the perfect weekend to explore Mendocino County!

Learn About Mendocino County Wineries


February 23: How to Taste Wine in 90 Seconds – Napa
February 2019 Wine Events
This wine tasting class is held at the CIA at Copia (Culinary Institute of America). In this class, you’ll taste five wines and learn the lingo that goes with wine tasting. Get an understanding of what you wines you prefer, and how to enjoy it with food.

You’ll leave this class with a practical, fun, and common sense way to appreciate, record, and remember the wines you’ve tasted. This will help you to find the wines you really do like and avoid the ones you don’t.


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