November 2017 – Wine Country Events Not to Be Missed

November 2017 - Events in the California Wine Country November 2017 is going to be a busy month. There are many California Wine Country events that you do not want to miss. Exciting things are happening throughout the state; from San Diego to Mendocino.

Run through the wine county. Attend special wine and beer tastings. Eat mushroom ice cream and learn more about mushrooms at a Mushroom Festival. Mingle with celebrity chefs and winemakers. Visit the beautiful Yosemite National Park.

November 2017 – Upcoming Events

MushroomsNovember 3-12: Mushroom, Wine, & Beer Festival – Mendocino County
Once the rains begin, more than 3,000 different varieties of mushrooms grow abundantly in Mendocino County. It’s a time of celebration. Enjoy special meals that include mushrooms. Treat yourself to mushroom ice cream made with fresh local ice cream. Taste wine and beer, attend workshops, cooking classes, and winemaker dinners.

Participate in guided mushroom foraging. Other activities include riding the Skunk Train, horseback riding, live music, and canoeing. Check out Mendocino Wineries before you go.

Paso Robles Downtown
November 3-5: Passport Weekend in Downtown Paso Robles Go wine tasting in downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy incredible wines, snacks, and live entertainment. Explore the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of this historic downtown. More than 10 wineries now have tasting rooms downtown; so there will be plenty of wine to taste.

Wine Glass VineyardNovember 4: Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration – Napa Valley
34 Howell Mountain wineries will be pouring their wines at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Enjoy world-class wines, gourmet food, and a live auction at this annual event in Yountville. Most of these wineries are not generally open to the public. This is an opportunity to taste wines that you may not have tasted anywhere else.

Clear Lake WineriesNovember 5: Vine to Wine Run – Lake County
Enter to run in the 5K or 10K runs. Entry fee includes a long sleeve tech shirt, a logo wine glass with a 5 ounce wine pour, and a boxed California wine country lunch. Spots are limited; so register early. This event will take place at Cache Creek Winery in Clearlake Oaks. While in the area, take time to visit some of the other Lake County Wineries

Yosemite National Park - Half Dome Nov.5-Dec.1: The Grand Grape Celebration – Yosemite National Park The Grand Grape Celebration is an annual event that takes place in Yosemite National Park. It’s an elegant event in a truly breathtaking location. Participants attend a vintners reception, four wine tasting session, and a 5-course winemaker dinner prepared by The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s culinary team.

This weekend-long event is happening all five weekends in November. A variety of packages are available that include lodging. A great opportunity to combine a Yosemite getaway from unforgettable wine experiences!

Lioness Cellars TemeculaNovember 12: People’s Choice Blind Tasting & Awards – Temecula
Sample some of Temecula’s best wines. You won’t know the identity of the wines you are tasting until they are revealed later. Rates each wine as you taste. Votes will be tabulated and awards will be given to those wines receiving the most votes. An evening of fun at Leoness Cellars.

San Diego, CaliforniaNovember 12-19: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
This is one of the largest food and wine festivals in the United States. Taste world-class wines. Enjoy a variety of culinary experiences with celebrity chefs. Explore the beautiful city of San Diego. Play a round of golf. Enjoy gourmet food. Attend food and wine seminars and participate in special wine tastings.

Santa Cruz MountainsNovember 18: Passport Day – Santa Cruz
More than 50 wineries open their tasting rooms for this quarterly event. Most wineries that are generally closed to the public will be open on Passport Day. This is a great day to head to the participating Santa Cruz Wineries for a fun day of wine tasting.

Bring your camera; this is a beautiful area. On a clear day you will even be able to the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. While in the area, think about checking out Big Basin Redwoods State Park This state park is the place to go for hiking or camping in this area. Visit here in November 2017 or any time of the year!

Hanna Winery - Alexander Valley November 24: Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Hwy. 128 near Healdsburg Six wineries in the Alexander Valley will be hosting special wine tastings, food and wine pairings, festive fare, and shopping for unique wine country gifts. Participating wineries are Alexander Valley Vineyards, deLormier, HANNA Winery, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock Winery, and White Oak Vineyards. It’s a Black Friday event to start the holiday season!

If you have attended any of these November 2017 Wine Country Events, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your experience.

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.

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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.

grape stomping
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.

Upcoming Concerts 2016

Make plans to attend upcoming concerts 2016. Learn about concerts taking place in the California Wine Country this summer. After all, what pairs better with wine than great music?

Robert Mondavi Winery – Summer Concert Series

Robert Mondavi WineryFor nearly 50 years Robert Mondavi Winery has hosted a legendary summer concert series in the scenic Napa Valley. The opening concert this year will be the American Authors on July 2. The spectacular fireworks show will light up the skies immediately following the concert. Additional performances this season include Blues Traveler (July 9), Ingreid Michaelson (July 23), and O.A.R. (July 30).
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Uptown Theatre – Downtown Napa

Uptown Theatre NapaDiscover Napa’s historic destination for live entertainment. This beautifully restored art deco theatre features live entertainment in an intimate setting. There is just 860 seats and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house! Upcoming concerts 2016 include Judy Collins, Lyle Lovett, Brian Regan, Satute to the Eagles, Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Ziggy Marley, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Band of Horses, Molly Ringwald, Ani DiFranco, Art Garfunkel, and Colbie Caoillat.
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Upcoming Concerts 2016 at Wente Vineyards – Livermore

Upcoming Concerts 2016
Wente Vineyards is one of my favorite concert venues for several reasons. It’s a small venue. There is not a bad seat in this intimate, vineyard setting. There are a variety of options that include a made-to-order gourmet meal or a delicious buffet with the concert and the food is truly outstanding. Upcoming Concerts 2016 include: Chicago, Diana Ross, Phillip Phillips, Box Scaggs, Michael Bolton, Lynyrd Skynrd, Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer, Chris Isaak, Jackson Browne, and Huey Lewis & the News.
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Mountain Winery Summer Concerts

Mountain Winery SaratogaThe Mountain Winery is perched high on a mountain near Saratoga overlooking the Silicon Valley. After exiting Highway 280, it’s a 15 minute ride to the top of the mountain to reach the winery. There can be lots of traffic. Go early to beat the traffic and enjoy a pre-concert dinner at one of their restaurants. This winery has a full concert schedule with many artists to choose from. Concerts on the schedule include Kenny Rogers, The Roots, Foreigner, Lyle Lovett, Boston, GooGoo Dolls, Gabriel Iglesias, Phillip Phillips, Abba, Boz Scaggs, Chris Botti, Earth, Wind, & Fire, ZZTop, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Yes, The Beach Boys, and more.
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Vina Robles Concerts

Vina Robles ConcertLocated in the Paso Robles Wine Country, this winery is one of the newer venues. It opened to rave reviews in 2013. All of the seats including the bargain-priced lawn seats are not far from the stage. Appearances this summer by Chicago,
Pepe AguilarZiggy Marley, Flogging Molly, Steve Miller Band, Boy George and the Culture Band, The Go-Go’s, Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Gov’t Mule, Yes, Toto, Chris Isaak, Amy Schumer, Gloria Trevi, Bonnie Raitt, Tower of Power, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, Doobie Brothers, and The Monkees.
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Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz

Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz SeriesThornton Winery is a beautiful winery located in Temecula. Every summer they host a popular series of jazz concerts. The winery has an excellent restaurant and packages that include dinner are available. Concerts happening soon include George Benson, Box Scaggs, Al Jarreau, BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum & Norman Brown, Dave Koz & David Sanborn – Side by Side, Chris Botti, Michael McDonald, Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright, Pat Metheny, Keiko Matsui with Kenny Lattimore and Michael Lington, and more.
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Ironstone Summer Concerts

Ironstone WineryEnjoy a visit to California’s Gold Rush Country. Ironstone Winery is located near the old mining town of Murphys. The winery actually has a winery that contains the largest gold nugget in the world. Summer concerts this year include Darius Rucker, Goo Goo Dolls, Sublime with Rome Dirty Heads, Chris Yount, Train, Lynyrd Skynyrd & Peter Frampton, Bad Company, and ZZ Top & Gregg Allman.
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Mendocino Music Festival – July 9 – July 23

Mendocino OceanThis annual festival features orchestra concerts, Big Band, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and popular contemporary music. It’s your chance to enjoy outstanding performances surrounded by the spectacular scenery of Mendocino. Performers include Geoff Nuttall, Peter Mawango, Stephen Prutsman, Gloria Cheng, Paul McKenna Band, Calder Quartet, Side Note, Stray Birds, Robert Henry, Alex de Grassi & Andrew York, Clairdee, Christopher Atzinger, Carol Welsman, Nora Jane Struther, Jack Broadbent & Luz Vice, Julian Pollack, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Gwyneth Moreland.
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