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!


Are you looking for award-winning affordable wine?


If you are looking for award-winning affordable wine, check out Peirano Estate Vineyards in Lodi, winners of 4 awards at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.


affordable wine - Peirano Estate Merlot
Double Gold for 2016 Six Clones Merlot
Peirano Estate Vineyard’s Merlot is produced from six different clones of Merlot grown on their estate. This includes two rare French clones and a rare Italian clone as well. They were the first winery to grow and produce wine from these rare Merlot clones.

Price: $16 a bottle
Regular Case Price: $140
Special Tasting Room Case Price Through January 31, 2019: $84 case
An amazing bargain at only $7 a bottle!

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
“Aromas of black cherries, red ripe raspberries, strawberry and spice (white pepper), join together in a single sensation of olfactory bliss. The mouth is filled with an array of flavors, including black cherry, strawberry and raspberry with lingering hints of cocoa and toasted oak. Moderate tannins and good acidity leave a pleasing, long lasting finish. Each juicy sip is more comforting than the last always leaving the palate to want more.”


Chardonnay Peirano
Double Gold for 2017 Chardonnay
This estate grown Chardonnay was hand-picked using a dual harvest technique. Half of the grapes are harvested in mid to late August, when the fruit still has firm acids. The other half is picked from 3-4 weeks later, when the grapes are bursting with sugars. Very enjoyable and easy to drink!

Price: $16 a bottle
Regular Case Price: $140
Special Tasting Room Case Price Through January 31, 2019: $84 case
An amazing bargain at only $7 a bottle!

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
The vibrant color of this wine immediately catches your attention. The aromas of fresh picked white peaches, ripe melon, and yellow apples instantly fill your senses and are complemented by hints of light vanilla that entices that first sip. The mouth fills with complex flavors of sweet, rich, red and yellow apples, bosch pears, fresh picked peaches and juicy sweet honeydew melons, leaving you breathless. Soft hints of butter and vanilla round out the wine to produce a very seductive, lingering finish.


Peirano Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver for 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
This 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 50-year-old Lodi vines. The grapes were hand-picked. You can’t help but enjoy the intense fruit flavors of this Cab!

Price: $16 a bottle
Regular Case Price: $140
Special Tasting Room Case Price Through January 31, 2019: $84 case
An amazing bargain at only $7 a bottle!

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of zesty black cherries, cola, and toasty cocoa. The first initial sip fills the mouth with sweet anise, black boysenberry, cherry, anise, molasses, and baked blackberry pie, while maintaining absolute dryness and firm, round, yet supple, tannins. This delicious rich, full, mouth filling Cabernet is ready to drink now and will continue to age gracefully for the next 6 to 8 years.”


Peirano Old Vine Zinfandel
Bronze for 2015Old Vine Zinfandel
This old estate grown Zinfandel was grown on vines more than 120 years old. The result? A deliciously intense fruit forward wine!

Price: $16 a bottle
Regular Case Price: $140
Special Tasting Room Case Price Through January 31, 2019: $84 case
Another amazing bargain at only $7 a bottle!

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
The initial whiff of this seductive wine produces aromas of bright red cherries, ripe strawberries, spice and toast. On the palate, you swirl this rich dark wine around in your mouth and the initial sensation is that of luscious, juicy, freshly-picked ripe strawberries. The second sip explodes with sweet black cherries and strawberry jam, with moderate tannins and juicy acidity. This rich, mouthfilling Old Vine Zinfandel will pair with ALL foods, from that gourmet burger on the grill, to a nut-crusted seared rare Ahi.


Peirano Estate Vineyards
Peirano Estate Vineyards produces a variety of other wines, including Chardonnay, Muscat, Malbec, and Syrah. The wine tasting room is located north of Lodi at 21831 N. Highway 99 in Acampo, California. They’re open Thursdays through Mondays from 11 AM – 5PM.

The tasting room itself was once the home of the Peirano family. Built in the early 1900s the house was revamped as a tasting room in 1997. This was one of the first wine tasting rooms in Lodi. It retains the charm and coziness of the original house. It’s surrounded by lawn, shade trees, and vineyards. There’s picnic tables for visitors to enjoy.

These affordable wines can be purchased at the tasting room or online at
Peirano Estate Vineyards


Do you know of any other affordable wines that are great buys right now? If you do, please leave a comment below.


The Lodi Wine Country

Lodi Wineries

There are more than 80 wineries in Lodi. They typically produce high quality wine at prices that are far more reasonable than Napa or Sonoma. Some tasting rooms offer free tastings. Those that do charge keep the price at $15 or less. If you purchase wine, the tasting fee is waived.

Lodi is known for their exceptional Zinfandel wines. However, you will find that they produce a wine variety of both red and white wines. Many of the wineries are small, family owned establishments. You are quite likely to meet the owner or a family member as you taste wine. Visit Lodi soon to enjoy friendly tasting rooms and affordable wines.

Click Here to Learn About Other Lodi Wineries.


Napa Valley Vacations – Top 10 Things to Do in Napa

Napa Valley Vacations
As the premier wine region of the United States, the Napa Valley is a popular tourist destination. Visitors find that Napa Valley vacations offer many choices for fun. Wine tasting is undoubtedly the main reason people visit the Valley, but there are lots of other fun things happening here.

Plan a wine tasting tour of the Napa Valley, but also check out the other exciting things to do!


Top 10 Things to Do in the Napa Valley


Castello di Amorosa winery Napa Valley#1 – Go Wine Tasting at World Class Wineries
The valley is 30 miles long and consists of six unique towns. Wineries are scattered throughout the valley. Some are small family owned wineries while others are large wineries with luxurious tasting rooms. Some have wine caves to explore. Others have art collections to browse. You can hike around a vineyard, ride an outdoor tram up to a hilltop tasting room, or tour an Italian castle. Plan to visit the wineries that appeal to you.
Learn More About Napa Valley Wineries


Artesa Winery sculpture#2 – Explore Art in the Valley
Many of the wineries display fabulous works of art. There are galleries scattered throughout the valley. Take a look at the outdoor art on display in downtown Napa and Yountville. Enjoy both art and nature at the highly acclaimed di Rosa Preserve. There’s over 200 acres of art displayed both indoors and outside featuring the art of Northern California artists.

Art exhibits in the valley include paintings, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. Some are permanent collection while others are resolving exhibitions.
Find Art throughout the Valley


Hot Air Balloon #3 – Soar Over the Valley in a Hot Air Balloon
A hot air balloon offers the very best view of Napa. Glide over vineyards 500 to 1500 feet above the ground. It’s a unique experience that is both exciting and relaxing at the same time. On a clear day you can even see the Pacific Ocean and buildings in San Francisco.

Book a flight soon and create memories you will never forget. Businesses offer a variety of packages to fit your needs. Many will pick you up and your hotel and transport you to the launching site. Exciting fun for Napa Valley Vacations!
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BotheNapaPark#4 – Hike Through the Redwoods
Bothe Napa Valley State Park has over 10 miles of hiking trails. It’s the perfect place for a break from wine tasting. Hike along a creek through the majestic redwoods. Picnic and camping facilities are available. Choose a campsite close to the creek so you can listen to the sound of the water as you sleep.

This state park is a very short drive off of Highway 29 near Calistoga. Yet, most people don’t seem to know about this park. It truly is a hidden gem worth exploring.
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Cooking#5 – Take a Cooking Class
The Napa Valley has an abundance of world class restaurants and top chefs. It’s the place to go for a cooking class. Whether you are an experienced cook or a novice, there are classes that will meet your needs. Classes range from a few hours to week long workshops. Some are demonstrations while others are “hands on”.
Find the Best Cooking School


Play a Round of Golf#6 – Play a Round of Golf
Head to the links to play golf at one of the many courses in the valley. There are courses for all ability levels. Learn about upcoming golf specials and reserve a tee time soon.
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Massage
# 7 – Pamper Yourself With a Massage
Napa Valley Vacations are not complete without a spa treatment. This is the place to indulge yourself in a mud bath, couple’s massage, mineral bath, facial, or other spa treatment. Discover a unique spa where you relax and get re-energized.
Guide to Spas


Couple Dining at Restaurant#8 – Dine at a World Class Restaurant
Napa has far more than its share of outstanding restaurants. Enjoy fabulous food at both casual and fine dining at the best Napa Valley restaurants. The choices can be overwhelming. This guide will help you find those unique restaurants you do not want to miss on your visit to the valley.
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Napa Wine Train#9 – Ride the Napa Wine Train
Board the wine train for a thirty-six mile round trip excursion from Napa to Yountville. While the train does not actually stop at wineries, there’s a large selection of wine available on the train. Enjoy a gourmet meal as you pass through the beautiful Napa Valley.

Make plans to attend one of the exciting special events such as Murder Dinners, Santa Trains, New Year’s Party, and Valentine Rides. If you’re looking for something unique and fun, the wine train is a great choice.
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Bride and Groom#10 – Get Married in the Napa Valley
The natural beauty of the valley makes it a popular choice to get married. Find both large elegant venues and small intimate settings for a romantic wedding. You are sure to find the perfect wedding location. And your guests will be thrilled to attend a destination wedding in the Napa Valley!
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Have you been to the Napa Valley? If so, please share your Napa Valley Vacations experiences with us below. If we’ve left out something that’s fun to do, please let us know.


Red Wine Vs. White Wine

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Red wine or White Wine: Which pairs best?

The battle of red wine vs. white wine continues. Many wine drinkers prefer red wines; while others prefer white wines. Some people enjoy both types of wines.

Do you know what makes these wines so different? Do you know what the differences actually are? Find out why there is this ongoing battle between these wines.

The Facts Behind Red Wine Vs. White Wine

How the Wine is Made

Glass red wineRed wine is usually made from red or black grapes crushed with their skins on. The skins are removed after the juice has fermented. Red wines have a more robust, richer flavor and more tannins due to this process. When drinking red wine, the dry puckery taste in your mouth is caused by the tannins. Tannins allow the wine to age longer before going bad.


glass white wineWhite wine is usually made from white grapes after the skins and seeds have been removed. This is why white wines have much less tannins than you find in red wines. Less tannins also results in lighter bodied wines. Most white wines should be drank within a year or two of bottling.

Serving Temperatures


Glass red wine Most people drink red wines at room temperature. Most wine experts recommend serving red wines a little cooler than room temperature. Strive for a temperature of 60 to 65 degrees. You can achieve this temperature by placing the wine in the refrigerator for approximately 15 minutes before serving.


glass white wineMost people drink white wines chilled. Experts recommend serving white wines a little warmer; around 40 to 50 degrees is ideal. Remove white wines from the refrigerator approximately 15 minutes before serving to reach the correct temperature.

Health Benefits

Glass red wine Red wines usually have higher levels of antioxidants than white wine. Numerous studies have shown that there are proven health benefits from drinking red wine. Red wine reduces the risk of heart disease, slows aging, increases good cholesterol, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, and improves our immune system. The wines that are the best for your health (they contain the most antioxidants) are Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

glass white wine Most white wines will contain slightly less calories than red wines. A four ounce glass of wine contains approximately 100 calories. However, it’s the alcohol content, not the color that affects the calories of a wine. The higher the alcohol content, the more calories you will be consuming.

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