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Vino con Vista has a Crush on Passionate Growers and Winemakers in Lodi

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Tim Holdener from Macchia Winery in Lodi

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Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

If you follow my posts, you know that I adore wine tourism. I love to seek out idyllic destinations around the world where you can enjoy a Vino con Vista; a beautiful place to enjoy wine in the place where it is actually grown. I love places like Piedmont and Tuscany in Italy; the Napa Valley, the Santa Ynez Valley and Sonoma County in California and Bordeaux, Burgundy and The Rhone valley in France. These destinations offer perfect Vino con Vista opportunities. Let’s face it, grapes and vineyards seem to thrive in the most glorious destinations in the world! I guess we can thank the Greeks and the Romans for the fascinating aspects of modern day wine tourism in the sun-drenched vineyards of Lodi California.

Wine Map of Italy

Wine Map of Italy

“Celebrate the Harvest” A Tribute to wine growing in downtown Lodi by Rowland Cheney

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Wine grapes

Old Zinfandel Vines in Lodi

Old Zinfandel Vines in Lodi

I recently discovered an enchanting wine destination along the Mokelumne River in Northern California with over 80 wineries and plenty of tasting rooms. I had a opportunity to get up close and personal with the region’s grapes and many of the multi-generational growers in Lodi at the 9th annual Wine Bloggers Conference. Lodi California 604

WIne Bloggers Conference on Hutchinson Street at Robert Mondavi's former high schoool

Wine Bloggers Conference on Hutchinson Street at Robert Mondavi’s former high schoool

Lodi Wine

Lodi Wine

Located in San Joaquin County between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the region is a wine-lovers paradise! The region’s innovative and passionate producers are generating exceptional food and wine experiences that should catapult Lodi into the wine tourism strastophere! I am so confident about Lodi’s future that I may even buy a place in downtown Lodi. I loved the charming, well-maintained historic California Craftsman bungalows.

It’s relatively close to the UCDavis legendary Department of Viticulture and Enology. Now that I have retired from 30 years as a business professor, maybe I’ll pursue a new degree. I would love to better understand the scientific study of grape-growing and winemaking. It’s never too late, right?

 

Cute houses in downtown Lodi

Cute houses in downtown Lodi

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LODI FACTS:

Lodi AVAs

“The Lodi AVA is located in the northern Central Valley of California, at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley east of the San Francisco Bay.

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LODI
Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1986, amended in 2002
Country USA
Sub-regions Alta Mesa AVA, Borden Ranch AVA, Clements Hills AVA, Cosumnes River AVA, Jahant AVA, Mokelumne River AVA, Sloughhouse AVA
Climate region Mediterranean
Total area 551,000 acres
Size of planted vineyards 90,000 acres

Robert Mondavi was one of the most influential wine gurus in the industry and he grew up in Lodi. In 2001 Robert Mondavi donated $25 million to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UCDavis for the establishment of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, which opened October 2008.

His former high school in Lodi has been converted into a spectacular conference venue.  Woodbridge by Michael Mondavi the home of the famous Mondavi winery in Lodi where you can taste some of their higher end wines. The demand for grapes in California’s wine industry has been fueled by the Mondavi and Gallo families. Lodi producers have filled the pipeline for powerhouses like Mondavi, Gallo and Constellation brands for many years. The growth of the tasting rooms in Downtown Lodi are a perfect example of grape-growers pursuing forward integration; the profitability of Mondavi and Gallo has been enhanced by vertical integration strategies.

White Wine Grapes

White Wine Grapes

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Tasting Wine in Downtown Lodi

Tasting Wine in Downtown Lodi

Many winemakers are following in Mondavi’s footsteps in Lodi. Harney Lane Winery poured their amazing wines at my table at the Wine Blogger Award Event. The estate grown grapes are the product of a 5th generation farming family. The Mettler decendants offer interesting excursions in Lodi,  including a Grape to Glass Tour. Most of their award-winning wine inventory sells out in the Tasting Room or to Wine Club members. Michael Davis Vineyards has a full restaurant; they have been in Lodi since the Civil War.

BBQ at the Blogger Awards Dinner paired perfectly with the Harney Lane Wines

BBQ at the Blogger Awards Dinner paired perfectly with the Harney Lane Wines

Dinner at Estate Crush

Dinner at Estate Crush

At Estate Crush, we made our own Zinfandel blend and then Bob and Ali Colarossi graciously produced enough bottles of the “WIne Blogger Reserve” for all 300 of the wine bloggers to take home. We had a great time experimenting with different blends produced from their old Zinfandel vines at the “Stellina Vineyard”. The wine bloggers did a blind tasting and selected the 97% Zinfandel, 2% Syrah and 1% Petit Verdot as our favorite blend from the Colarossi Estate Crush facility. The Stellina vineyard grapes will soon be part of the Lodi Native Project.

Estate Crush, proprietors: Bob and Ali Colarossi

Estate Crush, proprietors: Bob and Ali Colarossi

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Estate Crush is a dedicated custom crush facility that produces premium custom wine for over 80 clients with more than 120 brands. They have earned many prestigious wine competitions.

Dinner at Estate Crush

Dinner at Estate Crush

We had an amazing Paella dinner prepared by their dear friend J.P. Wetmore poolside surrounded by their lovely Stellina vineyard.

 

We had a lovely dinner at Estate Crush surrounded by old ZInfandel heritage vines that are used for the "Native" Project

We had a lovely dinner at Estate Crush surrounded by old ZInfandel heritage vines that are used for the “Native” Project

I love Macchia Wine

I love Macchia Wine

Macchia’s owner Tim Holdener and his bubbly wife Lani poured so many terrific wines that I joined his Wine Club and anxiously await my first shipment. The Barbera was incredible and I loved the dessert wine. The last time I joined a wine club was Moshin in the Russian River Valley and that was many years ago.

At the speed tasting, the wine bloggers had to opportunity to sample some amazing white wines from the Bokisch Winery.

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Bokisch Winery

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Bob and Ali Colarossi, Proprietors of Estate Crush

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Kevin Phillips and his family produce Cinsaut grapes at the Bechthold Vineyard in Lodi. Planted in 1886, it’s the oldest Cinsaut vineyard in the world!

 

Many of the 80 wineries are winning awards and producing award-winning wines. Located just 90 minutes from San Francisco and 60 minutes from Napa; Lodi produces more wine than Napa and Sonoma combined. Sipping and savoring handcrafted wine produced from multi-generational wine growers and passionate Lodi California winemakers is an excellent way to spend a pleasant wine tourism vacation in Northern California. In addition to the wineries mentioned this far in this post, you can also check out: Vino con Brio at Amarosa Vineyards, Jessie’s Grove, Delicato Family Vineyards, Oal Ridge Winery and Klinker Brick.

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Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel

Lizzy James Old Vine Zinfandel

Historically, Lodi is best known as the full-bodied “Zinfandel Capital of the World” with many vines that are over 100 years old. It is the home of the famous Seven Deadly Zins. More recently, the “Lodi Native” project is releasing some incredibly luscious old vine Zinfandel wines.

The six premier Lodi Native Wines

The six premier Lodi Native Wines

Schmiedt Ranch 2013 Zinfandel

Schmiedt Ranch 2013 Zinfandel

Many Lodi wines are sold exclusively at the respective winery. From the vineyards to the Tasting Rooms, there are plenty of wine tourism opportunities in Lodi.

There are plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities in Lodi

There are plenty of Vino con Vista opportunities in Lodi

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Lodi is predominately a red winegrowing region (“approximately two-thirds of the acreage is dedicated to red varieties”). More recently, Lodi vintners are increasingly winning awards for their Rhone and Mediterranean style varietals. In addition to Zinfandel, Lodi is currently the nation’s leading producer of several popular varieties including: Chardonnay, Sauvingnon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has over 100 varieties in production.

Lodi offers a vast portfolio of diverse wines. Lodi’s 100,000 acres of deep loam in the AVAs and the desirable Mediterranean climate creates numerous microclimates that allow an incresingly larger variety of grapes and award-winning wines to thrive. The soil is similar to the French Region of Chateauneuf du Pape. Lodi winemakers are winning awards for their Rhone and Mediterranean varietals.

Here’s a list of varietals from the Lodi Wine Commission’s website:

Wine grapes from Lodi

Wine grapes from Lodi

Spanish Varieties:

Albariño, Verdejo, Graciano, Tempranillo, and Garnacha are just a few of the interesting Spanish varieties grown in Lodi soils.

Portuguese Varieties:

Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cão, Souzão, Verdelho, and Tricadeira are grownfinding a natural home in the The wines being produced from these vineyards are utterly delicious. Vibrant, intriguing and refreshing flavors make these varietal wines well worth seeking out.

German Varieties:

Kerner, Bacchus, Riesling, Dornfelder, Gewürztraminer, and Zweigelt some of the German varieties grown in Lodi.

Italian Varieties

Barbera, Aglianco, Sangiovese, Teroldego, and Vermentino made me feel like I was field-tasting in Italy.

Southern Rhone

Cinsault, Viognier, Syrah, Picpoul Blanc, Tannat and many others are grown in Lodi.

Made from Cinsaut grapes in Lodi

Made from Cinsaut grapes in Lodi

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

Lodi Arch welcomes visitors to the charming downtown shopping area

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Wine Map of France

Wine Map of France

To learn more about Lodi visit:

http://www.lodiwine.com/About-Lodi

http://www.lodiwine.com/Wineries

Book a room at the luxurious Wine and Rose Hotel and Spa on Turner Road www.winerose.com  and I’ll meet you at next year’s Zinfest.

http://www.zinfest.com/

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Pictures of Diverse Varietals from Around the World (Courtesy of the Lodi Wine Commission)

 

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I Love the Oenology Wine Room in the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago

From the California wine producer in the Centr...

From the California wine producer in the Central Coast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Display your wine on a Barrel if you can find one

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Flavor Napa Valley Winemaker Dinner

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

If you feel like a wine-tasting event but you can’t find one, here’s a solution. I suggest that you check out the Oenology Wine Bar at the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. This incredible Hotel was the former home of the Medinah Athletic Club in Chicago. Like the Medinah Temple in Chicago, it was commissioned by the Shrine Organization. The building was designed by the architect Walter W. Ahlschlager. The cornerstone of the Medinah Athletic Club was laid on November 5, 1928. After your wine flight, take a tour of this gorgeous building.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

One of the professionally-trained sommeliers at the Wine Spectator, award-winning Eno Wine Room at 505 N. Michigan Avenue will pamper you. They will offer a wine flight paired with the appropriate cheese and chocolate combination.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago

Since I like Pinot Noir, I opted for the “Pinot Envy” flight with a nice Oregon Pinot Noir. My flight included a 2008 Brandborg Bench Lands Pinot Noir from the Umpqua Valley in Oregon. I also had an opportunity to taste the 2009 Yamhill Valley Vineyard Pinot Blanc from Oregon and the 2008 Kenneth Volk Pinot St. George from the Calleri Vineyard in San Benito California.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Wine Flight

Once you have selected a wine flight, you can select your cheese selection to accompany your wine. My sommelier suggested the Challerhocker from Switzerland with an edible rind, a dense Ocooch Mountain sheep cheese from Wisconsin and the Barely Buzzed Cheddar from Utah rubbed with coffee grounds and lavender.

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Cheese Flight

Now, it’s time to select your decadent chocolate desserts. Once again, just go with the recommendation of your professionally trained server and you won’t be disappointed. Have a Black Truffle Sea Salt, Macadamia Praline and Salted Chocolate Caramel. Now this is living!

Eno Wine Room in Chicago Chocolates

Of course, you can just select wine or cheese from the menu without opting for a personal “Pinot Envy” tasting party. Have a selection of cheese for $12 or just order a glass of wine.

Try a glass of red Amarone or Barbera D’Alba  from Italy. Those are 2 of my personal favorites from Italy.

If you want to learn more about wine pairing, here’s an informative video: http://www.restonsunocosubway.com/Reston-Sunoco-Wine-and-Beer-cellar.htm.

Wine tasting and wine pairing are interesting topics. Some of my favorite events in Chicago are wine dinners held at my favorite restaurants. I loved the Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Vineyards Wine Dinner!

Gibson’s on Rush Street Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Eleventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival 2014

A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego.

A tower in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I must confess, my house is adorned with San Diego Wine and Food Festival Posters. One of my favorite Southern California events is the week-long culinary feast known as the San Diego Wine and Food Festival.

If you’re looking for interesting things to do in San Diego check out: “My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Diego.” You can read it here: http://wp.me/pRq9Q-fC

At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival.

At San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love San Diego? Every year the Festival posters get better and so does the annual 5 day, star-studded San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival line-up.

For more information and to buy tickets tickets visit: http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

Look who’s Cooking: http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/about.html

San Diego Mardi Gras 2014 062Check out this event: 100 Years of Inspiration & Innovation: Trailblazing Cuisine Throughout The Century
Featuring Chefs Sam Burman, RJ Cooper, Katsuya Fukushima and Bodega Numanthia Estate Director Manuel Louzada

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Location: US Grant Hotel – The Palm Court
Attire: Upscale Chic

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To purchase tickets and learn about all of the festivities visit http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

Chef prepaing glazed shrimp in San Diego

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Twitter Feed

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Twitter Feed

Live Entertainment at San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event

Live Entertainment at San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

Silent Auction Items at Taste San Diego 2012

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

San Diego Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event Tasting Event

Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event in San Diego 2012

Restaurant Week Kick-Off Event in San Diego 2012

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Join over 9,000 fellow wine and food enthusiasts, along with winemakers, brewmasters, 70 of San Diego’s top chefs, gourmet food producers, authors, media personalities and celebrity chefs during this celebration of all things gourmet.

Don’t miss the action-packed week of festivities sure to please your inner foodie and wine lover!

Here’s the event schedule:

http://www.sandiegowineclassic.com/events.html

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English: Southeastern part of the Marina District of Downtown San Diego viewed from Marina Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit www.sandiegowineclassic.com

The Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego.

The Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love to attend the wine auction on the day after the festival where you can meet the artist that creates the wine poster. Here’s the artist and the poster from the 2011 festival:

Creator/Artist of 2012 San Diego Wine Festival Poster

Plan to attend the incredible  Annual Grand Tasting Event held in November at the Embarcadero Park North behind Seaport Village.  This is the largest wine and food festival in Southern California and celebrates the bounty of local chefs, brews and wines.

English: Ocean Beach Pier at sunset.

English: Ocean Beach Pier at sunset. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2012

San Diego Wine Festival 2012 Chefs

San Diego Wine Festival 2012

For a preview of this year’s week-long extravaganza, CLICK HERE.

Purchase Tickets > >  here!!

Chef at the San Diego Wine Festival 2012

Enjoy classic San Diego cuisine from 70 of the city’s most talented chefs. Taste over 700 wines from 200 wine and spirit perveyors. There will be legendary California and international wineries as well as spirits and exceptional craft beers.

Wine at the San Diego Wine Festival

There will be 30 gourmet food companies and a “Chef of the Fest” competition with $50,000 in cash and prizes. Musical performances will take place on both ends of the Festival.

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

The venue is sublime. How can you possibly beat San Diego’s cuisine, weather and ocean breezes? There will also be an All-Star Mixologist “After Party” and a Special Luncheon/Wine Auction at the Marriott where you can mingle with the Wine Poster Artist and bid on his original work!

Plan to attend the winter San Diego Restaurant Week from January 13-18, 2013

www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com

For additional events and attractions visit www.sandiego.org

Watch this video for a flavor of the festival: http://savorsd.com/articles/editors-corner/san-diego-food-and-wine-festival/

San Diego Food and Wine Festival 2011

Moon over San Diego.

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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The Naperville Wine Festival 2014

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Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2014. Wine festivals offer outstanding and affordable Vino con Vista opportunities. Wine connoisseurs can discover new wines, attend wine seminars and meet wine-makers in an outdoor festival setting.

Here’s a short video with some of my favorite Vino con Vista Buddies that I met at the Naperville Wine Festival in 2011:

http://youtu.be/gPrJhCRmXSQ

For the full schedule visit:

www.napervillewinefestival.com

The Naperville Wine Festival will return for the 12th Consecutive Year August 22-23, 2014.

The Event will take Place at CityGate Centre, The Home of Calamos Investments, and will Showcase More than 300 Wines From Around The World.

 A Portion of the Proceeds From The Event will Help Support the Naperville Area Humane Society.

 

Naperville Wine Festival hours are Friday from 4 to 10PM and Saturday from 2 to 8PM Friday Night Ticket Sales End at 8:30 p.m. and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 9:30 p.m. Saturday Ticket Sales End at 6:30PM and Alcohol Sampling and Sales End at 7:30PM

  • Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $28 in Advance and $35 at the Door. This Ticket Price Includes a Souvenir Wine Glass, Ten Tastings, a Festival Program, Access to Food and Wine Demonstrations and Musical Entertainment. Additional Tasting Coupons May be Purchased at the Festival. Designated Driver Tickets are $10 in Advance or at the Door. Tickets can be Purchased Online at www.napervillewinefestival.com or by phone at 877-772-5425 as well as at all Peterson Wine Cellars locations.
  • CityGate Centre is a True mixed-use development that encompasses 31 acres in the quickly growing East-West Corridor submarket of Chicago. In addition to Calamos Investments and Continental Audi of Naperville, the Naperville Wine Festival is sponsored by: Wells Fargo Advisors; Whole Foods; Petersons Wine & Spirits; BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois; Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe; Hotel Arista; Pepsi and Aquafina.

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

    Naperville Wine Festival Map

 

Location: Calamos Investments, Naperville, IL 60563
Start Date/Time: August 23, 2013 – 4 pm
End Date/Time: August 24, 2013 – 11 pm

A celebration of wine, food, music and friends with a wide array of wines to choose from and food from some of Naperville’s most popular restaurants.  Friday 4 pm – 10 pm, and Saturday 3 pm  – 9 pm.

 

 

Hess Winery

Hook and Ladder Winery

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From author: “From left to right: Iron Horse 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Testarossa 2006 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah Calera 2006 Ryan Pinot Noir Chateau Montelena 2007 Chardonnay Ridge 2007 Zinfandel” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tickets: Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – One day admission
$28 in advance or $35 at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.Designated Driver Ticket – One day admission
$10 in advance or at the door.
Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.

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Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yarra Australia showing their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot noir wine as well as a still pinot noir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local chefs will offer foodies an opportunity to taste some of their cuisine. Here’s a list of the restaurants that will be serving food at the 2012 event:

Caoba Mexican Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.comCityGate Grille 2020 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563 630-718-1010 www.citygategrille.com
Heaven on Seven 224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-717-0777 www.heavenonseven.com/napervilleLe Chocolat Bouchard 129 S. Washington   Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-5720 www.lechocolatbar.com
SugarToad Restaurant2139 Citygate Lane Naperville, IL 60563630-778-8623 www.sugartoad.comSullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-305-0230 www.sullivansteakhouse.com

The outdoor festival will feature more than 200 wines from around the country and the world with wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. For a nominal charge you can sample pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and chardonnay wine from various regions.

Here’s a complete list of the wineries and distributors that will be attending the 2012 event:

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc
Lake Sonoma Chardonnay
Kenwood Table Red
Peterson Zero Manipulation
Peterson Dry Creek Zinfandel
Cantina Aurora Dolce Stilnovo

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio
Villa Puccini Tuscan Red
Entwine Pinot Grigio
Entwine Chardonnay
Entwine Merlot
Entwine Cabernet Sauvingon
Haus    Wines
Schug Sauvignon Blanc
Cline Albarino
Cline Field Blend
Scott Harvey Red Label Barbera
Scott Harvey Red Label Zinfandel
Schug Pinot Noir

Jarvis-Tomei
Coloma Chardonnay
Lady Slipper Pinot Noir
Nomad Red Blend
Tomei Barbera
Jarvis Tomei Syrah
Lonati Moscato d’Asti
Essential    Wines
Arabella Chenin Blanc
Enon Chardonnay
Arabella Viognier
Arabella Merlot
Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon
Grinder Pinotage

Laird    and Company
Moletto Prosecco
Stival Pinot Grigio
Lunae Vermentino
La Pisara Primativo
Pietrafitta Chianti
Moletto Refosco

Wine    Cru
Secret Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Bennett Lane Maximus White
Prezzolini Chianti
Zolo Malbec
Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon
Bennett Lane Maximus Red
Eola    Hills
Eola Hills Pinot Gris
Eola Hills Chardonnay
Eola Hills “La Ceole” Reserve    Chardonnay
Eola Hills Pinot Noir
Eola Hills “La Creole” Reserve Pinot Noir
Eola Hills Vin d’Or LH Sauvignon Blanc
Martin    Ray Winery
Angeline Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Ray Chardonnay
Angeline California Pinot Noir
Martin Ray Pinot Noir
Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon
Martin Ray Merlot

Cabernet    Corp
La Playa Sauvignon Blanc
Don Rodolfo Torrentes
La Playa Cabernet Rose
La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon
La Playa Block Selection Carmenere
Don Rodolfo Malbec
Ventana    Winery
Ventana Riesling
Ventana Sauvignon Blanc
Ventana Gewurztraminer
Ventana Pinot Noir
Ventana Rubystone Syrah/Grenache
Ventana Syrah

Broadbent    Selections
Broadbent Vino Verde
Broadbent Gruner Veltliner
Dr. Hermann H Riesling
Chateau Musar Rouge
Quintas do Crasto Flor
Warwick Three Cape Ladies
Small    Vineyards
Trevisiol Extra Dry Prosecco
Tre Donne La Perlina Moscato d’Asti
Giocato Pinot Grigio
Perazzeta Sangiovese
Palama Negroamaro
Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Red

Fess    Parker Family of Wines
Fess Parker SBC Riesling
Fess Parker SBC Chardonnay
Parker Station Pinot Noir
Fess Parker SBC Pinot Noir
Hodge du Podge Red
Big Easy Syrah
Vinilandia
Good Pinot Grigio
Belpoggio Verdicchio DOC
Nicolis Valpolicella Classico
Poggio Amorelli Chianti Classico
Villa Donna Moscato d’Asti
Scagliola Petali Di Rose Brachetto
Hahn/Other    Guys
Huntington Sauvignon Blanc
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio
White Knight Viognier
Cycles Gladiator Syrah
Leese Fitch Pinot Noir
Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel
Duck Pond Winery
Duck Pond Pinot Gris
Duck Pond White Blend
Duck Pond Pinot Noir
Duck Pond Red Blend
Desert Wind Ruah
Desert Wind Barbera
Hook and    Ladder Winery
Hook and Ladder Chardonnay
Hook and Ladder Pinot Noir
Station Ten Zinfandel Blend
Hook and Ladder Zinfandel
The Tillerman Cab Blend
Hook and Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon

E&J    Gallo
La Marca Prosecco
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Codax Albarino
Las Rocas Garnacha
Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Martini  Cabernet Sauvignon
E&J    Gallo
Laguna Chardonnay
William Hill Chardonnay
Bridlewood Blend 175
MacMurray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
William Hill Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Gascon Reserve Malbec

Kobrand
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brut
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
Benziger Sangicamo Chardonnay
Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir
Benziger Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinnacle    Fine Wines
Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
Gaga Rose
Gaga Rouge
Calina Carmenere
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronco    Wine
Silver Ridge Sauvingon Blanc
Silver Ridge Chardonnay
Silver Ridge Pinot Noir
Hacienda Riesling
Hacienda Merlot
Hacienda Cabernet Sauvignon

Maritime
Graham Beck Brut Sparkling
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc
Skyleaf Riesling
Graham Beck Game Res. Chenin Blanc
Jules Taylor Pinot Noir
Graham Beck Game Res. Cabernet

Wente
Hayes Chardonnay
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay
2009 Tamas Double Decker Red
Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Spur Meritage
Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet
Quintesential    Wines
New Age Rose
New AgeWhite
Elsa Bianchi Torrentes
Simonsig Chenin Blanc
Grand Rojo Garnacha
Morse Code Shiraz

Prestige    Wine Group
Starling Castle Riesling
Michel Picard Vouvray
Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Broke Ass Red
Le Grand Noir GSM
Luccio Moscato d’Asti
Jomad    Imports
San Hubberto Torrentes
San Hubberto Reserve Chardonnay
San Huberto Bonarda
San Huberto Malbec
San Huberto Reserve Syrah
San Huberto Cabernet Sauvignon

Cartlidge    and Browne Winery
Cartlidge and Browne Sauvignon Blanc
Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay
Cartlidge and Browne Pinot Noir
Cartlidge and Browne Zinfandel
Cartlidge and Browne Cabernet
C&B Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant    Rioja
Cortijo White
Cortijo Rose
Ramon Bilboa
Ramon Bilboa Limited Edition
Gloriso Reserva
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva

CIV
Vina Arnaiz Roble Tinto
Salneval Albarino
Antano Virura
Conde de Valdemar Reserve
Opera Prima Moscato
Don Simon Sangria
V2 Wine    Group
Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling
Dry Creek Chenin Blanc
Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Steel Head Chardonnay
Steel Head Pinot Noir
Dry Creek Meritage

Indigo    Wine Group
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sparkling
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Syrah/Cab
Robertson Shiraz/Mouvedre/Viognier
Casa de Campo Moscato
Robertson Sweet Red
Classical Wines
Mont Marcal Cava Rosada Brut
Legado del Conde Morgadio Albarino
Bodegas Garci Grande Verdejo
Guelbenzu Red
Lorinon Crianza
Carchelo “C”

Lagnaippe    Beverage
Boomtown Pinot Gris
Schild Estate Chardonnay
Schild Estate GMS
Dexter Lake Red
Boomtown Syrah
Revah Pomegranite
Maverick
Alias Chardonnay
Cannonball Chardonnay
Alias Merlot
Cannonball Merlot
Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape    Classics
Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauv Blanc
Indaba Chardonnay
Mulderbosch Rose
Buitenverwachting Beyond Cabernet
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red
Jam Jar Shiraz
Robert    Kacher/Winebow
Tariquet Classique
Tariquet Rose de Pressee
Clean Slate Riesling
Gournier Grenache Noir
Cazes le Canon du Marechal Rouge
Root 1 Carmenere

Winebow
Kris Pinot Grigio
Argiolas Costamolino
Catena Chardonnay
Valle Reale Vigne Nuove    Montepulciano
Allegrini Palacco Della Torre
Catena Malbec
Palm Bay
Twin Vines Vinho Verde
Arrogant Frog White
Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red
Periquita Duoro Red
Santa Rita Reserve Malbec

Hess
Peter Lehmen Layers White
Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Peter Lehmen Layers Red
Sequana “Sarmento” Pinot Noir
Artezin Zinfandel
Amalaya Malbec Blend

Sequana Pinot Noir

Sequana Pinot Noir

Boisset
L. Buillot Rose
DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay
Lyeth ‘Fleur de Lyeth’ Red Blend
Raymond ‘R’ Merlot
Raymond ‘R’ Field Blend
Batoisiolo Moscato d’Asti

Winesellers
Francois Lurton Blanco
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir
Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Araucano Carmenere
Familia Zuccardi  Q Malbec
Heritage
Hirschbach & Sohne Liebfraumilch
Lucky Star Pinot Noir
Milbrandt Traditions Merlot
Oxford Landing GSM
Oxford Landing Shiraz
Bricco Riella Moscato d’Asti

Diamond    Imports
Domaine Sigalas Athiri/Assyrtiko Blend
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko
Domaine Skouras White
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Skouras St. George
Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vnyd
CLD
Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc
Deviation Road Chardonnay
The Garden Path Shiraz/Cab
Smidge Houdini Shiraz/Zin
Deaf Galah Red
Alliance Shiraz

Opolo    Winery
Opolo Chardonnay
Opolo Viognier
Opolo Sangiovese
Opolo Maestro
Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel
Opolo Serenade Cab/Malbec
Underdog    Wine Merchants
A Mano Pinot Grigio
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay
Concannon Conservancy Crimson &    Clover
Cupcake Red Velvet
Flip Flop Moscato
Helfrich Gewurztraminer

Barefoot    Wine and Bubbly
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Bubbly Brut
Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante
Barefoot Moscato
Barefoot Sweet Red
Easley    Winery
Reggae White
Reggae Rose
Reggae Red

Evaton, Inc
Anakena Sauvignon Blanc
Gazela Vino Verde
Gazela Rose
Finca Flichman Cabernet Sauvignon
Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec
Finca Flichman Tupungato
Lynfred    Winery
Vin de City White
Vin de City Red
Illinois Seyval Blanc
Oktoberfest Wine
Rose
Plum Wine

St.    James Winery
Velvet White
Velvet Red
Cherry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Cooper’s Hawk    Restaurant & Winery
Almond Sparkling
Semi-Dry Riesling
Cooper’s Hawk White
Barbera
Cabernets
Rhubarb Fruit Wine
Cass Winery

Cass Winery

Cass Winery

2010 Oasis Rose
2010 Roussanne
2009 Grenache
2009 Mourvedre
2008 Syrah
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cass Reserve

Constellation Wines
Blufield Riesling
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
Estancia Pinot Grigio
Toasted Head Untamed White
Diseno Malbec
Primal Roots Red Blend

Wine Festival

The ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com and attend many food and wine events.

Last year, I fell in love with Cass Winery’s Reserve and had a case shipped to my home from the winery. Try the Cooper’s Hawk Barbera; it’s from a local winery near Naperville.

Naperville Wine Festival

Naperville Wine Festival

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Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival 2014

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English: Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles as seen from Los Angeles City Hall. Photographed and uploaded by user:Geographer Category:Images of Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the Lexus Grand Tasting at the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. Enjoy over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries.  More than 30 Celebrity Chefs will showcase their culinary prowess with decadent bites of their sumptuous cuisine.  There will be book signings and photo sessions with some of the weekend’s biggest celebrity chefs.

The Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a “city-wide epicurean extravaganza featuring celebrated chefs and wineries.

For details and tickets: http://www.lafw.com/index.cfm/events.htm

Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is the city’s weekend-long celebration of gourmet food and beverages.  For more information visit www.lafw.com

 

L.A. Live development in Downtown Los Angeles

L.A. Live development in Downtown Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

WHEN: August 21-24

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2014

 

WHERE: Downtown Los Angeles

 

 

Get your tickets here: http://www.lafw.com/tickets/

 

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travels Guides and Apps @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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English: Downtown Los Angeles as seen from my American Airlines flight from Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles as seen from Los Angeles City Hall. Photographed and uploaded by user:Geographer Category:Images of Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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8th annual Prague Food Festival 2014 in the Czech Republic

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English: Foreground left: The sculpture “The Crucifix and Calvary” on the Charles Bridge in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. Background: Prague castle and the Malá Strana district of Prague. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prague Castle at night

Prague Castle at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Bridge as seen from the Vltava River, ...

Charles Bridge as seen from the Vltava River, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be three days of tastings in a fabulous castle at the 2014 8th annual Prague Food Festival! “In 2014, the PRAGUE FOOD FESTIVAL will be presenting the TOP Prague restaurants, local culinary stars from the region, and a unique ‘Badoit Fine Dining’ experience.”

WHEN: This three-day celebration of food with a longstanding tradition takes place on May 23 – 25 2014

WHERE: The Royal Gardens of the Prague Castle on the site of the original medieval vineyards. Find outstanding couisinefrom the best local chefs. Top restaurants and beverage producers will be there.

 

Panoramic view of Prague Castle Česky: Panoram...

Panoramic view of Prague Castle Česky: Panoramatický pohled na Hradčany a Pražský hrad Français : Vue panoramic du Chateau de Prague depuis la Vieille-Ville (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic. It’s location on the Vltava river makes it one of the most picturesque cities in central Europe. Prague has a plelthora of cultural attractions including: the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petřín Hill.

The historic Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava river and connects the Prague Castle to the city’s Old Town. It was started in 1357 under King Charles IV and finished in the 15th century. Until 1841, the bridge was the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau). The Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town.

Prague is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

English: Prague castle and Charles bridge

English: Prague castle and Charles bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Here are some of the events from the Festival’s Website:

1. There will be workshops on Friday, Saturday and Sunday where you can purchase gourmet products from Czech and international brands such as: Fair Trade, Spar Premium, Country Life, Biopekárna Zemanka, La Bottega di Aromi/Finestra, Sýrárna “Salaš Rýžovna“, Mammá – specialties from Southern Italy, Extenda – specialities from Andalusia.

A wing of Prague Castle overlooking the first ...

A wing of Prague Castle overlooking the first courtyard of Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Česky: Pivovar Plzeňský Prazdroj - Hlavní brán...

Česky: Pivovar Plzeňský Prazdroj – Hlavní brána Deutsch: Bierbrauerei Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) – Haupteingangspforte English: Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) Brewery – Main entrance gate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Wine Degustation Daily in the Ball Game Pavilion, Western Hall Eleven-time sommelier champion in the Czech Republic and World Champion Habanosommelier 2004-Cuba, Ivo Dvořák (www.winemanshow.cz) will lead daily wine tastings. International wines will be offered by Bacchus Vins & Champagne and Czech wines will be supplied by Bohemia Sekt.

Pilsner Urquell Brewery

Pilsner Urquell Brewery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Pairing Beer with Food Daily in the Ball Game Pavilion, Eastern Hall where you can taste the whole portfolio of Pilsner Urquell and other beers. Pilsner Urquell was the first pilsner beer in the world. Today it is owned by SABMiller, a global company. Commercial brewer, Václav Berka, will explain how to pair beers with specific food flavors.

4. Beer Tapping School Daily.

Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Plzeň, Czech Republic

Pilsner Urquell Brewery, Plzeň, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. La Casa de la Havana vieja is a Cuban bar with interesting cocktails, rum tastings and daily happy hours! There will be live music every day.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Take a “Bubble-Licious” Sip for Scholarship at the 40th Annual 2014 UNLVino Wine and Food Festival in Las Vegas

Caesars Palace (#45)

Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas (Photo credit: szeke)

English: logo for UNLV

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“Take A Sip For Scholarship” at the 40th annual UNLVino. This charity event was founded and is sponsored by Larry Ruvo and Southern Wine &  Spirits of Nevada to benefit UNLV‘s William F. Harrah College of Hotel  Administration scholarship fund.

Visit http://www.unlvino.com/ for details

Here’s the weekend line-up of events in Las Vegas

Sip & Savor
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 ● 6:00 PM (VIP) / 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ● (General Admission)
Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars

Incredible cuisine. Premium label wines. Mix, mingle and dine around selections from Puck’s six distinct Las Vegas restaurants. At the event, Chef Puck will receive the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence, honoring his culinary and community contributions.

Learn more Buy Tickets

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BAR-b-q
Thursday, April 10, 2014 ● 7:00pm-10:00pm
Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool

Go poolside for a one-of-a-kind barbecue and mixology soiree. A collaboration of Caesar’s celebrity chefs and cocktail masterminds will ply you with signature concoctions and mouthwatering twists on barbecue favorites.

Learn moreBuy Tickets

 

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Bubble-Licious
Friday, April 11, 2014 ● 7:00pm-10:00pm
Doge’s Palace At The Venetian

At this beloved event, you’ll delight in exquisite champagnes, sparkling wines and exotic champagne cocktails and the accompanying small plates from the Venetian and Palazzo collection of restaurants. Pop artist Romero Britto will also be recognized with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence.

Learn more Buy Tickets

40th Annual
Founder’s Grand Tasting
Saturday, April 12, 2014 ● 7:00pm-10:00pm
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

At this celebration of the event’s creators, Larry Ruvo and Dean Jerry Vallen, you’ll partake in the world’s finest wines, champagnes, spirits, beers and sakes, as well as bites from the city’s best restaurants and UNLV’s culinary students.

Learn moreBuy Tickets

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English: The Phase III Expansion (opened on October 22, 2004) entrance hall features a spiral escalator. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Caesar's Palace

Caesar’s Palace (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tastings of sparkling wines and Champagne cocktails at “Bubble-Licious” at The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health KMA Events Center

 

Ballyshotel

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English: The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.unlvino.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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24th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley Wine Festival 2014

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English: Tasting room, Kenwood Vineyards, Kenwood, Calfornia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Alexander Valley - Sonoma County

English: Alexander Valley – Sonoma County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Sign in Sonoma Valley directing people to specific wineries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Domaine Carneros Winery entrance, Napa Valley,...

Domaine Carneros Winery entrance, Napa Valley, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Vineyard at the Robledo Winery in Son...

English: Vineyard at the Robledo Winery in Sonoma Valley, California, USA Français : Vignoble Robledo dans la Sonoma Valley, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experience the best of Sonoma and sample fine wines from wineries throughout the valley, nibble on scrumptious food pairings prepared by local chefs and restaurants, listen to local musicians and peruse art from local artists.

Gnarly grape vines in Sonoma AVA, aka Valley o...

Gnarly grape vines in Sonoma AVA, aka Valley of the Moon. (Taken at Valley of the Moon Winery) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2014 Savor Sonoma Valley

A Premium Wine & Culinary Experience
Dates: Sat. Mar. 15th (2014) – Sun. Mar. 16th (2014)
Time: 11 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $10.00 – $65.00

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS & FOR MORE INFORMATION

PURCHASE TICKETS BY MARCH 7TH AND RECEIVE A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO NAKEDWINES.COM *Certificate will be sent to you after offer expires. *$51 six-bottle purchase required. Void where prohibited. First time customers and 21+ only. Additional restrictions apply, see complete details at us.nakedwines.com/50giftcard. Not affiliated with Naked Winery, http://www.nakedwinery.com in Hood River Oregon. NakedWines.com, Napa CA.
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Join twenty-six wineries throughout Sonoma Valley this March for a Food & Wine Experience!
Wineries will be showcasing 2013 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants.
Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers behind-the-scenes, peruse art from local artists and listen to live music. Experience the best that Sonoma Valley has to offer!
TICKET OPTIONS & PRICES: *WEEKEND PASS: $65 *DESIGNATED DRIVER WEEKEND PASS: $20 *SUNDAY-ONLY PASS: $50 per person *DESIGNATED DRIVER SUNDAY-ONLY PASS: $10 per person
Domaine Carneros, Napa, Calfornia

Domaine Carneros, Napa, Calfornia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PARTICIPATING WINERIES: Arrowood Vineyards & Winery, Benziger Family Winery, B Wise Vineyards Cellar, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Deerfield Ranch Winery, En Garde Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Imagery Estate Winery, Kaz Winery, Kenwood Vineyards, Korbin Kameron, Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Little Vineyards Family Winery, Loxton Cellars, Mayo Family Winery, Moondance Cellars, Muscardini Cellars, Nakedwines .com Wine Studio & Tasting Lounge, Pangloss Cellars, Paradise Ridge Winery, St. Anne’s Crossing Winery, Talisman Wines, Ty Caton Vineyards, Valley of the Moon, VJB Vineyards & Cellars

WineCountry.com Mobile App Download the FREE WineCountry.com Mobile App for Sonoma and Napa. Includes the ability to make reservations, get driving and walking directions to find your way around wine country. Also enjoy special offers, events, wine tasting itineraries and so much more! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TODAY.
Accommodations Special The Flamingo Resort has special, discounted rates available during Savor Sonoma Valley, Friday, March 14th and Saturday, March 15, 2014: Two night stay (Friday and Saturday) $139 Superior King or Double-Double, $159 Executive King, $239 Suites. One night stay (Saturday Only) $159 Superior King or Double-Double, $179 Executive King, $259 Suites. (*Plus 14% occupancy tax). *Rates may increase by $20 after 2/14/14.  Please call 800-848-8300 and identify yourself as part of “Savor Sonoma Valley” to make a reservation. http://www.flamingoresort.com
Transportation Special Beau Wine Tours offers special pricing for Heart of Sonoma Valley events. Please contact Anne Johnson at (707) 938-8001 ext #213 or anne@beauwinetours.com. Mention “Heart of Sonoma Valley” for preferred pricing on vehicles that include stretch

INFORMATION

Join 21 Wineries throughout Sonoma Valley this March for a Food & Wine Experience!
TICKET OPTIONS & PRICES: *WEEKEND PASS: $65 *DESIGNATED DRIVER WEEKEND PASS: $20 *SUNDAY-ONLY PASS: $50 per person *DESIGNATED DRIVER SUNDAY-ONLY PASS: $10 per person
Deerfield Ranch Winery

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PARTICIPATING WINERIES: Audelssa Estate Winery, Benziger Family Winery, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Enkidu Wines, Eric Ross Winery, Family Wineries, Imagery Estate Winery,

The event is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. For more information call 866-794-WINE or visit www.heartofthevalley.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2014 in Monterey California

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Pebble Beach Vista

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Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Pebble Beach Food & Wine (Photo credit: Tillamook Cheese)

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

WHEN: April 3-6, 2014

Here’s a list of the participating wineries:

http://www.pbfw.com/index.cfm/wineries.htm

“Pebble Beach Food & Wine has an enviable reputation for bringing out the Best and the Brightest talent in the world for the four day extravaganza. The line-up is always a virtual Who’s Who of the Culinary World and offered a cross-section of the legendary to the rising stars. Michelin stars from one to three, James Beard award winners, Best New Chef award winners, Rising Stars, Mobil 5 Star award winners, we have had the recipients of just about every culinary award imaginable. Over the years, the event has been graced by Jacques Pepin, Gerard Boyer, Alan Passard, Phillipe Legendre, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Charlie Trotter, Eric Ripert, Ming Tsai, Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Joachim Splichal, Wolfgang Puck and Pierre Gagniere to name just a few.” http://www.pbfw.com

This year, Chef/Owner Robert Baker of “Me and the Hound Memphis Barbecue” will be at the Festival. He was born and raised in Memphis and has participated in the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship for many years. He brings his love of slow cooking to Monterey.

Here are the Chefs:

http://www.pbfw.com/index.cfm/chefs.htm

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English: 6th and 7th holes, Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA Français : 6ème et 7ème trous du club de golf de Pebble Beach, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What’s more fun than a Celebrity Food and Wine Event? Especially when the proceeds benefit worthy organizations and the venue is scenic and legendary Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach MapPebble Beach boasts a dramatic coastline nestled among majestic Monterey pine trees. It is a golf mecca; the Pebble  Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California opened in 1919 and is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in the world. In 2001, it became the first public course to be selected as the premier Golf Course in America by Golf Digest. Greens fees are among the highest in the world, at $495 per round.

18th green; taken from the "Ocean View,&q...

18th green; taken from the “Ocean View,” the back of The Lodge at Pebble Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pebble Beach, California

Pebble Beach, California (Photo credit: Carodean Road Designs)

Here’s my Video of the highlights of the Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 http://youtu.be/0wS_xkrAKrA

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PEBBLE BEACH, CA – FEBRUARY 14: Paul Goydos hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach Golf Links on February 14, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

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The area offers incredible accommodations. Pebble Beach Resorts like the Lodge and the Inn at Spanish Bay offer extraordinary amenities like with world-class golf courses like Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay. There is a spa as well as a Beach and Tennis Club.

Pebble Beach Golf Links clubhouse, California,...

Pebble Beach Golf Links clubhouse, California, USA Français : Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the best Vino con Vista sea-front dining opportunities that you can seize, is at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in the Inn at Spanish Bay. Gaze at the Pacific Ocean from the dining room or the outdoor tables. Wander over to Big Sur or the Monterey Aquarium. There are plenty of interesting sites to visit around the Monterey Peninsula.

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English: Near Bird Rock of the Starboard Trail, Pebble Beach, Calfornia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival enables guests to try cuisine from many restaurants.  You can taste new wines like “Cherry Pie” that I have never seen in Chicago. This distinctive Woodbridge single vineyard, single varietal Carneros Pinot Noir was delightful!

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

Pebble Beach Lexus Grand Tasting

I loved the 2012 Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival!! This 5th annual premier epicurean event in California was an incredible Vino con Vista Opportunity!

For more information and tickets visit:

http://www.pbfw.com/

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Sign of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pe...

Sign of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, Pebble Beach, California, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark your calendars for the 6th annual event, it will be held on April 4-7, 2013.

The 2012 Events were held at luxurious Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Lodge at Pebble Beach. There was even a Jenn-Air Pavillion set up on the grounds of the Inn at Spanish Bay for cooking demos.

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

Inn at Spanish Bay in Calilfornia

The Grand Tasting was at the Equestrian Center. Shuttle service was provided between the different event locations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Watch this video to see highlights of the event:

Here a video: http://www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com/index.cfm/video_4.htm

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Participants learned about “Cult Cabs” and had a meal with Michael Chiarello, who specializes in Italian-influenced California cuisine. There was “Swine and Wine” and  “Italian Love Affair” tasting.  Guy Fieri and other notable chefs were hosting cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There was an opening night reception and plenty of “After Hours Parties.” You could even sign up to play golf on Pebble Beach!

The 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monte...

The 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey County, California Svenska: 7:e hålet på Pebble Beach Golf Links. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Sponsors 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

The Grand Tasting Events were held on Saturday and Sunday. There were 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs with plenty of wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

I went to the Sunday “Lexus Grand Tasting” at the Equestrian Center with 25 celebrity chefs showcasing their culinary prowess.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

There were book signings and over 300 wines from 200 of the world’s most prestigious wineries. I even had an opportunity to try “The Black Bottle” iconic wine.

I always search for new Pinot Noirs to try.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Pebble Beach Food and Wine 2012

Follow this link for more information about this premier culinary event in Pebble Beach California.

http://www.pebblebeachfoodandwine.com/index.cfm/browse_events.htm

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Pebble Beach Golf Links 18th hole, California,...

Pebble Beach Golf Links 18th hole, California, USA Français : 18ème trou du Pebble Beach Golf Links, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Food and Wine Festivals in Italy

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Plan to travel to Italy in 2014? There are plenty of fun events in the fall. Nurture your inner wine-loving foodie and plan to attend some of these great oenogastronomic events in Italy for a great “Vino con Vista”:

1. Giovinbacco Festival in November @ www.giovinbacco.it in the Province of Ravenna celebrates the evolution of Sangiovese de Romagna wine.

2. Rome‘s Restaurant Week in November www.restaurantweek.it 

Enjoy three course dinners at Rome’s best restaurants!

3. 80th White Truffle Fest in Alba in November @ www.fieradeltartufo.org

4. The Merano Wine Festival in November @ www.meranowinefestival.com

5. Festival of Madonna della Salute (Madonna of Health) in Venice on 11/21

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6. Festa dl Torrone in Cremona in November @ www.festadeltorronecremona.it

Emilia-Romagna

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7. Wine and Food in Emilia Romagna @ www.winefoodemiliaromagna.com offers superlative “Porc on the Pigs Back” Greediest Salami Festival every weekend in November including:

a. The Biggest Mariolone in the town of Sissa

b. The longest Strolghino in the town of Zibello

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8. A Pig and Wild Boar Festival called “Sagre del Maiale e Chingale”  in December in Antillo near Taormina, Sicily.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides to Italy and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

Buon Appetito from www.vino-con-vista.com. Available @ iBookstore We love Italian food and wine!!

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