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Napa Valley Wine Train Adventure to the Grgich Hills Estate

05 Grgich Hills Cabernet

05 Grgich Hills Cabernet (Photo credit: iamvhl)

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Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa Valley, Californi...

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California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate – Grape Stomping (Photo credit: wallyg)

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calisto...

California winery Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, Napa Valley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Get the Wine Train Bay Area Connection at the San Francisco Ferry Building.
The Wine Train offers  lunch or dinner on the Wine Train. They will pick you up when you disembark from the San Francisco Click on this lind to: Learn more.

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

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

The Grgich Hills Winery Tour

Magyar: A Grgich Hills Cellar borászat táblája...

Magyar: A Grgich Hills Cellar borászat táblája Kaliforniában (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the  Grgich Hills Estate. It is a family owned and operated  winery  dedicated to “”00% estate grown certified organic and  Biodynamic® vineyards.  Founder and Winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich,  inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame in 2008, His Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the historic 1976  Paris Tasting, besting the top white Burgundies.

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

California - Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate

California – Rutherford: Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: wallyg)

I had a gourmet three course lunch  in an elegant 1915 Pullman Lounge dining car as I traveled northbound from downtown Napa. It was a lovely scenic ride through the Napa Valley to Rutherford. At Rutherfore, I visited the Grgich Hills  Estate for a one-hour private tour and tasting.

Grgich Hills Estate

Grgich Hills Estate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check out the Lunch Packages:

Time Activity Details
10:30 AM Check In
10:35 AM Wine Tasting Seminar
11:00 AM Board the Train You will begin in our Petite Gourmet Car, and our meal service will begin as soon as you arrive.  Expect to begin eating at around 11:30 AM.
11:30 AM Train Departs
12:30 PM Disembark at Grgich Hills A representative from Grgich Hills will meet the train, and you will begin a short tour of Grgich Hills Winery.  Following the tour, there will be a private tasting in the winery itself, with time to purchase wines.
1:30 PM Re-board the Train When you re-board the train, our staff will direct you to a lounge car, where you can enjoy our dessert and coffee service.  The remaining hour of the trip is a good time to explore the rest of the train.
2:30 PM Train Returns to Napa
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POUR Wine Tasting for a Good Cause in Chicago

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting (Photo credit: Andrew Albertson)

220 Communictions invites you to Pour on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 7PM-9PM. Pour is a quarterly wine tasting started in 2010 that helps raise awareness and funds for local charities. Network with representatives from local charities while sipping delicious wines and food pairings. Past charities Pour has supported include One Hope United, The Gridiron Alliance, Connections for Abused Women and their Children, and Habitat for Humanity among others. February’s event will be held at Kilwin’s Chocolate, Fudge, and Ice Cream Shop in Old Town. Tickets to the event are $25 and will benefit a local charity. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include chocolate flight , complimentary tasting , and a ticket for prize drawing. Please CLICK HERE to get your tickets now. NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR!

Sample 9 select truffles and enjoy a complimentary tasting of 4 different sparkling wines from Wines For Humanity.   Purchase any bottle of wine from Wines For Humanity and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Chicago PADS.

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

 

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Catholic Charities D’Vine Affair 2013 in Chicago

Get tickets for the Catholic Charities 12th Annual d’Vine Affair at the Union League Club in Chicago. Nearly 500 members of the Chicago business and philanthropic communities will gather for this elegant wine tasting featuring over 90 vintners from around the world.  Attendees include sophisticated wine enthusiasts, those interested in broadening their knowledge of wine through the interaction with wine producers, and first timers looking for a friendly and comprehensive venue which will introduce them to the wonderful and varied world of wine.
Logo of the Union League Club of Chicago.

Logo of the Union League Club of Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Union League Club of Chicago
For an additional cost, an exclusive guided pre-tasting tour is offered as well as dinner after the tasting. Proceeds from the d’Vine Affair benefit Catholic Charities’ innovative Self-Sufficiency Programs in Cook and Lake Counties. Tickets start at $125. Contact Hillary Fash, Event Coordinator, at (312) 948-6797 or hfash@catholiccharities.net or visit www.catholiccharities.net/dvine for more information or to register.
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com
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Uncork for Kids in Chicago 2012

Uncork for Kids

Wish List Chicago is having an evening of  wine and fun  benefiting the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children Hospital of Chicago. There will be wines from around the world,  appetizers and a silent auction, a cork swap, and much much more!

http://uncorkforkids.eventbrite.com/

English: Comer

English: Comer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All proceeds will directly benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Tickets to Uncork for Kids are $85. Click Here for tickets.

WHEN:  Friday November 9, 2012 at 7 pm-10 pm

WHERE: D.O.C. Wine Bar at 2602 N. Clark St.

“Wish List Chicago is an organization that has been fundraising on behalf of Lurie Children’s Hospital since 1983. They strive to improve quality of life for children, siblings, and families during their time at the hospital by providing toys.”  

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Taste of Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2012

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The 11th annual Taste of Atlanta is a premier food and wine festival that showcases the diversity of Atlanta’s food scene.

Midtown from Piedmont Park.

Midtown from Piedmont Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: Tech Square in the heart of Midtown Atlanta encompassing Spring Street and 5th Street.

WHEN: The Taste of Atlanta Kick-Off Event is Friday, October 5, 2012. Taste of Atlanta is October 6 & 7, 2012 from 11 am to 6 pm. VIP Tasting Tents open at 12:30 pm both days.

The Friday Kick-Off Event is The Big Grill – A Salute to Atlanta’s Chefs on Friday, October 5:, 2012, 6:30 – 10:30pm (Separate ticket required)

There will be plenty of food from more than 80 of Atlanta’s favorite restaurantsTickets are on sale now >>>

General Admission Ticket

Admit one and 10 taste coupons:

• Advance Price (valid May 2 – Oct 5 at midnight) $25.00
• At the Event $35.00

Kids 13 and under receive FREE admission when accompanied by a paid adult. Taste Coupons are required for food purchase.

VIP Ticket

Atlanta midtown night

Atlanta midtown night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be a VIP at Taste of Atlanta and receive 15 taste coupons, admission into the Wine + Beer + Cocktail Experience including the Tasting Tents and educational seminars. The first 300 VIP ticket holders each day may pick up a Taste of Atlanta gift back filled with special goodies at the Information/Merchandise Tent near the Spring St. and 5th St. intersection. :

• VIP Ticket – Advance Price (Limited Availability) $75.00
• VIP Ticket – At the Event (If still available) $85.00

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

 
 
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Crush 2013 in Old Town on Wells Street

Old Town, Chicago

Crush in Old Town

The Old Town neighborhood of Chicago is one of the most charming and historic neighborhoods in Chicago.

The Wells Street Crush includes wine tastings, music and arts & crafts. Local restaurants will feature special pasta dishes on their fest menus.

 

When: September 14, 2013 – September 15, 2013

Times: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 14; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 15

Where: Wells Street, Chicago
(773) 868-3010

Here’s my Vino con Vista Video of the Fall Festival  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awxq573tISM

The Old Town Triangle Historic District is located around North Avenue and Wells Street. It  is packed with turn-of -the-century and Victorian era architecture. It is the home of restaurants and bars like Benchmark, Topo Gigio, O’Brien’s, The Fireplace Inn and Kamehachi. The Fudge Pot has outstanding chocolates and taffy apples.

The neighborhood is also home to the famed The Second City improvisational comedy troupe that spawned Saturday Night Live. The Second City originated in Chicago‘s Old Town neighborhood.  Second City became a source of cast members for Saturday Night Live. Alumni include  John Belushi,  John CandyBill Murray,  Dan Aykroyd, and Gilda Radner.

Many of the streets and alleys pre-date the  Great Chicago Fire. My first residence, when I graduated from college, was in this neighborhood. It’s still my favorite part of the city. The neighborhood is home to St. Michael’s Church, where I was married. It was originally a Bavarian church and fortunately, this gorgeous church is one of seven churches in the city that survived the Chicago Fire. The Old Town Triangle Historic District  is in the National Register of Historic Places.

 
Every year, this neighborhood hosts an interesting Festival with live entertainment, art and cuisine from the neighborhood restaurants.
 
Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 13-14, 2013
Time: noon-10 p.m.
Location: On N. Wells St. between North Ave. and Schiller
   
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Chicago’s Windy City Wine Festival 2013

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago’s 9th annual Windy City Wine Festival 2013 is coming to Grant Park!
 
Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user...

Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Friday, September 6, 2013  from 4-10 PM
Saturday, September 7, 2013 from  2-8 PM
 
Adult Wine Tasting Ticket
$29 in advance or $35 at the door.
There are no additional handling or processing fees for online orders. Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, 12 tastings, one pint of any beer available at the festival, Food & Wine seminars, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount. Designated Driver Ticket
$10 oniline or at the door.
This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Food & Wine seminars, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.
 
WHERE: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park  

English: Buckingham Fountain

English: Buckingham Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 
 
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.
 

Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain At Night

Gaze at Chicago’s incredible horizontal evening cityscape and watch the light-show at Buckingham Fountain for an incredible “Vino con Vista” experience.

Watch this YouTube video of the Windy City Wine Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qiWMpieX8M

What could possibly be better than going to Grant Park in September at dusk and sipping wine from all over the world while listening to live music?

Chicago Skyline at night from Grant Park

Chicago’s 8th Annual Windy City Wine Festival is the place to be. The Windy City Wine Festival is held at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chicago WIndy City Wine Festival 2011

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Chicago Restaurants

Taste some of the delightful wines including the Cabernet Reserva from Cass Winery and the Spanish Rioja.

Some of the other wineries include: Chicago based Cooper’s Hawk and  Lynfred Winery, Wollersheim Winery, Reggae Wines and Fess Parker.

Here’s a link to the full list of wineries for 2012:

http://www.windycitywinefestival.com/windycity_wine.html

Lynfred Winery at the Windy City Wine Festival

 

Reggae Wines at the Chicago Wine Festival 2011

Chicago Windy City Wine Festival 2011

French Wines at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011

Try the Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir. The festival features more than 270 wines from around the world with wine tasting seminars.

Foodies can flock to the food booths where local restaurants will offer their signature dishes. Here’s a list of the 2013 restaurants:

10 Pin Bowling Lounge

Adobo Grill

Blue Agave Tequila Bar

Artisan Chocolate

Chubby Wieners

Davis Chocolate

Dinotto

Empanadus Restaurant

Forever Yogurt

Gourmet Blends

Guilty Pleasurez Cupcakes

Hearty Boys

Local Folks Foods/Ludwig Cheese

Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen

Olea Estates Olive Oil

Pure Prairie Cheese

Tea & Beyond

Zacalo/Taco Joint

Zapatista Cuisine of Mexico

Sullivan’s Steak Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll-YUM!

Sullivan’s Steakhouse at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011

Kendall College at the WIndy City WIne Festival in Chicago 2011

Last year, Kendall College sent some of their future chefs to the event. There will be cooking demonstrations by top chefs and samples from gourmet food companies. Take time to stroll through the lovely gardens at Grant Park. Our city planners attempted to make Grant Park a “Paris on the Prarie”. This is a great “Vino con Vista” Venue!

Grant Park Garden in Chicago

Fountains in Grant Park in Chicago

Live Entertainment at Chicago’s Windy City WIne Festival 2011

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule for 2013:

Friday, September 6

5:00 – 6:20 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

6:30 – 7:00 pm
Mary Ross, Midwest Wine & Spirits

7:05 – 7:35 pm
Ron Breitstein, Kobrand

7:45 – 9:40 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

 

Saturday, September 7

2:30 – 4:00pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Mary Ross, Midwest Wine & Spirits

5:00 – 5:30 pm
Ron Breitstein, Kobrand

5:45 – 7:45 pm
LLOYD DOBLER EFFECT – Band

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

 

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Mesa Verde Country Wine and Art Festival 2012 in Colorado

 Attend the Mesa Verde Country Wine and Art Festival 2012 in Cortez, Colorado. Southwest Colorado’s towns of Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Towaoc embrace the archaeological center of America with magnificent Vino con Vista mesas and canyons. This area is the home of the world-renowned Mesa Verde National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It has some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world.
Enjoy fine dining, wine tasting, art and culture at the ninth annual festival, which will showcase the locally produced wines of some of Colorado‘s finest wineries and local vintners. The menu offered by local restaurants and producers will feature: beef, elk and local veggies.

The Festival also showcases many of the talented local artists who are inspired by the region’s scenic beauty. Festivities will kick off with a winemaker’s dinner on Friday, August 24, 2012.

Cortez, Colorado

Cortez, Colorado (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park

Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the Food, Wine and Art Festival Event Schedule:
List of ancient dwellings of Pueblo peoples in...

List of ancient dwellings of Pueblo peoples in Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photograph taken of the Cliff Palac...

English: A photograph taken of the Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Français : L’ancien village troglodyte de Cliff Palace, dans le Parc national de Mesa Verde. Colorado, États-Unis. Nederlands: De resten van het Cliff Palace in het Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Verenigde Staten van Amerika. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde (Photo credit: Travis S.)

On Saturday from noon-5 p.m., the festival will continue at Cortez City Park with wine tastings, art, food, local and regional agricultural producers. There will be a musical performance by Thomas Martin Scott. The festival will end on Sunday with an open house at Guy Drew Vineyards from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

English: Mesa Verde Reservoir, Mesa Verde Nati...

English: Mesa Verde Reservoir, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA. This 13th century Ancestral Puebloan cistern is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marsala

Marsala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 24-26, 2012

WHERE: Cortez, Colorado

TICKETS: Tickets to the winemaker’s dinner on Friday cost $80 per person. Tickets to Saturday’s festivities cost $15 person, which includes a commemorative wine glass, or $20 at the door. Designated drivers get in free.

 For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mesaverdecountry.com

Map of Colorado highlighting Montezuma County

Map of Colorado highlighting Montezuma County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Family Winemakers Tasting 2012 in San Francisco

Attend the 22nd annual Family Winemakers Tasting 2012 in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center.

tasting_logo_color_whitebg2012.jpgFamily Winemakers assists its members in marketing their wines by
organizing three wine tastings each year.  Two are in the Southern California; San Diego and Pasadena. The third event is held in San Francisco. The San Francisco event is a two-day event; the first day is for consumers and the second day is for trade.

This is the largest tasting of California wines in the world.   For the full list of wineries, check out the website: http://www.familywinemakers.org/tastings/tastingsModule/participatingWineries.cfm?tid=22.

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting ev...

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love their varietal search tool: http://www.familywinemakers.org/tastings/tastingsModule/varietalMap.cfm?tid=22. Find out who is pouring your favorite varietal using the search tool. I found plenty of Barbera and Pinot Noir producers using the search tool.

Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting (Photo credit: Andrew Albertson)

There will be large family wineries like the Jackson Family Estates and Gallo, as well as smaller family wineries with smaller production and limited distribution.  “It’s a once-a-year extravaganza where you can tour and taste the world of  California wine. Your ticket includes: unlimited access to 300+ wineries from 20+ California appellations pouring over 30 varietals and 750 different wines;
commemorative wine glass; a great variety of cheeses; on site deli.  Many
wineries will be offering special pricing on select wines.”

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting ev...

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: September 9, 2012; 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM

WHERE: Festival Pavilion Fort Mason Center San Francisco, California

TICKETS: Tickets are available until August 19th for $55. Then tickets are $65 in advance online. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the day of the event for $75.

Fort Mason Center (foreground) with Russian Hi...

Fort Mason Center (foreground) with Russian Hill in the distance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting ev...

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting ev...

English: Wine bottles at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

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Key Largo Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Florida’s Beautiful Bay

Key Largo

Key Largo (Photo credit: Scott Kinmartin)

WHEN: July 27th-August 5, 2012

WHERE: Various venues around Key Largo

Make plans to attend the Key Largo Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Florida. There will be 10 glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, themed wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. The Festival’s Finale will feature ‘A Taste of Key Largo’ at the Sundowners restaurant complex grounds.

For more information visit:http://www.keylargofoodandwinefestival.com/

Key Largo Sunset

Key Largo Sunset (Photo credit: tomkellyphoto)

Taste of Key Largo 2012

A festival finale event, “A Taste of Key Largo,” is planned for 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Local chefs will prepare signature dishes. You can sample wines while you listen to live music. There will be mixology demonstrations and summer cocktail tastings on the water. Tickets to this event are $28 (incl. tax and tip) per person, including a souvenir tasting glass and gift bag, and can be purchased online starting July 1.

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