Monday, January 15, 2018

Plan Your Valentine's Day Getaway to Napa Valley

Valentine's Day is about a month away and Napa Valley has so many romantic activities available. Some popular activities offered include hot-air balloon rides, bicycle rentals, horseback riding, and of course wine tasting! Click here for more activities in Napa Valley. Here are some more events and specials offered in Napa Valley for Valentine's Day:

Where: Cliff Lede Vineyards
What: Multi-course dinner catered by Tre Posti featuring musical entertainment and a live table-side mozzarella pulling demonstration.
When: Saturday, February 10th at 6 pm
How Much: Tickets are $195 for club members, $250 for non-members. Must purchase by January 31, 2018

What: Special three-course dinner including a glass of sparkling wine.
When: Wednesday, February 14th 5:30pm-9:00pm
How Much: $75 per person

What: Hot, Steamy, and Dreamy Valentine’s Day package which includes two nights in one of our renovated, retro-chic rooms outfitted with rainfall showers and hoodie sweatshirt robes to cuddle in. A Mudnage à Trois spa experience for two at our MoonAcre Spa and Baths, including time at our DIY Mud Bar, two private bathing sessions, and two 50-minute massages. An aphrodisiacal wine and chocolate pairing experience for two at Clif Family Winery's tasting room. Naughty dice and card game to enjoy in room and take home for later.
When: Available for all of February

Where: Judd's Hill
What: Valentine's Party including wine, delicious nibbles, and a dynamic duo of masseurs giving complimentary neck and shoulder massages.
When: Sunday, February 11 from noon to 2:30 pm
How Much: $55 per person

What: Private hot-air balloon ride at sunrise including a sparkling wine toast (if you mention Visit Napa Valley at the time of reservation, they’ll include an exclusive in-flight photo package).
When: February 10 to 18, 2018
How Much: Private flight for two is $2,200

Where: Silverado Cooking School
What: A hands-on cooking class & dinner where you and your date will prepare and enjoy a seasonal three-course menu featuring fresh ingredients from our own farm, Stone Tree Farm.
When: Wednesday, February 14, 6 to 9 pm
How Much: $275 per couple

Monday, January 8, 2018

Wine Etiquette Tips

At home you may snuggle up in your pajamas chugging a bottle of wine from a coffee mug (we're not judging... we do it, too!) but when you're in public it's probably a good idea to practice some wine drinking etiquette. Whether you're meeting your significant other's parents, attending a business dinner or party, or going to any formal event, it's a good idea to have some manners. Here are a few tips on how to impress people with your knowledge of the correct way to drink wine.

• Hold your glass by the stem - The wine glass is not only designed to be beautiful, it's designed to keep your wine from getting warm. If you hold the glass by the stem it prevents your hand from warming the wine inside.

• Smell your wine - Wine is an experience. Don't miss out on half of the experience by only tasting your wine. Smell it first, then sip it to get the full flavor.

• Drink from the same spot of the wine glass - If you drink from one side of your wine glass, then rotate the glass and drink from a different part you will be putting dirty looking mouth marks (especially if you're wearing lipstick) all over your glass. Try to drink from the same spot of the wine glass every sip in order to keep your glass cleaner.

• Clink glasses bell to bell - Try to cheers someone by clinking the bell of your glass to the bell of theirs. This helps avoid breaking either glass. It's also good etiquette to make eye contact with who you're clinking glasses with.

• While pouring wine, hold the bottle in the palm of your hand - If you're the one who's pouring the wine from the bottle make sure to hold the bottle at it's base in the palm of your hand. Try to hold it with the label facing outwards so everyone can see what it is.

• Don't overfill your glass - Wine is meant to aerate once poured so don't fill your glass all the way. If you fill it a little less than halfway it allows the wine to breathe.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Annual Official Wine Drinking Days

You may know that May 25th is "National Wine Day," but do you know when "Drink Local Wine Week" is? Or how about "National Zinfandel Day?"

In order to avoid missing an opportunity to drink wine this year (not like we need a specific day), here is a list of official wine drinking days to celebrate:

February 18th: Drink Wine Day
February 27th: Open That Bottle Night
March 3rd: National Mulled Wine Day
April 17th: World Malbec Day
May 9th: World Moscato Day
May 25th: National Wine Day
August 1st: International Albarino Day
August 14th: International Rosé Day
August 18th: National Pinot Noir Day
September 16th: International Grenache Day - Technically held on the third Friday in September
October 11-17th: Drink Local Wine Week
October 23rd: Champagne Day
November 7th: International Merlot Day
November 12th: Wine Tourism Day
November 12th: International Tempranillo Day
November 18th: National Zinfandel Day
December 4th: Cabernet Franc Day
December 5th: Repeal Day - On this date in 1933, we could all drink again
December 20th: National Sangria Day
December 31st: National Champagne Day

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Wine Memes

It's Christmas Day! Relax with loved ones, eat, drink a bottle of wine (did we say bottle?! We meant glass *wink*wink), and enjoy these Christmas wine themed memes!

12 snobs sniffing
11 casks a corking
10 crushers crushing
9 vines a winding
8 charming chardonnays
7 sommeliers a-serving
6 corkscrews turning
5 golden sauternes
4 hearty cabernets
3 french blends
2 toasting friends
and a pinot in a pear tree

This is our favorite type of exercise

All the xmas spirit we have is in the liquor cabinet

We may need a few bottles to deal with the difficult relatives

I'm actually really easy to shop for... if you know where to shop

Either or... I'm not picky

Not likely

Wine. Yes, definitely wine.

I always dreams of wine, even when it's not the Holidays.

No need for stocking stuffers.

Merry Christmas from AWineryReview.com

Monday, December 18, 2017

How To Remove Red Wine Stains

One of the most popular drink choices for the Holiday Season is red wine, and it's no mystery why. Red wine is delicious! However, the more you drink, the more likely you are to have a little accident and spill some red wine on yourself, the couch, or the carpet. Many people think it's impossible to get out red wine stains, but it's not. The faster you can treat the stain the better chance you have of getting the stain out, but you can still remove it once it's dry. Here are some tips on how to remove red wine stains.

Wet Stains:
• Cover the stain with a thick layer of salt within 2 minutes of the spill
• Pour club soda on top of the salt and the stain
• After an hour of the stain sitting, remove the salt and blot with a paper towel

Dry Stains:
• Pour vodka over the stain
• Blot with a paper towel
• Repeat until the stain fades

Monday, December 11, 2017

Best Holiday Gifts for Wine Lovers

The Holidays are the perfect time to enjoy the company of loved ones and giving gifts is a wonderful way to show others how special they are to you. However, there's only so many times you can give someone a bottle of wine before it becomes mundane. If you want to pleasantly surprise them, give them a wine related gift that isn't just the standard bottle of wine.

A great idea is to save your wine corks throughout the year and make them a homemade gift. Our What To Do With Your Extra Wine Corks blog has some creative ideas for what you can make. But if you didn't save corks or you don't have the time to make a homemade gift, here are some ideas of other wine related gifts that are sure to please your loved one (or yourself! There's nothing wrong with a "To: me, From: me" present!).

Gilded Rim Wine Glass Set
From stemless glasses, to white wine glasses and red wine glasses, these are a beautiful gift for someone who loves to entertain.

• Stemless Glasses - Buy Now
• White Wine Glasses - Buy Now
• Red Wine Glasses - Buy Now

Wine Aerator
Give the gift of a perfect, aerated pour with this beautiful wine Aerator

• Aervana Wine Aerator - Buy Now
• Rabbit Super Wine Aerator - Buy Now

Wine Lover's Card Deck
Not only is this gift great for playing drinking games, it also is a great way to learn wine facts. It's the perfect gift for a host or hostess.

• The Wine Deck - Buy Now

Wine Glass Markers
These markers are great for personalizing your wine glass as to not mix it up with someone else's.

• Wine Glass Writer - Buy Now

Wine Decanter
In addition to the beauty a decanter offers, it's also a wonderful way to let wine breathe. Decanters make stylish, affordable gifts.

• Homestia Wine Decanter - Buy Now
• Vivid Wine Decanter - Buy Now
• Ravenscroft Crystal Wine Decanter - Buy Now

Wine Preservation System
Help your loved one keep a bottle of wine tasting it's best for long with a wine preservation system.

• Coravin Model One Wine System - Buy Now
• Coravin Model Two Wine System - Buy Now

Red Wine Stain Remover
Everyone is clumsy once in a while so this gift is perfect for everyone!

• Red Wine Stain Remover - Buy Now

Monday, December 4, 2017

Sonoma County Holiday Concerts 2017

In addition to the many wineries, craft fairs, Christmas tree farms, and other activities offered around Sonoma County this Holiday season, here is a list of Holiday concerts, performances, and Nutcrackers. For more information on these events, visit www.sonomacounty.com/holiday-concerts


Le Cirque de Boheme
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
Cornerstone Sonoma
23570 Arnold Drive

Mannheim Steamroller
Nov. 29
Luther Burbank Center
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa

Transcendence’s Broadway Holiday Spectacular
Dec. 1-3
Luther Burbank Center
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa

Posada Navideña
Dec. 9
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale: Handel's Messiah
Dec. 10
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park

Symphony Pops: A Holly Jolly Pops
Dec. 10
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa

Under the Streetlamp: Hip to the Holidays
Dec. 14
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa

30th Anniversary of Windham Hill's Winter Solstice
Dec. 15
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park

Cherish the Ladies – Celtic Christmas
Dec. 16
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park

Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Concert
Dec. 17 
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park


Little Women the Musical
Nov. 24 - Dec. 17
Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park

Inspecting Carol
Nov. 29 - Dec. 10
Sonoma Arts Live, Andrews Hall, Sonoma

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Dec. 1-23
6th Street Playhouse - G.K. Hardt Theatre, Santa Rosa

A Vintage Christmas
Dec. 1-10
Raven Theater, Healdsburg
Performed at Trione Vineyards and Winery, Geyserville

The Nutcracker Musical
Dec. 1-10
Suggested for ages five and up.
Cloverdale Performing Arts Center

Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
Dec. 8-23
6th Street Playhouse - Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 18
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Rd
Santa Rosa

Petaluma School of Ballet
Dec. 15, 16, 17
Evert B. Person Theatre
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park

Santa Rosa Dance Theater's Nutcracker
Dec. 15, 16, 17
Spreckels Performing Arts Center
5409 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park

Sebastopol Ballet School's Nutcracker
Dec. 22, 23, 24
Complimentary Sugar Plum Party for children before each matinee show. Meet the dancers in costume and enjoy sweet treats.
Analy High School
6950 Analy Ave.