Madison, WI (PRWEB) – Trek Travel, a bicycle vacation leader, unveils a singular culinary and luxury travel experience in its limited availability SingleThread California Weekend Bike Tour taking place October 23-26.
The award-winning cycling tour outfitter explores California’s Sonoma and legendary Dry Creek Valley on the world’s best bikes while indulging in the Zen-inspired SingleThread.
The captivating farm-restaurant-inn is garnering worldwide acclaim for offering experiences based on “omotenashi,” the Japanese concept of hospitality whereby “guests are entertained wholeheartedly,”
“Every detail is meticulously considered at SingleThread,” says Trek Travel President, Tania Burke. “It’s five guestrooms are luxuriously timeless, dinner in its James Beard award-winning restaurant is flawless, and a tour of private farm is enchanting.”
All are part of the four-day, three night SingleThread California Weekend Bike Tour that begins and ends in Healdsburg, California.
Guests will cycle through the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, passing Lake Sonoma and 1,400 year-old redwoods in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve.
They’ll experience an elaborate 11-course, wine- or sake-paired tasting menu in the 2017 James Beard Award-winning dining room which The New York Times calls “serene” with “panache.” (The San Francisco Chronicle describes as a “flawless four star experience”).
A family-style, traditional Japanese donabe dinner in the SingleThread private study and private tour of a local farm, surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay vines, are additional trip highlights.
The limited availability of this four-day, three-night trip is offered from October 23 – 26, 2017. Priced from $4,799 per person, the trip begins and ends in Healdsburg, California. Guests stay at SingleThread. Rides from 11 to 40 miles with up to 2,400 of climbing. For further information contact Trek Travel at 1-866-464-8735 or visit trektravel.com.
About Trek Travel:
Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Trek Travel is an award-winning cycling vacation company offering cycling tours around the globe for cyclists of all abilities. Each vacation includes the use of the latest Trek bicycles like the Domane SL 7 or XM700+ electric assist, featuring Garmin GPS devices and Di2 electronic shifting; with an option to upgrade to the Emonda SLR, the lightest production road bike available; boutique accommodations; most meals; snacks and drinks for each day’s ride; daily route support; social hours; entrance fees to group events; transportation during the tour; complimentary Trek Travel merchandise, and more.
Trek Travel was formed in 2002 as the luxury bicycle touring arm of Trek Bicycles, one of the world’s largest bicycle manufacturers. Voted a 2016 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Tour Operator, they’re a team of globetrotters, world-travelers and dreamers who know how to inspire the memories guests have for the rest of their life. They find the best roads, hotels, towns, food, routes and attractions, and introduce them to people looking for adventure. All on bikes they’re guaranteed to love with unrivaled customer service at every step.
SingleThread is Farm-Restaurant-Inn located in Healdsburg, California. SingleThread Farm is situated on five acres between the Russian River and the historic San Lorenzo Ranch. The property consists of a greenhouse, shade structures, loamy fields, chicken coops, an heirloom fruit orchard, olive trees, bee hives, and a cattle paddock all surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay vines. The farm supplies vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, honey, eggs, and olive oil to our restaurant kitchen.
The dining room offers an eleven-course tasting menu customized to our guests’ dietary preferences and restrictions. Tucked away on the second floor, the inn has five thoughtfully appointed guestrooms featuring an assortment of well-curated amenities and includes a multi-course breakfast.
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) – This month, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, the family-owned and operated Joseph Drouhin estate based on U.S. soil, kicked off its celebration of 30 years of success in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills. Now run by the family’s fourth-generation, each of the four siblings play a large role in the success of the historic brand. The eldest, Philippe Drouhin, tends to the viticulture and sustainability of the vines, Véronique Drouhin-Boss, the winemaker and guiding palate of the estate, continues to surprise and delight with exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, Laurent Drouhin leads the marketing initiative in the U.S. as the face of the brand, and Frédéric Drouhin oversees all operations as President. Together, they complete a perfect unity utilizing centuries-old Burgundian winemaking traditions in Oregon.
“I remember it like it was yesterday, walking with my father, Robert Drouhin, 30 years ago through the plot of land that was to become DDO,” said Véronique Drouhin-Boss during a series of kick-off events at the estate. “There was nothing there yet, of course, just trees and an incredible view. Most people probably could not see a vineyard within that land but we both just knew. It felt right. With my family, our amazing team, and the support of the community, we’ve worked tirelessly to bring the French soul to the soil of our Oregon estate and it gives me great joy to share our craft with those who have inspired and believed in our vision over the last three decades.”
Joseph Drouhin founded the Burgundy estate in 1880. His son Maurice Drouhin succeeded him in 1917, and his son – and current patriarch of the family – Robert Drouhin, became the third generation to run the business in 1957. It was Robert who first “discovered” Oregon on a visit in 1961. He recognized that it was Oregon (more so than California) that had the soil, latitude, and climate that could unlock the complexities and potential of Pinot and Chardonnay in the US. In 1987, Robert purchased property, and the newly christened Domaine Drouhin Oregon produced its first vintage in 1988 from purchased grapes. The following year they built the landmark, four-story gravity flow winery, producing the first ever vintage on the property in 1989.
“There is a big difference between ‘family-owned’ and ‘family-owned and operated.’ We live in Beaune, we live in Oregon, and we are in the vineyard and at the winery tasting every day. It is our family name on the label so we must be in control of every detail to ensure the wine can bear our name,” added Frédéric Drouhin.
During a series of kick off events, the family opened their estate and cellars with guided vineyard hikes, special tastings of vintages from DDO, Roserock – the latest of the Drouhin family’s adventure located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills – and Maison Joseph Drouhin. Each night ended with various themed dinners, such as a La Paulée-style “Le BBQ” which featured a blue grass band and multiple large-format free pours. The series also included an extraordinarily special tasting of some of the estate’s very first vintages including a 1989 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Classique (the very first vintage produced at the estate, of which there are only 24 bottles left). Guests also tasted through various vintages – including the first ever vintage – of Chardonnay Arthur (2015, 2012, 2002), Pinot Noir Laurène (2000, 1996, 1992), and Pinot Noir Louise (2007, 2003, 1999) – the three cuvées named for each of Véronique’s three children. Both her son Arthur and daughter Laurène took part in the celebration, adding another dynamic to the intimate affair – commenting wistfully on the wines, how they’ve aged well with time, and how the family has, as well. “When I taste the first vintages of the Arthur, Laurène, and Louise, I am profoundly reminded of the day each of them came into this world,” added Véronique. It was an incredibly moving evening for guests and the family alike.
Events were attended by friends of the family, members of the wine club, the media, importers, distributors, and neighboring estates such as: Eyrie Vineyards, Adelsheim, Ponzi, Casteel and Sokol Blosser families. Forever grateful for the continued community support, the four siblings and their children also performed the “ban bourguignon,” a tradition specific to Burgundy sung in celebratory honor, in this case directed in honor of their father, grandfather, great grandfather, and their esteemed guests.
Philippe Drouhin also led a number of informative vineyard tours throughout the DDO and their new Roserock estates. “After 30 years of observation of our vineyards in Oregon, every year I realize that the level of knowledge of the viticulture in Burgundy is sometimes useful in Oregon. We will spend the next 30 years really getting to know the vines – this estate is young and we are still learning,” he explained.
Robert Drouhin’s vision of an Oregon estate winery that could rival the great vineyards of Burgundy has been realized at DDO. From what began as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock now encompasses 52ha (130 acres) planted in the Dundee Hills and 50ha (124 acres) planted in the Eola-Amity Hills. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations and, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir. The densely planted vines are farmed sustainably on L.I.V.E. certified vineyards, and tended to by hand when leaves and fruit are thinned. Harvesting is also done entirely by hand, from the grape selection and picking to press.
“Our father made a very ambitious decision in 1987 to expand our business to Oregon,” said Laurent. “As we honor him and our family legacy, I am reminded of what a big moment this is for our family, and in our overall pursuit of perfection in Joseph Drouhin wines. Every year is a milestone. But the 30th is important because it shows that this is not just a short-term adventure, but that it is one more stone in the Drouhin brand.”
For more information about the estate, visit: http://www.domainedrouhin.com.
ABOUT MAISON JOSEPH DROUHIN
Maison Joseph Drouhin owns 77.7 hectares (192 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy. The vineyards are principally Grand and Premier Cru appellations of the Côte d’Or and Chablis. The family-owned and –run firm was founded in 1880 and produces nearly 90 different appellations, all of them from Burgundy. Since 1987, the family also owns 219 acres in Dundee Hills, known as Domaine Drouhin Oregon, and 229 acres in Eola-Amity Hills, known as Roserock since December 2013.
Paso Robles, Calif. – Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery is once again raising the bar on vineyard experiences by offering private jeep tours through the rolling hills of the estate vineyard. Guests are invited to an exclusive getaway exploring the vineyard, sipping award-winning wines and posing for pictures along the way.
“This is just another opportunity for our guests to experience the beauty of our vineyards in a personalized way,” said Dan Smith, Winemaker at Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery. “Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying excellent wines, snacking on small plates from the on-site kitchen and now exploring the vineyard in a jeep with family and friends.”
The 35-minute tours run Friday through Sunday and are $15 per person for the public and $10 per person for winery club members. Reservations are suggested.
Villa San-Juliette Vineyard and Winery is a luxurious destination, offering premium wines and scenic views enhanced by a Tuscan style setting on the 168-acre estate. Embracing solace, beauty, and luxury, Villa San-Juliette transforms the wine tasting experience into an indulgent getaway for the senses. The Tuscan-style 14,000-square-foot villa is perched on the hillsides of San Miguel, surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and scenic wine country views.
About Villa San-Juliette
At Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery guests are treated to a sensory experience of world-class wines grown and created in an extraordinary setting. Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery is the vision of iconic television producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe who believe in bringing the best talent together to create remarkable experiences. The vineyard’s combination of soils, aspect, and elevation create exceptional Bordeaux and Rhone wines with richness, depth and character. The Villa, nestled on the 168-acre estate with 130 acres of bearing vineyards planted to 12 varietals, provides a gracious setting for enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience in Paso Robles Wine Country. For more information about Villa San-Juliette, please call 805.467.0014, or visit www.VillaSanJuliette.com. Villa San-Juliette is located at 6385 Cross Canyons Road, San Miguel, CA 93451.
“Paso Robles is really becoming a destination for wine, craft beer, and distillery lovers,” says Uncorked Wine Tours Owner Katie Hayward. “The wine offering in Paso is diverse – the vineyards here grow about 40 different varieties of grapes – so you really get to try a lot of wines during your tour, and meet some very interesting vintners.”
Topping the list of must-stops for 2017 wine tours in Paso Robles: Halter Ranch, in Paso Robles’ Adelaida District. “Halter Ranch was recently featured in Sunset Magazine, calling it a ‘Cadillac operation throughout.’ Visitors to Halter Ranch will love its beautiful, state-of-the-art winery, caves, and brand new tasting room with a giant patio. Many tours are complimentary, although they do offer more extensive tours of their historic 900-acre property for a charge.”
Next up on the can’t-miss Paso Robles wine tour with Uncorked is Shale Oak on Oakdale Rd, just off of Highway 46 West. “Shale Oak is a Gold LEED certified winery, and their commitment to sustainability and stewardship of the land has resulted in some tremendous, limited quantity wines, so every visit is unique. Shale Oak ups the ante with savory brownie and truffle pairings, and a very casual, warm vibe that our Paso Robles wine tour guests love.”
Also in the list of Paso Robles wine tour must-sees for 2017 is J Dusi, an elegant evolution of one of the area’s oldest wine-making families. “I love the story behind the wines at this place. Janell Dusi is a passionate winemaker, trained by her grandfather Dante on the art of old world Italian winemaking – something he learned from Italian immigrant parents Sylvester and Caterina. You’ll enjoy the rich tradition, and the wines – something you have to taste for yourself!”
Rounding out Uncorked Wine Tours must-sees for Paso Robles Wine Tours is the up and coming industrial-yet-chill Tin City. “Tin City has many garagiste style wineries, (Garagistes refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region, producing “Vins de garage,” or “garage wine.”) a brewery, a cider tasting room, and distillery, with more tasting rooms to come. It’s an unexpected location, tucked behind a service road off Highway 101 at the southern edge of Paso Robles. Tour guests enjoy Tin City’s collaborative tasting events, food trucks, festivals, and soon, an on-site restaurant.”
About Uncorked Wine Tours
Uncorked Wine Tours offers exceptional wine tasting excursions in Paso Robles Wine Country and San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley. Led by Central Coast native Katie Hayward, Uncorked Wine Tours offers custom itineraries, personalized service, shuttle service, gift cards and more. Visit http://www.uncorkedwinetours.net to learn more.
Oak Ridge, Tennessee – The first-ever Nine Lakes Wine Festival will be held May 19-20, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is focused on quality, highlighting the wine trails and award-winning wines of Tennessee.
The outdoor Grand Tasting at the festival is Saturday, May 20, 1 to 6 p.m., and features 100 Tennessee wines and ciders from 20 wineries, with live music and food, at the beautiful waterfront setting of Melton Lake Park peninsula in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Tickets for the Grand Tasting May 20, as well as a Winemakers Dinner May 19, are on sale now at the festival’s website.
The festival is just 30 minutes from downtown Knoxville, and bears the name “Nine Lakes” from the nine TVA-made lakes in the greater Knoxville region.
“The beauty of our waterfront Melton Lake Park is perfect for a wine festival,” said Marc DeRose, president of Explore Oak Ridge, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau.
“Melton Lake is one of the most beautiful of the nine lakes in this area. As many people know, its glassy waters are perfect for world-class rowing events. In fact, we invite the public to watch the Dogwood Master’s Classic Regatta in the morning of May 20, and then enjoy Nine Lakes Wine Festival in the afternoon. We hope everyone enjoys our waterfront and the stunning beauty it offers.”
Nine Lakes Wine Festival will feature only wineries that participate in a wine trail. They will be grouped by trail, for a seamless tasting experience.
“We are highlighting wine trails because they set quality and professional standards for their members,” explained James R. Riddle, president of the Appalachian Region Wine Producers Association, one of the sponsors of the festival.
“When we set high standards and support one another in wine tourism, then the whole Tennessee wine industry benefits,” said Riddle. “We want to show off the hard work our talented winemakers are doing in the state, and expose more people to award-winning Tennessee wines.”
The Winemakers Dinner on Friday, May 19 features gold- and silver-award winning wines, paired with a gourmet dinner, at Calhoun’s Event Center, Oak Ridge.
“Nine Lakes Wine Festival is an opportunity for the public to taste award-winning Tennessee wines,” said Riddle. “Very often we find that people have never tried a Tennessee wine. When they do, they are often amazed at how that wine compares with the best they’ve ever had.”
Five wine trails will be represented at the festival: Great Valley Wine Trail, Rocky Top Wine Trail, Upper Cumberland Wine Trail, the new Foothills Wine & Cider Trail, and the new Appalachian High Country Wine Trail.
“We are excited that craft cider, a new industry in Tennessee, is going to be featured by two wineries at the festival,” said Riddle. “Hard apple cider has a rich Appalachian history and Nine Lakes Wine Festival is glad to be part of the return of this Tennessee tradition.”
Plenty of free parking is available at the festival. For more information, please visit the festival website.
The Historic Vineyard Society is an organization that is very near and dear to my heart. Dedicated to preserving California’s old vines, the HVS Board members, led by Mike Dildine, have not only spearheaded the efforts to save these important properties but their wineries are responsible for producing some of California’s most exciting wines: Mike Officer [Carlisle], Bob Biale [Biale], Tegan Passalacqua [Turley and Sandlands], David Gates [Ridge] and Morgan Twain-Peterson [Bedrock]. Also on the project team is Joel Peterson [Ravenswood and Once and Future Wine].
I recently received the HVS year-in-review email and wanted to share it with Eve’s Wine 101 readers…
Happy New Year, Friends!
It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and as we reflect on the last twelve months, we’d like to update you on the latest HVS happenings and give a preview of what’s to come for the Historic Vineyard Society in 2017.
The year in review
- In February, HVS board members conducted a tasting at the annual ZAP festival; this year, the premise was California Great Growths, showcasing exceptional old vine vineyards and wines made from them. Attendees very much enjoyed the discussion and a tasting of delicious wines from historic vineyards, and we look forward to participating at ZAP again in the future.
- With the goal of educating the next generation of winemakers about historic vineyards, HVS Board Members conducted two educational tastings and presentations in 2016: the first, at UC Davis in March; the second, at Cal Poly in May. Both events were well attended by students eager to help carry the torch of preserving historic vineyards, and we plan to continue these tastings in the future, both in California and beyond.
- May marked the 6th annual Vineyard Tour & Dinner, celebrating the historic vineyards and wines of the Russian River Valley. A record attendance of about 150 guests enjoyed an informative vineyard tour of Limerick Lane Vineyard, Carlisle Vineyard, Papera Ranch and Belloni Vineyard, led by the inimitable Jake Bilbro and HVS Board Members. Despite the inclement weather, a fabulous time was had by all.
- In conjunction with the May Vineyard Tour and Dinner, HVS was excited to announce the release of the 2013 vintage HVS wine, a blend made by multiple HVS wineries from the old vines of Bedrock Vineyard. This is a project we hope to continue in years to come, with a different historic vineyard featured each year. Guests at the 2017 Vineyard Tour and Dinner will once again have the opportunity to purchase the HVS wine, this time from the 2014 vintage, a blend from Pagani Ranch.
- HVS conducted a pop-up tasting at Cadet Beer & Wine Bar in Napa in November, with HVS board members pouring a variety of wines to showcase historic vineyards ranging from Napa (Hayne Vineyard and Aldo’s Vineyard) to Lodi (Bechtoldt Vineyard), the Russian River (Two Acres) and Sonoma (Bedrock Vineyard, Alta Vista Vineyard and Pagani Ranch).
What’s new in 2017
- Save the date: the 7th annual Vineyard Tour & Dinner is scheduled to take place on June 10th, 2017 at Pagani Ranch in Sonoma Valley; as Morgan describes it, one of the most historically and qualitatively gilded vineyards in the Golden State. Stay tuned for further details on what is sure to be another memorable HVS event.
- We are excited to announce that HVS was selected by Philadelphia-based freelance videographer Meredith Nutting for a video series on “Heritage Seeds,” with episodes on wheat, apples and grapes. The project will be pitched to the National Geographic Channel, the Smithsonian Channel and PBS, and we will most certainly keep you posted as the project develops in 2017.
- We plan to schedule another tasting this year at Cadet Beer & Wine Bar in Napa, set up as a guided, classroom-style tasting to allow guests to hear from HVS board members about these historic vineyards and the wines grown therein.
- Foundation Plant Services has invited HVS to send in clone selections from historic vines to be tested and treated/removed of any virus, then propagated. This has kept the HVS board members busy into harvest, as they’ve begun flagging vines to take cuttings this spring and sent into the FPS — this has the potential to allow public access to HVS selections and even create a special HVS clonal selection in years to come.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Historic Vineyard Society, we thank you for your support over the last six years. We invite you to visit the HVS website, where we are continuing to uncover new historic vineyards across California. We welcome your contributions in support of California’s historic vines, which can be made on the website.
We look forward to a wonderful year ahead.
HVS Board Members:
Signed by Mike Officer, Bob Biale, Tegan Passalacqua, David Gates, Morgan Twain-Peterson and Mike Dildine.
Michael Perlis has been pursuing his passion for wine for more than 25 years. He has had the good fortune of having numerous mentors to show him the way, as well as a wonderful wife who encourages him and shares his interest. After a couple of decades of learning about wine, attending events, visiting wineries and vineyards, and tasting as much wine as he possibly could, he had the amazing luck to meet Eve Bushman. Now, as Contributing Editor for Eve’s Wine 101, he does his best to bring as much information as possible about wine to Eve’s Wine 101 faithful readers. Michael is also Vice President of Eve Bushman Consulting (fka Eve’s Wine 101 Consulting) http://evebushmanconsulting.com/ and President of MCP Financial. Michael can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TEMECULA VALLEY, CA (PRWEB) – Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country will celebrate Temecula Valley Restaurant Month this coming January with “Temeculafied” specialty burgers made from local farm-fresh ingredients at restaurants in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, Promenade Temecula, and throughout the destination. The month-long culinary event takes place at the start of the new year, from January 1 to January 31, 2017. For the event, local chefs have been invited to participate in a signature “Burgers” theme, a popular meal option for travelers.
Temecula Valley Restaurant Month is an extension of California Restaurant Month; Visit Temecula Valley and the Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce have proudly participated in the statewide event for the past seven years.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is uniquely situated for premier culinary experiences from fine dining to gastro pubs to artisan farm-to-table quick-service restaurants to ethnic specialties. The agricultural surroundings of the region give restaurants convenient access to locally-sourced pork, beef, vegetables, citrus, apples, berries, cheese, olive oil, craft beer, wine – it’s a chef’s dream. Visitors are attracted to the fresh, real food found at Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country restaurants and this year’s focus on fresh and local mouthwatering hamburgers will be something every guest will want to sink their teeth into.
During Restaurant Month, visitors can immerse themselves in all things culinary throughout Temecula Valley, such as farmers’ markets, special chef events, Restaurant Month specialty burgers, and wine tours. Temecula Valley’s wealth of fresh, local ingredients, paired with innovative chefs, farmers and culinary artisans means visitors can enjoy cuisine as diverse and robust as the destination.
The month-long event will give visitors an excellent chance to explore all there is to see and do in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Weekday visits offer the best value to guests as visitors will receive exceptional hotel rates on overnight accommodations, personalized attention, and even conversations with local chefs, winemakers, and winery owners themselves.
Visitors can follow along with the culinary adventure on social media: #DineTemecula will feature updates throughout the month-long campaign. “Temecula Taste Bud,” the wildly popular video restaurant reviewer, will again be joining in the fun. Follow his tastebuds on YouTube or Facebook with #TemeculaTasteBud to get a sampling of the best Temecula Valley Restaurant Month has to offer.
To learn about all the participating restaurants, special events and activities, and Temecula Valley Restaurant Month’s specialty burgers, beers, and bites offered throughout January 2017, please visit RestaurantMonth.org.
About Visit Temecula Valley
With natural gifts of climate and geography Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and 40+ wineries. The popular, boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Historic Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.
Paso Robles, Calif. – Alta Colina Winery, in partnership with the Tinker Tin Trailer Company, now offers luxe camping at its new Trailer Pond located at the estate vineyard. Alta Colina is the first winery in Paso Robles Wine Country to offer luxury camping, adding to its unique line-up of wine experiences.
Guests wishing to stay at Alta Colina will book their camping dates at Tinker Tin and check in at the Alta Colina tasting room, located in west Paso Robles along Adelaida Road. Upon check in, guests will enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Rhône inspired estate wines with the option to book additional tours and other experiences – Summit Tour, VIP tasting and more – to complete the luxe camping experience on the estate vineyard.
“Our estate vineyard is the backbone of our family business and now we have a unique way to share this special place with our guests,” said Maggie Tillman, Alta Colina co-owner and director of sales and marketing. “Our partnership with Tinker Tin creates a private campground for guests to experience the outdoors in these vintage trailers and enjoy Alta Colina wines.”
The private campground opens in November and commemorates Alta Colina’s 10th vintage. Tinker Tin trailers will be available throughout the year as weather permits. For rates and to reserve trailers please book at Tinker Tin.
“We are thrilled to partner with Alta Colina,” said Jaime Holm, owner of Tinker Tin Trailer Co. “This partnership gives guests a unique experience to spend the night in a historic American made trailer-manufactured close to 70 years ago while in the setting of an organically farmed vineyard. The Trailer Pond is a fun new extension of our business.”
Alta Colina and Tinker Tin are small family businesses based in San Luis Obispo County. The two entrepreneurial ventures are working together to grow their businesses and offer visitors a unique way to enjoy Paso Robles Wine Country.
ABOUT ALTA COLINA
Alta Colina produces world-class Rhône varieties from its vibrant estate vineyard in the Adelaida District of west Paso Robles. With a dedication to organic farming practices, Alta Colina crafts critically acclaimed wines that reflect and honor the land. For more information, please visit www.altacolinawine.com or visit the tasting room at 2825 Adelaida Road in Paso Robles.
Instagram: @Altacolina, #TrailerPond
ABOUT TINKER TIN
Tinker Tin Trailer Company specializes in vintage trailer rentals ranging from the 1920s-1960s used for events, production, camp outs, and more. Their rental collection consists of Vintage Trailer Bars, Vintage Vending Trailers, Vintage Trailer Photo Booths, Vintage campers for overnight stays, as well as Tipis and Tents. Based out of the Central Coast, with USA wide travel- Tinker Tin’s historic vintage trailers are a great addition to any event. www.tinkertin.com.
Instagram: @tinkertintrailerco, #TrailerPond
(HOT! HOT!) AUCTION LOTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2016 WINESONG, MENDOCINO’S PREMIER CHARITY AUCTION AND FOOD & WINE EVENT
** Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th on the Mendocino Coast **
FORT BRAGG, CA – The 32nd Annual Winesong event, a spectacular weekend of award-winning wine, fabulous food, fine art, music, merriment, and charitable giving held on the Mendocino Coast, will take place next month, and event organizers are pleased to announce this year’s line-up of spectacular auction lots.
Winesong kicks off of Friday, September 9 with A Pinot Noir Celebration at the Little River Inn. On Saturday, September 12, guests who attend the Grand Tasting will stroll through the enchanting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by world-class wineries in Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma and beyond, and bites from nearly 50 fine food purveyors. The celebration continues on into the Auction Tents for the always-entertaining main attraction, the Live and Silent Auctions, where the Hot! Hot! Auction Lots will be on offer. Winesong is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation and all proceeds from both events go towards supporting the local Mendocino Coast District Hospital that serves so many in the area.
Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on more than 150 lots, featuring spectacular wines from a selection of prestigious wine producers, rare and hard-to-find vintages, and special vertical and horizontal collections. Original paintings and art from highly acclaimed artists, as well as domestic and international vacation packages and custom-designed wine getaway experiences will also share the auction limelight. In addition, a variety of items will be on offer in the silent and super silent auctions.
Some select ‘HOT LOT’ highlights from Winesong 2016:
24 bottle vertical of Chateauneuf du Pape – Chateau de Beaucastel
4 Perfect wines of 100 points per Robert Parker – all 2005 vintages of Bordeaux blends
Six bottle vertical of 1987 Opus One
Golf at St. Andrews, Scotland (2 ppl) – 7 night stay at 5-star Fairmont St. Andrews Golf Resort & Spa
Tuscany Truffle Hunt (4 ppl) – 7 nights in a private villa in Cortona, Italy (think Under the Tuscan Sun)
Kentucky Bourbon Trail (4 ppl) – 3 night stay
Indy 500 (2 ppl) – 3 night stay at Conrad Hotel, plus tickets for 101st Indy 500, includes parade, grandstand seats, pit & garage area, Snakepit Ball
Lowell Herrero’s “Garvey Grape Harvest” – 4’ x 5’ framed giclee on canvas (Artist of the Year)
Edward Gordon, rare (SOLD OUT) signed limited edition giclee, “Corner Room” (28/350)
Grace Family Vineyards tour, tasting and dinner for 4 with Grace Family and Janet Herrero, plus etched 3L of Lowell Herrero work and a 3’ x 4’ giclee of “Graceful Harvest” by Lowell Herrero
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Estate Wine Tasting & Cave Tour for 4 ppl, plus limited edition etched double magnum 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon to commemorate 40th Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris
The main sponsor, Celebrity Cruises, is proud to support Winesong and the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation for the second year as part of their commitment to enhancing the life of the collective community here in Northern California. A host of additional local and national businesses will also be sponsoring this year’s event, including Harvest Market, North Coast Brewing Company, JetBlue, Mendo Lake Credit Union, The Coast FM – KOZT, Savings Bank of Mendocino, Mendocino Winegrowers Inc., Safeway, CalStar Air Ambulance, Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, and Birchware Compostable Utensils. For further information the 2016 Winesong event sponsors, please visit http://winesong.org/sponsors-2/.
In addition, Winesong is pleased to announce revered artist and long-time Winesong supporter, the late Lowell Herrero, as this year’s Artist of the Year, and Grace Family Vineyards as the 2016 Honored Winery.
Further details regarding the Winesong events:
A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers
Friday, September 9, 2016 | 1 to 4 p.m.
The weekend kicks off with a prestigious Pinot Noir tasting, presented by Winesong and hosted by Little River Inn. Attendees will enjoy Pinot Noir from renowned Anderson Valley, along with wines from other award-winning pinot regions, alongside tastes of Little River Inn’s finest culinary offerings. General Admission Tickets for A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers are $75 per person.
Wine & Food Grand Tasting in the Gardens
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stroll through the lush Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying vintages poured by world-class wineries from Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, and beyond. Sample beer, spirits, and food from fine purveyors. The tasting is accented by various musical groups performing a variety of styles including jazz, classical, blues, calypso and folk rock. General Admission Tickets with festival seating at auction and access to wine and food tasting are $150 per person.
Silent & Live Auctions
Saturday, September 10, 2016 | SILENT: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; LIVE: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The centerpiece of Winesong weekend is the Charity Auction, featuring both a silent and live auction. More than 100 lots will be on offer, featuring spectacular wines from the world’s most prestigious wine producers, rare vintages, large format bottles and special vertical and horizontal collections, as well as original art from acclaimed California artists (including Lowell Herrero) and highly coveted international and domestic vacation packages. Auction Reserve Tickets with assigned seating under the auction tent (w/catered lunch) and access to wine and food tasting are $250 per person.
Tickets to all events are available for purchase at: https://winesong.ejoinme.org/purchase-tickets-winesong-2016.
For further information, please visit http://winesong.org or call (707) 961-4688.
About Winesong & the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation
Winesong is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Its mission is to help the small rural Hospital provide the best possible medical care to residents as well as the many visitors to the Mendocino Coast. Winesong proceeds have enabled the Hospital to purchase chemotherapy equipment, portable ultrasound machines for the Emergency Room as well as a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center, Cardiology Equipment, and most recently, a Bedside Medicine Verification System.