California's Wine Regions are the Place to Eat, Drink, Shop and Be Merry
Nov. 29, 2012
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it comes to merrymaking over the holiday season, nobody does it better than
wine country. From festive events and activities, to inspiring decor and unique gift ideas,
's wineries are the perfect place to celebrate in style. See all the offerings listed at
's wine regions are enchanting any time of year, but over the holidays, the state's wineries kick it up a few notches with holiday lights and decor.
, check out the
7th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest
Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley
to tour historic landmarks and beautifully decorated wineries. Over in
, wineries have gone all out on decor, from
Victorian estate to the solar-powered lights on
olive trees. The vintage truck outside
is adorned with many lights and a Christmas tree, and a huge star illuminates the night at
1800s stone facade.
Robert Mondavi Winery
invites visitors to its
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party
Up in coastal redwood country,
BARRA of Mendocino Winery
invites guests to a special tree lighting celebration on
will find plenty of gifts and stocking stuffers. In the Russian
, take advantage of the
Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend
Nov. 30-Dec. 2
, featuring holiday gifts, ornaments, and special case sales. Visit the nearby
J Vineyard's Holiday Sip and Shop Event
, where you can sample limited-release sparkling and varietal wines while perusing elegant gift items.
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Holiday Craft Faire
Dec. 1 -2
offers a festive shopping experience with gifts by local artists. Due east in
Black Stallion Estate Winery
Holiday Open House and Art Show
will feature local wine country artists presenting painting, pastels and photography as well as ceramics and jewelry along with Black Stallion Estate wines, holiday nibbles and local musicians.
Events and Activities
Holidays in the Vineyards in Livermore Valley
to visit the region's 40-plus wineries and enjoy wines, gourmet food, live music, and unique arts and crafts.
is hosting a
Gingerbread Family Workshop
that weekend, and will offer a unique
Gingerbread Class & Wine Tasting
the following week on
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
is offering the
J. Lohr Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing Seminar
. Enjoy the
J. Lohr Holiday Feast
, featuring an elegant six-course holiday meal. The
J. Lohr Holiday Wine, Cheese & Dessert Mixer
lets wine lovers savor six wines alongside a selection of gourmet cheeses and holiday desserts.
Merryvale Holiday Barrel Tasting & Pinot Noir Release Party
is on Dec.15, featuring new releases, holiday decor, gifts and savory soups.
On the Central Coast,
is lighting up the holidays with its annual
A Mountain Holiday with Summit Wineries
in the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Region. Five wineries offer a festive weekend on
, filled with gifts for sale by artisans, live music, food, and wine. On the same day,
Pomar Junction's Holiday Open House
San Luis Obispo County
) lets shoppers enjoy hot cocoa, treats and wine tasting while perusing an extensive selection of gift items. Also that weekend, visit the
Riverbench Holiday Open House Weekend
Santa Barbara County Vintners Association's
site for more holiday events that weekend.
Events and Activities
Need inspiration for holiday entertaining? Take a wine education immersion class at
Niner Wine Estates
in Paso Robles—a
to create tempting dishes with local ingredients. Also in
is hosting its annual
Holiday Open House
, featuring live music in the caves, appetizers and holiday shopping. Or check out their
gourmet grilled cheese and wine pairing event
will be serving up a
Pre-New Year's Eve Bash
from 7:30–10:30 Dec. 31, 2012. Nearby you can also ring in the New Year roaring 20s style with
Robert Hall Winery
Great Gatsby Gala
WinterFest Holidays' Twinkling Lights
, with thousands of twinkling lights in Old Town, which is surrounded by vineyards.
is a great place to find last-minute gifts, selling everything from wine accessories, home decor and cookbooks to gourmet condiments, beautiful plates and vases. They also have a
New Year's dinner
in the barrel room and a
1920s Speakeasy New Year's Eve celebration
Events and Activities
South Coast Winery and Spa
will have horse-drawn carriage vineyard rides throughout December. Enjoy special
and Day meals at their Vineyard Rose restaurant and their Fire & Ice
New Year's Eve
Four-Course Wine & Food Pairing Dinner.
For more ideas on wine tasting and other activities in
wine country during the holidays and beyond, go to Wine Institute's website at
Wine Institute is the association of 1,000
wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.
is the fourth largest wine producer in the world, making 90 percent of all U.S. wine and two out of every three bottles enjoyed in the U.S. Each year, 21 million tourists visit wine regions throughout the state to explore and enjoy the wines, the cuisine and cultural offerings associated with
's signature industry.
SOURCE Wine Institute