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California's Wine Regions are the Place to Eat, Drink, Shop and Be Merry SAN FRANCISCO,
Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it comes to merrymaking over the holiday season, nobody does it better than
California wine country. From festive events and activities, to inspiring decor and unique gift ideas,
California's wineries are the perfect place to celebrate in style. See all the offerings listed at
NORTHERN CALIFORNIACalifornia'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.
Sonoma County, check out the
7th Annual Sonoma Valley Gingerbread Winery Contest and the
Sonoma Valley Holiday Wine Trolley to tour historic landmarks and beautifully decorated wineries. Over in
Napa Valley, wineries have gone all out on decor, from
Sutter Home's Victorian estate to the solar-powered lights on
Far Niente's olive trees. The vintage truck outside
V. Sattui is adorned with many lights and a Christmas tree, and a huge star illuminates the night at
Ehler Estate's 1800s stone facade.
Robert Mondavi Winery invites visitors to its
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party on
Up in coastal redwood country,
BARRA of Mendocino Winery invites guests to a special tree lighting celebration on
Nov. 30 from
Napa Valley and
Sonoma County will find plenty of gifts and stocking stuffers. In the Russian
River Valley, take advantage of the
Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree WeekendNov. 30-Dec. 2, featuring holiday gifts, ornaments, and special case sales. Visit the nearby
J Vineyard's Holiday Sip and Shop EventDec. 7-9, where you can sample limited-release sparkling and varietal wines while perusing elegant gift items.
Rodney Strong VineyardsHoliday Craft FaireDec. 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 on
Dec. 1 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 ValleyDec. 1-2 to visit the region's 40-plus wineries and enjoy wines, gourmet food, live music, and unique arts and crafts.
Wente Vineyards is hosting a
Gingerbread Family Workshopthat weekend, and will offer a unique
Gingerbread Class & Wine Tasting the following week on
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in
San Jose is offering the
J. Lohr Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing Seminar on
Dec. 9. Enjoy the
J. Lohr Holiday FeastDec. 15-16, featuring an elegant six-course holiday meal. The
J. Lohr Holiday Wine, Cheese & Dessert Mixer on
Dec. 20 lets wine lovers savor six wines alongside a selection of gourmet cheeses and holiday desserts.
Napa Valley, the
Merryvale Holiday Barrel Tasting & Pinot Noir Release Party is on Dec.15, featuring new releases, holiday decor, gifts and savory soups.
CENTRAL CALIFORNIAHoliday Lights
On the Central Coast,
Vina Robles in
Paso Robles is lighting up the holidays with its annual
Illuminating Evening on
A Mountain Holiday with Summit Wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Region. Five wineries offer a festive weekend on
Dec. 8, filled with gifts for sale by artisans, live music, food, and wine. On the same day,
Pomar Junction's Holiday Open House in
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 in
Santa Barbara. See
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
Cooking Class on
Dec. 15 with Chef
Robert Trester to create tempting dishes with local ingredients. Also in
Eberle Winery is hosting its annual
Holiday Open House on
Dec. 8, featuring live music in the caves, appetizers and holiday shopping. Or check out their
gourmet grilled cheese and wine pairing event Dec. 7.
Vina Robles 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 at their
Great Gatsby Gala.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAHoliday Lights
Los Angeles, see
WinterFest Holidays' Twinkling Lightsin
Temecula, with thousands of twinkling lights in Old Town, which is surrounded by vineyards.
Holiday ShoppingPonte Winery in
Temecula 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
Christmas Eve 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
California wine country during the holidays and beyond, go to Wine Institute's website at
Wine Institute is the association of 1,000
California wineries and wine-related businesses dedicated to enhancing the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.
California 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
California's signature industry.
SOURCE Wine Institute