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Russian River Barrel Tasting 2010 info:

For Those interested:

Russian River barrel tasting site is .  Although it states that the event is Sat and Sunday, most wineries are open for the event on Friday.

We usually stay in Santa Rosa. I think we are going the first weekend this year. A few wineries don’t do both weekends. Ex., last year Raffinelli only did the first weekend, so we didn’t get to visit them. We have always gone the 2nd weekend but this time we are going the first weekend for the three days.

You can see the list of wineries from the 09 tasting if you go to that site. There were over 150.

Here is some information from website:

March 6-7 & 13-14, 2010
11:00 am – 4:00 pm each day
Wineries pouring on Friday (March 5 & 12, 2010)  will also pour 11:00-4:00

Join us as we celebrate our 32nd annual Barrel Tasting along the Wine Road!
    100+ Wineries!
   $20 In Advance – $30 At The Door
   Price Is Per Person, Per Weekend
   Tickets only sold online – Ticket sales begin January 18th
   Designated Drivers are $10 for each weekend

Submitted by:  Linda Martin


December 29, 2009 Posted by | Road Trip, Wineries | Leave a comment

Sodaro Winery – Update

Remember Don and DeeDee Sodaro, of the Napa Valley Sodaro Winery   Don is the Chairman of the Board here at Chapman, and came to my  tasting a couple of Septembers ago!  Well, he had a Sodaro tasting at Antonello’s restaurant here in Santa Ana recently, and now I have news.

1.  Did you know that the area of his winery is Coombsville, and the 12 wineries
in that portion of southeastern Napa is petitioning to become a separate
appellation?  You can google Coombsville for some more info about the region, if
you want.

2. He invited all of WSR to visit his winery.  He said:  “If you all get to
Napa, I’ll host a wine dinner at the Sodaro Winery for you, AND I’ll make sure
you can visit some of the other private wineries in the Coombsville region.”

So — what say you all?  Anyone interested?  Can’t be right away for me —
perhaps late spring or summer, or early fall?

– Charlene –

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Road Trip, Wineries | Leave a comment

Rare restaurant review in So. Vegas

Some of you have already heard me rave about how good the prime steaks and sea bass were at this restaurant. And how great the wine list is… Today, it got even better!
They do a Happy Hour from 4 to 6 PM on weekdays. Well drinks, draft beer, and lower-end wines by the glass are half price. But that’s not all. Everything on their appetizer menu is also half price! Each one is stunning, the quality is out of sight, the quantity is enough to make a meal out of.
We had three appetizers — Tempura Shrimp, ante pasto plate, and hummus. We each had iced tea, and I sucked down a draft hefeweizen. We couldn’t finish everything.
The bill including tax was $22.56!!
When I say the quality was outstanding, consider this:
The ante pasto plate had 2 different Italian meats on the plate, two prime cheeses (gorgonzola and aged Romano, three ounces of each!), spring greens, roasted peppers, and 5 ounces of deli quality mixed olives. Plus a separate platter of bread crisps.
The tempura shrimp was probably 6 ounces of the best tempura I’ve ever had, the shrimp were still succulent, with three dipping sauces that are made fresh daily. I loved the spicy aioli, while Mary enjoyed the sweet Teriyaki sauce. There was a drizzle of something fairly hot that I gobbled up.
The hummus is made daily by the Israeli national owner, and is outstanding. It includes falafel and pita triangles, to scoop up the hummus.
Anyhoo, this is our new, top-of-the-list place to eat in all of Las Vegas. Did I mention the great wine list? The owner’s son is the bartender, and was the Food & Beverage guy at Tao in the Venitian.   He loves Pinots, so get ready to have fun off the list. The prices are very reasonable.
The chef is CIA Hyde Park trained.

Glen & Mary Frederiksen

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Restaurants, Vegas | Leave a comment