Archive for April, 2011

St. Helena: Upcoming Spring Events!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

HALL St. Helena

April 30 — Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff!
Food & Wine Education, Benefit: Professional chef teams and amateur home cooks will serve up dishes paired perfectly with HALL Cabernet Sauvignon and compete to win money for their favorite Napa Valley non-pro fits. Taste each dish, vote for your favorites and enjoy incredible wines! Food, wine, music and more all included.
Fee: $55 General | $45 Wine Club Members; Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Phone Number: (707) 967.2626
Can’t attend the event? Visit the winery on another day!

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The Tangled Vines of Shady Oaks

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Shady Oaks Country Inn, St Helena CA

If you’ve ever stayed in a bed and breakfast,  you know what a  unique and charming experience it is with quaint, serene settings with comfortably furnished rooms, gardens, and of course, a delightful wine country breakfast served each morning.  Innkeepers are happy to recommend nearby wineries for tasting, tell you where the best wine country dining is, and a host of other activities in the area. Clearly, innkeepers love what they do. But ever wonder what innkeepers did before they were B&B owners or even what they do in their spare time?

Meet John and Lisa Runnels,  the owners of two bed and breakfast’s – Shady Oaks Country Inn and Ambrose Bierce House,  both in St. Helena. Lisa is a charming, exuberant lady full of life and able to give you the best local insider information on wine country. But what may surprise you to know is that her husband  John (along with his partner John Lansingh) is behind the award-winning wine “Tangled Vines”.  Their homemade Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Pinot Noir have won several awards in the Napa Valley Home Winemakers Classic held each July at St. Supery Winery, a competition for home winemakers.

Tangled Vines of Shady Oaks

The partnership and enterprise began over 20 years ago and the moniker “Tangled Vines” is the amusing result of the tangled or gnarly relationship of the duo.  According to John Runnels, “John (Lansingh) does things the old-fashioned way and he’s a little hard-headed and I do things the modern way and I’m a little hard-headed, so we tangled a lot. So we said, ‘let’s call it Tangled Vines.’ ’” John and Lisa  both enjoy sharing their love of wine and the story with guests of Shady Oaks Country Inn. To John Runnels, “it’s the only thing I can do creative. I’m not a painter or an artist, but I can create wine in my style.”

So next time you think about visiting Napa Valley for a mid-week vacation (See Special Offer) or weekend respite, be sure to check into Shady Oaks Country Inn where you might get the chance to taste John’s creativity and perhaps meet the master mind himself! Either way,  be prepared to thoroughly enjoy what John and Lisa have created together with their beloved bed and breakfast. CLICK HERE for reservations.

Mom Deserves a Glass of Wine

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Pamper Her Pink Basket

Ah, Mother’s Day!! When the sun is shining and Mom is serenely smiling while her children play happily and quietly in a flowery meadow, frolicking with brand-new puppies . . . at least that’s what it looks like in that greeting card commercial.

In reality, Mother’s Day is when children of all ages shower their mothers with well-deserved Mother’s Day gifts and praise, blissfully forgetting the frustration and stress they’ve caused.

Moms have handled it all and she really deserves the best. Is it any wonder why Mom always keeps a bottle of wine around? She deserves a little luxury and relaxation now and then! Mother’s Day allows us all to show our moms the appreciation she deserves.


Luxury Wine and Spa Basket

This year, pamper her with gifts from For ultimate relaxation, give her a homemade spa day with the Luxury Wine & Spa Basket or the Pamper Her Pink Wine Gift Basket. In addition to a bottle or two of wine, each basket is filled with soothing and sweet-smelling bath and body soaps, lotions and treats from San Francisco Soap Company.

Allow her to indulge in her passion for chocolate and wine with a bottle of Looking Glass Chardonnay wrapped in luxuriant Belgian milk chocolate. Or bring her the Send Your Love Wine Gift Basket, which is filled with wine, cheese, crackers and an assortment of award-winning chocolate treats from Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Send her into a state of bliss…Red Bliss with 6 red wines from around the world.

Yep, Moms have definitely earned a day to be spoiled… so send her a gift she’s surely earned. Mother’s Day wine gifts to wine gift baskets to a gift card letting her choose; your thoughtful and well-received gift will be sent direct to her with $0 shipping. Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift just got easier!

For a limited time, save $10 on Mother’s Day gifts with code: WINE4MOM

St. Helena Spring Lodging Specials

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Spring in Wine Country

Shake off the rainy cold weather chill and  get out and enjoy the wine country. Spring in St. Helena is a beautiful time to visit and with so many great lodging packages and offers, there’s no reason to stay away! But hurry, before all these special deals have disappeared like winter.

Ambrose Bierce House B & B and Shady Oaks Country Inn- $20 Off Sunday-Thursday
Stay at either Ambrose Bierce House or Shady Oaks Country Inn any Sunday through Thursday and receive $20 off through the month of April. Includes their famous full gourmet Champagne breakfasts, wine and cheeses and an array of beverages each evening and as always, their warm and enthusiastic hospitality!
CLICK HERE for Ambrose Bierce House B & B Offer
CLICK HERE for Shady Oaks Country Inn Offer

El Bonita Motel-Only $119.99!
Charming motel centrally located by best wineries and gourmet restaurants in St. Helena.  Guests are provided with a comfortable stay in a warm and friendly atmosphere, receiving  the same personal service found in the best B & B’s- As low as $119.99 per night! (Monday-Thursday, Based on Availability)
CLICK HERE for Offer

Hotel 1424 – Newest Rooms in St. Helena-Only $99.00!
Hotel 1424 is one of St. Helena’s oldest most treasured historic buildings. Located in the heart of downtown St. Helena, Hotel 1424 is merely steps away from world class wineries, dining, and boutique shopping.  St. Helena’s newest and largest hotel rooms starting at just $99.00!
CLICK HERE for Offer

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Velo Vino Napa Valley: A Tasting Adventure Awaits

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Founders of Velo Vino Napa Valley

Clif Family Winery & Clif Bar have launched a new wine and cycling experience with the creation of their brand new tasting room Velo Vino Napa Valley.

You may know them as the people behind the CLIF BAR®, LUNA®, and other nutritious organic foods and drinks – Clif Bar & Company. But now, they have extended their passion for all things delicious and natural into the realm of wine and gourmet food.  It’s really not all that surprising that the Clif family is now becoming known as dedicated to producing high quality wines while sustaining the natural resources of their local community or that they are committed to bringing awareness of organic and sustainable farming to others.  It’s simply their nature.

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