How about a getaway?
Mustard, chocolate, singing winemakers and vino are just a few of the offerings you can enjoy on a wine country weekend in February.
The 13th Annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival is underway through March, with numerous art and food events planned. St. Supry Vineyards and Winery in Rutherford is offering a cheese, wine and art show on Feb. 3 and 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Call (800) 231-9116. Savor St. Helena features foods from area restaurants paired with excellent area wines in an outside venue on Hunt Street in St. Helena. Call (707) 763-4456. For just 100 guests, select the Grand Dinner on Feb. 23 at The Farm restaurant in Napa. Starting at 6 p.m., the $350-per-plate dinner features specialty cuisine and samplings of some of the finest Napa Valley vintages presented by their makers. Call (707) 944-1133.
On Feb. 3, Silver Oak Winery will release its 2002 Napa Valley cabernet at both their Geyserville winery and their Oakville location. The Oakville event will be the last at that site, which is about to undergo a major remodel. Winemaker Daniel Baron will sign bottles and give a short talk. Both release parties start at 9 a.m. and will cost $20 including a logo glass. There will be some wonderful library wines to sample as well. Call (800) 273-8809. Also on Feb. 3 there will be a Reidel wine glass tasting with chocolates at the Lambert Winery, 4085 W. Dry Creek Rd. in Healdsburg, from 10 a.m. to noon. Discover firsthand what a difference a wine glass can make with the $99 entrance you will receive a set of four Reidel wine glasses. Call (707) 431-9600, ext. 13. Landmark Vineyards, located at 101 Adobe Rd. in Kenwood, will also be hosting a food and wine pairing on Feb. 3. This event starts at 2 p.m. and costs $25. Call (707) 833-0228. Healdsburg will be hosting a wine walk from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11 in the downtown area. For $25 you can sample wine and food and enjoy entertainment as you stroll from tasting room to tasting room. Call (707) 523-3728 for tickets, which must be purchased in advance. Also on that weekend, at the Valley of the Moon Winery there will be a chocolate and wine pairing from noon to 4:30 p.m. Valley of the Moon is located in Glen Ellen at 777 Madrone Rd. Call (707) 996-6941. B.R. Cohn winery will host a chocolate truffle and port pairing between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 10 and 11. This winery, owned by the Doobie Brothers manager, is always a fun winery to visit. They also produce excellent olive oils, and are located at 15000 Sonoma Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. Call (800) 330-4064. On Feb. 10 Rodney Strong Vineyards will host a wine and chocolate celebration featuring red wines and locally produced chocolates. This event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 11455 Old Redwood Highway in Healdsburg. Tickets cost $30 and include a logo glass. Call (800) 678-4763 to reserve tickets. Rounding out the Valentines theme in Sonoma will be a wine and aphrodisiac food pairing at Ledson Winery & Vineyards on both Feb. 10 and 11. Beginning at 11 a.m. attendants will be treated to wines and foods specially prepared by their executive chef. The winery is located at 7335 Sonoma Highway 12 in Santa Rosa. The cost is $25 and includes a red rose for the ladies. Call (707) 537-3810. The Sonoma area will be celebrating their other major crop olives during the weekend of Feb. 24. with an Olive Passport Weekend. The $40 weekend pass allows you to attend events at various wineries. $20 for designated drivers. Call (707) 996-1090 to obtain your passport and a list of the participating wineries.
On Feb. 3 there will be a tasting of Perry Creek Winerys library wines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $5 entrance includes a logo wine glass. The winery is located at 7400 Perry Creek Rd. in Somerset. Call 620-5175. During Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 17 and 18, various Calaveras wineries will be hosting free tastings and pairings, including Ironstone Vineyards, Black Sheep Winery, Chatom Vineyards, Stevenot Winery, Zucca Mountain Vineyards, French Hill Winery and Twisted Oak Winery. Call (800) 225-3764, ext. 25. If you attend this event dont miss Twisted Oak they have excellent wines try their red, The Spaniard. Sierra Vista Winery in Placerville will host its annual soup and wine pairing. For $10 you will also receive a logo glass. Sierra Vista Winery is located at 4560 Cabernet Way. Call 622-7221. Monterey winemakers will be hosting a wine passport weekend on Feb. 16 to 18 for $50. Call (831) 375-9400. The John Christopher Cellars will offer complimentary tastings of their zinfandels paired with food each weekend in October. Call (925) 456-WINE.
Tonight at Florians Fine Wines and Specialty Foods you can sample wines from Tamas Winery from 4 to 6 p.m. Happy Tasting.Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. Reach her at email@example.com