If a father you know is, like fine wine, aging well, invite him to celebrate Father’s Day’s weekend in Redwood Valley. Begin with the Legendary Winemaker’s Dinner Friday, June 18, 2010. Continue with a wine tasting tour Saturday and Sunday. There’s no finer way to be wined and dined than in Mendocino County.
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Dinner begins at 6 p.m. There will be wine tasting and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner poolside at 7 — at a private home in Redwood Valley. There will be strip filet mignon in a red wine/mushroom reduction sauce.
Completing the menu will be cream vegetarian lasagna, spring green mix salad, garden vegetables, and Creole bread pudding with warm brandy sauce. Following the hearty gourmet meal, brandy port, and muscat canelli, and desserts will be served, accompanied by live music.
Saturday and Sunday, 11A-5P, guests will explore the scenic roadways of Redwood Valley to enjoy complimentary tastings at eight wineries and one world-class distillery.
Participating wineries are: Frey Vineyards, Oster Wine Cellars, Cole Bailey, Giuseppe Wines/Neese Vineyards, Graziano Family of Wines, Barra of Mendocino, Lolonis/Ladybug Winery, and Silversmith Vineyards.
The distillery, which will be pouring brandy and other handcrafted spirits, is Germain-Robin/Craft Distillers.
Since Mendocino County is also famous for its variety and quality of arts and crafts, you will never be far from live music and the work of artists and artisans. (To fully explore the arts scene in Mendocino County, learn from the Arts Council of Mendocino County.)
The price of admission for the entire festival is only $75 per person. If you prefer just the dinner, that is $55 per person. The ticket for two days of wine tasting is $25 per person. Pick up your ticket at any participating winery.
To reach Redwood Valley take Hwy. 101 just north of Ukiah to the West Road exit (#557). Information and lodging ideas are available online or by calling 1-800-760-3739, (707) 485-0322. You will, of course, have a designated driver for the wine tour. Travel safe!
For directions to a specific winery, remember you can get anywhere from anywhere with Google Maps.
Be sure to tell your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media about this exciting wine weekend event. You don’t want them withering on the vine while you’re partying in Mendocino County.
For more information about what to do/where to go in Ukiah, check with the Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.
If you’re lingering in Mendocino County, you’ll want to consult Visit Mendocino.
Besides more than 80 wineries, there is 100 miles of coastline, dotted with picturesque villages and friendly people. Take a ride on the Skunk Train or drive through the redwood forests that connect the coast with Willits.
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