Sep13
Sonoma Sojourn
We are going to have TWO events in September. The first is a “field trip” to Southern Sonoma County that we are calling our Sonoma Sojourn.
 
This will be a two day event, taking place on Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14. You can join us for Saturday or Sunday or both.
 
On Saturday, we will be visiting the Sonoma Carneros and Sonoma Valley areas stopping at Cline Cellars (featured at our April 2002 dinner), Ravenswood Winery, Muscardini Cellars (featured at our March 2014 dinner) and another winery to be determined based on harvest schedules. A box lunch will be provided at Muscardini from Café Citti.
 
On Sunday, we will be visiting the Russian River area stopping at Carol Shelton Winery (featured at our November 2009 dinner), Hook & Ladder Winery (featured at our October 2012 dinner, Russian River Vineyards (featured in its previous incarnation of Topolos at Russian River Vineyards at our April 1995 dinner and June 2001 dinners) and another winery to be determined based on harvest schedules. We will be having a lunch at Corks Restaurant at Russian River Vineyards.
 
Touring plus lunch will be $40 on Saturday, $45 on Sunday, or $80 for both days.  Start time at the first winery each day is 8:00 AM. 
 
Because, as a group, we get better discounts than most individuals, you can save money on wine purchases. On our last trip (Hopland in 2012) had you purchased a case of wine (3 bottles each at four wineries), at the average offering price, the discounts would have saved you $76 dollars for one day’s wine buying.
 
In between, we will be having dinner at Flavor Bistro in downtown Santa Rosa with Charles Downing. Some of you long time members may recall that Charles was the Executive Chef at Spiedini in Walnut Creek, a favorite venue for the Diablo Tasters Guild for a number of years.

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Sep25
Esterlina Vineyards at Acqua e Farina And now for our second (of two) September events...
 
We bring you two wineries “in one”. Esterlina Vineyards and its sister winery Everett Ridge. Esterlina Vineyards sits above the Anderson Valley, among some beautiful Pinot Noir vineyards, but Esterlina also owns Cole Ranch, California’s smallest AVA in between Philo and Ukiah. Everett Ridge is in the middle of Sonoma’s Dry Creek AVA, definitely Zinfandel country, and nearby the Alexander Valley. So this month’s dinner features Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Cole Ranch Riesling and Merlot, Dry Creek Zin, and Alexander Valley Cabernet. Who could ask for more? Our speaker will be Stephen Sterling, who was also our speaker for Esterlina in March 2006 and for Everett Ridge in February 2009.
 
For this dinner we are returning to Acqua e Farina in Hayward (the former Rue de Main) Parking can be a challenge, so please allow time to find a space and walk to the restaurant. Chef Roberto Marquez has designed a wonderful five-course dinner to pair with seven wines from Esterlina and Everett Ridge.

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Oct23
Mauritson Wines The wines for our October dinner will be provided by Mauritson Wines.

Nov20
Tablas Creek Vineyard Wines for our November dinner will be provided by Tablas Creek Vineyard from Paso Robles.
Dec4
End-of-Year French Champagne We'll wrap up the year with French champagnes supplied by K&L Wine Merchants.  This is always a very popular dinner, so you might want to mark your calendars way ahead of time.