Jun25
Starfield Vineyards at Acqua e Farina
From the Starfield Vineyards Website:
 
Father and son team, Tom and Rob Sinton, bring to Starfield four generations of family wine growing experience combined with an intense desire to reach beyond traditional boundaries to pursue the ultimate quality in cool climate winemaking.

Tom began his career in 1972 by planting his family’s Shell Creek Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, and managed the 200-acre property while earning a master’s degree in enology from UC Davis until he left in 1984 to found ProBusiness, a human resources outsourcing firm. When he sold the business in 2003, Tom vowed that the next phase of his life would be a return to his original devotion.

In 2011, Rob, who was inspired by his father’s dream, began developing the skills needed to work in the family business.  Rob was first introduced to fermentation science in 2006 through home-brewing (pumpkin beer was a particular favorite!); now, years later, he has completed his studies in viticulture and enology at UC Davis, interned at Keever Vineyards in the Napa Valley, and become a partner in the company.  It took just one summer making wine in Napa with his father to change his major at Davis from molecular biology to viticulture and enology!
 
We became familiar with Starfield Vineyards because our Co-Director Gail worked with Tom Sinton at ProBusinessnes  and Perquest.
 
Chef Roberto Marquez of Acqua e Farina in Hayward has come up with a delicious five-course dinner for our enjoyment.
 
And our twenty-first year special is still in effect: We are therefore reaching out to our members with children, grandchildren or nieces/nephews of age to bring them to a dinner this year and are offering $11.50 off per person ($21 per couple, get it?) to a dinner.

Click here to download the menu and order form
Jul23
Carol Shelton Wines at Faz
We start this announcement with a bit of sad news: we mourn the passing of Thomas Coyne, of Thomas Coyne Winery in Livermore, who was our featured winery for three dinners, on June 19, and of Dolly Jacoby of Faz restaurants who was our Chef at a record 27 dinners, on June 17.
 
For July, we welcome back Carol Shelton and her eponymously named winery to Faz Danville. We visited Carol at her winery last year on our Sonoma Sojourn trip, but it has been since November 2009 since she has visited us.  Back in 2009, Dolly Jacoby put together a wonderful menu to go with the wines from the "Queen of Zin". This time around, her protegee, Robert Rodriguez pays tribute to his mentor by recreating three of those dishes, and seasonally modifying a fourth.
 
Please note that we have raised our prices by five dollars to cover increasing costs.

Click here to download the menu and order form
Sep24
Ravenswood This dinner will feature the Ravenswood winery.  More details once we get closer to this date.
Oct22
Topel This dinner will feature the Topel winery.  More details once we get closer to this date.
Nov19
Paradise Ridge This dinner will feature the Paradise Ridge winery.  More details once we get closer to this date.