Wonderful Winter Wineland and the Locavore Movement Flourishes

Tickets are on sale ONLY until the coming Friday for the Russian River Wine Road’s 17th Annual Winter Wineland event on January 17 & 18. At Creekside Inn & Resort, in honor of this great wine celebration we are offering the third night, of a stay of two nights are longer, absolutely free. Stay with us two night and receive your third night at no charge! Approximately 100 wineries are participating this year in the two days of wine tasting throughout the Russian River Valley. Each day from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. participants get a chance to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines and sample new releases and library wines. Some of the wineries will offer food pairings and others will have tours. The ticket price includes wine tasting at all of the participating wineries for the weekend: $40 for the whole weekend,  $30 for Sunday Only and $10 for designated drivers. Tickets are available at www.wineroad.com.

Some of the interesting offerings at the wineries are: Armida Winery on Westside Road is having their annual Tailgate Party. They will be tossing the pigskin around while firing up the grills and deep frying Willie Bird turkeys and  watching the play-off games in the tasting room. At Carol Shelton Wines in Santa Rosa they are doing a food and wine paring of smoked hangar steak from Elmo’s Steakhouse in addition to the eclectic music of Ray Garcia on acoustic guitar. DeLoach Vineyards in Santa Rosa is celebrating Russian heritage with wines paired with Chef Cyndicy Coudray’s hearty winter soup (made using ingredients from their organic garden) and Russian music. Foppiano Vineyards there will be music and “Italian soul food” prepared with their Petite Sirah. At the Graton Ridge Cellars they are having a “Wild West Saloon Days” theme including Russian River Roulette. At Korbel Champagne Cellars the chef is preparing a special champagne and food pairings for the event. Saturday visitors can enjoy a mimosa from 10:30 to 11 a.m. They are offering tours through their historic Champagne Cellars and History Museum and special discounts are available through Monday. At  Peterson Winery in Healdsburg, they are doing a live barrel making demonstration with Yann Guigan, lead cooper at Barrel Builders of St. Helena. At Suncé Winery in Santa Rosa they will be serving fresh salmon cakes atop arugula drizzled with Louie tapenade paired with their wines. There will be homemade brownies and a chance to play the Mystery Wines Contest and win prizes. This is just a few of the interesting events happening that weekend.

At Creekside, we are very much believers in the “locavore” movement:  eating a diet consisting of food harvested within a 100-mile radius. We are fortunate to have so many great food producers and restaurants that embrace using organic locally produced foods. When you come to visit, ask us for a Farm Trails map so you can explore some of these wonderful farms and restaurants.

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