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A Taste of Redwood Valley invites you to its 19th annual Father's Day weekend taste fest - June 18, 19, 20  IT WAS A BLAST _ BE HERE NEXT YEAR

Friday: Legendary Winemaker's Dinner
Sat-Sun: Wine tasting, food, music, art, crafts

A Taste of Redwood Valley, the festival that put one of California's oldest viticultural areas on the map nineteen years ago, will once again open its bottles and barrels to wine lovers this Father's Day weekend, June 18-20. The festivities will begin on Friday evening with the legendary Winemaker's Dinner and will continue through the weekend with delicious food, barrel tasting, live music, fine art, and artisanal crafts.

Friday evening's poolside dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with wine tasting and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. Dinner will follow at 7 with strip fillet mignon in a red wine/mushroom reduction sauce, accompanied by pesto cream lasagna (vegetarian), spring green mix salad, garden vegetables, and Creole bread pudding with warm brandy sauce. Brandy, port, and muscat canelli will be served with dessert and live music will sweeten the evening air.

On Saturday and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
, guests will meander through the green back roads of Redwood Valley visiting eight wineries and one world-class distillery while enjoying complimentary tastes of Redwood Valley's deep-flavored wines. Old barns, luscious gardens, and secluded ponds will compete for sensory attention with red varieties of Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, as well as homemade bread, fresh goat cheese, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Visitors will encounter an antique cognac still that produces the best brandy in the world, a rustic, home-built winery where Mendocino County's first organic and biodynamic wines were produced, and an architecturally exquisite tasting room.

The price of admission to the entire festival, from the first taste on Friday evening to the last drop on Sunday afternoon, is $75 per person. The cost of the Winemaker's Dinner alone is $55 per person, and the ticket for two days of wine tasting is $25 per person. Just check in at any one of the eight wineries or distillery and receive a map and a complimentary logo-engraved glass. You may also sign up to win one of the lavish baskets of wine and delicacies created by each winery. 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. To reach Redwood Valley take Hwy. 101 just north of Ukiah to the West Road exit (#557).

For more information or lodging ideas please call 1-800-760-3739, (707) 485-0322, or go to We promote responsible hospitality: please bring a designated driver.

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