January 2010 Blog: Winter, REFB, Wineland
I am writing this in late Fall- true frosty December weather- some of the coldest temperatures of recent record here in Northern California and along Wine Road – not used to so much ice, frost and snow dusting the hills and peaks in the Alexander Valley—even have ice along the edges of the Russian River itself which is beautiful to see- and makes the drinking deer sound so crunchy- very unusual for us- the cold, not the crunchy deer sounds. This cold will make the vines even more dormant- certainly makes me sleepy, too. Our Wine Road offices and warehouse have been hovering around 54 degrees- after 7 hours of small space heater and forced air, temp just peeked at 72- Beth and I are just freezing lately in here!
Winter Wineland ticket sales launched right after A Wine & Food Affair- moving along briskly to the big event on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Holiday Birthday Weekend- 16 & 17 January 2010- you know, where you can escape from those winter blues as over 100 wineries treat visitors to library wines, vertical tastings, food pairings, educational tours…and so much more! All the details and ticket purchasing info at http://www.wineroad.com/winter_wineland/annualevents/1 . Purchase in advance online by 1.11.10 and you will save $10 per ticket! Prices rise at the door- and, if you are looking for the perfect related dinner for Saturday night, check this out:
Wineland in Paradise
An evening with Russian River Valley Wine Stars
Saturday, January 16th, 2010 – From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
For information contact: Lee Hodo at RRVW - 707 .521 .2534 – or email email@example.com -www.rrvw.org
Speaking of Events, in this case A Wine & Food Affair, Wine Road recently donated $5000 ($1 per ticket sold) to the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, CA! Also, when tickets are purchased on our ARES ticketing pages, guests are able to donate to REFB at that point too, and that check from ARES for AW&FA guest donations totaled $720. Please note this donation option when purchasing Ticket to the Wine Road or tickets for all our events- in tough times the need is even greater- REFB does a fantastic job. Please donate as you purchase your tickets- remember, for every $1 REFB spends, they are able to purchase and distribute $4 worth of food. That is an excellent bang for the buck(s).
Wine Road donates $5000 to Redwood Empire Food Bank from AW& FA sales.
Lee Bickley & David Goodman, REFB; Beth Costa & Tracy Logan-Immordino, Wine Road
Along Wine Road on any day except during our Annual Events we have our new program, Ticket to the Wine Road- it comes in One Day and Three Day Pass sizes to fit all- a potpourri of special discounts, offerings, specials and such at participating wineries and lodging members- complete scoop at http://arestravel.com/3400_attraction-tickets_a699.html?agent=973. You can donate to the REFB here, too, as you purchase the Ticket to the Wine Road.
As Winter Wineland comes to a close, up will go the tickets for our 32nd Annual Barrel Tasting- March 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13 & 14, 2010; info at http://www.wineroad.com/annualevents/3. True March Madness of the finest kind!