The Wine Country Online

Wine Country Calendar

March through June, 2000

    The on-line magazine is an outgrowth of and continuing update to the recently published Sonoma Picnic, a California Wine Country Travel Companion. Scroll on for highlights excerpted and updated from this handy little book!
The Egg Edition

    The second edition of this online magazine of California food and wine arts is dedicated to the Egg, both as a symbol of spring and as sustenance.

    Eggs have long been associated with springtime, a season of renewal and rejuvenation. Northern California's wine country is rich in this season of lush pastures, wobbly new lambs, and the splendid fresh green of budbreak out in the vineyards. It is a wonderful time to plan a visit or make time for the many events that occur as we shake off the chill of winter and look to the bounty of summer.

Shore Report

    You can expect cool mornings and evenings along with some rain in the month of April. By June we will be into a summer pattern of clear hot days and morning fog along the coast.

    The whole county is blazing with wildflowers, but some of the most interesting and dramatic displays can be found along the coast. The broad headlands of Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties are thick with wind- and salt-stunted flowers of every description.

    Spring is a favorite time for coastal picnics and whale-watching as the northbound migration of California Greys coincides with the season of fresh strawberries, asparagus, artichokes and cool water local oysters.

    Our friend Gino Calderoni from the Tides Wharf Fish Shop in Bodega Bay reports that the Dungeness crabs look good this year, and will be available live or cooked fresh on the docks through the end of June.

    Fresh rock cod and petrale sole should be available through the spring and summer.

    Local King salmon season will start around the first of June. That alone is reason to celebrate the season with a trip to Bodega Bay for salmon purchased fresh on the dock!

    For up-to-date information on spring ocean fishing, or bird- and whale-watching trips, you might give our friends at Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center a call at 707-875-3344.

Call the good folks at our local surf shack for up-to-date shore conditions. Please visit:

Bodega Bay Surf Shack

Spring Events by Month:
Please call the phone numbers listed for details
Pruned vines stand in rows
Like charred Venus de Milos
Posing with mustard.
"Spring Haiku" by Penelope
(Morning Haiku,
5:58 a.m. on KRCB 91.1 FM)


    New green grass spreads over the hills, the tulips come out, and the vines begin to awaken.

Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting

Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting
Kenwood Area Wineries, 707-833-5891

Sonoma County Folk Festival
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Santa Rosa, 707-546-3600

    Prime whale watching on the coast as the northbound migration starts.


It's a great season to get out and explore! See "A SPRINGTIME DRIVE: Exploring Scenic and Tasty Highway 128 through Sonoma and Napa Counties."

    "Bud break"   everyone looks forward to the first green on the vines as winter gives way to spring. The crews you see out in the freshly prepared fields are planting root stock for new vineyards. The wild iris and lupine are in bloom.

Spring Thing
Gurneville, 707-869-9000

Fitch Mountain Footrace and Walk

Fisherman Festival
Bodega Bay, 707-875-3422
Bathtub races and the blessing of the fleet.

Historic Home Tour
Healdsburg, 707-433-6935

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival

April in Carneros Open House Weekend
Carneros Area Winderies, 707-939-9363


    The vineyards are flush with new growth. The crews are out thinning the leaves and training the vines to the wires of the trellising system.

    Saturday, May 6th is opening day for the 2000 Season Healdsburg Farmers Market. 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot, just west of the downtown plaza. 707-431-1965.

    Also in May:

Russian River Women's Weekend #1
Gurneville, 707-869-9000

Future Farmers Country Fair and Twilight Parade
Healdsburg, 707-433-6935

Memorial Day Weekend Antique Fair
On the Plaza in Healdsburg, 707-433-6935

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Sonoma Plaza, 707-938-4626


    A month of color and warm, long days.

    Tuesday Afternoon Farmers Market in Healdsburg begins on June 6th. 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the Plaza. 707-431-1965.

    Saturday, June 17th: Shop with the Chef at the Healdsburg Farmers Market. Chef Thomas Oden of Geyserville's Taverna Santi will lead you on a walk through the market and discuss all the seasonal menu possibilities. Call 707-431-1965 for details.

    Also in June:

Russian River Blues Festival
Gurneville, 707-869-9000

Russian River Rodeo
Gurneville, 707-869-9000
Parade and barbecue.

Art and Artisan Show
Sonoma Plaza, 707-996-1090

Ox Roast
Sonoma Plaza, 707-996-1090