The Wine Country Online

December 2000 through March 2001

    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!

Along West Dry Creek Road in Winter

The Olive Harvest Edition

    The seagulls have come in from the coast to share space in the ballfield with our neighborhood crows. In November, they are harbingers of winter, flying in to shelter in advance of rough weather over the coast. When we see them massing for a westbound flight, we can pretty much figure on a pleasant day over at the beach.

Shore Report

    Check out our friends at the Tides Wharf Fish Shop or call them for current information on locally landed fish.

    The Tides Wharf
    835 Hwy 1
    Bodega Bay

    For up-to-date information on 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.

Hot links to Local Events:

Select! Sonoma County
Sonoma County Wineries Association
Russian River Wine Road
Consorzio Cal-Italia

Late Winter Mustard Meadow in Knights Valley

Frost in the black night
A soup of root vegetables
Winter counterpoint.

Starlings imitate
a string of Christmas tree lights
Strung along a wire.

Sunshine pressed inside
The good life floats in the brine
Olive making time

Neither veg nor fruit
Mediterranea's gift
Olives shape the world

Your fruit, scrumptuous food
Your branch, the symbol of peace
Your oil, liquid gold

Sunshine, soft goat cheese
Moments shared with Ulysses
Kalamata dreams

New World challenges
The Tigris and Euphrates
Taste our olive oil

"Winter Haiku" by Penelope La Montagne
(Morning Haiku, 5:58 a.m. on
KRCB 91.1 FM)

Oak Tree from Red Barn Road in Alexander Valley

Fire   Wood-fueled warmth for wintry weather

Winter Events by Month:
Please call the phone numbers listed for details


    Olive harvest continues. The vines sleep while the field crews prune away the summer's canes.

    "Illuminations," a show of work by local artists striving to illuminate your spirit in the season of winter.
    Rotation at Zizi, December-February
    344 Healdsburg Avenue
    Healdsburg, CA 95448

    Healdsburg Antique Dealers Open House

    Historic Tree Walk
    Downtown Healdsburg, 707-431-3301

    Christmas at the Sonoma Mission

    Gray whale migration reaches its southbound peak in mid-month

Winter at Navarro Winery in Mendocino County


    A year in the wine country starts with pruning of the vines. Look for the pruning crews in their yellow rain slickers working their way through the rows.

    "Illuminations," at Zizi continues (see December).

    Russian River Winter Wineland
    A weekend of tasting and education

    The ZAP Tasting
    Annual Zinfandel barrel tasting at Ford Mason Center
    San Francisco, 530-274-4900

    Old-Time Fiddle Contest
    Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 707-894-3992

Late Winter Mustard Meadow in Knights Valley


    The daffodils and acadia are in bloom, and pruning continues.

    "Illuminations," at Zizi continues (see December).

    Winter Wine and Food Series

    Citrus Fair
    Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds, 707-894-3992

Along West Side Road


    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