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

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Winter Events by Month:

December

    After the excitement of summer and harvest, it is easy to focus one's attention on the particular pleasures of California's wonderfully diverse wine regions. Winter is just a brief interlude of refreshing Pacific storms and a favorite, quieter time to explore the Wine Country.

    Yountville Festival of Lights

    Carols in the Caves
    707-224-4222

    Pioneer Christmas
    19th-century Napa Valley re enacted
    Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, 707-963-2236

January

    A lush carpet of new grass and the mustard captures the eye from the windblown Carneros in the south to the forested slopes of Mount St. Helena. New Year is a time of refreshing rains with an occasional warm evening that brings out thousands of frogs in the lowlands, all a-peeping for love.

    Napa Valley Mustard Festival
    707-938 1133

February

    Even though it may still be officially the dead of winter, the daffodils and acacia are whispering "springtime."

    Napa Valley Mustard Festival
    707-938 1133

Spring Events by Month:

March

    It is the time when the vines awaken, as the previous year's vintage rests quietly in the cellars.

    Napa Valley Mustard Festival
    707-938 1133

    Napa Valley World Cup Mountain Bike Race-Domaine Chandon
    World-class-these riders are the best from all over the world

    Napa Valley Marathon
    Sun and Stars-Wine tasting and Auction
    St. Helena

April

    You will see the field crews out planting rootstock in freshly prepared fields while the wild iris and lupine riot out in the wild places.

    April in Carneros
    800-825-9475

    Wine Country Cycling Classic
    707-528-3283

    Kitchen In The Vineyards Tour
    707-578 5656

A special place in the Spring: Napa County Iris Gardens
9087 Steere Canyon Rd.
707-255-7880

    During the months of April and May, Lesley and John Painter welcome the public to visit their unique farm set in the lovely countryside along the road to Lake Berryessa.

    The gardens are about a mile and a half north of Highway 128. It is essential that you call ahead for directions and to inquire aobut the hours of operation and status of the bloom. When you arrive, pick up a list of varieties so you can order the rhizomes of your favorite varieties, and you might want to pack a picnic as the painters have provided a number of tables where you can enjoy your lunch while you plan your own iris-planting.

May

    There is so much new growth in the vineyards that the field crews are all busy with thinning and training the strong, fresh vines to the wires of their trellising systems.

    Napa/Solano Home and Garden Show
    Napa Expo, 800-881-6772

    Sprint Car Races
    Memorial Day Weekend
    Napa County Fairgrounds, 707-942-6333

    Calistoga Wineries Annual Open House
    707-942-4437

    Napa Valley Follies
    Uninhibited fun on stage
    707-967-8938

Summer Events by Month:

June

    Summer comes to call with long, warm days and a strong bloom of roses.

    Napa Valley Wine Auction
    The Grande Dame of auctions; bring your pearls and your pocketbook
    Meadowood Resort, 707-963-3388, 800-982-1371 ext. 4

    Art in the Park
    Pioneer Park, Calistoga, 707-942 4769

July

    July is a time custom-made for picnic visits. It is a time to make reservations for dinner and spend your day at a well-shaded table or patio as you enjoy cool wine and simple salads and sandwiches.

    Fourth of July Fireworks
    Veteran's Home, Yountville, 707-944-4541

    Napa County Fair
    Napa County Fairgrounds, Calistoga, 707-942-0795

    July 4th Silverado Parade
    Calistoga, 707-942-6333

    Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival
    Rutherford Grove Winery, 707-253-3208

    Wine Country Film Festival
    707-996-2536

    Summer Concert Series
    Get tickets early and see the likes of Boz Scaggs
    Mondavi Winery, 888-769-5299

    Summer Concert Series
    St. Helena lets down its hair and dances!
    Lyman Park, St. Helena, 707-963-4456

August

    August begins with the cellar crews preparing to receive the coming vintage. Last year's grapes are making their way to the bottling lines, and there is much anticipation for the coming crush.

    Napa Town and Country Fair
    Napa Expo, 707-253-4900

    Wine Country Film Festival
    707-996-2536

Fall Events by Month:

September

    It's Harvest Time! Everyone is on the run from late August to early October. September is perhaps the most exciting time of the year, and the vineyards simply glow as the leaves take on their fall color surrounded by the often astonishingly golden hills.

    Concert on the River
    Downtown Napa, 707-257-0322

    Napa Valley Music and Wine Festival
    Skyline Park, Napa, 707-252-4813

    Napa Valley Harvest Festival
    St. Helena, 800-698-0997

    Calistoga Beer and Sausage Festival and Chili Cook-Off
    Fairgrounds, 707-942-6333

October

    As the first big winter storms sweep majestically in off the Pacific, the grapevines have loosened summer's firm grip on their foliage. The rain is a welcome refreshment, and the roses respond with a lovely late season show of color.

    AIDS Walk
    Napa Valley, 707-257-8686

    Old Mill Days
    Music, traditional crafts, period costumes, food and fun
    Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park, 707-963-2236

    Hometown Harvest Festival
    Your household pets en regalia
    St. Helena, 707-963-5706

    Napa Valley Air Show
    Calistoga

November

    Olive harvest begins in the season of Thanksgiving. The new wines are being carefully tended to by the cellar crews who are shepherding them from tank to barrel, while we celebrate the process with bottles.

    Yountville Festival of Lights
    707-944-0904

    Carols in the Caves
    Unique music from Dave Auerbach
    707-224 4222

    Napa Valley Wine Festival
    Trade tech heaven
    Napa Valley Viticultural Fair

 



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