The Wine Country Online

Breaking News and Late Updates

This new appendix to our calendar serves as a running update to the and the guidebook Sonoma Picnic   A Wine Country Travel Companion.

One of the inevitable aspects of guidebook writing is that as soon as your book is out on the market, small bits and pieces of information will become out of date. One of the great things about the Internet is that you can continuously update your work online. Please scroll on for breaking news:

New Business Update:


Sonoma County Catering and Event Planning

sonomapicnic Chef and Editor Jack Burton will be happy to talk to you about the location, foods, rentals, and entertainment for your next Sonoma County event.

Russian River Festivals

Blues in June, Jazz in September

By our reckoning, this will be the tenth Blues Festival, and the fall Jazz Festival has been added. Tickets go on sale in January. For details on both events, please visit the Festivals website:

Photo: RR Blues Fest


Sonoma Lavender has held two-day festivals annually in June. Check their Web site for current info and upcoming events:

In the 'Burg:

There is a new hotel on the Healdsburg Plaza. In a space long vacant, development is nearing completion on a tasteful complex that will include fifty-five rooms and a great restaurant.

  • Hotel Healdsburg
    25 Matheson St.
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
  • Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen
    317 Healdsburg Ave.
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
    (Fax: 707-431-8990)
  • Dragonfly Floral
    425 Westside Road
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
    707-433-3739 Bonnie Z
    Unusual flowers, over 1,500 roses, presented in "Wine Country Style." Full floral service for weddings and events, plus classes and workshops.

Also new:

  • The Cheese Course/Susan Walrabenstein
    423 Center St.
    Healdsburg, CA 95448
  • H B G
    245 Healdsburg Ave.
    707-433-3333 Nick
    The much-anticipated Healdsburg Bar & Grill is now open and jammin' on the Plaza
  • AmicitiA Winery
    First release!
     "Get in on the ground floor with the up-and-coming winery!"   The Wine Tout

New in Geyserville:

  • Locals, a collective tasting room featuring six Sonoma County wineries and specializing in flight tastings of our regional varietals in beautiful downtown Geyserville.
    21023 Geyserville Avenue
    Geyserville, CA 95441
  • With the new River Rock Casino,The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of the Pomo Indians have opened the door to an exciting new chapter in their long history of living in what has come to be known as Sonoma County Wine Country. On a recent visit to the tribe's fledgling enterprise on a splendid hillside setting overlooking the vineyards, I was delighted by the pride of my neighbors as they begin again to make their living as a group in their traditional homeland.
    3250 Highway 128 East
    Geyserville, CA 95441
    707-473-4400 or 877-883-7777
New in Santa Rosa:
  • Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
    170 Railroad Street
    Santa Rosa, California 95401
    Phone: 707-636-7100 Fax: 707-636-7130
New in Hawaii:
  • Tastings Restaurant and Wine Bar
    Our friends Derek and Sandy have moved to Hawaii! Say hi for us when you get to Maui.

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