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April 24-26
The Vineyard to Vintner is a unique occasion to taste the fine wines the Stags Leap District has been producing for more than a century. The wineries that now populate the land produce some of the world's premium Cabernet Sauvignons, and guests can sample many of these at open houses. Attendees can enjoy tastings at Baldacci Family Vineyards, Clos Du Val and Lindstrom Wines, to name a few. Library dinners hosted by select wine producers allow guests to partake in delicious victuals and sample vintners' wine favorites from their personal cellars. For more event information, visit
June 5-7
Be among the guests heading to Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic for a weekend of culinary delights and regional varietals this summer. Attend vintner-hosted parties on Thursday and Friday evenings that range from casual to formal attire. Enjoy chef-prepared meals all the while being surrounded by the scenic landscape of hills and vineyards. On auction night, bid for one-of-a-kind Napa Valley wines or unique vacation experiences. The proceeds from the auction help support funding for community health and youth education. Tickets range from $500 to $1,700 per event or $3,000 for the whole experience. For more information, call 707-963-3388 or visit

Rubicon Estate has three wine tasting options ranging from $15-50. The $25 and $50 options include a half- hour walking tour. While at the estate, guests can also view Francis Ford Coppola's extensive collection of pre-cinematic devices including Magic Lanterns and Zoetropes. The child-friendly winery provides wooden sailboats for kids to play with in the courtyard fountain. For more information, visit
The Signature Bar at J Vineyards and Winery presents daily wine-only tastings, featuring wines such as Cuvée 20, Russian River Valley Chardonnay; Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, and Russian River Valley Pinotage. Tastings run all day, and cost $20 for five pours of wine. For more information, call 707-431-3646 or visit The Signature Bar, J Vineyards and Winery, 11447 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg, CA 95448, 707-431-3646.

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Dean & DeLuca
607 South St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, CA 94574

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