Celebrating its centennial, Mountain Home Ranch resort is holding a weekend party July 19-21. There will be a barbecue on Saturday, an old-fashioned chicken dinner on Sunday plus music all weekend and the pools will be open, the owners said.
Among the musical entertainment, owner John Fouts said his nephew Andrew Fouts will perform. Andrew Fouts is a world-class violinist who plays with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh and has a long list of accomplishments.
In a nod to the family’s ancestry, there will be a German-themed band with an accordion. The Saturday barbecue is $29 and starts around 5 p.m. and the chicken dinner on Sunday is $22 starting around 3 p.m.
Mountain Home Ranch is located at 3400 Mountain Home Ranch Road. There are no rooms available for overnight stays but tickets to the events can be purchased by calling 942-6616.
Ahnfeldt wines win top awards
A selection of Ahnfeldt Wines won top awards at the San Francisco Chronicle 2013 Wine Competition and the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, both held in June.
The 2010 Ahnfeldt Napa Valley Merlot Reserve won Best of Class; the 2010 Provocative Napa Valley Cabernet won Double Gold and the 2010 Ahnfeldt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve won a Gold at the San Francisco Chronicle 2013 Wine Competition. More than 4,500 wines were entered.
At the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, the 2010 Ahnfeldt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label won Double Gold and Best of Class: Region awards; while the 2010 Ahnfeldt Napa Valley Merlot Reserve won a Gold and Best of Class: Region awards.
More than 2,625 wines were submitted for the competition. The Ahnfeldt wines are available for purchase directly on two websites:
Sunday classes continue at LMR
The “Kitchen Workshop at Long Meadow Ranch,” a summer series of culinary education classes continues on Sunday, July 21, with the “Say Cheese” workshop.
The class will provide educational insight to the local cheeses and producers in the Bay Area. Different types of milks and their characteristics, aging, paired accompaniments and wine pairing potential will be discussed, as well as simply prepared dishes, simply made cheeses (e.g. ricotta), and ways to integrate cheese into weekly meals and special occasions.
The Say Cheese workshop is $195 per person. Classes begin at 3:30 p.m. and will take place in the Logan-Ives House at Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead, located at 738 Main Street in St. Helena. For tickets, menus, more information and updates, visit longmeadowranch.com or call 963-4555.
El Dia de la Familia on Sunday
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers Farmworker Foundation presents El Día de la Familia from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 21 at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall at 924 Napa St., Napa.
Napa County farmworkers and their families are invited to attend a free celebration with food, music, seminars, family activities, community organizations and more.
For more information, visit NapaGrowers.org or call 944-8311.
Organic winegrowing conference
Limited space is available for the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ Organic Winegrowing Conference on Thursday, July 25, at Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery in St. Helena.
The event is suitable for vineyard owners, managers and those already practicing organic growing. The range of topics includes the benefits of animals in the vineyard to best practices for hillside farming.
Admission to the conference is $125 for NVG members and $175 for general admission. A full schedule and the registration form can be downloaded at napagrowers.org.
Wicker wine dinner at Farmstead
Ron and Lisa Wicker of Wicker Vineyards and chef Stephen Barber of Farmstead Long Meadow Ranch will host a five-course winemakers dinner on Thursday, July 25.
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Cost is $75 per person. For RSVP call 707-963-9181.
Castello di Amorosa plans ‘Hot Havana Nights’
Calistoga’s Castello di Amorosa will hold its “Hot Havana Nights” celebration from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 26. The event includes sultry Cuban music and salsa dancing; authentic Cuban food, slow roasted and paired with Castello wines; barrel tastings of the 2012 wines with winemaker Brooks Painter and an assortment of fine cigars. Cost is $110 for wine club members and $130 for guests. A free shuttle to downtown Calistoga in included in the price.
For details or to RSVP visit castellodiamorosa.com or call 707-967-6274.
Peach Festival at Frog’s Leap Winery
The St. Helena Family Center will be the beneficiary of the Frog’s Leap Winery Peach Festival, which will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27. The festive event includes food, drinks and entertainment to children’s activities and much more. For information contact Frog’s Leap Winery at 1-800-959-4704.
New sandwiches at Oakville Grocery
Chef Jason Rose of the Oakville Grocery, with locations in Oakville and Healdsburg has crafted five new sandwiches for the summer.
• Oakville Muffaletta ($13) — toscano salami, sopresatta, ham, provolone, muffaletta, pickled pepper relish, ciabatta
• Cuban ($13) — slow roasted pork shoulder, ham, yellow mustard, pickles, swiss cheese, aioli, torpedo roll
• Quinoa Falafel ($9.50) — spinach lavash, spicy hummus, harissa greek yogurt, grilled eggplant, cucumber, pickles, wrap
• Daily Tartine ($10) — open faced sandwich, changes daily
• Waffle ($7) — ham & swiss.
Wine classes offered
Wine industry pro Victor Orozco will be teaching the wine appreciation classes this fall at the Napa Valley College – Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena.
The schedule includes a Wine Appreciation Workshop on offered on Thursday, Aug. 22, 5-7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday, Oct. 9, 5-7 p.m.
A wine education class for tasting room service is from 8-10 a.m., Tuesdays, from Aug. 20 to Sept. 10 and from 8-10 a.m., on Tuesdays from Sept. 24 to Oct. 15.
A course for sommeliers leading to a Napa wine appreciation certificate is from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 19 to Nov. 21.
To register for classes, call 707-967-2900.
Turnbull to celebrate harvest
Turnbull Wine Cellars will celebrate its 34th harvest with an Aug. 31 party at the winery. The event, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., will include a harvest barbecue feast, live music and Turnbull’s 100 percent estate grown library and current wines.
For tickets contact email@example.com or call 707-963-5839, ext. 21.