California Wine Month: Events NOT to miss!

My favorite time of the year has officially arrived.  There’s something about September.  The cool night air, the changing of leaves, harvest, and of course, those Pumpkin Spice Lattes….

But, in California, there’s always something a bit more to celebrate with California Wine Month.  Throughout the month of September, the various wine regions throughout the state throw some EPIC parties and events.

And of course, we’re here to tell you about them:

Livermore Wine Valley:


Crooked Vine and Stony Ridge Winery Tasting Room

As one of the oldest California Wine Region’s to date, there’s no better reason to come pay a visit.  For those in the Bay Area, this wine region is so dang close not to.

This weekend September 6 marks their annual Harvest Celebration where all the various wineries in the area come together for an epic event of food, wine, and art.  Not to miss this Labor Day weekend as the valley celebrates it’s 34th Harvest Celebration Event.

Santa Cruz Mountains:

Set aside the weekend of September 12th, for the 33rd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival. With 23 wineries in toll, local restaurants, 160 artists, crafts and music, it’ll be a GREAT event to attend.

Sonoma County:


Labor Day Weekend marks the highlight for Sonoma County Wine as the annual Wine Country Weekend takes place across the area.   Taste of Sonoma, Live Auction, and more throughout this weekend.  A truly spectacular weekend for any wine lover.

The weekend of September 25-27 is the annual Sonoma Valley CRUSH weekend, where, local wineries of Sonoma Valley come together to celebrate the Harvest Season.  Get behind the scene tours, grape sampling, and more throughout this entire weekend.

And of course, you can’t forget the Sonoma Vintage Festival, an annual tradition since 1897!  Celebrating Sonoma’s bounty, community and local culture.  Partake in a Grape Stomp, get together with the community, and just enjoy the weekend fun.

Napa Valley:

Lets be honest, when isn’t there a fun celebration or event happening in Napa? September is the perfect time to plan your ultimate getaway.  The Valley has various tours, events taking place throughout the entire month… just look up your favorite winery and away you go!



Another favorite September event happens in Lodi during their SIP Savor Lodi event.  This year happening the weekend of Sept. 25-27.

Head further inland on September 18 as Madera Vintner’s Association celebrates California Wine Month. The night will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music. The Association will be announcing special awards for wine industry professionals and guests will have the opportunity in the People’s Choice Award to vote for their favorite wine of the evening. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank.

Central Coast:

Book a weekend getaway to my favorite part of California during one of these fantastic events:

The event I’m most looking forward to this September: Sunset SAVOR Central Coast (September 24-27).  Their 6th year of this event, and it gets BETTER and BETTER every year.  This year brings a whole new food and music event on opening night (Strings at Sunset), September 24, at Vino Robles Amphitheater. This four-day wine and food extravaganza takes place at the renowned Santa Margarita Ranch and throughout San Luis Obispo County.

Mark you calendars for September 13th for “Taste of the Town Santa Barbara” for a fun day on the town as you taste various foods and wines across Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley.



Attend one of the best “End of Summer” events at the Los Angeles Times “The Taste” this labor day weekend.  Taste some of the food from some of the best chefs across LA along with good wine.

Celebrate Southern California’s vibrant culinary scene at Paramount’s iconic backlot, presenting five events with leading chefs and restaurants in L.A. and unlimited tastings.  Guests can learn more about wine and food during special seminars and live demos.

And then head down to Temecula for one of their BEST annual events: CRUSH: Temecula Valley Wine and Culinary Showcase.  This year, the event takes place on September 19.

Lake Tahoe:


If a lake is calling your name, have no fear, as Lake Tahoe has some events not to miss this month including the annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival taking place the weekend of Sept. 11-13.  Just what doesn’t this event offer: wine and food pairings, celebrity chefs, wine seminars, cooking demos, Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner, the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off, kids cook-off, a “winemaker for a day” immersion class, hikes, gourmet marketplace, culinary competition and grand tasting, winemaker dinners and live entertainment.

There’s no better time to book a weekend getaway to a favorite California Wine Region.









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One Last Summer Hurrah with ANew Wines!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored story on behalf of ANew Wines.  All Opinions are my own.

Last Summer, our first full summer in NorCal, we created a new tradition with all of my other half’s cousins.  A tradition that was created around birthdays.  The tradition? Every time a cousin had a birthday we’d get together for an epic camping trip.

The first camping excursion took place last summer within the Delta Area of California, another birthday adventure took them to the mountains of Lake County, and then another birthday adventure took us on a camping outing to Half Moon Bay.



This year, we were craving a bit of a camping beach adventure, so, the cousins and my other half decided on going to one of their favorite childhood stomping grounds, Lawson’s Landing, right off of Dillon Beach.


Right before the trip I received a package of ANew Wines, and I knew it was the perfect time to introduce these WINES to our family and friends… Right before the trip, I put together the gift bags that would be handed out at the end of the camping excursion:


And on Saturday, after a full day playing at the beach, we pulled out the bottles of wine to create our Camping Sangrias:


I was honestly surprised how much my other half enjoyed creating his Sangria.  We had a variety of different fruits cut up: Canteloupe, Watermelon, Nectarines, Peaches, and Apples, and we had the two varietals of ANew Wines: Pinot Grigio and Rose.

And then, everyone else could pour their wine then choose the fruit they wanted to put into them.


The Pinot Grigio had flavor notes of Melon, Pear and Tropical notes making the Melons, Peaches and Apples a perfect pairing inside.

The Rose had flavor notes of Strawberry, Watermelon and Peach making the Watermelon and Nectarines a perfect pairing.

Those were, at least, my suggestions, but everyone else could create what they wanted…


Making it the perfect ending to a GREAT day at the beach…


Although, I must say, wine and the beach just might be the perfect pairing…

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Shop While Helping a Child in Need!

Disclosure: I was invited to try out VivaioDays.Com.  All Opinions are my own.  I chose the products and this is what I created through them.

With so many online shops to choose from, finding one that stands out can often times be the HARD part, but whenever I hear about a place that TRULY gives back to others in need, that is a place I want to shop at.


Enter VivaioDays.Com; For every 10 Dollars You Spend at their Online Shop, 1 Dollar will go to a Child in need in Africa.

As soon as you sign up on VivaioDays.Com you will be connected to a child in Africa. You need shop for what you need.  And then for every 10 Dollars You Spend, 1 Dollar will go to your Vivaio Child in Africa.  1 Dollar Covers Education, Meal and HealthCare for 1 Day! It is that EASY!

BUT, it doesn’t stop there. VivaioDays cares about Your family too, and is why they only support companies that are sustainable and fit in with their companies mission and goals.  Meaning, the products they choose to curate are also GREAT for your family too.  A win win situation.

So, what did I do with my VivaioDays.Com purchases?

My other half and I have recently been working on our front porch area of our home.  We wanted to create a place of serenity to hang out at during those cool summer nights in California, when it cools down long enough to actually enjoy the weather in California.

As a big fan of Wine, and food, we soon noticed all the fun Grace & I items on VivaioDays and created our own Wine and Food Pairing night:


The perfect Wine and Food Pairing starts with the right Serving Platter.  This beautiful bambu classic cutting and serving plank was just the trick.

And then we begin to add our items:


These Fig and Nut Press and the Choco Berry Fruit Press from Grace & I tasted delicious.  And they were so easy to cut into.  The chocolates came from Original Beans, and were delicious.

And then you add in the Grace & I jams.  We had two varietals: The Quine + Apple + Cranberry preserve, and the Raspberry Peach Champagne preserve.  They were both delicious but I was partial to the Raspberry Peach Champagne.

The only thing left to add were the crackers.  Bought separately:


As I had it all set up on the front porch table, I called my other half and we enjoyed the wine along with our sweet treats during the night’s Sunset.  It was the perfect night outing.


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