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History of The Meeker Vineyard


Today, The Meeker Vineyard is known as a family-owned winery that creates delicious red, white, and dessert wines. However, The Meeker Vineyard has a rich history that began back in 1977.  1977 was the year that Charles and Molly Meeker bought their first vineyard. It was not until 1984 that The Meeker Vineyard was established, with Charlie as the winemaker. The winery instantly saw success. The winery’s first red wine release was an instant success, winning eight wine competition medals and becoming the third most awarded Zin in the country that year. After that, the popularity of Meeker Wine grew. In the early 1990s, Sonoma rapidly began to become a prime target for wine-tasting tourists. To accommodate their growing success and to invite more people into their tasting room, the Meeker family bought a new property in Dry Creek Valley that would become the new home of Meeker Wine. Expanding   The early 2000’s were a time of expansion, with the winery growing from a few thousand cases

History of The Meeker Vineyard2020-04-03T17:58:38+00:00

Sustainable Practices at Rodney Strong Vineyards


Harvest Card recognizes the difficulty that goes into sustaining a vineyard. It is hard work, but it is rewarding. In order to harvest the best grapes, vineyards also need to be cared for and treated with respect. We are so proud of Rodney Strong Vineyards and the sustainable practices that they have implemented to care for their land and the environment.  At Rodney Strong Vineyards, the team has an unwavering commitment to preserve the Earth for generations to come. In 2010, they were first recognized as a certified sustainable vineyard by the California Sustainable Winegrower’s Alliance. Since then, their commitment to sustainable practices is an ongoing responsibility that combines environmental health, economic feasibility and social equity. By implementing a collection of practices, including installing solar power, they have lowered their winery and vineyards’ carbon impact to zero. Soil and water conservation also play a role at Rodney Strong vineyards. The team composts grape pumice to return to the soils as organic matter. Additionally, they employ drip irrigation

Sustainable Practices at Rodney Strong Vineyards2020-03-19T17:19:34+00:00

DRNK Wines: Private Tasting in the Cave


Do you love wine and want to learn about how wine is crafted? Then head on over to DRNK Wines in Sebastopol, CA. During this experience, guests will enjoy a guided tasting experience inside their cave, getting a firsthand look at how the wines are made and cellared. Located on top of the Laguna Ridge in the heart of the Russian River Valley, DRNK Winery is home to a beautiful 300 foot wine cave. Additionally, this is one of only four caves in the Russian River Valley. Guests can experience tastings and lunch in the cave with the packages below. Regular tastings include 6-8 wines (red and white) and typically last an hour. The tasting fee is normally $20 per person, but can be waived with purchase. Harvest Card members enjoy complimentary tastings at participating wineries. Another experience that DRNK Wines offers is a tasting and lunch experience in the cave. Included with this private tasting is a gourmet box lunch from Pascaline Patisserie and Café. Guests

DRNK Wines: Private Tasting in the Cave2020-03-12T23:26:09+00:00

Experience Pinot Noir at MacPhail Winery


Make Pinot Noir. Drink Pinot Noir. Celebrate Pinot Noir. Maybe a little Chardonnay too. This statement can be found on the MacPhail Winery website.  Additionally, it perfectly captures the ambiance surrounding the winery. MacPhail Winery has always been about family and fun. Known for their Pinot Noir, this winery has kept up with their notion to respect the land, and each other.  Their Wine Shop highlights wine notes for all of their wines, so that consumers can learn more about each wine. Tasting notes, winemaking and production details, and accolades are all included. Throughout the winemaking process, you can see MacPhail's dedication to high quality wine.  To experience the delicate aromas of perfumed rose petal and black cherry met with hints of smoky oak, MacPhail Wines offers their 2016 Mardikian Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir.  For notes of lemon meringue, orange peel and vanilla, their 2017 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Chardonnay will meet all of your needs.  Harvest Card encourages Pinot Noir lovers to take a look at all of

Experience Pinot Noir at MacPhail Winery2020-03-05T18:44:50+00:00

43rd Annual Barrel Tasting


Do you love wine? We do! And we are excited to share the details for this year’s upcoming Barrel Tasting. This is not a food pairing or themed event - this event is all about the wine.   Many wineries allow you to taste their barrel samples. If you love it, there is a chance to purchase the wine now, and then come back to the winery when the wine is bottled. Some wines are produced in such small batches that buying futures is your only chance to purchase them. The Barrel Tasting will be taking place over two weekends, so guests can select which weekend works best for them. Or, if you want to attend both weekends, you are welcome to do so. The dates will include March 6-8 and March 13-15, 2020. The event will be held from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased here and include the opportunity to sample wine from the barrel and in most cases also trying

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Schedule a Visit to Baldassari Wines


Winemaking is a family business at Baldassari Wines. Growing up with a grandfather who would craft his own wine every year, winemaker Matt Michael, became inspired. Matt’s father, Dom, is now a partner at Baldassari Wines. Because of his passion for small producers, Dom works to capture the essence of the exquisite wines that he and Matt produce. The winery crafts quality Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Chardonnay. Their Pinot Noir is from the eastern bench land in the Russian River Valley. Because this area is warmer than the cool western part , the fruit receives more sunlight through the season. This results in rich, fruit-forward styles of Pinot Noir with subtle earthiness and spice.  Their delicious wine can be sampled and purchased in the tasting lounge. Located in Windsor, this quaint location has a welcoming environment and delicious snacks available to be paired with the wines.  If you are looking for some entertainment as well, Baldassari Wines features live music in their tasting lounge every Friday night

Schedule a Visit to Baldassari Wines2020-02-20T15:53:17+00:00

Enjoy Mediterranean Cuisine at Monti’s


Located in Santa Rosa, Monti’s is a Stark Reality Restaurant that serves locally sourced Mediterranean and American food. They are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. If you are looking for a place to enjoy drinks with friends, Monti’s also has a full bar with classic and signature cocktails. Happy Hour is Monday - Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu at Monti’s is inspired by Mediterranean dishes and many of their dishes feature meat from the rotisserie. Their menu consists of meals including a Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb Piadini with Tzatziki, a Roast Rack of Veal, Crispy Pochetta, and more. To view their whole menu, you can click here.  Monti’s is a great place for casual dining with terrific food. They also offer two covered patios for outdoor dining. Guests can enjoy a relaxing environment while they sip on delicious wines and cocktails paired with Mediterranean flavors. Plan your next visit to Monti’s today! Reservations are not required, however, it is recommended to

Enjoy Mediterranean Cuisine at Monti’s2020-02-14T18:33:16+00:00

Highlighting Foley Sonoma


Are you looking for a peaceful getaway where you can enjoy a delicious glass of wine with friends or a loved one? Foley Sonoma is located in Geyserville, California surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Mayacamas Mountains. The inspiration for this Sonoma estate was to create buildings that are aesthetically beautiful. The modern facility is state of the art with incredible scenery. The facility includes an observation room, and a tasting room that looks out over the mountains surrounding the estate.  Bold but thoughtful. A blend of traditional and modern. Reflected in the design of their unique winery and approach to winemaking, this is the philosophy behind the company. The wines of Foley Sonoma are truly handcrafted, created using traditional methods alongside modern tools. Although their winemaking efforts are focused and centered around Cabernet, they also produce Zinfandel and Chardonnay. The owner of Foley Sonoma is Bill Foley, who is also the Chairman and CEO of the Vegas Golden Knights. Beside his love of sports, Bill

Highlighting Foley Sonoma2020-02-08T18:04:17+00:00

Valentine’s Day Dinner with Ivan & Ben


Bowman Cellars will be hosting an event this Valentine’s Day that will feature delicious wine and fantastic food. The event will take place on February 14 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tickets are currently $120 per person. Bowman Collective Members can purchase tickets for $105 per person. Spend your evening in Graton, California enjoying delicious food prepared by chefs Ivan & Ben. The quaint venue of Bowman Cellars will make this the perfect event to attend with your partner or with friends. This event will feature five courses and canapés. To begin the evening, guests will enjoy snacks including Brown Butter Financier, Warm Carrot Soup, Curried Crab Beignet, and more. Dinner courses prepared by chefs Ivan & Ben will feature Grilled Oysters in Beef Garum, Lightly Smoked Trout, Grilled Duck Breast, and more. The full menu for the event can be viewed here. Additionally, there will be three Bowman Cellars wine pairings to accompany the snacks and dinner provided. For dessert, guests can enjoy a Spiced Chocolate

Valentine’s Day Dinner with Ivan & Ben2020-01-31T19:10:05+00:00

Enjoy a Glass at Bowman Cellars


Bowman Cellars believes that wine pairs best with family, friends and delicious, locally sourced food. Founded in 2013, the winemakers have worked to ensure that guests receive delicious wine in a welcoming environment. They currently have two tasting rooms, allowing guests to enjoy the experience at a convenient location near them. The Sonoma County Tasting Room is located just outside of Santa Rosa, California. The West Sonoma County Winery & Tasting Room is located in Graton, California. Both locations are open from Thursday to Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Bowman Cellars has a drink for everyone. They offer white, red, and rosé wines that are all exquisite.  Tasting fees are $15 per person. However, this fee can be waived with the purchase of one or more bottle. Additionally, Harvest Card members receive complimentary tastings. If you love these venues, Bowman Cellars invites you to host your next private event with them. They offer an intimate dining area, as well as a cozy patio, excellent food, and

Enjoy a Glass at Bowman Cellars2020-01-23T16:28:30+00:00
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