March Events in Wine Country

Spring is just around the corner; the weather is heating up and so are the local wine country events.  From barrel tasting to bluegrass, cheese festivals to Hitchcock movies, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of March in Sonoma County.

Annual Barrel Tasting (March 3-5 & 10-12)
Experience two weekends of barrel tasting in northern Sonoma County. Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful regions of Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Restaurant Week (March 6-12)
This popular event celebrates the finest Sonoma County food. Participating restaurants will offer a 2-course prix-fixe lunch option priced at $10 or $15 and a 3-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $19, $29 or $39. Food lovers can simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they would like during Sonoma County Restaurant Week.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Miner Family Winery Dinner (March 11th)
Dave Miner will be here from 6:00-9:30pm hosting our Miner Family Winery dinner. Dave and his team produce wines from great regions around Northern California. His Oracle is a popular red blend from famous Stagecoach Vineyard in the hills above eastern Napa.  We will start the night off tasting of his Viognier in the living room at 6:00pm and the dinner will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Click HERE to register.

Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival (March 11)
This annual music festival features bluegrass, old time, and folk acts. Great food and beverages onsite or within walking distance in downtown Sebastopol. This year’s line up in order of appearance are: Roustabouts, Evie Ladin, with Kieth Terry & Erik Pearson, Sourdough Slim, Blue & Lonesome, the T Sisters and Gene Parsons & David Hayes with Mike Beck.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* St. Patrick’s Day Feast (March 17)

The Traditional Irish Dinner & Festivities is an annual event at Mayacama and included in the St. Patrick’s Day Four-Ball entry fee. For those Members who are not playing in the tournament, we invite you to join us for the evening festivities. Let’s all put our dancin’ shoes and wear our shamrocks green and toast our friends both here and there and everywhere between. 5:00pm – 8:00pm , $55++ Per Person

Menu Teaser
Farmstead Irish Cheeses
Traditional Irish Soda Bread & Assorted Crackers

Braised Spiced Corned Beef
Bubbie’s Horseradish & Chive Cream
Assorted Mustards
Braised Red Cabbage
Braised Red Cabbage & Granny Smith Apples, Russet Potatoes, Juniper Berry Essence

Spring Vegetables
Baby Carrots, Spring Peas, Green Cabbage,
Whole Baby Turnips, Boiled Red Potatoes

Irish Sweets
Guinness Cake, Carmel Roasted Apples, Clotted Cream
Irish Oatmeal Cookies &Irish Coffee Cupcakes

Registration: click HERE Don’t forget about Kid’s Night! St. Patty’s Day Fun, Click HERE for registration and more info.

Hitchcock Film Festival (March 18)
Hitchcock had a love for Sonoma County and a true flair for on-location filming. Bodega Bay and nearby Bodega were both featured in “The Birds” and honor the filmmaker with this annual film festival. This year, The Birds will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and Rear Window at 7 p.m.   More information can be found here.

Savor Sonoma Valley (March 18-19)
The Ultimate Barrel Tasting Experience in Sonoma Valley! Seventeen Wineries throughout Kenwood and Glen Ellen will be creating an epic wine tasting and barrel tasting experience. Meet winemakers, taste reserve wines, sample barrel wines, mingle with wine lovers in caves and on crush pads, enjoy live music, tour wineries and vineyards, and savor a wonderful wine country weekend. More information can be found here.

California’s Artisan Cheese Festival (March 24-26)
Head to Petaluma and experience three days of cheese, cheese, and MORE cheese at the 11th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival.  Some highlights over the three day event will include a farm tour, classes from cheese experts, a multi-course cheesemaker dinner and shopping at the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace to taste and buy cheeses from over two dozen artisan cheesemakers and dozens of artisan food producers.  More information can be found here.

*Mayacama Members* Cru Beaujolais Dinner (March 25th)
It’s always fun to host a dinner with wine and cuisine from Burgandy.  Cru Beaujolais, the highest category of classification in Beaujolais, within ten villages/areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais Mountains. We will feature five of the ten Crus.  Seven of the Crus relate to actual villages while Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly refer to the vineyards areas around Mont Brouilly and Moulin-à-Vent is named for a local windmill.  Somms all over the U.S. are touting Cru Beaujolais. Chef Scott Pikey will pair the wines with typical Burgundian cuisine.  The dinner is 6:30-9:30pm. Click HERE to register.

Sonoma International Film Festival  (March 29-April 2)
Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine, SIFF showcases over 100 hand-selected films screened in six state-of-the-art, intimate venues all within walking distance of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker and Robin Williams have enjoyed this unique event.  More information can be found here.

Looks like an eventful March awaits, so go out and enjoy all that Wine Country has to offer!

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Mayacama Member Wine Notes

Wine at Mayacama is a way of life.   Besides having one of the top rated golf courses in the country, we have a Vintner and Wine Program that is unique only to this property. We are located in the heart of Wine Country and our members take their wine as seriously as their golf.  The wine program features 35 Vintner Members, selected by our Vintner Committee, and each Vintner has to meet a strict set of standards.  Once on board, they make their wine available to members with special pricing through our offers and their wine clubs, they also host wine and food events, provide intimate tastings and help support our club events. Their wines are featured on our list along with other great wines from among our general membership and other wineries of interest to our members.

Jeff McCarthy, Wine Director at Mayacama shares some Wine Notes:

The All Vintner Pour is decidedly our most popular Mayacama Member wine event of the year! Our 2016 All Vintner Pour is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm.  In our courtyard, all 35 Vintner Members feature their new releases at various wine stations. Their wines are available for purchase and our members and their guests have the chance to fill their wine lockers and cellars at home and purchase for friends and family.

12th Annual Mayacama Member All Vintner Pour
Saturday, May 14th from 4-7pm
– Meet Vintner Members & Winemakers
– 120 Limited Production Wines
– Member Pricing Opportunities for Members & Guests
– Bountiful Food Stations that include Oysters, Shrimp, Roasted Pig, and Desserts
– Passed Hors D’oeuvres
– Live Music
$150++ Per Member / Per Guest (Only Age 21+)
Register Online or call 707.569.2900

Register separately for additional family-friendly fun on the same weekend…
KIDS – Lego Star Wars Epic Battles! – May 14 (4:00 – 9:00 pm) 707 569 2908

Last year, we hosted 350 members and guests.  Weather was perfect, in the mid 70’s.  We expect great weather again as our guests dine on grilled New York, whole suckling pigs hand carved at our pork taco station, lamb chops grilled to order, fresh shucked Hog Island Oysters with lemon and “Hog Wash” and a buffet of assorted cold seafood, cheeses, charcuterie and other treats prepared by our culinary team.  To give you an idea of what our Chef and his culinary team prepared last year, they produced; 150 pounds of New York, 200 pounds of suckling pig, 60 pounds of shrimp, 70 whole racks of lamb, 25 pounds of cheese, over 3000 assorted canapés, 800 fresh oysters, 1000 mini desserts and 60 pizzas.  By the end of the event, there was nothing left!

The wines to be featured this year are off the charts.  Futures of incredible 2013 and 2014 Cabs will be available to taste for the first time along with wines from the outstanding 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages.  Many of the wines are being previewed at the pour and our members will be the first to try these beautiful gems.  This year we will introduce three new Vintner Members at their “first pour” so be sure to drop by and enjoy their wines.

Live Brazilian jazz from Jive Samba will again be part of the festivities.  After the pour, everyone heads to the bar for a few hours of libations, homemade pizzas and truffle fries. The next day, the wine orders will begin to flow.  Come and join us and experience the best of the Wine Country.

Welcome New Vintner Members
Just in time for our 2016 Vintner Pour are the arrival of three new Vintner Members.  Please join us for a warm Mayacama Welcome for our three new Wineries.

Dutcher Crossing Winery

Dutcher Crossing Winery represents an authentic and enjoyable experience for wine-lovers who visit the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The perfect blend of award-winning wines, gorgeous wine country views and warm hospitality await visitors.

Proprietor Debra Mathy can often be found welcoming guests with Dutchess, her Golden Lab, sidekick and official greeter. Winemaker Kerry Damskey’s small-lot, select vineyard approach to winemaking can be learned and enjoyed in the tasting room. In short, Dutcher Crossing offers the timeless qualities of an artisan approach to life.

The vintage high-wheel bicycle, a treasured gift from Debra’s father, represents Dutcher Crossing’s pursuit of quality small-lot winemaking, the guiding power of her father’s imagination and the journey that lies ahead.

With a magnificent view of the panoramic vineyards and hillside beauty of the Dry Creek Valley, our tasting room welcomes visitors with a sampling of some Dry Creek’s best wines. In an intimate setting, Dutcher Crossing Winery is the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Away from the crowds, just outside of Healdsburg, you will find a warm, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere here in our tasting room and winery.

Fisher Family Winery

The Family Winery…IS THE RESULT OF EXPERIENCE OVER MANY YEARS. The winery was founded in 1973, when Fred and Juelle purchased 100 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains on the western slope of Spring Mountain. There, they built a winery tucked in among the vines and Douglas Firs. The winery itself is a product of the estate, having been built from the timber that was cut and milled on-site and crafted into an award-winning facility by their good friend and architect, William Turnbull.

In 1976, the family found another 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The property runs from the Napa River to the Eastern Vaca Range, adjacent to the famed Eisele Vineyard, and is the source of our Lamb Vineyard Cabernet, Coach Insignia Cabernet and Cameron, Bordeaux Blend.

Their commitment is to grow and produce wines of consistent, world-class quality that express their unique mountain or valley heritage in the truest sense of terroir; the resulting wines should pay tribute to the land we are fortunate to care for, as well as each member of our team, which together will yield classic balance and style that transcends time.

Founder Fred Fisher says;”We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines sing their praise, and we are grateful.”

Wilson Family Wineries

It is hard to open the Press Democrat around the beginning of October and not see results from the annual “Sonoma County Harvest Fair” dominated by the wines from the Wilson Winery Family portfolio. In the last five years they have earned 4 “Sweepstake” awards and slough of gold medals from a panel of professional wine judges. To say they are a local favorite would be an understatement.

For Mayacama Members, you will soon see the 19 acres around our entrance being transformed into vineyards and notice the old barn has been beautifully restored. Within the next 3-4 years, the Wilsons will be crafting wines from vineyards inside our outer gate. Not only will this add to the beauty of the property, but it will also give us a “Vineyard Laboratory” where we can share the secrets of viticulture with our members.

The Wilson Family Portfolio is distinguished not only by its outstanding wines, but by the twin pillars of family and tradition on which its reputation rests. The tradition pre-dates the winery’s founding in 1993 and is evident in the century-old tin barn that houses the Wilson’s facility. One of the oldest structures in the legendary Dry Creek Valley, the barn has been lovingly restored by Ken and Diane to provide a state-of-the-art venue for their award-winning winemaking while offering glimpses into both a storied past and a promising future.The Wilson portfolio of wineries includes; Wilson Winery, Mazzocco, Soda Rock, Matrix Winery, deLorimier, St. Anne’s Crossing, Pezzi King and Jaxon Key

Contact our Wine Director, Jeff McCarthy, at 707 569 2906 or jmccarty@mayacam.com regarding this new and exciting service.

Mayacama is a private golf and residential community where a vibrant club life is joined by an active sporting life in an indescribably beautiful valley. To learn more about membership opportunities at Mayacama, please contact us at 866.519.3088 (toll free) or 707.387.0449 (direct) or via email at info@mayacama.com. Get social with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.