December Events in Wine Country

As the region transitions from fall to winter, the Wine Country events calendar doesn’t disappoint.  From Santa Runs to holiday open houses, boat parades to holiday performance, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of December.

Dining Out For Life (December 1)
Famous for its incredible food scene, it should take little prompting to dine out at 90 amazing eateries on Thursday, December 1, with 25–50% of your purchase going directly to Food For Thought’s life-giving medically tailored meals and nutritional programs. More information can be found here.

Santa Rosa Santa Run (December 3)
Celebrate the holidays as the Santa Rosa Santa Run offers a day of fun for the whole family with a 5k Run/Walk (timed) and Merry Mile (not timed), and a festive finish in Downtown Santa Rosa with cookies, milk, music and snow.  All participants are encouraged to dress up as Santa Claus (one Santa suit is provided per registration entry) or one of your favorite holiday characters or traditions. Costume ideas include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves, dreidels, menorahs, ornaments, trees, and candlesticks. More information can be found here.

Luther Burbank Home and Garden Holiday Open House (December 3-4)
Enjoy a 37-year tradition and begin the season’s celebrations by visiting the historic Home and Gardens of Luther Burbank. Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour the home decked out in old-fashioned holiday finery inside and out. More information can be found here.

Christmas at The Mission (December 10)
Experience The Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma as it may have looked centuries ago. Sing Christmas carols and enjoy the Mission and Barracks lit by luminaries. Tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event and there is no charge but donations are encouraged. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Holiday Party (December 11)
The Wilhelm family would like to sincerely thank you for your active Club participation throughout the year by inviting members to our annual Holiday Party at the Club. You and your family will enjoy a festive open house of casual mingling with fellow Members, music, lots of sweet and savory nibbles, passed hors d’oeuvres, amazing wine, festive cocktails, and photo opportunities galore. We will have holiday crafts and ornaments to decorate allowing kiddies to show off their artistic side and Gingerbread House Decorating. Members may click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Wine’s Night Out (December 14)
Learn about wine by tasting it and meeting the fun people behind the brands. You’ll have the perfect opportunity to enjoy wine tasting after work when the tasting rooms come to town! At one convenient place, learn about and taste a variety of award-winning Sonoma County wine.  More information can be found here.

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade (December 17)
Watch a magical parade of beautifully decorated boats stream into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma.  After the show, be sure to check out the City of Lights Driving Tour, a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses throughout Petaluma. Maps are available through the Petaluma Visitors Center. More information can be found here.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (December 18)
The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. More information can be found here.

Dave Koz Christmas Tour (December 20)
Saxophonist Dave Koz is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed figures in contemporary jazz. Joining him for this holiday spectacular are R&B superstars Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler, and Kenny Lattimore. . More information can be found here.

First Annual Bubble Ball (December 31)
The Bay Area’s premier New Years Eve Gala featuring Wonderbread 5, Kingsborough, and The Pat Jordan Band, your favorite local food, wine, beer and champagne and many exciting surprises throughout the night.  More information can be found here.

Enjoy the holiday season in Wine Country as we usher in the New Year!

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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November Events in Wine Country

Fall is in full swing as we transition from harvest festivals to the holiday season. From film festivals to lighting ceremonies, open studios to international holiday traditions, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of November.

Ramen Night (November 2)
Join Studio D in Sonoma for RAMEN on Wednesday nights (beginning November 2nd) from 5 – 7:30!  For just $20, the menu includes your choice of a cucumber or mung bean sprout salad, a bowl of one of our four ramens, and a dessert from Donny.  Beer, Wine & Sake Available for $5.  More information can be found here.

Jack London Classic Film Festival (November 3-5)
Jack London State Historic Park and the Sonoma Community Center will mark their mutual 2016 Centennial Celebrations with the presentation of the Jack London Classic Film Fest. The festival will feature screenings of Call of the Wild (1935) starring Clark Gable and Loretta Young, Sea Wolf (1941) starring Edward G. Robinson and Ida Lupino and White Fang (1991) starring Ethan Hawk. The three-day festival experience features themed dinners, receptions and celebrity speakers. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member First Friday Pour: Thanksgiving Wines (November 4)
Our November First Friday will feature our recommendations for Holiday Wines. We see most magazines and newspapers touting the same old wines that really don’t pair well with turkey, cranberry sauce or gravy. We will taste Picpoul, Torrontes, Albarino, and real Beaujolais (not the Beaujolais Nouveau that taste like candy and does not age).These wines have been tested over the years and chosen by wine lovers when paired with holiday fare. Please join us from 5:30 to 6:30 Friday, for a great tasting. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Wine and Food Affair (November 5-6)
Wine & Food Affair is the premier event for Wine Road Sonoma County!  Experience a weekend of Wine & Food pairings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. All of the wineries participating will have a favorite winery recipe which they will prepare both days for you to sample, along with the perfect wine. This event does sell out, so get your tickets today. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Wreath Making Class (November 6)
Create a beautiful holiday wreath with Jerry from Green Valley Growers while sipping on delicious wine and snacking on light appetizers from 2-5pm. $40 Flowers/Materials and $20++ Wine and Light Appetizers. Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Veterans Day Parade (November 11)
Vintage war birds and sleek air racers fly over to Petaluma on Nov. 11 to take part in what has been called the “largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.” Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma. Music in the gazebo starts the festivities at noon and the parade begins at 1:00 and festivities conclude at Walnut Park with a program at 2:45. More information can be found here.

Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza (November 12)
Celebrate the fourth annual Lighting of the Historic Sonoma Plaza on Saturday, November 12. Enjoy 8-acres of 100k+ sparkling lights + music + holiday treats!! Free to the public and family friendly. Music starts at 5pm, with performances starting at 5:45pm. More information can be found here.

Atelier One Open Studio (November 12-13)
Atelier One invites visitors for a rare opportunity to see new work and meet the artists, 16 accomplished painters, printers, sculptors, photographers, and other creatives. Enjoy informative talks, activities and just plain fun. Runs Nov. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Dinner Dance Party (November 19)
Join us in the Living Room between 6 -7:00pm to enjoy Hog Island Oysters & Caviar + Sushi with Ken Tominaga of Hana Japanese Restaurant & Pabu.  Champagne, frozen vodka, plus specialty drinks such as Manhattans, Martinis, Rob Roys and Gimlets will be served.

From 7-8:30pm guests are invited to dine at a Family style dinner created by Chef Scott Pikey.

Menu Teaser:
Autumn Salad
Kale, Fall Fruits, Pickled Onions, Almonds
Roasted Pumpkin & Seeds
Dates, Pomegranate, Crispy Oats, Red Wine Syrup
Grilled New York Steak
Duck Fat Potatoes, Charred Onions, Bordelaise

Sweet Treats & After Dinner Cocktails
Irish Coffee, Kioki Coffee, Grasshoppers, or  Brandy Alexander

Between 8-10pm members are invited to join us in the Living Room for music & dancing with the David Howard Seven Piece Band.
$150pp++Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Mayacama Member Thanksgiving Feast (November 24)
We are all thankful to be a part of this great Club and we hope you will bring your family and friends to our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Celebration. Select a seating time and make reservations now for a terrific seasonal spread between 2:30-4:45pm. Register early!

Alexander Valley Holiday Open House (November 25)
Enjoy the holidays in Wine Country.  Join eight wineries in the beautiful Alexander Valley for a day of award-winning wines, food and wine pairings, festive fare, shopping for unique wine country gifts! Participating wineries include Alexander Valley Vineyards, Medlock Ames Winery, Field Stone Winery & VineyardsHanna Vineyards & Winery, White Oak Vineyards & Winery, Stuhlmuller Vineyards, Soda Rock Winery and deLorimier Winery. More information can be found here.

Cirque de Bohème (November 25-27)
Enjoy a French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème will transport you into a magical world filled with enchantment, adventure and wonder. World class performers include a Unicycle, Hand to Hand Acrobats, Static Trapeze, Tight-Rop Funambule, Hand Chairs Balancing, Hooper Aerialist and more. More information can be found here.

Mayacama Member Fall Release Party (November 26)
Our Seventh Annual Fall Release Party is just around the corner.  Join us in our wine cave from 4-8:30pm to taste new releases and club favorites.  A fall wine offer will be available and the tasting is followed by our “Bounty of the County” buffet.  Click HERE to register or call 707.569.2900

Enjoy the holiday season in Wine Country; there is nothing quite like it.

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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October Events in Wine Country

Fall has arrived.  The temperatures are cooling as we say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to the harvest season. From Oktoberfests to Art Trails, fall festivals to half marathons, there is something for everyone to enjoy during the month of October.

Oktoberfest at Schug Winery (October 1)
Enjoy Oktoberfest in Wine Country.  Join Schug Winery for a festive day in Carneros as they celebrate this year’s grape harvest! Enjoy current release wines along with a few gems from the cellar and dine upon German food crafted by Chef Kristine Schug. Enjoy live music, enter raffles for adults and children, play the Bean Bag Toss, and check out the Photo Booth. Children can get a free pumpkin and play at the arts and crafts table. More information can be found here.

Sonoma County Art Trails (October 8-9, 15-16)
For two weekends in October, enjoy the abundance of creative talent Sonoma County has to offer by visiting the professional studios of the Art Trails artists. Along scenic corridors and country roads, visit the working studios which will be open to the public 10am to 5pm on each of those four days. More information can be found here.

Tolay Fall Festival (October 15-16, 22-23)
The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weekends of seasonal family fun at beautiful Tolay Lake Regional Park east of Petaluma. Enjoy a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch and explore a historic barn full of live snakes, spiders, birds of prey, and tide pool animals. Find your way through a straw maze, try farm crafts activities like candle-dipping and make corn husk dolls. Kids will also enjoy petting the farm animals. More information can be found here.

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner: Sunset at Cornerstone (October 16)
Experience the new home of Sunset Magazine’s test garden at Cornerstone in Sonoma.  Field to Vase Dinner guests are in for a treat, as Sunset garden editor, Johanna Silver, plays host to the special few in attendance. This extra-special Field to Vase Dinner will be held among the rows of flowers and foliage that make up Sunset’s test garden.  Guests will dine on a menu full of fresh-picked food from the garden and other local farms. More information can be found here.

Pinot on the River (October 23)
Pinot on the River is a celebration of Pinot Noir, held in the beautiful town of Healdsburg. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers and enjoy limited production West Coast wines. The Pinot Noir Grand Tasting will boast over 100 wineries plus guest Artisan Food Vendors all on the downtown Healdsburg Plaza Square.  More information can be found here.

Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon (October 29)
Run through the renowned Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys in late October when the weather is ideal and the autumn-colored vineyards glow in the warm sunshine. This visually stunning course starts at Virginia Dare Winery and finishes on the expansive grounds of Trentadue Winery for the post-race Wine + Music Festival, presented by Alaska Airlines. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards for your age group, and enjoy wine-tasting, food, beer, exhibitors, live music and more! A 5K is also offered. More information can be found here.

Halloween Trick or Treat Trail (October 31)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into a fun and safe Halloween for the entire family. Prepare for a frightening good time as 60 participating merchants partake in a little seasonal haunting from 3 – 5:30 p.m. as the scary, the cute and the creepy descend on this charming downtown!  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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.

 

September Events in Wine Country

You can feel it in the air;  the seasons are beginning to change as we approach a new harvest season. From highly anticipated tomato, jazz and craft beer festivals to antique faires, there is something for everybody to enjoy during the month of September.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (September 2-4)
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, all for a great cause. More information can be found here.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival (September 10-11)
Enjoy a two-day outdoor music festival surrounded by the beauty of the Russian River and towering redwoods as the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival returns to picturesque Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. More information can be found here.

The Avett Brothers (September 15)
Blending folk, bluegrass and southern rock, The Avett Brothers create songs that are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. Their dynamic live performance is a celebration of songs that sing to the heart and dance with the soul.  More information can be found here.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival (September 17)
Experience regional craft brews along the historic Petaluma riverfront as twenty North Bay breweries showcase their craft beer specialties. Attendees will also enjoy local food bites as they sip local brews!  Admission includes a souvenir beer glass and tickets for beer and food tastings.  More information can be found here.

GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma 5K (September 18)
Prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix 5K gives race fans, runners and walkers an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the incredible Sonoma landscape that surrounds the racetrack. The course includes rolling hills with spectacular views of the Sonoma Valley, the bay and of course, Sonoma Raceway.  More information can be found here.

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival (September 24)
The season’s most anticipated event, the Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, showcases Sonoma County’s seasonal bounty. This full-day event features more than 150 varieties of heirloom tomatoes – grown in the Kendall-Jackson culinary gardens. Attendees will enjoy garden tours, exceptional wine and food pairings, wine and garden seminars, live music, and the ever popular Chef Challenge, featuring local celebrity chefs, and more. More information can be found here.

Petaluma Fall Antique Faire (September 25)
Join the fun as Historic Downtown Petaluma transforms into an antique marketplace where guests will find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 180 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectibles to suit everyone’s budget.  More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region 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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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Returns September 2-4

If you find yourself looking for local, Labor Day weekend entertainment, look no further than the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is Sonoma County’s signature charity event, bringing together over 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs, all for a great cause. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend is produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation and all proceeds benefit local Sonoma charities. To date, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has raised over $20 million for charities that benefit students, children, farm workers and people in need in Sonoma County communities.

Connect Wine County style.  Immerse yourself in the Wine Country culture, eliminating the distance between yourself and the people who grow and make some of the world’s most amazing wine and food.  The festivities begin on September 2 and continue for three delicious days as attendees get up close and personal with the full bounty of flavors that Sonoma County has to offer. Mingle with winegrowers, winemakers and chefs, from pioneers to up-and-comers. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend has been named one of America’s top three wine charity fundraisers and is quite possibly the most fun you’ll ever have while supporting the local community.

The 3-day weekend will have multiple events throughout the region, from starlight dining to harvest wine auctions, as well as winemaker lunches, dinner and barbecues.  Kick off your Friday night with an elegant and unforgettable night under the stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Alexander Valley or spend your Saturday in Healdsburg, nestled among the rolling hills and towering redwoods, as over 200 wineries pour literally thousands of wines and over 60 local chefs concoct their most perfect pairings at beautiful MacMurray Estate Vineyards. For a complete list of events, please visit their site here.

Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate Wine Country while helping local charities.  For more information regarding Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, visit their website, Facebook page, Instagram account or Twitter feed.

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 Instgram.

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August Events in Wine Country

Summer is in full swing so now is the time to get out and explore all that our region has to offer.   From music festivals to water carnivals, marathons to apple fairs, there is something for everyone to enjoy this August.

Petaluma Music Festival (Aug. 6 – 11:30am to 9:30pm)
The Petaluma Music Festival offers a variety of music for attendees of all ages.  Enjoy a diverse music venue while enjoying fine beers, premium wine tasting and specialty food vendors. Learn more here.

Sonoma County Blues Festival (SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park Aug. 7 – Opens at 1:00pm, begins at 2:00pm)
Enjoy an afternoon of blues in Wine Country. The Sonoma County Blues Festival returns with great music and a long history, which has included established acts as well as emerging artists in the blues world. This year features Sonny Landreth, recent winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist Guitar, award winning blues vocalist Janiva Magness, cutting edge bluesman Lightinin Malcolm and rising locals HowellDevine. Learn more here.

36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ (Aug. 7 – 10:30am to 5:00pm)
Head towards the coast and experience a taste of small town charm at the 36th Annual Bodega Fire Big Event BBQ.  It’s a big day of family fun in the little town of Bodega! The Big Event begins with Sonoma County’s Shortest Parade at 10:30 a.m. followed from 10:45 a.m. until 5 p.m with live Country and Rock n Roll music along with BBQ chicken and tri-tip lunch served with salad, beans, and garlic bread.  Beer on tap, wine, mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s will be available. There will also be kids’ games and craft vendors; this event is pet friendly and parking is free. All proceeds benefit Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Learn more here.

Gravenstein Apple Fair (Aug. 13 & 14 – 10:00am to 6:00pm)
The 43rd annual Gravenstein Apple Fair will be held under the shade of majestic oaks in Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol. Enjoy live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, contests and activities, and excellent local food, craft beer, cider, & wine. There will be plenty of kid-friendly events as well. Of course, Sebastopol’s famous heirloom Gravenstein apples will be celebrated and available in many delicious forms. Adults (ages 13 and over) $12; Children (ages 6 to 12) $8. Learn more here.

Healdsburg Water Carnival (Aug. 13 – 11:00am to 5:00pm)
Cool off on a warm, summer day at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.  Join the fun on the Russian River where you will experience Sonoma County’s only floating wine-barrel races, the Great American Rubber Duck Dash with cool prizes, children’s games as well as activities, live music, and delicious food prepared by local food truck chefs. The Wine Country fun takes place at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach! Get all the details here.

Taste of Petaluma (Aug. 20 – 11:30am to 4:00pm)
Explore the tastes and flavors on a culinary walking tour of Petaluma’s finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries and breweries. Sample Petaluma’s upscale food and art scene in one afternoon while you stroll through the historic downtown. Various entertainers will be performing.  Choose from 50 different participants, ready to tempt you with some incredible food and wines. Learn more here.

The Santa Rosa Full and Half Marathon and Downtown 5K and 10K  (Aug. 28 – 6:00am to 1:00pm)
The 8th annual Santa Rosa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K returns to Wine Country. The course starts in Juilliard Park and the first two miles run through scenic Downtown Santa Rosa. It is a flat, fast course that then continues along the scenic Prince Memorial Greenway. Mile 8 – 19 takes runners through beautiful West Sonoma County and runs through De Loach Vineyards and even their barrel room. The Post-Race Festival will be held at Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food and fun for all, including a farmers market and kids’ activities. Relax after your run at the 3rd Annual Ready Set Growl Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Learn more about the race here.

So get outdoors and enjoy some summertime fun.

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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July Events in Wine Country

The weather is warming up and summer is here so it is time to get out and explore all that Wine Country has to offer.   Of course, Independence Day gets the highlight this month but there are other exciting and entertaining venues the whole family can enjoy this July.

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay (July 2)
Get a jump on Independence Day as Saturday night comes alive at the Sonoma Coast.  The spectacular, free firework display over the water is produced by Pyro Spectaculars and will start at dark (9:30PM) on Saturday, July 2.  The display can be seen from all around Bodega Bay.  More information can be found here.

Windsor Kaboom Independence Day (July 3)
Join the Town of Windsor as they celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on July 3 at Keiser Park in Windsor. With musical performances from McKenna Faith and Foreverland and all the food and fun your family could ask for, it’s the fireworks event you don’t want to miss! More information can be found here.

Small Town Family Fun on the 4th (Kenwood & Healdsburg)
Join the fun of an Independence Day parade as it marches through the cozy community of Kenwood.  The event showcases classic vehicles, music, bicycles, Uncle Sam and even well-dressed pets.  Start the day with an early 7AM pancake breakfast and/or a 7:30AM Kenwood 3k-10k Footrace. The Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and the route encircles Plaza Park. There will be a Rotary Club BBQ and Family Fun starting at Kenwood Plaza Park at 11:30AM. More information can be found here.

Enjoy the feel of small town America as friends and family gather on the Healdsburg High School Football Field. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics for a day of family fun which ends with a 40-minute fireworks show beginning at dusk.

There are so many Independence Day events in Wine Country that we can’t list them all.  Here is a nice resource page showcasing July 4th fun throughout the region.

All American Zin Day (Healdsburg – July 2)
Celebrate Independence Day at The 10th Annual All American Zin Day with some of the best Dry Creek Valley Zins along with great food.  Participating wineries include Kokomo, Mazzocco, Rued and Wilson Wineries. More information can be found here.

Cline Cellars Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival (Sonoma – July 9)
Spend a summer’s day enjoying music by bands like Black Diamond Blue Five and the Jambalaya Big Swing Band while enjoying a glass of fine wine.  Wine, beer, and food are available for purchase and guests are welcome to bring a picnic. There will be event day wine specials. More information can be found here.

Fort Ross Festival (July 30)
This annual celebration showcases the rich and diverse culture of the region and features costumed historical re-enactments, historic crafts, music, dance as well as a multicultural food court, beer garden and more. More information can be found here.

So get outdoors and explore all that our region has to offer in the way of summertime fun.

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.

Mayacama Featured in Golfweek Magazine

Mayacama, and all that is has to offer, was recently featured in Golfweek. The Vintner Program, coupled with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and our ownership options, were all showcased in the article, re-purposed in its entirety below.

At Home In The Valley
Want to immerse yourself in wine country? We have the club for you
By Martin Kaufmann // Santa Rosa, Calif.

“This is the gateway to wine country,” our caddie, Danny Flores, said as we finished climbing the steep hill to the 15th tee at Mayacama Golf Club.

Flores, who brings a certain flourish to his work, waved his arms in a grandiose fashion, pointing eastward toward Calistoga, St. Helena and Napa, nerve centers of the wine industry in the adjacent valley.

One senses this is part of Flores’ regular shtick with first-timers. He has the easy, practiced patter of an entertainer, which he is in a parallel life. But his point is well taken. If ever there should be a place that provides visitors an overview of wine country, it probably should be a club built to celebrate the wines of Northern California.

Mayacama, in the heart of Sonoma Valley, has 460 members, 36 of whom are local vintners. These include some of the biggest names in the business: Harlan, Jackson, Gallo, Foley, Joseph Phelps and  Silver Oak among them.

As part of their memberships, the vintners agree to donate to the club one barrel of wine – equal to about 25 cases – each year. As a practical matter, that gives wine director Jeff McCarthy a big pricing advantage. But that’s a fraction of McCarthy’s inventory. There are 750 bottles on the wine list, which changes weekly, and several other young or, to borrow McCarthy’s term, “geeky wines” that he’s holding in reserve.

Not surprisingly given the location, McCarthy described the club as “pretty pinot-, cab-, chard-heavy.” Pinot is the club’s biggest volume seller, though the region’s pricey cabernets generate the most revenue.

Each member has a locker in the wine cellar that holds up to four dozen bottles and includes a leather-bound notebook to record tasting notes.

“They have to share golf lockers. They get their own wine locker,” McCarthy said, a sign that the club has its priorities in order.

McCarthy runs an education program, the newest component of which is a 19-acre vineyard that Wilson Winery, a new member, planted on the property. McCarthy will use that as a “laboratory” to show members the viticultural process.

There’s a local focus to much of McCarthy’s program. One of his most popular hourlong seminars deals with the neighborhoods of the Russian River Valley. He notes that the growing characteristics across Sonoma County – the terroir, to use the all-encompassing term favored in the industry – are more diverse than all of France’s wine-growing regions.

It’s probably appropriate that there’s so much wine on property, because Mayacama is a course that could drive even low-handicappers to drink. It’s a difficult Jack Nicklaus design where uneven lies and tiered targets tend to be the rule rather than the exception. It is a Nicklaus Signature course, which means, among other things, that the architect gave the design more personal attention.

For all of its challenges – a friend, an accomplished player, still mutters about the severely sloped green on the par-3 third – it’s also playful at times. There’s a large tree directly in front of the two-tiered green on the par-5 fourth – the sort of thing one might expect from a more iconoclastic designer such as Jim Engh, but not from Nicklaus. The seventh, a short 4 across a stream to a diagonal green, immediately reminded me of one of Nicklaus’ favorite holes, the 14th at Muirfield Village.  A similar-length par 4, No. 16, presents multiple options; my friend has played it numerous times and still hasn’t settled on the proper approach.

Mayacama (No. 59 on Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list) has been renovating its bunkers, but that project recently was expanded. Thirteen greens were lost after the early-April aeration for reasons that remain something of a mystery. Rather than applying a Band-Aid, the club quickly settled on plans to regrass all 18 greens with Tyee 007 bentgrass. Work should be completed by fall.

Walking is strongly favored at the club, which speaks to the fitness of the membership, not to mention Flores and his fellow Sherpas who double-bag it up and down the rugged terrain. At times it’s less a walk in the park than a hike in the mountains.

And make no mistake: there always is the sense that you’re immersed in nature while on the course. There are only 31 lots on the 675-acre, gated property, 22 of which have homes on them, but you have to look pretty hard to find them while playing.

Mayacama also has a residence-club program that costs $385,000 to join; there are six three-bedroom villas and nine one-bedroom casitas from which to choose. Members who pick this alternative can arrive to a fully stocked refrigerator and, if requested, an in-room chef.

Think of that as your turnkey alternative if you want to pass through the gateway to wine country.   Gwk

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.

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.

May Events in Wine Country

With the weather warming up, it’s time to make plans to attend some local events.  May offers a number of venues the whole family will enjoy.  Experience film festivals, wine tasting, rose parades and so much more this month.

May 7 – The Meals on Wheels Derby Day is one of the most memorable charitable events of the region. Celebrating the rich traditions of the Kentucky Derby®, attendees walk the catwalk with their finest Derby-inspired apparel and compete for prizes. A team of Sonoma County chefs will prepare a four-course, southern-inspired gourmet luncheon. The day will include a silent and live auction and culminate with the live running of the Kentucky Derby®.

May 7 – Film Fest Petaluma returns to the Mystic Theatre in historic downtown Petaluma. Enjoy award-winning animated, live action and documentary shorts from around the world. Filmmakers will be present at all screenings for audience Q & A’s.

May 14 – The Annual All Vintner Pour from 4-7 pm is decidedly our most popular (Mayacama Member + Guest) wine event of the year! Imagine having some of Sonoma and Napa’s foremost wineries all converging into one ancient olive tree-studded courtyard to showcase their wines. This is what you will experience at the All Vintner Pour! More than simply tasting Vintner Member wines, this is an opportunity to learn interesting facts about vineyards, varietals, vintages, and winemaking. The casual al fresco ambience adds to the enjoyment of this perfect setting for Members and their guests to mingle, party, and create memories!

May 14-15  Get your tickets to Sunset Magazine’s 2016 Celebration Weekend at Cornerstone Sonoma, where the pages of Sunset Magazine will come alive. Eat, drink, and love the West!

May 14 – The annual Spring at Jordan party returns to Jordan Winery. This year, the sounds, sights, flowers and flavors of spring in Japan descend upon Sonoma. The lively affair, inspired by the Orient, features Jordan Winery chef’s inventive cuisine, premier purveyors, live entertainment, delicious wines and their first olive oil experience. Their 2014 Jordan Chardonnay, 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil will all debut.

May 15 – Experience the best wines California’s premier wine country has to offer at the North Coast Wine Challenge! Every year The Press Democrat offers wine lovers the opportunity to taste the best wines from throughout the North Coast American Viticulture Areas (AVA). These are wines that achieve both a Gold Medal status and 90+ points in The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Competition.  Wines will be thoughtfully presented by taste profile.  Top local chefs will also prepare food tastings that will delight your palate, and showcase these incredible wines.

May 19 – Enjoy a day of classic American cars, cruising the main drag, rock ‘n roll, and the happy days of the ‘50s and early ‘60s at Cruisin’ the Boulevard.  Petaluma was one of the main shooting locations for the classic movie, American Graffiti.

May 21 – West Sonoma County’s Premier Spring event, Taste! will delight your taste buds with an all-inclusive tour of Sonoma County’s finest foods, drinks and desserts. Ticket includes a commemorative glass, live music, photo booth and sampling of local food, wine, beer, cider and desserts! All proceeds benefit the Active 20-30 Club of Sebastopol – a local nonprofit that supports local children in need.

May 21 – Experience the 122nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, one of Sonoma County’s most time honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. After the parade, the fun continues with a festival in Downtown Santa Rosa. Enjoy family fun activities, music, and a variety of food booths.

May 21 – Russian River fun! Enjoy food trucks & beer, live music, vendor booths and a costume contest among racers at The River Race Party at Johnson’s Beach. Come down to the River, bring chairs and blankets and watch the participants race across the Finish Line. It’s a great way to kick off the summer season and goes to support a good cause, protecting the River!

May 28 – Oysterpalooza returns to Valley Ford.  Enjoy five amazing bands on two stages, BBQ oysters, fried oyster po boys, smoked brisket tacos, tacos dorados, Lagunitas beers on draught, local wines, hurricanes and much more. Spend your Memorial Day weekend on the Sonoma Coast and come see a one of a kind music and food festival that you’ll never forget!

So get out there and have some fun, wine country style!

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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