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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Sonoma County Restaurant Week Returns March 6-12

Foodies rejoice as the 8th annual Restaurant Week returns to Sonoma County.  From March 6 through March 12, participating restaurants will present incredible food at amazing prices in the tradition of celebrating the finest foods Wine Country has to offer.

There are a number of ways to participate.  The two-course prix-fixe lunch option will be offered by participating restaurants, priced at $10 or $15; all restaurants will offer a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $19, $29 or $39.   No tickets or passes are required. Food lovers can simply dine out at as many participating restaurants as they would like during Sonoma County Restaurant Week.  It’s a great venue to explore new dining opportunities or enjoy old favorites. Reservations are strongly recommended due to the popularity of this event!

Here are just a few nearby restaurants participating in this year’s Sonoma County Restaurant Week:

John Ash & Co.
John Ash & Co. was the first Sonoma County restaurant to introduce the concept of cooking with seasonal, local foods while pairing exceptional recipes with wines from the region.  Today, John Ash & Co. remains an icon for gourmet, wine country dining.

The Steakhouse @ Equus
The Equus Restaurant and Loungebar offers diners an inviting and casual dining experience in a modern, stylish setting. The California fusion menu highlights local ingredients and emphasizes classic flavors with Mediterranean, Spanish and French influences.

Sweet T’s
Sweet T’s offers traditional Southern-style cooking, featuring classics such as shrimp and grits, fried chicken, and house smoked BBQ made using the freshest local produce and meat of Wine Country.

To learn more about Sonoma County Restaurant Week, go to their website or their social channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. If Sonoma County Restaurant Week sounds like a great way to explore Wine Country dining, click here to search for all participating restaurants throughout the county. And don’t forget to share your Restaurant Week photos on Instagram by tagging @sonomacountyrestaurantweek or with the hashtag #SCRW.

Happy Dining!

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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Meet Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth

There is so much to do in Wine Country that sometimes deciding on a venue can be a daunting task.  That’s where the experienced team at Mayacama can help. The Concierge team has a wealth of local knowledge and is always willing to share their regional tips to ensure a great outing for you and your family. We recently asked Mayacama Concierges, Angie Eckles and Loreen Geneth, to share some insight, as well as some of their local favorites, with us.

Describe what members enjoy most about being a part of the Mayacama Community:
I think what members really enjoy most is the variety of events that we have at Mayacama. From 1st Friday pours to our annual events such as Easter where all the departments work together to create a memorable experience for our members and their families.

What are 3 Sonoma County Wineries you would recommend members visit:
Chalk Hill Estates Vineyards, Lynmar Estate & Paradise Ridge Winery.

Chalk Hill Estate has more than 1,300 scenic acres and is devoted to vineyards, a hospitality center, culinary garden, stables and an equestrian pavilion. Chalk Hill offers tours & tastings, and a culinary tour, Horseback riding.

Lynmar Estate features a modern look. Its grounds include a sleek and elegant tasting room with clean lines and soaring overhead beams; an expansive courtyard with magnificent views of rolling vineyards and gardens, award winning chardonnay’s and pinot. Lynmar offers a 3 course farm to table lunch Thursday through Sunday (April-October).

Paradise Ridge Winery is known for having “the most beautiful view in Sonoma County.” Paradise Ridge also has an amazing outdoor art gallery at their property. Wednesday Evenings from mid-May through October, visitors are invited to enjoy wines, live music, local gourmet food vendors, all while enjoying spectacular panoramic sunsets from the winery’s expansive veranda and beautiful poetry terrace.

Outside of easy access to some of the most admired wineries and vineyards world-wide, what other reasons make Sonoma County a desirable location to enjoy?
Sonoma County is not only a destination for wine but it is also great for the kiddos. We have the Old Faithful Geyser, The Petrified Forest, zip line and sticker factory.

If you only had 48 hours to spend in the wine country, how would you spend them?:
The first day exploring Alexander Valley visit Alexander Valley Vineyards for a cave tour, Dry Creek Road and stop at Dry Creek General Store for picnic items and stop at Truett Hurst to taste and enjoy lunch, visit 32 Winds, our vintner member, and then finish the day in Healdsburg for cocktails and dinner.  Next day exploring the Sonoma coast. Take Westside road to Korbel for a tastings and to stop at their delicatessen and head to Armstrong Redwoods. Travel towards Jenner and Bodega Bay and stop at beaches along the way. If you are over at Bodega on Fri– Mon stop at Wild Flour Bread Bakery. A great little stop for coffee, pastries and garden.

Favorite Mayacama Menu item:
Fish tacos or pan fried chicken

Best SC breakfast spot:
Option 1: Costeaux Bakery – Order the: Croissant breakfast sandwich. Applewood smoked bacon, avocado, egg & cheddar cheese- yum! 
Option 2: Parish Café – Order the: Bananas Foster Pain Perdu or the beignets that are served all day!

Must see:
Safari West

Must do:
Green Music Center

Something you may not know about Mayacama:
Mayacama was once part of Charles Schulz’s (Peanuts cartoonist) 3000 acre property.

Best place to enjoy with your four-legged pal:
Dillion Beach

Favorite local event (outside of Mayacama):
Sonoma County Restaurant Week!

3 words to describe Mayacama:
Living the dream

Thanks, Angie and Loreen, for taking the time to share!

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.