01 Bad Company’s Paul Cullen with Gen7 Wines at The Crosby April 11 (By Invitation Only) – Paul Cullen
Ever wonder what it was like to play in a legendary rock band? Paul Cullen’s story is an inspiration to all who have reached for the pinnacle of their profession. From growing up in an Italian family to not playing an instrument until he was 20 to rocking out with Bad Company in front of 20,000 screaming fans just 9 years later – “From Bad Company to Good Company” covers it all, including easy-to-follow recipes from Paul’s Grandma Tagliaferro, his mom Nancy and from his own Italian-inspired cuisine. Another bonus: Paul’s latest music recording, “Tune Your Palate!” Join him April 11 for a Cooking Concert at The Crosby Club, San Diego.
02 Wilson Artisan Wineries: 8 Boutique Wineries in Northern California – Diane Wilson
Diane and Ken Wilson fell in love early on with the patchwork of oaks, vineyards and expansive vistas that distinguish Sonoma County and are committed to the stewardship and sustainable farming of the Dry Creek, Alexander, Russian River Valleys, Mendocino County and Valley of the Moon regions. Winemaker Diane, a native Californian and chemist by trade, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at the Wilson Artisan Wineries and taking an active role in the community. Six of the eight properties have onsite guest lodging, plus the Wilsons are proprietors of two B&Bs in Healdsburg. In 2002 Wilson Winery established the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund in cooperation with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation to help students further their education.
03 Chaucer’s Cellars Producing 100% Pure Honey Mead & Premium Fruit Wines Since 1964 – Jim Vaughan
In 1964 Lawrence Bargetto began producing Mead using honey from a local family owned Walls Honey Farm and then continued with wines produced from different fruits in the area, including plums grown at the winery. The Mead is a blend of three types of honey: alfalfa, sage and orange blossom. Other dessert-style pure fruit wines from Chaucer’s Cellars include, raspberry, raspberry mead, blackberry and pomegranate produced exclusively from Santa Cruz Mountain grown fruit. Chaucer’s Cellars is a sister-brand to Bargetto Winery. Jim Vaughan is Brand Manager for Chaucer’s Cellar, Soquel, California.
04 California Wines Get “Down to Earth” April Events and Activities Highlight Sustainable Winegrowing Around the State with New Book – Nancy Light
April is Down to Earth Month and an ideal time to check out earth-friendly California wines made with sustainable winegrowing and winemaking practices. Wineries around the state are celebrating Down to Earth Month throughout April with hands-on workshops, eco-tours, green-themed events, special offers and tastings of eco-friendly wines. Explore Down to Earth Month events below and plan a visit just as California vineyards are coming alive with spring. “Down to Earth: A Seasonal Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California” is a new book by California’s Wine Institute, shares the stories of 15 vintners and growers, representing thousands across the state, and how they embrace sustainable practices throughout the cycles of the winegrowing calendar. Nancy Light is Director of Communications for Wine Institute.