Your 2018 Holiday Calendar for Geyserville
The holiday season is almost upon us, and it’s time to plan some Wine Country winter adventures. An escape to a charming small town like Geyserville can bring great cheer, but also lovely relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
Within the handful of small shops and boutiques along Geyserville Avenue, there are plenty of activities and gift ideas to explore. Start at Gin'gilli's Vintage Home, where 45 vendors offer new, upstyled and vintage wares, and host craft workshops every Tuesday at 11 a.m. And you’ve never seen such a fancy hardware store as Bosworth & Son, which dates back to 1911 but now stocks western theme adult and children’s wear, jewelry, toys, boots and moccasins. Check out the store’s in-house museum, too.
Wine makes a terrific gift, and you can taste, sample and swirl at tasting rooms such as Cast Wines, Clos du Bois, Pech Merle, and Trione. Set right on the Geyserville main drag, Mercury Wine is a hip, upbeat destination with its winery dog Freddie Mercury, and music played on a retro turntable. The small spot will be extra fun on November 24, 2018, with its wine club pick-up party from 4 to 6 p.m. with wines for sale, tasty nibbles for club members, a hot dog cart serving up tasty food to buy with the monies raised going to the Geyserville Fire Toy Drive. The Locals Tasting Room a few steps away offers lots of variety, too.
Technically, Dry Creek Peach is on the edge of Healdsburg, but it’s just a quick four mile drive from downtown Geyserville. The quaint farm and orchards is popular for hosting workshops to make holiday wreaths fashioned from organic peach prunings – sign up for the gatherings being held November 25 and December 2, 2018.
For a more elaborate experience, treat yourself, friends and family to a holiday feast at deLorimier Winery on Hwy. 128. The four-course “Farm to Fork” pairing features ingredients from locally owned and operated farms within a 20-mile radius of the winery. Here’s a sample menu from chefs Donna Parsons and Ginny Bauer:
Roasted Baby Beets and Citrus Salad with Avocado Mousse paired with 2015 Estate Chardonnay; Pan Seared Salmon with Brassica Ragout, La Ratle Potatoes and Citrus Soy Beurre Blanc paired with 2014 River Lane Primitivo; Mini Buffalo Sliders with Truffle Fries paired with 2013 Mosaic Meritage; and Pound Cake with Strawberry Cabernet Compote paired with 2013 Preston Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. The next events take place November 17 and December 1, 2018.
But save room for lunch and dinner, too. The town boasts several top restaurants, for winter dishes like chestnut gnocchi with roasted squash, Brussels sprouts, oyster mushrooms and pumpkin crema at Diavola Restaurant. Locals love the Gun Club Bar & Lounge, as well, for warming bowls of duck leg-short rib-pork belly ramen, and Kimono Dropper cocktails of Square One Cucumber Vodka, Gusto Di Amalfi Mandarino, shochu, yuzu, lemon, sesame and soda. Live music is another draw, with upcoming groups like Flyover States (November 11, 2018), Trace Repeat (November 24, 2018), Rusty String Express (December 8, 2018), and Trip (December 15, 2018).
You won’t want to miss the Geyserville Annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade on November 24, 2018. In its ninth year, the event features farm equipment gaily strung with lights and decorations, a visit from Santa, a ceremonial tree lighting and caroling. You can enjoy chili and corn bread at the Geyserville Firehouse or hot dogs and beverages at the Oddfellows Hall.