You say Tomato, I say Tomahto

platter of heirloom tomatoesThe month of August just ended yesterday, which means our garden at Vintage Towers is in full swing. And the undefeated “King” of the garden? Tomatoes! In every shape and size imaginable. Little tiny Black Cherry tomatoes, petite but beautiful Indigo Rose tomatoes with patches of black and red, massive Pineapple tomatoes in shades of yellow, green and red, crazy striped Green Zebras looking like an escapee from a Dr. Seuss book.

So, guess what’s on the menu for breakfast?  You guessed it!  Here’s a recent platter of Cherokee Purple, Persimmon and Green Zebra heirlooms dressed with olive oil, french feta cheese, snipped basil and red sea salt:

And now for an upcoming event that may be of interest:

Last call for 2012 Harvest Party - September 15

Experience the harvest season at AVV first-hand! We’ll be celebrating the 2012 harvest with our biggest event of the year. It’s an all-day party, held on the Wetzel Family’s historic 600 acre estate in beautiful Alexander Valley. Join us for grape picking for early risers, brunch, blessing of the grapes, a grape stomp competition and bocce ball tournament, barbecue and music by Brother Cat.

  • Saturday, September 15
  • $75 per person, all inclusive
  • Reservations required – RSVP to Lu Hughes at 707.433.7209 or 800.888.7209 ext. 108 by September 5th
  • For more information, click here


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Summertime in the Sonoma Wine Country and the livin’ is easy. Except….

Except when you have 200 pounds of peaches all ripening at the same time!  We here in Cloverdale, are blessed with an exceptional climate – warm to hot during the summer days and cool, often foggy, at night.  The wine grapes love it, and so does my garden.  The vegetable and fruit trees are in full swing right now with all my edible plants racing to the finish line in a mad frenzy of growing, flowering, pollinating, and ripening.  When I walk through the garden at night, I SWEAR I can hear growing noises.

White Peach Tree

“When the fruit is ripe, it will drop.” – But not if the tree falls over first!

Case in point, my beautiful little white peach tree:  normally a proud and pretty specimen, standing 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide with lovely balanced branches.  There it sits, huddled over like Quasimodo, so loaded with fruit it can barely stir a branch in the gently summer breeze.

OK, I admit that every day (sometimes more often) I walk by the tree, feel for the ripest fruit, and then eat one while standing by the tree – just to make sure they’re not getting too ripe.  Any day, we’ll be picking fruit.  Then comes the peach pepper jam, peach chutney, peach parfaits, peach pies and peach smoothies as we (and our guests) bravely try to consume or preserve every last peach before they spoil.  I can’t wait.

Here’s an event happening this Friday that looks delicious:

Martin Ray Winery, Annual Salsa BBQ
Jul 14, 2012
Time: 5-8PM
Cost: $60 in advance/$70 at the door
Location: 2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa, CA
Contact: Sue Straight
Phone: 707-829-6156
Web site:
Details: Join us for an unforgettable evening in our new outdoor event pavilion as you dance to the Salsa & Afro-Cuban rhythms of Batacha!Brazilian/South American BBQ influenced menu features:Watermelon Gazpacho, Topped W/Creme Fraiche & MintShrimp & Scallop Ceviche W/Coriander & GingerEnsalada Chilena “Tomato & Onion Salad”Grilled Argentinean Flatiron Steak “Criollo” StyleGrilled Chicken Mojo AgrioSkillet Potatoes with Onion & PeppersRoasted Corn SaladPeaches In Pinot Gris with a Crisp Almond Cookie, served with Vanilla Bean Ice CreamOf course we will be featuring a generous selection of our wines to compliment these dishes, including :Rosé of Pinot NoirReserve ChardonnayReserve Cabernet Sauvignon Red Dessert Wineand more…


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Friday Night Live and the Cloverdale Farmers’ Market featuring Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings June 22

Tonight is the night to hear Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings at our best local event – Friday Night Live at the town plaza in conjunction with the Cloverdale Certified Farmers’ Market.  It’s been a real nail-biter today with the weather forecast threatening showers today.  After keeping one eye on the hourly forecast and the other eye on the lookout for false rumors of cancellation, I’m ready to Boogie!  Check out this video of the band on Youtube:Roy Rogers – Money Maker

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Vintage Towers Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Welcome to Vintage Towers of Sonoma Wine Country

Our luxury Healdsburg area bed and breakfast inn in Cloverdale, California (CA) is located at the crossroads of four Sonoma County and Mendocino County wine valleys. Vintage Towers Cloverdale B&B is just 15 minutes from the heart of the charming town of Healdsburg CA, 10 minutes from the outdoor boating and hiking mecca of Lake Sonoma, and 1 hour from the lovely coastal town of Mendocino CA. The Hopland and Geyserville casinos and the wine country regions of Anderson Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley are a short drive away.
Guests will enjoy our magnificent gardens — where we hold our popular Green Getaway™ workshops or simply for relaxing in the lovely Cloverdale evenings. Our classic Sonoma bed and breakfast guestrooms offer luxurious linens, air conditioning, wireless internet access, and private bathrooms. Sit in our comfortable parlor or library and prepare for your day exploring the shops of Healdsburg or the hills near Lake Sonoma. Canoeing the Russian River or flying above the Sonoma vineyards in a hot air balloon are terrific ways to spend your visit. Many Sonoma activities and attractions are easily reachable from Vintage Towers bed and breakfast. The Luther Burbank Center, the Solar Living Institute, Armstrong Woods giant redwoods, and many more wine country destinations are within a 30 minute drive.
Plan your next getaway to Vintage Towers bed and breakfast and enjoy a vintage inn at wine country’s crossroads!

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