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McKenzie News Service Press Releases - January 21, 2014 - National Edition


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A Weekend of Wine, Flowers and Romance: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Pacific Orchid Exposition

San Francisco, California - Love is in the air as the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Pacific Orchid Exposition, come to Fort Mason Center this February.  Immediately following Valentine's Day, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting offers the chance to taste hundreds of award winning wines, talk directly to winemakers and sample delicious foods. The Public Tasting will take place on Saturday, February 15th from 1:30-5 p.m. at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. There will be judges like Wilfred Wong from BevMo! and Jon Bonne, the wine critic from the San Francisco Chronicle, to help answer questions and enhance the pairing of wine and food experience. Advance tickets are $65 online and $80 at the door. For tickets and additional information on the Competition, visit The next weekend, February 20-23, Fort Mason Center will open its doors to the largest orchid show in the United States, the 62nd Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. Themed "Orchids...And All That Jazz", the Exposition features over 150,000 orchids from around the globe, displayed in colorful and eye-popping exhibits. Tickets to the Gala Night are $40 to $45; general show range from $10-$15 and kids 16 and under are free (except at the gala) when accompanied by an adult. 



19th Annual Clayton Art & Wine Festival, Downtown Clayton, May 3rd & May 4th, 2014

Clayton, California -  Celebrate the 19th annual Clayton Art and Wine Festival being held on Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Stroll along historic Main Street enjoying luxury varietals from California’s wineries and popular premium brewed beers. Browse among over 125 fine artisans and unique craft exhibits.  Youngsters will love Kiddieland with lots of games and fun. Listen to non-stop live entertainment while you enjoy a wide selection of tempting dishes from the International Food Court. Take a few minutes to visit the fascinating Clayton Historical Society on Main Street. It’s a fun day that the whole family can enjoy and the event is free. The Clayton Art & Wine Festival is presented by the CBCA (Clayton Business & Community Association.) For more information call 925-672-2272,



Three Night Valentine's Package in California Wine Country with Escorted Tour

Cloverdale, California - Valentine’s Day is the time to lavish someone special in your life with this blissful wine country vacation.  Jumpstart your romance with the Three Night Valentine's Package at Auberge on the Vineyard, a Sonoma wine country inn with a French twist.  A one of a kind vineyard tour and tasting at Skypine Vineyards will be your first stop. The highest winery in Sonoma County, passionate owners are your personal guides as you learn about the wine making process. Next it’s time to sample the charms of world renowned Dry Creek Valley. The wine tasting pass opens the door to more than 100 area wineries where you’ll be treated to complimentary tastings of amazing artisan wines.  The Inn will prepare a scrumptious box lunch picnic for two, and pick an excellent spot for a picnic. You receive two tickets to the annual Cloverdale Citrus Fair, one of the state’s longest running festivals. Rates starting at $499.00.



Valentine's loving-naughty Packages at Oakland's Waterfront Hotel

Oakland, California - This February surprise your Valentine to a night to remember and a chance for a naughty encounter!   Located in the heart of Jack London Square, The Waterfront Hotel celebrates the adventurous spirit of the San Francisco Bay, with all of the guestrooms embodying the maritime atmosphere and soul of the waterfront through the nautical inspired décor and breathtaking views of the Bay and sunsets.   The Hotel is offering two romance packages:   Soulful Stimulus Pac
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