Second reminder – Lake County Wine Tour

This is a reminder for the June SHW Lake County Wine Tour.  If you have already signed up with David Hicks your information is already on hand, no need to follow-up.  If you’ve been meaning to sign-up but have not, this is a great opportunity.


Saturday June 17, 2017

SHW members and guests are invited to attend my fourth annual wine tour and catered wine dinner which will be held at my home in Buckingham Park on the shore of Clear Lake in Lake County Ca.  These events are my effort to showcase Lake County wineries and their wines to folks from other wine areas.   It will require a two night weekend stay and require attendees to arrive in Lake County on Friday afternoon/evening June 16.   Most attendees stay at the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, or near by hostelries. I will provide directions to Upper Lake in subsequent emails.   [for those interested please ask me for the names of other nearby hotels]

Our tour bus departure and arrival will be at the Tallman Hotel.  Upper Lake has a lovely wine studio across the street from the Tallman for those interested in sampling Lake County wines on Friday night.  The hotel dining room and bar has a selection also.  For those planning on attending PLEASE reserve your room at the Tallman NOW, they only have 17 rooms and sell out quickly in the Spring.  I strongly suggest you make dinner reservation for Friday night at the same time.

On Saturday morning we depart the Tallman Hotel at 10:30 AM in a Black Tie 24 passenger van and drive to our first winery stop in Lakeport Ca.   Our second stop will be at a lovely hillside winery where there will be a catered box lunch.  These first two wineries are small owner operated wineries where you will be able to meet and discuss winemaking with the owners.   After lunch we will drive to the East end of the lake and visit a lovely and much larger winery with some of the most beautiful wine caves in California.   [Details on menus and wineries to follow]

After the tour the van will return you to the Tallman to freshen up for an hour or so.  Weather is changeable at this time of year so I recommend you bring warmer jackets and such for the evening.   The van well then chauffer you to my home for a lovely lakeside wine tasting, followed by dinner.   Depending on the temperature that day for those with an adventurous sporting bent feel free to bring swimming apparel.  I have a large dock and the lake is lovely for swimming.  I have towels and changing rooms by the lake.

Costs:  I charter the van and retain the caterer and pass that cost directly to attendees on a per person basis.  Once I have a head count I will be able to determine the amount. Once I contract with those providers I am obligated to pay them in full.   I will require a deposit by check of 50% of the TBD cost in early March and final payment in full by April 20, 2017.   Your deposit would only be refundable if you cannot attend and either you or I can refill your spot.

Costs you cover:  Your transportation to Lake County, your stay in the hotel, your meals and wines other than the lunch and dinner I provide on Saturday.  And of course any other assorted amusements you and your SHW friends care to indulge in?

Comment regarding wine:   We taste each others wines regularly at our events.  This weekend is especially designed for you to learn about and experience Lake County wines.  I will be providing an array of wines from our local wineries for you to taste as part of the late afternoon wine tasting hour and our dinner.  Therefor I request that you not bring any of your or wines?

If you are interested in attending this fun weekend please contact me by email at the address below, and PLEASE make your reservations at the Tallman. I will take your name and contact info and in early March I will send all who contacted me a request to issue me a 50% deposit check and mail it to me right away.  Deposits will be logged in on a first received, first reserved bases.  When I last did this event, several folks got left out by not reacting quickly.  If you wish to speak to me regarding anything about the event, feel free to call me by phone any time?

I look forward to having a great weekend.

David Hicks,  916B Dewing Ave,  Lafayette, Ca, 94549

925.997.1997 or

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