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Taste the Finest Wines in the World
1. You'll be introduced to the site, Halleck Vineyard, and a bit about its history in Sonoma County. You will be introduced by the vintner to the land and the vines. 2. We will sit down and learn how to taste: why do we smell to begin? what does our tongue taste? what is the reason and benefit in pairing wine with food? 3. We will go through 7-8 wines along with 5-6 food pairings, all from the neighborhood and explore how different they taste and the nuances of each. And we'll taste different pairings and how they each bring something to the experience. 4. We'll learn about wine in human history, 8000 years in the making. 5. We talk about building community through wine, how we convert wine into good for our world. 6. You'll meet interesting people and how much we share in common. 7. This tasting educational, fun, and intimate: perfect for groups and team-building. Other things to note Come with curiosity and interest in wine, prepared to enjoy yourself. Food pairings are bites, and are meant to be illustrative rather than a meal.
A day in the Vineyards
Begin your tour with a local Sonoma Country glass of sparkling wine and a beautiful basket of light snacks. Next we make our way to one of wine country's exclusive boutique wineries for a private outdoor tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards. Enjoy an intimate seated tasting overlooking the tranquil vistas. While enjoying the beautiful estate guests will learn about farming practices and the iconic vineyards, where fruit is created into hand-crafted wines. Enjoy an Alfresco lunch prepared by a local chef, a food and wine pairing or choose a private cooking class hosted by a top Sushi Chef. Love cheese? We can arrange a Cheese class where you will learn techniques from the best chefs in Sonoma County.
Make friends at a farm animal sanctuary
Join us for a day at the sanctuary and meet a variety of rescued farm animals. We'll share their stories of resilience and healing and also talk about the industries they come from. You'll love meeting our animal ambassadors and may be surprised at what you learn since we so rarely see the animals in our food system. The Experience will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Please be mindful that, as a sanctuary for rescued animals, our priority is the physical and emotional wellbeing of the animals who call Charlie's Acres home. Our animal residents are completely free and always have a choice whether or not they interact with visitors. They will reside at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives, where we'll have the honor of taking care of them. Tours are available in French or Spanish by request. Private tours are recommended for families with young kids. We are operating under current Sonoma County COVID-19 safety guidelines, and protocol is subject to change. Visitors should be prepared to wear face coverings if needed. As the tour is outdoors in open spaces, you'll be able to easily socially distance yourself, just stay close enough to hear instructions from your tour guide. Please note that we do not allow visitors to bring dogs onto the premises. Learn more about what to expect and find answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.charliesacres.org/faq.html
Sonoma 707 Candle Making Workshop
Due to Covid we are limiting class size and trying to control classes on a class by class basis. You may book experience here or contact through Airbb Experiences to setup your private class time. We are Covid conscious and sterilize between classes, wear masks and utilize gloves. In this class you will create your own all natural soy scented candles and learn the basics of candle making. As A chandler ( candle maker) I will walk you through the process of formulating your perfect scent. Use one of our 60+ all natural phthalate free fragrances or blend your own custom scent. Three soy candles. One 8 oz and two 4 oz. Classes are approximately 2 hours Typical Workshop: Check In/Mixer - Introductions, safety and Introduction to Candle Making -Fragrance Exploring, mixing, Pouring -Create custom label (my favorite part) add botanicals, Mingle and Hang While Your Candle Cools Other things to note Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled. PLEASE DON'T BE LATE! Candles take approximately one hour to cure after pouring depending on the weather. If the date you would like is not on the calendar, let me know I may be able to accommodate you.
Bake Bread, Create Cheese, Flip Omelets
In this super-charged BRUNCH class, I’ll teach you how to make an easy homemade sourdough bread from scratch without the hassle of a sourdough starter. You will enjoy this bread several ways for brunch alongside other dishes. Besides the bread, we’ll also make fresh ricotta cheese, tartines, and perfect French omelets—made with Petaluma’s famous eggs. The experience will be hands-on and you will learn some valuable cooking skills and tips in this robust class—and at the end of the class you’ll get to take home the loaf of bread you baked, to enjoy later as a delicious souvenir. This is a great class for beginners, or intermediate bakers, as well as for people who want to learn many general cooking tips, and who want to enjoy a delicious 4-course brunch with a complimentary glass of California bubbly. This is not a class for people who want to make sourdough bread with a starter. This IS an experience for someone who is hungry for both knowledge and great food. Based on requests, I started hosting shorter-versions of this experience as well! Please click on my profile photo to check out all the Experiences I host. Or check out the links below: Sourdough Bread: abnb.me/DM4hFBJMxY French Omelets and Eggs: abnb.me/yDVzHTGMxY Ricotta Cheese, Tartines and Caccio e Pepe: abnb.me/RBRjWsIMxY Other things to note We can accommodate vegetarians, but not vegan or gluten-free guests due to the nature of the ingredients we'll use. The bread has alcohol in it. We have two small dogs who are quite friendly.

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Love on Baby Farm Animals
Meet the animals at La Candelaria Ranch in Petaluma! I'd like to share them with people interested in learning about them, interacting with them and showing them love. The 1-hour interactive tour begins with visiting the goats, horses, cows, llamas, and chickens. We'll be walking. You'll also get to meet Jack the mini donkey. I will show you around for 1 hour then you are free to explore for another hour or longer if you'd like. Wear mud boots during the winter. Kids and "adult kids" are welcome. Walking around the ranch, you can connect with a tiny jersey calf named Tati, newborn goats, baby chicks, a mini donkey, and Scottish highland calves. You can see and photograph full size horses, cows, llamas, alpacas, peacocks, and emus. This experience is a great outdoor venue for family get-togethers, kids birthday parties, adult celebrations, off-sites, anniversaries or just to get out of the city for the day. Because we are outdoors and there is a lot of space, we believe this is the perfect venue for all with respect to our ever-changing COVID concerns. Bring a picnic or snacks if you want to stay and hang out.
Sonoma - Winery hop in a vintage VW
We will welcome you in one of our vintage VW Buses! Explore three of the best wineries in Sonoma Valley. We typically visit Hamilton Family Winery, Winery Sixteen 600, and Anaba (this depends on availability and is subject to change without notice). We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at our second stop. *Guests pay for wine tasting at each location, anticipate between $35-45 in tasting fees per person for each winery. Look for our Napa experience too. Please note that we have a 72-hour cancellation policy on all tours. https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/118276?source=p2
Napa - Winery hop in a vintage VW
We will welcome you in one of our vintage VW Buses! Explore three of the best wineries in Napa Valley. We typically visit Bread & Butter, Pestoni Family Vineyards, and Napa Cellars (however this depends on availability and is subject to change without notice). We'll enjoy a picnic lunch at our second spot. *Guests pay for wine tasting at each location, anticipate $35-45 per person per winery. Each guest will pay for wine tasting at the winery destinations.
Taste the Finest Wines in the World
1. You'll be introduced to the site, Halleck Vineyard, and a bit about its history in Sonoma County. You will be introduced by the vintner to the land and the vines. 2. We will sit down and learn how to taste: why do we smell to begin? what does our tongue taste? what is the reason and benefit in pairing wine with food? 3. We will go through 7-8 wines along with 5-6 food pairings, all from the neighborhood and explore how different they taste and the nuances of each. And we'll taste different pairings and how they each bring something to the experience. 4. We'll learn about wine in human history, 8000 years in the making. 5. We talk about building community through wine, how we convert wine into good for our world. 6. You'll meet interesting people and how much we share in common. 7. This tasting educational, fun, and intimate: perfect for groups and team-building. Other things to note Come with curiosity and interest in wine, prepared to enjoy yourself. Food pairings are bites, and are meant to be illustrative rather than a meal.
A day in the Vineyards
Begin your tour with a local Sonoma Country glass of sparkling wine and a beautiful basket of light snacks. Next we make our way to one of wine country's exclusive boutique wineries for a private outdoor tasting overlooking the stunning vineyards. Enjoy an intimate seated tasting overlooking the tranquil vistas. While enjoying the beautiful estate guests will learn about farming practices and the iconic vineyards, where fruit is created into hand-crafted wines. Enjoy an Alfresco lunch prepared by a local chef, a food and wine pairing or choose a private cooking class hosted by a top Sushi Chef. Love cheese? We can arrange a Cheese class where you will learn techniques from the best chefs in Sonoma County.
Guided Kayak Tour at the Sonoma Coast
At the very edge of California Wine Country we explore the Russian River where it pours into the Pacific Ocean during a 2.5-3 hour guided kayak tour. Your guide will meet you at our launch point with tandem sit-on-top kayaks, lifejackets, and paddles before a small safety talk and and overview of the day's paddle. We kayak the peaceful Jenner Estuary and keep our eyes open for resident harbor seals, cormorants, pelicans, and a variety of other wildlife as your local guide gives a unique perspective of "Wine Country" that 90% of visitors never experience. History, wildlife, and local culture are tied together to give guests a deeper and richer understanding of this amazing corner of the world. The tour lands on the beach overlooking the Pacific for a quick leg stretch before heading back to Jenner. From there your guide is very happy to give tips and options for you to continue your day of adventure at the beautiful Sonoma Coast.
Foraging and picnic at flower farm
Guests are welcomed to explore our magical rose farm and forage for fresh cut flowers while enjoying the company of our many free range farm animals. You are also welcome to bring a picnic and blanket during your stay. Your host will greet you upon arrival for a brief orientation of the grounds. After your orientation you will be invited to forage on your own and cut fresh flowers to take home. As you roam our fields and gardens you are sure to meet our lovely farm animals and other wild guests. We have chickens, cotton patch geese, dogs, cats and goats. During your visit you are also welcome to bring your own picnic and blanket. Please do not feed the animals and follow the ‘pack it in, pack it out’ rule of thumb. Guests will leave with a bucket full of flowers and full hearts. We will provide you with a bucket you can take home. Cutting shears and garden gloves are available to borrow. Other things to note Wear appropriate attire: clothes toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, layers in case it’s hot or chilly. If you are bringing your own garden gloves, leather is best. He who covet the rose must beware the thorn! Great for groups, teams and team building!
Make friends at a farm animal sanctuary
Join us for a day at the sanctuary and meet a variety of rescued farm animals. We'll share their stories of resilience and healing and also talk about the industries they come from. You'll love meeting our animal ambassadors and may be surprised at what you learn since we so rarely see the animals in our food system. The Experience will last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Please be mindful that, as a sanctuary for rescued animals, our priority is the physical and emotional wellbeing of the animals who call Charlie's Acres home. Our animal residents are completely free and always have a choice whether or not they interact with visitors. They will reside at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives, where we'll have the honor of taking care of them. Tours are available in French or Spanish by request. Private tours are recommended for families with young kids. We are operating under current Sonoma County COVID-19 safety guidelines, and protocol is subject to change. Visitors should be prepared to wear face coverings if needed. As the tour is outdoors in open spaces, you'll be able to easily socially distance yourself, just stay close enough to hear instructions from your tour guide. Please note that we do not allow visitors to bring dogs onto the premises. Learn more about what to expect and find answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.charliesacres.org/faq.html
Sonoma 707 Candle Making Workshop
Due to Covid we are limiting class size and trying to control classes on a class by class basis. You may book experience here or contact through Airbb Experiences to setup your private class time. We are Covid conscious and sterilize between classes, wear masks and utilize gloves. In this class you will create your own all natural soy scented candles and learn the basics of candle making. As A chandler ( candle maker) I will walk you through the process of formulating your perfect scent. Use one of our 60+ all natural phthalate free fragrances or blend your own custom scent. Three soy candles. One 8 oz and two 4 oz. Classes are approximately 2 hours Typical Workshop: Check In/Mixer - Introductions, safety and Introduction to Candle Making -Fragrance Exploring, mixing, Pouring -Create custom label (my favorite part) add botanicals, Mingle and Hang While Your Candle Cools Other things to note Please arrive at least 5 minutes early to get settled. PLEASE DON'T BE LATE! Candles take approximately one hour to cure after pouring depending on the weather. If the date you would like is not on the calendar, let me know I may be able to accommodate you.
Three Hour Guided Tour of Wine Country on E-Trike
Join us at Pushpak Motors for your guided tour of Wine Country. Riding our environmentally responsible, road-safe electric trikes, we will take you to areas of Sonoma that most locals aren't even aware of! We will describe the history of the area, show you some of the wonderful homes in town, and take you for a wine tasting. (Wine tastings are optional and incur an additional charge at the winery.) Our trikes take only minutes to learn to drive, and are both safe and fun. See Sonoma from this unique perspective, and make unforgettable memories with us.
Wine Tour with a Napa Local
This will be a wine tasting experience in Napa Valley, directed by a true Napa local. I'll drive you to two-three wineries (depending on time). The wineries are my favorite local hidden gems. In total, this wine tasting experience will be approximately four hours. Note: winery tasting fees are not included and are paid directly to the wineries.
Bake Bread, Create Cheese, Flip Omelets
In this super-charged BRUNCH class, I’ll teach you how to make an easy homemade sourdough bread from scratch without the hassle of a sourdough starter. You will enjoy this bread several ways for brunch alongside other dishes. Besides the bread, we’ll also make fresh ricotta cheese, tartines, and perfect French omelets—made with Petaluma’s famous eggs. The experience will be hands-on and you will learn some valuable cooking skills and tips in this robust class—and at the end of the class you’ll get to take home the loaf of bread you baked, to enjoy later as a delicious souvenir. This is a great class for beginners, or intermediate bakers, as well as for people who want to learn many general cooking tips, and who want to enjoy a delicious 4-course brunch with a complimentary glass of California bubbly. This is not a class for people who want to make sourdough bread with a starter. This IS an experience for someone who is hungry for both knowledge and great food. Based on requests, I started hosting shorter-versions of this experience as well! Please click on my profile photo to check out all the Experiences I host. Or check out the links below: Sourdough Bread: abnb.me/DM4hFBJMxY French Omelets and Eggs: abnb.me/yDVzHTGMxY Ricotta Cheese, Tartines and Caccio e Pepe: abnb.me/RBRjWsIMxY Other things to note We can accommodate vegetarians, but not vegan or gluten-free guests due to the nature of the ingredients we'll use. The bread has alcohol in it. We have two small dogs who are quite friendly.
Hands on Cheese-making Class
The Epicurean Connection is offering private hands on cheesemaking class with award winning cheesemaker Sheana Davis & Wine Educator Cheesemaker Ben Sessions. Class included hands on cheesemaking class, complimentary Epicurean Connection Rose, plus a cheese cloth, cheese ladle, cheese recipe card and cheese trail map. The guests will make a 2-3# wheel of cheese, which we will pack up for them to take home or you can create flavored cheeses from our Flavor Bar. If lodging, we will send them with utensils and supplies to enjoy. Class is hosted by award winning cheesemaker Sheana Davis & Ben Sessions, The Epicurean Connection. Class is 90 minutes. . Thank you, Sheana
The Perfect Wine Blending Experience
Learn the art and science of winemaking. We’ll start with a stroll through an idyllic vineyard for a firsthand look at the vines. As we walk the rows, I’ll share why this area is the perfect place to grow Burgundy grapes, including pinot noir and chardonnay. Then, we’ll blend wines that have been aged in separate barrels to make a classic red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec Petit Verdot and/or Cabernet Franc. Each person will leave with a bottle of your creation! Other things to note Tom Meadowcroft, Michael, or Elaine, will be your host. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and a camera. The Tour starts at 10am sharp! *Please inquire for larger groups by messaging us through airbnb.
Paint & Sip in Wine Country
Create a unique painting in wine country while relaxing & enjoying the beverage of your choice! This is not your ordinary “Paint & Sip” with cheap paint & it’s not paint by numbers, either. This is a small, intimate group creating a painting inspired by the region with personalized instruction by a professional artist. No experience or talent needed. I will provide all the painting materials, step by step instruction, feedback, & the encouragement needed to complete a work of art small enough to slip into your suitcase. It’s fun, too! You will take home a finished, easy to frame 8’x”10” painting, new skills & a wonderful memory of our time together. You will forever see painting, life, & the world around you differently, too. This is the ultimate “Paint & Sip” experience in one of the world’s most beautiful premier wine regions. Great for groups! Note: Bring your own wine (optional) for experiences at my studio or the Sonoma Plaza. Please ask if you want to arrange for a private group and/or prefer to paint at a winery, your AirBnB or other location -arrangements can be made! Outside experiences are weather permitting - we will paint indoors at my studio if it's raining, windy, or under 60 degrees!