Culture - Dining, Wine, Restaurants and Entertainment
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The San Francisco Museum of Art began in 1935, and was the first Museum of its kind, on the West Coast, to strictly showcase art from the twentieth century. The name was changed to the Museum of Modern Art in 1975 to reflect it current ideals, of only displaying the finest in the "Modern" style. The Museum grew, and eventually opened the doors to its glorious modern brick facility in January 1995. The SFMOMA building was designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta and heralded and a combination of color, form and function.
San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco is a city that loves music. The dust of the 1906 earthquake had hardly cleared before a group of civic leaders had laid the groundwork for a new orchestra. Five years later, the San Francisco Symphony was born. Since those first concerts in 1911, the SFS has played a defining role in American cultural life. Today, it's defining what the orchestra of the 21st century will be.
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra
The mission of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is to bring the immediacy and intimacy of music for small orchestra and chamber ensemble to audiences of all ages by presenting classical, contemporary, and commissioned works as well as to educate and enlighten the next generation of music lovers through outreach programs.
Area Wineries & Vineyards
The Planchon Vineyard is owned by Stan and Gertie Planchon, and is located on sloping sandy terrain, just a few miles west of the Contra Costa County town of Oakley. Half of the vines are over one hundred years old, head pruned and dry farmed. The other half of the vines are cordon trained on a 2-wire vertical trellis system using the same old vine clone. Yields are typically 2 to 2.5 tons per acre of ultra ripe, premium fruit.
Buena Vista Winery
With 935 acres of vineyard, Buena Vista is the largest vineyard estate in Carneros. Buena Vista is also California's oldest premium winery, and its historic Harazsthy Cellars in Sonoma still stands as a popular destination in the wine country. Exceptional richness and balance characterize Buena Vista's award-winning wines, and the Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly the Reserve bottling (now called Cameros Grand Reserve), has a successful track record for ageability.
Chateau St. Jean
Chateau St. Jean, a landmark Sonoma Valley winery estate established in 1973, produces critically acclaimed vineyard designated Chardonnay, Fume Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Johannisberg Riesling and Gewurztraminer are made in both off-dry and late harvest styles.
Lovely Spanish-styled Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, nestled in the golden slopes of the Carneros region, is devoted to making premium sparkling wines. Gloria Ferrer Brut, vintage Royal Cuvee and vintage Carneros Cuvee are made by the traditional "methode champenoise" process and aged in splendid man-made caves.
In 1970, Montevina became the first new, post-Prohibition winery in the Sierra foothills. Located in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County, its first wines were released in 1973 and it thereafter became the foothills' flagship vintner, renowned for robust, full-flavored red wines, especially zinfandel and barbera. Indeed, Montevina's success inspired a revival of the historic foothill wine industry, attracting a new generation of vintners to the region's rolling, sun-baked hillsides.
One of California's winery pioneers located just minutes from Silicon Valley. This third generation, family owned winery produces a wide variety of award-winning varietals from more than 100 acres of Santa Clara Valley estate vineyards - as well as from other premium winegrowing regions within California.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Internationally recognized heart surgeon, Stanford professor and inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty founded Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards in 1981 after years of making wine as a hobby in a mountain cabin on the current winery site. In 1978 Dr. Fogarty was the first to plant on the region's Skyline Ridge, some 2,000 feet above sea level.