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The Farmstead restaurant in St. Helena is donating the proceeds of its August corkage to Pass the Wine, a Florida-based nonprofit founded 14 years ago by two physicians, Barbara and Mark Gardner, who now live in Napa Valley .

Give Wine Awards funds to charities and community/educational programs that aim to improve the social conditions, health and fitness of financially disadvantaged children, with a particular focus on promoting education and reducing stress in childhood and raising awareness of proper nutrition and physical fitness is a goal of a healthy lifestyle.

Mark Gardner, a cardiologist, notes that in founding Pass the Wine he has “successfully combined his lifelong goal of addressing children’s health challenges with his passion for fine wine.” His wife, Barbara Gardner, is a pediatrician.

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According to its website, “Pass The Wine’s position is that wine lovers are naturally generous in spirit and interested in issues of health, nutrition and education.”

Newton Vineyard’s new tasting room

Calistoga – Newton Vineyard has opened a wine tasting room by appointment at The Winery at Brasswood, 1171 Tubbs Lane in Calistoga.

The new premises also house Newton’s winemaking operations after the Spring Mountain Winery was damaged during the 2020 wildfires.

Private, moderated tastings are offered seven days a week at 10am, 12pm and 2pm by appointment to allow visitors to discover four of Newton’s mountain wines, including Newton The Puzzle, the red blend’s flagship this year 30th anniversary celebrations. The tasting also includes a single-vineyard Chardonnay and two single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. The cost is $100 per person for one to a maximum of six guests and the duration is approximately one hour.

Newton wines showcase the terroir of their mountain estates and Carneros vineyards. Wines from the Newton Library and Wine Cellar can be purchased, with the option to personalize their wooden cases.

The opening of the tasting room is a step forward for Newton as it recovers from the effects of the 2020 glass fire in which they lost operations of the winery and all but four acres of the Spring Mountain vineyard. The first new vines have planted and a 10-year replanting strategy is underway, while winemaking takes place at the new, state-of-the-art Calistoga facility adjacent to the tasting room. Plans for reconstruction on the former winery site are in development.

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