Jonathan y Olivia Presents!

Wine Country Encuentro 2022!

UPDATE 2022!

 

Hello everyone! Olivia and I are excited about all of the registrations and responses we’ve received since our launch a few days ago! We are looking forward to another successful Encuentro this August. If you would like to recommend fellow milongueros who may not have received our invitation, please feel free to forward our invitation to them.

 

Our DJ lineup features Jae Grisham, Marcelo Rosenthal, Mark Sakowski, and myself, Jonathan Yamauchi. As organizers, Olivia and I carefully planned four milongas over the weekend scheduled within time frames that will provide everyone with time to enjoy dancing each milonga from start to finish, and have some restful time between to relax and/or socialize.

 

Our focus is on quality of time, not quantity. As such, please know that our DJs invest countless hours preparing and building the flow of their playlists strategically from the very first to the very last tanda. Enjoyment is enhanced for everyone who is present throughout each milonga. For those who remember our earlier Encuentros, nearly all of our Attendees were seated at the start of each milonga and stayed till the end for a complete and fulfilling experience.


 

"Jonathan y Olivia present Wine Country Encuentro 2022, a role balanced event for 150 skilled tango milonguero style dancers in beautiful Sonoma County, to be held August 12-14, 2022.

 

Policy Change: Since everyone now has Covid-19 home test kits, our new policy will simply require proof of a negative Covid-19 test result self-administered within 48 hours of our event." We will continue to take temperatures prior to every milonga and adhere to Sonoma County Covid-19 regulations prevailing at the time of our encuentro.

 

Register Today!

Secure your registration by mailing a check in the amount of $205 to P.O. Box 70683, Richmond, CA 94807, payable to Olivia Levitt, or send us a PayPal to yamagatotango@gmail.com using the "send money to friends" option (to avoid being assessed PayPal fees). With either remittance option, please provide email addresses for yourself and your registered partner to receive our status updates. Single milongueras without a partner will be placed on a waiting list pending available single leaders who register. Any single milongueras who have not been paired with a leader by May 15, 2022 will have their registration fee refunded, or at their option, credited toward one of our future Encuentros.
 

 

 

Encuentro Organizers and Hosts: 

Jonathan Yamauchi

and

Olivia Levitt


Wine Country Encuentro 2022!,  Jonathan and Olivia's 16th National Invitational role-balanced Encuentro for advanced level milonguero style dancers,  will take place at the beautifully restored Moose Lodge in Santa Rosa, CA, Sonoma County. just a short drive away from quaint boutique shops, world class restaurants and internationally renowned wineries and spas. The beautifully renovated and AIR CONDITIONED Moose Lodge offers ample free parking, a beautiful 4000 sq.ft. hardwood floor, a culinary kitchen, and an outdoor dining area.

WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2022 6:00 pm -- Sunday, August 14, 2022 7:00pm

WHAT: Four milongas featuring four nationally renowned DJs playing the best of Golden Era Tango, Sunday luncheon at Haku Japanese Restaurant, Meet & Greet with culinary delights by the head chef for Master Chef Guy Fieri, excellent selection of award winning wines, Pellegrino, coffee, tea and tea time treats served throughout the weekend. 
WHERE: Moose Lodge: 3559 Airway Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
SEATING: Traditional seating for 150 Attendees - leaders and followers on opposite sides, couples and 50/50 dancers in the ends.

 

Inquiries to: winecountryencuentro@gmail.com

 
 
 
 

Wine Country Encuentro 2022!  A private national invitational event for advance level like-minded milonguero style dancers who mindfully strive to maintain a sustained connection, a silent conversation, highest levels of consciousness, excellent navigational skills and adhere to the codigos of tango. We welcome those who are invited to enjoy three days of dancing, dining and bonding over traditional golden era tango music played by some of the best DJs in the nation.

 
 
 

ENCUENTRO SCHEDULE
 

FRIDAY
6:00pm – 7:30pm Meet & Greet with California wines, Pellegrino, tea, coffee and culinary delights by Cesar, the head chef for Master Chef Guy Fieri

 

Opening Night Milonga -- DJ Jonathan Yamauchi

8:00pm – 12:00am 

 


SATURDAY
12:00pm – 4:00pm   Matinee Milonga –

DJ Mark Sakowski
 

8:00pm – 12:00am Gala Milonga –

DJ Jae Grisham


SUNDAY
11:30am – 1:30pm Encuentro Luncheon at 

Haku Sushi Restaurant

518 7th Street  Santa Rosa, CA 95401


2:30pm – 7:30pm Closing Milonga, DJ Marcelo Rosenthal
 

 

Transportation Airport Express Each way:
SFO San Francisco International Airport to Santa Rosa
Airport Express $38 Adult  $36  Age 62+
OAK Oakland International Airport to Santa Rosa
Airport Express $38 Adult  $36  Age 62+
 
Airlines Flying Directly into Santa Rosa Airport aka Charles M. Shultz Sonoma County Airport only 5.1 miles (8 minutes to Wine Country Encuentro!
United Airlines
Alaska Airlines
American Airlines
 
Lodging

 

Hotels and Inns
Numerous airport hotels near the Santa Rosa Airport, including the Hilton Garden Inn currently from $80/night. Also see hotelplanner.com Also, search bundled package rates which include hotel and air, or hotel, air and car for lower rates.
 
AirBnB is a good bet for lodging under $100/night…Try Rohnert Park, CA a nice safe neighborhood just 7 miles from the Encuentro.

 
 
 
 

About Santa Rosa, CA
If you're into wine-tasting, a weekend in Santa Rosa is certain to be satisfying. But this region of magnificent redwoods, rolling hills and ocean vistas has a great mix of other fun pastimes as well. Located right in the center of the Sonoma County wine region, Santa Rosa is home to several vineyards with world-class wines, rich histories and beautiful surroundings. The Matanzas Creek Winery Estate Gardens and spectacular scenery are tourist draws year-round. If golf is your passion, grab your clubs and spend a relaxing afternoon at Fountaingrove or one of the other popular courses. Young and old alike will delight in the Charles M. Schulz Museum, which chronicles the evolution and history of Snoopy and the "Peanuts" gang. With wine or without, a trip to Santa Rosa is one you'll never forget.

 

We also recommend a day trip to Chateau Montelena in the Napa Valley, just a 30 minute drive away, owned by our very own tanguera Judy Barett, and husband (and former manager of operations) Dave Vella. Enjoy a replica of Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, while enjoying wine tasting at this beautiful location.
 

 

Day Trips
 
Safari West
Escape to Africa by way of Sonoma County…Come discover the Sonoma Serengeti. The classic African safari is a trip of a lifetime for intrepid travelers from around the globe - and, it is closer than you think! The entire Safari West experience is a kid-friendly adventure for families to enjoy together. Tours are designed to educate guests of all ages. Safari West strives to actively promote conservation and environmental education concepts to its guests, whether the visit is for an hour or a week. The whole experience at Safari West is one of building connections and making discoveries; getting back to basics and enjoying the profound simple pleasures of family and nature that are all too often overlooked. If anything is “not to be missed,” it is that sense of serenity one finds while gazing at graceful giraffe nuzzling her newborn or the surge of raw adventure while witnessing an energetic herd of wildebeest galloping across the horizon. Overnight lodging is also available - the true 'glamping' experience!

St Francis Winery
100% Certified Sustainable Winery and Vineyards featuring Award-Winning Wines, acclaimed Wine & Food Pairings, breathtaking Private Event settings, and an illustrious Wedding venue. For more than four decades, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards has hand-crafted fruit forward, luscious and full-bodied wines from the superior mountain and valley vineyards in Sonoma County's most prestigious appellations.
 
Charles M. Shultz Museum
View the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Visitors can laugh at Schulz’s original comic strips, learn about the art of cartooning and Schulz’s role in its development, view a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio, watch animated Peanuts specials and documentaries in the theater, and draw cartoons in the hands-on education room. The Museum features a Peanuts tile mural (made from comic strips), a wrapped Snoopy doghouse, morphing Snoopy, Snoopy labyrinth, Kite-Eating tree, and three exhibition galleries that change every 6 months.

 
 
 
 
  • Day Trip, visit Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville north of Santa Rosa.  There is a neat “Movie Gallery” which is a museum of memorabilia from his films; really pretty neat! www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com

  •  Google Healdsburg Square and Sonoma Square – both great tourist visits to the center of town in Healdsburg and Sonoma.

  • For those who love the water, get out to the Pacific Ocean.  Take an extra day and drive out River Road to the mouth of the Russian River and turning south on Hwy 1, come to Goat Rock , drive down to the parking area and then walk out to the mouth of the river and see the seals.  They could get there feet wet but all the beaches on the Sonoma Coast are not swimming beaches because of the rip tides and undertow.  They could then drive down the coast to Bodega Bay and back to Santa Rosa through Sebastopol.

  

 

We know that these are difficult times that we live in and realize that there remains a lot of uncertainty in our lives. We would like to be able to be totally flexible with our guests but unfortunately this is not possible in that we are also contracting for services that involve monetary commitment and making promises to our guests that we want to ensure that we can keep. For the above mentioned reasons, there are no refunds for any reason. At the option of the organizers, credits may be given for cancellation with good reason prior to  May 15th but after that date future credits will only be given for an unforeseen government shutdown or a documented case of Covid or Flu immediately prior to the scheduled arrival. We greatly appreciate your understanding and strive to create a memorable tango event in these less than favorable times.