Check out these wine country events
August 3, 2006
Summer is flying by, and its time to check out some interesting wine country events this month. You may find some new and tasty wines at these events while you enjoy some beautiful venues.
We will start with the Sierra foothills area, which, in addition to some interesting happenings and chances to try some great wines, also showcases some historic gold rush era sites along the way.At Sogno Winery in Shingle Springs you can bottle your own wine at some great prices. Either bring your own bottles or purchase them at the winery. Sogno Winery is located at 3046 Ponderosa Road, for more information call 672-6968.In Jackson on the 5th you can sample wines from many local wineries, enjoy art and music at there Wine and Music Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. for $20. Call (209) 785-3693 for more details.
Napa offers many events this month. Napa Valley features Goosecross wines on the 5th for $10. This shop located in downtown Napa offers a reasonably priced wine experience every weekend, call 800-328-7815 on your next visit to find out their schedule.On the 6th, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m., Pine Ridge Winery will be offering a wine and food pairing seminar for $40, which includes food preparation demonstrations for appetizers and summer meals paired with some great Pine Ridge wines. (707-257-4722)Copia on First Street in Napa will be celebrating what would have been Julia Childs 100th birthday with tasting flights paired with tasting plates. There will be displays of her cooking memorabilia and photos, call 888-51-copia for more info.Mt. Veeder Winery will be offering samples of their newly-released 03 Cabernet and their 02 Cabernet, along with some select barrel and rare library samples. There will be music and appetizers from 1 to 4 p.m., starting at $25 and up per person, call 707-967-3993. Also on the 12th at Charles Krug Winery from 2 to 5 p.m., for $25, you can sample some of their limited release and reserve wines along with food. The winery is located at 2800 Main St. in St. Helena, call 888- 275-5784. For singles, on the 13th at Kirkland Ranch Winery, located at 1 Kirkland Ranch Rd., you can try this wineries wines and sample hor d oeuvres for $10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., call 415-507-9962. A celebration of the life of Mike Grgich will be held at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena. You will be able to sample the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that knocked the socks off the wine world in Paris that year, and other historic wines from the Grgich cellar. Mike Grgich is quite a character, and these rare wines are well worth the $250 cost of attending this affair which starts at 6 p.m. Call 707-963-2784 for info and reservations. Tomatoes are always a hard food to pair well with wines. At the Back Room Wines, located on Franklin St. in Napa from 5 to 9 p.m., you can sample some interesting match-ups for $15. The Back Room is another shop that always offers interesting wines on a regular basis, call 877-322-2576 when visiting the area for what they offer.
The Sonoma region is one of the largest in the state and offers a wide variety of events to choose from. On August 12 for $35 or $50, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Davis Bynum Winery you can sample wines, food ,enjoy tours and live music. Also on the 12th at Christopher Creek you can sample Reserve Syrah and Cabernet, and their new release Viogneir for free. The winery is at 641 Limerick Lane in Healdsburg, it runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 707-431-8243.On the weekend of the 18 through 20 there are two events worth attending. The first will feature the Russian River area wineries, where there will be tours, educational tastings, bike tours, a magical mystery bus tour, brunch and barbecue. Call 707-521-2535 for fees and info. The second event will be held at J Vineyards in Healdsburg. There will be a cheese and wine tasting, for more information call 888-594-6326.
Finally, in Mendocino County the Yorkville Highlands Wine Festival will be held on August 26 from 2 to 7 p.m., at the Meyer Family Cellars, located between Cloverdale and Boonville on Highway 28 in Yorkville. There will be over 30 wines featured, regional cuisine including roasted Boar, and there will be a grape stomp. This event will cost $40 in advance and $50 at the door, call 707-894-9177 and enjoy. If its offered try the Meyer Family 100% Zinfandel Port, its delicious.Have fun, and enjoy the wines, the foods, the interesting locales. Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine aficionado.