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October is a wonderful time of the year to plan a wine country get-away. The weather is good and you may even be able to observe some yearly harvest activities during the first two weeks of the month. This month also is a big month for local wine-related activities.On Saturday September 30 you can take part in the third annual Wine Walk & Shop in downtown Truckee between noon and 4 p.m. This year there will be a unprecedented 40 wineries offering tastes of their wines while you shop and sample foods prepared by some of the best chefs in our region. The cost is $25 in advance and $35 that day, and you receive a logo glass as well. Get your ticket at The Pour House, Florians or the Chamber of Commerce in Truckee. The 21st Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Fest will take place September 28 through Oct. 1 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. This is a premiere festival with cooking demonstration, wine and food seminars, tastings with Napa Valley vintners, a grape stomp at Gar Woods all culminating in the Grand Tasting on Sunday the first, where you will be able to sample excellent wines paired with wonderful foods from local restaurants. Call (888) 229-2193, or go to http://www.puretahoenorth.com. If you have never attended mark your calendar, tickets are $70 in advance and $80 at the door.

st a harvest celebration for $15 per person at their winery. You will be able to sample their 03 Reserve Cabernet as well as their 05 Eloquence Chardonnay while enjoying finger foods and a behind the scenes look at harvest. This event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., call (800) 525-2659 for directions. Also on Oct. 7 at Jarvis Winery, at 2970 Monticello Road in Napa, you can attend a special tasting in their caves from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for $75.Copia located at 500 First Street in Napa, offers a chance to sample hundreds of different type wines along with Napa Valley vintners. Artisan cheeses and breads will accompany the tastings. This event will tale place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and cost $45. (888) 51-COPIA for more info. Then on the Oct. 28 Ladera Vineyards at 150 White Cottage South in Angwin, from 3 to 6, will be celebrating their 120th anniversary with tastings of their cabernets, horsd oeuvres and lantern tours of the historic winery. $50 per person. (707) 965-2445.

On Oct. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Healdsburg Crush Festival will be held at 217 Fitch Street in Healdsburg. For $45 in advance or $50 at the gate you can enjoy wines from 35 local wineries, food, and music. This is a very popular event so call 707- 473-9715 to reserve a space. On Oct. 14 the Sunce winery crush party will be held at 1839 Olivet Road in Santa Rosa from noon to 5 p.m. There will be food, grape stomping, barrel tasting and lots of bottled wine to sample for $25. Call 707-473-9715. Also on Oct. 14 and 15 Sonoma wine makers will be conducting a Spotlight on Zin event. There will be vertical zin tastings, wine blending demos, vineyard comparisons and more. $20 per person for the weekend, call 866-794-9463.In Petaluma on Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. is the Taste of Petaluma held in historic downtown with food and wine and micro-brew tastings, art and music all for $30 in advance, call (707) 763-8920. On Oct. 27 Trenadue Winery located at 19170 Geyserville Ave. in Geyserville, will be holding a Hallow-Wine Costume Party from 7 to 11 p.m. with music, food and of course lots of wine, call (707) 433-3104 ext. 108. On Oct. 27 though 29 pinot producers in the Russian River appellation will be holding a Pinot Noir festival with tastings, and tours, call (707) 922-1096 for tickets. Finally on Oct. 28 Christopher Creek winery will offer tastes of their zins, fall foods and tastes of their newly released petite sirah port from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 641 Limerick Lane in Healdsburg. Call (707) 431-8243 for more info on this free event.



Frey Vineyards located at 14000 Tomki Road in Redwood Valley will be holding a taste of Autumn from 1 to 5 p.m. for $20 per person. Frey vineyards produces some excellent organic wines, call 707-462-2439. Then on the weekend of Oct. 27 to 29 Hopland area wineries will be holding their Hopland Passport For $30 you will receive a logo glass and enjoy food and wine pairings at various wineries, call (800) 433-3689.

Amador Vintners will be holding their Crush Festival on Oct. 7-8 between noon and 4 p.m. at various wineries for $20 per person, call 888-655 8614. Also on the 7th in San Andreas the 13th Annual Grape Stomp will be held, this fun free event will take place all day with vying stomping teams, finals will be held at 4 p.m.Finally, Livermore Valley will host the Californias Independent Film Fest at 3 wineries on Oct. 25 through 29. Boa Ventura Caires winery, Steven Kent winery, and Wente winery will be showing these films in their barrel rooms. Call (925) 552-7335 or go to http://www.calndifest.com for a schedule. I hope you can get away and enjoy some of these wine country events. Remember we have two great events this month here in Truckee and at the Resort at Squaw, hope to see you there.Janice Jones Truckee resident and wine consultant. Reach her at sierrafinewines@yahoo.com.


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