Janice Jones: October wine events
October 5, 2007
The warm days and chilly nights of Autumn are here. The fall spectacular of vivid colored foliage is in full swing, making this the ideal time to get out and enjoy the wonderful sights and sip some fine California wines.Truckees premiere wine event, the Fourth Annual Wine, Walk & Shop, takes place this Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. Tickets are $25, and $35 the day of the event. This is a very fun event: You will be able to sip some outstanding wines while enjoying the local shopping scene. Last year I poured Chevalier Cabernet from the Sierra Foothills, and had a wonderful time. I was very impressed with the number of tasters who had a designated driver with them.
This a beautiful time to visit the valley the grape vines are changing colors. Tasting rooms and wine makers will be a little more laid back, now that and the hectic activities of harvest are over. This is the perfect time of the year to explore some new wineries that you havent tried before, and maybe pick up some nice bottles of wine to enjoy this coming holiday season.St. Supery winery, which is located at 8440 St. Helena Highway, will be hosting a month of interesting wine events. Starting with a vineyard education day on Oct. 13 starting at 11 a.m. They will teach you about grafting, trellising, planting, and all things vineyard, in their Rutherford Estate Vineyard. The cost of this very informative and fun day is $30. The next day the winery will be offering a behind the scenes tour of their winery. You will learn about the entire wine making process from crush to bottling. The tour will end with barrel sampling of St. Superys great Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Merlot. This tour starts at 11 a.m. and will cost $25 per person. On Oct. 14 they are also offering a grape stomp with cheese and wine sampling of their Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The stomp, for which they suggest you dress casually, will begin at 2 p.m. and costs $30 .Then on Oct. 27 they are offering a Riedel glass tasting of their fine wines. For $109 you will learn about the Reidel influence on how a wine tastes and smells, and receive a set of four glasses. Call (800) 942-0809 ext. 58 for reservations, which are required for each of these events.
On the weekend of Oct. 13-14 wineries throughout the Sonoma Valley will be participating in the Fourth Annual Spotlight on Zinfandel. There will be Zin tastings, verticals, and wine blending demonstrations. This weekend event will cost $20 per person for the entire weekend. The tickets will be available at the participating wineries on the day of the event: call (866) 794-9463 for a list of the wineries participating. Foppiano Vineyards will be releasing Lot 96, a red wine, on Oct. 15 and 16. To the public for free tasting. The winery is located at 12707 Old Redwood Highway in Healdsburg.On Oct. 20 at Francis Ford Coppolas Rosso & Bianco Winery, which is located at 300 Via Archimedes, in Geyserville. If you dare, there will be a kids grape stomp. This free family event will start at noon and end at 4 p.m. Call (707) 857-1400 for more information.
Auburn will be hosting a wine and food tasting street fair in Old Town on Saturday, Oct. 13. from 2 to 5 p.m. The $35 tasting fee will also get participants a souvenir glass. Phone 885-9644 for information.The 14th Annual Calavares Grape Stomp will be held from Oct. 6 through 14 in Murphys with over 100 teams participating. To join will cost $40 per team. If youd prefer to just to watch, the festivities start at 10 a.m. Call (209) 728-9467 for further information.At the very friendly Nevada City Winery, on the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14 from noon to 6 p.m., will be a complimentary Harvest Festival. The festival will feature tastes of their new releases, barrel sampling, as well as tastes of their gold medal winning wines, food and music. To sample their gold medal winning library selections, they are charging $8, everything else is free. The winery is located in historic downtown Nevada City at 321 Spring Street.I hope you find some interesting new wines, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors this month.Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.