September is ‘California Wine Month’
Last May, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a proclamation that September would be California Wine Month, recognizing the states wine industry. What better time to plan a trip to one of our many wine making regions than during California Wine Month? In addition to the following wine region events, many restaurants and wine retailers are offering specials as part of this month long celebration; you may want to look for these specials on your wine country getaways.Locally, September offers some interesting events for wine sampling. To lead off some of the local events that are planned, the 18th annual Alpen Wine Festival will be held at the Village at Squaw. The event benefits the Heuga Foundation for M.S. and runs from 2 to 5 p.m. For a $40 donation you will receive a souvenir wine glass, enjoy live jazz and sample some great wines.Also at the Village on the 16th and 17th is the Art Bark Fest, which benefits the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Squaw Rescue dogs. From 1:30 to 5 p.m. you can sample some wines, listen to live music and view some exceptional art for $25. Truckee will be hosting the third annual Truckee Downtown Wine, Walk, & Shop on Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m., for $25 you will be able to sample wines and try some great foods from our local restaurants as well as visit our unique shops in historic Truckee.
On Sept. 1 through 4 at Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, and the Winery By the Creek, in Fair Play there will be a ABC authorized warehouse reduction sale where you can purchase some nice wines at below wholesale. You can sample the wines for $5 prior to purchasing, call (800) 704-WINE for details.On Sept. 2 through 4 you can bottle your own wine at Chevalier Winery located in Shingle Springs for $8 a bottle, call 677-1676 for directions. On Sept. 3, Story Winery located in Plymouth at 10525 Bell Road will host an open house featuring barrel tastings of their zinfandels, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be live music to enjoy as well. Rounding out the month on Sept. 30 from 11 to 5 p.m. the wineries located in Nevada County will be offering tours, tastings, and food to participants for $35. This Harvest Wine Tour also offers non alcoholic drinks for the designated driver for your group. Call (866) 355-wine for the list of participating wineries.
Groth Winery at 750 Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, (707) 944-0290, will be offering complimentary wine tastings of their Reserve Cabernet on weekends all this month. On the first and eighth you can sample their 99 and 98 reserve cabernet, on the 15th and 22nd 97 and 99 vintage, and on the 29th their 96 and 99 reserve cab.On Sept. 9 Freemark Abbey in St. Helena, will be hosting their harvest party, which features barbecue oysters, wine and music. The cost is $40 per person. For more info or reservations call (800) 963-9698. On Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville you can meet the wine makers from 16 Mount Veeder appellation wineries and sample their wines and appetizers, and youll receive a special wine glass. This event will cost you $40, call (877) 707-HESS.Sonoma area starts the month out with the 14th annual Harvest Wine Auction to be held from noon to 8 p.m. This weekend event takes place at different venues and is attended by many celebrities , call (707) 935-0803.Also being held this weekend J Vineyards at 11447 Old Redwood Highway in Healdsburg, they are hosting a tropical themed weekend with foods and tastings of some of their treasured wines from their cellars. $15 per person, phone (707) 431-3646. On Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chateau Saint Jean winery, 85555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood will hold an open house with vineyard tours, food sampling and tastes of their 04 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir. The $10 cost includes logo glass. Call (707) 833-4134.On Sept. 15 and 16 Alexander Valley wineries will be hosting a harvest fest, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can sample free run juice as well as some great wines from this appellation. This event will be held a participating wineries, which will also be offering local foods to enjoy with their wines, call (707) 431-2894
Livermore and the Santa Cruz Mountains wineries are hosting many events this month as well. On Sept. 3 at the Mitchell Katz Winery you can sample 10 of their wines from a keepsake glass, sample appetizers, and even Zinfandel ice cream, all for $10. Call (925) 931-0744.At Murriettas Well Winery at 3005 Mines Road, Livermore, on Sept. 8 you can sample wines and enjoy tapas under the full moon for $40 per person, (925) 456-2390 for reservations. From the Santa Cruz Mountain appellation on Sept. 9 at Burrell School Winery at 1 p.m. there will be a cheese and wine pairings. The winery is located at 24060 Summit Road in Los Gatos, (408) 353-6290. These are just some of the events planned for California Wine Month that will take place in Northern California, I hope you will be able to enjoy one of these.Janice Jones Truckee resident and wine consultant. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.