Wine in March |

Wine in March

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 14 when the Disabled Sports USA Far West Ability Celebration at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort will host more than 20 wineries.

There is plenty of fun and educational events to do this month both locally and in the wine regions near us. Mark March 14 on your calendars because that is the date of the Disabled Sports USA Far West Ability Celebration. This years event will be held at Alpine Meadows Lodge, to honor our countrys soldiers and marines who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Ability Bash will include a buffet dinner, wine and micro-brew tasting, live music, a silent auction and raffle. There will be more than 20 wineries offering samples including ZD wines, Justin, Trefethen, and Mark West. Breweries include Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, Buckbean, Deschutes Full Sail and Deschutes Brewery.The Bash has been one of North Tahoes premier events for 15 years and is a wonderful uplifting evening for all in attendance. Entry tickets are $55 in advance and $60 at the door. Call (530) 581-4161 to purchase your ticket or visit for more information. Uncorked at Squaw has wine tasting scheduled every Friday and Saturday this month, from 4-7 p.m. culminating with Nickel andamp; Nickel on March 28-29. The Pour House in Truckee will be continuing with their bi-weekly tastings with Sobon Wines being poured March 13, starting at 5 p.m., and on March 25, I will be pouring some very affordable Californian wines there.

In the historic section of Grass Valley there is a free, shop and stroll event scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. You will be able to sample wines from local wineries and food samples from area restaurants while enjoying art and music call (530) 272-8315 for details.Then on March 21, from 3-6 p.m., Nevada City Winery will be hosting a release party for their 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. This fun winery is located at 321 Spring St., in Nevada City. Along with the Cabernet sampling there will be a chocolate fountain as there is nothing more delicious than Cabernet and chocolate, and an exhibit with Victor Gallicchio of Gallicchio Glass showing some of his creations. Call (530) 265-9463 for details.On the weekend of March 28-29 the annual El Dorado Passport Weekend will take place. This is a very popular and fun-filled weekend of sampling some fantastic wines from our near neighbors in El Dorado County. Call (800) 306-3956 to reserve your space now, this event sales out quickly.

The vineyards are ablaze with blooming mustard, the hills are a lush green, and the pace is a bit more casual, making for a wonderful time to get away to the Napa and Sonoma wine regions this month.Franciscan winery, which is located at 1178 Galleron Rd., in St. Helena offers hands-on blending seminars daily, by appointment. The fee is $30, and these classes are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Franciscan also offers another wine education seminar that is both fun and very informative, The Nose Knows. This sensory evaluation class is offered daily, by appointment, and will open up a whole new world of descriptors to use and aromas to look for in your wine explorations. The fee is $30, call (707) 967-3993 to set an appointment for either of these worthwhile classes. Another great opportunity to learn more about wines will take place at the CIA institute at Greystone in St. Helena on Saturday, March 28. The institute is offering a tasting class that will teach tasting techniques, common descriptors, and what makes a quality wine. The class will be held from 2-4 p.m., and the fee is $75, call (707) 967-2320.Also on the road to learning more about enjoying vino, every Sunday starting at 11 a.m. at Robert Mondavi winery there is a two-hour presentation on wine and cheese pairings, including a semi-private tour of the winery. The class is limited to 10 people, and costs $50 per person. The winery is located in Oakville, call (888) 766-6328 to reserve your spot.Ridge Vineyards in Healdsburg will host its annual Barrel Tasting Weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 7-8. Tickets are $30, and includes barrel samples of the 07 Lytton Springs and Buchignani Ranch zinfandels, along with other selections. The barrel tasting room is located at 650 Lytton Springs Rd., (707) 433-7721.Another must-not-miss event, the annual Russian River Wine Road Barrel tasting will take place March 7-8 and March 14-15. More than 100 wineries located in Alexander Valley, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valley, will be offering samples from current releases and also from the barrel. This event costs $20 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Call (800) 723-6336 for a list of all the participating wineries.I hope you are able to get out there and enjoy some of these events. Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. You may reach her at

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