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Wine Jones: June is a great time for wine lovers

Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. You may reach her at

Ahh, summertime, so many things to do. Besides biking, fishing, and lazing in the sun, there are many wonderful events planned locally, and in nearby wine regions that you may want to schedule in this June.

Truckee will be hosting two of the major fun events that are planned this summer for socializing, and imbibing.On June 6, the 35th annual Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner Wine Tasting event will be held at Coyote Moon Golf Course clubhouse, located at 10685 Northwoods Blvd. This fun event is an excellent time to see old friends, sample some fantastic foods prepared by local chefs, and sip some excellent wines. The tasting is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. , and tickets cost $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Call (530) 550-1433 for more information.The following Saturday, the Truckee Optimist Club will be hosting another great way to start the summer: the 4th annual Truckee Brew Fest in the Truckee River Regional Park. About 20 breweries and cider distributors will be represented, and there will be live music, a silent auction, brats and sausages, and souvenir T-shirts for sale. All proceeds support Youth programs and scholarships for our Truckee youth. Advanced tickets for $20 can be purchased at: Truckee Book and Bean, Dickson Realty, Truckee Community Center, any Truckee Optimist Club Member. And $25 tickets will be available at the event. Price includes commemorative beer tasting glass. Call Ron Wulff at (530) 587-8720 or e-mail round out the month, locally the Tahoe City Downtown association will be hosting their annual Sip andamp; Shop from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 20, part of Tahoe Citys annual Heart andamp; Solstice Festival. This is always a great time to sample regional wines there will be over 15 Napa and Sonoma wineries represented including Rombauer, Twisted River and PlumpJack and great foods prepared by local Tahoe City restaurants, while strolling through downtown Tahoe City and enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe. Tickets will cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, call (530) 583-3348 or check out for more information (and to enter to win free tickets).Remember, all the proceeds from these local events are going to fund community programs.

This weekend, May 30 and 31, in Nevada City is the annual Nevada County Wine associations wine trail event, from noon to 5 p.m. both days. This is an excellent opportunity to visit 13 of the nearby wineries that are located in Nevada City and Grass Valley, enjoy food pairings, live music, and the beautiful foothills. The cost is $40 for days, $25 for Sunday only, and $10 for the designated drivers. Call (866) 355-WINE for ticket information.Over in Amador County, on June 6, you may want to explore those wineries that produce Italian varietals by participating in Amador’s Italian Wine Road. This free event will also offer sampling of Italian foods to enjoy with these wines, and a little bocce ball for exercise. Call (888) 655-8614 for a list of the participating wineries.The weekend of June 27-28 will be the annual Calaveras Passport Weekend where 25 member tasting rooms located through Calaveras County will be offering gourmet foods, entertainment and special winery discounts. Participants are issued a commemorative glass and passport that is stamped at each of the wineries visited on Saturday and Sunday, and if completed, entered in drawings for some fun prizes. Visit participating wineries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and call (866) 806-WINE for more information.

There are some great weekend events planned for June in both these wine regions. After the Soroptimist tasting on Saturday, you may want to head down to Napa and take part in the Viader Winery 20 year vertical tasting. The winery, located at 1120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park, Calif. (which is about 10 minutes from St. Helena), will be offering tastes, tours of the winery, and a chance to talk with the wine makers, Delia Viader and her son Alan Viader. This is a free event and will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Call (707) 963-3816 to let the winery know you plan on attending the tasting.Also on the weekend of June 5-7, the annual Taste Alexander Valley will be held. The weekend will cost $65, for both days of sampling Alexander Valley wines, and some great food pairings, and enjoying the various wineries located in Alexander Valley. This year they are kicking off the weekend with a special dinner in the vineyard, where you will have an opportunity to dine with the wine makers and the growers, the dinner starts at 5 p.m. on June 5, and will cost $85. Call (888) 289-4637 for more information.On June 13, Merryvale Vineyards will be offering a barrel tasting of their 2007 Profile, which is a blend of Cabernet, Petite Verdot, Merlot, and Cab Franc, and generally wears a pretty high price tag. The barrel tasting runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the winery located at 1000 Main Street, St. Helena, and will cost $25. Call (707) 963-7777.June 13 is also the first ever Russian River Passport Tasting where 50 of the wineries located in the Russian River AVA, will be opening up their tasting rooms to you to sample their delicious wines. The fee for this unusual opportunity will be $59. Call (707) 922-1096 for a list of the wineries and more information.Dont forget to check with some of our local wine shops and restaurants for some of their special wine events they may have planned for this summers kick-off.

Janice Jones is a Truckee resident and wine consultant. You may reach her at

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