Enjoy wine tasting and food at every winery, music (at most locations), and educational experiences at participating wineries along the trail.
PARTICIPATING WINERIES: Bear River, Bonitata, Cante Ao Vinho, Casque, Ciotti, Dono dal Cielo, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mount Saint Joseph, Mt. Vernon, PaZa, Pescatore, Rancho Roble, Secret Ravine, Viña Castellano, and Wise Villa.
ACTIVITIES SUMMARY: With a paid ticket, enjoy wine tastings, food at each winery, and special educational activities celebrating winemaking and local agriculture.
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ACTIVITIES LIST BY WINERY:
Bear River Winery: Begin your journey at Bear River Winery in Meadow Vista for a picnic lunch of Deli Sandwiches, Potato Chips, Cheese, Crackers and Chocolates to enjoy with a selection of our available wines. Learn how you can recycle your wine corks instead of tossing them in the landfill and see how they can be repurposed – we’re an official reCORK partner location where you can donate your used natural corks. Kanning Kathy will be here Sunday sampling her wonderful Jams, Jellies, Sugar and Salts. VIPs will be able to sample any of our wines and receive 10% off two or more bottles.
*Bear River Winery – Old Town Auburn will not be a stop on this event, but will still be open 10am-6pm Saturday and 10am-5pm Sunday
Bonitata: Enjoy authentic eggrolls and weekend specials including a Sparkling Wine tasting of 3 flavors with special pricing, closeout wines at $10 and any 3 wines regular priced 15% off. Also, pouring our Double Gold Best of Class Sangiovese with special pricing. VIPs get to be a club member for the weekend – Savings of 20% on all wine purchased at regular prices.
Cante ao Vinho: enjoy the Grape Days summer sun from the front porch of Cante Ao Vinho! Cante will be tasting chilled whites, a refreshing Rose and Ruby Port along with crowd favorite reds including the release of our 2017 Mourvedre – a first time varietal for the Farinha Brothers. While tasting, enjoy fresh herbed, blue cheese and salami petite sandwiches, ripe peaches and blueberries, strawberries and watermelon along with some of nature’s other harvested indulgences. Local vendors will be offering samples of farm fresh pestos, olive oils, garlic and homemade jams and jellies. Stick around Saturday evening after the event for live music and a good time!
Casque: Enjoy a special ‘sneak peek’ tasting of three yet-to-be-released Rhone whites from the fabulous 2018 vintage. Food will be provided by our neighbors at The Flower Farm Café. Our monthly Casque Market will be in full swing featuring award winning salt water taffy by Tahoe Taffy Co. and locally crafted soaps (made with some of our very own vino!) by Sacred River Apothecary. VIP ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on all wine purchases and will have exclusive access to a 3 year Espion vertical along with being able to purchase up to two bottles of the sold-out 2015 Espion (a 92 point Editors’ Choice in the Wine Enthusiast).
Ciotti: enjoy pulled pork sliders with our big reds. VIPs get 10% off & a special Cabernet Reserva Tasting.
Dono dal Cielo: Tasting of our Estate Zinfandel’s. A savory snack will be provided. Live Music from 1-4pm by Matt Brennan on 7/20 and Will Derryberry on 7/21. Samples of premium extra virgin olive leaf sun tea from Baroness Olive Oil Company. Saturday 7/20 concert in the vineyard with the band TruTaboo and Cousins Maine Lobster Truck from 6:30-8:30pm.
Fawnridge will be serving Chinese Chicken Salad to go along with tasting. VIP visitors will receive a 10% discount on wine purchases and will be offered a selection of our library wines on a limited basis, including our 2009 Petit Verdot and a vertical tasting of our 2013 & 2014 Merlot, first come first served as stock is limited.
Lone Buffalo: This year we are are “ALL ABOUT GRENACHE!” Experience a three-way sensory tasting of the World’s most widely planted red grape in two different Rhone Blends (2015 GSM and 2016 Where The Buffalo Roam) and then all by itself in it’s pure form in the 2016 “just chill” and see how red wine can be versatile even on a hot summer day! Enjoy gourmet Bison Sliders served up by Gourmet Garage paired with new releases and old favorites. Sample local olive oils from Ternero Farms both days and get your sparkles on with Susan Stetz and her Touchstone by Swarovski Jewelry (Sunday only). VIPs can experience an exclusive special pre-release winemaker-led tasting of our 2016 Bison Heart Petite Sirah (only 16 cases produced) and 10% discount on all purchases.
Mount Saint Joseph Wines Vin Uva Tasting Room will be offering Paul’s famous Rose Sangria and Brenda’s Baked Brie with Grape sauce all weekend. We will have the soothing guitar of Michael Porfiri on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday we will be open until 8 p.m. All weekend we will feature pre-release tastings of our California State Fair award winning wines!
Mount Vernon will have barrel tasting, food and a special wine sale.
PaZa will be serving Antipasto Skewers to pair with our Italian varietals. VIPs get a tour of our vineyard & winery followed by a wine Q&A with our Winemaker Zane Dobson.
Pescatore: Dave will have his famous pizza! Each hour we will provide a winery tour including a barrel tasting.
Rancho Roble: enjoy the beautiful pond and grounds where you will rest and relax and listen to Patrick Walsh on Sunday, July 21st. Munch on crostini’s with Ternero olive oil, favata spread, tomato confit, and basil, created and served by Granite Bay’s amazing Oakwater Bistro! Get ready to learn and understand more about Barbera wines- a true original in Placer County! VIPs will receive 10% off of any wine purchase, and will receive 4 free Rancho Roble wine glasses with every case of wine purchased, they also will receive preferred seating for the music concert.
Secret Ravine will be offering a newly released Petite Sirah, plus other award-winning reds and cool summer wine, Grenache Rose, Sauvignon Blanc and Verdelho. All paired with a “to go box” of cheese, meats, crackers, nuts, dried fruit and cookies for your enjoyment thru out the event. The owners (winemaker and staff) will gladly answer questions regarding the wine and the upcoming 2019 crush. While here, check out our wine pourers, largest selection in the region. We have plenty of parking space and the picnic area is just outside the winery door. We are easy to find, just minutes from I-80, across the road from Indian Creek Country Club.
Vina Castellano: Experience a taste of Spain! Spanish inspired Albondiga Sliders & Slaw, Special event day Sangria. Check out a special sensory perception game and try your hand at the Courtyard Porron (Traditional Spanish drinking vessel) contest to earn discount on purchase. VIPs receive Barrel Tasting & 10% discount on all wine purchased.
Wise Villa: Enjoy a 5 flight wine tasting and small plates of braised beef short rib slider with cornichon, winery tours at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm and a special “Wine Trivia Game” (Google the answers and turn in for $5 off a glass of wine). 25% discount on wine flight bottles purchased. VIPs get a special 11:00 am tour, barrel tasting of Bourbon barrel aged wine and 30% discount on any wines purchased all weekend.
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TICKET DETAILS: Includes admission to each participating winery, small bites to eat, and a souvenir wine glass. When purchasing your tickets, you will asked what winery starting location will be your starting point. This is where you will get checked in, your glass and wristband for tasting. Each winery has a limited number of tickets for participants to start so that we are able to spread guests out along the Trail. In rare instances, you may not be able to choose your preferred location, but you can always visit them later. You are obligated to begin your tour at the location on your ticket where you will pick up your glass and wrist band. Once you have received your glass, you can visit the wineries in any order.
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