Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Placer Hills Wine Tour This Weekend

Placer Hills Wine Tour offers tastings, treats and a tantalizing good time!

Valentines/President’s Weekend • February 13-15, 2010

Auburn, CA––Passions soar during the Placer Hills Wine Tour this Valentine’s Day weekend. Nine Sierra Foothills wineries, conveniently located off Interstate 80 between Sacramento and majestic Lake Tahoe, are open this weekend to greet wine enthusiasts with award winning wines, new releases and a tantalizing “sweets and treats” food and wine pairing theme with free or low cost tastings from noon to 5p.m. No appointments necessary on this special weekend!

Welcoming tasting rooms, knowledgeable pourers and on-site winemakers are just some of the much-loved aspects of the wine-tasting experience in Placer County. Discuss the nuances of wine making, the region’s soil and climate or simply sip and sample the award-winning wines of Placer County. Placer County wineries recently won nineteen medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, one of the largest international competitions. Tasting winners such as Pescatore’s 2007 Petite Syrah, Vina Castellano’s ’05 Tempranillo and Lone Buffalo’s Where the Buffalo Roam are a must as well as discovering new releases including Secret Ravine’s first Barbera and Baumbach’s Silhouette – a Charbono/Barbera blend.

Tour highlights also include port chocolate sauce and barrel tastings at Fawnridge; not-to-be-missed famous buffalo chili by Drooling Dog BarBQ and three new releases at Lone Buffalo; chocolate and port pairings at Mt. Vernon; sweets at Pescatore; and opportunities for deep discounts at Secret Ravine. For something especially decadent, sweethearts can plan ahead and make reservations for a special lasagne luncheon at Dono dal Cielo on Saturday or Sunday.

“The Placer Hills Wine Tour offers extraordinary wines in a down to earth, friendly tasting environment. Anyone looking to impress their sweetheart or enjoy an extra special long Valentine’s Day weekend will not be disappointed,” said Greg Van Dusen, CEO of Placer Valley Tourism.

Placer County’s rich wine growing history includes a past often overlooked by oenophiles. In the days before Prohibition, the region boasted more vineyards and wineries than Napa and Sonoma combined. Today the nine wineries participating in the wine tour offer an unparalleled experience to aficionados and novices, alike. Visitors will enjoy a warm welcome and a wide array of varietals to sample.

Lodging specials and Valentine’s dining deals also abound during the Placer Hills Wine Tour. For more details and links to the wineries, visit www.placerhillswinetour.com.

Placer Hills Wine Tour, www.placerhillswinetour.com
Sierra Foothills - Auburn, Loomis and Newcastle, CA
12 to 5p.m. on February 13, 14, 15
Free or low cost tastings

Participating vineyards: Baumbach, Cristaldi, Dono Dal Cielo, Fawnridge, Lone Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Pescatore, Secret Ravine, Vina Castellano

Getting there: Download the new and improved Placer Hills Wine Tour map and get driving directions at www.placerhillswinetour.com.

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