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California Wine Month in Full Swing

Placer County Wine Trail Offers Residents a Local Taste


AUBURN, Calif., Sept 10, 2014—The 10th annual California Wine Month in September is dedicated to celebrating California’s recognition as the premier winemaking state. Placer County residents and visitors can visit 20 wineries along the Placer County Wine Trail, spanning from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn. Sample award-winning wines from the Placer County vintners who took home 52 2014 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition awards.

WHO: Placer County Wine Trail
WHAT: Celebrating California Wine Month WHEN: September I st 30 th
WHERE: Placer County, California
WHY: To celebrate Placer County award-winning wines during California Wine Month

The annual Auburn Wine & Food Festival as part of Celebrate PlacerGROWN Week, is another way to participate in California Wine Month. Attendees can enjoy family-friendly activities, farm-fresh eats and award­ winning wines. Sample up to 25 local wineries and restaurants on Saturday, October I I, 2014 from I p.m. to 5 p.m. in Downtown & Old Town Auburn. Tickets for a wine taster and their designated driver are $45; food only tickets are $20. To purchase tickets or learn more, please visit

The Placer County Vintners Association is a nonprofit association created to provide a forum for Placer County wineries to collaborate on events and programs. Together the Association also develops marketing programs to raise awareness of the Placer County wine region. The group believes that sharing best practices with all county wineries inspires the vintners to provide a high quality experience for winery visitors. For more information and maps, visit or call (9 16) 663-4486.

Cheers! Placer county wineries toast to best of class awards at 2014 San Francisco Chronicle wine competition

Placer County Wine Trail Vintners Honored with 52 Awards Including Two Best of Class, Seven Gold, 20 Silver and 23 Bronze Medals


A region with a rich heritage in winemaking, Placer County Wine Trail wineries have much to celebrate after earning several Best of Class wins at the 2014 Son Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Boasting a climate similar to that of Mediterranean grape-growing regions, the Placer County Wine Trail is winning big for its European blends, such as Tempranillo, in addition to its classic varietals. This year, Placer County Wine Trail vintners took home two Best of Class awards, seven gold, 20 silver, and 23 bronze medals at the competition.

The 13th annual Son Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, evaluates wines from around the nation, and this year received a record 5,825 entries from over 1,500 wineries. The competition judges included 60 wine experts within the media, trade, hospitality and education industries.

With 13 Placer County wineries placing overall, Vina Castellano’s T empranillo and Wise Villa W inery’s Cabernet Sauvignon each took home a Best of Class medal. The Lincoln-based Wise Villa Winery also earned thirteen additional medals: three gold, eight silver and two bronze. Vina Castellano brought home an additional silver and bronze medal for its Grenache and Abuelito, respectively.

“Vina Castellano was founded in 1999 in Placer County with the passion of our Spanish roots and due to our family’s love of wine,” said Teena Wilkins, co-owner and manager of Vina Castellano. “We are honored to receive such a prestigious award, as a result of that passion, and we’re thrilled to win alongside our peers in Placer County.”

  • Additional Placer County 2014 Son Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition wins include:
    Mt Vernon Winery: Two gold, three silver and four bronze medals
  • Ciotti Cellars: One gold, one silver and two bronze medals
  • Fawnridge Winery: One gold, one silver and one bronze medal
  • Popie Wines: One silver and four bronze medals
  • Lone Buffalo Vineyards: One silver and two bronze medals
  • Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery: One silver and one bronze medal
  • Pescatore Vineyard & Winery, Davis Dean Cellars and Dono dal Cielo Vineyard and Winery: One silver medal
  • Le Casque: Three bronze medals
  • Bear River Winery: Two bronze medals
  • Bonitata Boutique Wines: One bronze medal

“We’re proud that Placer County wineries are being recognized yet again with Best of Class awards in this year’s competition,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “We see these awards as a true testament to the high level of quality our Placer County vintners are dedicated to developing in each of their wines.”

The Placer County Wine Trail is home to 20wineriesand counting, all of which are easily accessible from I-80 and Highway 49 along the Placer County Wine Trail spanning from Lincoln to Loomis to Newcastle and Auburn.

Cool off at Grape Days of Summer farm-to-table wine tasting event

Fourth Annual Event to Take Place Aug. 3 and 4 at 18 Wineries Along Placer County Wine Trail


Many Sacramento residents aren’t aware that there are nearly 20 award-winning wineries right in their own backyard—along the Placer County Wine Trail. The trail runs from Lincoln to Loomis, Newcastle to Auburn and up into Meadow Vista, which is also convenient for Reno and Tahoe residents.  On August 3rdand 4thfrom 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Placer County vintners invite local residents to try the region’s noteworthy wines at Grape Days of Summer, a farm-to-table wine tasting event.

Vintners are partnering with local restaurants and artisans for the annual event in which attendees will enjoy wine and barrel tastings, complementary fare, live music, vineyard tours and educational experiences.  Educational activities will include sessions on winemaking, farming, sustainable practices in the vineyard and more.  Tickets are $30 per person in advance and can be purchased at $40 per person at the door.

Highlights of Grape Days of Summer include:

  • Celebrate local agriculture at Le Casque with an Alpaca demonstration, hayrides and a historical farm tour. Food provided by Flower Farm Catering.
  • Dono dal Cielo will feature the local sounds of Ghost of the Opera House on Saturday afternoon and Two Barrels Shy on Sunday afternoon. Karen McGillivray, the winery’s owner, will lead educational vineyard tours at 12and 2 p.m. both days and food will be provided by the Chef’s Table.
  • Have a “A Zinful Experience!” at Lone Buffalo Vineyards where you’ll experience an interactive sensory tasting, sip the winery’s gold medal-winning 2010 Thunder Beast Zinfandel, and enjoy grass-fed bison and PlacerGROWN beef sliders prepared by Café Zorro’s Gourmet Garage Catering.
  • Popie Wines and Ciotti Cellars will provide an interactive bottling session of a special PlacerGROWN blend of wine and the High Hand Café will provide food & wine pairings.
  • Wise Villa Winery will offer guests live music and gourmet tastes from its on-site bistro.

For a Grape Days of Summer event map and other information, visit

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