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7 Wine Events for this Weekend, April 26 - 28

Passport to Dry Creek Valley - Saturday and Sunday

The biggest event this weekend is Passport to Dry Creek Valley. However, if you don't have tickets already you will need to hope for cancellations. You can get on the waiting list at 707-433-3031.

Soirée “An Evening of Luxury Unveiled” in SF - Friday, April 26 6 - 10pm

Wine Luxury invites you to taste wine from 40 excellent wineries, see designer fashions, dance and more at The City Club to benefit Share Our Strength and ACCESS. There will also be food, live music, special guest appearances, etc. Visit Wine Luxury for more information and for tickets (starting at $95).

Cabs of Distinction Grand Tasting in Paso Robles - Saturday, April 27 2 - 5pm

Explore premium award winning Cabernet and red Bordeaux wines from Paso Robles’ top producers. The prestigious Windfall Farms Stallion Barn, with its rustic elegance of copper spires, iron and copper framed stalls, green sprawling lawns and panoramic views of majestic rolling hills will provide a seductive backdrop for this exclusive gala. The ornately designed structure and majestic landscape are the perfect pairing for a day of live music, delectable bites from local restaurants and artisanal food purveyors paired with tastings of the best bottles these winemakers have to offer.

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Participating wineries:
ADELAIDA Cellars, B & E Vineyard, Chateau Margene, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, HammerSky Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, L’Aventure, Niner Wine Estates, Parrish Family Vineyards, Rangeland Wines, Record Family Wines, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Still Waters Vineyards, Venteux Vineyards, Vina Robles, Wild Horse Winery
For tickets and more information

2nd Annual Spring of the Vine at Wine & Roses in Lodi - Sunday, April 28 2:00 - 9:00pm

The is a Lodi New Releases wine event at the lovely Wine & Roses Hotel and Spa. There is a walk around tasting ($35 in advance, $45 at the door) which include tasting, tasty bites, live music and an artist showcase. That’s followed by a Family Style Wine Dinner ($85). Combined tickets are $105.
For reservations and information call Wine & Roses at 209-371-6117 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Steiner Road Spring Fling in Plymouth - Saturday, April 27 11am - 4pm

start on steinerEveryone is invited to enjoy spring with the wineries of Steiner Road, in Amador County. This FREE food and wine event will delight the senses. Guests can stroll through the beautiful grounds of nine wineries, taste a variety of wines, listen to live music, experience all the blooming flowers and enjoy special treats. Taste some small bites of spring lamb sausage, turkey & vegetable wraps, asparagus bruschetta, apricot pastry wrapped baked brie, wood fired pizza, Italian fare appetizers, tapenade cheese spread & crostini, tri-tip sliders, and artisan cheese & wine parings!! Steiner Road-is home to many award-winning wineries. Just 45 minutes from Sacramento and 2 hours from Reno, Tahoe & the Bay Areas, it is an easy day trip to the friendly Amador County Wine Country. Visitors also can enter to win two tickets to the sold out Barbera Festival June 8th, 2013 by visiting at least 9 of the participating Steiner Road wineries.
For more information

Meet the Winemaker: Patland and Fama Wineries in San Francisco - Saturday, April 27 1:30 - 6pm

Golden Gate Wine Cellars invite you to taste the wines of Patland Vineyards and Fama Wines at the shop on Saturday. The winemaker will be on hand to tell you about these high-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. $10 tasting fee.
For more information and to buy tickets, call Golden Gate Wine Cellars at 415-337-4083.

4th Annual Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff in St. Helena - Saturday, April 27 11am - 2pm

Chefs from The Grill at Meadowood, Oenotri, Cuvée and Bounty Hunter square off in a contest to see who can produce the best “bites” to accompany the 2010 Hall Cabernet. Attendees will join chefs from Terra, Solbar and La Toque in deciding the winners. Proceeds from tickets go to the winning team’s specified charity. Tickets are $65.
For information and tickets

California Wine Appellation Specialist Program begins at San Francisco Wine School - Monday, April 29

Register now for the full course and certification or for individual classes. There are eight 3-hour classes on successive Monday nights, each focusing on a different region. Every class includes lecture and tasting of 8 or more wines. I'll be teaching Sonoma County on May 20 and San Luis Obispo County/Paso Robles on June 17.
Click for more information and to register.

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