A salute to the movies

Skinner Vineyard in Fairplay. Democrat photo by Shelly ThoreneWine drinkers and fans of El Dorado wine country can enjoy two weekends of wine tasting in the Sierra foothill region.

El Dorado Winery Association’s Passport 2013 weekends are April 13-14 and 20-21. The theme this year pairs El Dorado’s celebrated wines, food, music with the magic of Hollywood.

“We want all our friends to know we have plenty of tickets,” said Beth Jones EDWA president and co-owner of Lava Cap Winery. “There’s such an excitement around the two weekends this year and we don’t want anyone to miss it.”

The popularity of the annual passport weekends comes from the quality of El Dorado County wines exhibited by rave reviews and top honors at many wine competitions.

This year a passport ticket will take wine aficionados on a Wine Tour of Fame with each winery rolling out the red carpet and creating a four-star setting based on a major movie or star. The wineries will be matching their wine, food, look and personnel to that theme.

“We keep hearing how excited everyone is to see what all the wineries are doing,” said Terrie Prod’hon, EDWA’s public relations and marketing committee chair and owner of Mount Aukum Winery. “Actually, I’m really excited to see, too. We’re doing ‘Casablanca,’ and there are wineries doing ‘Raiders of the Lost Arc,’ ‘The Godfather,’ James Bond and all sorts of other fun stuff.”

Passport passes are $70 for a weekend, $40 for Sundays and $25 for designated drivers.

Information and tickets are available at or by calling the El Dorado Winery Association at 800-306-3956.

El Dorado Wine Association

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