Venus is shining at a magnitude -4.1, above the horizon after sunset. On Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7 it is above the blue star Spica and on Sunday, Sept. 8 Saturn is on its upper left. Take a moment to enjoy these beautiful jewels in the sky.
Some pretty good stuff will be happening at Holly’s Hill Vineyard, 3680 Leisure Lane in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Patriarche Release Four Course Lunch. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy peach caprese salad paired with the 2011 Patriarche Blanc, fried ravioli paired with the 2010 Petit Patriarche, salmon with caper butter sauce paired with the 2011 Grenache Noir and Josh’s paella cooked over oak paired with the 2011 Patriarche. Cost is $25 per person in advance online or $35 per person at the door. To buy tickets call 530-344-0227 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zinfandel fans are in for a treat at Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in Placerville, on Saturday, Sept. 7 starting at 2 p.m. Zap is having a fun event with Andis Wines, Cedarville Vineyard, Chatom Vineyards, Easton Wines, Lava Cap Winery, Mellowood Vineyards, Milliaire Winery, Miraflores Winery, Mount Aukum Winery, Renwood Winery, Terra d’Oro Winery, and Turley Wine Cellars pouring Sierra Foothills Zinfandel flights. This seminar-style tasting of zinfandel will be led by winemakers and owners and will cover old vine zins, high elevation vineyards, and past and current vintages. Sacramento wine writer Rick Kushman will lead the panel discussion. A perfect ending for the discussion will be a South American-inspired barbecue dinner, served on the winery’s beautiful vineyard terrace. To sign up or to get more information call 530-647-8505 or visit mirafloreswinery.com
The El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Tournament is accepting reservations for the Wednesday, Sept. 19 shoot out at Apple Mountain Golf Resort in Camino. For $155 golfers get green fees, cart, range balls, closest to pin, longest drive, furthest from the pin, prizes, free beverages on the course, lunch and dinner. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Family Connections El Dorado.To play call 530-621-5885.