El Dorado County is definitely a great place to live. The scenery is beautiful, there are so many neat things to do and see and the people are the best. Friday night at It’s Personal, the delightful wine and beer bar — that also has great food items and fantastic entertainment — was a special place to be. During Karaoke with Celeste, Dennis McFarland got up to sing his song and it turned out to be a wedding proposal to his girl Maria Batteate. As he slipped the ring on her finger and she said, “Yes,” everyone cheered. It was really fun.
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By the way, on Thursdays It’s Personal has a Meet the Winemaker night and on Nov. 7 Robert and Kathleen Hall from Slate Ridge Vineyards will be sharing five reds, each with a distinct taste. The tasting is from 5 to 8 p.m. To learn about all the fun happenings at It’s Personal call 530-303-3792.
Do the work
A really fun way to get a super wine deal is to participate in the Fenton Herriott Bottle Your Own event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 from noon-4 p.m. at the winery, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville. The wine selected for this year’s bottling is a fantastic red blend. Have fun filling, corking, labeling and capsulling the wine down in the cellar all with the help of knowledgeable Fenton Harriot personnel. It’s an enjoyable process and it saves money. To get all the specifics call 530-642-2021 or go to fentonherriott.com.
Thanks to vets
Oakstone Winery, 6470 Irish Acres Road, Fair Play, is recognizing veterans from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9 through 11. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be free tasting, snacks and good company in the tasting room and veterans will get specials discounts on all wine purchases. For more details e-mail [email protected] or call 530-620-5303.
Dying to meet Cindy
Author Cindy Sample is having a book signing at Books ‘n’ Bears, 6211 A Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado, on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Her latest book “Dying for a Daiquiri” offers humor, mystery and romance featuring Laurel McKay. For more information call 530-621-1766.
Holly’s Hill Vineyard, 3680 Leisure Lane in the Pleasant Valley area, is having a Cheese and Wine Pairing on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9 and 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be seven tastings with the yummy cheeses from Dedrick’s Cheese Shop in Placerville. This a great way to taste the cheese and wine and to get ideas for holiday parties or to just enjoy. To get everyone in the holiday spirit several local artisans — Elena Tucker, Beads of Fire Jewelry; Erin Dealey, children’s author; Tom Tankersley, Iron Willow Gallery; and Auntie Bea’s Bakery — will be showcasing their gifts. Find more information at hollyshill.com or call 530-344-0227 or e-mail [email protected]
Murder at the Cary House
It will be a night filled with intrigue and murder and food and wine as Cordelia Smythe Mysteries presents “Downturn Abbey Murder Mystery” at the Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, Nov. 9. There is a cast of characters ready to spin a mystery dropping clues as the evening unfolds. Each guest will also be given a persona and participate in solving the crime. While trying to solve the crime there will be food and wine tasting and prizes all set in the early 1900s. Contact the Historic Cary House Hotel for more clues at 530-622-4271.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, always has good sounds to go with the good food and times and on Saturday, Nov. 9 Eric Hill and Friends are taking the stage at 9 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 10 the Naked Parrots entertain at 1 p.m. To find out all about the goings on at Powell’s call 530-626-1091.
An apple a day
There are still plenty of apples ready at the member ranches of the Apple Hill Growers Association. The ripe list includes Arkansas Black, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh, Pink Lady, Pippen, Red Delicious and Winesap. Don’t forget the hot cider, pies, doughnuts and crafts. For the latest update visit applehill.com or call 530-644-7692.