United States Prohibition went into effect on this date in 1920 with the ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It prohibited the sale and manufacture of alcohol. On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, making alcohol once again legal. This was the only time in U.S. history that an Amendment has been repealed.
The 21st Amendment makes it possible to enjoy the following events.
It’s Personal, the new wine shop and gift boutique at 250 Main St. in Placerville, is having several fun things to do that all go with wine. On Wednesday, Jan. 16 there is a brides’ night where brides can create a label for their special day. There is no design fee. On Friday, Jan. 18 comedian Ben Schilling is appearing and on Saturday, Jan. 19 J. Woody will be playing. To get more details call 530-303-3792.
The MacCready’s and the friendly staff at Sierra Vista Vineyards and Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in the Pleasant Valley area, were cleaning the cellar and discovered some really great wines. They are going to offer these wonderful finds starting Friday, Jan. 18. Just a reminder that Sierra Vista has a beautiful view from its picnic area. For more information call 530-622-7221.
The nice folks at dkcellars, 7380 Vineyard View Drive in Fair Play, are helping people restock their cellars with special discounts on Friday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. 19. For more information call 530-620-1132 or go to dkcellars.com.
There will be more wining at the Patriarche Barrel Tasting at Holly’s Hill Vineyard, 3680 Leisure Lane in the Pleasant Valley area, on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winemakers Carrie and Josh will guide guests through the 2012 Patriarche components — mourvedre, syrah, grenache and counoise from the barrel and the 2011 Patriarche (bottled). Futures of the 2011 and 2012 will be offered as well as light appetizers. No reservations or advance tickets are required. Call 530-344-0227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Grace Patriot Winery, 2701 Carson Road in Placerville, is having its second anniversary celebration on Saturday, Jan. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. To add to the festivities there will be olive oil tasting, cheese pairings, wine specials and more. To get all the specifics call Breanna Kernan at 530-642-8424.
Fenton Herriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is offering blending sessions with the winemaker on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Sunday, Jan. 20. Participants will be guided through a wine blending session with the winemaker and they will taste and evaluate the characteristics of each varietal to be blended. Next, teams of two will be formed to create a blend. Once each team has perfected its blend, the team will present the blend to the group. Finally, there will be a blind tasting to determine the best blend in the group. The winning team will get four bottles of wine from the tasting room. To be a part of this fun and informative time call 530-642-2021 or visit fentonherriott.com.
Join Winemaker Charles B. Mitchell for a flight of six wines paired with artisan cheese and charcuterie on Saturday, Jan. 19 or Saturday, Jan. 26. Salon Tasting in the Wine Cave, 8085 Perry Creek Road in Fair Play, starts at 2 p.m. To enjoy the wines and the ambiance call 530-620-2402.
There will be a chance to taste many of the award-winning wines from El Dorado County at the 10th annual El Dorado Art and Wine Festival on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. and Kiwanis present the fundraiser that also features food from restaurants and caterers, music, wonderful art and prizes. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 for a couple and can be purchased at MORE, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville. To learn more call 530-622-4848 or visit morerehab.org.