Carson Road Wineries preview future vintages

By From page B3 | January 25, 2013

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AARON HILL of Illuminaire uses a wine thief to draw a barrel taste. The Carson Road Wineries are having Bring Out the Barrel on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27 to showcase future wines. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins

Carson Road Wineries, an informal affiliation of eight family-owned wineries in El Dorado County, invite the public to taste future vintages at Bring Out the Barrel on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27.

Member wineries will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. offering tastes directly from the barrel and a chance to chat with the winemaker about the complexities of the wines.

Carson Road wineries participating in Bring Out the Barrel are: Crystal Basin Cellars, Illuminaire, Beemer’s Winery, Findleton Estate, Fenton Herriott, Bumgarner, Chateau Davel and diVittorio Winery.

All of these small-production wineries are located along or near Carson Road east of Placerville.

Tickets for the barrel tasting are $25 for both days and includes wine sampling and stemware with an event logo.

Tickets are available online at

The Carson Road Wineries are working together to give all wine lovers an intimate look at the wine making process and the opportunity to enjoy an incredible tasting experience.

A Website has been developed,, with an event calendar and member information.

“People have discovered that there are really great wineries … We see this alliance as an opportunity to connect with customers and benefit each of our businesses. Our customer-focused approach is what new visitors seem to notice first. We can confidently refer customers to any of our neighboring wineries knowing that they will enjoy excellent wines and authentic winery experiences,” said Crystal Basin Cellars Mike Owen, organizer of the group.

Over the past four years, Carson Road Wineries have become known for hosting the popular Cuisine on Carson consumer tasting event on the last Saturday in February.

“We have been thankful and overwhelmed by the customer response to our Cuisine on Carson events,” said Owen. “The great thing about this event has been watching our customers discover the other excellent neighboring wineries. We are all committed to sharing our great wines coupled with foothill hospitality with the goal of making our area a go-to destination. Customers are planning and making repeat visits, which is beneficial to all of us.”

Carson Road Wineries will host Cuisine on Carson on Saturday, Feb. 23. This will be a complimentary event for customers who bring their own wine glass. The day features wine tasting and small bites food pairings intended to accentuate the bold wine flavors from this region.

Carson Road Wineries has scheduled a music-themed event for July 27 that will feature acts at each of the wineries and intends to develop and promote additional events as schedules will allow.

For more information e-mail Andrea Latimer of Carson Road Wineries at [email protected]

Mimi Escabar

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