Wednesday, July 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Passport is a ticket to wine

SRT_0186e

THIRTY-TWO wineries are welcoming visitors for Passport 2014 weekends on April 5-6 and 12-13. The El Dorado Winery Association annual event features a celebration of wine, food and music. For tickets visit eldoradowines.org or call 916-622-0008. Democrat file photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado wine country’s Passport weekends in April provide the oenophile and the wine novice an opportunity to meet the winemakers, taste award-winning wines and enjoy music, art and other wine associated activities at the members of the El Dorado Winery Association members.

The association’s Passport 2014 weekends are April 5-6 and 12-13, and this year, the region-wide tour and celebration of wine, food and music adds eight new wineries to the foothill sojourn.

“We’re seeing such excitement around the two weekends this year,” said El Dorado Winery Association executive director Russ Reyes. “Some of it certainly comes from all the great reviews we’ve been getting from critics and the wine and travel media but we’re also hearing it’s a hot ticket because so many people just love Passport and they love experiencing spring in our foothills.”

The region’s Passport is one of the best wine events in the Sierra Foothills according to participants. The fantastic wines top are the major draw but the bands, special tastings, food pairings and Passport-only pricing on many wines add to the popularity. This year there are 32 wineries participating in Passport, more than ever before.

The “Tales from the Cellar” literary theme for his year has drawn lots of enthusiasm from fans and winery owners, too.

Each winery is taking on the persona of a popular book, which means visitors can toast with Don Corleon from “The Godfather” or Frodo Baggins from “The Lord of the Rings,” they can sip a glass “Under the Tuscan Sun” or find out exactly what wine pairs with “Green Eggs and Ham.”

This year each weekend opens with a dazzling farm-to-table winemaker dinner on Friday evenings April 4 and April 11 at the innovative Manzanita Kitchen and Events, 4232 Fowler Lane in Diamond Springs.

The dinners will feature multi-course meals from the bounty of farms and ranches in the El Dorado and Northern California region, paired with entirely different sets of wines each night. Menus can be seen at passporteldorado.com/events and the cost for the five course dinner is $65.

“Passport is such a fun way to meet our winemakers and the families that own our wineries, and to learn about what’s here,” Reyes said. “The dinner is a foodie extravaganza, the wineries create a welcoming atmosphere, and our wines keep making new fans for our wineries and this celebrated region.”

Full weekend passes are $60 and a Sunday only pass is $40. Designated drivers pay $25 for all the food, fun and music, plus special non-alcoholic beverages. More information and tickets are available at passporteldorado.com or at 916-662-0008.

El Dorado Winery Association members offer visitors a wide diversity of award-winning wines, friendly tasting room personnel and spectacular views of hillside vineyards, snow-capped mountains and oak-studded foothills.

The wineries are renowned for making vibrant and distinct wines reflecting the terroir and the dramatic elevations of the Sierra Nevada.

For more information visit eldoradowines.org.

Comments

comments

El Dorado Wine Association

.

News

 
Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Road zone of benefit protester reaches dead end

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Six file for Dist. 2

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

By News Release | From Page: B1

 
EID ditch customers get relief

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A1

Veterans receive wildland fire training

By News Release | From Page: B1

 
Market data open for local biz

By Ross Branch | From Page: B1

Volunteers clean up national forest

By News Release | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

My turn: Special interests at EID

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A4

 
Russian metastasis

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

The Democratic-Chronicles: Not invented here

By Gene Altshuler | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Small Farm compromise

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
EID and Dale Coco

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

DA hogging Main St. parking

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
CAO and staff hiring friends

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Altshuler’s hypocrisy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
.

Sports

Sharks defeat Loomis Basin in season finale

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

 
Celebrity golf at Tahoe

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Roundup: July 22, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Dolphins ring up another title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Dodgeball: Not the national pastime but …

By Shane Theodore | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
.

Prospecting

At a glance: Comets to meteors

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Taste the best at the State Fair

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Tractor Supply Store recognized

By Uc Cooperative | From Page: B3

 
Amador Fair honors cowboys

By Amador County Fair | From Page: B3

 
Arbor Day book helps to identify trees

By Arbor Day | From Page: B4

 
Learn about lavender and its many benefits

By Christian Women's Connection | From Page: B4

Lee’s Feed appreciates customers

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B5

 
My Time meeting in August

By Senior Day | From Page: B5

Builders’ Exchange honors scholars

By El Dorado Builders' Exchange | From Page: B5

 
En garde at Silver Screen Classic

By Auburn Silver Screen | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-22-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 8-10

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

.

Obituaries

Walter Vali

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jean Lachelle Taylor

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Arthur J. Funston

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

Flying McCoys

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Thursday, July 24, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Wednesday, July 23, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A8

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8