5th annual Holidays in the Hills—a win-win wine event

5th annual Holidays in the Hills—a win-win wine event

20 Placer County Wineries Host Annual Event Offering Free Wine Tasting and Holiday Festivities with Toy Donation


AUBURN, Calif., Nov.19, 2014—Holidays in the Hills, an annual winery event benefiting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, takes place December 6thand 7th.  The event is hosted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days by 20 Placer County Vintners Association wineries.  Event guests will enjoy free wine tasting, and several locations will feature hors d’oeuvres, live music, winery tours and discounts on purchases in exchange for a toy donation for a child in need.  All participants will have the chance to win raffle prizes.

Holidays in the Hills takes place on the Placer County Wine Trail at these participating wineries:

Bear River Winery: Guests can sample newly released wines and a flight of Barbera paired with assorted chocolates and holiday cookies. Meet the winemakers and enjoy half and full case discounts.

Bonitata Boutique Wine: In addition to wine tasting, Bonitata Boutique Wine will offer a holiday atmosphere and wine-infused chocolate truffles paired with a2009 Barbera and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cante Ao Vinho: Guests will sample olive oils, pesto, and gourmet taffy while sampling a selection of wines. A complimentary art show will provide beauty to the holiday atmosphere.

Casque Wines: Visitors will sample the winery’s all-new “Sargent” port which will be introduced for the first time, and receive holiday case discount.

Ciotti Cellars: Will be providing a “Bottle Your Own Wine” demonstration station where visitors will be able to purchase and bottle a special blended red wine. Guests will also enjoy desserts and holiday specials.

Davis Dean: While enjoying complimentary wine tastings, visitors will enjoy music and tasty snacks.

Dono dal Cielo: Visitors will groove to live music by Two Barrels Shy and Double Shots, in addition to enjoying complimentary wine tasting.

Fawnridge Winery: Will offer flavored popcorn and pouring new releases at the winery.

Green Family Winery: Attendees will enjoy tasty, healthy snacks, chocolate truffles with port, and cigars for purchase that can be enjoyed in a smoking area outside, weather permitting.

Lone Buffalo Vineyards: Celebrate the holidays with 3 new wine releases. Visitors can capture the moment in DIY Love’s Vintage Photo Trailer, peruse jewelry and art vendors, and enjoy delicious barbeque. Complimentary Lone Buffalo logo glasses will be given to the first 50 visitors to arrive each day.

Mt. Vernon Winery: Visitors to Mt. Vernon will enjoy live music, appetizers, and wine tastings inside the cave.

PaZa Wines: PaZa will have live music, appetizers and barrel tasting in the cave. Guests can enjoy wood fired pizza and peruse offerings from multiple local vendors.

Pescatore Vineyards and Winery: Will have a holiday market, and offer sweet and savory bites from Snow’s Citrus Court.

Popie Wines: Visitors can warm up with a special mulled spiced wine made from the 2010 Basin Red, and will enjoy special holiday discounts.

Rancho Roble Vineyards: Will be conducting a raffle and guests can win 2 bottles of wine.

River Rock Ranch Lindemann Winery: Winery guests will enjoy Christmas music, chocolate, and cheese. Those who purchase three or more bottles will receive a special gift bag.

Rock Hill Winery: St. Ashbury will be performing live music on Saturday. Guests will enjoy case discounts and sample new releases.

Secret Ravine Vineyards: Visitors will sample Christmas treats, shop for gifts, listen to holiday music, and taste the newly released2012 Montepulciano.

Viña Castellano Winery: Guests will receive a Varietal Food and Wine Pairing Chart as well as sample hot wine cocktails —Sangria Caliente & Spiced Cider Wine paired with spicy chocolate treats.

Wise Villa Winery: Guests will enjoy complimentary beef crostini with caramelized onions, along with a tour of the vineyard, winery and barrel cellar.

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