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Beat the heat and taste award-winning wines at Grape Days of Summer celebration

3rd Annual Wine Passport Weekend to Take Place Aug. 4 and 5 at 15 Wineries along Placer County Wine Trail


AUBURN, Calif., July 26, 2012 – From Lincoln to Loomis, Newcastle and up into Auburn, The Placer County Wine Trail will soon be buzzing with activity during the Grape Days of Summer celebration. The annual event, sponsored by the Placer County Vintners Association, is a tour through 15 Placer County wineries with wine tastings at each venue and food at several locations. In addition to satisfying your taste buds, the event weekend will feature:

  • “From Vine to Wine” vineyard tours
  • Wine-blending seminars and wine samplings right from the barrel
  • Vertical tastings and wine-making education (A vertical tasting involves the sampling of different vintages all from the same winery)
  • Live music at several wineries

Other highlights include “Roam the Rhone,” offered by Lone Buffalo Vineyards where guests will learn about Rhone-style blends, go through interactive blending trials and enjoy special food and wine pairings from Smoky Ridge Charcuterie. Viña Castellano Winery will showcase the flavors of Spain with a live flamenco guitarist and sangria-making demonstrations. History buffs on the tour should also visit Bonitata Boutique Wines at the historic Bernhard Museum, which was founded in 1874 and is one of Auburn’s oldest surviving buildings.

Not to be missed is a stop at Fawnridge Winery for tasting right from the barrel paired with engaging presentations about the barrel-aging process and Casque Winery where visitors can enjoy music performances throughout the weekend as well as learn about the Roussanne white wine varietal.

A complete list of activities for each participating winery and event map are available online at

Tickets to the event are $30 in advance, $40 at the door and includes admission to the event both days, wine tasting at all participating wineries, food, music and educational activities, plus a special event wine glass. (Designated driver tickets are also available for $10)

WHO: Placer County Vintners Association

WHAT: Third annual Grape Days of Summer wine tasting event WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Placer County Wine Trail (Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle)

WHY: To taste award-winning Placer County wines, meet the winemakers and learn about the wine-making process

Beat the heat with award-winning wines at Grape Days of Summer in Placer County


AUBURN, Calif. July 7, 2015 — Explore and taste the award-winning artisan wines of Placer County on Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2, during the sixth annual Grape Days of Summer on the Placer County Wine Trail.

Tour the down-to-earth atmosphere of the Sierra Foothills while enjoying live music, fresh PlacerGROWN food, delectable wine and the local Placer County countryside.

“Placer County’s Grape Days of Summer provides an educational experience in understanding winemakers, wines, food and agriculture all in your own backyard,” said Foothill Farmers’ Market Association and PlacerGROWN Executive Director Carol Arnold. “It is a great opportunity to relax, unwind and taste deliciously crafted wines while enjoying the company of the community.”

The Placer County Wine Trail spans through Lincoln, Loomis, Newcastle, Auburn and Meadow Vista, which offers the beautiful scenery of Placer County. The annual event includes touring the 2015 Best of California award-winning wineries and other activities such as: appetizer pairings, barrel tastings and more.

Pre-sale tickets are available at a discounted rate of $30 until July 24 and are available at Tickets purchased after July 24 will cost $40, and designated drivers can enjoy the food and live music for $10. This event is on August 1-2 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. and features 19 Placer County wineries. For more information about participating wineries, visit

Big and bold flavors at 11 Placer County wineries yield 52 awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition


AUBURN, Calif. July 9, 2015 – Placer County Wine Trail wineries won a total of 52 awards during the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, including the prestigious Golden State Winery of the Year award. These esteemed wineries, located just outside the Sacramento area in the Sierra Foothills, maximize the micro- climate of the region to produce award-winning wines.

“Our Placer County wineries are a tribute to the region’s rich agricultural heritage,” said Carol Arnold, CEO of PlacerGROWN. “We are proud to have such talented growers and vintners who are dedicated to producing top quality wines made from delicious PlacerGROWN fruit in our own backyard.”

Competing against nine counties within the Sierra Foothills Appellation, and 58 counties across California, the Placer County Wine Trail wineries have outshined their competition by winning a total of 52 awards including: two Best of California, five Best of Class of Region, seven Gold, 16 Silver and 21 Bronze in the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition.

“Great tasting wine curated from the fertile hills of the Sierra Foothills are no longer a hidden treasure of the local Placer community,” said Placer County Agricultural Commissioner Josh Huntsinger. “The abundant natural resources found in Placer County allow for our vintners to harvest a ‘gold rush’ of award-winning wines.”

To tour these award-winning wineries, sip the artisan wine and taste the delicious farm-to-fork PlacerGROWN food, head out to the Grape Days of Summer on August 1-2. Tickets are available at For more information about Placer County wineries, visit or

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