Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Run Around: Books and Cabernet

Tales from the Cellar, A Passport Event for 2014 

Spring is a great time to get out and about in the Sierra foothills. The wineries of El Dorado County are throwing open their cellar doors and inviting visitors and sunshine. If you love books, the Best Seller Themed weekends coming up in April -- 5-6 & 12-13 -- offer beautiful vistas and delicious food and wine. 

A Best Seller Theme – Participating wineries will transform into a whole new world inspired by a favorite book, and build the experience around that theme with wine, food and music. Imagine walking into the old west in True Grit, or finding yourself in the world of Doctor Suess with Green Eggs and Ham.
The Library Card – This feature allows you to get more benefits including a larger souvenir tasting glass, special library wine tastings, special vertical tastings or other wine tastings, and special pricing on selected wines (offers vary by winery). Plus, you are entered to win a ticket package to all other 2014 El Dorado County events such as the Rocks and Rhones, Cuisine on Camino and the Fair Play Festival. Plus you are entered to win a wine library – a bottle of wine from every participating winery!

A Fan Favorite

Tales from the Cellar, A Passport Event has been a fan favorite for over 20 years. A touring event throughout the El Dorado County Wine region, each winery will have food and wine pairings, plus special pricing on wines only offered during Passport.

Many wineries will have music and other activities and encourage you to have fun. Don't forget to attend the Passport Winemaker Dinner held the Friday night before each weekend. This year the event will be held at the new Manzanita Kitchen in Diamond Springs. This is a gourmet farm-to fork-event featuring locally sourced and fresh ingredients served in five courses each paired with award-winning El Dorado wines.

More info at www.visit-eldorado.com

P.S. If spring gardens and greenhouses are your pleasure, here's a link to a list of my favorites around California: http://www.californiabountiful.com/features/article.aspx?arID=1371