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February 2013 News
El Dorado Passport Weekends 2013
Wine Tour of Fame

The El Dorado Winery Association Presents . . .

El Dorado Passport Weekends 2013
Wine Tour of Fame

April 13-14 and 20-21 2013

Experience the magic of Hollywood at Passport 2013. Step onto the stars of the wine world at our Wine Tour of Fame and enjoy the lights, the action, the music, the food, all paired with award winning wines from our four-star wineries!

30 Participating Wineries – 6 ticket types
$70 - April 13/14 Passport
$40 - April 14 Only Passport
$25 - April 13/14 Designated Driver Wristband
$70 - April 20/21 Passport
$40 - April 21 Only Passport
$25 - April 20/21 Designated Driver Wristband
$55 - April 12 or 19 Taste of Hollywood/Winemaker's Dinner



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Auriga Wine Cellars

Auriga Wine Cellars is excited to share their new wine releases with you. Currently we are pouring our 2010 Zinfandel from Sumu Kaw Vineyard. We have won multiple awards from this vineyard and know that we will see many more in the future.

Also released was the 2010 Barbera from Cardinini Vineyard. Our hopes are high for another award winner from this vineyard as well.

Our next event is Valentine's Day, featuring our Sparkling wine, and a Port dessert wine paired with decadent chocolates on Feb. 9 & 10.

Our next Wine Club Release, will be held on Feb. 16 & 17 and will feature our 2010 Super Tuscan and Red Giant and "comfort foods". No charge for wine club members, guests $5. RSVP is required call 530-621-0700 or E-Mail

Our current wine special is the 2009 Zinfandel, case price, $125.00 tx included. We hope to see you soon.


Phone: (530) 647-8078
Social Media: Facebook
Map & Directions: 4520 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville, CA 95667

Gold Hill Vineyard

Hank's presence at Gold Hill continues to be felt daily by the entire Gold Hill family including old friends and wine club members. Pepe has initiated another season with pruning and optimism marking the beginning of a new cycle.

Specials and Upcoming events:

California Champagne case special for February: $130.

Gold Hill's Valentine event - Sweet Night Out - will be hosted February 16 and will include live music and sweet desserts with beer and wine available, of course ($10 pp)

Gold Hill's wine club release party is 2:00 - 5:00 PM on March 2. A new season of the popular Wine Down begins May 10 with live music and food every couple of weeks.


Phone: (530) 626-6522
Social Media: Facebook
Map & Directions: 5660 Vineyard Lane Placerville, CA 95667

Crystal Basin Cellars Cleans up at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Crystal Basin Rhone wines from the 2010 vintage scored large when results were announced for the 2013 SF Chronicle Wine Competition in January. This competition is the largest in the US with over 5400 wines entered for judging. The winery had a great feeling about the quality and flavors of these wines, so the results were not a complete surprise. One of the nicest aspects is that two of the wines that won major awards are included in the current wine club shipment. And the prices didn't go up as a results of the awards!

2010 Mourvedre - Best of Class
2010 Syrah
- Gold Medal
2010 Petite Sirah
- Gold Medal
2010 Grenache
- Silver Medal
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Silver Medal
2009 Tempranillo
- 'Fugetaboutit' - Silver Medal - Crystal Basin Bistro wine


Phone: (530) 647-1767
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | Yelp
Map & Directions: 3550 Carson Road Camino, CA 95709

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