Next weekend, the El Dorado Winery Association will be hosting their annual “Bring Out The Barrel” Extravaganza. With 22 participating wineries gearing up for next weekend, over the next few days, I am going to highlight what is going on where. To purchase tickets and print out a map, go to www.eldoradowines.org. Here you will also be able to get the list of the actual participating wineries and what each one is planning as part of this celebration. I am going to go in alphabetical order, so today I will be highlighting Auriga Cellars, Busby, Colibri Ridge, Crystal Basin, Fenton Herriott and Fitzpatrick’s.
Auriga Cellars (www.aurigawines.com) is north of Highway 50 in Camino on Carson Road. They will be previewing their new Zinfandel (Z II) and Cabernet Franc along with a food pairing. During the event weekend, there will be special case discounts available.
Busby (www.busbycellars.com) is south of Highway 50 off of E16, in Somerset on Grizzly Flat Road. They will be offering barrel tastings of the 2007 Estate Petite Syrah. This wine is the follow-up to last year’s “Best of California” Petite Syrah at the 2009 California State Fair. Enjoy a bowl of spicy chicken and sausage gumbo while perusing the large selection of wines at “modest” prices.
Colibri Ridge (www.colibriridge.com) is also south of Highway 50, in Fair Play They are located on Gray Rock Road. Barrel taste in their cellar the 2006 Fair Play Mourvedre and 2008 Estate Viognier Port. Gourmet appetizers will be paired with their award winning wines. 50% discount off of the 2005 Fair Play Chardonnay will be offered along with other special discounts.
Crystal Basin (www.crystalbasin.com) is north of Highway 50 in Camino on Carson Road. Here you will choose between 2 separate 2008 barrel tastings. There will be a Bordeaux flight of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot or a Rhone flight of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Petit Syrah. A 10% discount will be offered to event participants. Futures will be available.
Fenton Herriott (www.fentonherriott.com) is north of Highway 50 in Placerville on Jacquier Court. Barrel tastings will be offered along with light food. Special “futures” pricing will be available for these wines.
Fitzpatrick’s (www.fitzpatrickwinery.com) is south of Highway 50, in Fair Play on Fairplay Road. Cellar Master Brian Fitzpatrick will be on hand for candlelit tastings in the underground cellar. From 12-4:30pm, lunch will be available for purchase. As an interesting aside, this winery also boasts an Irish themed Bed and Breakfast which might make for a nice stopping point during this two day event.
Check back for information to see what other participating wineries have up their sleeves!
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