October 25, 2014

Passport Weekend: Fun in Calaveras Wine Country

Posted : April 24, 2013

Passport WeekendBy guest blogger: Sara Teeter, Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

Calaveras County has so much to attract the discerning visitor, including our up and coming wine region. But even the biggest Calaveras wine enthusiasts may be surprised to find out that vines are hardly a newcomer to Calaveras. The oldest vines in the county are 110-year-old Zinfandel, organically dry-farmed in the old Italian tradition. Today, there are nearly 700 acres of vines and a yearly production of about 275,000 cases — still small compared to many other wine growing regions in California, but growing.

The 17th annual Passport “Wine” Weekend sponsored by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance (CWA) will take place June 21 to 23, 2013. Passport Weekend is an opportunity for wine lovers to visit Calaveras County and meet with the winemakers and producers from the area. It’s an intimate event where winemakers are in the tasting rooms or on hand at the winery to meet consumers and tell their story.

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is comprised of over twenty two member wineries/tasting rooms located throughout Calaveras County. This special weekend is centered around gourmet foods, entertainment, special winery discounts and of course award winning Calaveras wines!

Participants are issued a commemorative glass and “Passport” that is stamped at each of the wineries visited on Saturday and Sunday, and if completed, entered in drawings for some outstanding prizes.

Passport Weekend Twisted OakThe event kicks off on Friday night with “Taste the World of Calaveras,” held in Murphys Park. All of the 22 participating wineries gather in the park and pour one or two wines with varietals from a certain country. Spain, France, Rhone, Italy and California are all regions represented. “It shows how diverse our growing region is. Calaveras grows varietals from all over the world, not many other wine regions can boast that.” CWA Executive Director, Sara Teeter, commented.

All participants must be 21 years or older, designated drivers passes are $15 for the weekend. All participating wineries encourage designated drivers and will provide non-alcoholic beverages in addition to any food they are serving. The unique event offers an ideal way for new area visitors to become familiar with Calaveras County wineries as each winery showcases their unique personalities and award winning wines.

The price of the 2-day passport, including admission to the Friday night event, is $60.00, and Sunday only is $30.00. Our Friday night event is $30.00, if a two day passport is not purchased. For more information, please call 866-806-9463. Tickets can be purchased online at http://calaveraspassport.eventbrite.com/

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