Holiday Open Houses a Murphys’ Tradition

Murphys celebrates the upcoming holidays big-time with two back-to-back open houses Dec. 7 and 8, 2012.

Festivities begin when the Murphys Business Association hosts the annual Murphys Open House 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, replete with the lighting of the town tree, carolers, visits with Santa and a bevy of Main Street merchants offering complimentary beverages and appetizers. The community parade begins at 5:30 p.m. A long-time favorite get-together for both locals and visitors alike, the Murphys Open House is a great opportunity to experience the town’s famed ambiance and shop locally for the holidays.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, Calaveras wineries are showcased during the annual Holiday Festival of Wines taking place 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all Calaveras Winegrape Alliance member wineries. A sampling of offerings includes sparkling wine Mimosa’s and Hot Chocolate and Muscat Canelli at Stevenot Tasting Room, Sparkling Wine and Chocolate at Coppermine Tasting Room, fondue and toasty grilled cheese sandwiches at Lavender Ridge, festive treats to pair with Hovey wines, 10% off gift baskets and gift items, free wine tasting and a sneak preview of Hovey’s new dessert wine, Malvasia Bianca. Broll Mountain Vineyards will have a holiday wine sale, Frog’s Tooth Vineyards will be selling a Holiday Gift Pack consisting of their White Meritage (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), and Red Meritage (Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot & Petite Verdot blend) accompanied by either logo wine glass or flavored mustards.  Chef Rob, of Ironstone Vineyards, will be doing some food and wine pairings, extending free Classic and Reserve tasting, free winery tours at 11:30 and 1:30 and 10% off ready made gift baskets.

Hosted by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, the Festival of Wines offers get-into-the-mood holiday music, culinary delights and award-winning Calaveras wines.

“The Festival of Wines is a great way to sample what Calaveras Wine Country has to offer, as well as opportunities for great limited offers on unique wines, if you are gearing up for a little holiday shopping,” said Sara Teeter, CWA Executive Director. “Over the years the event has grown and gained an excellent reputation for creating the perfect pairings of food and wine to celebrate the Holiday Season.”

For more information about the Murphys Holiday Open House, call  209 728-8471 or the web site, To find out about the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance and for additional information on the Festival of Wines, visit online at or call 728-9467.

Photo provided by Twisted Oak Winery.

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