What if you could taste your way through Calaveras’ wineries for $25? Well, during our annual President’s Wine Weekend, you can!
Kryshana (aka Instagrammer @kryshana31) having way too much fun at local Ayrael Vieux Winery.
President’s Wine Weekend Details
President’s Wine Weekend is an opportunity for wine lovers to taste their way through Calaveras County by purchasing a $25 commemorative glass and visiting over 22 participating wineries and tasting rooms while enjoying free limited-tasting flights of award winning wines and exciting varietals offered by the best of Calaveras County’s wine community. Full tastings will be available in each tasting room for an additional fee with many participating wineries and tasting rooms offering live music, light bites and food samples as well as special offers on wine purchases.
2018 Dates: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; Feb 17th-18th (Sat. and Sun.)
2018 Cost: Commemorative Glasses $25 per day or $40 for a two day pass.
Tip 1: President’s Wine Weekend – Where to Begin
With more than 22 participating wineries, feel free to kick off your President’s Wine Weekend festivities from one of the official starting points listed below.
- Murphys: Purchase glasses on Main Street in front of Newsome Harlow Wine Tasting Room and in front of Black Sheep Winery as well as inside Hatcher Tasting Room, Milliaire Winery, Ironstone Vineyards and Val du Vino Winery.
- Copperopolis Town Square: Purchase your glass at The Tipsy Frog Wine Bar.
- Angels Camp: Glasses available Greenhorn Creeks’ Cellar Room or Vino Metate tasting room in historic downtown Angels Camp.
- Along Highway 4: Glasses are also available (east of Angels Camp) at Coppermine Winery, Chatom Winery, and (east of Murphys) at Brice Station Winery.
Tip 2: President’s Wine Weekend – Where to Stay
As one of our biggest events of the year with more than 22 participating wineries, you are free to choose from one of our many starting points (listed below). With all there is to taste, you simply won’t be able to get to all of the wineries in one day, so we recommend that you book your Calaveras lodging reservations now while lodging is still available. Traditional lodging filled? Explore additional lodging available through VRBO and AirBNB.
Tip 3: President’s Wine Weekend Varietals – What to Look For
Explore a wide variety of award winning wines in our down to earth sierra landscape; taste those robust Spanish and Italian regional varietals the foothills have become known for like Barbera, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre and Grenache (from France) as well as some of the best Zinfandels and Cabernets to be produced in the entire Gold Country corridor. Even better, it gives you a chance to meet our winemakers, experience our welcoming hospitality, discover the history that surrounds the region and shop the myriad of specialty boutiques in the charming town of Murphys.
Rachel Davidson (aka Instagrammer @winedinewander) enjoying Newsome Harlow’s cozy patio.
Tip 4: President’s Wine Weekend – Pinkies Down!
One of the best things about wine tasting in Calaveras County is the laid-back winemaker community that prides itself on being a snob-free zone. Combined with the Calaveras wineries’ award-winning track records, you have yourself the perfect environment for wine enthusiasts, new-comers, and non-wine drinkers alike. In fact, if you’re traveling with beer enthusiasts or anyone under the age of 21, Calaveras has artisanal tastings available for all interests – beer for the over 21 crowd, cupcakes, candy, ice cream, olive oil and balsamics, cheese, and chocolate for everyone else.
For more information about President’s Day Wine Weekend, call 1-800-225-3764 7 days a week or visit the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance website: CalaverasWines.org. Cheers to a great President’s Wine Weekend!