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About Daryl Sullivan

Learn more about me and my local business: http://www.lucindascountryinn.com/


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Steiner Spring Fling – Renwood Winery

Patio at Renwood

Posted by on April 9, 2015

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015
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Steiner Road is just off the main drag of the Amador Shenandoah Valley wine country. Nine wineries are hidden along this beautiful back-country road. On April 11th all nine are inspiring you to stop by for some food, fun and great wine. When you leave Shenandoah Valley Rd. at the intersection of Steiner & Shenandoah School Rd., Renwood Winery is read more...

Steiner Spring Fling – BellaGrace Vineyards

Event at Cave

Posted by on April 9, 2015

Apr 11, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015
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BellaGrace Vineyards wines have rapidly joined the ranks of the most sought after and respected wines of any of the Amador Vintners. The vineyards and  wine cave are situated just off Steiner Rd. up the hill from Renwood Winery overlooking the whole Shenandoah Valley. The view is extraordinary in all directions.  During events like this Spring Fling you will have read more...

Fair Play Hardware Store

White building setting back from road

Posted by on March 2, 2015

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If you like history, you’ll love the Fair Play Hardware Store. No one knows for sure exactly how old the building is, but it’s been a hardware store for generations. Joyce, who ran the store for over 60 years, lives next door in the house she and her husband built in the 1940s. She’s now in her mid-nineties and lives read more...

Behind the Cellar Door @ Cooper Vineyards

Tasting Room Bldg.

Posted by on February 28, 2015

Feb 7, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015
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Saturday & Sunday, March 7th & 8th 2015 you can experience a treat of a lifetime: Behind the Cellar Doors at Cooper Vineyards. Dick Cooper has spent a lifetime in his fields with his vines and has been able to grow some of the most prolific grape vines in California. The terrior of the Cooper Vineyards is known worldwide and read more...

Pick Up Party: Pizza & Blues @ Andis Wines

Tasting Room Build

Posted by on February 17, 2015

Feb 21, 2015 - Feb 21, 2015
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Pizza & Blues start at 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sat, Feb 21, 2015: Contact: Ruthie 209-245-6177, ruthie@andiswines.com for more details about all the fun to be had at Andis. The February 2015 Club Andis wines are here. On Saturday February 21st, join Andis  for new wine club releases, mouth-watering brick oven pizzas courtesy of Molto Benny, and live blues read more...

Retiredice Alpacas Ranch

Daryl with Alpaca

Posted by on January 9, 2015

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Just past the first turn off for Fair Play on Mt. Aukum road heading south from Somerset, CA, tucked into the trees is Retiredice Alapcas Ranch. Paige Romain handles about 80 alpaca daily; escorting them from the barns, feeding, breeding, birthing and putting them to bed each night. You might ask why she has to put them to bed each read more...

Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant on deck over ocean shore

Posted by on January 5, 2015

Jan 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015
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There’s no better way to start your 2015 than with a Sunday Champagne Brunch at the Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar in San Clemente. They are perched on Pier 57 in San Clemente  with a breath taking view. The food is excellent and the service is superb.  Across the pier walkway from the restaurant is the Fisherman’s Oyster Bar for you read more...

Chirstmas Open House at Mellowood Vineyard & winery

Mellowood Tasting Room

Posted by on December 7, 2014

Dec 13, 2014 - Dec 14, 2014
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Christmas time in the Sierra Foothills is always special; with the cutting of Christmas trees, the sights of snow capped mountains and the extraordinary happiness at the local wineries. Mellowood Vineyard & Winery is a perfect example of how the Fair Play Wine Country exudes the Christmas spirit. This weekend, December 13th & 14th, Linda Neal, owner of Mellowood, is read more...

Gwillan Estate Vineyard and Winery

Patio View

Posted by on December 5, 2014

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Sharing the driveway with two other businesses, Gwillan Estate Vineyard & Winery is back along the long drive past Shadow Ranch and Moonlight Vineyards, to the left at the last fork. The beautiful drive is worth the effort. The views from the parking level and patio are exquisite of the Fair Play Valley and the ridge on the other side.  read more...

Island Cinema Holiday Open House

Lobby of Movie Theater

Posted by on December 5, 2014

Dec 1, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015
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Come Celebrate the Holiday Season with a movie at the Island Cinema in Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Fashion Island itself is great during the Holiday Season, so take in it’s festive atmosphere also. The Island Cinema is probably the first movie theater you’ll see with these luxurious accompaniments that make you wish you could see all your movies in read more...

Celebrate Things & Carats Rocognition Week Dec 1 – 7, 2014

Things & Carats Storefront

Posted by on December 5, 2014

Dec 1, 2014 - Dec 7, 2014
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Across the PCH from the Main Beach in Laguna Beach is a treasure trove in this little shop at the apex of the roads. As seen in the above photo there are lots of guitars to choose from. Tony Rezo has been making them since he opened this shop 30 years ago. He says he doesn’t need the internet because read more...

Iverson Vineyard & Winery

People sitting at tables on the patio with a view.

Posted by on October 24, 2014

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The ambiance of the tasting room, the decor and the staff, is what sets Inverson’s apart from all other Fair Play Wine Country winery tasting rooms. If you like wine toys, decorator items for your home or art work, they have a sampling of all for you to pick something special as a memento of your visit. When you stroll read more...

Celebrate Chantilly Ice Cream Recognition Week, October 13 thru 19, 2014

White building with blue awnings

Posted by on October 13, 2014

Oct 13, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014
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If you have never been to an ole fashion ice cream shop, then you are in for a treat when you visit Chantilly by the Sea Ice Cream Shop. Nothing fancy, not a bunch of extra stuff, just lots of ice cream choices. The simplicity of the shop’s operation is what makes it a great place to enjoy your treat read more...

Harvest Celebration 2014

Patio View

Posted by on October 6, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014
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The evening of Saturday, October 4th, will be filled with great aroma, sounds of music, dancing and fun and laughter at Gwinllan Estate Winery. Their Harvest Celebration will be in full swing with line dancing with Sarah Stokes at 7:30pm. Of course there will be great wines to imbibe. The 2014 harvest of the grapes is in and now is read more...

Saturday Jazz Night October 11th

A small jazz combo playing

Posted by on September 28, 2014

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 11, 2014
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It’s always a delight to listen to smooth jazz. When you can listen to great music, eat wonderful food (you bring your own – that’s why it’s wonderful) and drink fantastic wines; well life just can’t get any better. That is unless you do all that sitting in the great outdoors watching a gorgeous sunset at the same time.  That’s read more...

Harvest Celebration Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th

Oakstone Barrel

Posted by on September 28, 2014

Sep 27, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014
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The barrel room has twenty five bins filled with fermenting grapes. Steve and crew have beat their brains out getting all the grapes picked, loaded into the bins and covered for fermenting. Now there is the slow process of punching down the bins. That is how the grapes ferment in the bins: they rise to the top and get pushed read more...

8th Annual Uncork the Cobra

Perry Creek Picnic area, grassy lawn with picnic tables

Posted by on September 22, 2014

Sep 27, 2014 - Sep 27, 2014
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The “Snake Wines” are being uncorked September 27th and you can enjoy the whole series of Cobra Wines. Yes there is a Cobra snake on the label, but the fun thing about the uncorking of the Cobra is the cars that will be assembled at Perry Creek Winery on Saturday, September 27th. Real live Cobras and kit Cobras appear from read more...

Ken’s Jewelry Store

Storefront of Ken's Jewelry

Posted by on August 26, 2014

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A stroll along Forest Ave. gives you views of little nooks and crannies of Laguna Beach. For 35 years Ken has called this store his home. He makes a wide variety of unique jewelry. Much of his designs are sand-cast from gold & silver with diamond settings or any number of other gems: ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, and garnet; just read more...

Memory Park, Pismo Beach

Coastline at Memory Park in Pismo Beach,CA

Posted by on August 26, 2014

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Memory Park is noted for its beautiful location; nestled in a small modern residential development on the Pacific Ocean shoreline hidden in Pismo Beach, CA. The little park is situated atop the bluffs overlooking the coastline with it’s magnificent views of rock formations and the waves splashing ashore. A walk along the beach creates new memories and nobody seems to read more...

Sizzling Summer BBQ July 26th @ Perry Creek Winery

Perry Creek Picnic area, grassy lawn with picnic tables

Posted by on July 25, 2014

Jul 26, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
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If you’re like me you love BBQ ribs. This Saturday, July 26th, 4:30 – 7:30pm you will get what you want. The Summer Sizzling BBQ at Perry Creek Winery is made for you. Ribs, squash, fruit salad, caesar salad  and brownies, with a wide selection of great wines await you. A large grassy picnic area is adjacent to the parking read more...

Awesome Concert July 26th @ Busby Cellars

Barn

Posted by on July 24, 2014

Jul 26, 2014 - Jul 26, 2014
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NATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST Zach Heckendorf is performing at Busby Cellars this Saturday night starting at 7:00pm. Zach Heckendorf is a 21-year old singer/songwriter and jaw-dropping guitar player from Denver, CO, whose sophisticated lyrics defy his age. His skill with a guitar will amaze even the most sophisticated guitar aficionado. In his young career, Zach has shared the stage with world-famous read more...

Newport Coast Villas

View from Poolside Bar

Posted by on July 23, 2014

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Marriott’s Vacation Club premier property, Newport Coast Villas, is available for renting for your stay in the beautiful Newport Beach area of Southern California. Located on Newport Coast Dr., the villas overlook the Pelican Hill Golf Resort on the Pacific Ocean. With spectacular vistas and gorgeous sunsets, any villa you rent has an ocean view and access to a fun read more...

Tide Pool Wading at Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Jul 19, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014
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All summer long is the perfect time to visit Laguna Beach, CA and walk  the Heisler Park walkway on the cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Crescent Beach is a large cove north up the shoreline from Heisler Park. At Cliff Dr, parallel to the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), you get down to the beach from several vantage points. Once on read more...

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Whale Tale

Posted by on July 23, 2014

Jul 19, 2014 - Sep 22, 2014
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Have you ever seen a whale jump out of the water (BREECH)? It is one of the most spectacular visuals in the world. The Pacific Life Insurance Company commercial shows a large Grey whale breeching and it is their logo. Few humans get to see such an event. Maybe, just maybe, you can be one of those lucky ones when read more...

Shadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery

Shadow Ranch Barn & Fair Play Valley

Posted by on July 18, 2014

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Leaving Fair Play Rd. onto the long shared drive up and over hill and dale you will arrive at one of the finest wineries in the Fair Play Appellation; Shadow Ranch Vineyard and Winery. There’s a reason for the name as large oak trees provide an abundance of shade in the front of the tasting room so you can enjoy read more...

Skinner Vineyards & Winery

Umbrellas and a fireplace in foreground with a view of the Fair Play Valley

Posted by on June 7, 2014

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In 1861 James Skinner started one of the Sierra Foothills first wineries. The Scotsman’s great-great-great grandson decided to resurrect the family tradition by starting a winery in Fair Play. Planting  vines, finding a winemaker and (like all businesses dealing with local government) fumbling their way through the permit process, Mike and Carrie Skinner found themselves to be proud owners of read more...

Festival in Fair Play

Tables & Chairs on deck overlooking the valley

Posted by on June 7, 2014

Jun 7, 2014 - Jun 8, 2014
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Single Leaf Winery is part of one of the oldest traditions in California wine history: The Fair Play Festival.  The Fair Play Festival started more than 30 years ago as a friendly offer of thanks to the community. The three original wineries in Fair Play wanted to thank all their neighbors for putting up with the traffic and inconvenience the read more...

Annual Open House at Bluebird Haven Iris Garden

A large garden of multicolored Iris blooms

Posted by on May 9, 2014

May 10, 2014 - Jun 1, 2014
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May is always special in Fair Play because acres upon acres of iris provide a beautiful blanket of color. When you turn the curve on Fair Play Rd. and you approach the Bluebird Haven Iris Garden you feast your eyes on thousands and thousands of blooms. In fact, there are over 100,000 iris plants showing their beauty this time of read more...

Busby Cellars Celebrates Spring Fling

Busby Cellars Barn in their vineyard

Posted by on April 10, 2014

Apr 12, 2014 - Apr 13, 2014
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This iconic historic barn, in the above photo, tells you you are at Busby Cellars. Another curve in the road and the first driveway on the left and you’re there. This boutique winery is loaded with it’s own recent history. Elliott and Sherrie Graham, owners, developers, winemaker and tasting room staff are everything and they did everything. That’s right, they read more...

Gold Vine Grill

2 guys eating at the Wine Bar

Posted by on April 10, 2014

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Mary & Greg Kemp have made the Gold Vine Grill a favorite stop for both Fair Play Wine Appellation visitors and us locals. Located at the “Four Way Stop”, it is easy to find. As you step into this hidden gem in Somerset you feel right at home immediately. The friendly service staff will seat you and make your visit read more...

Oakstone Winery’s 17th Anniversary

Looking south from the Oakstone patio.

Posted by on March 14, 2014

Mar 15, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014
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17 years ago, out of the bowls of the soil in Fair Play came the birth of Oakstone Winery. Hills were shaped and vines planted, a D3 caterpillar graded the shape for a building to be built. Footings set and timber framed so a resemblance of what was to be built emerged. Tile was strewn around the floor and put read more...

Mastroserio Winery

A small jazz combo playing

Posted by on March 9, 2014

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Mastroserio Winery is on a north facing slope in Fair Play on Granite Springs Rd. The address, though, is Fair Play Rd. As you drive up the gentle hill, on the left you will find this great boutique winery, Mastorserio Winery. Park in the lot that is below the grand patio under a gigantic oak tree. There you can enjoy read more...

Paso Robles Town Square

Posted by on March 3, 2014

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Old Town Paso Robles (El Paso de Robles ‘The Pass of the Oaks’) is located about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on Highway 101. “Paso”, as it is commonly called, was a Mexican Land Grant purchased by James Blackburn and Daniel Blackburn in 1857. Later they donated two city blocks to be used exclusively by the City read more...

Paso Robles Inn

The Paos Robles Inn Tower

Posted by on March 3, 2014

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A great historic spot, the Paso Robles Inn’s history goes back to the late 1880s. This boutique hotel/inn has eight buildings with 4-8 rooms each. The South wing eight rooms have mineral spas on the ground floor. A park-like setting surrounds the pool in the center of all the buildings. To enjoy the pool you don’t have to walk halfway read more...

Saluti Cellars

Hillside view of grape vines with large pond in front.

Posted by on February 21, 2014

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Hidden Valley now has a new meaning and it’s no longer salad dressing. It means the home of Saluti Cellars. As you pass through the monument wall entry gate and start down the long winding driveway your breath is taken away by the beauty Randy Rossi has created in his little valley. During your drive down to the tasting room read more...

The Independent Restaurant & Bar

Patio filled with people

Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Located just off the main drag of the historic downtown Placerville, the Independent Restaurant & Bar is casual dining at its best. The small dining room sits about thirty comfortably. Tables are arranged together for groups. The full bar is the only place in the establishment where there is a TV. When you enjoying dinner or lunch you are not read more...

Winterhill

Hanging sign

Posted by on February 3, 2014

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“The Finest Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oils” is the bragging statement for Winterhill . It’s accurate. Annette Schoonover preaches the virtues of olives and oils by telling a little history of the olive. Over the centuries the olive has stood for wisdom, fertility and peace. Olives and their oils have lit the darkness of the night, fed and beautified the read more...

Illuminare Winery

People at tasting bar with owner Aaron Hill, behind the bar

Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Aaron Hill is owner, winemaker and tasting room staff. He is cellar rat, racker, topper and everything thing else for Illuminare. This one man show is amazing. He started this boutique winery 10 years ago in the corner of the building when it was just a little better than a hovel. The building is L-shaped and he is at the read more...

Crab Banquets – PVFA @ Perry Creek Creek Winery

Crab Banquet Flyer

Posted by on January 11, 2014

Jan 11, 2014 - Jan 18, 2014
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The Pioneer Volunteer Firefighters Association (PVFA) presents their 16th Annual Crab Banquet at Perry Creek Winery Saturdays, January 11th & 18th, 2014. Yes, you read that right, the Crab BANQUET. It’s a true banquet: linen table clothes, cloth napkins, china, silverware, souvenir wine glasses, clarified butter w/warmers, tartar sauce, and much more. The servers, in teams of two, bring each of read more...

dkcellars

A lady standing behind a bar that has several wine bottles on it.

Posted by on January 9, 2014

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Kim Pratt mans the tasting bar most days. She and hubby, winemaker Dave, have been making wine for over ten years. The vineyard is located at about 2,800 elevation. That is about as high as you can get and still grow grapes. The view atop the hill is great; you have the vista of the Fair Play Appellation. “Old World read more...

Candy Strike Emporium

Storefront of Candy Strike Emporium

Posted by on December 16, 2013

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“Olde Tyme Candy & More” is the slogan for the Candy Strike Emporium. The reason for that is they have every kind of candy imaginable from bygone years and many styles of fresh fudge and truffles made right there in Candy Strike. Doug – known to all as “The CandyMan” – and his wife, Barb, took it over in 2003 read more...

Tree House

Brick building with burgundy curved awnings above the long sing above the store entrance. The sign is outlined in white with a green background and white lettering that says Tree House

Posted by on December 16, 2013

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The Tree House, on historic Main St. in downtown Placevrille, is your Home, Garden and Holiday store with home decor items of every kind. If your want to change out those old white elephant bookends you got at the office Holiday gift exchange, you will find the perfect thing to replace them. Your Garden can always use another little something read more...

Mellowood Vineyard

Red Barn Tasting Room

Posted by on December 11, 2013

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Snow had been falling all night of December 6, 2013 and the roads had lots of snow. The next morning we followed the tracks of the many others as we trekked to Mellowood Vineyards, nestled in the woods just off Omo Ranch Rd. in Fair Play. This amount of snow rarely happens and all enjoy the beauty of our hills read more...

Port & Chocolate Festival

Sunset viewed from Oakstone deck

Posted by on December 4, 2013

Dec 7, 2013 - Dec 8, 2013
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Spectacular views join you at Oakstone Winery, high on one of the many hills in Fair Play. Maybe, just maybe, one of these great sunsets will be seen when you stop by the Port & Chocolate Festival Saturday and Sunday, December 7th & 8th from 11 – 5. When you arrive there will be bright smiling faces for a warm read more...

The Bookery

Awning at the Staorefront

Posted by on November 14, 2013

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Celia Lux and Nancy Dunk have owned and operated The Bookery for 30 years. They celebrated that anniversary September 1st. In historic downtown Placerville there are few businesses that have been around 30 years. True the buildings go back to the California Gold Rush which makes Historic Main St. a treasure trove for history buffs. Even if you don’t know read more...

Saluti Cellars

Panoramic view of the pond with the vineyards in the background.

Posted by on November 13, 2013

Nov 11, 2013 - Dec 23, 2013
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In order to enjoy the last few weekends of fall before the onset of the winter freezing cold, gather yourself together and come on up to Saluti Cellars. Every Sunday between November 11th and December 23, 2013 they will have complimentary wine tasting and hot food from 12-3 for you to enjoy Saluti Sunday Warm Ups. A warm bonfire (weather read more...

Iverson Vineyards & Winery

Picking of Merlot starts at sunrise at Iverson Vineyards

Posted by on November 11, 2013

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Just off Fair Play Rd. (at the Pub at Fair Play), onto Perry Creek Rd. about 100 yards up a hill part way and left into the bending driveway you’ll venture into the Iverson Vineyards, home of the winery and the prettiest spot for a tasting room. As you step out of your wheels, you’ll be caught up in the read more...

Late Afternoon Jazz at Mastroserio Winery

A small jazz combo playing

Posted by on October 12, 2013

Oct 12, 2013 - Oct 12, 2013
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Come JOIN the fun Saturday, October 12th from 4 – 7 PM. A late afternoon jazz concert at the Mastroserio Winery in the heart of the Fair Play Wine Country. Owner & winemaker Ruggero Mastroserio plays the saxophone with his friends in their small combo for a great afternoon of good music, wine and food under the majestic oak. The read more...

Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyards

Man at the bar and a woman

Posted by on October 11, 2013

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High atop one of the highest hills in Fair Play sets a boutique winery owned by John Alexander, Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard. John prefers to have his place called Colibri Ridge. Colibri Ridge is literally on the cutting edge. The tasting room was cut into the side of solid rock by using dynamite to blow away enough rock for read more...

The Wine Smith – Wine & Beer Boutique

long aisle of wooden wine racks holding multiple bottles of wine

Posted by on September 30, 2013

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On Placerville’s Historic Main St., this is a local favorite for enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of premium beer. The Wine Smith-Wine & Beer Boutique carries an extensive selection of El Dorado County wines; after-all it is in El Dorado County. At the wine bar you can order some wine by the glass or bottle and some read more...

Windwalker Wine Dinner

Tasting Bar

Posted by on September 24, 2013

Oct 5, 2013 - Oct 5, 2013
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WINDWALKER WINE DINNER Saturday October 5th Jim & Alanna Taff still have a couple of seats available for their Saturday October 5th Wine Dinner. If you are interested in attending please contact Chef Jonathan Rolls on 916-712-7664 or Jonathan_rolls@sbcglobal.net. Plan to arrive around 6.00pm for some special wine tasting with Jim before we eat at 6.30pm. The menu is: Amuse read more...

Windwalker Vineyards

Tasting Bar

Posted by on September 24, 2013

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Windwalker Vineyards’ tasting room is big, roomy and the sky is painted on the ceiling for that fresh airy feeling. Tile floors keep the room clean and sparkling. The tasting bar is just a few feet inside the front entrance for ease of getting into your tasting position. Hooks are along the underside of the bar for purses, coats, etc. read more...