Join former presidents on their weekend

The 22nd annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend, presented by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, takes place Feb. 17 and 18.

“Presidents’ Wine Weekend is an opportunity for wine lovers to taste their way through Calaveras County by purchasing a $25 commemorative glass and visiting over 28 participating wineries and tasting rooms while enjoying free limited-tasting flights of numerous award winning wines and exciting varietals offered by the best of Calaveras County’s wine community,” said a CWA release.

Full tastings are available in each tasting room for additional fees.

Many participating wineries and tasting rooms also offer live music, light bites and food samples as well as special offers on wine purchases. “Visitors to the Calaveras County wine region will find plenty of warm welcomes and hospitable spirit within our tasting rooms as they welcome participants to this highly anticipated two-day event.”

Presidents Wine Weekend is a great time to sample the variety of award winning wines, taste those robust Spanish and Italian regional varietals the foothills have become known for – think Barbera and Tempranillo, as well as Mourvedre and Grenache from France and some of the best Zinfandels and Cabernets produced in Gold Country. Even better, the two-day event gives you a chance to meet winemakers and discover the history that surrounds the area.

Purchase a souvenir wineglass anytime during the event at a participating winery and begin your exploration. Glasses can be purchased for $25 per day or $40 for two-day passes. “You simply won’t be able to taste at all the wineries in one day …”

Wineglasses will be sold in front of Newsome Harlow Winery and Black Sheep Winery along Main Street in downtown Murphys, as well as specific wineries around Calaveras County.

The Tipsy Frog Wine Bar in Copperopolis Town Square and the Metate Vineyards tasting room on Main Street in Angels Camp offer wineglasses, too.

For more on Presidents’ Day Wine Weekend, visit calaveraswines.org or call 728-9467.

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