Wine Tasting In El Dorado

One of my favorite parts about living in Sacramento is when I want to get out for a weekend adventure I don’t have to travel very far. Within in an hour driving distance of my house there are all kinds of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. Recently I was introduced to El Dorado wine country for their 2016 Passport Weekend. I know when most people think of Northern California wine it conjures up images of Napa or Sonoma, but I was excited to find what other amazing wines existed outside of these regions. My official photographer, I mean husband, and I braved grey skies and rain sprinkles to taste new wines and take in beautiful views, we were not disappointed.

 

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2016 Passport Weekend

We spent the most amount of our time at C.G. di Arie Vineyard and Winery where we tasted our way through the property. First stop was the patio where we met Elisheva, co-owner of C.G di Arie, and she gave us a brief explanation of the history and types of wines they produce. We were excited to learn they regularly host open house events for wine releases and vineyard tours. I mean, with this view how could we not plan on coming back?

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View From the Patio

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Why is my glass empty?

After taking in the views we headed inside to meet the winemaker Chaim, who also happens to be the husband of Elisheva. We were challenged to put our palates to the test and identify which eight wines made up their soon-to-be released Onstage Act II blend. Always up for a good challenge my husband and I tasted, chatted with the winemaker (we couldn’t pry any hints about the blend makeup out of him), and submitted our best guesses. People who correctly identify the makeup of the blend win a case, so keep your fingers crossed and if you’re lucky we might share.

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Decoding the OnStage Act II Blend
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Meeting the maker.
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Casting the ballot, may I have one more taste just to be sure?
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Barrels of fun at G.G. di Arie

We really enjoyed out experience at Passport Weekend and can’t wait to come back, on our visit we will definitely plan on staying overnight so we can experience more. Haven’t been yet? Plan your getaway here. Have a favorite winery, restaurant, or hotel we should try next time? Let me know in the comments!

One Year In Sacramento

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At the end of June I celebrated my one year anniversary of moving from LA to Sacramento. While there are parts of LA I will always miss, mainly the smell of the Pacific Ocean, I am becoming a big fan of this city every day. Leaving friends and familiarity to start over in a city that I didn’t know much about was intimidating at first, luckily Sacramento embraced me with open arms. I have spent most of the last year exploring neighborhoods, restaurants, music venues, cocktail bars, museums, events and trying to find my place. Looking back on all my experiences of the past year is pretty mind blowing:  I have become a regular contributor for Girls on The Grid (one of my best decisions, I have met SO many fantastic women because of this blog), dove head first into the craft beer community, established and grown a small business, found a network of inspiring and creative professionals that are also great friends, swapped beach bike rides for bike rides along the river, and said yes to a lot of new (and slightly terrifying) experiences. Another huge bonus of living here: I am only a few hours from San Francisco, Napa, and Tahoe so running away for the weekend is easy. Here’s a look back at most of what I have been up to:

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photo by @faithmari
photo by @faithmari

Xmas

Old Sac

Bey and the Bay

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In honor of my Sacriversay (still trying to make that a word) I started a page detailing all my local spots I have discovered so far. Now if you ever come through town you will know exactly where to go! Looking forward to another year of fun here in my new city, and by fun I mean eating.