Grape Days of Summer is an annual wine lovers weekend event held on the Placer Wine Trail. This year it was held on July 20-21, 2019. Included in the price of the ticket is the wine tastings, food at each stop, and various educational experiences, such as learning about winemaking, grapes, aging styles, and blending techniques.

Vineyard View with green grapevine leaves and large oak tree in the foregroundBecause the wineries on the Trail are spread out through the cities of Auburn, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Newcastle and Rocklin, you should really have a good idea of your route you want to take to maximize efficiency and gasoline consumption. There is a Loomis Loop, the Auburn ones are fairly close together if you plan North Auburn, the Lincoln gateway group, then outliers such as Meadow Vista. They now have a tasting room in Auburn or it is a logical place to start if you’re coming from Reno or Tahoe. You are never too far from another winery, so if you don’t know where to head next, just ask!

Top Stops

A few of the noteworthy stops for food and overall experience this year included Casque, Lone Buffalo, PaZa, and Secret Ravine. From a bison slider to a mini boxed picnic lunch, the food complemented the wines being poured and you know you’re in for a treat when the owners and/or winemakers are on hand to do the honors.

Every winery is different on the Placer Wine Trail. Some of the wineries have beautiful views, acreage of land, large ponds, Ternero olive oil tasting, or vineyards with the grapes starting to turn, others rely on word of mouth, award-winning wines, or non-traditional varietals to make them unique.

Don’t Miss Upcoming Trail Events

Grape Days is highly recommended to get to know the people behind the wineries in our backyards of Placer County. If you missed this event, other similar open house type Trail events occur in December and also in the springtime. Visit www.placerwine.com for upcoming events and tickets.

Grape Days of Summer Welcome Board to Event
Casque Winery welcoming the event attendees at their Flower Farm tasting room in Loomis.

Secret Ravine Vineyards box lunch for each attendee to pair with the wine tasting.
Perfectly paired lunch boxes were a hit at Secret Ravine. Various cheeses, olives, nuts, and all included as part of the event.

 

Submitted by:
Rebecca Wilkie,
Sip Savor Smile