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2015 Presidents’ Wine Weekend Calaveras

  February 14-15, 2015 – President’s Wine Weekend – The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 19th annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend at all 22 CWA wineries from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a great opportunity to sample the fine wines of Calaveras, celebrate with friends old and new, and take advantage of special discounts. […]

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Behind the Bottle 2015 – a Passport Event

  June 20-21, 2015   TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON APRIL 1, 2015 Tickets/Glass for the event will be sold Saturday and Sunday : locations to be announced.   Full Schedule to come * If you are a Year Round Passport Holder: You must register for Behind the Bottle online. Select the free ticket option. When […]

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2015 Scholarship Information

CWA offers college scholarships for Calaveras seniors   MURPHYS, CA – December 13, 2014 – Each year the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance holds a silent auction at the Calaveras Grape Stomp with proceeds going back into the community.   This year CWA will offer a total of $3,000 in college scholarships to Calaveras County seniors who […]

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CWA College Scholarship Forms

The CWA is offering a $1000 scholarship to high school seniors in Calaveras County. Students awarded the scholarship must provide proof of enrollment in college to receive the funds. Applicants must have a 3.0 gpa or higher and be entering into an agriculture related field/major. Home School Students, public and private students are encouraged to enter. […]

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Holiday Wine Weekend Starts Dec. 5

2014 Murphys Open House – December 5th Every year on the first Friday in December, Murphys celebrates the holiday season with a community Open House from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is free, the streets are closed and we are ready to celebrate the season. Open House is a great time to peruse Murphys’ wonderful […]

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2015 SF Chron Wine Competition

  Celebrating 15 Groundbreaking Years! The 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Annual “Call for Entries”  For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is the largest competition of American wines in the World […]

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Chill out

    Photo courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine With the holidays on the horizon we wanted to post a few tips on entertaining with wine. Today we are talking about chilling wine in a hurry, and the fastest way to chill wine is in a bucket with ice and water. You can speed the […]

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What to pair with Beaujolais…

    If you haven’t made plans to attend our November 20th Wines of the World Event, you must be crazy! These light, refreshing red wines are just the thing to pair with your autumnal cooking.  In preparation for our Beaujolais tasting we are feasting on the recipe below! Let us know on our Facebook […]

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Down Low On Decanting

From Food & Wine Ever wondered where the experts stand on the best wine practices and controversies? Wine blogger, teacher and author Tyler Colman (a. k. a. Dr. Vino) delivers a final judgement. Don’t you think decanting is beneficial for many wines, young or old? With an older wine, it’s a way to separate the wine […]

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Grape Stomp Auction Donations

    The Calaveras Grape Stomp is October 4th, 2014! Sign up your stomp team or find the details for this event here! Take advantage of putting your product out in front of ten thousand people at our live and silent auction. Please see our donation form.

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Harvest has begun!

Chatom Vineyards has begun the 2014 Harvest season, as have many of our there wineries in Calaveras. Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes at Semillon and Chardonnay grapes being processed.

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Living with Wildfire

  An acquaintance of mine recently moved to Groveland, California from Pacifica. He was evacuated from his home last summer for the El Portal wildfire, which devastated the area.  In talking to his neighbors and friends in the community, none of them thought this summer would be nearly has frightening as last. Yet, a year […]

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Tour Calaveras County Wines with a Year Long Passport

Click the PayPal Buy Now button below to purchase your Passport now! The all-new CWA Passport is your gateway into our twenty-three participating wineries over a 365-day period.  Each winery will host you in their unique way with special tastings, privileges or offers. Explore our many tasting rooms at your perfect pace; a couple in […]

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Wines of the World, California State Fair winners

  Dynamic duo, Dorian & Crystal Faught, host a tasting of the State Fair Winners for 2014! When was the last time you were able to taste at the best wineries in Alexander Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, or in the Santa Lucia Highlands? Dorian and Crystal have hand selected the best of the best and […]

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2014 Vineyard Tour & BBQ

 BUY TICKETS HERE   2014 Vineyard Tour & BBQ    -  “The Grape to the Glass Tour”    Friday, July 25, 2014   Tour Specialist, Glenn McGourty   UCCE Viticulture and Plant Science Advisor       Tour Specialist, Lynn Wunderlich   UCCE Calaveras County Farm Advisor       This year’s tour will involve discussions […]

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Peter Rowan preforms at Twisted Oak Winery

Twisted Oak Winery is pleased to welcome the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band to our hilltop in Vallecito on Saturday, June 14th! Advance tickets are only $25 and can be purchased right here online. Concertgoers will be admitted starting at 6:30pm – please carpool! – the show starts at 7:45pm.  Admission is $10 for children under 12. All proceeds from […]

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Calaveras Wine Competition Results 2014

  Calaveras County Wine Judging Results Calaveras County Wine Judging Results Friday, May 2, 2014 Black Sheep Lily Pad White             Double Gold, Best of Calaveras White Terra d Oro Chenin/Viog 2013        Double Gold, Best of Show White Hovey 2012                                       Double Gold, Best of Calaveras Red Shenandoah 2010 “Paul’s”         […]

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Summer Concerts in Calaveras

  Several of our Calaveras Wineries are offering concert series this summer. Sip your favorite wine, relax in a low back folding chair and enjoy summer evenings in Calaveras wine country. Always eagerly anticipated, Ironstone will announce their line up soon. Stay tuned here. Brice Station is offering Jazz, rock and more this summer, details […]

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Drought Relief Comes to Wine Country

Drought Relief Comes to Wine Country by Tim Fish And finally the rain. The first major storm in more than a year swept through Northern California over the weekend, and the sound heard in the skies wasn’t thunder, but a sigh of collective relief. Napa Valley and Sonoma County averaged about 8 inches in a few days, […]

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Take It Outside – Wine Enthusiast feature on Newsome-Harlow

Take It Outside Scott and Melly Klann’s playbook for the ultimate alfresco dinner party. Scott Klann is the winemaker behind Zinfandel-focused Newsome-Harlow; his wife Melanie—whom he refers to affectionately as Melly—is a chef. Based in the Calaveras County town of Murphys, together they know their wine and food, honing in on great vineyard sites throughout the Foothills […]

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Chocolate Events in Calaveras

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, chocoholics among us rejoice in the tradition of chocolate giving and receiving. And for those of us who seek consolation for our single-hood, chocolate is the perfect indulgence. Poets and scientists have long attempted to describe and explain the nature of chocolate’s attraction. Is it even possible to be miserable […]

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Best Practices for Vine Water Management

  Best Practices for Vine Water Management to Maximize Vine Health and Winegrape Quality Save the Date:  Thursday February 20, 2014 Where: Freeborn Hall on the North Quad at UC Davis Time: 9:00am to 3:45pm Registration details are below.   The situation with water conservation became a huge issue in 2013 and has carried over to 2014 […]

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2014 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition

  Congratulations to our Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Members! The following wineries places in the 2014 S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition*: Five Gold Medals Black Sheep 2010 Zinfandel Frog’s Tooth 2010 Sangiovese Hovey 2011 Zinfandel Ironstone 2010 Old Vine Zinfandel and 2012 Symphony 24 Silver Medals Black Sheep 2011 Merlot and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Chatom 2009 Cabernet, […]

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How Dry Is It? – Lynn Wunderlich

Lynn Wunderlich, UCCE Farm Advisor for Calaveras County, has an update on Governor Brown’s emergency drought declaration, in California on January 17, 2014. “Foothill Growers, I thought you might be interested in the precipitation stats, by month, from our local foothill CIMIS (California Irrigation Management Information System) stations. We have 3, one in Camino (El Dorado), […]

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