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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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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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Behind the Bottle June 20-22, 2014

PURCHASE TICKETS The week-end kicks-off on Friday night with a concert in Murphys Park, the heart of Calaveras County. Bring a folding chair and a couple of blankets to settle in for a night of swing music by the band Swing Gitane. Wines by the glass and food will be available for purchase. Friday, June 20, 6:00 […]

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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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Port & Chocolate Tasting

  WINES OF THE WORD Join us for Wines of the World on February 13th, 2014 at the Historic Murphys Hotel. Dorian Faught will host a sinful themed Wines of the World tasting at 5:30pm! Chocolate and Port are best friends, and we have a tasting flight that will get your heart racing. Decadent dark […]

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Wines of the World January 16th

WINES OF THE WORD Join us for Wines of the World on January 16th, 2014 at the Historic Murphys Hotel. Tom Bender will host an aroma and sensory themed Wines of the World tasting at 5:30pm! There are benefits to describing wines using recognizable aromas. While we all might smell wine components differently, they definitely add […]

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Presidents’ Wine Weekend

  February 15-16, 2014 – President’s Wine Weekend – The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance presents the 18th 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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Save the Date! Events in 2014

Presidents Weekend, February 15-16th Wine glass sales on the street in front of the Native Sons Hall, $20 and is your ticket to one free tasting at each of our Alliance Members Tasting rooms. The Native Sons Hall is located at 398 Main Street in Murphys. Cash only for glass sales. We will not be […]

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Alchemy Winemakers Night

  Alchemy Market & Cafe offers weekly Winemaker nights on Tuesdays. December 17th is the next event! Winemaker’s Night Start Date: December 17, 2013 Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Featuring $5 glasses of wine from Stevenot and music by The Sandra Dolores Band.

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Weekly Winery Recipe – Allegorie Tampranillo

Moussaka Served with 2009 Allegorie Tempranillo Ingredients 1 lb ground lamb, chicken or crab cake 3 medium eggplants sliced very thin, about a 1/4 inch 1 large onion finely chopped 1 large can of organic chopped tomatoes 1 tbls chopped garlic 2 tbls of Bahara seasoning 2 sprigs of Thai basil, chopped fine Shredded mozzarella […]

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Weekly Winery Recipe – Stevenot Reserva Barbera

We’ve asked our Calaveras Winegrape Alliance winemakers and tasting room staff for recipes that include their wine. David Oliveto, from Stevenot winery, has sent us the following recipe for red sauce. Stevenot Winery Reserva Barbera The 2011 Stevenot Barbera is a great example of why this Italian variety is thriving in the Sierra Foothills of […]

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How Much Wine Do You Need?

As we gear up for Thanksgiving I tend to get a little pang of fear as I shop for wine. Standing in the center of the wine aisle at my local grocery store, blocking other carts, and having a mild panic attack. Mentally I go around the table, counting my would be guests for Thanksgiving […]

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Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions

    We’ve asked our Winery members to suggest their favorite wine pairings for your Thanksgiving table. As we get closer to the holidays we will continue to post quotes from all our members.   What to serve with the Bird? Enjoy our very popular 2010 Four Winds Sangiovese at incredible savings this Holiday Season. […]

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Holiday Wine Shopping

With the Holidays looming, Sara Teeter of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, has put together a few tips on how to shop for wine with any sort of holiday function in mind: the holiday potluck, Thanksgiving, and the big deal holiday party with friends and co-workers. •  Follow a producer. Calaveras provides the unique opportunity to get […]

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Murphys Holiday Open House

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 shops, tasting rooms and restaurants, see what’s […]

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Meet the ghosts of Calaveras

Meet the ghosts of Calaveras… With a rich history dating back to the 1800’s, it’s no wonder Calaveras County has a few resident ghosts that have been known to haunt some popular visitor spots.  Looking to have a paranormal experience?  Following are the top haunts in Calaveras and a little bit about the spirits that […]

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Murphys Day of the Dead

Murphys Businesses Honor the Dead in the Land of the Skulls on Dia de los Muertos. Join us on November 2nd 2013 Murphys merchants and tasting rooms will be celebrating the Fourth Annual Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, on November 2nd from 12-5 pm.  Participating businesses will be offering authentic cultural art, […]

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The Grape Stomp is October 5th!

Produced by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance, the Calaveras Grape Stomp, held in conjunction with the Gold Rush Street Faire, is a unique, fun-filled day for the whole family. At the Grape Stomp teams of two, a Swabber and a Stomper, have exactly three minutes to try and stomp the most juice out of a measured […]

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Smoke Taint

  Dear Growers, Vineyard Owners and Winemakers: Attached please find a document from a comprehensive study conducted by the Australian Wine Research Institute and Australian Department of Agriculture & Food: http://m.awri.com.au/wp-content/uploads/smoke_effect_in_grapes_and_wine.pdf So many questions have arisen in relation to the affects of the Rim Fire on our grapes and ultimately on our wine. I found this source to be reliable […]

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