Grape Days of Summer


“Celebrate PlacerGROWN.” That is the theme of this year’s Grape Days of Summer, hosted by the Placer County Vintners Association and the Placer County Wine Trail members. Taking place this weekend, Aug. 3–4, this is a wine-lover’s dream: wine tasting, wine educational opportunities, vineyard tours and more make up the event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Eighteen wineries along the Placer County Wine Trail—which encompasses Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista and Newcastle—are participating, and each one has some special activity going on. For example, Secret Ravine in Loomis will be sampling Cabernet Franc from 2011 and 2012, demonstrating the effect that barrel aging has on how a wine tastes. For a very thorough list of what’s going on, click here. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Or, save the service fee and purchase them at any of the participating wineries. Tickets are good for both days, and if you’re a designated driver, you get in for 10 bucks.

What: Grape Days of Summer
When: Aug. 3–4, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Along the Placer County Wine Trail
Cost: $40