Sacramento is surrounded by hundreds of wineries across a number of wine regions, also referred to as American Viticultural Areas (AVA). The Sierra Foothill AVA is just one of those regions, and was established in 1987. It’s the third-largest AVA in California by total acreage but makes less than 1% of state’s total production of wine. Tucked within the borders of the Sierra Foothill wine region are eight counties: Amador, El Dorado, Calaveras, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Tuolumne and Yuba. This 120-mile-long area is notable for its undulating landscape, which can reach elevations as high as 3,000 feet. Although most famous for zinfandel, the Sierra Foothills are home to more than 50 wine grape varieties, including Bordeaux, Rhone, Spanish and Italian varieties.
Wine enthusiasts will get the opportunity to explore the wide diversity and quality of wines from this vast region during the first ever Foothill Wine Fest, being held at the Palladio Event Center in Folsom, on Saturday, Nov. 20. Approximately 50 foothill wineries will be on hand pouring wines for festival goers. This tasting event complements the Foothill Wine Fest competition which took place in May. During this competition, hundreds of wines were evaluated and scored by wine judges, like retired Sacramento Bee wine and food columnist Mike Dunne and best-selling author, wine consultant and podcaster Rick Kushman. For a complete list of winning wines, please visit Foothill Wine Fest Wine Competition.
The event is presented by the Greater Folsom Partnership and is sponsored among others by Revel and Signature Bank, among others. General admission will include a commemorative tasting glass, gourmet fancy food sampling box and free parking. Prepaid general admission tickets are $65 and $75 at the door. More details can be found and tickets can be purchased at Foothill Wine Fest.