December 9, 2009
Rail Bridge Cellars' new addition to the family

You can't blame Jon Affonso for looking a little bleary eyed these days. The owner of Rail Bridge Cellars, a Sacramento urban winery located just north of downtown, welcomed the birth of daughter Simone in September. Her birth just happened to coincide with the harvest season, also known as the busiest time of the year for wineries. Let's just say that sleep was rarer than a bottle of 19th century Chateau Lafite for Affonso.

"That was crazy," says Affonso, looking back on Septemeber. "I crushed 30 tons of fruit this year, both of other people's fruit and my own. It was a big, big harvest this year. I worked a lot of weekends."

Affonso will be working this weekend as well, hosting a free wine tasting on Saturday at Rail Bridge Cellars (400 North 16th St., Sacramento). The event includes live music and starts at 6 p.m. For more information: (916) 492-2530.

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