August 24, 2010
Wine tasting this week

Wednesday: Sip on some wine, root for the River Cats. Wednesday's the final throwdown for Wine in the Park, a night of wine tasting and minor league baseball that's been running through the summer at Raley Field (400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento). Look for the goods to be poured by Elkhorn Peak, Solune, Bent Metal and Abundance wineries from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Then you can watch the River Cats battle the Fresno Grizzlies with a 7 p.m. game time. Tickets are $25, or $20 with purchase of 15 or more. Information: (916) 662-0008 or

Wednesday: We're a big fan of Yorba's barbera 'round these parts, and here's some extra special sipping going on this Wednesday at Back Wine Bar (25075 Blue Ravine Rd., Folsom). Yorba viticulturalist Ann Kraemer will be pouring the winery's latest releases (barbera, tempranillo and Shake Ridge red), and Back Wine Bar will also have Yorba wines at special sale prices. Information:

Saturday: Help usher the 2010 harvest in Amador County with your stomping feet. Story Winery (10525 Bell Rd., Plymouth) will host a wine grape stomp competition at 1 p.m. The contest is limited to ladies only, and the winner will be crowned "Miss-Zin 2010" and have $100 donated to a charity of choice. $15 entry fee. Information:

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