February 7, 2012
Free wine tasting in El Dorado Hills on Feb. 16

Anyone out there love a glass of syrah, that juicy red wine known for its full body and forward flavors? The grape's a signature of the Rhone in France, and especially dense and powerful versions of syrah are produced in Australia - though in the Land Down Under, the grape's called "shiraz." Syrah also has a home in the Sierra Foothills, which has the growing conditions and soils that work well with Rhone-styled wines.

So, how about a taste of that Sierra Foothills syrah? Feb. 16 has been designated by wine marketers that be as "Syrah Day," and you can get free tastes from eight El Dorado County wineries that day. The event will be held at the El Dorado Hills California Welcome Center (2085 Vine St., El Dorado Hills) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Participating wineries include: David Girard Vineyards, Sierra Vista Vineyards & Winery, Lava Cap Winery, Boeger Winery, Shadow Ranch Vineyard, Crystal Basin Cellars, Grace Patriot Wines and Mount Aukum Winery.

For more information: (916) 358-3700

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