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El Dorado’s Wine Harvest Festival is Sept. 13-14

“Tour de Vine,” El Dorado’s Wine Harvest Festival, celebrates the magical cycle of the wine harvest offering visitors a “tour of vines” as well as crush pads and cellars. The event will be held during the weekend of September 13-14 at 20 wineries in the colorful El Dorado foothills.

Wine lovers, vineyard viewers and novice grape crushers from all over are expected during the festival weekend. And then for the next two months, winemakers will be knee-deep in grapes harvested from nearly 2,500 acres of El Dorado vineyards.

Guests will be treated to wine and light food pairings, and “harvest experiences” including:

” Vineyard tours with winemakers

” Hands-on experiences like grape crushing

” Special tastings from vineyard to barrel to bottle, in cellars and a cave

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” Fermentation demonstrations and grape “punch downs” by participants

” Blessing of the grapes ceremony

Twenty El Dorado family wineries will participate: Boeger, Busby Cellars, Colibri Ridge, Conti Estate/Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, Crystal Basin Cellars, Fitzpatrick, David Girard, Gold Hill, Granite Springs, Holly’s Hill, Jodar, Latcham, Madrona, Miraflores, Mount Aukum, Narrow Gate, Perry Creek, Sierra Oaks Estates, Sierra Vista, and Single Leaf.

Ticket sales benefit the El Dorado Arts Council.

Tickets cost $35 through Sept. 7 (good for both days) available at http://www.ElDoradoWines.org. They will be $45 beginning Sept. 8, and at the door of select wineries.

September is California Wine Month, recognizing the state’s wine community for its contributions to California’s economy, lifestyle, tourism and environment.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is happy to be one of the main sponsors of the event. For information on the event and participating wineries, visit http://www.ElDoradoWines.org