Sierra Club wine tasting next week |

Sierra Club wine tasting next week

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Boulders and meandering streams inside and out are features of Stonehenge-at-Tahoe. The unique house will be the site of the Aug. 23 Tahoe Area Sierra Club summer wine tasting gala.

The Tahoe Area Sierra Club will host its summer wine tasting gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 at the fabulous Tahoe Stonehenge House. The club is celebrating and showcasing the wine, music, writing and art of El Dorado County. This year, Madrona Vineyards of Camino will be pouring its award winning wines. Enologist and winemaker, Kurt Burris, will give a winemaker’s talk, answer questions and give expert advice about selecting and storing wine.

Dream Spirit Baroque Band will provide music for the evening. Winterhill Farms will present a tasting of their artisan extra virgin olive oils. Artist Tara O’Hara will show her collection of ceramic and tile mosaic garden art and is offering one of her Sierra Wildflower pieces for the raffle. Sculptor Annette Schoonover will display her bronze pieces. Two Sisters Catering will make certain that no one goes hungry.

This year’s featured author is Tahoe historian and radio personality, Don Lane. For years Lane has narrated a bit of Tahoe history in the mornings on the radio and has now put a large collection of his well researched tales into a newly published book, “Tahoe Tales: Bygone Days and Memorable Pioneers.” Some of this Tahoe history is available only in his book, making it a must for the Tahoe history buff. Lane will sign copies of his book and has agreed to tell the crowd a story or two.

Tahoe Stonehenge, located in Meyers, was built by a longtime Tahoe family. Their lot had many large boulders on it and rather than viewing the rocks as an obstacle, they built their house in and over the boulder field. Visitors must walk into a large rock cavern to reach the front door. Once inside, you realize the rocks you saw outside, are also inside. A spring emerges in the great room and meanders through the house and finds its way outdoors. It is truly one of a kind. The extensive grounds afford unparalleled views of Mt. Tallac, the surrounding peaks and the valley below. There is no better setting to sip good wine, visit with friends and enjoy the extraordinary view.

Tickets are $25 for Sierra Club members and $30 for nonmembers. They are available by calling Kay Edwards at (775) 588-4565; at Aspen Hollow Nursery and the South Shore Farmer’s Market, or by e-mailing The limited supply of tickets is selling briskly so order yours soon. Join us for the best party of the summer.