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Wine Walk at the Heavenly Village benefits South Lake Tahoe food pantry

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What: Wine Walk at the Heavenly Village

When: 4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29

Where: Heavenly Village (1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.)

Tickets: $20 donation

Info: www.carsonroadwineries.com

You might not be aware, but just off the hill down U.S. 50 you can find some really, really good wineries in the Sierra foothills. And while we would hands down recommend you pay these fine places a visit, this Thursday you can sample some without leaving the basin.

That’s thanks to the annual Wine Walk, which is returning to Heavenly Village. The walk features wines from the Carson Road Wineries Association.

Carson Road is a collective of local wineries all located on, you guessed it, Carson Road in the El Dorado County community of Camino. They banded together to “help each other serve our community better, and help support each other,” according to the association’s Facebook page.

There are quite a few great wineries included in this group. In case you’re curious, association members include: Crystal Basin Cellars, Findleton Estate Winery & Sparkling Fin, Bumgarner Winery, Nello Olivo Winery, Fenton Herriot Vineyards, Red Poets/Skyhawk Lane, diVittorio Winery, Via Romano Vineyards and Jordar Vineyards.

Multiple shops in Heavenly Village will have some of their favorite wines from that list of wineries available to sample Thursday during the wine walk. The event runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Basically you, assuming you are 21 or older, make a $20 donation and you get to sample wine at the participating shops. There will also be food specials and chances to win prizes at each location, according to event organizers.

About that donation, it goes to benefit Christmas Cheer, an emergency food pantry in South Lake Tahoe.

Drinking local wine and helping out a great, and sorely needed, local nonprofit? We’d say that’s a win-win and a perfect way to start winding down the work week.

Learn more about Carson Road Wineries at http://www.carsonroadwineries.com.