It feels like Spring in the Central Valley this week, and in fact it WILL be Spring, officially, on Saturday. What better way to celebrate than by going wine tasting locally? There are a number of opportunities to do just that in Modesto.
- Tresetti's World Caffe will be hosting Chatom Vineyards, from the historic town of Murphys in Calaveras County. Producing a variety of whites and reds, including Semillon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and their own blend "She Wines Red," their wines showcase everything that's great about Sierra foothill wines. They're also a socially conscious winery, donating partial proceeds from their "She Wines" lines to charities for women's heart and breast health. Join Tresetti's wine steward Paul and a representative from Chatom at this event, which runs from 5-7:30. The cost of this tasting is $12 per person.
Tresetti's World Caffe is located at 927 11th Street in downtown Modesto. The phone number is (209) 572-2990.
Wednesday & Thursday:
- Sips Bistro & Wine Shop will be pouring Zinfandel on 3/17-18. The luscious, spicy varietal, excellent for summer barbecues with steaks and burgers and warm nights is a California specialty--especially in the Sierra foothills and, of course, Lodi. Bill will be pouring out samples from Karly, Oakville, Pfc, and St. Amant wineries. This tasting is from 5-8 pm both evenings, and costs $10 per person.
Sips Bistro & Wine Shop is located in the Crossroads Shopping Center, 901 N Carpenter Road, Ste 39. Phone is (209) 527-7477.
- The aforementioned Sips Bistro serves up Indian Peak Vineyards for Friday Night Flights on 3/19. Located WAY up north, in the Lassen foothills of extreme Northern California, this small family-owned vineyard proudly proclaims that their "winemaking and grape growing abilities are on loan from God." Modesto-area residents can judge for themselves as a representative from Indian Peak pours one white, three reds, and a dessert wine at this event. 5-8 pm, and the price is $10 per person.
- Indian Peak Vineyards continues to sample their wares at Sips, from 2-8 pm. The cost remains $10 per person--one can just sit longer, have some lunch, or an appetizer plate, and enjoy the first day of Spring!