Get a wine buzz


Though you won’t see too many grape vines in the city itself, Sacramento is surrounded by wine country. The good thing about that is that quality wine can easily be found all over town. In fact, this week alone almost a dozen wine-related events will happen in the area. If you’re looking to get a bit of a wine buzz (responsibly, of course), here are three options this weekend.

The Guns & Hoses’ Wine, Brew & Food Festival boasts 50 participating wineries, breweries and food vendors. Now in its eighth year, the event—happening at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 1—benefits the charities of the Sacramento Pig Bowl Association ( It happens at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive in Rancho Cordova. Tickets are $45.

Grape Days of Summer celebrates Placer County’s wineries. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, participating wineries in Auburn, Lincoln, Loomis, Meadow Vista, Newcastle and Rocklin will offer tastings, tours, barbecues and live music for wine enthusiasts. Weekend passes cost $45, and it’s $10 for designated drivers. See for details. 

The Junior League of Sacramento’s Wine & Dine 2014 will bring together Sacramento restaurants (Sam’s Hof Brau, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit), wineries (Michael David Winery, Revolution Wines) and local music (Mind X) on Saturday, August 2. It happens at the Sacramento State Alumni Center at 6000 J Street, at 7:30 p.m. (open to VIP ticketholders starting at 6:30 p.m.). It’s $45 in advance, $55 at the door and $95 for a VIP ticket. More information can be found at

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