Sampling of beer, wine-inspired events in our region

Published: Monday, Sep. 2, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10X

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Our region renders a constant stream of wine and beer-inspired events. So leave no friend behind when considering one of the following tasting experiences to ensure your calendar will be as full as your glass.

Lodi Road Trip

Gain access to more than 45 Lodi wineries with a purchase of a Lodi Road Trip Passport as part of California Wine Month. The passport is your gateway to vineyard tours, barrel tastings, bottling demonstrations, grape stomps, wine and cheese pairing classes, winemaker dinners, and more.

Passports are $20 through Sept. 30.

For more information: (209) 365-0621; www.lodiwine.com

Murphys Food and Wine Walking Tour

Lamb meatballs, almond cake with salted rose buttercream cupcake, and a cabernet sauvignon pairing will be among the menu items offered during the 3.5-hour food and wine tour. 11:15 a.m. Sept. 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20 and 21. Murphys Community Park, Algiers

Street, Murphys. $55-$65.

For more information: (800) 979-3370; www.zerve.com/LocalRoots/Murphys

Gourmet on ''K'' Culinary Walking Tour

Explore Sacramento's downtown culinary scene with up to six food stops. 1:15 p.m. Sept. 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19 and 21. Hyatt Regency, Sacramento – Regency Foyer South, 1209 L St., Sacramento. $55-$68.

For more information: (800) 979-3370;www.zerve.com/LocalRoots/GourmetK

Sacramento River Train

Riders can opt for one of the following themed excursions: wine tasting with live music, 6 p.m. Sept. 7; Black Dragon Brewery Exclusive, 6 p.m. Sept. 13; Sacramento Beer Train, 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Nov. 2. Departs from West Sacramento, 400 N. Harbor Blvd. $45-$65.

For more information: (800) 866-1690; www.sacramentorivertrain.com

Wine Tasting and Tour

Fifteen Amador County wines will be poured during the Sept. 14 tour of the Ione Preston Castle. The 3-6 p.m. tour also includes gourmet hors d'oeuvres and live music. $40. For more information:

(209) 256-3623; www.prestoncastle.com

Nevada City Uncorked

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Vintners will showcase nearly 20 wineries and restaurants in the second annual event held on Spring, Pine, Broad and Commercial streets. 1-4:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $35 advance, $45 day of event.

For more information: (530) 265-2692; www.nevadacitychamber.com

Top of Folsom

A benefit for the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary and the Folsom Historic District, with some 20 artists, 20 wineries and 15 chefs from the Northern California region, entertainment and live music. 7 p.m. Sept. 14, Folsom. $85 advance, $90 at the door. For more information: (916) 985-7452; www.topoffolsom.com.

Sacramento Burger Battle 2013

Local restaurants cook up their best burgers in a cookoff to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Attendees can taste sample-sized burgers from the restaurants and vote for the "People's Choice" burger favorite. There will be live music, prize drawings, craft beers and local wines. 6 p.m. Sept. 18.; Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento. $55.

For more information:

www.sacburgerbattle.com

Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair

Celebrating the grape harvest with four days of music, wine tasting, grape murals, food and carnival. 4-11 p.m. Sept. 12, noon-midnight Sept. 13-14; noon-11 p.m. Sept. 15. $9 general, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children ages 5

and younger.

For more information:

(209) 369-2771; www.grapefestival.com

Feast at the Fort – Sutter's Fort

Friends of Sutter's Fort present "Cooking with Chocolate," which includes a four-course, sit-down dinner with music, appetizers, wine, beer, and cider tastings. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

Sutter's Fort State Historical Monument, 2701 L St., Sacramento. $85.

For more information: (916) 323-7626; www.suttersfort.org

Brewers Festival

Designed to showcase more than 120 craft beers from brewers, distributors and suppliers. Now in its 19th year, the Point West Rotary event also showcases a selection of wine, food trucks, and live music. 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21. Discovery Park, Sacramento. $30 general, $50 VIP, $5 designated driver.

For more information: www.calbrewfest.com

A Taste of Sacramento

Sample food, wine and beer offerings at the 15th annual tasting gala to benefit

Easter Seals. 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 4. Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. $40 advance.

For more information:

(916) 979-6740; www.myeasterseals.org/events/a-taste-of-sacramento.html

The Big Crush

Food and wine pairings will complement harvest tours and musical entertainment at more than 35 participating Amador wineries. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5-6. $40 both days, $10 designated driver.

For more information:

(888) 655-8614; www.amadorwine.com

Winefest

A wine-lovers' delight, the annual AmadorArts fundraiser offers appetizers and 25 Amador wines. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. $25 advance, $30 day of event.

For more information:

(209) 267-9038; www.amadorarts.org

Wine and Food Festival

Placer County pays tribute to its wineries and restaurants from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at various locations in downtown and old town Auburn. $35 advance, $45 general, $20 designated drivers.

For more information:

(530) 878-5388; www.visitplacer.com

The Kids are Y Tasting and Benefit Auction

Toast the many services the Y provides for children at the YMCA's annual tasting and benefit auction. 6 p.m. Oct. 18. Masonic Temple, 1123 J St., Sacramento. $45.

For more information: (916) 452 9622, ext 103; www.ymcasuperiorcal.org

Whole Lotta Brews Going On

Enjoy an afternoon of beer and wine samplings from around the region, along with gourmet food tastings from many of the area's best-known restaurants and caterers. 6 p.m. Oct. 19. Whole Foods Market Folsom, 270 Palladio Parkway, Folsom. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

For more information: (916) 361-8684, ext 281; www.wholelottabrews.com

Fall Wine and Brewfest

Auburn will celebrate its three cornerstones: wine, brews and chocolate. The Seniors First fundraiser will be held 5-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Ridge Golf Club and Events Center, 2020 Golf Course Road, Auburn. $40 general, $25 designated driver. For more information: (530) 889-9500, ext. 232; www.fallwineandbrewfest.com.

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