200 Wines in One Day? We’re up to the Challenge

By Amanda McCarthy

Did you know that the Sacramento region is home to more than 200 large and small wineries that rival some of the best that Napa has to offer?  In fact many Napa and Sonoma County wineries purchase fruit (grapes of course!) from Central Valley and Sierra Foothills producers for some of their wines.

The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) created the Raley’s Grape Escape wine and restaurant event to celebrate OUR wine region – and it does a wonderful job of that.

The 8th annual event takes place this Saturday, June 5th from 4 – 7 PM at Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento.   The event is an opportunity for you to experience more than 100 wineries and restaurants in this presentation of Sacramento’s vibrant vinicultural and culinary scene.

Two hundred wines will be available for tasting from El Dorado, Yolo, Sacramento, Placer, San Joaquin, Amador, Calaveras and Nevada counties as well as a variety of menu items from some of Sacramento’s best restaurants.  For the complete list of participating wineries and restaurants visit www.RaleysGrapeEscape.com.

All-inclusive admission tickets are just $40 in advance ($50 at the door) through www.raleysgrapeescape.com/buy-tickets.php or you can SAVE an additional $5.00 per ticket by purchasing your tickets at any Sacramento area Raley’s and Bel Air Markets.  Also, as another insider tip, members of Raley’s wine club can enter the event an hour early (sign up at raleys.com ).

As if outstanding wine and gourmet restaurants weren’t enough, included with your Raley’s Grape Escape admission is the Chef’s Challenge presented by the Institute of Technology.  This event, hosted by Good Day Sacramento’s Mark S. Allen, presents a head-to-head, iron chef style competition that is both entertaining and insightful!  This year’s competition features:  Ame Harrington from L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen (last year’s champion), Noah Zonca from The Kitchen Restaurant, Darrell Madeira from Crush 29 and Adam Pechal from Tuli Bistro.

For more information and tickets, log onto www.RaleysGrapeEscape.com or call 916-808-7777.

Amanda McCarthy is employed by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB).  Prior to joining the SCVB team, she worked for non-profit organizations in Seattle and San Diego.  She and her husband relocated to Sacramento in 2006 and have a two year old son.  They are expecting their second child in July.

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