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Monday, July 30, 2012

Winery happenings next weekend.

Look what is going on next weekend.....
5th Annual Slug Fest
This annual event will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday August 4th & 5th from 11:00 to 5:00 on both days. Colibri Ridge and dkcellars have asked our neighboring winery Perry Creek to pinch-hit in place of Oakstone/Obscurity Cellars, due to the disastrous fire that occurred at Oakstone Winery. Since Perry Creek's property/vineyards adjoins both Colibri Ridge's and dkcellar's properties it was a logical fit, therefore keeping the Slug Gulch theme alive this year. Rest assured, Oakstone/Obscurity will be back in the future.

Each winery will be featuring wines that are made from the grapes grown from these estate vineyards. Light appetizers will also be served at each winery. To ease the burden on our dishwashers there is a $5.00 charge for the commemorative glass, which will be waived when returning with a previous years SlugFest glass.

We look forward to seeing you next weekend. | 6100 Gray Rock Road, Fair Play, CA

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oakstone Winery destroyed by fire July 7th, 2012

For those who have been wondering about Oakstone Winery, here is the article that was in the Mountain Democrat

Oakstone: Fire destroys winery

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Oakstone Winery in Fair Play was destroyed in a fire early in the morning of July 7.
The fire was reported at 4:05 a.m. and fire crews were on scene at 4:19 a.m., said Pioneer Fire Protection District Chief Robert Gill, who also acted as the incident commander.
“When we arrived, the facility was already 75 to 80 percent already involved,” he said. “So much was already on fire. We took a defensive (stance) to keep it confined.” There was no other exposure, he said, and no wildland caught fire.
The fire, which began on the south end of the facility and worked its way north, took between 20,000 and 25,000 gallons of water to put out, mostly shuttled in from a nearby mobile home park, Gill said.
By 5:57 a.m., the fire was out and an “extensive” mop-up phase began, Gill said. The winery had no smoke or heat detectors and had no sprinkler system. At 11:10 a.m., the operation was complete, he said.
“It was a multi-million dollar loss,” Gill said. “Luckily, it’s covered by insurance.” He said that John and Susan Smith, who have owned the winery since 1996 and opened it for tasting in 1997, are “going to rebuild” what they have lost.
El Dorado County Fire, Diamond Springs Fire, Amador Fire and Cal Fire also responded. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Concert Series

So, it is that time of year for summer music at some of the El Dorado County Wineries....

Don't miss Boeger on Friday nights for Sunset Sippin = live music, wine, fun.  Just $5 per carload (not this Friday thou as Yarnival is back!

On Friday, July 13th at 6 pm ParaVi hosts live music by the Used Blue Duo!  Tom might even let you taste some futures!  The rest of their summer line up is below.

JULY 13 The Used Blues Duo 
JULY 20 Pat Wilder 
AUG 3 Gary Mendoza
AUG 10 Raymond and Victor   AUG 17 The Used Blues Duo 
SEPT 8 Stompy Jones