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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gift certificates are always the right size!

Looking for the perfect fit? How about a gift certificate for a stay in Placerville?

Of course you can also order our awesome sheets and mugs too!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Main Street Events

SEPTEMBER 29th, Antique Street Faire
8AM - 3PM in Historic Downtown Placerville. The 24th Annual Antique Street Faire closes Main Street to host antiques & collectibles peddlers for this popular event. Food, refreshments, and more. Admission and parking are free. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. For info call (530) 672-3436. You can download the 2013 Antique Street Faire application here.
OCTOBER 19th, Art & Wine Festival
6PM - 9PM. Over 30 foothill wineries will offer samples of their wines inside merchant locations on Historic Main Street in Placerville. In addition, the works of many local artists will be featured in the galleries and the “Banners On Parade” community art project will be displayed on Main Street and sold during the silent auction that evening. Music at the Bell Tower, art demonstrations & hors d’oeuvres, too. Sample award-winning wines in one convenient location without driving to all the wineries! TICKETS ARE LIMITED for the wine-tasting and will be available in September at Main Street merchants or on this website also in September. Sponsored by the Placerville Downtown Association. See more information and purchase tickets here. For info, you can also contact (530) 672-3436.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What's up on Main Street Placerville

SEPTEMBER 21st, Placerville Oktoberfest
3PM - 8PM. This fun event will feature live music (complete with Chicken Dance and polkas!) by Grand Isle Fire Brigade Band, Wiener Dog Races, Costume Contest, Children's Games, Beer-related Games, Bavarian Dance Demos, a Silent Auction, VIP Sponsor Tables in the Biergarten and (of course) sausages, pretzels, strudel & beer. Presented by Placerville Downtown Association and sponsored in part by El Dorado Disposal and The Wine Smith. Admission is free. See more information here. For complete event info contact (530) 672-3436.

American RIver

From our friends at the American River Conservancy:

"Meet and Greet" for Local Educators and Community Partners
Date change: Wednesday, September 25th
4-6pm at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm (Gold Hill, Placerville area)
We will have our second annual "Meet and Greet" for local teachers and community members.  In conjunction with the Innovations in Environmental Education Fund, enjoy an afternoon social that promotes environmental education in schools and discusses local funding opportunities.  Parents, teachers, and administrators can attend.  The event is FREE - appetizers and drinks provided.  RSVP to Molly by September 23rd - we kindly ask you limit your RSVP to 1 to 3 representatives from your school.

Educator Workshop: Connecting Nature and the Arts
Saturday, October 5th
9am-12:30pm at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm (Gold Hill)
Join local visual artist Andie Thrams for a hands-on workshop and learn how you can connect the arts and nature into a classroom or out of the classroom experience. 
$15 (lunch included). Contact Molly to RSVP and location details.  This program is supported by the Innovations in Environmental Education Fund.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What live was like....

What was life like in the Middle Ages for Innkeepers?  AskWiki says"There were very few inns in this time and if a person travelled they often stayed at a monastery where there was safety. An innkeeper would have taken care of the guests and inn if they had existed."  Times have not changed much....we do that today at our Placerville B&B all the time.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Just in from the Wine Smith on Main Street....

Calendar of Events 
August 15, Open Mic 
Hosts Fred & Cheryl Kent

August 16, 8:00 
Tiffani Shiro

August 17, 8:00
Micro Blue

August 22, 7:00 Open Mic
Host Hugh Hoeger

August 23, 8:00
Bill Gunn

August 24, 8:00
Tamra Godey

August 29, Open Mic
Hosts Fred & Cheryl Kent

August 30, 8:00
Tiffani Shiro

August 31, 8:00

Sept.5, Open Mic

Sept. 6, 8:00
Dana Le Blanc

Sept. 7, 8:00
Bill Gunn

Sept. 12, Open Mic

Sept. 13 Wine Tasting
Shadow Ranch Winery

Sept. 14, 8:00
J. Woody

Sept. 19, Open Mic

Sept.20 Beer Tasting
Mendocino Brewing Co.
Dana Le Blanc 8:00

Sept. 21, 6:00
The Californios
Oktoberfest 3:00-8:00

Sept. 26, Open Mic

Sept. 27, 8:00
Left of Cool

Sept. 28, 8:00
Dana Le Blanc

The Wine Smith
Dear Wine Smith friends,

   Time flies when you are having fun and boy has this summer flown by!  We have some great products for all of your outdoor adventures including the wine and beer!  Be sure to stop by on your way up the hill or spend an evening in beautiful historic Placerville. We will be having some great end of season closeouts and we always have the best $5.00 house red and $3.50 house brew.  We are also offering cheese plates and caprese salad starting this weekend. 

     In September we will be having some great Friday night wine & beer tastings as well as our usual music line-up. Oktoberfest is quickly approaching so dust of your lederhosen and dirndls to join us September 21, for great German beer, food, authentic German music,fun contests, and the amazing wiener dog races! For more information go to:

     As always we would like to thank you for your continued patronage and friendship.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Yelp.  We are currently running a great special on Yelp so get it while you can!

                        Shelly & Jeff

   "Cheers" Club Monthly Drawing
Each month we will be completing a random drawing for our wine club members.  The winner for this month is...drumroll please...

                 Nadean Music   

Nadean has won a fantastic bottle of 
Fiddletown Cellars 2011 Jack Rabbit Flat Zinfandel.  This wine comes from one of the oldest and most pristine vineyards in all of Amador county.  Winemaker Joe Shebl has crafted a beautiful zin and with only 150 cases produced this wine will soon be gone.  We currently have bottles in stock.          Congratulations Nadean!

To get in on these monthly drawings join our wine club for your opportunity.  It is free to join!

Featured Wines:

Fiddletown Cellars 2011 Jack Rabbit Flat Zinfandel

Bumgarner 2010 Touriga

Sangria by the glass 

Friday, August 16, 2013

From our friends at David Girard....see the whole post below.

Theater in the Vineyard
Wine, cheese and theater in the beautiful outdoors, what a perfect way to spend an evening! Please join us for "Art" - a one act play starring our very own wine club manager - Graham Drake-Maurer! When wanna-be art connoisseur Serge buys a white painting with white lines, his best friend Marc is skeptical that anyone would spend money on such a piece. Bitingly perspective, and darkly humorous, "Art" invites the audience to explore their own concept of what they perceive as art, as Serge and Marc battle it out. PG-13, some strong language.

August 24th: doors open at 6:30, curtain at 7:30

No ticket necessary, suggested donation $7

Wine by the glass, cheese and charcuterie available for sale.

We'd love to see you there!

Wine Warehouse Sale - Labor Day Weekend at David Girard Vineyards!
At  DGV we  are making room for our new wine releases and clearing out our cellars giving you the perfect opportunity to build up yours! Save 50% on select cases of wine beginning August 31st at 8:00 am. Early birds will enjoy complimentary Mimosas, donuts and bacon.

This is a rare opportunity to get bargain prices on our award-winning wines, so don't miss out! 

The sale will run from August 31 through September 2nd, 8:00am-5:00pm or while wines last.

Shop early for best selection!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Albert Shafsky House Bed & Breakfast Reviews

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Albert Shafsky House B&B wins Tripadvisor Award!

Cool, we won a Tripadvisor Award!

Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast announced that it has received a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence award.
The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.
To qualify for a certificate of excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
“Albert Shafsky House B&B is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Rita Timewell, owner/innkeeper of the Albert Shafsky House. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience and this accolade shows that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We have such great guests, many of whom are repeat guests, that it is a pleasure to be an innkeeper.”
“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, vice president of marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The certificate of excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most — their customers.”
The Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored landmark property located in the heart of the Historic District of Placerville, 2942 Coloma St.
The Queen Anne Victorian Bed and Breakfast affords a peak into a rich and vibrant period of California History. Nestled in a lovely alpine setting in the California Foothills, the inn is a perfect spot from which to set off on an historical exploration of “Gold Country.”
 is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools.
TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors and more than 100 million reviews and opinions.
The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard celebrate their 9th Anniversary

Come help Colibri Ridge Winery & Vineyard celebrate their 9th Anniversary on Saturday July 13th and Sunday July 14th. On these days they are also releasing two of the newest wines, the 2008 Estate Viognier and the 2007 vintage of  renowned Rufous Red. By popular demand the very talented local musician Jonny Mojo will be back to entertain out on the patio. To accompany the wines they will be serving their famous gourmet grilled cheeseburgers which will include: sautéed mushrooms in a red wine reduction; extraordinary caramelized onions; and your choice of various cheeses. Once again, there is no charge to help them celebrate this year’s anniversary and the cheeseburgers are complementary with wine a purchase. They will be open from 11:00 to 5:00 on both days.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Guest reviews.....we love em!

From Tripadvisor...

“Relaxing atmosphere - Wonderful breakfast!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2013
Great place to relax and unwind - and Stephanie and Rita know the town... so no matter what you might want to do, they can give you the insider recommendations. Breakfast was outstanding - beautifully presented, delicious, and far better than most. What a treat!


Home-like Setting

May 24, 2013
The living room and atmosphere had all the amenities of home. There were complimentary local red and white wine. Room and bath were inviting and comfortable. Breakfast was exquisite. Our host was charming and delightful.

We have the best guests!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Tour: Wakamatsu historical Tour Saturdays, June 15th, July 20th & Sunday, August 11th 9am - 11am

Saturdays, June 15th, July 20th & Sunday, August 11th 9am - 11am
Join ARC-trained docents for a historical tour of property recently acquired by ARC. This ranch is an interesting mosaic of springs, streams, wetlands, blue and live oak forest... Along with its beauty, learn about the rich history of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm, the first Japanese Colony site established in America in 1869. ...

Cost: $5/Children 12-18 years old, $10/Adults.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pull out all the stops!

This weekend is the beginning of Passport, El Dorado Winery Associations, annual event where they give you a passport for tasting and sampling yummy goodies, listening to music and enjoying a lovely weekend in beautiful El Dorado County.  And this is just the first weekend...they do it again in a week!

If you are looking for a great time, great wine, come visit us in Placerville this weekend.

Oh yeah, we still have one room left for this first weekend...the others have been sold out for months.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

G is for Geocaching...and David Girard Vineyards

Yep, they really do go one of my passions is geocaching and the other is wine, I have been guilty of mixing the two at this winery....yes there is a cache there, but the real find is the wine.

Our favorite is the
El Dorado-Estate Vineyard

This blend creates an elegant impression of fruit. A very lush and velvety mouthfeel seamlessly delivers big fruit. Framed by granitic tannis that expand with a never ending finish. Over time this wine expresess many nuances of spice and meat. Aged in 2 & 3 year old French oak for 18 months.

Enjoy the wine tasting year round at David Girard Vineyards

11:00am - 5:00pm Open daily!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wakamatsu Event - Tickets on Sale

Wakamatsu Farm Festival Tickets on sale TODAY!
A Celebration of the Diverse History of the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm
941 Cold Springs Rd., Placerville, CA 95613
9 am to 4 pm
 $20/adult; $7/youth (ages 10-17), under 10 is FREE
Group rates available for parties of 10 people or more. Call American River Conservancy's main office for group ticket sales and information - 530.621.1224
Purchase advanced tickets HERE
Tickets are limited and advanced purchase is strongly recommended.
The American River Conservancy Presents:

Festival Features:
Japanese Music, Dance, Arts, Crafts
Samurai Martial Arts - Mikuni Sushi
Native American Artists, Performers, Dancers
Gold Rush Living History - Historic Farm Tours - Petting Zoo
Wine, Beer and Sake Tastings - Music - Hay Wagon Rides
Organic Farm Tours -  Food Vendors and much more!
For a complete listing of performers and vendors, visit the Wakamatsu Farm Festival event page on ARC's website.
Special Thanks to our Festival Sponsors:

Mailing Address:
American River Conservancy
PO Box 562
Coloma, CA 95613 

Contact Name: Michael Dotson
Telephone Number: (530) 621-1224

Tuesday, March 05, 2013


Ask how you can put our Comphy sheets on your bed!