Mid-Summer Newsletter 2004

Welcome to the summer version of Ophir Wines newsletter.  We’ll use this bulletin to keep you up to date on coming events that will feature our wines, what’s going on in the vineyards, release of new wines, stores and restaurants that offer Ophir wines, and perhaps the occasional recipe or article that we found interesting and wanted to share.

An Affair to Remember

Saturday, July 31, 2004, Ophir Wines will be pouring our wines at the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce event, called an Affair to Remember. The event takes place in Loomis Park located on King Road. The "Affair" features local wineries offering wine tasting and local eateries offering a delectable selection of appetizers. There will be an auction as well. Spend an evening in the park with us at this benefit for the Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce

Sponsored by: Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce
When: Saturday, July 31, 2004
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: Loomis Park - located on King Road
Cost: $20/person (must be 21 or older)
Information: (916) 652-7252
What’s happening: Wine Tasting, Appetizers and Auction

Auburn Wine Festival Information

Mark your calendars now for this lively annual event. This year it will take place on Saturday, October 2, 2004. The venues will be similar to last year’s event with merchants in Old Town Auburn and downtown Auburn hosting wineries and food vendors offering their wares for tasting. The event is put on by the Placer County Wine and Grape Growers Association and highlights the award-winning wineries of the Sierra Foothills appellation. A number of these wineries are not open to the public so this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to taste their wines. This year will feature live music at several locations as well as an expanded list of wineries. Check our website for more information as the event draws nearer. The $30 charge gets you into all venues and includes a logo wine glass for each ticket holder. Stroll the streets of this historic gold rush community and sample the finest foothill wines and taste treats from local restaurateurs and caterers specially selected to pair well with the wines being offered.

Sponsored by: Placer County Wine and Grape Association and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce
When: October 2, 2004
Time: 2- 5 pm
Where: Downtown and Old Town, Auburn, CA
Cost: $30 per person (advance registration) (must be 21 or older)
Information: (530) 888-3662 for more information or to register. More information.
What’s happening: Wine Tasting, Appetizers, music and prize drawings
Festival Flyer: 2004 Auburn Wine Festival Flyer and Registration (60 kb .pdf file)

Newsletter Special

We have a pair of tickets to the Loomis Basin wine tasting event to give away. If you would like the opportunity to win these tickets, please send an email to . We’ll put all the names in a hat a draw the winner’s name this coming week. We will then contact the winner and make arrangements to get the tickets to you. Good luck, everybody.

Newsletter News

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Vineyard News

The long and dry spring got the vines off to an early start. Good weather and consistent, warm temperatures have the ripening process running several weeks ahead of normal. It's looking like a very early harvest this year. It's possible we might be doing some picking in as early as three weeks' time.

Sunset raves about rosé

The August 2004 issue of Sunset magazine has an article on the west's newly-found appreciation of rosé wines, especially in the summer. The magazine is on the newsstands now and it can be read online if you are a subscriber or an AOL member.

And speaking of rosé, the always "hip" Latitudes Restaurant in Auburn will have our Oui Rosé available by the glass in September for you to try.

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