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 Afternoon Tasting with Ophir Wines & the Open Door Cafe

On Sunday July 11, Ophir Wines and The Open Door Cafe in Old Town Auburn will host an afternoon affair featuring our three award-winning wines.  Café owners Eric and Debra Erickson will offer a delectable array of appetizers specially selected to complement our Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Oui. Drop in anytime between 3 & 6 pm and for only $10 treat yourself to our exciting new releases, Open Door’s imaginative hors d'oeuvres and the relaxed ambiance of their outside deck overlooking historic Old Town Auburn.   Learn the inside secrets of making hand-crafted wine and food from the owners of the winery and the cafe.  Ophir winemaker, Michael Abbott, and grape grower, Paul Burns, will be on hand to pour and chat. The Open Door Cafe is located at 151 Sacramento Street in Old Town Auburn.  When the menu is finalized, we’ll post it on our website.

Awards at Wine Competitions Recognize Ophir, Placer County

We’re proud to announce that our tiny new winery has earned honors for its debut wines at the recent Los Angeles County, El Dorado County and Amador County fair competitions.  The winery received bronze medals for its Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah at the prestigious Los Angeles judging, which drew 4,000 entries from all over the world.  Ophir also received a bronze medal for its Syrah at the El Dorado event, which features wineries in the Sierra Foothills.  Ophir Oui rounded out the list with a bronze medal at the Amador County Fair.

In a press release announcing the awards, Ophir’s winemaker, Michael Abbott, said the medals show high quality wines can come from small producers in areas that are not yet well known as wine producing regions.  “We have ideal growing conditions for Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc grapes here” he said.  “Great wines come from great grapes and careful crafting, and the medals bring recognition to Placer County as a wine growing area.”  Michael noted there are six wineries in Placer County, and most make their wines from grapes grown and tended in the wineries’ own vineyards, as Ophir does.

More Food and Wine

If you are dining out at two of Auburn's finest restaurants, Latitudes and Le Bilig, you can enjoy a glass of Ophir wine with a wonderful meal. If you haven't visited these two fine family-run restaurants, do give them a try soon.  They serve outstanding food at reasonable prices in unique settings.  If you are at Le Bilig, which serves outstanding French cuisine, try our Syrah with their duck or rabbit, or Oui, our European-style dry rosé, with your appetizers.  If you are dining at Latitudes, which offers a fresh and eclectic menu, consider our Sauvignon Blanc with any of their seafood.  At Latitudes, Ophir wines are available by the glass as well as on the wine list.

Where Can I Purchase Ophir Wines?

Our wines are available at a growing list of wine shops and restaurants in Northern California.  Please check our web site frequently, as we’re adding new locations weekly.  Carpe Vino wine shop in Old Town Auburn has an extensive selection of wines from Sierra Foothill producers, including Ophir.  Likewise, The WineSmith on Main Street in Placerville features foothill wines, as well as an eclectic selection of wine and beer-making supplies and related gifts.  These shops offer unique selections of wines and they take pride in personal service – much as we do at Ophir.  

We’re offering our wines at several farmers’ markets as well.  On Wednesday evenings, we can be found at the Auburn Marketplace, which covers three blocks of Lincoln Way.  And on Thursday mornings, beginning in July, we’ll be in Granite Bay (Douglas Boulevard and Auburn Folsom Road), and Tahoe City (Dollar Hill or Highway 28 by Watermelon Patch).

Of course, Ophir Wines are available via our web site,    You’ll find links to the right.  We’re happy to ship our wines to you if you’re in California or one of the relatively few states that allow wineries to ship directly to consumers.  If you’re in Northern California, we’ll even deliver the wines to save you the shipping costs.

I Have Questions About Ophir, Winemaking and Grape Growing...

Give us a call or email  us and we will answer them.  When you contact us, you’ll connect with one of the principals of the winery, someone who is directly involved in growing the grapes, making and marketing the wine.  We love what we do, and we welcome an opportunity to talk about it with you.

Special Events

As we go about presenting our wines to consumers and merchants, we get lots of questions about opportunities to visit and taste at the winery.  Because of our remote location and small staff we do not have a tasting room or regular visiting program.  However, we would be happy to arrange a special tour or event it you call and let us know what you have in mind.  And we plan to have a couple of special events each year to reward our loyal customers and introduce Ophir Wines to new friends.  Our first such event is in the planning stages for this Fall, a celebration that will feature the sights and smells of the vineyard and winery at harvest time, with winery and vineyard tours, food, a band, and of course, Ophir Wines to taste to take home.  We’ll have more on the harvest party in our next newsletter and at

We also plan to participate in the 2nd Auburn Wine Festival on October 2, 2004.  We hope we’ll see you there.

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