Thursday, October 18, 2012

Art Council's Annual Winefest held in Sutter Creek on Saturday November 10

Annual Winefest November 10 in Sutter Creek’s Shops and Auditorium

The 15th annual Winefest in Sutter Creek, sponsored by AmadorArts, offers new features for guests to enjoy while they partake in the popular walk-about wine-tasting event. On Saturday, November 10, from 4:30 to 8:00 pm, plan to visit first the Sutter Creek Auditorium and then, the town’s historic Main Street shops to taste 25 Amador wines and nibble appetizers. Return to the Auditorium for the Winefest Grand Finale, which will present live music, desserts and dessert wines, a fabulous Silent Auction of wine, art, event packages, and the Mystery Wine Grab.

Can’t find the Sutter Creek Auditorium at 18 Main at 4:30 pm to check in? Look for the decorated entrance which will make guests feel like celebrities at the Oscars.  Once inside, many stations will be open to pick up your Winefest 2012 Map wristband, and commemorative wine glass. Take a look at the many enticing silent auction items and start bidding. Then begin your journey walking up and down the three blocks of historic Main Street visiting 25 shops which each will be offering tastings of a different fine Amador County winery.

Your ticket includes your return to the auditorium about 6:45 pm where live music by the Tri-Tone Subs - Barry Duncan and Joe Bellamy - will beckon you inside to indulge in desserts by Taste Restaurant, Andrae’s Bakery, The Chocolate Lady, and by Ingrid Fraser Elegant Cakes and Fine Desserts. Tastings of dessert wines will be available from Karmere, Spinetta, and Sonora Port Works.  Finalize your bids in the silent auction, which will include wine from over 30 wineries and art by many of Amador County’s most talented artists, Howard Reese, Kam Merzlak, Julie Trail, Sharon Galligan, to name just a few. Other auction items will be special packages such as visits in Sacramento, Volcano, Tahoe, a private band performance, an elegant cocktail party for 20 in a unique home setting, theatre tickets, and much more.

New this year in the auditorium will be the Mystery Wine Grab. All wines will have a retail value of at least $20, with many valued at more. The bottles will be hidden in plain white bags; you pick one, pay $20, and take it home.

To help keep the event a pleasurable experience, only 350 tickets will be sold to this always-popular Winefest that draws from all over northern California. Advance tickets are $25 each, or $30 the day of the event at the auditorium starting at 4:30 pm. By using a credit card through your tickets can be printed at home to save time at the auditorium’s check-in. Or, there also will be Will Call or ticket purchasing in the auditorium.  These locations are selling tickets now: in Sutter Creek at the Sutter Creek Wine Tasting Shop; in Ione at Clark’s Corner; in Pine Grove at Up Country Hardware; in Jackson at the Amador Chamber of Commerce, 115 Main St.; and in Plymouth, at Dr. Curry’s dental office.

Your support of the 15th annual Winefest provides much-needed funds for arts in education in local schools. AmadorArts is a non-profit organization that has been serving the county for 30 years.

Visit or phone 209-223-9038.

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