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Raley’s Grape Escape and Wine & Dine Week

Howdy wine lovers!

Sacramento might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of “wine country,” but with over 200 wineries within a 90 minute drive of downtown the region certainly holds its own. There are a number of cool wine events in the Sacramento area and two of the best are about to happen: Raley’s Grape Escape and Sacramento Wine & Dine. A third event known as “Me Drinking a Box of Franzia by the Pool” might also happen, but you’re not invited to that.

First off, let’s talk Raley’s Grape Escape. With the park setting, wine flowing freely and the ladies all dressed nice, it’s like the backyard summer soiree you’ve always figured you’ll throw when you get a job, move to a fancy estate and get some respectable friends. Over 60 local wineries will be represented as well and a number of great local restaurants. Basically, you just walk around from booth to booth sipping wine, nodding approvingly, making some comment about “terroir” and/or “jammy undertones” that you hope makes you sound smart before moving on to the next one. There is also live music and a “Chefs’ Challenge” where some of our best local chefs compete in a live cooking battle for fame and fortune….mostly fame though.

Raley’s Grape Escape is June 2nd from 4pm-7pm. Visit the website for all the info on tickets and parking and stuff.

Then we have Sacramento Wine & Dine which runs from May 30th to June 10th. During the event dozens of local restaurants will feature special prix fixe menus with wine pairings. You can peruse the menus as they become available on the Wine & Dine website. If you see a menu you like, make your reservations early! This stuff sells out quickly and if you don’t pull the trigger quickly, you might end up at home eating relish right out the jar and drinking 4 Loko. I would, anyway. Do they still make 4 Loko?

Now as an added bonus for those of you who read this whole post, I have a couple tickets to Grape Escape to give away. They’re like $45 apiece, so this would be a pretty big score for you. Email me by noon on Thursday with two good reasons why I should give them to you. I’ll pick a winner Thursday afternoon.

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