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Holly’s Hill: Sommelier's choice for white wines

Holly’s Hill: Sommelier's choice  for white wines

El Dorado’s wine area is known for having great Zinfandels, Mourvedres and other reds. But what is out there for the white wine lover? A visit to Holly’s Hill Winery may be just what you need to stock your wine fridge.  

“These are the first legit white wines I’ve run into,” said Sandford Wragg, sommelier and wine buyer for Tuli Bistro in Sacramento. “They are solid. They are dry. They don’t over power things. I can think of food I can eat with them. Their Roussanne had fruit to it, yet it was still dry.”

Wragg enjoyed both the winery's Roussanne and Viognier. He says Holly’s Hill has a different take on things than some of the other wineries, but their philosophy is similar to Sierra Vista Winery.

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Hands4Hope food bank blitz April 2

EL DORADO AND SACRAMENTO COUNTIES, CA - Hands4Hope "Youth Making A Difference" is hosting its Annual Spring Food Bank Blitz this Saturday, April 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at grocery stores from Placerville to Orangevale. Shoppers will be given a wish list to help purchase and donate needed items.

The organization's goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food and $8,000 in cash and gift cards. All food collected will go to local food banks, including the El Dorado County Food Bank and Twin Lakes Food Bank in Folsom. Cash and gift cards will be divided 50/50 between the food banks and Hands4Hope.

Participating stores are Safeway, Food 4 Less, Nugget Market, Raley's, SaveMart, Bel Air and Walmart.

For more information, visit www.hands4hopeyouth.org.

If you'd like to volunteer for this very worthwhile event, email volunteercoordinator@hands4hopeyouth.org, or call Jennifer Bassett at 916-919-5695.

 

200 Volunteers needed for Fill It Up Food Bank Blitz this Saturday

200 Volunteers needed for Fill It Up Food Bank Blitz this Saturday

Hands4Hope is hosting Youth Making A Difference event this Saturday, April 2.  This annual Spring food bank blitz runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at grocery stores from Placerville to Orangevale.

Two hundred volunteers are needed to collect donations of food, cash, and gift cards. Shoppers will be given a wish list to help purchase and donate needed items. Volunteer shifts are two hours.

To volunteer, go to https://hands4hopeyouth.i-volunteeronline.com/and pick a store and a shift.

The organization’s goal is to collect 5,000 pounds of food and $8,000 in cash and gift cards.

El Dorado Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Sierra Vista Winery

El Dorado Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Sierra Vista Winery

Family owned and operated, Sierra Vista winery is one of the 26 wineries participating in El Dorado’s Passport weekend April 2 & 3.   Owned by John and Barbara MacCready, the winery crushed their first grapes in 1977 and were the first to plant Syrah in 1979 followed by Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Viognier.

“John started the Rhone movement in the El Dorado County area,” said Diana, one of the pourers. 

But it’s not just the wines that keep people coming back to visit the winery again and again.  It’s John’s humble personality and his integrity to keep his wines honest.

“John is very salt of the earth.  He leaves his wines alone for the most part, but what I’ve always liked about him is that even in these times of high alcohol and high extraction wines, he’s always made wine for the dinner table,” said Sandford Wragg, sommelier and wine buyer for Tuli Bistro.

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Contributor of the Month: Blogger Catherine Enfield

Contributor of the Month: Blogger Catherine Enfield

The contributor of the month piece will highlight a My Neighborhood blogger who has posted multiple pieces during the month and is doing something exciting. The contributor of the month is picked by News10 My Neighborhood staff.

I met up with Catherine Enfield at the Sugar and Spice Bakery at 12th and F. Bakery Owner Carissa went about her afternoon as she baked more treats and helped patrons pick out their perfect dessert.

Catherin and I stood in the corner and chatted about her blog Munchie Musings.

“The Munchie Musings is actually an appropriate title because if I had to think of a mission statement it would be thoughts, musings, about food and life,” Catherine explained.

Snowmelt expected to cause higher water

SACRAMENTO, CA - A flood of runoff from the winter's massive snowpack is expected to raise water levels and perhaps cause flooding along some rivers in Northern California.

"Last month the water came up to the deck," said Jeffrey Allen, as he stood beside the South Fork of the American River east of Pollock Pines in El Dorado County.

Allen showed visitors pictures of the damage to his grandparents cabin in the flood of 1997 that swept away the deck. He said it's all about being prepared.

"Family first. And the animals. This is just stuff. Stuff can be replaced. Lives can't be replaced," Allen said. "Just get out and everything can be replaced, you know?"

Like many who live along area riverbanks, Allen is hoping the snowpack will melt gradually.

Experts caution that water levels will depend on how fast the melt happens.

Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Miraflores Winery

Passport Weekend: Sommelier picks for Miraflores Winery

Last weekend, News10 tagged along with sommelier and Tuli Bistro’s wine buyer Sandford Wragg to check out El Dorado’s Passport Weekend.  We checked out five vineyards where Wragg tasted and rated numerous wines. 

Our first vineyard was Auriga Cellars where he rated their Shiraz as your best bet (read his picks here). We then moved onto Miraflores Winery which is owned by Victor and Cheryl Alvarez.

SLIDESHOW: El Dorado Passport Weekend

“In this area, 11 wines are rated 11 points and six are ours. All are Zins,” said Vic Alvarez, while pouring for the tasting.  “Our Zinfandels are all varietal. They don’t have sugar.

One News10 viewer's opinion on the Cameron Park Skating Park community debate

One News10 viewer's opinion on the Cameron Park Skating Park community debate

The debate continues.  Here's one viewer's opinion below.  What's yours?  Email writer@news10.net and let us know.  It could become a potential posting here at News10's My Neighborhood.

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The CP Skate Park opened in April of 2001, costing taxpayers almost $Three Hundred thousand dollars.  It not only has given a home to skate Boarders but stopped trespassing and other infractions given to otherwise “a great group of kids.”  In addition it allowed for schools, shopping centers, libraries and other public places to resume their business without distractions from skate boarding.

In the past 2 weeks I have received countless letters and calls from not only kids but teachers, plead

EID Redistricting Process Advisory Committee Formed

Placerville, Calif. El Dorado Irrigation District (District) has initiated the process of completing its mandatory legal duty to adjust its division boundaries, using the 2010 census as a basis, to ensure that population is evenly distributed among the District’s five divisions and the other criteria specified by the California Elections Code 22000(a) are considered. On February 28, 2011, the EID Board of Directors authorized General Counsel Tom Cumpston to form an advisory committee made up of members from each of EID’s five divisions to develop recommendations for redistricting. Once recommendations are developed, proactive public outreach will be conducted to help guide the redistricting effort.


Five individuals with diverse backgrounds and strong ties to the community from each of the five divisions were selected to serve on the Redistricting Advisory Committee, along with Cumpston who will serve as staff liaison.

El Dorado Passport: Your best picks from Auriga Cellars

El Dorado Passport: Your best picks from Auriga Cellars

El Dorado Passport weekends are all about savoring the wines of the area.  The 2011 event takes place March 26 & 27 and April 2 & 3 with 26 wineries participating, but with all the wineries out there, which bottles are your best pick?  News10 spent the day following Sandford Wragg, Tuli Bistro's sommelier and wine buyer, through Pleasant Valley to find out which bottles he recommend. 

We'll be featuring one of the five wineries we visited each day this week.

SLIDESHOW: El Dorado Passport Weekend

Our first stop was Auriga Cellars.