After two weeks crisscrossing wine country in Spain with a group of 20 wine lovers from Carpe Vino, as well as hitting as many cultural sites as could be squeezed into two weeks (from Madrid to Bilbao to Barcelona), it’s time for me to get back to the real world. And I’m ready, because every time I hit the road, I come home energized with new ideas and new wines to introduce in the shop. In November we’ll be featuring Spain as the theme for our prix-fixe event, paired with some absolutely monster wines I encountered. I’m also hopeful that we’ll be able to organize our first winemaker dinner in three years. . .with Albert Costa Miralbell, winemaker and co-owner of Celler Vail Llach in Porrera, Spain. . .located two hours south of Barcelona in the Piriorat wine-growing region. He’ll be visiting Sacramento early next year, and he’s willing to bring his wines to Auburn. If we can pull this off, it’s gonna be killer, más o menos.
But next up on the prix-fixe front is an homage to “The Day of the Dead,” or in Spanish, Dia de Muertos. This Mexican holiday in early November brings family and friends together to honor the departed celebrating with music and food. The event runs from October 29 to November 3; cost is $49 per person plus tax and tip. Make your reservations now by calling 530-823-0320.