Wine Fest to feature 17 local wineries

Free shuttle service from Lincoln Hills to downtown
By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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What:  Lincoln Wine Fest event

When: 1 to 5 p.m. April 29

Where:  Downtown Lincoln, beginning at Beermann Plaza

Admission: $35 in advance, $40 April 29, $20 for active military personnel. $15 designated-driver tickets. Children can accompany adults. Tickets available at or Sierra Hills Framing Shop, 571 Lincoln Blvd. 


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For connoisseurs of good wine, the sixth annual Lincoln Wine Fest on April 29 could be a wine taster’s fantasy.

Located within a two-block area around Beermann Plaza, 17 award-winning Placer County wineries will be poised for wine tastings, according to Lincoln Wine Fest chairwoman Joann Hilton.

The afternoon event will feature complementary appetizers at 16 locations, a band, and craft and specialty vendors, Hilton said.

“We hope people will come for the fun of sampling terrific, award-winning wine inside shops in historic downtown Lincoln,” Hilton said. “It’s a great time for friends to stroll through the shops and taste some very good wine.”

Participating local wineries are Bear River Winery,  Bonitata Boutique Wine, Cante Ao Vinho,  Casque Wines,  Ciotti Cellars,  Cristaldi Vineyards,  Davis Dean Cellars,  Dono Dal Cielo Winery,  Fawnridge Winery,  Lone Buffalo Vineyards,  PaZa Vineyards,  Pescatore Vineyards,  River Rock Ranch,  Rock Hill Winery,  Secret Ravine Vineyards,  Vina Castellano Winery and Wise Villa Winery.

The Lincoln Wine Fest “is the best organized of all the (wine) festivals,” said Jeff Evans, co-owner of Bear River Winery in Meadow Vista.

“Bear River Winery is committed to coming (to Wine Fest).You guys rock,” Evans said.

The walk-about wine tasting event attracted more than 700 participants last year, according to Tom Jones, the Sierra Hills Framing owner in downtown Lincoln. Jones’ store hosts a winery during the event.

Lincoln WineFest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lincoln in partnership with the Downtown Lincoln Association. Event proceeds benefit participating vendors, downtown Lincoln community events and Lincoln Rotary community projects, Hilton said.

For the first time, the Sun City Lincoln Hills Association will offer a free shuttle service between Lincoln Hills and downtown Lincoln for Wine Fest attendees.

The shuttle service will run every half hour, leaving Orchard Creek Lodge for Beermann Plaza, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Wine Fest event’s last shuttle will leave Beermann Plaza at 5 p.m. to return to Lincoln Hills, according to Hilton. 

Event organizers are excited to have support from Lincoln Hills for the event, according to Hilton.

“We hope that it encourages many residents to come and enjoy the Wine Fest,” Hilton said. 


Carol R. Percy can be reached at or 916-774-7967.