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Lincoln's inaugural Wine Fest sells out

Benefits Rotary Club?s causes
By: Susan Belknap Special to The News Messenger
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A plethora of wine, food, live entertainment and a sold-out crowd Saturday made for a perfect day for the Lincoln Wine Fest held in downtown Lincoln. More than 400 visitors from throughout Northern California and beyond wined and dined throughout the afternoon while strolling through eight of the city?s retail and dining establishments along Lincoln?s Beermann Plaza. The inaugural event and its theme, ?Discover the Charm of Lincoln ? Gateway to the Placer County Wineries? was sponsored by the Lincoln Rotary Club and The Lincoln News Messenger. According to Rotary President Joann Hilton, the day was planned with three objectives in mind. ?We wanted to try to draw people from Lincoln as well as other communities to our downtown,? Hilton said. ?And we also wanted to promote our wonderful Placer County wineries and raise funds for our local club for a variety of causes.? Pescatore Winery owner Dave Wegner from Newcastle was one of the winemakers offering festival guests samplings of his wines at Buonarroti?s Restaurant throughout the afternoon. The Pescatore Winery is situated on about 15 acres and features a selection of Zinfandel, Barbera, Syrah and Petite Sirah grapes. ?Placer County is a great growing region for wine,? Wegner said. ?We have good soil, a great climate and, if you live in Lincoln or any other Placer County area, we?re just a short drive away along a scenic route to our winery in Newcastle.? Festival guest and Lincoln resident Dale Robbins agreed. ?I?ve always liked Pescatore wines,? Robbins said. ?Dave really knows how to make good, traditional wine and he?s such a good supporter of our local community.? Le Casque Winery in Loomis was another featured Placer County winery at Saturday?s event. Tina Morarity-Breunig, Le Casque Winery co-owner, said the winery makes about 1,200 cases per year and considers its Bordeaux and Rhone styles to be its specialty. ?We just opened our winery this past fall,? she said. ?We are open for tasting during the day and we have a wine bar with live music open at night during the weekends. Our Calotte Blanc was recently named ?Wine of the Week? by ?Sacramento Magazine.?? Josh Huntsinger, Placer County Agriculture commissioner, said he ?is thrilled? so many Placer County wineries participated in this Lincoln event. Having the Placer County Vintners Association collaborate with PlacerGROWN, an organization backed by Placer County to enhance and promote the preservation of agriculture and local working landscapes, Huntsinger said, is a win-win for both groups. ?Our local wineries are one of the best kept secrets of what Placer County has to offer its residents,? Huntsinger said. ?Visitors to this Lincoln event had the opportunity to meet the actual winery owners, the ones who in fact, grow the grapes and know every step of the entire wine-making process. These wineries and vineyards are just one more way for us to showcase all that?s good in Placer County.?