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On Saturday July 15, 2001, members of the editorial staff at were fortunate enough to attend and experience the Home Winemakers Classic 2001: Sips of Wine Through Time. The event took place at St. Supery Winery and Wine Discovery Center, in Rutherford, California. The Home Winemakers Classic was
not just an opportunity to drink wine and share good conversation, but also to raise funds for the Dry Creek-Loloya Fire Department. The event perfectly paired community care and the love of winemaking.

The warm July weather was the perfect compliment to such an outdoor event. The combination of the late afternoon sun, songs from the live band, and delicious catering made the tasting complete. Many lovely wines were tasted that afternoon, but every wine featured shared one unique quality--that it was made with passion and enthusiasm.

While some were tasting the reds and enjoying the fine catering, others hovered around a stretch of long tables placing their bids in the silent auction. Many of the home winemakers donated wines, as did other more commercial wineries. Other items up for bid were spa visits, balloon rides, dinners, and wine tasting, all wonderful features of life in the Napa Valley.

Participants in this annual event tasted and judged more than 95 award winning home wines by Napa Valley enologists and viticulturists. Forty-three medals were awarded in fifteen categories. Some of the winners for the Best of Show honor were, 1999 Dry Creek Zinfandel-J. Benton Furrow, 2000 Sonoma Chardonnay-Dylan's Reach, 2000 Grenach Rose-Scavenger Cellars, and 2000 Reserve Olallierberry-Chateau Plaisant.

When planning your next summer trip to the Napa Valley, be sure to include this annual home winemakers' event, as it was truly enjoyable. An event like this will give you more than a taste of delicious wine, it will offer a lasting impression of life in the Napa Valley.

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