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Drink pink at the breast cancer fundraiser

Wineries of western Nevada County will be pouring at Thursday’s Paint the Town Pink benefit for local breast cancer care (see box for event details).

It’s the third year of the event – a women’s night out featuring music, food, fashion and information about health care.

New this year is a wine bar, where nine foothill vintners will be sharing their best wines.

This family farm and artisan winery produces fine mountain-grown, handcrafted wine. Bob and Ginny Hilsman have been growing grapes at their hillside vineyards on the San Juan Ridge since 1982.

Their 9 acres are some of the oldest in the Northern Sierra wine country, producing zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay.

Double Oak wines display the full-bodied intensity of mountain grown fruit, yet are well-balanced and complex.

 Owners Jim and Linda Taylor, in the grassy hills near Auburn, have what is believed to be the largest winery in Placer County since Prohibition.

The Taylors produce old vine zinfandel, syrah port, barbera, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, Gold Country Nectar, and a Sur-lie aged barrel-fermented chardonnay.

Mount Vernon released its first batch of exclusive Breast Cancer Wine in October 2005. A portion of the profits of each bottle of wine sold are donated for breast cancer research.

Gary and Christina Smith are the second generation of operators, continuing the work started by Gary’s father with his three sons.

Now with three sons of their own, the Smiths handcraft and estate bottle small lots of organically grown varietals including cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, syrah and primitivo.

Linda and Mario Clough create a range of foothill wines including pinot grigio, petite sirah, and red and white ports at their winery in Cedar Ridge. They root their tradition in Tuscany, the home of Mario’s father, whose last name was Lucchesi.

The Cloughs look for grapes with concentrated flavors, color and texture.

The Vineyards is high upon a hillside overlooking Nevada County, offering views of the Sierra Nevada mountains and limited-production, handcrafted wines.

This full-production winery in the heart of Nevada City was founded in 1980 in a small garage on the outskirts of town. In 1982, the winery moved to its present location, the historic Miners Foundry Garage, on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City.

Founder Allan Haley is a Nevada County native with a European wine education. His varietals have received numerous awards for zinfandel, cabernet franc, syrah and cabernet sauvignon for the Sierra Foothill Region, awarded by the California State Fair.

This winery is on the cutting-edge of handcrafted artisan blending, offering wines with unique flavor profiles making the most of blends of exotic grapes.

Vintners draw on European tradition to create blends using more than 20 Italian, Russian and French grapes and University of California varietal crosses that are estate grown, many imported especially for Avanguardia. Wines are designed to pair with fine cuisine and provide new and exclusive tastes.

This family-owned and operated winery near Grass Valley creates wines from select Sierra foothills vineyards. Four short miles from historic downtown Grass Valley.

Located in Penn Valley, Pilot Peak creates award-winning wines, specializing in food complements. Some of their more unusual varietals include grenache, viognier, primitivo and specialty blends.

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