Taste Award Winning Wines At The Foothill Wine Fest

Display of award winning wine with award plaques

By Carrie Boyle

On April 2, wine enthusiasts will gather for the Foothill Wine Fest, which takes place at Palladio shopping center in Folsom. Attendees will be able to taste a broad selection of wines that hail from the Sierra Foothills, including award winners from the Foothill Wine Fest competition, which took place in early March. More than 20 wine judges gathered in Folsom to evaluate and score approximately 400 wines in the second year of this annual competition.

When Work Becomes Pleasure

tasting flights of wine

When Work Becomes Pleasure –
2022 Foothill Wine Festival Judging

Just finished the judging portion of the 2022 Foothill Wine Festival event. To recap the Foothill Wine Festival, put on by the Greater Folsom Partnership is a combination of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the Visitors Bureau and their Economic Development Agency. Coleen Schwietert was hired to lead the charge to create the Wine Festival. Mike Owen, acting as the Wine Matter Expert and advisor helping arranging judges and the judging sub-culture. Mike is the owner/winemaker at Crystal Basin Cellars and this event was something he created.  The goal of the Folsom Partners is to:  Raise awareness of wines from grapes from foothill juice Create a platform where outstanding wines could be identified Create active visits by wine lovers to Sierra foothills wineries Enhance visibility of Folsom as the Gateway to Sierra wine country. In just two years they are well on their way to accomplish these goals and many others.  The first portion is the blind wine competition, followed up with a tasting from most of the participant wineries. Here is a photo from last year’s event held outdoors with food and music included.