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El Dorado Hills' Purple Place to host winemakers dinner

By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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EL DORADO HILLS, CA - Wine enthusiasts can enjoy a night of wine, dinner and laughter at an El Dorado Hills landmark – The Purple Place Bar and Grill.

The eatery will hold a Winemaker’s Dinner at 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 30, at their location, 363 Green Valley Road, El Dorado Hills. Tickets are $49 per person, with limited space available.

According to General Manager Lauren Churchill, the evening will include a variety of activities focusing around m2 Wines based out of Lodi.

“(The winery) m2 Wines is gaining huge popularity in their award winning wines,” Churchill said. “They are well known for their Zins and Syrahs.”

The event will include a champagne reception from 6-6:30 p.m., with light appetizers severed at 6:30 p.m. A four-course seated dinner will be paired with wines from m2 wines including viogner, cabernet, syrah and Old Vine Zin.

The dinner menu includes Dungeness crab cakes on a bed of baby greens, wasabi-lime vinaigrette and lemon aioli, spring leek soup with a red wine reduction, braised lamb shanks bordelaise on creamy polenta and cherry-chocolate bread pudding with a crème anglaise. Each course will be paired with specialty wine selections.

The event will also include a raffle and special wine tasting options through dinner by the winemaker.

“We have held events like this in the past and have had huge success and great feedback from local wine enthusiasts,” said Churchill. “Most recently we held an event called ‘Uncorked’ which featured eight local wineries from the foothills, complete with paired appetizers.”

Churchill said it only seemed natural to hold more events at The Purple Place featuring local wineries.

“With all of the amazing wines produced in our region, the demand for local wines is growing,” she said. “Our intention is to help create more of a buzz for local wineries, while offering a fun experience for our guests.”

For tickets and more information, call (916) 933-2313 or e-mail Lauren@thepurp.com.