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Racer steers into Folsom for tasting

Scott Pruett owns an Auburn winery and will be pouring wine at Wine Styles
By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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The 2010 Grand AM champion Scott Pruett will soon bring his new passion, wine, to Folsom. In between a traveling racing schedule, Pruett also has a winery on a hillside in Auburn. “This has been a passion of mine for years,” Pruett said. “The thing with me that’s different is I do all the wine making myself including the growing and labeling.” Pruett will have a special wine tasting of a variety of his wines from 5:30 to 8 p.m. this Friday, at Wine Styles, 915 Sutter St. in Folsom. Friday’s tasting is $5 per person. “We are very excited to have a celebrity who is renown in the racing circle,” said Erik Loigom, Wine Styles owner with his wife Crickett. Pruett will also sign bottles of wine for customers, Loigom said. “We aren’t really sure what to expect, but we’re hoping for a good turn out,” Crickett said. “This is an opportunity to sample good wine, meet Scott Pruett and see the newly revitalized Sutter Street.” Pruett said his family, including his wife Judy and children Lauren, 22, Taylor, 13, and Cameron, 11, all work on the winery. “My family is very involved,” Pruett said. “We may seem like a small winery in the foothills, but I’ve been mentored by the best throughout the years.” He said one of his mentors includes Fred Schrader, of Schrader Cellars in Napa Valley. “I am doing the work and research behind the wine,” Pruett said. “My passions are family, racing and wine.” Pruett said he has been very fortunate to live and travel the world throughout his racing career, so to be able to return to Northern California was a dream come true. He was originally born and raised in Roseville. “I have family here,” he said. “These are my roots.” Wines available for tasting this Friday include a 2009 Grenache, 2010 Vin Gris and Lucky Lauren, which was named after his daughter. Other wines will be available for sale. “Wine is so chemically driven, but at the same time there is so much artistry,” Pruett said. Pruett also continues to race. “I joke that I have to keep my racing career to keep my winery,” Pruett said. “Wine is a passion. It’s something that I can do with my wife and my kids. I want to be proud of what I serve, that’s what drives me.” For more information on Pruett, visit scott-pruett.com. For information on Friday’s tasting, call Wine Styles at (916) 357-5500.