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Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa1220 Arden Hills Ln.
Sacramento, CA 95864
Frasinetti Winery and Restaurant7395 Frasinetti Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95828
Murder at the Harvest
It’s wine-grape harvest season in Sacramento. And you know what goes perfect with harvesting grapes? Murder. Tasty, tasty murder. The historic Frasinetti Winery in south Sac—the city’s oldest family-owned winery—hosts a murder-mystery dinner that will be delightful in the cooling weather. The night starts out with a mixer—where you get to the meet the suspects—then continues with a buffet dinner. And then murder. Bring a date and you can both figure out whodunnit. And hey, if your date turns out to be a turd, you can stab him or her in the heart with your salad fork. Everyone will think it’s just part of the show.
Friday, October 1 6:30 p.m.; $40. Frasinetti’s Winery & Restaurant, 7395 Frasinetti Road; (916) 383-2444; www.frasinetti.com.
Thursday Night Jazz & Wine
Mike Oliver and Jerry Hill were two college roommates who went on to their own successful, divergent careers. Years later, the two reunited and discovered they had developed a mutual winemaking hobby. So the pair teamed up. Oliver grows the grapes, Hill makes the wine. Together, the award-winning Oliver Hill Wines produces less than 500 cases a year, and they’ll bring their cabs and pinots to Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa for a night of storytelling, sampling and smooth jazz. Who knows? Their story might even inspire you to pursue your own winemaking adventure.
Thursday, October 14 6 p.m.; $20. Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa, 1220 Arden Hills Lane; (916) 482-6111; www.ardenhills.net.
GREAT STYX TRIBUTE & ROCK CLASSICS: A fall concert event that will bring to you the sights and sounds of a Styx concert via this group of talented musicians. And yes, we’ve got more! You will also hear great rock classics from that era; Kansas, Edgar Winters, Doobie Brothers, REO Speedwagon and many more. A great way to celebrate the fall season with the best music and the best wine from a premium winemaker. Sa, 10/2, 6:30pm. McConnell Estates Winery, 10686 West Stockton Blvd.; (916) 685-5368; www.mcconnellestates.com.
BIG CRUSH HARVEST FESTIVAL: For two days during the heart of the grape-harvest season, Amador aficionados can partake of great wine, food, music and other harvest festivities amidst the scenic beauty of Amador Wine Country. Sa, 10/2 & Su, 10/3, 10am-4pm. $30 advance, $35 at the door. Amador County Vintners, 9310 Pacific St.; (888) 655-8614; www.amadorwine.com.
MUSIC, WINE AND DANCING IN THE COURTYARD: Join the Vine Dawgz for wine, music and dancing in the outdoor courtyard. Classic rock, pop, disco and contemporary-dance music is always on the menu. Come early and bring a picnic dinner, enjoy an abundance of award-winning wines, then get ready to have the time of your life dancing the evening away! F 10/1, 6-10pm. Free. Abundance Vineyards, 1150 West Turner Rd. in Lodi; (209) 334-0274; www.abundancevineyards.com.
WINE TASTING & GOOD EATS: Come in for great local wine and a fantastic atmosphere. Come get a $2 glass of wine! Tu & F, 4pm-6pm. Revolution Wines, 2831 S St.; (916) 444-7711; www.revolution-wines.com.