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The Blue Wing Saloon and Café, located next door to the Tallman Hotel in Upper Lake, is launching a new series of monthly “Meet the Winemaker” evenings.
These events extend the Blue Wing’s focus on offering its patrons the best wines produced in Lake County.
The Winemaker Evenings will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The evenings will allow restaurant patrons to taste a wide variety of wines and meet some of the most notable winemakers in the area.
The saloon kitchen staff will work closely with the winemakers each evening to produce special dishes that properly compliment the wines being featured.
On Thursday, May 1, Shannon Ridge winemakers Marco DiGuilio and Mike Wood together with owner Clay Shannon will present a selection of wines, most made from grapes grown on the high elevation Shannon Ridge property above Clear Lake. The quaint Shannon Ridge tasting room managed by Joey Luiz is located in a converted one-room schoolhouse in Clearlake Oaks. Wood also will pour his own Shed Horn wines.
Re-established in the Lake County town of Upper Lake in June 2005 by owners Lynne and Bernie Butcher, Blue Wing Saloon and Cafe stands in the same location as its namesake, first opened in the 1880s. The saloon remained a popular watering hole until the onset of prohibition in 1920.
Location: Blue Wing Saloon and Cafe, 9520 Main St., Upper Lake. Contact: Blue Wing Saloon and Cafe, telephone 707-275-2233, www.bluewingsaloon.com.