We live and breathe our clients’ business: Wine tasting and whitewater rafting trip in El Dorado County, California

We live and breathe our clients’ business: Wine tasting and whitewater rafting trip in El Dorado County, California

Learning our clients’ business is a tough job but someone has to do it

When we say that we get in our clients’ business, we actually mean it. And yes, sometimes it’s great to take a break from the office, disconnect for a day, and come back with fresh ideas.

Last weekend, we had the chance to go to El Dorado County and have two amazing experiences: Pleasant Valley Wineries’ Rocks & Rhones wine event and whitewater rafting with OARS on the South Fork of the American River.

Day 1 – Rocks & Rhones – Wine Tasting

5 wineries in El Dorado county located in Pleasant Valley, had a 2 day wine and food pairing event. Needless to say, we had to visit all 5 wineries on Saturday. We met many wonderful people, spoke with the winemakers and really enjoyed some of the wines. For a wine tasting outing that is close to Lake Tahoe and Sacramento and a lot more intimate than Napa or Sonoma, I highly recommend checking out El Dorado County. Their wines have more similarities to European wines, like Rhone varietals: zinfandels, primitivo, barbera, syrahs, voigner and more. It was a long day but extremely enjoyable.

We started off in Miraflores winery, a beautiful setting with excellent syrah. I’m afraid that we ended up with some futures there so I’m sure we’ll be back this fall.

We learned what makes wine in this region so unique – it all starts with the soil – and why the event is called Rocks & Rhones.


Next we went to Sierra Vista Winery and Holly’s Hill and Sierra Vista Winery which are literally sharing the same driveway and the amazing scenery surrounding them.

Holliy's Hill Vineyards

Photo credit: Holly’s Hill Vineyards

We paid a visit to Auriga Wine Cellars and sat outside in their garden enjoying some BBQ pulled pork with a spicy Zinfandel. We finished the day with a visit to Narrow Gate, a certified biodynamic winery where I spent a good deal of time chatting with the Teena Hildebrand, the winemaker and owner of the winery. Their viognier is amazing.


Day 2 – Whitewater rafting the South Fork of the American River

Excited to go whitewater rafting and a bit nervous (first time for me) we showed up at the OARS office bright and early to check in. The office girl calmly told us to go have some breakfast and get back there 30 minutes before our scheduled time. Time for more coffee.

When the group finally got together, there were enough people for 6-7 boats. We had a full safety orientation and headed down the river with our two guides, Sabrina and Ben. This trip was a full day trip with lunch, leaving from Coloma and ending at Folsom Lake.

Check out some of our GoPro footage from the river. Yes, you need to work as a team on the river all the time.


We had a phenomenal time on the river. My first experience whitewater rafting was definitely memorable. Kudos to the crew at OARS for running a super professional company.

Whitewater rafting

Looking forward to our next client trip! Where would you take us?


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  1. WhitThorntonWall

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    You visited some of my favorite wineries down there. next time hit up Skinner and Helwig!

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