WHAT TO DO
Apple Hill Growers Association. This month is the peak season for the apple lover's paradise near Placerville. Dozens of growers offer fresh apples, pies, jellies, and more. Off U.S. 50, just east of Placerville; www.applehill.com or 530/644-7692.
Boeger Winery. Historic winery with lovely picnic area (buy snacks in the winery store). Open daily; free tastings; 1709 Carson Rd., Placerville; www.boegerwinery.com or 530/622-8094.
C.G. Di Arie Winery. Next open houses set for Oct 7-8, Nov 11-12, and Dec 9-10. Open by appointment; free tastings; 5200 Di Arie Rd., Mt. Aukum; www.cgdiarie.com or 530/620-6500.
Holly's Hill Vineyards. Open Fri-Sun; free tastings; 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville; www.hollyshill.com or 530/344-0227.
Sobon Estate. 150-year-old winery with charming museum. Open daily; free tastings; 14430 Shenandoah Rd., 6.5 miles east of Plymouth; www.sobonwine.com or 209/245-6554.
Twisted Oak Winery. Open daily; free tastings; 4280 Red Hill Rd. (at State 4), Vallecito. Additional tasting room (open Thu-Sun) at 350 Main St., Murphys; www.twistedoak.com or 209/736-9080.