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Thousands of toys donated at wine event

By: Staff report
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Just in time for Christmas, Placer County Vintners Association wineries presented 25 “Santa sized” Toys for Tots collection boxes with more than 1,000 pounds of brand-new toys to the South Placer chapter of Marine Toys for Tots. The toys were donated by community members during the annual Holidays in the Hills wine tasting and toy drive that took place on the Placer County Wine Trail Dec. 10 and 11. Several hundred wine enthusiasts from the Bay Area to Sacramento and Reno attended the event. In addition to the toy drive, event highlights included holiday decorations, tastings, tours, barrel samples, food and wine pairings and local crafts and food vendors. Wineries waived tasting fees for the weekend for guests who brought a new, unwrapped toy to the event. The toys will be distributed by local military veteran volunteers for Marine Toys for Tots to children and families throughout Placer County. “It is amazing how generous visitors were with the toy donations,” said Vicky Morris of Secret Ravine Vineyards in Loomis. “Many folks also donated cash too – this is our first year participating and it was really a great way for the wineries and the community to come together this holiday season!” Participating wineries were Bonitata Boutique Wines, Casque  Wines, Cante Ao Vinho, Ciotti Cellars, Cristaldi  Vineyards, Dono dal Cielo Vineyard & Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Fortezza, Green Family Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Mt. Vernon Winery, PaZa, Popie Wines, Rancho Roble Vineyards, Secret Ravine Vineyard & Winery, Viña Castellano and Wise Villa Winery. For more information and maps, visit www.placerwine.com or call (916) 663-4486.