Saturday Oct 09 2010 comments Auburn Food and Wine Festival By: Photos by Kim Palaferri/Auburn Journal -A +A Karen McGillvray, owner and grower of Dono Dal Cielo Vineyards in Newcastle pours a 2006 Zinfandel to Pam and Steve Harnagel of Auburn. The Harnagel's are growers of Syrah grapes that are sold to wine makers in Auburn. Diane Naggiar and Linda Tibshirani owners of Naggiar Vineyards in Grass Valley turned a passion into a family business. Today they offered some of their hand crafted wines that include a Viognier, a Syrah, and a Mistero which is a blend Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Grenache grapes. Lattitudes restaurant was a popular stop on the Auburn Food and Wine Festival on Saturday. Rob Hernberger serves up a gourmet BLT and A Spanish Melt to Marc Krupin of Cascade Landscape, and accompanying him is Debbie Dragon of ProMailers of Auburn. Marcus Rivers, Sax player for the Analog Jazz Band with Dave Eaton on guitar, kick off the Auburn Food and Wine Festival with crowed favorites like Mustang Sally by Wilson Picket. Wine maker and owner of Dono Dal Cielo vineyards of Newcastle educates the wine tasters this year at the Auburn Wine and Food Festival as they sample her variety of wines. ?I want wine connoisseurs today to leave the knowledge of what really goes into crafting a great tasting wine and that our vineyards name, Dono Dal Cielo means a Gift From Heaven, and so I educate them that it starts with the love of the land.? Said McGillivray Owner and Chef of The Club Car Marcello Nolivo is stopped at the door as he entered Victor Velo bike shop by Don Finsthwait, Ken and Elisabeth Fetherston where they grabbed samples of his Crostini with fresh pear, brie, hazelnuts and drizzled with honey glaze. Businesses like Roper's Jewelers in Downtown Auburn were thrilled to participate as a venue in the Auburn Wine and Food Festival where they also generated sales too. Peggy Seitzinger, of Ropers Jewelers shows Janette Orr of Auburn an array of thumb rings for purchase. ?We love the energy of the people who come in during the Auburn Wine and Food Festival. Many of our regular customers come by just to say Hi also. It?s a great event for downtown businesses too?. Lisa Gardena, visiting from L.A. joins The Analog Jazz band in an impromptu version of Mustang Sally that amazed the crowed at the Auburn Food and Wine Festival on Saturday. Gardena, a professional jazz singer asked the band if she could join along on her favorite tune. Bob Hilsman of Double Oak pours a 2009 Chardonnay to Emily and Marshall Gallo and their friend Shannon Cornelsen, center, of Auburn. Emily is celebrating her birthday and thought the Wine and Food Festival would be the perfect place to do with family and friends. Gary Capps owner of the Pazzi Trattoria, prepares some fresh made mostaccioli in a delicate pesto sauce. There to try a sample of his creation is Auburn Mayor Bridget Powers. PornPimol Churnukul of Royal Thai in downtown Auburn can't make their Beef Salad fast enough because it was so popular and one of the Wine and Food Festival favorites. Helping her serve the salad is Realtor Linda Grover of Sierra Brokers. Spending some family time together and enjoying the nice weather during the Auburn Wine and Food Festival is Valery and Steven Lease along with their 1 year old daughter Rose.