Spooky is the most neglected of the five basic human emotions: spooky, joy, sorrow, grouchy, and wet. Get horror glands pumping with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get admission for two to the Tricks & Giggles Halloween Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22, presented by Watts Winery in Lodi (a $70 value). Call ahead to make a reservation.
Lauded in the Sacramento Bee for its admirable pediatric-cancer fundraising, Watts Winery rolls out a Halloween charity celebration replete with wine and entertainment. Attendees can exercise their swish muscles during a wine tasting or push their stomachs' limits in the Fat City Griller Supply's barbecue contest. On a bumpy afternoon hayride, guests drink in picturesque vistas of Watts' vineyards which span the countryside nestled near the babbling Mokelumne River. Evening brings dinner alongside performances by comedian Bob Johnston and magician James Anthony, whose contract forbids him from turning soda into sparkling wine.
Dedicated to bettering their community, a portion of the day’s proceeds—and the funds from every bottle of Watts wine sold—benefits the Sacramento chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
For four generations, the Watts family has been growing grapes beside the Mokelumne River, and their fresh and fruity wines have drawn accolades at state and county fairs across the country. They began by simply growing grapes for other wineries and their pet bats before their first efforts at fermentation, and their long experience in viniculture show in a fruit-focused philosophy that seeks to draw out the best properties of their riverside microclimate. An intimate, recently built tasting room done up in vernal green welcomes oenophiles to try the latest blends or a sip from the Butterfly line, whose proceeds help support pediatric-cancer research.