Business notes for March 14, 2012

Union Democrat staff


The Angels Camp Business Association will present a workshop on the value of business networking at 6 p.m. Monday at 1211 S. Main St.

The meeting will begin with a 5:30 p.m. social hour featuring Bodega Del Sur wines on the second floor of the building.

The presentation will include representatives from the local chapter of Business Networking International. The group will provide information on how to create your own infomercial.

Speakers will include Walt Markus from Gateway Press, Bill Soest from Evergreen Technologies and Winston Burke from BBVA Compass Bank. For more information, call 736-1333.

Wine award

Twisted Oak Winery in Vallecito is the recent recipient of several awards for its wines.

Honors include a gold medal for its 2010 Ruben's Blend white, a Marsanne, Roussane and Grenache Blanc blend, and also three silver medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave top marks to two of the winery's vintages, the publication announced in late February, in its upcoming May issue.

The 2009 Calaveras County "Torcido" Garnacha earned a 93 point score and the 2008 Calaveras County "The Spaniard" Tempranillo blend earned a 91 point score. Any score 90 points or above is considered "excellent."

Both wines are estate grown at the Vallecito vineyards. The Spaniard is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha grapes, all of which are native to Spain.

The winery is owned by Jeff Stai and the winemaker is Scott Klann.

Free tax assistance

A free tax assistance program is offered through April 10 to taxpayers with middle and low income with special attention given to those 60 and older. The program is available from 8 to 11;30 a.m. every Tuesday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road, Sonora. No appointments are necessary.

Call 533-2622 for more information.

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