So here’s the story. It’s a hot weekend in the valley, so I head to the hills for some peace, quiet and shade. Just outside Placerville and 30 minutes up Hwy. 50 from Folsom are El Dorado Gold Country and Miraflores Winery. Set in the rolling hills, vineyards and pine trees of gold country is this fantastic Mediterranean-inspired retreat from the valley heat. In the tasting room you might be welcomed by Julie and her staff, inviting you to taste some of the great wines from exceptional winemaker Marco Cappelli. Marco has also been a consultant to many wineries, but the juice from his home base here at Miraflores is some of the best around. But here’s where we add the frosting on the cake and hit the nail on the head. On weekends through the summer, Miraflores, their great staff and featured chef for the day, serve gourmet four-course wine pairing lunches. If that’s not enough, there’s a wine expert or sommelier there to pour and tell you about the days wines while answering any questions you may have about the parings. All the festivities take place under a heavy wood-beamed covered patio, just right for relaxing, cooling off and taking in the surrounding valley and vineyard views. On this Sunday there was a slight breeze flowing through the pine trees and vineyards. Just enough to create that perfect romantic lunch time experience. If you’re not into the wine pairing lunch, just leave home with your favorite bites and enjoy the same relaxing experience…your way!