Robert Anderson

Murphys rings in St. Patrick's Day with green wine

Forget green beer this year. In this grape-rich Calaveras County hamlet, they'll be celebrating with green wine. Not surprisingly, a town with a name like Murphys takes St. Patrick's celebrations pretty seriously. Tucked away in the rolling Sierra Nevada foothills west of Yosemite National Park, it is holding its annual Irish Day bash, on Saturday, featuring a parade, food, music and plenty of sipping. Even on a non-holiday, this town knows how to have a good time, with 18 wine-tasting rooms within a few blocks of one another. "You can literally sip wine from one end of town to the other," says River Klass, who owns two restaurants on Main Street. Peppered among the...