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Randy Caparoso
October 1, 2010 | Randy Caparoso

The Treasure Island wine seminars

Remember 10/10/10!

On October 10, 2010 the 2nd annual Treasure Island WineFest – Lodi on the Water in the San Francisco Bay will feature over 200 Lodi appellation wines, offered by over 45 wineries.

There will also be four educational seminars, each demonstrating what makes Lodi wines tick, why everyone’s lovin’ them, and why there’s been such an explosion of accolades and awards garnered by this region:  still one of California’s best kept secrets, yet with a history of premium winegrowing dating back to the 1860s.  The seminars:

12:30 to 1:15 PM – What’s Hot and Cool in Lodi Today?
Led by sommelier Randy Caparoso — longtime multi-award winning restaurateur, journalist and (today) Lodi resident — this seminar is skewed towards the restaurant/retail trade, but will be just as much fun for any wine lover seeking the “inside scoop” on the best and latest specialty wines coming out of Lodi today:
Uvaggio, Vermentino
Ripken Winery, Primitivo
Grands Amis Winery, Barbera
Jessie’s Grove, Ancient Vines Carignane
St. Jorge Winery, Alicante Bouschet

1:30 to 2:15 PM – The Perfect Pair: Fiscalini Cheese & Lodi Wines
Ellene Landis, Master Sommelier and owner of Landis Shores Inn in Half Moon Bay, teams up with John Fiscalini, owner of Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Co., to present this fascinating exploration of artisanal California cheeses matched with some of Lodi’s finest wines:
Lucas Winery, Chardonnay
LangeTwins Winery & Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc
Van Ruiten Family Winery, Cab-Shiraz
Michael-David Winery, 6th Sense Syrah

2:30 to 3:00 PM – Lodi-beria: The Spanish Varietals of Lodi
Mark Chandler, Certified Wine Specialist and Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, will wow you with this introduction to wines made from Spanish and Portuguese grapes, which have adapted to Lodi’s Mediterranean terroirs to great critical acclaim:
Harney Lane Winery, Albariño
Cosentino Winery, The Temp Tempranillo
Bokisch Vineyards, Garnacha
Bokisch Vineyards, Graciano

3:00 PM – Look for Blue Angels Flyovers!

4:00 to 4:45 PM – Winemaker Panel: Blockbuster Zins of Lodi
Join David Sandri and a special panel of Lodi winemakers, each presenting one of their Old Vine Zinfandels representing the very best of this California heritage grape:
Steve Felten, Klinker Brick Winery
Tim Holdener, Macchia Wines
Layne Montgomery, m2 Wines
Brazin Wines

Tickets for the Treasure Island WineFest are $55 in advance or $65 at the door.  For more information, visit, and remember to mark 10/10/10 on your calendar!


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