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Randy Caparoso
October 7, 2011 | Randy Caparoso

The Wine in 2 Water benefit concert


Jessie's Grove in the heart of Lodi's oldest vineyards

October 15, 2011:  The WINE IN 2 WATER Concert, Art & Wine Tasting at Jessie’s Grove

Dancing Fox winegrower/proprietor and restaurateur Gregg Lewis has combined efforts with a counterpart, Greg Burns of the historic Jessie’s Grove Winery, to produce WINE IN 2 WATER:  a charity concert, wine tasting and art demonstration benefitting the Bear Creek Water Project and Living Water International.


Dancing Fox's Gregg Lewis

The Bear Creek Water Project is a foundation endeavoring to save the lives of children (one dies every 15 seconds from preventable, water-related diseases) through raising money by recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans to cover the cost of digging wells in third world countries.

Giving a shout-out to fellow Lodi vintners and Lodi wine lovers everywhere, Lewis says, “this is a great opportunity for all of us to lead Lodi into a national and perhaps global spotlight… this time, it’s not about how good our wines are… but in the area of generosity.”

Imagine life without clean water:  many children around the world simply have no access to that.  UNICEF and the World Health Organization estimate that over 5,000 children die each day from AIDS/HIV, Malaria, TB and cancer —  diseases that could be prevented if only there was access to wells providing safe, clean water.

Lewis is calling upon the Lodi community and wine enthusiasts to show their support by attending this live music concert, headlined by Molly’s Revenge (dynamic acoustic Celtic music) and Levi Huffman & Mombo (cool, innovative jazz).  Admission is $40, and can be purchased online at WINE IN 2 WATER’s Buy Tickets page.  All proceeds will go directly to clean water projects.  Admission will also include a free wine tasting of many of Lodi’s finest wines with a WINE IN 2 WATER commemorative wine glass, plus access to food vendors, viewings of works by local artists, a silent auction and raffle.

Gates to Jessie’s Grove Winery will open on Saturday, October 15 at 4:30 PM.  The winery is located at 1973 W. Turner Rd., in the heart of Lodi’s oldest, most revered old vineyards.  Kudos to Mr. Lewis, Mr. Burns, and all the Lodi businesses involved with WINE IN 2 WATER for leading the way in this life saving cause, and thank you ahead of time for your generous support!


Greg Burns (left) with his Jessie's Grove crew and bounty from his 2011 old vine crop



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