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Wine Fest Benefits College Programs

Nearly 50 California and Sierra foothill wineries and food concerns will be again be represented at the 27th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting Festival on Sunday, Apr. 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Columbia State Historic Park. Over the years, the festival has grown to become one of Northern California´s most popular wine events.

Presented by the Columbia City Hotel and Columbia College Foundation, festival proceeds will benefit the college´s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Programs. The City Hotel´s three-star restaurant provides training for advanced culinary students at the college.

Wine tasting stations will be available in five locations throughout the historic park, a restored gold rush-era mining town located just outside Sonora off highway 49 between the Bay Area and Yosemite National Park.

Among the participating wineries are Acacia Winery, Black Sheep Vintners, Boitano Winery, Boony Doon Winery, Chatom Vineyards, Chalone, Cosentino Winery, De Loach Winery, Domaine de la Terre Rouge, Gary Farrell Winery, Frank Family Vineyards, Frog´s Leap Winery, Gallante Cellars, Granite Springs and Latcham Vineyards, Jade Mountain Cellars, Kautz Ironstone Vineyard, Kenwood Vineyards, and J. Lohr Winery.

Others include Mason Cellars, Milliaire Cellars, Montevina Winery, Morgan Winery, Murphy-Goode Winery, Preston Winery, Quady Winery, Rombauer Winery and Napa Cellars, Rosenblum Cellars, Scherrer Winery, Schramsberg Winery, Shenandoah Vineyards, Sierra Vista Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Silver Fox Winery, Sobon Estates, St. Amant Winery, Stevenot Winery, Trefethen Vineyards, Turnbull Winery, Twisted Oak, Valley of the Moon Winery, Vino Noceto, and ZD Winery.

Participating food vendors are Sonoma Cheese Company, Peter Rabbit Chocolate Company, Diestel Turkey Ranch, Restaurant 124, Banny´s, and a number of Central Valley establishments.

For more information, call the Columbia City Hotel at (209) 532-5341.