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Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 2:19 pm | Updated: 2:32 pm, Mon Oct 4, 2010.

Under warm, mostly sunny skies, this Sunday, 10/10/10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., supported by the U.S. Navy and a squadron of fighter pilots, Lodi wines will be the stars at our 2nd Treasure Island WineFest.

Filling more than one spacious tent set up the prior day by a tight-knit group of Lodi Winegrape Commission staff, winery and grower volunteers, 45 wineries will be pouring 200 of Lodi's best wines. They'll be accompanied by local olive oils, chocolate, cheeses and Lodi's own Guantonio's Wood-Fired Pizza to knock the socks of those who still think "stuck in Lodi" is a derogatory remark.

Plus, there will be 4 info-packed wine-sipping seminars: local expert Randy Caparoso leads "What's Hot and Cool in Lodi Today?;" Commission head Mark Chandler will spotlight Lodi's exciting Spanish varietals; winemakers will show off their "Blockbuster Zins;" and Sommelier Ellen Landis will pair wines with Fiscalini Framstead Cheese.

But the best bold Zin pairing will happen around 3 p.m., when a loud roar of jet engines a baseball's throw away will empty the tents as guests marvel at an exquisite diamond formation of Blue Angels soaring low in front of the San Francisco skyline.

Last year I overheard one guest say, "It doesn't get much better than this."

Besides great food and wine, $55 (in advance at www.tiwinefest.com, $65 at the door), gets you the best parking spot in the Bay for the height of fleet week.

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