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Annual Lodi Spring Wine Show to begin today

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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 am

How would you like to participate in a blind tasting, where you sample three types of wine and decide which one you like best?

You'll get the opportunity to vote on your favorites as part of today's and Saturday's Lodi Spring Wine Show at the Grape Festival Grounds. The Wine Show is a tradition that goes back more than 30 years in Lodi, said Mark Armstrong, general manager of the Lodi Grape Festival.

In the blind tasting event, the labels of each wine you'll be sampling will be covered so you don't know what they are. Then you'll be asked which is your favorite, and which ones you think are the most expensive and least expensive.

"I think it will be fun," Armstrong said.

The blind tasting event, to be held at the News-Sentinel booth, is one of several attractions for visitors to enjoy, many of which are brought back each year, Armstrong said.

They include:

  • More than 40 wineries under one roof — rain or shine.
  • Lessons on how to taste and make wine.
  • Gourmet olive oils.
  • Cooking demonstrations.
  • Cigars from Stogies to smoke while sampling wine.
  • Wine barrel furniture.
  • Nibbling on tasty treats from area food purveyors.
  • A raffle with a grand prize of more than 100 bottles of wine and other items. Proceeds benefit the Lodi Grape Festival Bucks-for-Books Scholarship Fund.

People attending the wine show will receive a commemorative wine glass.

One of the benefits, promoters say, is that you can drink wine without worrying about driving to different wineries since it will all be under one roof.

You must be at least 21 years old to attend the wine show.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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