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Wine & Chocolate event this weekend in Lodi is a celebration of art as well

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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:01 am, Sat Feb 12, 2011.

This weekend marks the 14th annual Wine & Chocolate event, but the two-day celebration is about more than just sweets and vino.

LangeTwins Family Winery in Acampo is hosting an art show showcasing three professional photographers. m2 Winery on East Turner Road invited an artist to paint a piece live in front of guests. Boitano Family Wines in Lockeford is offering "Mom's special cheese balls with crackers," and Omega Cellars on North Highway 88 is serving Greek-themed food such as marinated pork souvlaki and chocolate-covered baklava. And three wineries are coordinating to host a chocolate-chili cookoff.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:35 pm on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Regardlessof WHO it is, people who drive drunk should be arrested...( plus additional severe consequences)

    I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment and I am glad Joe made the point. Unfortunately, in United States, celebrities and people of influence are held to a different standard many times. I think all these posts here on this subject are thoughtful and have merit. Regardless of how severe this problem is, it is a problem.
    I understand in Japan, they use “public embarrassment” as a tool to deter crimes. Maybe Lodi should establish a web site, similar to the state “sex offender site”, where a picture and location of the offender (DUI)is on line to review ( no favoritism or preferential treatment to anyone). Nothing like shining the light on truth to make things better.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:03 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    I don't think I've ever seen so many limousines in my life as i did today in Lodi.

  • Charles Nelson posted at 12:57 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Charles Nelson Posts: 259

    I too have poured at these events, and I wouldn't put the number of intoxicants to be anywhere near 50%. This particular event forces people to have a break between tastings. The events with the highest number of those over drinking are the ones under one roof. The wine booths are only a few feet apart, so no reason for waiting between tastes. If the city and county law enforcement started detaining all tourists in search of a few people over indulging, they would create a negative atmosphere that would surely put a damper on all future events. Lodi is becoming a tourist destination because of the wine industry and little else. Some people have a hard time accepting the fact that some people can drink without getting drunk, or becoming an alcoholic. Iam not condoning drinking and driving, but I don't think that local law enforcement needs to dedicate a significant amount of their budgets and manpower to hassle the tourists. I would think that just paying more attention during these events would suffice.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:36 pm on Fri, Feb 11, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I agree, Mr. Baxter. The sponsors of these events should be responsible for providing designated drivers or alternate transportation for those who overly imbibe. Those watering holes just aren't next door to one another and many of those who attend these events are much more than simply wine tasters or sippers, some just alcoholics in denial that think drinking wine is merely socially acceptable. Having poured many wine tasting events in the mid to late 90's, I can assure you that at least 50% are at or over the legal limit before the afternoon is even over, the good winos much earlier. I just don't agree that people drink distilled spirits, wine or beer because it tastes good, but to get that buzz on to get high and make them feel socially acceptable. After years of alcoholism and now years of sobriety and working with those who are still addicted to alcohol or drugs, to many it's just an escape from reality and the need to be accepted by a group that's as buzzed as they are, or worse.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 1:05 pm on Fri, Feb 11, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Mr. Chaney...I don't drink alcohol at all but I know folks who do these kind of events. Everyone I know has a designated driver or pays for alternate transportation and never drive after drinking.
    Regardlessof WHO it is, people who drive drunk should be arrested.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:39 am on Fri, Feb 11, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Shouldn't these events inspire LPD to have their DUI checkpoints at Lower Sacramento and Turner Road? The Highway Patrol and SJ county sheriff''s department should also have maximum enforcement in the Lodi area on the same day and time, too? These wine events that require drinkers to drive from location to location should be heavily enforced if the city of Lodi and LPD are so concerned about REALLY issuing DUI's and keeping impaired drivers off the roads, shouldn't they? Oh, but they may snare one of the local well-connected or good old boy alcoholics, or even one without a proper license or insurance, so I guess these drinking and driving events will continue while the DUI checkpoints will continue to target those poorer and illegal residents that reside in the older parts of Lodi. Have you ever read or heard of any Lodi good old boy being issued a ticket, especially a DUI, in this biased Sentinel? I doubt you ever will, either. Thanks Fred, Marty and Rich for protecting the real alcoholics of Lodi, CA.



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