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Upcoming wine events you won't want to miss

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Two wine events are on the horizon that you will not want to miss out on. The first one is this weekend, March 28 and 29, in Lodi. The second is the following weekend, April 5 and 6, in San Francisco. Each event is different, but the focus is all on the wine.

The 34th Annual Lodi Spring Wine Show takes place at the Lodi Grape Festival and Fairgrounds on Lockeford Street. The show opens Friday March 28th, six to nine in the evening, and ends Saturday, March 29th, and runs from five to eight that evening. Tickets can be purchased in advance at several area locations, including Lodi Cellardoor, Raley's of Lodi, Van Ruiten Family Winery and the Lodi Grape Festival office for $30.00. Tickets will be available the day of the event for $35.00, and if you are a wine club member of any of the participating wineries, you may be able to purchase your tickets for the discounted price of $25.00 in advance. Over forty area wineries are scheduled to be there pouring wine, as well as olive oil tastings, craft vendors and some area restaurants and caterers. This year's theme is "Vino Las Vegas." For directions and additional information, go to www.grapefestival.com .

The following weekend, take a ride to the Bay Area, and enjoy yourself at the 17th Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Bay Area Weekend Celebration of American Rhones. This two day event takes place in separate venues - Saturday night is dinner at the General's Residence in Fort Mason, San Francisco, and Sunday takes place across the bay at the new Craneway Conference Center at Fort Point in Richmond. Tickets for these events are available as part of a package, or a la carte, for the dinner, seminars and/or the grand tasting. Four Lodi wineries will be pouring at the Rhone Rangers event, Fields Family Wines, McCay Cellars, Michael-David Winery and Acquiesce Winery - all members of the Rhone Rangers. For details on ticket purchases and directions, as well as transportation and schedule of events, go to www.rhonerangers.org .

No matter what your taste preferences are in wine, both events are sure to offer you some bright new insights as to what Lodi is doing in the world of wine. Make plans now to attend at least one, if not both, of these wine events.

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