Monterey Wine Country Toasts the Summer at the Premier Outdoor Wine Festival in Monterey County

The 13th Annual Winemakers’ Celebration Is Slated for August 13, 2005

MONTEREY, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ — Join the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association, MCVGA, at the 13th Annual Winemakers’ Celebration on Saturday, August 13, 2005 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the historic Custom House Plaza in downtown Monterey. The festivities include over forty-five Monterey County wineries joining forces to showcase their world-class wines.

Paraiso Vineyards Winemaker Dave Fleming looks forward to the Celebration each year: “Paraiso has participated since the event’s inception. It’s a rare opportunity for guests to interact directly with the winemaker or owner. For our part, we love seeing folks enjoying our wines in such a dramatic setting, accompanied by great entertainment. We see quite a few return visitors to our table every year — they provide me with valuable insights into how my Paraiso wines are ‘showing.’ All-in-all, the Winemaker Celebration is our favorite festival — a ‘can’t miss’ on our annual calendar!”

The Winemakers’ Celebration incorporates wine tasting with education, food, and music in a fabulous setting. In addition to Monterey County wineries pouring their special wines for the day, unique hands-on activities also occur. The blending seminars, where guests are able to mix various varietals and create their own special blend, are always a sold-out favorite and will be back again in 2005.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy great food offered by Monterey County restaurants and caterers; dance to the upbeat tunes of The Eldredge and Rossi Band; and place bids in an extraordinary wine auction featuring unique wine items such as rare bottles, wine art, old vintages, VIP winery tours and winemaker dinners.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance, or $40 per person at the event. Ticket price includes a Monterey Wine Country commemorative wineglass, tastings at the winery tables, participation at the seminars, and entertainment. Designated driver tickets are available for $15, and designated drivers will receive a souvenir mug and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Call 831-375-9400 for tickets and information, or visit us online at www.montereywines.org.

About MCVGA

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association (MCVGA) brings together the talents and resources of members, partners and our community in order to promote and support our leadership in the art, the science and the business of wine. Founded in 1974, MCVGA is a non-profit organization representing over 75 vintners and growers in Monterey County. For a listing of members and additional information on MCVGA, please visit www.montereywines.org.

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