Sixth annual Lincoln Wine Fest attracts 900 wine tasters

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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With 850 tickets sold by the day of the event and attendees still waiting in line to purchase an additional 50 tickets, Lincoln Rotary organizers declared last Saturday’s sixth annual Lincoln Wine Fest “a great success.”

“We had to turn people away. It was the best Wine Fest yet,” said Rotary volunteer Clark Osterhout.

Online ticket sales added to the event’s success, Osterhout said.

Participants seemed to enjoy the wine tastings, according to Maribel Perez, owner of Lincoln Gifts & Souvenirs on Lincoln Boulevard.

(Wine Fest) was “an absolute success in terms of wine tasting. People have mentioned they’ve never been in (my shop) before and they said they’d come back to buy some gifts,” Perez said.

Forty to 50 wine tasters at a time lined up outside downtown businesses to sample wine and appetizers.

And even though lines were long, according to friends Ron Noyes and Tom MacDonald from Lincoln, the lines moved fast and wine fest-goers socialized while they waited.

Noyes and MacDonald said they look forward every year to Wine Fest.

“It’s like old home week. You see all your old buddies,” MacDonald said.

Seventeen wineries participated in the event, according to Wine Fest chairwoman Joann Hilton.

As of press time, event organizers had not yet tallied the costs.

"We are gathering all our expenses and tracking income from various sources,” Hilton said Monday.

The annual event is not a fund-raiser. As a joint project between Lincoln Rotary and the Downtown Lincoln Association, the groups’ focus is to attract new customers to downtown businesses, Hilton said.


“It is considered to be a community service project, so the emphasis is on doing what is best to enhance our retail locations and in deepening the relationship between Lincoln and Placer County wines and all of our partners, Hilton said. 


“Participants said it was the best Wine Fest of all six: better food, better line movement, very organized, and of course, terrific wine,” Hilton said.


Carol R. Percy can be reached at or 916-774-7967.