Lincoln Wine Fest draws a happy crowd

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Approximately 700 wine and downtown fans made the fourth annual Lincoln Wine Fest “a huge success,” according to the event’s chairwoman Joann Hilton.

Attendance was up by about 50 participants this year, according to Hilton.

Besides promoting downtown Lincoln to residents and out-of-towners, the Rotary Club of Lincoln-sponsored wine fest benefits the organization’s community projects and the Downtown Lincoln Association.

Proceeds are not yet known because expenses are still being paid.

“With 19 award-winning Placer County wineries, 15 food suppliers and 75 volunteers, this is a huge event that showcases Lincoln as the ‘Gateway to Placer County wine.’  The crowd was delighted,” Hilton said. “And the downtown retailers and artisan managers were equally enthusiastic.  Huge thanks to the many, many people who made this happen.”

  Lincoln Rotary sponsors this event to encourage visitors to shop and dine in Lincoln, “receive a friendly welcome and to use Lincoln as the springboard for tasting the very excellent Placer County wine,” according to Hilton.

The Lincoln Downtown Association, Placer County Vintners Association, Lincoln High School Boosters, Art League of Lincoln and Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce also partnered in this year’s annual event.

And area organizations, such as the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, benefited from the event. The archives museum is located off of F Street in Beermann Plaza, where the registration table and wine garden was located.

“We had almost 400 people in the museum during the Lincoln Wine Fest Saturday,” said museum volunteer Elizabeth Jansen. “I'd have to say that most had never been there before but we heard a lot of ‘wow, we will be back.’  Thanks Rotary, great event!”

And the Art League of Lincoln at 580 6th St., one of the wine-tasting venues Saturday, had similar sentiments.

“It was great teaming up with Rotary's Lincoln WineFest, Cristaldi Vineyards and Los Gallos Restaurant,” said Jean Cross of the Art League of Lincoln. “We had hundreds of visitors (not all at once) enjoying wine, food, America's ClayFest-student division and Marilyn Rose's beautiful oil paintings in the spotlight gallery. Many guests bought one of a kind art pieces in the gift shop!”