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Wine, beer, food and song on tap for downtown

Lincoln Rotary Club brings wine fest back for 7th year
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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2018 Lincoln Wine Festival

  • 1-5 p.m. April 28
  • Downtown Lincoln, Beermann Plaza, 640 Fifth St.
  • $40 and $15 for designated drivers

Wine, food, song — and beer — will be highlighted at the 2018 Lincoln Wine Festival.

This year’s Wine Festival will include two additions: beer tasting and live music.

In addition to 17 wineries, the event will feature four local brewers. Placer County breweries participating in the 2018 Lincoln Wine Fest are Goathouse Brewery, Auburn Alehouse, Crooked Lane and Knee Deep. The craft brewers will all be located at Freedom Rides, located at 643 Lincoln Blvd.

Wine-tasting and snacking will take place in 21 different downtown businesses.

Event organizers expect approximately 900 attendees to partake in wine-tasting within a four-block radius of downtown Lincoln.

Joann Hilton, a Lincoln Rotary Club member and the wine fest organizer for six of its seven years, said the event is “a labor of love.”

“It’s very rewarding,” Hilton said. “We get wonderful feedback from (downtown) retailers and vintners. There is a great ambiance and feel downtown.”

Hilton said the Lincoln Rotary Club has two main objectives for the wine fest and that the event is not a fundraiser for the group.

“Our No. 1 objective is to bring visitors to downtown Lincoln, see our lovely downtown and shop,” Hilton said. “Our second objective is to establish and link downtown Lincoln with Placer County wineries; we want to be the gateway to Placer County wineries.”

“This is part of our community service function; it’s not a fundraiser,” Hilton added. “We don’t want to lose money on it but it’s not our main objective.”

Jim D’Ambrosio, owner of Lincoln Gold and Coin in downtown Lincoln, said he loves the event and looks forward to it every year.

“I’ve been in one kind of business or other for 45 years and I don’t know of any more successful event,” D’Ambrosio said. “This is the best event for the downtown business community. We sell a good amount of merchandise that day.”

“People come in, look around and so many people come back,” D’Ambrosio added. “I can’t say enough about the Lincoln Wine Festival.”

Live musical entertainment is planned but had not been finalized, as of press time.

Hilton said the Lincoln Rotary Club has partnered with the Downtown Lincoln Association, the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce, the Placer County Vintners’ Association and the local wineries and food providers to put on the event. The festival is “a huge team effort,” Hilton said, and last year’s event had 82 volunteers from the Lincoln Rotary Club, Beale Air Force Base and the local community.

Participating wineries this year, as of press time, include Bear River Winery, Bonitata Boutique Wines, Cante Ao Vinho, Casque Wines, Ciotti Cellars, Cristaldi Vineyards, Davis Dean Cellars, Dono Dal Cielo Winery, Fawnridge Winery, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Mount Saint Joseph Wines, PaZa Estate Winery, Pescatore Vineyards, Rancho Roble Vineyards, Rock Hill Winery, Secret Ravine Vineyards and Wise Villa Winery.
Participating wine-tasting retailers include Art League of Lincoln, 580 Sixth St.; Awful Annie's Restaurant, 490 Lincoln Blvd.; Buonarroti’s Ristorante 460 Lincoln Blvd.; Country Harvest, 680 Fifth St.; Dillian’s Bar & Grill, 605 Lincoln Blvd.; Double Barrel Smokehouse, 436 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 206; Fashion Fo Paws, 577 Lincoln Blvd.; Freedom Rides, 643 Lincoln Blvd.; Lincoln Area Archives Museum, 640 Fifth St.; Lincoln Florist and Gifts, 509 Lincoln Blvd.; Lincoln Gifts and Souvenirs, 505 Lincoln Blvd.; Lincoln Gold and Coin, 547 Lincoln Blvd.; Lincoln Gun Exchange, 472 Lincoln Blvd.; Old Town Pizza, 436 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 102; and Sierra Hills Framing, 531 Lincoln Blvd., Suite B.

Additional food merchants include Blabbermouth Chocolates; Country Harvest; Citizen Vine; Los Gallos Taqueria; and Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop.