Lodi Largesse

The Lodi Arts Foundation (LAF) held its second annual Artisan Masters Wine & Art Auction on October 22, 2011 at Hutchins Street Square in Lodi, California.  Lodi area vintners, artists and chefs collaborated on a stunning fundraising event that included a barrel tasting, live auction, and gala dinner.

Proceeds from the auction are earmarked to support scholarships for underserved youth and promote an understanding and appreciation of the arts.

The Gala Event

The black tie evening commenced with a barrel tasting highlighting several of Lodi’s AVAs including the Mokelumne River, Clements Hills and Borden Ranch.  Lodi is known for its world class Zinfandels and superb Cabernet Sauvignon and these, along with Syrah and Carignane, made up the majority of wines barrel tasted.

The auction featured the art of Lodi area artists, wine from local vintners, and lifestyle lots. Funds raised at the event grew 30% over the prior year.

Monies will be used throughout the year to provide scholarships to local students in fine arts, culinary arts and the study of agriculture and viticulture, including classes at Hutchins Street Square and programs at San Joaquin Delta College‘s culinary program and L.H. Horton Gallery.

Melissa Phillips Stroud & Lori Ann Phillips of Michael David Winery flank Hinman & Carmichael attorney Rebecca Stamey-White.

About Artisan Masters

Lodi’s Artisan Masters Wine & Art Auction is a community based effort led by The Lodi Arts Foundation in collaboration with Lodi area vintners, chefs and artists.

Artisan Masters was conceived by Lodi vintners Dave Dart & David Lucas, City Arts & Culture Manager Deanie Bridewell, and Lodi Arts Foundation leader Ros Bollinger.

  Wine Grape Heaven

Lodi, originally named Mokelumne, is one of California’s hidden wine country gems. Or, perhaps not so hidden. It is certainly well known in the professional wine world.

Lodi has been producing wonderful wines commercially for about 100 years. As a matter of fact, during Prohibition, Lodi grape growers made a very fine living (some became rich) supplying wine grapes to home wine makers coast to coast. Most of the “California” appellation Zinfandel is grown in Lodi.

Lodi is ideal for wine grape growing. Situated just East of the “California Delta” (technically the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta),  Lodi, in the summer, is washed with cooling breezes at night, fog in the mornings, and glorious hot sunshine in the afternoons.

Mix in the perfect soils and committed growers and wine grapes thrive. Combine those grapes with passionate winemaking (and passionate vintners) and delicious wines result!

Please visit Lodi Arts Commission Web site for additional information: www.lodiarts.org

Compliments to Annalisa Sharp Babich and Holly Evans – they know how to throw an event!

Gracious thanks to Russ and Kathy Munson, owners of Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant, Spa. www.winerose.com                                           

                                               The place to stay in Lodi!

Original photography ©2011 Byron Vaughan

©2011 Fine-Dining Review, All Rights Reserved


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