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March6, 2009


Winemaster’s Weekend is March 6-8 at Tenaya Lodge

The eighth annual Fresno State Winemaster’s Weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite resort.

The lodge partners with California State University, Fresno’s acclaimed Department of Viticulture and Enology for the two-day affair. It features student-produced wine and food products, workshops, a reception, opportunities to meet students and faculty involved in Fresno State farm enterprises and a banquet matching gourmet food and Fresno State wines.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. Friday with a winetasting reception featuring products from University Farm enterprises: Floral Lab (flowers), Gibson Farm Market (olive oil, coffee), Meats Lab (sausage), Food Processing and Dairy (jam, butter, milk, cheese), Vineyard (natural and coated raisins), Orchard (natural and coated nuts), Organic Farming (sautéed arugula and Swiss chard).

New this year is “Port by the fire,” featuring Fresno State Port served outdoors in the snow by the skating rink.

On Saturday, interactive workshops feature renowned food and wine industry presenters led by Fresno State winemaster Ken Fugelsang and Tenaya Lodge executive chef Frederick Clabaugh:

  • Red-wine blending – Ondine Chattan, director of winemaking for Geyser Peak Winery and a Fresno State alumnus.

  • Food and wine pairing and how music influences wine – Clabaugh and Clark Smith, winemaker for WineSmith.

  • Great Wines of Italy – Paul Wagner, instructor at Napa Valley College and founder of Balzac Communications, a food and wine industry marketing communications agency.

The weekend’s centerpiece event is Saturday Winemaster's Masterpiece reception and five-course Gala Dinner paired with wines from the Fresno State Winery. The evening concludes with awards for the blending competition winning teams.

The price of the weekend is $660 (taxes included) for two persons, double-occupancy, which includes accommodations Friday and Saturday at the Tenaya Lodge and all weekend events. Reservations are being taken for the Gala Dinner only for $115 ($85 for Fresno State students, staff, faculty and alumni), available by calling 692.8901 by Friday, March 6.

For reservations, call Tenaya Lodge at 877.322.5492 .

Reservations: www.tenayalodge.com/winemastersweekend.aspx

Menu: five-course gourmet wine dinner

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