The essence of Italy comes to California State University, Fresno every spring when the Vino Italiano! wine tasting celebrates Fresno State Winery’s student-made, award-winning Italian varietals.

The annual tasting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m April 15, presented by the Fresno State Winery, the Enology Society and the university’s acclaimed Viticulture and Enology Department. The tasting, open to individuals 21 and older with valid ID will be held at the Fresno State Winery, 2369 E. Barstow Ave. (between Cedar and Maple avenues).

Participants will taste 2008 Muscat Canelli, 2006 Zinfandel, 2008 Pinot Gris, 2006 and 2008 Sangiovese and 2008 Barbera. The wines also will be available for purchase.

Fresno State’s student-produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which also has picked up its share of honors in competition with commercial products, will be sampled with light hors d’ouvres provided by Sam’s Italian Deli. Ice cream dessert will be provided by Fresno State Dairy Processing.

A special barrel tasting will be offered throughout the evening. Participants will have the opportunity to purchase drawing tickets, with a prize every half hour and a grand prize of a bottle of each wine featured. Proceeds will benefit the educational mission of the Enology Society.

All guests receive a commemorative Fresno State Winery glass and plate with paid admission: $15 for the general public; $10 for Fresno State students, staff, faculty and alumni with ID. Admission includes seven tasting tickets (more may be purchased).

For Fresno State Wine Club members, admission is $5, which includes a tour of the winery at 5 p.m. Non-members get this special by joining the club at or at the door.

Admission is payable at the door by check or cash.

For more information, contact Jennifer Sobieralski, Ag Foundation enterprise product marketing manager and Gibson Farm Market manager, at 559.278.4867 or