During Vintage Days 2012, Fresno State’s viticulture and enology program presents the  traditional Vino Italiano! on Friday, April 20, and an inaugural Vineyard 5K Run/Walk on April 22.

At Vino Italiano!, 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first day of Vintage Days, student-madeItalian varietals will be sampled at the university’s winery (2360 E. Barstow Ave.) between Cedar and Maple avenues.

Guests will taste 2009 and 2010 Muscat Canelli, 2010 Pinot Gris 2009 and 2010 Barbera and 2009 Zinfandel. Italian hors d’oeuvres from Sam’s Italian Deli in Fresno will be served. Wines will be available for purchase at a special discount following the event.

Winemaker John Giannini and students will discuss the enology program and Fresno State wines with participants.

General admission, which includes a Fresno State Winery glass and a plate, is $15, $10 for Fresno State students, staff, faculty and alumni with ID card, and $5 for Fresno State Wine Club members, payable at the door by cash or check. The tasting is open to people 21 and older with valid photo ID.

The Vineyard Run/Walk, which is open to all ages, begins at 9 a.m. April 22, the last day of Vintage Days. Proceeds benefit the V. E. Petrucci Library in the Viticulture and Enology Research Center and Vintage Days. The university’s Department of Viticulture and Enology and the Viticulture Club are event hosts.

Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for children and students and is online at http://jcast.csufresno.edu/ve. Anyone who registers by Sunday, April 15, will receive a commemorative t-shirt.

Participants must check in at the Viticulture and Enology Gazebo, east of Lot Q, beginning at 7:30 a.m. April 22.

Free parking for both events is available in yellow or green lots on the campus.

More information on Vino Italiano!: Cynthia Wood at cynthiaw@csufresno.edu or www.FresnoStateWinery.com.

More information on run/walk: Department of Viticulture and Enology at 559.278.2089.

(Copy by University Communications student news assistant Nicole Maul.)

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