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Oakland Wine Festival Announces Napa Valley Vintners Support


Napa Valley Vintners and more than 50 wineries to participate in world-class educational and charitable event

Oakland Wine Festival3/15/16 – Oakland, CA- The Oakland Wine Festival today announced the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) and 50 of its member wineries are supporting the second annual event which will be held on July 16, 2016, at the Sequoyah Country Club.

The NVV signed on as a library level sponsor and will offer a unique Napa Valley educational experience during the festival.  More than 50 Napa Valley wineries are participating in the day and evening programs.

Festival Founder Melody Fuller also announced today that the NVV will help host the first Oakland Wine Camp on November, 6-8, 2016.  An evening welcome reception and a seated wine tasting and presentation of the Napa Valley appellations will open the camp.

“The partnership and support of the NVV and its members is important for our consumers of fine wines,” said Melody Fuller.  “The year-round work we do with vintners and consumers from all over the world include our monthly Oakland Wine Festival Kick Off Wine Tasting Classes, Dinners and Soirees which feature Napa Valley vintners who are also members of our Honorary Steering Committee.”

About the Oakland Wine Festival and the Oakland Wine and Food Society
The Oakland Wine Festival is a high profile wine and food event featuring celebrated winemakers from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond.  This day and night brings the world’s finest wines and winemakers together for educational and charitable purposes.

The festival is a collaboration between Founder, Melody Fuller, a prolific Bay Area food and wine writer, Oakland native, and some of her close friends in the Napa Valley. The Oakland Wine Festival is the result of the desire to further acknowledge an overlooked – yet key – community of wine lovers who appreciate having world-class vintners within arm’s reach.

Fuller, in creating this fully seated, on both sides of the table, festival, builds upon the history of informing the world about the truths of Oakland’s fascinating lore. An impressive Honorary Steering Committee, composed of wine industry luminaries, help her shape this event.

“A key part of our mission is to build new relationships and deepen old relationships between winemakers, winery owners, and wine aficionados as well as the new and curious wine and food enthusiasts.” states Fuller.

The Oakland Wine and Food Society is a natural extension of the Oakland Wine Festival.  The goals are synonymous.  On July 16, 2016, the Oakland Wine and Food Society will benefit from the first ever charitable and educational Double Blind Wine Tasting for consumers, winemakers, sommeliers, trade and media.  While the fully seated format is still the festivals trademark, this intimate festival is not one to sit still. The Double Blind Wine Tasting is an innovative way to educate and surprise the expert or the novice with over 100 elegantly bagged wines.  This premier event will open the Second Annual Oakland Wine Festival.

The full schedule will be released shortly.

To learn more about the festival visit:  www.OaklandWineFestival.com.

About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 525 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com

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