Magazine article Sunset

Wine Time

Magazine article Sunset

Wine Time

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Melody Fuller, founder of the inaugural Oakland Wine Festival, spills the grapes.

There's no shortage of places to sip a casual glass in the Bay Area-- or events that pair many sips and bites. But when was the last time you took a deep dive with a vintner at a wine festival? Former Oakland community-relations strategist (and now wine writer) Melody Fuller saw a need to be met. As she says, "When I travel, I get to meet with winemakers. Why shouldn't everybody else get that too?" The result: a gathering of hand-selected winemakers to be held at her alma mater, Mills College, on July 18.

Walk us through the day. I picked the winemakers I'd love to hear on a panel-- from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, throughout California, and Italy and France--for the morning master classes and seminars. We're also doing intimate luncheons, where each vintner will be seated with seven people. In the afternoon, people will sit with a winemaker in groups of five, and they'll get 20 minutes to taste two wines. …

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