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Event Information:
Treasure Island WineFest
Sunday, October 11, 2009
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Treasure Island WineFest will give consumers access to the names behind the brands of Lodi's award-winning wines while enjoying culinary creations from Wine Valley Catering. The cost of admission will be $55 in advance or $65 at the door.

The event will feature handcrafted wine exclusively from the Lodi region, where sustainability is a primary focus. Lodi leads California in sustainable viticulture practices with its third party certification program known as the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing, The goal of the program is to reduce the environmental impact of winegrape production through the use of sustainable practices. Lodi's wine region produces approximately 20% of California's total winegrape production-more than Napa and Sonoma combined! There are over 60 grape varieties in production ranging from the traditional Cabernet and Chardonnay to exciting new varietals such as Vermentino and Tempranillo. The region has experienced exponential growth since the early 1990's, with over 75 wineries now bringing international attention to the local industry. A portion of the proceeds from Treasure Island WineFest will benefit San Francisco Food Bank. They will distribute 33 million pounds of food this year to low-income families, individuals and more than 500 local non-profit agencies. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SF Food Bank and we also are a 501 c3 non-profit organization.

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About Mark Chandler:
He's a 7th generation Californian with a passion for enhancing the role of wine in American culture. He holds a degree in Agricultural Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is a graduate of the esteemed California Agricultural Leadership Program.Mr. Chandler has been the Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission since its inception in 1991. Under his leadership the number of wineries in Lodi has increased from 8 to over 70 today. The commission also conducts the nation's leading sustainable viticulture program, which received the Governor's Economic and Environmental Leadership Award in 2006.

In addition to his work with the commission, Chandler farms 180 acres of premium winegrapes in the Lodi appellation. He currently serves on the Blueprint Regional Advisory Committee, representing San Joaquin County agriculture. Mr. Chandler was recently appointed by Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi to represent agriculture on the California Economic Development Commission. Mr. Chandler is past president of the Society of Wine Educators, and is a frequent speaker at wine venues around the globe. He was named Sunset Magazine's "Wine Professional of the Year" in 2005. He is past president of the Lodi Rotary Club. For his leadership at the regional level, Mr. Chandler was recently inducted into the San Joaquin County Agriculture Hall of Fame.

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