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The weather is heating up and so are the season’s wine events. As spring turns into summer, wine country delivers weekend after weekend of regional wine and food events. And the ticket price is often so minimal in comparison to the comprehensive experience that awaits a true wine lover. Presented in chronological order, now through June, recommends planning a getaway around one of these major events:

1. Sonoma Valley Film Festival, April 11-15
The 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival welcomes you to a luxurious extended weekend in the heart of Sonoma wine country, featuring over 75 new films from around the world, including a star-studded tribute to two time Academy Award-winning director John Lasseter of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios on April 14. Food & wine tastings before every film screening, lively receptions, hot parties, exclusive winery excursions, and casual mingling with emerging filmmakers, film stars, star winemakers and celebrity chefs. Many events are very limited and will sell out. Visit them online now or call (707) 933.2600.
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2. 3rd Annual Portland Indie Wine Festival, May 5-6
The Portland Indie Wine Festival is a juried wine competition celebrating Oregon's top small producers, those who make 2,000 cases or fewer, for the current vintage. The Saturday and Sunday wine tasting event is designed like a farmer's market so there is ample opportunity to connect and engage with the winemakers.
Phone Number: (503) 595.0891
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3. Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 18-20
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 18-20
Located in the beautiful county of Mendocino, the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Tasting will take place under the big tent. Twenty wineries will pour the best of Anderson Valley Pinot, plus attend Winemaker Dinners featuring Pinot Noir, Winery Open Houses and more. Phone Number: (707) 895.WINE 
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4. Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 18-20
Taste award-winning wines from Paso Robles wineries pouring their top bottles at this 25th annual event. Local vendors will provide the food and live entertainment. The Grower's Booth offers guests an educational experience in grape growing. Phone Number: (805) 239.8463
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5. 3rd Annual Lodi Zinfest, May 18 - 20
The 3rd annual Lodi ZinFest - Wine, Food and Fun at the Lake to be held at beautiful Lodi Lake Park May 18 - 20, 2007. Lodi Zinfest showcases the wines and wineries of Lodi Wine Country. ZinFest begins on Friday, May 18, 2007 at Lodi Lake Park for Vintners' Grill at the Lake from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. ZinFest Wine Festival is on Saturday, May 19, 2007 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. also at Lodi Lake Park. On Sunday, May 20, 2007, participating Lodi Wineries will be holding Open Houses. Phone Number: (209) 367.4727
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