PLYMOUTH, California February 12, 2013 – Wine aficionados take note.
Tickets for the 3rd Annual Barbera Festival, scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Cooper Ranch in Plymouth, California (Amador County), will go on sale March 1. The inaugural and second year events were both complete sellouts with more than 2,000 attendees taking part each year, and together raised more than $30,000 in net proceeds for the Amador County Foundation, the event's fiscal sponsor.
This summer's alfresco event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will host more than 80 wineries from the Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Napa, Sonoma, Lake County, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Lodi, Livermore and the Bay Area, as well as many of the region's top restaurants and catering companies, which will offer a variety of gourmet dishes.
What hasn't changed is the ideal event location. Cooper Ranch in Shenandoah Valley will again host the Barbera Festival among its vineyards and rolling hills. The scenic venue makes sense as Dick Cooper, of Cooper Ranch, is known in the wine industry as the godfather of Barbera and supplies numerous vintners with Barbera grapes.
Also consistent with the first two events will be the exquisite works of artists and artisans, including jewelry, paintings, pottery and metal work – all displayed in tents throughout the festival and adjacent to participating wineries.
Barbera originated in the Piemonte region of northern Italy. In California, about 7,000 acres of Barbera are planted. Louis Martini, a legend in California wine history with a prestigious winery in St. Helena, California, was the first to produce a varietal Barbera in 1954. Today, nearly 200 California wineries produce Barbera wines.
Barbera is known for its generous acid structure. There are differing styles of Barbera ranging from brighter versions with flavors of tart cherry, raspberry and spice, to riper styles with flavors of black cherry, blueberry, blackberry and vanilla.
The Barbera Festival is a Green Event and has taken measures to minimize the environmental impact of the festivities, including using biodegradable/compostable bags, cups, plates, napkins and cutlery, as well as giving attendees the opportunity to add $1 to their ticket price to help offset the carbon footprint of the event (100% of these contributions will go to purchase carbon offsets with offset retailer Terrapass).
Tickets will be available March 1 and are $40/person in advance. Ticket price includes admittance, wine tasting, commemorative wine glass and free on-site parking. Food is sold separately. Tickets will sell out quickly and will not be available the day of the event. Attendees must be 21 years or older and show valid ID as proof of age upon entering the festival. This is a non-smoking event and can accommodate service pets only at this time. There is also a special Designated Drive ticket for $20/person in advance, which includes event admittance and free non-alcoholic beverages.
The Amador Community Foundation, based in Jackson, California, is a non-profit organization that works to connect local generosity with local needs. Since 2000, the Amador Community Foundation has granted more than $1.6 million to organizations and projects in Amador County. Funds have been used to award grants for animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, emergency assistance, health and human services and recreation.
For more information about the event, a list of participating wineries, map and directions, along with local lodging and tasting tips, click to the official website at www.BarberaFestival.com. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
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