March 9, 2017 – The Calaveras Wine Alliance has rebranded and restructured its wine education series previously titled Wines Of The World to Calaveras Uncorked Wine Education Series. The new series will utilize its existing members and winemakers who will provide a more in-depth tasting and discussion of their wines, their winemaking practices and their history here in Calaveras. An emphasis on Calaveras wines will be prominent with each winemaker host offering comparison tastings of various wines from our neighboring regional or global markets.

Kicking off the new series on Thursday March 9th will be winemaker and winery owner Rich Gilpin of Lavender Ridge Vineyards and Coppermine Winery. Rich Gilpin has over 30 years in the wine industry, is respected for his winemaking history and experience with Rhone and Bordeaux varietals and his family’s passion for organic farming and culinary arts. Rich specializes in native yeast fermented French wines and has been utilizing micro-oxygenation oval egg tanks in his production methods. Participants will enjoy tasting and learning about regional wines made from micro-oxygenation concrete egg and upright tank production along with special guest, Gerhard Ziemer of Nomblot Concrete Wine Tanks of France who will also be in attendance and has worked with Rich crafting French varietal wines for over twelve years.

Coming up on June 8th, winemaker Steve Millier will be showcasing the expansive portfolio of Ironstone Vineyards wines and discussing their commitment to sustainable farming and winemaking. Ironstone Vineyards Reserve Wines along with Lodi wine counterparts will be featured.

The Calaveras Uncorked Wine Education Series will take place quarterly on March 9th, June 8th, September 14th and December 14th and the start time will be moved to 6:00pm in order to allow more tasting room personnel to attend. The quarterly series will take place in the Mark Twain Ballroom of The Historic Murphys Hotel and the cost is $20 for Wine Alliance members and $25 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at Attendees are encouraged to download the UNCORK CALAVERAS mobile app to stay up to date on all the local wine events happening in the county and the upcoming wine education topics and guests.