3/06/2013 12:58:00 PM

Two-Month Berkeley Wine Festival Begins Next Week

The fourth annual Berkeley Wine Festival returns to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa each Friday evening from from March 16-May 24. Meritage chef Scott Quinn has planned an ambitious series of meals and plates to match various wineries of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, including Hanzell Vineyards, Frogs Leap Winery, Benzinger Family Winery and DeLille Cellars. Two months of oenophile heaven begin with a grand opening reception on March 16. There’s even a shuttle running from the BART Rockridge station in case trying all 45 wines promised here becomes a personal mission.

Each event begins at 6:30 PM and prices range from $60-165; a complete schedule and tickets are available on the official site. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alameda Food Bank. The Claremont has also earmarked some rooms at a special festival rate for those who might like to indulge and stay the night at the romantic resort.

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