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CSUB wine event continues growth
 
April 20, 2005
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

It’s become a Bakersfield tradition. The ninth annual CSUB Party in the Park on May 6 will feature some of the state’s top wineries providing samples paired with top-flight hors d’oeuvres for an event that’s fast becoming one of Bakersfield’s don’t-miss events.

California State University, Bakersfield’s Alumni Association, along with the Bakersfield Wine Society, hosts the event which features more than 50 wineries, and last year attracted more than 600 people to help raise money for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The “party” begins Friday, May 6, at 5:30 p.m. on the CSUB campus.

CSUB Alumni Relations Director Jill Slaby is hoping for about 700 attendees this year to taste the offerings of a wide range of California wineries, including L'Aventure, Domaine Alfred, Caymus, Rutherford Ranch, Swanson, Round Hill, Provenance, Conundrum, Coppola, Geyser Peak, Canyon Road, Wild Horse, Tobin James Cellars, Round Hill, Rutherford Ranch, Arroyo del Sol, Morgan, Red Zeppelin, Zaca Mesa, Dry Creek Vineyards, Eberle, Rio Seco, Fresno State Winery, Arroyo Robles, Ortman Family Vineyards, Kenwood, Valley of the Moon, Lake Sonoma Winery, Vista del Rey, Baileyana, Madelena, Meridian, Victor Hugo, Robert Hall, Peachy Canyon, Pessagno, Fess Parker, Gloria Ferrer, Sylvester, Swanson, J. Lohr, Hatcher, Adelaida, Tablas Creek, Still Waters Vineyards, B.R. Cohn, Artessa, Cline Cellars, Kunde, Mer Solais, Belle Glos, Brassfield, Lancaster, Joseph Anthony Winery and Coppola.

Also this year, Party in the Park will feature a live and silent auction, featuring lifestyle, art, cultural, and wine-oriented items.

The party’s purpose is to raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship Fund at CSUB. The fund provides academic scholarships for deserving students who might otherwise have difficulty affording a university education. Last year Party in the Park raised more than $7,500 for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

CSUB Alumni Director Jill Slaby said she's thrilled with the direction CSUB’s Party in the Park has taken since the CSUB Alumni Association and the Bakersfield Wine Society joined forces. "The Wine Society directors have done a great job bringing some of the state’s best wines to Bakersfield," she said. "Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of so many alumni volunteers and CSUB staff, Party in the Park has become by far the best wine event in Kern County, and one of the biggest wine events in Central California. If you're interested in wine, few other places offer you the number and quality of the wineries pouring at Party in the Park.”

“The last two years have been such a huge success that we’re really looking forward to this year’s event. Everyone who attends has a great time, so what could be better?”

Society President Harlan Shanklin said he, too, was delighted with the Party in the Park. "The Bakersfield Wine Society was formed more than 30 years ago, and this year marks the 27th year that we'll participate in a wine festival," he said. "The university's 9-year-old Party in the Park is a growing event dedicated to providing scholarships, and it’s apparent that together we’ve been able to provide an outstanding event that not only helps deserving people with their college education, but also helps people learn about the joys of wine."

And the wineries have recognized the value of participating in CSUB’s Party in the Park. “Because Bakersfield is such a fast-growing market, Party in the Park is a great venue for us,” said Daryl Groom, president of Peak Wines International, parent company of Geyser Peak, Canyon Road and Wild Horse. “We’re delighted to be able to help with such a worthy cause. I’m aware of how important a college education is, and we’re very happy to support Cal State Bakersfield in its effort to provide scholarships for deserving students.”

A variety of hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will also be served at the event, which precedes the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival in the CSUB Amphitheater (combination tickets are available to both events). In addition those attending will receive a commemorative wine glass.

Party in the Park is held in Alumni Park on the CSUB campus, just east of the Walter Stiern Library and north of the cafeteria. Enter the campus off Stockdale Highway at Don Hart Drive East, or via Kroll Way for nearby parking.

Cost for the tasting is $35 per person in advance, or $45 the day of the event, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Alumni Scholarship Endowment.

For reservations or more information, please call Slaby at (661) 664-3211.

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