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Beer, wine lovers, food connoisseurs and sports enthusiasts alike will find something to please their palate at this year’s Celebrate Modesto Junior College Wine, Beer and Gourmet Food Tasting on Saturday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the MJC Gymnasium on East Campus.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the 21 intercollegiate sports in the MJC Athletics Program.

The event will feature not only beer but a selection of regional vintners showcasing premium varietal wines for the tasting.

Participating wineries that have signed on to date include Barefoot Winery, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Naked Grape, Classic Wines, Delicato, Silkwood, Bernstein, Hatcher, and Trinchero Winery. For those who prefer beer, several area distributors will be pouring their products including CenCal Distributors, Delta Sierra Distributors, Dust Bowl Brewery and St. Stan’s Brewery.

The evening also includes a complimentary array of gourmet dishes provided by local eateries  and caterers including Bacchus Food & Spirits, Baker’s Place, Cheesecake Kitchen, DeVinci’s Delicatessen and Catering, El Marisquero, Hilmar Cheese Company, New Hong Kong, O’Brien’s Market, Sips Bistro, Hero’s, Charlie Browns, Concetta’s, P Wexfords.

While sampling beer, fine wine and hors d’oeuvres, attendees can shop at the silent auction for gift baskets, gift certificates, fine wines, sports memorabilia, sports shirts and much more. Art Thoms from Art’s Sports Artifacts will be on hand to sell sports collectibles and memorabilia. 

Tickets for the Celebrate MJC Pirates evening are $35 per person and you must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 575-6270 or 575-6269.  Tickets may also be purchased online at and will be for sale at the door the night of the event.

“Whether you’re a sports fan, an alumnus of MJC, or a person who enjoys tasting wine or beer, this event will provide you with an entertaining Saturday night in support of a great program,” said Bill Kaiser, PhD., dean of the Physical, Recreation and Health Education Division and director of athletics at MJC.