The Fourth Annual Wine Extravaganza, hosted by the Oakdale Rotary Club in conjunction with the Oakdale Golf and Country Club is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the OGCC grounds.
The wine tasting event is a popular affair for wine aficionados in the area. At the initiation of General Manager Rick Schultz, 200 wines from over 75 wineries will be on hand pouring, including popular varietals from Rombauer, Wente, Sterling, BV Cellars, and Stag’s Leap. Other vineyards will also be there with a wide selection being offered.
Executive Chef Dan Quint will host two carving stations featuring a smoke and soya glazed roast beef with garlic and wine mashed potatoes and another station serving roast breast of turkey micro sandwiches with cranberries and dressing. An orechetti and penne pasta bar is also offered along with fruit and cheese hors d'oeuvres.
Rotary Club Co-Chairman Frank Clark said all the wine being tasted can be purchased that evening at 10 percent above wholesale prices.
“It’s a good occasion to team up with others to get a good deal on a case,” Clark said. “It’s also a great opportunity to buy wine at a terrific price for an upcoming event like a wedding or party.”
“We’ve seen this extravaganza grow to 400 people,” Schultz added.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Oakdale Education Foundation and the Oakdale High School’s Veronica’s Care Closet which is an organization that provides clothing to impoverished students.
“We’ve given $10,000 a year to charitable organizations in the community,” Schultz said.
Oakdale Rotary also uses its proceeds toward various community projects.
Music this year will be provided by The Jammers, a country and western group headed by Oakdale’s Fred Stepp.
Clark said there will be a raffle and a live auction featuring several unique dining and wining events and a six-night stay for four people at the Ka’anapali Beach Club in Hawaii.
Tickets for the extravaganza are $50 and are available through the Oakdale Rotary, The Oakdale Golf and Country Club, and the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.