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Wine Country Tour Scheduled for SIOP Conference

The SIOP Conference may not be until April 2008, but the planning is already in motion. A tour of California’s Wine Country was recently confirmed as a special feature of the upcoming conference.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 13, 2008, the tour will be a full-day event lasting until 5 p.m., including round-trip deluxe motor coach transportation.

Led by a professional Napa Valley tour guide, participants will enjoy wine tastings at both the Rubicon Estates and the Silverado Winery. Plus, there will be time allotted for lunch in St. Helena, located 65 miles north of San Francisco. This vibrant city is found in the middle of the Napa Valley, which is world famous for grape-growing wine vineyards.


About the wineries:

Rubicon Estates
– Located in Napa Valley’s Rutherford appellation and comprised of 235 acres of organically certified vineyards, Rubicon Estate is home to the region's most famous Chateau and Rubicon, which is the estate's flagship wine. Dominated by a special clone of Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine traces back to the original vineyard plantings of 1880. With a collection of award-winning wines, the historic Rubicon Estate is one of the few remaining family-owned wine estates of this magnitude in existence.


Silverado Winery – Established in 1981, this Mediterranean-style stone winery stands on a knoll above the Silverado Trail in the heart of the Stags Leap District, which is one of the smallest, yet most renowned, wine growing regions in Napa Valley. With grapes sourced almost entirely from Silverado’s family-owned estate vineyards, these hand-crafted wines are created in small lots with extreme care, expressing richness, elegance, and age-worthiness.