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Illustration By Conrad Garcia

Attendees of last year’s said it was the best wine event ever held in Lodi, but maybe those folks weren’t around in the early 1900s when Lodi hosted annual three-day carnivals celebrating the Tokay grape. Of course, Lodi since has moved beyond Tokay to become the state’s largest grower of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, zinfandel and sauvignon blanc grapes. The 2003 Taste of Lodi will be held this Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. at the Wine & Roses inn, located at 2505 W. Turner Road in Lodi. More than 25 wineries will be on hand to pour award-winning wines, with a dozen or so local chefs dishing out compatible snacks. It will be an afternoon of sunshine, live music and good tastes, although, regrettably, there won’t be a coronation of the Tokay queen. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, but you’d better hurry because this event might sell out. (800) 798-1810.