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Prima’s 2010 Women in Wine has stellar lineup

By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 4:39 pm in Corkheads.

For serious food and wine dinners east of the Caldecott Tunnel in the Bay Area, Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek always delivers. Over three decades, wine director John Rittmaster has become a pioneer for his world-class wine program. Executive Chef Peter Chastain is a master at creating an Italian sense of place that is both rustic and contemporary.

For their annual Women in Wine Celebration on March 30, these gents pull out all the stops. They even have a fab new female sommelier, Angela Luciano.

I always get a bit giddy when the press release arrives, curious and anxious to see who they landed for the four-course meal and party that usually lasts hours and involves too much excellent wine.

If you’ve been holding out this year on committing to any big-ticket wine dinners, I suggest you jump on this one. It’s $88 and the menu includes duck, pork and wines from some of the biggest names in wine, including Delia Viader and Eileen Crane. There are seven winemakers participating this year.

Go to the Prima website for tickets or call 925-935-7780

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