Santa Rosa Junior College is hosting its first Wine Classic Feb. 8 from 2pm to 5pm at Lawrence A. Bertolini Hall. The SRJC Wine Classic is a walk-around tasting reception with 30 Sonoma County wineries pouring over 50 wines, live music, appetizer buffet and a souvenir glass for attendees 21 and over
The Wine Classic will honor this year's honorary co-chairs Rich Thomas and Joe Martin. Both have a rich history in the Sonoma County wine industry and are longtime supporters of SRJC.
Thomas is a veteran viticulture instructor at the college whose more than 40-year agricultural career and contributions to the Sonoma County wine industry are widely known. Thomas developed the state's first full-time viticulture program at the community-college level, recognized as a model for community colleges in California. Martin is the founder of St. Francis Winery and one of the first to plant Merlot grapes in Sonoma Valley back in 1971. He has welcomed generations of SRJC students to St. Francis Winery and continues to actively support local educational and charitable causes.
Participating wineries include Balletto Vineyards, Dutton Goldfield, Kosta Browne Winery, Dry Creek Vineyard, La Follette and Merry Edwards Winery.
Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at www.srjcwineclassic.com. All proceeds will fund SRJC wine, culinary arts and hospitality students and student scholarships. Bank of Marin and American AgCredit are the event's major sponsors.