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South Lake Tahoe ready to party at the Food & Wine Festival

Alan Rickman starred in the movie “Bottle Shock,” the behind-the-scenes story of the the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, at which the 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay beat French Burgundies. The winemaker was Mike Grgich, whose daughter Violet will host a special dinner at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Tasting.
Alan Rickman starred in the movie “Bottle Shock,” the behind-the-scenes story of the the 1976 Paris Wine Tasting, at which the 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay beat French Burgundies. The winemaker was Mike Grgich, whose daughter Violet will host a special dinner at the South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Tasting. Unclaimed Freight Productions

Bring your party shoes and an appetite to the seventh annual South Lake Tahoe Food and Wine Festival (Oct. 21-23) at Harrah’s and Harveys at Stateline, Nev.

Showcased will be a special four-course wine-pairing dinner hosted by Violet Grgich, daughter of famed winemaker Mike Grgich. He made the 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay that famously beat out the French Burgundies in the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which pitted California wines against French wines. The outcome helped establish the Napa Valley as a world-class wine region. A post-dinner Q&A session with Violet Grgich will be part of the evening. The 2008 comedy-drama “Bottle Shock,” starring the late Alan Rickman, was based on the competition.

The weekend’s centerpiece will be the Grand Market Expo on Oct. 22 at Harrah’s. The room will be filled with tasting stations staffed by chefs from the best restaurants in the hotel-casino chain. Beverage stations will serve top-shelf spirits, Napa Valley wines and craft brews.

Also on the a la carte menu of events will be sake- and whiskey tastings, two parties at Harrah’s Peek nightclub and a Sunday buffet brunch. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Lovin’ Spoonful (“Summer in the City,” “Do You Believe in Magic?”) will revive the 1960s with an Oct. 22 concert at Harrah’s.

For tickets and more information, go to www.caesars.com. Tickets are also at the Harrah’s and Harveys box offices. Patrons must be at least 21 years of age to attend.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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