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Wines & Valentines in Pleasanton tonight

8th annual Museum on Main fundraiser at Castlewood Country Club

The eighth annual Wines & Valentines winemaker's fundraiser to benefit the Museum on Main will be held at Castlewood Country Club at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

This year, wines from Paso Robles-based Bianchi Vineyards will be featured along with a four-course dinner, live auction, drawing and the popular 2-bit auction.

"Enjoying a great bottle of wine among friends over good conversation and laughter is the essence of what makes winemaking rewarding," said Tom Lane, Bianchi's director of winemaking, who was born in Pleasanton.

Lane, who has worked as a winemaker for 25 years, has earned hundreds of accolades for the wineries where he has worked, including at Livermore's Concannon Vineyard, and several prestigious honors including Dan Berger Winemaker of the Year, 1997, and Jerry Mead's Winemaker of the Year in 1996.

At the fundraiser, wines will be paired by Lane to complement each of the four courses of the meal created by Castlewood Country Club: ahi tuna on a won ton crisp and Greek olive tapenade on crostini, Hacienda salad, and a choice of pan-seared Corvina sea bass, grilled filet mignon or vegetable risotto. The meal will finish with a chocolate molten lava cake.

"Many guests return year after year for the great food and wine," said museum executive director Jim DeMersman. "But they also love the 2-bit auction, a fast paced live auction where guests can win prizes for the equivalent of 2-bits, equal to one quarter."

Tickets to the event are $85 per person and can be purchased online at www.museumonmain.org; during operating hours at Museum on Main, 603 Main St.; or by phoning the museum at 462-2766.

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