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UPDATE: First-ever Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival postponed due to rain

New date scheduled for April 20

Posted: January 25, 2013 9:48 a.m.
Updated: January 25, 2013 5:24 p.m.

The first-ever Sierra Pelona Valley Wine Festival planned for Saturday has been postponed due to rain, organizers announced Saturday.

The festival and accompanying Early Morning Vineyard Hike benefitting Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital were rescheduled for Saturday, April 20.

“The ground is deeply saturated from the recent storm, which is predicted to continue for the next couple of days, including the day of the event,” said Robert Reyes, winemaker and organizer of the inaugural event.

“These conditions pose too great a risk for our guests and make the much-anticipated vineyard hike next to impossible,” he said. “We will look forward to seeing everyone in April.”

The festival was planned in part to celebrate the 2010 approval of the Sierra Pelona Valley — lying just north of Santa Clarita — as an American Viticultural Area — AVA — by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in July 2010.

Once an area is designated as an AVA region, at least 85 percent of the grapes used to make a wine must be grown in the area if the region is mentioned on its label.

Festival organizers said they will honor all tickets and exhibition fees collected for the event from exhibitors and guests.

Those wishing to retain their tickets for admission to the April 20 event can do so, and all requests for refunds will be honored.





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