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   August 6, 2013
 Family Winemakers rocks Fort Mason once again!
Fort Mason is absolutely the perfect venue for Family Winemakers' San Francisco event. With views of the Golden Gate and Alcatraz, the famed Pier 39 a brisk walk away and its selection of fine eateries. And let's not forget the famous fish market and the fresh sourdough bread blending in with the ocean breeze. The cable cars entertain with their simultaneous trips up and down the hill. And when it's time for dessert, there's Ghirardelli Square. And then there is the rich history behind these huge buildings.

The year was 1942, and young men on repurposed victory ships were setting sail to the southwest Pacific. It was World War 2 and the age of drafting young men had risen to 40 years old to ensure there were enough to protect our interests and those of our overseas allies. My grandfather was drafted at 36 and was one of those that would leave and not return. But many did return and the stories they brought were not always shared as it was a difficult time for those both home and away. Upon their return, they were decommissioned on Treasure Island, an island midway between the Oakland Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate encompassing 535 acres. Winning the war for all of mankind brought us the values and prosperity of a nation like no other . I believed they are called the "GREATEST GENERATION" and there are reasons for it.

By looking across the Golden Gate, one can only imagine what took place some 60 years ago. To most, the US flag is the sign of freedom, but to World War II veterans that served in the Pacific theatre, it's really the Golden Gate bridge that signifies freedom, as that was the symbol seen when they left and when - and if - they returned. One such veteran, Jack Reed, started in the 11th Armored Cavalry in the Presidio of Monterey and went through Fort Mason. He spent 28 months and 10 days at war and thankfully returned. Jack is pictured here having retaken his mount once again just a few months ago! Learn more about Jack's Journey.

Fort Mason is the chosen event venue for Family Winemakers, rich in history much like so many of the wineries they represent. It is one of the trade's largest events, if not the largest. Hundreds of California's finest family wineries share their wines with folks from the trade and consumers alike. Nowhere in my many years of traveling the domestic wine circuit have I seen more wineries in one place. On Saturday, August 17th from 3-6PM, come see what all the fuss is about! If you are attending make sure to click here and enter "winematch13" as the promotional code when you register to receive a 20% discount! A really cool thing as well is you can actually buy tickets that allow you in an EXTRA 2 HOURS earlier starting at 1PM for a small nominal fee.

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Family Winemakers is solely dedicated to helping make the connection of California wineries and its huge following. Be a part of something larger than life. Be a part of Fort Mason and the Family Winemakers main event!

We'll see you there!

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