Van Ruiten Family Winery, with a Van Ruiten speaking

Shortly after World War II, John Van Ruiten Sr. arrived in the United States and settled in the rich farmlands of

the Lodi area. As a young Dutch immigrant, he had a dream of growing quality grapes and producing truly

outstanding wines. His desire to have his own land was realized in the early 1950’s when, prodded by a friend

and local banker, John bought on a handshake the “Happy Holmes Dairy.” He then made a sharp-eyed purchase

of an old Zinfandel vineyard. With large amounts of “sweat equity,” he planted additional Zinfandel vines and

began growing wine grapes in the Lodi Appellation. Five decades later, the Van Ruitens source their fruit from

approximately 800 acres, and hand pick their grapes each year at harvest time with only their best fruit destined

for the bottle.

Two generations of the Van Ruiten family now work together to tend the vineyards and manage the winery.

The Van Ruiten story began with an American dream; hard work in the face of adversity and a drive to make

something special. The Van Ruitens believe that hard work and an uncompromising commitment to producing

top quality grapes and award-winning wines are the cornerstones of their business.

John’s first fields of Zinfandel vines remain part of the estate to this day; however the surrounding landscape is

quite different. Once known strictly as a grape growing district serving the major Napa Valley Winemakers,

Lodi has become a world-class winemaking region in its own right. Large wineries and intimate tasting rooms

are now found along Lodi’s country roads, and offer some of California’s best wines, especially Old Vine

Zinfandels and Cabernets.

WINES, grown (except as noted), and produced in Lodi:    16 Sparkling Rose, Happy Holme Ranch

16 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake Co. Rooster Vineyard                 16 Pinot Grigio, Acampo Ranch

16 Chardonnay, Acampo Ranch                                            15 Pinot Noir

15 Davis Road Red Blend (62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Shiraz), Garibaldi & Happy Holme

15 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogan Ranch                                  15 Old Vine Zinfandel, James Ranch

WHEN: Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 5:00pm sharp

WHERE: Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave, San Jose 95125

(408) 269-3133 On the west side of Meridian, approx 1 mile south of Hwy 280, or 2 blocks north of Hamilton

Please have a designated driver. We must be responsible for ourselves, and the safety of others.

DINNER: 1)Prime Rib au jus, very tender and delicious served with Anna Potato

2)Salmon a fresh favorite grilled and served with Anna Potato

3)Pasta Primavera

Tossed Green Salad with House Dressing, Fresh steamed Vegetables, Rolls and Coffee, & Ice Cream.

Open Seating. Turn cell phones off, and because with wine the nose is so important, please no fragrances

COST: WINO members $60.00 per person. Guests (prospective members) $70.00 ea. Members may bring

guest at member price. Non-members may attend their first event at member price. This event is only for ages,

21 and older, no pets. Please make checks out to WINO and mail to the above address. If your payment won`t

be received by Wednesday March 7th, 3:30pm, then please call to let Bruce know. In the case of you don`t

show, you still must pay, because I still have to pay for the meals & wine ordered. You will not be contacted

unless a sellout precludes receipt of your check. There will be no refunds after the above date, unless your place

can be filled.

Membership: Your address label indicates your membership status! If it says "Non Member", expect to pay

non-member price. Make membership payments to WINO, per mailing address & mail to the above address.

$24/yr, $46/2yrs.


Entree Choices: {Prime Rib, (a)rare (b)med rare (c)med (d) well} 2) Salmon, 3) Pasta Primavera


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