Monthly Archives: November 2014

39th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting To Benefit Columbia College Culinary Arts Program

On Sunday, April 19th, 2015, one of California’s premier wine tastings will take place in the historic Gold Rush town of Columbia: the 39th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting.

Sponsored by the Columbia College Foundation, the event last year attracted over 80 wineries and food vendors who set up shop in the State Park’s historic buildings, making it one of the most unique tastings in the West. Guests enjoy a tempting array of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students of the Columbia College culinary program and guest food vendors, and can sample premium wines from invited vintners such as Duckhorn, Jordan, Rombauer and Silver Oak. (See complete list of 2014’s participating wineries below.) Proceeds of the event benefit the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program.

The event is held from 1-4 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Reservations start at $50 per person.

Tickets and additional information are available at Additional press information and photos are available by calling (209) 588-5089 or contacting Program Coordinator Gene Womble at (209) 588-5135

2014 Wineries:

Archery Summit
Bennet Lane
Black Sheep
Cameron Hughes
Dancing Coyote
David Girard
Edna Valley
Frank Family
Hahn Estate
Hess Estate
Inner Sanctum
J Lohr
Joel Gott
Kendall Jackson
La Folia
Louis Martini
Mettler Family
Michael David
Mt. Brow
Murphy Goode
Mutt Lynch
Napa Cellars
Patz and Hall
Perry Creek
Picket Fence
Pina Napa
Prospect 772
Robert Hall
Sera Fina
Silver Oak
Smith and Hook
St. Amant
St. Supery
Terra d Oro
Terre Rouge
Three Pears
Twisted Oak
Vino Noceto
William Hill
2014 Food Participants:

Emberz Foodz
Diestel Turkey
Noah’s Waters
Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese
Cowboy Toffee Company
Columbia College Culinary Arts


Wait-list Specifics

When a course section (class) fills, students can place themselves on a wait list as long as they have satisfied any prerequisites. Students cannot be enrolled in a class section and also be on a wait list for the same course that meets at a different time, so students must choose their course sections carefully. Students are not guaranteed a seat in the class when they are on a wait list; the process is not automatic. If a seat becomes available during registration, wait-listed students will be notified via their student email. Students will have 5 days to register for the class from the date the email notification was sent. Students who do not register within 5 days will be dropped from the wait list, and students are not charged for a class until they have registered for the class. Students are only permitted to be on one wait list at a time in any given course (i.e. one English 1A section, or one Math 104 section, etc.). If you have any questions, please call Admissions & Records at (209) 588-5231.

Columbia College Community Chorus – December 5-7

The Columbia Community Chorus with a twenty-member orchestra will inspire and delight audiences with their annual Sounds of the Season concert at the Opera Hall in Sonora, CA. Concerts are December 5, 6, and 7, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. This year’s program includes pieces familiar, unique and classical with ever-popular caroling with the audience and ending with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Highlighted at this year’s performance will be three renditions of Mary’s Song, also known as the Magnificent. Mary sings praises to God for the gift of the Messiah she will bear. The Chorus and orchestra will present pieces from three different eras: the Renaissance version by Thomas Tallis, the Romantic version by Franz Schubert, and the Contemporary version by the new director of the chorus, Daryl Hollinger.

The new inclusion will be two pieces from the African American spiritual tradition, Walk in the Light and Go Tell it on the Mountain. In the early years of American slavery, slaves were required to attend plantation-owner church services where they learned the Christian religion. Prohibited from dancing and playing drums, many slaves would continue worship in their own style with dancing, singing and playing drums in the woods at “camp meetings.” Drums and bells follow with African Noel, Do You Hear What I Hear, and Carol of the Drum and Carol of the Bells. Contemporary favorites will include Let it Snow and It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

New to the Chorus is Daryl Hollinger, who recently joined the faculty at Columbia College. He is also Director of Music at First Congregational Church of Stockton. Dr. Hollinger recently served for 14 years as Dean of the Chapel, Seminary Musician and Adjunct Professor of Worship and Music at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He also was Minister of Music at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Lancaster. He directed the Ephrata Cloister Chorus for 18 years and has given concerts in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Bulgaria as well as parts of the U.S.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for children up to 12 and will be available at the Manzanita Bookstore, Mountain Book Shop, and Murphy’s Music. For information, please call 586-5965.