Thursday, February 6, 2014

2/6 Camron King, Lodi's Wine & Chocolate, Keith Bellows, Where the Locals Go, National Geographic

Camron King - Executive Director, Lodi's Wine & Chocolate: A Weekend of Ultimate Indulgence

Treat your sweetheart and yourself to a tantalizing weekend of indulgence during the 17th Annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend, set for February 8th & 9th, from 11AM to 4PM both days!  Your senses will be delighted as you sip delicious, handcrafted wines paired with decadent chocolate treats at over 50 Lodi Appellation wineries. Here's a little taste of what our wineries have in store for you.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 the day of the event and include an event wine glass, a chocolate treat provided by Brix Chocolate, wine tasting and admission to all participating wineries. Tickets are valid both Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for Designated Drivers.

ABOUT CAMRON KING - Camron King is Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, overseeing all of the commission’s marketing, promotion, strategic planning and branding efforts, as well as constituent relations. He also serves as the primary spokesperson for the Lodi wine industry. In addition to his work for the Lodi Winegrape Commission, Camron King serves on the Program Development Committee for the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Grape and Wine Initiative, and contributes his expertise and knowledge to a number of other organizations.

King has served the wine industry for over a decade, working as the Vice President of State Government Relations for the California Association of Winegrape Growers, and serving as a public policy representative and spokesperson for the statewide winegrowing industry. King attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and California State University, Sacramento studying Environmental Horticulture and Public Policy and Administration, respectively. King also volunteers with a national cancer focused non-profit organization and has served on the National Consumer Taskforce on Genetic Testing. Living in Elk Grove, California with his wife Alicia and their two children, King enjoys photography, travel and wine. 

Keith Bellows - Editor In Chief of Where the Locals Go - National Geographic’s Latest Release

Editor In Chief Keith Bellows and Team Explore the Path Less Traveled In National Geographic’s Latest Release Where the Locals Go! More than 300 Places Around the World to Eat, Play, Shop, Celebrate, and Relax

For travelers craving authentic experiences, not just any travel guide will do. In February, National Geographic offers adventurers a new book: WHERE THE LOCALS GO: More than 300 Places Around the World to Eat, Play, Shop, Celebrate, and Relax, which goes beyond overcrowded tourist destinations to share local cultures and customs from around the world for travelers seeking a rewarding and memorable experience.

WHERE THE LOCALS GO suggests restaurants, markets, festivals and events beloved by residents of the featured towns and cities. Those looking for the best local specialty — the finest cowboy boots in San Antonio or the most authentic dim sum in Hong Kong — will find the go-to spots from those in the know.

Keith Bellows is the senior vice president and editor in chief, National Geographic Travel Media. Under his stewardship, the magazine has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards, won more than 60 Lowell Thomas Awards for best travel writing (it has been named best magazine eight of his 12 years), and seven Folio Awards for Best Travel Magazine. Traveler has won an iTunes People's Choice Award for Best Podcast of 2006, for which Bellows wrote two scripts. Its “Intelligent Travel” won a 2007 Travvie and a 2009 Lonely Planet Award as best travel blog. He has written for Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Parenting, AARP, and many other magazines. He also wrote “The Canuck Book” and the 1998 Winter Olympics ACCESS Guide for ABC-TV. He is a graduate of Gordonstoun School (Scotland) and Dartmouth College. He lectures extensively around the world (and is part of the National Geographic Speakers Bureau), and his more than 200 television appearances include the “TODAY” show, “Good Morning America” and a regular segment on “National Geographic Today.”