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Photos, fine wine in focus at annual Delicato Show

Wine may not be the taste to satisfy everyone’s palette, however, that is not the only reason to visit Delicato Family Vineyards in Manteca. Among many other events like the symphony and fine art show held at the winery, the 19th Annual Photography Show is sure to delight photographers and guests alike through June 27.

The public is invited to savor a glass of wine while strolling through the tasting room viewing images that were accepted and submitted for the competition that may have received best of show, first, second or third place as well as honorable mentions, depending on what the judge decides. There will be a visitors' award that will be awarded to the photographer that receives the most votes from the guests that visit the tasting room and cast a ballot during the photography show.

The competition was open to amateur and professional photographers who submitted a limit of five pieces of art per photographer between May 16-28 in the following categories: landscape/nature, people/portrait, travel/architecture, animals, and photographs taken before 1950 that were made new.

For the past 19 years, Dorothy Indelicato has organized this event and selected a different judge every year for the competition.

Norma Mastin from Madera will be the judge this year; she has been active in the Madera Camera Club since 1973. As an active member in the Nature Division of the Photographic Society of America and as a past chair person, Mastin has participated in the San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council and the Gold Rush Chapter of the PSA. She received a Master Photographic Society of America award in September 2012, along with many other plaques, medals and ribbons. Judging and entering many international exhibitions, Mastin has a very extensive background in photography that goes as far back as the 1950s.

There were hundreds of entries submitted and only 125 were accepted to be displayed. Only a few of those will receive awards. All entries are for sale, priced at the photographer's discretion.
The Awards Reception will be held on June 27 with hors d’oeuvres served at 3 p.m. and the award presentation at 4 p.m.

Indelicato is part of the family, a partial owner, serves as corporate treasurer and is on the Board of Directors and has been involved in the wine business since 1958.

“I am semi-retired and I get to do fun things now,” said Dorothy. “I am currently working on the third edition of our family cookbook, which has a lot of history woven into the sidebars of the recipes.

“It's a fun place to be in this phase of my life.”

Her father-in-law Gaspare Indelicato immigrated to California from the small village of Campobello, Italy. When he arrived here he planted the first grapes for the Delicato Family Vineyards in 1924.

“This is a family-owned company and we have made this a family-friendly environment,” stated Dorothy. “We tell everyone to bring their children.

“We want to encourage families to come out to the winery, it really is for everyone.”

View some art and sip some wine (21 and over only can sip) at the Delicato tasting room where visitors can enjoy a variety of wines from Noble Vines, Gnarly Head, Brazin, 337, Irony, Fog Head, Black Stallion Estate Winery, Massimo, and many more. Everyone is welcome to view the photography show.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to view the photographs and everyone is welcome. Delicato Vineyards is on Highway 99, four miles North of Manteca.

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