Oakdale winery offering tastings

Oakdale may be known more for its cowboy culture, but that doesn't mean it can't show its sophisticated side as well.

Most Wanted Wine Co. has opened a tasting room in downtown Oakdale to showcase its vintages. The boutique winery planted its vineyard in 2000 and was bottling wine by 2006. It sells its wines online, at grocery stores and at area restaurants in 2006.

Husband-and-wife owners Mark and Angela Garcia, who run Garcia Family Bail Bonds, opened the tasting room at 154 S. Yosemite Ave., Suite B, the first connected with a winery in Stanislaus County, at the end of March. The winery produces chardonnay and two cabernet sauvignons.

"Our main goal is just to create an ambience and an experience," said Bail Bond Girl herself Angela Garcia, who runs the tasting room. "Wine is all about an experience. We want people to experience it and enjoy our ultra-premium wine."

The 800-square-foot room is decorated in rustic chic, with converted wine barrels serving as tables and guns from the 1800s on the wall. The tasting room features an eclectic mix of acoustic piano, bluegrass and classic rock performers on Fridays and Sundays.

Tastings cost $10 per person and include pours of all three types of its wines. Bottles and cases of wine are available for purchase. This weekend, Most Wanted is celebrating Mother's Day with music and half-price tasting for moms who come with their kids.

The Most Wanted Wine Co. tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more, call 847-9463 or go to

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Jake's Coffee, Tea & Sandwiches is bucking the corporate coffee trend.

The new Ripon cafe has moved into the former site of a Starbucks and will celebrate its grand opening Friday.

Owner Jake Parks, who has partnered with his parents, longtime Ripon business owners Phil and Donna Parks, said he saw the need for a coffee place after Starbucks closed last summer because of corporate downsizing. He moved into the former coffee giant's Main Street Plaza location and has been serving drinks, sandwiches and more since December.

The menu features a variety of hot and cold lattes, espressos, mochas and cappuccinos. Breakfast and lunch items include made-from-scratch scones, quiches and pastries. The sandwich selection ranges from wraps to paninis and signature creations.

For the grand opening, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, the cafe will serve $2 mochas and offer giveaways. Then all weekend long, $1 from each sandwich purchase will be donated to Rina's Run, a charitable event aimed at modernizing the Ripon High School stadium.

Jake's, at 150 N. Wilma Ave., Suite 10, is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more, call 599-1860 or go to

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