A Culinary Evening With The California Winemasters, 26th Annual — Saturday, May 16, Burbank, California
Vintage Affaire, 33rd Annual — Saturday, June 13, Woodside, California
Central Coast Wine Classic, 31st Annual — July 13 – 16, 2016, Avila Beach, California
Two of our favorite charity wine auctions in California promise exhilarating, high energy events this year. Record-setting highs in 2006 and 2007 were followed by the recessionary years of 2008 and 2009, but charity wine auctions began to show signs of economic recovery in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Revenues were back on track for 2013 and 2014 and 2015 is anticipated to be an even stronger year.
The 26th Annual Culinary Evening With The California Winemasters
Is Set For Saturday, May 16, 2015, At Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California
A Culinary Evening With The California Winemasters, benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will once again take place on the famous “Midwest Street” backlot at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank on Saturday, May 16. Last year’s event brought the total dollars raised for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to over $27 Million.
Guests will enjoy fabulous wining and dining under the stars in the setting of a quintessential Any Town USA, always a sold-out extravaganza, attracting approximately 1,400 wine and food lovers. Throughout the exciting, magical evening, attendees will delight in a dazzling sampling of gourmet cuisine from 50 internationally renowned, celebrity chefs, and wines from 75 of California’s most talented winemakers, while participating in silent and live auctions. Extraordinary items offered for bidding include over 800 rare collector wines and travel fantasies.
Honorary Chairmen this year are the Pride family of Pride Mountain Vineyards and Chef Mirko Paderno of Oliverio At Avalon Beverly Hills. Dawnmarie Kotsonis is the Auctioneer. Paul Frank, founder of GemstoneVineyard will be a Special Guest Auctioneer. Rick Partlow and Leo Quinones are Guest Announcers.
Special Patron Packages are available: Diamond Patron Table of 12 at $10,000; Platinum Patron Package for eight guests at $7,500; Gold Patron Package at $5,000 per couple; and Silver Patron Package at $2,500 per couple. Individual Premier Tickets are $500 and Individual Tickets are $375.
Renowned vintners pouring their wines include Caymus Vineyards, Domaine Carneros, Gemstone Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Peter Michael Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Schweiger Vineyards, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Von Strasser Winery and many more.
Among the stellar lineup of celebrity chefs are Ryan Bergunio of Bistro 45, Frank Ostini of Hitching Post II, Josiah Citrin of Melisse Restaurant, Claud Beltran of The Eatery, Celestino Drago of Drago Centro, Francisco Avalos of Mistral, Kyle Johnson of Bourbon Steak, David Coleman of Michael’s on Naples David Codney of The Peninsula Beverly Hills, and many more.
Among the lots to be auctioned off this year are many fabulous wine and fantasy lifestyle packages. Exceptional wine lots include six bottles of 1989 Cheval Blanc, a single bottle of 1928 Chateau La Dominique, 24 bottles of cult and classic California Cabernets from the 1995 vintage, six magnums of 1986 Joseph Phelps Insignia and a 6-liter of the 2012 Ridge Monte Bello.
The Chairman’s Lot from Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 3-day, 2-night stay for two couples at Pride’s guesthouse, a wine cave luncheon, VIP tasting and tour and Pride’s Reserve Wine Collection including two 3-liters and eight magnums.
For an adventure of a lifetime, a 7-night stay at The Manta Resort on Pemba Island near Zanzibar in East Africa includes spending one night in an underwater room.
International travel lots include A Taste of Viet Nam for Two, with 10 days visiting Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Halong Bag, Hoi An and Hue; A 12-day visit to the Galapagos and Patagonia for Two, with both cruise and land packages. Other international venues include the Grand Isla Navidad Resort in Manzanillo, Mexico; the Riu Palace in Cabo San Lucas, the Occidental Grand Papagayo Gulf of Papagayo in Costa Rica; the Half Moon, A Rock Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica; Hilton Hotel & Suites, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, Canada; the K West Hotel & Spa in London, England; Fairmont St. Andrews at St. Andrews, Scotland; and Hotel Britannique, Paris, France.
Domestic travel lots include stays at Aqualina in Miami Beach; Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage; The Benjamin in Manhattan; Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel Valley; Bienville House in New Orleans; Christiania in Vail, Colorado; and the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.
The official event hotel is the Hilton Los Angeles Universal City.
Winemasters is one of the most important CFF fundraisers in the U.S. and one of the largest single-day charity wine auctions in the world. It has been named one of Wine Spectator magazine’s “Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” for years.
Barbara Balik, Auction organizer and Director of Special Giving, says it is thanks to new treatments that people with cystic fibrosis are now living one year longer for every year of research. Sponsors, vintners, chefs and guests understand their support is the reason for this lifesaving reprieve. According to founding sponsor and Co-Chairman, Allen Balik, the event is a unique gourmet experience, offering something for everyone, and it is a particularly worthwhile charity event in that 91 cents of every dollar raised goes directly into Cystic Fibrosis research and cure programs, making this the highest percentage of any non-profit organization in the country.
Event Co-Chairmen include: Ken Avedisian, Allen and Randy Balik, Teresa & Bill Elder, Sharon & Hal Lampert, Patty McCormick, Pat Hitchcock O’Connell, Emma Murmuridis and Steve Silverman, Marcia and Gordy Kamofsky, and Karen & Ray Wolkoff.
For further information and registration, please contact Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Telephone 323-939-0758 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information on wineries, chefs and restaurants, tickets and special patron packages, please see the California Winemasters website: www.californiawinemasters.org.
The 33rd Annual Vintage Affaire Will Take Place
on Saturday, June 13, 2014, in Woodside, California
Vintage Affaire, Silicon Valley’s premier wine auction, an elegant party with fine wines, gourmet cuisine, live music and one-of-a-kind auction items is taking place on Saturday, June 13, at a gorgeous home in Atherton. Always a wonderful affair to remember, it is one of the largest wine and destination auctions in California benefitting Palo Alto’s Vista Center.
Over the past 32 years, Vintage Affaire has raised over $8 million for Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Palo Alto. These funds enable Vista Center clients to achieve their highest potential through programs that promote independence and improve the quality of life, including the low vision clinic and rehabilitation services such as counseling, orientation and mobility training, living skills instruction and more.
The event is organized by the nonprofit Vista Center Foundation Board of Directors and is staffed entirely by community volunteers. Pam Brandin is Executive Director of Vista Center. Board President Event Chair is Terry Kurfess. Members of the Foundation Board include Alisa Young, Amanda George, Cathy Carlson, Elizabeth Lucchesi, Glenn Procter, Jovita Honor, Justine Franklin, Pat Dunbar, Stephanie von Thaden, Susan Martin, Suzanne Legallet and Suzi Tinsley.
The auction typically includes wine lots from hard-to-find California vintages, First Growth French Bordeaux, Vintage Ports, Champagne, and emerging vineyards from Down Under. In addition, there are tours and tasting events, as well as overnight stays at Napa and Sonoma vineyards, and wine country dinners in Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco and on the Peninsula, global travel, unique jewelry and art. Spectacular travel items will spark a new romance or rekindle an old one.
A select group of vintners joins Vintage Affaire each year to share their wonderful wines. Many also offer special auction items. Outstanding local chefs contribute their talents to Vintage Affaire with special food and wine pairings to be featured during the silent auction.
Vintage Affaire offers two tiers of tickets, both of which support Vista Center. Guest Level tickets at $350 will enjoy the Silent and Live Auctions, wine tasting from Pouring Vintners, hors d’oeuvres from Guest Chefs, and a wine pairing dinner. Patron Level guests will enjoy all of the Guest Level events, plus an exclusive invitation to the spectacular Vintage Evening on June 11.
Renowned auctioneer and vintner, Fritz Hatton, who has conducted wine auctions all over the country, will be the auctioneer, for the 27th time at Vintage Affaire.
For information and registration please contact Vista Center at 650-858-0202 or visit the website, www.vintageaffaire.org for additional information, including a list of vintners, chefs, unique auction items and tickets.
The 31st Annual Central Coast Wine Classic
Will Take Place July 13-16, 2016
There will not be a Central Coast Wine Classic presented in 2015. According to event Founder and Chairman, Archie McLaren, he, their Board of Directors, Vintner Committee and Advisory Committee will, instead, be developing several new concepts for the 31st Annual Central Coast Wine Classic that will take place in July of 2016. These concepts will be brought to fruition after details and logistics have been fully analyzed and accepted. It is anticipated that this process will take some time to determine and therefore it is essential that conclusions as to theme and scope be thorough and comprehensive.
Since the creation of the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation in 2004, it has conferred over $2.5 Million to 125 Central Coast non-profits whose missions are in the Healing, Studio or Performing Arts. From the initial Wine Classic year, 1985, it has been promoting the wineries of California, the reputations of the terroirs from Santa Barbara County north through the entire Central Coast appellation and into Napa and Sonoma counties. The Classic’s positive relationships with wineries outside the United States has included the terroirs of Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. The future themes and activities that manifest those themes will continue to focus on areas and venues both inside and outside of California.
Initial plans for 2016 include the Annual Dinner at Hearst Castle, which will be in its 26th incarnation. Symposia will cover Rhones, Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux Varietals from throughout the state. Australia with its remarkable blends of Red Rhone Varietals and Bordeaux Varietals such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon will be added to the symposia offerings. Winery Dinners, with vintners from throughout California, will take place in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties at winery properties, fine restaurants and elegant homes. The Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction venue has yet to be determined.
In the past, the Auction has once hit $1 Million and, with these new plans and concepts, it is anticipated that it will do so again in 2016, continuing the positive momentum into the future.
For many of its 30 year history, the Central Coast Wine Classic has been among the top charity wine auctions in America, usually every year among the Wine Spectator’s “Top Ten.”