The Story Behind: The Wine Affair (Scroll down the story to see Eve’s review from last year’s event.)



The newest local club of Soroptimist International, known as the Soroptimists of Greater Santa Clarita Valley (SIGSCV), will host their 2nd Annual “The Wine Affair…Sip, Stroll and Savor the Sounds” on Sunday, September 27th, 2009 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. along Town Center Drive in Valencia.

SIGSCV is thrilled to bring back this well attended and successful community event and hope that more people will want to take pleasure in a leisurely Sunday afternoon stroll that can make such a difference in the lives of women.

A generous line-up of restaurants, retailers, wine bars, caterers, wineries and musicians will again be participating in this great social event. Currently, Vines at the Hyatt, Salt Creek Grille, Lee’s Wine Bistro, Valencia Wine Company, Bella Sport, Ro,Ma Jewelers, White House Black Market, Glen Ivy Spa, and South Point Argentine Grill will host wine and food to strollers.

“Last year’s inaugural Wine Affair was such an amazing success,” said Rose Chegwin, who is again co-chairing the event along with fellow SIGSCV members Tamra Levine, Sheryl Geraci, Jo Ann Vindigni, Julie White and Darlene Gandara. “We knew we had to bring it back.”
Mojitos Caribbean Cuisine, Vino 100, and An Affaire Extraordinaire will return this year. New to the event are “Puchella Winery, Southern Wine and Spirits, Wine 661, Silkwood Winery, Leona Valley Winery and TGIC Importers will be pouring wine. New food participants will be Heritage Lane Productions, The Oaks Grille at TPC Valencia, The Paseo Club, and Mediterranean Skewers.

Music is the key to this event – great live music performed by our areas best local musicians. Returning performancers include Joel Hill, Nutz & Boltz, Christine Day & Bruce Atkinson, and The Producers. Lee’s Wine Bistro will spin great LPs and the new sounds of Vic Rocks, Ino Alvarez y su Descarga Cubana, Done Away with Faye and Blue Sky will set the rhythm for a great afternoon.

“With the support of our title sponsor Secure Horizons and additional Barrel sponsors from SCV Bank, Old Republic Title Company, American Craftsmen Restoration, Steve Chegwin CPA, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Aerie Financial, California United Bank and SCV Leasing, the Wine Affair 2009 will be exceptional.” said Sheryl Geraci. “Our media sponsors KHTZ Radio and The Magazine of Santa Clarita have helped to get out the word on this fun and worthy event.”
Tickets will be available at $40 in advance; $50 the day of the event. This event is limited to participants ages 21 and over. Tickets are available for purchase online at . To order a ticket by mail, visit our website and print out the ticket order form and please send a check to SIGSCV, Attention: Sheryl Geraci, P.O. Box 801352, Santa Clarita, CA 91380-1352. A raffle featuring fabulous prizes will be available the day of the event. For more information, email Rose Chegwin at or by phone at (661) 803-9202 or please contact Sheryl Geraci at or (661)877-5544.
Fruit of the vine
Wine 101
By Eve Bushman
At the Soroptimist International of Great Santa Clarita Wine Affair to benefit the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, I got to do what I do best: Sip the wine from the Santa Clarita Valley’s finest merchants along Town Center Drive in Valenica.
John R. Kelley, of Raven Oaks Vineyards poured 2001 Cabernet Franc and 2001 Syrah in the cool interior of Bella Sport. Both varietals were grown in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California.
Vino 100
Vino 100 co-owner Lil Lepore served the aptly named Hope Chardonnay and Shiraz. Hope Wines gives 50 percent of its sales, twice a year, back to charitable causes, and Lepore contributes as well. We enjoyed all of the wines while Peter “the Goose” Goossens strolled over and helped fill in.
Lee’s Wine Bistro
Lee’s Wine Bistro patrons were handed stemless wine glasses for their choice of three from the four varietals offered – a unique Wolfgang Gru-Vee Gruner Veltliner white wine from Austria, St. Francis Chardonnay, Kenwood Pinot Noir and Kenwood Meritage.The Gruner Veltliner was the perfectly crisp apple I needed in the heat of the day, followed by the pleasant bouquet of the Meritage.
Loose Goose
Loose Goose wines sparkled beside the elegant jewels of Ro,Ma in the Goose’s large logo goblets. April Price chatted while pouring a delightful King Frosch Riesling, then a Stonewood Chardonnay, Leona Valley Cab, the count-on-it smooth Silkwood “Red Duet” with its blend of 50 percent Cab and 50 percent Shiraz and finally a Craneford Allyson Parsons Shiraz that Price knew I would love.
Salt Creek Grille
Salt Creek Grille’s Greg Amsler was on hand to help serve a Coppola Chardonnay, Pepi Pinot Grigio and a Sterling Cab. The Pepi Pinot Grigio, new for me, was delightfully refreshing. The Sunday Brunch crowd didn’t take notice of the new crowd of wine drinkers eavesdropping on the live band, and live WAVE radio coverage.
Valencia Wine Company
Valencia Wine Company, always doing it right, didn’t stick to the plan of offering three tastes. Guy LeLarge, on his normal Sunday off, shone in what sippers Pam and Rich Jaffke thought was an intentionally matched sapphire blue silk shirt and watch – it must have been the wine. We were offered no less than 10 pours of everything Tobin James Cellars had to offer: Merlot, Cab, Syrah, James Gang Zinfandel, Liquid Love alongside Handley’s Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. At 4:30 the raffle held at Ro,Ma got started. LeLarge had a ticket and headed over to check the winners with everyone else. He was surprised to win a trip for four to a winery, and in front of everyone, LeLarge realized that he didn’t need to win and gave it back. That’s what it’s all about.
And more
Sisley Italian Kitchen served up its private label, Maddalena Vineyard, of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet. South Pointe Grill served its house wine, the Argentinean Trapiche, a Chardonnay, Malbec (Malbec is a good South American wine varietal) and Cabernet. Vines also served its Michael Mondavi-developed wine, exclusive to the Hyatt, the Canvas bottling of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet.

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