Today, Dear Wine Friends, I have a special treat for you, a”behind the scenes” look at our firstSCV Wine Fest with Andrea Pohlot (aka soon-to-be Mrs. Paul de la Cerda):
Andrea, for those 10 peoplein Santa Clarita that don’t know your name from Facebook, Twitter, the SCV Momsand SCV Family websites…you are a marketing guru, and I know you have beenbrought in for our first SCV Wine Fest to make sure that everyone in SantaClarita, that has ever – or will ever – drink wine, will know about the Fest. So do tell us, without further ado, what we can expect by way of winesand other alcoholic beverages?
Definitely! We will havea wide-variety of wines represented from Napa and Sonoma, to Temecula and evenright here in Santa Clarita. Participants will have the chance to discover newfavorite varietals and learn more about the process of winemaking. But if youdon’t love wine, you still won’t want to miss the beer, sake and scotch optionsthat you’ll find there also. We are super excited about the variety this year!
Will there be a VIP area? What happens there?
Absolutely! TheVIP event is a very important part of the SCV Wine Fest program.The Exclusive VIP Reception begins at6:30pm and will directly benefit FamilyPromise of Santa Clarita Valley.
At $125per person, this special program will include a gourmet Yucatan menucreated by the Executive Chef at The Grove at Embassy Suites, select wines froma number of the SCV Wine Fest participants and a special tequila cocktail created for theevent by Pacific Edge Wine & Spirits. For those who are interested ina full list of the wines reserved for the VIP reception, they can visit ourwebsite at www.scvwinefest.com.A separate ticket is required for this event and seating is limited. So if yourreaders are interested, we ask them to PLEASE reserve early by calling818-994-4661.
Most of all, we are veryproud of the charity we have chosen to benefit from this VIP reception at SCV WineFest. Family Promise of Santa Clarita is a relatively new non-profit in thisvalley that offers a valuable service to our homeless population by providingfood, shelter and services to those who need it the most. Attendees will learna lot more about Family Promise and have a chance to give back to a hardworking non-profit in Santa Clarita.
Which Santa Claritabusinesses are supporting the first SCV Wine Fest?
Embassy Suites Valencia; Burrtec Waste Industries; the City of Santa Clarita, Community Bank, andmany more…
Will there be any classes? Specifically, single malt Scotch or Sake classes led by Master sommeliers?
Yes! Definitely.We are very excited about the Tasting Classes that we are prepared to offerthis year. MarkNewman will be there teaching a wine seminar called the “Million Dollar Palate.” This 45-minute seminar will discuss wines from Italy & Spain.
We’ll also feature a Tasting Class on Scotch where participants will learn about thesingle malt-making process including what separates single malts from blends aswell as a scotch from other whiskies. You will try 8 different malts fromdifferent regions around Scotland. This class will be hosted by Chris Uhde,Scotch Master for the USS Highland Games Costa Mesa and Brand Ambassador forImpex Beverages and Chieftain Single Cask Whiskies. Chris has over 12 yearsexperience in the Spirits industry.
But everyone who is interested in any of our workshopsmust reserve their space early. Limited seating is available. We are stilladding more tasting classes, so I encourage anyone who is interested to checkour website regularly for updates!
The event is February 12th, 2-6pm,at “The Embassy” Suites. How do we get tickets? Wait, I know that one: SCVWineFest.com How aboutvolunteers? Who do they contact?
We are always lookingfor volunteers to help and we really appreciate their commitment. Volunteerscan email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name,contact info, experience, and availability.