Wally’s Wine & Spirits will host Wally’s 8th Annual Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration (WCCWFC), benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology and the newly established Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment Fund at Allan Hancock College Department of Viticulture and Enology on Sunday, July 31, 2011, from 1 to 4:00 p.m. under the “Big Top” adjacent to the store.
Wally’s popular summer afternoon tasting will include over 60 Central Coast wineries: Loring; Saxum; Fiddlehead; Melville; Brewer-Clifton; Au Bon Climat; Qupé; Hitching Post; Tantara; Ojai Vineyard; Whitcraft; Jaffurs; Ambullneo; Dragonette; Beckmen; Brander; Costa de Oro; Talbott; Row Eleven; Falcone; Arcadian; Rusack; Palmina; Foley; Paige 23; Justin; Clos Mimi; Talley; Ampelos; Claiborne & Churchill; Alma Rosa; Ken Brown; Core; Cobblestone; Malibu Vineyards; Native 9; Alta Maria; Plata; Margerum; La Fenetre; Kenneth Volk; Summerland; Demetria…and many others.
And this year the WCCWFC proudly introduces a VIP Early Entry from 12 noon to 1 p.m. where guests purchasing an advance premium ticket for $149 (an additional $54) can taste exclusive offerings from The Oyster Gourmet, Los Angeles’ well known mollusk expert, and the farm artistry of Windrose Farms, the renown biodynamic farm in Paso Robles that serves the most reputable restaurants in the Central Coast and Southern California.
With some of the best chefs and restaurants represented, including Frank Ostini showcasing the art of grilling on his traveling Santa Maria Barbecue pit from The Hitching Post, returning guests from Los Angeles are Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali; La Brea Bakery; Spago Beverly Hills; Jar; CUT; Lucques/A.O.C. /Tavern; Comme Ça; and The Hungry Cat. Featured from the finest of the Central Coast are: Bouchon of Santa Barbara; Artisan; Pasolivo; Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern; and Full of Life Flatbread from Los Alamos. In addition to The Oyster Gourmet and Windrose Farms, other first time participants are Mélisse, Santa Monica; Wilshire, Santa Monica; David LeFevre’s new MB Post, Manhattan Beach; Bouchon Beverly Hills; Mezze, Los Angeles; the Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Los Angeles; The Wine Cask, Santa Barbara; and Chef Rick’s from Santa Maria.
In addition to the wine and food tasting, guests are invited to participate in a silent auction of rare wine offerings and premier gift packages. This year’s live auction items will include travel packages to the Santa Ynez Inn in Santa Ynez, Hadsten House in Solvang, and a week-long vacation at a private home on Martha’s Vineyard. For the eighth year, to entertain the crowd is Gary Burk’s lively group, the Inexpensive Winos. A majority of the funds received directly benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at UC Davis and the Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment at Allan Hancock College Departments of Viticulture and Enology.
The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund was founded at UC Davis in 2004 by the Bonaccorsi family. The scholarship was developed in response to the overwhelming reaction of friends and wine professionals interested in creating a lasting memorial to the man who generously shared his knowledge and talents throughout his brilliant, yet tragically short career. Wally’s quickly stepped in to lend its support by creating the Wally’s Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration. To date, the fundraiser has raised nearly $300,000 – making it the primary source in funding the scholarship, which now totals nearly half of a million dollars, a portion of which is awarded yearly to a qualifying recipient at UC Davis’ and Allan Hancock College’s Department of Viticulture and Enology, two of the leading teaching and research institutions in the United States.
Each year, a deserving student displaying outstanding achievement in winemaking along with a genuine passion for the field will receive a generous grant helping with his or her financial needs. The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund enabled Meredith Bell, last year’s recipient, to work towards her graduate degree in Enology. By being a guest at the Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration in 2010, Meredith was able to meet many of the patrons and discuss first-hand the significance of her scholarship.
Tickets for the event are $95 per person in advance and $125 at the door plus applicable taxes. Early VIP Entry is $149 in advance and $175 at the door. They can be purchased through Wally’s by phone at 310.475.0606 or via the internet at www.wallywine.com and click to their special events page. For further information about the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund, visit www.bonaccorsifoundation.org. For information on UC Davis’ Allan Hancock College’s Department of Viticulture and Enology, visit wineserver.ucdavis.edu or www.hancockcollege.edu .
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Wally’s Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 1p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
VIP Early Entry 12 noon – 1 p.m.
Wally’s Wine & Spirits
2107 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025