There was quite a bit to conquer at the Vine 2 Wine Classic this year besides the Wine Room with over 55 tables of wineries and private cellars: Hundreds of guests also visited the Moe Hafizi Beer Garden, had more catered food choices then ever before, perused an art exhibit created by the Santa Clarita Artist’s Association, listened to music performed by both Jimmy Carnelli and Lance Allyn, shopped various local vendors, checked out a silent auction and might have had a sighting of King Pedro of Portugal and his 150 year-old namesake port.
The event, organized by Circle of Hope Executive Director Ray Tippet, Wine Chair Jeff Jacobson and several more, was seeing its first year at Cal Arts – the venue most vinophiles know as the host for The SCV Wine Classic. And as the goal was to morph the Vine 2 Wine event with the Wine Classic, you’ll be glad to know the wait is over.
Having to be “on all night” chatting with guests, photographing and videotaping, I’ll give you a few of the highlights that I came across:
My husband was told that if he wanted to get the “special juice” he had to make one of the men pouring from his own cellar laugh. This is the video he loaded up on his cell phone, and he was given the “special juice” for his efforts. This might help you at the next event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyYHYl8liFc&feature=youtu.be
Les Hershberger, another gentleman pouring from his own cellar, asked me to identify which of the two wines he poured for me. By “identify” he meant he wanted me to tell him which had scored 99 points and which had scored 100. Totally daunted I sipped the first taste and noted that it seemed perfect; balanced in both fruit, spice and tannins and easily drinkable now. As I thought about it I asked Les…which reviewer gave the scores and he said Robert Parker. If you know Robert Parker you know what he likes…so I thought about it. Les poured me the second wine. It was bigger, bolder, and much spicier on the nose. Without tasting I said it was the 100-point wine and had guessed right. Les was thrilled with me…and poured me a few other goodies.
I finally made it over to Jill Friedman’s Wild Flour Baking Company, opposite a table manned by the owners of Marston’s, and was tickled to be able to do a little sampling. I was there no less than a minute then I could hear someone – and so did everyone else nearby – yelling my name. All heads turned to the right and then swung to the left. I was ready to chalk it up to a mistake but as it kept happening, I finally looked up. There was photographer extraordinaire, Yoti Telio, yelling while balancing his ever-present camera.
Russ Briley has had great success with his Nuggucciet Cellars Pinot Noir, enough so that he’s branched out into making a 2009 Riesling with grapes from the Willamette Valley. I only got to have a taste…I recommend you get your own.
MORE Wineries to Visit
Other wineries I visited (or fully intended to visit) included Vines on the Marycrest, Pisoni Vineyard, Pulchella, Stanger, Golden Star, Sort This Out Cellars, B & P, Bridlewood, Eberle Winery, Educated Guess, Fess Parker, Gagnon Cellars, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Jalama Wines, J Lohr, Opolo, Quady, Reyes Winery, Sculpterra, The Other Guys and Woodland Hills Wine Company. (See the full list below)
A Nod to Lucy Wines
The Pisoni family donated 80 cases of their Lucy Rosé of Pinot Noir to the event. Everyone was invited to take home a free bottle of their fabulous Rosé as they left for the evening. One dollar is donated to cancer research for every bottle of Lucy wine the Pisoni Family sells and they also participate in many worthwhile fundraising events.
Clyde and Colleen Shaffer
It’s always nice to run into Circle of Hope Founder Colleen Shaffer and her husband Clyde. I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Colleen speak a few times and she never fails to inspire. And, seeing the couple so relaxed, and enjoying the wine, made me happy.
Daniel “Nissan of Valencia” Sterkel
I don’t think I’ve met Daniel more than twice, but both times he had a Nissan in tow – pretty much – as a sponsor of a local event. Need I say more? He’s an amazing giver to the community and he likes wine = the perfect man.
Anyone remember one of the first managers at Valencia Wine Company that went off to make his own wines? Nick Morello was a figure at The Wine Classic for many years and I was thrilled to see that Jeff Jacobson got him back. His wines were great and I was happy to see that he was still at it.
“SCV Unscripted” is the working title of a project I’m doing with Bonnie Keith of Video Magic Productions and Prime Publications (Elite magazine and Magazine of Santa Clarita). It’s just in the fetal stage but we are having fun. During the evening I had an opportunity to do impromptu interviews with former Circle of Hope president Judy Penman, Wm. S. Hart school board member Gloria Mercado Fortine, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Salt Creek Grille Jennifer Chadwick and others. Here’s the link to the teaser video and another link to more interviews over wine!
Facebook now provides a link to non-Facebook users for photos, and I think this is as good a place as any to stop writing, and look for your friends enjoying the event: Hyperlink
Julio Del Rio and Patsy Ayala, Ryan and Tamar House, Steve and Amy Elzer, Doug Gould and Lisa Cole, Tami Edwards, Chris and Jeannie Carpenter, Eddie Bushman, Simon and Shannon Mee, Kat Kombrinck, Michael and Karen Perlis, Jeff, Joan, Julie and Jeremy Jacobson, Russ and Leslie Bretall, Les Hershberger, Ray Tippet, Linda, Moe and Alex Hafizi, Claudia Sheridan, Andrew Friend, Danise Davis, Joyce Roberts-Stein, Doug and Judy Penman, Elizabeth Teagle, Terri Apruzzese, Douglas Hoover, Paula Hodge, Darrin and Cathy Craig, Ron Cappi, Marc and Kerri Emmer, John and Sonya Rowin, Sharon Lindquist, Bonnie Keith, Liahna Katona, Larry Barbro, Beth Greenwald, Pam Fields, Jill Friedman, Lance Allyn, Laurie Morgan, Homayoun Daryani, Pam Ripling, Deborah Acker-Zolnoski, Nick Morello, Dawn Oliver-Smith, Beth Heiserman, Robert and Rosa Reyes, Madison Gable, Cheryl Gray, Richard and Jane Soto, Victor and Jennifer Abascal, Margo Martini, Diane DeBoer, Dave Caldwell, Juan and Claudia Alonso, Leah Granen, Ed and Marlene Bernstein, Mary Bradway, Dante Acosta, Mark Anthony, Nicole Raach, Steve and Rose Chegwin, Michael Cobb, Pam Ingram, Larry and Gloria Stahly, Patrick Lage, Sandi Naba, Ashley Butler, Nick Rose, Robyne Roberson, Gail Pinsker, Jeff and Tamra Levine, Clyde and Colleen Shaffer, Daniel Sterkel, Scott and Vanessa Wilk, Jennifer Chadwick, Ryan and Tamar House, Lucas and Betty Herme, Joe and Leslie Peyton, Jimmy Carnelli, Ilene Flickstein, Jen Gerard, Mike Bjorkman, Ryan Moore, Dana Turner-Webb, Michele Buttelman, Jill Bondy, Robyn Leslie, Mike Lebecki, Mindi Burgess, Yoti Telio, Joel Cox, Bruce Fortine and Gloria Mercado-Fortine, Steve and Julie Sturgeon, Bruce and Tamara Brown, Elizabeth Hopp, Judy Penman, Don and Cheryl Dellepiane, Lois Bauccio, Steve Lemley, Nate Hasper, Russ and Nancy Briley, Lee Yoon, Roman Weiser, Zaheer Ali, Beverly Overstreet, Karen Kaplan and Terry Bucknall.
Agua Dulce Winery, Arcadian Winery, B & P Winery, Joseph Blair Wines, Bratcher Winery, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Constellation Brands, Coruce Vineyards, Eberle Winery, Educated Guess – Roots Run, Deep Winery, Fess Parker Vineyard & Winery, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Bodega Enrique Foster, Fratelli Perata Winery, Freixenet USA / Gloria Ferrer, Gagnon Cellars, Golden Star Vineyards, Harmony Cellars, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Jalama Wines, J Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Lucy Wines, Morello Wines, Rob Murray Vineyards, Niven Family Estates, Nuggucciet Cellars, Old Creek Ranch Winery, Rombauer Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Pedroncelli Winery, Penman Springs Vineyard, Pisoni Vineyards, Pulchella Winery, Quady Winery, Red Wines of the World, Reyes Winery, Sculpterra Winery, Sort This Out Cellars, Sparkling Wines of the World, Stanger Vineyards, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Sunrise Spirits & Food Co., TOG – The Other Guys, Tolo Cellars, Glendale’s Topline Wine Company, Miguel Torres Wines, Treasury Wine Estates, Vines on the Marycrest, Vino V Wines, Wente Vineyards, White Wines of the World, Woodland Hills Wine Company and Young’s Market, The Estates Group.
Distributors included: Southern Wine & Spirits of Southern California and Wine Warehouse.
Some of the tables were sponsored by: Hotspot SCV, Jen Gerard, Whitening Lightning Valencia; Mike Bjorkman at HomeSmart Real Estate; Ryan Moore, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Sleep Number.
Library wines were poured – at no additional fee – from the personal cellars of Chris and Jeannie Carpenter, Lee Yoon, Steve and Amy Elzer, Doug Gould, Les Hershberger and Mamie Wong, Jeff, Joan, Julie and Jeremy Jacobson.
King Pedro V of Portugal
King Pedro himself, in his stylish garb, prompted guests to purchase single tastes of his namesake 1853 reserve port for $100. Only 30 people could partake, and partake they did.
Moe Hafizi Beer Garden
Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Fireman’s Brew, Newhall Refinery, Wolf Creek Restaurant and Brewing Company and additional Craft Brews. Peter Goossens introduced a hard apple cider, along with a generous selection of Belgian beers to the guests, which will also be featured at the upcoming Belgian Are Coming Beer Festival.
Cheers at All Corked Up, Jasmine Thai Noodle & BBQ , Lima y Limon Peruvian Restaurant, Marston’s Restaurant, Persia Restaurant, Rattler’s Bar B Que, Smokin Bar-B-Quties, Stonefire Grill, Thelma & Luis Restaurant, Le Maes Fine Cuisine, The Juice Cart, Cake Goodness, Kokolita Cakes, Wildflour Bakery, Rita’s Ice, and House of Breads.
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Sponsors and Donors
Union Bank, Logix, the Magazine of Santa Clarita, Elite Magazine, KHTS AM-1220, SCV TV, Nissan of Valencia, California State Senator Steve Knight, Ric Clark / Sandy Guluzza, Whitening Lightening, Home Smart, Hot Spot SCV, Ryan Moore/ Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Sleep Number, SCV Today, Visual Springs, Our Valleys Magazine, Burrtec, CalArts, Salt Creek Grille Catering, Wolf Creek Catering, AV Party Rentals, Barbara’s Best Impressions Inc., Global Protective Services, Inc., Indoor Plant Professionals, Jeff, Joan, Jeremy and Julie Jacobson, Newhall Ice, Newhall Refinery, Southern Wine & Spirits of So. California, SOS Entertainment and La Quinta Inns & Suites.