50 Acclaimed Wineries from the California Central Coast and Tastings from Select Restaurants to Benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment at Hancock College
Wally’s Wine & Spirits will host Wally’s 9th Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration (WCCWFC), benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment Fund at Allan Hancock College Department of Viticulture and Enology on Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 1 to 4:00 p.m. under the “Big Top” adjacent to the store.
Wally’s summer afternoon tasting will include over 50 of the most acclaimed Central Coast wineries and craft beer producers, including: Alma Rosa, Brewer-Clifton, Chanin, Demetria Estate, Dragonette Cellars, Fiddlehead Cellars, Foxen, Gainey, Happy Canyon Vineyards, La Fenetre, Melville Winery, Palmina Winery, Qupe Winery, Rusack Vineyards, Talley Vineyards, Tyler and Whitcraft, along with craft beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewery and Telegraph Brewing Company.
Some of the best chefs and restaurants from the Central Coast and Los Angeles will serve their signature dishes, highlighted by Frank Ostini showcasing the art of grilling on his traveling Santa Maria Barbecue pit from The Hitching Post II. Other restaurants include Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos; S.Y. Kitchen and Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn in Santa Ynez; Republique; WP24, Westside Tavern, Succulent Café and a preview of Wally’s Beverly Hills in Los Angeles County, with more to follow.
General admission to the festival is $99 per person in advance and $125 at the door plus applicable taxes. The WCCWFC also offers a VIP Early Entry from 12 noon to 1 p.m. where guests purchasing an advance premium ticket for $149 gain entrance for early tastings and an opportunity to meet winemakers and chefs in a more intimate fashion.
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. Past auction items included 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. Returning to entertain the crowd is Gary Burk’s lively group, the Inexpensive Winos. A majority of the funds received directly benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Endowment at Allan Hancock College Departments of Viticulture and Enology.
The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund was founded 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 $350,000 – making it the primary source in funding the scholarship, which now totals nearly a half million dollars, a portion of which is awarded yearly to a qualifying recipient at Allan Hancock College’s Department of Viticulture and Enology, a leading teaching and research institution 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.
Tickets for general admission or VIP admission may 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 the Allan Hancock College’s Department of Viticulture and Enology, visit www.hancockcollege.edu .
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Wally’s Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 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
WALLY’S 9TH CENTRAL COAST
WINE AND FOOD CELEBRATION
Bien Nacido Vineyard/Solomon Hills Vineyard
Costa de Oro
Falcone Family Vineyards
Figueroa Mountain Brewery
Firestone Walker Brewery
Force of Nature Wines
Happy Canyon Vineyards
Hilliard Bruce Vineyards
Hitching Post Winery
Mount Eden Vineyards
Paul Lato Wines
Telegraph Brewing Co.