The Central Coast Celebration for Michael Bonaccorsi Returns to Wally’s On 7/27

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.

clip_image002Some 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 and click to their special events page. For further information about the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund, visit For information on the Allan Hancock College’s Department of Viticulture and Enology, visit .

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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


Michael Bonaccorsi / Photo Alex Berliner



Participating Wineries


Alma Rosa
Bien Nacido Vineyard/Solomon Hills Vineyard
Brander Vineyard
Casa Dumetz
Core Winery
Costa de Oro
Demetria Estate
Dragonette Cellars
Falcone Family Vineyards
Fiddlehead Cellars
Field Recordings
Figueroa Mountain Brewery
Firestone Walker Brewery
Force of Nature Wines
GoGi Wines
Happy Canyon Vineyards
Hilliard Bruce Vineyards
Hitching Post Winery
Inception Wines
Justin Vineyards
Kenneth Volk
La Fenetre
Larner Vineyard
Liquid Farm
Malibu Vineyards
Melville Winery
Mount Eden Vineyards
Palmina Winery
Paul Lato Wines
Pomar Junction
Qupe Winery
Rusack Vineyards
Sandhi Wines
Talbott Vineyards
Talley Vineyards
Tantara Winery
Telegraph Brewing Co.
Tercero Wines
Wenzlau Vineyard

One thought on “The Central Coast Celebration for Michael Bonaccorsi Returns to Wally’s On 7/27

  1. From Wally’s Wine regarding the cancellation of Wally’s 9th Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration in memory of Michael Bonaccorsi this Sunday:
    Wally’s has hosted the Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund since 2003 and over the years we have successfully raised over $300,000. This Sunday’s event was scheduled to be a huge success and was slated to raise an additional $50,000 for the charity. Unbeknownst to us, within the last year the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control has changed their regulations on licenses and permits for wine-related events. Despite our exhaustive efforts with the ABC, consultants and attorneys, due to the change in regulations, the ABC was unable to grant us permitting for this event. Due to these unfortunate circumstances we must cancel the Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration that we have all come to care so deeply about.

    We will continue to hold charitable events in the future.

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