What is making the tenth Vine 2 Wine the new CLASSIC? It’s not classic because it’s a decade old, it’s now the CLASSIC because the wine chair, from the former SCV Wine Classic, Jeff Jacobson, has joined Circle of Hope’s event committee.
Within a matter of weeks Jeff has gone from a half a dozen tables wine pouring tables to over thirty-four. He has also successfully attained for this event what only the classic was known for: Local wine collectors opening their own library wines, from their own wine cellars, and donating them to the fundraiser.
And one more of Jeff’s ideas from the Classic: a completely ticketless tasting.
At a recent meeting, as I’m another chair of the event, I asked Jeff to explain what he’s been working on:
1. Thanking the wine god Bacchus (and me for making the call!) for delivering you to Circle of Hope Jeff…tell Beacon readers what will be new for Vine 2 Wine attendees?
Well, first of all it’s a huge increase in just the number of wineries on board. Several are wines that are hard to come by, and seldom participate in these events.
2. In the past the Classic library wine tables were pretty darn awesome. You could stand by off and on during the event and be guaranteed something new to taste every few minutes. There might have been a case of one particular wine, but most of the collectors were pouring vertical flights (the same wine through the years), wines that were more than a decade old and some very rare bottles. It was also extremely informative learning what they chose to collect and why. So, Jeff, do you have any clues for guests what they might get to taste, in looking back at your ten years arranging these tables?
Absolutely true! We are “bringing back the Wine Classic’! People are contributing rarities from the their cellars with similar wines from the last wine classic. Older Bordeaux, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet. In past years guests had Sea Smoke, Opus One, Bryant Family, Quintessa, Ducru Beaucaillou, Chateau Guiraud, Gruaud Larose, Dunn, Phelps Insignia, Kenwood Artist, Donhof eiswein, Burgundy 1er Cru, etc. to name a few.
3. Tell us about your larger wine sponsors, Kevin Byrne of Wine Warehouse, John Burton of Southern Wine and Spirits, what can we expect from them?
Kevin and John will have a combined dozen wine tables of outstanding wines. We are grateful for their support in making Vine 2 Wine the new Classic. The wines they will share represent both domestic and imported examples of well-known wineries.
4. How about telling us a little about the other unique wines guests will be sipping?
I’ve had a lot of fun purchasing dozens of wines to be poured at tables including large selections of sparkling wines, white wines and red wines, all from around the world. I even purchased 3 magnums (I like to purchase older wines as I believe they can be smoother) of 2006 Silver Oak. I purchased wines from Australia and New Zealand and even found some South African wines I want our guests to try. South African wine making was featured in the last Wine Spectator magazine as the new go-to country for wine. My wife Joan and I, in our last trip, tasted some of the wine varietals, like Pinotage and Chenin Blanc, which our guest will have at Vine 2 Wine.
And, another unique item about our event are the local artisinal winemakers from the SCV Vintners and Growers Association, pouring their own handcrafted wines. Some of the grapes are harvested from Santa Clarita and some are from Paso Robles. And, is the case for home winemakers, only some will be available for purchase. It’s also another opportunity to meet and speak to local winemakers.
One local winemaker, and the owner of The Cellar, DiMaggio Washington, will pour his own Port as well some fortified wines. As a teaching sommelier and he can answer all your questions about what he is serving.
5. Any closing thoughts you’d like to share?
Helping each other, helping our community, fundraising for a valuable cause, and at the same time marketing some wonderful wines – makes this event worthwhile for the hundreds of members of our community that will have the opportunity to attend, taste and purchase…something Classic.