As you know, Wm. S. Hart Park is one of the oldest and most important attractions we have in Santa Clarita. Each year thousands of school children and members of our community tour the mansion and park grounds free of charge. This event supports the park and its herds of buffalo and deer, the farm animal zoo in addition to other park attractions.
August 8th at 6:00
Cost $40. includes dinner by Rattler’s, wine, tour and movie
This year we will be holding the event at Hart Hall with it’s fantastic garden setting. Dinner will be served on the patio and the silent movie Sand will be shown. Sand features Bill’s favorite horse Fritz in a fast riding, leaping from cliffs into the river, train robbing and the winning of the sweetheart in the end, silent movie accompanied live by the Leasebreakers Jug Band!
Tours will be given of the Ranch House and the new animal exhibit. Built in 1910 the Ranch House was sometimes used as a location for Hart’s films. Now the Ranch House showcases original furnishings, memorabilia and riding equipment used in his movies. From 1921 to 1924, before La Loma de Los Vientos (the mansion) was completed, Hart and his sister Mary Ellen sometimes stayed at the Ranch House. The new animal exhibit includes turkeys, chickens, pigs, cows, mules, ducks and geese. The new exhibit enclosures where just completed last month and this is an opportunity to see the newest addition to the park.
The silent auction will feature a Caribbean vacation, two nights at Harrah’s Laughlin, tickets for the following: Pat Benetar at COC, Disneyland, Magic Mtn., Clippers, Universal Studios. Gift baskets include Paula Deen, Barefoot Contessa, Cesar Milan and many others. Also gift certificates to many local restaurants including Salt Creek and Don Cuco’s.
Wm. S. Hart Park and Museum
We, at Sort This Out Cellars, don’t own our own vineyards and equipment. When you visit our tasting room, you didn’t drive through 3 acres of grapes to get to our front door. That being said, once you have found your way inside, you might be surprised to find that we’re a little more contemporary, fun and hip than most wineries.
There’s no chateau up on the hill, no vines to survey and we don’t make you feel like you should be grateful for visiting and tasting the grape juice we turned into wine. We can’t buy into that whole part of the industry. We’re about having fun and letting the freedom of sourcing fruit and juice be part of the experience.
While we are trained Sommelier’s and knowledgeable about the history of wine, we don’t like to preach. Let’s not concentrate on AVA’s and Ph and which forest our oak barrels came from. Let’s face it – if you don’t like the wine, then none of it matters and if you do like it – it shouldn’t matter either.
While some of our grapes come from very well known vineyards which could rate a mention on most labels – we often keep them off and let the design aspects take over the bulk of the label. Labels inspired by vintage gentlemen’s playing cards, like our Suited line or Vegas gambling terms such as “Parlay” or “Ante Up” which grace our ‘Rollers Reserve line.
Fun labels and eye catching designs, are often a cover for some mediocre juice in the bottle. Not so, here. We strive to make the inside just as interesting as the outside. We produce wines that can be drank and shared now or in the next few years. We don’t make wines that are overly tannic and need to sit in your wine rack for 10 years before you can even approach them. I know of a couple of writers for really popular magazines who won’t be scoring our wines anytime soon due to the fact that we aren’t making wine for their palates, rather for the palates of the general public and consumers who are looking for wines that are easy drinking and offer a level of complexity they might be familiar with.
With the current economic situation, our virtual winery model works well. We dictate the amount of grapes to crush and wine to release each vintage and do so based on our selling trends. Currently, we produce about 1500 cases which could increase with recent distribution now in Nevada, Arizona and Southern California.
Our wines aren’t for everyone. Our tasting room banter isn’t for everyone. If you’ve been known to “do it your way” and appreciate the times when the men were men, the women were curvy, they drank, smoked, cursed and didn’t apologize for it – then you’ll “get” what we’re doing. If you’re looking for caves, barrels and picturesque vineyards with a focus on “family owned” and bottles and tasting notes that boast the ever popular ”handcrafted” term, well…it’s ok if you pass us by. But, if you’re looking for good times and great wines…you can bet on us!
Vintner, Sort This Out Cellars
593 Ave Of Flags #105
Buellton, Ca 93427
office 805 688 1717
This Giftybox Winery Tour for Two is literally an experience in a box. It includes a pass for two to visit the wine destination of your choice, with a free bottle of wine and guided tour when you get there.
Okay, so I bite. I go to the site, I see that “1” for quantity is already selected and it already reads “me”for recipient.
I have to wonder here, do most people buy wine excursions for themselves and not as gifts? For shame! Or is Sara B. pulling my leg…I continue to the checkout…
And She-Bang! It comes up to a whopping $59 bucks! So what do I do as I don’t see Trade or Media options? I go back and play, err, shop some more!
Just searching under “wine” brings up no less than 90 pages of “Uncommon Goods”. From the norm (wine glasses) to recycled wine bottle jewelry. Then I switch my options to look at from high to low…and I found Steve Elzer’s cellar! Just kidding, wanted to make sure you were reading but you can get off the floor now.
But I did find “Locked and Loaded AMMUNITIONS CASE WINE BAR”. Now I have to stop fooling around here and see about getting a photo of this up here for you brazen shoppers to check out on your own.
And who didn’t think wine was an uncommon good for us all?
What happens to the stomped grapes? By law, the juice can’t be used for human consumption. The winery ends up using it as fertilizer. Tickets can be ordered by calling (800) 868-9463 (outside of San Diego County) (877) 727-9463 (within San Diego County) or online at www.orfila.com
Imported and Domestic Cheese Wheels, Pâtés and Crackers.Bleu Cheese Dip with Caramelized Shallots and Sliced French Baguettes.
Lavosh-bread Pinwheels with Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Red Pepper,Fresh Basil, Homemade Hummus and French Feta Cheese.
Fresh Fruit in Season.
Crisp Garden Greens with Diced Salami and Provolone, Olives, Pear Tomatoes, Green Onions, Marinated Celery and CauliflowerTossed with Italian Vinaigrette.
Mediterranean Pasta Primavera Cheese Stuffed Tortellini Tossed with Artichoke Hearts, Olives, Peppers, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Feta, and Pine Nuts in a Garlic Shallot Oil.
Pesto Chicken Roulade Chicken Rolled & Stuffed with Pine Nuts, Spinach, Ricotta Cheese & Prosciutto Presented with a Pesto Cream Sauce.
Slow Roasted Short Ribs in a Savory Sauce.
Served with Roasted New Potatoes With Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kosher Salt and Fresh Herbs.
Homemade Multi-berry Shortcakes with Meyer Lemon Cream.
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Certified Organic Sumatra Golden Mandheling Gourmet Coffees.
Grape Stomp Schedule:
– 4-6 Wine tasting – 5:30 Dinner- 7:30 Last call for wine- 7- 7:30 Prize Drawing
$85.00 Ticket Includes
– Wine (5- 2oz. pours)
– Food (see menu below)
– Music , upbeat Jazz vocal
– Lots of fun
Mardi Gras is coming to the Santa Clarita Valley Aug. 22 as the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Foundation hosts “A Hot August Night,” the 18th annual benefit dinner and auction to raise funds for the Senior Center’s Home Delivered Meals program.
Guests at the event will be immersed in the Louisiana experience, complete with delicious cuisine and live entertainment including a mystical illusionist, a live Dixieland band, a live DJ, dancing under the stars and festive opportunities for guests to “win their beads.”
“Our Hot August Night is going to sizzle,” said event chair Jill Bondy. “By attending, our guests will help us continue to feed local homebound seniors, and they’ll not only be benefiting that great cause but they’ll also have a truly memorable evening, too.”
A Hot August Night also will feature wine tasting from Vino 100 and incredible live and silent auctions, all in an atmosphere befitting the French Quarter of New Orleans.
“Last year’s auction featured an amazing surprise item, when the SWAT team paid a visit to the event,” Bondy said. “We’re planning more surprises this year, and it will be hotter than ever!”
Individual tickets cost $75, and special VIP tickets are available for $100, which includes VIP tastings and premium parking for the event, scheduled to start 6 p.m. at Mann Biomedical, 25141 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia, CA 91355.
An enticing array of Mardi Gras-themed sponsorship opportunities is available. Reservations, sponsorships and more information are available at the Foundation website,www.scvseniorfoundation.org, by calling the Senior Center at 661-259-9444, ext. 151, or by e-mail to: email@example.com.
“Fundraising events like A Hot August Night are so important to the Senior Center in
these tough economic times,” said Kathy Crone, director of development for the SCV Senior Center. “It’s become more difficult than ever to meet the needs of the rising number of seniors in our community who need assistance.”
The benefit auction continues an 18-year tradition of supporting the Senior Center’s Home Delivered Meals program, which brings a hot meal each day to homebound local seniors, many of whom otherwise may not have anything to eat. Home Delivered Meals benefits approximately 800 households in a year.
“For some of the hundreds of seniors who receive Home Delivered Meals, this program is literally a lifeline,” Crone said. “A Hot August Night will be an excellent opportunity for the Senior Center’s supporters to let their hair down and have a good time, but at the same time they will be helping us continue to provide this all-important lifeline.”
About the SCV Senior Center Foundation: The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging/Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center in its mission of enhancing independence, dignity, and quality of life for senior citizens in our community through community outreach and inclusion, fund development, and creation and support of signature fundraisers that benefit the parent organization.
Benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology (http://bonaccorsifoundation.org/)
The scholarship fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology was created in the memory of Michael Bonaccorsi, one of California’s most gifted and passionate young winemakers. Scholarships are a key component of the UC Davis’ Department of Viticulture and Enology’s teaching program, one that provides a vital stepping stone for students pursuing careers in the California wine industry. Awarding a scholarship to a deserving student is one of the most direct and powerful ways to impact their lives. Scholarships also ensure that outstanding students are recognized for their achievements and deserving students receive the financial assistance they need.
Michael Bonaccorsi will serve as an inspiration for many future generations of California wine industry leaders because of this scholarship fund. It will provide a lasting legacy of a great California winemaker at one of the finest wine education centers in the world – UC Davis.
Once again, Wally’s popular summer afternoon tasting will include over 50 Central Coast wineries. To date, confirmed wineries include Sea Smoke, Saxum, Au Bon Climat, Qupé, Hitching Post Wines, Fiddlehead, Loring, Beckmen, Rusack, Presidio, Talley, Ambullneo, Whitcraft, Row Eleven, Paige 23, Summerland, Tantara, Linne Calodo, Arcadian, Turley, Claiborne & Churchill and Talbott.
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 II, returning guests from Los Angeles are Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali, La Brea Bakery, Spago Beverly Hills, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavern, Campanile, Comme Ça, The Hungry Cat and Sushi Roku. Featured from the best of the Central Coast are: Bouchon, Artisan, Pasolivo, and Brothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern. Joining the event for the first time is Susan Feniger’s STREET, The Ballard Inn Restaurant and Full of Life Flatbread Pizza from Santa Barbara County.
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. Last year’s live auction items included both a Martha’s Vineyard and NewYork City vacation package. All funds received will directly benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund. To entertain the crowd, Gary Burk’s lively group, the Inexpensive Winos, will reprise last year’s musical performance.
Date: Sunday, Aug 2nd, 2009
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Wally’s Wine & Spirits
2107 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(Look for your loyal Wine 101ers – both Eve and Michael Perlis – will be there!)
Unfortunately, their venture was sideswiped by turbulence in the television industry, in which they both work, and the breakdown of the economy, which sealed their fate. The winery closes this weekend, and Jill and Kevin have been trying to clear out their existing inventory at bargain basement prices. Making it worse is the fact that they will not even be able to bottle what Jill considers their best Zinfandel – the 2007 vintage. Jill has written eloquently about their plight on the Midlife Crisis website,www.midlifecrisiswinery.com. She writes of their 5 year labor of love, and the mixed emotions of ending this noble experiment.
As a friend and a fan of the winery, my heart breaks for the Mittans. Their wines are excellent examples of the best kind of winemaking – handcrafted wines, made with love and passion and humor. One of their trademark wines was Roo Boy Red, named for their beloved Australian Shepherd, who passed away just a few weeks ago.
But to paraphrase Jill’s own sentiments, how many of us get to live our dreams, even if only for a short time? I wish them all the best for the future, and hope I get to taste that 2007 Zinfandel someday.Midlife Crisis Winery: 1244 Pine Street, Suite A, Paso Robles; open Thursday through Monday 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., until July 26th.
Denise Lowe has been collecting and learning about wine for many years, and there is nothing about which she is more passionate. She is a certified Junior Wine Executive through LearnAboutWine (www.LearnAboutWine.com), and is now teaching classes as a Senior Educator at LearnAboutWine. Denise also hosts guided, in-home wine tastings through WineShop at Home, a bonded Napa winery (www.denisemlowe.com).