Now with many more private and winery donors now on board: A Toast and a WiSH, A Benefit for the Future Leaders of Santa Clarita Inaugural Wine Tasting Event is the First for Old Town Newhall Library

When visiting a winery the experience of tasting with the winemaker or winery representative is not easily duplicated.  However, the planners behind the inaugural WiSH Education Foundation – benefiting our local Junior and Senior high schools – have done just that.

With the approval from our city’s latest landmark – the Old Town Newhall Library – guests will be able to visit with winemakers in several private “study rooms”, taste additional donated wines served by local volunteers, sample special wine paired foods from innovative local chefs and bid on eclectic silent auction items while overlooking downtown Newhall’s latest incarnation: a twinkle-lit main street.

WiSH board members Marlee Lauffer, Amy Daniels and Gail Pinsker, along with local wine writer Eve Bushman, host the inaugural event on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 7–10 p.m.  Eve Wine 101 Consultant Michael Perlis and volunteer coordinator Claudia Sheridan are providing special assistance.

One hundred percent of the ticket sales and auction directly supports programs in all the Junior and High schools that make up the Hart School District.

Donors to date include TGIC Importers, Loring Wine Company, Fiddlehead Cellars, Ken Brown Wines, Iron Horse Vineyards, Salt Creek Grille, Wolf Creek Brewery, Stephen Hemmert Vineyards, Two Hearts Vineyard, Pulchella Winery, Ventura Limoncello, Del Dotto Winery, Papapietro Perry Winery, Wildflour Gourmet Baking Company, Robert Biale Vineyards, Bagrationi Sparkling wine from the Republic of Georgia, Regusci Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard, Gagnon Cellars, Gary Farrell Vineyards, Nuggucciet Cellars, Barrel 27, J Dusi Wines, The Oaks Grille, Alma Rosa Winery, Cambria Estate Winery , For Whiskey Lovers, Oil and Vinegar Valencia , Cheers@All Corked Up, and wine pairing from Leona Valley Vineyard’s Culinary Director, Dusti Patterson.

Auction items so far include a two-night stay in a Paso Robles private guest house, cooking classes at Culinary Wonders (formerly known as Kitchen Wizards), gift items from, a Gagnon Cellars gift basket, wine tasting for four at Robert Biale Vineyards, wine tasting and tour for six from Gary Farrell Vineyards and Regusci Winery, a magnum of 08 Head Honcho Syrah from Barrel 27, a gift certificate for The Egg Plantation, a complimentary night at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort, wine from the private cellars of Marlee Lauffer, Laine Hedwell, Eddie and Eve Bushman, John Shaffery, Larry and Gloria Stahly, Michael and Karen Perlis, Louise Castaldo, Steve and Rose Chegwin, and Chris and Jeannie Carpenter.

The number of ticket sales will be limited to guarantee each of our guests an exclusive experience.  At the end of the evening all guests will receive a special gift bag with special offers from our special vendors.  Ticket price is $75 and available now through Adults over 21 only, please.

We are proud to have The Magazine of Santa Clarita as our media sponsor.

Sponsorships are currently available; contact WiSH at 661-799-9474 or for more information and to purchase event tickets.

If you would like to volunteer for this event contact Claudia Sheridan at

The WiSH Education Foundation, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, was established with a group of  local community leaders and public school advocates to raise additional funds for the Hart School District to maintain its high quality programs during this challenging time of state budget cuts.