Vintage Eve March 2012: Santa Clarita Wine Fest – Part Deux!

It was a picture perfect day for wine tasting. The pesky wind was held at bay and white wine stayed chilled under the expansive tents while guests collected at tables serving wine, spirits, beer and lots of goodies to pair them with.

Also cool this year was that the event was held at the Bridgeport Marketplace. Guests had the food trucks by day, and by night, so many great restaurants to have dinner in (and sober up!) before driving home: Sabor Cocina Mexicana, Marston’s, SAKE Bistro and Sushi, and Frankie’s NY Italian being some of my favorites.

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 The Michael Hoefflin Foundation table had an impromptu raffle set up that few were aware of. For a $10 donation you went home with a $10 bottle of wine…or up to a $100 bottle of wine. Even I bought a ticket. I hope they did well.

The P and the K in P & K Chocolates were charming: Pam Dirickson and Kim Larsen. Serving several different cake bites they were certainly a hit. Reminded me to make the short trip to their Canyon Country store and get a box.

My other personal favorites included Wedell Cellars three Pinot Noirs and one Syrah, B & P Winery’s 08 Merlot, Robert Reyes Chardonnay and White Port, ValBeMar Specialty Coffee, Inception Wines 10 Viognier and Pinot Noirs, Sips Sparkling Cocktails’ Cucumber Mojito, Ventura Limoncello by the shot and in a cocktail, the fun people in the Valencia Cigar Lounge, Rocky Fino, aka “Will Cook for Sex”, The Wine Rack, and the entire lineups from Boutique Sake, JVS Imports for Scotch, Bourbon and Rye, Pacific Edge for Anejo, Tequila and Reposado.

 Jenny Ketchepaw on the wine Sexual Chocolate: “I liked the wine, I liked that it’s from San Luis Obispo, I liked the vibe, I liked that it’s young and fresh – great with a chocolate-covered strawberry!”

Kathleen Carson Marquart: “Inception – the purple labeled Pinot.”

Matthew Rungaitis and Christine Andrews: “B & P had the best wines!”

Danielle Whitener: “The Cielo Purple Haze…smoky, and so good!”

Dan and Joanie Warner: “The tequila was great! Our fav wine was Inceptions Viognier…we really liked the limoncello too. Dan did try the scotch.”

Meredith Kent McGowan: “I was impressed with the Malibu hills winery, Cielo!”

Kevin Friend: “Loved the Tempranillo from Witch Creek, also the Roxo Bordeaux blend ‘port’.”

Jacob Stark: “The Firestone Walker Brewery was great.”

Denise Lowe, Fest Sommelier: “It was a crazy day! Everyone was happy, challenges were well-handled and a lotta money was raised for the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. My team worked their butts off and made me look good.”


Bob Kellar, David Gauny, Chris Shoemaker, Judy Penman, Meredith Kent McGowan, Cheryl Gray, Tim and Jenny Ketchepaw, Danielle Whitener, David Barlavi Lxix, Jacob and Ann Stark, Dave and Patty Williams, Adam Rubenstein, Brandon Drake, Eric Bermudez, Carla Palacios, David Locken, John Dickey and Denise Lowe, Xochitl Maiman, Shawn Burgert, Dan and Joanie Warner, Joe Wehinger, Kai Ellis, Kimberly Rockwell Clark, Kim Larsen and Pam Dirickson, Mark Newman, Barrie Lynn, Shawn Halahmy, Tanya Dickson, Kym Cappi, Patrice Rifkind, Bob Jones and Susie Majesky, Kai Ellis, Julie Edwards-Sanchez, Darrin and Cathy Craig, Dr. Andrew Friend and Jessica Javier, Kathleen Carson Marquart, Matthew Rungaitis and Christine Andrews, Dave Dow and Lisa Hawkins Blowers, Sharon Lindquist, Laurie Rein, Kathy Lockhart, Rob Barnett, Carol Maglione, Mary Bradway, Jim Walker, Shannon Bohte, Yoshi Murakami, Chris Uhde, Qiana Tarlow and Karen Dhillion.

Beverage List

Accolade Brands
Casa Dumetz, Malibu
Cielo Winery, Malibu
Dalton Winery, Israel

Firestone Walker Brewery, Paso Robles
Grizzly Republic, Paso Robles
Grande Cortage, France
Inception Wines, Santa Barbara
JVS Imports, Scotland
Chieftains Aberfeldy 1998 13yr un-chillfiltered
Isle of Skye 12yr
Hart Brothers Tobermory 13yr
Isle of Arran 14yr un-chillfiltered
Isle of Arran Amarone Cask Finish
Caol Ila 1997 St. Etienne Rum Finish 14yr un-chillfiltered
Chieftains Mortlach Cask Strength 1995 16yr 54.2% alc
Benrinnes 1984 26 yr Cask Strength 58.1% alc
Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition
LAWineFest, Los Angeles
Marston’s Restaurant, Santa Clarita
Patel Winery, Napa
Regency Wines, France
Chateau Galiniere cuvee Cengle Cotes de Provence (Rose), France
Chateau d]Eau Pinot Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Languedoc, France
Moillard Cotes du Rhone Red, Les Vilettes, France
Reyes Winery, Agua Dulce
White Port
Riboli Family Wine Estates
San Simeon Winery, Paso Robles
Maddalena Winery, Central Coast
Bodega del Fin del Mundo, Argentina
Alberft Bichot Wines,Burgundy, France
Pasqua Wines, Italy
Sips Sparkling Cocktails, US
Roxo Port Cellars, Paso Robles
San Antonio Winery
SLO Down Wines, Napa
Stanger Vineyards, Paso Robles

Ventura Limoncello Company, Ventura
Vin Village
Carpathian Wines
Vino Kupjen, Slovenia
Bock Prince, Hungary
Ricardus Corculom Winery, Napa
Witch Creek, San Diego
Wedell Cellars, Arroyo Grande


The Chocolate Traveler
Culinary Brand Management
Diamond Studios
Essence of Jeunesse
Exquisite Handbags with Heart
Glitz N’ Glamour
Gourmet Blends
Green Convergence
Massage Envy Spa
Pacific Monarch Resorts, Inc.
Inside Pandora’s Box

PK’s Chocolates
ValBeMar Coffee
Will Cook for Sex
Wine Spectator
Wine Treasures


Wines of Italy and Spain
Discover the wines of Italy and Spain with international wine consultant and sommelier ‘Million Dollar Palate’ Mark Newman

Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing
The Cheese Impresario will be pairing cheeses from the Artisan Cheesemakers of Wisconsin with three of San Antonio Winery’s finest wines. It will fill up. First come gets the limited number of seats. If you want to learn more about cheese before you experience the Santa Clarita WineFest, check out Barrie Lynn’s show, CHEESE RULES.

The Cheese Impresario will be presenting cheeses from the Artisan Cheesemakers from Wisconsin’s Sartori Family along with the impressive wines from Maddalena Wines and Riboli Family Estate.
Scotch Tasting
Learn about the single malt making process including what separates single malts from blends as well as a scotch from other whiskies. You will try 8 different malts from different regions around Scotland. This class will be hosted by Chris Uhde, Scotch Master for the USS Highland Games Costa Mesa and Brand Ambassador for Impex Beverages and Chieftain Single Cask Whiskies. Chris has over 12 years experience in the Spirits industry. Pouring:
Chieftains Aberfeldy 1998 13yr un-chillfiltered
Isle of Skye 12yr
Hart Brothers Tobermory 13yr
Isle of Arran 14yr un-chillfiltered
Isle of Arran Amarone Cask Finish
Caol Ila 1997 St. Etienne Rum Finish 14yr un-chillfiltered
Chieftains Mortlach Cask Strength 1995 16yr 54.2% alc
Benrinnes 1984  26 yr Cask Strength 58.1% alc

Close Up Magic by Steve Silverman
Featured performer at the Magic Castle will be astounding guests at various locations.