Monday, June 4, 2012

6/4-Guest Host Nicole Nielsen talks with Terry Hall & Jim Fiolek

 2012 Auction Napa Valley Event

Mike Horn attended the auction weekend and this was their 32nd Auction.  Terry will talk about the event and give a wrap up of the 2012 Auction Napa Valley

It showcased farm-to-table wine and food of Napa Valley and has become the standard by which other charity wine auctions are measured. 

They have had 32 years of success and have donated over $100 million to local causes. 
Funds go to local, Napa Valley non-profits, including health, youth, education.
It has established a well-integrated community safety net.
One of the organizations funded by Auction Napa Valley is Community Clinic Ole.

The Auction is hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners with over 370 Vintners from the Napa Valley Vintners actively participating.
The 2012 Honorary Chair was the Chappellet Family of Chappellet Winery and Vineyard.

Fact: Napa represents only 4% of California Wine production, yet is very big in stature, quality, and land stewardship with 95% of the wineries family owner.

More information at

Jim Fiolek - Executive Director Santa Barbara County Vintners Association 

Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend - April 20, 21, 22, 23. The annual Santa Barbara County Vintners' Festival Weekend attracts wine lovers from near and far for an opportunity to meet member vintners, taste their wines, and enjoy great food and music over a long spring weekend. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival itself, where every one of our 110+ member wineries gather to present their wines, often poured by the winemakers themselves. The Festival also presents some of the best local food from restaurants, catering companies and gourmet food creators. The Festival takes place on Saturday, April 21st, from 1 to 4pm at The Carranza, just outside Los Olivos. This weekend, wineries also present their own events, ranging from Winemaker's Dinners through library tastings and sales to new wine releases and barrel tastings. Check back here to see a full listing of events as they are finalized. A favorite feature of the weekend is the Vintners' Visa - your passport to twelve winery tasting rooms - use the Vintners' Visa to explore new wineries - or revisit old friends.

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