Grand Wine & Food Tasting and Wine Pairing Dinner & Auction To Benefit The Silicon Valley Education Foundation
April 8, 2015 – The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association announces the inaugural Silicon Valley Wine Auction to benefit the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. On June 20, 2015, Levi’s Stadium—home of the San Francisco 49ers—will be the location of two ticketed events: the Grand Wine and Food Tasting with silent auction from 2pm – 5pm ($150) and the Wine Pairing Dinner with live Auction from 5:30pm to 9:30pm ($550).
During the afternoon, the Grand Tasting will feature over 50 vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains, epicurean delights, and a silent auction with over 200 lots to bid on. The event will culminate with a Wine Pairing Dinner featuring rare and exclusive wines from notable vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and silent and live auctions hosted by The Gavel Girl, DawnMarie Kotsonis, and emceed by CBS’s Foodie Chap, Liam Mayclem. Live entertainment to be provided by world-renown artist Michael Israel whose work has been described as “Cirque du Soleil meets Picasso”. Paintings created at the dinner will be auctioned off, and smaller works will be available during the silent auction at the Grand Tasting. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Michael Israel at work. The menu for the Wine Pairing Dinner can be found here: http://bit.ly/1IbeS6m
Notable auction items include a dinner for 10 with David Kinch of Manresa at Mount Eden Vineyards featuring Love Apple Farms and Mount Eden Wines, a tour for 10 of Jay Leno’s private car collection with flight to LA by private jet, and the opportunity to purchase experiences with several of the San Francisco 49er players.
Tickets are available for purchase at siliconvalleywineauction.org.
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The Silicon Valley Wine Auction is proud to announce a notable list of advisory members:
Ken & Caretha Coleman, Andreessen Horowitz
Scott Cook & Signe Ostby, Intuit
John & Tara Couch, Apple Inc.
Dr. Thomas Fogarty, Fogarty Institute for Innovation
Kevin Harvey, Benchmark Capital
Bill & Gay Krause, The Krause Center for Innovation
Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
Ronnie Lott, NFL Hall of Fame Member
Phil & Kelly Mahoney, Cornish & Carey Commercial Real Estate
Jeff & Karen Miller, JAMM Ventures
Randy Pond, Cisco
TJ Rodgers, Cypress Semiconductor
John York, San Francisco 49ers
Corporate sponsors include Brocade Communications Systems, First Tech Federal Credit Union, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Silicon Valley Bank alongside Wine & Spirits Magazine and Edible Silicon Valley as the premier media sponsors.
SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS WINEGROWERS ASSOCIATION PARTICIPANTS
Alfaro Family Vineyards
Big Basin Vineyards
Bottle Jack Winery
Burrell School Vineyards & Winery
Clos de la Tech
Clos LaChance Wines
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards
House Family Vineyards
Kathryn Kennedy Winery
Kings Mountain Vineyards
La Rusticana d’Orsa
Left Bend Winery
Lester Family Vineyards
Martin Ranch Winery
McCarthy Family Vineyards
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Mount Eden Vineyards
Russian Ridge Winery
Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Sante Arcangeli Family Winery
Savannah Chanelle Vineyards
Ser Wine Company
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Storrs Winery & Vineyards
The Mountain Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Villa del Monte Winery
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards
Wrights Station Vineyard & Winery
For more information please visit: siliconvalleywineauction.org.
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ABOUT THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS AVA
The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association is an alliance of more than 70 wineries promoting wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation, federally recognized in 1981. The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation was among the first to be defined by mountain topography, following the fog line along the coast to include the highest vineyards on the ridge tops—some as high as 2600 feet elevation. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains range and extends from Woodside in the north to Watsonville in the south; and from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland. For more information, contact the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), phone (831) 685-‐8463, or firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (831) 688-‐6961, www.scmwa.com
ABOUT THE SILICON VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) is the leading education foundation serving the students, families, and teachers of Silicon Valley. To date, SVEF has raised over $8 million to help thousands of underserved youth prepare for college and careers. SVEF strives to improve education through strategic partnerships with schools, districts, businesses, and community organizations. As a nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF drives academic achievement in the critical areas of STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.