Join your fellow wine enthusiasts for Orange County’s premier wine auction event, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival (PCWF), scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the five-diamond Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This special evening includes wine tasting, a gourmet wine-paired dinner, and silent and live auctions of rare wines and unique wine-related travel experiences.
PCWF is a significant fund-raising event for Pacific Symphony, and last year raised $220,000 for its artistic and education programs. PCWF directly supports the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, including Heartstrings and Class Act. This year’s event is again co-chaired by PCWF’s co-founders, Michael Kerr, Fred Salter, and Valerie Van de Zilver.
Tristen Beamon and Kyle Meyer, managing partners of Santa Ana’s BestWinesOnline.com and formerly of Orange’s Wine Exchange, carefully chose the wines for the event’s tastings, and the live and silent auctions. The live auction offerings include a five-night private trip to Bordeaux, France, guided by Beamon.
Beamon and Meyer have children who are very active in the Orange County arts community. The two contacted friends across the world to donate items and attend the auction. Their passion for the arts and community is evident and led them to assemble an astonishing array of wines.
Guests will have the opportunity to bid on a collection of wines that are enough to make me drool: Aubert, Bruno Giacosa, Catena Zapata, Cos d’Estournal, Colgin, Domaine Faiveley, Harlan, Hundred Acre, Iron Horse, Kistler, Marcassin, Margaret River, Margaux, Mouton, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, Paul Hobbs Imports, Peter Michael, Scarecrow, Screaming Eagle, Shafer, and Sloan. The roster of pouring wines include such American winery luminaries as Dragonette Cellars, Catena Wines, Clos Figueres, La Rioja Alta, Iron Horse Vineyards, Domaine Faiveley, Leeuwin Estate, Nickel & Nickel, and Bruno Giacosa.
This exclusive event is limited to 340 wine connoisseurs and music enthusiasts, and tickets, from $375 to $1,000 per person, are still available. The evening’s festivities begin with guests sauntering through multiple rooms, sampling from more than 24 extraordinary wineries, enjoying appetizers and bidding on silent auction lots. At 7:15, guests enter the grand ballroom for a three-course feast paired with wines and crafted by the Island’s executive chef David Mann. The Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra will provide live music. The evening finishes with the live auction, and guests are treated to a select Port and decadent chocolate tasting before heading home.
Pacific Symphony celebrates its 35th anniversary this season, and its contribution to Orange County is unparalleled. Lead by Carl St. Clair, it is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 40 years. Presenting more than 100 concerts a year and a rich array of education and community programs, the Symphony touches more than 275,000 Orange County residents, from school children to senior citizens.
For information, contact the Symphony’s special events department at (714) 876-2364 or events@PacificSymphony.org