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Classic location for Vine2Wine

With a nod to the original Wine Classic the event returns to CalArts

Posted: August 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Guests sample food and wine at the 2002 Wine Classic held in the Main Gallery at CalArts. The Wine Classic has merged with Vine2Wine to form the Vine2Wine Classic to benefit Circle of Hope, Inc. breast cancer support. The Vine2Wine Classic will be held at CalArts on Saturday, Aug. 17.

The Vine2Wine Classic has returned to the home of the original Wine Classic, California Institute of the Arts.

The fundraiser to benefit Circle of Hope, Inc., a breast cancer support nonprofit, will be held Saturday in the Main Gallery at California Institute of the Arts.

"We’re bringing it back to CalArts," said Ray Tippett, executive director of Circle of Hope. "We expect to have an amazing evening."

Vine2Wine started life as a fundraiser for the now defunct Betty Ferguson Foundation.

The Wine Classic was a long-running benefit for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra.

As both events fell by the wayside Circle of Hope merged the two and brought Jeff Jacobson on board.

Jacobson, Vine2Wine Classic Wine Director, previously worked on the Wine Classic.

"Jeff is our wine guru," said Tippett. "He has donating countless hours of his time, bringing back the Classic and melding these two great events into what has become the Vine2Wine Classic. We are extremely grateful for the fabulous wineries and merchants Jeff has invited to participate."

Among the highlights of this year’s Vine2Wine Classic will be a tastes of 1853 Reserve King Pedro V Port at $100 a taste. Only 30 tastes are available.

The extremely rare bottle was donated to the event by the Jacobsen family.

"To add fun to the tasting I’ve heard that King Pedro V will also be here in full regalia, too," said Tippett.

In addition to the port tasting, fine library wines will also be poured.

Library wine donors include Chris and Jeannie Carpenter, Roger and Gwen Gertz, Les Hershberger and Mamie Wong, Jeff, Joan, Julie and Jeremy Jacobson, Yoon Lee, and Doug Gould.

With more than 53 wine tables, some guests might want a little direction in sampling wines, said Tippett.

"New this year will be Joey Kleinhans, sommelier and founder of Wine Elite," said Tippett. "There will be 15 sommeliers at the event to assist people in choosing which wines to taste."

Tippett said no one has had sommeliers at a wine event to assist guests.

"It should be a fun experience for guests who want to learn a little bit more about wine," he said.

The event will also feature more than a dozen craft beers and ales in a special "beer garden" and a non-alcoholic drink table.

The beer garden will feature a "disco" atmosphere said Tippett.

"There will be a DJ and you can dance," he said.

Other entertainment will be offered by crooner Jimmy Carnelli and Friends and Lance Allan.

The Circle of Hope Table will feature the 2012 Lucy Rosé Pinot Noir, Santa Rosa. Guests can also enter a drawing for a case of Lucy Rosé of Pinot Noir, which will be given out at the event.

Food and dessert will be provided by more than 20 providers.

A silent auction will also be held.

"Jeff Jacobson has put together some very rare wines for our silent auction," said Tippett. "This year we have special silent auction table for the wine aficionados."

A display of fine art will also be installed courtesy of the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association.

Tippett said he expects about 700 attendees at the event.

Title sponsor of the event is Logix Federal Credit Union. Patrick Raach is the Vine2Wine event chairman.

Pisoni Vineyards will provide a bottle of its 2012 Lucy Rosé Pinot Noir for each guest to take home.

"Ticket sales have really picked up in the last few days," Tippett said. "Every year we’re trying to improve and do something fun and new."

Circle of Hope, Inc. provides financial and other kinds of support to individuals with breast cancer who live or work in the SCV.

Tippett said in 2014 Circle of Hope, Inc. will expand its services to include reproductive cancers — uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer.

"It’s important to know that everyone at Circle of Hope is a volunteer," said Tippett. "All the money from this event, after expenses, will go directly to help the people who need it in the Santa Clarita Valley."

Among the types of assistance offered by Circle of Hope, Inc. are financial assistance with chemotherapy, second opinions, surgical expenses, medication and insurance.

In addition, Circle of Hope also offers a monthly support group.

Tippett was quick to point out that the services provided by Circle of Hope are unique.

The organization offers direct help to individuals currently experiencing cancer. It does not fund breast cancer research.

"There are so many amazing organizations that fund breast cancer research," he said. "That’s not what we do, we help individuals who are fighting to survive cancer today. That’s our niche. "

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