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Old Newhall’s best-kept secret

Fundraiser: The Compa backyard vineyard sits in the middle of the city

Posted: December 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.

A sold out crowd enjoyed Sunset in the Vineyard held at a private estate in Newhall.

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The weather may have been blustery, but that did not stop a sold out crowd of more than 360 wine aficionados from enjoying the fourth annual Sunset in the Vineyard to benefit Assistance League of Santa Clarita.

The event featured food crafted by culinary students under the direction of Cindy Schwanke, chairwoman of the Institute for Culinary Education at COC, and Michelle Razzano, an instructor in the program.

In addition, guests enjoyed generous pours of wine served by boutique and home vintners.

Those participating included: Alonso Family Vineyards, Juan Alonso​; Bouquet Vineyards, Danny Mascari; Stephen Hemmert Vineyards; Compa Vineyard and Winery, Chris Carpenter and Tim Carpenter​; Pulchella Winery, Steve Lemley and Nate Hasper; De Robertis Family Artisan Cheeses, Corry and Carol De Robertis; Capuano Winery, Jeff and Ed Capuano; Roman Winery and Vineyard, Roman Weiser; Two Hearts Vineyard, Kerry and Susie Clark; Six Foaks Cellars, Rick Pratt; Golden Star Vineyards, Lee and Helen Williams; Bobcat, Tomas and Jenny Lukas; Les Deux Chats Cellars, Patty and Chris Connolly​; Nuggucciet Cellars, Russ and Nancy Briley; DiMaggio’s Port, DiMaggio Washington and VNTBC, Michael Mitchell, brewmiester.

Cory De Robertis, who works as a nurse anesthesiologist, makes cheese as a hobby.

“It’s my passion, when I’m not saving lives,” he said.

First-time guest Darrell Paulk said it was a surprise to see a vineyard in the heart of old Newhall.

“It’s so beautiful,” he said. “The first thought I had when I saw all the trees was that I was in Big Bear. I was also surprised to see a vineyard in the backyard.”

The event is held annually in the adjoining backyards of Chris and Jeannie Carpenter and Tim Carpenter.

“We’re very happy to host this event,” said Chris Carpenter, who served up a variety of his wines. “I enjoy sharing my wine.”

Russ Briley, of Nuggucciet Cellars, said it was it his first time pouring at the event.

“This event has been a lot of fun,” he said. “We look forward to doing it again next year.”

Sunset in the Vineyard benefits the philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Santa Clarita which includes Operation School Bell that clothes underprivileged children in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Assistance League of Santa Clarita, with more than 100 members, is a nonprofit service organization.


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