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Wine tasting in the vineyard

Fifth annual fundraising event sells out in advance for Assistance League of Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: November 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Guests mingle poolside at the Sunset in the Vineyard wine tasting fundraiser.

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The fifth annual Sunset in the Vineyard to benefit the philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Santa Clarita Valley attracted more than 400 to the backyard Newhall vineyard of Jeannie and Chris Carpenter and Chris’ brother Tim Carpenter.

Tickets to the event sold out several weeks in advance and only a limited number of tickets were sold at the door.

The event featured wine from small boutique wineries and vineyards and food from artisans and the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education.

Participating wine and food donors included:

Alonson Family Vineyards, Bouquet Vineyard, Stephen Hemmert Vineyards, Compa vineyard, Pulchella Winery, De Robertis Family Artisan Cheeses, Bobcat Winery, Les Deux Chats Cellars, Capuano Winery, Whistling Vineyard, Two Hearts Vineyard, Six Foaks Cellars, Golden Star Vineyards, Nuggucciet Cellars, VNTBC, Copper Hill Brewery, Browne Family Minyard, One Vine Four Branches, Reyes Winery, B&P Winery and Chocolates ala Carte.

Assistance League of SCV provides clothes, shoes and school supplies for elementary and junior high school age children in need in the SCV through Operation School Bell.

Operation School Bell has served more than 20,000 students in the SCV since 1991.

“This is such a community event,” Gloria Regan, President of Assistance League of SCV, said. “Our largest program is Operation School Bell. We will probably clothe 2,000 kids this year.”

Assistance League of SCV spends nearly $150,000 annually on Operation School Bell, said Regan.

All funds raised by the group stay to help residents in the SCV, she said.

Chris Carpenter of Compa Vineyard said the vineyard run by Carpenter and his brother, Tim — who have adjoining Newhall homes — has 250 vines bearing syrah, grenache and other varietals.

Annie and Robert  Schwartz of Valencia have attended Sunset in the Vineyard each year.

“We love Assistance League and look forward to this event each year,” Annie Schwartz said. “You can see how crowded it is. This is a popular event.”

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