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Enjoy Two Benefit Wine Events on April 20

Sonoma State Wine Business Experience Class Wine Release Party

Kokomo Winery in Healdsburg will be hosting a party to celebrate the Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Program from 1pm to 4pm on April 20. Starting last year, Kokomo has been helping SSU students get real-world experience in the making and marketing of wine. The party will include snacks and barrel tastes of the students’ efforts. Bottles of the current release will also be on sale.

Contact Dana Swillat at 707-664-3347 for This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to RSVP.


14th Annual Young School Benefit in St. Helena

The Young School’s fourteenth annual benefit fundraiser, takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at The Napa Valley Reserve (1000 Silverado Trail, St. Helena 94574) from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The evening will consist of silent and live auctions offering a selection of highly sought-after wines and behind-the-scenes tastings, trips and events. The dinner will be presented by Meadowood and the wines for the evening will be from The Napa Valley Reserve. Tickets are $150/person or tables of ten at $1,500.00, available by calling 707/967-9909. The catalogue will be online at “From truly rare wines to rare experiences, we are offering an intimate and elegant evening with appeal to wine aficionados which will be memorable as well,” event organizer Suzanne Phifer Pavitt explains.

The evening will include a live auction conducted by celebrity auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski. The live lots will include one-of-a-kind experiences in Los Angeles, Glen Ellen and Steamboat Springs, as well as VIP tasting experiences at Corison, Herb Lamb, Raymond, Quixote, Laurel Glen Vineyard, Domaine Carneros and Trinchero Napa Valley. Other unusual lots are a buy-a-spot pig roast and kids’ movie/camp-out. Wines to be auctioned during the evening will include almost-impossible-to-find wines from Abreu, Araujo, Barnett, Bond, Chateau d’Yquem, Harlan, Levy & McClellan, Shafer and Ovid and collections of 1974 and 1970 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons.

Other auction items include local celebrity architect Howard Backen’s design for a chicken coop and an elaborate hand-forged fire pot by artist Gilham Erickson. The event’s silent auction offers a number of magnums. Other wines to be offered during the evening come from Cain Vineyard, Cakebread Cellars, Casa Piena, Castello di Amorosa, Ceja Vineyards, Clif Family Winery, Continuum Estate, Crocker & Starr, Dana Estate, Darioush, Diamond Creek Vineyard, Dunn Vineyards, Failla, Fife, Far Niente, Frog’s Leap, Grgich Hills, Groth, Honig, Judd’s Hill, Knights Bridge Winery, Robert Keenan, Kongsgaard, Markham, Nickel & Nickel, Patz & Hall, Phifer Pavitt, Paradigm, Pride, Robert Foley, Silver Oak, Staglin, Schramsberg, Trefethen, Tamber Bey Vineyard and Vineyard 29.

Founded in 1991 in St. Helena by JoAnn Bell, The Young School is a private non-profit, non-denominational Montessori-derived program for children ages 6 through 12 years old/first-sixth grades. The Young School operates as a ‘one-room schoolhouse,’ following a ‘tutorial’ approach to education, where children are tasked on their abilities and interests. The School has a 12-1 student-teacher ratio and is respected for its rigorous academics complemented by frequent field trips, enrichment in foreign language classes and music programs as well as community outreach.


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