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South Valley Wine Auction raises more than $30k

FANCY FUNDING With more than 250 attendees, South Valley Wine Auction brought in more than $30,000 for local charities.

The South Valley Wine Auction held Friday, May 11, at the Morgan Hill Community Center was a great success, with more than 250 attendees. Although the final numbers are not yet in, more than $30,000 was raised for local charities.

Pamala Meador, president of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, remarked that the event was “First Class all the way,” adding, “We are able to give $3,000 to the Live Oak High School Athletic Scholarship program and $2,000 to the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Scholarship Program, so that is great!”

The two top auction items were a week in a condo in Capitola donated by Natalie and Derek Anderson, which went for $5,000, and a Winemakers Dinner for 10 at Aver Family Vineyards, prepared by Chef Lara Hollinger with transportation provided by California Passport, which garnered $3,500.

Tim McDonald of Wine Spoken Here was the guest judge, choosing Seeker Vineyards Rosé as his “Deserted Island” wine, while he awarded Medeiros Family Vineyards’ malbec an honorable mention.

Peoples’ choice resulted in a first-place tie between Aver Family Vineyards Blessings (petite sirah) and Medeiros Family Vineyards malbec, while second place resulted in a tie between two cabernet sauvignons, one from Fernwood Cellars and the other from Dorcich Family Wines.

Meador looks forward to next year’s event and building on it to make the annual gala even better.

“Tons of fun, great wine and lots of fun! Not an event to miss!”

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