Sipping for a cause

South Valley Wine Auction returns May 18

LOCAL BENEFIT Proceeds from this year’s Wine Auction will go to nine charities. Photo: Dominic Godfrey/Morgan Hill Photography Club

With a 21-year history of raising funds for local charities, the South Valley Wine Auction invites the community to enjoy a lineup of wineries, restaurants and auction items on Saturday, May 18 at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center.

Pamala Meador, president of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, says nine organizations will benefit from this year’s proceeds, including the athletics departments of Live Oak and Sobrato high schools and the winegrower’s association scholarship fund.

“We are really paying it forward to the kids,” says Meador, who hopes to top last year’s auction haul of $40,000.

Representatives of all participating charities will be present.

“We have a great group of charities this year, including theater groups and dog parks—everything that makes our community welcoming,” she says. “This is such a diverse, eclectic and inclusive place, and we’re honored to be giving back with such a wonderful event that showcases the best of south Santa Clara Valley.”

The VIP Experience, which begins at 4:30pm, features wines from Aver Family, Calerrain, Fernwood Cellars, Guglielmo, Heller, La Vie Dansante and Medeiros, paired with selected appetizers.

Attendees can channel their inner sommelier during the VIP session, where they will learn how to enjoy wine tasting with Cindy Adams of Aver Family Vineyards.

General admission begins at 6pm, and Meador promises it will be “rocking and rolling,” with plenty of gourmet bites and wines from the VIP wineries, as well as more wine selections from Creekview, Kirigin, Lion Ranch, Martin Ranch, Morgan Hill Cellars and Sarah’s Vineyard. Restaurant partners include Huntington Station, Ladera Grill, Maroo’s Korean Cuisine, Nick the Greek, Noah’s Bar & Bistro, Rosy’s at the Beach, The City Fish, Trail Dust BBQ, Willard Hicks, OPA! and Tac-o.

Highlights of the live auction include “Valley of Heart’s Delight Tour for 8,” including a tour, lunch and wine at historic Villa Mira Monte, followed by a shuttle ride to Andy’s Orchard, Guglielmo Winery and Martin Ranch for tastings and a bottle of wine.

“Andy is one of the premier authorities on stonefruit out there,” Meador says. “This is one of those things that makes Morgan Hill so special.”

Auction items also include “Vacation in Italy,” with a week in Sant’Angelo in Vado, the Adriatic region, known as the “Riviera of Hills,” in a two-bed, two-bath apartment for four.

“This is a great chance for wineries to give back to the community that supports us,” says Geoff Mace, president of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley. “Members have auction items including one-year wine club memberships and private wine dinners in our local vineyards.”

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