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SILICON VALLEY WINE AUCTION

 

Join us for a celebration, wine and philanthropy! Welcome to the  2nd Annual  Silicon Valley Wine Auction benefiting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Produced by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, the event will be held at Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  The multifaceted Silicon Valley Wine Auction kicks off with a Saturday grand tasting featuring over 50 vintners  and 150 wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains as well as a magnum auction and rare silent auction lots. The centerpiece of the Silicon Valley Wine Auction is the SOLD OUT wine pairing dinner  featuring rare and exclusive wines from notable vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The reception preceding the wine pairing dinner will feature 20 wineries pouring library wines.

Grand Wine Tasting – Saturday, April 16, 12 to 4 pm

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Guests are invited to sip, sample and bid! This  hour event offers tastings from 50+ Vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains pouring over 150 wines, an abundance of edible delights and silent auction featuring over 200 wine lots.

Ticket Prices:

VIP Grand Tasting $125

12:00pm- 4:00pm
12pm entrance. Sip, sample and bid over looking the Stadium field! Taste from 50+ Vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains and bid on over 200 wine lots in the silent auction. Early Bird pricing ends March 15. Rain or shine, all ticket sales are final.
General Admission Grand Tasting $95
1:00pm- 4:00pm
1pm entrance. Sip, sample and bid over looking the Stadium field! Taste from 50+ Vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains and bid on over 200 wine lots in the silent auction. Early Bird pricing ends March 15. Rain or shine, all ticket sales are final.
Wine Pairing Dinner $550
Dinner begins at 5:30 pm
Enjoy Santa Cruz Mountains wines paired with a gourmet, multi-course meal.

2016 Participating Wineries


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SILICON VALLEY EDUCATION FOUNDATION MISSION

The Silicon Valley Education Foundation was founded on the belief that a new kind of organization is needed – one with a different philosophy and approach to the challenges in legacy systems. A nonprofit resource and advocate for students and educators, SVEF is dedicated to putting all students on track for college and careers, focusing on the critical areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

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Taste of the Mountains – Menlo Park

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association and Greenheart Land Company present the first Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 5 in Downtown Menlo Park. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Check in for your wristband, glass, and a map of the pouring locations – then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Stay downtown for a dinner or movie to follow!

Traditionally considered the “Capital of Venture Capital”, the City of Menlo Park is also home to industry-leading tech companies like Facebook and SRI. Downtown Menlo Park is known for its quaint shops, great restaurants and high-end home decor. The City is the perfect backdrop for this elegant event. The December 5th Wine Walk is the perfect complement to a weekend of holiday cheer, which includes a Friday night tree-lighting and Saturday morning breakfast with Santa. It is sure to be a merry weekend for the entire family.

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Participating Wineries: 

Bargetto Winery
Big Basin Vineyards
Burrell School Vineyards
Byington Vineyard & Winery
House Family Vineyards
Kings Mountain Vineyards
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Portola Vineyards
Russian Ridge Winery
The Mountain Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Woodside Vineyards

Downtown Menlo Park shops and restaurants are open to the general public of all ages during the wine walk and those under 21 may attend the tasting areas. You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting glasses and wristbands. Tasting areas are unrestricted but wine is not permitted outside of designated areas. The tasting is available only to those with valid event bracelets.

Registration check-in and a bottle booth will be at 648 Santa Cruz Ave. Click here for a tasting map of Downtown Menlo Park.

About the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
For over 30 years, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) has furthered the mission of Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) to provide an exceptional education for 3000 students at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools. Working with the entire community, which includes parents and local businesses, the MPAEF makes it possible for each child in the district to benefit from 32 best-in-class teachers and their professional development, innovative classroom techniques, and credentialed specialists in arts, sciences, libraries, technology and emotional wellness. We support academic excellence for the whole child, inside and out.

About Greenheart Land Company
Greenheart is a local real estate development and investment company. Its goal is to enhance communities through creative reuse and development of infill sites. Among it activities is a 195 unit rental community under construction in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park and Station 1300, a mixed use (retail, office, and 180 residences) development near the Menlo Park Caltrain station, which will bring new energy to downtown.

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Santa Cruz Warriors

Taste of the Warriors

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Raise a glass with us! And together, we will raise money for education and the Santa Cruz community. Enjoy food from local restaurants and taste wines poured by Santa Cruz Mountains Wineries, including:

Click here to purchase tickets.

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PINOT PARADISE 2015 Santa Cruz Mountains

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Enjoy two days in the Santa Cruz Mountains by participating in Pinot Paradise! This two day event invites you to come learn, explore and taste the Pinot Noirs produced from our legendary winemakers.

Day 1- Saturday, March 21st

Pathway to Pinot Paradise (As of Monday 3/16 – Tickets Only Available at Participating Wineries)

Come sip, sample and enjoy a day meandering your way through the many Pinot Noir producers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Taste through barrel samples, enjoy the experience of meeting our winemakers and participate in personal tours of the vineyards. Tickets can be purchased online or at any participating winery. For a list of participating Pathway wineries, please click here. To view the Pathway map, please click here.

Ticket price is $25. This event is from 12pm- 5pm. To purchase tickets for this event, please do so at participating wineries or online. If purchased online, we will mail you a wristband and a map.

Day 2- Sunday, March 22nd

SOLD OUT Wine Technical Session SOLD OUT (Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA)

Learn and discover! This half day session from 9:00am – 12:00pm featuring continuing wine education for consumers and winemakers. SCMWA is proud to present two esteemed speakers:Luke Sykora, senior editor and critic at Wine & Spirits magazine; and Dr. Gary Griggs, Professor of Earth Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz. Based in San Francisco, Sykora runs the blind tasting panels for all domestic wines and serves as the wine critic for greater California. Griggs’ research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development.

Join us for this unforgettable event as we take you on this magical journey from vine to glass, and showcase an array of Pinot Noirs from the oldest mountain American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the United States.

Ticket price is $45.

Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting 

Pinot Paradise presents the Grand Cruz Pinot Noir and Food Tasting at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Taste Pinot Noirs from over 40 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with delectable food from local gourmet restaurants.

Ticket Prices: VIP Grand Tasting $100, from 12:30pm- 4:30pm
General Admission Grand Tasting $85, from 1:30pm- 4:30pm
All Weekend Pass: Includes Pathway to Paradise, Wine Technical Session & VIP admission to the Pinot Noir Grand Cruz Tasting $145
No tickets will be mailed out for this event. Once you complete your purchase, you will be placed on the guest list.
All sales are final. There will be no refunds for unused days.
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Passport Days Coming Up!

PassportDays2Passport Days to the Santa Cruz Mountains was introduced in 1993, by the Winegrowers of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Four times a year the winegrowing community of the Santa Cruz Mountains comes together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Over the last 20 years the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy wines produced by our legendary, artisan winemakers all within the idyllic Santa Cruz Mountains.
The third Saturday of January, April, July and November, passport guests are welcomed into 30+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique pairing of artisan handcrafted wines, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Santa Cruz Mountains wine. Meet the winemakers, grapegrowers and sample exclusive vintages from wineries generally not open to the public. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend. Enjoy!

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