The event was a benefit for the Civic Arts Plaza Regional Art Museum. This project will house local and renowned art exhibits, as well as provide educational benefits to the community.
General admission included unlimited food and beverage tastings, entertainment and access to the silent and live auctions. The VIP ticketholders had a reserved seating area, a special featured art exhibit, access to Artiste Winery wines and premium foods from Merlin's Kitchen.
Wines were available for tasting from ViñAlegre from Paso Robles, J. Hamilton Wines from Westlake Village, Artiste Winery from Los Olivos, and various wines from Wades Wines in Westlake Village.
The wines from Artiste Winery win the label art category with art like the Butterfly label. The wines were very good too!
I enjoyed the wines from ViñAlegre, especially the Rosé made from the Cabernet and Merlot with a little Primitivo. They used a saigneé method to extract the juice for the rosé.
J. Hamilton Wines, a custom wine blending winery, had a nice selections of red wines: 2009 Petite Sirah, 2009 Petite Verdot, 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Syrah, 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Merlot.
Local restaurants and caterers Trader Joe's, Jersey Mike's Subs, Marmalade Cafe, Jinky's Cafe, Merlin's Kitchen and others were serving their special dishes.
The LAB Brewing Co. poured a new Belgian Trippel and their unique "After Midnight Moo" Milk Stout. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. poured a few beers (I liked the Double Jack) and Shock Top/Budweiser poured a Belgian White and a Lemon Shandy.
In addition to the wineries and restaurants, local boutique vendors were there selling everything from epicurean specialties to artistic jewelry and decor.
Phil Jeffrey, a Frank Sinatra tribute act, entertained the Stagecoach crowd with an interesting blend of big band and live music.
All in all it was a fun event for a great cause with a super people!