Well, we did it. We lived through the 2nd Annual Santa Clarita Wine Fest at the Bridgeport Marketplace in - you guessed it - Santa Clarita. It was a beautiful day, a large and friendly crowd and a group of happy VIP's hanging out in the evening. There were some challenges, but we met them head-on with smiles on our faces, and we got things squared away.
We did a seriously fast turnaround after the last class, turning the classroom into the VIP event room, and hosted a large and happy group of local VIP's all there to support the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. Yummy food was provided by Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen, Frankie's New York Italian Restaurant, and Daphne's Greek Cafe. Grizzly Republic, Le Grande Courtage, Dalton, Roxo Port, Riboli Family, Accolade Brands, Patel, and Stanger Vineyards all provided wines to accompany the comestibles, and a good time was had by all. I was particularly happy to spend some quality time with the Wandering Wino himself, Shawn Burgert, and his lovely wife!
A million thank you's to my A-Team of sommeliers and pourers, without whom none of this would have worked: Debra Bizek, Ally Clymore, Erik Siering, Marya Glur, Cynthia Schnaidt, Michelle Villenueva, Shelly Cote, Eric Bermudez, Susie Majesky, Kathy Lockhart, Bob Jones, Shawn Halahmy, and of course, the inestimable John 'JD' Dickey. I also want to thank my good friend and colleague, Xochitl Maiman, who came through every time I got on the radio with yet another request for help or information.
Now, on to the 2012 LAWineFest on June 9th and 10th! Cheers!