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Circle of Hope’s Vine2Wine Classic

Posted: August 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 12, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The 11th annual Vine2Wine Classic, founded by the defunct Betty Ferguson Foundation, lives on to benefit the Circle of Hope, Inc. breast cancer support nonprofit.

The event will be held 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Clarita’s Sports Complex off Golden Valley Road.

 The event will feature dozens of library and fine wines.

The Classic portion of the Vine2Wine Classic name reflects the addition of  Jeff Jacobson, the event wine director, who has brought his expertise from many years working on the SCV Wine Classic which benefited the SCV Youth Orchestra.

“We appreciate everything Jeff Jacobson has brought to his event and for donating countless hours of his time, bringing back the Classic, and melding these two great events into what has become the Vine2Wine Classic,” said Ray Tippet, executive director of Circle of Hope, Inc. “We are extremely grateful for the fabulous wineries and merchants Jeff has invited to participate in this year’s event.”

The event will also feature raffles and a silent auction.

Introduced last year, the Beer Garden of Hope will return again this year, said Tippet

Selections in the Beer Garden of Hope will include donations from Anheuser-Busch, Gameday Sports Grille & Bar, Wolf Creek Brew Pub and additional craft brews.

Among those donating rare, exceptional and exclusive library wines this year from their personal wine cellars are Chris and Jeannie Carpenter, Roger and Gwen Gertz, Jeff, Joan and Julie Jacobson, Lee’s Wine Bar and Robert and Annie Schwartz.

The event will also include entertainment from Jimmy Carnelli and Friends. Carnelli, now a vocalist, spent 15 years playing drums with the legendary Roger Williams.

The Vine2Wine event will be the band’s first reunion since Williams’ passing.

Also performing in the band with Carnelli are Danielle Lo Presti, Gary Nesteruk, Mike George, Ed Finn, Kevin Longden, Dave Zarlenga and Jim Honeyman.

Another highlight of the fundraiser will be a tasting of an 1863 Bual Madeira that will be opened and available for special tasting by making a donation to Circle of Hope, Inc.

This exclusive opportunity is only being poured to the first 40 who donate $100 to the Circle of Hope and is not included in the price of admission, said Tippet.

To put the age of the wine in perspective: Abraham Lincoln was president; the Civil War was raging; and West Virginia was admitted into the union.

The wine was rated a “94” by Steve Tanzer and “95” by Marco de Frietas.

Food for the event will be provided by fine foods by Eric Guerrero, owner and executive chef of Hidden Havana Cuban Cafe.

Also, Salt Creek Grille Catering will provide a fruit and cheese table.

Desserts for the event were donated by a variety of SCV  bakers and confectioners.

Fine art from the Santa Clarita Artists Association will also be on display.

Janice Murray has severed as this year’s Vine2Wine Chairwoman.

Circle of Hope, Inc., founded by breast cancer survivor Colleen Shaffer, is the only breast cancer organization in the SCV that provides financial, emotional and educational support for breast cancer patients. Shaffer founded the nonprofit in 2004.

Circle of Hope assists breast cancer patients who live, work in, or receive treatment in the SCV.

The group provides financial and emotional support for victims of breast cancer.

Circle of Hope’s 11th Annual Vine2Wine Classic, 6:30-10 p.m. at Santa Clarita’s Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Cost: $65 in advance, $75 at the door. Experience an elegant evening featuring more than 100 vintners, wines and champagnes, Beer Garden of Hope, foods, a raffle of rare and desirable wines and silent auction. Call 661-254-5218 or email for more information or


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