April 11, 2003
INFORMATION: Sue Bozman or John McElwain, (661) 362-3415 or 3494
15th-Annual SCV Wine Classic on Track to be Biggest Yet
Wine connoisseurs and music lovers are preparing for what is expected to be the biggest Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic yet. Already, 47 wineries, seven wine merchants and 10 restaurants are slated to participate in the 15th-annual event, a fundraiser for the SCV Youth Orchestra and Santa Clarita Symphony.
In addition to the latest releases poured by wineries, more than 50 library wines will be uncorked. Among them will be a 9-liter bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Champagne, holding the equivalent of a case, as well as a wide variety of fine wines bottled in California, France and Italy. Participating restaurants and caterers will provide an assortment of culinary delights.
The Wine Classic is scheduled 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Main Gallery of California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Pkwy., Valencia.
Those who purchase tickets by June 6 will receive discounted prices of $60 per person or $110 per couple. Prices at the door will be $70 per person or $120 per couple. Group sales for a minimum of 10 people are available until May 23 for $50 per person. Designated drivers may obtain tickets for just $35.
A wide selection of current and rare vintage wines will be offered during a silent auction, professional musicians will perform for guests, and vintage library wines will be available for tasting. All guests will receive souvenir wine glasses and trays.
The SCV Youth Orchestra is a three-tiered instrumental educational program that was founded at CalArts in 1986 and moved to College of the Canyons in 1989. The program provides a positive and creative outlet for hundreds of young musicians.
This years Wine Classic is shaping up to be the biggest, most exciting one yet, said Sue Bozman, executive co-director of the Wine Classic Committee. The response from the wineries, merchants and restaurants has been remarkable. Its going to be a fantastic evening and a great year for the Youth Orchestra.
The other beneficiary of the Wine Classic is the Santa Clarita Symphony, which is dedicated to maintaining a professional symphony orchestra that will attract Santa Clarita Valley audiences to symphonic music, strengthen music education in our schools, and inspire young and old to appreciate orchestral literature. It performed its inaugural concert during the citys Concerts in the Parks series last summer.
Both the Youth Orchestra and the Symphony are directed by Robert Lawson, a member of the music faculty at College of the Canyons and chair of the Music Department at Ventura College.
Wine Classic tickets can be charged to MasterCard or Visa by calling (661) 362-3415 or 362-5604, or purchased by mailing a check payable to the SCVYO Foundation, c/o Public Information Office, College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355. Remember to include a return address.
More information, as well as updated lists of participating wineries and library wines, are available by visiting the Wine Classic online at www.scvwineclassic.org.