San Luis Obispo County’s wine and viticulture will take center stage next month during the “Rockin’ Harvest Grand Tasting & Auction” featuring just that — local wines, winemakers and auction goods.
Among the items or packages to be auctioned during the main event Nov. 2 will be a cycling tour of the Edna Valley led by Tolosa winemaker Larry Brooks; a three-night getaway for four at Rosemary Talley’s Sun Valley home; tickets to the Central Coast Wine Classic, including dinner at Hearst Castle; a 50-bottle wine cache and a day of wine tasting with five area winemakers.
“The winemakers and grape growers go all out with their auction lots and themes,” said Heather Muran, executive director of SLO Wine Country.
The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at Avila Beach Golf Resort, and will feature wine from more than 50 San Luis Obispo county-based winemakers, samples of local eateries’ cuisine, live music by Fialta and The Crush Tones and chances to peruse information and supplies displayed by various wine- and tourist-related vendors.
The final live auction item of the day is the “fund a need” lot, during which funds raised at auction benefit local causes. The two nonprofits to benefit this year are the Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, which provides clothing for students in need; and the Sexual Assault Victim Education (S.A.V.E) group, contributor of safety curriculum to schools to help reduce the incidence of sexual assault and molestation of children.
The weekend includes two other events: The Rockin’ Road Trip & Winemaker Dinner, which is scheduled for Nov. 1, and SLO Wine on Tour on Nov. 3.
To buy tickets for all three events and check the winemakers and restaurants participating, visit www.slowine.com or call 805-541-5868.
The annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC) is accepting entries for the 2014 event, which will conclude with a public tasting Feb. 15 at Fort Mason in San Francisco.
The entry deadline is Nov. 25, and all wines are due by Dec. 17.
The SFCWC plans to evaluate thousands of entries from around the nation by judges selected from across the Unites States.
In cooperation with the San Francisco Chronicle, Northern California’ largest newspaper, the SFCWC will provide heightened exposure to the award winning wineries in 2014. In February, the San Francisco Chronicle will publish a special section and post online the award-winning wines for more than 1.7 million readers, as will its online edition, www.sfgate.com.
Wine & Spirits Magazine will return as a major sponsor and also will publish the award-winning wines in a future issue.
Following the judging, the public is invited to taste the winning wines during the Public Tasting and Pairing event at Fort Mason Center on Feb. 15, organizers said.
Information and entry forms: www.winejudging.com.