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Annual Wine Event- Pacific Coast Wine Festival Supporting Pacific Symphony Will be Taking Place June 2 at Balboa Bay Resort

Live auction to feature such wines as Domaine del la Romanée-Conti and Screaming Eagle
by Press Release
May 15, 2018

Orange County, CA — May 14, 2018

Now entering its second decade, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Pacific Symphony’s many arts and education programs each year, thanks to the generosity and support of attendees. This sensational evening of first-class wine tasting includes a delicious wine-paired feast and both silent and live auctions offering rare bottles and exceptional experiences! The event this year will be co-chaired by board member and Wine Festival founder Mike Kerr and Brian Pollack. The Festival is generously sponsored by Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin Newport Beach.

This year’s Wine Festival takes place Saturday, June 2, beginning at 5 p.m. in the iconic Balboa Bay Resort overlooking Newport Bay in Newport Beach. Seating for this increasingly popular event is limited and starts at $375 per person. Tables are available at the Jeroboam level ($10,000), which includes a dinner paired with wines curated from a single boutique winery paired exclusively for the table’s guests, with varietal stemware and a representative from the winery to pour and discuss the wines, plus, elevated décor and extra details. Tables are also available at the Magnum level ($7,500) and Bottle level ($5,000), both with upgraded paired wine. For information, please contact the Symphony’s special events department at (714) 876-2364 or

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“Wine and music are a perfect pairing,” says Kerr. “As a fundraiser for Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival has something for everyone. Our 2018 Pacific Coast Wine Festival will be better than ever—it’s an event not to be missed!”

The evening begins with a reception at 5 p.m. featuring a number of tastings from wines all around the world. At each station, a winery representative will be pouring and explaining each wine. There will even be a caviar tasting paired with champagne. While sampling wines, guests will have the opportunity to bid on auction items such as fine wines, dining experiences and travel packages. After the reception, guests will be led into the ballroom for a sensational dinner with wine paired to each course along with a live auction. The live auction features extraordinary wines such as Screaming Eagle and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC), unforgettable experiences, and travel packages to Napa and the Caribbean.

While the complete list of wines for this year’s festival is still being finalized, a partial list of wineries includes: Allora Vineyards, Bedrock Wine Co., Bougetz Cellars, Herb Lamb Vineyards, Pont Neuf Wines, Progeny Winery, Quilceda Creek, Riverain Vineyards, Turiya Wines and Vega Sicilia.

At the evening’s conclusion, guests are treated to a select port and decadent chocolate tasting, before heading home. This intimate and exceptional evening ensures that symphonic music continues to be heard throughout Orange County. Cumulatively raising approximately $1.5 million for the Symphony’s artistic and education programs over the last 10 years, the Wine Festival supports the Symphony’s education and community engagement programs, including Heartstrings and Class Act. Heartstrings is a major community-wide program providing free access to concerts, hands-on enrichment activities and transportation for a range of underserved local residents in partnership with Orange County agencies. Class Act connects Pacific Symphony to more than 30 Orange County elementary schools each year, enhancing existing school music programs by providing additional musical experiences through the Symphony.

About Pacific Symphony
Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair since 1990, has been the resident orchestra of Orange County’s Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall for over a decade. Founded in 1978, the Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the U.S. in the last 50 years and is not only a fixture of musical life in Southern California, but also is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scenes.

In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its debut at Carnegie Hall, where it was invited to perform as part of a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass's 80th birthday. The Symphony made its first-ever tour to China this year, with performances in five cities, including Shanghai and Beijing. On June 29, Pacific Symphony will be make its debut on Great Performances on PBS performing Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: A Dream of America.”

In Orange County, the orchestra presents more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, reaching more than 300,000 residents of all ages. The Symphony has been recognized with multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and included among the country’s five most innovative orchestras by the League of American Orchestras. The Symphony’s education and community engagement activities have also been recognized by the League, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Pacific Coast Wine Festival
The Pacific Coast Wine Festival is an intimate and exceptional evening that ensures beautiful music can reach more communities in Orange County while engaging our youth in the symphonic experience.

The mission of the Pacific Coast Wine Festival is to raise funds for the artistic and education programs of Pacific Symphony. Every year, Pacific Symphony spends more than $1.5 million on major education programs for the children and youth of Orange County. For many of these kids, this is the only musical instruction they receive. Our programs provide exposure and interaction with music, which has been shown to contribute to a child’s success in school. While making a major impact on children’s lives, these programs generate little revenue, which is why we rely on generous contributions.

“Wine and music—a perfect pairing,” says Symphony supporter and event Founder, Mike Kerr. “As a fundraiser for Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Coast Wine Festival has something for everyone. It’s an event not to be missed!”

The experience is ideal for both wine enthusiasts and for those who wish to support the Symphony and its education and artistic programs. The Festival depends upon the generosity of individuals and sponsors to provide support for this exciting event.

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