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Grape Expectations

| May 12, 2015 | Parties National

It was time to taste the fruits of Cali’s Wine Country when CureDuchenne hosted its Napa in Newport auction at the Balboa Bay Resort. Some 300 oenophiles sipped nectars from Darioush, Heitz Cellar and Kelly Fleming—all picks from grape god Michael Jordan. (He’s one of 15 people worldwide to hold both master sommelier and certified wine educator diplomas, and we’re lucky he calls O.C. home.) And because food and vino are a perfect pair, chef David Slay of Park Ave created a menu of grilled filet mignon with a twice-baked gnocchi potato. Between tastes, guests like honorary co-chairs and Vineyard 29 owners Chuck and Anne McMinn toasted the nonprofit’s efforts to find a cure for the fatal muscular dystrophy disease that affects 300,000 boys worldwide. They raised their glasses when co-founders Debra and Paul Miller, whose son, Hawken, lives with Duchenne, took the stage to honor Brenda Wong, a Cincinnati doctor who is spearheading life-saving clinical trials. It all bottled up $680,000 for the charity—the right notes, indeed. -Photos by Richard Eldridge and Shanda Venneau of Shanda Photographic



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