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Pacific Coast Wine Festival

| October 2, 2018 | Parties

The Pacific Coast Wine Festival hit all the right notes as it drummed up more than $198,000 for O.C.’s beloved Pacific Symphony.

THE PARTY Glasses were filled and hearts were full as Pacific Symphony’s 11th annual Pacific Coast Wine Festival uncorked nearly $200,000 for the orchestra’s artistic and educational programs. THE SCENE A crowd of roughly 200 convened at Balboa Bay Resort to sample sips from more than 100 first-class wineries from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, France, Spain and Italy. Co-chairs Mike Kerr and Brian Pollack greeted guests during dinner hour, where wine donors like Joann Leatherby, Greg Bates, and Felicity and Donald Sodaro enjoyed a VIP menu of potato leek soup, New York steak with half-lobster tail, and chocolate and hazelnut mousse. THE HIGHLIGHTS It wasn’t just the vino that had the room buzzing. Diane and Rodney Sawyer scored a seven-day SeaDream Caribbean cruise for $15,000, while couples Mike Kerr and Jenny Backhaus, Nemie and Brian Pollack, and Mary and Gary Lisenbee pooled $17,000 for a tour through Spain’s enchanting wine country. Toastworthy! -Allison Mitchell

Photos by Ann Chatillon Photography


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