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Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration benefiting UC Davis Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund

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 Sunday, August 5th
Noon - 4 pm
Location: Wally’s Wine and Spirits Tented Lot
Cost: $95 per person ($125 at the door)
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benefiting UC Davis Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund


Plans for Wally’s 4th Annual Central Coast Wine & Food Celebration to benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi UC Davis Scholarship Fund are underway. In addition to presenting more than 50 of the finest wineries of the

The anchor restaurants of Hitching Post and Spago Beverly Hills are scheduled to be joined once again by Santa Barbara’s Bouchon and Olio e Limone. Other top-notch food stations will include Lucques/AOC, Sona, Sushi Roku, Campanile, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Literati II, B.L.D., and a few other surprises.

Proceeds raised for the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology jumped to $40,000 last year. Our sights are set higher this year, so help us meet our goal of $50,000! You can do just that by getting a group of friends together and signing up soon. You’re certain to have a great time. As regular attendee Kurt Fainman emailed us:

“Hey, you just have to trust me. I have been to hundreds of tasting events around the country – this event was perfect. Never a line, had a chance to chat with a number of winemakers, and had some outstanding wines I would otherwise never have tasted. The food was to die for. A flawless day.”

~Kurt Fainman

Past-participating wineries expected to return include stellar producers such as Sea Smoke, L’Aventure, Linne Calodo, Saxum, Ambullneo, Clos Mimi, Brewer-Clifton and Alban. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to savor the very best of the Central Coast!

The Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis is proud to hold the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund, a lasting memorial to a man who was one of California’s most gifted and passionate young winemakers.

During recent months, Michael’s family and friends have joined together in an ongoing effort to create an endowed scholarship fund that will benefit UC Davis winemaking students. Over $85,000 has been donated to date. The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to the best and brightest winemaking students.

Scholarships are a key component of the Department of Viticulture and Enology’s teaching program, one that provides a vital stepping stone for students pursuing careers in the California wine industry. Awarding a scholarship to a deserving student is one of the most direct and powerful ways to impact their lives.

Many UC Davis students, like Michael, choose winemaking as a second career. Scholarships enable these mostly older, returning students to devote their energy more fully to study and research. Scholarships help them complete their degrees in a timely manner and successfully enter the wine industry.

Scholarships also ensure that:

* outstanding students are recognized for their achievements and
* deserving students receive the financial assistance they need

UC Davis has been the major provider of the intellectual capital that has fueled the California wine industry’s growth, graduating more than 1,000 viticulturists and enologists in the past 25 years. Some of the most successful California winemakers are UC Davis alumni including Heidi Barrett (Screaming Eagle), Bob Levy (Harlan Estates), Michael Silacci (Opus One), and Greg LaFollette (DeLoach Vineyards).

“They’ve had so many (contributions),” said LaFollette, who was a student in the department from 1988 to 1991. “Its a lot like going to the Julliard School of Music. You go there and learn the language and the science of music, and that is what goes into you and what comes out is the art. And that’s what Davis is good at teaching. They help you learn to speak the secret language of grapevines and the secret language of wines, if you pay attention. Then you can do anything.”

Michael Bonaccorsi will serve as an inspiration for many future generations of California wine industry leaders because of the generosity of his family and friends. The Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund will provide a lasting legacy of a great California winemaker at one of the finest wine education centers in the world – UC Davis.