Tickets now on sale for Winesong 2015 happening on September 11-12

532237_546231592066525_537388724_nWinesong 2015 (www.winesong.org) looks to continue its status as the elite, charitable wine weekend getaway on the trend setting and spectacular Mendocino Coast on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, 2015. Winesong is pleased to announce that Janis Porter will graciously serve as the Artist of the Year, with tickets for this sure-to-sell-out event going on sale today Wednesday, April 1.

Beginning Friday, September 11, Winesong Weekend will kick off with A Pinot Noir Celebration at Little River Inn produced in partnership with Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association. On Saturday, September 12, guests can stroll through the enchanting Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens while enjoying a spectacular assortment of wine and food from 100 highly acclaimed wineries and 50 top-notch Northern California restaurants. The glorious wine celebration continues on into the Auction Tents for the always-entertaining main attraction, the Live and Silent Auctions, which is the where much needed funds are raised to benefit the Mendocino Coast District Hospital.

A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers

Friday, September 11, 2015 | 1pm to 4pm

This illustrious event features Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley and tastes of Little River Inn’s finest culinary offerings. The focus of this celebration is to provide an exclusive opportunity to talk wine with the winemakers themselves in an intimate setting. Evaluate new wines and learn how classic Pinot Noir improves with age. Savor these lush and elegant wines while you meet and mingle with the winemakers at a seaside setting overlooking the spectacular Pacific Coast.

Wine & Food Tasting in the Gardens

Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 11am to 2pm

Each year, in order to offer a wide array of wines, Winesong invites 100 highly acclaimed world-class wineries to preview their new vintages. With producers coming from such diverse regions as Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, the Central Coast, Sierra Foothills, Oregon, Washington State, Italy, Chile and South Africa, the tasting is truly world-class and unprecedented in its sheer diversity. A wonderful variety of culinary fare is provided by more than 50 fine restaurants and food purveyors from Northern California. Wine & food enthusiasts can stroll through the botanical garden paths along the bluffs overlooking the majestic Mendocino Coast while sampling this bountiful fare and enjoying performances of musical ensembles throughout the gardens playing a variety of styles including jazz, folk, classical, zydeco and more!

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Silent & Live Auctions

Saturday, September 12, 2015 | Silent: 11am to 4pm Live: 2pm-5pm

The centerpiece of Winesong Weekend is the Charity Auction, featuring both a silent and live auction.  VIP guests come from all over the country and parts of the world, year after year to participate with a chance to win some highly coveted auction lots while enjoying a full service, catered lunch.  Excitement builds in the Auction Tents with lively bidding for over 200 lots, featuring spectacular wines from the world’s most prestigious wine producers, rare vintages, large format bottles plus special vertical and horizontal collections.  Other auction highlights include original art from acclaimed California artists, vacations packages and highly coveted international wine getaway packages to Tuscany, South Africa, France, Spain, South America, the Caribbean, and other enchanting parts of the world.  Rounding off the travel offerings are one and two night getaway trips to the West’s most romantic inns, resorts, and spas.

New this year to the Winesong team is Colleen Buckley-Reynolds. Her firm, Reynolds & Buckley – providing fundraising auction services, was co-founded with her late husband, the esteemed David Reynolds, who was a long time Winesong Auctioneer. Colleen’s role is as Winesong’s Auction Advisor.

Winesong 2014 generated significantly more funds than 2013 with the auctions generating over $600,000, including a record fund-a-need of $174,000 in what was a poignant tribute to late auctioneer David Reynolds, and to directly support cardiac care at the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Highlights of the 2013 auction included the fund-a-need, specifically to be used to purchase a new ambulance, brought in $116,000 in a matter of minutes.

Winesong’s 2015 Artist of the Year Janis Porter was born and raised in Berkeley, California. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley earning a bachelors and Masters degree. After a lifetime of interest in art and art history and a teaching career (elementary and college level), she began painting watercolors in 1998. Her work was shown almost immediately in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2001, she moved to beautiful Mendocino, California to pursue her painting in this inspiring environment. Her paintings have earned many awards, including some from the California Watercolor Association and the Mendocino Art Center. She has acted as Exhibition Chairman for the Mendocino Art Center since 2001. Her somewhat whimsical landscape and floral watercolors are widely collected. Her subjects, abstracted from nature, explore the color, shape and movement she observes in the diverse California landscape. She uses vivid colors with a strong design element.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.winesong.org or call (707) 961-4688.

o   Auction Reserve Tickets with assigned seating under the auction tent and catered lunch, and access to wine and food tasting: $225.00 Early Responder; $250.00 (After June 1st)

o   General Admission Tickets with festival seating at auction and access to wine and food tasting: $125.00 Early Responder; $150.00 (After June 1st)

o   General Admission Tickets for A Pinot Noir Celebration: Meet the Winemakers: $50.00

Winesong is produced by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. Its mission is to help the small rural Hospital provide the best possible medical care to residents as well as the many visitors to the Mendocino Coast. Winesong proceeds have enabled the Hospital to purchase chemotherapy equipment, portable ultrasound machines for the Emergency Room as well as a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Center, and most recently, Cardiology Equipment.