Foundation Gala Raised Funds for Scholarships:
California legislators awarded gold to nine wines at the fourth annual California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation Gala on April 10. The friendly wine competition featured 31 red and white wines from 23 California wineries. Legislative leaders from the California Assembly and Senate attended the gala and participated in the wine judging.
The CAWG Foundation hosts the annual gala to raise funds for scholarships available to children of California agricultural workers. The foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is employed by a California winegrape grower. More than $433,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the CAWG Foundation was formed in 1998.
“The gala is a special event where winegrape growers, wine industry friends and political leaders join together for a very worthy educational program,” CAWG President John Aguirre said. “The foundation is proud to offer student scholarships made possible by the generous donations of those in the California wine industry and we are pleased to share the program’s achievements with legislators.”
Albariño: 2016 Albariño, King Andrews Vineyard, Suisun Valley (nominated by: Assemblymember Jim Frazier)
Chardonnay: 2017 Chardonnay, Fenestra Winery, Livermore (nominated by: Sen. Steven Glazer)
Other White Wines: 2017 Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira Vineyards, Healdsburg (nominated by: Assemblymember Jim Wood)
Cabernet Sauvignon: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Berryhill Family Vineyards, Ceres (nominated by: Assemblymember Adam Gray)
Pinot Noir: 2017 Pinot Noir, Alara Cellars, Gilroy (nominated by: Assemblymember Robert Rivas)
Port: Old Vine Tinta Port, Ficklin Vineyards, Madera (nominated by: Sen. Andreas Borgeas)
Red Blends: 2015 Proprietor’s Blend, Elevation Ten, Clarksburg (nominated by: Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry)
Zinfandel: 2015 Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel, Klinker Brick Winery, Lodi (nominated by: Assemblymember Jim Cooper)
Other Reds: 2016 Petite Sirah, Scheid Vineyards, Monterey (nominated by: Assemblymember Robert Rivas)