Central Coast Wine Classic Auction Results

The Central Coast Wine Classic Auction was not held in 2105, as we redesigned and prepared for expansion to include both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The 2016 Auction Catalog is now available.

The 2014 Thirtieth Annual Central Coast Wine Classic Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction Announces Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction Results, including $86,950 Donated to the Rona Barrett Foundation, Santa Ynez, California, through the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot!

The Results Brings the Grants to Beneficiaries Total to Over $2,500,000 Since the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation Was Created In 2004!

The 2014 Central Coast Wine Classic, held from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, announces its Auction results. Termed the Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction and held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach on Saturday, July 12, it included offerings of rare wines and lifestyle packages from the Central Coast of California and other wine and culinary destinations in California, as well as those from around the United States and throughout the world. It also included remarkable art works from exceptional California artists, including, James-Paul Brown, Robert Burridge, Colleen Gnos, Karen Krahl, Adam Licsko, Joanne Licsko. Joanne Ruggles, Edward Walton Wilcox and Yuroz, whose Commemorative oil on canvas “Ocean View” brought a winning bid of $20,000.

This year’s Live Auction raised $578,500. With proceeds from the Silent Auction at $25,685, the wine and lifestyle offerings raised $604,185. The Live Auction total includes the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot, which inured to the benefit of the Rona Barrett Foundation in Santa Ynez for the purpose of sustaining Senior Citizens with physical and financial challenges, and which raised $86,950 in an exhilarating and emotional 10 minutes!

The most successful Wine & Lifestyle Auction Lots were 60 Bottles of Fine French Red Burgundy wine for $35,000, a 2014 Harvest Dinner for Twenty-Four People presented by Au Bon Climat winery and the Buellton Hitching Post restaurant for $24,000, a Wine & Culinary Tour of French Wine Country for two people for $20,000, a Dinner with Archie McLaren and Baseball Legend Tim McCarver featuring a Dozen Bottles of Rare Wine from Around the World from the 1964 Vintage for $20,000, the Yuroz oil painting at $20,000, 30 Bottles of Cult Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $18,000 and a Gourmet Food & Wine Crystal Cruise for two from Singapore to Hong Kong for $15,000.

Founder & Chairman Archie McLaren stated, “The most gratifying aspect of our proceedings was the amazing embracing energy produced by patrons and vintners, some of whom have been coming in support of the event for 30 years. Their enthusiasm was visible throughout the four days of activities, including the magical Dinner at Hearst Castle, the ultra- rhythmic VIP Dinner-Dance hosted by Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat, Bob Lindquist of Qupe Wine Cellars, Doug Margerum of Margerum Wine and Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley of Hitching Post/Hartley-Ostini, the Auction, which included many memorable emotional experiences based on the 30-year history of our event and its goals. We topped $2,500,000 donated since the founding of the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation in 2004 to 125 San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County non-profits whose missions are in the Healing, Performing and Studio Arts. That feels incredible!”

During the course of the Auction, California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian presented McLaren with a framed Resolution from the State Assembly commending McLaren on his work for the community over the past 30 years in the areas of wine industry promotion, tourism and the sustaining of an array of area non-profits.

The state-wide and nation-wide demographic audience of the Central Coast Wine Classic comes from roughly 150 California communities and 25 states, as well as several countries abroad, having a substantive impact on Central Coast tourism.