HomeCentral Coast Tasting EventParticipating Vintners and Wineries 2011Getting InvolvedOur 2011 Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation Scholarship StudentAbout Us

Welcome to the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation!

The scholarship fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology was created in the memory of Michael Bonaccorsi, one of California's most gifted and passionate young winemakers. Scholarships are a key component of the UC Davis' 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. Scholarships also ensure that outstanding students are recognized for their achievements and deserving students receive the financial assistance they need.

Michael Bonaccorsi will serve as an inspiration for many future generations of California wine industry leaders because of this scholarship fund. It will provide a lasting legacy of a great California winemaker at one of the finest wine education centers in the world - UC Davis.

2011 Central Coast Wine and Food Celebration and Auction
benefiting the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship fund at UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria
Sunday, July 31, 2011, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Wally's Wine & Spirits    |    2107 Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS: $95 in advance / $149 early VIP entry

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Wally's most popular summer afternoon tasting will include over 50 Central Coast wineries returns! To date, confirmed wineries include  Au Bon Climat; Qupé; Hitching Post Wines; Alma Rosa; Core; Demetria; Dierberg; Field Recordings; Foxen; Jaffurs; Malibu Family; Talbott Tantara; Torero and Whitcraft with more to be announced soon. With some of the best chefs and restaurants represented, including Frank Ostini showcasing the art of grilling on his traveling Santa Maria Barbecue pit from The Hitching Post II, returning guests from Los Angeles are Osteria and Pizzeria Mozza by Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina, La Brea BakerySpago Beverly Hills, CUT, Lucques/A.O.C./Tavernthe Hungry Cat and Wally's Cheese Box.  Featured from the best of the Central Coast are: Bouchon/The Wine Cask, Artisan, PasolivoBrothers’ Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern and Full of Life Flatbread from Los Alamos. New restaurants will be added so please check back for updates!

In addition to the wine and food tasting, guests are invited to participate in a silent auction of rare wine offerings and premier gift packages.  Last year’s sensational auction items included travel packages to Avia in Napa, the Capella resort in Ixtapa, The Benjamin Hotel in New York, the Bernardus Lodge in Carmel ValleyLas Ventanas al Paradiso in Cabo San Lucas, Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Hadsten House in Solvang, and a week-long fabulous vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard. Entertaining the crowd is Gary Burk’s lively group, the Inexpensive Winos who get the crowd moving every year..

majority of the funds received directly benefit the Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship Fund at the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and for the first time will be contributed to a new fund at Allan Hancock College in the Central Coast. Please join us and meet the 2011 recipient of the Michael Bonaccorsi Foundation Scholarship,  who will be in attendance to meet guests, winemakers and members of the Bonaccorsi Family.

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