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4th Silicon Valley Wine Auction Grand Tasting Tickets Available Now


Auction Proceeds Will Benefit Children in Our Community

SILICON VALLEY, CA. (April 16, 2018) – The Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Education Foundation (SCMWEF) is pleased to announce that tickets to the fourth annual Silicon Valley Wine Auction Grand Tasting – held at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California on May 20, 2018 – are available now. Proceeds will benefit the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute and Elevate [MATH] programs of ALearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation (ASVEF), the Oxford Day Academy, the Krause Center for Innovation’s Merit Program, and SCMWEF.

45 vintners of the Santa Cruz Mountains roll out the barrels at the Taste of the Mountains Grand Tasting extravaganza on May 20 from 12-4pm. Wine enthusiasts are invited to Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California to enjoy up to 150 wines from the world’s most recognized wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

  • VIP Grand Tasting $145, Sunday May 20 from 12-4pm, including a Santa Cruz Mountains sparkling wine bar and oysters from H & H Fresh Fish Company, personal picnic lunch, and wine glass.
  • General Admission Grand Tasting $95, Sunday May 20 from 1-4pm, including a personal picnic lunch, and wine glass.

All guests are invited to wander Montalvo Arts Center, enjoy an individual picnic in the quaint gardens and bid on more than 200 silent auction items.

“The Silicon Valley Wine Auction Grand Tasting is a great way to find out more about a “best kept secret” – the wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It showcases the excellent high-quality winemaking taking place in the Silicon Valley area while funding innovative and transformative education so that we continue to advance innovators and mavericks in the valley” said Mark Vernon, president of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation.

The 2018 Silicon Valley Wine Auction benefits ALearn Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Elevate [Math], a result-driven program to bring a new clarity and confidence to kids who’ve been drowning in math class; 49ers STEM Leadership Institute, a six-year program that gives academically talented students more than 300 hours a year of rigorous, lively STEM workshops and mentoring; Oxford Day Academy, a charter school for students who’ve fallen three or four grades behind in East Palo Alto schools; and The Krause Center for Innovation Merit Program,which offers teachers more exciting content, improved methods, and more creative ways to reach their students.

Notable silent auction items for 2018 include a private wine tasting class with a master sommelier for up to 10 at the International Culinary Center, VIP wine tours and tastings with our vintners, rare verticals, magnums, luxury wine accessories, memorabilia and much more. 

Meet the beneficiaries and event sponsors Alaska Airlines, Edible Silicon Valley, Los Gatos Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Culinary Center.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to siliconvalleywineauction.org.


The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Education Foundation is the nonprofit body of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, an alliance of more than 70 wineries promoting wines produced from the Santa Cruz Mountains Viticultural Appellation, federally recognized in 1981. 

The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation was among the first to be defined by mountain topography, following the fog line along the coast to include the highest vineyards on the ridge tops—some as high as 2600 feet elevation. The region encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountains range and extends from Woodside in the north to Watsonville in the south; and from Monterey Bay along the coast to Silicon Valley inland. The goal of SCMWEF is to invest deeply in areas of Children’s education and health research to create a positive impact in our local communities. For more information, contact SCMWEF, phone (831) 685-8463, or visit www.svwa.org.