SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA—An auction lot benefitting a good cause yielded a generous sum at San Luis Obispo (SLO) Wine Country’s “Harvest on The Coast” Grand Tasting and Wine Auction on November 3 at the Avila Beach Resort.
Indeed, SLO Wine Country’s “Fund-A-Need” auction lot earned $30,000 for RISE, a San Luis Obispo nonprofit organization that serves victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault/abuse and their loved ones, providing comprehensive programs, services and resources to the community.
“It was exciting to see the enthusiasm that our attendees showed for SLO Wine Country and our ‘Archie McLaren Fund-A-Need’ auction lot, which is a key part of our annual event,” said Heather Muran, special projects coordinator of the SLO Wine Country Association. The auction lot was named after the late wine enthusiast and philanthropist McLaren in honor of his 32 years of work with the Central Coast Wine Classic, which benefited more than 130 non-profit organizations throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and raised several million dollars.
“We were honored to be chosen as this year’s recipient, and the generosity of the attendees was overwhelming! All funds will support counseling services for those affected by sexual assault or intimate partner violence,” said Jennifer Adams, executive director of RISE.
Muran added that SLO Wine Country’s Harvest on the Coast weekend of events was a success this year, with more than 1,300 people in attendance at the Grand Tasting. Other events included a Friday night collaborative winemaker dinner at The Casitas of Arroyo Grande on November 2, and open houses at various tasting rooms throughout the SLO Wine Country region on Sunday, November 4.
In the San Luis Obispo Wine Country on California’s Central Coast—or “SLO Coast Wine Country,” as locals call it—the Pacific Ocean shapes our culture, our terrain and our wines. Here, where our wineries boast an average distance of just five miles from the water, the prevailing marine conditions are among the most pronounced of any wine region in California. Our ocean-cooled environment fosters unifying qualities that are native to the wines of SLO Coast Wine Country. For details and wine tasting information, visit SLOWine.com.