Orange County Philanthropy: Rare Wines donated for ‘The Wooden Floor’ Benefit

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Saint Joseph Ballet performs on Wednesday May 28, 2008. Saint Joseph Ballet marks 25 years of progressive dance-making by calling together a cast of 200 dancers and alumni for its Silver Anniversary Concert, Unstoppable at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, May 29 Ð June 1. (Photo by Kevin P. Casey)

At one of Orange County’s premier wine tasting benefits, The Wooden Floor, a creative youth development nonprofit organization, invites guests for a unique experience to taste the world’s top 1-3% wines while supporting under-served youth from low-income communities at the 13th Annual Keep The Promise Wine Tasting Benefit.

Since 2007, the organization partners with long-time supporters and benefit founders John and Janice Markley, who collect and donate 12 of the world’s rarest wines, with an overall average rating of 97+ points, from regions such as France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Portugal as well as California and Washington.

At the 2018 Keep The Promise Benefit, The Wooden Floor broke its own record by grossing nearly $410,000 for the organization, raising almost $3 million in gifts throughout the benefit’s 12-year history. By contributing to the organization’s goal to transform the lives of young people through the power of dance and access to higher education, students gain access to academic support, college and career readiness, and family services.



Due to ongoing support, The Wooden Floor has a 100 percent success rate—where all senior students since 2005 have graduated high school on time and immediately enrolled in higher education, with the Class of 2019 being its 15th consecutive graduating class.

As guests sample hard-to-find wines at the benefit, they enjoy listening to success stories from students and can also participate in activities for select prizes, including the crowd-favorite blind tasting competition, Opportunity Drawings, and a silent auction. In previous Opportunity Drawings, guests have won luxurious gifts including a Hermès gift basket filled with gorgeous accessories valued at over $3,000 and a $2,500 shopping spree at South Coast Plaza. Previous silent auction items included: a four-night stay at a luxury cabin in Promontory, Utah; a private five-course wine dinner for 10; as well as sports and arts experiences.

Big Canyon Master Sommelier, Steven Poe, works diligently to perfectly pair the outstanding wines with signature small plates. Among the top of the wines to be served this year include the 99 point 2005 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard from Sonoma, CA, which is valued at $162 per bottle, and the 99 point 2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc from Bordeaux, France, valued at $121 per bottle.

 

EVENT DETAILS

What: 13th Annual Keep The Promise Wine Tasting Benefit for The Wooden Floor

When: September 12, 2019 at 6:00pm

Where: Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach, CA

Tickets: $350 per person with $250 tax deductible, Sponsorships begin at $1,000. Individual tickets available atwww.TheWoodenFloor.org/WineTasting

 

FEATURED RED WINES

2005 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard, Sonoma, CA

99 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2010 Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape La Cuvee du Papet, Rhone, France

99 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2009 Figgins Estate Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, Washington

96 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli, Tuscany, Italy

97 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2012 Morlet Cabernet Sauvignon Coeur de Vallee, Napa, CA *

97 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2011 Prats & Symington Chryseia, Douro, Portugal

97 points WINE SPECTATOR

 

Average Rating for All Reds: 97.50 points

 

FEATURED WHITE WINES

2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, Bordeaux, France

99 points JAMES SUCKLING

 

2014 Markus Molitor Riesling Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese (Golden Capsule), Mosel, Germany

98 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

2012 Antinori Cervaro Della Sala, Umbria, Italy

96 points JAMES SUCKLING

 

2010 Billaud-Simon Chablis Preuses, Chablis, Burgundy, France

96 points BURGHOUND

 

2008 Bouchard Pere et Fils Corton Charlemagne, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96 points BURGHOUND

 

2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ross Station Estate, Sonoma, CA

96 points THE WINE ADVOCATE

 

Average Rating for All Whites: 96.83 points

 

Overall Average Rating for Entire Tasting: 97.17 points

 

Click here for wine tasting notes.

 

About The Wooden Floor

Founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor is one of the foremost creative youth development nonprofit organizations in the country. We transform the lives of young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. In Orange County and through national licensed partners, we use a long-term approach grounded in exploratory dance education to foster the confidence and gifts within each child to innovate, communicate, and collaborate—skills necessary for success in school and in life. 100 percent of students who graduate from the Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education. Our students become change agents and beacons of hope within their own families, their neighborhoods, our community, and our world.TheWoodenFloor.org