World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) announces that a portion of the funds raised during the 2018 World of Pinot Noir’s silent auctions have been donated to two organizations supporting ongoing disaster relief in California.
This past March, the World of Pinot hosted nearly 3,500 people and featured more than 250 wineries from around the world at the seaside Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. Each year, WOPN holds two charity silent auctions during the Grand Tastings. Usually, funds raised are donated to collegiate wine and viticulture programs. With the devastating fires and mudslides in both Northern and Southern California, the WOPN Board of Directions unanimously decided to give a portion of the funds to support the Bucket Brigade and CA Wine Strong.
The Bucket Brigade is a volunteer organization that is still digging out homes, yards, and trees from the winter mudslides. The funds raised go directly to supplies for digging crews. CA Wine Strong is the longest-running wine country-fire fundraising advocacy, and works to bring relief and rebuild the affected communities in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.
“Just because the fires and mudslides are no longer on the news, the people and communities affected are still struggling,” says WOPN Board President Coby Parker-Garcia. “These two organizations are still working tirelessly to bring relief and rebuild.”
In other news, WOPN is already planning next year’s marquee event at Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara which will be March 1-2, 2019. Wine journalist Elaine Chukan Brown will be a featured keynote speaker in 2019, along with David Glancy, M.S., founder of San Francisco Wine School.