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10/20 JASON PUGACH, NATASHA SWORDS, CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS EVENTS, VINFORT 2014, KATRINA FREY. FREY VINEYARDS

October 21, 201452 min
JASON PUGACH  & NATASHA SWORDS - CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS EVENT - VINFORT 11/7/14 THE CALIFORNIA WINEMASTERS launches vinfort 2014 for cognac, port and late harvest wine fans  a Charity Event Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! California Winemasters is launching the inaugural VinFort event for those who appreciate Cognacs, ports and late harvest wines, this November 7th. “The California Winemasters is excited to offer something a little new and different to wine-tasters who enjoy fortified wines as much as they do a bottle of wine. The timing is perfect too! Just before holiday season.” – says Barbara Balik, Director of Special Giving at Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. VinFort will pour Cognacs, ports and late harvest wine brands within the Jeanie Madsen and Hamilton Galleries on Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica, on November 7th, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. “ From Norton Late Harvest Wines to Ye Olde King’s Head Shoppe Christmas pies – there will be an array of Cognacs and other fortified wine brands, as well holiday inspired foods to get us all in the mood,” says Natasha Swords of Swords PR, who is responsible for the event’s logistics. “Art for the eyes, fortified wines for the palate, and live jazz for the ears too! Local restaurants will be there too to keep our tummies satisfied with their signature holiday fare. It’s set to be an exceptionally unique evening!” Tickets are available at www.vinfortsantamonica.com. Only three hundred will go on sale today and will likely sell out during September. The California Winemasters is a perennial Wine Spectator Top 10 Charity Wine Auction set for May 16, 2015 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.  This extraordinary event showcases 50 international chefs and 75 of California’s Finest Wineries.  “Winemasters” has raised over $27 million in support of the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 2014 marks the first year for its VinFort event. The CF Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle.  Its focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF and ultimately, to find a cure. CALIFORNIAWINEMASTERS.ORG KATRINA FREY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FREY VINEYARDS             Frey Vineyards – A History of America's First Organic Winery Paul Sr. and Beba Frey grew up a few blocks apart in the gritty New York City of the 1930's and 40's. Paul relished his summer escapes to the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania. And Beba found bliss each summer on a Catskill Mountains dairy farm (see photo above). Each vowed to escape the city permanently. They later met and married in medical school. While their family grew, they longed for a life closer to nature and finally settled down in Northern California in the early 1960's on their ranch in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. The 12 children grew up instilled with love and respect for the natural environment, and picked up gardening, farming, and agricultural skills, as their parents had dreamed.  Paul Sr. and Beba rounded out their children’s education by schooling them in the sciences, history, literature, classical arts and music, as well as appreciation for world cuisines paired with wine. In the late 1960's, Paul and Beba and the older kids planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Gray Riesling on the ranch's old pastureland and sold the fruit to nearby wineries. A decade later, brothers Jonathan and Matthew realized the vineyards' potential when a Cabernet Sauvignon grown by Frey's grapes won a gold medal for a Santa Cruz winery. Frey Vineyards was bonded the next year, in 1980, and soon after became the first organic winery in U.S. The eldest brother Jonathan and his wife Katrina studied organic agriculture under the tutorship of Alan Chadwick, a green-thumb guru of the California 70's. At the winery's inception, Jonathan introduced high integrity organic p

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