Take 25 of the best wineries in all of California and place them in one of the most glorious hotels in all of Southern California and you have the making of what should be one of the must attend wine events of the year. The Ultimate Wine Festival is appropriately named as headlining the event are Heidi Barrett, known as “The First Lady of Wine”; Amelia Morán Ceja, the first Mexican-American woman to be president of a wine production company; and Michael Silacci, winemaker for Opus One and many of the top names in wine. The wine lover's evening will take place at Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach.
The Ultimate Wine Festival will donate a percentage of proceeds to benefit the Manhattan Beach Middle School. The event will be held on Monday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A second Ultimate Wine Event with the same wineries and winemakers will take place on Saturday, March 10 at ROCK' N FISH in Laguna Beach. This evening will showcase more than 20 of California’s top winemakers as they join together for the seventh Ultimate Wine Festival at Shade Hotel, recently named one of the top 25 “trendiest hotels” in the United States by Trip Advisor. Wineries participating in the event include Opus One, Silver Oak, Ceja Vineyards, Grgich Hills, Terra Valentine, Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, Quintessa, Faust, Twomey, Plumpjack, Villa Creek, CADE, Rombauer, Pisoni/Lucia, Bridlewood, Mac Murray, Freemark Abbey, Arrowood, Cambria Estates, Murphy Goode, and La Sirena. Each winery will be represented by the winemaker or a senior representative from the winery. In addition to the crème de la crème of wine tasting, the event will feature elegantly presented tray passed hors d’ouevres. Tickets are $100 per person and this special event is limited to 200 guests and is expected to sell out quickly.
“We enjoy a unique relationship with winemakers and have worked for many months to plan this event,” said Michael Zislis, owner of Shade Hotel. “After a short hiatus, we are bringing this popular event back to Shade at the request of our loyal friends and neighbors, and we look forward to welcoming some of the biggest names in wine to our hotel.”
Among the participating winemakers are industry icons Heidi Barrett of La Sirena; Amelia Morán Ceja of Ceja Vineyards and Michael Silacci of Opus One. Heidi Barrett, La Sirena is known to many as “The First Lady of Wine”, she is responsible for the creation of Screaming Eagle (from 1992-2006), Dalla Valle Maya and the Calla Valle Cabernets in the late 80s and early 90s. Perhaps best known for her perfectly balanced, elegant, and age worthy Cab, she gained an international following for her winemaking skill and artistry across many different varietals. Among a lengthy list of past and present clients, her personal hall of fame includes her own La Sirena wines, Amuse Bouche, Au Sommet, Vin Perdu, Fantesca, Kenzo Estate, Paradigm, Lamborn, and her new joint venture with winemaker husband Bo Barrett called Barrett & Barrett. Heidi has established herself as a true artist of winemaking who excels in shaping her wines into something truly special. Ceja Vineyards was founded in 1999 and with that, Amelia Morán Ceja became the first Mexican-American woman to be president of a wine production company. Under her leadership, Inc. Magazine selected Ceja Vineyards “Entrepreneur of the Year 2004” (one of seven) in the January 2005 issue. In addition, Ceja Vineyards was named “Best New Winery” in 2002 by more than 90 of the world’s most prestigious wine writers, case production has increased from 750 cases to 10,000 cases per year and Ceja wines have received numerous awards and extensive media coverage. Her contributions to the wine industry were recognized on March 15, 2005, when she was named “Woman of the Year” by the California Legislature. Michael Silacci joined Opus One in March 2001 as director of viticulture and enology and became the winemaker in January of 2004, taking on responsibility for all aspects of vineyard management and winemaking. Prior to his appointment at Opus One, he spent six years as winemaker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, one year as winemaker at King Estate in Oregon, and six years at Beaulieu Vineyard. He also made wine in France and Chile. Silacci combines intuition and technical acumen with the dual perspective of viticulturist and winemaker.
The Shade Hotel was recently named one of the 25 trendiest hotels in the United States and is Manhattan Beach’s premiere luxury boutique hotel. Located just two blocks from the beach, it is surrounded by thriving upscale dining and shopping destinations in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach and it is just 15 minutes south of LAX. The hotel’s energized yet refined interior was designed by Christopher Lowell, and boasts stainless-steel and natural touches that include river rock, running water and exotic bamboo to encourage an environment of balance, harmony and spiritual well-being. Guests will enjoy accommodations that will allow them to host their dream beach wedding, host a business meeting or enjoy a refreshing California coastal living experience at the hotel’s spa, incredible indoor and outdoor dining at zinc@shade, and relaxation poolside at the rooftop Skydeck bar and pool.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the Ultimate Wine Festival, call 310-546-4995 or visit Shade Hotel at www.shadehotel.com
To purchase tickets for the event at ROCK' N FISH, visit: http://www.rocknfishlb.com/