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Meadowood Gala Breaks Fundraising Record

by Teresa Rodriguez

September 2nd, 2014

Hillary Thomas, JP Conte, Gus Spanos and Michael Polenske

Privileged guests, including Margrit Biever Mondavi, Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, Athena Timothy Blackburn, and many others sat under the stars at Meadowood and listened to the music of jazz legend Arturo Sandoval at Napa Valley’s annual Festival del Sole Gala July 13.

After a scrumptious meal carefully paired with wines from Boisset Family Estates and Gallo Signature Series, guests bid on amazing auction items including a night at the Oscars; a romantic Tuscany getaway for seven nights; three days at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach; and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The event raised a record-breaking $1.38 million. The funds go to support arts education and outreach programs in Napa. Donations included $35,000 to Napa Valley middle and high school programs, a $34,000 grant to support Salvador Elementary School’s Artful Learning program, and grants to the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

Photo by Drew Altizer

San Francisco Socialites Celebrate Life

by Teresa Rodriguez

September 2nd, 2014
Willie Brown, Aubrey Brewster and Sonya Molodetskaya

Willie Brown, Aubrey Brewster and Sonya Molodetskaya

Univision's Fabiola Kramsky, Aubrey Brewster, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, and Brenda Zarate

Univision’s Fabiola Kramsky, Aubrey Brewster, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, and Brenda Zarate

Although it was an intimate event, it was no small affair when Aubrey Brewster hosted a “thank you” party in July called “How Sweet It Is!” for those who supported him through his dramatic liver transplant. One of San Francisco’s fashion fixtures, Aubrey received his life-saving operation at the world-renowned Ochsner’s Multi-Organ Transplant Institute outside of New Orleans, after being given only weeks to live. Honorable Willie Major Brown, Univision’s Fabiola Kramsky, and her husband, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón, were some of the esteemed guests that night.

Suitably, the sweet soiree was held at 1300, the famed Southern restaurant on chic Fillmore Street. Owner Monetta White made sure that every details was divine. From the champagne welcome to impeccable passed hors d’oeuvres and a carving station, guests were opulently pampered. Aubrey’s vivacious presence had been missed at many of the regular venues frequented by the elite, so this party marked his epic return to society.

Aubrey is a prolific promoter and supporter of philanthropic organizations. “It is so easy to become a donor!” he says. “And there are two organizations I really support. The first is spreading donor awareness—giving people the facts and getting people to become organ donors. That is Donate Life California ( The second is financial assistance to transplant patients that need support post-transplant with the pricey meds, etc. That organization is the American Transplant Foundation (”

Photos by Drew Altizer

July 19-20: Gloria Ferrer’s Celebrates 22nd Catalan Festival

by Teresa Rodriguez

July 17th, 2014


The much-anticipated Spanish heritage festival of wine, music, and food will be happening on Saturday, July 19th. Join others for a day of traditional Spanish folklore as you stroll and enjoy passionate music, flamenco dancing, savory tapas, and paella samples—while sipping the winery’s acclaimed Carneros sparkling and estate wines. The day will be filled with great experiences including live music, paella and tapas tastings, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, and a festive grape stomp. This year’s performers will include the famed Sol Flamenco.
The festival will benefit the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.

There are different ticket levels:

Bubble Lounge Pass: four wine tickets, reserved lounge and stage seating, complimentary food samples, including three paella varieties and six tapas stations. Plus a Gloria Ferrer logo flute, all entertainment, and more.

General Admission Ticket: two wine tickets, complimentary food samples, including three paella varieties and six tapas stations. Plus, a Gloria Ferrer logo flute and all entertainment.

General Admission U-21 Ticket: two non-alcoholic drink tickets, complimentary food samples, including three paella varieties and six tapas stations and all entertainment.

Grape Stomp: teams of two will stomp and scoop for bragging rights and sparkling prizes; limited to eight teams per day.

*Bubble Lounge Pass, General Admission. Grape Stomp team tickets will be sold separately. Grape stomp teams must purchase a same-day festival ticket to compete. No charge for children, five and under.
For more information, visit

Spectacular Pride Kick-Off Party

by Teresa Rodriguez

June 26th, 2014

Pride Kickoff

Pride Kickoff

San Francisco’s finest gathered together to celebrate Pride Week with the seventh annual Pride Kick-Off Party. The fabulous fête was held at the Fairmont Hotel in the Pavilion Room and the Garden Court. The garden-themed party was comprised of gorgeous attendees, all of them dressed up and ready to celebrate the beginning of a week of pride. It was hosted by Mark Rhoades, presenting sponsor PG&E, and gold sponsor Gregg Lynn of Sotheby’s International Realty. The event was a benefit for the San Francisco’s LGBT Center. It was a packed house of 400 guests, including the movers and shakers of the LGBT community.

June 28: Ehlers Estate White Supper in St. Helena

by Teresa Rodriguez

June 25th, 2014


To celebrate the beginning of summer, Ehlers Estate is hosting its annual outdoor White Supper Party, featuring the 2014 Estate Sauvignon Blanc and a gourmet surf n’ turf dinner on Saturday, June 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to share a glass of sauvignon blanc with winemaker, Kevin Morrisey, while enjoying spectacular vineyard views of the gorgeous St. Helena area.

• WHEN: Saturday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
• WHERE: Ehlers Estate: 3222 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574
• HOW: Tickets $100 club members/ $125 guests of members
• RSVP to

Attire: “Napa casual” white wear

June 28: Noah Griffin Sings The Music Of Cole Porter

by Teresa Rodriguez

May 22nd, 2014
Noah Griffin in the studio

Noah Griffin in the studio

Noah Griffin

Noah Griffin

Noah Griffin, a celebrated singer and past contributor to the Nob Hill Gazette, will be performing the greatest songs of Cole Porter with a talented group from the Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center in Point Reyes. This wonderful event is sponsored by Ed and Bambi Schwartz (Ed is the Nob Hill Gazette’s wine columnist), and the proceeds will go to supporting the great work of the Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center.

By any measure, Porter was one of America’s best and most prolific Broadway composers, with mega-hits such as Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Can Can, Silk Stockings, and the hit movie, High Society.

Griffin has selected scores of compositions from the Porter songbook, which means some of the very best songs in the Broadway canon. He will be accompanied by his quartette and two other singers.

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 8:00 p.m.
$27 general, $25 seniors, $13 youth

WHERE: Dance Palace Community & Cultural Center
503 B St, Point Reyes, CA 94956
Phone:(415) 663-1075

HOW: Buy your tickets at

June 9: 83rd Annual California Book Awards Competition Awards Ceremony

by Teresa Rodriguez

May 21st, 2014

Book lovers from around the state will gather on June 9th at the Commonwealth Club to recognize the winners of the California Book Awards Competition. This year, several individuals who have spoken at club forums will be award winners, including Eric Schlosser for his chilling account of an accident involving a nuclear missile, and former California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George for his oral history.

“It is a great yearly pleasure to ponder, discuss, opine about, and finally choose the winners of the California Book Awards, in conversation with a committed, passionate jury,” says chair Mary Ellen Hannibal. “Our 2013 selections include novels that wrestle with familial bonds amid ethnic conflagration and across species; nonfiction that drills down into how we try to define and protect ourselves and our neighbors; and poetry that puts fresh forms around custom and country. The huge imagination and energy of the Golden State are once again in full, literary glory.”

The 83rd Annual California Book Awards ceremony will take place at the Commonwealth Club of California. The reception with wine and light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the awards presentations at 6 p.m. A book signing will take place immediately after the ceremony.

WHEN: Monday June 9th at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd floor

HOW: Tickets may be purchased online at or call (415) 597-6700.

June 10: National Arthritis Foundation Gala Anniversary Awards Luncheon

by Teresa Rodriguez

May 20th, 2014

BAAA Pamela Culp and David Pace

Reverend David F. Pace is this year’s chair of the National Arthritis Foundation Gala to be held at the City Club on June 10. The event will honor and award the foundation’s fellows and interns at Stanford University Medical Center and UCSF. Guest of honor and speaker will be Ephraim Engleman, M.D., who is a world-renowned rheumatologist and practicing physician at UCSF. He was recently featured in two articles (in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News) for his accomplishments and continued practice at UCSF at the rare age of 103.

The gala will offer a festive way to help support the foundation’s mission to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control, and cure of arthritis for more than 50 million Americans, including 300,000 children, who are living with the disease.

This year’s honorary co-chairs include: The Honorable Mauro Battocchi, Consul General of the Republic of Italy, Heide Van Doren Betz, Sallie Hunting, The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.

WHAT: National Arthritis Foundation Gala
WHEN: Tuesday, June 10 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: The City Club of San Francisco
HOW: Call 415-356-1230
COST: Seats start at $100

Pictured above: Pamela Culp and gala chair Reverend David Pace

Hotel G’s Much-Anticipated Grand Opening

by Teresa Rodriguez

May 19th, 2014

On May 2nd, Hotel G celebrated its highly anticipated opening, bringing a fresh, reimagined perspective to the innovative spirit of San Francisco. The hotel combines residential sophistication with a laid back, authentic local vibe–complemented by tailor-made services. Boasting an ideal location in the center of fashionable Union Square, the energy of the city is right outside the hotel’s doors. From first-class shopping and world-renowned dining to award-winning theater, a bustling arts district and even a ride on a historic cable car–the options for guests to experience the city are endless.

Originally built in 1908 as The Fielding Hotel, much of the emphasis of the hotel transformation was about staying true to the historic design of the building. Many of the original features were carefully restored, including wood and concrete flooring in the guestrooms and hallways, and the building’s original façade.

Designed by New York-based Hun Aw Studio, it brings a visually stimulating fusion of contemporary and classic. The hotel features fog-colored walls, wood finishes, and earthy fabrics and textiles juxtaposed to clean lines, pops of color, and fair-trade accents and art.
Furnishings are crisp, simple and functional, providing a natural, almost frontier aesthetic that pays homage to the hotel’s past. Furniture pieces include Victorian settees, vintage schoolhouse chairs, banker’s lamps, and mid-century writing desks.

Hotel G has partnered with San Francisco-based Creativity Explored, a nonprofit arts center for developmentally disabled adults, to curate, showcase, and sell artwork. A diverse mix of abstract paintings, intricately detailed pen and ink drawings, colorful ceramics, folk textiles, digital prints, collages, and mixed-media sculpture will adorn the guestrooms. All of the artwork is available for sale with proceeds will go directly to the artists.

386 Geary St. SF 94102
T: 415-738-0589

May 24-26: Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with the Pinot Classic

by Teresa Rodriguez

May 19th, 2014

The highly anticipated Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with the Pinot Classic weekend will let you explore the rugged beauty of this largely undiscovered destination and its hidden gems–including world-class wines, local food, and unmatched hospitality. The Pinot Classic comprises multiple events, highlighted by the annual Passport to Pinot barrel tasting, and the second annual Pinot Classic Paulée Dinner.

Passport to Pinot offers barrel tasting from more than 30 Russian River wineries and producers while showcasing the vineyards and people that comprise the exceptional beauty of the Russian River Valley. Guests will enjoy preferred access to pre-release wines, barrel, library, and limited edition winery-only wines, as well as artist demonstrations, entertainment, delicious food, and so much more.

An exclusive evening celebrating the wine, winemakers, and growers of the famed Russian River Valley will inspire guests of the annual Paulée Dinner, this year hosted by Jean-Charles Boisset at DeLoach Vineyards on Saturday, May 24, beginning at 6 p.m. It is inspired by the tradition of the original Paulées dinner in Burgundy, which celebrated the conclusion of harvest, a time when local vintners would gather for a communal meal, bringing special bottles of wine to share. In the spirit of this tradition, vintners from the Russian River Valley will dig deep into their personal and private wine cellars to present their favorite pinots and chardonnays from the Russian River and beyond. Guests are also encouraged to bring a special bottle to share.

WHAT: Russian River Valley Pinot Noir with the Pinot Classic
WHEN: May 24-26
WHERE: Throughout Russian River Wine Region
HOW: Tickets are $65 for both days and are available at

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