About the Cult Wines Classic press release
"California Cult Wines" - these very words are likely to send enthusiasts into a genuine wine-buying frenzy. Break out the checkbook, dig into the 401k! So what exactly is it about these rare, exotic expressions, which make them so valuable and sought-after? And are these highly-priced, highly- prized beauties really worth all the bother and fuss? Angel’s Share is proud to present the rare opportunity to judge for yourself with an elegant evening of swirling and tasting some of the finest red wines the world has to offer.

But honestly, why does anybody pay hundreds of dollars for a bottle of "cult" wine when there are so many great and inexpensive wines at our fingertips today?

Well, I think the answer lies in our passions and our individual styles.

Consider the individual purchasing a timepiece. A Rolex, which may cost thousands of dollars, has basically the same function as a fifteen dollar Timex. It is the difference between driving around in the newest Bentley Arnage and an old Volkswagen Beetle; the sound of a silvered fork chiming on Spiegelau's finest crystal stemware and drinking from a paper cup. You get the idea.

It’s not really about utility at all.

It’s about STYLE and TASTE. It’s about appreciating and experiencing the best things life has to offer. Which can be as simple - or as complex - as a great bottle of wine.

The wines on our cult list are selected because they stand out from the pack in extraordinary ways. They spark creativity and imagination. They are true to type, and for the most part originate from classic vineyards known for producing incredible fruit vintage after vintage. In the hands of expert winemakers alchemy quietly transforms an ordinary beverage into something rare and sublime.

I think you’ll be surprised and delighted with our up-and-comers, wine we call "the next generation" cult wines. They are fabulous, and I think every bit as good as the heavy hitters. Attendees will have the rare chance to meet some next generation winemakers and winery owners, and even get a spot on their exclusive mailing lists.

The chefs at the Ritz Carlton have promised to create a feast you will never forget, with each course designed to showcase the suppleness and opulence of each wine. Our Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Spencer Christian, an affable wine aficionado and known around the country as former host of ABC’s Good Morning America. Rounding out the evening is a show-stopping live auction with many one-of-a-kind wine and lifestyle lots. Our beneficiary is the American Institute of Wine and Food Norcal’s "Day’s of Taste" program, bringing the concept of nutrition and good eating habits directly into our schools.

So with the promise of a sumptuous dinner and excellent camaraderie, I invite you and your friends to be our wine experts for the evening. You be the judge and trust your palate. Our goal is to provide you with a truly great context for the experience, where you can savor great wines in an elegant, fun and relaxed atmosphere.

I look forward to you joining me on this unique wine experience, and to your musings, feelings and reflections on these cult wines!

To Your Very Good Health,
Mark Russo
Angel’s Share


Angel’s Share creates and hosts exclusive and unique food, wine, spirits and lifestyle events around the country and internationally. Our one-of-a-kind experiences and events feature master distillers, winemakers, chefs, restauranteurs, luminaries and leading personalities from the culinary world.

In 2004 Angel’s Share expanded its offering to include luxury experiences in food, wine, spirits, ultra-premium travel and luxury lifestyle products and services. From ultra-luxe VIP getaways in the Wine Country, to internationally recognized Signature events in the US and all parts of the globe, Angel’s Share continues to build “best of class” partnerships.

In 2005, Angel’s Share will unveil numerous signature events that will bring a new level of unique lifestyle experience to our members.

Started by two “foodies,” Mark Russo and Sharona Kitahara, Angel’s Share has a global reach and presents stellar events through an ever-expanding network of key partners and lifestyle sponsors.

Our first event, the “Spirits of Scotland” showcased the world of fine spirits in a six story extravaganza in downtown San Francisco complete with an authentic colorful bagpipe and drum corps.

Since our passions revolve around food, wine, spirits and luxury lifestyle, we’re pleased to bring you the very best of these the world has to offer. In the Angel’s Share universe we believe nothing is impossible, the world is truly our oyster. We invite you to find out more about our totally unique offerings, programs and custom lifestyle experiences.



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A portion of the evenings proceeds will go to benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food - Nor Cal chapter "Days of Taste" program that teaches children about nutrition.

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