2nd Annual Cult Wine Classic Celebrates California's
Greatest Wines and Winemakers; The 'Cult Tradition'
Alive and Well
Wednesday September 1, 11:00 am ET
NAPA, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Got Cult Wines?
Wine enthusiasts from across the country will gather
in San Francisco at the 2nd Annual "CULT WINES
CLASSIC" to celebrate the finest red wines and
winemakers in California. The event takes place on
October 29th 2004 at the Ritz Carlton, the limited
and much coveted tickets go on sale today via the
The Cult Wine Classic was conceived by Mark Russo
of Angel's Share, a Bay area company which creates
fabulous food, wine, spirits and lifestyle events
in California and around the country. According to
Russo the winetasting extravaganza is a unique affair.
"As far as we know it's the only place in the
country where you can enjoy ten to fifteen 'cult'
wines in a single location. Our Cult Wine Classic
isn't a competition -- we don't rate or rank the wines
-- it's simply a wonderful evening where people can
taste these very special and hard to get wines in
an elegant atmosphere and with tremendous food and
good friends. It's a way for us to celebrate the winemakers
and the winery owners who create these outstanding
products for us to enjoy. I've heard that 'cult wines'
is a dead concept, well people are flying in from
all points of the country just to attend this unique
wine dinner. We've more than doubled our crowd from
last time, the event sells out quickly. And next year
we want to host this event on the East Coast as well
as in the West, and possibly bring it to the country's
hottest wine and food locale -- Las Vegas."
The event will honor a single winemaker with a special
award, "The Golden Barrel," given to a vintner
who distinguishes their self above the host of winemakers
and over 1,200 wineries in California. This is the
first year for the Golden Barrel Award, which will
go to Philippe Melka, a Bordeaux native noted for
crafting some of the finest "cult " wines
that collectors find irresistible. Several other cult
winemakers and winery owners will also attend the
Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Spencer
Christian, popular ABC/KGO TV weatherman and known
around the country as a former host of the Good Morning
America TV show. Cult Wine Classic sponsors include
a bevy of high end lifestyle companies and wine industry
partners such as the Ritz Carlton Club, Elite Traveler
Magazine, Crystal Cruises, Fine Wine Travel, Zino
Platinum Cigars, Spiegelau, Wine Enthusiast Magazine,
Demptos Cooperage, Broadbent Selections and others.
Guests will arrive decked out in tuxedos and evening
gowns ready to enjoy over a dozen wines, outstanding
hors d'ouevres and a formal six-course dinner presented
by renowned Ritz Carlton chefs Jean-Pierre Dubray
and Braddly Bennick. The event will finish with a
selection of fine cigars, cognacs and ports on the
Terrace Room courtyard.
The evening features such notable wines as Screaming
Eagle, Harlan Estate, Bryant Family, Shafer, Abreau,
David Arthur and other "cult" wines known
to drive wine enthusiasts and wine buyers into a frenzy.
Cult Wine event producer Russo explains, "We
wanted to create a fabulous environment so people
can enjoy these wines, which are typically unavailable
to the average consumer. As a special bonus we hand-pick
eight to ten 'next generation' cult wines, wines we
feel are every bit as good as the heavy hitters but
people haven't heard about yet. The advantage is you
can still buy them, and they're a bargain compared
to what you pay for cult wines at retail. Those are
wines like the incredibly rich and juicy LookOut Ridge
pinot, Barnett's wonderful Rattlesnake Vineyard cabs,
and Showket, a truly outstanding wine made by Heidi
Barrett-Peterson the winemaker at Screaming Eagle."
The beneficiary is the American Institute of Wine
and Food Norcal "Days of Taste" program,
which was developed by Julia Child to educate schoolchildren
about nutrition. A special toast honoring the life
and achievements of Julia Child and the Days of Taste
program will be given, underwritten by Krug Champagne.
The festivities include a live auction with unique
lifestyle and wine lots. Special auction lots include
a wine cruise to Australia and New Zealand aboard
Crystal Cruise Line's ultra luxury ship "Serenity,"
a custom wine tasting led by international port and
Madeira expert Bartholomew Broadbent, a specially
etched and painted 1000 ml bottle of Grace Family
Vineyards 2000 cabernet; a foie gras and sauterne
tasting for ten; plus a brand new Harley Davidson
V-Rod motorcycle with a wine touring package in the
Tickets and a complete description of the wines,
menu and auction lots are available through the official
or by calling 866-615-7661. Tickets are $425 per person,
the event is limited to 125 persons.
For more information contact:
Mark Russo Angel's Share (415) 806 4625