Santa Barbara Wine Auction

About

The signature wine and food event on the Central Coast

The Santa Barbara Wine Auction benefiting Direct Relief will be held at the exclusive Bacara Resort & Spa on Saturday, March 12, 2016. It will be an evening of fine wines, delectable foods, and an auction with lifestyle experiences and rare library wine lots.

About The Auction

The Santa Barbara Wine Auction was established in 2000 with the vision of ensuring that people in need across the U.S. and world have access to life-saving medical aid. The founders of the event, the Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation, created this biennial wine auction to champion Direct Relief’s mission: Improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.

Since inception the Santa Barbara Wine Auctions have raised over $3 million, which has been leveraged into almost $100 million in medical aid to equip frontline health workers, free clinics, and other health centers with medical supplies and equipment to treat the world’s most vulnerable people.

The Santa Barbara Vintners’ Foundation and Direct Relief have raised funds which are used to pioneer innovative medical assistance initiatives, many of which never would have been possible without the money raised through the benefit auction. These include expanding access to vital treatment for children with pneumonia; equipping local Medical Reserve Corps volunteers with emergency preparedness supplies; and laying the groundwork for what is now the largest charitable medicines program for vulnerable people in the U.S.

Who The Auction Has Helped

Special Guests

The Evening Host

Please check back for this celebrity announcement!

Our Celebrity Chef Will Be The Award-Winning Chef Michael Mina

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CURRICULUM VITAE
I started in the kitchen when I was very young, and I am still as intrigued with the process as I was when I was a 15-year-old Garde Manger in a small French restaurant in my hometown.

In 1991 at the age of 22 I was given the opportunity of a lifetime – help design an upscale seafood restaurant in San Francisco from scratch – and I threw myself into the project heart and soul. It became AQUA and opened to rave reviews in a town known for great cuisine.

Now here it is, 20+ years and many restaurants later. I reimagined AQUA and completely restored it to create Michael Mina. Since then, I’ve opened more than 20 destination restaurants, hired world-class executive chefs and the best teams you can find. With their help, I am honored to say, my restaurants have achieved a success that has put the Mina Group ahead of its class.

You could say that the key ingredient to this accomplishment is an unwavering passion for food combined with a commitment to phenomenal service for our guests.

PHILOSOPHY
My philosophy on cooking is my philosophy on life: create balance and harmony. In the end, it is all about creating lasting relationships. I hope to meet and cook for you one day soon.

I love bold flavors in food. I love balanced food and I love food that keeps me excited throughout the entire course.
My job as a Chef, and my team’s job, is to make food come alive. We strive to create incredible meals each and every day that make our guests sit up, take notice, experience delight and wonder, “Exactly what was in that dish?”

We accomplish this through a balance of flavors: acidity, sweetness, spice and fat. These are the four key ingredients that should be present in any dish. Does it have enough acid? Enough spice? If you don’t use all four, that’s okay, but whichever ones are used must create a balance so that your food screams bold.

If you don’t have a lemon, replace it with another acid. If you don’t have molasses, try honey. And if you run out of butter, perhaps use an avocado. Stick to the main ingredients, don’t be afraid to play around – and keep the balance.

The Auctioneer, Dawnmarie Kotsonis

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DawnMarie Kotsonis, originally from Brooklyn, NY, but now calls Southern California home. DawnMarie’s introduction to fundraising began in the 1980’s while running a successful commercial auction firm and with a very personal experience of raising funds in support of Cystic Fibrosis – the disease that claimed the lives of both her nephew and her best friend.

With nearly 30 years of auction and fund development experience, DawnMarie has presided over countless record-breaking auctions including Wine Spectator Top-10 charity events. DawnMarie’s high energy and fun approach to an auction makes her equal part entertainer and fundraiser. She feels that the key to a successful benefit auction is “To make it fast, make it fun and leave everyone feeling great for having raised a lot of money for a great cause!”

DawnMarie was the auctioneer at the 2014 Santa Barbara Wine Auction, and is excited to participate again in the 2016 auction in support of the amazing work done throughout the world by Direct Relief. A true believer in the mantra “no margin … no mission,” DawnMarie applauds Direct Relief’s incredible success in turning every dollar raised into approximately a $35 return on their supporter’s contributions.

The Santa Barbara Wine Auction Honorees

The Santa Barbara Vintner’s Foundation will announce the honorees soon!

Santa Barbara Wine Auction Steering Committee

Co-Chairs
Lisa Iscovich
Jen Jones
Lori Baur

Committee
Sandy Knox-Johnston
Helga Morris
Anne Miller
Gregg Wilson
Jill Remy
Jane Carey
Delene Bliss
Roxanna Solakian
Gillian Kulp
Jenny Williamson-Doré
Susan Beckmen
Eric Sonquist
Sherrill Oneill

 

Sponsorships & Tickets

The sponsors of the The Santa Barbara Wine Auction will enjoy extensive event publicity, recognition in the community, and will be able to provide better health for people in need around the world.

Please see our Corporate Sponsorship Packet for additional details and benefits for each sponsorship level.

Premier Sponsor $100,000

One Premier Sponsorship Level Available

  • Two premier tables for a total of twenty seats.
  • Priority selection to “pick your vintner!” from
    participating wineries. Two representatives will
    join you at each table for a unique wine pairing
    experience.
  • All twenty guests will be invited to our VIP reception
    on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for an opportunity to
    engage with Direct Relief Partners and participating
    Vintners.
  • Five complimentary rooms for the evening of
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at award-winning
    Bacara Resort & Spa.
  • Placement of your logo on the auction website.

Platinum Sponsor $50,000

Four Platinum Sponsorship Levels Available

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  • One premier table for a total of ten seats.
  • Priority selection to “pick your vintner!” from
    participating wineries. Two representatives will
    join you at your table for a unique wine pairing
    experience.
  • All ten guests will be invited to our VIP reception
    on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for an opportunity
    to engage with Direct Relief Partners and
    participating Vintners.
  • Two complimentary rooms for the evening of
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at award winning
    Bacara Resort & Spa.
  • Placement of your logo on the auction website.

Gold Sponsor $25,000

Montecito Bank & Trust

  • One table for a total of ten seats.
  • “Pick your vintner!” from participating wineries.
    Two winery representatives will join you at your
    table for a unique wine pairing experience.
  • All ten guests will be invited to our VIP
    reception on Saturday, March 12, 2016 for an
    opportunity to engage with Direct Relief Partners
    and participating Vintners.
  • One complimentary room for the evening of
    Saturday, March 12, 2016 at award winning
    Bacara Resort & Spa.
  • Placement of your logo on the auction website.

Silver Sponsor $10,000

BioIQ

  • One table for a total of ten seats.
  • “Pick your vintner!” from participating
    wineries. Two winery representatives will join
    you at your table for a unique wine pairing
    experience.
  • Placement of your logo on the auction website.

Advocate of Health Sponsor $7,500

Foxen Vineyard & Winery

Angel & Lisa Iscovich and
The Iscovich Foundation
  • One table for a total of ten seats.
  • “Pick your vintner!” from participating wineries.
  • Two winery representatives will join you at your
    table for a unique wine pairing experience.
  • Placement of your name/logo on the auction website.
  • Quarter-page ad or tribute in the event program.

Individual Tickets

  • Individual tickets are not yet available, please check back later.

Community Sponsors

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Participating Wineries and Vintners

Table sponsors will enjoy the company of two vintners as guests at their tables, and will be poured special vintages and library wines from their cellars.

Please check back to see which wineries from the Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association will host tables!

 

Auction Lots

Direct Relief Wine Auction 2014. Photo: Isaac Hernández/IsaacHernandez.com

The Wine Auction will feature carefully crafted, priceless experiences in food, wine, travel, and leisure to auction off to the highest bidder.

The official Preview Catalog for the Auction will be available closer to the event date!

 

Location

Bacara Resort and Spa

Bacara Resort & SpaYou are invited to spend your weekend at the award-winning Bacara Resort & Spa. The resort is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, offering relaxed luxury and breathtaking views for an unforgettable getaway in Santa Barbara.

For reservations, please call Bacara Resort & Spa at (855) 968-0100.

Press & Photos

Photos from the 2014 Event

See more photos on our Flickr photostream:
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2014 Press Releases & Event Coverage

Contact Us

To request more information please contact Jennifer Kocian.

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