Grand Tasting & Auction


SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
at Avila Beach Resort
6464 Ana Bay Drive, Avila Beach, CA

11am • Early Entry • $110
Includes library wine tasting, large format, rare and reserve wines for first hour.

12pm • General Admission • $80

2pm • Live Auction • Table for 8 $1000 • Table for 10 $1200
Auction tables include premium seating at live auction, wine service and appetizers.

It's a Harvest Party at the Beach! Join our winemakers and local celebrity chefs at our Grand Tasting and Wine Auction. Our beachside grand tasting features over 50 wineries and restaurants dishing out hand-crafted wines and cuisine, paired with live music.  Purchase your early admission ticket to get in at 11am, and enjoy exclusive library, large format and reserve wines only available during the first hour!

But the grand tasting is just the beginning… Stick around for our auction, featuring a broad selection of rare wines, culinary treats and SLO Wine Country destination experiences.

Auction table seating is available for groups of 8 or 10, so you can get stake your claim at the auction. And, at the end of the auction, you'll have a chance to raise your paddle and support our "FUND-A-NEED" beneficiary.



Wendy Thies Sell is a 4-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who anchored the local TV news for 12 years on the Central Coast at KSBYTV and KCOY-TV. Her “beat” at KSBY was the wine industry, having visited and reported on hundreds of wineries from Paso Robles to Santa Ynez over the course of seven years. After leaving broadcasting for motherhood, she found freelance writing to be a perfect creative outlet. She has since been published in Wine Enthusiast, Santa Barbara Seasons, Santa Barbara Magazine, Edible-San Luis Obispo, in addition to the Sun, where she writes a wine and food column covering Santa Barbara County. She makes her home in Orcutt, in the heart of wine country.



John Glines has been involved in charity auctions for many years as both a ringman and auctioneer. He has chaired numerous fundraisers and is responsible for helping raise tens of millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations throughout
the world. John has been instrumental in raising funds for such organizations as The Napa Valley Wine Auction, Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Jimmy V Foundation, Sun Valley Wine Auction, Sonoma Valley Wine Auction and many other organizations. In 2004, John attended the Professional Ringman Institute in Springfield, Missouri, where he enhanced his ringman skills, putting that experience into his charity auction work. In 2006, he graduated from the World Champion College of Auctioneering in Bakersfield, Ca. He tuned his bid calling skills and incorporated that ability into helping non profit organizations raise money through fundraising auctions. In 2007, John won the California State Ringman competition as well as the Rookie Auctioneer competition. In 2009, John was recognized as the Reserve Champion Auctioneer at the California State Auctioneers Convention.