Hidden Gems of California

6th Annual
Hidden Gems of California
Tasting, Competition, and Auction of Hand Crafted Wines by Home & Boutique Winemakers

DATE: Saturday, September 7th, 2013
TIME: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM



Hidden Gems of CA 2012 Information:

Event Address and Directions to 1156 Alisos Road Follow at Bottom of Page

This fundraiser features home and boutique winemakers in a beautiful outdoor Valley setting in Happy Canyon, Santa Ynez. Last year, eleven participants served sixteen wines for tasting, donated them for auction and competed for ribbons to raise funds for PHP. Professional judges awarded ribbons for the best reds and whites and best of show.  Appetizers, live music and a live and silent auction of great lifestyle items are also featured.

This event is a benefit for Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People’s childrens’ programs. Services are directed at preparing “at risk” children to succeed in school by ensuring that they are healthy and ready to learn and have academic and social support in the home and at school. Services include medical and dental care, after school teen programs, drug and personal counseling, and family basic needs assistance for food, shelter, and utilities.


Home winemakers include David Bradley, 2010 Syrah; Elizabeth Crump and Chuck Liatsos, Sangiovese; Carolyn and William Hurst, Nebiolo; Carolyn Balaban, 2010 Albarino; and Jim Herman, 2010 Happy Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon; Robert McDermott, 2010 Merlot.  Balaban and Bradley are former Gems Blue Ribbon Award Winners.

Joining the home wine maker group will be professional winemakers from Alan Hancock College, Chardonnay; Fontes and Phillips, 2009 Pinot Noir and 2010 “Panky” Rosé; Michael Gordon, Feliz Noché, and Quail Crossing, Pinot Grigio.   Hancock, Fontes and Phillips and Gordon are also former Hidden Gems award winners.


Tickets are limited and are $50 each.

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Winemaker Entry Forms

For more information contact Jordan Granet
Phone: 805-686-0295
Fax: 805-686-2856
E-mail: jordan@syvphp.org


The Gems live auction always includes several terrific lifestyle items. Some specifics include:


This is a 7-night stay in a spacious 3-bedroom luxury condo with a gourmet kitchen set in the midst of beautiful gardens at the upscale Pacifico development in Playa Del Coco. It is conveniently only 25 minutes from the Liberia airport served by multiple airlines and a great jumping off point for recreational activities and the volcanoes.  Your stay includes access to the exclusive private beach club featuring cabañas, bar and restaurant, and infinity pools overlooking the bay.  The condo is also located adjacent to two large pools perfectly appointed with comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas. It is just a short stroll to Pacifico’s up-scale shopping center featuring a new grocery store, only 2 blocks from restaurants and shops in town, and 4 blocks to the beach.

Market Value: $3,000 Start Bid: $1,000


Enjoy seven nights in a luxury condominium at Mauna Lani Point at the Mauna Lani Resort.  Two spacious bedroom suites, 2 ½ baths, fully appointed, with a killer ocean view overlooking ‘signature’ Mauna Lani South (15th golf hole).  Wile away the hours sipping a cocktail on the patio while gazing at the whales as they swim by with their calves or take advantage of full resort privileges, including Tennis, Spa, Beach Club, Golf and Scuba Diving.  Only a ten minute oceanfront stroll to the safest and best snorkeling beach on the islands.

Market Value: $4,000 Start Bid: $2,500


Your mouth will water on your way to Los Angeles to experience an incomparable Tuscan dining experience.  Eight guests will be wined and dined by the gracious and friendly staff of TOSCANA, a long established and successful Italian restaurant, known for its delicious food served in generous portions.  You will be treated to multiple courses from antipasti to dessert with each accompanied by just the right wine.

TOSCANA was founded and created by Valley residents Kathie & Mike Gordon twenty years ago.  This well regarded trattoria has been a wonderful gathering place for families and friends and is one of the most heralded Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.

Market Value: $1,800 Start Bid: $800


Some of the items for 2012 include:


Chef and A-Ru Restaurant owner, Jina Bae travels to the Los Angeles fish market each week to bring the finest tuna and other sushi grade fish to the Santa Ynez Valley.  She is known for her innovative cuisine fusing Japanese and other Asian flavors into wonderful appetizers, sushi rolls, salads, and hot entrees.

Market Value: $200 Min. Bid: $100


Local bocce league all-star, Pam Pilcher, will guide you and 16 friends through the artful and precision game of bocce on her private court at her Valley home.  After your game, continue playing while dining alfresco on a sumptuous dinner prepared by Pam and served with 8 local wines.

Market Value: $1,200                Min. Bid: $450


Enjoy a night of decadence with a dinner for 4 from award-winning restaurant Root 246, an overnight stay at Hotel Corque for 4, and a custom box set with 2 wines..  Modern amenities and a professional staff will ensure your stay at Hotel Corque is comfortable and relaxed. Hotel Corque’s recent renovation by its has produced a uniquely modern and elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Solvang.

Market Value: $600 Min. Bid: $250


This is a 2-night retreat in a luxury private guest house in the midst of a vineyard in bucolic Santa Ynez.  The Sogno del Fiore Vineyard is a perfect starting point for a wine tasting tour.

Market Value: $350 Min. Bid: $100

Directions to Hidden Gems:

from Lompoc
take 246 East towards Santa Ynez through Solvang 26 mi
CROSS 154 and continue East on Armour Ranch Rd. 1.6 mi
LEFT on Happy Canyon Rd. 1.1 mi
stay RIGHT at fork staying on Happy Canyon Rd. 1.2 mi
RIGHT on Alisos Rd. 1.4 mi

from Santa Barbara
take 154 North – San Marcos Pass Rd. 23 mi
RIGHT on Armour Ranch Rd. 1.6 mi
LEFT on Forest Route 7N07 – Happy Canyon Rd. 1.1 mi
stay RIGHT at fork staying on Happy Canyon Rd. 1.2 mi
RIGHT on Alisos Rd. 1.4 mi

101 from North
take 101 South
EXIT on 154 – Chumash Highway 8.5 mi
continue on 154 through Los Olivos
turn LEFT on Armour Ranch Rd. 1.6 mi
LEFT on  Happy Canyon Rd. 1.1 mi
stay RIGHT at fork staying on Happy Canyon Rd. 1.2 mi
RIGHT on Alisos Rd. 1.4 mi

101 from South
take 101 North to Buellton
EXIT on 246 East towards Santa Ynez 8.3 mi
CROSS 154 and continue East on Armour Ranch Rd. 1.6 mi
LEFT on Forest Route 7N07 – Happy Canyon Rd. 1.2 mi
stay RIGHT at fork staying on Happy Canyon Rd. 1.1 mi
RIGHT on Alisos Rd. 1.4 mi

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