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Shade's Charity Wine Event Drinks us Under the Table

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On Sunday night Manhattan Beach's boutique hotel, Shade, hosted their Fifth Annual Charity Wine Event in conjunction with local restaurants Mucho and Rockin Fish to benefit Manhattan Beach Middle School. Over 50 vineyards participated, with a nice cross-section of larger vineyards and small, independent wineries. Viogniers and organic wines such as Paul Dolan were popular at the tasting.

Catering was provided in cooperation with Zinc Lounge of Shade, Mucho and Rockin' Fish. The cold seafood bar was popular, and passed hors d'ouvres included a delicious foie gras canape and glazed lamb chops. The silent auction was mostly comprised of wines and Napa Valley weekends, but also included a signed Kobe Bryant basketball that was going for 300 dollars at the time we left. According to the press release, "The goal of Michael Zislis, the driving force behind The Ultimate Wine Event and proprietor of the sponsoring businesses, is to make this event a fun-filled and enjoyable evening for participants, guests, and winemakers, while raising funds to support the local school."

The sheer volume of wines available for tasting was too staggering for us to get a representative sample. We are unable to select "winners" because too many wines were left unsampled, but a number of the wines we did try definitely stood out. A list of the strongest contenders is to follow.

Bozilla contributed to this post