VIP Biographies

John R. Clarke
Creator of the 2015 Painting

Clarke, a former anesthesiologist, has been painting on silk since 1994 and each year has created an original piece of art that has been reproduced as a poster by the Wine Alliance and used in various publications and publicity for the event. His use of intense pastels enhance colorful presentations of Lake County scenes, and this year is no exception. This year John's painting features a group of musicians playing their hearts out under an oak tree near a vineyard. It's a hint of what you will see and hear at this year's event.

Mike Thompson
Special Guest
United States Congressman

Mike Thompson has represented Lake County in Congress since 1998. Prior to serving in Congress, he represented Lake County in the California State Senate. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of over 215 U.S. Senate and House members. Mike has been an active supporter of the Lake County Wine Alliance and the annual Wine Auction since its inception. Mike and his wife Janet, a family nurse practitioner, own a small vineyard in Lake County.

Honorary Co-Chairs
Owners Cache Creek Winery

The Lake County Wine Auction is proud to have Don and Marggie Van Pelt as the honory co-chairs for the 2015 Wine Auction. The Van Pelt's are owners of Cache Creek Vineyard and Winery. "I am thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the wine auction," said Don Van Pelt in accepting the co-chairmanship, "It's rewarding to build something and have the community use it for a great cause." Cache Creek Winery sits on a 500 acre natural preserve that serves as home to a majestic heard ot tule elk. It's a perfect place for an unforgrettable evening under the stars.