Lake County—The Lake County Wine Alliance has chosen The Cole Creek Equestrian Center in Kelseyville as the venue for the fourteenth annual Lake County Wine Auction to be presented on Sat., Sept. 21, 2013.  This major fundraising event benefits nonprofit arts, health services and community organizations in Lake County.  Since it’s inception in 2000 this event has contributed $991,302 in proceeds to Lake County groups and organizations.

John and Joanne Van Eck, owners of Cole Creek Equestrian Center, will be the honorary co-chairs for the 2013 Wine Auction.  They will be assisted by an all-volunteer committee, co-chaired by Judy Luchsinger of Lakeport and Sharron Zoller of Kelseyville.

The elegant, black tie-encouraged affair will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and may be reserved at or by calling 866-279-WINE.  Sponsorship information is available from Marie Beery, (707) 278-0129.

A large selection of  Lake County wineries,  caterers and restaurants will feature a variety of wines and fine foods at the fourteenth annual benefit.

Five senior centers, five high schools, three high school programs and eight non profit organizations shared the $96,000 raised in 2012 from last September’s Lake County Wine Auction. This is the largest amount distributed by the sponsoring Lake County Wine Alliance in six years.

Local wineries, wine grape growers, restaurants, and other businesses and individuals are generous supporters through their donations to the live and silent auctions and to the food and beverages served at the gala affair.  Lake County and regional businesses provide support through sponsorships.

The charter of the Wine Alliance directs its efforts to foster the arts, benefit health services, and support the community, while promoting Lake County as a premier grape growing and fine wine region.

Members of the Wine Alliance board are Kaj Ahlmann, Lower Lake, president; Judy Luchsinger, Lakeport, vice president; Sharron Zoller, Kelseyville, secretary; Rob Roumiguiere, Kelseyville, treasurer; and Marie Beery, Kelseyville, and Bill Groody, Kelseyville,  directors.