In an ambitious effort to curate one of the most-talked-about annual wine tasting benefits in Orange County, John and Janice Markley of Laguna Beach have collected and donated over 350 bottles of exquisite wines to be uncorked at The Wooden Floor’s 11th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit. Guests will taste from 12 featured wines ranked in the top 1-5% of their regions, including regions of France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Oregon, and California, in support of The Wooden Floor’s successful year-round dance, academic, college and career readiness, and family service programs for low-income youth.
The event sells out every year and features:
- A strolling blind wine tasting competition
- Signature small plates
- Sharing of student success stories
- Auctions and opportunity drawings
- Giving opportunities
FEATURED RED WINES
2008 Antinori Guado al Tasso Bolgheri. Tuscany, Italy.
Wine Enthusiast’s #1 Wine of the Year 2013.
Wine Enthusiast Rated 98 pts. Retail Cost: $110.
2005 Cellar Vall Llach, Vall Llach. Priorat, Spain.
Wine Advocate Rated: 96+ pts. Retail price: $100.
2010 Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve. Rhone, France.
The Wine Advocate Rated 100 pts. Retail Cost: $205.
2010 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve. Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Wine Spectator’s #3 Wine of the Year 2013.
Wine Spectator Rated 95 pts. Retail Cost: $70.
2011 L'Aventure Winery Estate Cuvee. Paso Robles, California.
Wine Advocate Rated: 98 pts. Retail price: $85.
2010 Terlato & Chapoutier Syrah de Malakoff. Victoria, Australia.
Wine Advocate Rated: 97 pts. Retail price: $54.
FEATURED WHITE WINES
2012 Aubert Chardonnay Larry Hyde and Sons Vineyard. Carneros, California.
Wine Advocate Rated: 96 pts. Retail Cost: $135.
2009 Chapoutier Saint Joseph les Granits Blanc. Rhone, France.
Wine Advocate Rated: 98 pts. Retail Cost: $87.
2012 Cullen Wines Chardonnay Kevin John. Margaret River, Australia.
Wine Advocate Rated: 96+ pts. Retail Cost: $118.
2010 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. Burgundy, France.
Wine Advocate Rated: 96 pts. Retail Cost: $151.
2011 Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard. Santa Barbara, California.
Wine Advocate Rated: 97 pts. Retail Cost: $73.
2010 Domaine William Fevre Chablis les Preuses. Burgundy, France
Wine Advocate Rated: 97 pts. Retail Cost: $141.