SANTA MARIA, Calif. — In the past year alone, the Allan Hancock College agribusiness program has purchased a premium filter for its on-campus winery, made needed repairs to its tractor and forklift, funded a pair of $1,250 scholarships and hired new student workers for its community garden and vineyard.
And it’s all thanks to Rancho Vino.
In 2015, CoastHills Credit Union and its foundation successfully paired with Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria to host a fundraiser aimed at helping support the future or farming on the Central Coast. After raising a $55,000 donation last year, Rancho Vino is back.
On Sept. 10, CoastHills is once again partnering with Presqu’ile for an evening of enchanting music, delicious food, elegant Presqu’ile wines and the presentation of Generous Harvest — bottles of Presqu’ile’s Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specially labeled for the event.
Held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the gorgeous grounds of Presqu’ile, Rancho Vino will feature fresh cuisine provided by Chef Rick’s Ultimately Fine Foods and live music by local favorite Jineanne Coderre. Tickets are $150 and include one bottle “to go” of either of the Generous Harvest varieties. Additional bottles can be purchased online with tickets or alone. There will also be a special drawing for a Stay-Cation package in Shell Beach for those who purchase one or more half cases of Generous Harvest.
This will be the 10th annual Rancho Vino. Previously, the event has benefitted such causes as the Mission Hope Cancer Center, and over the course of a decade, Rancho Vino has raised more than $625,000.
For tickets go to http://www.coasthills.coop/ranchovino
This year’s event has 30 sponsors including SWBC, NKT Commercial, Specialty Construction, Colliers and the California Community College Chancellor’s office. For the full list, go to the Rancho Vino landing page: http://www.coasthills.coop/ranchovino