2019 Live Auction Preview

Here's your sneak peek at Vineyards & Vistas' live auction with a few more to come!

Farmhouse Luxury in Napa Vineyards

Tingle your tastebuds and allow your pallet to soar with this Napa Valley getaway. You and a guest will revel in a three night stay amidst the vineyard views at The Setting Inn. The recently remodeled 1901 farmhouse offers a boutique hotel feel and also includes a private tasting of The Setting Wines. Later, you will also have the chance to explore the vast Schramsberg history and unique cave system and end with a seated tasting of a variety of Schramsberg sparkling wines. Schramsberg’s Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier and their world-class handcrafted sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration since.

Indulge your foodie side with the tasty experience of the Culinary Institute of America. Enjoy up to $150 to use towards classes, dining, and retail at the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena and the CIA at Copia in Napa. You will also receive six consecutive hours of chauffeured luxury sedan service courtesy of Beau Wine Tours.

Donated by Julie Darrah & Vivid Financial Management


Stepladder Ranch & Creamery Experience

Step back in time to a family-owned and operated farmstead at Stepladder Ranch & Creamery. Nestled in the northern coastal valleys of Cambria, the pasture-raised herd of LaMancha goats will welcome you to property with cute, country charm. 

You and up to fifteen guests will soak up the serenity found at this coastal escape for two nights. The Big House on the 740-acre private family ranch boasts luxury vacation features including a large, central open concept chef’s kitchen and family room surround by 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Relax and stargaze in the outdoor Jacuzzi, surrounded by peace, privacy, and a quiet country, or enjoy the great outdoors by hiking and exploring parts of the working ranch.

To help make the stay even more enjoyable a group creamery tour will allow a unique opportunity to meet the herd of LaMancha goats, see the inside of the milking parlor, and learn all about how they make their gourmet cheeses, and even get to sample the end result.

Donated by the Team at Stepladder Ranch & Creamery

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The Charleston Charm Getaway

A living postcard of Southern antebellum grandeur, Charleston enjoys a gentler way of life. Enjoy a 3-night stay for two in a deluxe room at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel. Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place has long been revered as the city’s iconic luxury hotel. Enjoy this historic city with a personalized, private guided walking tour that will explore the incomparable beauty, unique history, and flourishing preservation of Charleston. 

You will also enjoy a specially created 3-course dinner menu with expertly chosen wine pairings for two at this 4-star restaurant, recipient of the AAA 4-Diamond award and Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award. After dinner, enjoy the soft sounds of live jazz of The Quentin Baxter Jazz Trio in an elegant, but casual setting.

Come see why this American gem was rated #1 by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards List of Top Cities in the U.S. and Canada.

Donated by Dr. David and Ann Ketelaar

An Evening with Rod Stewart LIVE

Tonight’s the Night you have the chance to see a music legend LIVE at the Santa Barbara Bowl! You and a guest will be immersed in the music of British singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart. One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Rod’s music spans decades of great hits and includes a Grammy Award. Knighted in 2016, Sir Roderick Stewart’s talent encompasses rock, folk, blues, and soul. You have a Reason to Believe that two tickets to this show comes with two passes to the Wendy McCaw private terrace and VIP parking.

Have I Told You Lately that this package includes a two night stay at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Bacara? The two night stay from Friday, September 27 – Sunday, September 29 includes a Courtyard View room with breakfast for two and complimentary parking.


Donated by The Santa Barbara Bowl and The Ritz-Carlton Bacara                                            

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Pumpkin Patch Perfection

Prepare yourself and 49 of your family and friends for a gourd time at The Patch at Los Flores Ranch! Nestled in the scenic hills of the Santa Maria Valley, the harvest experience is back with more food, fun, and plenty of autumnal goodness. On the evening of Wednesday, September 25, 2019, you and your party will enjoy the picture perfect pumpkin patch prior to its public debut.

Your ticket to a family get together, birthday milestone, or just a reason to party, this family friendly event features the King of Barbecue, Clifford Labastida, and his Cruzin’ for Life Crew! Serving up a wide array of appetizers, choice beef, flavorful chicken, savory spareribs, and succulent salmon with a generous side of classic Santa Maria fixin’s!

After dinner, get lost in the ranch’s corn mazes, bounce house, and harvest-inspired games before settling down to dessert from Orcutt’s own Cups and Crumbs. Live music, libations, and professional event photography are all included to help capture the fall spirit of this exclusive gathering!

Donated by: Julie Darrah & Vivid Financial Management, The Patch, and Clifford Labastida


Bountiful beauty and tranquility at Los Alamos Bodega

Step into tranquility and savor the hidden beauty of the Bodega House. You and 11 guests will enjoy the open-air garden tucked behind restored circa-1920 structures in one-of-a-kind Los Alamos. Quickly establishing itself as an oasis of boutique charm, Bodega is the perfect country space for great wine, sparkling conversation, and a shared family style meal.

You’re in luck, Chef Tracy Labastida of Field to Table Events has prepared a bounty of culinary delight that accents this intimate gathering. Enjoy the fire pit following dinner, play a round of bocce ball or cornhole, or simply rest in the hammock under the stars.

Surrounded with majestic California live oaks, the enclosed garden oasis of Bodega promises to bring serenity under the sun and magic in the moonlight.

Donated by: James and Denise Valente and Tracy Labistida & Field to Table Events


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Enter the Foodie Paradise at Ember Restaurant 

Foodies rejoice! Enjoy a handcrafted menu for you and 7 of your closest friends that is guided by Chef and Owner of Ember Restaurant Brian Collins.  Known for his modern approach to regional Italian Cuisine on the Central Coast, this Arroyo Grande native sharpened his culinary craft at the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley and as the former Chef of Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos, helping grow the restaurant as one of the region’s top destination eateries. 

Showcasing the menu, Brian will be joined by his wife Harmony, as they take you and 7 guests across a multi-course meal masterfully paired with specially selected wines from the Collins’ personal wine cellar collection. The Chef’s Tasting menu will be both interactive and engaging, as you learn about each tantalizing course from this premier Central Coast culinary artist. Chosen as a “Top 100 Wine Restaurant in America” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, your evening will not disappoint.

Donated by Brian & Harmony Collins


Immerse yourself in Indian Cuisine

Enjoy the finest food Northern India has to offer with the aromatic joys of Indian cuisine! Lovingly prepared by Dr. Atul and Mrs. Raju Vacchani, they will blend the exotic flavor and spice that will surely allow your tastebuds to revel in this delightful dinner experience. 

You and 9 guests will be immersed in an evening that is blended harmoniously with flavor and beauty as you enjoy appetizers, tandoori naan, prized northern Indian vegetable dishes, and chicken curry. Finish the evening off with a delectable dessert that completes the Northern Indian experience.

Hosted at the stunning Trilogy Wine Library, this celebratory meal is fit for those who live life with spice and color.

Donated by Dr. Atul and Mrs. Raju Vacchani