Winemakers toast good heart health 

Next week at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, Bay Area residents will have a special opportunity to get up close and personal with 40 wine celebrities at the 26th annual Celebrate with Heart gala, a benefit for the American Heart Association.

Chaired by Visa CEO Joseph Saunders and hosted by former San Francisco Mayor Willlie Brown, the Feb. 4 gala begins with a wine-tasting reception of prime vintages, restaurant samplings and a silent auction.

But the main feature is the winemaker’s supper in which well-known wine principals host a table of eight and pour his or her own wines. Among the participants will be Margrit Mondavi of Robert Mondavi Winery, Peter Mondavi Jr. of Charles Krug Winery, KCBS food and wine editor Narsai David and Margaret Duckhorn of Duckhorn Estates.

Guests will not only get to dine with the luminaries, but can also pose questions, engage in conversation, discuss wine making and benefits of vintages; it’s like bringing the wine country to The City.

Peter Mondavi Jr., proprietor of Charles Krug Winery says, “Wine and celebrations are a natural fit, so it makes sense that the Peter Mondavi family supports the Celebrate the Heart Gala. My wife, Katie, is a physician who understands the connection between moderate wine drinking and good heart health, and my 95-year-old father — who has a glass or two every day of his life — is living proof of it.”

The gala is the culmination of a year-long effort to raise $1 million for the American Heart Association. Funds will go to fighting heart disease and strokes, which affect more than 71 million Americans. More specifically, proceeds from this event will go toward ending the childhood obesity epidemic.

Celebrate With Heart

A benefit for the American Heart Association

Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., San Francisco
When: 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 4
Tickets: $2,500 per couple
Contact: Sheyna Daniels at (415) 228-8433;

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