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Philly Restaurants Raise Money for California Wine Country

Funds will go to support those affected by the devastating wildfires

Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma, California
Adam Decker

Local restaurants and sommeliers are setting up fundraisers to support communities affected by the massive wildfires that ravaged Sonoma, Napa, and neighboring counties in Northern California earlier this month, wiping out neighborhoods and vineyards across wine country and killing 42 people.

Philly Wine Week, founded by Kate Moroney of Vintage and Bill Eccelston of Panorama, is in the process of putting together a week-long fundraising effort among its members. “Clink to California,” planned for November 6-12, will include dinners, happy hours, and wine deals. Events will be listed on Philly Wine Week’s website, and on social media with the hashtag #PhillyLovesCali.

Winemakers & Sommeliers for California Wildfire Relief, which has already hosted a few fundraisers in other cities, also has a benefit event in the works. WSCWR was created by star sommelier Patrick Cappiello, who’s one of the partners at the new Walnut Street Café in Philly, along with Pax Mahle of Wind Gap and Pax Wines and Sara Morgenstern of Bergamot Alley.

Their Philly event, which is a collaboration with Philly Wine Week and Drexel’s Center for Food and Hospitality Management, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, at Drexel’s Academic Bistro (33rd and Arch), with California wines and snacks from local chefs. Cappiello and Mahle will be on hand to talk all things wine.

Tickets are $50, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to CA Wine Strong, the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief, and Napa Valley Community Foundation.

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