Posted Friday, August 1, 2008
Olympic Valley, CA. (August 1, 2008) – Ever had a Midlife Crisis in a glass? Or sipped from a Twisted River? These are just two of the more than 40 Northern California wineries that will be present at the 20th Annual Alpen Wine Festival hosted by The Village at Squaw Valley USA and Uncorked Wine Bar on Sunday, August 31st 2008. Former Olympic ski racer Jimmie Heuga will join wine aficionados at the event, which will help raise money for The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis.
For a $40 donation to the Heuga Center, guests will receive a commemorative Spiegalau wine glass and unlimited wine tasting from 2 to 5 pm. Event attendees will enjoy offerings from more than 40 Northern California vineyards, including ZD Wines, Hall, Scott, Seghesio, Sobon, Midlife Crisis, Lucchesi, Perry Creek, Quady, Three Families, Ehrhardt Estates, Ramian Estate, Alpen Cellars and Bray.
While savoring the wine and the spectacular alpine scenery, guests can appreciate live entertainment. Ivan Najera Quintet will spice up the event with their Spanish, Latin and jazz flavored music on the main stage. Emily Tessmer, whose vocals and piano playing have been called poignant and soulful, will entertain guests on the First Street stage. Tessmer has opened for a diverse number of acts including Gilby Clarke (Supernova) and Blue Oyster Cult and has sung the National Anthem for the San Diego Padres game at PETCO Park. She recently released her second album Luminarium. Card illusionist Mark Crowe also will add to the festive atmosphere at the Alpen Wine Tasting.
The Alpen Wine Festival also will feature a silent auction, which will help provide additional support for The Heuga Center. Festival attendees can bid on more than 50 items, including dinners at restaurants, magnums signed by winemakers, mixed cases of wine and more.
The majority of wines served at the event also can be purchased at Uncorked.
Jimmie Heuga founded The Heuga Center in 1984 to teach people with multiple sclerosis (MS) how to use exercise to help manage their life with this chronic disease. He wanted to share the principles that transformed his life from one of despair to one of health and well-being.
For more information on the Alpen Wine Festival visit http://www.thevillageatsquaw.com or call (530) 584-6266.
The Village at Squaw Valley USA is an Intrawest resort. Intrawest ULC is a world leader in destination resorts and adventure travel. The company has interests in 10 resorts at North America's most popular mountain destinations, including Whistler Blackcomb, a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Intrawest owns Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest heli-skiing operation in the world, and an interest in Abercrombie & Kent, the world leader in luxury adventure travel. The Intrawest network also includes Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida and Club Intrawest—a private resort club with nine locations throughout North America. Intrawest develops real estate at its resorts and at other locations across North America and in Europe. Intrawest is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.intrawest.com.