Annual Wine Tasting
In the 15 year history of the event, together we have added over
$1 million to PVHMC Foundation’s Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediaric Units
to purchase the most up-to-date technology that is saving the lives of
our tiniest patients.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our tiniest patients at Pomona
Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Annual Wine Tasting
Since 2005, PVHMC Foundation and LIQUORAMA Fine Wines and Spirits in Upland,
CA, have hosted what many consider to be the premier wine tasting event
in the Inland Empire, also known simply as the Annual Wine Tasting.
The net proceeds from the Annual Wine Tasting are used to purchase
state of the art equipment for Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center’s pediatric
and neonatal intensive care (NICU) departments. Over the past 14 years,
the Annual Wine Tasting has raised over $920,000 for the two departments.
The 500 plus guests have the opportunity to taste an extraordinary collection
of over 200 wines, selected from over 30 vintners from around the world.
The demanding palate of LIQUORAMA’s owner, John Solomon, ensures
the wines selected are truly rated 90 or above on a 100 point scale.
What Makes the Annual Wine Tasting so Unique?
Noted wine expert and owner of LIQUORAMA Fine Wines and Spirits in Upland,
CA, John Solomon, spends months in preparation for the event by personally
working with the most notable wineries and importers to select only the
finest wines from their cellars for presentation at the Annual Wine Tasting.
The reputation of this event has grown in the Inland Empire because of
John’s passion for fine wine and also for his passion for Pomona
Valley Hospital Medical Center and the tender care provided to the most
vulnerable patients in the NICU and Pediatrics department. The Annual
Wine Tasting has become the wine event that is not to be missed!
As guests arrive at the event, they each receive their own glass to use
as they move from table to table to taste and discuss the wine that has
been poured into their glass by winery vintner's.
Once poured, the guests may swirl the glass and hold it up to the light
to view its color and appearance, and for red wines especially, to view
the wines “legs” or “tears” as the French prefer.
It is very common to see tasters swirl the glass once more and put their
nose deep into the bowl of the glass to sniff the various aromas from
young wines and bouquets from the more mature vintages. Then there is
the tasting and the “in mouth” sensations and then how the
wine “finishes” or the aftertaste.
In the middle of the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center ballroom will
be a specially designed menu of hors d’oeuvres that are a perfect
food match for the quality of wines being poured. Small tables are situated
around the room so that the guests may sit or stand and enjoy the special
wine and food pairing.
Once the guests have gone around the room and tasted, they usually come
back to their favorites and inquire about ordering their favorite wine.
Through the help of LIQUORAMA, guests will be able to purchase the wines
of their choice, with all profits on the sale of the wine, donated back
to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation by LIQUORAMA.
The guests in attendance have made wonderful comments about how much they
have enjoyed the event and the fun they had making new friends. If a picture
is worth a thousand words, then the pictures below certainly tell the story.
For further information about the Annual Wine Tasting and sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Glenda Ferguson, Director of Development, Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center Foundation, 909.865.9659 or
2018 Wine Tasting Photos
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