Wine tasting fundraiser: ‘Pursuit of Pinot Perfection!’


An afternoon of fun, friends, wine and food was offered at the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus’ 14th annual wine tasting and benefit, “Pursuit of Pinot Perfection!”, hosted at the home of Rancho Santa Fe residents Julie and Don MacNeil. This casual indoor/outdoor affair began with a reception of eclectic white and red wines from around the world enjoyed with an array of “California tapas.”

Following was an entertaining and informative “blind tasting” of California Pinot Noirs from the great pinot-growing region of the state. The blind tasting was moderated by syndicated wine writer Robert Whitley (“Wine Talk,” Creators® Syndicate). The afternoon ended with a raffle of over 30 fine and rare wines from private cellars. Funds benefit the artistic programs of the LJS&C, an independent non-profit charitable organization affiliated with UC San Diego. For more information, visit

Photos by Jon Clark.