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East County News Service

October 24, 2017 (San Diego) – With the firestorms in Northern California wine country, Sonoma, Napa and Santa Rosa being contained, the impact is now being seen and recovery efforts underway. The numbers of displaced people is staggering. Bernardo Winery will hold a wine and food tasting event November 12th from 1-4 p.m., partnering with other San Diego County wineries and restaurants to support winery and vineyard workers and their families, who have lost their homes or been displaced in these devastating fires, to re-establish their households.

100% of the online ticket sales for WINE AID 2017 will go to those families, through a fund that has been established by the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association. The SCGGF has created a relief fund specifically for winery workers and their families who have been displaced by these devastating fires. At door ticket sales will also be supporting the Sonoma County SPCA who is offering no-cost veterinary treatment for burned animals and boarding for lost animals.

“It’s really been important to our family to be in the vineyards and the cellar, with our guys and gals who work so hard to help produce the wine. People forget how much work it takes to make wine… early mornings, scorching heat and long days, to get wine to table. We appreciate the workers and would like to help them up North, wine country to wine country”, said Ross Rizzo, President and Winemaker at Bernardo Winery.”

Tickets for WINE AID 2017 are on sale now on  for $50 a person. Tickets include wine and food tasting, live acoustic music and a silent auction. At the door tickets will be $60. Designated driver tickets are $25, including food tasting and complimentary craft coffee and water. Local agencies will be on hand with information on fire preparedness. For more information about this event, please email the organizer, Samantha Nawrocki at  or 858-487-1866 ext. 115

The Bernardo Winery, established in 1889, is the oldest continuously producing winery in Southern California. Family owned and operated since 1927 by the Rizzo Family, the Bernardo Winery produces wines from San Diego grapes, for three generations. Located at 13330 Paseo del Verano, San Diego CA in Rancho Bernardo.  For more information, see

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