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Pleasant Valley Wine Trail raises 10k for Mission San Miguel 

–The members of the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail recently announced their $10,000 donation to the Friends of Mission San Miguel.

The donation was made possible from proceeds of the sold-out “Evening Under the Estrella Sky Winemakers’ Dinner.” Owners and winemakers from member wineries paired their wines with a 4-course dinner, enjoyed by more than 150 guests during an unforgettable evening at Old Mission San Miguel. Dinner was catered by Chef Ryan Swarthout and music was performed by the Les Beck Trio. All Pleasant Valley Wine Trail members donated the wines poured throughout the evening, along with raffle items including numerous wine baskets, as well as a stay at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch in Carmel.

“We are so thankful to everyone who came out in support of this event and are so thrilled to receive this generous donation that will go a long way toward repairing damages caused during the earthquake of 2003,” said Ben Martins, General Manager at Mission San Miguel.

The date for next year’s event is Aug 17, 2019 and the beneficiary will be the Pleasant Valley School’s PASE organization. Get early bird pricing for the 4-course dinner with wine pairings for just $125 per person, or $875 for an entire table of 8 (Buy 7, get 1 Free). Early bird priced tickets will only be available until Sept. 15, 2018 here:

About The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail
The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail includes 13 wineries and 2 associate members: Bon Niche Cellars, Cinquain Cellars, Four Sisters Ranch, Graveyard Vineyards, J&J Cellars, Locatelli Vineyards, Mystic Hills, P.S. Cellars, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard, Riverstar Vineyards, San Marcos Creek, Tackitt Family Vineyards and Villa San Juliette. Associate members include Hartley Farms and Wine Country RV Resort. For complete details on all the member wineries, please visit:

About Old San Miguel Mission
Just after 11 o’clock on the morning of Dec. 22, 2003 the Central California Coast was rocked by a 6.5 earthquake, the largest to strike the region in over 50 years. Old Mission San Miguel, located just 35 miles from the epicenter, was especially hard hit.  All of the mission’s buildings were rendered off-limits to the public. Entire sections of plaster had sloughed off and exposed the vulnerable adobe beneath to the elements. Teams of preservation architects, engineers, conservators and historians began a plan to save the buildings. During the capital campaign “Saving the Irreplaceable,” this is what has been raised and earthquake retrofit work completed thus far:

  • Gift Shop & Museum (6,010 sq. ft.) $700,000
  • Parish Offices & Museum (10,973 sq. ft.) $1,225,000
  • Retreat Wing (6,205 sq. ft.) $1,150,000
  • Tailor Shop & Refectory (5,849 sq. ft.) $1,800,000
  • Church, Sacristy & Cemetery (34,996 sq. ft.) $6,700,000
  • Additional funds and work are still needed for the following rooms:
  • Friar’s Residence & Retreat Rooms (7,205 sq. ft.) $1,575,000
  • Friar’s Library & Chapel (5,849 sq. ft.) $3,650,00

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