William Sansum Diabetes Center Taste of the Vine 2016

The 14th Annual William Sansum Diabetes Center Taste of the Vine & Auction was held at the QAD, overlooking the picturesque bluffs of Summerland. The afternoon opened with a VIP reception on the balcony, followed by a welcome from Ellen Goodstein, Executive Director. "Here at William Sansum Diabetes Center we are working hard to stem the tide of this terrible disease, but we need your help," said Goodman. The William Sansum Diabetes Center is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes through research, education and care.

Entrance Easel Taste of the Vine

A silent auction and tasting was enjoyed to the music of The Collins Jazz Toic Band, and John Palminteri of KEYT3 did a grand job handling the live auction, which included Jump on the School Bus eight-hour wine or boor tour for up to 30 guests stopping in breweries or wine rooms for Carpenteria to the Santa Ynez Valley, a four day and three night stay at a Mammoth Condo at the Village in the Grand Sierra Lodge, a 3 night sty for 2 in the Motecito Orchid Oasis Luxury Guest House, Six night African Photo Safari for Two, 5 night stay at Beach Resort Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, special item donated by Santa Barbara Eye Glass Factory.

Bacara Pulled Pork on Mini Buns

Delicious mini pulled pork sandwiches from Bacara Resort, Via Maestra 42 iconic pasta, and Brenda Simon's Cafe 142 outstnding Bruchetta were just a few of the gourmet items on the menu that were paired well with amazing sips from Brander, Lucas & Lewellen, Silver Wines and others.

Brander Vineyard Wines

Wine & Brewery purveyors included Ascendant Spirits, Cambria Wines, Carina Wine Cellars, Demetria Estate Wines, DePaola Vineyard, Giessinger Winery, Island Brewing Company, Jaffurs Winery, J.Wilkes, Lucas & Lewellen, Pure Order Brewing, Riverbench Winery, Sanger Family of Wines, Silver Wines, Smashberry Wines, Toucan Wines, Turiya Wines. Food Purveyors included Angel Oak at Bacara Resort, Borello's Pizza & Pastaria, C'est Cheese, Chez Vous, Gadolfo's Deli, Le Sorelle, LunchBox, Max's Restaurant, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Outer Aisle Gourmet, The Secret Ingredient and Via Maestra 42.

View From The QAD Balcony

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson mingled with a mileau of media and sponsors including representatives from Robobank, Montecito Bank & Trust, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation, Union Bank, Anchor Point IT Solutions, Boyd Communication, Cottage Health System, The Mosher Foundation, First Republic Wealth Management, Northern Trust Bank and countless additional friends and supporters of William Sansum Diabetes Clinic.

For information or to make a donations to William Samsum Diabetes Center please visit

By Bonnie Carroll

About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News -, does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact her at Contact her at


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