Champagne Preview, Wine Tasting & Auction 2017

Gualala Arts Wine Tasting & Auction

Finale to the Soroptimists Architectural Tour

Friday May 12, 5 pm: Korbel Champagne Preview; Saturday May 13, 10am: Architectural Tour; 3 pm: Wine Tasting & Auction

Gualala Arts Center Coleman Hall

See details for each event

Friday          5 pm to 7 pm        Korbel Champagne Preview
Saturday   10 am to  3 pm       Architectural Tour
Saturday     3 pm to 5:30 pm  Wine Tasting & Auction

Gualala Arts invites you to the 33rd Annual Wine Tasting & Auction in conjunction with the Soroptimist International of Mendocino-Sonoma Coast 33rd Annual Architectural Tour.  For tickets for the Architectural Tour, please visit or contact Linda Bradbrook at (707) 884-4343.


The Wine Tasting & Auction will be hosted at the Gualala Arts Center, an architectural gem nestled in the redwoods with a dramatic auditorium and foyer where the tasting and silent auction is held. This is the premier wine event on the Sonoma / Mendocino coast, featuring 20 award winning wineries pouring a wide selection of their premium wines. Over 100 wine related auction lots will be available for your silent bidding both days of the event.

Participating wines include Carol Shelton Wines, Flowers Vineyards & Winery, Frey Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Husch Vineyards, Wild Hog Vineyards, Woodenhead, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Red Car Winery, Gustafson Family Vineyard, Scharffenberger, Fort Ross Winery, Parducci, and Lazy Creek Vineyards, and more.

Admission to the Korbel Champagne Reception, Friday, May 12, 5 pm to 7 pm, is free and gives individuals a chance to not only taste fine Korbel champagnes, but to preview wine auction lots and place starting bids for the silent auction.  The latest exhibits will be on display, “Bodies of Work” featuring Sonoma artists Carolyne Singer and Sieglinde Fels and “Deep Time  An Art Odyssey” presented by artist Gretchen Butler, also of Sonoma.

This year’s Wine Tasting & Auction event is sponsored by Vacasa Vacation Rental Service.

Woodenhead Wine is a Platinum Sponsor, donating  over $1,500 worth of wine for this event.

“Bright Star” premier Vacasa vacation home.

Vacasa has donated a weekend stay at its premier 3-bedroom Sea Ranch vacation home “Bright Star” as the top raffle prize for this year’s event.  Vacasa maintains and services private vacation homes  in 14 states and four countries and plans expansion in the U.S. and abroad.

Artist Sandy Ostrau with Executive Director David “Sus” Susalla at the 2016 Wine Tasting and Auction.

Artist Sandy Ostrau is again donating one of her paintings as a raffle item.  In her oil paintings, Sandy says, “In my work I strive to take a scene, a person or a landscape and condense it into a very direct and simplified statement. My goal is to strip away all of the superfluous detail and present each scenario in its essence. I try to reach a point where details are not important, and specifics don’t matter.”

Sandy divides her time between Palo Alto and the North Coast.

A wine basket with premium wines, gift certificates, and wine-related items worth upwards of $1,000 is the final item to be raffled off to a lucky winner!

Gualala Arts Executive Director David “Sus” Susalla chooses the winning numbers!

Wine Tasting & Auction

The Saturday Wine Tasting & Auction is the finale to the 33rd Annual Architectural Tour that features an extraordinary and diverse offering of homes. Many local wineries and businesses donate premium auction lots such as bottles of award-winning wines, wine related gifts, luxurious lodging packages, golf packages, winery tours, and other great items. Make what you hope will be winning bids on your favorites, knowing that the proceeds will help promote public interest and participation in the arts.  Attend the Korbel Champagne Preview and place your bids early!

Wine Tasting & Auction

The Wine Tasting & Auction begins on Saturday, May 13 at 3 pm at the Gualala Arts Center. Tickets are $25 in advance for this event, plus $5 the day of the event. You can also use your Architectural Tour ticket as entry to the tasting.

The elegance of the Gualala Arts Center has been the location for the wine tasting and auction since 1999. Last year Gualala Arts took this event to new heights, ensuring that it the premier wine event on the North Coast. You will enjoy a wide variety of outstanding wines being poured by 25 premium northern California wineries, accompanied by a delicious menu of thoughtfully paired food donated by local businesses and carefully selected to complement the wines.

Browse the silent auction lots that feature an impressive array of award-winning wines from 40 northern California wineries, gift certificates and other wine related adventures. Purchase raffle tickets to win the showcase raffle prizes. Enjoy the beautifully landscaped and art filled grounds of the Arts Center while you sip your wine. Top off your day by making winning bids on auction lots that will help enhance your wine collection, or give you a new adventure to look forward to.

We welcome new donations to help make this a bigger and better event every year. If you are interested in donating wine or wine related items to our auction, please fill out the Wine Tasting & Auction Application/Donation form (coming soon) and send it to Gualala Arts ASAP. Any questions please contact Gualala Arts at (707) 884-1138.

Special Thanks to this year’s Sponsors

2017 Grand Sponsor

vacasa logo

Platinum Sponsors



Sandy Ostrau

Gold Sponsors

Thomas Fallon           Photography

Silver Sponsors








Gary Collins,  George Collins, and  Len & Sharon Hiles


Bronze Sponsors

                                        Gualala Country Inn                       Gustafson Famil

                                        Navarro Vineyards                         Parducci Wine Cellars

          Scharffenberger                               Trione Vineyards & Winery


Anchor Bay Store, Architectural Elements, Balletto Vineyards, Brutocae Cellars, Cline, deLorimer Winery, Ferrari Carano , Field Stone Winery & Vineyards, Four-Eyed Frog, Frick Winery, Fritz Underground Winery, Hess, Ling-Yen Jones, Little River Inn, Naughty Boy Vineyards, Ramey Wine Cellars, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Scott Chieffo, Sean Overland, Sonoma Canopy Tours, Stag’s Leap, The Sea Ranch Golf Links, Toulouse Vineyards


Tickets are $25 Advance, $5 more day of event, youth 7-17 free with adult

Make a reservation for the Korbel Champagne Preview at Brown Paper Tickets  (Free preview only), Purchase tickets for the wine tasting and auction only Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.

To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.