The San Diego-based Social Service Auxiliary is in final preparations for its 26th annual Wine and Roses Charity Wine Tasting, an event that continues its long run of supporting local charities.
Wine and Roses will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. June 14 and features award-winning wines, food from premier local restaurants and musical entertainment all benefiting Camp Oliver, a San Diego-based nonprofit organization promoting quality values in area youths.
The San Diego International Wine Competition provides the event with gold medal-winning wines from its 2009 competition for guests to enjoy. Competition medal winners are also donated to the Wine and Roses "cellar," where they are available for guests to buy at discounted prices. St. Supery Vineyards and Winery, Quivira Vineyards and Eberle Winery are among the more than 50 participating wineries on display.
Premier local restaurants are also supporting the cause. The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Barona Oaks and The Shores Restaurant headline the list of more than 20 purveyors guests will be able to choose from. A special olive oil tasting area will also be provided by the Temecula Olive Oil Co.
The Rancho Bernardo-based RB Swingtet will perform what it calls "The Great American Songbook," or songs from the 1920s through 1950s, throughout the affair. For a little extra spice, the band also will mix in some contemporary Latin tunes.
A new feature this year, "Tasting on the Terrace," takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. the day before the main event, also at The Westgate Hotel. Robert Whitley, syndicated wine columnist and director of the San Diego International Wine Competition, will host this intimate exploration of Sonoma area wines. Tickets are available for the special tasting for $30 and are only available on the Wine and Roses
The Social Service Auxiliary was founded in 1941 as a supporting body to the Sisters of Social Service. Membership consists of women from around San Diego County who dedicate their time and talents to support local charitable causes.
Social Service Auxiliary board member Bernice Abernathy is in charge of the entertainment portion of this year's Wine and Roses event, and has been an active member for more than 10 years.
"It is important to give back to my community," Abernathy said. "I'm involved with (SSA) for the service."
With the help of Abernathy and other SSA members, nearly $2 million has been raised for the benefit of Camp Oliver directly from past Wine and Roses events.
Wine and Roses tickets are available in advance for $65 or at the door for $75 and include all wine and food tastings. For more information on Wine and Roses or to buy tickets, visit
About Camp Oliver
Descanso-based Camp Oliver opened in 1949 and has developed into a facility, mostly for children, where they learn to appreciate and value themselves, others and the natural world around them. Learning to share and independent decision-making are integral to camp programs. The facility is open year-round. For more information, visit