Vine & Dine Today’s Youth Matter

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Frequently Asked Questions

Vine & Dine The following is a list of some common questions that previous attendees have asked about Vine & Dine:

Which wineries have participated in Vine & Dine?

Vine & Dine is an exclusive wine and food event that features fantastic, hard-to-get wines from local winemakers, including:


Guests enjoy interaction with many winemakers who pour their own highly rated wines.

Watch these winemakers; they are the up-and-coming stars of the wine world. Many of them are oversubscribed and only sell to those lucky enough to be on their mailing lists.

By attending the events, guests at Vine & Dine have the opportunity to get on these exclusive lists before they fill up, and we suggest that guests sign up for the mailing lists of the wineries they enjoy.

Is there food served at Vine & Dine?

Vine & Dine includes gourmet hors d’oeuvres and luxury-premium wines. The chef for Vine & Dine is Cynthia Bloebaum. Chef Cynthia is a private caterer and chef for wine themed events, as well as a published food writer. She has been in the restaurant business for more than 20 years.

What is the appropriate attire for Vine & Dine?

The appropriate attire for Vine & Dine is elegant garden casual. Many women attending wear summer dresses. Many men wear casual slacks and sport coats. Many winemakers wear nice jeans or khakis with nice shirts.

What is the entertainment at Vine & Dine?

In addition to the many sought-after wines and gourmet hors d’oeuvres, there will be a live jazz quartet playing during the entire event.

How can I purchase a tickets to Vine & Dine?

You can purchase tickets to Vine & Dine either online or by calling Today’s Youth Matter at 877.TYM.KIDS.

Can I bring my children to Vine & Dine?

Unfortunately, no one under the age of 21 is allowed to attend Vine & Dine because alcohol is being served.

When was Vine & Dine founded?

Vine & Dine was founded in 1997 by Rex Dwyer and Nicolle Toppe Lochner. With many years of experience in the high tech and financial industries, Mr. Dwyer combined his management expertise and love of wine with his dedication to local philanthropic organizations to enable this premier charitable event. He has been chairperson since 2001. Vine & Dine has been held annually from 1998, except 2006.

Who benefits from Vine & Dine?

Vine & Dine All proceeds from Vine & Dine go to Today’s Youth Matter, a charitable organization that helps keep at-risk youth off the streets. By developing life-long bonds with children and teens from Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Alameda, and Sacramento counties through an intensive summer camping and year-round follow-up program, Today’s Youth Matter offers foster care children a reason for hope and a future.

Is the cost of my ticket to Vine & Dine deductible as a charitable contribution?

The cost of your ticket to Vine & Dine less actual costs is deductible as a charitable contribution.

What is the profile of a typical Vine & Dine attendee?

Vine & Dine typically attracts more than 150 attendees from across the Bay Area. Attendees tend to be active participants in charity events, wine collectors, and clients of high-end restaurants in the Bay Area.

How can I arrange for my winery to participate in Vine & Dine?

Vine & Dine welcomes the participation of local winemakers. For more information, contact Rex Dwyer, Vine & Dine Event Chair.