Inaugural Dream Big Darling Dinner & Auction Raises More Than $100k

Event Proceeds to Fund Nonprofit Mentorship Program for Women in Wine & Spirits Industry

Paso Robles, CA—The inaugural Dream Big Dinner, Auction & Concert lived up to its name last Friday night, raising more than $100,000 for Dream Big Darling—a new nonprofit whose mission is to foster the success of women in the wine and spirits industry through mentorship, education, life enhancement and professional retreats.


“It was truly inspiring to see the community come together in such a big and powerful way to support the growth and development of the future leaders of our industry,” said Maeve Pesquera, senior vice president of DAOU Vineyards & Winery and one of the evening’s featured speakers.


Held at Santa Margarita Ranch in the Paso Robles wine country on October 19, the event was attended by 175 guests and was punctuated with a lively auction featuring a remarkable roster of auction items, including two Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXT Ranch Edition offroad vehicles and a three-night Hawaiian vacation for two featuring a wine dinner with famed sommelier Chuck Furuya in Waikiki.


Female industry leaders from Alta Colina Vineyard and Winery, Ancient Peaks Winery, Clesi Wines, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Epoch Estate Wines, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines and Ranchero Cellars helped host this epic night of wine, food and camaraderie, which included a menu inspired by Julia Child.


Proceeds from the auction will fund Dream Big Darling’s 2019 professional events and inaugural annual retreat next fall.


The annual retreat will feature keynote speakers, networking opportunities and professional development workshops for women aspiring to advance their careers in the wine and spirits industry. Dream Big Darling is also offering five all-access scholarships to Wine Speak 2019, a premier industry summit happening on January 7-10 in the Paso Robles wine country.


Prospective Dream Big Darling Retreat and Wine Speak scholarship applicants can apply at


“We were thrilled to be a part and to show our support for an initiative that will help catapult the ambitions and dreams of young women who believe they will make a difference,” said Cynthia Lohr, co-owner, trade and brand advocate with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and one of the evening’s featured speakers.


Dream Big Darling would like to thank the following people and organizations for helping make the event a success: Acacia Productions, All About Events, Ancient Peaks Winery, Courtney Taylor Law, Elizabeth Hays Photography, Kawasaki, Mooncatcher, Negranti-Higgins & Co. CPA, Poor Richards Press, Scout Rentals, The Somm Journal, and Tami Bernard Make Up Artist, Blush Fine Linens, Solterra Strategies, Succulent Creations, Princess Cruiselines, The Range Restaurant, Dorn’s Breakers Café and Curtis West Co.


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