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Regions Premier Wine-Tasting Event Returns

SANTA CLARITA - Tickets are selling fast for the Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic, the region's premier wine-tasting event and fundraiser for young musicians. The annual event will return to California Institute of the Arts the evening of Saturday, May 28.
Those who purchase advance tickets will receive a discount from the at-the-door price. Individual tickets cost $70 if purchased by May 27, rising to $80 per person the day of the event.

Ticket prices are as follows:
*    May 2 to 27: $70 each, $130 a pair
*    At the door: $80 each; $150 a pair
*    Designated driver: $35 each
*    Group sales to May 21: $60 each (10 minimum)

The 17th-annual event promises to be the biggest yet for wine connoisseurs and music lovers, offering a huge variety of wines from both wineries and merchants, gourmet food from some of the Santa Clarita Valley's best restaurants and catering services, and live orchestral music.

In addition to the latest releases poured by wineries, a number of library wines will be uncorked. A wide selection of current and rare vintage wines will be offered during a silent auction, professional musicians will perform for guests, and vintage library wines will be available for tasting. All guests will receive souvenir glasses and trays.

The event, a fundraiser for the SCV Youth Orchestra, will be held 7 to 10p.m. Saturday, May 28, in the Main Gallery at CalArts, located at 24700 McBean Parkway in Valencia.

The SCV Youth Orchestra is a three-tiered instrumental educational program that was founded at CalArts in 1969 and moved to College of the Canyons in 1989. The program provides a positive, creative outlet for hundreds of young musicians throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, call (661) 362-3415 or 362-5604. Information such as wines to be poured and restaurants attending may be found on-line at www.scvwineclassic.org.