18th Annual Keep the Promise
Wine Tasting Benefit

September 19, 2024

You are invited to Orange County’s premier wine tasting benefit, returning for its 18th year, featuring 12 hard-to-find wines from around the world.

The evening will raise funds for The Wooden Floor’s award-winning creative youth development programs, inspiring young people through the power of dance and access to higher education. Please join us to keep the promise to these young people, that “from here, you can step anywhere.”



September 19, 2024
at 6:00pm

Big Canyon Country Club
One Big Canyon Drive | Newport Beach, California

-Strolling, blind wine tasting competition 
-Signature small plates
-Sharing of student success stories
-Auctions and opportunity drawings

Enter through Big Canyon East Gate from San Joaquin Hills Road and enjoy complimentary valet parking.




2018 Bodega Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco

Very attractive, complex pinot that has plenty of rich red and dark cherries on offer and a palate that carries striking purity, freshness and detail. Superb pinot that’s long and seamless. Finishes so fresh.

James Suckling: 97 pts
Retail: $100

2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

This is as complex and savory as the rest of the Viña Tondonia wines, but also shows a tad more depth, with a hint of black plum and blue fruit on top of the orange rind, iron, tobacco, and earthy spices. Expect some cedar and truffle to develop in the future. Juicy, zesty and tight, with a dusty tannins and bright berry fruit on the medium-to full-bodied palate.

James Suckling: 97 pts
Retail: $75

2015 San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere

Decadent aromas of ripe fruit, such as plums and peaches with black truffles and porcini mushrooms. Full body, with layers of ripe fruit and round and chewy tannins. Lots of chocolate and fresh mushroom at the finish. A thoroughly terroir-driven red.

James Suckling: 100 pts
Retail: $150

2015 Château Troplong Mondot

A blend of 92% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in 85% new French oak. Sporting a deep, inky color as well as a sensational bouquet of crème de cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, licorice, and spring flowers, it’s another huge wine from this estate that has perfect balance between its fruit, oak and tannin, a stacked mid-palate, and an incredible finish. It’s one of the great wines of the vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck: 99 pts
Retail: $250

2018 Porseleinberg Swartland

Syrah from rock-hard slate soil, aged in large wooden barrels and concrete vessels. Since it was founded in 2009, Porseleinberg has been one of the best red wines in the Cape and is regularly awarded high ratings. Refined, fragrant, concentrated, and nuanced with structured tannins. Raspberry and wild berries, cloves and white pepper – simply world class.

Tim Atklin: 99 pts
Retail: $130

2006 Dominus Estate Red

There are 6,500 cases of the superb 2006 Dominus (91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot). Its dark plum/purple color is accompanied by aromas and flavors of truffles, forest floor, black cherries, black currants, and Asian spices. One of the finest wines of the vintage, it is complete, full-bodied, and seamlessly built with beautiful ripe tannins, low acidity, and a luscious, layered mouthfeel.

Wine Advocate: for 96 pts
Retail: $350


2013 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Im Weingebirge “Baumpresse”

Vinified in large oak, the 2013 Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner Baumpresse is beautifully clear, refined and elegant on the deep, spicy, fruit-intense and complex nose. It’s unique in style and was pressed with the ancient basket press of the domain. Rich and intense on the palate, it has ripe and concentrated fruit combined with fine tannins and a unique touch of oxidative style. This is a traditional class that is reminiscent of old school Riojas but is richer, more fruit-intense and maybe also mightier. It is an outstanding and singular Austrian wine.

Wine Advocate: 98 pts
Retail: $120

2019 The Eyrie Vineyards Chardonnay The Eyrie

The 2019 Chardonnay The Eyrie, matured in just 11.5% new oak, is expressive and singular, offering an alluring dynamic of ripe, spicy fruit and savory bass tones. A core of baked apple fruit is accented by scents of mushroom powder, flint, fallen leaves and cinnamon on the nose, shifting continually as it spends time in the glass. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly concentrated yet boasts focused acidity that drives its generous flavors into a long, flinty finish.

Wine Advocate: 98 pts
Retail: $125

2016 Stonestreet Chardonnay Upper Barn

The 2016 Chardonnay Upper Barn Vineyard comes from the oldest vines on the estate, planted in 1982. Fermented in barrel and aged for 11 months in 47% new French oak, it is a little closed to begin, slowly unfurling to reveal pink grapefruit, white peaches, and Granny Smith apples with nuances of honeysuckle, lemon tart, and praline. Medium to full-bodied, it explodes in the mouth with citrus and savory layers, with a gorgeous silkiness and loads of ginger and mineral sparks coming through on the finish. 813 cases produced.

Wine Advocate: 97+ pts
Retail: $95

2018 DuMOL Chardonnay Chloe Ritchie Vineyard

The 2018 Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Chloe is a more rounded, fleshy effort that still plays in the vibrant, more chiseled style favored by this estate. Beautiful crushed citrus, pineapple, Meyer lemon, and white flower notes all dominate the bouquet, and this beauty hits the palate with a rich yet racy style that carries loads of fruit and texture as well as bright acidity.

Jeb Dunnuck: 96 pts
Retail: $110

2009 M. Chapoutier Ermitage Blanc Le Méa

From a warm site and a hot vintage, the 2009 Ermitage le Meal Blanc was aged in 100% new French oak. Flirting with perfection and a full-bore, exotic, almost over-the-top expression of Marsanne, it has less minerality than the 2010, yet more of everything else with boatloads of caramelized fruits, buttered citrus, white flowers, honey and crushed rocks all soaring from the glass. Rich, layered, exuberant, unctuous and exotic, with stunning freshness despite its thickness and weight.

Jeb Dunnuck: 99 pts
Retail: $350

1946 Toro Albalá • Don PX Convento Selección

The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an extreme wine, ultra-mega-super concentrated. It is unbelievably powerful, both in the nose and the palate, full of umami, with sweet cinnamon, Christmas cake, camphor, petrol, lemongrass, Belgian chocolate, and butter. Incredibly complex and rich, sweet, balanced, and smooth in the palate, it is both very sweet and somehow salty, and with time it develops a black olive note. It combines the texture of the 1962 and the elegance of the 1949. It is as decadent as it gets. 825 bottles were produced.  A real tour de force sweet wine.

Robert Parker: 100 pts
Retail: $395

Save the date for our 
18th Annual Keep the Promise Wine Tasting Benefit

September 19, 2024


18th Annual Keep The Promise Wine Tasting Benefit 

The Beall Family Foundation
Janice & John Markley

Theresa & Jonathon Allen

Frome Family Foundation
Judith Posnikoff
Nancy and Geoffrey Stack

Capital Group
Adele & Bryan Green
Hydraflow – The Ayloush Family
Yvonne & Damien Jordan
Carole & Rich Lee
Ginger & Arthur Ong
Providence Health Plan

Michele & Joseph Chatelle
Jehan Jayakumar – Carlson & Jayakumar LLP
Robyn & Dave Stauffer
US Bank Private Wealth Management

Denise & Keith Banning
MVS Foundation

*as of 06-26-2024