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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. names Paul Hobbs as 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Honored Signature Vintner

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. has named Paul Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery as the Honored Signature Vintner of the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

Regarded as an international visionary for his accomplishments in the vineyard and winery, Hobbs couples his childhood roots on the family farm with an innovative scientific approach to refine the art of winemaking. Along with his global consulting career, he is the owner and winemaker for Sebastopol, California based wineries, Paul Hobbs Winery and CrossBarn, as well as his international partnerships, Viña Cobos (Mendoza, Argentina), Crocus (Cahors, France) and Yacoubian-Hobbs (Armenia).

Paul Hobbs Winery, founded by Hobbs in 1991, is known for its “wines with a sense of place.”

“The true character of a site is only revealed through the work and determination of tending each vineyard with meticulous care and vinifying with minimalist winemaking techniques that fully express the terroir,” said Hobbs.

“We are honored to have Paul Hobbs join this year’s Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest as Honored Signature Vintner, and look forward to celebrating Paul Hobbs Winery’s unique offerings as we come together to paint a difference in the lives of children throughout Southwest Florida,” said Sandy Stilwell Youngquist, SWFL Children’s Charities trustee and co-chair of the event.

Celebrating its 12th year, the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will take place Feb. 21-22, 2020. The two-day signature event will feature Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 21, creatively hosted in private luxury venues across the region, followed The Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa. Guests will experience artful cuisine created by celebrated chefs and expertly paired with vintners from some of the finest and most exclusive wineries, while supporting SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s mission to save children’s lives and advance pediatric health care across the region.

Funds raised at the event’s Live Auction will benefit SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s efforts to provide lifesaving care, educational programs and lasting solutions that enable a secure future for the children of Southwest Florida. Proceeds will support pediatric health care services at Golisano Children’s Hospital, as well as pediatric health care educational programs at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College.

To learn more about the 2020 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, please visit www.swflwinefest.org.

About SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.

SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has donated nearly $23 million over the past 11 years in support of children’s health initiatives. The 2020 event will support pediatric health care services at Golisano Children’s Hospital, as well as pediatric health care educational programs at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

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