The fifth annual “Hidden Gems” wine tasting and competition among home winemakers and small “boutique” professional wineries raised $15,000 for People Helping People programs to benefit families and children, according to Jordan Granet, PHP development associate.

The winners of the competition were Pegasus Estate cabernet sauvignon, first place red wine and best in show; Quail Crossing pinot grigio, people’s choice; Mike Gordon cocobaccio, second place red wine; Allan Hancock pinot noir and Tim Gorham cabernet sauvignon, tied for third place red wine; and Fontes and Phillips, Panky Rosé, honorable mention.

This was the first entry for Pegasus Estate in the Hidden Gems competition and owner Peggy Crowley was surprised and delighted to be the overall winner for the day.

Quail Crossing, owned by Linda and Vince Gomez and Tim Gorham, was also a first-time entrant.

Mike Gordon, Hancock, and Fontes and Phillips are all repeat winners.

Granet said the fiercely contested wine competition was judged by Michael Cervin, News-Press food columnist; David Michael Cane, local wine critic and radio personality; and Charles T. Williams, director di vino at Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang.

Appetizers at the event in Happy Canyon were furnished by New West Catering and Forno Classico. Live music was provided by Peter Feldmann and The Very Lonesome Boys, and Jim Farnum served as emcee and auctioneer.

People Helping People (PHP) is a nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged families and individuals in the Santa Ynez and Los Alamos Valleys.

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