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SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. is pleased to announce that V Madrone Cellars has been named the Honored Signature Vintner of the 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, the organization’s annual signature fundraising event. Owners Chris and Pauline Tilley will represent the winery by attending the Signature Vintner Dinner on Dec. 4 and at the Wine & Food Fest in February. The two-day event includes Chef Vintner Dinners at private homes on Friday, Feb. 24 and The Grand Tasting and Live Auction on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

“V Madrone Cellars has participated in the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest for nearly a decade now,” said Bill Toler, trustee and vintner committee co-chair for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “We are thrilled to honor the Tilleys’ longstanding generosity and commitment to SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. by highlighting their exceptional wines and celebrating them as our Honored Signature Vintner.”

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Located within the Napa Valley in St. Helena, California, V Madrone Cellars is known for its Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, produced at its 3.5-acre vineyard. V Madrone Cellars holds a rich history, the owners having resurrected a former winery from the pre-Prohibition era, to house the present day vineyard and winery of V Madrone Cellars. V Madrone Cellars offers private tours and tastings of their wines at their winery, which has been declared a Napa County Historical Landmark. This allows guests to sample V Madrone’s array of offerings including Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel Old Vines, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah Old Vines, Le Prechaun and Rosé wines.

For more information about the 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s Honored Signature Vintner, visit the V Madrone Cellars’ website at www.vmadrone.com.

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SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past eight years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. grants funds to Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University to provide scholarships and resources to educate the community’s next generation of pediatric health care professionals. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.