The Grape Escape, the Bal De Nuit and a Football Legend

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A prestigious assortment of vintners representing Napa Valley vineyards will be in town on Valentine's Day for Private Reserve 2003, sponsored by and benefiting the Community Literacy Centers.

The black-tie party will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 with a champagne reception, followed by dinner, an auction and dancing to the music of Zoom City at the downtown Petroleum Club.

Reservations are $250 per person, which includes a ticket to Grape Escape, a wine tasting the next night.

For Private Reserve, a $3,000 sponsorship provides seats for eight guests and a vintner, two patron party tickets and eight Grape Escape tickets. The $2,500 sponsor reservation is for eight seats at Private Reserve, two patron party tickets and eight Grape Escape tickets. Patron seating at $700 offers two seats at Private Reserve and two patron party tickets. Checks payable to Community Literacy Centers may be mailed to P.O. Box 60687, Oklahoma City 73146-0687. For information, call 524-7323.

Vintners attending will include Shelli Brinson, King Estates Winery; Koerner Rombauer, Rombauer Vineyards; Andrew Harris, Andrew Harris Vineyards; Andrew Perez, Santa Alicia Winery; David Duckhorn, Milat Vineyards; Todd Williams, Toad Hollow Winery; Peter Huwiler, Merryvale Vineyards; Elaine Honig, Honig Vineyards & Winery; Bernard La Borie, Darioush Winery; Ray Coursen, Elyse Winery; John Skumpny, Lang & Reed Winery; Hugh Davis, Schramsberg Vineyard Co.; Monique Nelson, Joseph Phelps Vineyards; and, of course, Dick Sias representing Joullian Vineyards.

These vintners and their wines also will be at the informal Grape Escape scheduled from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the Commons at Heritage Hall Upper School, 1800 NW 122nd. To accompany the wines will be classic cuisine.

Proceeds from this party, which is priced at $45 per person and by invitation only, will benefit the adult literacy program at Community Literacy Centers. Underwriting Grape Escape are Hirst Imports, Integris Health, Heritage Hall and the visiting vintners.

Cher Bumps and Hilarie Blaney are co-chairs of Private Reserve 2003 and Guy Bramble is Grape Escape chairman. Rhonda Heafy is president of the board of directors of Community Literacy Centers.

The Sleeping Beauty

Theme of this year's Bal de Nuit, a benefit for Ballet Oklahoma, matches the upcoming ballet: The Sleeping Beauty.

The black-tie ball at Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club drew almost 350 guests who drank, dined and danced. Jenny Kallenberger and Jennifer Jarrard were chairs of the ball and auction. A party for major patrons at the palatial home of Laura and Bill Cameron preceded the ball. Jane Helms was patron party chairman.

Ballet Oklahoma will present Sleeping Beauty on Feb. 14-16 at Civic Center Music Hall. Tickets are available and for information, call 843-9898.

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