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Exclusive Napa Valley winery Staglin Family Vineyard has signed on as the signature vintner for the 2011 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, to be held Feb. 25 and 26 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.

Staglin’s vintages have earned top marks from critics around the world and have been selected for meetings of prime ministers, presidents and dignitaries the world over. Known for their commitment to environmentally sensitive operations and philanthropy, the Staglins raise more for charity than any other vineyard and their wines are available only to select purchasers.

“Having such an esteemed and philanthropic vintner partner in Garen and Shari Staglin will be a boon to next year’s Wine Fest,” says Dr. Steve Machiz, chairman of the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest’s sponsoring organization, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. “Their involvement definitely takes our event up a notch, which we strive to do every year to make our event better and better and to raise an increasing amount of money for organizations that promote children’s health in our area.”

Staglin Family Vineyard was founded by the Staglins’ in 1985 and was recently proclaimed the elite vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley by wine critic Robert Parker. The vineyard is certified organic and upgraded with narrow spacing and solar power to reflect their commitment to excellence and environmental sensitivity.

As signature vintner, Staglin wines will be featured at the festival’s Grand Tasting and Auction on Feb. 26. It will also be featured at one of the festival’s private chef vintner dinners on Feb. 25.

About the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest

The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a signature event of the SWFL Children’ Charities, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children. One of Southwest Florida’s most successful fundraising events, it raised more than $700,000 in 2009 and more than $930,000 in 2010. For more information, visit or call 239-278-3900.