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Business Briefs: Malibu winery launches campaign for wildlife

Business Briefs: Malibu winery launches campaign for wildlife
9:32 am PDT August 11, 2017

Colcanyon Estate Wines in Malibu announced Aug. 1 that it has launched an ongoing campaign that seeks to foot the California Wildlife Center’s annual food bill.

The Fine Wine for Wildlife campaign aims to feed more than 4,000 animals for the year.

The online campaign will raise funds through the sale of two locally grown wines. All profits from the sale of the wines — a 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2010 Merlot, both of which have been recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine with 91 point (Editor’s Choice) and 86 point ratings, respectively — will go toward California Wildlife Center. 

“On behalf of the 4,000+ animals we help annually, we are thrilled to partner with longtime supporter Colcanyon Estate Wines, to help support the work we do to keep California’s native animals thriving,” said Jennifer Brent, executive director of the California Wildlife Center, according to a release.

The California Wildlife Center, which serves Malibu, cares for injured local wildlife including birds, seals, deer fawns and more.

Those interested in participating can purchase the wine, which will be available via next-day home delivery, at

Wine program at Malibu inn earns repeat accolades

The Malibu Beach Inn and its oceanview restaurant, The Carbon Beach Club, was recognized as part of Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards for the second year in a row.

According to the Wine Spectator listing, CBC has a range of moderate price points and 195 selections to choose from among an inventory of 2,995 bottles. Wines from France and California were categorized as the establishment’s strengths.

“We are very proud of this achievement and have enjoyed expanding our wine program over the past few years to include selections from all over the world,” said Gregory Day, the president of hospitality for Mani Brothers Real Estate Group and general manager at Malibu Beach Inn, according to a press release. “We are extremely grateful to Wine Spectator for acknowledging our wine list as second-to-none in an area that features wines from across the globe.”

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. The full list will be in print in the August edition of Wine Spectator as well as online at 

Further, the list is available through the free Restaurant Awards app for Apple devices.

The Malibu Beach Inn is located at 22878 Pacific Coast Highway. 

Area teens work with National Park Service

Twenty-two high school and college-bound students involved in the SAMO Youth program are working alongside the National Park Service this summer.

Recently, the group completed trail and restoration work in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Channel Islands National Park. The group was also to work at La Plaza de Culturas y Artes, a cultural museum in downtown Los Angeles from July 27-28; in the new garden at Garfield High School, a product of a SAMO Youth alumnus on July 29; at the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy on Aug. 1; and on the campus of California State University, Northridge on Aug. 5. 

The SAMO Youth program — which was created in 2000 and has seen 175 graduates — is supported through a partnership with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the nonprofit friends group for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Significant financial support is also provided by the National Park Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.

Select graduates of the SAMO Youth program have gone on to work at more than 17 national parks. 

Business Briefs are compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin,