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News and notes from San Juan Capistrano’s business community

By Brian Park

Giving Back

Brush Salon
31770 Camino Capistrano, 949.496.8800, www.brushsalon.com

Makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon, like Mucio Vadales, helped high school models prepare for the runway during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser. Courtesy photo
Makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon, like Mucio Vadales, helped high school models prepare for the runway during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser. Courtesy photo

For the third year in a row, makeup artists and hairstylists from Brush Salon helped high school models look their best during the Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League’s 14th annual fashion show fundraiser in March.

Local 11th-graders, who are also members of the organization, took to the runway for the show, which raised just over $50,000, the most in the event’s history. Proceeds from the show support the chapter’s various charitable efforts, including afterschool programs, U.S. military support, food banks and activities for senior citizens.

“These were the most beautiful young ladies. They were so polite and lovely,” said salon owner Maureen Scafuri. “You just saw them blossom. When they got up on stage with their hair and makeup, they were super models. It was a neat change to watch.”

Since opening two years ago, Scafuri and her staff have volunteered their services and products to a number of local fundraisers, including donating gift baskets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, the Mission, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and JSerra Catholic High School.

“We really try to help San Juan. We like to support the area we’re in, and there’s just really so many wonderful things to support,” Scafuri said. “I like to give back because I feel so blessed to have this business. It’s goodwill.”

Grand Opening

Rancho Capistrano Winery
26755 Verdugo Street, Ste. #100, www.ranchocapistranowinery.com

Rancho Capistrano Winery owner Kyle Franson (center) and his staff are getting ready to debut the new winery during a sold-out grand opening party this weekend and later for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8. Courtesy photo
Rancho Capistrano Winery owner Kyle Franson (center) and his staff are getting ready to debut the new winery during a sold-out grand opening party this weekend and later for a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 8. Courtesy photo

San Juan Capistrano is poised to become a wine lover’s paradise in south Orange County.

In the past year, both Hamilton Oaks Winery and Five Vines Wine Bar have opened with great success, drawing regular crowds looking to unwind with their favorite glass of red and white.

Now, it’s Rancho Capistrano Winery’s turn.

On Saturday, April 26, owner Kyle Franson is set to debut his new downtown winery during a sold-out grand opening party for family, friends and Facebook fans. And on Thursday, May 8, Mayor Sam Allevato and the Chamber of Commerce will welcome Rancho Capistrano Winery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

For Franson, this new venture, which is two years in the making, is all about sharing his passion for wine making and tasting. He’s quick to point out that this isn’t a wine bar but a winery that exclusively sells his own label of specialty wines.

“We make all of our own wine. While we don’t own a vineyard, we source our must (freshly pressed juice) from all over the world,” Franson said. “We have three to four Italian wines, an Australian pinotage, a couple from Australia, France and Portugal, as well as California selections.”

In total, the winery will have 55 different wines, with a regular rotation of 30 available.

Franson said he’s excited to share his Mexican coffee port, a port wine blended with Mexican coffee beans.

“It’s a blend of my two favorite things,” Franson said. “It’s sweet and very full-bodied. It’s quite spectacular.”

At Rancho Capistrano, patrons will also be able to make and bottle their own wines, and members of the wine club can receive 20-percent discounts, two bottles of wine per month and free tasting opportunities. The winery will feature a full kitchen for food and wine pairings, a tasting room, lounge area and live entertainment.

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