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The Heights Foundation to Host Wine Tasting with Clay Mauritson, Mauritson Wines

Thursday, March 14 at The Heights Center’s Rooftop Terrace

(Fort Myers, Fla. – February 21, 2024) — The Heights Foundation will host a wine tasting with Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Wines on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at The Heights Center’s Rooftop Terrace, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, 33908.   Admission is $50 per person and includes a tasting and appetizers by Chef Gloria Jordan of Jordan’s Wine Bar and Cellar.  Guests will explore a selection of Mauritson’s small-lot handcrafted wines and have the opportunity to purchase.  Gina Birch of Sunny 106.3 will host the event. 

Clay Mauritson is the sixth generation in a family of grape growers. Born and raised in the Dry Creek Valley, he was destined for the wine business.  In 1998, Mauritson produced his first bottling of Dry Creek Zinfandel under the Mauritson label and, in 2002, he began devoting his efforts full-time to the Mauritson Family Winery project.  His winemaking philosophy is simple: You need exceptional fruit to make exceptional wine. This is where the advantage of having a family heritage of grape growers becomes obvious:

About 300 acres of Sonoma County family vineyards and strong relationships built over the years with other growers have given Mauritson access to some of the best fruit that Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley and Rockpile have to offer. Devoted to making exceptional wines, Mauritson is on his way to becoming one of California’s foremost young winemakers.

Seating is limited.  To reserve a spot, visit or contact Meghan Madden at (239) 482-7706 or email  [email protected].

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center

The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.   Our mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts.    The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.  

Heights Early Learning serves more than 85 babies through 4 years old.   The Heights Center serves 163 children in AfterSchool and 153 children in SummerCamp.    The Harlem Heights Community Charter School serves 200 children from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.   Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments.    Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian.    The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. As a result, families cannot easily access family support services in downtown Fort Myers and benefit greatly from programs within the neighborhood.

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