Corpus Christi Wine Festival Founders Pour a Glass of Goodwill for the Community
By Rudy Arispe
David Berlanga and Frank Arriaga Jr. raise their wine glasses each year and invite locals and tourists alike to toast along with them as they celebrate one of the city’s most exciting and classy events: the Corpus Christi Wine Festival.
Berlanga and Arriaga, co-founders of the Corpus Christi Wine Festival which they created in 2016, are firm believers in giving back to the community, and what better way than supporting area charities through funds raised from the festival that includes plenty of wine tastings, food, live entertainment, and a variety of vendors for on-site shopping.
“A few years back, when I was traveling around the state to other wine festivals, I
thought, ‘Why don’t we have something like this in our backyard?’ ” said Berlanga, whose main role is planning and fundraising. “It took a few years, but we got together with some good friends and planned it out.”
For Arriaga, who oversees the logistics side of things, the festival provides him the chance to raise money to assist others. “We don’t always have the luxury of having big fundraisers that some of the larger charities have, so for us it was an opportunity to create something new and raise money for the organization I was already doing work for. We want to make sure we’re making an impact and involving underserved communities as much as possible.”
The nonprofits that benefit from proceeds from the wine festival include those that focus on education, quality of life, fighting hunger and health care.
Berlanga has high hopes for the wine festival as it continues to expand. “I would love to have people attend from across the world and the nation and see how great our city is.”
Arriaga agrees: “I think we have a tremendous opportunity with the growth that is happening here. I would love to capitalize on that and put us on the map for something that is classy, fun, and features everything we love about Corpus Christi from the food, to the music, to the art and culture.”
For more information, visit www.corpuschristiwinefestival.com.