Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction 2013
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Thank You from Sally and Kris
Dear 2013 Wine Auction participants, The planning and execution of the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction is inspiring to behold, especially this year. From the minute we began talking to vintners to the moment the final auction lot came together, many people have dedicated themselves to making the 2013 Wine Auction a success. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you. Our 2013 Wine Auction Co-chairs Andria Friesen and Robert DeGennaro’s ambition to achieve new heights was intoxicating. They worked tirelessly to pursue exceptional auction lots and their passion inspired numerous people to contribute in unprecedented ways. In addition, they provided invaluable creative direction, helped recruit patrons and led the charge in promoting the event. We are deeply grateful for their level of personal commitment to The Center.
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Vintners and local wine distributors shared ideas about how to improve the event that helped shape a fresh approach to wine service. Their loyal and generous donations of time, wine and expertise are the foundation of the event’s success. Without them, there would be no Sun Valley Center Wine Auction. Thank you. To the wonderfully generous individuals who host vintner dinners, contribute items to the auction lots and attend the events, we are equally grateful. You complete the circle of generosity.
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Our sponsors, including our lead underwriter Wells Fargo, provide an essential piece of the financial success of the Wine Auction. The
Center is blessed to have the support of local restaurants and media outlets as well as national sponsors in the wine, travel and lodging industries. We are indebted to these businesses for partnering with us to support the arts in our community. And when it comes to making sure that Wine Auction guests receive great customer service, our volunteers play a vital role. More than 150 people give freely of their time and talent to help us host the weekend’s events. Each contributes to our success. We appreciate every one of them. Last, but certainly not least, we want to thank the dedicated staff and board of The Center. From those who joined The Center through our merger with Company of Fools to those who have multiple years of experience with the Wine Auction, everyone rolled up their sleeves to participate in this event. Our new special events team, led by Christine Davis-Jeffers and supported by Heather Riccabona and Danielle Donovan, hit the ground running and brought new life and energy to their roles. It has been a joy to work with all of them. As we reflect on the efforts of all of these people, we are humbled by their commitment to ensuring that the arts are a vibrant part of life in the Wood River Valley. With appreciation and thanks,
Sally Boettger Executive Director
Kristin Poole Artistic Director
A special thank you to our generous underwriters and sponsors. Without your support we would not be able to offer such incredible programming in the community.
Welcome from the
Wine Auction Co-chairs
Wine Auction Underwriter
Welcome to the 2013 Sun Valley Center Wine Auction! As Co-chairs of this yearâ€™s event we invite you to let your imagination soar as you enjoy a weekend of wine, food, great company and the satisfaction of supporting a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. Our goals for the 2013 event have been to elevate the experience for every participant, from our patrons and vintners to our volunteers, and to raise record levels of support for The Centerâ€™s outstanding and essential educational programs. The arts provide a critical foundation for the development of our youth. They teach creativity, expression, independent thinking and leadership skills that give children a competitive advantage for success throughout their lives. The Center excels in providing these opportunities. Through exhibitions, performances, plays, lectures and classes around topics that are relevant to our community and on the forefront of current events, children and adults of the Wood River Valley receive exposure to the
world in very personal and indelible ways that completely overcome the remoteness of where they live. Through scholarships awarded to high school and college students made possible by Wine Auction participants like you, The Center has given wings to the dreams of hundreds of young people. Tonight we are optimistic that you will get caught up in the excitement of the festivities and let your spirit of generosity take flight. You will have a direct and lasting impact on our entire community through your generosity. So please, raise your paddles high and often! With sincere gratitude,
Andria Friesen and Robert DeGennaro 2013 Wine Auction Co-chairs
Schedule of Events
Event Sponsors Thursday, July 18
Friday, July 19
Saturday, July 20
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Auction Registration and Auction Lot Viewing Silent Lot Bidding Begins Dollar Mountain Lodge 7:00 pm Dinners with the Vintners Private homes and locations
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Auction Registration and Auction Lot Viewing Dollar Mountain Lodge
9:30-11:30 am Winners Brunch Cristina’s Restaurant, Ketchum 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Collect Auction Lot Purchases Dollar Mountain Lodge
Junior Patrons Circle (JPC) Tasting & Tapas Dinner Private home
Grand Tasting and Picnic Sponsor
5:00 pm Gala Wine Auction and Dinner Dollar Mountain Lodge
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Trade and VIP Wine Tasting Dollar Mountain Lodge 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Grand Wine Tasting and Picnic Concert Featuring Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Dollar Mountain Lodge Lawn
Let Your Imagination Soar Gala Evening Events 5:00 pm Cocktails and Check-In Entertainment provided by students supported in their endeavors by the funds raised at the Wine Auction Silent Lot bidding continues
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6:15 pm Entertainment begins under the tent 7:00 pm Welcome Co-Chairs Andria Friesen and Robert DeGennaro 7:10 pm Live Auction begins Dinner commences At Conclusion of Live Auction Soaring Entertainment from Cirque Berzerk Post entertainment—Enjoy dancing and tasty late-night snacks to complete your evening
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The gala meal was prepared by award-winning chef John B. Murcko, noted for his innovative approach to Modern American cuisine rooted in the classical style of the Sun Valley Resort.
Let Your Imagination Soar!
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Mr. Murcko received Best Chef in Utah from Salt Lake Magazine’s 2011 dining awards. He brings 23 years of experience to his position at Sun Valley Resort. Since completing his studies in 1990 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he has built his reputation by working at upscale restaurants and resorts in the western United States. In addition to his Best Chef in Utah award, he earned Best New Restaurant in Utah 2011, Best Restaurant Park City 2011/2012, and earned top honors in Nicholas & Company’s Ultimate Chef Challenge in 2009 and 2012. He has also received the prestigious James Beard Foundation semifinalist award. We are delighted to have John contribute to the Wine Auction this year.
Auctioneer David Reynolds Thirty years and still booming! Auctioneer David Reynolds returns again to mark three decades of working his magic during the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction. What began with a wry invitation from Jack Thornton (“You have an English accent; you have to be better than the last guy!”) has grown into the most highly regarded fundraising consulting firm in the country. Reynolds & Buckley, LLC annually raises millions of dollars for charities with a client list that includes more than 140 organizations. In addition to the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction, the list includes the Auction of Washington Wines, the V Foundation Wine Celebration, Portland’s Classic Wines Auction, the Central Coast Wine Classic and many more. Unique in a niche of his own creation, David focuses solely on fundraising auctions. David is a proven expert on the theater and science that make a fundraising auction effective. Every week, R&B works on behalf of arts organizations, health care and research groups, children’s charities and educational institutions. Although David’s events are regularly listed in the Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Charity Auctions, his work is not limited to wine events.
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Auctioneer Greg Quiroga Greg Quiroga joined Reynolds & Buckley, LLC in 2004 as the firm’s first employee and is now a partner. He became a fundraising auctioneer after years of industrial auctioneering made him yearn to use his talents for a greater good. His first fundraising auction was a disaster: the sound system failed, the paddles were clear plastic and the lights were dim. Greg sent a videotape of that auction to David Reynolds, who saw potential amidst the “disaster” and brought him into the R&B fold. Since then, Greg has become a dynamic force on the benefit auction circuit. His onstage blend of humor and passion combined with his ability to make every bidder feel like a hero or heroine endear him to auction crowds. In the R&B tradition, his commitment to helping organizations is not limited to his night-of performance. Greg utilizes the experience he’s garnered from over 400 fundraising auctions to help organizations create the event that is best for their crowd. He works tirelessly as a consultant with an eye to a successful auction as a component of a year-round development strategy. In 2011, Greg became a Benefit Auction Specialist with the National Auctioneers Association. An avid golfer and mediocre poker player, Greg lives in San Francisco with his wife, Michele and young son, Ryder.
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Pride Mountain Vineyards, Stuart Bryan, Winery Owner Executive Chef John Tesar of Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas, Texas
Vintner Dinners Dinners with the Vintners are a unique opportunity for our Wine Auction guests to enjoy outstanding wine and extraordinary meals in the intimate settings of private homes and unique locations. A gracious thank you to our vintner dinner hosts who have generously opened up their homes and hearts in order to support the arts in our community.
Hosts Kirsten & Brad Cleveland A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner Canihan Family Cellars, Bill Canihan, Owner Schramsberg Vineyards, J. Davies Estate Vineyards, Hugh Davies, Owner Scott Mason of Enoteca and Ketchum Grill, Ketchum, Idaho
Merry Edwards Winery, Merry Edwards, Winemaker and Owner with Ken Coopersmith, husband and partner Blackbird Winery of the Bespoke Collection, Paul Leary, President Cristina Cook of Cristinaâ€™s Restaurant and Bakery, Ketchum, Idaho
Hosts Carey & John Dondero A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner Antinori & Antica Napa Valley Estate, Kim Wiss, Winery Manager and Estate Chef Barbara Young and Heinz Schlosser of The Catering Company, Ketchum, Idaho
Hosts Dawn Ross & Doug Hickey, Katherine & Buffalo Rixon and Rob Cronin FAILLA Winery, Ehren Jordan, Winemaker and Owner and Anne-Marie Failla, Owner Hayfork Wine Company, Haley Wight, Winemaker Ramie and Brendan Dennehy with Chef Derek Holliday of Zõu 75, Hailey, Idaho
Sargent – Wolff Dinner Hosts Julie & Preston Sargent and Robin & Tim Wolff Kosta Browne Winery, Dan Kosta, Co-Proprietor Phifer Pavitt Wine, Suzanne Phifer Pavitt, Proprietor Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of elements, Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona Chef Tyler Stokes of dashi, Ketchum
Hitchin Residence Hosts Jill & David Hitchin A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Landmark Wine and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Jim Gerakaris, Winery Sommelier David Fox of Silver Fox Catering, Ketchum, Idaho
Mills & Campanale Residence Hosts Alma Mills & Dr. Ralph Campanale A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Ambassador Vineyard, Allison & Nathan Engman and Michael & Pamala Towers, Proprietors Kenefick Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Dr. Tom Kenefick, Proprietor
Shubin – Woodward Dinner Hosts Sharon & Bill Shubin and Marji & Woody Woodward
Lokoya, Christopher Carpenter, Winemaker The Donum Estate, Anne Moller-Racke, President Chef Laurent Loubot of Michel’s Christiania, Ketchum, Idaho
Walker Residence Hosts Amy & Gordon Walker, Jr.
Kistler Vineyards, Tom Bonomi, President, Classic Wine LLC Col Solare, Scott Bigelow, Master Sommelier Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman of Globus, Ketchum, Idaho
Chef Chris Kastner of CK’s Real Food, Hailey, Idaho
Hosts David Pyle and Trish & David Wilson Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS, Chris and Heidi Figgins, Owners Retour, Lindsey Woodard, Proprietor Callie and Maeme Rasberry of Rasberry’s, Ketchum, Idaho
Junior Patrons Circle Tapas and Tasting Hosts McNair & Will Bailey, Stephanie & Eric Carlson and Candice & Josh Pate Longmeadow Ranch Winery, Chris Hall Repris Wines, Brent Sloan Chefs Taite Pearson and Sarah Lipton of della MANO, Ketchum, Idaho
Conditions of Purchase for Auction Lots 1. The Sun Valley Center Wine Auction (herein the "seller") reserves the right to refuse admission to or attendance at all Sun Valley Center Wine Auction events. 2. The auctioneer is the agent for the seller. 3. This catalog, as amended by addendum or oral announcements during the sale, constitutes the entire statement of seller with respect to the sale and the purchase of wines listed herein. 4. Seller does not warrant or represent, expressly denies responsibility for, and in no event shall be responsible or liable for, the accuracy or description of wines offered, or the correctness of the catalog, including, but not limited to: the origin, rarity, age, genuineness, or quantity. All statements by the seller are merely statements of opinion and are not to be relied upon by prospective purchasers as warranties or representations of fact. Prospective bidders, if so bidding, will be bidding only as a result of their own inspection and opinion. All wine is sold "AS IS." 5. All bids are per lot as set forth in the catalog, unless otherwise announced by the auctioneer. 6. A suggested minimum bid price has been established on all lots. Seller reserves the right to bid on his own behalf up to and including the minimum bid price. 7. No live auction bid shall be valid unless acknowledged by the auctioneer. At the fall of the hammer the highest acknowledged bidder shall be deemed to have purchased the lot and therein assumes full risk and responsibility. Purchaser warrants that he will then sign a confirmation of purchase and will pay the full purchase price herewith. 8. Should a dispute arise between bidders, or should the auctioneer doubt the validity of any bid, the auctioneer shall have the absolute right to resolve the dispute, re-offer, re-sell, or withdraw the lot in question. 9. Bids which are submitted to the seller in writing, or otherwise left with the seller prior to the sale for execution at or below a specified price, are entertained and executed by the seller for the convenience of the bidders, but the seller shall not be responsible for failing to execute such bids or for errors relating to the execution of such bids. 10. In accordance with IRS regulations, people who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value. The Sun Valley Center will provide information about the fair market value of any auction purchases when it acknowledges receipt of payment. 11. The silent auction bid closing will be announced. Silent bid increments are listed electronically. 12. FULL PAYMENT MUST BE MADE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION WEEKEND BY THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER OF ALL LOTS. The person who signs for a paddle number is solely responsible for payment if their number is the winning bid. 13. All payment from the successful bidder must be in cash, certified or personal check, or by VISA, Discover, MasterCard or American Express. The Sun Valley Center is required by law to charge Idaho sales tax on the fair market value of all tangible items, including purchases leaving Idaho. 13. Purchases must be picked up SATURDAY, JULY 20 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm, at Dollar Mountain Lodge, Sun Valley. 14. All shipping arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the purchaser. 15. As a condition of and in consideration for participation in the Wine Auction, participants release the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction from any liability connected with the reproduction, adaptation, display, publication and distribution, in all media, of any video, photographs or other images taken of participants at the Wine Auction.
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The Tradition of the Sun Valley Wine Auction
The Sun Valley Wine Auction is an important symbol of generosity in our community. Over the past 32 years, this event has helped sustain a cherished and valued tradition of arts and culture for the residents of the Wood River Valley. Vintners return year after year to support the arts, join our celebration and reconnect with friends new and old in our wonderful valley. This year, we are thrilled and honored to have such an impressive line-up of participating vintners who have signed on to join us in our efforts. There are some who have been part of the Sun Valley Wine Auction for 32 years and others who are here for their first time. We invite these distinguished vintners to share their fascinating stories and extensive wine knowledge with us. Getting to know the people behind the wines as they proudly share their finest work with us is a unique and unforgettable experience. We welcome them and their bounty as they present remarkable wines at Vintner Dinners around the Valley, at the Auction Gala and at the Tasting and Picnic. Opportunities to meet and talk with the vintners are available to everyone over the course of the weekend. Whether you find a new favorite wine, bid on an extraordinary auction lot, join a wineryâ€™s mailing list or stop by one of our local wine merchants, you have the chance to learn something new. We enjoy having the opportunity to bring together vintners and wine lovers in this beautiful location for three glorious days of drinking incredible wine, tasting delectable food, making new friends, and ultimately raising vital funds to support the arts in our small community.
Thank You to our Vintners The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is appreciative of the continued generosity of the participating vintners who make this event possible. The wineries listed below represent contributors who gave generously across all events of the Auction weekend.
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Wineries Represented At The Auction Gala The 2013 Gala features wines from 26 vintners whose talents and craftsmanship produce some of the world’s finest wines. Stop by a Winery Hosted Table and sample wines from their collection. * Winery hosted table Ambassador Vineyard* Amuse Bouche Antica Napa Valley* Blackbird Vineyards* Canihan Family Winery* FAILLA Wines Hayfork Wine Company JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery* Kenefick Ranch Winery*
Kosta Browne Winery* Landmark Vineyards* L’Ecole No 41 Lindstrom Wine Long Meadow Ranch Winery Merry Edwards Winery* Phifer Pavitt Vineyards* Pride Mountain Vineyards Repris Wines
Rivera Vineyards Ridge Vineyards Round Pond Estate Schramsberg and J. Davies Vineyards* The Donum Estate* Trefethen Family Vineyards Trinchero Family Estates Victor Vineyards* Woodward Canyon
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Andrew Geoffrey Vineyard Barnett Vineyards Basel Cellars Bennett Lane Winery Brian Carter Cellars Bronco Wine Company Cakebread Napa Valley Casa Vinicola Zonin Chehalem Winery Darioush Domaine Serene Dunham E & J Gallo Erath Winery Far Niente Ferrari-Carano Vineyards Frenchman’s Gulch Winery
Fraser Vineyards Gamble Family Vineyards HALL Wines Hedges Heitz Wine Cellars Idaho Grape Growers L’Ecole No 41 Martinelli Winery Matthews Estate Mionetta Tenor Winery Morgan Winery Nickel & Nickel Northstar Winery Paul Hobbs Wines Ramey Wine Cellars Renwood Winery
Ridge Vineyards Round Pond Estate Rusack Vineyards Saxum Vineyards Shafer Vineyards Snake River Winery Sokol Blosser Winery Split Rail Winery Spring Valley Vineyards Trefethen Family Vineyards Trinchero Family Estates Vintage Point Wente Willamette Valley Vineyards Woodward Canyon ZD Wines Includes all wineries who donated prior to printing
Container Designations 1) 375ml This designation refers to a small bottle that holds 375ml of wine, half as much as a standard wine container. 2) 750ml This designation refers to the standard-sized bottle that holds 750ml of wine, or 4/5-quarts. This size bottle, regardless of whether it has a straight or sloping neck, is used for red, white, rosĂŠ and sparkling wines. Sparkling wine bottles appear to be larger than standard because they are made of thicker glass to withstand the pressures of carbonation, but they contain 750ml of wine. 3) Magnum This designation refers to a bottle that holds 1.5 liters of wine, the equivalent of two 750ml bottles. Sparkling wines are sometimes fermented in magnums because this method is believed to lengthen the wineâ€™s life. 4) Double Magnum This designation refers to a bottle that holds three liters of wine, the equivalent of four 750ml bottles. 5) Jeroboam A jeroboam of sparkling wine holds three liters, the equivalent of a double magnum or four 750ml bottles. A Jeroboam of still wine is the equivalent of six 750ml bottles or 4.5 liters. Because of recent U.S. regulations limiting larger bottles to even liter sizes, some modern red wine "Jeroboams" are now 5 liters rather than the traditional 4.5 liters. 6) Rehoboam This designation refers to an oversized bottle that holds approximately 4.5 liters of wine, the equivalent of six 750ml bottles. 7) Imperial This designation refers to an oversized bottle that holds approximately six liters of wine, the equivalent of eight 750ml bottles.
8) Methuselah This designation also refers to an oversized bottle that holds approximately six liters of wine, the equivalent of eight 750ml bottles but a different shape than the Imperial. 9) Salmanazar This designation refers to an oversized bottle that holds approximately nine liters of wine, the equivalent of twelve 750ml bottles. 10) Balthazar This term refers to a bottle that holds approximately twelve liters of wine, the equivalent of sixteen 750ml bottles. 11) Nebuchadnezzar This designation refers to an oversized bottle that holds approximately thirteen to fifteen liters of wine, depending on the manufacturer, date, country and region of manufactureâ€” the equivalent of approximately seventeen to twenty 750ml bottles.
This term refers to a group of twelve 750ml or 4/5-quart bottles of wine. A case may consist of a single varietal and vintage year, or it may be a mixed lot of varietals with several vintage dates and/or non-vintage items.
A half barrel holds one hundred twenty 750ml bottles of wine, the equivalent of ten cases of twelve such bottles.
This term refers to a group of six 1.5-liter magnum bottles, each bottle the equivalent of two 750ml bottles.
A full barrel holds two hundred forty 750ml bottles of wine, the equivalent of twenty cases of twelve such bottles.
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10 Barrel Brewery, 141 Abreu, 18 Absolute Travel, 14 Ambassador Vineyards, 40 Amuse Bouche, 104 Andrew Geoffrey, 7 Anonymous, 143, 144 Antica Napa Valley, 27 Archery Summit Winery, 140 Atkinsons’ Market, 25 Au Sommet Winery, 105 Bablynstoren, 14 Bardessono Hotel and Spa, 15 Barnett Vineyards, 106 Barrique 33 Wine Tours, Claude Guigon, 33 Basel Cellars Estate Winery, 107 Benchmark Wine Group, 18 Bespoke Collection, 15 Blackbird Vineyards, 15 Blue Farm, 22, 30 Bob Blumer, 18 Booth, Debbe and Spike, 28 Bouley, 3 Café Le Haye, 30 Cakebread Cellars, 121 California Science Center, 28 Canihan Family Vineyards, 130 Carol and Michael Marks, 12 Celia Welch, 29 Chappellet, 22 Chateau Lafite Rothschild, 18 Chateau Margeaux, 144, 18 Chateau Ste. Michelle, 11, 108 Chateau Mouton Rothschild , 18 Chehalem Winery, 109 Chihuly Studio, 34 Christopher Carpenter, 19 CK’s, 6 Clint Black, 128 Col Solare, 11, 25 Company of Fools, 6 Costabaja Resort & Spa, 24 Côte Bonneville, 25 Cristina Cook, Cristina’s Restaurant, 13 Curran, Bonni and Peter, 18
Darioush, 29 Delairre Graff Wine Estate, 14 Disney Concert Hall , 28 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage , 18 Domaine Serene, 138 Dunham Cellars, 34
elements restaurant, Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, 10 Enoteca, 6 Erath, 137 Exclusive Resorts, 5, 32
FAILLA Wines, 9, 37 Far & Away Adventures, 20 Far Niente, 116 Farmstead, 4 Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery , 118 FIGGINS, 21 Fraser Vineyards, 119 Frenchman’s Gulch Winery, 120
Gamble Family Vineyards, 7 Gemstone Vineyards, 12, 22 Globus, 6
HALL wines, 39 Hayfork Wine Company, 39 Hedges, Anne-Marie and Tom, 40 Hedges Family Estate, 40 Heitz Cellar, 143 Hirsch Winery, 37 Hot in Cleveland, TV Land, 28 Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 28
Idaho Wine Commission, 123 Inn on Randolph, 36 Isles, Philip, 3
JUST inn B & B, 41 JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, 41
Kenefick Ranch Winery, 123 Kimpton Hotels, Hotel Wilshire, 28 “Kinky Boots”, 3 Kistler Vineyards, 2, 22 Kosta Browne, 20, 22, 132
La Residence, 39 La Servitella Vecchia, 8 Lady Antebellum, 22 Landmark Vineyards, 41 Leary, Paul, 15 Le Moulin Des Vignes Vieilles, 33 Lâ€™Ecole No 41, 25 Lehman, Barbara and John, 3 Leonetti Family Wine Estate , 21, 25, 146 Lindstrom Wines, 29 Littorai, 37 Lokoya, 19 Long Shadows Vintners, 17 Long Meadow Ranch Winery, 4 Lucy Restaurant & Bar, 15 Ludivica Giuriati Tours, 8
Ramey Wine Cellars, 135 Ridge, 131 Rivera Vineyards, 139 Rusack, 136
Salvelinus Fly Fishing, 16 Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, 10 Saxum Vineyards, 124 Schramsberg Vineyards, 1 Sentient Jet, 35 Shafer Vineyards, 125 Sokol Blosser, 126 Sorrento Hotel, 34 Spring Valley Vineyard, 127 Stone Edge Farm, 36 Straubel, J.B., 12 Sun Valley Club, 38 Sun Valley Mustard, 115 Sun Valley Resort, 31, 38
Tenuta Vitalonga Winery, 8 Tesla Motors, 12 The Donum Estate, 36 Towers, Pamala and Michael, 40 Trefethen Family Vineyards, 101 Trinchero Family Estates, 112 Trout Unlimited, 16
Va Piano, 25 Velocio, 129 Verite, 18 Vintners Collective Napa Valley, 113 Vogel, Jill and Fred, 28
Wente Family Estates, 110 West of the West Wine Festival, 37 Wilson, Dave and Trish, 24 Woodward Canyon, 25
Yellowstone Club, 35
ZD Wines, 114 Zou 75, 6
M Martinelli Winery, 102
Matthews Estate, 134 Merry Edwards-Tenor, 13 Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 Mionetto USA, 111 Mission Wines, Chris Meeske, 28 Morgan Winery, 103 Murcko, John, 31
Natural History Museum of LA County, 28 Nickel & Nickel, 117 Northstar Winery, 135 Norton Simon Museum, 28
Oliver Ranch, 2 One & Only Capetown Hotel, 14
Patina Restaurant, 28 Patz & Hall, 37 Paul Hobbs, 30 Peay Vineyards, 37 Plumpjack, 146 Pride Mountain Vineyards, 23
Quilceda Creek Winery, 25
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Break Open the Bubbly
L ive Lots
Hugh Davies of Schramsberg Vineyards has been involved with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction since its inception. And, to kick things off for the evening, as in years past, he will do the honors on a massive bottle of 2008 Blanc de Blancs to be enjoyed right away. Definitely the right way to start the night and celebrate with the finest! A second Salmanazar of 2008 Blanc de Blancs is yours for the taking, along with three Magnums of Schramsberg’s premier wines—a 2005 J. Schram, which received 95 points and Top 100 Cellar Selection from Wine Enthusiast; a 2009 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, garnering 92+ points from Wine Advocate, and a 2008 Brut Rosé, the inaugural release. Continue the celebration with three companions on a visit to the source of all this decadence, Schramsberg Vineyards. Learn more about one of the oldest hillside vineyards in the area during a special tour and tasting . . . welcome to “America’s House of Sparkling Wine.”
Opening Bid $1,000 Includes Two 9-Liter Bottles Three 1.5-Liter Bottles Tour and Tasting for Four Donor Hugh Davies, Owner Schramsberg Vineyards Calistoga, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Private Tour & Tasting for Eight Private Art Collection Tour for Eight Tour, Tasting and Lunch for Six Dinner for Eight Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Donors Kistler Vineyards Sebastopol, California Oliver Ranch Sonoma, California
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You and Kistler. Meant to be. And as luck would have it, you can make it happen. Right now . . . tonight. We all know that Kistler Vineyards produces some of the world’s best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These wines are often difficult to come by because of their limited releases and popularity—so don’t let this opportunity pass you by! To start things off, the winning bidder will receive some jewels tonight to take home for your own cellar—a Magnum each of Kistler Vineyard Chardonnay and Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Get your city fix and travel to the Big Apple for some arts, culture, and amazing cuisine with this one-of-a-kind package. Your group of four will spend three magical nights at a deluxe private apartment in trendy Tribeca while you enjoy some of New York City’s best entertainment and sample some of its best restaurants.
You’ll then set off for the wine country north of San Francisco for an experience like no other. First, your group of eight will embark on a private walking tour of the Oliver Ranch in Sonoma. This remarkable property has been transformed by various artists over the past 25 years into a unique, one-of-a-kind site-specific art installation that is harmonious with the surrounding environment. Incredible sculptures and works of art dot the landscape, forming a thrilling union of creative and natural forces. Next, head to the Russian River Valley where you will be escorted on a special winery tour and tasting with the winemakers at Kistler Vineyards. The winery was founded in 1978 by the Kistler family and is dedicated to the vinification of world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using Old World Burgundian techniques applied to new world vineyards. This delightful day will be followed by a decadent dining experience at Trenton Roadhouse, the newest addition to Kistler’s vineyard-designate bottlings. The beautifully renovated farmhouse that resides on the property will be the setting for this spectacular meal. You will be introduced to an unparalleled tasting experience, featuring several Kistler single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. You and your guests will get first-hand insight into why Kistler Vineyards is considered one of “The World’s Greatest Wine Estates” by Robert Parker. Toast your friends as you savor some of California’s finest wine and food. The flavor of this exclusive cult-winery experience will linger long after the last drops of wine have been enjoyed.
First, you will delight in a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Portraits of Madame Cézanne,” with the museum curator, Dita Amory. As paintings, the portraits of Hortense Fiquet, Cézanne’s most painted model, rank among the most powerful of their kind in French modernism. After touring the exhibition, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the museum’s exclusive Trustees Dining Room, offering contemporary American cuisine in an elegant, sophisticated setting with expansive views of Central Park. Experience the art of fine dining as the chef prepares a four-course tasting menu highlighting a different domestic or international cuisine with an extensive wine list to complement your meal. Your urban adventure also includes tickets to Broadway’s hottest new show and winner of multiple Tony Awards, “Kinky Boots”. After an evening of entertainment, head to the exclusive Bouley for an extraordinary dinner and wine pairing. Bouley, recently featured in Town & Country, is one of the hottest restaurants in New York and Chef David Bouley will provide an exceptional evening for your group. The chef prides himself on the connection between the diner and the chef and his aim is to “provide food with an emphasis on freshness and purity of ingredients”. World class theater, art and food. You get it all with this trip. Dates of the museum exhibition are November 17, 2014 to March 15, 2015. Dates of this trip will be mutually agreeable to all parties. Exhibition portion may be used separately.
Live Lots Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Four Private Guided Museum Tour for Four Lunch for Four Broadway Tickets for Four Dinner for Four Donors Barbara and John Lehman Philip Isles Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, New York
Farm - to - Table Fun Long Meadow Ranch Winery
Opening Bid $4,000 Includes Two-Night Stay for Two Dinner for Two Cooking Class for Two Tour and Tasting Luncheon for Two VIP Access to Summer Concert Series for Two Donor Long Meadow Ranch Winery St. Helena, California
Join the Long Meadow Ranch family for a Napa Valley experience you’ll never forget! Long Meadow Ranch produces and purveys award-winning wines, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, eggs, honey, and heirloom fruits and vegetables from three locations in the heart of the Napa Valley—all using organic and sustainable farming methods. To the victor, go the spoils! You and a companion are invited to immerse yourself in a “full-circle” Long Meadow Ranch experience with a two-night stay in the exclusive Chef’s Cabin, nestled high in the Mayacamas Mountains. Enjoy a private off-road tour of the Ranch, vineyards, orchards, winery, olive oil frantoio, and wine caves. For lunch, team up with the chefs at the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch and the Farm-to-Table team. Adventure through 10 acres of organic fruits and vegetables and help gather the day’s bountiful harvest. Then join the chefs in the kitchen to assist them in creating an amazing farm-to-table dinner. To complete this unique dining experience, the winemaker will pair your dishes with an impressive sampling of Longmeadow wines. Hint: if you come in the summer, you will also receive VIP passes to the Ranch’s popular concert series. Dates of this trip are subject to availability.
Seven Heavenly Nights Imagine having the best of all worlds when you go on vacation: the spacious comforts of a multimillion-dollar private residence, the services and amenities of a luxury five-star resort, and none of the hassle! You’ll enjoy all that and more— including daily housekeeping and a dedicated concierge on hand to anticipate your needs and attend to every detail—on this Exclusive Resorts vacation. Exclusive Resorts sets the standard for unforgettable travel experiences. They offer the best properties, in the best destinations, everywhere you want to go. Now you can experience the pleasures of membership as a guest of Exclusive Resorts, enjoying a seven-night vacation in one of the Club’s exquisite private villas in one of these featured locations: Chicago, Illinois Deer Valley, Utah Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii Los Cabos, Mexico New York City, New York Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Real Del Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico San Francisco, California Scottsdale, Arizona Sea Island, Georgia Snowmass, Colorado Steamboat Springs, Colorado Telluride, Colorado Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Are you imagining a romantic weekend for two? Or maybe a fun urban couples getaway? What about a family reunion or a destination wedding? Choose from countless properties that offer the utmost in terms of luxury and convenience. How does a villa in Los Cabos sound? Or a gorgeous slopeside townhome in Beaver Creek? Maybe you’d like to try a deluxe penthouse in Manhattan … or a lavish hotel suite in Chicago. Mountain. Beach. City. Countryside. Choose your favorite and discover what makes Exclusive Resorts the world’s foremost private club for incomparable luxury vacations. Transportation and expenses are not included. Reservations for specific dates, residences, and destinations are subject to availability.
Live Lots Opening Bid $8,000 Includes Seven-Night Stay for 4-12 (Number of people dependent on property chosen) Donor Exclusive Resorts Denver, Colorado
Live Lots Opening Bid $3,000 Includes Company of Fools Season Tickets for Two Four Dinners for Two Cast Dinner for Two Twelve 750ml Bottles SVCA Lecture Series Tickets for Two SVCA Winter Concert Series Tickets for Two Private Acting Class for Six Donors Sun Valley Center for the Arts & Company of Fools Zou 75 Globus Enoteca
The Perfect Pairing
As a celebration of the merger of Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools, a “match made in heaven” for the arts, this lot offers you a special selection of exclusive local cultural and culinary delights. Consider this the “inside track” to the valley’s best entertainment and hottest restaurants.
The match-up of Gamble Family and Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards is a sure-fire winner in tonight’s auction. This Napa Valley experience exceeds every expectation and offers an exclusive and luxurious retreat in California’s glorious wine country.
Don’t miss out on this one … included are season tickets to all of the Company of Fools performances, with select seating for each show and champagne service. The upcoming season includes the highly-anticipated and award-winning plays Shipwrecked! by Donald Marguiles, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, and Enchanted April by Matthew Barber. Enjoy dinner before or after the show at two of Hailey’s best dining establishments– Zou 75 and CK’s. And, saving the best for last you will join the cast for an extraordinary dinner on stage, catered by Zou 75. We’ll even throw in a fabulous case of wine to accompany your meal! The winner of tonight’s lot will also be privy to a variety of unique theater experiences, such as a behind-the-scenes pass to a Company of Fools dress rehearsal. And for those true theater buffs and aspiring actors, take advantage of a private acting class with 4 of your friends led by Company of Fools. Continue your cultural escapades with two tickets to The Center’s esteemed lecture series featuring author Alexandra Fuller, journalist & writer Orville Schell, playwright David Henry Hwang, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman, and New Yorker travel writer Ian Frazier. Add to that, The Center’s dynamic performing arts series including Ghanian drum legend Okaidja, an evening featuring the six guitarists of the California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio, a special cabaret style evening with piano legend Marcia Ball, the Canadian duo Dala and Quebec's Le Vent du Nord. Add to these, reserved seats at the lectures and performances and the opportunity for backstage “meet and greets” with select speakers and performers. Theater, music, dance, readings, classes, lectures … together, Company of Fools and The Center offer it all. And don’t leave out the all-important culinary pleasures of such outings; enjoy dinner out fter an evening of scintillating discussion or before a night of singing and dancing at Globus and Enoteca, two of Ketchum’s favorite spots for delicious food, wine, and socializing. Fine dining and first-rate entertainment, all in one perfect package!
Gamble Family Vineyards & Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards
First, relax with your group in style at the Gamble Family Vineyards’ secluded Yountville four bedroom guesthouse, tucked in along the Napa River in the heart of Napa Valley. This spacious home features a private pool and spectacular views. While you are there, join owner and vintner Tom Gamble for a private tasting in his home to sample some of the vineyard’s best offerings. Since you will be eager to learn more about the source of such excellence, Tom invites you to continue the tasting “in the field” and climb aboard his 1963 GMC flatbed for a special tour of the vineyards— land that Tom’s family has been farming since 1916. Gamble Family Vineyards is his legacy for future generations, inspired by the hard work of generations past. For the next chapter in this unforgettable adventure, you will meet Peter Thompson, owner of Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, for a sunset dinner with a private chef on his three-level, 1,000-square-foot redwood deck on top of Diamond Mountain. Take in the magnificent panorama of the valley below as you sip signature Andrew Geoffrey wines and savor delectable food. In addition, tonight’s lucky bidder will take home two jewels for the wine collection: a 3-liter bottle of Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon with an etched label and a 3-liter bottle of Gamble Family Vineyards “CAIRO” Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. Terrific views and gorgeous wines make this the quintessential Napa Valley experience! Dates of this trip will be mutually agreeable for all parties.
Opening Bid $6,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Eight Dinner for Eight Private Tour and Tasting for Eight Two 3-Liter Bottles Donor Gamble Family Vineyards & Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards Oakville, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Seven-Night Stay for Twelve to Sixteen Lunch or Dinner for Twelve Tour and Tasting for Twelve Donors Ludovica Giuriati Italian Tours Francesco Maravalle Tenuta Vitalonga Winery Orvieto, Italy
Imagine Yourself in Italia Umbria, known as “the green heart of Italy,” is a region of natural beauty and picturesque medieval hill towns. Fall is an especially good time to visit the area, when truffles are in season and the vineyards are full of fall color. During the autumn months, Umbria’s rolling green hills turn vibrant shades of red, gold, and orange and the multitude of art, food, and music festivals that abound offer a feast for the mind, body, and soul. As the winner of tonight’s lot, you can delight in all of Umbria’s riches and spend a week enjoying the luxury and quiet splendor of your own private villa, “La Servitella Vecchia.” This beautifully restored farmhouse, just outside the town of Ficulle, sleeps a total of 16 people. The home, furnished with elegant antiques, boasts a gourmet kitchen, massive dining room, and an expansive terraced patio, perfect for entertaining your large group. There is also a gym and an infinity pool overlooking the peaceful valley. To make your visit even more special, the owner can help with whatever needs you have—whether it’s finding the best local butcher, organizing a chef to come cook for you, or finding a masseuse who makes house-calls. Your trip includes a visit to the Tenuta Vitalonga Winery in the hills above Orvieto, where they make a magnificent Montepulciano that has been given 98 points by Robert Parker. Owner Francesco Maravalle will be your host for a private tour and tasting in the cellar, as well as a five-course seasonal pairings menu with four different wines. Stroll through the piazzas in the charming towns of Perugia, Assisi, and Orvieto, where the “Slow Food Movement” originated. Taste the region’s olive oils and handmade pasta at the festivals in Trevi in November or Spoleto in December. Are you a music lover? The winter version of Umbria’s world-famous summer jazz festival takes place in Orvieto every January. A visit in February means hunting for truffles and checking out the Black Truffle Festival in Norcia. Or you might choose to make your journey in March for the Umbria Wine Festival in Perugia. This is just a small sampling of all the things to do; there is a little something for everyone to enjoy in Umbria. Trip to take place during the fall/winter months (November through March).
Bringing the Wine Country to You
FAILLA’s winemaker and pilot, Ehren Jordan, will kidnap renowned private chef Gary Penir, for the extraordinary adventure of bushwhacking their way to the home of tonight’s high bidder where they’ll take control of the kitchen to produce a culinary tour de force. Ehren’s viticultural training in France has infused his farming and winemaking choices so that FAILLA’s current portfolio offers Rhône-style Syrah, Chablis-like Chardonnay, and Burgundian Pinot Noir. Robert Parker has said, “FAILLA is a top-notch source of high quality, European-inspired wines that combine flavor, intensity and elegance.” In order to drive home the point, the banquet will also entail a blind tasting duel between FAILLA wines and similar French varietals: a match-up chosen by Ehren for each of the five gourmet courses. Who among you can tell the difference? Chef Gary Penir has toiled in kitchens in Napa and Sonoma counties for the last six years and is a Level 1 Certified Wine Professional and Sommelier. Chef Gary has created many memorable menus for FAILLA events, making him uniquely skilled to tailor five inspired courses to the evening’s selection of sublime wines. Both masters can and will edify you on the mysteries of their craft, leading you on an incredible journey of taste and texture. And since this feast must pass into memory, the gents will leave behind tangible markers of the Wine Country to assure you that their visit was no mirage: In addition to olive oil pressed from estate fruit and multiple copies of famed photographer Bill Tucker’s coffee-table book featuring portraits of legendary Napa vintners, NAPA: Behind the Bottle, the winning bidder will receive six single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Magnums from the ethereal 2011 vintage: Keefer Russian River Chardonnay, Haynes Coombsville Chardonnay, Chuy Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Occidental Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, Hirsch Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir, and Estate Fort Ross-Seaview Pinot Noir. Date of dinner to be mutually agreed upon. Location for dinner must be within a 600-mile radius of Napa Valley (this includes the Wood River Valley).
Opening Bid $4,000 Includes Five-Course Meal for Twelve with Wine Six Magnums of 2011 FAILLA Wines Six Copies of NAPA: Behind the Bottle by Bill Tucker Six 375ml Bottles of FAILLA Estate Olive Oil Donor Ehren Jordan and Anne-Marie Failla Winemaker and Owners FAILLA Wines St. Helena, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $6,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Six Resort Spa Credit of $1,100 Dinner for 6 at Table XII the Chefs Table at elements, prepared by Beau MacMillan Donor Beau MacMillan elements Scottsdale, Arizona Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa Scottsdale, Arizona
A Weekend of Washington Wine
Splendid Sanctuary Tranquility awaits you at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. As tonight’s winning bidder, you can relax and recharge in splendor during a threenight stay in a gorgeous, fully-appointed three-bedroom home on the property. Adding to the experience are Sanctuary’s world-class spa services and classes in a state-of-the-art fitness center and movement studio including Pilates, meditation, yoga, fitness & nutrition consultations, and more. The resort also features five championship tennis courts where you can practice your drop shots under the brilliant blue sky. Your group of six will also enjoy a credit toward any services at the spa. The luxury spa at Sanctuary offers a tempting menu of Asian–inspired services in 12 indoor & outdoor treatment rooms. Enhanced by distinctive architecture and a breathtaking setting, the relaxing Zen meditation garden, tranquil reflecting pond, and Watsu pool provide the ultimate Arizona spa vacation. But a visit to a spa resort does not mean you have to starve yourself. Beau MacMillan, a veteran of many a Vintner Dinner and the maestro in the kitchen at Sanctuary’s elements restaurant, will prepare a sumptuous feast for your group to enjoy in the private chef’s dining space, Table XII, where you can witness the wizardry in the kitchen first-hand while you savor mouthwatering cuisine and spectacular wines. You will return home feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated after this amazing journey to the desert.
The lucky winners of this auction lot will be whisked off to visit Col Solare atop Washington State’s Red Mountain. This estate represents a landmark partnership between two influential wine producers who are recognized leaders in their respective regions: Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori and Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle. During your trip, you will have the unique opportunity to share our passion for Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Mountain. Relax during your two-night stay at the nearby Marriott Hotel on the banks of the Columbia River and enjoy dinner at Anthony’s at Columbia Point, offering some of the region’s freshest seafood. The next day, embark on a full tour of the vineyard and a barrel tasting, followed by a delectable gourmet dinner and library tasting. The highlight of the experience will be a thrilling private helicopter ride touring the vineyards. As for getting around on the ground, don’t give it an extra thought. The crew at Col Solare has you covered. To top off the entire experience, take home a vertical of award-winning Col Solare for your cellar– one case each of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and a large-format bottle of the 2011 vintage when released. (This vintage will be the first to feature all Red Mountain fruit.)
Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Round-trip Airfare for Two from the West Coast (including Sun Valley) Two-Night Stay for Two Ground Transportation for Two Dinner for Two Helicopter Ride for Two Vineyard Tour/Barrel Tasting for Two Vineyard Dinner/Library Tasting for Two A Vertical of Col Solare: one case each of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 A 3L Bottle of the 2011 Vintage (when released) Donor Col Solare Benton City, Washington
Live Lots Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Dinner for Four Private Factory Tour and Test Drive for Four Donors Carole and Michael Marks Gemstone Vineyards Yountville, California
Top Minds and Tesla Motors– It’s Electric! Are you a car nut? A wine lover? A creative thinker? This exciting lot has everything you want and more. Here’s your chance to get behind the scenes and check out the automotive industry’s hottest new thing on the market— the Tesla. Tesla Motors was founded in 2003 by a group of intrepid Silicon Valley engineers who set out to prove that electric vehicles could be awesome. Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. The company is catalyzing change in the industry. Four of you will take an exclusive private tour of the Tesla Motors factory in nearby Fremont, California, with Tesla’s top guy—head engineer and chief technical officer, J.B. Straubel. Get a behind-the-scenes look and learn more about these fascinating cars that are the wave of the future in electric transportation. You will also experience a thrilling test drive and be the envy of all your friends. While you are there, driving around in the latest and greatest electric cars, join Carole and Michael Marks, proprietors of Gemstone Vineyard, for dinner at their home in Woodside, California. Hailed as a visionary in the high-tech industry, Michael Marks was on the scene in Silicon Valley when it first became California’s hotbed of innovation. Superb wines will be poured from Michael and Carole’s private cellar to accompany a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. Talk about a “meeting of the minds” . . . your fellow dinner party guests will be three of Silicon Valley’s top venture capitalists, including Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital, Alan Salzman of Vantage Point Partners and Tesla’s head engineer. Have a new green energy concept? What about all your middle-ofthe-night genius revelations? Get ready to impress these movers and shakers with your brilliant ideas. They will be your captive audience for the evening and might just be willing to turn those concepts of yours into reality. Things move quickly in Silicon Valley—get on board! Think fast, drive fast … and maybe save the planet while you’re at it.
Merry’s Magnum Mania
Merry Edwards Winery
How about this for a wine lover’s dream come true? Merry Edwards, 2013 James Beard Award Winner and Vintners Hall of Fame inductee, will make a personal appearance in your Sun Valley home if you are the winning bidder on this unique lot. One of California’s first female winemakers, Merry founded Merry Edwards Winery in 1997. Her focus is on producing handcrafted wines with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Merry will bring her charming husband, Ken Coopersmith, along with a riot of Magnums from her private cellar for an unforgettable evening of food and wine. Enjoy delectable dishes at this dinner for ten prepared by Cristina Cook of Ketchum’s very own Cristina’s Restaurant–each paired with an exceptional Merry Edwards Magnum. As if that weren’t enough, each guest will also take home a signed 375ml bottle of Merry’s wine as a souvenir. And as a special auction keepsake, you will receive a signed 3-liter bottle of 2005 Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Pinot Noir to occupy its own special place in your collection. Dinner to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date.
Opening Bid $5,000 Includes One 3-Liter Signed Bottle Ten 375ml Signed Bottles Dinner for Ten Donor Merry Edwards Merry Edwards Winery Sebastopol, California Cristina Cook Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery Ketchum, Idaho
Live Lots Opening Bid $8,000 Includes Three Two-Night Stays for Two with Breakfast Ground Transportation and Airport Transfers for Two Private Guide for Two Days for Two Donor Absolute Travel New York City, NY
South Africa: A Feast for the Senses Embark on an extraordinary culinary and wine adventure through the stunning city of Cape Town, South Africa and its surrounding wine regions. Donated by Absolute Travel, one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top Travel Company for 2013, this private luxury journey for two offers an opportunity to enjoy South Africa’s sophistication and beauty while tasting some of the best wines and cuisine in the world. This exceptional trip includes stays at three of the most spectacular hotels in the region. First, you will spend two nights at the stunning One&Only Cape Town hotel. Situated on the chic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with dramatic views of Table Mountain, the One&Only Cape Town is arguably the city’s most magnificent property and boasts two fabulous restaurants—Reuben’s and the legendary Nobu. Explore the exciting city for two glorious days with the help of a personal local guide. After your time in Cape Town, it’s off to the hills where you will spend two luxurious nights at the incomparable Delaire Graff Wine Estate. The estate, perched high on a mountain pass in the illustrious Stellenbosch and Franschhoek vineyard region, sets new standards for South Africa with a leading restaurant and boutique hotel and one of the most advanced wine cellars in the southern hemisphere. Your journey concludes with two nights at Bablynstoren, one of the Cape’s oldest and most historic properties, situated between the Franschhoek and Paarl wine valleys. The hotel’s exquisite cottages are set on a 692-acre working farm comprised of vineyards, fruit groves, and 12 gorgeous acres of contemporary gardens. During your visit, you will experience an unexpected combination of aesthetic and culinary gratification. Spend your time hiking, biking, and canoeing as you discover all the wonders of South Africa together. Bookings must be made at least 90 days prior to departure. Trip must be completed by January 30, 2015. Certain blackout dates apply.
Home and Away with Blackbird
There’s a little bit of everything for the winner of this lot, which is full of culture, gourmet cuisine, luxury travel, and, of course, fabulous wine. First, the lucky bidder will take home a horizontal collection of hand-etched, 3-liter bottles of 2010 Illustration, 2010 Paramour, and 2010 Contrarian Proprietary Red Wines from Blackbird Vineyards, signed by winemaker Aaron Pott. Aaron was recently named as a Food & Wine magazine Winemaker of the Year in 2012. Second, the “Portfolio Road Show,” hosted by Blackbird president Paul Leary, will come to you at your choice of venue–your home, an acclaimed restaurant, or your private club. Paul will pour a customized selection of limited-production wines for 40 of your closest friends, family, and colleagues to sample. Finally, two couples will spend a glorious weekend together in Napa, with a two-night stay in spa suites at the Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Yountville. The hotel is a model for blending contemporary “green” design with a sense of place, history, and artisan values. While there, you will also enjoy a hosted gallery tour and “Flights & Bites Lunch” with a wine tasting at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, where you can admire art and furnishings that encompass works from 16th-century European craftsmen to contemporary artists and designers, while savoring limited-production, artisan wines and delicious gourmet food. Top off your stay with a memorable dinner at Lucy Restaurant & Bar. Life is good.
Opening Bid $6,000 Includes Two-Night Stay for Four Gallery Tour, Wine Tasting, and Lunch for Four Dinner for Four Private In-Home Tasting for Forty Three 3-Liter Bottles Donor Blackbird Vineyards Napa, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $6,000 Includes Seven-Night Stay for Two Six Days of Guided Fishing for Two Fishing Licenses for Two Meals and Beverages for Two Ground Transportation for Two Donor Salvelinus Fly Fishing Zaragoza, Spain Trout Unlimited
The Ultimate in Fly Fishing
Long Shadows Vintners
Experience the ultimate in wine, fish, and food on this exclusive fly fishing excursion. You and a friend will fish for native trout for six days in one of the best fly fishing destinations in Europe—the pristine waters of the Pyrenees Mountains in Spain. Salvelinus Fly Fishing, an Orvis Endorsed guiding company, offers this amazing, unique tour through the Pyrenees Mountains with some of the best dry fly fishing in high-mountain streams, sight fishing in freestone rivers, and hunting for trophy trout in lower stretches or selected tailwaters.
Long Shadows Vintners presents two magnificent Imperials like no others. Both of these sold-out wines were rated as one of the most impressive wines of 2012. These etched, hand-painted bottles were created especially for the Sun Valley Wine Auction and no other large format bottles exist. These awardwinning, high-scoring Walla Walla reds are true treasures, not to be hoarded, but to be sipped and savored with close friends.
Fly fishing in the Pyrenees is for those looking for something different; your days will be spent on the water without even seeing another angler, surrounded by the wild, unspoiled natural landscape. This trip combines the fishing adventure of a lifetime with the utmost comfort in lodging and personal attention from experienced fly fishing guides. You will stay in fishing lodges, monasteries, and luxury hotels in the countryside. Your tour includes extraordinary local meals at some of the best restaurants along the route and wine from the Rioja, Somontano, Ribera del Duero, and Penedes regions of Spain. With spectacular scenery, great food and wine, and outstanding fly fishing, this is truly a trip not to be missed. *This trip has been donated in part by Trout Unlimited. Trout Unlimited works to conserve protect and restore North America’s cold water fisheries and the rivers and streams that we all love to fish, like the Big Wood River, and to share those experiences with our friends and families. Available mid-March through October 2014, with the best times being June through September. Trip does not include airfare to Spain or additional travel from Madrid to Zaragoza.
Pirouette and Pedestal
The 2008 Pirouette was given 98 points by Wine Enthusiast and ranked as their #2 of Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2012. It is an enticing red blend boasting sweet aromas and flavors of ripe plums, mocha, licorice, and spice that are complemented on the palate by a rich and silky texture. The overall integration of the wine provides a remarkable structure and a long-lasting finish. Meanwhile, the 2009 Pedestal Merlot scored an impressive 95 points with Wine Spectator and was ranked #11 in their Top Most Exciting Wines of 2012. It is a blend of carefully selected vineyards chosen to create a rich, layered wine. Expressive yet graceful, this intensely aromatic vintage displays a wide array of mouthwatering flavors, including ripe blackberries, dark plum and baker’s chocolate. Sweet tannins and a velvety texture persist across a lengthy finish.
Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Two 6-Liter Etched and Hand-painted Bottles Donor Long Shadows Vintners Walla Walla/Woodinville, Washington
Live Lots Opening Bid $2,500 per person Includes Tasting for Sixteen Dinner and Wine for Sixteen Donors Bonni and Peter Curran Ketchum, Idaho Benchmark Wine Group Napa, California
100 Point Wines—A Taste of Perfection
A Tasting for Twenty at Home
Hosted at a private home in Ketchum, this is an evening you will not soon forget! Eight lucky couples will be treated to a wine tasting and dinner like no other. Your hosts, Peter and Bonni Curran, are bringing out the big guns for this unforgettable evening. The night begins with a killer sampling of some of the best wines in the world, led by a sommelier. All of the wines are rated 100 points and to give you a sneak preview, here are the big names that will be part of the exclusive offering:
If you happen to be the lucky winner of this special lot, you will have the opportunity to host 20 of your closest friends for an intimate evening of tasting world-class Lokoya wines in your own home. Mountain winemaking expert Christopher Carpenter will fly to your hometown for one day bearing current and library vintages of Lokoya’s four mountain wines: Mount Veeder, Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, and Diamond.
2004 Chapoutier le Meal blanc 2006 Chapoutier l’Ermite blanc 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild 1996 Lafite Rothchild 2003 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2007 Abreu Cabernet Sauvignon Thorevilos Sounds exciting doesn’t it?!? Hang on, the fun doesn’t stop there. The party continues with dinner, prepared by culinary adventurer, chef, artist, and author of five acclaimed cookbooks, Bob Blumer. Bob, the creator and host of the award-winning shows “Glutton for Punishment” and “Surreal Gourmet” on the Food Network, is an imaginative, passionate, and indefatigable gastronaut who will astound you with his creativity throughout the evening. Bob transforms ordinary ingredients into awe-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical, sometimes wacky, presentations. Blumer’s artful approach to cooking and contagious enthusiasm will keep your tastebuds on their toes. Along with each incredible course, you will enjoy more rare 100-point jewels, perfectly paired with Bob’s inventive menu. With the entrée, you might try a 2001 Vérité La Muse or a 2003 Quilceda Creek Cabernet. And don’t forget about dessert … there is a special 1994 Fonseca Port from Portugal with your name on it. Perfection! This package will be sold for $2,500 per person, for a maximum for 16 people and will take place September 5, 2013.
While tasting with Chris, you and your guests will learn about his attention to detail, hear his insights, and gain a deep understanding of the quality vineyards that have led to Lokoya’s success. Lokoya wines are identified with the terroir of Napa’s mountain vineyards. Sparse soils, high elevations, good drainage, and the cool climates of the mountains and benches form the backbone for intense Cabernet Sauvignon. The Lokoya name honors the Native American tribe who lived on Mount Veeder in the western mountains of the Napa Valley prior to the arrival of viticulture in the 19th century. Paying tribute to those who farmed these Napa soils originally, Lokoya Cabernets reflect the soils and microclimates of the Napa Valley. As a parting gift, you will be given a rare 3-liter bottle of the 2007 Lokoya Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, which received 99 points from Robert Parker, to commemorate your unforgettable experience. Host to provide venue and food for guests. Date to be booked 4-6 months in advance on a mutually agreed upon date.
Opening Bid $4,000 Includes Wine Tasting for Twenty with Chris Carpenter One 3-Liter Bottle Donor Lokoya Winery Oakville, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $12,000 Includes Four-Day All-Inclusive River Trip for Ten Shuttle to Stanley from Ketchum for Ten Private Flights from Stanley to River for Ten Private Return Flights from Salmon, Idaho to Hailey for Ten Selection of Wine from Kosta Browne Winery Donors Far & Away Adventures Ketchum, Idaho Kosta Browne Winery Sebastapol, California
Wilderness Luxuries with Kosta Browne Winery and Far & Away Adventures The ten lucky travelers who snag this lot will escape the realities of everyday life and spend four memorable days floating down the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness with the best outfitter in the Northwest, Far & Away Adventures. This unique experience is like a deluxe safari on the river … high-end luxury “glamping” with exceptional, personalized service in some of the most remote and stunning terrain in the country. Accompanying you will be your favorite rock stars of wine, Kosta Browne. Two brave souls from the reputable winery will keep you satiated with some of the most sought-after selections from their vineyards. Start each morning with a tasty breakfast cooked and served by your guides. Spend the day however you wish. Maybe a few hours each day fly fishing from the raft. Or explore the hiking trails and old mining cabins along the shore. Cool off with a swim alongside the rafts or paddle your own canoe or kayak for kicks. Marvel at the wildlife in Impassable Canyon. Or just float along in peace, basking in the pleasures of such an awe-inspiring place.
Leonetti Cellar & FIGGINS
As Chris Figgins, President and Winemaking Director of Figgins Family Wine Estates, says, “Building upon ones forefathers’ legacy is both a privilege and a responsibility. We do so with passion, focus, and utmost attention to quality. To do otherwise would be to dishonor the very foundation we are entrusted with.” Among Washington’s winemakers , the Figgins family is known for its history of producing world-class wines. Besides having started the first and most venerated winery in Walla Walla, Leonetti Cellar in 1977, the Figgins family also produces wine under their family name, FIGGINS, and raise 100% grass fed beef at Lostine Cattle Company. Their wines consistently sell out upon release, and a name on their “List” is highly coveted. The Lucky winner of this package will be bestowed with some of the Figgins Family’s finest work to date with a total of 7 etched and painted 3-liter bottles of current and past vintages of Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS wines. Today Leonetti Cellar produces some of the most sought-after wines in the world. With the second generation at the helm, Chris Figgins and his sister Amy will provide seven etched and hand painted 3-liter bottles of both first and second generation winemakers. This astounding lot can be yours. Leonetti Cellar 2010 Reserve
As the light fades each day and you lounge by the banks of this gorgeous river, glass of your preferred Kosta Browne wine in hand, Steven Lentz, chef extraordinaire from Far & Away Adventures, will delight you with delectable gourmet dinners. After your meal and more outstanding wines, share stories and laughs around the campfire before falling into bed under a blanket of stars, tired and fully satisfied, only to wake up and do it again the next day. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?
Leonetti Cellar 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
River trip to take place on a mutually agreeable date in September, 2014.
FIGGINS 2009 Estate Red Wine
Leonetti Cellar 2011 Merlot Leonetti Cellar 2010 Sangiovese FIGGINS 2008 Estate Red Wine
FIGGINS 2010 Estate Red Wine Additionally, tonight’s victor will triumph in securing a spot on the closed Mailing List, allowing the winning bidder to bypass a 3 year wait and obtain the ability to purchase an annual allocation from Leonetti. The rich and nuanced red wines from Leonetti and FIGGINS represent some of the winery’s best vintages and varietals, many of which are hard to find. With your winning bid tonight, these jewels will find you.
Opening Bid $2,000 Includes One Spot on Leonetti Mailing List Seven 3-Liter Bottles Donor Figgins Family Wine Estates Walla Walla, Washington
Live Lots Opening Bid Priceless Includes Private acoustic concert for 40 Dinner for 40 Wine for 40 DonorS Gary & Anne Borman Borman Entertainment Blue Farm Santa Rosa, California Chappellet St. Helena, California Gemstone Vineyard Yountville, California Kistler Vineyard Sebastopol, California Kosta Browne Winery Sebastopol, California
Party of a Lifetime with Lady Antebellum Now this is the auction lot to beat all auction lots. It might just be the concert experience of a lifetime - way better than a plain old backstage pass. Cool Country Music sensation, Lady Antebellum, will arrive at your house and entertain you and 40 of your friends with an intimate private acoustic concert. Think about it. Your very own personal concert…with Lady Antebellum…and your best friends. Enough said. But there’s more … you get to hang out with them, dance to them, and get your photo taken with them. Hang on … pinch yourself. A chance like this doesn’t come along every day. This is a dream come true. This band is hot. Lady Antebellum has been wowing music fans since they debuted in Nashville in 2006 and has risen quickly to become Country Music’s most influential group. The trio’s modern sound has catapulted them to an enviable level of popularity with over 10 million records sold. Lady Antebellum’s gold and platinum songs have garnered them a long list of awards, with seven Grammys among them, including Song of the Year in 2011 and Best Country Album in 2012. Let us not forget about the incredible food and wine that is also part of the evening. Your group will enjoy a fabulous gourmet feast in your own home, catered by a talented chef. Each course will bring you closer to gastronomic nirvana as plate after plate of delectable offerings is brought out for you to enjoy. And the wines … oh, my! This extraordinary meal will be accompanied by some of the top varietals in the country, including exclusive selections from Gemstone Vineyards, Kosta Browne, Chappellet, Kistler Vineyards and Blue Farm. It is not too often that you have an opportunity like this to sample so many excellent, hard-to-find wines in a single evening along with such mouthwatering cuisine and incredible entertainment! After all this spectacular food and wine, you better get ready to show off your dance moves. Following your meal, Lady Antebellum will give you even more reason to remember this night for the rest of your life.
It’s All About the Wine Pride Mountain Vineyards
Opening Bid $3,000 Includes One 5-Liter Bottle One 3-Liter Bottle One 1.5-Liter Bottle Twelve 750ml Bottles Two-Night Stay for Four Tour and Tasting for Four Dinner for Four Donor The Pride Family Pride Mountain Vineyards St. Helena, California
Of course it is. And the people at Pride Mountain Vineyards know it, which is why they have put together this incredible selection of wines for tonight’s highest bidder. Big, red, and beautiful - the perfect words to describe a collection that includes the following wines from Pride’s 2007 harvest, one of their best vintages and top 100 wines: one 5 Liter bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, one 3 Liter bottle of Merlot, one1.5 Liter bottle of Cabernet Franc, and three 750ml bottles each of the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Claret, Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and Vintner Select Merlot. In addition to taking home this stunning assortment of wines, you and three friends can look forward to enjoying more of Pride Mountain Vineyard’s offerings at the winery itself, as guests of the Pride family for two nights. Your group will relax in the luxury of the Winery Cottage, perched high above the town of St. Helena atop Spring Mountain. The twisting 20-minute drive west from St. Helena, rewards visitors with a spectacular view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions. The area has a history rich in the texture of 19th century winemaking. The first records of vineyard plantings date back to 1869. Amidst the history of the vineyard and its magnificent setting, you will also be treated to a private tour and tasting. After a glorious day of touring and tasting, join your hosts at Pride for a delicious gourmet dinner in the vineyard’s caves, paired with Pride wines that have been personally selected from the family cellar. Must be redeemed within a year and date must be mutually agreed upon.
Bliss in Baja Let a private plane whisk you away to the beautiful Baja Peninsula. At the Costabaja Resort & Spa in beautiful La Paz, Mexico, you can unwind in style. Costabaja is the resort that has everything you desire. Escape to this quiet and secluded destination in La Paz, with a luxurious Five-star hotel and spa, extraordinary vacation homes, international Marina and Beach Club, and Costabaja Golf Club. Set on the Gulf of California, Costabaja is full of life and adventure, and just up the beach from charming and modern La Paz, a fascinating city of peace and abundance on the Sea of Cortez. Your group of four will travel in style via private jet and car to enjoy four nights in a penthouse suite at Costabaja. The suites are outfitted with all the modern comforts and boast stunning views. While you are there, indulge yourself in a complimentary treatment at the Espiritu Spa, where the staff will guide you toward complete and total relaxation. Dinner for four will follow in one of the area’s fine restaurants. The resort’s setting is magical, and you will be surrounded by the raw beauty of the mountains and the ocean. Stroll along the white sand beach, float in the infinity pool, lounge with a good book and explore the nearby shops in La Paz, all at your leisure. This amazing package includes two rounds of golf for four on the resort’s gorgeous Gary Player Signature Course with its panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez , spectacular greens and rolling hills. In between rounds of golf, choose a day for the excursion of a lifetime. Tonight’s lucky bidders will spend a thrilling day on a 42-foot Tiara fishing boat. These motor yachts are the epitome of modern luxury, and the area is known for its exciting sport fishing. A day on the water will have you grinning from ear to ear. And there are countless other activities to keep you entertained—sea kayaking, diving, tennis, paddle boarding—you can’t go wrong at Costabaja.
Live Lots Opening Bid $12,000 Includes Four-Night Stay for Four Two Rounds of Golf for Four Fishing Excursion for Four Spa Treatments for Four Sunset Cruise on the Bay of La Paz for Four Private Air Travel for Four Private Airport Shuttle for Four Dinner for Four Donors Trish & Dave Wilson Costabaja Resort & Spa La Paz, Mexico Chris Stephens
Sun Valley’s Best Ride
Raise a Paddle
Biking - it’s a local favorite and what better venue than the beautiful Wood River Valley? Whether you ride the rough terrain on the dirt trails or cruise the bike path with your family, the scene is the same–gorgeous!
Have you ever seen a child’s face light up when he discovers that he can create something beautiful with his hands? What about the joy a child experiences when she learns how to play an instrument for the first time? Or the freedom a child feels when she uses her own imagination to write a story? It is essential to cultivate these seeds of creativity inside each child. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts does this for our valley’s youth—every day, all the time. The Center’s classes and workshops and performances and lectures and exhibits inspire thousands of children to experiment and explore.
19th Anniversary Collection Opening Bid $6,000 Includes Seven 6-Liter Bottles Donors Sharon & Tom Pyle Atkinsons’ Market Col Solare Côte Bonneville L’Ecole No 41 Leonetti Cellar Quilceda Creek Winery Va Piano Vineyards Woodward Canyon Winery
This is the 19th year that this beloved auction lot will be created exclusively for the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction in conjunction with Atkinsons’ Market. The theme for this special edition lot is cycling. Local artist and gallery owner, Jennifer Bellinger, was commissioned to create an original oil painting from Sharon Pyle’s unique vision. Her work will grace seven imperial-sized bottles of specially created wines from seven Washington State wineries. The bottles are etched and painted by Fresh Northwest Design of Gig Harbor, Washington. Together, they weave a stunning and evocative visual narrative. The project is a true collaboration of some of the finest artists and vineyards working together to celebrate outstanding wines from the Northwest. This year’s lot includes the following spectacular selections: Col Solare Columbia Valley Red Wine, 2009
Create an Ah-Ha Moment
Talk about a worthwhile cause. This is the part of the evening that reminds us why we are all here tonight. Now is the time to take your paddles and lift them high to help us raise funds for The Center’s educational outreach and scholarship programs. These programs encourage children to take risks with their creative gifts and allow these skills to grow and flourish into a deep-rooted love for the arts. You can see the immediate results of your generosity in the eyes and smiles of our local children and know that you are helping to give them amazing cultural opportunities and learning experiences that will enrich their lives forever.
Côte Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Yakima Valley Red Wine, 2009 L’Ecole No 41 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley, 2010 Leonetti Cellar Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Quilceda Creek Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 Va Piano Vineyards Walla Walla Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Woodward Canyon Winery Artist Series Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
Imagine What Your Gift Can Do
Live Lots Opening Bid $2,000 Includes One-Year Wine Club Membership Cooking Class, Olive Oil Tasting, and Lunch for Four Four 750ml Bottles Two 1.5-Liter Bottles One 3-Liter Bottle Six 500ml Bottles Olive Oil Donor Antica Napa Valley Napa, California
Membership Has Its Privileges The Antinori family history speaks of a devotion to winemaking that is woven through six centuries and stretches from the family’s legendary vineyards in Tuscany to the Napa Valley estate, Antica Napa Valley. Antica represents the family’s passion for winemaking that has been passed down for 26 generations. Antica sits on a breathtaking estate high in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley. Located in the remote Atlas Peak District, the 550-acre estate produces only small lots of wines, a testament to the discipline and care of the Antinori family. Its hilly terrain, rocky soils, high elevations, and beautiful landscape create a setting ideal for making outstanding wines. Come to the estate and see for yourself. Your group of four is invited to visit the nearby Napa Valley farmer’s market and food hall with Antica’s estate chef, Kim Wiss, in search of local culinary delights. Kim will guide you in a tasting of the estate’s olive oil and preparations for a delicious Tuscan luncheon to enjoy with Antica Napa Valley wines, hosted by estate director, Glenn Salva. And don’t fret, you will get to bring some of that remarkable olive oil back home with you. Tonight’s winning bidder will also take home a selection of wines considered “Primo Selezione”—Antica Napa Valley’s Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and single-vineyard Townsend Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition, you will receive a coveted one-year membership for the Antica Napa Valley Soprattutto™ wine club and receive four shipments of wine. Soprattutto™, Italian for “above all,” best describes the vineyard’s ideal location for wine growing. These wines are produced in small lots of under 100 cases and include Fossino Rosé, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Syrah. Just wait until you see what’s in store for you.
Behind the Scenes in Los Angeles Fly off to sunny Los Angeles to get your urban culture fix and soak up some culture in style. Your group of four will spend three nights at the Hotel Wilshire, a boutique Kimpton hotel in the Miracle Mile district–just minutes from the city’s hottest attractions including Beverly Hills and Museum Row. The hotel’s swanky rooftop pool deck alone is enough to make you feel like a movie star. This package offers access to some of the country’s best museums. Kick off your visit with a trip to Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum, where you will be given a private, guided tour of its impressive collections of Asian and early European art as well as modern and contemporary paintings, photographs, and sculpture. In the afternoon, you might be ready for a special tasting session for four people at Mission Wines with President Chris Meeske. Mission Wines is a boutique wine shop specializing in small production, hand-crafted, artisan wines from around the world. For your next outing, take a private tour of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, one of the world’s great cultural, research, and educational centers. Link that up with an afternoon exploring the mysteries of life on earth at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. After absorbing all that knowledge and culture, you will be thrilled to relax your mind, quench your thirst, and satiate your appetite with a delectable dinner for four at Patina. Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the restaurant’s elegant al fresco dining, stylish late-night cocktail bar, and always-impeccable service define luxury dining on the West Coast. Start your final day with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit at the California Science Center and follow that up with VIP passes to watch a special filming of TV Land’s popular sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland,” now in its fifth season. Enjoy a “meet and greet” with the stars of the show and maybe a hug from Betty White. Remember your trip with a signed script and signed cast photo. That’s a lot of fun to pack into three days! And the best part…you don’t have to drive. Executive Transit will pick you up at the airport in an SUV and they are available for personal service 12 hours per day until they deliver you to the airport on your final day. Not having to drive in Los Angeles…now that is something to bid on!
Live Lots Opening Bid $15,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Four Private Tasting for Four Four Guided Museum Tours for Four Four VIP tickets to TV Show Filming Dinner for Four 4 Days of Private Car Service for Four Donors Debbe & Spike Booth Jill & Fred Vogel Linda Howard Chris Meeske, Mission Wines Pasadena, California Patina Restaurant Group Los Angeles, California Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group San Francisco, California TV Land Studio City, California Executive Transit Pasadena, California California Science Center Foundation Los Angeles, California Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Los Angeles, California The Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens San Marino, California Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, California
Lindstrom Wine and Darioush Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Four Brunch for Four Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Luncheon for Six Three 750ml Bottles Donor Lindstrom Wine Napa, California Darioush Napa, California
Two powerhouses of the Napa Valley wine industry are joining forces to present an unforgettable experience. As tonight’s winning bidder, you and three others will spend three nights of bliss in a charming guesthouse in Stag’s Leap with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Choose one morning to sleep late and then delight in a leisurely and delicious brunch with the Lindstroms and winemaker Celia Welch as they share their wealth of winemaking knowledge with you. The next day is the perfect time to enjoy an intimate lunch and a “culture of wine” experience at Darioush, set underneath the pistachio trees in the private garden of proprietors Darioush and Shahpar Khaledi. Noted wine historian and passionate raconteur, Nina Wemyss, will take you on a journey into the extraordinary world of wine—its history, antiques, and literature, while you savor limited-release and winery-exclusive Darioush wines, paired with fruits, vegetables, and herbs harvested from the surrounding garden. Finally, as souvenirs of tonight’s excitement, you will bring home two Magnums of Lindstrom’s 2009 and 2010 Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon as well as an impressive vertical collection of Darioush Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon (2007, 2008, 2009). Please allow six weeks notice for redemption. Available seasonally, May through October.
Sonoma in Style This is an experience NOT to be missed - a chance to “create your own adventure” in lovely Sonoma. You can put together a fully customized and deluxe weekend. Your host, a longtime resident of both Sonoma and Sun Valley, will cater the trip to your needs and desires. To start, your group (two couples) will be transported by private jet from Sun Valley to Napa, where you will find a Tesla Founders' Edition Roadster at your disposal for your entire stay. Now that’s traveling in style! You will spend two glorious days and nights in a gorgeous contemporary home designed by Richard Gluckman, well-known architect of many art museums, galleries, and art collectors’ homes. The mountainside escape sits on 14 acres in the hills above the town of Sonoma with views of the valley, the Bay and the San Francisco skyline and featuring deluxe furnishings and artwork throughout. This stunning property includes two guesthouses, vineyard, meadow, kitchen garden, two terraces, and a pool—perfect for a luxurious weekend of relaxation. For the next day’s culinary pleasure, gather at the local Paul Hobbs Winery in Sebastopol for a special private luncheon. You will savor an exceptional menu created by the estate chef and each delicious course will be paired with distinctive Paul Hobbs wines. The event will take place in the famous Lindsay House at the winery, a minimalist architectural treasure by Jim Murphy of JMA, designed for the ultimate tasting experience. To tempt you even further, below is a sampling of how your days could look … sit back, relax and let your host take care of everything. All your meals, activities and transportation are included in this exclusive package. Specific date and activities can be arranged beforehand (available May- October 2014). And as the final touch, each couple will take home a Magnum of Blue Farm Pinot Noir.
Opening Bid $12,000 Includes Private Air Travel for Four Car for 3 days Lunch and wine at Paul Hobbs for Six Two Magnums Donor Tim Mott Robin and Tim Wolff Paul Hobbs Wines Sebastopol, California Blue Farm Santa Rosa, California
Blue Farm is a rarely available, Single-Vineyard, Sonoma Pinot Noir created by Pinot rock stars Anne Moller-Racke and Kenneth Juhasz of Donum Estate fame. Day 1 • Private jet from Sun Valley to Napa • Private car for drive to house • Classic wine country lunch on the terrace • Afternoon wine tasting • Relaxation with poolside massages • Dinner from Café La Haye, Zagat rated 27 out of 30 • Nightcap around the outdoor fireplace Day 2 • Breakfast and leisurely morning by the pool • Private luncheon and tasting at Paul Hobbs Winery • Local shopping excursion or sunset bike ride • Evening cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on the terrace • Dinner al fresco prepared by local private chef
Day 3 • Breakfast by the pool • Early morning hike • Private car for drive to Napa • Private jet from Napa to Sun Valley
Live Lots Opening Bid $1,500 per person Includes Dinner for Ten Wine for Ten Donor Sun Valley Resort Sun Valley, Idaho
Bring on the Bordeaux
A Guest Pass to Luxury
The Dollar Cottage at Sun Valley Resort … this is where the royalty stays when they come to town. And it could be yours for the evening. As the winning bidder tonight you will enjoy an intimate dinner for ten—relaxing on the patio, dining on mouthwatering cuisine, sampling unforgettable red wine, all while looking out over Sun Valley lake and taking in the stunning views of Bald Mountain in the background.
A membership to Exclusive Resorts Luxury Destination Club means traveling to premier vacation destinations and staying in spectacular homes and villas, knowing that every detail will be perfect and your vacation will be hassle-free. Tonight you can bid on the opportunity to experience the pleasures of membership with your very own Exclusive Resorts “Guest Pass,” offering 15 days of Club travel that you can use in any of these featured destinations within the next two years:
Award-winning chef, John Murcko, Sun Valley’s new Director of Culinary Operations, will prepare a magnificent five-course meal for your group that is sure to impress. Noted for his culinary excellence in the Northwest and recipient of Salt Lake Magazine’s 2011 “Best Chef in Utah” award, Murcko’s innovative approach to modern American cuisine is rooted in the classical style of the resort and has enhanced each of Sun Valley’s restaurants. Accompanying this incredible feast will be some of Bordeaux’s best, pulled by a local sommelier from the rich depths of the Sun Valley Resort cellars. Your guests will be treated to a selection of delights from the collection. Here is a sampling of the wines being served: 1988 Chateau Margaux Grand Vin Red Bordeaux 1988 Chateau Cheval Blanc St. Emilion Red 1998 Chateau Lafite Rothchild Paullac Bordeaux And to top off this evening of splendor, savor a glass or two of the 100 point 1999 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes. A beautiful ending to a magical night… This lot will be sold for $1,500 per person, for a maximum of 10 people. The dinner will be planned for a mutually agreeable date.
• Chicago, Illinois • Deer Valley, Utah • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands • Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii • Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii • Los Cabos, Mexico • New York City, New York • Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
• Real Del Mar, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico • San Francisco, California • Scottsdale, Arizona • Sea Island, Georgia • Snowmass, Colorado • Steamboat Springs, Colorado • Telluride, Colorado • Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
With a Guest Pass, you’ll enjoy luxuries beyond the Club’s homes, including privileged access to the amenities of world-class resorts and unmatched personalized service designed to anticipate your needs and leave you entirely free to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. A dedicated representative will help you explore the Club’s many offerings and plan your trips. Daily housekeeping means no household chores will ever fall to you. And your concierge will fulfill your every request throughout your stay (think stocking the pantry with your favorite foods before your arrival, hiring a private chef, booking tee times, and more). And should you decide that a full membership with Exclusive Resorts is in your future after you’ve used your Guest Pass, you will receive a $40,000 credit toward full membership dues. Don’t let that kind of deal pass you by!
Live Lots Opening Bid $10,000 Includes Fifteen-Day “Guest Pass” Membership $40,000 Credit Toward Full Club Membership Donor Exclusive Resorts Denver, Colorado
Live Lots Opening Bid $5,000 Includes One-Week Stay for Six Three-Day Guided Custom Tour for Six Donor Alvin Albe Claude & Ghislaine Guigon Barrique 33 Wine Tours
Your Own Private Provence Embark on an incredible adventure in Provence, France with a custom guided tour of the area’s oenological and gastronomic pleasures. French native, Claude Guigon, formerly of Sun Valley Resort fame, will accompany you for three glorious days as you visit countless wineries and savor mouth-watering French cuisine. Your tour is completely customizable … you might choose to spend a day exploring the wineries surrounding Châteauneuf-du-Pape with lunch at an excellent nearby restaurant. A leisurely Rosé lunch in Valence at a three-star Michelin restaurant with a tour and tasting in Tain L’Hermitage could be quite a day to remember. And a visit to Avignon and the Palais des Papes is not to be missed, perhaps followed by a few hours sampling magnificent varietals in the Gigondas wine country. Alternatively, a walking tour of Gorges du Verdon, the French Grand Canyon, promises to be spectacular. And picture this: Your lodging will be in an 18th-century mill, beautifully renovated into a “maison de maître” with all the modern amenities. Located on two acres on the outskirts of the charming village of Eyguieres at the foot of the Alpilles mountain range in the heart of Provence, the original two-story house is approximately 250 years old and shaded by massive plane trees. This spacious and lovingly restored property is awaiting your visit in a tranquil atmosphere of comfort and beauty, complete with immense gardens, an expansive outdoor terrace, and a heated pool. Your group of six will relax for an entire week in the incredible setting and fall under the magical spell of this place where time stands still. The villa, “Le Moulin Des Vignes Vieilles,” is just a short drive from Luberon, a perfect location to experience and discover the wealth of cultural and regional products and traditions in Provence. The caretakers can arrange anything your heart desires for exploring the beauty of the area and making the most of your visit.
The Seattle Chihuly Experience Gather your friends for an arts and culture outing to remember! You and three friends are invited to the Chihuly Boathouse in Seattle to enjoy a private studio tour and glassblowing experience while delighting in delicious wines from Dunham Cellars. Dale Chihuly is a Seattle icon. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections and is instantly recognizable around the globe. This is a unique opportunity to witness first-hand how Chihuly’s glass masterpieces are made. Dunham Cellars has established an award-winning reputation for their wines using grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Walla Walla, Yakima, and Columbia Valleys. Its first vintage, a 1995 Cabernet Sauvignon, was deemed one of the finest wines made in Washington by Wine Enthusiast. Your group will also visit Chihuly Garden and Glass, one of the artist's most ambitious projects, which opened in 2012. View an exhibition of Chihuly’s most iconic works, including the suspended Glasshouse Sculpture. Stroll through the Garden and view the installations juxtaposed with the natural environment. And savor scrumptious dishes in the Collections Café as you dine on fresh, local Northwest cuisine with winemaker Eric Dunham. During your visit, you’ll stay at the four-star Sorrento Hotel. A charming Seattle landmark, the Sorrento is the first and longest-operating boutique hotel in the historic First Hill neighborhood. To commemorate this unique Seattle experience, tonight’s winner will also receive Chihuly’s Wild Poppy Persian Pair 2011 Studio Edition from his Persians series. The piece is a rush of sumptuous golden orange and oxidized browns. Measuring approximately 11 inches across, this signed and hand-blown artwork is presented in a Plexiglass vitrine. In addition, you’ll also receive two Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition catalogs signed by the artist. All dates must be mutually agreed upon.
Live Lots Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Private Studio Tour & Tasting for Four Original Artwork Piece Two Signed Exhibition Catalogs Dinner for Four Two-Night Stay for Four Donor Chihuly Studio Seattle, Washington Eric Dunham Dunham Cellars Walla Walla, Washington Sorrento Hotel Seattle, Washington
Live Lots Opening Bid $12,000 Includes Three-Night Stay for Four with Breakfast Three Days of Skiing or Two Days of Golf for Four Nordic Skiing/ Snowshoeing or Hiking/Biking for Four Dinner for Four Private Air Travel for Four from Sun Valley to Bozeman from Sentient Donor The Yellowstone Club Big Sky, Montana Sentient Jet Braintree, Massachusetts
Your Own Exclusive Yellowstone Club Retreat Have you ever fantasized about being whisked away by private jet to a ski resort that you have all to yourself on a bluebird powder day? Well, here is your best chance at realizing that dream. Four of you will jet off to the luxurious “wilds” of the private Yellowstone Club near Big Sky, Montana, for three days and nights of outdoor fun, far away from the typical ski vacation crowds. Explore the spectacular beauty of the only private ski resort in the world. A private aircraft will deliver you from Sun Valley to Bozeman for three nights in a deluxe, mid-mountain, ski-accessible cabin at the Club where you will have three days to ski your hearts out and pilfer the resort’s “Private Powder” stash. You can also try out the network of Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails while you are exploring. Based on availability in the winter, you will also have the chance to ski with extreme skiing pioneer and Yellowstone Club ski ambassador, Scot Schmidt, and meet legendary ski film icon Warren Miller. Or, should you prefer to visit the Yellowstone Club during its non-snowy months, get your game on with two glorious days of golfing on the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed course. The private championship-caliber 18-hole mountain golf course seduces players with its unflinching beauty and challenging holes. And if hiking or biking is more up your alley, that’s all part of the package too! Complimentary breakfast will get you started each morning for the day’s adventures. Not a bad way to spend a few days, right? But wait, there’s more! As the crowning touch, your group will be treated to a gourmet dinner—the best the Yellowstone Club has to offer. Now THAT is living.
Gift of the Land
The Donum Estate
Don’t miss this opportunity for three lucky couples to spend a weekend living life to the fullest in California’s Wine Country with the help of the people at The Donum Estate. You will spend two nights in private cottage rooms at the Inn on Randolph, a small luxury inn in the heart of downtown Napa, with private car and driver service from Magnum Tours at your disposal for two days. While you are there, Donum’s Director of Hospitality will introduce your group to some of Sonoma’s most exclusive wine estates during a day of private tastings in the area. You will also be treated to a private luncheon at Stone Edge Farm, a boutique Sonoma Cabernet property and organic garden in Sonoma Valley. As the crowning touch to your experience, gather at the Donum Ranch for a private vineyard tour with Carneros renowned vintner, Anne Moller-Racke, including a tasting on the vineyard deck, which rests on a hilltop overlooking Carneros and the San Pablo Bay. The evening continues with hors d’oeuvres and a private pig roast. The pig roast will be paired with Magnums of Donum wines all scoring 93-95 points in Wine Spectator, including the not-yet-released 2010 Carneros Estate. “Dessert and Digestifs” with single barrel bourbon and truffles will follow by the fire pit. Finally, as an auction souvenir of tonight’s event, take home three Magnums of Donum allocation-only Pinots (i.e. West Slope, East Slope, Russian River Reserve), signed by Anne Moller-Racke.
Opening Bid $5,000 Includes Two-Night Stay for Six Lunch for Six Tour and Tasting for Six Dinner for Six Private Car Service Three 1.5-Liter Bottles Donor The Donum Estate Sonoma, California
Live Lots Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Two Full Passes to West of West Wine Festival Twenty-Four 750ml Bottles Donor West Sonoma Coast Vintners
WOW! A Pinot Party This is an event not to be missed! Spend a glorious weekend in the far reaches of the West Sonoma Coast at its premier wine event, the West of West “WOW” Wine Festival, an unparalleled opportunity to experience the extraordinary wine, food, and culture of the area. The festival’s Grand Tasting offers a stellar lineup of more than 40 producers and growers pouring some of their most coveted and hard-to-find gems, all pure expressions of the region. This year’s gathering, “Celebrating the Finest Wines of West Sonoma Coast” will be held in Sebastopol, just one hour north of San Francisco, from August 2 – 4, 2013. As tonight’s winning bidder, you can mark your calendar and take home two all-weekend festival passes that include access to seminars, vineyard tours, grand tastings of over 40 wineries, and the Finale Dinner prepared by James Beard finalist Steven Satterfield. Throughout the weekend you will feast on artisan food from local producers, including Hog Island oysters, Liberty duck, Andante cheese, Boccalone salumi, and more. The wines featured over the weekend are produced by some of the most sought-after wineries in the United States such as Patz & Hall, Peay Vineyards, Hirsch Winery, Littorai Winery, Flowers, Martinelli, FAILLA, and others. Come meet the winemakers and owners on their terroir and they will share some of their secrets and special selections with you. The WOW Festival begins with Welcome Dinners hosted by member wineries on Friday evening, August 2nd offers a rare opportunity to dine with winemakers in their home or winery. Saturday offers morning seminars, interviews and flight tastings, followed by the first of two Grand Tastings on Saturday afternoon and the Whole Hog Feast Celebration in the evening. Finally, you will return to the Grand Tasting tent on Sunday afternoon for a second opportunity to taste exceptional wines. And…to prepare you for the event next year, take home an “Instant Cellar” of 24 bottles of Pinot Noir, one each from 24 different stand-out wineries in the West Sonoma Coast region. How’s that for a bonus? It really does deserve your high bid and a big “WOW!”
Putting Your Way to Perfection This is the ideal opportunity to perfect your short game … and have a blast doing it. Are you up for a fun and creative event? It’s time to gather your group of friends, don your most stylish golf attire, and practice sinking some putts at Sun Valley Resort’s Sawtooth Putting Course. How can you possibly pass up the chance to spend a summer evening in the mountains, putter (or cocktail!) in hand, with good friends, great views, and light that lasts forever? It doesn’t get much better than that. Except that it DOES get better. After all the wagers have been settled and the last ball is in the last hole, the revelry continues with a private dinner for forty in the gorgeous Sun Valley Club dining room. Trade your golf shoes for your party shoes and enjoy a night of delicious food and fabulous wine as the sun sinks behind Bald Mountain. The chefs at Sun Valley are ready and waiting to craft a special menu for you that will be paired with two cases of wine hand-selected from the SVCA Wine Auction cellar. Eventually the light will fade and the evening will come to an end, but the laughter and the memories will stay with you forever. This might just be the most fun you will ever have at a putting course.
Live Lots Opening Bid $4,000 Includes Dinner for Forty Putting Tournament for Forty Twenty-Four 750ml Bottles Donor Sun Valley Resort Sun Valley, Idaho
Live Lots Opening Bid $2,000 Includes One 6-Liter Bottle Two 750ml Bottles Two-Night Stay for Four Tour & Tasting for Four Private Car Service for Four Breakfast for Four Wine Reception for Four Guided Biking Tour for Four Tasting & Lunch for Eight Donor HALL Wines St. Helena, California Hayfork Wine Company St. Helena, California
Two Wheels or Four? HALL Wines and Hayfork Wine Company craft some of the best Cabernets in the Napa Valley, but you need to come and find that out for yourself. The temptation begins with an Imperial of the 2009 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Ambassador Kathryn Hall. Next, journey down to the source … your group of four will spend two nights at La Residence, a picturesque boutique hotel near Yountville, while you explore the area and taste some unbelievable wines. Upon check-in at this tranquil retreat, you will find a bottle of HALL wine in your room to enjoy while you are there. And begin each day with breakfast at the inn before you embark on your adventures. How does a guided biking tour sound to start things off? Get your two wheels moving and meet up with Erik Dodd, vineyard manager and co-owner of Hayfork Wine Company. He will escort your group on a myriad of local biking trails and routes. You can customize the tour to your skill level and interests— road or mountain, touring or climbing. Erik can do it all. On the road, climb the wine country's famous Pine Flat, tour on the Silverado Trail, or choose any of the classic cycling routes through multiple Napa Valley appellations. If mountain biking is your thing, check out the Las Posadas, Oat Hill, or Annadel State Park trails. And don’t worry, halfway through the day, Erik and his wife, Haley Wight, Hayfork’s winemaker, will host you for a special tasting and luncheon at their award-winning artisanal vineyard. After all that time on two wheels, you might be ready to rest a bit and ride in style with four wheels the next day. Luckily, a private car will be waiting to whisk you off to visit more vineyards of your choosing, ending with special private tours and tastings and an evening wine reception at the esteemed HALL wineries in Rutherford and St. Helena.
Red Mountain Royalty
Ambassador Vineyard and Hedges Family Estate How about this for royal treatment? If you are tonight’s winning bidder, you and five guests will enjoy the outstanding wines of both Hedges Family Estate and Ambassador Vineyard on this oenological adventure. Your trip begins in the Red Mountain region of Washington State, where some of the most exciting red wines are being produced today. First, renowned vineyard manager, Dick Boushey, of Ambassador Vineyard will escort you on a private tour and tasting. While you are there you will sample some of Ambassador’s premier vintages, or what they like to call “magic in a bottle,” and perhaps even enjoy a few from the winery’s own “secret stash.” Next, head down the road for a tour of the Hedges Family Estate vineyards with vineyard manager John Gomez and a special barrel tasting of both Ambassador and Hedges wines, led by winemaker Sarah Goedhart. As if that weren’t enough, the red carpet will be rolled out that night for a gourmet feast at Hedges hosted by Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges and Michael and Pamala Towers, two powerhouse couples of the Red Mountain AVA. They will tempt you with gems from their own cellar and afterwards, you will spend the night at the lovely Ambassador house. Finally, make your way to Seattle for a fantastic evening, including dinner at the gorgeous home of Michael and Pamala Towers, along with Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges. Your meal will be paired with wines from both Ambassador and Hedges and perhaps even a few surprises from Michael’s extensive cellar. You will certainly feel like a member of the royal family after an experience like this! And don’t forget this special bonus … two Double Magnums each from Ambassador and Hedges will find their way home with you after tonight’s festivities.
Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Two-Night Stay for Six Two Tours & Tastings for Six Two Dinners for Six Four 3-Liter Bottles Donor Ambassador Vineyard Benton City, Washington Hedges Family Estate Benton City, Washington
Just In Time for Wine
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery and Landmark Vineyards Opening Bid $2,000 Includes Two-Night Stay for Four Dinner for Four Private Tour and Blending Seminar for Four Massages for Four Private Car Service Lunch for Four Six 375ml Bottles Donor JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Paso Robles, California Landmark Vineyards Kenwood, California
JUST when you thought it couldn’t get any better, along comes another great auction lot–JUST IN time. Two couples will enjoy this luxurious package at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles. You and your companions can relax in sumptuous style at the JUST Inn B&B for two nights. During your stay, A private tour of the winery and blending seminar with a JUSTIN wine educator will enhance your viticultural knowledge, after which you might gather for lunch at The Restaurant at JUSTIN or take a gourmet picnic lunch to a secluded spot. Crown the day with dinner for four at The Restaurant at JUSTIN, complete with wine pairings. The next night you choose your personal dining preference from Paso Robles superb selections and JUSTIN will provide you and your party with private round-trip town car transportation into town for the evening. And, JUST IN case you aren’t feeling totally relaxed, your stay includes in-room couples massages. Tonight’s bidder will also take home a six-bottle package of wines from JUSTIN’s sister winery, Landmark Vineyards in Sonoma, including three bottles of Grand Detour Pinot Noir and three bottles of Heintz Chardonnay.
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Trefethen Family Vineyards Celebrate the Good Life
In 1979, Trefethen’s 1976 Chardonnay was named “Best Chardonnay in the World” at the Gault Millau World Wine Olympics in France, beginning a 30-year tradition of excellence, all along following the credo of “One Family, One Estate, One Passion.” Come share in this excellence and visit the world-famous Trefethen Family Vineyards in the legendary Napa Valley. Your adventure begins with a private winery tour for a party of eight, followed by a tasting of Trefethen’s finest Estate and Reserve wines in the elegant Wine Library. The gate to the Trefethen's private garden will then be opened for a wonderful Napa Valley luncheon prepared by Trefethen's winery chef. Depending on the time of year, fruits and vegetables will be picked directly from the garden for a delicious gourmet lunch. Magnificent Trefethen wines will be paired with the chef's three-course feast. You will also bring home two impressive Magnums: a 2007 Trefethen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2010 Trefethen Estate Chardonnay.
Silent Lots Opening Bid $800 Includes Private Tour & Tasting for Eight Luncheon for Eight Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Donor Trefethen Family Vineyards Napa, California
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Martinelli Winery Martinelli Magic
The Martinelli family has been growing grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1887. Their handcrafted wines never fail to impress. You can witness how the magic happens with a visit to the vineyard for a behind-the-scenes look. Enjoy a two-night stay for four in luxurious guest accommodations at the winery and explore the historic vineyard during a VIP tour of the beautiful grounds. After your tour, don’t miss the private tasting in Martinelli’s unique tasting room, situated in an historic turn-of-the-century hop barn. You will take much pleasure in sampling these delightful estate -grown and estate-produced wines while taking in the stunning scenery of the Russian River Valley.
Silent Lots Opening Bid $350 Includes Two-Night Stay for Four Tour & Tasting for Four Donor Martinelli Winery Windsor, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $175 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Morgan Winery Salinas, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $400 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Amuse Bouche Winery Napa, California
Au Sommet Winery
Conscientious, innovative farming regimens allied with traditional “minimalist” winemaking techniques result in wines of balance, elegance, and distinction. For Morgan Winery, this single-minded focus has produced a record of consistent, category leading, award-winning wines. Their Double L Vineyard is located near the northern tip of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Afternoon winds. Evening fog. Porous mountainside soils. The perfect location for growing the best Pinot grapes. Tonight’s offering from this magical spot is a Magnum of the 2009 Morgan Double L Vineyard Pinot Noir. The vineyard’s special terroir shines through in this signature wine. Power and elegance. Fruit and spice and 94 points from Wine Enthusiast. This vintage presents aromas of blackberry, plum, and almond with hints of black licorice and clove. Flavors of cranberry and leather are backed by a deft touch of toasty oak and structuring tannins. The wine is an exquisite match for duck confit, lamb shank, and prime rib. Bon appetit!
Winemaker Heidi Barrett, dubbed “the first lady of wine” by Robert Parker, has been crafting cult wines since 1983, many of them receiving 95 points and above and selling for record prices at wine auctions around the country. She has donated a Magnum of her Au Sommet 2010 Cabernet blend for your enjoyment. This wine, produced from long-hanging grapes grown atop Napa Valley’ Atlas Peak, is rich and intense, with ripe, dark fruits and powerful aromas. Its long and spicy finish means that it is a great wine for the cellar. Take it to the top with this fantastic bottle.
Amuse Bouche Winery
This limited-edition red wine is graced by the original and exceptional work of the late artist Tony Curtis. Winemaker Heidi Barrett has created a lush blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc with an abundance of fruitfocused flavors and aromas of red licorice, raw coffee beans, and dark chocolate. The deeply saturated flavors of the 2010 Amuse Bouche Red Blend make it “a gorgeous, beautifully balanced wine,” according to The Wine Advocate, which awarded it 92 points. This magnificent Magnum is just what your wine cellar needs.
As described by the winery, the 2010 Spring Mountain District Cabernet “has an immediate core of pure black fruit. This dry red table wine from Barnett Vineyards is quite plush with concentrated raspberry and more gravel mineral tones on the palette. The tannins are very firm, with natural mountain acid to balance demanding some time in the bottle to show its best.” This etched Double Magnum is an outstanding addition to any wine collection. According to The Wine Advocate, the wine is “deep, dense, and rich … oozes with character and sheer personality and has many nuances that unfold as the wine sits in the glass.” This “fascinating and totally intriguing Cabernet” with a “sinewy, powerful finish” is one you do not want to miss. There is a reason it received a rating of 93 points!
The Perfect Pinot
Amusement for the Mouth
To the Top
Spectacular Spring Mountain
Silent Lots Opening Bid $450 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Au Sommet Winery Napa, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $200 Includes One 3-Liter Bottle Donor Hal & Fiona Barnett Barnett Vineyards St. Helena, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $450 Includes One 6-Liter Bottle Donor Basel Cellars Estate Winery Walla Walla, Washington
Silent Lots Opening Bid $100 Includes Two 750ml Bottles Donor Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville, Washington
Basel Cellars Estate Winery
Included in the winemaker notes for the 2003 Basel Cellars Estate Merriment Red is this statement: “…beautifully balanced by the earthy structure that is a signature of our estate vineyard, Pheasant Run, and finishes with dense, rich, silky tannins.” If that doesn’t make your ears prick up, how about this? International Wine Cellar raved about this wine, describing it as “…supple, primary and sweet, with broad flavors of meaty dark berries. Nicely polished, nuanced wine that finishes with very good length.” The Imperial-sized bottle of this limited-production vintage has been aged perfectly to enjoy with your closest friends; its gorgeous mouthfeel and nicely integrated tannins make it an excellent choice for your collection.
This one’s a winner. Chehalem Winery has been producing magnificent wines for decades. The vineyard is named after a Native American word best translated as "gentle land" or "valley of flowers," phrases that capture a long-standing, almost religious reverence for the land. The 2010 Ian’s Reserve Chardonnay is a fine example of the winery’s expertise. Overall, this wine could be described as a very beautiful blonde. It has a rich, full structure and the finish is lovely, opulent, mouthwatering, and close to perfect. Its flavors include ripe peach or pear and baked apple with a touch of nutmeg, buttered pastry crust or creamy bread pudding, and golden raisins. Take home this Magnum signed by winemaker and proprietor Harry Peterson-Nedry, and you will also enjoy a complimentary tasting for four at the Chehalem Tasting Room in a renovated historic building in downtown Newburg, Oregon.
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Wente Family Estates
If your wishes could come true, these two Cabernets would have special spots in your cellar. The limited-release 2008 and 2009 Druthers from Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s oldest and most acclaimed winery, are two astoundingly good Cabernet Sauvignon blends. The Wine Advocate gave the 2008 vintage 93 points, calling it “dense, layered, and opulent … with the stuffing to evolve for four to five years and … provide peak drinking on its 20th birthday.” As winemaker Joshua Maloney notes, the 2008 “is a fleshy wine that presents aromas of rich fruit, mocha, vanilla and a touch of black licorice. On the palate, the fruit quickly crescendos, and carries firm yet unctuous tannins with it. The tannins continue to persist on the long finish.” And the 2009 is no slouch either. Rated 89 points by Wine Enthusiast, this wine has intense flavor and deep color. Says winemaker Bob Bertheau of this vintage, “We blended Druthers to be a powerful wine with layers of complexity. On the palate, there is incredible fruit concentration and robust, yet balanced tannins that linger on the finish.”
One of the Livermore Valley’s most prominent pioneers, Charles Wetmore is honored with Wente’s finest expression of the noble Cabernet Sauvignon. From their origins in Margaux in the 1880s to the present, only the best of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines Wetmore brought over from France have been selected for each new generation planted. And they are prized for making wines with intensity, depth of flavor, and rich, lush body. The 2010 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon won the silver medal at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This Double Magnum could be yours for the taking. You will appreciate its heady aromas and flavors of black cherry, chocolate, and green olive. With balanced acidity and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this wine delivers a bold, long-lasting finish.
Merrymaking with Merriment
If You Had Your Druthers
Wente’s Heritage Block
Silent Lots Opening Bid $100 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Tasting for Four Donor Chehalem Winery Newberg, Oregon
Silent Lots Opening Bid $90 Includes One 3-Liter Bottle Donor Wente Family Estates Livermore, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $30 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Mionetto USA White Plains, New York
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,500 Includes Three 3-Liter Bottles Two-Night Stay for Four One Large-Format Bottle Donor Trinchero Family Estates St. Helena, California
Vintner’s Collective Napa Valley
Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, Italy. Mionetto has been the preeminent name known for quality for over 125 years. In the heart of the Prosecco region, Mionetto produces the exceptional wines that comprise America’s favorite Prosecco brand. You can take home this Magnum of Mionetto Prosecco Brut from the winery’s Prestige Collection tonight and savor it with seafood dishes and hard cheeses. On the palate, the wine has a hint of fruit and a well-balanced acidity that provides a fresh and lively mouthfeel with a clean, dry finish.
Vintner’s Collective is a select group of boutique Napa Valley vintners who share tasting room space in Napa’s oldest commercial building, an 1875 Italianate former saloon and brothel. This place brings amazing wines and incredible personalities together and opens the doors to Napa Valley’s finest for new visitors every day.
Bubbly and Bright
Membership Has Its Privileges
Winemaker dinners, release parties, a Napa guesthouse, and a concierge service are part of what the Vintner’s Collective offers to its members. This evening, you can bid on a complimentary “Bordello” membership at Vintner’s Collective, which includes three shipments of three or four bottles of phenomenal wine per year. You will also be invited to an exclusive private tasting for six people, paired with charcuterie and cheese, complimentary admission to VCNV events, preferred rates at local hotels, and a discount for a stay at the bungalow, La Casita Bonita. Now we’re talking!
Trinchero Family Estates
Winemaking is a collage of art, science, intuition, and tradition. It is the passion that the Trinchero team lives by, the air that they breathe, and the bond that brings them together. Napa Cellars, one of the Trinchero brands, embodies the classic Napa Valley style: ripe, rich, balanced, and collectible. The Napa Cellars winemaking team believes that the land shapes the balance, complexity, aroma, and flavor of their wine, and the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon stands as a testament to that belief. Tonight Trinchero tempts you with three Double Magnums of the 2010 vintage. Its elegant and concentrated aromas of plum and dark fruit open to a soft mouthfeel of black and red fruit flavor with a subtle hint of cinnamon and tobacco. This fantastic package also means that two couples will enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast and dinner at the Trinchero culinary center plus enjoy a tour and tasting for four and another large-format bottle to take home as a souvenir from your trip.
Pinot Noir is the grandfather of ZD Wines. It was one of the first wines ZD produced and has been produced every year since the first 1969 vintage. Consistent quality has earned the Carneros region a reputation as one of the premier wine-growing regions of California. ZD Pinot Noirs are crafted to reflect richness and intense varietal character in a style that uses the California sunshine in a cool grape-growing region to fully mature the grapes for intensity and flavor. Six bottles of the limited-release, award-winning 2011 ZD Founder’s Reserve Pinot Noir Carneros could be yours tonight. You have the power to make it happen. The 2011 Founders Reserve Pinot Noir boasts a beautiful ruby/ garnet color with aromas of black cherry, rhubarb, cedar, and a hint of toasted hazelnut. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with copious amounts of ripe plum, cherry, and spice. The tannins are soft and lush, and toasty French oak is integrated beautifully. This wine is an ongoing commemoration to ZD’s Founder, Norman deLeuze, and a tribute to his favorite varietal, Pinot Noir.
A Tremendous Trio from Trinchero
Founder’s Reserve … A Taste of Excellence
Silent Lots Opening Bid $475 Includes Vintner’s Collective Membership for 1 Year Nine-Twelve 750ml Bottles Donor Vintner’s Collective Napa, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $200 Includes Six 750ml Bottles Donor ZD Wines Napa, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $50 Includes Mustard for a year Donor Sun Valley Mustard Sun Valley, Idaho
Silent Lots Opening Bid $850 Includes 2 1.5-Liter Bottles Tours and Tastings for Four Donor Far Niente Winery Oakville, California
Sun Valley Mustard
Nickel & Nickel Winery
Locally-made Sun Valley Mustard is a perennial favorite and incredibly versatile. The freshest and finest ingredients go into the mix to produce a taste that is totally different from anything else out there. The mustards are made by hand in small batches to create distinctive texture and flavor. Now you can have your pick of the six delicious gourmet flavors for an entire year! Making a quick sandwich? Need a tasty dipping sauce for your favorite hors d’oeuvre? Use it for a spicy marinade! Or what about an easy hostess gift? Everybody loves it. Go with the classic “Spicy-Sweet” or get adventurous with the “Hot Jalapeno.” You’ve got it covered from all angles with this one.
Nickel & Nickel and EnRoute, present the ultimate collection of wines from the family and partners that launched Far Niente in 1979. Tonight’s winning bid will bring home these gorgeous bottles to add to the cellar: 2006 Nickel & Nickel Sullenger Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 En Route Pinot Noir les Pommiers. And when you and friends next find yourself in Napa Valley, enjoy a tour and tasting for four at the Nickel & Nickel Winery. Tastings will follow each tour and feature the current releases of estate wines.
Far Niente Winery
Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery
Far Niente, EnRoute, and Dolce present the ultimate collection of wines from the family and partners that launched Far Niente in 1979. Tonight’s winning bid will bring home these gorgeous bottles to add to the cellar: a Magnum each of 2011 Far Niente Estate Chardonnay and 2001 Dolce. And when you and friends next find yourself in Napa Valley, enjoy a tour and tasting for four at the Far Niente Winery. Tours at Far Niente begin with a walk through the historic, tri-level winery, which is built into the surrounding hillside. You will then get a peek at the 40,000-square-foot wine aging caves and finish up with a visit to the Carriage House, home to a fascinating collection of classic automobiles. Tastings will follow the tour and feature the current releases of estate wines. It will certainly be a visit to remember!
Don and Rhonda Carano invite you to visit the beautiful home of FerrariCarano wines, the spectacular Italianate hospitality wine center, Villa Fiore, set in the midst of the 70-acre Dry Creek Valley estate vineyard. Your group will have the chance to taste critically-acclaimed Ferrari-Carano wines, stroll through five acres of exquisite gardens, view the magnificent underground, double-vaulted barrel cellar, and sample limited and reserve wines in the Enoteca Reserve Tasting Bar and Lounge.
Spread the Love
Tour, Taste, Repeat
Tour and Taste
Silent Lots Opening Bid $300 Includes Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Tours and Tastings for Four Donor Nickel & Nickel Winery and EnRoute Winery Oakville, California
Behind the Scenes
Ferrari-Carano’s winery tour, hosted by their friendly and knowledgeable staff, will take you on a winding journey through the renowned gardens and offer a glimpse of the vineyards up close, perhaps even catching one of the winemaking team or cellar crew hard at work on the crush pad or in the winery's cellars or tank rooms. You can also view Don and Rhonda Carano’s personal wine cellar and hear about Ferrari-Carano’s history–how Don and Rhonda first came to Sonoma County on a wine buying trip and fell in love with the area. After the enlightening tour, enjoy a private tasting hosted in the PreVail Room, designed to highlight the many nuances of wine in a fun and informative style.
Silent Lots Opening Bid $100 Includes Tour and Tasting for Four Donor Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery Healdsburg, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $500 Includes Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Three-Night Stay for Two Tasting for Two Donor Bill & Beverly Fraser Owners Fraser Vineyard & Winery Boise, Idaho
Silent Lots Opening Bid $100 Includes Two 3-Liter Bottles Donor Mac McCarthy Frenchman’s Gulch Winery Ketchum, Idaho
Snap up this three-night getaway for two at Fraser Vineyard’s Casita in the lovely Snake River Valley. The house is set against the tranquil backdrop of a hillside vineyard and the Owyhee Mountains in the heart of the region’s wine country. The view from gorgeous patio overlooks the entire valley, from the Boise Mountains all the way to the Blue Mountains in Oregon. And, if you’re lucky, there might just be a couple of surprise bottles awaiting your arrival at the Casita.
Securing fruit from multiple, diverse microclimates allows the winemakers at Cakebread Cellars to craft a rich, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, marrying the lush black fruit and sturdy tannins typical of the valley’s warmer northern districts with the bright fruit and acidity characteristic of its cooler southern climes. As the winner of this lot, you can experience the results of these techniques first-hand and bring home two Magnums of 2010 Cakebread Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
You are also invited to a tasting for two at the winery’s location in downtown Boise, voted 2011 Idaho Winery of the Year. And as for tonight’s takeaway, a Magnum each of the 2010 Fraser Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2011 Fraser Washington Malbec, which won a gold medal in the 2012 Great Northwest Wine Competition are yours to keep. Salut!
This intense wine offers wonderfully fragrant, complex aromas of ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit augmented by complementary scents of loam, spice-box, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. Beautifully balanced and richly textured on the palate, its concentrated black cherry, wild berry, cassis, and mocha flavors extend into a long, chocolate-y finish. The product of a cool growing season, this vintage is delicious now, but will develop even greater nuance with another two to four years of cellaring. The choice is up to you!
Frenchman’s Gulch Winery
Idaho Wine Commission
This small, family-owned and European-styled winery will surely astound you with their lovely handcrafted reds. As noted by the winemakers themselves, “When our liquid pleasure dances on your tongue, you will taste mountains, sun, and frosty cheeks.” The grapes used by Frenchman’s Gulch Winery come from some of the best vineyards in the country to the breathtaking valleys of Idaho. With a style uniquely focused on balance and silky tannins, the winery utilizes a minimalist approach in the high-altitude environment of Sun Valley. Avoiding mass production techniques, the winemakers can offer intimate knowledge of every barrel produced. Tonight these two glorious Double Magnums can be yours- the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Tri-Cities Wine Festival and Seattle Wine Awards silver medalist, and the 2007 Syrah, a Tri-Cities Wine Festival gold medalist and winner of a silver medal at the Seattle Wine Awards. Now that's some impressive hardware!
Pssst … have you heard? The Idaho wine industry has been growing steadily for the last 30 years with remarkable expansion in the past decade. With 11 wineries in 2002, Idaho is now home to 50, with 1,600 acres of grapes planted. The region is just coming into its own, receiving a remarkable amount of recognition, and winemakers and growers are learning as they go while making great wine along the way. You can get a glimpse (or a taste!) of what makes Idaho wines so special by putting down the winning bid on this exciting lot. You will take home a fantastic assortment of fine wine from our very own Gem State—twelve bottles of mixed varietals from some of the region’s best vineyards. And your knowledge of the area and Idaho’s wine will be further enhanced after a personalized wine tour for four people in the Snake River Valley AVA. The state’s reputation as a respected and highly-regarded producer of fine wines is only getting better, and like the state motto, “Esto Perpetuo,” it is forever.
The Splendors of the Snake River Valley
A Little Local Flavor
Have Your Cakebread Cabernet and Drink It Too
Silent Lots Opening Bid $150 Includes Two 1.5-Liter Bottles Donor Kobrand Wine and Spirits Cakebread Cellars Rutherford, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $150 Includes Twelve 750ml Bottles Regional Winery Tour for Four Donor Idaho Wine Commission Boise, Idaho
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,500 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Two Four-Night Stays for Four Lunch & Wine Tasting for Four Two Dinners for Four Donor Thomas P. Kenefick, M.D Proprietor Kenefick Ranch Winery Calistoga, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $125 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Saxum Vineyards Paso Robles, California
Kenefick Ranch Winery
This lot is chock-full of fabulous wine, fine food, and fun to be had. What better way for you and three others to enjoy the beauty, wonder, and magic of Napa Valley’s wine country than to spend four nights at the Kenefick Ranch Farmhouse in Calistoga? During your stay, join Dr. Kenefick on the patio overlooking the vineyard for an afternoon luncheon while tasting some of the winery’s finest hand-crafted estate wine. And as a finale to your visit, savor the culinary delights of a dinner at Solage Resort’s Solbar Restaurant, including a selection of Kenefick Ranch award-winning wines. But that’s not all. Your group of four also gets to dust off the cowboy gear and spend four days at the Kenefick Ranch in Wise River, Montana. Enjoy dinner at The Ranch at Rock Creek and plan a day experiencing some of the best outdoor activities that the Big Sky State has to offer: hiking, rafting on the Big Hole River, or a fly fishing outing. And as a souvenir of this magical evening, you can bring home a Magnum of the 2006 Kenefick Ranch Chris’s Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon, an astonishing Napa Cabernet from a true artist of the vine.
A bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from Shafer Vineyards is an enviable possession. As Wine & Spirits magazine says, Shafer produces “… Cabernet that defines the Stags Leap District.” John Shafer began his viticultural adventure back in 1972, and his son, Doug, soon joined him in building a reputation for excellence. The dynamic duo has been creating magnificent wines on the hillsides of Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail for almost two generations. And tonight, you may have the chance to bring home a remarkable piece of that history and heritage. The Vineyard is offering an Imperial of their 2007 Shafer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon to this evening’s high bidder. But get ready, this lot’s gonna be a hot one!
Sokol Blosser Winery
Saxum’s Broken Stones cuvée is Syrah-based, with a large portion of Grenache and a splash of Mourvedre. It is full-bodied, rich, and intense, but also reveals great purity, focus, and complexity. The Broken Stones is the only wine from Saxum that is a multi-vineyard blend, utilizing all the vineyards that they source from. The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator both awarded the wine a score of 92-94, noting, “A rush of dark Syrah fruit announces the 2010 Broken Stones. Menthol, tar, and sweet spices develop with time in the glass, adding considerable complexity and nuance. This is a seriously rich, intense wine endowed with deep layers of fruit and a huge, muscular ﬁnish.” An enticing Magnum of this incredible wine awaits you. Don’t delay.
In 1971 the Sokol Blosser family planted grapes on just five acres in the Dundee Hills southwest of Portland. As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key role in developing and shaping the now-prominent Oregon wine industry. The winery is still family owned and operated, with the second generation now at the helm: siblings Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser. To thrive Pinot Noir grapes need a particular climate like that of Burgundy, France. Coincidentally, the location of the Sokol Blosser estate is perfect for the notoriously temperamental fruit. Their 2010 Dundee Hill Pinot Noir is extremely concentrated yet delicate and elegant, packed with intense black cherry, dried sage and coriander, hints of cigar box and mocha and a distinctive Jory soil forest floor earthiness. You would be remiss if you didn’t try your hardest to win this outstanding three-year vertical collection of Magnums from 2008-2010. They even come in a beautiful wooden box with the winery’s distinctive logo. Cheers!
A Fun Lot … or a Lot of Fun
Rich and Intense
The Consummate Cabernet
The Pleasures of Pinot
Silent Lots Opening Bid $400 Includes One 6-Liter Bottle Donor John & Barbara Shafer Owners Shafer Vineyards Napa, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $175 Includes Three 1.5-Liter Bottles Donor Bill Blosser & Susan Sokol Blosser Proprietors Sokol Blosser Winery Dundee, Oregon
Silent Lots Opening Bid $450 Includes Four 1.5-Liter Bottles Donor Spring Valley Vineyard Walla Walla, Washington
Silent Lots Opening Bid $200 Includes Two VIP Concert Tickets Pre-Show Meet & Greet Two CDs Donor SVCA Sun Valley, Idaho
Spring Valley Vineyard
For well over 100 years, the Corkrum-Derby family has been farming the land north of Walla Walla known as Spring Valley. Because of the land’s extraordinary terroir, the wines from Spring Valley Vineyard are arguably the most unique produced in Washington State. All of the bottles in this Merlot blend vertical selection of Magnums from 2007-2010 are named after founder Uriah Corkrum, the grandfather of Shari Corkrum Derby. You, too, can be woven into this rich family tapestry, if only for tonight. These award-winning bottles from Spring Valley Vineyards are etched and hand-painted, an exceptional collection for your wine cellar. As a preview of what’s in store for you, Wine Spectator gave the 2008 vintage 92 points, raving, “This has density without excess weight, showing a real depth to its cherry, cinnamon, almond and cedar flavors, lingering against crisp tannins. Impressive for its deft balance and the way the finish sneaks up on you.” And they described the 2009 as “…focused, ripe, deftly balanced, and generous with its dark berry and mint flavors.” Your taste buds will not be disappointed!
Check out this fun package of goodies from Velocio, Ketchum’s hottest new hangout.
Clint Black Concert
Canihan Family Cellars
A last-minute and very exciting addition to The Center’s summer events is a special evening with country music legend Clint Black. This VIP package includes a pre-show meet and greet and two VIP seats to the show at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Shake hands and get your photo taken with the star and his band as they get ready for a knockout performance. You will also take home two CDs of Black’s music so you can keep on listening to your heart’s content. Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in the entire music industry. Don’t miss the amazing opportunity to see … and meet … this country music legend.
This might just be the best mixed case of Pinot Noir you’ll ever come across. Canihan Family Cellar’s minimalist approach to winemaking have resulted in award-winning wines that are highly sought-after and rarely available. But don’t despair; tonight you can bring home three bottles each of their 2008 Exuberance Pinot Noir, 2009 Canihan Pinot Noir, 2010 Canihan Pinot Noir, and 2011 Canihan Pinot Noir to round out your wine collection.
A Terroir Like No Other
Meet a Country Music Legend
Coffee and Chocolate and You … Oh, My!
Velocio is one of the few coffee shops in the entire country that is approved to brew and sell the ultra-premium Intelligentsia coffee. Intelligentsia uses the purest method of brewing, the Pourover, to create the perfect cup. Now you can try for your own perfection at home with a Pourover home coffee kit for two. The kit includes coffee, two porcelain cups and saucers, and two sturdy diner mugs. There is also some tasty single-source organic chocolate to satisfy any cravings. Plus, as an added bonus, you will take home a basket filled with additional Velocio products. Velocio is hopping. Espressos. Gelato. Craft beer on tap. Wine, champagne, sake. And tasty snacks, too! Find out what everyone is talking about around town!
True to the Land
Describing even just one of these wines makes the mouth water. Take the Exuberance, for example, Canihan’s reserve bottling that they produce for only the finest vintages. Lush aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries, and perfumes of rose petals fold into pomegranate, vanilla, leather, and caramel with an elegant, velvety mouthfeel. Led in the nose by a wealth of bright, deeply drafted cherry-like fruit and highlighted by enticing perfumes of dried violets, this first-rate look at the grapes is at once both wonderfully rich and very light on its feet with exemplary balance of outstanding Pinot Noir. Get ready to impress and be impressed with this prestigious selection!
Silent Lots Opening Bid $75 Includes Intelligentsia Coffee, Velocio Products, and Accessories for Two Donor Velocio Ketchum, Idaho
Silent Lots Opening Bid $500 Includes Twelve 750ml Bottles Private Tour and Tasting for Six Donor Bill Canihan Canihan Family Cellars Sonoma, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,000 Includes One 6-Liter Bottle Donor Paul & Maureen Draper Ridge Vineyards Healdsburg, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,000 Includes Two 3-Liter Bottles Donor Kosta Browne Winery Sebastopol, California
Matthews Estate and Tenor Wines
Perched high atop the cool Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Ridge Monte Bello estate is an ideal site for the winery’s Bordeaux varietals. These low-yielding vines produce two complementary Cabernet blends. An impressive Imperial of one of those, the Monte Bello Cabernet from 2006, could be yours this evening. Year after year, Monte Bello proves to be a consistently outstanding wine with great structure, complexity, and balance. And, in terms of ageability, it has been known to lay down for several decades with elegance and ease. The Wine Advocate gave it 94 points and said, “...a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of crème de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, and layered with big, rich style.” The longer this one sleeps in the cellar, the better it will be. Oh, the anticipation!
Matthews Winery, located in the heart of Washington’s Woodinville Wine Country, is owned by one local family and produces Bordeaux-style and single-varietal, vineyard-designated wines. Tenor Wines, the ultra-premium label from Matthews, produces a Cabernet that will blow you away with its finesse, refinement, power, and grace. This custom-etched Magnum of the 2009 Tenor Cabernet Sauvignon is an almost perfect blend of both the ripe and more forward styles of Cab and the fresher, more structured wines of the old world. Currants, plums, vanilla, and fruitcake fill the nose with licorice and bittersweet chocolate in the background. Volume, texture and balance are the hallmark of this wine and it offers polish and power at the same time, with a creamy sensation at the finish.
Kosta Browne Winery
Kosta Browne’s incredible wines are notoriously difficult to come by. But tonight, if you pay close attention, you might just be able to get your hands on two beautiful Double Magnums of their popular Pinot Noir. The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of three vineyards and exhibits dark black and blue fruits that drive down the center of the palate and slowly melt into all areas of the mouth. There is a special intensity to this wine that is followed by a slow release of complex ﬂavors and textures, leading to a long and lingering ﬁnish. The 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has many layers and complexities. The wine is pure, balanced, and lush. Rich chocolate-covered cherries come to the front, while fresh ripe raspberries, pomegranate, and cola develop throughout the palate, all resting generously on the top of the tongue. The lingering ﬁnish echoes with focus and freshness. Both of these gorgeous bottles come in custom wooden boxes.
Just as the North Star has been used through the ages as a directional guide, Northstar Winery was established to create world-class Merlot-based wines. A Magnum of their extremely limited production 2009 Northstar Premier will certainly lead you down the right path. This tremendously aromatic Merlot (which, by the way, scored 90 points in The Wine Advocate) bursts from the glass with an explosion of cherry, black raspberry, vanilla, graham cracker, and spice, leading into a big mouthful of floral notes, dark fruit, and chocolate covered cherries on the finish. Bright, balanced, and food-friendly, this is a wine that can be enjoyed now and will age gracefully for many years. Enjoy this limited-production offering, lovingly hand-crafted to showcase the best that Washington Merlot has to offer.
Monte Bello … Que Bella
Worth Every Penny
Respect for the Soil
Silent Lots Opening Bid $300 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle One 750ml Bottle Donor Matthews Estate & Tenor Wines Woodinville, Washington
And it just keeps getting better! You will also bring home a bottle of 2009 Matthews Columbia Valley Claret, the winery’s flagship red blend. You must read on … this wine is deep garnet in color, with notes of plums, currants, and dried strawberries buffered by vanilla bean and smoky oak. Swirling brings up ripe, textured black fruit, with a beautiful nose that shows balance and purity. The palate is luscious and forward but balanced by great tannins and acidity. The 2009 is a wonderful vintage showing both ripeness and freshness at the same time.
A Shining Star
Silent Lots Opening Bid $150 Includes One 1.5-Liter Bottle Donor Northstar Winery Walla Walla, Washington
Silent Lots Opening Bid $300 Includes Four 750ml Bottles Donor David & Carla Ramey Proprietors Ramey Wine Cellars Healdsburg, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $500 Includes One 5-Liter Bottle Donor Geoff & Alison Rusack Owners Rusack Vineyards Solvang, California
Ramey Wine Cellars
Goodness in the glass. That is what the team at Ramey strives for. They all share the belief that life is for living, wine is for sharing, and harmony is essential to both. Their wines are pure California, and you will get to take a little piece of California home with you tonight as the winning bidder. 2010 was an excellent year at Ramey, and they’d like to share that fabulous flavor with you in this collection of classic Chardonnays. To whet your appetite, the selection starts with two wines that were both awarded 95 points by The Wine Advocate—the 2010 Platt Vineyard Chardonnay and the 2010 Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay. The first is a big, broad-shouldered wine, reminiscent of a red wine in its structure. Reviews of the second are glowing: “…it bursts from the palate with honey, nectarine, butterscotch, orange blossoms, and flowers. Beautiful, vivid and constantly changing in the glass, the 2010 is wonderfully alive and classy throughout.” Also part of this amazing offering are the 2010 Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and the 2010 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay. Hooray for Chardonnay!
What happens when the perfect vineyard conditions result in the perfect Pinot Noir, Tonight, you can find out. This premier, ten-bottle collection of Erath Winery’s 2006 Single-Vineyard Pinot Noirs, handsomely displayed in a limited-edition, custom wooden box, is a standout example of the stunning wines that result from serendipitous winegrowing. These wines showcase the distinctive characteristics of each vineyard site, and are produced only when the vineyard’s fruit meets the standards of the winemaker and display the hallmarks of its specific terroir with each vintage. These special bottlings are crafted to evolve and will gain additional complexity and sophistication when cellared. Each wine in the collection has garnered ratings of 90 points or higher from the wine industry’s top publications.
Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery
Rusack, a boutique winery and vineyard, is nestled among the oak-studded rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. Their mission is to create world-class, handcrafted wines. These wines have become known around the world for their striking elegance, robust yet silky fruit, and seductive finish—reminiscent of the gorgeous rolling hills of Ballard Canyon at dusk. The winery sources Pinot Noir grapes from some of the premier vineyards on the Central Coast. The wide variety of microclimates in the region, ranging from the wind-swept, misty hilltops of Santa Rita Hills to the diverse, fertile soils in Santa Maria Valley, provide the opportunity to craft a variety of wines with bright acidity, silky texture, and a lingering finish. This particular wine, the 2011 Rusack Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, is packed with the bright, spicy flavors of strawberries, coffee, and caramel. This makes for a very approachable, food-friendly wine. And packaged in a Magnum etched and hand-painted with vintage Sun Valley artwork, this bottle is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that you will surely treasure.
Domaine Serene’s little slice of paradise in the hills of the Willamette Valley is a sight to behold. And so is its reputation. The vineyard has had more than 85 of their wines rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator since the first vintage. Now you can experience the pastoral tranquility of Oregon’s wine country from the wonderful luxuries of Domaine Serene’s Winery Hill House retreat. Two couples will relax for a 3-night stay in a private hideaway on the winery grounds. This beautifully-appointed “home away from home” is the perfect place to start your adventures and the ideal sanctuary at the end of a memorable day among the vines. Situated atop the Dundee Hills, Oregon’s premier wine-growing region, the winery is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy all that the area has to offer. With picturesque views from every vantage and the heart of the valley at your fingertips, you will experience the unique and unspoiled region in grand style. And prepare to be pampered! Also included are a bottle each of Domaine Serene Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to enjoy during your stay as well as a VIP tour of the winery grounds and a tasting in the cave.
A Chardonnay Collection
From Santa Barbara to Sun Valley
A Stellar Selection
Another Day in Paradise
Silent Lots Opening Bid $350 Includes Ten 750ml Bottles Donor Erath Winery Dundee, Oregon
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,500 Includes Three-Night Stay for Four Tour & Tasting for Four Two 750ml Bottles Donor Ken & Grace Evanstad Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery Dayton, Oregon
Silent Lots Opening Bid $700 Includes One 6L Bottle Donor Marilyn & Steven Rivera Rivera Vineyards Napa, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $100 Includes One 1.5L Bottle Donor Archery Summit Winery Dayton, Oregon
10 Barrel Brewing Company
A decade ago, Marilyn and Steven Rivera set out to make a difference in the lives of as many people as possible. With the help of their two sons, they are committed to creating very special wine with a singular purpose— to help those who are less fortunate. Their philanthropic efforts have blossomed into a powerful vehicle for good works. Proceeds from their wine sales are donated to charitable organizations, helping create better lives for those in need. Rivera Vineyard’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from 2005 is incredibly difficult to find and exceptionally delicious. Any wine made for a good cause always tastes a bit better, and this one certainly does. The tannins are rich and thick but retain an elegance and softness from the vineyard. If there was ever a wine that was good for the heart, this is it. And an Imperial of Rivera Cabernet also happens to be good for the soul!
If you’re in the mood to take a break from wine and try something different, downtown Boise has a brand-new brew pub and it is movin’ and groovin’! The pub, an offshoot of the original location in Bend, Oregon, opened in April and serves a revolving selection of outstanding hoppy ales and stouts made by brewmaster Shawn Kelso, anchored by some flagships brews like Apocalypse IPA and Sinistor Black Ale. And even if you’re not a beer drinker, the food is divine! 10 Barrel’s Boise Pub serves delicious stone-oven pizzas, juicy burgers, and tasty fish tacos in a large, renovated dining room right in front of the brewing area so you can see all the action up close. As the winner of this lot, four of you are invited to a private tour of the brewery and barrel room in Boise with a private tasting of all their creative concoctions as well as lunch or dinner with brewmaster Shawn Kelso. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a hot summer afternoon!
Archery Summit Winery
Pietra Santa Winery
For twenty years, the team at Archery Summit Winery has been crafting some of the most evocative Pinot Noir in the world from some of the oldest vines in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The wines from their Renegade Ridge vineyard have an elegant style, showing more minerality and greater acidity than other Archery Summit wines. The vibrant red fruit character makes them extremely accessible upon release. Four Renegade Ridge Estate releases have been given above 90 points by The Wine Spectator. And you can find out for yourself how amazing these wines are by taking home this Magnum of 2009 Renegade Ridge Estate Pinot Noir. This wine opens with inviting aromas of mountain huckleberry, lingonberry, and marionberry. There are woodsy notes of sandalwood and cedar as well as wet river stone and alpine wildflower. Expressive and fruit-laden yet poised and complex, this wine offers flavors of blue fruits, spiced cherry, gingersnap, black tea, and candied walnuts. There is purity to this wine that is evocative of fresh mountain air and vibrancy on the palate that is taught and tensile.
Pietra Santa’s Signature Collection wines represent the very best of the estate and honor the legacy of Frenchman Theophile Vache, who founded the vineyard in the 1850s. Its remarkable soils and unique terroir, high in limestone and shale due to the location on the San Andreas Fault, give each Pietra Santa wine its singular taste and quality. These exceptional wines are crafted with the finest care and attention. A mixed case from Pietra Santa’s award-winning Signature Collection will round out your wine cellar beautifully with four bottles each of the 2011 Amore Pinot Grigio, which bursts with grapefruit, peach, and citrus flavors and has a clean and crisp finish, the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, with its deep color and intense fruit flavors, and the 2009 Merlot, well-balanced and bold with concentrated flavors of blackberries and cassis. You will love entertaining with these wines!
A Singular Purpose
A Perfect Ten
The Signature Collection
Silent Lots Opening Bid $150 Includes Lunch or Dinner for Four Tour & Tasting for Four Donor 10 Barrel Brewing Company Bend, Oregon
Silent Lots Opening Bid $250 Includes Twelve 750ml Bottles Donor Pietra Santa Winery Hollister, California
Silent Lots Opening Bid $450 Includes Nine 750ml Bottles Donor Anonymous
Silent Lots Opening Bid $1,600 Includes Three 750ml Bottles Donor Anonymous
Heitz Wine Cellars, Leonetti Cellar & PlumpJack Winery A Cellar’s Dream
This is like finding buried treasure, my friends. Some generous and anonymous soul has pulled a selection of rare and outstanding wines for this unusual lot that some of us can only dream about. Yet here it is … a dream come true … three bottles each of 1995 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, 1994 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1998 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon. It is rare to come across wines like this in one place and at one time. Adding these wines to your cellar or enjoying them with close friends will be memories you will not soon forget. These rich and voluptuous red jewels will make Cabernet-lovers out of anyone. Long live the mighty Cabernet!
Château Margaux The Best of the Best
If you are a wine collector, this lot is for you. And even if you’re not, it will be almost impossible not to be drawn to the sheer perfection of this incredible offering. We present to you … drum roll, please … three bottles of 1995 Château Margaux Cabernet Sauvignon from an anonymous donor. The Wine Spectator gave this beautiful wine the rare and illustrious rating of a perfect 100 points, calling it “…the greatest Château Margaux yet produced. A stunning red. The essence of raspberry, violet, and berry, with hints of vanilla and toasted oak. Full-bodied and thick, yet racy, with masses of tannins and a harmonious structure. Long, long finish.” As you can tell folks, this is heaven in a glass. But don’t take our word for it; find out for yourself and start bidding!
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Staging an event of this scope would simply not be possible without the dedicated support of an army of volunteers. Fortunately we are blessed with an abundance of generous people in the Wood River Valley who give up several days and nights during the summer to support the Sun Valley Center for the Arts at the Wine Auction. Every year, we must recruit a dedicated crew of over 150 people to help the Wine Auction so the events run smoothly. We depend on these talented and charitable volunteers to deliver the best experience for our patrons. If you have the opportunity, take a moment to ask if the person helping you check in or serving at the picnic is a volunteer. Chances are that they, like you, are contributing to a worthy cause by helping to make this incredible series of events possible. This is community spirit at its very best! Say thank you to a volunteer!
Culinary Picnic Sponsors
Special Thanks to Atkinsons' Markets
Thank You to the Following for Their Generous Participation and Support Distributors
Housing Friends Chip & Sandra Fisher Jim & Sandy Figge
Friends of the Wine Auction Randi McEntee – RP Graphic Design Studio Tracey Munk – Wine Coordinator Mia James – Volunteer Coordinator Brent Barsotti – Picnic Coordinator Ben Turner – Hayden Beverage Carrie Lightner – Copy Writer Dev Khalsa – Photographer Décor Wiederrick’s Custom Metal Works Allred Precision Millwork Kathy “KO” Ogilvie Matt Morgan, Morgan Fine Finishes Tim Black
Sun Valley Center for the Arts 2013 Wine Auction Committee Andria Friesen and Robert DeGennaro, Wine Auction Co-Chairs Trina Peters Tim Wolff Rob McGowan Bonni L. Curran Peter Curran
Trish Wilson Dave Wilson Debbe Booth Spike Booth Jill Vogel
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Board of Directors Tod R. Hamachek, President Katherine Rixon, Vice President Kathleen M. Jones, Secretary Kirk Riedinger, Treasurer Jack Bariteau Tim Black Mark Caraluzzi Bonni L. Curran Sandy Figge John Gaeddert David Hanks
Barbara Lehman Rob McGowan Jeanne Meyers Wendy Pesky Trina Peters Priscilla Pittiglio Ann Puchner
Jennifer Roberts Judith Smooke Jill Vogel Ryan Waterfield Tim Wolff Sarah Woodward
Sun Valley Center for the Arts Staff Sally Boettger, Executive Director Kristin Poole, Artistic Director Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts & Marketing Christine Davis-Jeffers, Special Events Fundraising Manager Danielle Donovan, Wine Auction Intern Hillary Elmore, Administrative Coordinator Courtney Gilbert, Curator of Visual Arts John Glenn, Core Company Artist Albert King, Events Manager Sarah Kolash, Education Coordinator & Arts and Crafts Festival Director Joe Lavigne, Production Manager Sara Loree, Data and Information Specialist Kathryn McNeal, Director of Development Kris Olenick, Development Associate Heather Riccabona, Special Events Assistant Danica Robrahn, Education Assistant R.L. Rowsey, Patron Services Manager Denise Simone, Core Company Artist
A Tribute to Rufus Brown The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Wood River Valley lost a dear friend and generous benefactor this June. Rufus Brown “retired” to Ketchum 18 years ago from New Orleans, but in moving here dedicated his time and energy to the work of The Center and other local non-profits. Rufus was a mainstay at the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction; with his wife, Liz, they chaired the event twice and hosted multiple vintner dinners, and last year they led the crowd in a New Orleans’-style second line dance during the scholarship lot. His commitment to fun, generosity and helping others live life to the fullest will be deeply missed.
Thank You Vintners, Patrons, Volunteers and Friends!
Save the Date July 17-19, 2014 See you next year!