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2019 Live Auction

Rare Wines. Fabulous Trips. Spectacular Dinners.

2019 LIVE AUCTION LOTS

 

LIVE LOT 1

Wine Dinner on the Terrace at the KMA for up to 14 prepared by Chef Jeff Carter featuring an incredible Aubert 2016 horizontal

  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Chardonnay ‘Eastside Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Chardonnay ‘Hudson Vineyard,” Carneros
  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Chardonnay ‘Lauren Estate Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Chardonnay ‘Sugar Shack Estate Vineyard,” Napa Valley
  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Pinot Noir ‘UV Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Five (750ml) bottles Aubert 2016 Pinot Noir ‘UV – SL Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Dinner for up to 14 people to be held on the William J. Mitchell Terrace
  • Dinner will be prepared by chef Jeff Carter, Executive Chef, for the Burleson Brands Restaurants
  • Behind-the-scenes tour with KMA Curator Stephen Wicks

Aubert Wines was founded by Mark and Theresa Aubert in 2000. Before building his own winery, Mark Aubert made his wines at Colgin Cellars and the Custom Crush facility. While much of his fruit is sourced, Aubert owns 3.2 acres of vineyard land in Sonoma. This land is the source of their UV wines. Aubert wine is one of the best producers California Chardonnay. They also make Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Prior to starting Aubert wine in 1999, Mark Aubert worked at some of the best wineries in California. He replaced Helen Turley at the Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma and he later replaced Helen Turley for the second time when he became the wine maker for the cult wine Colgin Cellars in Napa. Mark Aubert has also worked as consultant for some of the top California wineries including Sloan, Futo and Bryant Family. Given that resume, discussing the wines might seem somewhat incidental. Without going into a lot of detail, all of these wines were rated 95 and above by the usual suspects. In fact, three of the Chardonnays were barrel sampled by Parker’s The Wine Advocate in the 97 – 100 point range, and the fourth Chardonnay was sampled as 97- 99 points. You get the picture.

How will that match with the food? Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants, will be doing the food preparation. Jeff, former Executive Chef for Dancing Bear Lodge, is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). We know his food is always top notch.

This dinner for up to 14 guests will be held on the wonderful William J Mitchell Terrace at the KMA. Your party will get a chance to see the current featured showings at the museum. Better yet, you will get a personalized tour from Museum Curator Stephen Wicks to explain the details of the art and to answer your questions about it. The tour will be a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour and will also delve into areas not on normal display. So, you will have world class art combined with a world class horizontal of wines from Albert, and world class food from Jeff Carter. What a phenomenal evening!

Donor: Melissa Jaye Burleson

 

LIVE LOT 2

Eighteen bottles [750 mL] Banfi Italian Wines, three each: 2017 Centine Rosé, 2017 San Angelo Pinot Grigio, 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, 2015 Rosso di Montalcino, 2017 Rosa Regale, NV Maschio Prosecco Brut

Banfi Vintners is the sole U.S. importer of the Mariani family’s internationally renowned wine estates in Italy.  With this lot, you can take home eighteen bottles of these spectacular wines! To start, the 2017 Centine Rosé, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sangiovese from hillside vineyards in the Brunello region of Tuscany. A light, bright pink with spice-accented aromas of redcurrant, fresh herbs and flowers. Bright, juicy and dense, offers sweet, candied red berry and orange zest flavors that have early appeal; rated 88 by Antonio Galloni. The Banfi Piemonte 2017 Rosa Regale is sourced from Acqui Terme, Peidmont in Italy. This 100% Brachetto is a sparkling red that offers a festive cranberry color and notes of raspberries and rose petals that graduate to a dry finish. The next three wines all hail from Castello Banfi of Montalcino sourced from the southern hills in Tuscany – the 2017 San Angelo Pinot Grigio is white-gold, notes of pear, peach, anise and honey. The taste is fruity, crisp and refreshing. The 2013 Brunello di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese with an intense ruby red. Ethereal on the nose with violet, vanilla and a hint of licorice; full-bodied, velvety with traces of spice. High marks from critics include: Robert Parker – 92, Wine Spectator – 91, and James Suckling – 95. The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino is also 100% Sangiovese and a beautiful ruby red. Notes of fresh fruit, violet and cherry with surprising length. Perfect with aged cheeses! Finally, the NV Maschio Prosecco Brut is characterized by its fruit forward taste of both peach and almond flavors. With this lot, you can drink in the winemaking mastery that comes from the historical and well-established wineries that belong the Banfi family. Better yet, serve these at your next dinner party!

Donor: Jimmy Collins – Banfi Vintners

  

LIVE LOT 3

One double magnum [3L] Vineyard 7 & 8 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley; special edition with etching (1 of 6) 

Two-time featured vintner Wesley Steffens, of Vineyard 7 & 8, has offered up a unimaginably special edition double magnum for L’Amour du Vin this year! The bottle bears an etching of a flower painting done by Wes’ mother Launny Steffens, who some LDV patrons may remember meeting at LDV 2017. The painting was photographed by Wes’ sister and sent to the winery’s top etching artist, all as a surprise for Launny. They only had 6 made – and Wes has given one to LDV! Wow! Wow!

The wine inside the bottle is quite special as well. Crafted by Wes, assistant winemaker, along side Martha McClellan, the result scored 97 points from Robert Parker: the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate has a rock-star nose of chocolate-covered cherries, crème de cassis, blackberry pie and baking spices with touches of roses, chargrill, pencil lead and cigar box plus a waft of tapenade. Very firm—built like a brick house—full and muscular with ripe, grainy tannins and great freshness, it finishes long and earthy. Drink now or cellar until 2042.

What a special, amazing gift from Wes and the Steffens Family! A unique bottle unlike anyelse in your collection – don’t miss this opportunity to make it yours!

Donor: Vineyard 7 & 8

 

LIVE LOT 4

A 24-bottle [750ml] Vertical Horizontal of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir (2012 – 2015)

  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012 – 2015
  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sant Lucia Highlands 2012 – 2015
  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012 – 2015
  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Gaps Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012 – 2015
  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012– 2015
  • Four-Year vertical Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Koplen Vineyard Russian River Valley 2012 – 2015

Most of you know the story of Kosta Browne’s origins dating back to 1997 when Dan Kosta and Michael Browne worked in the same restaurant in Santa Rosa. They saved from their tips the nights they worked together, and with the help of one of the chefs, they had enough to buy some equipment and, more importantly, a half ton of Pinot Noir grapes from the Russian River Valley. They poured most of the first barrel to VIP customers at the restaurant. After the 2000 wine was made, Dan and Michael formed a partnership with Chris Costello and his family. The rest is history. Kosta Browne became the flagship for California Pinot Noir as that grape gained a huge following, particularly after the 2004 movie Sideways. Kosta Browne became almost a cult wine which was virtually impossible to find unless you were on their long mailing list. Kosta Browne’s popularity was enhanced by Wine Spectator’s designation of the 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir as the Number One Wine of The Year in the 2011 Top 100 Listing. The 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was ranked Number 4 in the 2009 Top 100, and the 2008 Russian River Valley was Number 12 in the 2010 Top 100. You get the idea.

Many of you will also remember the 2014 L’Amour du Vin. Kosta Browne, along with Realm (Juan Mercado’s now hugely popular label) and CIRQ (Michael Browne’s new brand) paired up with the mesmerizing cuisine of Patrick O’Connell from the Inn at Little Washington. What a party that was! Michael brought some of his best single vineyards, along with some of the appellation wines. Michael (and Juan) made a lot of friends in Knoxville that night. Sadly, nothing lasts forever. Michael, Dan and the partners ultimately sold Kosta Browne, through a series of transactions. It is now owned by Duckhorn. Don’t worry about the brand or the quality, the Duckhorn people know how to make top notch wine and how to manage and grow a premium brand like Kosta Browne.

The magic is that this entire vertical horizontal was produced while Michael Browne was still totally in control of all winemaking decisions and blending. This lot demonstrates what he can do when he blends wines from multiple vineyards within an AVA into an appellation wine – Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Sonoma Coast. It also shows his incredible prowess with single vineyard designate wines – Gaps Crown, Keefer Ranch and Koplen. Finally, it shows the mind-bobbling consistency he was able to produce across the vintages. All of the bottles are highly-rated by the various pundits – Parker, Wine Spectator, Stephen Tanzer, and their friends. You might be able to assemble a lot like this but there is no single store or location where you can go to buy it. It would take phenomenal persistence and dedication to run them down and secure them, not to mention the shipping issues. So, this lot is a tribute to our great friend Michael Browne and his superb winemaking prowess. In a year or two, it will be virtually impossible to do this again. If you like Pinot Noir, we know you will be bidding!

Donor: Dottie and Glenn Irwin

 

 LIVE LOT 5

Pasa Robles Experience for 3 couples: 2-night stay at Geneseo Inn at Cass Winery, includes lunch at Cass Café, tastings at Cass Winery, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Epoch Estate, and L’Aventure Winery. PLUS, two magnums [1.5L], one each: L’Aventure 2016 Cuvée and Epoch Estate 2013 Ingenuity; and two additional Epoch bottles [750mL], one each: 2013 Temprano and 2014 White.

Enjoy a two-night stay at the brand new Geneseo Inn at Cass Winery in Paso Robles, California’s hot “new” wine destination.

The luxurious bed and breakfast overlooks the scenic 145-acre vineyard and is perfect for a couples retreat or getaway. Located in the Geneseo AVA southwest of the town of Paso Robles, the Geneseo Inn offers modern amenities with an ultra-modern aesthetic. Each room has a vineyard view and 12’ high ceilings; gourmet breakfast served daily. Included in this stay is lunch and wine tasting at Cass Café, features a farm-to-table seasonal and artisan menu. Whether you decide to enjoy a relaxing stroll or invigorating ride through the vineyard you’ll experience what is so special about Paso Robles & Cass Winery. But, the fun doesn’t stop there! Tours and tastings at three nearby wineries are included: JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Epoch Estate, and L’Aventure Winery. You don’t have to wait to enjoy some of these wines! Take home a magnum of L’Aventures’ 2016 Cuvée, rated 99 by Jeb Dunnuck and 97-99 by Wine Advocate, the wine is all black cherries, crème de cassis and chocolate box on the nose with a Chinese five spice and potpourri undercurrent. The full-bodied palate is rich, opulent and firmly structured, with great purity and depth, finishing with lingering spice and dried herbs notes. Plus a magnum and two standard bottles [750mL] from Epoch Estates – 2013 Ingenuity Proprietary Red Blend (Jeb Dunnuck – 96), 2013 Temprano (Jeb Dunnuck – 95), 2014 Pasa Robles White (Wine Spectator – 89).

Pasa Robles is the perfect spot for a truly authentic California wine country adventure – don’t miss the opportunity to experience it for yourself and up to 5 guests (three rooms total). Accommodations at Geneseo Inn available Monday through Thursday; advance booking required. Subject to availability. Expires 3/2/2020. Pasa Robles is that is located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Donor: Cass Vineyard and Winery

 

LIVE LOT 6

Azur Wine Tasting for up to 25 at the home of David Butler & Ted Smith with heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Bistro by the Tracks

Sample the breadth and quality of Azur Wines with the expert guidance of a representative from this high-quality, small-production Napa vineyard, who will travel to Knoxville to present each wine at this very special tasting. Azur winemaker Julien Fayard is on the short list of superstar consultants and a “wine whisperer worth watching,” per Sara Schneider of Robb Report. His resume abroad includes Bordeaux wineries Château Lafite Rothchild and Château Smith Haut Lafitte. Stateside he has made his mark working alongside Philippe Melka to build several now-famous brands. With his wife Élan he began his own label in 2009, Azur Wines, lending a Burgundian approach learned in his native France to create a style of wine that is expressive of fruit, soil, vines, and climate. The winery’s portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, a Proprietary Red Blend; and the most deliberate, serious, and downright delicious Rosé you’ll ever taste! Bistro by the Tracks will prepare substantial hors d’ouvres to complement each wine. The tasting will take place at David Butler and Ted Smith’s mid-century modern residence in Lakemoor Hills – a perfect setting for great wine and great food, with a collection of art ranging from Old Master prints to contemporary paintings and glass. First available date is June 14, 2019; as the hosts are finishing a big construction project to better accommodate you and 24 of your closest friends! Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Azur Wine, David Butler & Ted Smith, Bistro by the Tracks

 

LIVE LOT 7

Ridge Monte Bello Wine Dinner for up to 24 prepared by Chef Jeff Carter at Winning Bidder’s Home

  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Ridge 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon “Monte Bello Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Maison Veuve Clicquot “La Grand Dame,” Champagne, France
  • Dinner for up 16 – 24 people to be held at the residence of the winning bidder
  • Dinner will be prepared by chef Jeff Carter and the staff of Bistro by the Tracks

We welcome Ridge Vineyards to L’Amour du Vin as this year’s Featured Vintner. Ridge Vineyards is a California winery specializing in premium Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay wines. Ridge produces wine at two winery locations in northern California. The original winery facilities are located at an elevation of 2,300 feet on Monte Bello Ridge in unincorporated Santa Clara County in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, south of Los Altos, California and west of Cupertino, California. Ridge Vineyard’s 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon achieved international fame for its fifth-place finish in the 1976 “Judgement of Paris.”  Ridge’s most famous and flagship wine is the Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It is always an age-worthy wine that receives phenomenal scores from the reviewers. Take the 2015 Monte Bello, for instance. The Wine Advocate – 95+ (pikers), International Wine Report – 98, Jeb Dunnuck – 98+, Antonio Galloni (Vinous) – 98+, and James Suckling – 100 points. It’s the same, every vintage. Simply put, it is always among the best wines coming out of California.

How will that match with the food? Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants, will be doing the food preparation. Jeff is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). His cuisine is both inventive and very creative. Furthermore, he will be assisted by the wonderful staff from Bistro by the Tracks. With that super cuisine and the fantastic wines, the dinner will be off the charts!

While your party of 16 to 24 people gather at your home for the sumptuous repast to follow, you will sip Madame Clicquot’s wonderful bubbles – Cuvée La Grand Dame. Veuve Clicquot, considered a standard to serve at parties and festive gatherings, will get your party off on the right foot and Ridge Monte Bello and Jeff Carter’s food will guarantee a night to remember. Don’t you want to host one of the top parties of the year?

Donor: Bistro by the Tracks

 

LIVE LOT 8

Three-night stay for 2 couples or two-night stay for 3 couples at The Swag; includes four bottles [750mL] Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; one 2014 J Daniel Cuvée, two 2015 Blueprint, and one 2015 Mole Hill.

The Swag is a beautiful 250-acre mountaintop hideaway bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville, North Carolina. Come see why Andrew Harper Travel named it the “Most Romantic Hideaway” in his 2018 Grand Awards; and why Travel + Leisure magazine ranked it #3 on its “Top Resort Hotel in American South” list and #11 “Top Resort Hotel in the Continental United States.”

Located in Waynesville, The Swag offers unparalleled hospitality, fine dining, and natural beauty. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, you’ll find it easier to breathe, relax, and take in the grandeur of the gorgeous views. Guests can hike miles of trails on the property or take advantage of the national park less than 60 feet from the front door! A guide is always on hand to lead the way or take off on your own adventure. The rustic architecture is a perfect complement to the North Carolina mountains. Rooms and cabins made of hand-hewn logs include original artwork, antiques, woven rugs and handmade quilt.  Each room, cabin, and suite are unique providing an array of modern conveniences including fireplaces, steam showers, copper soaking tubs, and private saunas.

Each couple will be greeted with a bottle of champagne, a charcuterie and cheese platter, and an assortment of locally crafted sea salt caramels. All meals and hors d’oeuvres are included; expect fine casual dining and creative regional cuisine.

The Swag owners Annie and David Colquitt have sweetened the deal with a selection of

Lail Vineyards Cabernets from their private collection. Robin Lail is fourth generation vintner and a true icon of Napa Valley who teamed up with winemaker Philippe Melka to create her own label. Unsurprisingly high marks from critics for the 2015 Blueprint (Wine Advocate 93, Wine Enthusiast 94), 2014 J. Daniel Cuveé (Robert Parker 95); although unrated no doubt the 2015 Howell Mountain Mole Hill will also be a stunner. Take the wine with you tonight, but save at least one bottle to enjoy from the top of the Smokies at The Swag during what is sure to be a luxurious and romantic getaway.

Mutually agreeable date; season runs from April to November. Must schedule before June, 1, 2020. Nontransferable.

Donor: The Swag

 

LIVE LOT 9

One 5L CIRQ 2013 Bootlegger’s Hill Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley; etched with the 2019 LDV Featured Work by artist Andrew Erdos

Michael Browne’s tradition of teaming up with the L’Amour du Vin featured artist began in 2014 when he was LDV Featured Vintner. Each year since he has presented a unique and spectacular piece which combines the best of wine with the best of art. In the past he has donated a large format of his fabulous Pinot Noirs with the art work of Richard Jolley, Andy Saftel, Tomory Dodge, Jered Sprecher, and now Andrew Erdos. These etched large formats beautifully create a wonderful retrospective of L’Amour du Vin through the years. There are truly collector’s items!

This particular bottle with a detail of the Erdo’s sculpture “Lone Jade Mountain” was created with a “portrait style etching” technique, whereby the bottle artist etched away an area of the bottle and used a high-level canvas print of the image to bring to the life the vibrance and intricate detail of the work itself. It’s a stunner!

This year’s work is etched onto a 5L bottle of CIRQ 2013 Bootlegger’s Hill Pinot Noir – a thrilling expression of delicate, charming, understated elegance, this captures moderately ripe plum and blueberry flavors with aromatic rose petal aromas. Most impressive is the focus and delivery of flavor, which glides along, touching sweet spots and lingering. Rated 95 by James Laube. Enjoy now with a large party of family and friends or cellar until 2022. This offering represents the trifecta of a fabulous wine, in a spectacular piece of art, in a large and unusual format. We are indebted to Michael Browne for his support of L’Amour du Vin through the years. If you are looking for a way to remember this year’s event, or looking for a great bottle of wine, or looking for a great work of art – this lot is for you!
Donor: Micheal Browne, Browne Family Wines

 

LIVE LOT 10

Silver Oak Wine Dinner for 12 at the home of Matt and Caty Kaye prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher

Take a journey in taste with the perfect recipe for a great dinner party! A unique food and wine experience awaits twelve lucky guests at the exquisite Lyons View Pike home of Matt and Caty Kaye, which overlooks the Tennessee River with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas in East Tennessee. You will indulge in the many indoor and outdoor spaces of the home including the expansive sun porch, outdoor veranda, and soon-to-be boat dock. Your group will enjoy a private multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher that is sure to be an epicurean delight. Chef Gallaher worked in the kitchen of Blackberry Farm prior to a four-year tour of fourteen countries on four continents. All leading up to opening his first restaurant Knox Mason and second restaurant Emilia here in Knoxville. The fine wines of Silver Oak Cellars will be paired each course – five bottles [750mL] each of Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc; Twomey Cellars Pinot Noir; Twomey Cellars Merlot; Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley; and Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. Gratuity for servers not included. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Chef Matt Gallaher, Silver Oak and Twomey, and Matt and Caty Kaye

 

LIVE LOT 11

Private Library and Current Release Tasting for 16 with Arietta Vintner Fritz Hatton in the home of the winning bidder; PLUS, three double magnums [3L], one each: 2014 H Block Red Blend, Hudson Vineyards; 2016 Red Quartet; 2017 On the White Keys (engraved).

It is impossible not to have fun with Arietta Owner Fritz Hatton! His passion and enthusiasm for wine, food, music, and life are contagious – so expect an entertaining, fun, and delicious tasting experience held in your own home (yes, here in Knoxville!) led by Fritz who will bring a case of current releases and library wines for what will surely be an evening to remember.

Arietta, one of Napa’s top producers of Bordeaux-style blended wines, sources from several highly-acclaimed vineyards in the cooler region of Napa Valley. Fritz Hatton and his wife Caren founded Arietta Wine in 1996 alongside former Arietta winemaker John Kongsgaard. Today Andy Erickson, one of the most accomplished winemakers in Napa Valley, works to perfect each vintage. Arietta wines consistently score big with oenophiles and critics alike. But don’t take our word for it – Fritz has sent three magnums for the winning bidder to take home now!

The 2014 H Block is a red defined by Arietta’s Cabernet Franc from Hudson Vineyards in Los Carneros, which blends beautifully with a Merlot grape grown on a separate part of the acreage. Both are simultaneously harvested, co-fermented and then aged for twenty months in new French oak barrels. Wine Advocate gave the bottle a 94+ rating: “a young, promising and youthful wine – elegance and power are combined in a deep ruby/purple wine with notes of forest floor, white flowers, blueberry, raspberry and firm tannin, but it is well-integrated and the wine medium to full-bodied with an almost ethereal delicacy when it moves across the palate.” The 2016 Red Quartet is inspired by the four Bordeaux varietals that make up this exceptional bottle. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 26% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot and all the grapes are sourced from the three-acre vineyard in Coombsville planted in 2003 by renowned David Abreu. Because of its continued success, Arietta established the acreage as the dedicated foundation for this particular wine in 2009. Rated 92 by James Suckling, the wine is an immediate crowd-pleaser but also has the potential to age beautifully. A sip possesses unforgettable notes of black and red currants, black plums, mulberries and Indian spices with aromas of new leather and tobacco allowing a full-bodied and long spicy finish. Lastly, the most recent addition to the Arietta’s wine selection is a white blend, On The White Keys. This lot includes a 2017 bottle — a blend of 84% Sauvignon Blanc and 16% Semillon — and is the winery’s first and only white wine to date. Fruity, bright and rich with a smooth honey undertone this wine is aged in new French, neutral French and stainless steel barrels for 12 months. Again another bottle that is prime for bottle aging and will not disappoint. This amazing trio of wines PLUS in-your-own-home private tasting experience with the winery owner is a MUST-HAVE. Bid! Mutually agreeable date to be scheduled by winning bidder and Fritz Hatton; expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Fritz and Caren Hatton, Arietta Wine

 

LIVE LOT 12

Long Weekend Getaway at the stunning new Blackberry Mountain resort in a 4-bedroom home for up to 4 couples, featuring two very unique adventures and an exclusive dining experience.  Enjoy a 3-night getaway in a spacious home and a tasting menu dinner in one of Blackberry Mountain’s signature private dining venues and complimentary morning wellness and fitness classes.  

Plan to arrive at Red Birch Cottage ready to unwind and enjoy a brand new Blackberry experience!  At Blackberry Mountain you’ll eat, drink, relax, explore and choose your own adventure in a private 5,200 acre setting, while taking in arguably the most dramatic, panoramic mountain views in the Eastern US.

Red Birch Cottage is a brand new, gorgeous 4-bedroom suite cottage featuring a wonderful porch for outside relaxing, kitchen and great room for socializing, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and scenic views of the Smoky Mountains.  Red Birch Cottage is a few steps away from The Lodge, which contains the signature Three Sisters™ restaurant, Nest spa and pool facilities.  Guests will have full access to resort amenities.

If you’re looking for an energizing start to the day, join us in the Spin Lab for Rhythm. For a slow, soothing morning, enjoy Restorative Yoga in the Yoga Loft. Choose from an array of fitness and wellness classes each morning of your stay. In the afternoon, you can select two custom adventures or mountain experiences for your group. Whether you choose to try a hand at pottery, meditate with soundbathing, hike to breathtaking vistas (and discover a surprise along the way!) or taste and create inspired cocktails in a mixology class, one-of-a-kind experiences await you on the Mountain.

Enjoy a unique dining experience with a private dinner in Three Sisters (based upon availability).  A five-course tasting menu awaits you with wine pairings by Blackberry’s James Beard Award winning sommelier team with wines donated by D&V Distributing.  For the L’Amour du Vin enthusiasts, this experience alone is worthy of your extra attention!

For breakfast, head up to The Firetower™, a casual restaurant built around an historic fire tower structure at the peak of the mountain with 360-degree views. You can even start your day with a scenic hike to breakfast!

Both restaurants provide extraordinary experiences with differentiated new menus, and your stay includes Breakfast and Dinners in the restaurants. A la carte resort activities, incidentals, lunch, in room dining and alcohol (aside from the Private Dining Experience) are not included.  Dates require advanced booking, are subject to availability, and major holidays are not available.  Stay must occur by 3/1/2020.

Donor: Blackberry Mountain and D&V Distributing

 

LIVE LOT 13

Private dinner for six guests at Peay Vineyards, prepared by Chef Steven Satterfield from Miller Union; PLUS tour and tasting

This year’s LDV Featured Chef Steven Satterfield has teamed up with Vintner Andy Peay (excellent wines and great friend of Blackberry Farm and Miller Union) for an extraordinary package that is a must-have! The lucky winning bidder and their five guests will head out to the far western Sonoma Coast for a tour of the stunning Peay Vineyards followed by a tasting on the porch of wines that have been served at Blackberry Farm and Miller Union since their inception. That evening none other than Chef Steven Satterfield from Miller Union will prepare a meal, with Peay wines, in the property’s gorgeous Barn house where you will also spend the evening. Peay’s Pinot Noirs and Syrahs are consistently rated in the 90s; the wines and spectacular views are sure to wow. And, the food! Chef Satterfield, whose menu you’ve enjoyed tonight at LDV, will travel from his hometown of Atlanta to prepare the special dinner included in this lot. Chef Satterfield is the executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union, and award-winning and seasonally-driven in Atlanta’s Westside neighborhood. Recently named “Best Chef in the Southeast” by the James Beard Foundation, his dedication to seasonal cooking inspired by local produce is the driving force behind his restaurant and everything he does. This truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – Bid! Bid Bid! Mutually agreed up date; subject to availability. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Peay Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 14

Dinner and private tour for 3 couples at Ridge Vineyard’s Monte Bello winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, PLUS six magnums [1.5L] Ridge Vineyards 2017 Single Vineyard Zinfandel, one for each couple: Geyserville and Lytton Springs.

This year’s featured winery, Ridge Vineyards’ extensive history began in 1885 when Osea Perrone purchased 180-acres of land near Monte Bello Ridge and planted vineyards. In 1892, he released the winery’s first vintage of wine under the Monte Bello Winery name. From there, the estate continued to grow and expand, producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Verdot. In 1964 they released their first Zinfandel – later introducing the first Lytton Springs vintage in 1972. By 1991, Lytton Springs had officially been added to the Ridge estate because of its excellent location, climate, and soils that consistently produced classic, balanced Zinfandel wines.

This special lot is from the LDV Featured Winery of this year, whose wines you’ll enjoy all weekend! First, an experience like no other – dinner and private tour for 3 couples at Ridge Vineyard’s famed Monte Bello winery. Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and surrounded by historic vineyards, our the Estate offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience the winery’s exceptional single-vineyard wines. In addition, six spectacular magnums! Two for each couple of the newest releases of Geyserville Proprietary Red and Lytton Springs Zinfandel. The 2017 Geyserville earned 93-95 from Wine Advocate: revealed immense promise. Despite having been in barrel for a mere six months, it’s already offering up complex aromas of raspberries, blackberries and exotic spice. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, pure and succulent, with superb concentration, a lovely line of ripe acidity and a chalky, fine-grained finish. The wine attained 14.7% alcohol, and [Eric Baugher, Monte Bello winemaker here with us tonight!] believes it will be one of the best renditions of Geyserville in a decade. Although the 2017 Lytton Springs Zin is not yet rated, the last several vintages fetched ratings in the 90s or higher. Both these wines can be enjoyed now or cellared for the next decade. Let’s show Ridge how grateful we are for their presence and support of LDV 2019 – bid big! Mutually agreeable date; must be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance and not available on Saturdays or Sundays. Expires March 1, 2020.

Donor: Ridge Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 15

Andrew Erdos, Lone Jade Mountain, 2018. Reclaimed industrial safety glass, mirror, and LED light, 26 x 24 x 22

Internationally recognized sculptor Andrew Erdos often combines glass with light, video, and sound to construct otherworldly multi-media environments inspired by popular culture, genetic engineering, and information overload.  In Lone Jade Mountain, a glass hood of two-way mirror encases stacked and fused shards of frosted plate glass that appear to rise up into space out of glowing bits of debris. LED lights mounted in a specially wired pedestal shine through the landscape floor to create a visually stunning but uncertain interplay of highlights, gridded patterns, rugged contours, and infinite reflections. While evoking nature’s grandeur, the artist’s otherworldly creation suggests a post-industrial landscape transformed and contained by forces of The Digital Age.

The youngest recipient of the Rakow Commission of the Corning Museum of Glass, Erdos’ work has been exhibited worldwide and throughout the United States.  His work can be found in the permanent collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Knoxville Museum of Art; the Corning Museum of Glass; the 21c Museum in Durham, and the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. Erdos lives and works in New York City.

KMA curatorial team will transport and install the sculpture at a location of the winning bidder’s choosing within 20 miles of the museum.

Donor: Andrew Erdos

 

LIVE LOT 16

Five-night stay for up to 3 couples on the Penobscot Coast in Stockton Springs, Maine; PLUS VIP tour and tasting at nearby Cellardoor Winery

Enjoy all the Maine coast has to offer from the comfort of a spacious new 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath home perched high above Penobscot Bay. This beautiful custom home, designed to take full advantage of its incomparable location, seamlessly combines traditional craftsmanship and materials with modern luxury and convenience. Should you tire of listening to the whisper of the sea breeze through the pines, taking long walks on the beach at low tide, or quaffing award-winning wine (see below), it’s a short, scenic drive to the shops, restaurants, and lobster shacks of Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Deer Island, Blue Hill, Stonington, and so many other exceptional day-trip destinations.

And there’s more: Cellardoor Winery in nearby Lincolnville will stock the house before your arrival with award-winning wine and is also offering the winning bidders a tour and tasting at the winery. Cellardoor just won 24 awards for its wines, including two Best of Class awards, three Double Golds, and five Golds at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!

And to top it off the home owner has included passes to the Fansworth Art Museum to see the Andrew Wyeth collection in Rockland. Bid high to claim this unparalleled chance to experience the Down East vacation of your dreams. Great for up to three couples or a large family. Stockton Springs is a two-hour drive from flight connections in Portland and 40 minutes from Bangor. Peak season is May through September. Mutually agreeable date (not available week of July 4, 2019). Non-transferable. Expires October 1, 2019.

Donor: Susan and Kent Farris, Cellar Door Winery

 

LIVE LOT 17

Switchback Ridge Winemaker Dinner for up to 18 People at Fabulous Craiglen on May 18, 2019

  • Switchback Ridge Winemaker dinner with Kelly Peterson-Holmes, Founding/Managing Partner
  • Dinner for up to 18 people to be held at the storied Craiglen estate on May 18, 2019
  • Dinner will be prepared by Jeff Carter, Executive Chef, Burleson Brands restaurants
  • Switchback Ridge 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calistoga
  • Switchback Ridge 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Calistoga
  • Switchback Ridge 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley, Calistoga
  • Switchback Ridge 2014 Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, Calistoga
  • Switchback Ridge 2012 Old Vine Petite Sirah, Napa Valley, Calistoga
  • Champagne to kick things off

Switchback Ridge produces handcrafted estate wines sourced from the Peterson Family Ranch in Calistoga. For those of you unfamiliar with Switchback Ridge, they produce three varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah. The Petersons celebrated their 100th Anniversary of owning the ranch a few years back. During Prohibition and later, it was operated as a fruit and vegetable farm. In the 1990s plum trees gave way to vines. In 1999, Kelly Peterson and her father John Peterson produced the first vintage of Switchback Ridge wines with the help of family friend, Robert Foley as winemaker. You will remember that it was Robert Foley who helped Pride Mountain develop a huge reputation for Cabernets and Merlots in the early 1990s. He remains the winemaker today. In fact, Bob also purchases about half of their grapes each year for his own wines. If the property was under a different ownership, their historical Petite Sirah old block would most likely be ripped out and planted to a varietal that fetches more money in the valley – Cabernet Sauvignon. Their old Petite Sirah block (which also includes other mixed black varietals) is now over 60 years old. Lucky for us!

The amiable Kelly Peterson-Holmes is coming to Knoxville to personally host this amazing dinner on May 18, 2019. She is bringing with her the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Merlot, and the 2014 Petite Sirah. She will also be presenting the library wines 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Old Vine Petite Sirah. Of these, only the 2005 Cabernet and the 2014 Petite Sirah have been rated – and those with 95 and 94 points respectively. Whenever Kelly’s wines are rated, they almost always receive mid-90-point ratings. The winery’s reputation was built on the amazing Petite Sirah, a huge wine that stains your teeth. Speaking of that, you simply must try the Old Vine Petite Sirah. Kelly calls this “The Black Wine.” Only 71 cases are made, 8 of which are magnums. It simply will blow your mind!

Your party will begin with Champagne as the guests assemble to start off the festive occasion and to lubricate the conversation. The great cuisine of chef Jeff Carter, Executive Chef for all of Randy Burleson’s restaurants will pair with these amazing wines from Switchback Ridge. You will remember that Jeff was featured chef for L’Amour du Vin in 2012 when Leslie Rudd brought his great wines to the event.

So, you have wonderful wines and outstanding cuisine being hosted by a terrific wine personality. The only other part of the equation is the backdrop for the dinner. Your event will be hosted in historic Craiglen, the magnificent Italian villa designed by Architect Charles Barber in the mid-1920’s for John Craig. At one time, Craigland drive was the front yard for the estate. Barber and Craig modeled the interior layout and details after Italy’s 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati, today a major tourist attraction in Florence. The current owners, or members of their family, will co-host the event with Kelly.

Amazing wines presented by their proprietor, wonderful cuisine from Jeff Carter and his staff, and an exotic venue for the exclusive event. The only thing missing is you!

Donor: Switchback Ridge Winery and Kelly Peterson-Holmes, Aubrey R. Burleson, Millie and Elder Brown, Jr., Dottie and Glenn Irwin

 

LIVE LOT 18

One magnum [1.5L] Harlan Estate 2014 Red Wine, Napa Valley; PLUS VIP tour and tasting for 8

Harlan’s Estate Red is one of the most sought-after, highly-rated, and very, very good wine from Napa Valley. The vision of Harlan Estate is to produce a California “First Growth” from the hills of Oakville. William Harlan’s longtime and talents team is the reason for the exceptional wine – the creation of each vintage is dual effort of Director of Winegrowning Bob Levy of Levy & McCellan (another highly-sought after label) and winemaker Cory Empting who served a five-year apprenticeship under Bob (now also winemaker at BRAND – again, a sought-after brand). So, you get the idea. Their talents and expertise capture the best of what the AVA has to offer.

This 2014 Red Wine, rated a 98 by Robert Parker, offers up subtle cassis, black cherries and crushed blackberries notes with tons of savory and earthy layers. You will not be disappointed by the extraordinary complexity and compelling richness of this wine. James Laube of Wine Spectator awarded it 94. Best 2020 through 2032. The winning bidder and seven guests will be treated to the beautiful hillside 240 acres of land at Harlan Estate, for a tour and tasting known to be one of the most luxurious tastings in Napa – by invitation only. Mutually agreeable date; weekends and holidays unavailable. Expires 3/2/2020.

Donor: Harlan Estate

 

LIVE LOT 19

Six-Course Dinner for 24 prepared by Chef David Rule featuring thirty-six bottles [750mL] from Caymus Vineyards, six each:

  • Caymus 2015 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Conundrum 2016 Sparkling Rose;
  • Mer Soleil 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Lucia
  • Emmolo 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
  • Red Schooner Voyage 6 NV Malbec
  • Emmolo 2016 Merlot, Napa Valley

Walnut Kitchen Chef and Proprietor David Rule has over 18 years in hospitality working alongside some of the top hospitality leaders in the region, including four years as the head butcher for Blackberry Farm. Now at the helm of his own restaurant in Maryville, his unique style shines. Relaxed with a focus on detail, high-quality and seasonal ingredients, and of course the finest cuts of meat – there is zero chance this meal will disappoint. Chef Rule will prepare six courses, each created to bring out the best in each wine pairing. Expect a top-notch hospitality experience, gastronomic delight, and lasting memories right in your own home for you and 23 of your closest friends! Oh! And the wines! 36 bottles total from the Wagner Family, highlighting each of the family’s labels: Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, and Red Schooner. Seriously, could this get better? Bid!

Donor: Caymus Vineyards and The Walnut Kitchen

 

LIVE LOT 20

DUTCH AUCTION – Cult Wine Dinner on May 13, 2019

The concept of a Cult Wine Dinner began with KMA supporter David Stevens, who offered to pour 2009 Screaming Eagle from his private collection. The rest of this lineup is no less impressive and likely to have never before been tasted side-by-side. Dinner will be graciously provided by restaurateur Randy Burleson, whose team will create a memory of the perfect wine with the perfect dish for each course. Held in the home of private art collectors Rob and June Heller, the dinner will be hosted by a sommelier who will introduce and pour the following:

  • Piper-Heidsieck 2002 Rare Brut Champagne – described as “a legend in the making” by wine critic Jeb Dunnuck.
  • Morlet Family Vineyards 2014 ‘La Proportion Dorée’ – a white Bordeaux-style blend from the Sonoma Valley; awarded 100 points by Robert Parker who called it perfect.
  • Dana Estates 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – donated by owner Jae Chun to go up against Screaming Eagle.
  • Vineyard 29 2016 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – donated by owner Chuck McMinn to also challenge the Screaming Eagle pour.
  • Screaming Eagle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon – exquisite, remarkably precise and elegant; rated 98 by Robert Parker

and 97 by Wine Spectator. Screaming Eagle is, of course, one of the rarest and most collectible wines in the world.

  • Taylor 1977 Vintage Port – a full-bodied wine that has continued to improve for decades will finish the night.

At the end of the night the goal is that no single wine will stand out to guests as the best but rather that each delivered an extraordinary tasting experience. This marvelous dinner will be held at 6pm on May 13, 2019, and only a few spots remain. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste not one or two but SIX cult wines. Come ready to bid!

Donor: Dana Estates, Vineyard 29, David Stevens, Rob and June Heller, Randy Burleson

 

LIVE LOT 21

One-week stay at the Timbers Club in Snowmass Village in Aspen, Colorado (Summer or Winter)

Experience the pristine mountain setting of Aspen in a luxurious 3-bedroom, 3-bath condo at the Timbers Club, a magnificently appointed ski-in/ski-out, private mountain residence club in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Aspen is world-class, year-round destination and the winning bidder will choose between one week in the Summer or Winter. Summer activities include the Aspen Food & Wine Festival in June, music weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, golf, and tennis just minutes away. Winter months offer superlative skiing, with four ski mountains within 15 minutes and the Snowmass skylight 25 feet away!

On-site concierge and daily driver service from Timbers to Snowmass and Aspen Valley is included with stay. Enjoy wine après and afternoon socials at the Timbers clubhouse, a private outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub in beautiful waterfall setting, fitness center, and heated parking, all included, plus a game room for children. The condo has a full kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room, washer and dryer, and balcony with outdoor gas grill. Sleeps 6 to 8 – two king beds, two twin beds, and fold-out couch. This is a great way for as many as three couples or a large family to enjoy the best of Aspen summer or winter!

Winning bidders to work with Timbers Club owners to schedule best available dates; flexible travel plans necessary. Stay must occur by 2/22/2020 and not available 9/7/19 through 9/28/19.

Donor: Lederer Family

 

LIVE LOT 22

Wine Dinner for 12 prepared by the staff at Bistro by the Tracks at the winning bidder’s home featuring a horizontal of Martinelli Wines

  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Pinot Noir “Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard,” Fort Ross–Seaview, Sonoma Coast
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Pinot Noir “Bondi Home Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Pinot Noir “Lolita Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Pinot Noir “Zio Tony Ranch Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Zinfandel “Giuseppe & Luisa Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Zinfandel “Jackass Hill Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Four (750ml) bottles Martinelli 2016 Zinfandel “Jackass Vineyard,” Russian River Valley
  • Dinner for up to 12 people to be held at the residence of the winning bidder
  • Dinner will be prepared by the staff of Bistro by the Tracks

One of the oldest and most historically significant vineyard owners and wine producers in Northern California is the large Martinelli family that cultivates over 350 acres. Remarkably, 90% or more of their entire production is sold off to other wineries as the production of their Martinelli wines tends to be small, ranging from fewer than 100 cases to 500 – 600+. Since 1896, five generations of the family have worked together producing apples and wine in Sonoma County. Martinelli makes lots of great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel. In fact, a complete horizontal of all of the Martinelli offerings will include 28 different varietal – single vineyard combinations. Many of you might remember back to the 2010 L’Amour du Vin when Regina Martinelli introduced us to the wonderful world of Martinelli wines paired with the excellent cuisine of New York City’s chef Bill Telepan. Unfortunately, Bill’s eponymous restaurant has closed. But fear not, his current gig is Executive Chef at Oceana on 49th Street just west of Rockefeller Center. He is getting rave reviews. But, that’s a different story for a different day. The wines in this 28-bottle horizontal received excellent scores from Parker’s The Wine Advocate. They ranged from 93 to 98+ (Jackass Hill Zinfandel), with an average of a solid 95 points. Let’s face it, the Martinellis make amazing juice.

The food will be prepared by the outstanding staff at Bistro by the Tracks. Chef Danny Wilhoit and his group will do your festivities proud. For those of you who weren’t there on Valentine’s Day with your sweetie, you missed wonderful food. The special menu included a few things based on the current menu but it had a lot of creative touches, as well. The Chateaubriand with an Espagnole Sauce was impeccable. You know Danny will give your dinner the same attention to detail. All that is missing is your friends (dinner for 12) and a negotiated date. This party belongs in your home. All you have to do is buy it!

Donor: Melissa Jaye Burleson

 

LIVE LOT 23

FUND-A-CAUSE: The KMA’s Education Events and Programs

The Knoxville Museum of Art serves over 10,000 students in the surrounding counties through on and off-site workshops, art-integrated partnerships, and outreach programs. Last year 3,826 children representing 69 schools and community organizations from 14 counties toured the museum. One of the museum’s most popular programs is the Summer Art Academy for children ages 3 and up, which completed its 28th year last summer. Over 384 students attend and 100 scholarships are awarded to economically disadvantaged youth to ensure accessibility to all. Another highlight of the education program is the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. This annual exhibition provided the opportunity for 349 students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment.

 

LIVE LOT 24

Arnot-Roberts Wine Dinner for 20 at the home of Jeannie Bennett prepared by Chef Jeff Carter

  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Chardonnay “Watson Ranch Vineyard,” Napa Valley
  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Chardonnay “Trout Gulch Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Pinot Noir “Coastlands Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast
  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Pinot Noir “Legan Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Pinot Noir “Peter Martin Ray Vineyard,” Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Six (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2017 Gamay Noir “El Dorado,” Sonoma County
  • Three (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Clajeux Vineyard,” Chalk Hill, Sonoma County
  • Three (750ml) bottles Arnot-Roberts 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon “Montecillo Vineyard,” Sonoma Valley
  • Dinner for up to 20 people to be held at the residence of Jeannie Bennett
  • Dinner will be prepared by chef Jeff Carter, Executive Chef, for the Burleson Brands Restaurants

Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, California by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Duncan and Nathan grew up in the midst of vineyards and winemakers in the Napa Valley. Each took an interest in the wine industry, with Nathan following his father’s lead as a cooper, and Duncan pursuing winemaking in renowned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The focus of this two-person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, as well as several other varieties uncommon in Northern Californian vineyards. While none of these bottles have been specifically reviewed by the usual pundits, the vintages that have been reviewed consistently receive ratings in the 91 – 96 point range. Therefore, you know that the wines are superlative.

How will that match with the food? Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants, will be doing the food preparation. Jeff, former Executive Chef for Dancing Bear Lodge, is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). His cuisine is both inventive and very creative. We know that the food is in very capable hands. Finally, the venue for the dinner is the home of Jeannie Bennett. Jeannie is the owner/proprietor of Bennett Gallery. You know it is elegant and you know that Jeannie will be an extremely gracious host for your party. When you put that together with Jeff Carter’s food and fabulous Arnot-Roberts wine, what more could you ask for? “This amazing lot can be yours, if the Price is Right.” (With apologies to Bill Cullen, et al.)

Donor: Melissa Jaye Burleson

 

LIVE LOT 25

A Week of Wine, Food, and Art in New York City for One Couple

Enjoy a one-week stay for two in a private apartment on the Upper East Side of New York City. The one-bedroom penthouse unit has a wrap terrace and is located in a pre-war art deco building in the Carnegie Hill area just three blocks from Central Park. The home is furnished with antiques and art by several Tennessee artists including Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush, Andy Saftel, John Kelley, Whitney Leland and Cynthia Markert. During the stay the winning bidder will experience an event at The James Beard Foundation*, which is includes a multi-course dinner with expert wine pairings prepared by prominent Chefs from around the world who have been invited by the foundation. When attending the dinner guests enter through the kitchen of the James Beard townhouse and observe some of the final preparations for the meal. It is truly uniquely New York experience! In addition KMA Curator Stephen Wicks has agreed to curate some unique art activities for the winner including access to private galleries. Plus, many of the best museums in New York are within easy walking distance. It’s the perfect trifecta of wine, food and art – all in the big Apple! Winning bidder(s) must be over 35 years or older; stay is not transferable. No more than 2 people can be accommodated. Mutually agreeable date. Expires 3/2/2020. *Depending on dates chosen.

Donor: Kimbro Maguire and Penny Lynch

 

 LIVE LOT 26

Opus One Wine Dinner for 10 at the home of Jacqueline and Keith Holdbrooks prepared by the staff of Bistro by the Tracks

  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2015 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2011 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2010 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2005 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Three (750ml) bottles Opus One 2003 Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley
  • Dinner for up 10 people to be held at the residence of the Jacqueline and Keith Holdbooks
  • Dinner will be prepared by the staff of Bistro by the Tracks

You surely know that Opus One was formed as a partnership between Robert Mondavi and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Mouton Rothschild). The first vintage was produced in 1979. The wine is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec – a classic Bordeaux blend. While the percentages of each varietal vary from vintage to vintage, the final blend selected produces the optimal balance and palate attainable from the select batches available. The wine spends 18 months in new French oak before bottling. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate awarded the following scores for these wines: 97+, 96, NR, 96, 95 and 94, respectively. Opus One hasn’t received a rating below 90 points this century from Parker or The Wine Advocate raters – and only one below 93+. Any more questions about the wine? We didn’t think so.

So, let’s move on to the grub. You and your guests will dine on fantastic food prepared by the staff of Bistro by the Tracks. Danny Wilhoit and his staff, in consultation with Jeff Carter, turn out some of the best food in Knoxville on a daily basis. That same quality and attention to detail will be focused on insuring that your party receives the best food possible.

Your party of 10 will gather at the residence of Jacqueline and Keith Holdbrooks for you Opus One experience. The beautiful residence is located on Lyons Bend Road situated on 8+ acres. This extraordinary estate, one of the premier residences in Knoxville, is the perfect venue for your private Opus One dinner party. All you need to do is win the bid!

Donor: Bistro by the Tracks and Jacqueline and Keith Holdbrooks

 

LIVE LOT 27

One jeroboam [3L] Eisele Vineyard Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley in wooden box

First planted to vines in the 1880s, Eisele Vineyard sits in the northeast Napa Valley, just east of Calistoga at the base of the Palisades Mountain range and has been principally dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon for the last fifty years. Beginning with the inaugural release bearing the Eisele name in 1971, this iconic vineyard has received consistent recognition for possessing one of the great terroirs of Napa Valley. The wines invariably express the exceptional depth, elegance and longevity which are hallmarks of the vineyard, which to some wine enthusiasts may be more familiar by its previous name Araujo Estate (changed in 2013). This 2015 Cab is a showstopper – a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker: medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon charges from the gate with exuberant red and black cherries notes, black currants and mulberries with a beautiful roses and lavender perfume, plus hints of sandalwood and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, concentrated and downright explosive in the mouth, it is still wearing loads of gorgeous puppy-fat fruit flavors, offering suggestions of the complex, multilayered blockbuster that it will emerge into. The structure deserves its own mention: wonderful, seamless freshness and oh-so-fine, pixelated tannins, with an extraordinary persistence of fruit and mineral nuances. Wow. Ready to drink now or cellar through 2049. The winery’s small production limits the number of events they can support – so don’t miss what could be a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home this Parker Perfect beauty!

Donor: Eisele Vineyard

 

LIVE LOT 28

Dinner for 10 paired with Château Mouton-Rothschild prepared by Chef Jeffery DeAlejandro

With the celebrated 1986 Mouton-Rothschild as the centerpiece, Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro, of beloved Knoxville favorite Oli Bea, will serve a private, Bordeaux-inspired dinner for up to 10 guests in your own home. Assisting him will be Connor Coffey, who will conduct a pre-dinner Champagne tasting and will select additional wines to accompany the multi-course dinner.  This dinner promises to be a memorable, full immersion experience into the luxurious world of French gastronomy!

The spectacular 1986 Mouton-Rothschild scored a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker, “it has a powerful and intense bouquet as always: exemplary graphite and cedar scents, a touch of black pepper and incense. It seems to unfurl in the glass, like a motor revving its engine. The palate is beautifully balanced with its trademark firm tannic structure, a Mouton-Rothschild with backbone and masculinity. Layers of black fruit intermingling with mint and graphite, a hint of licorice emanating from the Merlot, gently fanning out and my God, it is incredibly long…. this is serious, aristocratic Mouton, a true vin de garde and yes, I do think drinkers will have to wait until it reaches its true peak. Sometimes that’s just the way it is.” Lucky for you – this wine is ready!

Donor: Allison and Connor Coffey, Chef Jeffery DeAlejandro of Oli Bea

 

 LIVE LOT 29

Grilling Experience for 8 with Chef Tim Love on Friday, May 3, 2019

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Chef Tim Love! Eight guests join in the preparation process lead by Chef Love for a special meal inspired by the weekend’s festivities. Guests will have personal grills and learn step-by-step how to prepare each dish – and enjoy the cuisine after of course! Chef/Owner of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in the Old City, Chef Love’s menus are influenced by all of the ingredients and cultures that have been a part of the West since the first adventure began on the Goodnight-Loving and Chisholm Trails, with an added level of modern top-notch sophistication. He has received numerous awards and acclaim from the likes of Wine Spectator, Food & Wine, Zagat Survey, Southern Living, Esquire, and The New York Times. Known for an inventive selection of steaks and seafood to dishes such as Wagyu Tomahawk, Kangaroo Carpaccio, Rocky Mountain Elk Ribeye, Wild Boar, and Rabbit & Rattlesnake; here’s the deal – you will not leave hungry! Chef Love’s lively spirit will make this an unforgettable interactive experience of amazing food and of course tequila; it will be Cinco de Mayo after all!
Donor: Chef Tim Love

 

LIVE LOT 30

Daddy’s Favorites!

  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Aldo’s Vineyard,” Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Bedrock Vineyard,” Sonoma County
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Black Chicken,” Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Grande Vineyard,” Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Monte Rosso Vineyard,” Moon Mountain, Sonoma County
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “R.W. Moore Vineyard,” Coombsville, Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Zinfandel “Stagecoach Vineyard,” Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2016 Petite Sirah “Palisades Vineyard,” Calistoga, Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2015 Petite Sirah / Syrah “Like Father Like Son Red Blend,” Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2012 Petite Sirah / Syrah “Like Father Like Son Red Blend,” Napa Valley
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2015 “Basic Black” Proprietary Red Wine, Sonoma County
  • One (750ml) bottle Biale 2013 “Basic Black” Proprietary Red Wine, Sonoma County

Robert Biale Vineyards has become a revered standard of heritage Vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Napa Valley. Napa natives, school chums, and winery Founders, Bob Biale and Dave Pramuk, cherish the tradition of historic old vines (some dating to the 1880’s!) and prize the small quantity of concentrated and intense fruit that they produce. Among the winery’s portfolio of 20 wines that are crafted by winemaker Tres Goetting, Black Chicken Zinfandel is the flagship – and has become a benchmark for the varietal. It all started in the 1940’s when 14-year-old Aldo Biale helped his mother to make ends meet by selling to insider Napans – along with eggs and produce -some of the family’s homemade Zinfandel. Over the old “party line” phone system, the code words “a Black Chicken” signified a jug of bootleg wine… and kept nosy neighbors and the authorities from finding out about Aldo’s underground Zinfandel operation!

Well, Randy Burleson found out about them and Biale has become his favorite go to wine. Not only do you find Biale wines on the wine lists of his restaurants, he keeps a nice stash for himself hidden away from covetous eyes. But fear not, Aubrey Jaye, Randy’s and Melissa’s precious daughter has smuggled a case of this wonderful nectar out of the hidey hole and donated it to L’Amour du Vin. Lucky us! This magnificent case of Biale contains a ten-bottle horizontal – half of the different wines produced by winery. It also contains an additional vintage of the two blends in the lot.

These bottles received accolades and ratings in the lo- to mid-90s from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, James Suckling, and Wine Enthusiast. That’s a level of consistency not often achieved. So, this juice belongs in every cellar. But shhh, it’s a secret. We need to get this lot auctioned off before Randy finds out that Aubrey Jaye purloined it from his stash. Let’s show Aubrey Jaye how much we appreciate it!

Donor: Aubrey Jaye Burleson

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