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2017 LIVE LOTS:

LIVE LOT 1

Six bottles [750mL] Ridge 2012 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Cruz Mountains.

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.”  The 2012 Monte Bello is comprised of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Robert Parker normally rates the Ridge Monte Bello with ratings in the mid-90s. This specific vintage was rated 94+ by Parker’s The Wine Advocate, 94 by Wine Spectator, and 94 by Vinous. That is amazing consistency from the pundits! It is your guarantee that this is a fantastic lot of Left Bank Bordeaux-style wines that are wonderful now and will be great for many years to come.

Donor: Aubrey R. Burleson


LIVE LOT 2

Weekend getaway for six guests in the Farmhouse at Windy Hill, a four-course dinner by Chef Simon Hall and paired with exquisite wines from the private cellar of Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington.

Unwind in style with a relaxing two-night stay for up to 6 guests in this well-appointed farmhouse overlooking the scenic Tennessee River and  located on 500 acres of working farmland in Loudon county. Windy Hill Farm is the perfect location for a getaway with family or friends. Relax by the fire, hike the trails, curl up with a good book, and enjoy!  On Saturday evening of your stay, you and your guests will enjoy a four-course dinner by Chef Simon Hall and paired with wines which may include Kosta Browne, Caymus, Celani, Martinelli.  Bedrooms include King master with full bath, two King beds with shared bath, twin with full bath, twin without bath, and powder room on first floor. Other amenities include: Spacious fully equipped kitchen, large indoor and outdoor fireplaces, outdoor stone grill and green egg, swinging bed on porch, bar area with ice maker, and washer/dryer. The house comes stocked with coffee, 2 6-packs of beer, bottled water, basket of treats, bath amenities, and firewood.  Mutually agreeable dates may be arranged between the donor and winning bidder for a Friday 4 pm check-in and Sunday noon check-out.  Expires March 1, 2018.

Donor: Windy Hill Farm, Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington, Chef Simon Hall

 

LIVE LOT 3

A two-night stay at Martinelli Vineyards for two couples, including VIP tour and tasting. PLUS, four magnums [1.5L]; two each: 2011 Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel and 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

Martinelli Vineyards is a long-time favorite of many LDV patrons – try their wines and it’s not hard to tell why!  Regina Martinelli and Martinelli Vineyards shared their wines with us as the Featured Vintner of L’Amour du Vin in 2010. An opportunity to visit her or her sister Julianna and Martinelli Vineyards is one you just cannot miss!

You’ll stay right on the beautiful winery property in Sonoma with incredible balcony views of the Russian River Valley. The spacious winery suite has two bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen, and living room. Views overlook the vineyards, valley, and winery.

Enjoy a VIP wine tasting in Martinelli’s historic building. If you have never had the experience of sitting with the winemakers as they pour many of their creations, you need to experience this. Understanding the grapes, the terroir, the growing season and the wine production can best be done on site, looking over the vineyards.

But that’s not all – the wine!

The 2011 Vellutini Ranch Zinfandel received 90 points from Wine Advocate, 91 Wine Spectator, and 92 from Stephen Tanzer of International Wine Cellar. From Martinelli Winery: “The Vellutini Ranch is bordered on the east by Jackass Hill and on the south by Jackass Vineyard, sharing the same Franciscan soil type. Lee and Carolyn Martinelli hired their teenaged grandson, Anthony Britton, Jr., to help plant the steep slope with Zinfandel in 1999. The two vineyards are comprised of eight small blocks. The Zinfandel is planted with bud wood from the Martinelli family’s centurion grapevines Jackass Hill and Jackass Vineyard.”  The 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is great, full-bodied with lots of personality. Fruit is primarily Blue Slide Ridge Vineyard fruit (90%) plus Three Sisters, Wild Thyme, and Home Ranch vineyards. Some of Martinelli’s best single vineyards.

So, in total this package includes four top-notch magnums, a two-night stay for four on an amazing property in Windsor, CA; plus VIP tasting. Start bidding now!

Donor: Martinelli Winery

 

 LIVE LOT 4

Wine Dinner for 20”ish” at Bistro By the Tracks or an agreed upon location, including 26 bottles of fantastic 2014 ROAR wines from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County. Four bottles each: “Pisoni Vineyard” Pinot Noir; “Rosella’s Vineyard” Pinot Noir; “Gary’s Vineyard” Syrah; “Rosella’s Vineyard” Syrah; and, “Sierra Mar Vineyard” Viognier. Three bottles each: “Rosella’s Vineyard” Chardonnay; and “Soberanes Vineyard” Chardonnay.

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fans of the Santa Lucia Highlands area will recognize single vineyard wines from Garys’ Vineyard and Rosella’s Vineyard. Top wineries have sourced this fruit for their own single vineyard labels over the years, including Kosta Browne, Copain, Arcadian, Morgan and Siduri — just to name a few. ROAR is owned by Rosella and Gary Franscioni, the namesakes for those two famed vineyards. Beginning in 1997 they entered into a partnership with the Pisoni family to plant several additional vineyards, including Sierra Mar and Soberanes. Eventually, the Franscionis decided to start making wine under their own label given the success of those well-known early adopters of their great fruit.

Robert Parker has stated: “Ever since a ROAR Pinot Noir blew away a number of great grand cru Burgundies in a blind tasting I hosted at the Culinary Institute in Napa for over 100 winemakers and consumers, I have taken a special interest in following the wines from this producer. They go from strength to strength, and no doubt this is the best Chardonnay and the finest Pinot Noirs Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella have yet produced.” All of these wines were rated by Parker and received scores between 90+ and 95 points. BTW, the Syrah is extremely good, too – they received scores of 94 and 95 points! The real trick is being able to acquire them.

When you pair this wonderful wine with the great culinary arts of the staff at Bistro By the Tracks, you know you will have an outstanding celebration!

Donor: Bistro by the Tracks & Sunspot Restaurant

 

LIVE LOT 5

Twenty-four Bottles of Exceptional Spanish Wine

Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Reserva Ribera del Duero 2008

Bodegas Hacienda Monestario Crianza Ribera del Duero Castilla y Leon 1996

Bodegas Mauro Vendimia Seleccionada Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004

Bodegas Muga ‘Prado Enea’ Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa 2005, 2006

Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja DOCa 2004, 2010

Cellar Vall Lach “Idus” Priorat DOCa 2004

Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus Priorat DOCa 2013

Finca Allende Calvario Rioja DOCa 2001

La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 2001

Marques de Murrieta Finca Ygay Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa 2007

(Vega Sicillia) Alión Ribera del Duero 2004

(Vega Sicillia) Pintia Toro Castilla y Leon 2003, 2004, 2005

Vega Sicillia Tinta Valbueña 5° Ribera del Duero Castilla y Leon 2001, 2009

Vega Sicillia Unico Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero Castilla y Leon 1994, 2007

El buen vino se vende!  Spanish proverb

Before you ignore this lot because you don’t know Spanish wine, ask yourself the following:  Would I like to buy 24 bottles of wine that have an average rating of 94.5 (all but 3 by Robert Parker) and includes one 100 point bottle, six 96 point bottles, six 95 point bottles, and no score below 91? If you would, this IS your lot!

Vega Sicilia’s wines are recognized worldwide as some of the finest and most valued red wines on the market, with its top wine selling for an average of $400 per bottle or more. The Unico is normally aged about 10 years in the bottle before release, and sometimes as much as 15 years. The blend is approximately 80% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Valbuena is aged at least 5 years prior to release. Alión is the property next door to Vega and the Pintia is located in nearby Toro. Bodegas Mauro’s considerable pedigree is underlined by the fact that its founder, Mariano García, was formerly the chief winemaker at Vega Sicilia. His sons are now in charge under Mariano’s close supervision. The vineyards have 90% Tempranillo, 5% Grenache, and 5% Syrah. Many of the vines are 60+ years old.

Muga, perhaps the best-known Spanish winery, is represented by 2 vintages each of its top two wines – Prado Enea and Torre Muga. And, none of those is the 100 pointer – that one is the Clos Erasmus.

Many of you know that Don Roberto Madigan has spent parts of many Fall seasons walking El Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage trail in northern Spain dedicated to St. James. He told you it was for the fellowship, the exercise, and to a lesser extent for the pilgrimage itself. That famous trail winds through many of the wine districts represented in this lot. Actually, he was just doing research for his wine cellar! Judging from the quality of this lot, he didn’t waste his time.

Donor: Robert and Brenda Madigan; Glenn and Dottie Irwin

 

LIVE LOT 6

One-week stay in a private home at Folly Beach, South Carolina, for three couples or families during the prime high-season week of June 24-July 1, 2017.

This well-appointed home is second row from the ocean, and only 15 miles from Charleston.  You can feel the breeze as you sit on the front deck of this spacious 2,400 sq. ft. home with beach access directly across the street. Only a short walk to the beautiful sandy beach and ocean, and five blocks to Center Street for dining and shopping. This four bedroom/three and a half bath home, totally remodeled and updated with new furniture in 2015, is designed for the comfort of three-four families and sleeps up to twelve. The master has a king bed and a trundle with twin beds, spacious bath, and a private balcony where you can sit and see the ocean. One large bedroom has a queen bed, two twins, and full bath. The other two bedrooms have queen beds and have a hall bath plus a half-bath in one bedroom. Flat-screen TV’s and ceiling fans are in all bedrooms. Other amenities include: wireless internet, cable TV with HBO, outdoor shower, propane gas grill, parking underneath for six cars, central heat and air on each floor, and hardwood/tile/carpet on floors. Flood lights come on at dusk/off at dawn, timer on deck fans, motion sensor lights, and a basketball goal. No smoking and no pets allowed. Visit website at www.avocetproperties.net, click on Vacation Rentals then Search by Name, and the property is C Scape. Expires March 4, 2018.

Donor: Cathy and Jim Zarchin

 

LIVE LOT 7

Dinner party for twelve guests in the dining room at D & V Distributing, featuring the fine cuisine of Chef David Pinckney and the exquisite wines of Martinelli Winery & Vineyards.            

You will imagine you are in the dining room of a California winery at D & V’s newly remodeled facility.  Chef David Pinckney will prepare a delectable four-course dinner, paired with the incredible wines of Martinelli Vineyards.  A Blackberry Farm sommelier will be on hand to present the wines, and if Regina Martinelli’s schedule permits, she will be there to meet you and your guests.  Wines include the Zio Tony Ranch 2014 Chardonnay with a nose of honeycomb, grain, clean floral and lemon oil with a finish of vanilla custard and pie crust.  Wine critic Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate rated the Zio Tony Ranch 2014 Pinot Noir, Bondi Home Ranch 2014 Pinot Noir, and Jackass Vineyard 2014 Zinfandel, respectively 94, 96, and 96 points, and the Jackass Hill 2013 Muscat Alexandria received a rating of 90 by wine critic Antonio Galloni of Vinous.  A mutually agreeable date between the donors and winning bidder may be arranged.  Expires March 4, 2018.

Donor: D & V Distributing, Chef David Pinckney, Martinelli Winery & Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 8

Jered Sprecher, Mirror That Tells, 2014. Oil on canvas, 32×24 inches.

This year’s featured artist, Jered Sprecher, enjoys a growing reputation as a leading representative of a new generation dedicated to abstraction.  Abstraction describes Jared’s richly layered and textured compositions, rendered in luminous, vibrant colors. He describes himself as a “hunter and gatherer,” pulling his complex and beautiful imagery from such disparate sources as wallpaper, graffiti, architecture, cut gemstones, and x-rays. The Knoxville Museum of Art was proud to acquire a major work by Jared in 2009, A Special Kind of Magic, and is currently devoting an entire gallery to Outside In, the artist’s first one-person museum exhibition. Jared is a rising international star who lives in South Knoxville with wife Christine and three active boys.  A professor of painting at the University of Tennessee, he is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York; Gallery 16, San Francisco; and Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston. Among Jered’s many accomplishments he has been honored as Artist-in-Residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow; and Artist-in-Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.  In addition to the KMA, his work is included in the collections of the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga; New York Public Library; Progressive Corporation, Cleveland; Scripps Networks Interactive, Knoxville; Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas; Tama Art Museum, Tokyo; University of Iowa Museum of Art; University of Tennessee Ewing Gallery of Art; Visa Corporation, San Francisco; and the W Hotel, West Hollywood.

Here’s what Jared says about this year’s featured artwork: “Mirror That Tells is a painting that happened over the course of two years, and went through several different states. Central to the painting are a series of grey, light blue and yellow organic shapes that are derived from a photo of three gulls (black legged kittiwake) nesting on a cliff side. I chose this image because it was the decorative cover on my family’s photo album when I was growing up. At some point my mother moved the family photos to a better album and discarded the older album with the gulls on the cover. I decided to hold onto the empty photo album, not knowing what to do with it. That image of the gulls reconfigured in Mirror That Tells has been recombined in a variety of my paintings from 2012 to the present. A Plane is a Pocket in the Corners of the Mind, a large painting from 2014 (currently on view on the third floor of the KMA), features this residual image as well as several paintings in the exhibition Outside In at the KMA. For me it acts as a “Memory Device.”  It holds memories, just as the forms displayed on the surface of the painting hold color, touch, light, and history. The yellows and blues that play dominantly across the surface of the painting are meant to evoke the bright light of a sun drenched midday as well as the ever enticing screen of the laptop, tablet, or smartphone.”

Donor: Jered Sprecher

 

LIVE LOT 9

One Methuselah [5L] bottle Kosta Browne 2014 Gap’s Crown VineyardPinot Noir, Sonoma Coast; etched with 2017 LDV featured work Mirror That Tells by Jered Sprecher.

Kosta Browne’s tradition of teaming up with the L’Amour du Vin featured artist began in 2014 when the winery’s co-founder Michael Browne was a LDV Featured Vintner. Each year since the winery has presented a unique and spectacular piece which combines the best of wine with the best of art. There are truly collector’s items. 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, and now Jered Sprecher. These hand-etched and painted bottles beautifully create a wonderful retrospective of L’Amour du Vin through the years.

Sprecher’s abstract painting Mirror That Tells is a richly layered and textured composition, rendered in luminous, vibrant colors.

This etching showcases all of these elements in amazing detail.

The wine for this year’s offering, 2014 Gap’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir, was rated 94+ by The Wine Advocate. Critic Jeb Dunnuck said about the wine: “Coming from steep, rocky soils on the Sonoma Coast, the 2014 Pinot Noir Gap’s Crown Vineyard was brought up in 25% new French oak, 16% concrete and the rest in old barrels…. This fabulous beauty gives up notes of black cherries, spring flowers, violets and spice in a medium-bodied, ultra-pure, seamless and elegant package that will benefit from short term cellaring and then cruise for a decade on its impeccable balance.” Wine Spectator’s James Laube awarded the wine 90 points.

 

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: Kosta Browne

 

LIVE LOT 10

One-Week Vacation in a Luxurious Condominium for up to 6 Guests in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Three-bedroom, three and one-half bath, condominium at One Beaver Creek is ski-in/ski-out and located at the base of Centennial ski lift, where the Bever Creek slopes and the village meet. This is Beaver Creek’s premier lodging location and offers every comfort and luxury along with easy access to the slopes. Other amenities include: private in suite baths, balcony and deck overlooking the village and slopes, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, heated garage, free shuttle access, and on-site bar, lounge, restaurant, and ski shop.

Experience some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Colorado and even the nation. Beaver Creek is more than a ski town, it is a luxury resort with great adventure on and off the mountain.  It has Old World charm along with modern, lavish amenities. Explore the town with its many shops, and dine in four-star restaurants with award winning chefs, or just chill out at a favorite tavern.

Not available the first week in March or the weeks of Christmas and New Years.  A mutually agreeable date may be determined between the home owner and the winning bidder. Expiration date: Feb. 24, 2018.

Donor: Jim Clayton and Michell Witt

 

LIVE LOT 11

Two double magnums [3L] Morlet Family Vineyards Wines, signed, etched & numbered, 2010 ‘Mon Chevalier’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley, and 2011 ‘La Proportion Dorée’ Proprietary White Bordeaux-style Blend, Sonoma County.

You will remember the incredible wines of Morlet Family Vineyards if you attended L’Amour du Vin in 2011.  Luc Morlet was present to introduce his special wines with two of the dinner courses. Morlet Familey Vineyards prides itself in producing powerful yet refined wines, using meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention techniques. In the heart of Napa Valley, Luc and Jodie Morlet take old world principles and adapt them to California.

The coveted Morlet 2010 ‘Mon Chevalier’ Cabernet Sauvignon earned a whopping 97 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and is signed, etched, and numbered. This wine exudes serious depth and power and contains fruit so pure it’ll knock your socks off.

Morlet’s 2011 ‘La Proportion Dorée’, or “the golden ratio” Proprietary White Bordeaux-style blend contains three classic white Bordeaux varietals grown in the Golden State’s Sonoma County. Also signed, etched, and numbered, this unique wine was handcrafted using classical winemaking techniques and is refined and complex.

Donor: Luc and Jodie Morlet, Morlet Family Vineyards

 

LIVE LOT 12

Chef Barbara Lynch, three-time James Beard Award winner and Relais & Chateâux Grand Chef, offers a six-course dinner with wine pairings from the Chef’s Tasting menu at restaurant No. 9 Park, for four guests, plus an overnight stay at the luxury hotel XV Beacon.

Chef Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s top chefs and restaurateurs. You will enjoy her refined cuisine at No. 9 Park, located in an elegant townhouse in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. No. 9 Park sets the standard for fine dining, and has received numerous accolades including a AAA Four Diamond Rating, Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston and 50 Best Restaurants list. The menu showcases an artful blend of regionally-inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor. Barbara Lynch is both chef and entrepreneur, now owning and operating seven restaurants in Boston. She has received three James Beard Foundation awards to include: “Best Chef Northeast” in 2003, “Outstanding Wine Program” for No. 9 Park in 2012, and “Outstanding Restaurateur” in 2014.  In addition, the James Beard Foundation inducted Barbara into their prestigious “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” in 2013.  Barbara has received many other awards and accolades from the food and wine industry in magazines, newspapers, live TV, and is now producing her second cookbook/memoirs.  Visit her website at www.No9.com or www.barbaralynch.com  to learn more and please refer to her bio on page 6 of this program for more about the highly-acclaimed Barbara Lynch that we are so honored to have as our guest chef at this year’s L’Amour du Vin!

Overnight at the luxury boutique hotel XV Beacon in its turn-of-the-century landmark Beaux Arts building that reigns over Beacon Hill neighborhood. It blends modern luxury and classic charm with its fine artwork, and recognized for peerless personal service, sophisticated interiors and luxurious custom amenities. This chic Beacon Hill property offers a retreat on the posh crest of Beacon Hill in one of Boston’s most desirable locations. All rooms feature cozy gas fireplaces. The free in-house Lexus service will take you where you want to go within a two-mile radius.

This incredible live auction lot is absolutely priceless and can be yours with your high winning bid!

Inclusive of taxes and gratuity. Additional food and beverage charged on consumption. Requires advance reservations.

Donor: Barbara Lynch Gruppo, XV Beacon

 

LIVE LOT 13

A Special Blend of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, created for L’Amour du Vin was the joint venture of this year’s featured wineries: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Vineyard 7 & 8, and Pride Mountain Vineyards. (Further details will be provided by the auctioneer.) 

With the passionate encouragement of Knoxville Museum of Art and L’Amour du Vin supporter Rob Heller, our three guest vintners and their family-owned estate Napa Valley wineries have come together to create a unique, collaborative Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2014 vintage.  The museum has been fortunate to have had each of these high-regarded wineries as guests of honor at previous L’Amour du Vin auction dinners. The limited bottling of this special blend is exclusive to L’Amour du Vin patrons.

“We – Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery, Vineyard 7 & 8, and Pride Mountain Vineyards – offer this blend in Sam Beall’s memory. His passion and energy got us involved, and we honor him and the Knoxville Museum of Art with this spectacular wine.”  Beth Novak Milliken, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard; Wesley Steffens, Vineyard 7 & 8; Suzanne Pride Bryan, Pride Mountain Vineyards.

Tasting notes: The aroma of this wine leaps out of the glass. Fresh blueberries, cassis and raspberries are followed by cinnamon, tobacco and baking spices. The nose is a precursor to the joys that await your taste buds in the glass. This wine has a wonderful velvety texture, luscious ripe fruits and an almost blueberry cream pie mid palate. Ground coco powder and blueberries layer the finish with a dark chocolate touch that demands another sip. While this beauty is excellent now, it will only deepen and grow in stature over time. Proper cellaring for three to five years will achieve the prime drinking window which will almost certainly run for a couple of decades.

Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery has become one of Napa Valley’s defining wineries, recognized for making exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon in an elegant and age-worthy style. Planted in 1882, and farmed organically for three decades, the legendary Spottswoode Estate Vineyard is recognized as one of Napa Valley’s first-growth-quality winegrowing sites. “The women of Spottswoode produce an unfailingly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon—the Grace Kelly of Napa Valley wines, conveying an almost aristocratic impression of refinement and class.” Paul Luckas, The Great Wines of America.

Vineyard 7 & 8 reflects the uncompromising pursuit of and vision towards producing premium, handcrafted wines highlighting a sense of place within the Spring Mountain District through experience, passion and humility. Nestled 2020 feet above the Napa Valley floor atop Spring Mountain, the estate that has become Vineyard 7 & 8 was purchased by the Steffens family. The wines of Vineyard 7 & 8 are first and foremost a reflection of the vineyard, focusing on crafting wines naturally with a true sense of place.

Pride Mountain Vineyards spans the Mayacamas Mountains with the Napa/Sonoma county line running through the middle of this unique vineyard.  Located at the site of historic Summit Ranch, where wine grapes have been grown for nearly 150 years, this beautiful setting includes wine caves dug deep into the mountains and the beautiful ruins of the old stone winery dating to 1890. Second-generation siblings Suzanne Pride Bryan and Steve Pride carry forward the winery’s tradition of intense, extracted mountain grown wines. The wines of Pride Mountain Vineyards have been selected numerous times by the Wine Spectator for their annual “Top 100” list, and have been served at the White House 28 times over 23 years by the last four Presidents.

Donor: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Vineyard 7 & 8

 

LIVE LOT 14

Wine Dinner for 24”ish” prepared by Chef Jeff Carter at an agreed upon location including 54 bottles of stupendous 2014 Spottswoode wines from Napa and Sonoma Counties. Imagine 30 bottle vertical of Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley – six bottles each 2009 – 2013! Plus, six bottles each: 2013 and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa and Sonoma Counties; 2015 “Field Book” Albariño, Russian River Valley; and 2014 “Field Book” Syrah “Griffin’s Lair Vineyard,” Sonoma Coast.

The story of Spottswoode Winery is well-known to patrons of L’Amour du Vin. Who can forget the stunning wines served in 2013 at this event? The Novaks were enchanting Featured Vintners and wowed the patrons with world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and excellent Sauvignon Blanc. In honor of Beth Milliken Novak’s return as a Co-Featured Vintner this year, Randy and Melissa Burleson, this year’s Wine Auction Co-Chairs, have continued a tradition they have carried on at least since 2013. They are donating a fantastic Spottswoode wine lot – complete with dinner for you and about two dozen of your closest friends, family and associates.

In the December 2010 edition of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker wrote: “This historic estate, tucked behind the town of St. Helena in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, was established in 1882, and is run by one of the grand ladies of Napa, Mary Novak, along with her daughter, Beth. These have long been very good, classic wines, but over the last 10-15 years their quality has soared into the upper echelon of the Napa hierarchy.” Unfortunately, Mary Novak passed away last Fall. We appreciate Beth’s commitments and assistance with this year’s events and are honored by her being here tonight.

So just how stupendous is this magnificent wine? Fasten your seatbelts. The 5 year vertical of Cabernet is Parker-rated: 96+, 100, 94, 99, and 99+ respectively! Thirty Bottles Combined! The other bottles are rated in the low 90s. ‘Nuff said!

Your party will be held at a mutually agreeable date and destination. Randy has suggested that it could be held at the KMA’s Top Deck and that Curator Stephen Wicks could attend and provide a tour and commentary. To quote Randy: “Life is Art.” If you have a different venue in mind, that can work, too. Either way, you will dine on the creative cuisine of Jeff Carter, Chef de Cuisine for all of Randy’s restaurants. Many of you will remember L’Amour du Vin 2012 when Jeff was Featured Chef. What a great meal we had then!

So, in summary, 54 bottles of killer wine combined with a world-class dinner for about 26 people. Raise your paddles and let’s show both Beth Milliken Novak and the Burleson’s how deeply we appreciate everything they have done for this event!

Donor: Melissa and Randy Burleson

 

LIVE LOT 15

Seven bottles [750mL] Collector’s Items 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, all rated 94+ by Wine Spectator. One each: Altamura, Caymus Vineyards Special Selection, Chappellet Pritchard Hill, Dana Estates Lotus Vineyard, Dana Estates Helms Vineyard, Lewis Cellars “Cuvee L,” and Opus One Winery Proprietary Red.

Wine Spectator rated the 2007 Napa Valley vintage a nearly perfect 99 on its 100-point scale. According to James Laube the near-perfect growing conditions and a small crop, caused the grapes to reach ideal ripeness, and the wines show a lush texture and impeccable balance. This is a classic Napa Valley vintage that will be collector’s items for years to come.

Of the Altamura, Robert Parker says: “Probably the best Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever tasted from Altamura” – awarded it 95 points. Wine Spectator’s James Laube – 96 points. Caymus Vineyards Special Selection: RP 93, WS 96. Chappellet Pritchard Hill: RP 96, WS 96. Look out – 100 points from Robert Parker – Dana Estates Lotus Vineyard. WS awarded 96. Dana Estates Helms Vineyard: RP 97, WS 96. Lewis Cellars “Cuvee L:” WS 95. Opus One: RP 95, WS 94. Wowza!! Big Cab collectors don’t let this lot slip away!

Donor: David Stevens

 

LIVE LOT 16

Long Weekend Getaway at Blackberry Farm in a 3-bedroom home, featuring two very unique dining experiences.  Enjoy a 3-night getaway including all meals in a spacious home at America’s premier gastronomic resort, a scenic picnic lunch atop Blackberry Mountain Club and a 7-course private tasting menu dinner in Bramble Hall.      

Plan to arrive at Cove Cottage ready to unwind and enjoy a uniquely special Blackberry experience! Cove Cottage is a 3 bedroom cottage featuring a wonderful porch for outside relaxing, kitchen and great room for socializing, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and cozy seclusion. Cove Cottage is a few steps away from The Barn Restaurant and Bramble Hall, and easily accessible to The Wellhouse, home to Blackberry’s wellness & spa.  Guests will have full access to resort amenities.

Two unique dining experiences await you:

First, a catered picnic atop nearby Blackberry Mountain, Blackberry’s forthcoming future mountain resort. Located 15 minutes from the existing resort, you’ll eat, drink and relax in a private 5,200 acre setting, while taking in arguably the most dramatic, panoramic mountain views in the Eastern US. You’ll enjoy a specially prepared picnic lunch, Blackberry style. Wine pairings for the picnic shall be generously donated by D&V Distributing.

Second, a private room dinner in Blackberry’s newest venue, Bramble Hall. A seven-course tasting menu awaits you with wine pairings provided by Blackberry’s James Beard Award winning sommelier team. For the L’Amour du Vin enthusiasts, this experience alone is worthy of your extra attention!

For your other dinner experiences, choose between a two-time James Beard Award Winning Restaurant, The Barn at Blackberry Farm, or the more relaxed and newest concept, The Dogwood. Both restaurants provide extraordinary experiences with unparalleled southern service, yet each takes its own unique style in fare and atmosphere.  Or if secluded privacy is preferred for both nights’ dinners, your group may have a meal delivered to the comforts of your weekend home.

A la carte resort activities, incidentals and alcohol (aside from the Scenic Picnic & Bramble Hall Dinner) are not included. Dates require advanced booking, are subject to availability, and major holidays are not available. Stay must occur by 3/31/18.

Donor: Blackberry Farm, Brad & Dina Martin, D&V Distributing

 

LIVE LOT 17

Dinner party for 8 guests in the home of Jessica and Josh Miller with Chef Matt Gallaher, chef and owner of Knox Mason and Emilia restaurants, and specialty wines poured by Thad Cox, Jr. from Ashe’s Wines & Spirits.

Take a journey in taste! A unique food and wine experience awaits eight lucky guests. Jessica and Josh Miller welcome your group for a private dinner party in their home, nestled against a wooded hillside along scenic Rudder Lane. A four-course dinner will be prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher who worked in the kitchen of Blackberry Farm prior to a four-year world tour of fourteen countries on four continents. He has cooked for musicians and rock stars, and for two years as Executive Chef of the Tennessee Executive Residence, home to Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam. Matt shops local farmers markets and uses in-season local and regional ingredients for his farm-to-table dining experiences. The dinner will be complemented with carefully chosen rare and hard-to-find wines personally selected by Thad Cox who will present some of his favorites from California and around the world. Thad has traveled the globe seeking the finest wines, touring the vineyards of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Australia, as well as California, Oregon, and Washington. He is a well-know wine consultant with a weekly column in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Thad promises us that the higher the bids, the better the wines.  You know how great this evening is going to be, and you know you don’t want to miss out on it. Please keep in mind that gratuity for the server is not included in the winning bid. A mutually agreeable date between the donors and the winning bidder many be chosen.  Expires May 2, 2018.

Donor: Jessica and Josh Miller, Matt Gallaher/Knox Mason and Emilia, Thad Cox/Ashe’s Wines & Spirits

 

LIVE LOT 18

One methuselah [5L] bottle Amuse Bouche Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; featuring a one-of-a-kind etched and hand-painted rendering of the Knoxville Museum of Art; PLUS VIP tour & tasting for up to 4 guests at the estate atop Atlas Peak.

According to Robert Parker, this 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty. He rated the wine 93 points adding: “a dense, rich, inky purple-colored wine that offers earthy almost charcoal ember-like notes with plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit. It is youthful and in need of another several years of bottle age as this is a substantial, full-throttle, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon built for long-term cellaring and should easily last a quarter of a century.”

Winemaker Heidi Barrett, dubbed the “first lady of wine” by Parker, partnered with longtime friend John Schwartz to create Amuse Bouche in 2002. The limited edition, superb Pomerol style wine has combined limited edition art and wine from the beginning.

You may remember Schwartz who attended last year’s L’Amour du Vin and rallied spirited bidding for his lot. Cheers to another round of fierce bidding for a spectacular wine and one-of-a-kind work of art!

Donor: Amuse Bouche Winery

 

LIVE LOT 19

Darioush Wine Dinner for 20 prepared by Chef Danny Wilhoit, Executive Chef of Bistro By the Tracks. Wine pairings will feature the wonderful wines of Darioush Winery, Napa Valley.

Nowhere is the connection between wine and culture more evident than in the history of Persia. Discoveries dating to 5,000 B.C. in the Zagros Mountains of Northern Iran show that winemaking emerged as permanent communities replaced nomadic life and a new age of wine culture began.

Darioush Winery was founded in 1997 by Darioush Khaledi who came to the U.S. in the late 1970s from the Shiraz region of Iran where his father had made wine as a hobby. A winery called Altamura had previously been on the same estate. The winery is one of those wonderfully different and attractive wineries worth visiting even if you don’t drink wine. The buildings and grounds are modeled after Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia 2,500 years ago, but with many interesting modern twists. You have probably never seen anything like it.

Of course, Darioush also makes some really excellent wines. Darioush produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, a Cabernet – Shiraz blend and a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc – Semillon blend – all of it is really good. The flagship wine, Darius II, is always a stunner that achieves mid-90 ratings from Robert Parker. The Darioush estate spans 120 acres across the Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll AVAs  – some of the top Cabernet-growing territory in Napa.

You already know about the dazzling cuisine of Chef Danny Wilhoit at Bistro By the Tracks. Pairing these amazing wines with that wonderful food will produce a party to remember! Whether you want to celebrate a special occasion or just have a great time with a large group of friends, this is an exquisite lot that will get that job done perfectly. A mutually agreeable date must be determined between donor and winning bidder.

Donor: Darioush Winery, Bistro by the Tracks

 

LIVE LOT 20

One magnum [1.5L] Levy & McClellan 2012 Estate Grown Red Blend, Napa Valley.

Planted in 1999, Levy & McClellan is a project by Bob Levy, who has been at Harlan Estate since its beginning, and by his wife Martha McClellan, who is winemaker for several top-notch wineries including Checkerboard, Sloan, and one of this year’s LDV Featured Wineries Vineyard 7 & 8. Levy & McClellan is Bob and Martha’s own label produced from grapes grown at their family vineyard on the hillsides of the Mayacama Mountain range.

This 2012 offering is a blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. Antonio Galloni, Vinous, awarded 94 points.

Donor: Levy & McClellan

 

LIVE LOT 21

Three-night stay at Tres Perlas Estate for 2-4 guests (one bedroom + one loft accommodations); includes private vineyard lesson with Don Salvador Renteria, rare tequila tasting with Oscar Renteria, lunch for up to 6, and library wine tasting. PLUS, four bottles of Tres Perlas Estate wines; one magnum [1.5L] 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon; and three bottles [750mL], one each: 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Pinot Noir.

Tres Perlas Wines, formerly known as the Renteria Wines, is owned by the Renteria Family, Salvador and his wife Maria Luisa and Oscar and his wife Denise. The family owns the most respected vineyard management companies in California; past and current clients include: Screaming Eagle, Trefethen, Duckhorn, Beaulieu Vineyard, Clos Pegase, Rombauer, and Keenan to name a few.

In 1997, the Renterias inaugurated Renteria Wines. In addition to their own vineyards in Napa, their connections allow access to choice blocks among those 1,800 acres they know so well. This has led to award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

This lot includes a stay at the new Tres Perlas Estate, located on the southeaster slope of Brown Valley where Mt. Veeder meets Carneros. The view from the deck is breathtaking – vineyards and hills as far as the eye can see. Watching a sunset with a glass of wine in hand will never be the same again! The newly renovated ranch includes private one bedroom and bath, and intimate loft space. Perfect for one couple or a family of four. Full indoor and outdoor kitchens and spacious deck.

Your time at the estate will include a full circle of experiences that showcase all of the Renteria family’s talents. First, a tour and private lesson with Salvador Renteria – you’ll leave with your own pair of customized pruning shears; then, a rare tequila tasting with Oscar Renteria; finally, lunch and wine tasting hosted by brand experience manager Harry Oranges (who is with us at L’Amour du Vin tonight!).

To top off this fantastic lot four bottles from Tres Perlas Estate, named for Oscar and Denise’s three daughters. While not yet rated, Robert Parker has consistently given 90+ points to Renteria’s 2014 and 2015 brand wines and these will surely also be stunners.

Thank you to the Renteria family for this amazing lot!  Don’t miss this opportunity for a truly unique Napa experience with one of Napa’s most famous families.

Donor: The Renteria Family

 

LIVE LOT 22

Dinner party for 10 guests hosted by John Trotter in his historic Kingston Pike home with dinner provided by Holly Hambright with Sous Chef David Butler in the kitchen,  and paired with the wines of Silver Oak Cellar and Twomey Cellars.

The perfect recipe for a great dinner party!  John Trotter welcomes ten guests into his home for a four-course epicurean experience with chef extraordinaire Holly Hambright and assisted by Sous Chef, Executive Director David Butler. The Trotter home is on the National Historic Registry and a great representation of Greek revival by architect John Russell Pope, and was the site of the former Dulin Art Gallery, the precursor to the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Holly’s southern heritage and classic culinary technique will deliver a style of uniquely delicious and bold cuisine. Each of the four courses will be paired with the exceptional wines from Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars. With great food, great wine, and great friends, all you are missing is your winning bid and a mutually agreeable date with John Trotter and Holly Hambright.

Please keep in mind that gratuity for the server is not included in the winning bid. Not available on the following dates: July 10-12, September 11-17, October 21-26, and November 24-December 31. Expires May 2, 2018.

Donor: John Trotter, Holly Hambright, Managing Partner of Holly’s Gourmet Market, Silver Oak Cellars, Twomey Cellars

 

LIVE LOT 23

Six magnums [1.5L] Ramey Wine Cellars 2013 Vintage, one each: Platt Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast; Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley; Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, Napa-Carneros; Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Cabernet Sauvignon “annum” Napa Valley; and Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedregal Vineyard, Oakville.

Founded in 1996 by David Ramey and his wife Carla, Ramey Wine Cellars calls their wines “pure California- rich in character, beautifully balanced,” and “always of exceptional quality.” Ramey Wine uses a process that mixes old world methods with new world science. David Ramey has an exceptional knowledge of wine and an increasingly impressive stack up of experience. He served as the Chair of Family Winemakers of California, is on the executive board of Communicating for Agriculture, and is on the Board of the Sonoma County Vintners and their government relations subcommittee and has also helped establish a number of wineries in California.

Now let’s talk about this incredible collection of magnums! All 2013 Ramey wines, this lot includes exceptional Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons. The Platt Vineyard Chardonnay is said to be a wine you want to sip and think about, and received 96 points by Robert Parker. The Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, vibrant and pure of flavor, received 94 points on Wine Spectator. The Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay, both rich and powerful, received 93 points on Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Craving red now? We’ve got you covered. Ramey’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, creamy and layered, received 90 points from Robert Parker. The Cabernet Sauvignon Annum received 93 points from Robert parker and is dense and exuberant. And finally, the Pedegral vineyard Cabernet received a 95 by Robert Parker and is extravagantly rich.

Donor: Ramey Wine Cellars

 

LIVE LOT 24

Dinner for twelve guests with James Beard Award winner Chef Joseph Lenn at J.C. Holdway featuring the wines of French importer Fredrick Corriher.  

Those who have attended L’Amour du Vin through the years, certainly know the highly-acclaimed Chef Joseph Lenn, during his tenure at Blackberry Farm, and being in the kitchen for numerous KMA wine auction dinners! Joseph, a native of Knoxville, has always had a deep love for East Tennessee and pays tribute and celebrates the exceptional producers of the South, being local farmers and friends.

Joseph recalls that his first cooking lessons were from his mother in their kitchen.  His interest in cooking heightened after high school while working at Butler & Bailey Market. Quality ingredients from the Knoxville market led to cooking for friends and family after work, and it was the enjoyment of these gatherings that led him to the decision to attend culinary school.

Joseph left East Tennessee in 1999 to attend Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, SC. His professional cooking career began when he accepted an internship under Chef John Fleer at Blackberry Farm. During his second year at JWU, Joseph worked with Chef Robert Carter at Charleston’s Peninsula Grill. While there, he cooked alongside Sean Brock (now owner of McCrady’s and Husk), who invited him to be on the opening team at The Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grill in Nashville, Tenn., which he happily accepted.

After two years, Joseph longed to return to East Tennessee, and he was able to work with Chef John Fleer again at Blackberry Farm. Soon he was promoted to Sous Chef, and after 5 years in a variety of positions, Joseph Lenn became Executive Chef of the Barn Restaurant there. During his tenure he was named a Grand Chef by Relais and Chateaux, and he received the James Beard award for Best Chef Southeast in 2013, the first chef in Tennessee to win this prestigious award. After a decade at Blackberry Farm, Joseph decided in April 2015 to undertake the challenge of opening his own restaurant.

He chose the Daylight building in downtown Knoxville, TN, on the corner of Union Ave. and Walnut Ave., one block from Market Square. Joseph has had his eye on this space, a former photography studio, since cooking on the sidewalk at the location for a dinner honoring close friend Allan Benton in 2011. In 2016 he opened J.C. Holdway Restaurant (named after a special uncle), which celebrates foods from the Southeast, cooked by wood-fire.

Indulge in an unforgettable meal prepared by Joseph accompanied by distinctive French wines, at one of the hottest new additions to Knoxville’s burgeoning food scene.  Chef Joseph Lenn fulfilled a lifetime ambition with last fall’s opening of J. C. Holdway, and it’s already been singled out by Garden and Gun as one of the five best new restaurants in the South.

This amazing lot also includes an unforgettable selection from the cellar of Charleston wine importer Frederick Corriher, who has generously offered to be on hand to share his profound and specialized knowledge of his authentic, grower-made French wines. Hard to imagine a more divine food and wine combination than Chef Lenn’s locally-sourced cuisine prepared in wood-fired ovens and Mr. Corriher’s rare and distinctive imports. A mutually-agreeable date to be decided with Chef Lenn and Mr. Corriher.  Salut!

Donor: Importer Fredrick Corriher, Chef Joseph Lenn

 

 

LIVE LOT 25

Two-night stay for two at Long Meadow Ranch’s Mayacamas Estate Chef’s Cabin, includes: Dinner at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Chef’s Table experience, and Estate Tasting; PLUS one magnum [1.5L] 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and an assortment of LMR Olive Oils.

L’Amour du Vin 2015 featured the perfect pairing of food and wine – Chef Stephen Barber of Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, joined by Long Meadow Ranch Winery vintner Chris Hall. And, they knocked it out of the park!

 

This year the Hall family has given a lucky bidder the chance to experience the restaurant and winery located in St. Helena. Stay as their guests in the Estate Cabin, located at LMR’s Mayacamas Estate in Bear Canyon. Set high above the Napa Valley, the rustic setting is surrounded by sweeping views and hillside vineyards. While there, you’ll enjoy the chef’s table experience at Farmstead at LMR featuring seasonally inspired dishes by Chef Stephen Barber, each expertly paired with proprietary wines.

 

To complete your stay a tasting of limited production LMR wines. The wine included in this package, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, has complex varietal characters ranges from green peppercorn to fir balsam to sweet fennel seed; beautiful oak notes of cedar, vanilla bean and unsweetened chocolate. Not to be forgotten LMR organic olive oils! Included with this lot: Prato Lungo EVOO, Napa Valley Select EVOO, and Limonato OO. Delightful! Thank you to LMR for this wonderful lot!

Donor: Long Meadow Ranch Winery

 

 

LIVE LOT 26

Owen Roe Wine Dinner for 16 prepared by Chef Jeff Carter at The Crown & Goose. Wine pairings will feature the fascinating wines of Owen Roe Winery – Oregon and Washington.

David O’Reilly is one of the few Irish-born winemakers in the United States. His family fled Belfast at the height of that city’s friction between Catholic and Protestant factions in the late 1990s. The family originally settled in British Columbia before David headed south to California where he majored in philosophy. During O’Reilly’s travels, he visited Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and he landed a job at Elk Cove Vineyards, where he befriended one of the seasonal assistant winemakers, Peter Rosback, who was also Irish. Together they left Elk Cove and Rosback founded Sineann (named after Ireland’s Shannon River) and O’Reilly started Owen Roe (named after the famous Irish patriot who held off Cromwell’s army before being poisoned with some evil breakfast cereal). Rosback eventually left to devote his full time to Sineann. Along with partner Gerald Owen who manages the vineyards, O’Reilly crafts powerful Pinot Noirs as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, and several red varieties that include Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Malbec, and a few well-known blends – like The Sinister Hand. Some of the vineyard sources are in northern Oregon and Washington. In 2014, Owen Roe moved production of its Washington wines to the Yakima Valley while keeping the Oregon production in that state. One thing that can be said is that Owen Roe is very creative in its winemaking and marketing. Wines like The Sinister Hand are always sold out and in demand, vintage after vintage.

 

It makes perfect sense that the dinner would be at The Crown & Goose, Knoxville’s first authentic London Gastropub. Pairing wines from a true-born Irishman in The Crown & Goose’s atmosphere just seems perfect. The dinner will be prepared by Chef Jeff Carter, Chef de Cuisine for all of the Burleson’s restaurants. Jeff has earned a stellar reputation over the years wherever he has plied his trade. Great cuisine, great wine, a great atmosphere, and a gathering of your cadres. A mutually date must be agreed upon between the donor and winning bidder. What more could you ask for?

 

A normal friend will give you sufficient time to recover from illness to go drinking again. An Irish friend will encourage you to drink while on antibiotics because they’ve heard it gets you jarred in half the time!

Donor: Owen Roe Winery, The Crown & Goose

 

 

LIVE LOT 27

Two-night stay for three couples in the Guest House at Celani Family Vineyards in Napa, plus tours and tastings at Azur Wines, Celani Family Vineyards, and Vineyard 29.

Located at the foothills of Napa’s Vaca Mountain Range, the Celani Family’s private estate is the perfect setting for your stay. Celani’s wines are consistently rated in the 90s by Robert Parker; Mark Herold has been the winemaker since the first vintage.

Wendy Day is amazing and will be your host during your stay at Celani Family Vineyards. Past L’Amour du Vin guests have loved Wendy and this amazing property. Your accommodations are right on the vineyard! While visiting Azur Wines, Jenny Clough will present you with a 3L bottle of Azur 2016 Sauvignon Blanc.

At Vineyard 29, you will enjoy a tour of this beautiful winery and tasting with Austin Gallion of highly-rated Vineyard 29 wines.

Disclaimer: winning bidder cannot transfer the donation. Mutually agreeable dates; September and October unavailable due to Harvest season. Expires March 1, 2018.

Donor: Tom and Vicki Celani, Celani Family Vineyards; Azur Wines, Vineyard 29

 

 

LIVE LOT 28

Overnight Stay in the Claiborne House at The Inn at Little Washington plus dinner for two.

The Inn at Little Washington opened in a former garage in 1978 and has evolved from a simple country inn to an international culinary shrine. The Relais & Chateaux property is located in one of America’s few remaining unspoiled, historic small towns.

The Inn at Little Washington’s Chef and Proprietor Patrick O’Connell was the Featured Chef at the 2014 L’Amour du Vin. The food was spectacular! O’Connell pioneered a refined, regional American cuisine in the Virginia countryside, which has been described by critics as “so good it makes you cry.” Both O’Connell and The Inn at Little Washington have enjoyed enormous national and international recognition. The Inn has received AAA’s top rating every year since 1989. Its dining room has also earned Five Diamond designation and is AAA’s longest-tenured Five Diamond restaurant. The Inn has been ranked as the No. 1 restaurant in Virginia by Washingtonian Magazine several years running. O’Connell and The Inn have won five awards from the James Beard Foundation including Restaurant of the Year in 1993, Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the prestigious Outstanding American Chef Award for 2001.

 

This package includes an overnight stay for two in the Claiborne House at The Inn, a 3,600 square foot cottage just a stone’s throw from The Inn’s main building. The residence features two bedrooms, two and a half baths, a living room, dining room, media room and library. A two-story veranda overlooking a private garden in the rear offers additional space for outdoor entertaining. Complete your stay with dinner at The Inn prepared by O’Connell and his team. Zagat survey says, “#1 for food, décor and service. The ultimate.” Now, how can you resist that?

Donor: The Inn at Little Washington

 

 

LIVE LOT 29

Fairchild Tasting and Private Tailgate Lunch in the Vineyards with Proprietor Lawrence Fairchild for 6 guests PLUS 3-bottle [750mL] custom bamboo wood box set of 2014 Fairchild G-III Cabernet Sauvignon, signed by proprietor Lawrence Fairchild.

Fairchild’s Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard is a distinctive valley floor located in the Rutherford appellation. Once the source of some of Napa Valley’s great, early Cabernet Sauvignon wines, the vineyard continues to produce world-class wines to this day including this brilliant 2014 Cab. The wine is100% Cabernet Sauvignon and offers beautiful complexity, fabulous intensity, and distinctive character. It is sure to be a wine that will age gracefully in cellar. Robert Parker gave it 94 points.

Proprietor Larry Fairchild and his highly-allocated wines have many avid fans among our LDV patrons. If you want to know more about how fantastic his wines are look no further than our friends Glenn and Dottie Irwin!

Also included in this lot is a private tasting and tailgate lunch in the vineyard hosted by Larry, which he describes as up close and personal; for 6 guests. Let the bidding begin!

Donor: Fairchild Napa Valley

 

 

LIVE LOT 30

Two tickets to the High Museum Atlanta’s 2017 Wine Auction Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction; plus two tickets to the Friday Féte Party.

The High Museum Atlanta wine auction celebrates its 25-year love affair with great wine, art, and food. This year’s theme is The Big One!

 

FRIDAY FÊTE, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

This is a big deal as tickets to this event are not for individual sale, but only  included in Benefactor packages and to the winning bidder at  L’Amour du Vin.   A team of award-winning chefs will spend all day saucing, seasoning, mixing, mincing, spicing and dicing to prepare an amazing dinner for the assembled glitterati. Renowned winemakers will be seated at every table, pouring their pride and joy. After the dessert course, don’t desert the party because Bogey and the Viceroy will start pumpin’ out tunes you can really move to until it’s time to shut it down and get ready for the next day’s main event.

Dress code is Cocktail Casual.

VINTNERS’ RECEPTION AND LIVE AUCTION, SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

Again, an exceptional opportunity as tickets often sell out with Benefactor Packages, but available to L’Amour du Vin’s high bidder.

The past 25 years have been leading up to this. This is THE BIG ONE!

It starts with more than 85 exceptional vintners filling your souvenir glass at the ultimate wine tasting — tables and tables of winemakers pouring samples of the best wines they make. Meanwhile, dozens of the best chefs and restaurants in Atlanta will keep your plate filled with an endless array of savory samples of their best foods. Seconds anyone? How ‘bout fifths?

Then at 1 PM sharp — the gavel drops on the silver anniversary year of a colossus of a celebration — the 25th Annual High Museum Wine Auction. Bigger and better lots than ever before — exciting and exotic trips, fabulous one-of-a-kind dining experiences and, of course, amazing and often unique wines, some in rare large format bottles. You’ll be able to bid on items you’ll never see anywhere else. There are so many awesome items; even the Silent Auction will have bidders screaming to the tent tops.

Donor: High Museum of Art

 

 

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

The Knoxville Museum of Art serves over 16,000 students in the surrounding counties through on and off-site workshops, art-integrated partnerships, and outreach programs.

Last year 2,331 children representing 48 schools and community organizations from 17 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 26th year last summer. Over 400 students attend and 100 scholarships are awarded to economically disadvantaged youth to ensure accessibility to all.

 

 

 

In order to comply with the regulations of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, we cannot allow auction lots of wine purchased at the silent or live auction to be removed from the Museum. All wine must be picked up from a licensed retailer. We apologize for this inconvenience.