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2018 Silent Auction

An amazing line up of stays, wine dinners, and stellar wines hand-selected by vintners, sommeliers, and fine private collectors.





Riedel Syrah Decanter

This decanter per Wine Enthusiast “is a great wine decanter to use everyday. It’s perfect for Syrah or any other red wine. Crafted in Germany of lead-free crystal, the Syrah decanter holds 49-ounces, and stands 9-5/8″ tall. Add to your wine decanter collection or give as a gift any season.”

Donor: Friend of the KMA



Riedel Cabernet Magnum Decanter

This decanter per Wine Enthusiast “combines the quality, design and world-class appeal of Riedel at an affordable price. Made of 24% lead crystal, this exquisite decanter has an elegant base that ensures maximum aeration of your wines and an open spout for drip-free pouring.”

Donor: Friend of the KMA



Cato Corner Farm Ploughman’s Platter Gift Basket 

Cato Corner Farm is a small family farm in Colchester, Connecticut, where the mother-son team of Elizabeth and Mark Cato raises 40 free-range Jersey cows without the use of hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics. From the cows’ raw milk, they make a dozen styles of aged farmhouse cheese, ranging from mild and milky to runny and pungent to sharp and firm, that find their way to the tables of some of the finest New York restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern, Savoy, Telepan, and Picholine. This basket contains four pieces of Cato’s most popular cheese, including a mild, medium and strong flavor for the full “Cato Corner” experience. Two pounds of cheese total.

Donor: Cato Corner Farm



One bottle [750mL] Ceretto Bricco Rocche 1982 Barolo Brunate

Ceretto Monsordo Bernardina is owned and operated by the Ceretto family, an enterprising family with roots in the Italian wine industry since the late 19th century. The company is run by the brothers Bruno and Marcello Ceretto, and their children. The Ceretto estate is in Alba, in the Piedmont appellation in Northeastern Italy. The family also owns and operates the estates including the Bricco Rocche in this lot. It is sourced from the Castiglione Falletto vineyard, which is the smallest geographic area within the Barolo specification. It is the most prestigious part of what was once called La Serra and is nestled between the Villero and the Rocche (rock face) of Castiglione, which property is used exclusively by the Ceretto family.

Barolo, of course, is one of Italy’s greatest wine appellations. Although this wine is not rated other vintages scored mid 90s. A great find!

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse



One Jeroboam [3L] Ferrari-Carano 2015 Chardonnay, Sonoma County

Since its founding in 1985, Ferrari-Carano Winery has been a world leader in producing incomparable wines and vintages. With over 19 estate vineyards spanning over 1,400 acres, it is easy to understand how it has earned its first class reputation. This particular 2015 vintage Chardonnay is a crisp, fresh full-bodied wine that is created from over 60 Chardonnay vineyards, blended into one incredible wine. Full of rich, complex flavors of quince, orange blossoms, lychee, white peaches, and graham cracker, this wine is expertly balanced with a citrus infusion. Your palette will note the toasty vanilla finish, and confirm that Ferrari-Carano once again delivers world-class wine.

Donor: Ferrari-Carano



Stylish brass wine bottle stopper by designer Aerin Lauder

Add a sophisticated look to your barware with the “Leon by Aerin” brass plated bottle stopper.  It has a sculptural appearance and is fashioned in the style of a column with twisted geometry and a contemporary touch.  Aerin’s passion for art, travel, fashion, and design, serve as the focal point of inspiration for her global luxury brand.

Donor: G&G Interiors



One magnum [1.5L] Turley 2013 Zinfandel, Fredericks Vineyard, Sonoma County

With a heavy emphasis on wines produced from old vines, Turley has established itself as a fantastic producer of Petite Syrahs and Zinfandels. Since its beginning in 1993, Turley has expanded to a production of 47 wines from over 50 vineyards. Proprietor and Tennessee native Larry Turley’s dedication to Zinfandel helped lead the resurrection of old vine Zinfandel in California.

Turley is best known for their delectable Zinfandels, which always feature big, mouthwatering fruit and long, satisfying finishes. This 2013, sourced from Fredericks Vineyard, is no exception.  These vines were originally planted in 1937, and the fruit they produce now in their old age is especially potent.  Rated 94 by Robert Parker: will awaken your palate with positively explosive black fruit finely paired with bright acidity and firm tannins. Don’t miss out on this fabulous Zin excellent to drink now or age for the next 5-10 years.

Donor: Turley Wine Cellars



One magnum [1.5L] Mending Wall 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Mending Wall draws its name from a Robert Frost poem about two neighbors who work together each spring rebuilding the wall that separates them. Although one builder questions the wall, the other answers, “good fences make good neighbors.”

A collaboration between three owners, Kathy and Frank Dotzler of Outpost, Mark Pulido and Donna Walker of Pulido-Walker, and winemaker Thomas Brown, Mending Wall is all about bringing together the grapes of the many small family-owned vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. The winemakers at Mending Wall consider the 2015 to be their best production yet in their relatively short history. This 2015 vintage is delicately balanced and impeccably perfumed, with brilliant, full notes, and should drink well for the next 8-10 years. Crafted with delicates tasting notes of spiced plum, blueberries, and cocoa powder, this hefty Cab is full of bright red fruit that rolls into finely structured tannins. An excellent representation of what Mending Wall has to offer!

Donor: Mending Wall



One bottle [750mL] Dominus Estate 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Christian Moueix is one of the most respected wine producers in the world. Although he would later return to France to manage his family’s vineyards, which include Chateaux Petrus, La Fleur-Petrus,Trotanoy, and Magdelaine, Christian ultimately fell in love with the Napa Valley while attending UC Davis. We are lucky he did – Christian’s wines have, for years, been beloved and highly demanded wine out of California.

This 1998 blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot is yet another success from Dominus. Rated 95 by Wine & Spirits and 91 by Wine Spectator, this dense red is ripe with licorice, black currant, and spice on the nose. A colorful medley of blueberry, black currant, and violet on the palate, this blend ends on a lasting high note of refined oak and firm tannin. Be sure to add this bottle to your collection today!

Donor: Mary Beth Browder



One magnum [1.5L] Rochioli 2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

This bottle of 2015 Pinot Noir out of the Rochioli Russian River Valley is an Estate blend that offers elegant balance after being aged in French oak for 15 months. Wine Spectator describes this bottle as having, “creamy, spicy, vanilla-tinged oak that adds an attractive aromatic element and textural suppleness to the core of zesty wild blackberry and spicy scents,” that work together to earn it a rating of 93.

The Rochioli family came to America from Italy years ago and began working in ranches of Northern California. After acquiring some land of their own, this family began experimenting with various grapes and wines in order to find the perfect pairing of land and fruit. This experimentation led them to find great success in making world-class Pinot Noir like the bottle included in this lot!

Donor: Friend of the KMA



One magnum [1.5L] Cliff Lede 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District

When Cliff Lede replanted his sixty-acre estate in 2002, he named each new vineyard block after one of his favorite rock songs. Since then, Cliff Lede Vineyards’ commitment to sustainability and excellence in winemaking has rocked the wine world much like the songs for which its vineyards are named. Robert Parker rated this 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon 93, describing it as “just a stunner that is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec and Merlot. Dense purple in color, it has a beautiful nose of spring flowers, blackcurrants, subtle background oak and licorice and a long, opulent mouthfeel. This is a beauty that can be drunk now or cellared for another 15 more years. It is a heck of a wine and irresistible.”  What else needs to be said?

Donor: Cliff Lede Vineyards



Three bottles [750mL] Turley Central Coast Zinfandel: 2013 Presenti; 2015 Duarte;  2013 Ueberroth

Now an established vintner in Paso Robles, Larry Turley was born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia. Later he moved to California where he soon became an emergency room physician by day and a vintner/farmer by night. It is said that Larry never met an old vine he did not like. He now makes 28 wines from 35 separate vineyards with vines that date back to the late 1800’s. His best wines are probably his Zinfandels and his Petit Syrahs.

This lot includes three outstanding Zins. From the 2013 vintage come the Presenti Vineyard and the Uberruth Vineyard Zainfandels. The former is sourced from vines planted in 1885 and the latter in 1920. And old and a new Zin you could say. Parker rated the Uberruth a 95 and Antonio Galloni gave it 94. It should be ready to drink in a year or two and will last another two decades. The Presenti was awarded a 94 by Parker, 93 by Galloni and a 93 by Wine Spectator. Ready now, this will last another ten years. And form the 2014 vintage, the Contra Costa county Duarte contains some of the softest and silkiest tannins you will find in a Zinfandel. All the pundits awarded scores higher than 90 and agree that this has at least another 10 years.

These wines were purchased from the winery on a visit to Paso Robles and are probably not readily available in this market place. So if you are a Zin fan, this is your lot!

Donor: David and Lisa Reath



Three bottles [750mL] Cakebread Cellars Anderson Valley Pinot Noir; one bottle each: 2014 Annahala, 2015 Apple Barn, 2015 Two Creeks

Sourced from California’s Anderson Valley, this trio of Pinot Noir is sure to delight your taste buds. Cakebread Cellars was founded in 1973 with the aim of celebrating family, good food and good wine with us all. Today, they are known for their world-class vineyards, wines, and hospitality. This trio begins with flavors of plum and cedar as the 2014 Annahala delivers a full-bodied and savory experience earning it a rating of 89. A sip of 2015 Apple Barn, with a rating of 88, brings you an earthy flavor beginning with a hint of cherry and ending with some spice. A final bottle of 2015 Two Creeks is described as both bold and elegant with hints of clove and raspberry providing vibrant flavor receiving an 89. The best part? You get to try all three with the purchase of this flavorful and robust selection from Cakebread Cellars.

Donor: Cakebread Cellars



Four bottles Château Miraval 2017 Rosé, Côtes de Provence, two each: 750mL and magnum [1.5L]

Château Miraval is perhaps best known as the estate where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie partnered with the renowned Perrin family to produce wine. The Perrin family, known as a top producer of wine in southern France, has put its expertise to use in crafting wine at the Château Miraval estate.

Their 2015 Rosé, a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle, was rated 91 by Wine Enthusiast. Its crisp, refreshing balance of grapefruit and mineral, with slight tones of tannin, is an excellent way to beat the heat during the hot summer months, and with these four bottles you will be well-prepared for another Tennessee summer!

Donor: Vineyard Brands



One magnum [1.5L] Far Niente 2012 Chardonnay, Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Far Niente Chardonnay comes from the rolling countryside of Napa Valley and is protected by hills to the east. This allows for the subtle, tropical flavors, complex aromas, and uncommon richness that are associated with Far Niente Chardonnay. Wine Spectator reports that this bottle, “carries expressive floral, ripe apricot, mandarin orange and briny mineral notes on light-bodied, silk-textured palate.” Take it home, and taste it for yourself!

Donor: Far Niente



One magnum [1.5L] Trefethen Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Trefethen Family Vineyards carefully cultivates their Cabernet Sauvignon vines in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. During the past three decades, their wines have amassed a cornucopia of major awards and accolades, beginning in 1979, when their 1976 Chardonnay – just the fourth vintage! – was chosen “Best Chardonnay” in the world at the Gault-Millau World Wine Olympics in Paris. Many more such honors have followed, including the1997 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon being named “Best Red Wine in America” at the Atlanta International Wine Challenge and the 2005 HaLo Cabernet Sauvignon being selected as one of the “Top Ten Wines” of 2009 by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wines.

This lot includes the 2012 vintage, which enjoyed warm days, and cool nights creating this characteristically vibrant wine. The nose is greeted by aromas of currants, and blackberries, while the palate is delighted with rich, silky tannins. Balanced and well-rounded, with a rating of  90 by James Suckling, this 2012 vintage is a must have for any Cabernet enthusiast.

Donor: Trefethen Family Vineyards



Three bottles [750mL] of 1983 vintage port: Graham’s, Fonseca’s, and Dow’s

If you are a fan of ports, well, your ship has come in. These three bottles are all from the vintage year of 1983, and have been waiting patiently for you in a temperature controlled cellar. Each is ready to drink now. Each has been rated in the 90’s by multiple reviewers.  So enjoy!

Donor: David and Lisa Reath



Two magnums [1.5L] Robert Foley Napa Valley wine: 2015 Red Wine, Griffin; 2013 Merlot

The biblical beast of Revelation rules the first of this lot. A red wine blend, the Griffin is a combination of classic claret types (Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot) and Rhone-rooted varieties (Syrah, Petite Sirah, Charbono). It was bottled in the spring of 2017 making it a youthful wine with aging potential. The exact blend of the 2015 Griffin is 28% Merlot, 19% Petite Sirah, 14% Charbono, 12% Malbec, 11% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. The second wine, a 2013 Merlot, resembles a Cabernet in many ways. Dark and ripe, candied fruit, black cherry and currants carry this wine with a taste of coffee. The spiciness comes from the Robert Foley Vineyard’s own Howell Mountain Fruit. The 2013 Merlot has an early maturity and a dry sweetness and is primarily a table wine. It scored 85 and 89 by critics.

Donor: Robert Foley Vineyards



One magnum [1.5L] Siduri 2015 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley; PLUS two bottles [750mL] Siduri 2014 Pinot Noir, Parsons’ Vineyard

From Sonoma County wine country, Siduri brings you a unique exploration of Pinot Noir. Named for the Babylonian goddess of wine, Siduri’s Pinot Noirs, sourced throughout the West Coast, are truly divine. Since their first release in 1994, Adam Lee and his wife Dianna have specialized extensively in producing Pinot Noir. With vineyards ranging from the Willamette Valley to the Sonoma Coast, their expertise and experience in crafting diverse and excellent Pinots is unparalleled.

The 2015, rated 91 by Wilfred Wong of, was an excellent vintage for Siduri. Both enjoyable now and worthy of cellaring for the next couple years, this 100% Pinot Noir is not shy about its fruit with a bushel full of blueberry and strawberry. Paired with bright acidity, slight earthiness, and fragrant violets on the finish, this Pinot is a true testament to the work of Adam and Dianna.

Continue your exploration of West Coast Pinot Noir with two bottles of the 2014 sourced from Parsons’ Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Hailing from a decidedly warmer climate, this California Pinot is lusciously fruity, exploding with wild berries and cherry on the palate. Rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast and 91 by Wine Spectator, this rich wine demands your attention. If you are a lover of American Pinot Noir, then these are the wines for you!

Donor: Jackson Family Wines – Atlas Fine Wine Portfolio



One double-magnum [3L] Ferrari-Carano 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Founded in 1981 by Don Carano and his wife Rhonda, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery has grown from a 30-acre estate to now include over 19 vineyards throughout the Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties. Since its inception, Ferrari-Carano has produced a wide range of wines, though its Cabs are a consistent standout. The 2014, sourced from Alexander Valley, was rated 87 by Wine Advocate.  This blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah weaves spice and cedar with decadent blackberry and plenty of acidity to keep your mouth watering.  Drink now or cellar for the next 5 years.

Donor: Friend of the KMA



Two bottles [750mL] Bordeaux from Acclaimed 2010  Vintage: Château Saint-Pierre, Saint-Julian; and Château Rouget, Pomerol

These two Bordeaux vintage bottles complement each other beautifully. The Chateau Saint-Pierre is a classic, layered mix of cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that features aromas of blackberries, plum and cedar. When tasting, it has a full-bodied blend of espresso, truffles, blackberry and licorice, which also give it a deep, rich purple hue. It hails from one of the smallest estates in St. Julien, Gloria, where only a few thousand cases were produced. Experts recommend letting it rest laying down for ten or more years to give the flavors the most impact.

In contrast, the Chateau Rouget is expansive with ripe notes of black cherry, florals, vanilla to make it scrumptious and light. Silky tannins and firm structure keep the finish sweet but with a touch of spice. This Pomero is both sexy and delicious, with a color of a bright red mixed with a dark purple to fit the yin and yang of its flavors. As with the Saint-Pierre, this wine will only get better with age.

Donor: Kimbro Maguire and Penny Lynch



One magnum [1.5L] Alban Estate Vineyard 2013 Syrah, Reva, Edna Valley

This 2013 Syrah features a ripe, full-bodied blend of sweet and earthy flavors, and boasts a fruity depth sure to please the senses. Notes of blueberry, fruitcake, licorice and other sweets; balanced by the smooth tannins and smoky flavors underneath. No area produces reds quite like Edna Valley in California, and Alban Vineyards has a long history of perfecting Rhone varieties as the first American winery to do so. They created a delectable way to frame the bold and beautiful essence within the Reva (named for owner John Alban’s mother), and critics across the board agree, with Robert Parker and Wine Spectator giving it a 96 and 94, respectively. This deep purple wine has a bold, full flavor that only builds momentum as you taste, but never to the point of excess.

Donor: Alban Vineyards



One magnum [1.5L] Bell 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley; plus Grape to Glass Tour & Tasting for Two

Situated in the center of Napa Valley, Bell Cellars offers limited-production, hand-crafted wines that showcase the concept of “terrior,” meaning a complete natural environment. This rich and rosy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon was described by Wine Enthusiast as having, “a perfumed nose of rose and toasted oak, this wine is thick in red fruit, dense oak, and a welcome undercurrent of bright acidity that helps keep it fresh in the glass.” As if the wine wasn’t enough, this lot also provides you with a Grape-to-Glass tour and tasting for two guests at the beautiful Bell Cellars.

In 1998, Bell opened its doors to the public to share the beauty of both the land and the creation of their products. The Grape to Glass Tour provides you with a stroll through this California vineyard exploring the land, the climate, and the fruit. After a tank and barrel discussion and barrel tasting, the tour concludes with seasonal selection of five wines paired with artisanal cheeses. Enjoy these while sitting on a patio that looks out across the vineyard and to the Mayacamas range across the valley. Take in shades of blue while the sun arcs overhead. This lot brings you the opportunity to truly appreciate the wine making process of Bell Cellars in an unparalleled and unique environment.

Donor: Bell Wine Cellars



Three bottles [750mL] Winemaker Mike Smith Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley: Myriad Cellars 2011; Quivet Cellars 2012 Pellet Vineyard; Scarlett 2010

Fans of California Cab will recognize Mike Smith’s work from his time at Quivet, Carter, Becklyn, 12C, and Scarlett, as well as his own Myriad Cellars.  Originally from Portland, Mike began his career in winemaking in 1999 by working various wineries’ crushes for free. Now an established winemaker in California, Mike Smith works with Quivet Cellars and Scarlett Wines, while also running his own label, Myriad Cellars.

Each of these 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines is a fine example of Mike Smith’s work. The 2011 Myriad features fruit from each of Myriad’s four acclaimed vineyards. Showing both bright raspberry and darker currants, this Cab is ready to drink and enjoy now. The 2012 Quivet, rated 90 by Wine Spectator and 95 by Robert Parker, is another full-bodied Cab, with both blue and black fruit on the palate. Good to enjoy now or age for the next 15 years. The 2010 Scarlett, rated 89 by Antonio Galloni, is full of plum and cassis and transitions into a long, finish with delicate oak and slight spice. Mike Smith continues to impress with each of these wines – don’t hesitate to add these wines to your collection today!

Donor: Keith and Susan Sinclair; Mike and Leah Smith


Three bottles [750mL] Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds: Château de la Gardine 1998; Domaine Bois de Boursan 1998 Cuvée de Felix; Domaine de la Mordorée 2000 Cuvée La Reine des Bois

Châteauneuf-du-Pape or the “Pope’s new castle” gets its name from this landmark of the Rhône and is a reminder of the time in the 1300s when the pope resided in Avignon instead of Rome. It is a food-friendly wine with a generosity of flavors and sumptuous texture. As Robert Parker stated in “A Crush on Châteauneuf-du-Pape” printed in Food and Wine magazine, CdP offers “immediate gratification both intellectual and hedonistic in nature. Its wide array of aromas and flavors are reminiscent of a Provençal marketplace while its texture—rich and round, sumptuous and opulent—is virtually unmatched by most of the wines of the world.”  CdPs have always been farmed organically or biodynamically as the region’s abundant sunshine and le mistral winds eliminate the need for herbicides and pesticides. This lot is an unmatched opportunity to taste the variety this appellation has to offer from the fruit forward to the more structured and represents a wide range of techniques and blends of the 13 original grape varieties.

The Château de la Gardine 1998 has a dark plum/ruby/purple color, with notes of graphite, chocolate, espresso roast, black berry, and cassis – rated 94+ by Robert Parker. The brilliant Domaine Bois de Boursan 1998 Cuvée de Felix (the debut vintage) is dark plum/garnet, with an extraordinary nose of graphite, lavender, blueberry, black raspberry, garrigue, and licorice, the wine offers up an abundant concoction of Provencal scents followed by a full-bodied, opulent mouthfeel that has hit its plateau of maturity – rated 94+ by RP. The Domaine de la Mordorée 2000 Cuvée La Reine des Bois – rated 97 by RP – has a sexy, voluptuous texture to go with classic Mordoree spice, licorice, graphite and black cherry and currant-styled fruit; ready to enjoy now.

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber



One magnum [1.5L] Rochioli 2015 Pinot Noir, Sweetwater Vineyard

The Rochioli family came to America from Italy years ago and began working in ranches of Northern California. After acquiring some land of their own, this family began experimenting with various grapes and wines in order to find the perfect pairing of land and fruit. This experimentation led them to find great success in making world-class Pinot Noir. This bottle of 2015 Pinot Noir from the Rochioli Sweetwater Vineyard is a medium ruby-purple colored pour with blackberry scents and notes of spice box, violets, and forest floor. This bottle offers a lively backbone that finishes long and earthy, earning it an excellent rating of 93.

Donor: Rochioli Vineyards and Winery







Four bottles [750mL] Red Wine Flight: Caymus 2015 Grand Durif, Suisun Valley; Caymus 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Red Schooner Voyage 5 2014 Malbec, Napa Valley; Emmolo 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley

Chuck Wagner and his family first launched Caymus vineyards in 1971.  Since then, their Cabs have been a hallmark of fine Napa Valley wines. One of Chuck’s greatest rewards has been to see three of his children begin making their own wine, now collectively labeled alongside Caymus as the Wagner Family of Wine. This collection of four recent vintages of various Wagner red wines is a fantastic sampling of the family’s continued dedication to the craft.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the Caymus 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 94, writing that “the perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy.” Enjoy anytime through the next 15 years.  The Caymus 2015 Grand Durif received 93 from Wine Spectator and was lauded for its strong notes of mocha and chocolate, as well as its harmonious tannins and rich blackberry. This Petite Sirah will drink beautifully through 2026.

The Red Schooner Voyage 5 Malbec is sourced from Malbec grown in the Andes and produced using the same techniques as Caymus’ Cabs. Instead of having a vintage, these wines include a voyage number, with Voyage 5 representing the 2014 vintage. This balanced Malbec is rich with juicy red fruit on the palate and finishes with delicate tannins.

Produced by Jenny Wagner and named for her mother, Cheryl Emmolo, the Emmolo 2015 Merlot is a fantastic entry into the Wagner Family collection of wines.  Rated 88 by Robert Parker, he describes it as “a fleshy, dense ruby/purple-colored wine with a full body, loads of fruit and straightforward, chunky, fleshy, consumer-friendly, big, chewy Merlot.”  Best enjoyed by 2024.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to add this delightful family of wines to your collection!

Donor: Caymus Vineyards



One magnum [1.5L] Dakota Shy 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

There’s nothing shy about this bacchanalian beauty.  Grown in Napa Valley, this 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from Dakota Shy Wine is a rich wine but has a bright acid to balance. With flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, liquid stone, chocolate, espresso, graphite and floral tones, this wine convinces the taste buds that fruit has never been so sophisticated. Because Dakota Shy grew out of the passion that friends and colleagues Todd Newman and Tom Garrett have for wine, history, and Napa Valley, their goal is to craft wines that rival the best of what Napa Valley has to offer. Wine Spectator says, “Though big and rich, this is deftly balanced and easy to approach.” Placing in the Wine Spectator top 100 for its year and earning a rating of 94, this Cabernet Sauvignon is sure to become one of your top choices, too!

Donor: Dakota Shy Wines



Six bottles [750mL] assorted Hawke’s Bay wines: one bottle Trinity Hill 2016, Rose; one bottle Trinity Hill 2014, The Gimblett; one bottle Craggy Range 2014, Sophia; one bottle Craggy Range 2016, Pinot Grigio; one bottle Elephant Hill 2015, Chardonnay ; one bottle Elephant Hill 2014, Syrah

Last year on a trip to New Zealand, we had the pleasure of touring these three wineries. While most of what we get in this country is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, their wines are much more diverse than that — and much of it stays there. This collection of wines are not ones you will find in Knoxville, and rarely will you see them in the states. But they are all fabulous wines that show the diversity of what the Kiwis are making. These are all ready to be consumed now. The fruit flavors of all are bright and the wines are definitely food friendly.

Donor: David and Lisa Reath



One magnum [1.5L] Hudson 2014 Old Master Red Blend; PLUS tour, tasting, and lunch for up to six guests

Hudson Vineyards produces grapes from uniquely situated sites on two hundred acres of vineyards. Thirty years of meticulous winegrowing and winemaking experience goes into each bottle. Additionally, Hudson’s premium grapes are sold to 27 wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties, some of which produce wines from specific vineyard sites identified as distinct and bear the ‘Hudson Vineyards’ designation on their labels.

Taking a step back and letting the grapes do the work was Hudson’s philosophy for this red blend. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot lots were aged in separate French oak barrels for 12 months, then blended together and barrel aged again for 8 months prior to bottling. The bottles are then aged an additional 14 months. The time aging gives complex flavors – including violets, preserved plums, cedar and leather – a chance to interweave into a fresh, energetic red with a hint of spice at the end. Robert Parker considers this 2014 vintage as the finest Old Master red blend to date, with a rating of 92+ points.

A real treat with this lot is the tour, tasting and lunch at the Hudson Winery, which isn’t open to the public. Located in Napa Valley’s Carneros district, it’s nestled perfectly in wine country where you can feel the ocean breeze of the bay of San Francisco while tasting amazing Hudson wines!

Donor: Hudson Wines



One magnum [1.5] Hahn 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands; PLUS two magnums [1.5L] Smith & Hook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast

Nicolaus Hahn and his wife Gaby released their first wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands in 1980. Recognizing the potential of the area to produce fantastic wine, the Hahns led the push to recognize the region as an American Viticultural Area, which came to fruition in 1991. The Hahn 2014 Pinot Noir was rated 92 by Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. Wine Advocate describes it as offering “classic notes of forest floor, toasted spice, licorice and tons of Pinot Noir fruit in its medium-bodied, textured and layered profile.”  The Smith & Hook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast, is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 2% Malbec, with notes of both black and blue fruits and a subtle oak finish. These two wines are the fruition of decades of work, dedication, and exploring in the Santa Lucia Highlands – enjoy now!

Donor: Hahn Estate Winery



One bottles [750mL] La Rioja Gran Reserva 1968 Alta Rioja Gran Reserva 890 Tempranillo Blend

La Rioja Alta estate consists of around 1,000 acres of vineyards around Rioja, planted predominantly to Tempranillo. The producer’s Gran Reserva 890 typically spends eight years in American oak vats during which are racked 15 times before spending another six years in bottle. The 1968 vintage is delicious with sweet red fruit and coconut oil notes. Well resolved, medium bodied wine that is elegant, mature profile. There are lots of tasting similarities to more recent 890s, which are consistently ranked in the high 80s.

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse


Three bottles [750mL] Spanish red wines: Artadi Pagos Viejos 2000 Rioja; Artadi Pagos Viejos 2001 Rioja; Rotllan Torra “Tirant” 1997 Priorat

These three exceptional Spanish wines are a can’t-miss for any collector. Robert Parker awarded the 2000 Artadi 94 points and the 2001 Artadi 97, celebrating both as exceptional Spanish Tempranillos.  The Rotllan Torra 1997 “Tirant” was awarded 92 by Robert Parker and 95 by Wine Spectator.  A bold, concentrated wine, this blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Cabernet Sauvignon is a must-have for fans of Spanish wines.

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber



“His and Her” Beauty Package from Spa Visage and Frank’s Barbershop

Indulge yourselves from Knoxville’s best spa and barbershop. For the lady a “Beauty Inside & Out” package from Spa Visage that includes a Swedish massage, visage facial, spa manicure and pedicure, and a healthy lunch (4.5 hours).  For the gentleman a Frank’s Classic cut and shave from Frank’s Barbershop.

Donor: Spa Visage, Frank’s Barbershop



One magnum [1.5L] Silver Oak Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley; PLUS tour and tasting for 4 guests

Since its founding in 1972 by Raymond Duncan and Justin Meyer, Silver Oak has become a staple of the Napa Valley Cabernet scene and a favorite among Knoxville wine enthusiasts.

The winery expanded in 2017 to Alexander Valley, where 70 acres of rolling vineyards produce exceptional fruit and pioneer new techniques in sustainability. You and three guests will enjoy a private tasting experience of Silver Oak’s famed Cabs while exploring Silver Oak’s estate, which comprises over 400 acres in Napa Valley and Alexander Valley.

In the meantime, enjoy your new 2013 Cabernet, a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet France, and 1% Malbec. Rated 93 by Wilfred Wong of, and 90 by Wine Spectator; this is a traditional big, delicious California Cab. Succulent blackberry, dried herbs, and notable oak form this unforgettable wine. Excellent to drink now or age for the next 15 years.   Tasting reservations available based upon availability and need to be made in advance; expires 3/3/19.

Donor: Silver Oak Cellars



Five bottles [750mL] Bergström 2010 Pinot Noir, de Lancellotti Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains

When Josh Bergström harvested his first vintage of Pinot Noir in 1999 with his wife Caroline, he brought with him a wealth of experience from studying oenology in Beaune and working in Burgundy. Bergström Wines, a pioneer of the biodynamic movement, is now known for some of the finest terroir-driven Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs in Oregon and the United States. Robert Parker and Wine Spectator agree, awarding this exceptional wine sourced from de Lancellotti Vineyards 93 and 91, respectively. With bright acidity, mouthwatering red and purple fruit, and a slightly earthy finish, this wine is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the fruits of Josh’s labor.

Donor: Jim Mason



Six-bottle [750mL] vertical [2010-2012], two each: Bergström Pinot Noir, Gregory Ranch Vineyard, and Yamhill-Carlton

Josh Bergström’s new world wines are steeped in old world connections. Josh studied wine in Burgundy and would later meet his wife Caroline in Beaune. With his love of Burgundy, it is no surprise that Josh dedicated his winemaking efforts at Bergström Wines to perfecting Oregon Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This vertical of the first three Pinot Noirs out of Bergström’s new Gregory Ranch Vineyard are remarkable expressions of Oregonian Pinot Noir, and the critics agree. Robert Parker rated the 2010, 2011, and 2012 vintages 94, 94, and 92, respectively, while Wine Spectator rated them 93, 90, and 91.  Each of these wines is ready to drink now and will be at their peak for the next few years.

Donor: Jim Mason



One magnum [1.5L] Buccella 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley           

Buccella in Latin means “mouthful,” and the wines produced by Bill Deem and his wife Alicia are exactly that. This complex 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a mouthful of raspberry, dark chocolate, and tobacco, alongside smooth tannins and creamy vanilla. Awarded 95 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this wine is ready to be enjoyed now and will continue to drink beautifully over the next 15 years or more.

Donor: Buccella


One double-magnum [3L] Robert Keenan Winery 2013 Merlot Reserve, Mailbox Vineyard, Spring Mountain

Robert Keenan Winery is nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains just above St. Helena. The mountainside vineyards enhance the aroma and flavors of the fruit to create a rich, elaborately refined, medium to full body wine. The wines sourced from Mailbox Vineyard, are known for especially intense dark fruit on the palate. This 2013 Merlot Reserve delicately balances the black cherry and mocha notes to create a more complex Merlot. Receiving a 94+ points from Robert Parker, you can guarantee your taste buds are in for a treat. This wine is 95% Estate Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, balanced flawlessly to create this unparalleled Merlot.

Donor: Keenan Winery



Two magnums [1.5L] Behrens Family Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, one each: Head in the Clouds and Drinkward Peschon

Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward of Behrens Family Winery are all about letting their wines speak for themselves. They specialize in producing a few small lots of wine each year with grapes sourced from unique, low-yield vineyards. These two beautiful wines truly show off Les and Lisa’s dedication to the art of winemaking.

Their 2012 “Head in the Clouds” blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet France, and 10% Petit Verdot, is sourced from a handful of their best vineyards (Moulds Family and Martinez).  This luscious red, which Wine Spectator awarded an 88, shows smooth tannins alongside ripe blackberry and rich oak.  Best enjoyed now through 2025!

‘Drinkward Peschon’ is the creation of Françoise Peschon, originally of Araujo, and Lisa Behren.  This bold blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot is a remarkable representation of what the Napa Valley has to offer.  Robert Parker awarded it a 95, noting that “terrific fruit intensity, a full-bodied, layered mouthfeel, impressive purity and overall personality jump from the glass of this brilliant wine that is just beginning to drink well.”  This wine will age beautifully for the next 10 years and more – add it to your collection now!

Donor: Behrens Family Winery



Six bottle [750mL] vertical [2006-2011] Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot, Napa & Sonoma Counties

No collection is complete without two-time featured winery Pride Mountain Vineyards.  Suzanne Pride Bryan’s bold reds are an outstanding representation of California’s wine industry, and this vertical of her Merlot, donated by Jim Mason, will make an impressive addition to any collection.

The 2006, a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a sensual expression of cherry and raspberry; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast. The 2007, rated 97 by Wine Spectator, is an aromatic blend of 94% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, showing intense red fruit as well as chocolate and structured tannin. The 2008, an alluring show of red cherries, coffee, and anise, is a blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon; rated 90 by Robert Parker.  Stephen Tanzer awarded the 2009 blend of 88% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, and .5% Cabernet Franc 90, and described it as having “sexy, expressive aromas of red currant, red plum, chocolate and nutty oak.” The 2010, with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, was unique in showing vivid blue fruit on the nose before opening to darker fruit on the palate; rated 90 by Wine Advocate. The final wine in this collection, a 2011 blend of 93% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, is a whimsical creation, with delicate berry notes between bright acidity and firm tannins; rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast.

Each of these wines is no longer available for purchase.  A must-have for any collector of phenomenal California Merlot!

Donor: Jim Mason



Napa Valley Gems – six bottles [750mL] of Cabernet Sauvignon, one each: 2013 Inglenook Cask; 2013 Rombauer Diamond Selection; 2014 Duckhorn; 2014 Frank Family; 2014 Grgich Hills; 2014 Trefethon

A collection of Napa Valley wines from the varietal the area is perhaps best known for – the big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon. First up, the 2013 Inglenook Cask: strong notes of black cherries, raspberries, and strawberries, a delight to all the of the senses. Awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast, 93 by James Suckling, and 95 by Vinous; it is considered one of the winery’s best vintages.

Next, the 2013 Rombauer “Diamond Selection,” which is a deep purple Cabernet that is elegantly balanced. Rated 88 by Robert Parker. The 2014 Duckhorn, rated 92 points by Wine Spectator and 90 by James Suckling, has a strong, oaky blend your palate will delight in the flavors of red currant, licorice, and cedary oak notes.

The 2014 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon received 91 points from Wine Spectator. Full of enticing aromas of bayleaf, graphite and blackberries; flavors of cherry, raspberry, cocoa, and cloves.

The 2014 Grgich Hills Cab boasts flavors of clove, mocha, and black currants that complement its ripe cassis and spiciness; rated mid 80s by RP. Last but not least is the superb 2014 Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon, which RP awarded 85 points. Filled with flavors such as blackberry, dried fruit, red currant, cocoa and black pepper, this complex yet elegant Cabernet will delight even the finest palate with its herbal tones. These Napa Gems will delight any wine lover! Bid!

Donor: Knoxville Beverage



Chef’s Tasting Dinner at The Walnut Kitchen for four guests, including Wine Pairings

Chef and Owner David Rule has worked in hospitality for over 18 years. Formerly Blackberry Farm’s head butcher, he decided to strike out and open his own restaurant in August of last year. The Walnut Kitchen, an upscale, farm-to-table restaurant, supports artisans and farmers in the community by using as much local produce and livestock as possible. In addition to its seasonal menus, the restaurant offers a unique six-course tasting menu with accompanying wine pairings each week. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to sample one of the area’s hottest new restaurants! Date restrictions may apply based upon availability; gratuity not included. Expires December 31, 2018.

Donor: The Walnut Kitchen



Two magnums [1.5L] Pride Mountain 2015 Napa & Sonoma Counties Red Wines: Merlot; Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS, tour and tasting for 4 adults

Pride Mountain Vineyards is a two-time Featured Vintner of L’Amour du Vin. With a selection of several delectable, luscious reds to its name, Pride has established itself as a favorite of many LDV patrons and wine connoisseurs. The vineyard, co-owned by Suzanne Pride Bryan and her brother Steve Pride, straddles the Napa and Sonoma County lines, and each blend reflects a unique combination of Napa and Sonoma fruit.

The 2015 Merlot, rated 90 by Jeb Dunnuck, is a blend of 87.9% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and .1% Petit Verdot. Featuring bright red, blue, and black fruit, Pride’s most recent Merlot release is satisfyingly smooth and supported with firm tannins. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, is especially rich.  Lavishly large notes of chocolate and blueberry accompany darker notes of coffee and chocolate. This is a wine that can be savored now or cellared for future enjoyment.

Donor: Pride Mountain Vineyards



Six bottles [750mL] vertical [2005-2010] Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa & Sonoma Counties

Those who have previously attended L’Amour du Vin will recognize Pride Mountain Vineyards as a two-time Featured Vintner. Suzanne Pride Bryan has co-owned Pride Mountain Vineyards with her brother Steve since 2004 and has consistently produced some of the best Cabernet that California has to offer. These wines, contributed by donor Jim Mason, are an incredible sampling of Pride’s stellar Cabs.

The 2005, a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot is decadent and overflowing with rich black fruit and backed by subdued American oak; rated 92 by Robert Parker. The 2006 is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, with deep cassis and a long finish; rated 91 by Robert Parker. The 2007, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, shows lovely blue fruit and cocoa alongside the beautiful dark fruit you would expect; rated 92 by Robert Parker. The 2008, featuring the same blend as the 2007, is delightfully evocative, with notes of cedar, black cherry, and tobacco; rated 91 by Wine Advocate. As a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2009 vintage is a charming succession of blackberry and plum, followed by bold tannins and tobacco; rated 93 by Wine Advocate. The youngest of these wines, a 2010 blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, was the result of one of the latest harvest by Pride Mountain Vineyards, yielding an over-the-top fusion of blackberry, plum, and cherry; rated 89 by Robert Parker.

Be sure to grab this collection while you still can – all of these wines are now sold out!

Donor: Jim Mason



One magnum [1.5L] Clos Saint-Jean 2015 “Sanctus Sanctorum” Châteauneuf-du-Pape

This delicious bottle comes to you all the way from a world-class winery located in the south of France. Robert Parker says Clos Saint Jean is, “one of the most exciting addresses not only in France, but in the entire wine world… In short, these wines are not to be missed!” Sanctus Sanctorum is only made in the best vintages and comprised of fruits from wines well over 100 years old. Loaded with notions of blueberries, spices, and crushed flowers work together to express a full-bodied and layered taster with sweet building, sweet tannin. Receiving ratings of 95+, this wine will transport your taste buds to Southern France and deliver an exquisite tasting experience.

Donor: Bob’s Liquor & Wine



Two bottles [750mL] Kistler Vineyards 2014 wine, one each: Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir; PLUS tour and tasting for 4 at Trenton Roadhouse in Forestville, Cali.

Kistler Vineyard is one of the benchmark producers of great Sonoma Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In production since 1994, Trenton Roadhouse is the newest addition to the Kistler Vineyards. This land, “produces a soil influenced wine resounding of minerality and complex earthy sulfides which stand above the green toned orchard fruit notes.” The 2014 Chardonnay that comes from this land is youthfully shy, offering glimpses of lemon and grapefruit combined with a classic Kistler taste of crushed stones. This lot also includes a bottle of the pale to medium ruby colored Kistler 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. With a wonderfully spicy nose and notes of cinnamon, cloves, and anise over a core of red and black cherries, this wine delivers earthiness to add interest and a velvety finish.

As if taking home these two bottles is not enough, you can also take home both a tour and tasting for 4 at the Trenton Roadhouse in Forestville, CA. Witness the Kistler family ways as you see how they apply old world Burgundian techniques to new world vineyards. The Trenton Roadhouse visit offers and in depth tasting amidst rolling hills and gorgeous California views. This is not a lot you want to miss!

Donor: Kistler Vineyards



William Yeoward magnum-size crystal decanter

The “Diana” magnum decanter is a classical Georgian style with stylish flat cuts.  It is designed with beauty and good proportions and hand made by highly skilled artisans.  The elegant simplicity of this decanter makes it one of the most popular in the William Yeoward collection.

Donor: Glass Bazaar



Six assorted bottles of dessert wine from France and Austria: three half-bottles [375mL] of Sauternes: 2001 Château Doisy-Védrines; 2003 Château d’Yquem; 2003 Château Raymond-Lafon; one bottle [750mL] Château Rieussec 2003 Sauternes; one jennie [500mL] Philippe Delesvaux 1999 Coteaux du Layon, Sélection de Grains Noble; one half-bottle [375ml] Kracher #9 1999 Chardonnay Trockenbeeren Auslese

End your next dinner on a sweet note by collecting this sampling of beautiful and historic dessert wines from France and Austria. These wines, which are truly a piece of winemaking history, are an invaluable addition to any collection.

Château Doisy-Védrines, found in the finest area of Sauternes once known as Haut-Barsac, consistently produces some of the best dessert wines out of the region. The 2001 vintage, rated 90 by Wine Advocate and 93 by Wine Spectator, balances succulent honey and apricot with crisp acidity and bright citrus.

The 400-year-old Château d’Yquem estate, steeped in history and intrigue, is the only estate to be designated Premier Cru Supérieur. Their 2003, rated 94 by Wine Advocate and 97 by Wine Spectator is a nuanced burst of fruit, caramel, and honey on the nose that finishes with orange and refreshing acidity on the palate.

Formerly an estate of relative obscurity in Sauternes, Château Raymond-Lafon was purchased in 1972 by Pierre Meslier, the former technical director of Château d’Yquem. Château Raymond-Lafon quickly became one of the most sought-after wines out of the region, and the Meslier family continues to run the vineyard to this day. Its 2003 blend, rated 92 by Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator, is the result of an especially sweet vintage, with mouthwatering grapefruit and a lasting finish.

Another estate hailing from a storied past, Château Rieussec was originally owned by Carmelite monks in the 18th century before being confiscated and auction off during the revolution. It eventually wound up in the hands of the Rothschild family, who sought to refine and modernize the measures used at the estate. The resulting wines speak for themselves. The 2003, rated 95 by Wine Spectator, pairs subtle tropical fruit with butterscotch and subdued acidity.

Hailing from the Loire Valley, Domaine Phillipe Delesvaux is owned by Philippe and his wife Catherine.  They have been making wine since 1978, but, in Philippe’s words, “in 1985 [they] decided to make good wine.” The vineyards, sitting on top of a hill and on two valleys, receive the trifecta of mist, sun, and wind necessary for Delesvaux’s botrytis-affected wines.  Their 1999, rated 99 by Wine Spectator, is an exceptional display of pear, almond, and quince, with a spicy finish.

Kracher, nestled by Lake Neusiedl, is perfectly situated for botrytis-affected wines.  Alois Kracher, who joined his father’s winery ins 1981, helped to spearhead a renaissance of Austrian dessert wines in the 1990s. This 1999 was rated 98 by Wine Advocate and 94 by Wine Spectator.  The big dessert wine, steeped in apricot and caramel, is meant to last.

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber



Two magnums [1.5L] Failla 2015 Sonoma Coast wine: Chardonnay and “Vivien” Pinot Noir; PLUS private cave tour and tasting for up to four guests

Winemaker Ehren Jordan of Failla began his career working in the Rhone Valley during the challenging 1992 and 1993 vintages. Between his time in France and his time making big, powerful Zinfandels for Turley, Ehren became adept in maximizing fruit and ripeness in his wines. This skill certainly shows itself at Failla, which is renowned for its mouthwatering Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

The 2015 Chardonnay, rated 90 by Wine Spectator, offers clean, crisp citrus, complex minerality, with cedar oak on the finish. The 2015 Vivien Pinot Noir, named for Ehren’s youngest daughter, is the same full-bodied Pinot that connoisseurs have come to expect of Failla. Rich and full of elegant red fruit, the 2015 smooths out to subtle earth and moderate tannin.

After taking your wine home, venture to the Failla estate, where you and three guests will be treated to a tour and tasting at the 70-acre property. Based in an old hunting lodge and nestled between redwoods and firs, the estate is the perfect place to unwind in Sonoma. You will descend into Failla’s caves for a private tasting of five wines, followed by a tour of the caves.  Treat yourself to these gorgeous wines and Failla’s hospitality by bidding today!

Donor: Failla



Two magnums [1.5L] Spottswoode Estate Winery: 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

It was only last year Beth Novak Milliken, Spottwoode Estate Winery President and CEO, was here at L’Amour du Vin sharing amazing wines with us! Spottswoode is one of the most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon wineries in Napa Valley, a two-time featured vintner at L’Amour du Vin (2013 and 2017), and a favorite among LDV patrons.

This package of two premium magnums – one a powerful, aromatic Cabernet, and the other a fruity, fresh white, are sure to enhance any wine enthusiasts collection. The 2014 Estate Cabernet is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot; rated 91 by Wine Spectator, you’ll taste the bright notes of butterscotch, mocha and toast in each rich sip. The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is juicy, delicate and layered with citrus tones to craft this vivacious wine and was awarded 93 points from Wine Enthusiast. Amazing wines, don’t let this one get away!

Donor: Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery



Sparkman Cellars Wine Dinner for 8 in the Paisley suite at Kitchen 919

Newly-opened restaurant Kitchen 919 is located in the building that once housed the Orangery in the heart of Bearden. Leading the charge is Chef Deron Little, of Season’s Innovative Bar & Grille, along side Chef Carol Scott, Le Cordon Blue educated chef who formerly ran the Orangery. She has worked with Bobby Flay, Roy Yamaguchi, and in 2009 appeared as a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey. Carol has created a menu inspired by locally-sources favorites like Benton’s bacon, Joyce Farm chicken, Cruz Farm dairy, Sweetwater Valley cheeses, and Shelton Farm grits. This dinner includes four courses, prepared by Deron, Carol, and the Kitchen 919 team, paired with Sparkman Cellars wine. Winery owner Chris Sparkman is also an alumni of the Orangery (and the University of Tennessee, too!). He and his wife, who is also a Tennessee native, launched their Washington winery in 2004. Sparkman Cellars 2013 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon was named #21 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 and the winery has also been named on the magazine’s list of rising starts.

Finally, to point out what a small word it is – Chef Deron – born in Walla Walla, Washington. Does it get more fun that this!? Mutually agreeable date; gratuity not included.

Donor: Deron Little and Kitchen 919



A Day with the Old Masters in London with Director of the Schorr Collection PLUS two tickets to invitation-only dinner series OFFLINE

The Schorr Collection is a privately held collection and one of the largest of its kind of recent formation in the UK. The collection has been built up over the last 35 years and now numbers more than 400 works. The collection is mainly comprised of Old Master Paintings, and boasts works from Old Master artists ranging from Rubens, Tintoretto, El Greco, Turner, Ingres, Delacroix and Cranach to Impressionists such as Pissarro and Sisley; but ranges from tender 15th century devotional images to 19th century French Impressionist landscapes. Howard Lewis, whose family owns the collection, will be your host. Spend the day looking through the works on hand at the Catherine House in London and later attend the exclusive, invitation-only dinner series OFFLINE held at London’s distinguished Savile Club. Howard, creator of OFFLINE, describes it best: “a private, by invitation network which is designed to encourage fresh ways of looking at the world and the art of sharing.”  The concept has been featured in Forbes magazine and initially attracted many high net worth individuals, including high profile entrepreneurs and top company directors. Whether you are traveling to London soon or able to make a special trip – being among the Old Masters is an experience you’ll seldom find anywhere else. Mutually agreeable date; travel and accommodations not included. Expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: Howard Lewis / OFFLINE


Six bottle [750mL] vertical Jordan 2005-2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Jordan is a L’Amour du Vin patron favorite, and for good reason! Located in the heart of Sonoma’s Alexander Valley, their mission is to create Bordeaux style California Cabernet Sauvignons. Since its founding in 1972, Jordan has created a new standard for wine quality and wine country hospitality and has become a master of Cabernet Sauvignons and you can count on these bottles aging beautifully. These full reds encompass many different flavors, from blueberry and vanilla to dried cherry and tobacco. However, no one flavor ever steals the show, as they are very well balanced. Each flavor is but a hint, and the round tannins at the end help to keep the different notes cohesive and complimentary. Alexander Valley is in the heart of wine country, which further emboldens the flavors of the grapes as they age. These Cabernets can be perfectly paired with a romantic dinner or sipped with friends on a late summer night. The real stand out in this lot is the 2010 vintage, which was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Donor: Jordan Vineyard & Winery



Tickets for 4 to the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra’s Blues on the River; May 19, 2018 at the home of Bob Lederer

Stellar food and wine, beautiful river views, and the sounds of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra—what an incredible spring Saturday “sundowner.”  A lucky bidder and three guests are invited to the beautifully appointed, Tennessee River home of Bob Lederer in west Knoxville. Bistro by the Tracks will provide the wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, so you know it won’t disappoint! Jimmy Smith may have inspired the use of the Hammond Organ, but Matt Coker’s Hammond B-3 Organ Trio continues the tradition with a blues performance on the intimate deck overlooking the water. Tickets are non-transferable; event is 6-9pm.

Donor: Sheena McCall



PLUS three bottles [750mL] Barolo: Bruno Giacosa 1999 le Rocche del Falletto; Silvio Grasso 1997 Bricco Luciani; Domenico Clerico 1998 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra

Barolo is a red wine produced in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Made from the Nebbiolo grape, it is often described as one of Italy’s greatest wines. Rated 96+ by Robert Parker and 95 by Wine Spectator, the Bruno Giacosa 1999 Barolo le Rocche del Falletto offers amazing aromas of blueberry and raspberry, with hints of strawberry tart. Full-bodied, showing chewy, powerful tannins and plenty of fruit. The Silvio Grasso 1997 Bricco Luciani – rated 92 by RP and 96 by WS – a super-intense, powerful, weighty, multidimensional, full-bodied, sweet, sexy 1997 Barolo; layers of fruit, glycerin, and extract, and the wine reveals abundant quantities of black cherry and berry fruit intermixed with spice box, leather, licorice, and Chinese black tea notes. The Domenico Clerico 1998 Ciabot Mentin Ginestra – rated 93 by RP and 98 by WS – a brick house of a wine, with so much structure. Strawberry and raspberry tart on the nose; full-bodied, with big chewy tannins and a fresh fruit finish. An excellent trio of blockbuster Italian reds!

Donor: Peggy and Jerry Faerber



Four bottles [750mL] Old Forester 2017 Bourbon: Birthday Bourbon; Signature Bourbon (100 Proof); Bourbon (86 Proof); Statesman Bourbon; PLUS three bottles [750mL] Old Forester 2017 Whiskey Row Series: 1870 Original; 1897 Bottled in Bond; 1920 Prohibition Style; PLUS one liter Old Forester Mint Julep

For nearly as long as Kentucky has been a state, its name has been synonymous with the best in bourbon and whiskey, and Old Forester Distillery has made a name for itself among many exceptional distillers. First introduced on Louisville’s Whiskey Row in the 1870s, Old Forester has since been a dedicated producer of only the finest bourbon.  Not even Prohibition could hold them back!  With a federal license to continue producing for medicinal purposes during Prohibition, Old Forester is the only bourbon to be continually produced before, during, and after Prohibition.

The winner of this lot will take home a selection of eight of Old Forester’s masterworks. Birthday Bourbon, a single-batch selection by the master distiller from the archives that celebrates found George Brown’s birthday on September 2.  This unique bourbon, different each year, is a special find and a true pleasure for fans of Old Forester’s work.  Film aficionados may recognize Statesman as the bourbon featured in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, a warm balance of heat and spice inspired by the bold and dynamic characters from the film.  The 1897 Bottle in Bond, on the other hand, is a piece of history, made to honor the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.  By requiring bottles labeled as such to be the product of one season, one distiller, and one distillery, this act helped to raise the bar for quality starting in 1870, and Old Forester, as America’s First Bottled Bourbon, was happy to embrace this change.

Lovers of history and film, as well as those simply looking for exceptional whiskey, will be please to discover there is something for everyone in this expansive sampling of Old Forester’s craft.

Donor: D&V Distributing and Brown-Forman Corporation



Two magnums [1.5L] of Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon: 2014 Special Selection and 2015 Napa Valley

By focusing on just two Cabernet Sauvignons – a “Napa Valley” and the “Special Selection,” Caymus Vineyards has been able to perfect its technique, allowing its wines to be described by Robert Parker as, “abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet.” The Wagner Family is dedicated to using patience and science in their viticultural processes in order to offer a wide array of aromas and flavors in their products.

The 2014 Caymus Special Selection is rich and layered. Notes of black licorice pair well with sweet spices to highlight its youthful vitality earning a rating of 93. With a rating of 94, the 2015 Caymus Napa Valley has a beautiful, dense and opaque purple color that leads nicely into a taste of blackberry and cassis fruit. Robert Parker describes this bottle as, “very Caymus in its immediate accessibility, but has plenty of staying power and depth.” A glass of either of these carefully crafted reds will leave you wanting more of what Caymus has to offer.

Donor: Caymus Vineyards



One magnum [1.5L] of Leonetti Cellars 2007 Red Blend Reserve, Walla Walla Valley

Established as Walla Walla Valley’s first commercial winery in 1977, Leonetti Cellar has long set the standard for fine wine out of Washington. Lauded as a truly monumental year, this 2007 vintage is no exception. Rated 93 by Wine Spectator and 96 by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, and 9% Cabernet Franc shows perfectly balanced notes of cinnamon toast and coffee, as well as ripe blackberries and subtle violets. Robert Parker describes it as “dense and rich on the palate with restraint and elegance.” Best enjoyed now!

Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Reinhold Mann



One magnum [1.5L] Chateau d’Yquem 1988 Sauternes

This pretty wine is well-rated by critics, reaching 99 out of 100. A Sauvignon Blanc, it is grown in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, France. The Chateau d’Yquem 1988 Sauternes is, by all accounts, the world’s most famous dessert wine, lush and balanced, with an alcohol content of 12/13%. d’Yquem wines can show flavorings of stone fruit, mandarin, toast and vanilla when young and can develop rich complexities with age. In top vintages it can be cellared for 50 years or more. The d’Yquem estate was owned by the King of England in the Middle Ages and has been producing late-harvest wines since at least the late 1500s. The 290 acre vineyard is situated on the highest hill in Sauternes. Its soil is ideal for producing dessert wines, with a warm, dry topsoil of pebbles and gravel topping clay subsoil that holds water well.

Scents of marmalade, mandarin, burnt honey, and citrus fruit create a medium-bodied palate with impressive weight earning this 1988 bottle a rating of up to 98. Robert Parker describes it as, “beautifully balanced with notes of apricot, white chocolate, and orange peel towards the harmonious and tensile finish.” With a long bottle life and a long finish, this wine is a glorious and historical addition to any dessert wine lover’s collection!

Donor: Louis and Carolyn Browning



One magnum [1.5L] Favia 2014 “Cerro Sur” Red Blend, Napa Valley; PLUS private tasting for four at restored historic winery in Coombsville

The fruit for Favia’s Cerro Sur (“South Hill”) bottling comes from a breathtaking mountaintop block of Cabernet Franc, planted nearly 40 years ago on the famed Rancho Chimiles, high in the Vaca Mountains.

The Cabernet Franc character in the 2014 vintage is so strong, only a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was needed to round out the wine and provide a core of black fruit – with notes of plum, black cherry, orange oil and even hints of cinnamon, lavender and cocoa, this red is a chameleon of flavors that delight the palate with each sip. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months and bottled without filtration or fining leaves this wine complex and a joy to decipher. Rated 95+ by Robert Parker this wine should be at its best in 3-4 years and keep for 20 or more.

Included in this lot is a private tasting for four at the historic winery in Coombsville AVA in Napa Valley, you can get a first-hand look (and taste!) inside the holistic approach Favia takes not only with their wine, but the 6.5-acre farm and vineyard as well. Expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: Favia Wines



One magnum [1.5L] Promise Wine 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS private tasting and lunch for 4 guests at the winery estate – receive a library bottle [750mL] at departure

This 2011 California Cab is one of Oprah’s favorite wines!

Former entertainment executive Stephen McPherson established Promise Wine in 2004. Years earlier, he had promised his wife Jennifer that he would one day fulfill his dream of making wine, and he dedicated both the name and label, which features his wedding band, to that promise. Their wines have been featured in numerous publications as a celebrity favorite including The Oprah Magazine, ESPN, and Robb Report. Primarily sourced from Frank Family Winery’s Winston Vineyard, this 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is full of rich, dark fruit and hints of cocoa. It blends flavor, balance, structure, and depth. Included with this lot is a special tasting lunch for you and three guests at the winery estate in St. Helena. This is a lot that truly promises to deliver – bid now!

Donor: Promise Wine



One Balthazar [12L] Chateau Ste. Michelle 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, with etched bottle and commemorative 50th anniversary label

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s oldest winery, produced its first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1967.  Throughout the years, Chateau Ste. Michelle has done much to establish and elevate the reputation of the Washington state wine industry.  This etched and hand painted bottle, with a commemorative throwback label, is a celebration of their 50th anniversary.  A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Syrah, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot, it shows hints of green olive and subtle blue and purple fruits.  Although not yet rated, other varietals from Chateau Ste. Michelle’s 2015 vintage are being awarded 90+ points by Parker. Best enjoyed now or within the next few years.  If you are a fan of incredible, storied wines, this is for you!

Donor: Chateau Ste. Michelle



One magnum [1.5L] Amuse Bouche 2015 Pomerol-Style Merlot, Napa Valley, with label by Jacque Pepin

The name Heidi Barrett has long been synonymous with singular California wine.  In addition to establishing Screaming Eagle as one of the preeminent wineries in the world, Heidi has had stints at Grace Family Vineyards, Lamborn Family, and Paradigm Winery. Since 2002, Heid has partnered with John Schwartz to produce Amuse Bouche Pomerol-style wine in limited production, with each vintage featuring a uniquely designed artistic label.

It’s not easy to successfully merge supple with firm, sweet with spice, or bold with restrained. However, Amuse Bouche orchestrated the juxtapositions perfectly in their 2015 Pomerol-style Merlot, which features tones of plums, chocolate, bay leaves, tobacco, leather and even a hint of marmite.  The label, designed by famed chef Jacques Pépin, is a radiant depiction of food, wine, and art – no doubt a vivid preview of what’s to come. A brilliant shade of granite purple, the chewy tannins make it savory while the juicy flavors of cherry and plum help embolden the character further without making it heavy. This blend of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, rated 92 by Wine Advocate is excellent to drink now and can continue to age for the next 15 years.

This 2015 Amuse Bouche Merlot is yet another achievement on Heidi’s long list of outstanding wines – add it to your collection today!

Donor: John Schwartz // Amuse Bouche Winery



One magnum [1.5L] Ovid 2014 Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley; PLUS private tour and tasting for six guests

Named for a style of poetry best suited for telling long tales worthy of the test of time, Ovid’s Cabernet Franc-dominated blends live up to its name. The winery is known for its singular Bordeaux grapes produced in California. There is no question that Ovid has created something special in homage to the Greek poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, celebrating the transformative power of winemaking. Antonio Galloni rated it 96, praising the dark and subtle character of a wine that Ovid has described as having “dense aromatics of mulberry, dark chocolate, blackberry and tobacco that literally spring from the glass.”

After adding this fine bottle to your collection, venture to Ovid in Napa Valley for a tour and tasting for up to six guests.  Explore the winery designed by renowned architect Howard Backen and take in some of the most breathtaking views of Napa Valley. Finally, you will enjoy a private sampling of Ovid’s elegant Cabs and blends – this will no doubt be a story worth retelling!

Donor: Ovid Napa Valley



One bottle [750mL] Château Trotanoy Pomerol 1981 Red Bordeaux Blend, France

Château Trotanoy vineyards was first planted in 1761 and can produce some of the finest wines in the Pomerol appellation. Bordeaux Pomerol wines are rich, decadent reds, with notes of chocolate, dark cherry, plums and spice, soft tannins and elegance courtesy of the Merlot grape. They are complex and age well. Of this 1981, Wine Spectator published: “Nearly as great as the legendary ’82 Trotanoy. Incredibly silky with great color and subtle perfumes of violets, tobacco and chocolate that follow through on the palate. It’s full-bodied but reserved. Great backbone of tannins.” Received at 94 rating.

Donor: Joe and Sharon Miller Pryse



Private chef service for a six-person, four-course dinner party prepared by Chef Terri Roberts.

A Knoxville native, Terri began her career under Chef Bruce Sherman at the picturesque and acclaimed Chicago restaurant, North Pond. She most notably studied under two-time James Beard Award winner Chef Paul Kahan, of critically acclaimed Blackbird in Chicago. Her culinary career has led her back to Knoxville, where she is now the Executive Chef at Bridgewater Place Premier Catering and Events. For the winning bidder, Chef Roberts will prepare a four-course dinner for six. She and her team at Bridgewater Place will take care of the shopping, cooking, and serving – you’ll select the menu, the place, the décor. Cost of food and gratuity are not included. Mutually agreeable date; expires March 2019.

Donor: Chef Terri Roberts, Bridgewater Place



Dinner for 12 at the location of the winning bidder’s choosing prepared by Chef David Pickney featuring Schug Wines with Axel Schug; PLUS one double-magnum [3L] Schug 2012 Pinot Noir, Carneros

Schug Carneros Estate Winery was the first L’Amour du Vin featured winery and this dinner is a celebration of the wines poured at the inaugural event in 2004 – 15 years ago!

Founded in 1980, Schug Carneros Estate Winery is the showcase and life-long dream of one of California’s most celebrated winemakers. Walter Schug’s reputation blossomed during his tenure as Founding Winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the 1970s, where he made California’s first proprietary Bordeaux-Style blend (Insignia) and legendary vineyard designated Cabernets (Backus and Eisele Vineyards). Walter set up his own winery with his wife Gertrud in the cool, marine climate of the Carneros Appellation. Here he could focus on the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals that had always been close to his heart. The winery has become a family operation including Walter’s son Alex Schug, now managing partner. Alex will joining the winning bidder and their guests for this multi-course dinner prepared by Chef David Pinckney in the expertly designed dining room at D&V’s facility.

Included with this lot is a 3L of Schug 2012 Pinot Noir, Carneros. A bouquet reminiscent of roses, ripe cherries and spice lead to rich flavors of black cherry and plum, all finishing with hints of tobacco and spicy new oak. This wine is perfect for a collector’s cellar, and will continue to age gracefully for up to 10 years. Mutually agreeable date in September or October 2018.

Donor: Schug Winery and D&V Distributing



A Baker’s Dozen of Robert Biale Vineyards Red Wine

One (750ml) bottle each:

  • 2015 Zinfandel, Aldo’s Vineyard, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Bedrock Vineyard, Sonoma County
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Black Chicken, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Grande Vineyard, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Rockpile Vineyard, Sonoma County
  • 2015 Zinfandel, R.W. Moore Vineyard, Coombsville, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Zinfandel, Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley
  • 2011 Zinfandel, Old Crane Ranch, St. Helena, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Petite Sirah, Royal Punishers, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Petite Sirah, E.B.A. (Extended Barrel Aged), Napa Valley
  • 2013 Basic Black, Proprietary Red Wine, Sonoma County
  • 2013 Like Father Like Son, Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley

The Winery started as a family farm in 1937. They produced Zinfandel grapes, mostly for sale but the teenage Aldo Biale held a bit back for experimental winemaking. He did a great job and shared it with a few friends and customers who bought other products from the farm. It was good stuff so word spread in Napa. But this was a small time operation, so to keep the bootlegging under wraps from those eavesdropping on the party line phone the Biales used (millennials may have to google this), those in the know got their jug of Zin by asking for a “black chicken.”  Today, “black chicken” is a wine, a wine club, and an important part of the heritage of Robert Biale.

From 1937 through 1991 the Biales only sold wine to family friends. Finally, in 1991 Aldo, his son Robert and two other partners bonded the Winery and started selling wine to the public. Since then, they’ve become a bit of a cult Zinfandel producer. In a valley dominated by Cabernet (only 3% is planted to Zin), Biale stays true to the heritage of Napa, which is thought to have produced some of the first Zin in the US. One important caveat: This is a small production winery and they sell out of stuff quickly (they produce about 20 different Zinfandels and 10,000 cases of wine per year — pretty small for Napa!). The wine is distributed in some places around the US, but if you see it, you better get it while you can – like tonight.

No single pundit rated all of these bottles. There is reasonably unanimous agreement that virtually all of these wines range from 90+ to 94 points. That is amazing consistency from the ratings gurus that can rarely agree on whether they are tasting the same wine. Napa Valley has seen cult wines emerge and disappear over the decades – some completely, some just fading away. What is different here, is that the varietal is not Cabernet Sauvignon – it’s Zinfandel, with an assist by Petite Sirah. And, it has been extremely popular for a couple of decades and continues strong. If you like Zinfandel and Petite Sirah (and that’s all of you, right?), this is the lot for you! Don’t let someone steal it from you. Be aggressive; go for it!

Donor: Aubrey’s Restaurants



Chef’s Five-Course Tasting Dinner with Wine Pairings for 6 at Northshore Brasserie

Will it be the Filet Roquefort, the Veal Chop, or the Pan Fried North Carolina Trout? Regardless of your choice of entrée, Executive Chef Joe Cunningham will create an exclusive and inspired dinner, with wine pairings, for your table of six. The Northshore Brasserie has been distinguished by a 2017 Open Table Diners’ Choice Award by a “REAL Certified” designation from Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership.  Since it’s opening in 2005, Northshore Brasserie has become a premier destination for casual dining in the French and Belgium genre’.  The restaurant’s local owners will ensure this evening will be one to remember. Some date restrictions may apply based on availability. Gratuity not included. Expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: Northshore Brasserie; Brian and Stephanie Balest



Three-course dinner with wine pairing at RT Lodge for four guests

A charming, hidden gem in the area, RT Lodge was previously only available as a private venue until 2016 when it opened its restaurant doors to the public. Located in Maryville, the lodge is both restaurant and inn, all in a beautiful Appalachian forest setting. Executive Chef Trevor Stockton was named one of the “Chefs to Watch 2017” by Plate Magazine, and prioritizes using local, fresh products in his culinary creations. He regularly fashions a delectable seasonal menu featuring an array of house-made products ranging from bread and pickles to pimento cheese. Along with the specially crafted feast included in this lot wine pairings will be selected by Food and Beverage manager Mark Hawkins. This would be a perfect end to any day! Accommodations and gratuity not included; date subject to availability.

Donor: RT Lodge



One magnum [1.5L] VGS 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder; PLUS, food & wine tasting experience for 8 guests

Matthew Regan and VGS (very good shit) Chateau Potelle Winery take pride in fusing French and California wine-making traditions to craft their distinctive wines. Long-time supporters of the KMA, and the second featured winery 14 years ago – any wine lover will delight in this 2014 vintage. This magnum of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon perfectly encapsulates their avant garde approach to winemaking. With notes of cherry, black raspberry, and violet, this Cabernet is sure to delight any wine collector. Along with this divine wine, treat yourself and up to eight guests for an exclusive food and wine tasting experience at the VGS Winery. Enjoy 6 wines, each served with exquisite food bites from the famed Michelin starred La Touqe restaurant. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Mutually agreeable date; expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: VGS Chateau Potelle



One magnum [1.5L] Plumpjack 2007 Oakville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, signed by Winemaker Aaron Miller

With consistently warm temperatures and lack of major heat spikes throughout the summer months, 2007 helped to shape wines with wonderful complexity, depth of flavors and seductive tannins. This bottle of 2007 PlumpJack Reserve is a product of these excellent conditions. Robert Parker calls this bottle, “virtually perfect,” and goes to say it, “does indeed recall those great Villa Mt. Eden Cabernets of 1974 and 1978. He awarded it 99 points! An inky/purple hue is accompanied by a provocative aromatic display of blackberries, blueberries, cassis, spring flowers, and graphite. The wine’s extraordinary purity, unbelievable density of fruit, and full-bodied mouthfeel result in an awesome Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for three decades or more. This modern day legend is the finest wine to emerge from the Plumpjack winery. Bravo!” Take home this virtually perfect bottle tonight!

Donor: Ashe’s Wine & Spirits / Thad Cox, Jr.



One magnum [1.5L] Saint Helena Winery 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS tour and tasting with light bites for six

Saint Helena Winery is located next to the beautiful Napa River, and their Cabernet Sauvignons are carefully made to capture the unique terrain. The 2012 vintage has a Wine Spectator rating of 94+, and has complex notes of Kota nut and cedar. With hints of black licorice, coffee, and orange zest, this Cabernet accentuates the aromas. In addition to this lavish magnum, enjoy a private tour and tasting for 6 adults with lite bites at the St. Helena Winery in Napa Valley. Experience the captivating beauty of the St. Helena vineyards for yourself, and see how the landscape is essential to St. Helena’s wine artistry.

Donor: Saint Helena Winery



Six bottles [750mL] of glorious Tuscany Reds, one each: Château Sigalas Rabaud 2009 Sauternes, Marchesi Antinori 2009 Tignanello, Antinori 2008 Solaia, Argiano 2010 Brunello di Montalcino, Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona 2002 Sant’Antimo Fabius Sangiovese, Marchesi Antinori 2007 Tignanello

Wine collectors already know the magic of reds from Tuscany in central Italy so let’s just get to the ratings! Château Sigalas Rabaud 2009 Sauternes – rated 96 points from Robert Parker – who said it was sensation out of the bottle, “with an intense bouquet of quince, orange zest and almond with a lighter touch of honey compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with great viscosity.”  Marchesi Antinori 2009 Tignanello – rated 96-RP – is ripe with promise for the future. The wine has just started its evolutionary track with aromas of blackcurrant, dried blackberry and cherry. This was a warm but balanced vintage that shows beautiful results today and exceeds my already high expectations. Antinori 2008 Solaia – rated 93 by Antonio Galloni – shows gorgeous depth and textural richness to match an expressive core of blackberry jam, smoke, scorched earth, crushed rocks and cassis. Argiano 2010 Brunello di Montalcino – rated 95 by Wine Advocate – is a brooding, dark wine with great aromatic purity. The fruit tones are rich and penetrating, spanning from plum, prune and cassis to spice cake, tar and black licorice.  Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona 2002 Sant’Antimo Fabius Sangiovese – rated 95  – interesting meaty, spicy berry character in this wine; full-bodied, with round and caressing tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Marchesi Antinori 2007 Tignanello – rated 92-Wine Spectator and 95-RP– displays sweet plum and berry aromas and flavors, with hints of toasty oak and cappuccino; full-bodied, yet reserved and fine.

Donor: Bob and Margaret Petrone



Old City Wine Bar Private 6-Course Dinner for 10 in the Wine Cellar

When you enter at street level of this Jackson Avenue establishment in Knoxville’s Old City, you will be impressed with the exposed brick and pressed-tin wall tiles. Stroll across the well-seasoned hardwood floors and you will know why patrons call the Old City Wine Bar “eclectic” and note the “classy chic” atmosphere. Perhaps you have a special event or a birthday ending in a zero to celebrate? Travel down the stairs to the wine cellar for this exclusive, 6-course dinner for ten prepared by Chef Paul Sellas, of the soon-to-open Rebel Kitchen. Wine selections will be carefully selected and poured by Wine Director and Sommelier Matt Burk. Must be booked two weeks in advance; expires March 3, 2109.

Donor: Old City Wine Bar



One jeroboam [3L] Caymus Special Selection 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

One of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines in 2013, this 2010 Cab earned a whopping 98 points from Robert Parker. Only produced in fruitful years, the Special Selection is the flagship wine of Caymus Vineyards. The winery has been long regarded as one of the premier vineyards in Napa Valley, and is world renowned for its Cabernets. This 2010 vintage certainly lives up to the winery’s reputation. Filled with toasty oak aromas, and explosive richness, the purity of the fruit can be tasted immediately. Enjoy the wine now, and over the next 25+ years.

Donor: David and Cindy Henry



Four-course dinner in your own home with Chef Holly Hambright for twelve guests

Holly will provide, cook, and be on-site for final prep in your own home for a four-course dinner that will not disappoint. Holly’s culinary skills began with her Southern heritage, later tested in the kitchen of The Lord Lindsey in her early career, and were perfectly honed in her own business, Holly’s Eventful Dining. All you need is a guest list, a date from Holly, and wines from your cellar to complement each course of the menu you arrange with Holly. Please keep in mind that gratuity for the server is not included in the winning bid. Mutually agreeable date; expires March 2019.

Donor: Holly Hambright, Managing Partner, Holly’s Gourmet Market



Host a private dinner party for 10 in a Conservatory Garden House at the home of Sherri Lee

Enjoy a wonderful evening on the gorgeous estate of Sherri Lee on the river. Arrive by land or lake to catch the cool breezes as the sun sets over the southern sky. Sherri and her late husband spent a decade building the estate, which is known by many for its beautiful gardens.  A conservatory garden house on the property is the perfect venue for any party – picturesque and charming, especially by candle light. A long garden table easily sits 10 to 12, plus a built-in sound system. All you have to do is provide the caterer, the wine, and the guest list and this heavenly spot is available to the lucking winning bidder for their party! p.s. if you bid high and generously we have it on good authority this year’s chair of L’Amour du Vin will provide the wine! Mutually agreeable date; late Spring or Summer suggested. Expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: Sherri Lee



One magnum [1.5L] CADE Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; PLUS, tour and tasting for 4 at PlumpJack Wineries- PlumpJack, CADE, and Odette

Located in the heart of Napa, treat yourself to delightful tour and tasting for four at the estate wineries of PlumpJack, CADE, and Odette. These three wineries are the creations of Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty, who have spent the last 26 years fostering three of California’s finest wineries. All names inspired by Shakespeare, these wineries would delight even the bard’s fine taste.

PlumpJack rests underneath the Vaca mountain foothills, and the diverse range of soil creates a rare opportunity for distinctive wine characteristics and flavors. CADE sits above PlumpJack’s sprawling vineyards on the side of Howell Mountain, and prides itself on its organic, environmental cultivation techniques which can be tasted in every sip. After exploring these two fine Oakville wineries, head over to the Stags Leap District to indulge in the newest addition to the PlumpJack family- Odette. Odette prides itself on its organic farming, state of the art hospitality center, and the influence of its unique terroir on its estate-grown wines. Sample these carefully crafted delicacies before you visit with a magnum of CADE Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. This particular vintage received a 93 rating from Robert Parker. The 2014 vintage boosts aromas of black cherry, milk chocolate, and ripe raspberry with an elegant roundness that structures its smooth flavor.

Donor: CADE Estate Winery



Two engraved double-magnums [3L] of Arietta 2015 Napa Valley wines: H Block Hudson Vineyards, Red Blend; and Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley.

Named for the Arietta movement of Beethoven’s last piano sonata Opus 111, Arietta was founded in 1996 by Fritz and Caren Hatton with John and Maggy Kongsgaard over their love for classical music and wine. Arietta’s artful and complex wines are made by renowned winemaker Andy Erickson, formerly of Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle, and Jonata.

Under Andy’s direction, Arietta’s wines have truly lived up to their namesake’s reputation.  The H Block Hudson Vineyards, where the Cabernet Franc that originally inspired Arietta’s formation grows, produces particularly superb wines. The 2015, a blend of 75% Cabernet France and 25% Merlot, is an elegant expression of the very best that Cabernet Franc has to offer.  According to Andy Erickson, “the wine offers all that is special about Cabernet Franc grown in the perfect setting—black-purple color, a broad-shouldered stature, and a plush, velvety texture, along with notes of black currant, raspberry, blueberry, clove, and dried flowers. On the palate, more layers are revealed, including hints of fresh blueberry… and dried sage.”  This wine will age for at least the next 20 years. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, rated 94 by Wine Advocate, is an equally deft creation featuring 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Its black cherries and plum pair flawlessly with its decadent but soft mouthfeel and satisfying finish. This is another wine that will age gracefully for the next 20 years and more.

Many patrons of LDV have experienced Andy Erickson’s wines from one of his many stops in California. Do not miss out on delighting in two of his most recent successes at Arietta.

Donor: Fritz and Caren Hatton and Arietta Wine



One magnum [1.5L] Meteor Vineyard 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Family Reserve, Napa Valley, in etched wooden box; PLUS a private tasting for six at Meteor Vineyard

Barry and Tracy Schuler first purchased the land that would become Meteor Vineyard in 1998.  Recognizing the land’s potential for singular Cabernet Sauvignon, Barry planted 3 Cabernet clones in 1999. Since then, Barry and his wife have sold their grapes to a number of famed wineries including Favia, Arietta, and Etude. By keeping a small portion of their grapes, the team at Meteor are able to fashion 700 cases of their own exceptional Cabernet. Each year, they also produce a mere 95 cases of their Special Family Reserve, which represents the peak of their craft. This 2008, rated 91 by Wine Spectator, possesses an aroma of fennel and cassis, as well as structured tannin and balanced oak on the finish. In perfect condition to either enjoy now or age for four years.

After enjoying the 2008, venture to Meteor Vineyard, situated on a knoll in the heart of Coombsville, where you will enjoy a tasting of Meteor Cabs for up to six guests. Experience firsthand the combination of rocky, volcanic soil and temperate climate that produces this 40-acre estate’s incredible grapes and wines.

Donor: Meteor Vineyard



Italy Wine Tasting with hors d’oeuvres for 12 at the home of Karen and Bob Gilbertson, hosted by Sommelier Connor Coffey


From the Alps to the Boot to the Islands (and much in between), Connor Coffey of Bob’s Liquor and Wine will take you and 11 friends on an exploration of Italy’s major wine regions. Ready to move beyond Chianti and Pinot Grigio and discover hidden gems of the world’s largest producer of wine? Pack your bags and prepare for a unique and delicious journey that’s certain to fuel your own viticultural Renaissance – hosted at the beautiful home of Karen and Bob Gilbertson. Cin Cin! Mutually agreeable date; expires March 1, 2019.

Donor: Bob’s Liquor & Wine



Six bottles [750mL] Opus One 2014 Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley (in original wood box)

Producing wine for over four decades, Opus One combines intuition and technical acumen with the dual perspective of viticulturist and winemaker. This 2014 Propriety Red is blended of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec, sports an inky purple color and nose of crushed black and red currants, black cherries and mulberries with touches of underbrush, sautéed herbs and pencil shavings plus a waft of spice box. Medium-bodied, finely crafted and with an energetic line lifting the red and black fruits, it has a bold frame of grainy tannins and a very long, earth and spice-layered finis – received a 96 from Robert Parker. James Suckling – 97; Vinous – 95. All six bottles wrapped in tissue in original pine box.

Donor: Allison Page and Connor Coffey



Three magnum [1.5L] horizontal of Zena Crown Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2014 Pinot Noir, one each: Slope,  Ʃ (The Sum), and Conifer

Located just west of Salem, the Willamette Valley of Oregon is home to Zena Crown Vineyard. Known for excellent Pinot Noir, the winemakers of Zena Crown strive to let the beautiful land of the Eola-Amity Hills shine through each variation and bottle they produce. With a wine made for each season, this lot provides you with the tastes of winter, autumn, and summer evenings.

Slope, the Zena Crown winter wine, offers glimpses of fragrant earth and berry fruit layers that have been expertly combined to deliver flavors of blueberry pie, coffee, and morel mushroom. Described as a mid-palate wine, Slope has a surprising balance of weight and lightness that keeps you wanting more.

The Zena Crown autumn wine Ʃ (The Sum) is described by Robert Parker as “seriously earthy, with the understated layers framed by chewy tannins and seamless acidity.” This wine relaxes you on an autumn evening with a silky texture and a wonderful aromatic and flavor range.

Finish this trio with tastes of cherry jam and Meyer lemon tea in Conifer, the Zena Crown summer selection. With aromas of rosemary, lavender, and star anise, this bottle is a balance of citrus zest, warm spice, and forest air. Ranking in the mid 90s along with its counterparts, these wines are sure to delight you throughout the year.

Donor: Zena Crown Vineyard



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 as Executive Chef of The Barn at Blackberry Farm, and being in the kitchen for numerous KMA wine auction dinners! While there 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, which came to be J.C. Holdway. The restaurant was singled out by Garden and Gun as one of the five best new restaurants in the South in 2016.

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 Frech imports. A mutually-agreeable date to be decided with Chef Lenn, Mr. Corriher, at the winning bidder.  Salut!

Donor: Importer Fredrick Corriher, Chef Joseph Lenn



Five to Seven night stay in a private home at Folly Beach, South Carolina, for 8-12 guests – choose from May 21-26 or August 11-18

A perfect multi-couple or family vacation home, “C Scape” is a beautiful, 2,400 sq. ft. house in Folly Beach, SC, just 15 miles from Charleston. This well-appointed, two-story, four-bedroom, 3.5-bath structure is situated on Folly Island’s Arctic Avenue just across the street from beach access on the Atlantic. This home was totally remodeled and updated three years ago and sleeps up to twelve. Plenty of ocean breezes can be found on this property’s extensive wrap-around porches; and residents can easily walk the five blocks to dining and shopping locales on Center Street. The master suite features a king and trundle twin beds, a spacious bath, and private balcony. One large bedroom offers a queen bed, two twins, and a full bath.  The remaining two bedrooms each contain a queen bed and access the hallway full bath. All bedrooms feature flat-screen televisions and ceiling fans. Amenities include wireless internet, cable TV with HBO, an outdoor shower, a propane gas grill, parking underneath for six cars, central heat and air on each floor, hardwood/tile/carpet, flood lights that come on at dusk/off at dawn, deck fans, motion sensor lights, and a basketball goal. No smoking and no pets allowed. Visit website at, click on Vacation Rentals to Search by Name, C Scape. Expires March 3, 2019.

Donor: Jim and Cathy Zarchin



Three bottles [750mL] Fairchild 2015 G-III Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; PLUS Up Close and Personal with Lawrence Fairchild for up to 6 guests with a tasting of Fairchild and Stones wines and lunch prepared by Lawrence Fairchild

Fairchild Winery is an exclusive, boutique vineyard crafting small lots of collectable wines for its members. Known for creating impeccable wines that are only available with a membership- how could you possibly pass this lot by? Enjoy a remarkable experience for up to 6 guests with vintner Lawrence Fairchild, and sample some of his favorite wines paired with lunch made by the vintner himself! Not only that, but take home three bottles of Fairchild’s 2015 G-III Cabernet Sauvignon. The recently released 2015 vintage offers mesmerizing notes of blackberry tart, black cherry pie, and black currants paired with hints of baking spices, and dried herbs. The complex, beautiful, earthy flavor is balanced with fresh, chewy tannins. Robert Parker has awarded it 97 points; a must have for any wine collector.

Donor: Fairchild



Overnight stay for two at Amizetta Estate & Vineyard Family Hunting Cabin on Howell Mountain, Napa Valley; includes three bottles [750mL] 2015 reds in wooden box, one each: Complexity Bordeaux-blend; Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; PLUS, private tour and tasting.

Stay overnight on the beautiful Amizetta Estate and Vineyard property in Napa Valley. Nestled over scenic views of the Conn Valley in Napa at the base of Howell Mountain, Amizetta’s elevation reaches over 1,000 feet and the vineyard has panoramic views of Lake Hennessey, Pritchet Hill, and the San Pablo Bay. To say the property is gorgeous is an understatement!

Stay in the Amizetta family hunting cabin located on the estate. First converted from a stable to cabin by former president of Paramount pictures, the building dates back to the early 1990. When Amizetta owners, the Clark Family, acquired the property in 1980 they remodeled to a small cottage. It has one bedroom and bath with claw-foot tub, open plan living area, fully equipped kitchen, and spacious outdoor entertaining area.

Amizetta Winery was built in 1984 after Spencer and Amizetta finished planting their terraced hillside vineyards. They wanted to create a small facility that matched the average annual yields of their land’s harvest. They enlisted the services of Justin Meyer (the founder and winemaker of Silver Oak Cellars) to help design their dream winery. Together the three created a design they dubbed ‘a winemaker’s winery.’

The winery’s unique location next to the Los Pasados State Forest and its’ all-natural mineral water creates rich, complex flavors in the grapes. Experience for yourself these flavors as you privately sample the exceptional wines produced by the distinctive combination of Amizetta’s soil, water, and elevation.

While at the estate the winning bidder will get a tour and tasting but you don’t have to wait until then to try Amizetta’s wines! Take home three bottles of their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon: Complexity, a traditional Bordeaux-style blend; Estate, and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. So much fun to taste side-by-side, don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Amizetta’s beautiful wine and hospitality – bid!

Donor: Amizetta Estate & Vineyards


SIGN UP – A Five-Session Series of Pop-Up Wine Dinners for 20 Persons at Bistro by the Tracks and Four Other Restaurants from the Burleson Family of Restaurants. To be on Consecutive Sunday Afternoons at 5:30 pm. Starting April 8, 2018; Ending May 6, 2018. $500 Per Person.

The concept for this year will be a departure from the past in a couple of ways. First, we will be using the popular “Pop-Up Dinner” concept. We would have the class in a different one of the Burleson Family of Restaurant locations each week. The five weeks would include, in no specific order, Sunspot, Crown and Goose, Barley’s Tavern, Aubrey’s, and of course Bistro by the Tracks. Glenn Irwin will work with Randy’s executive chef – Jeff Carter – to define each week’s meal. Meals will not be taken from the specific menus, but rather based on the talents of the chefs at each location. This will allow them to step out of their normal routine and show us their best work. The wine theme will also vary each week. Themes will include a high-rated wine night where the wines are comprised of wines rated at least 95 points; and, a “were they tasting the same wine?” night where the scores for the wines awarded by Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate differ by at least 5 points. Glenn will lead a group discussion of each of the wines. The group will be asked to figure out what the theme of the week has been at the end of the evening. Dates for the class will be:  April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, and May 6. Classes will begin at 5:30. Cost has been pegged to the cost of a L’Amour du Vin ticket for quite some time. So, this year the cost is $500 per person. Given the excellent cuisine and the wine that will be served, that price for 5 wine dinners is a bargain. The past Surveys were a lot of fun – much more of a party than a survey course. You don’t want to miss out this year.

Donor: Burleson Family of Restaurants and Glenn & Dottie Irwin

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.