LIVE AUCTION LOTS
LIVE LOT 1
Robert Biale Vineyards has become a revered standard of heritage Vineyard Zinfandel and Petite Sirah in Napa Valley. Napa natives, school chums, and winery Founders, Bob Biale and Dave Pramuk, cherish the tradition of historic old vines (some dating to the 1880’s!) and prize the small quantity of concentrated and intense fruit that they produce. Among the winery’s portfolio of 20 wines that are crafted by winemaker Tres Goetting, Black Chicken Zinfandel is the flagship – and has become a benchmark for the varietal. It all started in the 1940’s when 14-year-old Aldo Biale helped his mother to make ends meet by selling to insider Napans – along with eggs and produce -some of the family’s homemade Zinfandel. Over the old “party line” phone system, the code words “a Black Chicken” signified a jug of bootleg wine… and kept nosy neighbors and the authorities from finding out about Aldo’s underground Zinfandel operation!
Well, Randy Burleson found out about them and Biale has become his favorite go to wine. Not only do you find Biale wines on the wine lists of his restaurants, he keeps a nice stash for himself hidden away from covetous eyes. But fear not, Aubrey Jaye, Randy’s and Melissa’s precious daughter has again smuggled a case of this wonderful nectar out and donated it to L’Amour du Vin. Lucky us! This magnificent case of Biale contains an eleven-bottle 2017 horizontal – half of the different wines produced by winery. It also contains one bottle from an additional 2016 vintage. This juice belongs in every cellar. But shhh, it’s a secret. We need to get this lot auctioned off before Randy finds out that Aubrey Jaye purloined it from his stash. Let’s show Aubrey Jaye how much we appreciate it!
Donor: Aubrey Jaye Burleson
LIVE LOT 2
Wine Dinner on the Terrace at the KMA for up to 16 prepared by Chef Jeff Carter featuring an incredible Arnot-Roberts 2018 horizontal, four bottles [750mL] each:
Arnot-Roberts was founded in 2001 in Healdsburg, California by childhood friends Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts. Duncan and Nathan grew up in the midst of vineyards and winemakers in the Napa Valley. Each took an interest in the wine industry, with Nathan following his father’s lead as a cooper, and Duncan pursuing winemaking in renowned wineries in Napa and Sonoma. The focus of this two-person operation is on small lot, single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, as well as several other varieties uncommon in Northern Californian vineyards. While none of these bottles have been specifically reviewed by the usual pundits, the vintages that have been reviewed consistently receive ratings in the 91 – 96 point range. Therefore, you know that the wines are superlative.
How will that match with the food? Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants, will be doing the food preparation. Jeff, former Executive Chef for Dancing Bear Lodge, is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). We know his food is always top notch.
This dinner for up to 16 guests will be held on the wonderful William J Mitchell Terrace at the KMA overlooking World’s Fair Park and downtown Knoxville. Your party will get a chance to see the current featured showings at the museum. Better yet, you will get a personalized tour from Museum Curator Stephen Wicks to explain the details of the art and to answer your questions about it. The tour will be a “Behind-the-Scenes” tour and will also delve into areas not on normal display. So, you will have world class art combined with a world class horizontal of wines from Arnot-Roberts, and world class food from Jeff Carter. What a phenomenal evening!
Donor: Sunspot Restaurant
LIVE LOT 3
One magnum [1.5L] Harlan Estate 2014 Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley; plus, VIP tour and tasting for up to 8 guests
Harlan’s Estate Red is one of the most sought-after, highly-rated, and very, very good wine from Napa Valley. The vision of Harlan Estate is to produce a California “First Growth” from the hills of Oakville. H. William Harlan’s longtime and talents team is the reason for the exceptional wine – the creation of each vintage is dual effort of Director of Winegrowning Bob Levy of Levy & McClellan (another highly-sought after label) and winemaker Cory Empting who served a five-year apprenticeship under Bob (now also winemaker at BRAND – again, a sought-after brand). So, you get the idea. Their talents and expertise capture the best of what the AVA has to offer.
This 2014 Red Wine, rated a 98 by Robert Parker, offers up subtle cassis, black cherries and crushed blackberries notes with tons of savory and earthy layers. You will not be disappointed by the extraordinary complexity and compelling richness of this wine. James Laube of Wine Spectator awarded it 94. Best 2020 through 2032. The winning bidder and seven guests will be treated to the beautiful hillside 240 acres of land at Harlan Estate, for a tour and tasting known to be one of the most luxurious tastings in Napa – by invitation only. Mutually agreeable date; weekends and holidays unavailable. Expires 3/7/2021.
Donor: Harlan Estate
LIVE LOT 4
Multi-course dinner for 10 at the home of Mitch and Debby Steenrod prepared by Chef David Pinckney and paired with the wines of Danica Patrick’s Somnium Vineyard; PLUS a magnum [1.5L] 2016 Somnium Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chef David Pinckney will create an exciting, multi-course dinner in the Steenrod’s beautiful French country estate that will delight the most discerning guest and experienced gourmand. Pinckney, a Knoxville favorite chef, trained at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London and is the Executive Chef at Cherokee Country Club.
Each course will be paired with the Napa Valley wines of Somnium, founded by retired race-car driver and Wine Enthusiast Danica Patrick, who is not only a dreamer but a doer. In 2009 she purchased a vineyard property on Howell Mountain and named it Somnium, which in Latin means “to dream,” one of Danica’s key philosophies in life. The Somnium estate is an extension of this philosophy and the wines reflect the love and intensity that Danica pours into everything she does. The Howell Mountain region where the winery resides is known for its diverse mountain terrain that produces intense, balanced, and exquisitely structured wines. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon and a Saignée-style Rosé, which is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot, all hand-farmed and organically grown. Recent vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon have earned high remarks from critic Lisa Perrotti-Brown of Wine Advocate who rated the 2016-2018 vintages 94, 89, and 90-92+ respectively. Wine Spectator awarded the 2014 – 91 points, 2015 – 92 points, and 2016 – 91 points.
Dinner guests will begin with a Rosé and followed by three vintages of 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Tracy Smith, General Manager of Somnium, will travel to Knoxville to be on hand during the dinner to introduce and pour each wine.
Mitch and Debby’s home on Sherwood Drive in Westmoreland is a French country estate they designed with local architect, Jonathan Miller. Entering the property gate and arriving at the home, you will be greeted by a bronze swan and cherub water sculpture and fountain as part of the incredible landscape and hardscape design by local landscape architect, Stephen W. Hackney. While enjoying the evening, guests will tour the wine cellar and tasting room where an antique ceiling suspends, which was chosen while the home was still in the design phase. From there, move to the upper terrace overlooking lush gardens and views of a beautiful Knoxville skyline while dining under the stars in a casual but elegant setting. After dinner, retreat to the lower patio for dessert around the fire-lit glistening pool.
But wait, for the lucky winning, a magnum of the winery’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (WS – 91; WA – 94 points) to enjoy now! A mutually agreeable date must be arranged by the winning bidder with the donors; expires 3/7/2021.
Donor: Mitch and Debby Steenrod, Chef David Pinckney/Cherokee Country Club, and Somnium Vineyards/Danica Patrick
LIVE LOT 5
One-week stay on Nantucket Island, MA for up to 6 guests – June 20-27, 2020
This charming Sconset home is located on the eastern end of Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, on popular Baxter Road. The quaint, upside-down home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and spectacular views of Sankaty Head Golf Club, the sunset, and Sankaty Lighthouse. Three levels of living space – first floor has 2 bedrooms (master suite king and extra-long twins), 2 baths, and deck overlooking the golf course. Upstairs, the second floor includes a kitchen and dining area with many windows, living room and deck. Basement level with exit to backyard includes the third bedroom (king) with bath, family room, kitchenette, and laundry room.
Just 30 miles from Cape Cod, Nantucket island is known for gorgeous ocean views and beautiful beaches like Surfside and Jetties Beach, which are both bustle with activity in the summer months. Enjoy scenic strolls, visit one of the country’s oldest lighthouses, and dine or shop in Sconset Village (1 mile away) or Nantucket’s Downtown Historic District (7 miles away).
Dates are finite for June 20 to June 27, 2020 (Sat. after 3pm to Sat. before 10am). There are two one-of-a-kind Nantucket experiences taking place that week – the end of the Nantucket Book Festival (ends June 21) and the beginning of the 25th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (June 23-19), which includes film screenings, receptions, comedy night, and discussion series with screenwriters, directors, and producers. Airfare and festival tickets not included; no substitutions and nontransferable.
Donor: Ann and Sam Furrow
LIVE LOT 6
One jeroboam [3L] Darioush 2014 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon, plus “By Invitation Only” tasting experience for up to 4
Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon is the crown jewel of Darioush. A very limited production wine with an intriguing story, history, and art you can explore. A very personal gift from last year’s featured vintner Darioush Khaledi and wife Shahpar – only several large format bottles produced each vintage!
Darius II is always a stunner that achieves mid-90 ratings from Robert Parker – the 2014 he awarded 94 points: the top cuvée, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Darius II is a serious wine, with a fragrant nose of graphite, blackberry, cassis and hints of toast and chocolate. Full-bodied, with an expansive, savory texture and a long, pure finish, it should drink nicely for at least another 15–20 years. Rated 91 by Wine Spectator and 94 by Wine Enthusiast.
PLUS, an invitation-only tasting at the winery in Napa Valley. The estate spans 120 acres across the Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll AVAs – some of the top Cabernet-growing territory in Napa! The winery is one of those wonderfully different and attractive wineries worth visiting even if you don’t drink wine. The buildings and grounds are modeled after Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia 2,500 years ago, but with many interesting modern twists. You have probably never seen anything like it. Tasting for 3 includes vineyard and winery tour, followed by a unique 90-minute tasting experience within Darioush’s private cellar. Taste limited, exclusive offerings with small, exquisite bites designed by the Khadledis’ private chef. Must schedule in advance; expires 3/7/21.
Donor: Darioush Winery
LIVE LOT 7
Dinner for up to 18 at Fabulous Craiglen prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher with exclusive boutique vintage wine pairings from Vintner Jacqueline Holdbrooks
An unimaginable evening of exquisite dine and wine at the historic Italian estate Craiglen! Indulge in a four-course dinner perfectly prepared by Chef Matt Gallaher, owner of Knox Mason, Emilia and Paysan Bread, and a big star on the downtown Knoxville restaurant scene. Chef Gallaher’s culinary roots begin in his mother’s catering company and restaurant. His previous stints include Blackberry Farm, the Governor’s mansion for the Haslam First Family of Tennessee, and a 4-year world tour with well-known musicians in 14 countries. And, in 2018, Chef Gallaher was invited to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. His culinary style is regionally and Italian-inspired, modern, and always seasonal.
Vineyard owner and wine producer Jacqueline Holdbrooks will personally select wines from her exclusive Integrity Vineyards portfolio to pair with each course. Since 2015, Jacqueline has owned Integrity Vineyards and produced wines from The Uco Valley, Argentina. She recently expanded her production to include wines from Tuscany, Italy. Integrity Vineyards varieties include Brunello di Montalcino, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Rosé, and a Rhone-style Blanc Blend.
This magnificent evening of food and wine will take place at the Tuscan-style villa “Craiglen” designed by Architect Charles Barber in the mid-1920’s for marble baron John Craig. Barber and Craig modeled the interior layout and details after Italy’s 14th-century Palazzo Davanzati, today a major tourist attraction in Florence. The current owners have undergone a recent renovation, restoring the beauty of this architectural masterpiece and expansive gardens. The arcaded loggia, overlooking the courtyard, connects the impressive living room with a large fireplace to the paneled dining room where you and your guests will dine.
The homeowners or family members will host you and your guests for an unforgettable evening of excellent food, wine, and ambiance. A mutually agreeable date may be established between the winning bidder and the donors.
Donor: Millie and Elder Brown, Jr., Matt Gallaher/Knox Mason/Emilia/Paysan Bread, Jacqueline and Keith Holdbrooks/Integrity Vineyards
LIVE LOT 8
A 12-bottle [750mL] Horizontal of 2017 Aubert Chardonnay, two each:
Founded by Mark and Theresa Aubert in 2000, Aubert wine is one of the best producers California Chardonnay. Before building his own winery, Mark Aubert made his wines at Colgin Cellars and the Custom Crush facility. While much of his fruit is sourced, Aubert owns 3.2 acres of vineyard land in Sonoma.
Prior to starting Aubert wine, Mark worked at some of the best wineries in California. He replaced Helen Turley at Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma and then he later replaced Helen Turley for the second time when he became the winemaker for the cult wine Colgin Cellars. He also worked as consultant for some of the top California wineries including Sloan, Futo and Bryant Family. Given that resume, discussing the wines might seem somewhat incidental but here are the ratings nonetheless.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate:
The ratings speak for themselves. What else is there to say? Bid!
Donor: Melissa Jaye Burleson
LIVE LOT 9
Three-night stay for 2 couples or two-night stay for 3 couples at The Swag; includes six bottles [750mL] of Gariulo Vineyards and Outpost wine, one each:
The Swag is a beautiful 250-acre mountaintop hideaway bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville, North Carolina. Come see why Condé Nast named it the #1 Top Resort in the South in its Reader Choice Awards and why Travel + Leisure magazine ranked it #3 on its “Top Resort Hotel in American South” list and #11 “Top Resort Hotel in the Continental United States” in its 2019 World’s Best Awards.
Located in Waynesville, The Swag offers unparalleled hospitality, fine dining, and natural beauty. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, you’ll find it easier to breathe, relax, and take in the grandeur of the gorgeous views. Guests can hike miles of trails on the property or take advantage of the national park less than 60 feet from the front door! A guide is always on hand to lead the way or take off on your own adventure. The rustic architecture is a perfect complement to the North Carolina mountains. Rooms and cabins made of hand-hewn logs include original artwork, antiques, woven rugs and handmade quilt. Each room, cabin, and suite are unique providing an array of modern conveniences including fireplaces, steam showers, copper soaking tubs, and private saunas.
Each couple will be greeted with a bottle of champagne, a charcuterie and cheese platter, and an assortment of locally crafted sea salt caramels. All meals and hors d’oeuvres are included; expect fine casual dining and creative regional cuisine.
The Swag owners Annie and David Colquitt have sweetened the deal with a selection of six highly-rated wines from their private collection including Gargiulo Vineyards (Winemaker Kristof Anderson) and Outpost (Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown) both limited-production wineries in California.
Select ratings include: Gargiulo 2016 “G Major Seven Study” Cabernet Sauvignon – 93 Antonio Galloni; Outpost 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain – 93-95 Jeb Dunnuck and 93 Antonio Galloni; Outpost 2016 “True Vineyard – Immigrant” Bordeaux Blend – 98 Jeb Dunnuck and 94 Antonio Galloni).
Mutually agreeable date; season runs from April to November. Must schedule before June, 1, 2021. Nontransferable.
Donor: The Swag
LIVE LOT 10
A 3 to 4-hour Sunset Champagne Cruise on the Tennessee River with hors d’oeuvres and white wine for 30 guests on Bill Smith and Nyda Brook’s 112’ Westport Yacht “Sensation”
Up to 30 lucky guests will enjoy an evening cruise on the Tennessee River in the luxurious and spacious Westport double deck yacht with a raised pilothouse. The crisp, contemporary styling of this yacht is balanced with timeless traditional appeal, a vessel of extraordinary performance with uncompromising standard of structural integrity and quality. It is engineered for your enjoyment as you sip Champagne and white wine with artisan cheeses and crudités. The yacht will depart from the dock at Fort Loudon Yacht Club between 5pm and 5:30pm. A wonderful opportunity to celebrate with special friends.
A mutually agreeable date may be determined between the winning bidder and the donor. Blackout dates include all home UT football game weekends. All guests must be 21 years old. Expires 11/15/20.
Donor: Bill Smith and Nyda Brook
LIVE LOT 11
One methuselah [5L] CIRQ 2014 Bootlegger’s Hill Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Michael Browne, whose Kosta Browne Pinot Noirs have made Wine Spectator’s Top 100 List six times, founded CIRQ in 2009. A featured vintner of L’Amour du Vin in 2014 (coincidentally the vintage of this spectacular large format) alongside Juan Mercado (formerly of Realm), Michael shared both Kosta Browne and, then newly released, CIRQ wines with LDV patrons. A very special year! His offering for L’Amour du Vin 2020 – the CIRQ 2014 Bootlegger’s Hill Pinot Noir is the winery’s inaugural vintage from this vineyard, which sits on the edge of the hill of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County known for world-class Pinot Noirs. Rated 92 by Wine Spectator and 96 by Jeb Dunnuck who called the wine utterly sensational – offering incredible notes of crème de cassis and black currants, with beautifully integrated oak, it has medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, layered, ultra-pure texture, fine tannin and a flat out awesome finish. It’s certainly one of the superstar Pinot Noirs from California. Can be enjoyed now if decanted or cellared for 10-15+ years.
Production of CIRQ wines is extremely limited, there is always a wait list for new releases and quantities of back vintages, particularly large formats, becomes more limited each year. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase this “utterly sensational” wine for your personal collection – bid!!
Donor: Michael Browne
LIVE LOT 12
The Perfect Lot!
The ‘perfect’ wine rides a line between intensity and sumptuousness. It has haunting aromas that astound your senses and the taste continues to evolve with layers of complexity that last a long time. Some people disagree and believe that perfection can’t be reached; but why deny the possibility that it exists? Especially if you are lucky enough to find one. Better yet, what if you found a baker’s dozen all in one place? Here are thirteen opportunities for you to decide for yourself. All you have to do is step up and make the winning bid! All of these wines have garnered a perfect score from at least one of the principal wine pundits. Several of the bottles received multiple 100-point ratings. The bottles have been properly maintained in a temperature-controlled wine storage facility in Atlanta. The peak drinking window for each stretches into the next decade, most two decades.
Robert Parker once said that a 100-point wine is based 90% on the tasting quality of the wine and 10% on pure emotion. Believe me, that emotion is overwhelming. It’s the proverbial ‘Wow!’ moment that literally stops you in your tracks. Parker’s The Wine Advocate Italian wine reviewer Monica Larner: “The clouds begin to part, a single beam of sunshine falls to earth with golden luminosity and the angels start to sing. You just know—you are armed with the deep inner security that you could look any person straight in the eye, at any time during your life, and say: ‘Yes, I gave that wine 100 points.” Well, the angels are singing – can you hear them? That single beam of sunshine is shining on you. Are you up to the challenge?
Donor: Dottie and Glenn Irwin
LIVE LOT 13
ROAR Wine Dinner for up to 24 prepared by Chef Jeff Carter and the staff of Bistro by the Tracks, six bottles [750mL] each:
The name ROAR is inspired by a passion for work and play; paying homage to the Monterey Bay winds that roar through their vineyards and the thunderous roar of a stadium full of sports fans – a sound Knoxvillians, too, are quite familiar with. ROAR, owned by the Franscioni family, is well known as an exceptional producer of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Viognier in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Enjoy a horizontal sampling of ROAR’s 2017 vintage of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Ratings range from 91 to 94 on Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate. As Robert Parker put it, “ever since ROAR Pinot Noir blew away a number of great grand cru Burgundies in a blind tasting…I have taken a special interest in following the wines from this producer.” With limited productions of each of these wines, this is a rare opportunity to enjoy the spectacular wines the Franscioni family has to offer.
A six-course pairing dinner will be prepared by Chef Jeff Carter, along with the Bistro by the Tracks team, who will masterfully create a menu to bring out the very best in each wine. Chef Carter is a former L’Amour du Vin Featured Chef (2012) and his cuisine is both inventive and creative. With top-notch cuisine and divine wine, what’s more to say than ROAR!
Donor: Melissa and Randy Burleson
LIVE LOT 14
One methuselah [5L] bottle Amuse Bouche Winery 2013 Red Blend, Napa Valley; featuring a one-of-a-kind etched and hand-painted rendering of the Knoxville Museum of Art
Amuse Bouche produces limited-production Napa Valley cult wines. The flagship wine, Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend, is a superb Pomerol-style wine produced by esteemed winemaker Heidi Barrett whose impressive portfolio includes several of California’s hottest cult wines like Screaming Eagle and Grace Family. Her style emphasizes the unique characteristics of each individual vineyard.
The 2013 Amuse Bouche Napa Valley Red Blend is 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Per Robert Parker, who rated this vintage 94 points, it “has always been one of the best Merlot-based wines in Northern California.” The wine shows of espresso bean, white chocolate, mocha, black cherry and blackberry fruit; soft but structured, vibrant, juicy and full-bodied. Rated 93 by Antonio Galloni and 95 by James Suckling: “with such beautiful definition and balance, this may be the best ever from Amuse. Medium to full body, linear backbone and length, and a lovely, fresh finish.” Decant to drink now or cellar for another decade.
Collectable wine and collectable art come together to create this limited-edition bottle. The wine label features the work of impressionist artist LeRoy Neiman who was commissioned to create the watercolor that adorns this vintage. Neiman’s work is in many collections around the country including the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C., and the wine cellar of the lucky winning bidder of this lot.
But wait! On the back side of this large format bottle is a hand-etched rendering of the Knoxville Museum of Art. There is truly no other bottle like it in the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to take home this unforgettable memento of L’Amour du Vin and the Knoxville Museum of Art!
Donor: Rob and June Heller
LIVE LOT 15
Getaway at the stunning new Blackberry Mountain resort in a four-bedroom home for up to four couples, featuring two very unique adventures and an exclusive dining experience. Enjoy a three-night getaway in a spacious home and a tasting menu dinner in one of Blackberry Mountain’s signature private dining venues and complimentary morning wellness and fitness classes.
Plan to arrive at Red Birch Cottage ready to unwind and enjoy a brand new Blackberry experience! At Blackberry Mountain you’ll eat, drink, relax, explore and choose your own adventure in a private 5,200 acre setting, while taking in arguably the most dramatic, panoramic mountain views in the Eastern United States.
Red Birch Cottage is a brand new, gorgeous four-bedroom suite cottage featuring a wonderful porch for outside relaxing, kitchen and great room for socializing, indoor and outdoor fireplaces and scenic views of the Smoky Mountains. Red Birch Cottage is a few steps away from The Lodge, which contains the signature Three Sisters™ restaurant, Nest spa and pool facilities. Guests will have full access to resort amenities.
If you’re looking for an energizing start to the day, join us in the Spin Lab for Rhythm. For a slow, soothing morning, enjoy Restorative Yoga in the Yoga Loft. Choose from an array of fitness and wellness classes each morning of your stay. In the afternoon, you can select two custom adventures or mountain experiences for your group. Whether you choose to try a hand at pottery, meditate with soundbathing, hike to breathtaking vistas (and discover a surprise along the way!) or taste and create inspired cocktails in a mixology class, one-of-a-kind experiences await you on the Mountain.
Enjoy a unique dining experience with a private dinner in Three Sisters (based upon availability). A five-course tasting menu awaits you with wine pairings by Blackberry’s James Beard Award winning sommelier team with wines donated by D&V Distributing. For the L’Amour du Vin enthusiasts, this experience alone is worthy of your extra attention!
Head up to The Firetower™, a casual restaurant built around an historic fire tower structure at the peak of the mountain with 360-degree views for your next meal. Both restaurants provide extraordinary experiences with differentiated new menus, and your stay includes Breakfast at Three Sisters and Dinners in either restaurant (based upon availability).
A la carte resort activities, incidentals, lunch, in room dining and alcohol (aside from the Private Dining Experience) are not included. Stay dates and all activities require advanced booking, are subject to availability, and major holidays are not available. Stay must occur by 4/1/21.
Donor: Blackberry Mountain and D&V Distributing
LIVE LOT 16
Three-night stay for 2 couples at Arista Winery in Healdsburg, CA, with a private tour, five-course lunch prepared by Arista’s Executive Chef, and private experiences at Lambert Bridge and Mauritson Wineries; PLUS two magnums [1.5L] Arista 2017 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, UV-Lucky Well Vineyard and Mononi Vineyard
This year’s L’Amour du Vin Featured Winery, Arista, was founded in 2002 by Texas natives Al and Janis McWilliams. Their belief that the finest examples of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are produced in small lots has led to an emphasis on quality over quantity, evident in the limited-production wines produced. Today, their sons Mark and Ben continue this tradition, pursuing and cultivating vineyards that reflect the unique characteristics of the Russian River Valley. Ben is with us for L’Amour du Vin 2020 as the featured vintner!
The McWilliams family have invited two lucky couples to experience the Russian River Valley firsthand. Stay three nights in a suite at the Arista Winery in Healdsburg, California. A beautiful 36-acre property featuring Asian-inspired architecture and Japanese gardens.
Arista Chef Timothy Kaulfers will prepare an elaborate five-course lunch with wine pairings highlighting estate-grown fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and honey, in a new “dojo” pavilion overlooking the vineyards. All part of the estate experience, which also includes a private tour of the winery and gardens.
During your stay in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country, partake in two additional private experiences at nearby Lambert Bridge and Mauritson Wines. Both small production, single-vineyard estate wineries share Arista’s aim to capture and express the character of each vineyard. Mauritson is the largest grower and producer of well-known Rockpile Ridge Vineyard.
Included with this lot are two glorious magnums of 2017 Pinot Noir from our featured winery Arista. The UV Lucky Well Vineyard Pinot Noir is a vibrant expression of Pinot Noir from the ridge that separates the Sonoma Coast from the Russian River – explosive with berries, grilled meat and firm tannins. The Mononi Vineyard Pinot is a wine with layers of gorgeous aromatics with polished tannins. The previous vintage from both vineyards secured 96 and 94+ points, respectively, from Jeb Dunnuck and this newly released vintage is sure to follow. Let’s show Arista how grateful we are for their presence and support of LDV 2020 – bid big!
Dates to be mutually agreed upon between winning bidders, Arista Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery, and Mauritson Winery.
Donor: Arista Winery, Lambert Bridge Winery, Mauritson Winery
LIVE LOT 17
Wine Dinner for up to 16 at the home of Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington prepared by Jeff Carter and the Bistro by the Tracks team, featuring an incredible Arista 2017 horizontal:
Arista Winery was founded in 2002 by Al and Janis McWilliams. Their belief that the finest examples of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are produced in small lots has led to an emphasis on quality over quantity, evident in the limited-production wines produced. Today, their sons Mark and Ben continue this tradition, pursuing and cultivating vineyards that reflect the unique characteristics of the Russian River Valley. Ben is with us for L’Amour du Vin 2020 as the Featured Vintner – in fact, Arista wines will be poured tonight!
The wines included in this lot are from the winery’s most recent release and not yet rated, however, the previous 2016 vintage of Russian River Valley and U.V. El Diablo Vineyards Chardonnay; and Russian River Valley and Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noirs all achieved ratings of 92-97 points from Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and Antonio Galloni.
This special dinner will be held in the classic and elegant home of Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington, located on a gentle slope along Lyons View Pike, overlooking the Tennessee River with beautiful gardens and mountain vistas. The Colonial Revival home was designed by architect Charles Barber and one of the first residences along Lyons View Pike. From the circular driveway, enter this lovely home through the columns of the front portico into the large and inviting foyer. Quickly, the eye is drawn to the expansive covered porch and lawn, pool, and river below. The home is an architectural treasure and perfect setting for this delightful gourmet food and wine experience.
Jeff Carter, the Executive Chef for Randy Burleson’s entire group of restaurants including Bistro by the Tracks, will be doing the food preparation. Jeff is a former featured chef for L’Amour du Vin (2012). His cuisine is both inventive and very creative. Furthermore, he will be assisted by the wonderful staff from Bistro by the Tracks.
What a spectacular tribute to this year’s featured winery Arista from the Brewingtons, Burlesons and Bistro by the Tracks team!
Donor: Bistro by the Tracks, Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington
LIVE LOT 18
Three-night for 2 couples at Luxurious Windsor Court in New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans was recently named the No. 2 city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine, and the designation is undeniable given the city’s vast amount of sights, sounds, culture, and cuisine.
An elegant escape in the heart of a legendary city, Windsor Court Hotel offers the quintessential four-star New Orleans experience. Classic luxury with contemporary focus, the hotel melds modern design and Old World charm – the premium suites are spacious with expansive bathrooms rich with Italian marble and offer private balconies or bay windows with Mississippi River or city skyline views just steps from the city’s bustling French Quarter.
Onsite amenities at the pet-friendly palace include an on-the-go eatery, fine dining fare – from afternoon tea to weekend brunch, a classic cocktail lounge featuring live jazz, a 65-foot saltwater pool with a cabana-style bar on the rooftop, and a full-service, luxury spa. Windor Court also offers a collection of 17th to 20th century paintings, sculptures, tapestries and furnishings, many depicting Windsor Castle and British royalty.
Windsor Court is located in the French Quarter, one of city’s most historic neighborhoods often called the crown jewel of New Orleans. Romantic, mysterious, and jazzy, the French Quarter is known for its Old World architecture, Bourbon Street fun, and century-old restaurants.
In nearby Garden District, just steps from the St. Charles Ave streetcar line is Commander’s Palace. Known for award-winning quality and its convivial atmosphere, Commander’s Palace is the go-to destination for Haute Creole cuisine and whimsical Louisiana charm. Winner of seven James Beard Foundation Awards, Commander’s Palace has evolved into a culinary legend – AND the executive chef is none other than this year’s L’Amour du Vin Featured Chef Tory McPhail – how perfect!
Laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) and BID!
Included in this lot is a three-night stay for 2 couples at Windsor Court; reservations required at least one month in advance. Subject to availability; excludes holidays and special events. Expires 3/31/2021.
Donor: Windsor Court
LIVE LOT 19
Denise Stewart-Sanabria, Culture Shock Goes Grand, 2020. Oil on linen, 40 x 40 inches.
Culture Shock Goes Grand shows why featured artist Denise Stewart-Sanabria is getting noticed around the country. Her innovative take on time-honored art forms is like no one else’s. She creates startlingly convincing illusions but does it in a way that infuses traditional still-life painting with drama and excitement. Stewart-Sanabria gives her beautifully rendered objects loads of personality and even hints at the possibility that they will, given the chance, misbehave. Culture Shock Goes Grand celebrates the Gallic spirit of L’Amour du Vin (reinforced this year with a shot of florid New Orleans style) with imagery distilling the overripe beauty and sensual pleasure of the ancien régime: opulent floral wallpaper embellished with portraits of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette, lilies past their prime, a half-eaten cake (get it?), a selection of deluxe pâtisserie, and a kitschy Easter bunny figurine. Is there anything better on earth?
Denise Stewart-Sanabria was born in Massachusetts and studied at the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst. She has lived in Knoxville since 1986. Her work is included in public and private collections around the Southeast, including the Knoxville Museum of Art, and she has built up a distinguished record of one-person and group exhibitions.
Donor: Denise Stewart-Sanabria
LIVE LOT 20
30 bottles [750mL] Radio-Coteau wines, Sonoma Coast; six each:
Radio-Coteau is deservedly a true “cult” Pinot Noir – produced in very small quantities by a very skilled and experienced winemaker, Eric Sussman, who has steered the winery to critical and commercial acclaim.
Eric established the Radio-Coteau in 2020, focusing on the north coast vineyards of western Sonoma County and Anderson Valley using Old World techniques from his time in France. His wines are so spectacular, Angelo Gaja, one of the greatest winemakers in the world, called Eric to ask if they could be import to his native Italy.
This excellent sampling of vintages (2013-2017) each a different selection of varietal and/or vineyard is thrilling to say the least.
Let’s get to the ratings. Antonio Galloni rated the 2013 La Neblina Pinot Noir – 89-91 points; 2014 Lemorel Zinfandel – 94 points; 2015 Harrison Grade Syrah – 93-95 (awarded 94 points by Jeb Dunnuck); 2016 Belay Estate Pinto Noir – 95+ points; and 2017 Heintz Chardonnay 92-94 points. This lot is special – Radio-Coteau wines haven’t been offered at LDV in years so don’t miss this opportunity to add these cult wines to your collection.
Donor: Melissa and Randy Burleson
LIVE LOT 21
FUND-A-CAUSE: The KMA’s Education Events and Programs
The Knoxville Museum of Art serves over 10,000 students in the surrounding counties through on and off-site workshops, art-integrated partnerships, and outreach programs.
Last year 3,957 children representing 68 schools and community organizations from 19 counties toured the museum.
One of the museum’s most popular programs is the Summer Art Academy for children ages 3 and up, which completed its 28th year last summer. Over 381 students attend and 100 scholarships are awarded to economically disadvantaged youth to ensure accessibility to all.
Another highlight of the education program is the East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition. This annual exhibition provided the opportunity for 316 students to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artworks displayed in a professional art museum environment.
LIVE LOT 22
One-week stay in a beach-front cottage in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, for up to 8 guests
Located in the gated community of Sunrise Beach on Historic Scenic Highway 30A this 3-bedroom, 3-bath cottage offers expansive views and direct beach access. The cottage has an open living, dining, and kitchen floor plan; with two large covered decks and a dune walkover to the white sand and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Of the three bedrooms, two are masters with direct access to a deck overlooking the Gulf.
The Emerald Coast of Florida boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and sport fishing in the world. There are spots all along 30A for casual to fine dining, many with seaside or waterfront views, and activities for all ages including water skiing, kayaking, fishing, biking, golf, and soaking in the sun on the beautiful sand of Santa Rosa Beach. Explore unique boutiques and galleries along 30A and shopping in Santa Rosa Beach.
Bedrooms include one king, one queen, and one with two full-size beds. Not available from May 1 to October 15 nor during Spring and Fall breaks. The selected week (from Saturday to Saturday) must be cleared in advance with the owners. Non-transferrable. Expires May 1, 2021.
Donor: Nancy and Charlie Wagner
LIVE LOT 23
Six-course dinner for 24 prepared by Chef David Rule of Church & Charles featuring thirty-six bottles [750mL] from Caymus Vineyards, six each:
Church & Charles Chef David Rule has over 20 years in hospitality working alongside some of the top hospitality leaders in the region, including four years as the head butcher for Blackberry Farm and two as the Chef and Proprietor of The Walnut Kitchen. Now at the helm of the highly-anticipated new restaurant Church & Charles, which is set to open in the historic First Century Bank building downtown this year, his unique style shines.
Elegant with a focus on detail, high-quality and seasonal ingredients, and dishes with classic and temporary techniques – there is zero chance this meal will disappoint. Chef Rule will prepare six courses, each created to bring out the best in each wine pairing. Expect a top-notch hospitality experience, gastronomic delight, and lasting memories right in your own home for you and 23 of your closest friends!
Oh! And the wines! 36 bottles total from the Wagner Family, highlighting six of the family’s labels: Caymus, Mer Soleil, Emmolo, Sea Sun, and Bonanza (a unique, multi-vintage California-appellation Cabernet). Seriously, could this get better? Bid!
Donor: Caymus Vineyards, Church & Charles Executive Chef David Rule, John Trotter
LIVE LOT 24
Dinner for 12 guests at “Hilltop Farm”, the estate of Dorothy and Caesar Stair, overlooking the Tennessee River, with a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Holly Hambright and wines from Bob’s Liquor and Wine
Dorothy and Caesar Stair, longtime supporters of the Knoxville Museum of Art, invite you to a special evening of outdoor and indoor entertaining. “Hilltop Farm” is the perfect setting, high above Lyons View Pike overlooking the Tennessee River with some of the most beautiful mountain vistas in East Tennessee. Begin the evening on the terrace with a glass of wine and then stroll their expansive property through the English-inspired gardens designed by the legendary Ryan Gainey, weather permitting. The garden’s pergola was inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll in designing Hestercombe Garden in Somerset, England, which was considered one of the finest examples of collaboration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Dinner will be served inside their lovely historic arts and crafts style home, built in 1916, also with wonderful views of the river and mountains.
Holly Hambright, one of Knoxville’s best-known and beloved chefs, will prepare and be on-site for this special four-course dinner that promises to delight. Holly’s culinary journey began here in her home town, including a stint at The Lord Lindsey early in her career. She is now at the helm of Holly’s Gourmets Market & Café and Holly’s Eventful Dining. She has cooked for presidents, governors, the Queen of Thailand, Frank Sinatra and if you are the lucky winning bidder – you!
Wines from long-time L’Amour du Vin supporter Bob’s Liquor and Wine will be expertly paired with each dinner course by owner Ashley Haun. A mutually agreeable date must be set by the winning bidder with the donors; expires March 7, 2021.
Donor: Dorothy and Caesar Stair; Holly Hambright, Managing Partner and Chef of Holly’s Gourmet Market and Holly’s Eventful Dining; and Ashley Haun at Bob’s Liquor and Wine
LIVE LOT 25
Five-night stay for up to 3 couples on the Penobscot Coast in Stockton Springs, Maine; PLUS VIP tour and tasting at nearby Cellardoor Winery – August 27-September 1, 2020
Enjoy all the Maine coast has to offer from the comfort of a spacious new 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath home perched high above Penobscot Bay. This beautiful custom home, designed to take full advantage of its incomparable location, seamlessly combines traditional craftsmanship and materials with modern luxury and convenience. Should you tire of listening to the whisper of the sea breeze through the pines, taking long walks on the beach at low tide, or quaffing award-winning wine (see below), it’s a short, scenic drive to the shops, restaurants, and lobster shacks of Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Deer Island, Blue Hill, Stonington, and so many other exceptional day-trip destinations.
And there’s more: Cellardoor Winery in nearby Lincolnville will stock the house before your arrival with award-winning wine and is also offering the winning bidders a tour and tasting at the winery. Cellardoor just won 24 awards for its wines, including two Best of Class awards, three Double Golds, and five Golds at the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
Bid high to claim this unparalleled chance to experience the Down East vacation of your dreams. Great for up to three couples or a large family. Stockton Springs is a two-hour drive from flight connections in Portland and 40 minutes from Bangor. Dates are finite for August 27 to September 1, 2020 (Thursday to Tuesday – during peak season) Non-transferable.
Donor: Susan and Kent Farris, Cellar Door Winery
LIVE LOT 26
An evening in Old World Spain for 10 guests featuring a five-course dinner prepared by Charleston Chef Juan Cassalett of Malagón with Spanish wine pairings at the lovely Spanish-style home of Julia and Gary Bentley
Be prepared to be transported to the streets of Spain! An exceptional five-course, tapas-style, authentic dinner rooted in the traditions of Spanish cuisine awaits the lucky winning bidder and nine guests. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Juan Cassalett, Executive Chef of downtown Charleston restaurant Malagón Mercado y Tapería. Named for Chef Cassalett’s grandfather, Malagón is an ode to his family’s roots and exclusively focused on Spanish cuisine – think dishes like tomatoes con atun (tomatoes with cured tuna), buñuelos de bacalao (crisp salt cod fritters), and rossejat negro (Catalonian squid ink pasta). Plus, amazing, impossible-to-find Spanish cheeses and charcuterie such as paper-thin slices of Serrano ham.
Spanish wine pairings will be provided by Maja Roy / 100% Italiano. Don’t let the name fool you – named for the Italian roots of the founders, 100% Italiano specializes in distributing Old Word-style wine from all over Europe and the Americas with a focus on indigenous, rare grapes, and boutique wines. Wine pairings will be expertly selected by Maja Roy, a Level II Sommelier who has worked with numerous restaurants, importers and winemakers in America and Europe; and has focused her work in training and development of wine programs in many prestigious restaurants around the world.
The evening will take place at the charming, historic Spanish-style stucco home of your hosts, The Bentleys. Choose an indoor dining experience or the outdoor retreat, weather permitting, under a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, stacked stone, and complete with kitchen, fireplace, and entertainment space. The Bentleys’ “hacienda” is a lovely retreat in the heart of Sequoyah Hills. The atmosphere, the cuisine, the Spanish wine pairings – increíble!
Nontransferable. Mutually agreeable date; expires 3/7/2021.
Donor: Julia and Gary Bentley, Juan Cassalett Executive Chef/Owner of Malagón taperia y Mercado, Maja Roy and 100% Italiano
LIVE LOT 27
A Week of Wine, Food, and Art in New York City for One Couple
Enjoy a one-week stay for two in a private apartment on the Upper East Side of New York City. The one-bedroom penthouse unit has a wrap terrace and is located in a pre-war art deco building in the Carnegie Hill area just three blocks from Central Park. The home is furnished with antiques and art by several Tennessee artists including Richard Jolley, Tommie Rush, Andy Saftel, John Kelley, Whitney Leland and Cynthia Markert. During the stay the winning bidder will experience an event at The James Beard Foundation*, which is includes a multi-course dinner with expert wine pairings prepared by prominent Chefs from around the world who have been invited by the foundation. When attending the dinner guests enter through the kitchen of the James Beard townhouse and observe some of the final preparations for the meal. It is truly uniquely New York experience! Plus, many of the best museums and art galleries in New York are within easy walking distance. It’s the perfect trifecta of wine, food and art – all in the big Apple! Winning bidder(s) must be over 35 years or older; stay is not transferable. No more than 2 people can be accommodated. Mutually agreeable date. Expires 3/7/2021. *Depending on dates chosen.
Donor: Kimbro Maguire and Penny Lynch
LIVE LOT 28
One jeroboam [3L] Rudd 2013 Oakville Estate Red
Rudd Oakville Estate embodies a sense of timelessness, passing down expertise and commitment to the winery’s vision through generations. Samantha Rudd, now at the helm of the winery, was the featured vintner of L’Amour du Vin 2012. She is continuing the estate’s tradition of standing out as an exceptional place with unmatched terrior – uniquely situated within Napa Valley with a geologic backbone of volcanic rock weathered into core stone bedrock and alluvial sediments creating iron-rich, well-drained soil idea for growing grapes. The rocky, red, volcanic terrain of Rudd’s estate vineyards along Oakville’s eastern foothills is the ideal terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon. And if you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit or drive by during the Summer months you’ll notice the soil it is great for sunflowers too! For each vintage of the Oakville Estate Red, the winemaker selects the finest vineyard to blend. This 2013 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red is inky purple with notes of blueberry and cassis. A blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and balanced Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is bold and full-bodied. Rated 95 by Robert Parker, drink now through 2051. An excellent representation of what Rudd Oakville Estate has to offer!
Donor: Samantha Rudd
LIVE LOT 29
Three-year magnum [1.5L] vertical (2014-2016) Vineyard 7 & 8 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley
Two-time featured L’Amour du Vin winery Vineyard 7 & 8, was founded by the Steffens family in 1999 and named after proprietor Launny Steffens’ life and background in the world of finance with a theme encompassed by numerics, and a keen interest in numerology — “seven” being a number of luck in western culture, while “eight” follows the meanings of prosperity and happiness in eastern culture — Vineyard 7 & 8 is the culmination of the family’s pursuit for producing fine wines including 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Martha McClellan, winemaker for many notable brands, joined Vineyard 7 & 8 as Winemaker in 2014. Working alongside Assistant Winemaker Wesley Steffens (Launny’s son and friend to many LDV patrons), her inaugural 2014 vintage with Vineyard 7 & 8 earned high marks from critics – 95 points from both Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. The wine is a deep garnet-purple color, perfumed with violets and lavender over blueberries plus mossy bark, forest floor, stewed tea and dried herbs; finishes long and mineral tinged.
The 2015, also deep garnet-purple, was rated 96 points by Wine Enthusiast and 97+ points by Wine Advocate – bombastic nose of crème de cassis, plum preserves, blueberry pie and Indian spices with touches of earth, tobacco, meat and wood smoke; full, rich, layered and packed with fruit.
Last but not least, the 2016, which is the product of a near perfect growing season. A more savory focus than past vintages, with notes of Chinese five spice, bittersweet chocolate ganache, white pepper; dark fruit and earthy layers with hints of forest floor, cigar box and crushed cherries. Again, a beautiful deep purple-black. This vintage was rated 94-97 points by Wine Advocate and 92-95 points by Anotonio Galloni.
McClellan promises all three wines will evolve in the cellar for years to come. Don’t miss the opportunity to take home this special large-format trio – bid!
Donor: Vineyard 7 & 8
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