2016 Live Auction Lots
One Salmanazar & Six 750ML Bottles
CENTRAL COAST WINE CLASSIC
A One-Of-A-Kind Blend
Of Pinot Noir
Domaine de la Côte
Santa Rita Hills
Vintner Rajat Parr & Winemaker Sashi Moorman
Au Bon Climat
Santa Maria Valley
Vintner & Mind Behind
One Salmanazar & Six 750ML Bottles
One Salmanazar & Six 750ML Bottles
One Salmanazar & Six 750ML Bottles
A Special Blend Created from the Joint Efforts of Edna Valley Vintners Tolosa Winery, Center of Effort Wines, Chamisal Winery & Baileyana Winery, The Edna Valley Collective
One Salmanazar & Six 750ML Bottles
The Edna Valley Collective is the first vintners’ organization to exclusively represent the Edna Valley AVA since it was formally established in 1982. As a group of dedicated Edna Valley AVA wineries, the aim is twofold: to generate and share research on the Edna Valley which sheds light on the character and quality of the wines; and to highlight and communicate the unique qualities of the Edna Valley, its vineyards and wineries among relevant audiences.
With one of California’s longest growing seasons, the small but fertile Edna Valley offers wines having the complex flavors associated with California’s great cool-climate regions. Located in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County, the valley is most famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir production. Edna Valley’s grape history began with Spanish missionaries 240 years ago. It was revived from dormancy when Chamisal and Paragon Vineyards planted new vineyards in early 1973.
The Central Coast Wine Classic
The Santa Barbara Wine Auction
Santa Barbara, California
“Vineyard to Table,” Dinner for Eight Exceedingly Fortunate People on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the historic Sanford & Benedict Barn west of Buellton to Celebrate 40 Years of the Historic and Iconic Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and 30 Years of the Renowned Hitching Post II restaurant, featured in the Film “Sideways,” each of which was a Bellwether to the world for the Extraordinary Quality of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir
Join Archie McLaren as your host as he regales his long-time friend Richard Sanford, who is the introductory interview of Archie’s recently released KEYT program “Wine Country with Archie McLaren.” “Richard is a fabulous person, a visionary who brought the world to the Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Door when he planted Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in 1971 and ultimately released the incredible 1976 Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir that is one of the greatest ever produced,” effuses Archie. “And he is an all-round fascinating individual who is as gracious as they come.”
You will spend the day at the famous Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and mingle with many of the winemakers who have made wines from S&B grapes, such as Jim Clendenen, Rajat Parr, Dick Dore, Bill Wathan, Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley.
You will be in attendance at a once-in-a-lifetime retrospective tasting hosted by highly wine-knowledgeable Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast wine writer Matt Kettmann, followed by the superlative BBQ cuisine of the renowned Hitching Post.
This is an astounding opportunity to enjoy the history and bounties of the past and the companionship of those vintners who created it and are taking it into the future. This happening is Not To Be Missed. As we indicated it is a one-time, once- in-a-lifetime event.
Each guest will also receive a special Commemorative Magnum of Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir created by event hosts Sanford Winery and Hitching Post Wines!
Avila Beach & Santa Barbara, California
“The Thirty-First Annual Central Coast Wine Classic Chairman’s Offering,” A Cellar Raid Dinner for Eight People to Celebrate Archie McLaren’s 75th Year on the Planet, Including of Course, the Raiding of the Avila Beach and/or Big Sur Cellars, Even Some of His Santa Barbara Stash”
Normally, if “normal” can be used in the same sentence as Founder & Chairman of the Central Coast Wine Classic, Archie McLaren, Archie offers a “gaveled early-on” Auction Lot every year to manifest and stimulate the awareness of the symbiotic relationship between ne wine and ne cuisine. In other words, if your taste buds through memory or imagination embrace that nexus, you will be more compelled to enthusiastically bid and generate the momentum that will carry the Auction to an overwhelmingly positive conclusion. Archie’s comprehensively eclectic cellars in Avila Beach and Big Sur, which include wines from throughout the world, and his proclivity to share special wines within them have made this Auction Lot one of our most sought-after.
The wine cellars at both properties house an array of the finest wines in the world, from California, Oregon and Washington to Champagne, Burgundy, the Rhone and Bordeaux, to Chianti and the Priorat, to Tuscany and the Piedmont, to Austria and Germany, to Australia and New Zealand.
Enthusiastic Gourmets and Wine Aficionados have enthusiastically bid on this offering over the years. Just to give you an idea of the manifestations of the theme, one of the recent Dinner offerings featured some spectacular rare wines, all of which were drinking beautifully, including:
- 1985 Krug Champagne
- 1996 Sauzet Montrachet
- 2003 Aubert Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Chardonnay
- 2001 Loring Gary’s Vineyard (Yes, that Gary, our dear friend Gary Pisoni!) Pinot Noir
- 1989 La tache
- 1990 Vega Sicilia Unico
- 1995 Guigal La turque (A gorgeous 100-Point wine!)
- 1985 Chateau Latour
Dessert wines from such transcendent properties as Chateau d’Yquem and Alois Kraacher are also available as a perfect denouement to the evening.
The Dinner may be held in Big Sur, San Luis Obispo County or Santa Barbara County at the Winning Bidders’ choice at a mutually convenient time within one year of this Auction. This Offering Does Not Include Transportation (Other than from the one-dimensional to the ethereal) or accommodations.
Niven Family Wine Estates
San Luis obispo, California
- 2015 Baileyana “S-BAR” Chardonnay, Edna Valley Estate – Select Blocks and Rows, Etched & Hand-Painted
- 2015 Baileyana “S-BAR” Pinot Noir, Edna Valley Estate – Select Blocks and Rows, Etched & Hand-Painted
- 2015 Baileyana “S-BAR” Syrah, Edna Valley Estate – Select Blocks and Rows, Etched & Hand-Painted
Total of Three Double Magnums
Per the Niven Family, “S-BAR, named for Select Blocks And Rows, represent the very best our vineyard has to offer. Our Vineyard Managers choose specific blocks, and in some cases individual rows within our estate vineyard. These chosen vines are painstakingly nurtured via meticulous vineyard practices. The grapes are then handed over to winemaker Christian Roguenant to create these beautiful S-BAR wines.”
Catalan painter Joan Miró combined abstract art with Surrealist fantasy to create his lithographs, murals, tapestries, and sculptures for public spaces.
Joan Miró was born April 20, 1893, in Barcelona, Spain. His mature style evolved from the tension between his fanciful, poetic impulse and his vision of the harshness of modern life. He worked extensively in lithography and produced many murals, tapestries, and sculptures for public spaces. In spite of his fame, Miró, an introvert, continued to devote himself exclusively to looking and creating.
The Niven Family, beginning with Jack and Catherine Niven during the early years of our event, and continuing with John R. and Yvonne Niven, as well as Vintner Committee member, John H. Niven, and Michael Blaney, have substantively supported the Wine Classic virtually since its inception. John R.’s sister and brother, Jane and James, have also been extremely supportive.
The Nivens have set the standard for family involvement in the Edna Valley wine community, beginning with Jack’s planting grapes in the Edna Valley in the early 70s and in establishing Edna Valley Vineyard in 1981, and Catherine’s founding of Baileyana. There is no doubt why the Nivens are termed the “First Family” of San Luis Obispo Wine Country.
At the heart of the Baileyana program are wines from the Firepeak Vineyard, a low- yielding parcel on a high piece of ground that produces intense Edna Valley fruit. Adjacent to our estate vineyard, the Firepeak Vineyard lies at the foot of Islay Mountain, the nal peak in the chain of the “Seven Sisters”.
The Niven family, owners of Paragon Vineyard and aficionados of ne art and who are always eager to combine it with the art of the vintner, has once again bestowed a perfect marriage of the two upon our auction. This gorgeous lot presents the ne wine making of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and now Syrah, superstar winemaker Christian Roguenant.
Justin Vineyard & Winery
Paso Robles, California
An Intimate Look into a Paso Robles Pioneer. Hosted by JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery with Founder Justin Baldwin. Two (2) couples will join JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery Founder, Justin Baldwin, for an unforgettable amalgamation of wine, cuisine, education and stunning views of JUSTIN’s estate vineyards from the comfort of their very own suites! The culinary, wine and accommodation aspects of this comprehensive auction lot offering includes a 5-course wine-paired dinner at Restaurant at JUSTIN, one overnight stay for two couples at JUST Inn luxury suites, reception at JUSTIN Chateau, exclusive tour + tasting and library wines.
The fortunate winning bidders will join Justin to savor the wonders of The Restaurant at JUSTIN (Wine & Spirits magazine US Top 50 Restaurant List) with a ve-course wine pairing menu. The beautifully redesigned restaurant offers the freshest local ingredients in dishes that reflect the changing seasons, as well as an award-winning wine list that offers selections from around the world and rarities from the cellar. Executive Chef Will Torres takes full advantage of “farm to table” local offerings, blending savory and sweet, nouveau and traditional, and urban panache with down-home delicious. Chef Will came to JUSTIN in 2005 where he spearheaded the 2013 re-launch and created innovative new menus, and since then, Chef Will has perfected his skill by hosting some of America’s top chefs at The Restaurant at JUSTIN.
Prior to dinner at JUSTIN’s restaurant, on the evening of arrival, auction winners will enjoy a tour of the estate vineyards, underground barrel caves and entire estate property — nalist from Sunset magazine’s Travel Award. After the tour, guests will enjoy a magical sunset reception at the Chateau at JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery which overlooks the Santa Lucia Mountain Range and estate vineyards.
The winning bidders will have two rooms at JUST Inn as part of the offering and will be staying overnight at the gorgeous and recently renovated JUST Inn Suites. Surrounded by vineyards, the JUST Inn Suites are the ultra-premium expression of Paso Robles countryside. Each of the three suites, named for JUSTIN’s proprietary blends, is a blend of the style, sophistication, and natural beauty that is offered by the surrounding estate. The well- appointed JUST Inn Suites feature Tempur-Pedic mattresses and Frette linens, both names that have been synonymous with world-class taste and luxury, as well as at screen TV’s and hydro-spa bathtubs.
Each couple will also be gifted with one bottle of ISOSCELES signed by JUSTIN’s very own founder, Justin Baldwin.
The Wine Classic’s Dear Friend, Justin Baldwin was indeed a pioneer in the initiation and continuation of international focus on the Westside of Paso Robes, bringing world-wide attention to a terroir that is ideal for Cabernet-Based wines. Justin has supported the Wine Classic at the very highest level for three decades, having founded his vineyard in 1981, just prior to the initial Central Coast Wine Classic in 1985, perfect serendipitous timing for us.
Dates for this Auction Lot must be of mutual agreement among all parties!
The Myriad Restaurant Group
Nobu & Tribeca Grill
Drew And Tracy Nieporent
New York, New York
The Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York, New York
The Central Coast Wine Classic
Acker Merrall & Condit Proprietor John Kapon
New York, New York
What an astounding wine and culinary experience this will be! The Myriad Restaurant Culinary Offering AND the Acker Merrall & Condit Wine Experience, an incredible New York City multi-faceted adventure. The New York Myriad Restaurant Group Culinary Tour for Two People, Including Accommodations (Two Rooms) for Four Nights at the Venerable & Recently Remodeled Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and Dinners at Nobu & Tribeca Grill as guests of the Myriad Restaurant Group.
Dinner for Two at Nobu New York City is Valid Sunday through Thursday and has a limit of $200.
Dinner for Two at Tribeca Grill is Valid Sunday through Thursday and has a limit of $150.
The Central Coast Wine Classic Will Treat You to a Bottle of Fine Wine at Each Restaurant with a Maximum of $125 Per Restaurant, a Total of $250!
Please note that you may wish to acquire matinee tickets (Your responsibility!) if you want to enjoy the Broadway plays.
In that way, you can do it all! Your four-night stay at the Waldorf will give you ample time for a comprehensive New York City experience!
As with all Central Coast Wine Classic Auction Lot Dinners, gratuity and additional alcoholic beverages other than those indicated are not included with the dinners, and the accommodations are space-available and do not include incidentals.
Two Seats at a Wine Tasting or Dinner Tasting Event Held by the Wine Workshop, America’s Leading Series of Fine and Rare Wine Tastings and Dinners
Be the Guest of Acker Merrall & Condit, the most successful Commercial Wine Auction House in the World, at One of Its Remarkable Tastings or Dinner Tastings of Rare Wines in New York City. You will join world-renowned Acker Merral & Condit owner and auctioneer John Kapon and Acker Merrall Condit tasting host and Rare & Fine Wine Expert David Hamburger for a spectacular evening during the next 12 months. If he is available, Archie McLaren, who is a close friend of these gentlemen, may join you. He certainly hopes so.
Here is one of our most popular auction offerings, the annual New York Culinary Tour, as homage to New York as arguably the most wondrous culinary destination in the world (certainly it is the most diverse!)
Few hotels are as synonymous with New York City as the famed NY Waldorf Astoria. World-renowned for over a century, Waldorf Astoria’s grace and elegance is enhanced by its deep-rooted history. From Waldorf Salad to countless depictions in lm, the 4 star NY Waldorf Astoria is known as one of the quintessential New York hotels. With an exciting atmosphere that belays the stately, elegant surroundings, NY Waldorf Astoria is a hard hotel to top for those seeking a true New York experience. Prominently located on 50th Street at Park Avenue and occupying an entire city block, The Waldorf Astoria New York City is the place to be for shopping on Fifth Avenue, ne dining and the best that Midtown East has to offer. Guests are within walking distance of fast-paced Times Square, Broadway theaters, Central Park, and bustling Grand Central Station.
This year once again our friends and patrons, world-renowned restaurateurs Drew and Tracy Nieporent, have favored us with dining experiences at a number of their superior New York City restaurants.
Nobu Matsuhisa is the Executive Chef at Nobu, a monument to elegant Japanese cuisine with twists of France and New York and one of the toughest reservations in New York to obtain. The decor is almost as wondrous as the cuisine.
Tribeca Grill has an energy that is palpable and a wine list that is exceptional. It is a Wine Spectator Grand Award winner, and the cuisine is designed to have a visceral relationship to the wine.
The Acker Merrall & Condit tastings are transcendent experiences. This year the following tasting dinners have ALREADY taken place. You can imagine what your choices will be from the list released in August.
Raveneau Dinner At Oceana — Raveneau makes pure, age worthy, terroir-driven wines that are capable of matching, or even topping, the best sites on the Côte de Beaune in complexity, texture and longevity. Raveneau is still considered the greatest domaine in Chablis but the wines are getting harder and harder to find. this is classic mineral rich and racy Chablis from the regions greatest domaine. Harvesting is done manually and picking is generally done early in order to retain natural acidity and freshness. the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks then matured for 18 months before bottling in large oak feuilletes with an average age of 7-8 years. this retrospective dinner of one of the great domaines of Burgundy will be a unique opportunity that you won’t want to miss! Vintages include: 1999, 2009, 2011 Les Clos; 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2012 Montee tonnerre; 2000, 2010 Valmur; 2011 Blanchots; 2006, 2007, 2012 Butteaux; 2012 Foret.
L’Eglise-Clinet & L’Evangile Dinner At Tocqueville — From near obscurity to one of the most renowned regions in Bordeaux, Pomerol is now home to several of the region’s most sought after and expensive wines. the appellation is the continuation of the plateau directly above St Émilion to the northwest, on the Right Bank of the river. Heavy clay soil contributes greatly to the exotic character of the wine. the density of the soil marries well with Merlot’s roundness to create profound wines. l’Eglise-Clinet is one of the finest if least well known of the great houses of Pomerol. l’Eglise has some of the oldest vines in Pomerol, a few of which exceed 100 years of age. A collector’s favorite, l’Eglise-Clinet is still very much an insider’s wine due to its miniscule production. l’Evangile has always been one of the elite Pomerols. Now under the control of the Rothschilds (of La te fame) look for this property to frequently rival Petrus at fraction of the price. the terroir is there! this is fabulous opportunity to try two top Pomerols side by side! Wines include: l’Evangile: 1989, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005; l’Eglise-Clinet: 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
Martha’s Vineyard & Monte Bello Luncheon At Nomad — In the context of the history of California wine, no one can argue the importance of Heitz Martha’s Vineyard. For many connoisseurs Heitz Martha’s Vineyard is the greatest wine produced in California. With its distinctive eucalyptus, minty aroma it has a strong character all its own. It’s one of the few terroir driven wines of the new world. Monte Bello is considered one of California’s “First Growth”. the Monte Bello vineyard is planted in reddish decomposed rock mixed with clay, with a subsoil of fractured limestone. the average age of the wines is thirty years. At 2,300 feet the vineyard is well above the fog line. the result is a wine that is dense, structured and long lived rather than eshy and over ripe. Join us for a delicious lunch and one of New York’s best restaurants to celebrate these two extraordinary wines. Wines include: 1974, 1980, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997 Heitz Cabernet Martha’s Vineyard; 1991, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2000 Ridge Monte Bello.
Rousseau Burgundy Grand Cru Luncheon Private Home — Tradition! there are two types of domaines in the Côte d’or. one uses experimentation and innovation to modernize their techniques while the other honors a sense of tradition to a ne art for generations. Domaine Rousseau is de nitely the latter. It would be dif cult to find a more impeccably run Domaine in the Côte d’or that consistently produces high quality wines than Armand Rousseau. Extremely precise traditional wine making, intensive pruning, rigid grape selection, and old vines are the ingredients to producing the most desirable wines in all of Burgundy. the Rousseau wines are pure and have wonderful texture, balance and a digital clarity of terroir. Armand’s son, Charles Rousseau, has passed the winemaking on to his son, Eric, who continues to produce some of the most stunning wines across Burgundy. this is superb winemaking of the highest level. Join us for this incredible retrospective event of Rousseau’s best offerings including: 2009 & 2002 Chambertin, 1998 & 1996 Chambertin Clos de Beze, 2010 & 1996 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques, 2005 & 1999 Clos des Ruchottes, 2005 & 1991 Clos de la Roche, and 2009 & 2005 Charmes Chambertin.
Jackets and ties are not required. Please, no perfume or after-shave... it interferes with the wines’ aromas.
Per Acker Merrall & Condit, “Founded in 1820, Acker Merrall & Condit is America’s Oldest and Finest Wine Shop. But we are not just your typical wine shop...we’re not just about buying and selling wines, but also about sharing with our customers the experience of wine. We’ve greatly expanded our services with Auctions, Education, Tastings and Wine Clubs. As a family business, every customer is important to us...three generations of the Kapon family have been dedicated to bringing the best from the vine to our customers.
The Retail Shop is the oldest wine shop in America. Personalized service, broad selection, excellent quality and ne values are the cornerstones of our business. So if you need a special vintage or specific producer, you can depend on us to find it for you.
The Wine Workshop is New York’s favorite wine education experience.
Please call David Hamburger at The Wine Workshop at (212) 875-0222 (Monday – Friday) to confirm your winning bid reservation and location information.
A list of potential tastings and dinners that can be redeemed from this certi cate will be released August 2016.
What an astounding wine and culinary experience this will be!
Arroyo Grande, California
Two Etched & Hand-Painted Three-Liter Bottles of Talley Single Vineyard Wines from the 2013 Vintage: Talley Rosemary’s Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir & 2013 Talley Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir
Talley Vineyards is now one of the most famous wine grape vineyards in California, on its way to be one of the most famous in the world! Outstanding vintners such as Jim Clendenen and Brian Babcock have sought its grapes, and wine publications throughout the United States, such as Wine Spectator, give the wines from the vineyard consistently very high scores, well into the 90’s. Rosemary’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is its flagship wine, but each bottling from Talley is outstanding. The 2013 vintage is a stunning manifestation of the level to which Pinot Noir has been elevated in the Arroyo Grande Valley and the Edna Valley!
Oliver’s son, Don, watched with great interest the emergence of viticulture in the neighboring Edna Valley and Santa Barbara County areas. After extensive analysis in the late 1970’s, Don was convinced of the potential for growing high quality wine grapes, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot noir, on the steep hillsides above the vegetable farmland that comprises Talley Farms. A small test plot was planted in 1982, and included ve varietals. Working with viticultural experts from the University of California at Davis and the Napa Valley, the varietal and clonal selections were re ned and planting expanded over the years to a total of 190 acres in the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys. Talley Vineyards produced its first wine in 1986 with the production of 450 cases.
Planting at Rosemary’s Vineyard began in 1987 and was completed in 2001. Regarding its remarkably special and specific terroir, Rosemary’s Vineyard is located on a hillside surrounding Rosemary Talley’s home about one mile west of the Rincon Vineyard and is characterized by white, rocky sandstone and loam soil, with some clay in the subsoil. Rosemary’s Vineyard is steep and very well drained. Yields average less than three tons per acre.
Some people think there is no doubt that, at some point in the near future, Talley Vineyards will develop a legendary reputation. In fact, it truly already has.
Ed & Deb Fitts
St. Helena, California
First Growths from One of Bordeaux’s Most Highly Touted Vintages, these Chateaux Represent the Cream of 1990 from the Left Bank of Bordeaux & One Anomalous Rendering that Cost the Winemaker His Job! One Bottle Each of 1990 Chateaux Haut-Brion, La te-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux & Mouton Rothschild (Archie Will Ameliorate the Anamalous One With One Bottle of the Extraordinary 1990 La Mission Haut-Brion!)
Total of Six Bottles
The vintage 1990 is considered by many aficionados to be the finest vintage in Bordeaux following the seminal 1982, the year that Robert Parker claimed, and rightly so, was the best vintage since 1961. According to Parker when he tasted the 1990 vintage in 2003, there was another 25 years or so of maturation that could be expected, but “there is not a wine from this vintage that cannot be drunk with pleasure in 2003.” That will give you a comfortable feeling about the choice you have with respect to these incredible Chateaux. The most striking characteristic of this vintage is the opulence and layered texture with soft tannins that allows for elegance and current drinkability at a relatively tender age. Per Parker, “Because the tannins are so soft (as in 1989, 1985 and 1982), these wines provide considerable enjoyment even when young, yet they possess decades of longevity.”
In addition, four of these wines are among the very finest of the vintage:
- 1990 Chateau Haut-Brion, Graves – 98 points – “one of the greatest of the last 25 years”
- 1990 Chateau Margaux, Margaux – 100 points – “combines power and elegance in a silken texture”
- 1990 Chateau La te-Rothschild, Pauillac – 92 Points – “Will ultimately turn out to be an outstanding 40 to 50 year wine”
- 1990 Chateau Latour, Pauillac – 96 Points – “Anticipated maturity 2009 to 2036.”
- 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac – 87 points – This is the wine that cost the winemaker at the time his job at Mouton.
- 1990 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion from Archie’s cellar (Share it with him if you are feeling grateful or even just patently altruistic!) – 99 points – What more needs to be said about this amazing property that is adjacent to but certainly not second to Haut-Brion!
Again, per Bob, “Astoundingly, it can be said that they (some Chateaux in 1990) have made richer, fuller, more complete wines than in 1989.” And as you aficionados know, 1989 was a fantastic vintage.
Gary & Marcy Eberle Eberle Winery
Paso Robles, California
Dinner for Eight Fortunate Guests with “THE GODFATHER” OF PASO ROBLES WINE” at “CLUB EB,” Gary and Marcy Eberle’s Private Residence Adjacent to the Eberle Estate Vineyard, Featuring a One-of-a-Kind Wine Classic White Cuvée Magnum AND ALSO Magnums of 2010, 2011 and 2012 Eberle Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Winning Bidders Will Take Home Four Magnums, One for Each Couple, of Eberle Estate Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
He’s known as the Godfather of the Paso Robles Appellation—the man who opened the 4th winery in Paso Robles, the first person to create a 100% Syrah in the United States, and the one who helped create the Paso Robles Appellation in 1981 by literally drawing the maps to the region. Gary Eberle is also known as a man who likes to have a good time and loves to entertain. You will enjoy an evening enhanced by the aura and ambiance created by Gary’s 32-year history of award-winning wines while Gary and Marcy do the cooking and create a multi-course meal for your friends and you.
Give Gary enough wine and he just might go down to his private cellar to dig up Eberle wines that are not available for sale.
Private Dinners at “Club Eb” are quite rare and extremely enjoyable. For starters, Gary, as is Marcy, is one of the most gracious and gregarious companions in the Central Coast wine milieu. And he is a gourmet, so the cuisine is always spectacular. And his wines are simply outstanding! Gary has precious few Magnums of his Cabernet Sauvignon. For Gary to offer Four with one Auction Lot is remarkably generous, even for one so generous as he.
Gary Eberle was the first vintner to fully stand behind the Central Coast Wine Classic concept. He was then and is now a dear friend of Founding Director, Larry Shupnick, and is one of the true pioneers of the Central Coast wine industry.
During the 1950’s and 1960’s, several vineyards were planted in the Paso Robles region, yet there was not a winery truly competing on a national or international level. The arrival of Gary Eberle in 1972 began one of the brightest winemaking chapters in the history of Paso Robles.
The history of Eberle Winery dates back to 1979, when Gary produced his first bottle of Eberle Winery Cabernet Sauvignon. Now Gary and his team have celebrated over 30 years of making ultra-premium wines exclusively from the Paso Robles Appellation. To date, Eberle Winery remains one of the highest award-winning wineries in California, consistently ranking in the top twenty of more than 1500 wineries now operating in the state.
Many wineries in our area owe Gary Eberle a great debt of gratitude. No one has been more energetic, conscientious and successful in promoting the Paso Robles appellation throughout the United States than he, and he has done so of his own volition and with his own resources. He is not only a pioneer but a sustaining icon of the Central Coast as well. You will see firsthand why Gary Eberle is so passionate about Cabernet fruit from Paso Robles.
Gary’s Cabernets are prime examples of forward Cabernet fruit aromas and flavors, balanced with rm tannins that have marked Eberle Winery as a leading producer of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon throughout its history.
The inclusion of a Magnum of his award-winning Cabernet for Each Couple is a major vinous embellishment to an already compelling offering!
The dinner must be arranged at the mutual convenience of all parties and should take place within a year of the date of this auction.
Artiste Winery & Sunstone Vineyard & Winery
Santa Ynez & Los olivos, California
One Salmanazar (9L) Containing a Unique Blend from the 2014 Vintage of Merlot (25%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) from Bion Rice of Artiste Winery and Sunstone Vineyard & Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley, Graced with James-Paul’s neo-impressionist art work, Painted on a Canvas Label that is Attached to the Bottle
In early 1998, Sunstone Vineyards chose James-Paul’s creations for their wine labels. The first, a wine varietal blend from the 1997 vintage named “EROS,” features his work entitled “The Kiss.” James-Paul had painted “The Kiss” in 1996 in homage to his adoration of his wife Juliet, and it is a neo-impressionist painterly depiction of the two of them kissing. Artiste has presented it annually since that time.
Artiste is the extraordinarily creative brainchild of Bion Rice, whose creation of compelling wines from an array of ne grape varieties is remarkable. With fruit from the transcendent Sunstone Vineyard, Bion is able to employ the most beautifully nurtured grapes imaginable for the wine contained within this blend.
Combining a reverence for tradition and a philosophy of winemaking as an artistic expression, Artiste wines are labeled with gorgeous works of impressionist art. Each of the wine blends is named after the title of the painting that graces its bottle. Artiste works with some of the finest Contemporary Impressionist artists across the country to commission and license a new painting for each new wine. Then, taking inspiration from the colors, imagery and story behind each wine label, Artiste’s winemaker, Bion Rice, blends and weaves different wines together to create Impressionist CuvéesTM, such as the one for this gorgeous large-format bottle with James- Paul’s Neo-Impressionist art work of James and his wife Juliet kissing attached to it. With each blend, Artiste wines capture a sense of old-world style with new-world personality, handcrafting liquid works of art for your palate.
Commemorative Artist, James-Paul Brown, needs no introduction. He has been a Wine Classic Family Member for years, and his wonderful, thoughtful, enthusiastic and spontaneous energy always adds to any proceedings, particularly one where art is involved, such as this offering for instance. The art work and the wine are equally collectible, rendering this lot comprehensively desirable.
Thank you, James, for the amazing energy reflected in this art work, and thank you Bion for your expertise in creating this unique wine, and thank both of you for your generosity in presenting this uniquely resonant offering of Fine Wine and Fine Art!
Qupé Wine Cellars
Santa Maria, California
“Qupé, Dodgers and Dodger Bob!” Bob Lindquist, Life-Long Los Angeles Dodgers Fan, Had a “Bucket List” Type Dream Come True in 2016 by Getting the Chance to Produce Special Co-Branded Wines Between Qupé and the Dodgers! These Unique, One of a Kind Bottlings of 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Syrah from Some of Bob’s Best Central Coast Vineyard Sources Are a Treat for Wine and Baseball Fans Alike.
This Lot Also Includes 3 Separate Opportunities to See the Dodgers with Bob This Season and Next. The Lot Includes:
A five liter bottle of each wine etched by Central Coast artist Candice Norcross. Only two of each of these were bottled in this large format, and the other bottles are in Bob’s cellar.
Two magnums of each wine. Only 30 magnums of each were produced. One case of each wine. 12x750ml.
All bottles signed by winemaker Bob Lindquist.
Two tickets to this years Qupé Wine Club Dodger bus trip. September 5th (Labor Day) vs the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bus leaves from Arroyo Grande with stops in Los Olivos, Santa Barbara and Ventura on the way to Dodger Stadium with a tailgate party in LA before the game.
Two tickets to the Qupé/Dodger Wine Club Spring Training trip, March 2017 in Arizona. Date TBD, and includes at least one and probably two Dodger Spring Training games. Also includes two seats at the Qupé winemaker dinner at ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale and the VIP after party (this year we were joined at the dinner by Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura!).
Lodging and transportation are not included but you will have the opportunity to get the special Qupé rate at Hotel Valley Ho for up to 4 nights.
Four tickets to join Bob in some of the best seats at a Dodger game during the 2017 season. A mutually agreed upon date any time during the 2017 campaign. Club level seats or better through Bob’s connections.
As previously indicated, Bob is one of the original Rhone Rangers, and he is not only credited with presenting Santa Barbara County Rhone varietals to the world, he is also renowned for doing it at the very highest level of quality. His Syrah is indeed Iconic. In fact, it has given Bob such respect in the International Wine Community that he has even been a consultant for vintners in the Rhone in France.
Even though Bob has supported the Wine Classic since its origins in 1985, providing substantive funds to our beneficiaries for almost three decades, and we have always been absolutely amazed at the number of quality wines that Bob has conferred upon our Auction, we have been patiently awaiting a Dodger Destination Adventure, and HERE IT IS! This is as complete a Dodger Adventure as can be experienced, and you know that you will be feted with extraordinary Qupé Wines in the process.
Patrick & Donna Will
Santa Barbara, California
“A Case (+) for Corton” One Bottle Each of the Following French Burgundy Grand Cru Wines.
Corton is the only red Grand Cru in the Côte de Beaune, and yet it is far better known for its white wines, which originate from the Grand Crus Corton-Charlemagne, Corton Blanc, and several named climats. The reds are among the most overlooked wines of the Côte D’Or. The overall vineyard area is a complex constellation of three distinct AOCs: Pernand- Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton, and Ladoix- Serrigny. Each AOC lays claim to some Grand Cru Corton and Corton-Charlemagne in addition to their indigenous premier-cru and villages climats. This lot offers a range of wines from all three AOC regions which comprise Corton red and white, and Corton- Charlemagne, from a range of producers and vintages, suitable for individual exploration, or a master class (or several) with friends. All these wines are classified Grand Cru.
This Lot consists of one (1) 750 ml bottle each of the following wines, and one bottle each of 1500 ml Magnums as indicated below:
- Domaine Delarche 2006 Corton Charlemagne
- Lucien le Moine 2008 Corton Blanc
- Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine 2010 Corton-Charlemagne
- Domaine Chanson 2012 Corton-Vergennes Blanc
- Domaine D’Ardhuy 2005 Corton Rouge “Les Hauts Mourottes”
- Domaine Moillard 2005 Corton Rouge “Clos du Roi”
- Domaine Guillemot 2005 Corton Rouge “Rogne et Corton”
- Domaine Faiveley 1998 Corton Rouge “Clos des Cortons”
- Domaine Faiveley 2011 Corton Rouge “Clos des Cortons”
Note: Guillemot and Faiveley are sourced from the same Lieu-Dit in Ladoix: Rogne et Corton
- Domaine Faiveley 2006 Corton Rouge “Les Pougets”
- Domaine Louis Latour 2009 Corton Rouge Domaine
- Domaine Louis Latour 2005 Corton Grancey
- Domaine Prince de Merode 2008 Corton-Bressandes
Last vintage before the vineyards were sold to DRC. The winery has been in top form since 2002.
- Lucien Le Moine 2008 Corton Renardes
- Laleure-Piot 2010 Corton Rouge
- Domaine Chandon des Briailles 2006 Corton Marechaudes
- Domaine Faiveley 2004 Corton “Clos des Cortons” 1500 ML
- Louis Jadot 2002 Corton “Pougets” 1500 ML
2013 Central Coast Wine Classic Honoree Patrick Will is not only an aficionado of ne wine, particularly the wines of Burgundy and the Rhone, he is an aficionado of an array of interesting lifestyle enhancements. After completing his Masters in Musicology at Cornell University in 1982, Patrick Will taught Music and English there until 1986, when he entered the wine trade full time after moving to Boston. In 1987 he was named “Grand Wizard of California Wine” by a trade group seeking the most “California wine-knowledgeable” retail or restaurant employee in the US.
Patrick moved to Santa Barbara County, California, in 1987 to manage the sales at Firestone Vineyard, and became General Manager thereof in 1989. He served as President of the Board of Santa Barbara County Vintners’ Association from 1991 through 1994. In 1996 Patrick, along with his wife Donna, joined Frederick Eck to form Ex Cellars Wine Agencies, Inc. In October of 2010 Ex Cellars passed on the distribution of a special portfolio of ne wines, such as the wines of E. Guigal for example, as well as superlative Burgundian wines, to VINTUS, LLC, and Patrick became Vice President of Brand Management and Development at VINTUS. Stunning Wines and Marvelous people!
Patrick and Donna Will are consummate professional importers who have conferred upon us extraordinarily collectible wines from superb vintages such as 2002, 2005 and 2009 and outstanding producers such as Dubreuil-Fontaine, Faiveley, Lucien Le Moine and Prince de Merode.
This will be a true boost to your Burgundy Collection and with fine Burgundies that may be enjoyed now or cellared.
TH Estate Wines
Tablas Creek Vineyard
Paso Robles, California
The Paso Robles Wine Country Experience, Including Visits to Four Remarkable Wineries, Stunning Large Format Bottles from Three Now Iconic Paso Robles Vintners, As Well As a Winemaker Dinner Experience (December 6, 2016 at 6 PM) at beautiful & beautifully located TH Estate, Catered by Farmstead Catering & Hosted by Director of VIP Services for TH Estate Wines, Evan Vossler, for Four People, including Two Night Mid-Week Stays for Two Couples at the Newly Renovated Summerwood Inn
Dinner wines for the Multi-Course Menu Include for TH Estate, 2014 The Gap (White Rhone), 2013 The 46 (Red Rhone), 2013 Hedge (Red Rhone) & 2012 Anniversary Cuvée (Red Rhone), Each a Superlative Rhone Varietal or Combinations of Several
Wines to be Conferred to the Winning Bidders are as follows: Saxum Vineyards-One Magnum of 2013 Paderewski Vineyard Rhone Blend; One Magnum of 2013 Booker Rhone Blend & One Magnum of 2013 Broken Bones Rhone Blend in a Custom Wooden Box; Tablas Creek Vineyard & Winery-One Double Magnum of 2012 Esprit de Tablas; L’Aventure Wine-One Double Magnum of 2008 Estate Cuvée Total of Three Double Magnums
What a fabulous manner in which to experience the finest in Paso Robles Rhone Wine Country! TH Estate proprietors Jennifer and Terry Hoage (Winemaker) focus primarily on the production of Rhone-style wines from their organically-sustainably farmed estate in the acclaimed Willow Creek AVA of Paso Robles, California. Just off Highway 46, the special climate and unique calcareous terroir of TH Estate Wines produces exceptional fruit that is forward and focused. The Hoages’ traditional, minimalist approach to winemaking and sustainable practices inspired Robert Parker to write: “This is the kind of wine the Central Coast should be producing more.”
Well, this package conceived by Jenifer and Terry is as superbly comprehensive as it gets! And add to the experience the fact that the three vintners who are in collaboration on this package are heralded as among the top in California as well as Paso Robles, the four of you are in for a Major Treat and several thereafter.
To begin, these are wineries that RARELY provide large format bottlings. It is astounding that all three did so, but knowing that their respected compatriots were a part of the collaborative effort carried the concept. Tablas Creek’s connection with the Perrin Family at Chateau de Beaucastel in the Rhone Valley in France brought instant respect and admiration to the Tablas creek project envisioned by the Haas Family. L’Aventure’s adventure from Bordeaux to paso Robles was a daring move that most certainly connected with the vintner community and Rhone wine aficionados, and Saxum was quite recently the Top Wine in the World on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine Ranking.
This is an incredible array of the finest Rhone Varietal Renderings imaginable!
Robin & Michelle Baggett
Alpha Omega Winery
St. Helena, California
San Luis Obispo, California
“VIP visit to Bordeaux and Burgundy in California for Two Couples.” Three days and Two Nights in the Napa Valley with Alpha Omega and Three Days and Two Nights in the Edna Valley with Tolosa, with Accommodations at Alpha Omega’s and Tolosa’s Copious and Ideally Located Estate Homes. Winemaker’s Dinners Will Be Presented at Both Estates. Concierges at Each Estate Will Assist in Arranging Local Private Tastings, Dining Reservations and Transportation.
The Winning Bidders Will Receive Magnums of Alpha Omega Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Tolosa Edna Valley Pinot Noir. One Year Wine Club Memberships at Alpha Omega and Tolosa Will Also Be Conferred, Two Bottles Every Other Month for a Full Case of Fine Wine...
AND “At Alpha Omega or at Tolosa, Vintner Robin Baggett Will Prepare a Dinner of His Almost World Famous BBQ!!!
An Incredibly Edifying Excursion Awaits You.
Alpha Omega, a family owned boutique winery located in the heart of Napa Valley on the Rutherford Bench, is the brainchild of ne wine visionary Robin Baggett, whose initial brainchild Tolosa Winery in the Edna Valley was conceived with his San Luis Obispo Law Partner Bob Schiebelhut. More on that shortly! Alpha Omega began its journey in 2006 to be recognized as one of the great wine estates in the world. Handcrafting wines from ideally located historic vineyards in Napa Valley, Alpha Omega creates a wine that uniquely expresses the essence of the terroir of this famous wine region. Surrounded by vineyards and mountains, the beauty of this rustic, farm-style winery is as captivating as its wines.
Alpha Omega’s extraordinary winemaker, Jean Hoefliger, has teamed up with one of the world’s finest and most renowned palates and consultants, the revered Michel Rolland, to create wines that express their passion for excellence as well as the unique terroir that is Napa Valley. By procuring prized grapes from the many appellations of Napa Valley, Alpha Omega’s winemakers blend the essence of exceptional terroir ranging from valley oor, hillside, mountain and coast. Using natural techniques, they handcraft nesse-driven, complex and balanced wines, which express the aromatic pro le of the best Napa Valley has to offer.
Hoefliger and Rolland’s combined award-winning winemaking techniques create elegant, approachable and perfectly balanced wines of the highest quality through blending the best of Old World and New World wine styles. A gifted young winemaker and a master winemaker are discovering together the excitement of creating world-class wine from world-class grapes in world-class terroir for Alpha Omega.
Tolosa’s name reflects the long history of winemaking in the Edna Valley Appellation. Over two hundred years ago the friars at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa began the first vineyards in the county. These early wines were highly valued throughout California. Today, Tolosa honors that legacy by producing remarkable wines from this small coastal wine region.
The first vineyard plantings in early California came with the establishment of the missions. The vineyard at the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was the first planted in San Luis Obispo County and was situated in what is now the Edna Valley appellation. Original documents show the quality of wine produced from this mission was highly valued and often traded to other missions.
In the 1870’s, Pierre Hyppolite Dallidet grafted French cuttings onto the rootstock still surviving from the mission era. Some of the original rootstocks survived prohibition and are part of the Edna Valley appellation today.
Like the Burgundy region of France, the valley has balanced hot days with cool nights, and challenging soil. The weather conditions prove ideal for producing grape clusters that are fewer in number, but linger longer on the vine to yield flavor of exquisite intensity.
Tolosa practices scientifically based sustainability practices in their vineyard and winery. Sustainability is a comprehensive program that encompasses hundreds of the best management practices in the winery, vineyards, employees, and with neighbors.
The tradition at Tolosa is the commitment to evoke the natural sophistication inherent in the grapes in the Edna Valley. We focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah varietals that yield the most intense results under our growing conditions. We follow a slow handcrafting process that nurtures the wine through periodic gentle racking and minimal filtration. We allow nature to determine the character of each vintage. This is the way California’s winemaking heritage first began, and this is the way it will always be at Tolosa.
The symbiosis of Robin’s visions encompasses the California manifestation of ne Bordeaux and ne Burgundy, and the winning bidders will share the vision in as substantive a manner as possible in two of the most exquisite terroirs in the world!
Joanne Licsko, Artist
Vancouver Island, Canada
A 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Painting: “Liquid Love,” a 28"x 28" Oil on Linen, by Joanne Licsko
Joanne’s incredibly enticing image shows two remarkably realistic wine glasses, partially filled with red wine, set on a soft cloth as you might visualize them at some point in the late afternoon or early evening. The subject is really the light that bounces off and shines through the wine and the glass filling the viewer with anticipation or the further fulfillment of the experience.
Per Joanne, “In all my paintings, whether landscape, figurative, or still life, I attempt to create an image that will show the subject in literally its best light. I like to stage the potential for a story, and add a modern twist to the classical still life.
My wine paintings reflect my interest in the social nature of wine, of time well spent with friends and loved ones, the marking a special event, or perhaps, an intimate romantic moment. Both challenging, and fun to paint, each work allows me to play with the beautiful refractions and reflections of light enhanced by both the wine and the glass it is served in.”
With the offering of this stunning and very appropriately-themed art work, this is the sixth year of realist artist, Joanne Licsko’s, creating a painting for us for the Central Coast Wine Classic, and we are once again extremely excited about her participation. Joanne first heard about the Wine Classic from her son, artist Adam Licsko. His enthusiasm for the event inspired her to visualize what she would paint for such an occasion. Her painting for the 2010 event, “Celebration” was, as were her 2011 artistic creation, “A Moment in Wine,” 2012’s “Smooth,” 2013’s “Late Afternoon Red,” 2014’s “Heaven in a Bottle” and this year’s remarkably enticing piece, “Liquid Love,” the somewhat indirect result of Adam’s positive description of his Wine Classic experience and the direct result of Joanne’s gracious and generous acceptance thereof.
Artist, Joanne Licsko was born in Vancouver, and raised in Victoria, and the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.
For Joanne, art has been a life-long passion. She was introduced to art at an early age watching her father, an aircraft engineer and designer, always drawing and creating three dimensional models while at home.
His sister, Joanne’s aunt, Isobel Davy was a landscape and figurative artist. She and her husband had an extensive art collection filling their home with antiques, still life, large landscapes, nudes, historical portraits, and sculpture. During summer vacations, Mrs. Davey took every opportunity to teach young Joanne to see color, and appreciate ne art. Between the ages of 8 and 10 years old, Joanne was allowed to accompany her aunt on her plein-air outings. At the age of ten, Joanne surprised the family with her first drawing of a nude woman.
It was not until 1970 when she met, and later married the internationally known artist Frank Licsko, that she began to realize her dream. Joanne was his favored model for over twenty- ve years, and for hundreds of paintings. During those years he generously guided her painting skills along the way.
Choosing to first devote herself to family life, she painted only enough to keep learning until their two children were independent. Since returning to her art full time in the 90’s, she has won many awards, and has participated in numerous juried shows throughout the US and Canada.
Collectors value her work for its high detail and beauty, and for its content. Though Joanne Licsko is best known for her still life and gure studies, there is now a growing demand for her oversized still life paintings of wine glasses and bottles.
Living near Paso Robles, California, for many years, wine culture became a part of her life. Joanne Licsko lived on a hill top overlooking endless vistas of vineyards, and has become enchanted by both the daily light patterns, and the seasonal changes of the vines.
Effuses Joanne, “The culture of grapes and wine is so romantic. Sometimes in the fall, one can smell the fragrance of the crushed grapes in the air. The vines and vineyards are so picturesque, the wine, and the glasses that the wine is served in look different from every angle.
The first time I noticed the late afternoon light creating wonderful reflections on the glasses, and making curious blue shadows on the wall, I was hooked. My wine paintings are primarily form and colors that make me happy. In these paintings, I am able to experience the pure joy of painting physically, and emotionally. My somewhat abstracted realism allows me to play with the exquisite curved surfaces, the rich colors of the wine, and the endless variety of light passing through and reflecting off wine glass or wine bottles”.
“Profoundly Enticing” is the proper exclamation for Joanne Licsko’s 2016 Wine Classic Commemorative Artist painting. Thank you, Joanne, for continuing to be such a compellingly integral part of our family of special artists.
Margerum Wine Company
Los Olivos, California
Mitchell Sjerven & Doug Margerum Proprietors
Santa Barbara, California
Dinner Hosted by Doug Margerum at Wine Cask Restaurant in Santa Barbara for Ten People with Margerum Wine Company wines as well as VERY RARE wines (Champagne, Bordeaux, Rhone Burgundy) from Doug’s & Wine Cask’s Impressive Cellar
The Winning Bidders will enjoy an evening at one of the finest restaurants in Santa Barbara, an iconic name and location in that amazingly lovely city, where winemaker and owner, Doug Margerum, will not simply host you but will share the details of his winery vision and the elements of creating Rhone-Style Blends, for which Margerum is quite renowned.
Doug is a very interesting and convivial person and a terrific host. We know that you will enjoy his companionship immensely.
He has been a renowned restaurateur, having founded, owned and operated the famous Wine Cask restaurant in Santa Barbara since its inception and is a top notch culinary artist. After a relatively short hiatus/vacation, he is now an owner/operator of Wine Cask once again, and the energy of the restaurant, vibrant to say the least, reflects his presence. All of us who appreciate and admire Doug are pleased that his many interests once again include manifesting the symbiotic relationship between ne wine and ne food and that is willing to share his various wine and culinary talents and information with us.
This Winemaker/Restaurateur Lifestyle Auction lot offering is courtesy of our dear friend Doug Margerum, one of the Wine Classic’s most ardent, gracious, generous and long-term supporters. Doug has been a part of the wine Classic Family for over a quarter of a century, having first joined us in 1985! He will celebrate 31 years with us this August. In the meantime, we will celebrate the fact that he is the founder and operator of such a special restaurant and such a special wine property, where you will experience the perfect combination and synthesis of ne cuisine and ne wine.
This offering must be redeemed by July of 2017 at the mutual agreement of all parties.
David & Judy Breitstein
Woodland Hills, California
Wines Donated By
David & Judy Breitstein
Dinner Donated By
Frank & Jamie Ostini
“GO FOR THE GOLD!” 50-Year-Old World-Class Wines with a Gold Medal Dinner at The Hitching Post:
- 1966 Château La te-Rothschild, Pauillac – First Growth
- 1966 Château Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac – First Growth
- 1966 Château Rausan-Ségla, Margaux – Second Growth
- 1966 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Special Selection, Napa Valley
- 1966 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
- 1966 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Private Reserve, Napa Valley
- 1966 Château d’Yquem, Sauternes – First Growth
These superb world-class wines are 50 Years Old – that’s Golden! Thus, our Olympic theme of “Go for the Gold!” So, get ready, get set and start in the first lane to bid your way to winning these Gold Medal wines paired with a fabulous Gold Medal Dinner for 10 people at the award-winning Hitching Post Restaurant in Buellton, California. Sommeliers David & Judy Breitstein and Chefs Frank & Jamie Ostini will be pleased to join you for this rare and memorable evening.
All of the wines were stored in a perfect temperature-controlled environment since they were released from the wineries. We guarantee that the dinner at the Hitching Post will be a most delicious accompaniment.
David and Judy and Frank and Jamie have been with us since the beginning of the Wine Classic in the mid-eighties. They have shared in so many, many ways that we cannot delineate them all. Many of those experiences have been during the Wine Classic; many more have been creating Wine & Lifestyle Auction Lot Offerings that some of us have been fortunate enough to experience as winning bidders or guests of winning bidders. Examples are the extraordinary History of California Wine Dinners hosted by the Breitsteins and Wine Bible Author Karen MacNeil at The Culinary Institue of America in St. Helena, evenings that were redolent of history, achievement, culinary & ne wine edification and sharing.
For this amazing dinner, the Breitsteins have presented us with star vintages from star vintners from Bordeaux and California that focus predominantly on transcendent Cabernet Sauvignon based wines, with the exception of course of the world’s most highly respected and revered dessert wine in the world, Chateau d’Yquem. This is an astonishing offering, one that would be virtually impossible to duplicate, a historic wine tour de force, a Dinner and Wines not to be missed. We have discussed Frank Ostini’s expertise at the Hitching Post in great detail, and we are quite clear what the ambiance and culinary grilling and expertise will bring forth for this ultra-compatible wines.
Mary Novak & Beth Novak Milliken
St, Helena, California
“Choose Your Spot” Mary Novak & Beth Novak Milliken, 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Honorees, Invite the Winning Bidder & Five Friends to Join Them at Spottswoode Estate in St. Helena in the Heart of the Napa Valley for An Intimate View of Their Vineyard & Winery. Per These Wonderful Wine Classic Friends, “First we invite you to visit us during the day, so that we can share our history, property and wines with you. We then invite you to return that evening for a wonderful night of great food, great wine, great fun and camaraderie!
We will start with appetizers and wine overlooking the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, followed by a phenomenal meal that will be created to pair seamlessly with the Spottswoode wines. In keeping with our commitment to organic farming and to the health of our environment, the ingredients will be organic and locally sourced, and we will share wines from both the past and the present with you!!”
The Winning Bidder will also take home a Signed Six-Vintage Vertical of Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon in both 750ml and Magnum Formats (6 750ml & six Magnum Bottles, a Total of Twelve Bottles), vintages 2008-2013!
We look forward to having Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon included among those wines in your cellar, and to welcoming you to our historic St. Helena property for what promises to be an incredible adventure!!”
The Visit Must be Arranged in Advance on a Mutually-Agreeable Date!
Spottswoode is a family-owned historic vineyard and winery renowned for its exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. Established in 1882 by George Schonewald, the estate is distinguished by the pre-prohibition Victorian home depicted on the wine label. Spottswoode was christened by Mrs. Albert Spotts in 1910 and it was acquired by Mary and Jack Novak in 1972. Mary released Spottswoode’s first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1982, exactly one hundred years after the estate’s founding.
Today, Mary’s daughter Beth Novak Milliken manages the winery, and daughter Lindy Novak oversees national marketing. Every year four wines are released: Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, Lyndenhurst Cabernet Sauvignon, and Field Book Syrah. The Novak family is committed to producing wines with integrity that faithfully reflect their grape origins, and Spottswoode wines are especially known for their re ned elegance, balance, and classic structure.
Estate Vineyard: Situated on the western edge of St. Helena at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains, the Spottswoode terroir is ideal for growing ne wine grapes. The alluvial clay loam from the
Sulphur Creek fan provides superb drainage while cool maritime breezes passing through the gap between Spring Mountain and the Mayacamas range, allow berries to ripen slowly. Our forty acres are planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon, with small blocks of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. We have organically farmed our grapes since 1985, and our vineyard was certi ed organic in 1992. The roles of winemaking and vineyard management are very integrated at Spottswoode, and the individual attention given to each vineyard block contributes to the consistent quality and unique characteristics of our wines.
Historic Buildings & Winery: The Estate has three historic buildings that were originally built circa 1884–1885. The Colonial Revival-style, with its famous stone pillar entry gates and the elegant “Spottswoode” letters that arc over the driveway, is surrounded by formal gardens with plants that date back to the same era! The Victorian farmhouse now serves as our winery of ce and the Kraft Cellar is a pre-Prohibition stone building where our Cabernet Sauvignon is barrel-aged. We’ve added a tasting room and a state-of-the-art winery, each designed to honor the historic nature of our buildings.
What a Treat and an Honor to share our 31st Annual Wine Classic with this Remarkable Family!
Paso Robles, California
A 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Painting: Volcanic :: life forces :: creative forces. Three One-Only Signed Monoprints and Three Companion Bottles Each label Emulating Each of the Monoprints.
Gary Carmody Conway (garycarmodyconway.com) creates a quartet of unique limited edition ne art presented as wine labels celebrating the art of the vineyard and the art of pure wine making. Each special print derives from one of Gary’s paintings paired with a limited edition wine. Wine originating without chemical arti ce – natural, non-mutated wine created in a natural straw-bale atelier as the painting is created in the artist’s vineyard studio. The labels as a limited edition are each accompanied by a matching monoprint conceived as a single, signed art work. The artist has spent a lifetime with brush and palette, his art achieving a special maturity and passion because of his love and commitment to the land he paints and has long observed.
The three volcanoes existing on his vineyard -- a phenomenon occurring nowhere else -- have been inspirational in creating the rare wine and this volcanic series. This is an assemblage of art work depicting the eruptive volcanic energies and tectonic transformations and then the ultimate emergence of the landscape, as we now know it, and can be observed with careful attention within the image itself.
Gary Carmody Conway:
“art and wine of significance :: an ever-evolving mystery... bottle to bottle, painting to painting.
“Natural” vintners seek bottle to bottle uniqueness ~ the opposite goal of fast-food, fast-buck industrial wines. The goal of factory wine is consistency ~ every bottle replicates the last. A “natural” or classic wine is wonderfully different each vintage, in fact each bottle ~ a discovery, a surprise... suspense. The definition of great art. The unexpected is the heart and soul of creativity.
Wine is art... individuality revered.
People remark about the blazing even neon-like colors of my paintings. Not sure how complimentary such descriptions, but it is amusing to me because when I resided in L.A. my paintings were monochromatic with hues of sienna and ochre and all shades of gray and brown.
An artist’s palette reflects the immediate world around him, and in the Santa Lucia mountains and valleys the light and color are as dazzling and iridescent as can be because there is absolutely no moisture in the clean, clear air to modify pigment intensity. It is a phenomenon that has been pointed out to me by earth scientists such as Professor Tom Rice of Cal Poly. I barely mix oils on a palette anymore, painting directly from the tube onto the canvas. It could be called “tube” painting!” - Gary Conway
Per Vintner, Musician, Artist, Actor Gary Conway, This is “Natural” Winemaking from 28-year old “Natural” Vines Which Makes for the Rarest of Wines in the New and Old World. The Winemaker’s Select Blend is Created by Greg Cropper Strictly for the Jeroboams.
Gary continues as only a multi-talented and multi-dimensional person such as he can, “As a “natural” wine maker we are preoccupied with bottle to bottle uniqueness which is the exact opposite goal of fast-food, industrial wines that dominate the market place. The goal of factory wine is consistency – every bottle that is opened replicates the last. Coca Cola with alcohol (once Coke included cocaine itself!).
A “natural” wine or a classic wine is wonderfully different each vintage – always a discovery, always a surprise, always suspense. Bottles from the same year differ too and sometimes quite remarkably.
The same bottle opened at a different time is likewise a new revelation of the unexpected. This is the heart and soul of creativity and performance in all art forms. Wine is art... we don’t leave the essence of individuality out of the equation.
Each time Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach’s Cello Suite it is different and wonderfully exceptional. That is art... that is sublime creativity. That is wine – each bottle a performance. It is painting at the essence. Each landscape – even the same view... remarkably different and a distinct visual adventure.”
These opulent wines derive from an environment of storied soils and vineyard soul not clever manipulation and oak barrel domination where terroir is impossible to experience and merely a marketing catch phrase. This unique blend will evolve gracefully and profoundly... the journey from wine to wonderment.”
2011 Central Coast Wine Classic Vintner Honoree, Gary Conway, is an international star of television and lm, an author, director, musician, and a new breed of farmer-vineyardist. But painting was most important to him early in his life, and the passion and commitment have never waned.
Gary is considered one of the foremost landscape painters in the U.S. as well as an outstanding portrait painter. In reviews from New times to PBS, his work has been described as “magni cent, exhilarating, vibrating, extraordinary, vivid, nearly neon color palette... the images demonstrate the human capacity to love, desire, create, and persevere... a rendering of Conway’s passion.”
Gary is the proprietor of Carmody McKnight Estate Wines and articulates the parallelism between art and wine and the tectonic forces of nature expressed in his vineyard by way of the awesome presence of Carmody McKnight’s “backyard volcano.” “The farmer sees beneath the surface of land, that is where his crop nurtures... and that is where my landscapes find their life force, at times their turbulence of color and form, and ultimately their deeper meaning.”
Gary Conway is truly a Renaissance Man in every sense of the word. He has graciously and generously brought his creative energy to the Wine Classic for many years, offering Auction lots that included his ne wine and his breathtaking art, and he has participated in a number of Wine Classic Symposia, including the Chardonnay Terroir Symposium this year, as well as hosting a Vineyard Symposium on his property at Carmody-McKnight.
Gary and his gracious, lovely and talented wife, Marian, dwell in an absolutely lovely terroir west of Paso Robles, one that expresses both the beauty of nature and the beauty of the grape. They have developed it into one of the premier vineyards in California, in what was a 320 acre cattle ranch near Paso Robles. The Carmody- McKnight property is widely considered to be one of the most profoundly special terroirs on the Central Coast, and the wines from Greg Cropper, Carmody McKnight’s winemaker, certainly prove it. The wines speak volumes about terroir, that sense of place that all idealistic vintners wish to express.
These unique, one-of-a-kind blended wines and Gary’s unique original art works resonate and manifest the visceral relationship of art and terroir at Carmody- McKnight.
Au Bon Climat
Santa Maria, California
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
“Genuflection,” A Unique Blend of Pinot Noir from the Central Coast & Sonoma, the Introduction of a Fine Pinot Noir Wine That Will Never be Duplicated
One 9 liter Salmanazar Etched & Hand-Painted with the Commemorative Art of Yuroz by Candice Norcross, of a Unique Pinot Noir Blend of 2013 Au Bon Climat Cuvée Isabelle, Cuvée Knox Alexander, & Barham Mendelsohn, Isabelle Created from the Best Barrels of Specific Vineyard Sites Such as Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Talley Rincon & Mt. Carmel and Knox Alexander of 50% Dijon Clones and 50% Traditional California Selections Planted by Jim Clendenen at the Higher Elevations of Bien Nacido Vineyard, and Barham Mendelsohn Russian River Valley.
Genuflection is the Brainchild Collaboration of Artist Yuroz, Vintner Jim Clendenen & Pinot Noir
Aficionado Archie McLaren to create and present a Unique Limited Edition collaboration that will never be repeated as an Auction Offering. This uniquely aesthetic artistic Salmanazar and the wine contained inside it is the result.
“Dance with the Pomegranates,” the stunning Yuroz Art, honors the connection between a man and a woman and exemplifies the quintessence of their togetherness. With pomegranates in her hands, she offers power and her fertile strength.
She dances almost in ecstasy under the music composed by his creative spirit. Seemingly in a state of trance, still with her eyes wide open, she connects her feminine delicacy to the tapestry of his dreams.
He serenades his love, playing music of their connected souls. With love so strong, the guitar needs no strings, as he strums music discernible only by his lover.
United in their thoughts, the man and woman yearn to taste the fruit of their passion from their perpetual cycle of love.
Centuries of accumulated traditions were captured by iconography of the ancient world. Mythological Renaissance paintings revived and developed iconography with its own conventions. These images created in this branch of art present an incredible sense of balance between a palette of basic colors and the multi-dimensional coalescing of simple lines, curves and shades. Every piece of work in this genre exudes elegance and glamour accentuated by the warmth from the gold surface.
It just seems natural for Yuroz to create the Yuroz Icono Collection after studying European, Byzantine and Russian iconography and the work of iconographers. “I was drawn to it and felt compelled to infuse my knowledge and skills with elements from that genre, morphing my work to a new magnitude while hopefully preserving my core message to continue to celebrate the human spirit,” says Yuroz.
For those of you Central Coast Pinot Noir aficionados who may not be aware of Barham Mendelsohn, in 1998, Barbara Barham Mendelsohn and Richard Mendelsohn planted 5 acres of carefully selected clones of Pinot Noir on Lala Panzi Ranch in the Russian River Valley near Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The Mendelsohns engaged successful and experienced viticulturalist Fred Peterson to direct the planting of 6,100 vines on their rolling ranch land. The Mendelsohns questioned leading wine industry figures and compiled a list of the most successful Pinot Noir producers and cross-referenced it down to three names.
After an interview process, a joint venture was proposed to Jim Clendenen. During this mutual discovery period Clendenen was impressed by the beauty of Lala Panzi, the excellence of the site, and the commitment to organic farming producing balanced fruit and wine. The concurrence of Jim’s idea of clonal selection with Fred Peterson’s ideas, and the exciting shared vision of food and wine culture that Jim possessed with the Mendelsohns, cemented their relationship. One limited edition Pinot is made each year, and each year it is phenomenal. From 2013, it is a part of this unique blend.
Yuroz evolution as an artist is phenomenal, and it has included being a child-hood artistic phenomenon, a face painter on the streets of Los Angeles and being received by the Pope in the Vatican for creating a painting specifically for him.
As emoted by Yuroz, “Once upon a time in the early evening, in a hotel room in Avila Beach, a couple so full of love, sits by their window sipping the Nectar of the Gods, waiting for the sun to set. She now lays her book on the table for his later pleasure, and he gently lowers his guitar. Like a perfect ballet, she lifts her glass as an offering, as he raises his to her. He serenaded her with a melody that inspired the poetry that owed so easily from her pen, and together they created a song of love dedicated to that very moment. Now, it is time for everything to disappear, except their physical bodies, and the spirits that will embrace as they are lifted up by love.”
This auction lot presents the uniquely creative process of Yuroz, a world-class artist with art themes that are often vibrantly romantic and spiritual, creating compelling, seductive masterpieces within the medium of oil painting.
The inspiration for Yuroz vision as an artist can be traced back to his experiences as a young man in Soviet Armenia. Born Yuri Gevorgian on March 30, 1956, he dreamed of the artistic freedom that exceeded his grasp.
Determined in his relentless passion to create great art, Yuroz distinguished himself as one of the youngest students ever accepted into the esteemed AKOP Kodjuyan School of Art in the Armenian capital of Yerevan. He was just 10 years old. Four years later he graduated with honors. At the age of seventeen he entered the Yerevan University of Art and Architecture. His attitudes as an artist were maturing . The Soviets and their views on self-expression, however, were not. Yuroz aptitude for architecture is obvious even today in the lines, angles and composition of his paintings. In Armenia, that aptitude allowed him to build architectural models and to work as an interior designer.
Hounded by the Soviets because of his political views, Yuroz turned to the only work he could find, designing women’s fashions. He met a woman named Rose and, by combining their names, they created the label Yuroz! The artist kept the name in homage to their friendship. In many of his current works, he paints the blue rose as a symbol of love, tenderness and compassion.
He married a woman who, along with her family, gained entrance to the United States. Yuroz himself was not allowed to emigrate for 6 years. When the couple reunited, they found they no longer had anything in common. After hardly a month in America, Yuroz found himself utterly, terribly alone. Discouraged and destitute, he wandered a bus terminal in Fresno until he met Tom, a homeless man who graciously extended him companionship. Together they found shelter and odd jobs.
Even though his life had taken a devastating turn, Yuroz was still compelled to create his art, scribbling with discarded pens on napkins and pieces of cardboard--anything to bring the images out of his head and into the world. His earlier Hollywood Boulevard series depicted the homeless as beautiful and elegant despite the squalor around them.
Yuroz landed a job building models for an architectural rm by day and slept on the office couch by night. After a few months, he had saved enough money to rent his own studio in Hollywood. Since then, Yuroz has become a worldwide influence in the art community. Other artists write to him about this technique. Because there are more Yuroz collectors than Yuroz originals, his publishing company produces limited edition serigraphs of his oils, pastels and line drawings. Even Hollywood seeks him out. In 1993, Yuroz was selected as the official artist of the Grammy Awards, which honors outstanding achievement in the recording industry. His originals are in several museums and most recently, he created Harlequins Gift: for Comic Relief, the fundraising organization for the homeless.
Still, it is Yuroz passion that forces him to paint, and the subject of his more recent works is, of course, passion. Romantic love; the pleasure of music; a treasured moment pressed in our minds like a four leaf clover in a book, which we take out and reminisce over in our private minutes--these are the subjects of Yuroz mounting body of work.
Yuroz continues to be an innovator of ne art. His experiments in other media than oils, including last year’s Auction offering ceramic plates, as well as vases, are painstaking in their preparation and breathtaking in their display.
He has admitted that he works out of his own sel sh desire to create, but more important to him is that collectors appreciate their own lives through the universal themes of hope, passion and love inherent in all his work. He continues to press forward--to inspire, impassioned, and to romanticize what he sees as a marvelous journey through this world’s lives, loves and hopes.
As always, with Yuroz, his art work is a powerful and sensual representation of the subject of enjoying the relationships between women and men. It should be noted that original works By Yuroz, are highly sought-after and command significant prices.
It is a great honor and pleasure to have him favor us by continuing as one of our sustaining Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Artists. Yuri is an extraordinary human being, a passionate and aware individual who translates those attributes to creations in the most interactive of all themes, romance. Our romance with Yuroz gratefully continues.
As already indicated in this Catalog, Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for his classically styled Burgundian-focused wines, among other styles. His vintner reputation is incredible! In 1989 and 1990 Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker’s short list of Best Wineries in the World, and in 1991 was selected by Oz Clark as one of fifty world-wide creators of Modern Classic Wines. Dan Berger of the Los Angeles times named Clendenen the “Los Angeles times Winemaker of the Year” in 1992; Food & Wine Magazine named him “Winemaker of the Year” in 2001. Germany’s leading wine magazine, Wein Gourmet, in 2004 named Clendenen “Winemaker of the World;” and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America.”
Jim’s access to extraordinary Pinot Noir vineyards is no secret, and his choices in terms of exceptional terroir characteristics are in the Santa Maria valley, including of course, Bien Nacido Vineyard adjacent to Au Bon Climat and Santa Maria Hills, in that wondrous microclimate west of Highway 101 and Buellton and in a remarkable microclimate in the Russian River Valley in Sonoma.
So when Archie and Yuri considered the concept of a unique Pinot Noir with Yuri’s label on the bottle, Jim was the obvious choice to seek vinous collaboration. The blend was tasted a number of times before the conclusion of which vineyards and what percentage would be best, and the result was 75% Cuvée Isabelle, 20% Knox Alexander and 5%Barham Mendelsohn. The result was fully embraced by all present. The blend was created with only two barrels, so the case production would have been only 60 cases; however, the choice was Magnums as the Bottling, so there are only 30 cases of Magnums, 180Magnums Total!
This Unique Combination of Art and Wine is both unique and irreplaceable. Certainly the 9Liter Salmanazar IS irreplaceable, as it is the only one available! Thank you immensely, Jim. Your support is as extraordinary as your wine! Thank you immensely, Yuri. Your art is as immensely profound as your heart!
Herb Lamb Vineyards
St. Helena, California
A Private Tasting For Six People at Herb Lamb Vineyards AND One Each of 750 ML, Magnum & Double Magnum of 2013 Herb Lamb Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
As the marvelous and iconic vintner Harb Lamb stated, “It seems like only yesterday that we arrived at our seven-acres in the foothills of Howell Mountain in St. Helena with big dreams. The rocky hillside, ranging from 600 to 800 feet in elevation, was cleared and wide terraces were graded in preparation for planting.
Our dreams have become a reality - we’ve just recently celebrated 25 years of grape growing in the Napa Valley.”
“The first fruits of our labor arrived in 1990 with a modest crop that was sold to neighboring winemakers. With an average yield of less than two tons per acre, we recognized that this was no “get rich quick” scheme. By 1991, Michael Trujillo of Karl Lawrence Cellars had discovered the unique quality of our fruit for inclusion in his new wine venture. The following year, Ann Colgin selected our vineyard as the sole source for her signature wine, and continued to purchase Herb Lamb fruit for the next 15 years.
With much encouragement, we took the leap from grape grower to wine brand in 1997 when we produced our first 50 cases of HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon to rave reviews. We chose winemaker Micheal Trujillo to help craft our wines and have been blessed with his expertise ever since. Sustainable with minimum intervention, our vineyard is farmed with respect for the land and animals who inhabit it. We now produce more than 300 cases of HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon annually from the same few rows of our north-east facing hillside estate vineyard, and pride ourselves on offering distinctive wines year after year.”
And the wine is stunning! And you will have a horizontal array that will allow you to follow the 2013 Cabernet’s development, enjoy hosting a moderate edifying function of friends and associates in the 20 person range, or enjoy hosting a Major function for whatever suits you to celebrate!
Per the winery’s tasting notes: With the beautifully balanced, but warmer growing season, the 2013 vintage gave us more of an old world, rustic character. The intensity of color and extract was ideal, but the 2013 vintage offered even broader wines than the fruit-forward Cabernets from 2012. The typical Herb Lamb Vineyard characteristics of tobacco, dusty chocolate, menthol, cedar and red and blue fruits is predominant. On the nose there is a woody note of chestnut combined with sweet red fruits. In the mouth, you find cranberry, cherry, dried blueberry and spices of Mexican chocolate. More black cherry pie and dusty coca flavors are highlighted by a wealth of caramel, cinnamon and spice flavors, making it very rich in the mouth with an added depth and extraction.
The 2013 HL Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon shows good balance with ne grain tannins and great length on the finish, and it seems better structured, bigger, more densely packed and worthy of age than the previous vintages. An exceptional vintage from an extraordinarily special and influential winery!
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyards Vertical 1992-2007
As Herb Lamb indicated in his winery history comments, 1990 was the realization of the original fruits of his labors, then Vintner Karl Lawrence sought his fruit in 1991, AND THEN “The following year (1992), Ann Colgin selected our vineyard as the sole source for her signature wine, and continued to purchase Herb Lamb fruit for the next 15 years.” That makes a total of 16 years of Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!
Archie has been on Colgin’s mailing list since 1992, and has collected EVERY SINGLE VINTAGE! In this Special Auction Lot, Archie Is Offering A Complete Vertical, EVERY SINGLE VINTAGE, One Bottle Each Totaling 16 Bottles!
“I recall that the 1992 was extraordinary,” states Archie. “So were the 1993, 1994 & 1995. It was obvious that this wine was the next Napa Valley Superstar Cabernet. In fact those wines were so unforgettable that I saved the empty bottles of them to revel in my good fortune after the fact of experiencing them. I am including in this offering the very last vintage of the Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard, the 2007. I am quite anxious to try one within the next 5 years.”
You will never see such an amazing collection of a World-Class Napa Valley Cult Cabernet Sauvignon unless Herb Lamb Vineyards or Colgin Cellars donates it, and you can guess what the chances of that are... It is your turn to Revel in the Complete Vertical History of this profound Cabernet Sauvignon, iconic regarding the Vineyard AND the Winery...
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Day 1 ARRIVE BEIJING
On arrival in Beijing begin your adventure in China, clear Immigrations and Customs, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Fairmont Beijing.
Day 2 BEIJING
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is also known as Peking and is the second largest city after Shanghai. Beijing or Peking literally means “northern capital”, in line with the common East Asian tradition whereby capital cities are specifically named as such. It is believed that Beijing was the largest city in the world from 1425 to 1650 and from 1710 to 1825. Beijing, the Ancient Capital City is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.
Today, visit the vast Tiananmen Square. Located in the center of Beijing, it is the world’s largest city square. Though it was a gathering place and location of government of ces during Imperial days, Tiananmen Square is Mao’s creation, as is Chang-An Avenue that leads to it.
Discover the wonders of the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, the largest Royal Palace complex in existence in China. Twenty-four Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived within these walls, and only on rare occasions did they emerge from behind the red walls of their 250-acre home comprised of large halls, pavilions, palaces and courtyards. Burnt nearly to the ground during the Manchu invasion of 1644, the buildings have been rebuilt, restored and repainted many times over; however, the basic original design remains.
Also visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing spanning 670 acres created for the exclusive use of the Emperor as a place to mediate affairs between God and man.
Savor a visual feast at the Summer Palace, located on the northwestern outskirts of the city. The Summer Palace, an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty, provides a spectacular view of glittering golden roofs of the buildings below. Fairmont Beijing
Day 3 BEIJING
Sightseeing today will take you to the Great Wall of China, built to protect China from the incursions of predatory nomads, the utility and meaning of this forti cation has been contested for centuries. The unprecedented scale and unexpected charm of the Great Wall may inspire you. The scenery is breathtaking, and you will have free time for a walk on the Great Wall.
Continue to the extraordinary Ming Tombs, known in Chinese as Shi San Ling, “The Thirteen Tombs,” as thirteen of the sixteen Ming emperors are buried there. The famous “Avenue of Animals” had its origins in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). There are twelve statues on each side of the road - lions, camels, elephants, horses and two mythical animals.
Day 4 BEIJING / DATONG
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Datong. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Your tour of the Datong area focuses on the premiere attraction of the region which is the Yungang Grottoes (pictured at left) or Cloud Ridge Caves. Tucked within millenia old caves set under the remains of a Qing Dyna sty fortress lie over 50,000 Buddhist statues spread over more than a half mile of caves. See the Nine Dragon Screen, built in the early Ming Dynasty, the Nine Dragon Screen in Datong is the oldest and largest among all of the existing screens of its kind in China. Visit the Shanhua Temple which is a large Buddhist architectural complex first built in the Tang Dynasty. Holiday Inn Datong.
Day 5 DATONG / PINGYAO
Full day overland transfer between Datong and Pingyao. En route visit the Hanging Temple/ Monastery. Located 40 miles south of Datong, the Hanging Monastery is perched more than 164 feet above the ground on the western cliff of Jinxia gorge at the foot of Hengshan.
Visit Jinci Temple located 16 miles to the southeast of downtown Taiyuan City. Jinci Temple is a combination of historical cultural relics and beautiful landscapes. Jinci Temple is world famous because it is an ancient ancestral temple, something which is rare in China. Saint Mother Hall, the oldest building in the temple, is one of the main reasons that so many visitors come to the temple. Together with the Flying Bridge across the Fish Pond, and the Offerings Hall, these exquisite buildings provide evidence of a new era in Chinese architecture.
Pingyao was not endowed with charming natural scenery but with a group of accomplished businessmen. For a hundred years, Pingyao was home to almost all of the large exchange shops in China. To a certain degree, Pingyao was to China during the eighteenth century what Wall Street is to the U.S., which left a magni cent old city and a series of grand residences. From the top of the grand City Wall, you have a bird’s-eye view of the Old City, a complete city built almost a thousand years ago. In the Ancient Ming and Qing Street, you can experience the town’s former glory while exploring the rows of residences and shops all constructed in the original architectural style. Pingyao International Financial Club
Day 6 PINGYAO
The ancient commerce town of Pingyao is said to be one of the best preserved traditional Chinese cities centered within perhaps the only completely intact (3.7 miles long) Ming dynasty wall in all of China. Your full day private guided tour of Pingyao Old Town includes Shuanglin Temple, family Wang’s Courtyard, museums and learning about local handicrafts. Pingyao International Financial Club
Day 7 PINGYAO / XIAN
This morning drive to Qiao’s family courtyard. If you happen to be a fan of Chinese cinema - specifically the movies of director Zhang Yimou and actress Gong Li - then you already know this place. The Qiao family courtyard house is where “Raise the Red Lantern” was filmed.
The Qiao Family Courtyard is greatly admired as a very special artistic treasure by both common people and architects. Entering into the gate of the courtyard you will first see a 263-foot-long straight stone pavement that divides 6 courtyards into a northern and southern row. Viewed from outside, the residency is serious and grand, with long yards. Viewed from inside, it is splendid and orderly, reflecting the residential style of big families in feudal society in North China.
After the visit, transfer to Taiyuan airport for your flight to Xian. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Xi’an, the capital of the Shaanxi Province is the largest city in northeast China. A principal center of Chinese culture, Xi’an has been inhabited since 6,000 BC. Home to 11 great Chinese dynasties and the ancient capital of China for over 1,000 years, it became the most important center in Asia and vied with Rome and later Constantinople for the title of the greatest city in the world. Xian Shangri La
Day 8 XIAN
Xian captured the interest of the world in 1974 when peasants in the course of digging for wells, uncovered the astonishing 3rd century BC burial site of Emperor Quin Shi Huangdi the first emperor of a uni ed China. Guarding this Imperial Tomb for over 2,000 years were thousands of life-size terra cotta warriors. The highlight of your trip this morning in Xian is a visit to the site where the terra cotta figures have been excavated and where excavations and restoration continues today.
The Museum of Emperor Qinshihuang’s Tomb Figures of Soldiers and Horses is one of the most famous places in China and is a World Heritage Site. The actual tomb is still to be unearthed and is reputed to contain extravagant palaces and pavilions filled with rare gems. Visit Shanxi provincial museum in the afternoon. Xian Shangri La
Day 9 XIAN / SHANGHAI
Today you will visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda which dates back to 707 A.D. and is one of several ne Buddhist monuments in the city center. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the model of the close eave brick towers in the early period and originally was built with 15 floors.
Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
For generations Shanghai has been synonymous in the West with mystery, romance and intrigue. Visitors are not only dazzled by the modern metropolis and gateway to a developing China, but are also able to immerse themselves in the unique culture, a combination of Chinese and Western elements. Since the early 1980’s the city has grown like no other, and is now China’s most westernized & largest city. Fairmont Peace Hotel
Day 10 SHANGHAI
Sightseeing today will include a visit to the Shanghai Museum, one of the most modern in the country. A comprehensive art museum with a 123,000 piece collection of cultural relics, arranged by category rather than according to chronology with a focus on Chinese bronze and porcelain works, books and paintings.
Travel along the tree lined waterfront boulevard, along the Huangpu River and the former “Wall Street” of foreign powers known as “The Bund”, also known as “Paris of the Orient”, a must see for visitors to Shanghai.
Fifty-two buildings lining the narrow shoreline of the Huangpu River, offer a living exhibition of Gothic, Baroque, Roman, Classic Revival and Renaissance architectural styles, as well as combinations of Chinese and Western styles. Stroll through Shanghai’s Old Quarter and visit the Yu Yuan Gardens, one of the best examples of traditional Chinese garden design in the country. Fairmont Peace Hotel
Day 11 SUZHOU
Enjoy a full day excursion to the ancient garden city of Suzhou. It is also known as the “Venice of the East” because of its network of canals & waterways which are graced by hundreds of bridges dat- ing back to the Ming Dynasty. The city is renowned for its beautiful stone bridges, pago- das and its meticulously & elegantly designed gardens. Suzhou has also been an important center for China’s silk industry since the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279) and continues to hold that prominent position today. Here you will visit a silk factory. You will visit two of the cities exquisite private gardens, Master of the Nets Garden and Liuyuan or Lingering Garden. Fairmont Peace Hotel
Day 12 DEPART SHANGHAI
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home, enriched with rewarding memories of China.
FAIRMONT BEIJING, Beijing — The Fairmont Beijing Hotel offers a distinctive stay right in the heart of China’s modern capital with easy access to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The 222 guestroom and suites feature first class amenities, cutting edge technology, hand-selected linens and spa inspired bath products. Dining options include western and Chinese cuisines in 2 restaurants, a champagne bar and lobby lounge. Willow Stream Spa offers revitalizing spa experiences, yoga and fitness facility.
HOLIDAY INN, Datong — Be greeted by the buzz of conversation in the stylish Lobby Lounge when you arrive at Holiday Inn Datong City Center. A 30-minute drive from Datong Airport and 15 minutes from Datong rail station, the hotel’s downtown location puts you within walking distance of government of ces and popular shopping areas. Spread out in your spacious room, where you can stay connected with complimentary wireless Internet. You can take a dip in the hotel’s heated indoor swimming pool and unwind with a rejuvenating herb steam bath in the spa. Holiday Inn Datong City Center’s central location means you can walk to nearby shops along popular Xiaonan Street. The three restaurants tempt you with Korean barbecue, Chinese seafood and Western favorites.
PINGYAO INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CLUB, Pingyao — Yunjincheng is located on the famous Ming and Qing Street in Pingyao. Ideally located right in the middle of the action on the main street, it is made up of eighteen elegant and unique courtyards with over 80 decorated and equipped luxurious suites and standard apartments. The hotel is a gorgeous, authentic and traditional Chinese courtyard hotel with lots of atmosphere from the lanterns to the rosewood bedroom that will transport you to another time. The hotel also has its own restaurant and bar.
SHANGRI-LA, Xian — The only deluxe Xian hotel located in the Gaoxin hi-tech development zone, Shangri-La Hotel, Xian brings modern luxury and legendary Shangri-La hospitality to China’s eternal city. Shangri-La Hotel, Xian has the very best of the city right on its doorstep, from leading multi-national businesses to the finest in shopping and entertainment. The hotel is just a 30-minute drive from Xian International Airport, and is within easy reach of many top tourist attractions, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum and Xian’s breathtaking city walls. The hotel offers four trendsetting designer restaurants. And with luxurious spa treatments and a fully equipped health club with heated pool, it’s the perfect place to soothe the mind, body and soul.
FAIRMONT PEACE HOTEL Shanghai — Fairmont Peace Hotel is a luxurious “Art-Deco” masterpiece, reinvented for the 21st century – where old-fashioned glamour sparkles with new luster. Located at the Bund promenade and shopping area on Nanjing Road it provides a perfection location to explore Shanghai’s scenery and vibrant lifestyle. The luxury hotel offers 270 distinctive guestrooms and suites with modern amenities blending with art-deco-inspired furnishings. Along with a number of restaurants, bar and lounge, the hotel also offers Willow Stream Spa; swimming pool and fitness center.
BEGIN: Beijing Day 1 At airport END: Shanghai Day 12 At airport
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
- Deluxe hotel accommodations
- Daily breakfast
- All transfers
- All tours and sightseeing shown in the itinerary by private car and drivers
- Entrance fees
- Expert local guides
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR:
- International,internal air fares and taxes
- Passport and visa expenses
- Gratuities, personal expenses and anything not mentioned
Big Sur, California
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
Dinner & Stay at Voss House at the Astoundingly Beautiful and Incredibly Well-Located Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Hosted by Carissa and Archie in Honor of Donn Chappellet, Carissa’s Loving Father Who with His Remarkable Wife Molly Chappellet, Carissa’s Loving and Dynamic Mother, Transformed Pritchard Hill in the Napa Valley Into the World-Class Terroir that It is Today and into the Legacy That He Has Gifted. The Wines Will Be Chosen from Donn’s Private Cellar on Pritchard Hill.
Includes for THREE COUPLES Two Nights in the Voss House and Dinner with Archie & Carissa at the Voss House Catered by the Post Ranch Inn Chef.
Post Ranch Inn is an amazing property, and it sits adjacent to Rancho Rico high above the Big Sur coastline and adjacent to the Chappellet Family Property, Rancho Rico, where Carissa has her home. It is also adjacent to the Voss House, which has become a private home that is under the umbrella of Post Ranch Inn.
Designed in 1931 by William Wilson Wurster, one of California’s foremost architects, the Voss house has been lovingly and faithfully restored and enjoys a prime Big Sur location adjacent to the world famous and iconic Post Ranch Inn.
As the head of the architectural schools at MIT and the University of California at Berkeley 2Wurster helped shape an entire generation of architects. Most noted for his straight forward simplicity and keen attention to the site, Wurster’s work was always a response to human needs while emphasizing harmony with the environment.
The Voss House is unostentatious in style, respondent to the Big Sur climate and suited for California living. Wurster ideally oriented the residence to take in the dramatic Big Sur South Coast views. He once wrote, “Small matter in what you live, of great importance what you look at.”
Restored with the finest of materials, the Voss House is both informal in mood, yet sophisticated, direct in design yet subtle in scale and intimacy.
Post Ranch Inn is full to its magni cent brim throughout the year, and it very rarely ever offers space to any charitable events. However, for the Wine Classic Auction, it is offering for THREE COUPLES Two Nights in the Voss House and Dinner with Archie & Carissa at the Voss House Catered by the Post Ranch Inn Chef Elizabeth Murray.
Donn Chappellet was not only a visionary and an incredibly gracious fellow, he was a Major wine aficionado, so the wines that will be offered can range from historic BV Latour reserves to a top vintage of Chateau Latour such as 1961! There may even be rare Rhones and Burgundies among the mix, as well as historic Chappellet wines.
This Incredible Experience Will Never Be Repeated, as It Is The Memorial Sharing for a Visionary in the Wine World, Donn Chappellet!
Bill & Cindy Shopoff
Laguna Beach, California
Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation Board President’s Dinner
The gregarious and sharing Shopoffs travel the United States and the World, with particular connections in California and French Wine Country. They are generously offering to share their remarkable Laguna Beach Home with Eight Guests for comprehensive evening as Bill describes in the following enticing description:
“We will host 8 people for a dining experience in a spectacular beach front setting in Laguna Beach. Take advantage of this unique setting to enjoy a sumptuous meal and appropriate wine pairings. The dinner will most likely begin with a few of our favorite Champagnes and assorted appetizer to set the mood for the evening.
We will work with the guests to insure the meal choices will t their palettes. The dinner will feature wine pairings from several well known California wineries, with the choices coming from such wineries as Araujo, Peter Michael, Abreu, Bryant Family, Chateau Montelena, Harlan and Pride. It is likely that we will add a couple of old world choices to provide comparison with these new world gems. Should that not be enough for your senses, we can finish with a Port or Sauternes. I have a couple of 100 point wines that I will include amongst the list I have furnished. I would expect
bidding to be enthusiastically solid for this item if you have friends and acquaintances who want to enjoy a ne dining experience here in Laguna Beach. I can guarantee the conversation will be as or more spirited than the food and wine.”
The Shopoffs have a great wine collection and an equally great and beautifully located home! You can make them quite happy by joining this magnanimously and generously shared indulgence and enjoying yourselves to the greatest degree imaginable. Thank you immensely, Bill and Cindy!
2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Honoree Sara Miller McCune
SAGE Publishing McCune Foundation
The Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund
Our Dear Wine Classic Supporter, Friend and Patron of the Arts, Sara Miller McCune of Montecito, created a special fund to honor her Dear Friend Léni Fé Bland, who recently passed just short of her 100th birthday. Léni sponsored many projects benefitting the community during her lifetime, including music, dance and theatre, as well as the thoughtful embracement of beneficial social programs. This fund is dedicated to continuing Léni’s work by supporting and encouraging student participation and exposure to performing arts programs in Santa Barbara.
The Fund will bring together performing arts organizations in Santa Barbara including the Granada Theatre, UCSB Arts & Lectures, CAMA, State Street Ballet, Ensemble Theatre, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Symphony. The proceeds of this fund are to be utilized for bulk purchase of tickets for children to attend wonderful and age-appropriate arts performance in Santa Barbara. Pre and Post Performance educational outreach will be provided as well as transportation costs.
Sara Miller McCune has initiated the fundraising process with a personal contribution of $50,000. All funds raised through this Fund-A-Need Auction Lot will inure to the bene t of this pervasively beneficial Fund for children’s performing arts awareness, education and edification.
Santa Barbara has been blessed with the presence of many leaders who believe strongly in the sustenance of the performing arts and arts education. Please raise your paddles to support the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund. The Vision and Goal are Profoundly Nurturing!
Bill & Cindy Shopoff
Laguna Beach, California
One Methusaleh of 2002 Champagne Deutz Amour de Deutz Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé, Champagne, France from the Deutz Methuselah Collection.
For sommeliers, the importance of a bottle of wine is judged with multiple criterions such as age, grape of the wine, body of the wine and its intricate flavorings. For many, wines are a collector’s item , and a new wine collection in the form of the Methusulah’s Armour de Deutz range of Champagne will definitely be a great source of pride for its owners and other wine tasters who may at some time be given the opportunity to share the experience, or simply just bask in the glowing presence of this incredible bottle. This collection of Champagne’s designer was William Deutz, who also happens to be founder of the house producing these delicacies. The grand bottles that have so far been produced have been directed toward auctions for charitable causes, and the proceeds from them have been distributed to different areas around the world for these noble causes. The Central Cost Wine Classic has enjoyed a personal relationship with Champagne Deutz for 30 years! In fact, Henri Lalier Deutz has participated in the Wine Classic. For much of those three decades our Dear Friend at Deutz has been and continues to be Fabrice Rosset, président directeur général at Champagne Deutz.
Since they are limited in number, all of the Amour de Deutz Methusaleh bottles come in customized casings with individual numberings enameled on them. The collection is comprised of three Champagnes, mainly from the 1999 to 2002 vintages, which were meant to pay tribute to the bygone millennia. The 1999 Cuvée Armour De Deutz is the most vintage of the collection, and is known for its energizing aroma and color. The packaging for the bottle is in a white leather casing with threadwork done in pure gold, detailing out the history of these bottles. The 2000 L’Armour De Deutz comes in a striking red casket with gold trimmings, dedicated to Ms. Mary Deutz, who happens to be the daughter of the founder and an ardent traveler. The uniqueness of the bottle apart from its sparkling shade of Champagne is the casket which has been shaped like a traveler’s trunk to pay tribute to Ms. Deutz.
The third in this Champagne collection is the 2002 L’Armour De Deutz, only 365 Methusalehs of which were created for the Entire World. Made of white and yellow gold, that comes with its futuristic but elegant design of packaging, and is a tribute to the founder himself, who is known for his styling quotient. This magni cent 2002 vintage is presented in a Christo e Sterling Silver Case. We’ve previously presented the 1999 vintage at the Central Coast Wine Classic, and it brought $30,000. Add this to your collection and display it proudly or simply open for a festive occasion.
Christo e housed in a lavish box. A case of a real achievement that only a historical know- how such as Christo e could do ...Not to mention, Pascal Morabito, designer and jeweler, has created a golden plate Amour de Deutz that becomes a jewel pendant.
Tasting notes: Glistening light yellow, greenish tints, wonderful brilliance. Delicate, elegant nose delivering re ned notes of almond, white flesh fruits and citrus after swirling. Focused palate, soft and tense at the same time, fresh, with savoury, clear-cut aromas, exceptionally lasting finish.
The Indicated Vintners Of The Napa Valley
“The Height, Depth, Length & Breadth of the Napa Valley, Among the Very Finest, a Stunning Array!” As you can see from the following large-format bottles offered in this amazing Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Offering, included are wineries that are venerable and renowned, all very highly touted and highly sought-after. And the winery facilities are absolutely incredible, including some that are absolutely breathtaking!
We will make arrangement for visits if you wish. These are truly exalted locations, and the wines are exalted as well. The Magnum of Harlan Estate alone is currently found on the market at or above $2,000 per Magnum!
This Offering Will Be Introduced by Stu Bryant of Pride Mountain Vineyard & Winery, a Fellow Who Knows His terroir & that of the Napa Valley’s Other Finest as Well and Archie McLaren, Whose Vintner Friends in the Napa Valley are Legion!
St. Helena, California
Two Magnums of Pride Mountain Vineyards To Be Announced at Auction & a Tour & Tasting for Four People Presented by Winery Proprietor Suzanne Pride Bryan & National Sales Manager, Stuart Bryant. A Large Format Bottle of Pride Family per Suzanne & Stuart!
One Double Magnum of Dunn Howell Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (To be announced at Auction!) – The Fellow Who Put Caymus & Obviously Dunn on the Map
One Magnum of 2005 Harlan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cellar of Archie McLaren, who has been a member of the Harlan Estate Mailing List for Twenty Years
One Magnum Each of 2007 Schramsberg J. Schram and 2012 J. Davies Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – The Most Famous Sparkling Wine from California & in China Since Nixon & the New Top-of-the-Line Cabernet Sauvignon from the Davies Brothers
Deer Park, California
Two Magnums, One Magnum Each of 2009 Viader Cabernet Franc Blend & 2010 Viader “V” Petit Verdot Blend - One of the Most Daring, Innovative and Lauded Vintners in the Valley, Consistently within Wine Spectator’s Top Tier Every Year
St. Helena, California
Two Double Magnums of Vineyard 29, One Each of: 2011 Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (4 of Only Ten Produced)
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
2011 Aida Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (4 of Only Ten Produced) – The Chateau Margaux of the Napa Valley
One Magnum of 2010 Diamond Creek Lake Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – Al & Boots Brounstein Encouraged by John Tilson of Montecito to Bottle separately – Now Extremely Rare
St. Helena, California
Two Magnums of 2006 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – One of the Most Famous Napa Valley Single Vineyard Properties in History TOTAL of FOUR DOUBLE MAGNUMS & TEN (or SO!) MAGNUMS!
A Two-Night Stay at Baldacci Family Vineyards Guest House for Four People & Dinner for Four People at a Fine Napa Valley Restaurant Featuring:
- 2013 Baldacci Sorelle Los Carneros Chardonnay
- 2012 Baldacci Elizabeth Los Carneros Pinot Noir
- 2011 Baldacci Fraternity IV Sons Red Blend
- Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2011 Baldacci Black Label Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena, California
A Weekend Wine Enthusiast Class at the Culinary Institute of America. If you wish Archie Can Arrange Tours & Tastings for You at All Properties!
Incredible! This is an amazing offering of Ultra-Fine and Rare Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Top Producers from absolutely terri c vintages in the type of formats that will age and age. AND You also have the opportunity to Stay in the cozy and ideally located Baldacci Vineyards guest house in Napa AND take a Class at the heralded CIA, where several of our friends who are Major Wine Experts Educate and Instruct Aficionados and Budding Aficionados. Cheers and cheers again and again and again!
Yangphel Private, Ltd
Chief Executive Officer
Yangphel Private Limited®
"The Essence of Bhutan" An Incredible Trip to Bhutan for two People Hosted by Yangphel Private, Ltd, the Leading Adventure Travel Company in Bhutan
The Kingdom of Bhutan lies in the Eastern Himalayas, between Tibet to the north, the Indian territories of Assam and West Bengal to the south and east, and Sikkim to the west. The kingdom is roughly the size of Switzerland and is bounded on the north by the Tibetan Plateau, where the mountain heights reach 23,500 feet. The population is approximately the same as San Francisco, 750,000 people. We are graced to have two most gracious guests from Bhutan among us today, Karma Lotey, who created this special offering for us, and his lovely wife Namgay Yangmo. These Dear Friends will explain certain aspects of this magical adventure. Please welcome Karma La and Namgay La to our embracing and enthusiastic community that is becoming increasingly happy because of their presence!
EXPLORING THE DRAGON KINGDOM
The Essence of Bhutan - 9 Nights and 10 Days
Everything cannot be captured in writing, seeing is believing
Bhutan is renowned for the enduring strength and vitality of its traditional Himalayan Buddhist culture and the dominance and purity of its natural environment. This journey through the country’s west encapsulates both these elements. Touring the major historical centers and day hiking to other important sites are combined with stepping off the beaten track, into a world that not long ago existed throughout the country and for many still represents the norm. There is a particular emphasis on traditional arts and crafts, observing the perpetuation of skills that have been carefully maintained through the generations.
The Letter Designations Associated With travel & Accommodations: B,L, D Refer to Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 1 : BANGKOK TO PARO (8000 feet)
Today is your flight to Bhutan. As we near Bhutan (and if the weather is clear), we can see the massive peaks of the eastern Himalaya, including Kanchenchunga (third highest mountain in the world) and Bhutan’s holy mountain, Chomolhari. Once we’ve completed visa formalities we proceed through customs and immigration and meet our Bhutanese tour leader and drivers in the arrival gate.
We drive for about 20 minutes to Zhiwaling Hotel where will be received with a traditional scarf of good luck. After settling into our comfortable hotel, we’ll drive a short distance up the valley to Drukyel Dzong, the ruined fortress that protected the Paro Valley from Tibetan armies during the 18th century. If the weather is clear, we might have a glimpse of the white pyramid of Chomolhari, rising over the end of the valley. Today being our first day, we will undergo this gentle 30 minutes hike around the ruined Dzong to acclimatize before we return to our hotel.
By early evening we return to our hotel for a welcome dinner and a brief trip orientation session.
Zhiwa ling Hotel (L,D)
Day 2 : PARO EXPLORATION
We have a full day to explore the Paro Valley. Our first stop in Paro is the Ta Dzong (National Museum), a circular fortress that once protected this valley from Tibetan invasion. The impressive watchtower can be seen above Paro Rimpung Dzong, and it commands sweeping views of the valley below. Dzongs originally served three purposes: as a fortress, an administrative center of local government, and a residence and focus for the monks’ religious activity. The ancient watchtower now houses the National Museum featuring an interesting assortment of costumes from different regions of Bhutan and a wonderful collection of painted and appliqued thangkas (loosely translated as “something that can be rolled up”). Thangkas are religion paintings and typically depict Buddhas, bodhisattvas, or aspects of the Buddhist wheel of life.
A short walk takes us to the base of the Paro Dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. We then pass Ugyen Pelri, a small jewel-like palace that belongs to the Royal Family of Bhutan. Designed after the celestial paradise of Padmasambhava, the building was completed in the late 1800s. No alterations have been made to the structure or the beautiful carvings and paintings within the palace. A short distance farther is one of the innumerable archery grounds. Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, and most men grow up learning it. We will witness an archery match staged mainly for our group. There will also be opportunities for the adventurous ones to participate in the game.
We will have lunch in one of the quaint local restaurants in Paro town. In the afternoon, we will undergo a hike (relatively at walk) from town till the 7th century Kichu lakhang (temple). On this hike we will get opportunities to interact with locals besides their homes and on their farm. At the end of our hike, we will visit the very sacred Kichu temple (special permits will be obtained) where we will undergo the water puri cation ceremony by the head lama (monk) of the temple. After this gratifying ceremony, we drive back for 10 minutes to the hotel.
Zhiwa ling Hotel (BLD)
Day 3 : PARO TO WANGDIPHODRANG (4500 ft)
This morning we set out for central Bhutan. The drive starts along the winding road following the Pa Chu (river) downstream to its confluence with the Wang Chu, then up-valley to Thimphu, the capital. As we enter the Thimphu Valley we pass Simtokha, the dzong built in 1629 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the man who uni ed Bhutan). Simtokha is the oldest of the dzongs. Its prayer wheel alcoves contain slate carvings of Buddhist deities that date from the construction of the dzong. Simtokha now houses a language school where scholars of all ages study Dzongkha, the national language.
After a brief stop at Simtokha Dzong, we continue our drive eastwards over the Dochu La (la means “pass”), where in good weather 200 miles of Himalayan summits are visible. While enjoying the view, we will serve picnic lunch at the pass nearby the 108 stupas built by the Queen of Bhutan for the sentient beings and world peace. Here, each individual on the tour will (under the guidance of a Lama-monk) hoist prayer flags at Dochula pass (10,300ft) among the many that are already hoisted by people who pray for good luck and for the liberation of sentient beings.
After lunch at the pass, we descend experiencing the dramatic change in vegetation. At the lower elevation of the valley oor, cactus, banana plants, poinsettia and other semi- tropical plants dominate the landscape. After a few hours, we come to the green terraced elds of Punakha Valley, where red rice and winter wheat are the staple crops.
By late afternoon we arrive to our comfortable riverside hotel for the night.
Chuzomsa hotel or Similar (BLD)
Day 4 : WANGDIPHODRANG TO PHOBJIKHA (9500 ft)
Today, we begin our drive back toward the beautiful glacial valley of Phobjikha. The drive to the Phobjikha Valley takes about 2 – 3 hours, depending on the number of stops we make for photos etc.
The Black Mountain National Park (of which Phobjikha Valley is a part) incorporates alpine, temperate and subtropical ecosystems alike because it links up with Royal Manas National Park to the south. The combined reserve provides pristine habitat for various species such as tiger, red panda, Himalayan black bear, gaur, leopard cat, wild pig and several bird species, including monal pheasant and four sub-species of hornbills.
Tonight, we stay in the Phobjikha Valley in a comfortable, newly constructed tourist’s guesthouse.
Dewachen Hotel or Gangtey Goenpa Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5 : PHOBJIKHA VALLEY
We have a full day to explore the pristine environment of Phobjikha Valley, starting with a visit to the Crane Center to view some interesting exhibits put together by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) and to watch a brief lm about the black-necked cranes. Some powerful telescopes have been set up at the Crane Center which allows us to watch the birds without disturbing them. (The cranes are here from October end to March end).
One of the highlights of a visit to Phobjikha is a chance to explore the impressive Gangteng Gompa (now in the midst of a massive renovation project – that is recently completed and consecrated). The head lama of Gangteng Gompa is the ninth incarnation of the body of Pemalingpa, a famous 14th-century blacksmith from Bumthang khwho is one of Bhutan’s most famous Buddhist saints and teachers. We will organize an audience with a high lama in the monastery. In the morning, a number of hiking options are available. The forests surrounding the valley are full of birds and mammals alike, and a hike is a wonderful way to experience this pristine ecosystem.
Dewachen Hotel or Gangtey Goenpa Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6 : PHOBJIKHA TO PUNAKHA (4500 ft)
We continue our journey to Punakha to see the impressive Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Mo and Po Chus (mother and father rivers), it guards the northern and southern approaches to Punakha Valley. This dzong was the national capital until 1966. One of the holiest of the many dzongs throughout Bhutan, Punakha Dzong was built in 1647 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, and it contains the preserved body of this founder of modern Bhutan. Since the Shabdrung (meaning “at whose feet one submits”) was such a powerful leader, his attendants and advisers were very concerned about who would be selected as his successor. Because of this, his death was kept a secret for 50 years!
The Je Khempo, head abbot of the Drukpa schoolof Tibetan Buddhism (an offshoot of the ancient Nyingma lineage), along with most of the monks from Thimphu occupy this dzong during the winter, since the lower elevation of the Punakha valley has more comfortable temperatures.
After a leisurely exploration of the Punakha Valley, we drive to our hotel located above the valley, with dramatic views of terraced paddy elds and snow-capped peaks.
Zhingkham or Dhensa Hotel
Day 7 : PUNAKHA TO THIMPHU (7500 ft)
Early This morning we depart to Thimphu the capital city, crossing Dochu La (pass10,300 ft). This is another chance to view the Bhutanese Himalaya (if the weather is clear).
Upon arrival in Thimphu, we have the rest of the day to explore the attractions in and around the capital. As Bhutan’s largest city, with a current population of approximately120,000, Thimphu is Bhutan’s “Big Apple”! It is the seat of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the home of the Royal Family and the main center for most international aid organizations. As the only true “city” in Bhutan, it is a unique mix of Himalayan and Western sensibilities.
We begin our exploration with a visit to the Bhutan Heritage Museum. This wonderful museum provides an opportunity to step inside a typical Bhutanese household and experience first hand the intimacy of daily life in Bhutan. It features utensils used in farming to those used in cooking, religious ritual and everyday life.
Druk Hotel or Riverview (B, L, D)
Day 8 : THIMPHU sightseeing and over night to Paro.
We have the full day to enjoy the many sites of Thimphu. Today we will visit Thimphu’s (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) weekend market, held beyond the parade ground, just north of Changlimithang stadium. It is a spectacle not to be missed. Villagers from outlying areas bring their wares and produce into Thimphu every weekend, and the market provides a wonderful opportunity to mingle with Bhutanese people from all walks of life. The variety of foodstuffs is astounding, consisting primarily of vegetables and grain produced in the nearby valleys, but also including some of the more exotic tropical fruits from the steamy lowlands. At the northern end of the market, you can often find locally produced handicrafts, including religious objects, textiles and hats from various minority groups. Although generally for local consumption, the vendors are more than happy to sell to foreigners. Photo opportunities abound in the jostling throng. Depending on the interests, the following sites may also be visited:
- The Royal Silver and Goldsmiths and the handmade paper factory
- The Handicraft Emporium
- Game enclosure overlooking Thimphu to view Takins - the national animal of Bhutan
- The Drubthob Gompa Nunnery
- The Archery grounds (where you might catch an archery match)
- The Indigenous Hospital (which dispenses traditional Tibetan medicine)
After all the sightseeing in Thimphu, we head back to Paro for the night. Once in Paro, we will provide an archery lesson (traditional style) before dusk.
Zhiwa ling Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 9 : PARO - Taktsang hike. (Tigers Nest).
Today after breakfast, we head out to make a pilgrimage to one of the most important religious sites in the Himalaya, Taktsang Lhakhang, known as The Tiger’s Nest. This magical monastery clings to a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley oor. The legend of Taktsang dates back to 747 AD when Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), in the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Droloe, is believed to have arrived at this site on the back of a tiger and subdued the evil spirits in the region. The Guru then meditated in the holy cave, which is the site of the Pelphug Lhakhang today. According to Tantric Buddhist mythology, the vanquished local deities became the protectors of the dharma and one of them, Singye Samdrup, is recognized today as the guardian deity of Taktsang. Guru Rinpoche is also believed to have concealed among the rocks of Taktsang various forms of Dharma treasures known as ters, which were destined to be discovered later by tertons (treasure discoverers) for the propagation of Dharma. We drive to the trailhead and begin our hike up the mountain for a closer view of the temple. After about 45 minutes of hiking, we reach a small tea house that has a wonderful panoramic view of the temple. For those interested, it is possible to get a closer view by hiking another 45 minutes to an hour (each direction) to reach the small chorten directly across from the temple. Anyone not interested in hiking further can relax at the tea house and enjoy the view.
Return in the evening to hotel for your last farewell dinner joined by your guide and driver.
Zhiwaling Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 10 : PARO TO BANGKOK
We depart the Land of the Thunder Dragon this morning, headed for Bangkok. Yangphel Adventure Travel land arrangements end upon departure.
Bon Voyage – safe journey – Tashi Delek
Chorten Lam Street (Post Box 236)
Thimphu BHUTAN Zip 11001
Au Bon Climat
Santa Maria & Buellton, California
Buellton Hitching Post
Chef Nancy Oakes
San Francisco, California
Dinner for Ten People Hosted by Frank & Jamie Ostini and Jim Clendenen, Featuring the Cuisine of Heralded Chef Nancy Oakes of Boulevard restaurant in San Francisco, Including an Array of Au Bon Climat and Hartley-Ostini Wines & a Plethora of Enthusiastic Interactions from One and All Associated with the Panoply of Comestible & Conversational Edi cations...
Frank, Jami and Jim will welcome 10 winning bidders to Jim’s Rancho la Cuna in the vineyard lled Los Alamos Valley. For a change, Frank will organize the kitchen for celebrity chef Nancy Oakes of San Francisco’s wonderful Boulevard restaurant. Nancy will create and incredible 5 course meal to accompany rare and delicious wines from Jim’s and Frank’s large selection of older vintages. Jami will decorate and animate. Nancy’s husband, Bruce Aidells, will give us all a sausage primer along with the appetizers and Frank’s BBQ grill. Beyond a good time will be had by ALL!
This Magical Dinner Evening Will Be Scheduled at the Mutual Convenience of All Parties & Will Take Place Within a Year and a Half of This Auction!
This unique dinner featuring the wines of two of the most celebrated Central Coast wine and food personalities will include a multi-course dinner from the Central Coast’s most celebrated chef in tandem with a San Francisco Bay Area chef with a hallowed reputation. This will be a wholly remarkable evening of incredible food, wine and companionship.
Dinner will be at the main house on the property, indoors or outdoors as suits the circumstances. The lovely Rancho contains one a one-half acres of vineyards and thirteen acres of olive trees. It is a very special venue, made more special by the charm and enthusiasm of your host. Jim has been a major contributor and supporter of the Central Coast Wine Classic from its inception, and his generosity in opening his home and ne wines never ceases to amaze us.
Jim Clendenen graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre- Law in 1976. It was during his “junior year abroad” in 1974, while turning 21 in France, that he discovered life beyond tacos. After graduation, a one-month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law school. Beginning with the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery for three vintages, a valued training experience. In 1981 his vision broadened with three harvests in one year as Jim worked crush and directed the harvest at wineries in Australia and France. Three harvests in one year confirmed his masochistic tendencies.
In 1982, Clendenen decided, along with now ex-partner Adam Tolmach, to start his own winery in leased quarters. Au Bon Climat (which means “a well exposed vineyard”) has grown over its history to over 30,000 cases through careful re-investment from its own production. The winery has cultivated an international reputation for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris. In 1989 and again in 1990, Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker’s short list of “Best Wineries in the World.” Jim Clendenen was selected by Oz Clark in 1991 as one of fifty worldwide creators of Modern Classic Wines. That same year, Dan Berger of the Los Angeles times selected Clendenen as #8 in his Top Twenty California Winemakers. Berger then named Clendenen as the “Los Angeles times Winemaker of the Year” in 1992. Most recently, Food & Wine Magazine named Jim “Winemaker of the Year” in 2001 and in 2004, Wein Gourmet, Germany’s leading wine magazine, named Clendenen “Winemaker of the World.”
Attending and supporting the Central Coast Wine Classic virtually from its beginning, no individual has been more continuously supportive of the Central Coast Wine Classic than Frank Ostini. His donations to the Live Auction alone have over the years raised over one quarter of a million dollars for the event.
Frank is extraordinarily gracious, generous and gregarious when it comes to assisting others, and he does so at a very high level, as The Hitching Post and Hitching Post Wines are held in very high esteem by wine critics, collectors and gourmets alike. He has assisted with the Dinner at Hearst Castle for many years, including being a featured chef on a number of occasions.
Frank Ostini grew up in and around the Casmalia Hitching Post, his family’s steakhouse on the Central Coast of California since 1952. Specializing in traditional wood re barbecue, Frank has expanded his menu to cook most anything over the embers at his Hitching Post II restaurant in Buellton, California. With high acclaim from the Los Angeles times, New York times, Gourmet and Sunset magazines and enthusiastic support from Chefs Wolfgang Puck and Bobby Flay, Frank has become the regional spokesman for what is popularly known as “Santa Maria Style BBQ,” a feast that features meats grilled over a red oak re.
Many years ago, Frank expanded his interest in ne wine by being the President of the now historic Central Coast Wine Society. Since 1984 Frank, with partner Gray Hartley, has also made Hitching Post Wines, specializing in Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. Frank has recently received widespread international attention since his Hitching Post II and Hitching Post Pinot Noirs were featured in the Academy Award-winning lm Sideways.
The winery has 800 barrels and produces about 15,000 cases a year. “When we started to make wine, I had one purpose,” says Frank. “To get good wine on my family restaurant’s table wine that I produced. Doing the food and wine together is all I ever wanted, and it’s still all I really want to do”.
Frank Ostini lives near the restaurant in Buellton with wife, Jami and his two children, Gray and Gabriella. When not in the restaurant or working in the winery, Frank is out promoting “Santa Maria Style BBQ” and Santa Barbara County Wines at charity events across the country.
Frank Ostini and Gray Hartley work with some of the best growers in Santa Barbara County, from the quality vineyards of Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Rita Hills and Los Alamos. The grapes are picked in the early morning and destemed into 1.5 ton open-top fermentation vats. Cold maceration is allowed for several days, then a cultured yeast is added to promote a long and cool fermentation. Then comes the manual punch downs from one to three times/day depending on the stage of fermentation. Pressing occurs after 14-21 days directly into barrel (no settling of solids). The wine rests in barrel until racking just before bottling. Most wines are aged in French Oak barrels for 18 months and are bottled unfiltered.
Frank and Gray believe that great wines are made in the vineyard. Their winemaking philosophy is that they are caretakers who guide the wine into the bottle. As the wine matures it is simply left to gently age in the barrel. This minimalist approach allows Hartley- Ostini Hitching Post wines to reflect the character of the vineyard and the vintage, preserving the essence of the grape for you to enjoy when you open the bottle.
Chef Nancy Oakes is a pioneer of haute American cuisine. Her unparalleled standard of excellence and accessible yet groundbreaking dishes have kept diners returning for decades. Nancy grew up in Northern California and began her restaurant career in San Francisco as a hostess, first at the popular Carnelian Room, and later at Alexis Restaurant on Nob Hill.
Her passion for understanding all of the moving parts of owning and operating a restaurant began with those in front of the house positions. Her first experience in the kitchen was on the San Francisco waterfront at The Barnacle, which served American classics and San Francisco favorites. Following The Barnacle, she commanded the kitchen at Pat O’Shea’s for the next decade, creating comforting food and garnering many loyal customers. Chef Oakes then opened the much acclaimed L’Avenue in 1988. L’Avenue proved to be the beginning of her much deserved public recognition and success for the years to come. In 1993, Chef Oakes opened Boulevard Restaurant with Pat Kuleto. This celebrated establishment has earned Chef Oakes numerous local, national and international accolades, nominations and awards; including Zagat’s San Francisco Bay Area’s Most Popular Restaurant, the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in California 2001 and Outstanding Restaurant in the United States 2012, as well as the Filiale des Etats-Unis in France. Chef Oakes co-wrote Boulevard: The Cookbook with Pam Mazzola in 2005 which was nominated for awards from both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Chef Nancy Oakes’s energy and sense of community are reflected in the time and talent she has devoted to cooking for charitable organizations. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, she has been Gala Chef Chair for the organization’s annual fundraiser for 12 years. She enjoys continuous involvement with numerous other philanthropies, including Share Our Strength, The San Francisco Food Bank, The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Auction Napa Valley, Alex’s Lemonade, and Maitri Compassionate Care.
Thank you, Nancy for being such a substantive part of our culinary proceedings!
Raise your paddles to join the party for another evening of extraordinary food, wine and companionship brought to you by two of the Wine Classic’s most consistent and ardent supporters and to celebrate the 31st Annual 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic, its Seeding, its Nurturing and its Fruition!
Relais & Chateaux/Relais Gourmands
New York, New York
Wine Classic Patrons Roger & Anne Forbes
Lake Tahoe, Nevada & San Francisco, California
Scott Farmer & Mia Ballentine
With Special Assistance From Russell Hone & Becky Wasserman
Excursion to Paris, Bordeaux, the Rhone, Burgundy and Champagne and for Two People
Our annual excursion to France not only maintains its exceedingly upscale look this year, with three nights at the Relais & Chateaux property Hotel Daniel, beginning the excursion, and two nights at the Hotel Daniel completing the excursion, a Total of Five Nights in Paris, how could you not be pleased and pampered?
What happens in between is virtually indescribable!
Winning Bidders of the 2013 Offering, Cole and Jeannie Davis of Tucson, Arizona were effusive about the experience and repeated it, “We have experienced this auction lot twice. Each trip was different and spectacular - amazing culinary, wine and cultural experience! We would definitely do it again!”
Winning Bidders of the 2012 offering, Glen Mowrer and Bernice James of Santa Barbara were amazed by the experience. To quote Glen, “The trip was awesome, intimidating, exhausting, exhilarating, informative, educational, beyond the pale, mind opening and some more things that don’t come to mind at this moment. We are still trying to organize thoughts about the remarkable food. Right now Guy Savoy and Pierre Gagnaire were my choice for most creative, interesting, satisfying and best service/attitude. Both four-hour adventures seemed to fall together seamlessly. The escalation of the palate from beginning to end was almost seamless. Lunch in Lynch Bages was a perfect adventure. However the lunch and tasting in Gigondas gets best prize for most unexpectedly fun. And, as noted before, Champagne Deutz was so great! The rooms in all locations
I have left out many things in this brief summary a conservatively correct assessment would be, “VERY good!”
If the bidding is enthusiastic, we will add wines for you to savor and enjoy prior to your trip or when you return, a special wine from EVERY region you visit, chosen by Archie McLaren from his Avila cellar, which has a remarkable collection of French wines that are ready to imbibe!
Hotel Daniel is located Right next to the Champs-Elysées, the most vibrant shopping area in Paris, and the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Feast your eyes upon the unique interiors of this hotel with its furniture sculpted out of precious woods, fabulously comfortable sofas, silks from the Orient and shimmering satins. And when you are venturing onto the Champs-Elysées, just so you will not feel too freneticized by the ever- kinetic street scene, Wine Classic patrons Roger & Ann Forbes will treat you to dinner at renowned Michelin Three-Star restaurant, Guy Savoy, upon your arrival. Guy is a long-time friend of the Wine Classic, and his consummate staff and he will make certain that your culinary arrival is special.
While in Paris, the Central Coast Wine Classic will provide you with museum passes to all of the famous museums in this wonderfully diverse and artistic city, such as the Louvre, the Pompidou Museum, the Rodin Museum and/ or the amazingly eclectic Musee d’Orsay.
For your further culinary and aesthetic edification, and so that you will receive a fully visual panorama of Paris, you will be the guest of the Wine Classic for lunch at Restaurant Jules Verne, the superb restaurant situated on the Eiffel Tower high above the city of Paris. Viewing the city from such a vantage point is amazing, and Jules Verne, one of the most popular restaurants in Paris. You must book well in advance to secure seats.
So that you will enjoy Paris to its culinary fullest, you will also be the guest of the Central Coast Wine Classic at the one of the following pantheons to world-class cuisine, either at the beginning or near the denouement of your excursion: the impeccable, creative and wildly imaginative restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, due to his incredible world-wide popularity one of the most difficult reservations in the city. These restaurants are ranked near the very top of all restaurants in Paris, certainly so by Parisians. There is no doubt that your dinners at these two pantheons to the French culinary arts will be unforgettable.
You can then take the train or drive to Pauillac, for two evenings at the excellent Relais & Chateaux 17th century property Château Cordeillan-Bages, where you will be guests at the Chateau for dinner at the very ne restaurant of the Château and Luncheon at Café Lavinal as well. We can arrange tours and tastings at the renowned Chateau Margaux,
Château Lynch-Bages, Chateau La Lagune and perhaps Suduiraut, or at Chateau Cos d’Estournel or Château Pichon-Lalande, where Archie McLaren has considerable connections.
Your next stop will be the right bank in Bordeaux and the lovely and incredibly well- located Relais & Chateaux Hotel de Plaisance in the exquisite town of Saint-Emilion. You will stay for one night as a guest of the Wine
Classic in the Suite overlooking the town (if you plan in advance, so that it is available) and dine in the hotel’s one-star restaurant.
The following day, you may wish to visit a Château or two referred by Carissa Chappellet, who has amazing connections in the Pomerol/ Saint-Emilion area, and/or First Growth Château Haut-Brion or La Mission Haut-Brion, quite close to the city of Bordeaux, where our friend, patron and Steering Committee Co-Chair Vince DiPierro, who once owned the most comprehensive collection of Haut-Brion in the world, will use his considerable connections to arrange a visit.
Your next stop will be the Rhone, where you will visit the renowned Chateau de Beaucastel, Delas Freres or Paul Jaboulet, properties that produce some of the finest wines in the Rhone. You will stay at the gorgeous Villa Florentine in Lyon, a splendid villa offering fabulous views of Lyon and dine at one of the great Michelin-Starred Lyon restaurants, such as that of Villa Florentine.
You will then travel to Burgundy, where visits at remarkable vineyard properties will be orchestrated by Becky Wasserman and Russell Hone, renowned Burgundy experts whose knowledge will give you a deeper understanding and enjoyment of the special Burgundian terroir.
This offering will be as comprehensive a look at the renowned and complex Burgundy wine region as you can imagine! And Burgundy is complex, most of the properties being small acreage and very esoteric. Becky and Russell know them well, and they are friends of the vignerons and wine experts such as Clive Coates, an essential component of visiting the most interesting properties and tasting the most special wines.
And they are both gourmets, with Russell having the reputation of a first-rate chef. If the timing works out, on one of the evenings, you may be able to dine at their wonderful and embracing home in Bouilland and have a dinner paired with wines that will impress and delight you.
That which follows will give you some of Becky’s and Russell’s backgrounds.
Becky Wasserman, one of the world’s most respected Burgundy wine experts, who moved from Ney York to Burgundy in 1968, founded her export company Le Serbet in Bouilland, Burgundy in1979, to select and export ne wines from small French estates whose reputations are based on sound agriculture practices, small yields and aging potential.
She currently specializes in Burgundies but has worked with every French Appellation Contrôlée. She has been the subject of a number of articles in the wine press, the New York times, International Herald tribune and Connoisseur, and was featured in a book called Burgundy, The Country, The Wines, The People, by Eunice Fried. She was recently decorated by the French government for services rendered to Burgundy and is a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.
Le Serbet currently exports wine to America, Canada, England, the Far East, Italy, Scandinavia and Peru. Becky also organizes and runs private and corporate seminars at home or abroad, advises on the creation of private cellars, and is putting together an investment program in Burgundian vineyards.
Russell Hone, Becky Wasserman’s husband, is highly respected in Burgundy not only for his exceptional – and objective – palate, but also for his cooking which has graced their table at Bouilland since 1985, when Becky carried him away from London.
He collaborated with Richard Olney on the time-Life series of cooking books, is half a Master of Wine, refuses to use computers, and once posed for Vogue wearing a Thea Porter caftan.
He has been in the wine trade since 1968. On several occasions, he has sold large quantities of Burgundian wines to renowned Burgundy expert Clive Coates.
A wine and culinary enthusiast can experience wonders on a spectacular path in Burgundy following the Route des Grands Crus through Burgundy’s great wine growing Hotel de Plaisance region. You will spend four nights at your choice of world-renowned Relais & Chateaux properties, such as L’Esperance or Hostelerie de Levernois, two nights at two of them or four nights at one property, including accommodations, breakfast and a memorable dinner for two on two of the nights as guests of the Wine Classic and guests of Roger & Ann Forbes at two of the following great restaurants in the area. The choice is yours; it may be the exquisite cuisine at Lameloise, L’Esperance, La Cote St.-Jacques or Hostelerie de Levernois.
From Burgundy, your next stop will be the exhilarating Champagne District, where you can visit the extraordinary houses Moet et Chandon, Champagne Taittinger and Champagne Deutz, whose CEO is Wine Classic friend Fabrice Rosset. Your accommodations in Champagne for two nights will be at the renowned Les Crayeres, an elegant turn-of-the- century residence thought by many to be the finest hotel and restaurant combination in the world, nestled in a 17th century park in Reims. Les Crayeres’s restaurant is not only considered among the finest in all of France, but the Chateau itself has been rated the number one hotel in the world by Conde Nast traveler.
From Champagne, you will return to the impeccably located Hotel Daniel in Paris for the culmination of your excursion.
Or you may take the entire trip in Reverse order from Paris to Champagne!
It is virtually breathtaking to read about this amazing excursion. We know that the experience will be equally exhilarating for you, as it was for Glen and Bernice and Cole and Jeannie!
Air transportation is not provided. Hotel stays do not include incidentals. Dinners do not include gratuity or alcoholic beverages.
Rudi Schreiner & Kristin Karst
One French Balcony Cabin for Two People for AMA Waterways “Taste of Bordeaux” Cruise in 2016 or 2017
Begin with a two-night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights. Continue on to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. You’ll discover stately châteaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey in the Loire Valley.
Day 1 — Bordeaux — EMBARKATION; Welcome Dinner
Day 2 — Cadillac — Sauternes wine tasting and Roquetaillade Castle
Day 3 — Pauillac — Grand Cru Classé wine tasting
Day 4 — Blaye / Bourg — Citadel visit OR Blaye to Bourg bike tour; Bourg Festival of wine and music
Day 5 — Libourne — Saint Emilion excursion and Grand Cru Classé wine tasting OR Saint Emilion bike tour
Day 6 — Libourne / Bordeaux — Château de Vayres OR Bastide town and traditional market; Château de Montaigne OR Fronsac wine tasting; Farewell Dinner
Day 7 — Bordeaux — City tour and Wine Museum OR Bordeaux bike tour
Day 8 — Bordeaux — Free time; DISEMBARKATION
It is truly a distinct pleasure to have such a venerable association with the remarkably wondrous destinations and amenities associated with AMA Waterways, our Dear Friends who have played such a great role in transporting our Patrons on an array of cruises that have stimulated their senses with gorgeous landscapes, unique and iconic towns and cities, a wealth of diverse cultures, and of course the lifestyle enhancements such as ne cuisine and wine, that have taken their cruises to a high level of indulgence. In fact, there could not possibly be a more engaging team at AMA, including of course our Dear Friends, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, who organize and impel the gracious itineraries that just seem to become more and more edifying and fulfilling.
Just to give you a brief concept of how diverse the offerings of AMA Waterways are, be advised that they cruise Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia, Africa and Burma for example, and they offer nine European Wine Cruises!
This year we have the great pleasure of the presence of Isabelle Karst, who is not only a member of the AMA Family but is a member of the Central Coast Wine Community as a member of the Byron Winery team. Welcome Isabelle!
Bunnin Chevrolet Cadillac
Santa Barbara, California
Options & Accessories
- 460 hp horsepower
- 6.2 liter V8 engine
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 29 and EPA city (mpg): 16
- Rear-wheel drive
- 2 Doors
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- Keyless Ignition - Doors and push button start
- Limited slip differential - Electro-mechanical
- Cylinder Deactivation
- 4-wheel ABS brakes Xenon headlights
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Passenger Airbag Stability control Daytime running lights
- Dusk sensing headlights
- Intermittent window wipers
- Privacy/tinted glass
- Remote power door locks
- Power windows with 2 one-touch
- Air conditioning with dual zone climate control
- Cruise control
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Multi-function remote - Trunk/hatch/door/tailgate
- Power heated mirrors
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- External temperature display
- Clock - In-radio display
- Interior air filtration
- Trip computer
- Video Monitor Location - Front
- Satellite communications - Integrated
- Speed-proportional power steering
- Rear defogger
- Center Console - Full with covered storage
The Corvette is unique in automotive history. No other car has ever achieved 57 years (and counting) of production, and no other car has come close to the romantic reputation of Chevrolet’s powerful two-seat sports car.
The first Corvette rolled out of the Chevrolet factory in Flint, Michigan on June 30, 1953. The most recent Corvette was built today in the dedicated Corvette manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In between those two cars, about 1.5 million Corvettes have been made in America and sold around the world.
The Corvette was invented in 1951 by GM designer Harley Earl, who was inspired by the great European sports cars of the day and wanted to create an American sports car that could compete and win at the race track. The name “Corvette” was borrowed from a line of small, fast navy ships used in World War II.
The 50s, 60, 70, 80s & 90s saw a progression of exhilarating styling but a design connection that always represented the original core vision of sleekness and performance. That vision is obviously still intact. The most recent generation of Corvette is a technologically advanced supercar designed to compete at the highest levels of sports car performance.
The stunning fluid yet visibly powerful design of this 2016 Stingray is absolutely breathtaking! Enjoy that breathless exhilaration and share it with the array of interested onlookers. The potent magic of this amazing kinetic art form will remain with you in contact and in your emotions!
Our deep gratitude extends to Leo Bunnin for his gracious and generous support.
*The Auction of this automobile will not be consummated unless a certain minimum bid is achieved!
John & Laurie TiLson
Dinner for Eight People in the Montecito Estate of John & Laurie Tilson, Beginning with a Rare & Venerable Champagne, and Continuing with Rare White & Red Burgundies from John’s Incredible Collection
Speaking of Great Dinners with Great Wines, This Offering is One of Our Most Sought- After Fine Wine Dinners, as Central Coast Wine Classic 2011 Fine Wine Honoree, John Tilson, Editor of The Underground Wine Letter, is one of the most prominent collectors in America, and his support of exceptional cutting-edge wineries such as Diamond Creek, Mount Eden and Ridge, as well as Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy, is legendary among aficionados. John’s offering to the Wine Classic for special dinners with the Winemakers, featuring multiple bottles of these rare and expensive wines is most generous, and we are deeply appreciative.
This year, John is offering in the dining room of the Tilson’s exquisite Estate in the hills of Montecito, the quintessential aficionado dinner with extraordinary White and Red Burgundies from venerable vintages. John is friends with all of the great Champenoise and Burgundian Vignerons, as well as with those of which you have never heard, small, special and profoundly excellent producers. This is a wine collectors’ dream dinner that is not to be missed. The visit to the stunning wine cellar is a concomitant to a remarkably comprehensive food and wine experience.
In the cellar lie wines of the greatest wine properties in the world. John’s collection is simply too comprehensive to be described, and he is one the world’s most erudite Rare Wine Experts. The menu and wines that were served during his last Champagne and Burgundy Dinner for the Wine Classic follow. John included a couple of other rare wines from Spain and Germany for variety.
For example, in 2010 at the Montecito Estate of John & Laurie Tilson, the following menu and wines were presented.
- Melon chunks marinated in blood orange juice, wrapped with Prosciutto de Parma and sprinkled with freshly chopped mint
- Bourse de California dried plums stuffed with wild arugula, roasted walnuts, and stilton cheese
- Ahi tartare tossed with a dressing of yuzu zest and juice, fresh ginger juice, white golden tamari soy sauce, chili sesame oil, and topped with crushed savory tuille
- 1990 Champagne Gosset Grand Rose 1976 Champagne Rene Collard Rose
- Murray’s smoked sturgeon with toasted poppy seed bagel rounds, scallion cream cheese, and Meyer lemon slices
- 1988 Champagne Drappier Blanc de Blancs
- English pea ravioli with clarified French butter, blanched peas, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and fresh mint
- 1990 Montrachet (Delagrange-Bachelet)
- Iberico de Bellota ham with wild arugula tossed with Bergamont olive oil and blood orange olive oil, pomegranate seeds, and chopped pistachios
- 1991 Rioja “Vina Bosconia” Gran Reserva (R. Lopez de Heredia)
- Fresh grilled quail breast and legs over a tarragon, garlic, meyer lemon cream sauce with forbidden rice, and sautéed fennel
- 1982 Musigny (Joseph Drouhin)
- Delice de Bourgogne cheese coated with onion flavored phyllo and roasted walnut accompanied with whole roasted walnuts
- 1923 Musigny (Henri de Bahezre)
- Key lime pie with a graham cracker and pecan crust, topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut
- 1983 Serringer Schloss Saarfelser Eiswein (Vereinigte Hosptien)
- the Chocolate tree dark chocolate sea salt caramels and Recchiuti chocolate coated Michigan tart cherries and chocolate coated candied wild Italian cherries
- 1903 Solera Extra Cream Sherry (A. Soler & Cia)
Based on that which we have just shared with you, and with the focus on Rare White and Red Burgundy, you might imagine what an incredible evening you will experience with John and Laurie Tilson at their remarkable Montecito Estate.
The Dinner Must take Place at a Mutually Convenient Time Between January and June of 2017.
Gary Pisoni & Family
Jeff, Mark, Eddie & Jane
A Tour and Tasting and Dinner for Eight People with Gary & Marguerite Pisoni at the Pisoni Winery Caves and Vineyards
These Pisoni Property Occasions are priceless, for the venue, the wines, the food and the conversations. This Family and their energy are unique and priceless.
Gary Pisoni is a ball of energy that is absolutely magical. His aura radiates way beyond that of the vast majority of human beings; it could be argued that he has Elfin Magic, the kind that only comes out at night for some creatures, but for Gary it is omnipresent; linear time, including night or day, has no bearing on it.
Just to give you an idea of the aura of Pisoni, we quote from top-notch Pinot Noir producer, Brian Loring, who uses Pisoni Vineyard grapes in one of his most special wines, and who ventured to Pisoni for a Tour of the Vineyards and a Pisoni Tasting followed by Dinner:
Per Brian, with a slight few embellishments omitted: “And in keeping with all things Pisoni, the caves aren’t just for winemaking... they’re also for partying! Who else but Gary Pisoni would put a gigantic replace inside his wine cave? UN-FREAKIN-BELIEVABLE!!! His plan is to glass that part of the cave off from the wine storage area - so that he can sit at his table, eat and drink, be warm, and look at all of his barrels of wine.
We did a mini Garys’ tasting - but I was so far gone at that point that nothing really registered.
What a day! What amazingly fun and gracious people. Gary, Jeff, Mark, Eddie, and Jane Pisoni all treated us like family. What I had thought was going to be a simple, relaxing day turned into one of the most fun, crazy, non-stop days I’ve had in a very long time. Way beyond what I could have ever imagined, and way more than I’m able to convey in words. I was stunned. I was left speechless. And I’m still recovering!”
And per the Pisoni Family, “When viewed from the sky, Pisoni Vineyards looks like an abstract painting suffused with a special California light. Angular green shapes—different hues, different textures—separate the golden grass from the sepia hills bursting from a seemingly two- dimensional canvas. A swath of blue alludes to sky and sea, to the Paci c Ocean on the other side of the imposing Santa Lucia Mountains. Eddie and Jane Pisoni didn’t see these simplified lines, colors and shapes in 1979. Eddie saw 280 acres of the “type of place you can hardly find” for a couple of horses and a few head of cattle. Jane viewed the landscape dotted with California oaks, poppies and purple lupine as the perfect place to relax with family and friends.
Gazing down upon the fertile Salinas Valley, the location of their vegetable farm, they decided to purchase a little piece of the area known as Eternidad Paraíso or eternal paradise because, as John Steinbeck notes in East of Eden, “it was like Heaven.”
Their son Gary took one look and thought, “This might be the best pinot-growing site in the New World.” Here at 1,300 feet above sea level, where the shallow soil stresses the vines to produce intense fruit, Gary planted the first ve acres of Pisoni Vineyards in 1982—before he had even found a water source. He had to drive a water truck from the valley oor to irrigate the vines. Almost ten years and ve dry wells later, Gary tapped into the legendary springs frequented by generations of American Indians. Recognizing the perfect home for Pinot Noir, he planted another 40 acres of this notoriously fickle varietal.
Some of the exceptional Pinot Noir Producers who use Pisoni Vineyards grapes: Arcadian Winery, Capiaux Cellars, Lorca Wines, Miura Vineyards, Testarossa Vineyards, Tantara Winery, Siduri Wines, Ryan, ROAR, Peter Michael Winery, Patz & Hall Wine Co., and of course, Pisoni Vineyards & Winery, Pisoni Family.
Seats at this extravaganza of Touring, Tasting & Dinner with the Master of Comprehensive Pinot Noirness are priceless. The date and time of the tour and tasting will be mutually arranged, as it must be convenient for Gary and the Pisoni Family. Holidays and Big Sur event times, such as the Big Sur Wine & Food Festival, are excluded. Please contact Archie McLaren for arrangements.
Central Coast Wine Classic Culinary Advisor
Former Editor-In-Chief Of Bon Appetit Magazine Los Angeles, California;
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
An Intimate Six-Course Dining Experience for Eight People, Hosted by One of America’s Most Engaging, Knowledgeable and Well-Connected Culinary Authorities, 2006 Central Coast Wine Classic Culinary Honoree and Now Wine Classic Culinary Advisor, Barbara Fairchild, and Wine Classic Founder & Chairman, Archie McLaren, Paired with Wines from the Cellars of Archie McLaren
The Dinner Will Be Presented in the Private Cellar Dining Room Adjacent to the Fine Dining Restaurant at the Beautifully Remodeled Belmond El Encanto Resort Hotel on the Mesa Overlooking the City and the Paci c Ocean in Santa Barbara
Eight exceedingly fortunate people enjoy the unparalleled company of Barbara Fairchild for a Multi-Course Gourmet Dinner, paired with remarkable wines, which in previous dinners have included rare Champagnes, such as Louis Roederer Cristal, Guigal Single Vineyard Cote Roties, First Growth Bordeaux, Leroy Burgundies, to name a few. You also may request a California selection or a combination of wines from around the world, including Spain Italy and Australia, and Archie will accommodate you.
That which follows is the list of wines that accompanied course-by-course a recent Barbara Fairchild Dinner at the remarkable Addison restaurant in Del Mar:
- 2004 Pierre Peters Les Chertillons Cuvée Especiale Blanc de Blanc Le Mesnil Champagne
- 2004 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet
- 2004 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
- 1999 Domaine Henri Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes
- 1999 Beaux Freres the beaux Frere Vineyard Yamhill County oregon Pinot Noir
- 2000 Alvaro Palacios L’Ermita
- 2000 Sassicaia
- 1995 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1995 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases, St.-Julien
- 1983 Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes
As with all Barbara Fairchild Dinners with wines from the cellar of Carissa and Archie, the food and relationships were thoroughly symbiotic and unforgettable.
And at an even more recent Barbara Fairchild Dinner at Highlands Inn in Carmel in 2012, among the array of extraordinary wines were the following, and they were brought by winning bidder collectors and vintners such as Tom & Kristen Boothe, Joseph & Pat Harbison, Steve Padilla & Maggie Santiago, Steve & Judy Padis, Tom & Carmen Nokes, Ron & Susan Greenspan and Archie McLaren & Carissa Chappellet:
- 1996 & 2006 Domaine Le aive Puligny-Montrachet Les Pucelles
- 2003 Aubert Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay & 2003 Marcassin three Sisters Chardonnay
- 1990 Leroy Nuits St. Georges Les Boudots
- 1990 Chateau Clinet, 1986 Chateau Haut-Brion & 1989 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
- 1975 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon & 2003 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1989 Chateau de Beaucastel & 2003 Saxum Bone Rock Syrah
- 2001 Chateau Suduiraut
And this past Barbara Fairchild Dinner at Bernardus in Carmel with the remarkable cuisine of Chef Cal Stamenov
- Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Cuvée Cuis Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Champagne
- 2004 Aubert Lauren Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
- 2005 Vineyard 29 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
- 1996 Domaine Jacques Prieur Antonin Rodet Echezeaux
- 2004 Sea Smoke Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
- 1988 Chateau Leoville Las Cases
- 2005 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Estate Napa valley Cabernet Franc
- 1989 Chateau de Beaucastel
- 2004 torbreck Barossa Valley “the Struie”
- 2001 Chateau d’Yquem (A 100-point wine!)
As indicated, you can expect wines of a very exalted level!
As anyone who has read Bon Appetit, of which Barbara Fairchild was for many years Editor-in-Chief, is well aware, Barbara is one of the most erudite culinary experts in America and is also one of the most interesting. A dinner with her is a rare treat indeed, one which will ll your head with extraordinary information from the wine and culinary world. Carissa is certain to pull a treasure or two from Chappellet’s remarkable portfolio, and Archie’s knowledge of rare and ne wine presupposes that he will raid their cellar for special wines from California that are both rare and ne.
Gratuities are the responsibility of the winning bidders, and redemption of this offering must take place by May of 2017, on a Mutually Agreeable Date.
Editor In Chief
Chef Michael Mina
San Francisco, California
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
Dinner for Eight at Michael Mina’s Innovative “Test Kitchen,” Hosted by Harvey Steiman & Archie McLaren
How does Michael Mina create all those great dishes? The great chef and restaurateur tests and retests them with his colleagues until they get it right. Last year The Michael Mina Test Kitchen, which serves as the R&D laboratory for James Beard Award-winning chef and his team of star chefs and beverage experts, was opened to the public. It has been a raging success, changing its menu three or four times a year.
As a special treat, Mina will prepare an exclusive dinner for the winning bidders of this lot, a Total of Eight Extremely Fortunate Gourmets and Wine Aficionados! Michael will prepare and present at The Test Kitchen which is a collaboration between Mina and Ayesha Curry, the wife of Golden State Warriors star and NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
Harvey Steiman and Archie McLaren will provide the wines. Steiman, editor at large of Wine Spectator, plans to raid his cellar for mature Pinot Noirs from Oregon and Syrahs from Australia and Washington. Archie will attempt to match Harvey by providing a Penfolds Grange and a Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, among the most lauded wines in the world! In fact Quilceda Creek has been bestowed 100-point scores by one renowned wine critic three years in a row, a remarkable record.
The current menu at The Test Kitchen is termed International Smoke and offers dishes from global barbecue and grilling traditions, including those of Argentina, Korea, Thailand, Jamaica and the American south. Previous menus for the public have been based on the Middle East, the Mediterranean, India, and the Italian-derived cuisine of New York’s Little Italy.
Mina isn’t sure what the next menus will focus on, but he promises to personally create a special occasion for the winning bidders and their guests.
Harvey’s hit list for possible Pinot Noirs includes:
- Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Beaux Frères Vineyard
- 2002 Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Reserve 2000
- Bethel Heights Pinot Noir Willamette Valley West Block Reserve 2005
- ROCO Pinot Noir Chehalem Mountains Wits End Vineyard Private Stash 2010
AND For Syrahs
- Leasingham Shiraz Classic Clare 1996
- Two Hands Shiraz McLaren Vale Lily’s Garden 2000
- Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella’s Harden 2005
- Hanschke Shiraz Eden Valley Mt Edelstone 2006
- Betz Syrah Columbia Valley Chapitre 3 2006 (oldest Syrah vines in WA)
- Cayuse in Washington
- En Cerise 2001
- Cailloux 2006
Can You Imagine the Esoteric & Phenomenal Food and Wine Fulfillment this Experience Will Provide? Another Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience, this one hosted by the Top Editor at Wine Spectator!!!Dates beginning in October 2016 through spring 2017 must be arranged in advance for Sundays and Mondays only, when The Test Kitchen is normally closed to the public. The gratuity is the responsibility of the winning bidders.
Maisons Marques & Domaines
Vice President Of Marketing & Communication
A Dinner for Ten People Hosted by Xavier Barlier and Archie McLaren in the San Francisco Bay Area, Featuring the Remarkable Array of Wines Represented by Maisons Marques & Domaines from the Following Renowned Properties
Wines for the Evening Could Include the Following, Depending on the Enthusiasm of Your Bidding: Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal, France; Ladoucette Pouilly Fumé, France; Meerlust Stellenbosch “Rubicon,” South Africa; Dominus Estate, California; Marqués de Murrieta Ygay, Spain; Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy; Delas Freres Hermitage, France; Chateaux Pichon-Lalande or Chateau Cos d’Estournel; Ramos Pinto 20-year old Tawny, Portugal
To be in the company of Xavier Barlier is to feel special and nurtured. Xavier has been responsible for a number of extraordinary Central Coast Wine Classic embellishments, including the presentation of Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal at Dinner at Hearst Castle, as well as the Champagne & Caviar Symposium with Graham Gaspard of Black River Caviar at this year’s Wine Classic. He has also been a part of some of our most special gatherings, including one very memorable occasion with Wahei Hirai, the Chief of Design for Toyota International, at the Chappellet Estate in Pebble Beach, when Xavier brought a magnum of 1990 Cristal to share with his luncheon companions. Wherever Xavier arrives, the energy immediately becomes more gracious and enjoyable.
For the 2009 Auction, Xavier and Archie hosted a Dinner at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco that featured a comprehensive horizontal collection of Champagne Prestige Cuvées from the heralded 1996 vintage. Both gentlemen shared Champagne esoterica with the winning bidders; however, according to Archie it was Xavier’s personality, wit and knowledge, as well as his desire and ability to share it, that carried the evening.
This dinner will be comprehensively educational and edifying, as Xavier may well present wines from each of the heralded properties and more that he presented during the 2011 Maisons Marques & Domaines Symposium at that year’s Wine Classic.
Xavier Barlier joined Maisons Marques & Domaines in 2001 after spending the previous four years in the position of Director of Corporate Alliances and co-branded marketing of Disneyland Paris Resort, promoting the Paris theme park internationally with such companies as American Express, Coca Cola, Nestle, McDonald’s Kodak and Hertz.
His role today is to oversee all marketing and communication activities, including product development and media relations, as well to manage Maisons Marques & Domaines operations in the Midwest markets.
This will be a comprehensively edifying and indulgent evening with the stunningly high quality of the wines represented by Maisons Marques and Domaines and the broad rare and ne wine experience of Xavier and Archie.
The dinner venue will be chosen by Xavier.
The gratuity is not included in this offering; it will be the responsibility of the winning bidders.
Santa Barbara, California
A 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Painting “The Pond in the Vineyard,” a triptych (3) panels 24x24, framed, by Karen Fedderson, Oil Paintings
As sometimes happens, our Family of Vintners, Chefs, Hoteliers, Artists suggest to us that a special person of their craft would be a perfect match for the Wine Classic and its patrons. Our Dear Friend James-Paul Brown suggested Karen Fedderson.
Karen Fedderson is a gifted, award-winning fine art oil painter, who lives in Santa Barbara. Karen grew up by the sea in Venice, California, where she developed her lifetime love of the ocean. She began to paint with oils at a very early age and painting became her second great love.
Called “Poetry on Canvas”, Karen Fedderson’s contemporary oil paintings, celebrate the beauty of the California coastal landscape. Karen focuses on the landforms, the colors of the water and the plant life that occur in the unique conditions of light near the sea. Recently, Karen’s attention has turned to the lyrical landscapes of the inland areas of the Central coast. The subjects of her latest work are the beaches, back roads and trails of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties. Her paintings of the gentle rolling hills, lakes and creeks are captured with the same emotionally charged sensitivity as her coastal paintings.
The paintings show a rare balance of reality and impression. With expert and patient brushwork she captures a level of detail that involves the viewer in her dynamic compositions. Her rich and subtle coloration and deep atmospheric perspective bring out the emotional qualities of her experience at the location. Inspired by her deep love of the paci c coast, and California’s pastoral landscape the paintings magically transcend paint and canvas and become energized events that transport the viewer to the time and place where she first felt the inspiration.
Karen has been awarded many corporate and private commissions. She has participated in several “Healing Arts” programs for California Hospitals. Among these, the two 21 foot wide “landmark” paintings for the Cottage Hospital main lobby certainly stand out. After installing these iconic paintings 20 feet above the oor of the lobby, Karen went on to create Limited Edition archival pigment prints on canvas, up to 10 feet in length, based on these beautiful paintings.
Karen’s process of developing the imagery in her paintings is unique. Karen paints primarily from memory. Her love of nature, especially the California coastal landscape, is her inspiration and allows her to spend the hours of intense observation needed to perfect her vision. The process is symbiotic – the whole being greater than the sum of its parts – the end result, the finished painting, is greater than any of the steps of the process leading to its completion. Karen has studied the effects of sunlight and atmosphere at different times of the day and all seasons in locations throughout California.
When Karen arrives at a painting location her first thought may be “I love this place”, but that gives way to “What is it about what I am seeing that makes me feel that way?” Then she will walk the area and study the way the light changes the possible compositions. She spends time intensely studying the subject and finally begins sketching. As the place reveals its secrets to her she continues sketching and taking notes. She will direct her husband, William, to photograph certain areas and details for later reference.
Using the visual elements before her she creates an underlying abstract layout composed of the mass forms, the objects and color values she has observed. This composition is developed on site in her sketches and later in the preliminary layout of the painting on the canvas. By the time she finishes this process of observation and sketching the image is permanently ingrained into her memory, it needs only to be transferred to canvas.
The painting begins with a quick layout of the composition and basic color areas on the canvas. When this first layer or under painting is dry she will begin the many layers that make up the nal piece. Each layer is painted with Gamblin oils and Grumbacher Copal medium. Most layers are allowed to dry before the next is applied to keep the colors rich and vibrant. She will also paint “wet-on-wet”, dry-brush or use glazes and other techniques to achieve the desired effects. In the later stages, Karen will refer to the photos that were taken and bring out some of the interesting details of the original scene. The process continues, often for several weeks, each layer bringing it closer to the original vision. When the painting arrives at that point it is signed and varnished and Karen is off to work on the other several paintings in progress in her studio.
Karen Fedderson’s Studio is located at 125 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93103 (between Mason and Yanonali) The Studio hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 5pm. Please call (805) 966-7939 or visit www.Fedderson-Fineart. com for more information.
We cannot imagine a more apt theme for the Wine Classic or artist to fully communicate it in her own unique design and gifted embracement of the subject. I am certain that you can visualize the terroir as well as the location in your home to display this marvelously appropriate painting.
CEO David Pearson
Far Niente Winery
A Private Reception and Twilight Tour & Tasting at Opus One for Six Guests, Including Fine Champagne & Caviar in the Winery’s Salon Paired with Especially Prepared Hors D’oeuvres, Followed by a Private Tour of the Salient Architectural Spaces of Opus One, culminating with a Two-Vintage Tasting of Opus One in the Grand Chai Tasting Room, Also Paired with Especially Prepared Hors D’oeuvres AND Dinner for Eight at Far Niente Winery
Enjoy a Seasonal, Wine Paired Dinner for Eight People at the Stunningly Beautiful and Historic Far Niente Winery hosted by Proprietress Beth Nickel
Joining in the edifying revelry will be Dinner Co-Host and Central Coast Wine Classic Chairman, Archie McLaren. The Dinner will be preceded by a Tour that includes the wonderfully eclectic Far Niente Automobile Collection, containing such rarities as a Ferrari or two and a Venerable Bentley Continental Coupe, and you will be treated to a tour of the Remarkable Caves as well.
The theme from Far Niente that will manifest is as follows:
30 Years since Archie McLaren Founded Central Coast Wine Classic
30 Years of Friendship between the Nickel Family and Archie
30 Years of Far Niente Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (1982-2012)
The Opus One Private Twilight Tour and Tasting is reserved exclusively for charity donations. Guests begin this late afternoon experience in the winery’s Salon with caviar and a ute of ne champagne. A private tour follows of the salient architectural spaces of Opus One: the Mezzanine, Cuvier, Gallery and Grand Chai. The Tour culminates in the Grand Chai, with a two-vintage tasting of Opus One and a second course of hors d’oeuvres specially prepared to complement ne red wine.
Opus One, the extremely successful collaborative winemaking venture between Robert Mondavi Winery and Pauillac First Growth, Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, was founded in 1979. Opus One was the vision of Robert Mondavi and the late Baron Philippe de Rothschild, and the wine is as grand as their vision. Its respective partners’ approaches to winemaking, is an innovative combination of ultra-modern and old-world traditional.
James Laube, who designates Opus One as a California First Growth, describes it in his who reveal to me grand thoughts, and to whom I can retell wondrous things. Goethe: Faust book, California’s Great Cabernets, in the following manner. “Opus One is the most celebrated wine in California history.” That is high praise indeed!
Twilight Tours and Tastings at this spectacular winery facility are legendary. They have received thousands of dollars at charity auctions and are conferred only on rare occasion. In fact, as indicated, they are reserved exclusively for charitable donations. Due to the Central Coast Wine Classic’s relationship with Opus One, this lot is such an offering plus additional enhancements which are virtually never offered.
Opus One is a wine that is renowned for its opulence, consistency and longevity. In fact, in recent comprehensive vertical tastings of the Opus One wines at the Palace Hotel in New York City and at the winery in Oakville for its Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, the striking aspect of each was the wines’ consistently high quality. Even in so-called “off” vintages for Napa Cabernet, Opus One made excellent wine. You can be assured that your special tour and tasting will leave a lasting and consistently excellent impression.
You will enjoy well chosen vintages from each decade!
30 is the magic number in 2014 Commemorating the Founding of Central Coast Wine Classic by Archie, a long lasting friendship with the Nickel family and 30 years of Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.
Let the revelry begin-start the bidding! You and your guests will be treated to a magical evening at Far Niente, home to legendary Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce hosted by Proprietress Beth Nickel. Your evening will begin with reception and hors d’oeuvres followed by a tour through the caves with a stopover in the Far Niente Library. Winding your way to the Great Hall for dinner, winery Executive Chef Trevor Eliason will pamper your senses with a four course seasonally prepared dinner matched with wines selected by Beth from the Far Niente cellars. This memorable evening promises to delight while surrounded by great friends, great wine and Far Niente hospitality.
Each couple will receive a Magnum of the highly rated Far Niente Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville.
The relationship between the Central Coast Wine Classic and Far Niente is profound. Archie considered the late Gil Nickel to be among the most gracious generous individuals imaginable, and his widow, Beth, is equally so. Gil and Beth were Wine Classic Honorees in 1986, and until just recently when Jim Clendenen and even more recently when Tim Mondavi were honored, were the only two-time honorees.
Many years ago, Larry Shupnick assisted Gil and Far Niente in becoming visible to the wine world by purchasing the Far Niente lot at the Napa Valley Wine Auction for a price unheard of at that time. The purchase of the Far Niente Chardonnay “Piano Case” was reported around the globe, and Larry opened the Imperial from the case at a special dinner for Gil at the San Luis Bay Inn.
Far Niente was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. Benson hired architect Hamden McIntyre, creator of the former Christian Brothers winery – now the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – to design the building. Constructed against a hillside in western Oakville, Far Niente functioned as a gravity ow winery, gently moving the grapes through each stage of production.
Gil restored the building painstakingly, with incredible attention to every detail, so that the venerable quality of the historic building was intact, and he added embellishments that can only be described as world-class, including the dining room where you will have your dinner overlooking the vineyards.
The landscaping at Far Niente is the most remarkable in the Valley; everywhere you look you will see attention paid to the beauty of nature, and the nature you will see is completely symbiotic with the winery. The sight of all of this lush and totally compatible landscaping is absolutely unforgettable!
Today the wines that are produced at the Napa Valley’s most gorgeous winery facility are also world-class, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Dolce, the Napa Valley’s Chateau d’Yquem.
Dinners with Beth Nickel are indescribable, for the venue, the view, the wines, the food and the companionship. Beth and Archie are very excited about sharing this experience with you. This will be a truly transcendent evening with one of wine’s most gracious ladies in one of the world’s most gorgeous wineries.
As always, this is an exceedingly special offering from Opus One, and as always, we are extremely grateful to the winery’s CEO, our Napa Valley 2013 Fine Wine Honoree, David Pearson, for so thoroughly indulging and personally interacting with our winning bidders.
The combination of Opus One & Far Niente for a Napa Valley Way Over-the-Top Yountville/Oakville Napa Valley Wine Destination, obviously reserved for Royalty such a You, is beyond description! You will never see another collaborative offering such as this again!
Please contact Archie McLaren for arrangements.
Vince & Renee Di Pierro
Studio City, California
From The Cellar Collection Of Archie Mclaren
Santa Barbara & Avila Beach, California
Dinner with Vince & Renee & Archie McLaren at Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino in Santa Monica Featuring 1997 Italian Wines from the Cellar Collection of Archie McLaren
For many years, Vince, who is an Italian Wine Expert & Aficionado, has graciously and generously been donating an Italian Wine Dinner hosted by Renee and him. It has been highly popular. Archie, to express his gratitude and to make certain that he is invited to attend the dinner, is donating it this year.
Archie’s friend for decades, iconic restaurateur Piero Selvaggio, will be creating the multi-course Luncheon or Dinner to match with the wines from one of the greatest Italian Vintages in History 1997. Archie has a comprehensive collection of 1997s, and he has been thinking for some time about sharing them, with Vince, Renee, Wine Classic Patrons and Himself of Course! You will treated by Archie to superstars such as Pio Cesare, Antinori, Paolo Scavino, Altessini and Gaja!
Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino is widely regarded as one of the finest Italian restaurants in the U.S. Valentino has received critical acclaim for its food, wine and service by the industry’s top public including Wine Spectator, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, James Beard Foundation and more.
When Valentino opened in 1972, Italian food in America meant pasta and heavy sauces. Piero Selvaggio set out to make food cleaner, to make flavors more distinct, and to ensure that his sauces didn’t drown his food. his chefs began to reinterpret the classics or, “reinterpret memories.” This is a process that continues to this day. Selvaggio brings the freshest ingredients from farm to table, including many vegetarian and gluten free items and creates fantastic dishes that are always inventive and always stunning.
Piero Selvaggio, the man responsible for driving the success of this legendary dining establishment, has weathered storms of all descriptions from Italian “nuova cucina” to seismic tremors, not to mention the ever-changing mood of Angelenos. Skillfully taming the exuberance of the 70s, Selvaggio created this jewel on the Westside in 1972 and, over the years, has continued to shape and transform Valentino Santa Monica, always ensuring the traditional resources and mainstays of his native Italy remain prevalent. Today Valentino is both a reflection of those classic Italian traditions and the changing lifestyles and expectations of today’s diner.
Piero’s team help to bring his vision to life. The kitchen executes flawless and timeless menus. Classic and memorable antipasti, pasta and main dishes continue to be featured on the menu at Valentino, and they match incredibly well with an array of ne wines, including of course the finest from Italy.
Vince and Renee are quite interactive and gracious. Vince is not only a Wine Collector and Gourmet, he is a fascinating conversationalist with an array of interesting stories, some even plausible. You are guaranteed to be engaged and edified by the proceedings.
The Dinner Must Be Arranged in Advance at the Mutual Convenience of All Parties.
Hearst Ranch Winery
Paso Robles, California
One Etched & Hand-Painted Melchior (18 Liters/ Two Complete Cases!) of 2011 Hearst Ranch Winery Paso Robles Malbec
Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders began their business and personal relationship after Jim purchased a Hearst Ranch tour at a Hearst Cancer Resource Center fundraiser. As the saying goes, “a meeting of the minds” developed into this benevolent project— Hearst Ranch Winery.
Independently, Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders are accomplished businessmen that have the talent, imagination and integrity to create great things. Collectively, their shared vision on sustainable agriculture, resource protection and historical preservation brought Hearst Ranch Winery to fruition. These men have fostered a friendship and an enduring devotion to their community.
“You will love the ’Legacy of QualityTM’ we have put in every bottle.” — Steve Hearst
The hand-crafted offerings of Hearst Ranch Winery have been brought to life by the collaboration of sound agricultural practices, impeccable winemaking and the philanthropic involvement of Steve Hearst and Jim Saunders.
The fruit from California’s Central Coast vineyards is among the finest in the world. Blend in the talent of our winemaker and you get Hearst Ranch Wines, exhibiting the excellence that is a testimony to the “Legacy of QualityTM”— synonymous with the Hearst tradition.
In the early 1990s, it became clear to Jim and Debi Saunders that their newly purchased 90-acre ranch could be the realization of their dream of owning and farming their own vineyard. Soil testing and site evaluation began within a year of purchasing the Saunders ranch. The clay loam soils of these South and West facing hills were discovered to be ideal for farming wine grapes. The meso-climate of Eastern Paso Robles was a perfect site to farm Syrah and Petite Sirah. Initial planting began in 1993, with the development of Syrah and Petite Sirah.
After years of producing an abundance of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, new scions of Tempranillo, Malbec, and Petit Verdot were grafted to the well-established Cabernet Sauvignon vines. This “experiment” has proven to be successful as this vineyard produces award winning wines from the new varietals. Presently, Saunders Vineyard is composed of Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Tempranillo. The vines are trained to a vertical shoot positioning trellis to optimize vine vigor, capacity, and interior canopy micro-climate.
At a relatively recent taping of The Inn Crowd, the popular TV Show hosted by Santa Barbara Chef Michael Hutchings, guest wine consultant Archie McLaren tasted the Hearst Ranch Winery Malbec. “I was completely blown away by it,” declared Archie. “I have only experienced one other Malbec that even comes close to it, and that one is from the Napa Valley. It is obvious that Paso Robles has the perfect terroir for the grape and that Jim Saunders knows how to vinify it to perfection.”
Melchior bottles are exceedingly rare and will age for quite some time. This amazing bottle is a VERY special occasion waiting to happen.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Windsor Court Hotel
New orleans, Louisiana
“The Rejuvenation of New Orleans Culinary Tour” Dinner for Four People at One (Or More!) of the Most Famous Fine Dining Establishments in New Orleans, Plus a Luncheon at an Emeril Lagasse Destination Restaurant, in the City Which as a Legendary Culinary Destination is Most Assuredly Alive and Well, Choices Including Emeril’s, Emeril’s Delmonico or NOLA, and of course the Compelling Brennan Family’s Landmark, Commander’s Palace, home of the 2013 James Beard Best Chef in the South, Tory McPhail, Plus Four Nights’ Accommodations at the Recently Remodeled and Ideally Located Windsor Court Luxury Hotel (One Block from the Artist District & Across the Street from the French Quarter)
Our dear friends and Patron Sponsors Scott Farmer and Mia Ballentine and friends had the pleasure of dining at several of the aforementioned establishments in New Orleans for the 2013 Heritage & Jazz Festival, and Scott, who has an amazing wine collection, made some memorable food and wine matches during those occasions.
It is no secret that for many decades the most exciting culinary destination in America has been New Orleans. It is also no secret that New Orleans was dealt a dreadful blow by Hurricane Camille. Well, the culinary scene in New Orleans is revived and thriving!
This culinary indulgent Auction lot offering includes two of America’s most hallowed culinary destinations and/or chefs. Emeril is renowned for a number of reasons, culinary talent, energetic television cooking show and generous charitable giving. Your Dinner at Emeril’s or NOLA will be stimulating to say the least.
Since 1880, Commander’s Palace has been a New Orleans landmark known for the award winning quality of its food and many commodious dining rooms. The history of this famous restaurant offers a glimpse into New Orleans’ ante-bellum past. When Ella, Dottie, Dick and John Brennan took over personal supervision of the restaurant in 1974, they began to give the splendid old landmark a new look. It was decided to design rooms and settings indoors which complemented and enhanced the lovely outdoor setting, so the decor was planned for a bright, casual airiness. Walls were torn out and replaced with walls of glass, trellises were handmade for the Garden Room and paintings were commissioned for each room to complement and accent its particular color and design.
Particular attention was paid to the heart and soul of the restaurant; the kitchen and the dishes created there. Commander’s cuisine reflects the best of the city, both Creole and American heritages as well as dishes of Commander’s own creating. Seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables; everything is as fresh as it possibly can be.
And as indicated, The Wine Classic will treat you to Dinner at one of three of Emeril’s exceptional restaurants, Emeril’s in the rejuvenated Warehouse District, NOLA in the heart of the French Quarter or Emeril’s Delmonico, elegance and re nement in the Garden District. IF THE BIDDING IS STRONG, TWO OF EMERIL”S RESTAURANTS; IF THE BIDDING IS REALLY STRONG, ALL THREE OF THE AFOREMENTIONEN EMERIL’S RESTAURANTS! As well as the Brennan Family’s Iconic Commander’s Palace. My, My!
Per the Windsor Court’s embracing expression, “You can walk from the Windsor Court to history, to the heart of the French Quarter in less than ve minutes. The Quarter, of course, is timeless. And eternally gracious. Which is our idea of hospitality. Warm and natural. Elegant in the sense of being true to your taste for the best. It’s the old New Orleans way. It’s been our way—shaped and accented by the classic English model—since 1984.
Our recent $22 million restoration has brought real change without changing your core experience. Windsor Court is restored. Renewed. Refreshed. Essentially the same. It’s more than ever your preferred destination in New Orleans.
We’ve earned four diamonds from AAA. Forbes (formerly Mobil) has awarded us four stars. We’re the only New Orleans hotel to achieve that dual distinction. Your one hotel elevates your appreciation of hospitality. Windsor Court celebrates you more graciously than ever.”
Many Wine Classic supporters have stayed at the Windsor Court and have been extremely impressed with the location, the amenities and the service.
The rooms include room and tax, not incidentals or meals, are subject to availability and are not available during Holidays and City-Wide Special events such as Mardi Gras and the Heritage & Jazz Festival.
Dinners do not include Alcoholic beverages or gratuities. They are the responsibility of the winning bidders. Transportation is not included.
Pebble Beach, California
A Gourmet Dinner for Fourteen People at “Cheval Blanc” The Pebble Beach Estate of Jean Hurd, Hosted by Jean and her Partner-In-Life, Doug Borregaard
This Dinner Will Be Prepared by the Great Carmel Valley Chef Cal Stamenov from Lucia Restaurant at Bernardus Lodge, with Wines from Robert Talbott Winery, Pisoni Vineyard, Bernardus & Chappellet, as well as a Port from Jean’s Remarkable Hand-Hewn Wine Cellar
Cheval Blanc is an absolutely gorgeous home with amazing views of the ocean beyond Cypress Point Beach. In fact, you can hear the waves from the Estate. The home is furnished in collectibles, including antiques, ne art, oriental rugs and other remarkable objects of art. Jean is a most gracious host, and she will explain the origins and significance of as many of these items as possible while you sip fine Champagne.
An individual simply cannot be more gracious than Cal Stamenov. His gentility is equal to his culinary expertise, which is extraordinary.
Cal joined a group of Carmel chefs in the early 1990s to create and present courses at our annual Dinner at Hearst Castle, and the evening was a resounding success. Cal is visible in many remarkable venues, and his presentations are always creative and extremely flavorful, in fact layer upon layer of flavor.
Upon graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Stamenov began his career in 1982 at New York’s famed Four Seasons restaurant. He is steeped in the European tradition of culinary artistry and has spent years in the most demanding kitchens of the world’s most renowned chefs. His stellar credits include working with Alain Ducasse of the three-star Michelin restaurant, Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris, Monaco; Pierre Gagnaire in St. Etienne, France; Masa Koboiashi at Masa’s
Restaurant in San Francisco; Jean-Louis Palladin at Restaurant Jean-Louis in Washington D.C.; and Michel Richard at Citrus Restaurant. Stamenov worked as Executive Chef for the Highlands Inn in Carmel, and served as Chef de Cuisine of the highly regarded Domaine Chandon Restaurant in Napa Valley.
We consider Cal to be an inspiration and are very excited about the possibility of being able to enjoy his culinary creations.
The dinner evening will be a wondrous experience of cuisine and ne wine in a stunning venue!
Edward Walton Wilcox Artist
Los Angeles, California
Niven Family Wine Estates
San Luis Obispo, California
Winemaker, Christian Roguenant
A 2016 Central Coast Wine Classic Commemorative Painting “Marilyn” Oil on Panel 36" by 36", by Edward Walton Wilcox in 2005 AND “Flying V,” A One-of-a-Kind Blend of 2012 Pinot Noir of Select Special Hand-Chosen Lots from Swan Clone and Clones 934 & 667 of Niven Family Wines’ Remarkable Pinot Noir from Baileyana Firepeak Vineyard in the Edna Valley & Contained in One Salmanazar(9 Liter Bottle) with the Salmanazar
Etched and Hand-Painted with “Marilyn,” the Art Work of Edward Walton Wilcox by Glass Etching Artist and the Wine Classic’s Official Bottle Artist, Candice Norcross.
This offering contains both Fine Art and Fine Wine, an aesthetically and texturally symbiotic relationship.
Among Edward Walton Wilcox’s remarkable artistic talents is portraiture. Some of the most recognizable people in America and beyond have been the subjects of his aesthetic and intuitive gaze and the results therefrom have been wholly remarkable. Here you will see a mesmerizingly creative portrait of Marilyn Monroe, one that captures her introspection bordering on pain, her beauty, her aura and her essence. It is as powerful and moving as a portrait can be.
Due to a composite of soil and climate, one of the finest areas in California for the production of Pinot Noir is the Edna Valley and. The region bene ts from prevailing winds that sweep into it through the Los Osos Valley from the Paci c Ocean. And Christian Roguenant is a master at gleaning the highest quality Pinot Noir conceivable from the Burgundian clones planted on the Firepeak Vineyard. Christian is choosing only the very finest lots to create this unique blend.
The Firepeak Vineyard is located at the base of an extinct volcano—one of seven in a chain that begins at Baileyana and ends north in the ocean off Morro Bay. The newly bearing vineyard boasts unique soils, which combine marine sediment with volcanic detritus. Everything the owners (the Niven family) have learned in thirty years of research and grape growing has gone into this vineyard. Utilizing knowledge gained from generations of viticultural experience in the Edna Valley, the Niven family planted the vineyard with careful attention to the requirements of the location and soils. Contrary to common practice, rows are sited in a north-south orientation, encouraging better maturation of the fruit. A simple catch-wire system of trellising takes advantage of the prevailing breezes.
The carefully selected clones, matched to specific rootstocks, provide Roguenant with a variety of flavor pro les to blend to his specification. The 2012 vintage was a terri c one. The resulting wines are elegant with concentrated and have complex varietal characteristics.
This one of a kind blend from gifted winemaker Christian Roguenant is the perfect expression of Firepeak Vineyard’s terroir, and the impressive large-format bottle is powerfully enhanced by the remarkable artwork of Edward Walton Wilcox. Enjoy all of the aforementioned now and continuing...
Mr. Jacobson’s Private Cellar of Esoteric Wines
713 750 ML Bottles & 15 Magnums
Minimum Bid of $18,575, the equivalent of $25 per bottle
The Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite Valley, California
Yes, Sometimes We Save One of the best for Last, as WE Want to keep You Here for as Long as Possible, and We Know You Want This Special Offering from a Stunning Event in a Stunningly Beautiful Environment, in Fact One of the Most Beautiful on Earth...
For Two Couples, Two Two-Night Packages, One Per Couple, to the Annual Ahwahnee Bracebridge Dinner, Including Two Rooms for Two Nights, Four Admissions to the Event with VIP Seating & Two Formal Portraits
Open since 1927, The Ahwahnee in the heart of Yosemite Valley is one of America’s most distinctive hotels, unparalleled in magnificence and charm. The hotel is a great American castle, massive and warm with huge cathedral ceilings, enormous stone hearths and richly colored Native American and Oriental rugs. The hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1987.
The Bracebridge Dinner has become an Ahwahnee Christmas tradition. This grand Christmas event has been held annually since 1927. During this time in December the Ahwahnee is transformed into a 17th century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth. The inspiration for this ceremony was Washington Irving’s Sketch Book that described Squire Bracebridge and English Christmas traditions of that period.
A spectacular Christmas pageant takes place in The Ahwahnee’s grand Dining Room, which becomes the majestic Hall of American author Washington Irving’s legendary “Squire Bracebridge” as tables glow with candlelight, and the room is filled with the warmth and spirit of this special time of year. The program abounds with a profusion of food and the ringing sound of voices. The cathedral windows look out onto Yosemite Valley, and the spirit of all things beautiful cannot help but be felt, as guests become enveloped in the joy of the season. The event consists of a four-hour pageant of classic carols in an elegant and artistic fashion. You will enjoy Renaissance rituals, Middle Age music and sumptuous food. Over 100 players recreate the roles of the Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, minstrels and other performers. Decked with magni cent wreaths, an elaborate Squire’s table, large banners and traditional Yuletide decorations, the Ahwahnee Dining Room transforms into the Great Hall and is the stage for the festivities.
The Ahwahnee Dining Room serves as the Great Hall and stage for the festivities and is decked with magnificent wreaths, an elaborate Squire’s table, large banners and traditional Yuletide decorations. The centerpiece of this revered event is a seven- course banquet of rich and wondrous dishes prepared by The Ahwahnee’s world-class culinary staff.
2016 Bracebridge Dinner Dates
Guests will receive reserved seating at the concert.
- Dec. 12 (Mon.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 14 (Wed.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 16 (Fri.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 18 (Sun.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 20 (Tues.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 22 (Thurs) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 24 (Sat.) Bracebridge Dinner
- Dec. 25 (Sun.) Bracebridge Dinner
Dinner seating begins at 6pm, and the performance starts at 6:30pm.
Perhaps the most stunningly beautiful natural environment on earth is Yosemite Valley. Its history is so interesting that we will share some of it with you.
Yosemite National Park embraces almost 1,200 square miles of scenic wild lands set aside in 1890 to preserve a portion of the central Sierra Nevada that stretches along California’s eastern ank. The park ranges from 2,000 feet above sea level to more than 13,000 feet and has these major attractions; alpine wilderness, three groves of Giant Sequoias and the glacially carved Yosemite Valley with impressive waterfalls, cliffs and unusual rock formations.
Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890, and is the Nation’s third oldest national park. The park was established for the purpose of preservation of the resources that contribute to its uniqueness and attractiveness. Congress recognized the importance of preserving this great park for future public enjoyment when it established Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park is a showcase of spectacular geological features, including the greatest concentration of granite domes in the world and the largest exposed granite monolith in the world.
The area’s first residents were Native Americans who inhabited the region perhaps as long ago as 7,000 to 10,000 years. Various tribes lived in the area over the years, the most recent of which was a Miwok tribe that called Yosemite Valley Ahwahnee which is believed to mean, “place of the gaping mouth.” They referred to themselves as the Ahwahneechee.
This thoroughly unique and magical dinner will be an exhilarating musical, artistic and culinary event that you will never forget!
Rudy Poe Photographic Artist
Huntington Beach, California
PERSONALIZED FINE ART STILL LIFE
For This Unique & Eclectic & Artistic & Memorable Auction, I Would Like to Create An Image That Is Special for Your Family.
The Process Will be Different for Everyone depending on what we decide to shoot and where but no matter what, it is a Collaborative Process between me and you and your family or friends that is fun and creative and will result in an image you will cherish forever.
The auction item includes my time to consult, prepare, shoot and edit the image, the equipment to shoot it and a single 18x24 museum quality print on metal, ready to hang on your wall.
Not included in the price are travel expenses (if there are any) and any special props required to either purchase or rent for the shoot. If you would like a larger or different type of print and/or mounting (paper, acrylic, frame and matte) I can do that as well for the cost of the printing and mounting service (I work with a high-quality fine art printing facility).
As Rudy personally shares with you: “For years I have produced and directed historical documentary films for which we built small sets that re-created slices of life, places in time, memories and tributes to people’s lives and accomplishments. The props included photographs, trophies, medals, jewelry, trinkets and other cherished memorabilia. The footage we shot created drama and brought the people and their stories to life.
As a fine art photographer I have been creating still images that accomplish the same goal... but personalized for my clients. The possibilities are nearly endless as I can bring to mind wonderful memories, special events, favorite activities, and more. They typically fall into three categories I call, “Memory Portraits”, “Pride & Joy Portraits” and “Special Moments”.
The possibilities are many and may include:
Commemorate a life well lived, a great accomplishment, a moment in time or simply celebrate your love of family. Lets gather cherished items from your past such as photos, jewelry, medals, awards, toys and whatever else that brings brings the memories rushing back and assemble them in a beautifully lit arrangement. They are fun and a great way to tell the story of lives well lived.
- Home Sweet Home / Grandpa and Grandma’s House
- Childhood Memories (sports memorabilia & trophies, the arts, diplomas and other accomplishments)
- Family Tribute (estate and / or personal items)
- Professional / Military Career Tribute (Historical Items, media/press clippings, written testimonials, awards, medals, plaques)
- Travel & Events (memorabilia, tickets, collectables, trinkets)
- Birth/Infancy (clothing, toys, stuffed animals, blankets, décor)
Pride and Joy Portraits
Do you ever wish you had a great picture of that house you grew up in, that old car you restored or the boat you learned to sail or your prized collection? If you look around, today’s pride and joy is tomorrow’s memory so whatever that object is that is you are so very proud of, let’s shoot it, frame it and cherish it forever.
Special & Fantasy Moments
Who doesn’t like to think about those special things we do or dream that we might? Here are a few special moments to remind you of every time you set eyes on it:
- Breakfast on the Lanai
- Cocktails at the Club
- Romantic Fantasy Date for Two
- Family & Friends Dinner (Themed cuisine...Italian, Pizza, elegant)
- Desert / NightCap
- Happy Hour / Tea Time
- Life is Beautiful
By way of example, the image here is entitled, “Life if Beautiful”. The phrase is one that the family has adopted as their own and is one of many personalized items in their photo. I worked with the client to identify some other items that would help tell their story and make it special for them. Ultimately we included their favorite wine, a representation of their daughter (the rose), a hand-made table-runner that was handed down through the generations, and a couple of other items that are special to the family. it was shot at their home in Sedona with the view from their yard as the backdrop at a time of day they enjoy on a regular basis. The image truly represents their family’s personal lives and memories.
A Portrait for You...
Thank you for your interest in my work and I look forward to creating a memory for you and your family.
Thank YOU, Rudy, for assisting us in Embracing Our Remembrances. Remembrance is most certainly not a given for me these days! - Archie McLaren