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LOT 1: SCHRADER SUPERSIZED!

1 6L Imperial Bottle 2004 Schrader Double Diamond Amber Knolls Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points

Fred Schrader, a major producer of benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from the most prestigious vineyards in Napa Valley, gives you a rare large format bottle that is equal to eight bottles of wine!! His wines are known for their vibrant flavor and richness, so gather 20 or 30 of your closest friends and enjoy the succulent flavors of Schrader Cellars. Rare and Precious!

Donor: Fred Schrader, Schrader Cellars

LOT 2: CANCUN CALLING!

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at JW Marriot Cancun Resort and Spa

This AAA 5 Diamond hotel has beautifully appointed rooms with stunning views of white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Be spoiled and pampered at their top-rated luxurious Mayan-inspired spa, and soak up the sun either by the lushly landscaped pool or on miles of private white sandy beaches. You won’t want to come home!

Blackout dates apply.

Donor: Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts

LOT 3: A DAY AT DARIOUSH

Lunch and Wine Tasting for 6 at Darioush, Napa Valley with winemaker Nina Wemyss

3 Magnums 2012 Darioush Signature Cabernet, 91 points

Six people have the rare opportunity to experience Tarof, the Persian art of politeness, in Napa Valley, with resident Wine Historian, Nina Wemyss, a contagiously passionate raconteur who will take you on a journey into the 7,000 year history of wine, interweaving Darioush’s personal journey and illustrating her tales with rare wine antiques. The ever-evolving lunch menu will showcase the seasonal bounty of Napa Valley. Savor limited and winery-exclusive releases paired with dishes prepared by their chef, and take home 3 magnums of Darioush’s own Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Expires: 12/31/15.

Donor: Darioush

LOT 4: TRILOGY VERTICAL OF FIRST GROWTH CHÂTEAU MARGAUX

1 Bottle 2008 Château Pavillon Rouge Margaux, 93 points

1 Bottle 2009 Château Pavillon Rouge Margaux, 95 points

1 Bottle 2010 Château Pavillon Rouge Margaux, 96 points

Chris and Bob Hilton have been great Auction supporters from the early days and once again have donated a fantastic lot. Soft, elegant, feminine…. Margaux and Bordeaux at its best! Wonderful to taste, rich, full bodied with a long finish. Critics note that the 2009 is “one of the best Pavillon Rouges ever” and the 2010 is “the greatest Pavillon Rouge ever made” .

Wine of this quality speaks for itself!

Donor: Chris and Bob Hilton

LOT 5: STELLAR CELLAR DINNER

Dinner for 10 at AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Michael’s On East

1 Case 2013 Rossi-Wallace Napa Valley Pinot Noir, 91 points

Ten lucky people will have the opportunity to spend an intimate evening in Sarasota dining in “Michael’s Wine Cellar”, surrounded by over 1,000 international estate-bottled wines. Michael’s On East was one of only ten restaurants in the nation to be inducted into the 2009 Nation’s Restaurant New Fine Dining “Hall of Fame”, considered the “Oscars” of the restaurant industry. Guests will enjoy a multi-course gourmet meal paired with a case of 2013 Rossi-Wallace Napa Valley Pinot Noir, a solid wine with gentle tannins and tart acidity framing cranberry, cola, and herb flavors. Your meal will be prepared specifically to your every request and served with the utmost grace and discretion.

Valid: Tuesday-Thursday, excluding holidays. Expires 2/28/16.

Donor: Michael’s On East, Rossi-Wallace Wines

LOT 6: VOLUPTUOUS REDS FROM THE STUART SOCIETY BOARD

5 Bottles 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary, 94 points

2 Bottles 2011 Hospice de Beaune Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru, 92 points

1 Bottle 2009 Château Laforge, 92 points

1 Bottle 2009 Fontodi Flaccianello Toscana, 96 points

1 Bottle 2007 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Merlot, 96 points

1 Bottle 2010 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points

1 Bottle 2011 Stag’s Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 points                               

A superb expression of twelve 90+ point reds donated by the Margaret Acheson Stuart Society Board.

Donor: Stuart Society Board

Lot 7: MEDITERRANEAN MAJESTY

2 Week Stay for 6 on the Amalfi Coast

1 Magnum 2006 Giacamo Barolo Cascina Francia, 96 Points

Live La Dolce Vita in Casa Michara, a luxurious three bedroom, three bath townhome in the center of Praiano, a picturesque fishing town on the Amalfi Coast. Praiano boasts the most romantic sunsets and the most beautiful beaches in the area. This stunning 17th century villa has been fully-restored, offers panoramic sea views and is only a 15 minute stroll to the beach. Relax in the home’s beautifully landscaped gardens or walk to nearby restaurants in the Piazza San Gennaro.   This special lot also includes a magnum of 2006 Giacamo  Barolo Cascina Francia, a deep, muscular wine endowed with superb richness, inner perfume and structure. Airfare is not included.  Travel must be completed between Feb. 8, 2015 and Sept 30, 2015.

Donor(s): Barbara McKee, B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits

LOT 8: DINNER WITH DUNCAN

The Birchwood Dinner for 10 at Duncan McClellan Gallery

Dine with friends in the Duncan McClellan Gallery, the working studio of beloved local artist Duncan McClellan. Guests will enjoy an exquisite “globally inspired farm-to-table” menu created by Chef Jason Kline of the Birchwood and “Sous Chef” Duncan will prepare his famous Caesar salad tableside. Fine wines will be paired with the menu from The Birchwood’s cellar. Surrounded by countless works of glass art, it will be a fantasy evening and a true feast for the senses!

Donor: Duncan McClellan, The Birchwood

LOT 9: MARK MAHAFFEY REDS

1 Case (12 bottles) 2012 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Romeo, 98 points

1 Case (12 bottles) 2012 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 Points

Enjoy two cases from two boutique wineries with impressive stature that enjoy “hidden gem” status. And a big thank you to Marianne and Mark for all that they do for the Museum.

2012 Beau Vigne Cabernet Sauvignon Romeo is a beautiful wine with lovely aromas of spring flowers, forest floor, black currants and cedarwood. It is opulent, full-bodied and fleshy.

2012 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon is one luxurious, richly textured wine with vibrant aromas, bursting with juicy blue and deep garnet fruit. Spicy and rich on the mid-palate, with just the perfect amount of oak

Donor: Marianne and Mark Mahaffey

LOT 10: JETSET TO THE CARIBBEAN

3 Night Accommodations for 2 at the Eden Roc St. Barths, Breakfast Daily

1 Star Michelin Dinner with Wine for 2 at On the Rocks

Spend three glorious nights mingling with the Jet-Set on Saint-Barthélemy, an elegant and charming island situated in the heart of the French West Indies. Its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and cooling offshore breezes make the island a paradise for all discerning travelers. Hotel Eden Roc, a multi-award-winning luxury hotel, is located on one of the loveliest beaches on the island, and just five minutes away from the impossibly-chic main town, Gustavia, with its marina full of mega yachts. A gentle blend of simplicity and elegance, every room is individually decorated with antique French fabrics, sheer linens, and pale tones meant to compliment the natural beauty and indigenous colors of the island. The team at the Eden Roc is dedicated to servicing your every need, while you soak up the sun, wander the gardens, dine alfresco, and watch the sun set over your own little slice of paradise. Valid 4/15/15-12/16/15. Includes VIP Airport transfers. Airfare not included. 

Donor(s): Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 11: LOUIS LATOUR GRAND CRU CHARDONNAY VERTICAL

1 Case (12 Bottles):

3 Bottles 2005 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 94 points

3 Bottles 2006 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 95 points

3 Bottles 2008 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 95 points

3 Bottles 2010 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 94 points

Here is a rare opportunity to accrue a four year vertical of Grand Cru Chardonnay from Louis Latour, the largest and most-storied wine producer in Burgundy. Corton-Charlemagne is the most dramatic Chardonnay in the world, courtesy of an almost enchanted exposure on the hill of Corton, situated almost on the border between the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, and at an altitude between 280-330 meters.

Donor(s): Maison Louis Latour

LOT 12: RAINBOW RIVER RETREAT

3 Night Accommodations for 3 Couples

1 Bottle John Begg Gold Cap Scotch Whiskey

Escape to a perfect tranquil setting for a relaxing four day, three night long weekend stay in a cozy and comfortable three bedroom cabin with large covered dock on the looking-glass waters of the spring-fed Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida. This cabin among the cypress trees offers numerous water activities on the river –swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling. Sip a scotch and watch the sunset from the dock, enjoying a bottle of John Begg Gold Cap Whiskey, from its smoky, caramel and vanilla aroma, to its creamy, honey taste and mellow spicy finish.

Powerboat usage restricted; no pets allowed. Expires 2/28/16.

Donor: Judy Stanton, John William Barger III

LOT 13: OPUS ONE OFFERING

1 Bottle 1995 Opus One, 93 points

1 Bottle 1996 Opus One, 94 points

1 Bottle 1997 Opus One, 94 points

1 Bottle 1999 Opus One, 93 points

Nick Allen is truly the Auctions “friend-in-wine” and he consistently donates from his private cellar for your bidding and drinking pleasure. These mid-90’s vintages of Opus One show aromas of dried strawberry, vanilla bean and mocha with flavors of cassis, black cherry and espresso. The 1999 vintage was described by Parker as, “An exquisite, complex, stylish wine, wearing a cloak of earthy, leathery tannins around flavors of mineral, currant, earth and blackberry.” How can you resist wine that you know is the best of the best!

Donor: Nicholas Allen

LOT 14: BRUNCH ON A BALCONY

Brunch at The Birchwood for 20

This Lot isn’t just about great sweeping views of the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront! Chuck Prather has put together a sumptuous brunch with libations for 20 prepared by Executive Chef Jason Kline to be enjoyed on the private terrace of the historic Birchwood Inn. So gather your friends and celebrate a day you won’t quickly forget.

Donor: The Birchwood, Chuck Prather

LOT 15: CHAMPAGNE OF KINGS

1 Methuselah (6L Bottle) 1995 Pommery Cuvée Louise, 91 points

In 1874, Madame Louise Pommery, affectionately nicknamed “la Dame aux Roses” (the Lady of the Roses) created the grandest Champagne marque of all, the first vintage “brut” in the history of Champagne which today is now the standard in the champagne industry. A wonderfully balanced nose of green apples, pears, bits of honey and buttery brioche, white fruits, and a touch of white florals. This bottle is the equivalent of 8 regular bottles!

Donor: Vranken, USA

LOT 16: PARIS AND THE FRENCH WINE COUNTRY

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple in Paris at Hôtel St-Régis, Breakfast Daily

2 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple in Bordeaux at Les Sources de Caudalie, Breakfast Daily

Vineyard tours and Wine tasting

One couple will experience 6 days in France! Enjoy three nights in the City of Lights staying at the Hôtel St-Régis, a five-star Belle-Epoque boutique hotel located in the crossroads of culture and fashion: the Golden Triangle of Paris, one block from the luxury boutiques of Avenue Montaigne and the warm cafés of the Champs-Elyséees. After taking in the museums or shopping ‘til you drop, head south to Bordeaux to Les Sources de Caudalie, a working vineyard and modern resort. VIP perks include one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tours and private wine tastings. A dream come true for any wine lover!

Airfare not included. Transportation within France not included. Expires 2/1/16.

Donor: Small Luxury Hotels of the World: Hôtel St-Régis, Les Sources de Caudalie, Hill’s Travel Service

LOT 17: DINNER WITH THE DIRECTOR

Italian Wine Dinner for 8 with Dr. & Mrs. Kent Lydecker

Four couples have the unique opportunity to spend an evening in the Parkshore Plaza home of Dr. Kent Lydecker, director of the MFA. Enjoy the sunset and discuss rare and fine art with Kent and your friends as his wife, accomplished cookbook author Toni Lydecker, prepares a multi-course, truffle-infused Italian meal paired to fine Italian wines from Mazzaro’s. Evenings like this don’t happen very often, so bid high!

Donor(s): Dr. & Mrs. Kent Lydecker, Mazzaro’s

LOT 18: 100 POINT PARKER PERFECTION

1 Bottle 2007 Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 100 Points

1 Bottle 2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, 100 Points

1 Bottle 2007 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon, 99 Points

How can you place value on perfection! Take home three exceptional vintages from three great American wineries. Taste any one of these three wines and you’ll understand why they have a perfect rating.

Donor: Helen and Peter Wallace

LOT 19: BELLE ÉPOQUE GLASS

Duncan McClellan Art Piece designed exclusively for Wine Weekend St. Pete 2015

Award-winning glass artist Duncan McClellan has created a one-of-a-kind work of original blown glass art celebrating the milestone of the Museum of Fine Arts’ 50th anniversary infused with the Belle-Époque style.  This piece cannot be replicated!

Donor(s): Duncan McClellan

LOT 20: GOLF GET-AWAY IN TUCSON

2 Night Accommodations for 2 at JW Marriot Tucson, Arizona

1 Round of Golf (including cart and green fees)

Stay at the AAA Four Diamond JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Nestled in the foothills of Tucson Mountain Park, this resort offers an array of family-friendly recreation as well as dining opportunities. You can enjoy golfing on one of their three golf courses, relax in their luxurious Hashani full-service spa, splash and have fun in their multi-level swimming pools, waterslides, lazy rivers and dancing fountains, and be sure to hike or bike on the surrounding nature trails.

Airfare not included. Expires 2/6/16 (Holidays excluded).

Donor: Marriott Starr Pass, Russ Bond

LOT 21: A ROARING GOOD TIME

Chef Joe Chouinard Dinner for 10 at the Tampa Bay Auto Museum with Lachini Vineyards

Tampa Bay Automobile Museum invites ten people to get dolled up in Flapper Dresses and Zoot Suits and experience the ambiance of the 1920’s and 1930’s dining among vintage cars and vehicles from around the world. Accomplished local chef, Joe Chouinard, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and a 4 Star Mobile Award winner, will create an eclectic International menu and Ron Lachini, one of “Oregon’s Rising Young Stars” of Lachini Vineyards will tantalize your palette with wine pairings from Willamette Valley, Oregon.  This evening will be the “Cat’s Meow!”

Donor(s): Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, Susan and Olivier Cerf; Chef Joe Chouinard; Lynda Jollay; Lachini Vineyards

LOT 22: SILVER OAK MAGNUM

1 Magnum 2009 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points

If you’re looking for a complex and layered expression of California Cabernet, this is it! Plan a party anytime as this Cabernet blend should give drinking pleasure through 2032.

Donor(s): Colleen and Brad Harris

LOT 23: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

4 Night Winter Stay or 7 Night Summer Stay for 3 Couples at Vail Racquet Club, Vail, Colorado

3 Bottles JCB Wine

The lure of the Colorado Rockies is easy to understand in Vail. Three couples will enjoy a 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort, a gold-rated property located on 20 acres and less than five miles from Vail Village. Guests will have access to a private health club, fitness center, heated pool, hot tubs, saunas, steam room and free wellness classes. And in honor of our Guest Vintner, 3 bottles of JCB wine will be yours to take home. Bid high for a big time!

Airfare is not included.

Donor: Diane and Stephen Voto

LOT 24: CASINO CASTAWAY

3 Night Accommodations for 2 at Marriot Casino Resort & Spa, St. Kitts

$2000 Shopping Spree at Dillard’s

This resort truly has it all including stunning rooms trimmed with West Indian accents, 8 restaurants and 2 lounges, a 35,000 square foot casino as well as their gorgeous Emerald Mist Spa. Try a round of golf at their championship Royal St. Kitts Golf club and a whole host of activities including a relaxing pool and white sandy beaches. Pack your bags courtesy of Dillard’s with a $2,000 shopping spree!  Airfare not included. Holidays excluded.

Expires 2/6/16.

Donor(s): Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts, Dillard’s

LOT 25: ANCHORS AWEIGH!

Sunset Cruise for 4 Couples on Lee Arnold’s Private Yacht

Watch the sun fade into the horizon from the deck of Tres Generaciones, the 60 foot Hatteras motor yacht owned by Debbie and Lee Arnold.  Champagne corks will pop and caviar will tempt your taste buds as the cruise departs from behind the Arnold home on Clearwater Beach. Take in endless vistas of beautiful Clearwater Harbor, Caladesi Island, the Anclote islands and the shimmering Gulf of Mexico.  Following the cruise, return to port for a Chateaubriand dinner paired with fine wines selected personally by Lee from his cellar.  Dinner will be served in their beautiful waterfront pavilion and will include entertainment by professional troubadours.  Finish off the night with after-dinner drinks of your choice inside Lee’s personal cellar. This is an exceptional experience for a group of good friends!

Donor(s): Debbie and Lee Arnold

LOT 26: THE BEST OF BORDEAUX

1 Bottle of 1979 Château Margaux, 93 points

1 Bottle of 1970 Château Haut-Brion, 92 points

1 Bottle of 1970 Château Latour, 98 points

1 Bottle of 1988 Château Lafite Rothschild, 94 points

Another great lot from Fran and Bud’s personal cellar! A series of four red Medocs, among the most prestigious in the world: a selection of rare vintage first growth Bordeaux from the most historic châteaux of France. This lot is an assemblage of offerings from the four best houses in Bordeaux, each one more storied than the next. For the serious wine collector, a compilation of these vintages paired together is something one encounters maybe once in a lifetime. All ratings are by Robert Parker.

Donor(s): Fran and Bud Risser

LOT 27: AN EVENING IN PROVENCE

6 Course Dinner for 10 at the Hardin‐Roux Home in Historic Driftwood

Special Guest Bern’s Steak House Sommelier Brad Dixon

The Museum’s Chief Curator Jennifer Hardin and her husband Emmanuel Roux invite you to discover the food and wines of Southern France—Driftwood Style. They will be joined for this intimate evening by their friend Brad Dixon, celebrated Sommelier of Bern’s Steak House, who will help select the evening’s wines. In honor of the Monet to Matisse exhibition, the menu focuses on French cuisine of the Rhone, Languedoc‐Roussillon, and Provence regions. From creamy brandade to fragrant lamb, along with fresh produce from their neighborhood garden, your taste buds will be taken on an overseas journey. Emmanuel and Brad will share their extensive experience on the traditions of food and wines of Southern France, from Muscat de Baumes de Venise, and Tavel—the premier rosé de France—to Banyuls, one of the only reds to accompany a chocolate dessert. Brad will give you and your guests a rare opportunity to discover little‐known vineyards, and suggest pairings to impress your friends. To conclude, Jennifer will produce her famous version of the traditional nougat glacé for dessert, another highlight being Emmanuel’s Gateau O Chocolat, followed by surprising mignardises. A grand party for all!

Donor(s): Jennifer Hardin, Brad Dixon and Emmanuel Roux

LOT 28: NEW YORK, NEW YORK!

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Breakfast Daily

Custom Experience of your choice- Behind Broadway, Chelsea Art Galleries, or Garment District Tiffany and Co. Crystal “Atlas” Bowl

Stay at one of the most well-respected hotels in the world, conveniently nestled on a tree-lined street in the center of the Upper East Side where sightseeing and shopping are convenient for guests. All guest rooms are exquisitely furnished with European furnishings and you will be pampered from the moment you arrive. Explore the city in a new way with up to 10 of your friends as you learn first-hand what it takes to be a Broadway actor from real cast members of leading shows, explore the hot galleries of Chelsea and visit artists in their studios followed by a walk down the Highline, or shop the showrooms of the Garment District with top designers and get an insider view of the fashion industry. As a souvenir of your unforgettable trip, take home with you a beautiful crystal bowl courtesy of Tiffany & Co. This “Atlas” design bowl beautifully reflects the light while echoing the Atlas clock that has crowned the entrance to their 5th Avenue flagship store since the 1850’s. Airfare and transportation not included. Expires 12/31/15.

Donor(s): Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Discover New York & Beyond, Tiffany & Co.

LOT 29: TASTEVIN TREASURES

1 Magnum 2009 Merryvale Oak Knoll, 90 points

1 Magnum 2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia Red Wine, 96 points

1 Magnum 2005 Corton Grand Cru Clos des Meix, 94 points

1 Bottle 2011 Quintessa Red Wine, 92 points

1 Bottle 2006 Kathryn Hall Napa Valley Cabernet, 98 points

1 Bottle 2010 Gargiulo Aprile Oakville Blend, 91 points

1 Bottle 2008 Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, 95 points

1 Bottle 2009 Domaine de la VougeraieLe Clos de Vougeot 1er Cru, 92 points

Top picks from Tampa Bay wine aficionados with extensive personal cellars and a love for wine. They swirl, they sniff, and they sip with great aplomb. They drink well, they eat well and spare no expense. It is all about wine-talk. They gather to celebrate the vine, develop their palates and expand their boundaries.

Donors: Lee Arnold, Don DeFosset, Chuck Harris, Mary and Tom James, Dr. Paul Phillips, Mark Sachs

LOT 30: GET AWAY AND GLO

1 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at the JW Marriot, Orlando

Zip out of town for a romantic getaway for one couple at the luxurious JW Marriot, Grand Lakes Orlando (or GLO as it is known to its frequent guests). Inspired by the grand palazzos of Northern Italy, this luxury resort combines the finest materials and appointments to deliver an unrivaled experience in the heart of Central Florida. Spend the night in deluxe accommodations with a balcony overlooking the expansive pools and cabanas, scenic lakes, lush gardens and 18-hole Greg Norman signature golf course. Pamper yourself-you know you are worth it! Expires 2/28/16

Donor: JW Marriott, Grand Lakes Orlando

LOT 31: TOUR DE FRANCE

French Wine Tasting and Hors d’oeuvres for up to 30 Guests at Rococo Steak

Enjoy a tasting of wines from Champagne, Burgundy, Rhone, Bordeaux and Loire, each paired with a unique hors d’oeuvre in Rococo Steak’s new private event space.  Open only since November 2013, Rococo Steak has already been the recipient of local and international praise for its modern adaptation of the traditional steakhouse, including top dining recognition from Forbes, USA Today and The New York Times.  Rococo’s elegant steakhouse cuisine is complemented by one of the city’s largest restaurant wine collections, which was recently the recipient of Wine Spectator’s coveted Best of Award of Excellence. This is an evening of great food and wine you will not want to miss!

Donor: Rococo Steak

LOT 32: QUINTESSENTIAL COLGIN

Tour and tasting for 4 at Colgin Cellars

1 Magnum 2005 IX Estate Red Wine, 97 points

1 Magnum 2009 IX Estate Red Wine, 97 points

Four lucky people are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at Colgin Cellars winery and “IX Estate” vineyard which has been described as a “viticultural nirvana” set high on a mountaintop overlooking Lake Hennessey. You will receive an extensive tour of this private, state-of-the-art facility that features classical design coupled with contemporary technology. The wines from this estate reflect a passion and uncompromising pursuit of excellence, the essential spirit of Colgin Cellars. You will take home two beautifully etched and numbered magnums of the 2005 and 2009 “IX Estate” Red wine.

Donor: Colgin Cellars

LOT 33: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH JEAN-CHARLES BOISSET

1 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at the Ritz Carlton, San Francisco

2 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at DeLoach Guesthouse

2 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at Raymond Vineyards

VIP experiences with Jean-Charles Boisset in Buena Vista, DeLoach, and Raymond Vineyards

Two couples will experience this once-in-a-lifetime weekend! This is a VIP experience of the best of Northern California wine world brought to you by Jean-Charles Boisset. The tour begins in San Francisco at Boisset’s soon-to-be-announced VIP tasting experience in the Ritz Carlton hotel in San Francisco, a one-night stay at the famed hotel and dinner in city, followed by private transportation to the Russian River Valley and DeLoach Vineyards.

At DeLoach, you’ll explore the property with an in-depth VIP tour of their biodynamic and certified organic vineyards and vegetable garden: learn about Burgundian winemaking techniques during a tour of their cellar; unwind from the week’s stress during a gourmet wine and cheese pairing; discover the region’s varied terroirs through flights of vineyard designate Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Zinfandels. As the sun sets over the vineyards, unwind in the hot tub before retiring to your room in the newly renovated private guesthouse. The following morning, fresh eggs from their estate hens, fresh fruit and light breakfast cereals and muffins complete your experience. Sit on the patio with a steaming cup of coffee as you watch the trademark fog of the Russian River Valley slowly retreat back to the ocean as the day breaks.

You will then depart for Buena Vista Winery, where the winners will enjoy a private winery tour and lunch at California’s first premium winery, founded in 1857 in Sonoma. You will tour the winery caves and grounds on a historical journey through the first gravity-flow winery, the first wine caves, and the first of California’s grand winery estates with the founder of the winery himself – The Count of Buena Vista – who has been brought back to life (through means we are not at liberty to divulge) by Proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset.  Jean-Charles has completely renovated the historical winery to its former grandeur and added experiences that cannot be found at any other winery.  Be among the first to see Buena Vista’s re-birth!

Your ultimate California wine country tour continues for two more nights at Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley, Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 American Winery of the Year and the “Best Tasting Room – Best Place to Spend a Day” according to Sunset magazine. With a glass of bubbles in hand, enjoy a full tour of Raymond Vineyards, including the fabulous Crystal Cellar, Red Room and JCB Lounge, and an opportunity to don your beret and silver winemaker lab coat to blend your own wine in the one-of-a-kind Winemaker for a Day lab.  You’ll take home a bottle of your blend, with your own custom label, and enjoy a private tasting of Raymond wines in Napa’s most exclusive winery experience: the Raymond Red Room. Finally, famous chef Michel Cornu will invite you for a private VIP cooking class in the Gaggenau demonstration kitchen. This is BEYOND BLISS for any California wine lover and is truly priceless! Expires 12/31/15.

Donor: Boisset Family Estates

LOT 34: CARTE BLANCHE CACHE

1 Magnum 2012 Carte Blanche Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points

1 Magnum 2012 Carte Blanche Proprietary Red Wine, 93 points

1 Magnum 2012 Carte Blanche Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 93 points

Nick Allen is the grandson of Clarence Dillon who in 1935 bought Château Haut-Brion. His family company Domaine Clarence Dillon also purchased Château La Mission Haut-Brion in 1983. Nick gained an early exposure, appreciation, and genuine interest in wine from his family, and eventually was inspired to produce his own boutique label in Napa Valley, Carte Blanche, which is inspired by the classical French winemaking tradition.

Donor: Carte Blanche Wines, Nicholas Allen

LOT 35A: A LUXURIOUS JEWELED VOYAGE

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple in a 5 Star Hotel in Rome, Italy

Private Visit to the Bulgari High Jewelry Workshop on Via Aurelia

Private VIP Tours of Local Attractions, including Rome’s Most Acclaimed Secret Masterpieces

Private Car with Driver

Since 1884, Bulgari has been the epitome of Italian style and design. Pure luxury is exquisitely evoked through elegant combinations of color, precious materials and design. Bulgari maintains a forward-looking, creative spirit that recalls the timeless beauty of classical Greek and Roman art, with a distinctive contemporary touch.

Your personal immersion into Bulgari’s 130 year-old world of jewelry will begin with a 3 night trip to Rome, the Eternal City. Your journey will include a private, guided tour of Rome’s most exquisite Palazzos, piazzas and monuments, followed by an exclusive visit to Bulgari’s High Jewelry workshop where you will witness the exceptional craftsmanship of the Bulgari family and view exceptional pieces not often available to the public. This is a rare opportunity to take a comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the secret world of high jewelry, and your memories will be priceless, much like many of their jewelry pieces! Travel must be completed in 2015.

Donor: Bvglari

LOT 35B: SNAKE CHARMER

Bvlgari Serpenti Watch- Symbol of Eternal Youth and Immortality

Bvlgari, celebrating its 130th anniversary, is one of the finest jewelers in the world, designing for royalty and celebrities alike. This exquisite timepiece is from Bvlgari’s magnificent Serpenti quartz ladies watch collection. The watch is in a stainless steel case in the shape of a snake’s head, bezel set with one row of brilliant cut diamonds of the highest grade, cut and color, silver opaline dial with silver index markers and Roman numerals and precise Swiss quartz movement. Bvlgari timepieces stand out from the crowd and vividly reflect the unique personality and radiance of the one who wears them.

Donor(s): Bvlgari

LOT 36: OREGON ODYSSEY

3 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at Domaine Serene Winery with Tour, Tasting, and 2 Bottles of Wine

1 Case 2008 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, 94 points

Two couples will enjoy a three night stay in grand style at Domaine Serene’s luxurious Winery Hill House retreat, surrounded by panoramic views of the entire Willamette Valley. A VIP tour of the landmark, five-level gravity flow winery will teach guests how ultra-premium, hand-crafted boutique wine is made, with a tasting of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah in their beautiful cave to follow. As a memento, two bottles of Domaine Serene’s award-winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be at your disposal during your stay. The lucky bidder will also take home a case of Domaine Serene Pinot Noir 2008 to add your cellar. Airfare not included. Expires: 2/28/16.

Donor: Domaine Serene Winery, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 37A: HOSPICES DE BEAUNE AND CHRISTIE’S

Hospices de Beaune Wine Dinner for 8 People at Casa Coe da Sol

Four couples have a rare opportunity to dine in a waterfront Addison Mizner villa with hosts Patricia and Dr. Jean-Francois Rossignol (a true Bourguignon!) and a very special guest Per Holmberg, Director of Rare and Fine Wines at Christie’s in New York City and a leading expert in Burgundy wine. Per will lead the group through the nuances that define Burgundy wine and several vintages from Hospices de Beaune will be served during the evening and paired to special dishes created by Parkshore Grill Executive Chef Tyson Grant that are reflective of the region’s rich and varied cuisine.

Donor(s): Per Holmberg, Director of Rare and Fine Wines, Christie’s, Parkshore Grill, Dr. & Mrs. Jean-Francois Rossignol, Christie’s Coastal Properties

LOT 37B: LES TROIS GLORIEUSES AND THE HOSPICE DE BEAUNE WINE AUCTION

2 Tickets to the 155th Hospice de Beaune Wine Auction and Festival, November 14-15, 2015

2 Tickets to the Hôtel Dieu Hospice de Beaune Wine Tasting, November 14, 2015

The uber-exclusive Hospice de Beaune charity auction has been arranged annually since 1851, taking place on the third Sunday in November amid a three-day festival devoted to the food and wines of Burgundy called Les Trois Glorieuses. The auction is preceded by an invitation-only wine tasting and party at the Hôtel Dieu hosted by Christie’s. The Domaine des Hospices de Beaune is a non-profit organization which owns around 61 hectares (150 acres) of donated vineyard land, much of this classified Grand and Premier Cru. With bidding by well-known professional and private buyers, the barrels, from 31 cuvées of red wine and 13 of white wine, attain prices usually well in excess of the current commercial values given their exclusivity and rarity. The auction has been organized by Christie’s since 2005, and set a record total figure at the 149th auction in 2009 when 799 barrels were up for sale and 500 participants from around the world drove prices well into the seven figures. Lodging not included. Airfare not included. Date restricted, November 14-15, 2015

Donor: Per Holmberg, Director of Rare and Fine Wines, Christie’s

LOT 38: AFRICAN SAFARI

14 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple with All Meals and Transportation within Kenya & Tanzania

Safari is more than a word; it is a siren call for the traveling soul. For those who have yet to experience it, a luxury safari is a goal. For the fortunate who have … safari is a magnetic memory, calling them back. In truth, safari is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience—so it makes sense to travel with the best….And that’s Micato Safaris. Micato has been named “#1 World’s Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter” by the readers of Travel+Leisure an unprecedented nine times in a row! To the Pinto Family, who has been operating since 1966, safari is more than just a business; it is a way of life. Africa is their home, exploring is their passion, and delighting guests is what truly drives the superior experience offered by Micato.

Two people will have the rare opportunity to enjoy Micato’s “Hemingway Wing Safari.” This is a delightful journey for travelers who desire an in-depth safari experience. Devoted exclusively to Kenya and Tanzania, guests experience all of the regions’ highlights by private air and land (Nairobi, Samburu, Maasai Mara, Serengeti Nat’l Park, Ngorogoro Crater, and Lake Manyara) while enjoying exceptional wildlife throughout. Luxurious lodges combine with glamorous tent camps to both invoke the spirit of the Hemingway-era safari and provide modern amenities and myriad active diversions beyond game viewing — from mountain biking to river rafting to quad biking. This is a trip of a lifetime you will cherish forever.

Airfare for travel from the United States is not included. Expires: 12/31/15.

Donor: Micato Safaris, Hill’s Travel Service

LOT 39: CHÂTEAU BEAUCASTEL BECKONS YOU!

6 Bottles 2012 Château Beaucastel Châteauneuf‐du‐Pape, 96 points

The 2012 vintage of this celebrated Rhone wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape will last a few decades should you resist the urge to taste it. Luscious and rich, it is composed of 13 different old vines varietals grown on a very rocky, mineral rich soil.  Châteauneuf du Pape’s and Beaucastel’s history goes back to 1321 when Pope Jean XXII ordered four barrels of this already prestigious wine.

Donor(s):  Emmanuel Roux, Gateau O Chocolat, and Hubert Fabre, Vineyard Brands

LOT 40: HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE

10 night cruise for 1 couple on any Holland America itinerary

Enjoy a luxurious oceanfront cabin as you explore the world with Holland America Line. You have the option to select any of Holland America Line’s itineraries in North America, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and many other ports of call for a cruise up to 10 days.

Donor(s): Holland America Line

LOT 41: CHÂTEAU ON THE CÔTE D’AZUR

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at the Château St-Martin, Breakfast Daily and Gastronomic Dinner

Set in a 32 acre park, the Château St.-Martin stands on a high point on the French Riviera in the town of Vence where the sea and the mountains unite. A former 12th century Knights Templar Commandery with superb views, today the Château St.-Martin is a prestigious five-star property that showcases all that is luxurious in the 21st century. One couple will spend four glorious days and three nights overlooking the Mediterranean coastline from your junior suite, taking in this true Garden of Eden where privacy, luxury, and charm combine with perfection. Dine on the abundance of the Riviera in the hotels sumptuous restaurant, and explore the many towns that dot the French Mediterranean coastline.

Airfare not included. Valid 4/15/15 – 12/20/15.

Donor: Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 42: CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION

1 Magnum 2009 Château Haut Brion, 100 points                                 

1 Magnum 2009 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, 98 points

2 Bottles 2009 Château Haut-Brion Blanc, 96 points

2 Bottles 2009 Château La Mission Blanc, 93 points         

Legendary wines! Six bottles of prestigious Domaine Clarence Dillon red and white wines from Medoc. Consistently producing illustrious wines since its foundation in 1533, Château Haut-Brion has been a favorite of top tastemakers worldwide for centuries, including the first five presidents of the United States. It is the oldest, the smallest and the only American-owned of the 5 premier’s grands crus. Château Haut Brion remains the finest property in the Graves region which is part of the prestigious Pessac-Léognan and the only chateau listed as a first growth in the Médoc classification. The majority of wines made here are red, but Pessac-Léognan is also known for producing some of the finest dry white wines of Bordeaux.  Now under the skillful management of Prince Robert of Luxembourg, great-grandson to Clarence Dillon, the wines continue to be “mindblowing… exotic… like a bouquet of flowers with raspberries and currants as well as Chinese spices and fruits”.

Donor: Nicholas Allen

LOT 43: AN EPICUREAN EXPERIENCE

Wine Dinner for 8 at the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa

Legendary Bern’s Steakhouse Executive Chef Chad Johnson will prepare a dinner for 8 in the wine cellar of SIdeberns located in the new Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. Indulge in 4 sumptuous courses paired with wines chosen by Kevin Pelley, an accomplished sommelier and general manager of Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits. Outstanding wine and outstanding cuisine-a hard combination to beat! Expires: 02/05/2016.

Donor: Bern’s Fine Wine & Spirits

LOT 44: FIVE O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE

1 Week Stay at the Jimmy Buffet House, Key West

Spend a week in Jimmy Buffet’s 3 bedroom home in Key West. Nestled on a traditional Key West canal with quick access to open seas, there is a dock that can accommodate most boats. Antique brick paths under swaying tropical palm trees lead to a backyard swimming pool, grill, and screened patio. You are only a few minutes from famed sunset rituals at historic Mallory Square and Duval Street. Sleeping arrangements include a master bedroom with king, guest room with queen and a bunk room for the kids. This is your chance for a once-in-a-lifetime stay in a home that literally played a part in the life of an American Music Icon.

Donor(s): duPont Printing

LOT 45: CHÂTEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 1982

1 Bottle 1982 Château Lafite-Rothschild, 98 points- the bottle that made Robert Parker’s career!

Did you know that the name Lafite comes from the Gascon term “la hite” meaning “small hill”? Did you know the record price at auction for a bottle of wine ($156,000) was for a 1787 Château Lafite, which was once thought to be owned by Thomas Jefferson!! It’s even more interesting to note that The Wine Advocate first became known after a young Robert Parker stirred controversy and accurately predicted the supremely high quality of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage… it is the very wine inside this bottle that made his career! This wine is so harmonious that it goes down as effortlessly as water. The nose is surprisingly mature for its age but very complex. Cherry liqueur, violets, sweet spice, coffee, polished leather, toast and liquorices. A most complete wine which wins because of its harmony, elegance, complexity and depth.

Donor: Fran and Bud Risser

LOT 46: ADDISON MIZNER VILLA KRUG CHAMPAGNE DINNER

Dinner for 6 People Featuring Champagnes from the Cellars of Krug

3 Rolls Royce drivers

Transport yourself back in time as you step into a 1930’s Palladian Villa built by the famous  Addison Mizner, architect to the rich and famous of Florida. In 1931, Addison Mizner designed his last large house, a mansion set on Boca Ciega Bay. Known as Casa Coe da Sol, or House of the Setting Sun, it was commissioned by William J. Williams, the founder of the Western Southern Life Insurance Company in Cincinnati. In 1980, Casa Coe da Sol was listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the State of Florida.

At this Black Tie event, guests will arrive in 3 chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce’s and enter through enormous sliding bronze doors into a two-story rotunda. A double curved staircase seemingly floats around a central fountain and blue glass dome. Your tasting and culinary experience will begin in the Moroccan Bar, with triple domed ceiling and glazed tiles. Al Capone, a frequent guest in the early 1930’s, was known to spend many nights in this “coffee bar”. Guests will then proceed through a vaulted gallery lined with floor-to-ceiling windows adorned with draperies custom-designed for the home on an 18th century loom by Rubelli, a venerable Venetian fabric maker, and enter the wood-paneled Dining Room.

Immerse yourself in the House of Krug and begin your journey with Krug 2000, crafted to narrate the story of this exceptional year, continuing with Krug Grande Cuvée, the fullest expression of Champagne recreated every year. Complete your discovery with the delicate Krug Rosé, all paired to the haute cuisine of Chef Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill. This is a priceless, one-of-a-kind offering provided by Patricia and Dr. Jean-François Rossignol, great grandson of the founder of Rossignol Ski and the Krug brand ambassador.

Expires 2/1/16.

CHAMPAGNES FEATURED:                                                  

Krug 2000

Krug Grand Cuvée

Krug Rosé

Donor(s): Dr. & Mrs. Jean-François Rossignol, Krug

LOT 47: BEAUTIFUL BARCELONA

7 Night Accommodations for 3 Couples in Barcelona, Spain

Enjoy cosmopolitan Barcelona from a luxurious condo with three bedrooms and three baths – perfect for 3 couples to share. Sun-kissed and lapped by the Mediterranean, Barcelona is packed with cultural treasures, from lamp lit medieval lanes to glittering Gaudí masterpieces. The villa is short distance to museums, fine dining, Las Ramblas (the famous shopping boulevard), and the amazing architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Don’t let someone else steal your trip!

Airfare not included. Not available in April or May of 2015.

Donor: Patricia Spears Robles

LOT 48: CALIFORNIA DREAMING

1 Bottle 2002 Opus One, 94 points

Indulge in a limited-availability vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon blend, resulting from an historic collaboration between the Robert Mondavi and Rothschild families. Aromas of dried strawberry, vanilla bean and mocha, plum and espresso.

Donor: Mary Alice McClendon

LOT 49: DECADENT DISNEY

1 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at Four Seasons Resort, Orlando

1 Magnum 2011 Hall Napa Valley Merlot, 93 points

1 couple will enjoy a Four Seasons experience within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort for one night in deluxe accommodations. Amenities include golf, spa, and a fun-filled island for the kids. Make Four Seasons your base for a Disney adventure while enjoying a 2011 Hall Napa Valley Melot Magnum. Expires 12/18/15

Donor: The Four Seasons Resort, Orlando

LOT 50: A CULINARY DELIGHT

Wine Dinner for 8 at Café Ponte

Executive Chef Chris Ponte invites you and your party of eight to a custom-created dining experience featuring Contemporary American Cuisine with French, Asian and Italian influences in a modern and elegant setting. Chef Ponte’s vast culinary skills draw influences from all corners of the globe to create this American fusion cuisine and the open-kitchen feature allows guests to watch his team of chef’s design each dish. This is a hot spot for food critics and a must-see for any gourmet. Gather some friends and have a great time!

Donor: Café Ponte, Chef Chris Ponte

LOT 51: FRENCH NOUVEAU

1 Bottle 2011 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, 94 points

1 Bottle 2011 Comte Armand Pommard ‘Clos des Epeneaux’ 1er Cru, 94 points

French wine is considered to be the best wine there is. The 2011 Bonneau du Martray displays a hint of mandarin orange to the otherwise more classic aromas of white peach, green apple and wet stone, while the 2011 Comte Armand Pommard is more complex with a perfumed character to the distinctly earth-inflected red currant, blue berry and plum aromas.

Donor: Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits

LOT 52: MOTOWN AT THE MAHAFFEY!

4 Orchestra-level seats to Diana Ross concert 2/18/15 at the Mahaffey

VIP Lounge access

Spend an evening with the Queen of Motown, Diana Ross, at the Mahaffey Theatre in downtown St. Petersburg, with access to the exclusive VIP lounge before and after the show. The Mahaffey joins the MFA in celebrating its 50th anniversary as well in 2015. Parking for one car at the concert only.

Donor: Mahaffey Theatre

LOT 53: BADEN-BADEN SPA STAY

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at Brenner’s Park-Hotel & Spa, Breakfast Daily

1 Spa Treatment

Situated next to the Black Forest and embedded into the surrounding greenery of the famous Lichtentaler Alley, Brenner’s Park-Hotel and Spa has been welcoming guests to Baden-Baden since 1872. The German word “baden” actually translates as “baths,” as this spa town was founded by the bath-obsessed Romans during the reign of Hadrian, and later frequented by the emperor Caracalla, who came to seek relief for his arthritis from the town’s mineral springs. Well-preserved ruins of these Roman baths can still be seen in the Old Town. Baden-Baden is now famous for its beautiful downtown, including the Belle-Époque casino, theatre, and many art museums, as well as its close proximity to the Black Forest, with its bright mountain tops, romantic valleys, and miles of nature trails. Experience urban life and pastoral idyll while staying three nights in deluxe accommodations with breakfast, enjoying everything the forest and the city have to offer.

Airfare not included. Expires: 2/1/16.

Donor: Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 54: UNDER the tuscan Sun

3 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples in Tuscany

5 Course Lunch with Wine at Castello Banfi and 2 3L Bottles of Banfi Centine

An opportunity of a lifetime! Two couples traveling together will enjoy a three night stay in a winery’s guest villa located in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany. During your stay, you will receive VIP treatment, including one-of-a-kind vineyard and winery tours, private wine tastings, and an insider’s look at winemaking in Italy’s most famous wine region.

The highlight of the trip will be a sumptuous 5 course lunch at Castello Banfi featuring six of their delicious wines. Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery located in the Brunello region of Tuscany.  When not at the vineyard, enjoy scenic drives through the heart of Tuscany, the city of Florence, as well as other historic cities such as Siena, San Giminano, and Pisa—all only a short distance from your guest home. This lot also includes two 3L bottles of Banfi Centine. Airfare & transportation not included. Lodging: Monday-Friday, Sept-June (excluding Christmas and Easter)

Donor: Total Wine

LOT 55: BORDEAUX’S BEST!

1 Bottle 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild, 100 points

1 Bottle 1996 Château Latour, 99 points

1 Bottle 1996 Château Haut-Brion, 98 points

1 Bottle 1996 Château Margaux, 99 points

1 Bottle 1996 Château Mouton Rothschild, 96 points

1 Bottle 350ml 1996 Château D’Yquem, Sauterne, 96 points

1996 was a picture-perfect year for Bordeaux. The hot, sunny and dry conditions gave the vines the perfect amount of stress they needed to achieve excellent phenolic ripeness. Here is your EXTREMELY rare chance to take home a bottle from every first-growth chateau. This extremely rare opportunity will NEVER be available again!!

Donor: Nicholas Allen

LOT 56A: SANDPEARL SOJOURN

2 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at the Sandpearl

Enjoy a two night stay in a one bedroom oceanfront suite at the Sandpearl, Clearwater Beach’s best hotel!

Donor: Jay Anderson

LOT 56B: SANDPEARL DINNER

Wine Dinner for 8 at Caretta on the Gulf

Enjoy a 3 course price-fixe dinner for eight people in the private wine room at Caretta on the Gulf, the only oceanfront fine dining venue on Clearwater Beach. Included is a special wine selection by Southern Wine & Spirits.

Donor: Jonathan Pelletier, Sandpearl Resort

LOT 57: PARIS HAUTE COUTURE AND CHANEL APARTMENT TOUR

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at the Hôtel de Vendôme July 6-8, 2015

2 Tickets Chanel Haute Couture

2 Tickets Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture

Did you know that Paris is the capital of Haute Couture (High Fashion)?

Did you know that Haute Couture refers to custom fitted, one of a kind dresses which have the most unique and hand-executed techniques?

Did you know there are less than 500 haute couture customers in the world?

Did you know that each couture piece requires 200 – 300 hours to be made and the client will be certified as the only one wearing this creation?

Did you know that the fabrics and techniques are the most luxurious and expensive in the world?

Have you dreamed of seeing a runway show? Have you dreamed of being in Paris for Fashion Week, where only the fashion editors and most famous celebrities attend?

This is a priceless opportunity to be part of the upper crust of fashion in Paris. Two Haute Couture houses, Chanel & Jean-Paul Gaultier, invite you and a friend to Fall/Winter 2015 Haute Couture. This lot also includes a tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, where you will be welcomed by Chanel’s Directrice of Haute Couture, Madame Loubie into the famous and ultra-excluisve salons. You will stay for three nights in the lap of luxury at the beautiful and historic Hôtel de Vendôme, a five-star establishment situated on the fabled Place Vendôme, the true heart of Paris. This is a priceless opportunity and impossible to come by unless you are in the fashion world or buy Haute Couture!

Airfare is not included. Date restricted to July 6 – 8, 2015.

Donor(s): Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hôtel de Vendôme, Hill’s Travel Service, Patricia Rossignol, John William Barger III

LOT 58: ATTENTION CHOCOHOLICS

Ecuadoran Chocolate Experience and Latin American Folk Art for 10 people

The ancient Mayans created a rich culture in what is now Latin America, but did you know that they are often called the first chocoholics? For this special evening, you and a group of your friends will be treated to a talk by art collector and long time friend of the Museum, Dr. Robert L. Drapkin and his wife Chitranee, at From Mayan Hands in the Warehouse Arts District, which also features antiques and contemporary handmade objects from Guatemala.   This exclusive talk will be enhanced by a tasting of premium Rio Arriba single origin and Rain Forest Alliance certified Ecuadorian organic chocolate and chocolate cakes made by Emmanuel Roux, founder of Gateau O Chocolat and husband of the MFA’s Chief Curator Jennifer Hardin. Other tropical desserts using this Rio Arriba will be served.  Port wine and Banyuls, the perfect pairings of chocolate, will be served as a complement. Enjoy the ancient origins of both the visual and culinary arts in this unique experience.

Donor(s): Dr. & Mrs. Robert L.  Drapkin, Mayan Hands; Emmanuel Roux,

Gateau O Chocolat

LOT 59: MONDAVI WINERY WEEKEND

2 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at Mondavi Winery with Lunch, Tour and Tasting

Tour and Tasting at Allora Vineyards, Honig Vineyard and BRAND Winery, 3 Bottles of BRAND BRIO Cabernet

Where better to experience a classic wine country weekend than in the heart of Napa Valley’s Oakville District? Arrive at the beautiful Robert Mondavi Winery—a hallmark of Napa Valley tradition since 1966—where you will be greeted by a personal wine educator and led on a tour of the winery’s history and wine educators and chefs will collaborate to bring you a beautiful lunch in the Vineyard Room paired with Robert Mondavi Winery wines. You will also enjoy a tour and lunch at BRAND Winery, taking home 3 bottles of their BRIO Cabernet, a tour at Allora Vineyards and Honig Vineyard. Expires 12/31/15

Donor: Robert Mondavi Winery, BRAND Winery, Allora Vineyards, Honig Vineyard

LOT 60: A STYLISH STAYCATION AT THE VINOY

2 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at the Vinoy

Lunch at MFA Café and Dinner at Gratzzi

Pink, proud and perfectly preserved. So stands the Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, the crown jewel of St. Petersburg’s luxury hotels. This historic hotel features the ultimate luxurious retreat in Florida’s West Coast. Take advantage of a range of amenities such as tennis complex, 18-hole golf course, heated pools, spa and restaurants. Stroll down Beach Drive, visit the Museums, and have a lovely lunch overlooking the water at our MFA Café. That night, walk to Gratzzi for a fabulous Northern Italian dinner for two with wine, finished off with a signature shot of Limoncello!

Expires 12/30/15

Donor: Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, Olympia Catering, Gratzzi

LOT 61: 1985: THE BEST OF CALIFORNIA

12 Bottles

1 Bottle 1985 Beaulieu Vineyard, 95 points

1 Bottle 1985 Caymus, 91 points

1 Bottle 1985 Diamond Creek, 90 points

1 Bottle 1985 Dominus, 91 points

1 Bottle 1985 Dunn Vineyards, 96 points

1 Bottle 1985 Heitz Cellar, 94 points

1 Bottle 1985 La Jota Howell Mountain, 91 points

1 Bottle 1985 Livingston Moffett, 85 points

1 Bottle 1985 Mayacamas, 92 points

1 Bottle 1985 Château Montelena , 93 points

1 Bottle 1985 Silver Oak Alexander Valley, 92 points

1 Bottle 1985 Spottswoode, 93 points

A unique opportunity to host a horizontal tasting of an exceedingly remarkable vintage.  A 12 bottle mix of highly regarded, very fine California wines from 1985, a textbook vintage when grapes ripened perfectly in just the right time sequence for just the right moment for picking. No doubt this is a “Cab” vintage to reckon with, much like such heralded vintages as 1958, 1968, and, of course, 1974. All produced exceptional valley Cabernets that are now benchmarks of vintage greatness, and the kind that challenge Bordeaux for aging ability and complex development. It was this year precisely that Napa Valley vintners were able to turn the tables on the French and offer a vintage that is still heralded to this day. All ratings by Robert Parker. If Bud likes it, it has to be good!

Donor(s): Fran and Bud Risser

LOT 62: MOROCCAN MYSTIQUE

3 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at Palais Namaskar, Breakfast Daily

Dinner and Spa Treatment

The luxurious Palais Namaskar in Marrakech brings together acres of tranquility and impeccable hospitality to create the most enigmatic five-star retreat in all of Morocco. Besides its three restaurants, large spa, and famously-accommodating concierge, the hotel has a fleet of Range Rovers and a private jet at your disposal should a nomadic spirit strike. Take four days and three nights to explore this amazing property and learn the many secrets Marrakech has to reveal. Nicknamed the “Red City” for the red sandstone bricks used to build its fortified walls, Marrakech has served as a crossroads of the East and West since the 11th Century. It is a major trading depot for caravans crossing the Sahara and merchants traveling the Mediterranean. Discover the endless tents and food stations scattered across the Jemaa el Fnaa, the largest and busiest square in Africa or tour many souks, mosques, and museums. A true city of mystique!

Airfare not included. Expires 12/20/15.

Donor: Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 63: UNOBTAINABLE

1 Magnum 1995 Bolla Amarone Millennium, 95 points

1 Magnum 2008 Tensley Syrah, 97 Points

Jack Pyhel’s extensive cellar has supported the Wine Auction since its inception five years ago and we are thrilled he has once again offered an enticing lot for the Auction. The 1995 award-winning Bolla Amarone is hand- harvested and has distinct flavors of the grapes that can be attributed to the unique climate, soil and temperature in which it is grown. The 2008 Tensley Syrah displays gorgeous fruit, with a medley of wild berry, blackberry, huckleberry and boysenberry fruit that is pure, rich and intense, yet elegant. Excellent red wine that belongs in your cellar!

Donor: Gail and Jack Pyhel

LOT 64: CROCODILE CLUTCH

Nancy Gonzalez Green Crocodile Clutch Handbag

This beautifully crafted Columbian crocodile clutch is a chic day-to-night style companion for any fashionista!

No Return/No Exchange

Donor: Saks Fifth Avenue, Sarasota

LOT 65: LABEL ALLURE

1 Mixed Case Marilyn Merlot Collectibles

11 Bottles Marilyn Merlots: 1992, 1995-2001, 2005-2007

1 Bottle Norma Jean 1999

As voluptuous and seductive as its namesake, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe, each new vintage of Marilyn Merlot sells out quickly. While collectors have made Marilyn Merlot one of the fastest-appreciating wines on the market, it is wine enthusiasts with a sense of humor who have long enjoyed the playful spirit behind Marilyn Merlot wines that are now also seeking these wines because of the emphasis on making a notable wine from prized Napa Valley grapes. Allow this vivacious, curvy wine to breathe and then enjoy!

Donor(s): Bill Resop

LOT 66: SEYCHELLES SANCTUARY

3 Night Accommodations for 1 couple at Fregate Island

Escape to a private island in the Seychelles, a sanctuary for flora and fauna off the east coast of the African continent. Fregate Island is a unique luxury property of sixteen villas each with private pools scattered across the unspoiled island terrain where seclusion and discretion are the hallmarks of service. A home to free-roaming Giant Aldabra tortoises, Hawksbill turtles, indigenous forests, and hundreds of species of rare tropical birds, Fregate Island preservationists are best known for saving the beautiful Seychelles Magpie Robin from certain extinction. The property has seven sandy beaches scattered across the island, one of which was voted the “Most Beautiful Beach in the World” in 2014. One couple will enjoy three nights in paradise in a beautiful villa with private pool. Disconnect from the world and laze away, dining on innovative cuisine inspired by the exotic fruits and vegetables all grown on the island. Airfare not included. Expires 12/20/15.

Donor: Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Patricia Rossignol

LOT 67A: GARGIULO GRANDEUR

Lunch for 6 People at Gargiulo Vineyards, Napa Valley

1 Magnum 2011 Gargiulo Vineyards 575 OVX Cabernet Sauvignon, 93 points

3 couples will have the opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon touring and tasting in Oakville, Napa Valley at Gargiulo Vineyards. The unique terroir of the red and rocky hills will be explained through their collection of fine cabernet sauvignons and blended wines. Take home a magnum of their hit wine, 575 OVX, to prime your palate for the voyage you are about to experience.

Donor: Gargiulo Vineyards

LOT 67B: AWESOME ALEXANDER VALLEY

Picnic and tour for 8 people at Alexander Valley Vineyards

1 Bottle 2006 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, 88 points

1 Bottle 2007 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, 91 points

1 Bottle 2008 Alexander Valley Vineyards Merlot, 93 points

Merlot lovers rejoice! Here is a rare chance for four couples to visit Alexander Valley Vineyards in Sonoma County and taste all of the best they have to produce! Take home a 3 year vertical of their estate Merlot, of which the 2007 was named “exceptional” at the World Wine Championships and the 2008 won 2 gold medals at the Grand Harvest Awards.

Donor: Alexander Valley Vineyards

LOT 68: MAGNUM MADNESS!

1 Magnum 2011 Justin Isosceles, 92 points

1 Magnum 2012 Relic Prior Cabernet Franc, 92 points

1 Magnum 2012 Keplinger Lithic, Amador, 92 points

1 Magnum 2011 Staglin Familly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 87 points

1 3L bottle 2012 La Crema Pinot Gris, 87 points

2 3L bottle 2011 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 92 points

This is the best of the best of California and a superb array of good wine in large format.

Donor: Justin Vineyards, Relic Wines, Keplinger Wines, Staglin Family Vineyard, Premier Beverage Co.

LOT 69: MIAMI SPICE!

2 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at Turnberry Isle Resort

One couple will relax tucked away on 300 lush tropical acres between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Turnberry Isle Miami, a Mediterranean-style retreat that exemplifies a culture of authenticity, spirited service, and enriching experiences. With 2 legendary 18-hole golf courses, a private beach club, 1600 foot lazy river, multiple pools, and the award-winning restaurant, Bourbon Steak by Michael Mena (of Locale Market fame!), you will never run out of things to see and do while staying at this beautiful resort. Minutes from Aventura Mall, Bal Harbour Shops, the Miami Design District, and the hustle and bustle of South Beach, this is a glamorous vacation! Expires: 12/31/15

Donor: Turnberry Isle Miami

Value: $800

LOT 70: WINED, DINED AND DAZZLED

Capital Grill Wine Dinner for 8

The Capital Grille is a fine-dining restaurant with an atmosphere of relaxed elegance known for its dry aged steaks and fresh seafood. They use only the finest ingredients, artfully designed to engage all of your senses and award-winning wine selections that will be paired with your dinner are sure to please. Bid high on this incredible experience.

Donor: The Capital Grill Tampa

LOT 71: DOWNTOWN DENIZEN

2 Night Accommodations for 1 Couple at The Birchwood

Dinner for 2 at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Brunch for 2 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club

One couple will enjoy a two night stay at The Birchwood, located on Beach Drive in the laid back hustle and bustle of downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The Birchwood is a unique historical property offering superb dining, lounging, event and boutique lodging experiences with impeccable views of neighboring Tampa Bay and the majestic Banyan Trees of North Straub Park. Brunch at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and a dinner for two at Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant where atmosphere, culture and food blend perfectly into one ensures this will be very special! Expires 12/31/15.

Donor: The Birchwood, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, St. Petersburg Yacht Club

LOT 72: ESPECIALLY FASCINATING

1 Magnum 1990 Pommery Brut Grand Cru, 98 points

The wines of Pommery offer exquisite subtlety and will please even the most-hardened of critics. Only in years when Mother Nature is extremely kind during the growing season is this cuvée produced. This is not only a true vintage, it is one of the greatest champagne vintages of the 20th century.

Donor: Vranken Pommery USA

LOT 73: TREASURE ISLAND TRYST

Day pass to the Club at Treasure Island for 6 people including Dinner March 27th, 2015,  6 tickets to “Midnight in Paris,” 9pm show

The Club at Treasure Island offers an exclusive package for six people including VIP Club access to all amenities, a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Paul Liptak at the members-only Marker 18 Restaurant and Lounge, and tickets to “Midnight in Paris,” featuring Paul Wilborn and Eugenia Bondurant. A true passport to luxury!

Donor: Bill Edwards Group, The Club at Treasure Island

LOT 74A: LA VIE EN ROSE

1 bottle 2003 Dom Perignon Rosé

1 bottle Krug Rosé Brut

1 bottle Moet Chandon Brut Imperial Rosé

1 bottle Veuve Clicquot Rosé

1 bottle Ruinart Rosé

What better way to kick off the month of February than with The Ultimate in Rosé Champagnes from the most prestigious Champagne Houses in the World! This exclusive package illuminates with seductive power, sensuality, and wonderfully expressive Rosés from the major champagne houses of France.

Donor: Moet-Hennessey USA

LOT 74A: SPECIAL WINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

12 bottles:

2 bottles Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (Margaret River, Australia)

2 bottles Cheval des Andes (Luján de Cuyo, Argentina)

2 bottles Cloudy Bay Chardonnay (Marlborough, New Zealand)

2 bottles Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay (Napa Valley, California)

2 bottles Numanthia – Numanthia (Toro, Spain)

2 bottles Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Torrontés (Luján de Cuyo, Argentina)

Discover excellent wines lovingly crafted in limited quantities by winemakers with a passion for their terroir. These wines come from places as diverse as the foothills of the Andes, the sandy, pine-fringed hills of North-Western Spain and a glacial river valley on New Zealand’s South Island. Diversity, discovery, excellence and pleasure are the four principles behind just such a collection of wines.

Donor: Moet-Hennessey USA

LOT 75: PARIS AND BURGUNDY WITH BOISSET

3 Night Accommodations for 2 Couples at Hôtel Le Bristol with Breakfast January 24-27, 2016

Caviar facial

Dinner at 3 Star Michelin Restaurant Epicure

Private Tour of Louvre

Private Tour of Versailles

3 Night Accommodations in Burgundy with Jean-Charles Boisset

Two couples will live the high life and stay at the most storied palace in Paris, Hotel Le Bristol with their host, Jean-Charles Boisset.  With over 250 years of history, this five-star hotel situated on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré has hosted the rich and powerful, both famous and notorious, for decades and is where the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris” was filmed.  Service is what this hotel is known for, and their team has remained at the disposal of every guest, where no demand is deemed too much, and each person is treated with efficiency, kindness, and discretion.

Spend three nights  in the lap of luxury in one of seven Signature Suites, where presidents, celebrities, and heads of state have called home while visiting Paris.  Take in sweeping views of the city’s monuments while enjoying a complimentary daily breakfast and prepare yourself to see the sights and shop the finest boutiques in the world….they’re all located right outside your doorstep. Relax and recover from your flight with a La Prairie Caviar Facial at the incredible spa.  Jump into your chauffeur-driven car for an extremely rare, after-hours tour of the Louvre with a private guide and finish your day with an exquisite, multi-course tasting dinner with wine at Épicure, their most incredible gastronomic restaurant and one of 10 restaurants in Paris with a three star Michelin rating. Jean-Charles has arranged a private tour at the Palace of Versailles courtesy of the Chief Architect of the Palace of Versailles – a once-in-a-lifetime, never publicly-available opportunity to see the grandest palace in the world in an intimate behind the scenes tour.

Following your Paris experience, Jean-Charles will personally escort you to the fabled Burgundy wine region, where Grand Cru vineyards, caves and glorious dining await you in the most historic wine region in France – the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, where more than 1,000 years ago monks and nuns defined the importance of terroir. As Burgundy’s leading vintner, Jean-Charles will escort you through private tours and tastings at his family’s famed domains, including Domaine de la Vougeraie – the family’s crown jewel estate, boasting more than 200 acres of vineyards in the Côte d’Or; Jean-Claude Boisset – housed in a thirteenth century convent recently reconstructed by the Chief Architect of the Palace of Versailles to be the most ambitious and extraordinary winery in Burgundy;  Bouchard Aîné in the historic heart of Beaune; Jaffelin – a 12th century cave beneath the cathedral in Beaune; and Ropiteau – the charming Mersault producer dating to 1848. While you are there, Jean-Charles will also arrange for private tours and tastings at many of Burgundy’s best sites, including the Museum of Wine and a tour of the Hospices de Beaune, a tour of the famed Clos de Vougeot, dinner in the historic caves of his famed estates as well as lunches and dinner at the region’s premier Michelin-starred restaurants. Airfare not included. Date restricted, January 24-27, 2016.

Donor(s): Oetker Collection, Didier le Calvez, President and Directeur General, Boisset Family Estates, Patricia Rossignol