Join us for one of the premiere charity wine auctions in the country! Including some of the most exquisite wines are paired with some of the most unique travel experiences. The Silent Auction is a wonderful place to find rare wines, autographed collectibles and dining and travel packages. Check out a sneak preview at some of the 2017 live auction lots below.
Lot 1- Bacchus Celebration Hosted by Merry Edwards
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the world-renowned Russian River Valley as special guests of tonight’s Honorary Bacchus and 2013 James Beard Award Winner, Merry Edwards. Stay at her Maefield Guest House, a 3000 square-foot home, crafted from recycled redwoods, milled on site. Wake up to the delectable aroma of freshly baked bread with eggs from Merry’s henhouse and Ken’s We Be Jammin’ homegrown fruit jam. This “slice of heaven” nestled in the midst of her estate’s Sauvignon Blanc vineyard will also be stocked with a selection of critically acclaimed wines and freshly pressed olive oil from its 100-year-old trees. Be treated to a winery tour and tasting then enjoy a relaxed dinner with Merry and Ken paired with library wines selected from their cellar.
1.5L Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2011
1.5L Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2012
1.5L Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013
1.5L Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014
1.5L Merry Edwards Georganne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012
1.5L Merry Edwards Georganne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2013
1.5L Merry Edwards Georganne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014
1.5L Merry Edwards Georganne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Donated by Merry Edwards & Ken Coopersmith of Merry Edwards Winery
Lot 10 -It's Always Sunny...
Jet set to the home of our talented emcee Sunny Anderson for an unforgettable trip to the Big Apple. Fly first class on American Airlines where you’ll be greeted by a luxury SUV who will whisk you away to one of New York’s fine hotels. Slip into your city slickers, because you’ll be treated like metropolitan royalty with the finest cigars from Michael Herklots at the infamous Nat Sherman Manhattan Townhouse. Pair that with a private culinary treat by acclaimed chef Scott Conant and iconic wines from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Don’t sip too many Cabernets, because the next day, you’ll receive the true “Sunny” treatment, and she has some surprises up her sleeve! Later, the ladies are headed to the Parisian boutique, Diptyque. Take a journey through the 50-year old brand’s boutique nestled in the NoLiTa section of the city. Experience a private fragrance masterclass and choose your favorites to take home. Culminating your weekend, you’re guests of Jacques Torres, AKA Mr. Chocolate, at the Choco-Story NY Museum for a hands-on chocolate making class. Well isn’t that sweet!
Donated by Sunny Anderson, Michael Herklots of Nat Sherman, Scott Conant, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Jacques Torres of Choco-Story N YC Museum, Diptyque Paris and American Airlines
Lot 11 - Inaugural Vintage from Bob Cabral
Tonight, we present the first ever vintage of world-renowned winemaker Bob Cabral’s namesake wine in large format, of which only 3 were created. Bob’s Troubadour is the ultimate paradox. The grapes chosen for this wine were specific clones from vineyards in his familiar territory, the Russian River Valley. While many perceive the area as hot, he sourced from some of the cooler parts of the appellation. He tells the story of these unique vineyards through the crisp acidity, wonderful flavors and rich tannins that this coolness creates.
Bob describes this bottling as “the way I believe it should be made, without apologies, no holds barred. The enjoyment experience of wine is a very personal thing that can be altered easily by any one of our senses. It always tastes better when we are having fun with close friends, listening to our favorite bands, or sitting at the top of a mountain. With this wine, hopefully I’ve found that ‘wave’ that will connect us.” With many years of experience making great Pinot Noir from Sonoma, Bob’s vision for his own wine label was to create a platform to give back.
3L Bob Cabral Wines Troubadour Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Donated by Bob, Heather and Paige Cabral of Bob Cabral Wines
Lot 12 -Dining for Inspiration
Join Chef Emeril Lagasse, winemaker/co-owner of Crocker & Starr Pam Starr, and the culinary students of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) for a memorable night. As a team they will prepare and serve a multi-course, gourmet feast in the name of inspiration, mentorship and success. This rigorous pre-professional high school program has been supported since its inception by Emeril and Alden and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. At this special evening on campus, NOCCA’s own culinary department chair Chef Dana Tuohy joins Chef Emeril, recent graduates and current culinary students to create a significant and endearing evening. Winemaker and co-owner Pam Starr guides us through her hand- selected wines paired with each course. Crocker & Starr handcrafts a small production of exquisite, world-class wines from its organic vineyard estate in St Helena.
Come to New Orleans to taste the difference that you are making for young people in this community. Your evening at a luxury New Orleans hotel is on us!
DINNER DATE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018.
Donated by Alden & Emeril Lagasse, Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Wines and NOCCA
Lot 13 -A Feast for Your Eyes
Art and wine lovers unite! You may associate artist and friend of the foundation Alex Beard with his iconic “For the Love of the Pig” piece that has become the staple image of Boudin, Bourbon & Beer. More recently, his talented hand crafted “For the Love of the Sailfish” for our inaugural Line, Vine & Dine last year. Alex is known for his “abstract naturalism,” as he’s coined the phrase, and he travels around the world for inspiration for his work. For tonight, he has graciously created an original piece featuring the very theme of our event, expressing “The Wonderful World of Wine.” Not only can you own an original piece from Alex, but you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit with him (among 19 of your closest friends) with an exclusive private event inside his new Magazine Street gallery. Emeril Lagasse Foundation will take care of all artfully inspired cuisine and top shelf libations as you browse his beautiful gallery and hear tales of his adventures from conservation safaris in Africa. The hardest part will be narrowing down your invite list! Alex will be unveiling his original, custom piece during our live auction for all to see.
DATES FOR RECEPTION SCHEDULED BY MUTUAL AGREEMENT.
Donated by Alex Beard