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Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ 2016

Family House's 21st Annual Cabernet Tasting, Dinner, and Auction

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel San Francisco - 125 Third Street

4:30 PM - Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
7:00 PM - Dinner and Live Auction

For sponsorship, donations, or tickets, please contact Camilla Burraston at or (415) 307-5117

Download the 2015 Auction Catalog

Please click here to reserve your St. Regis Hotel room. View photos from the 2015 event.

Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors:

Memento Mori  PG&E             


2016 Participating Vintners:

Abreu Vineyards
Agharta Wines
Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate
Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards
Anomaly Vineyards
Arkenstone Vineyards
Arrow & Branch
August West
Azur Wines
Barnett Vineyards
Behrens Family Winery
Blackbird Vineyards
Bure Family Winery
Checkerboard Vineyards
Clark-Claudon Vineyards
Colgin Cellars
Corison Winery
Corra Wines
Dalla Valle Vineyards
Dancing Hares Vineyard
Drinkward Peschon
Duckhorn Vineyards
Dunstan Wines
Entre Nous Wines
Epoch Wines

Fairchild Napa Valley Winery
Freeman Winery
Frias Family Vineyard
Futo Wines
Gallica Wine
Hamel Family Wines
Herb Lamb Vineyards
Hudson Vineyards
Jones Family Vineyards
Judd's Hill
Keever Vineyards
Kosta Browne Winery
Law Estate Wines
Linne Calodo
Maybach Family Vineyards
Maze Wines
McPrice Myers
Melka Wines
Memento Mori
Meteor Vineyard
Notre Vin
Page Wine Cellars
Paradigm Winery
Peter Michael Winery

Post Parade Wines
Pott Wines
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Pulido Walker Estate
Quintessa Wine
Ram's Gate Winery
Realm Cellars
Relic Wines
Revana Family Vineyard
Robert Foley Vineyards
Rocca Family Vineyards
Round Pond Estate
Saxum Vineyards
Scarecrow Vineyards
Spottswoode Winery
Staglin Family Vineyard
TOR Kenward Family Wines
Vine Hill Ranch
Vineyard 29
Vineyard 7&8
Von Strasser
White Rock Vineyards
Wolf Family Vineyards
ZD Wines
Zeitgeist Cellars

These vintners have generously donated to the live auction, but will not be pouring at the event.

Buy a Spot Lot: 

Bruce Hornsby and Patrick O'Connell:
Two National Treasures from Virginia Share the Love at Hamel Family Wines

Bruce Hornsby and Patrick O'Connell at Hamel Family Wines

On June 11, 2016, 75 couples will enjoy the magnificent multi-course Virginia meal prepared by Patrick O'Connell and his team, paired with wines from the Hamel Family, and then enjoy the solo performance by fellow Virginian Bruce Hornsby as the sun sets over the spectacular Sonoma Mountain. This little slice of Virginia with two of the Old Dominion's National Treasures in Sonoma Valley may help you find that you, too, love Virginia.

Limited to 10 couples: $5,000 per couple

Lot Includes: The wine, food and song event of a lifetime on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with a private dinner at Hamel Family Wines crafted by "the Pope of American Cuisine" Patrick O'Connell, and a private performance by three-time GRAMMY®-winning legendary musician Bruce Hornsby.

Donated by: Hamel Family Wines

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 Car Aficionados' Dream: Flight & Private Tours for 14 in Southern California

Car Aficionados' Dream: Flight and Private Tours for 14 in Southern California

A car lover’s trip of a lifetime! You and thirteen friends will spend the day on a private guided tour in of two of the most important museums in the car world: the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Mullin Automotive Museum.

Board your private jet–a Gulfstream4–in Oakland and fly to Oxnard where you will be chauffeured to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Spend the morning with Leslie Kendall, the Chief Curator of the Petersen Museum, as he guides you through the 25 galleries to view more than 100 vehicles: a world-class display for gearheads on par with the best automotive museums and collections on any continent.

You will then be driven to the Mullin Automotive Museum, a privately owned automobile museum in Oxnard, established in 2010 as a tribute to French automotive styling inspired by the Art Deco movement. Its vast exhibition space harks back to the Grand Palais in Paris and includes a Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, one of only two in the world. Conclude your private tour with a Ram’s Gate hosted wine tasting.

Car aficianado’s tour to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date in 2016.

Lot includes: Private flight for 14 guests to and from OAK; car service in Southern California; lunch and drinks in transit; private tours of the Petersen Museum and Mullin Museum; Ram’s Gate wine tasting

Donated by: Peter and Merle Mullin

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 Celebrate the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors

Celebrate the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors finished the 2015 calendar year with an unbelievable 72-12 record between two seasons, the second-best winning percentage in all of NBA history. 

• Cheer your winning home team from a VIP perspective with 4 Lower Level seats for a regular home game in the 2016/2017 season

• Grab a highlight for your collection with a jersey autographed by Stephen Curry, the 2015 NBA MVP and 3 time NBA All-Star

• Make your friends jealous with an autographed Warriors Team Ball, signed by the entire 2015-2016 roster

Warriors game to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon regular season game date during the 2016-2017 season.

Lot includes: 4 tickets to a Warriors game at Oracle Arena; Autographed Stephen Curry jersey; Autographed Warriors basketball

Donated by: Golden State Warriors

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 Visit the Valley with Liam & Debbie

Visit the Valley with Liam & Debbie

Debbie Zachareas, co-owner of Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and one of the Bay Area’s most distinguished wine experts, and Liam Mayclem, the Emmy award-winning radio and TV personality and host of The Foodie Chap, will be your guides for the day at three of Napa’s most exciting wineries: Corison Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, and Hourglass Winery. 

A chauffeur will drive you and 7 of your friends to Napa Valley, starting your day at Corison Winery with a private tour and tasting. You will then head to Pride Mountain Vineyards and enjoy the second private tour and tasting, with food from the Oxbow Wine and Cheese Market. Your experience will conclude with a private tour, tasting, and dinner for you and your guests at Hourglass with Owner-Proprietor Jeff Smith.

The winning bidder will also take home wine from each vineyard:

• 2013 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L

• 2012 Pride Cabernet Sauvignon 3L

• 2013 Hourglass Estate 1.5L

Napa experience to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date in 2016.

Lot includes: Winery tours, tastings, and dinner for 8 with chauffer service; 2 magnums; 1 3L

Donated by: Debbie Zachareas, Liam Mayclem, Corison Winery, Pride Mountain Vineyards, Hourglass Winery

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 Rock and Roll All Year Long: Page, Revolver, and Green Day

Rock and Roll All Year Long: Page, Revolver, and Green Day

Bay Area rock band Green Day were one of a handful of 2015 inductees into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. Celebrate their achievement with a year's supply of wine (52 mixed bottles) from Page Wine Cellars & Revolver Wine Company:

• Page Wine Cellars "Proprietary Red"
• Revolver Wine Co. "The Stash" Cabernet Sauvignon
• Revolver Wine Co. "Vine|Vein" Cabernet Sauvignon (autographed by Green Day's Mike Dirnt)
• Other Page/Revolver treasures

For your collection, tonight's winning bidder will take home a rare guitar that has been autographed by all the members of Green Day.

The party continues when you and three guests dine with Page Wine Cellars' Bryan Page and Green Day's Mike Dirnt at their favorite San Francisco restaurant - Foreign Cinema - acclaimed in Gourmet Magazine's "100+ Great Things About San Francisco."

Dinner to be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date between the winning bidder and Bryan Page and Mike Dirnt.

Lot Includes: 52 bottles of wine; Autographed Green Day guitar; Dinner for 4 with Bryan Page and Mike Dirnt

Donated by: Bryan Page and family; Page Wine Cellars & Revolver Wine Company; Mike Dirnt, Green Day; Fender Guitars

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 Cognac for Connoisseurs

Cognac for Connoisseurs

Cognac collectors will go wild for this rare sampling of two of the worlds finest cognacs: Fins Bois 1973 and Grande Champagne, Hors D'age NV (1935).

Les Antiquaires du Cognac, a family distillery, began building on an unique ancestral knowledge in selecting and ageing eaux de vie for their distilling activity. In a century of activity, they have distilled, aged, and acquired fabulous eaux de vie... an incredible legacy. To share these treasures, David Meil, the fourth generation leading the destiny of Les Antiquaires du Cognac, offers rare Cognacs over 40 years old. Each is made from a single cru, never blended, no added oak, or caramel in tribute to the fabulous terroir of Cognac. Hors d'age or certified vintage, theses Cognacs are the last of a numbered line.

Like in haute couture, each bottle is sealed and trimmed by hand with an intricately woven raw cord that holds the label. Each label is hand-calligraphed. Each bottle is carefully prepared and packaged in a magnificent solid oak box.

With great pride, they are the Official Cognac of Les Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, and were given perfect scores in Le Monde by Roberto Petronio.

Owning both their vineyards and major distillery with more than a century of elaboration in eaux de vie, Les Antiquaires du Cognac produces simply unrivalled Cognacs.

Lot Includes: One bottle each: Fins Bois 1973 and Grande Champagne, Hors D'age NV (1935)

Donated by: Les Antiquaires du Cognac and Kimberly Jones Selections

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 7 Nights in Los Cabos, Mexico
Inspirato Auberge Private Residences

Inspirato Esperanza Resort, Baja Mexico

Enjoy up to 7-nights at Inspirato's select Auberge Private Residences in Los Cabos, Mexico. The winning bidder will choose from one of these beautiful 4-BR, 4.5-BA condominiums within Esperanza Resort at the tip of the Baja Peninsula. The package also includes personalized trip planning, daily housekeeping, and dedicated Inspirato concierge services during your stay. Watch a short video about this lot.

Lot Includes: Trip planning, concierge, housekeeping

Subject to blackout dates, terms and conditions. Travel must be booked within one year of the event date. Vacations are Saturday – Saturday only and are available mid-April to mid-November based on availability. Airfare not included.

Donated by: Inspirato

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 Fairchild, Memento Mori, and Pulido~Walker Estate
3 Magnums/2 Night Stay Lunch and a Dinner for 2 Lucky Couples

Fairchild, Memento Mori, and Pulido~Walker Estate

Join Napa Valley's hottest new wineries, Fairchild Estate, Memento Mori, and Pulido~Walker for an amazing weekend of wine, food, and fun! Two couples will visit each property for an in-depth experience, with accommodations at The Carneros Inn for two nights. Your experience will begin with a day at the stunning Pulido~Walker Estate on Mount Veeder. You will walk the gardens with Estate Ambassador Daniel Ha, picking fresh fruits and vegetables for a private cooking class, followed by lunch with Pulido~Walker's two extraordinary single-vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignon wines crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown. Later that evening, you will join vintner Larry Fairchild at his home as he dazzles you with his culinary skills and prepares a fabulous French-country meal to highlight his distinctive wines made by Philippe Melka. The following day, you will then have a private tasting and lunch of the exquisite Memento Mori wines with vintner Adriel Lares along with winemaker Sam Kaplan. The successful bidder also will take home the ultimate party favor: three Magnums, one from each of your vintner hosts! Magnums from these Napa Valley producers are rarities, which makes this collection a unique opportunity.

Lot Includes: Two-Day Wine Weekend for 2 Couples, Three Magnums Bottles

Donated by: Larry Fairchild, Fairchild Estate; Adriel Lares, Adam Craun, and Hayes Drumwright, Memento Mori Napa Valley; Mark Pulido and Donna Walker, Pulido~Walker Estateo

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 From A to Zeitgeist

From A to Zeitgeist

Not one, not two, but FIVE Napa Valley boutique wineries have gotten together to make one of the most unique lots in Cabernet for Connoisseurs history. Five couples will be professionally driven to visit and tour with the owners and winemakers of Behrens Family Winery, Drinkward Peschon, Relic Wine Cellars, Anomaly Vineyards, and Zeitgeist Cellars. You will taste a broad selection of barrels and choose your favorite at each winery from which to have a 3-liter hand-bottled (at a later date) exclusively for you. A personalized label will be created for your special blend. (One bottle from each winery–five 3-liter bottles in total–will be divided among the couples as they see fit.)

You will enjoy a picnic-style lunch at Relic Wine Cellars prepared by the culinary talents of your host wineries and conclude the festivities at Anomaly Vineyards for a feast prepared by renowned Chef Dave Cruz (Little Gem, Bouchon, Ad Hoc) in Anomaly’s candle-lit cellar served to you by your five vintner hosts, and paired with wines selected by your host wineries from their extensive cellars.

Date to be mutually agreed upon between the winning bidder and the participating vintners.

Lot Includes: Chauffeur service to tour and tasting, lunch, and dinner for 10; Five 3-liter bottles

Donated by: Anomaly Vineyards; Behrens Family Winery; Drinkward Peschon; Relic Wine Cellars; Zeitgeist Cellars

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 Villa San Lorenzo in Italy–Molto Bene!

Villa San Lorenzo in Italy–Molto Bene!

• Luxurious accommodations for 7 nights and 6 days for up to 14 with fabulous amenities
• Visit three of the region's top wineries
• Participate in a pasta-making class followed by lunch at the Villa

Enter a world unto itself at Villa San Lorenzo, a handsomely restored 17th century stone villa with luxurious accommodations situated in Piedmont, Italy, an area that borders on France and Switzerland. The villa boasts six bedrooms with private baths, three fully-equipped kitchens, a full dining room, and a spacious living room with fireplace. Modern conveniences include flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and broadband Wi-Fi internet access. Just outside the door is a courtyard perfect for alfresco dining. Inside the house, the salon has floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors, a traditional dining table which seats up to 14, and a second floor living room overlooking the courtyard. This is a spectacular location from which to explore the world-famous Barolo wine region, which was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in May 2014.

Stay to be scheduled in advance for a mutually convenient date in 2016.

Lot Includes: 7 night/6 day stay with pasta making class for up to 14 people

Donated by: Tamar and Clay McLachlan

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