Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ 2014

Family House's 19th Annual Cabernet Tasting, Dinner and Auction

Friday February 7, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel San Francisco - 125 Third Street

5 PM - Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
7:30 PM - Dinner and Live Auction
Cocktail Attire

For more information, please contact Jessica Creager at (415) 476-8321

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Thank you to all who participated!
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Mark your calendars for the 20th Anniversary Cabernet for Connoisseurs™,
on Friday, February 6, 2015!

Our Generous Event Sponsors:
Hamel Family Wines  PG&E  Wells Fargo

2014 Participating Vintners

  Abreu Vineyards
Alienor Cellars
Alpha Omega
Amuse Bouche
Andrew Geoffrey
Anomaly Vineyards
August West
B Cellars
Barbour Vineyards
Behrens Family Winery
Bespoke Collection
Blankiet Estate
Bure Family Winery
Castello di Amorosa
Clark-Claudon Vineyards
  Colgin Cellars
Corison Winery
Dalla Valle
Dana Estate
David Arthur Vineyards
Drinkward Peschon
Duckhorn Portfolio
Futo Wines
Gandona Winery
Gentleman Farmer
Grace Family Vineyards
Hamel Family Wines
Harlan Estate
Herb Lamb Vineyards
Jaffe Estate
Jax Vineyards
Jonata Wines
  Jones Family Vineyards
Judd's Hill
Kosta Browne
Marston Family Vineyard
Memento Mori
Meteor Vineyard
Notre Vin
Oakville Ranch
Ovid Vineyards
Page Wine Cellars
Perfect Season Wine
Peter Michael Winery
Portfolio Winery
Pott Wine
Pride Mountain Vineyards
QTR Estate
Retro Cellars
  Robert Foley Vineyards
ROY Estate
Schweiger Vineyards
Shafer Vineyards
Sherwin Family Vineyards
Sleeping Giant
Switchback Ridge
TOR Kenward Family Wines
Vice Versa Wines
Vineyard 7&8
Vineyard 29
The Vineyard House
Von Strasser
William Cole 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.

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Permiere Vintner Lot  

Auction Item Preview: Vintners' Premiere Collection

This is an opportunity to make a substantial addition to your cellar with some of the world's finest wines with one bold bid. More than sixty vintners are pouring their best wines at tonight's 2014 Cabernet for Connoisseurs™. Each of these vintners has donated a bottle of wine for inclusion in this Vintners' Premiere Collection auction lot. Please show your appreciation for the vintners' generous support of Family House by bidding high on this incomparable collection.

Lot includes: Sixty Plus Bottles

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Trip to The Masters in Augusta for Two  

Auction Item Preview: Trip to The Masters in Augusta for Two

The Masters is the most coveted ticket in golf. Here's your chance to hang out on Amen Corner and watch golfing greats like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods battle for the prestigious green jacket. Experience the southern hospitality of Augusta National and the unique traditions of this legendary tournament.

You and a guest will receive roundtrip coach airfare to Atlanta, a two-night stay at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, and two single-day passes to Sunday's Final Round on April 13, 2014. You'll experience The Masters in style with access to the 1018 Club, a VIP-hospitality, multi-deck facility open before, during, and after the round, and equipped with two bars stocked with premium liquor, beer, and wine. Enjoy breakfast from the omelet station, a multi-course buffet lunch, afternoon hors d'oeuvres, and grilled items available throughout the day. Skip the traffic and valet park at 1018 Club, then hop the shuttle to and from the main gate.

Includes: Roundtrip Coach Airfare to Atlanta for Two; Two Nights at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta; Two Single-Day Passes to The Masters on Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Drive and be Driven: Four Days Driving a Bentley 
Flying Spur and a Chauffeur to Take You and a Guest 
to Lunch at The Napa Valley Reserve  

Auction Item Preview: Drive and be Driven: Four Days Driving a Bentley Flying Spur and a Chauffeur to Take You and a Guest to Lunch at The Napa Valley Reserve

The new Bentley Flying Spur is a remarkable luxury sedan. Offering serene limousine comfort, in combination with phenomenal performance, the new Flying Spur is born of the belief that nothing is impossible; that the twin objectives of power and luxury can, if relentlessly pursued, be achieved. Experience both for yourself. You'll have a Bentley Flying Spur to drive for four days, and on one of them, a chauffeur to take you and a guest to lunch at The Napa Valley Reserve.

The Napa Valley Reserve is a private club with a membership of approximately 500 couples who share a passion for wine and the way of life that surrounds it. While grape growing and winemaking are central to The Reserve experience, Members, who come from more than 37 states and 11 countries, share other passions as well, including travel, the sporting life, culinary arts, fine art, and legendary automobiles, among others. The Napa Valley Reserve offers Members unparalleled experiences in a beautiful, private setting where they are at liberty to relax and enjoy one another's good company.

Tonight, take home one case of 2008 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and one case of 2009 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for your personal cellar.

Includes: A Bentley Flying Spur for Four Days (Vehicle Subject to Availability. Driver Must be 25 Years or Older and Possess a Valid Driver's License) With a Chauffeur for One Day; Lunch at The Napa Valley Reserve; 12 750ml Bottles 2008 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; 12 750ml Bottles 2009 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

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Anomaly Vineyards Lunch & Bottling Experience Plus Ad Hoc Dinner for Eight  

Auction Item Preview: Anomaly Vineyards Lunch & Bottling Experience Plus Ad Hoc Dinner for Eight

Here's your opportunity to live life as a vintner and bottle your own wine. This experience for eight on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Anomaly Vineyards in Napa Valley begins with a private tour of the vineyard and winery in St. Helena. Guests will then bottle their own 750ml of 2012 Anomaly Cabernet Sauvignon to take home as a memento. After, relax over a BBQ lunch with Anomaly owners (and Family House board members) Steve and Linda Goldfarb, enjoying wines from the Anomaly private cellar collection.

End your day at every vintner's local spot—Ad Hoc. As Thomas Keller’s third restaurant in the culinary mecca of Yountville, Ad Hoc serves up a four-course, family-style menu that changes daily (check published menus for availability of their legendary fried chicken).

Tonight, the winner will take home four signed 1.5L magnums of 2010 Anomaly Cabernet Sauvignon for their own collection.

Includes: Tour, Tasting, Bottling Experience, and Lunch for Eight; Dinner for Eight at Ad Hoc; Four 1.5L Bottles 2010 Anomaly Cabernet Sauvignon; Eight 750ml Bottles 2012 Anomaly Cabernet Sauvignon

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Darioush Wine library Dinner for six  

Auction Item Preview: Darioush Wine Library Dinner for Six

Darioush President Dan de Polo will host six for an intimate dinner featuring library vintages of Darioush from the estate's superb collection. The site for this wine dinner will be a restaurant in the Bay Area (San Francisco, Peninsula, or Napa Valley). If the dinner site is in the Napa Valley, the evening will also include a personal tour and barrel tasting at Darioush.

In addition to dinner, the winning bidder tonight will take home a spectacular etched and hand-painted double magnum of 2010 Darius II, the crown jewel Cabernet Sauvignon from the Darioush estate. This rare masterpiece of less than 500 cases displays concentrated fruit and refined character. The bottle art is similarly spectacular - a Persian representation of the infinite universe. Six 750ml bottles of 2010 Darius II, presented in a leather case, are included to enable the purchaser to follow this stellar wine's progress, along with a bonus of 6 bottles of 2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dinner is to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date and location.

Includes: Dinner for Six; One 3L Bottle 2010 Darius II; Six 750ml Bottles 2010 Darius II; Six 750ml Bottles 2009 Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon

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Dinner for eight with Aaron Pott and one Case of 2011 Pott Her Majesty's Secret Service  

Auction Item Preview: Dinner for Eight with Aaron Pott, Food & Wine's 2012 Winemaker of the Year

Aaron Pott, Food & Wine's 2012 Winemaker of the Year, began working for John Newton in 1990 as his assistant winemaker. When Michel Rolland arrived from France to consult, Aaron squeezed his 6'3" frame into the back of John's beat up Ford Ranger to learn as much as he could from the famed master. Enchanted, he followed Michel to France and became winemaker at Château Troplong Mondot and Château La Tour Figeac, while simultaneously earning a Masters Degree in Viticulture from the Universitè of Bourgogne.

Eight guests will have the opportunity to join Aaron and his wife Claire at their rustic cabin atop Mt. Veeder in Napa Valley for an unforgettable evening of revelry. Food will be prepared by Pott's old friend, Stephen Hutchinson, an avid hunter/forager and now in the kitchen at Morimoto. Aaron will serve old and new world wines, most of which he made.

Become a Pott fan with a winning bid for this scrumptious dinner and one 750ml case of 2011 Her Majesty's Secret Service (Stagecoach Vineyard), a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that's aristocratic in nature, has soft velvety tannins, cassis, blackberry, and a kiss of truffle.

Includes: Twelve 750ml Bottles 2011 Pott Her Majesty's Secret Service; Dinner for Eight

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5l 2009 Dalla Valle Maya  

Auction Item Preview: 5l 2009 Dalla Valle Maya

This Jeroboam of 2009 Dalla Valle Maya is unique - the only bottle produced in this grand format. As spectacular as the wine within, this big, beautiful bottle has been etched and hand-painted with Dalla Valle Maya label on one side and the Family House logo on the other.

Since 1986, Dalla Valle Vineyards has drawn on 21 acres of estate vineyards overlooking Oakville in the Napa Valley to produce two extraordinary wines - DalleValle Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Maya, a proprietary Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. Both wines rank among Napa Valley's elite and the extremely limited Maya also ranks among its most collectible.

Includes: One 5L Bottle 2009 Dalla Valle Maya

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Dana estates Tasting for four and 1.5l 2007 helms Vineyard  

Auction Item Preview: Dana Estates Tasting for Four and 1.5L

In less than a decade, Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon wines have become some of Napa Valley's most sought-after. A measure of Dana Estates' success came at 2012's Premiere Napa Valley, when a unique five-case blend of 2010 Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon created by winemaker Philippe Melka fetched $70,000, the auction's top price.

Included in this lot is a 2007 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L magnum, rated 97 points by Robert Parker, who called the wine "riveting."

Four guests will also receive a tour at Dana Estates and a tasting of one of their single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Dana Estates is closed to the public, making this a rare opportunity. Winery visit is to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date.

Includes: Tour and Tasting for Four; One 1.5L Bottle 2007 Dana Estates Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Jacques Pepin  

Auction Item Preview: The Stars Come Out for Legendary Chef Jacques Pepin: A Chef's Potluck on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 For Eight Guests

Imagine yourself in the same room with ten renowned Bay Area Michelin-starred chefs. They will come together to cook for their mentor, television personality and author, Chef Jacques Pepin, his daughter Claudine, and you!

Eight guests will become culinary insiders as they join the chefs to cook and party at the Napa home of Tracy and Barry Schuler (owners of Meteor Vineyard). Chefs include Michael Tusk from Quince, Dominique Crenn from Atelier Crenn, Roland Passot from La Folie, Michael Sandoval from Bouchon, Mourad Lahlou from Aziza, Catherine & Joe Bartholomei and Steve Litke from the Farmhouse Inn, Stuart Brioza from State Bird Provisions, James Syhabout from Commis, Ken Frank from La Toque, Robert Curry from Auberge du Soleil, Teague Moriarty and Duncan Holmes from Sons & Daughters, and Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone from Ame and Terra.

Throw a pizza with 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani as he makes his renowned pizza at the wood-fired oven; Thaddeus Vogler from Bar Agricole will be on hand to blend up specialty cocktails; and the Schulers and Aldorotys are raiding their private cellars to pour you some of their favorite wines.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the cooking and the camaraderie that come to life when world-class chefs take a night off to party.

Lot includes: Non-Stop Cooking, Eating, and Drinking for 8 guests; an Apron for Each Guest Signed by the Chefs

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The Archrival Revival  

Auction Item Preview: Archrival Revival Game for Four

The Kansas City Chiefs/Oakland Raiders NFL rivalry ranks among the most famous - and most heated - in all of professional sports. The rivalry began in 1960 with their first game and continues today as these frequent AFC Western Division contenders battle twice each season, often with a trip to the playoffs on the line.

Now join the Hunt family of the Kansas City Chiefs as the Chiefs take on the Oakland Raiders at Oakland's O.CO Stadium during the 2014-2015 season, with four prime tickets and a parking pass. The lot also includes an autographed Kansas City Chiefs football signed by quarterback Alex Smith and three bottles of 2010 Perfect Season Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - a truly spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from Norma Hunt's estate, and produced by winemaker Philippe Melka and viticulturist Jim Barbour.

Lot includes: Four NFL Tickets with Parking Pass; Autographed Football; One Three-Pack Gift Box 750ml 2010 Perfect Season Cabernet Sauvignon

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set Visit to Modern Family in los Angeles and Two nights at the W hollywood for four  

Auction Item Preview: Set Visit to Modern Family in Los Angeles and Two Nights at the W Hollywood for Four

Live out your Hollywood fantasies with a visit to the set of Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning TV show Modern Family, television's best and wittiest comedy series.The mostly true-to-life (only funnier) world of the extended Pritchett family captured the hearts of viewers, making it one of the most popular sitcoms ever.

You and three friends will begin your extraordinary adventure with a stay in Los Angeles at The W Hollywood Hotel. Enjoy dinner at Thomas Keller's Bouchon Beverly Hills. Then it's off for your "up-close and personal" experience on the set of Modern Family during a taping session from their 6th season, between mid-August 2014 and mid-March 2015. Take home two scripts signed by the cast as a memento of your time in Hollywood.

Dates for the Modern Family experience are to be determined by shooting schedule and accommodations availability. Transportation is not included.

Lot includes: Set Visit for Four; Two Scripts Autographed by Cast Members; Two Rooms for Two Nights at The W Hollywood Hotel; Dinner at Bouchon Beverly Hills for Four

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herb lamb Vineyards Tour for six with Wine  

Auction Item Preview: Herb Lamb Vineyards Vertical Bottling

Explore the wines of Herb Lamb Vineyards with this tasting for six and a collection of 2010 Herb Lamb Cabernet Sauvignon for your cellar.

Sold primarily through a mailing list, Herb Lamb Vineyards showcases the distinctive terrain of its seven-acre hillside vineyard, located on the ridge of a small valley facing Howell Mountain.Tonight, you'll go home with one 750ml, one 1.5L and one 3L of 2010 Herb Lamb Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, a must-have for wine lovers. Winemaker MikeTrujillo describes the 2010 vintage as a sexy and very accessible wine with sweet nutty coconut and chestnut flavors in the nose and generous red fruit on the palate, along with some great structure and length. He anticipates the wine will age beautifully over the next 15 to 20 years.

Lot includes: One 750ml 2010 Herb Lamb Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; One 1.5L 2010 Herb Lamb Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; One 3L 2010 Herb LambVineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; Tour and Tasting for Six

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Fabulous 4Some Weekend in Napa Valley  

Auction Item Preview: Fabulous 4Some Weekend in Napa Valley

Home for the weekend will be Andaz Napa, a hotel located in West End downtown Napa - an area known for its super-hot nightlife scene. Stay two nights and sip cocktails in the hotel's Mercantile Social bar, relax in front of the fire pit, or lounge in one of its outdoor cabanas.

Your weekend includes two action-packed days filled with wine experiences and gourmet lunches. First, head to Robert Biale Vineyards for a tasting of their famous Zinfandels. Learn about wine blending at Conn Creek Winery at their AVA Room Barrel Blending Experience and take home a bottle expertly blended by you. Then visit Raymond Vineyards for their Bubbles to Barrels VIP Tour and enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by winery chef Michel Cornu in the beautiful Grove. End the day in Raymond's velvet-ensconced Red Room for a seated flight of the winery's exclusive, Small Lot Collection wines.

Day two - equally exciting - starts with a visit to Nickel & Nickel for a tour of the historic farmstead, Gleason Barn, and underground barrel cellar. The tour ends with a guided tasting of Nickel & Nickel wines paired with artisanal cheeses. Pop over to Hill Family Estate for a wine tasting and tour of their organic gardens. Then relax beneath the oaks at Far Niente and enjoy a gourmet lunch and wines from their portfolio. Tour their winery, caves, and the proprietor's classic automobile collection while sipping library vintages.

Lot includes: Two Rooms for Two Nights at Andaz; Lunch at Far Niente for Four; Lunch at Raymond Vineyards for Four; Napa Valley Experience for Four

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Kentucky Derby / Kentucky Oaks 2014  

Auction Item Preview: 2014 Kentucky Derby/Kentucky Oaks Package for Six

Sip mint juleps with the stars, join in a rousing chorus of "My Old Kentucky Home," and become part of the most exciting horse race in the world. With this experience for six guests, you'll see it all from your premium third floor Clubhouse seats for both The Kentucky Derby (May 3, 2014) and The Kentucky Oaks (May 2, 2014).

During your stay, the group will be treated to a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Churchill Downs barns and stables, and a tour of a nearby thoroughbred farm and training facility. Dinner one night will be at the storied 610 Magnolia, where Chef Edward Lee draws on fresh local ingredients to create contemporary southern cuisine. Transportation to and from Churchill Downs on race days, as well as to and from other activities, are included in this package, as is personal concierge service to help with hotel reservations, restaurant reservations, shopping and other activities during the stay. Your concierge will even help with the creation of the perfect Kentucky Derby hat.

Take home six bottles of 2010 Post Parade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Created by three friends from the Bluegrass State and made by Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, this debut vintage of Post Parade Cabernet Sauvignon combines grapes from Soda Canyon and Oakville for deep fruit and classic structure.

Hotel accommodations and transportation other than noted is not included.

Lot includes: Events Package for Six, Six 750ml Bottles 2010 Post Parade Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Villa in Italy for Seven Days/Six Nights for Twelve  

Auction Item Preview: Villa in Italy for Seven Days/Six Nights for Twelve

Italy beckons with a well-appointed 6-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath villa, surrounded by nine acres of wild cherry trees and lush hillside landscape. Enjoy privacy, a beautiful swimming pool, spectacular views, and a central location from which to explore the Alta Langa in Piedmont, Italy. An hour from Turin, in the bucolic wine country near the village of Bonvicino, stands Villa San Lorenzo, a handsomely restored and renovated 17th century stone villa.

The villa's three levels of luxurious accommodations - which can lodge up to twelve - features 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 televisions, DVD players, and broadband WiFi internet access. Just outside the door is a courtyard perfect for alfresco dining. In addition, there is a salon with floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors, a traditional dining table that seats up to twelve, and an upstairs with a second living room overlooking the courtyard and pool.

Villa San Lorenzo is a great place to relax, but is also a great spot from which to explore the region - from wineries making Barolo to nearby villages, each with its own unique character. Included in this lot is a day of private wine tasting at three of the region's top wineries, and a pasta-making class followed by lunch at the villa.

Stay is to be scheduled in advance for a mutually convenient date between now and May 2015. Transportation is not included. Click here for more details about Villa San Lorenzo:

Lot includes: One Week Villa Stay Package for Twelve

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World Premier Movies... Wonderful Wine... World Class food... Private Wine Cave Dinner... Chic hotels... & More!  

Auction Item Preview: World Premier Movies... Wonderful Wine... World Class Food... Private Wine Cave Dinner... Chic hotels... & More!

It begins with a champagne reception for six in Pam and George Hamel of Hamel Family Wines' wine cellar at their home in Kenwood, followed by the screening of a yet-to-be-released major motion picture in their theater. After the movie, you'll be chauffered to a dinner, paired with Hamel Family Wines in the reserve room inside the caves at Hamel's brand new winery in Sonoma Valley. After dinner, you and your guests will be transported to the chic new boutique Olea Hotel in Glen Ellen for the night. But that is just the beginning....

Why settle for just one movie screening? The winning bidder will also receive two Patron Passes for the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and revered of all film festivals. In recent years past, 2010-2012, films that have premiered in Telluride have garnered 22 Academy Award nominations, with 9 winning Oscars.This your chance to be among the first to see the next generation of Academy Award-winning films before they are released.

The Patron Passes provide admission to all events. Patrons have priority seat- ing at all theaters and are guests of honor at the Guest/Patron Brunch on Friday morning and at the "Patron's Preview," the first screening of a new film on Friday afternoon. In addition to the two Patron Passes, this one-of-a-kind lot also includes round trip air transportation, lodging in Telluride, and a dinner at Telluride's superb Cosmopolitan restaurant.

Finally, so that you don't leave tonight without something to get you excited for winning this lot of "firsts," you will take home a three liter bottle of HFW's inaugural 2010 vintage of their Bordeaux-style blend, Pamelita's Reserve.

Kenwood events to be scheduled for a date of mutual convenience within one year of tonight. Telluride Film Festival dates are August 29-September 1, 2014.

Lot includes: Champagne Reception and Movie Screening in Kenwood for Six; Trip to Telluride Film Festival for Two

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The Steamboat Grand in Steamboat Springs, Colorado  

Auction Item Preview: Summer or Winter Five Night/Six Day Stay in Steamboat Springs

Enjoy the ample amenities offered by The Steamboat Grand in the heart of Colorado with this five-night stay in a two-bedroom suite. Whether a winter getaway to enjoy the slopes of the Steamboat area, or a relaxing summer retreat, you will be inspired by the beautiful Rocky Mountain views, rejuvenated by the resort's spa, and relaxed by its swimming pool and fitness center.

Truly a spot for the outdoor lover,The Steamboat Grand is close to the best of everything for all seasons. Cap off your summer vacation with a rafting, horseback riding, or a fly fishing excursion. Or, if you choose to visit in the winter, hit the slopes, do a little cross country skiing, or check out the latest on-snow sensation—snow biking.

Your stay will include the undivided attention of Ursula Hermacinski, famed Napa Valley wine auctioneer, who will guide you towards the best activities and attractions of the season.

Lot includes:Accommodations at the Steamboat Grand for Five Nights in a Two Bedroom Suite (One King Bed, Two Queen Beds, Plus Foldouts)

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Collector's Confidential:
An unforgettable napa Valley Weekend for eight  

Auction Item Preview: Collector's Confidential: An Unforgettable Napa Valley Weekend for Eight

This auction lot comes to us from 750 Wines, a unique wine studio in St. Helena described by Forbes Magazine as a place that "specializes in turning up seemingly impossible-to-find bottles, and in slipping their clients behind the velvet ropes for private winery visits."

Four couples will enjoy a weekend at a luxurious four bedroom/four bathroom villa in St. Helena, and a wine tasting itinerary arranged by co-proprietor, Monica Stevens. Included in your schedule are visits with:

  • David and Monica Stevens of 750 Wines (includes lunch at their studio)
  • Jim Barbour and Kathy Simpson of Barbour Wines (includes lunch at Mustards)
  • Ed Fitts and Deb Whitman of BRAND Napa Valley
  • Russell Bevan and Victoria DeCrescenzo of Bevan Cellars
  • Dennis O'Neill and Steph Martin of Checkerboard Vineyards
  • Tim Martin and Michael Uytengsu of TUSK Estates
  • Bruce and Heather Phillips of Vine Hill Ranch

To complete your unforgettable weekend, a grand finale BBQ dinner will be prepared at your villa by Chef Victor Scargle of Bardessono in Napa Valley, paired with wines provided by each winery on the itinerary. Transportation for the winery tours is provided by Said Jarrar, owner of Jarrar Tours.

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Sherwin Family Vinyeards Commemorative Etched American Flag Double Magnum  

Auction Item Preview: Dinner for Eight at Sherwin Family Vineyards

A beautiful stone patio with incredible vineyard views will be the setting for gourmet food, superb wines, and warm hospitality on an evening sure to be savored. The Sherwin Family has been handcrafting Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vines situated atop Spring Mountain since 1996. Now the Sherwins will host the high bidder's party of eight for a private dinner and tasting at Sherwin Family Vineyards near St. Helena.

Tonight, take home an etched and hand-painted double magnum of 2008 Sherwin Family Vineyards Patriotic Pour Cabernet Sauvignon. Created to honor and benefit the families of those lost on September 11, 2001, this rare bottle - a true star-spangled spectacular - features a striking depiction of the American flag.

Dinner is to be scheduled for a date of mutual convenience.

Lot includes: Tour, Tasting, and Dinner for Eight; One 3L Bottle 2008 Sherwin Family Vineyards Patriotic Pour Cabernet Sauvignon

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Gandona estate: Wine Country Weekend on Pritchard hill for four  

Auction Item Preview: Wine Country Weekend with Gandona Estate

This auction lot celebrates the best wine country has to offer - fine wines, excellent cuisine, wine country accommodations, and the beauty of mother nature. Included is a two-bedroom lodge at Calistoga Ranch equipped with full kitchen, wet bar, outdoor living area with fireplace, and a private outdoor shower garden. On the first night of your stay, dine at Calistoga Ranch's Lakehouse, a fine dining restaurant open only to guests of the Resort.

The next day, head to Gandona Estate for a private tour and tasting at their new winery atop Pritchard Hill. They will also arrange private tastings with a few neighboring wineries.

That evening, join Gandona Estate's vintners Manuel and Cristina Pires at their winery for dinner featuring wines from their personal cellar. To cap off the night, guests will relax over a tasting of Ports. A native of the Douro region of Portugal, Manuel will choose from his vast collection, and may even provide a sneak preview of Gandona Estate's own port-style wine, currently in-barrel.

Included in the auction lot is one 1.5L magnum of each of Gandona Estate's 2011 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon wines, to be shipped to you upon their release. Auction lot redemption to be scheduled at a mutually available time.

Lot includes: One 1.5L Bottle 2011 Gandona Cabernet Sauvignon, Shipped Upon Release (Anticipated March, 2014); One 1.5L Bottle 2011 Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon, Shipped Upon Release (Anticipated September, 2014); Two Nights for Two Couples at Calistoga Ranch; Dinner for Four at Calistoga Ranch; Dinner for Four at Gandona Estate

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von strasser 3l and lunch for four  

Auction Item Preview: von Strasser 3L and Lunch for Four at von Strasser

Located in the famed Diamond Mountain District growing area of Napa Valley, the von Strasser Winery produces wines full of mountain Cabernet intensity with the finesse of the finest Bordeaux. Worthy of everyone's cellar is the 2010 von Strasser Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and tonight is the opportunity to add a rare 3L to your personal collection.

The wine is a blend of the estate's five single vineyards and with a winning bid, you'll have the opportunity to visit the vineyards and enjoy lunch with Rudy von Strasser in the cave or vineyard (vineyard location is weather dependent).

Lot includes: One 3L 2010 von Strasser Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; Lunch for Four

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Private Tour and Tasting for Twelve at 
Castello di Amorosa  

Auction Item Preview: Private Tour and Tasting for Twelve at Castello di Amorosa

Become king of the castle with this private tour and wine pairing for twelve at Castello di Amorosa, a 13th century-style Tuscan castle and winery in Napa Valley's fabled Diamond Mountain District. The tour encompasses many of the castle's 107(!) rooms, including the Great Hall, the Chapel, the Courtyard, the Grand Barrel Room, the Torture Chamber (all good castles have one), and more. Following the tour, the group will be treated to food and wine pairings in the Royal Apartment, a special setting in the Castle rarely open to the public. To build anticipation for the pleasures to come, the high bidder tonight will take home two magnums each of 2007, 2008, and 2009 Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Sauvignon, signed by Dario Sattui, presented in a wood box.

Castle visit is to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date and time during regular business hours.

Lot includes: Private Tour with Wine Pairing for Twelve; Two Signed 1.5L Bottles 2007 Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Sauvignon; Two Signed 1.5L Bottles 2008 Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Sauvignon; Two Signed 1.5L Bottles 2009 Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Sauvignon

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Grace family large formats and Tasting for four  

Auction Item Preview: Grace Family Large Formats and Tasting for Four

Ann and Dick Grace, long-time supporters of Family House, have once again opened their cellars and their hearts with a generous donation of two rare 3Ls. Visit them at their St. Helena estate for a tour and tasting as they share their story and remarkable journey. Tonight, take home a 3L of 2011 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon and a 3L of 2011 Blank.

Of the 2011 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Dennis Kelly, Master Sommelier from French Laundry feels "this wine will age gracefully and prove to excite those wine drinkers who love and appreciate the great wines of Bordeaux."

Blank Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a limited production wine made by Grace Family Vineyards with grapes donated from a 1.8 acre property near Rutherford established by Chotsie and Alan Blank.

Through this auction lot, you will truly embody the Grace Family philosophy: "Wine is a catalyst for healing our planet."

Lot includes: One 3L 2011 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvigon; One 3L 2011 Blank Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; Tour and Tasting for Four

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A Day in the life of Kosta browne for eight  

Auction Item Preview: A Day in the Life of Kosta Browne for Eight

For almost fifteen years, Kosta Browne has crafted intensely flavored and balanced wines from the finest regions in California, including the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Founders Dan Kosta, Michael Browne, and Chris Costello's dedication to quality, stewardship, and commitment to customer relationships have propelled the brand to industry leader, producing some of the most sought-after new world Pinot Noir wines.

The winner of this lot will enjoy a day at the new home of Kosta Browne, "The Barlow," where they will receive aVIP vineyard tour and barrel tasting, lunch, and dinner. Tonight, you'll also take home four etched 1.5L magnums of 2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Lot includes: Four Etched 1.5L Bottles 2011 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot Noir; Tour and Barrel Tasting, Lunch, and Dinner for Eight

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7 Days/6 Nights Aboard Five-Star Luxury Barge 
La Bonne Amie in Burgundy for Eight  

Auction Item Preview: 7 Days/6 Nights Aboard Five-Star Luxury Barge La Bonne Amie in Burgundy for Eight

Explore the Seine and Yonne Rivers and the incredible countryside of Northern Burgundy aboard La Bonne Amie, a three-story luxury barge built for lifestyle vacationing. Four ensuite rooms offer ample private space, while the barge's indoor/outdoor bar, salon with fireplace, library, dining area, hot tub, and upper deck provide plenty of venues to mingle with friends.

Owners New Zealander master-chef Steve Pope and his French wife/on-shore guide Martine Gibelin will serve as you hosts.

Visit Montereau to take in art galleries, cruise to beautiful castles and museums in Courlon-sur-Yonne and Sens, and stop at charming villages like Villeneuve-sur-Yvonne. With a focus on food and wine, your cruise includes wine tasting in the village of Chablis, mushroom picking, and visits local markets to select ingredients for the day's meals. Back on board, Steve will teach you how to make incredible meals that you'll enjoy alfresco with your fellow guests.

Please note that golf packages are available at each port. Green fees range from $35 to $125 per person depending upon location.

Dates for travel from Spring 2014 through Fall 2015. Cruises are scheduled for Sunday arrivals/Saturday departures from Paris. Air travel is not included.

Click here to watch a video about La Bonne Amie.

Lot includes: Cruise and Onboard Lodging for Eight; Ground Transportation from Paris for Eight; All Meals and Wines aboard (Open Bar) for Eight; Entrance Fees to Museums and Chateaux for Eight; Luxury Coach with Guide for Shore Excursions for Eight

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Vineyard 29 Tasting for six and 3l  

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Handcrafted in small lots at its state-of-the-art gravity flow winery, proprietors Anne and Chuck McMinn have spared no expense in crafting the wines of Vineyard 29. You and five guests will visit the winery and receive a tour and library tasting that features some of their most coveted wines from the past.

Tonight, take home a 3L of the 2010 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine described by The Wine Advocate as "sumptuous, powerful and intense." The Estate's Cabernet vineyard, a mere 2.75 acres in size, rests on the prized western hillside of St. Helena.

Lot includes: One 3L 2010 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; Tour and Library Tasting for Six

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Insiders' Experience in Washington, DC and Two Nights at the St. Regis for Two  

Auction Item Preview: Insiders' Experience in Washington, DC and Two Nights at the St. Regis for Two

Live out your West Wing fantasies with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Supreme Court, the Botanic Gardens on Capitol Hill, the bell tower at the National Cathedral, the Phillips Gallery, and a stop at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl.

From your home base at The St. Regis Washington DC,Tom Snitch of Bethesda, Maryland will be your guide on the first day for his insider's tour. Tom's background includes serving as a senior advisor for the US Department of State and 30 years of experience with national and homeland security issues both in the US and Asia.

On the second day, Mary Snitch, a senior manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Arlington, VA has arranged for the rare opportunity to spend two hours in their Fighter Demonstration Center where you will fly the F-35 Lightning II and the F-22 Raptor cockpit demonstrators (simulators).

Choose one of the evenings to enjoy a chef's tasting menu by renowned chef José Andrés at his restaurant, Zaytinya.

Lot includes: Two-Night Stay at The St. Regis Washington DC for Two; Dinner at Zaytinya for Two; DC Sights Tour for Two; Lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl for Two; Flight Simulator Experience at Lockheed Martin for Four (This DC Adventure is Tailored for Two, but on the Second Day, Two Additional Guests will be Permitted at Lockheed Martin. Note: Transportation to Lockheed Martin in Arlington is Not Included.)

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1-Day Wood-Fire Cooking Class for Twenty at Mugnaini  

Auction Item Preview: One-Day Wood-Fire Cooking Class for Twenty at Mugnaini

Join Andrea Mugnaini at her renovated farmhouse cooking school located on her 30-acre Alexander Valley vineyard in Healdsburg for a hands-on, pure wine country cooking experience.

Andrea will teach you to create the perfect Neapolitan pizza, as you make, stretch, top, and bake the dough. It doesn't stop there. You'll spend the afternoon working with an abundance of fresh vegetables and herbs picked from her garden, plus fruits, seafood, meats, and cheeses to create menus cooked in the six wood-fired ovens.

Take a dip in the pool and relax sipping great wines from Sonoma's Lancaster Estate before you share your freshly-cooked feast.

This is an experience you will never forget!

Mugnaini imports has partnered with Italian company Valoriani since 1989 to bring the finest wood-fired ovens to restaurants and homes. The ovens can be found at the Culinary Institute of America, Chez Panisse, and other fine restaurants.

Lot includes: Cooking Class for Twenty

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harlan estate
3l 2009 harlan estate  

Auction Item Preview: 3L 2009 Harlan Estate

As Harlan Estate celebrates 30 years in the Napa Valley, its vision of producing "a California 'First Growth' from the hills of Oakville" has essentially been achieved. Lavishly praised, seriously coveted and available almost exclusively through winery's mailing list, Harlan Estate is at or near the top of every wine connoisseur's "wish list."

The 2009 Harlan Estate is quintessential Harlan: powerful, lush, complex, and polished. It is offered here in an incredibly rare double magnum, one of only a very limited number.

Lot includes: One 3L Bottle 2009 Harlan Estate

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his holiness, the Dalai lama Presents
“unsung heroes of Compassion” luncheon for Ten  

Auction Item Preview: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama Presents "Unsung Heroes of Compassion" Luncheon for Ten

Ten tickets to this sold-out, special luncheon on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton await the winner of this extraordinary lot. The "Unsung Heroes of Compassion" luncheon will celebrate the efforts of 50 individuals from around the globe who work to alleviate the suffering of others without expectation of reward. Created as acknowledgement of their efforts by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the luncheon also is a call to action - a reminder that the well-being of our communities and our world is ours to shape through daily acts of kindness and compassion. The honorees are a diverse group of men and women, bound together by their kindness, quiet dedication to others, and belief in the importance of caring for our brothers and sisters.

Lot includes: Lunch for Ten

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lunch & Tasting with Philippe Melka and Tasting at Dana estates for four  

Auction Item Preview: Lunch & Tasting with Philippe Melka and Tasting at Dana Estates for Four

Philippe Melka's extraordinary career producing award-winning wines earned him the title "one of the top nine wine consultants in the world" by Robert Parker. Visit Philippe and his wife and partner, Cherie, at their St. Helena estate for a VIP tasting of wines selected from their Metisse and CJ portfolios, followed by a casual lunch. Each couple will take home a bottle of 2010 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat.

Following lunch, experience a private tour of the Dana Estates winery, designed by renowned architect Howard Backen, and a tasting of one of their single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Their critically acclaimed Cabernets, produced by Philippe and assistant winemaker Cameron Vawter, are sold primarily through their mailing list and are difficult to find in the open market. This tasting at Dana Estates, a winery closed to the public, is a truly rare opportunity.

Lot includes: Lunch for Four; Two 750ml Bottles 2010 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat; Tasting for Four at Dana Estates

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6l 2008 Arietta Cabernet sauvignon and Visit to the Victorian  

Auction Item Preview: 6L 2008 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon and Visit to the Victorian

Arietta vintners Fritz and Caren Hatton produce ultra-premium Napa Valley wines, specializing in Bordeaux-style blends. Founded in 1996 in partnership with John Kongsgaard and his wife Maggy, the couples share a passion for fine wine and classical music. Their wine program has evolved to include Arietta Red Wine H Block Hudson Vineyard, Arietta Red Wine Variation One, Arietta Quartet, Arietta On The White Keys, and the heralded Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Andy Erickson, whose resume includes Harlan Estate, Staglin, Dalle Valle, Ovid, Dancing Hares, and Favia, crafts each of these critically acclaimed wines.

Just 270 cases of the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon were produced, and Arietta makes very few large formats, making this a rare find indeed. Erickson describes the wine as a classic expression of Napa Valley, with aromas of graphite, sage, and cassis, and flavors of rich currant imbued with a subtle minerality, all housed in a structured age-worthy frame. Arietta's extraordinary two acre block of Cabernet Sauvignon, located in the cooler climes of Coombsville, is the core of this blend (80%). A substantial dollop of Cabernet Franc (18%) from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros and a hint of Petit Verdot (2%) add high notes and bass tones to the Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon.

An introduction to and visit with Fritz and Caren for four guests at the Arietta Victorian in Napa Valley is included in this lot.

Lot includes: One 6L 2008 Arietta Cabernet Sauvignon; Tasting for Four

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BRAND Napa Valley Lunch in the Sky for Four  

Auction Item Preview: Lunch in the Sky for Four at BRAND Napa Valley

Overlooking Lake Hennessey and the Napa Valley are the vineyards of BRAND Napa Valley, where twelve acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux grape varieties are planted in red volcanic soil. BRAND NapaValley was conceived to showcase the unique climate and soil of Pritchard Hill and the first two vintages of BRAND Cabernet Sauvignon,produced by noted winemaker Philippe Melka, capture the beauty and power of this unique site.

The lucky high bidder and three friends are invited to enjoy a casual lunch at BRAND NapaV alley's striking new winery on Pritchard Hill. He or she also will go home tonight with a rare magnum of 2010 BRAND Cabernet Sauvignon, one of only a handful made in a vintage that yielded just 247 cases.

Winery lunch is to be scheduled for a mutually convenient date.

Lot includes: One 1.5L Bottle 2010 BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; Lunch for Four.

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The Martis Camp  

Auction Item Preview: The Martis Camp "Summer and Winter Sampler:" Two 3-Night/4-Day Stays at Martis Camp in North Lake Tahoe

Here's your opportunity to experience Martis Camp, described recently in Forbes as "what may be the finest four season recreation community in the country."

This package allows you to sample Martis Camp in each of its two prime seasons—summer and winter—or, if you wish, combine the two stays in the season of your choice and accommodate a larger group of family or friends.

In summer, Martis Camp has it all:Tom Fazio championship golf, a Family Barn full of fun for family members of all ages, 27 miles of hiking trails, and fine dining and a full-service spa at the Camp Lodge.

These same amenities delight in winter, with private access to Northstar's nationally acclaimed ski experience, including downhill and cross-country skiing.

Summer, winter, or both, enjoy Martis Camp—the community that everyone's talking about!

Lot includes: Three Night/Four Day Stay in Winter; Three Night/Four Day Stay in Summer; All Meals for Six Guests at Martis Camp

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Dick Vitale Gala in sarasota, fl for Two  

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The Dick Vitale Gala is an event founded by Dick Vitale, sports commentator for ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, and wife Lorraine to benefit the V Foundation and pediatric cancer research.The 9th Annual Gala will take place Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota, and will honor Mike Brey, head basketball coach of Notre Dame; Nick Saban, head football coach of Alabama; and Tom Crean, head basketball coach of Indiana.

Two guests will receive VIP tickets to the Gala and attend the Celebrity Meet and Greet pre-party on May 16th. The following day, join Dick and Lorraine for a private reception at their home. While in Sarasota, stay in style at the site of the event, the Ritz Carlton Sarasota. As a memento of your Vitale adventure, take home an autographed basketball signed by Dick Vitale and the three event honorees.

Lot includes: Two Nights at Ritz Carlton Sarasota; Two Tickets to the Dick Vitale Gala; Two Tickets to the Celebrity Meet and Greet Pre-Party; Two Tickets to Dick Vitale's Residence Reception; One Autographed Basketball

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Seven Nights at Villa Besos in Cabo San Lucas for Eight  

Auction Item Preview: Seven Nights at Villa Besos in Cabo San Lucas for Eight

This spectacular 3,300 sq ft property is located in beautiful Palmilla Point in Cabo Arches near Cabo San Lucas. Upscale in design, décor, and amenities, the contemporary villa offers two ensuite master bedrooms, one ensuite queen bedroom, plus two additional full bathrooms - enough space to comfortable sleep eight people. Your villa features travertine floors, granite countertops, custom sound & lighting systems, HD plasma entertainment with satellite dish, outdoor barbeque, indoor and outdoor dining, infinity swimming pool and hot tub, wireless internet, and panoramic ocean vistas from every room.

A dedicated house manager is at your disposal to arrange your every whim, including reservations in the area's famed fine dining restaurants, personal chef services, transportation, world-class golfing, surfing, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing.

Lot includes: 8 Days/7 Nights Accommodation for Eight; Personal Chef and Personal Concierge Services

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Magnum Collection from skipstone and realm Plus Two lunches for six  

Auction Item Preview: Magnum Collection from Skipstone and Realm Plus Two Lunches for Six

Napa and Sonoma Valley friends, Skipstone and Realm Cellars, partner on this knock-out lot. Six guests will join Juan Mercado, founder of Realm Cellars for lunch at their digs in St. Helena.This gourmet wine country lunch will be catered by the Restaurant at Meadowood and accompanied by vintages from the Realm wine library.

Tucked between two hillsides on the slopes above Alexander Valley is the 200-acre Skipstone Ranch. Nearly 40 acres of organically- and sustainably-farmed vineyards, olive groves, and gardens are part of this beautiful property. Six will discover Skipstone during a visit that includes a private tour and lunch paired with wines produced under the supervision of Philippe Melka.

Tonight, take home a Magnum Collection from both wineries - three 1.5L magnums of 2011 Realm Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon and three 1.5L magnums of 2010 Skipstone Oliver's Blend.

Lot includes: Lunch at Skipstone for Six; Lunch at Realm Cellars for Six; Three 1.5L 2011 Realm Dr. Crane Cabernet Sauvignon; Three 1.5L 2010 Skipstone Oliver's Blend

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Jonata 2005 Magnum Collection  

Auction Item Preview: Jonata 2005 1.5L Magnum Collection

Robert Parker proclaimed Jonata one of California's "most exciting new wineries," and one that had "set a new qualitative benchmark" for what Santa Barbara can produce. Owned by sports-team and real estate tycoon Stan Kroenke, who spares no expense when it comes to quality, the wines live up to the same level of excellence as his other high-profile businesses, including the winery Screaming Eagle, the NFL's St. Louis Rams, the NBA's Denver Nuggets, and the English soccer club Arsenal.

Experience the 2005 vintage through this Jonata Magnum Collection which includes the El Alma Cabernet Franc, La Sangre Syrah and El Desafio Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings - all three highly rated by Robert Parker, and a must for the elite cellar.

Lot includes: One 1.5L Bottle 2005 El Alma Cabernet Franc; One 1.5L Bottle 2005 La Sangre Syrah; One 1.5L Bottle 2005 El Desafio Cabernet Sauvignon

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V foundation Wine Tickets for Two, Two nights at harvest inn  

Auction Item Preview: Two Tickets to V Foundation Wine Celbration, Two Nights at Harvest Inn

"Don't Give Up... Don't Ever Give Up!" Those seven words captured the spirit of Jimmy Valvano and became the motto of the V Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure for cancer. Jimmy V passed away from bone cancer two months after his ESPN speech, but his spirit lives on today. This signature fundraiser for The V Foundation ( brings sports, tech, and wine industry notables together for a two-day celebration in the Napa Valley. Last year, it raised $9.2 million for critical cancer research, and has raised over $48 million since its inception in 1999.

It's a magical weekend filled with fun, family, entertainment, love, and generosity-focused on one powerful purpose: finding cures for cancer. The two-day format includes wine-oriented activities, gourmet meals with ultra-premium wine pairings at exclusive Napa Valley wineries, silent & live auctions, and a private performance by select entertainers.

The exclusive Friday event will be held at the beautiful Villagio Inn & Spa in Yountville, featuring twenty of Napa's top wineries and world famous cuisine. Saturday events include the Live Auction Dinner and Concert at Nickel and Nickel Winery.

Lot includes: Two VIP Gala Tickets; One Room for Two Nights at the Harvest Inn; Two Full Weekend Tickets for the 16th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration 2014 (August 8th and 9th, 2014), Including All Access Passes to Friday Night Wine Celebration Event and Saturday Night Live Auction Dinner and Concert

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Andrew Geoffrey 3l and Dinner for eight  

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One of Napa Valley's most scenic vistas is the top of Diamond Mountain and the site of Andrew Geoffrey Vineyard. Eight guests will taste through a vertical of Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon and enjoy a sunset dinner on the 3-level, 1,000 sq ft redwood deck of PeterThompson, vintner. Peter will act as your chef and wine sommelier for this outdoor, country style vineyard dinner featuring grilled specialities. Tonight, take home a 3L of 2006 Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon. Valid May 31 through October 15, 2014

Andrew Geoffrey released its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2000 and continues to produce one of the most respected wines on the Mountain.

Lot includes: 3L 2006 Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon; Dinner for Eight

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20 Vintage Vertical Collection of Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon  

Auction Item Preview: Kenwood Vineyards Artist series Vertical Collection

This remarkable vertical collection of Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon encompasses 1987 through 2006. Each of these "best of the vintage' Cabernet Sauvignon wines showcases a different work of art on the label, including works by Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Henry Miller, Alexander Calder, Vincent van Gogh, and Fairey Shepard. The Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series began with the 1975 vintage and today represents the United States' most enduring marriage of wine and art.

Lot includes: Twenty Bottle Vertical Kenwood Vineyards Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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Six Tickets to Switchback Ridge's 100 Year Anniversary Party, One 6L, and Six Magnums

Auction Item Preview: Six Tickets to Switchback Ridge's 100 Year Anniversary Party, One 6L, and Six Magnums

The Peterson Family of Switchback Ridge celebrates its 100 year anniversary this Saturday, August 23, 2014 with a grand party for a select group of family, friends, and supporters - and tonight, one lucky guest will take home six tickets to attend this historic event.

The Napa Valley celebration will be hosted by the entire Peterson family and feature some of Napa's finest chefs and restaurants, including Hog Island Oyster Company, Oenotri, Zuzu, and SMOKE Open Fire Cooking. A party highlight will surely be the tasting of Switchback Ridge wines - every vintage produced since their first in 1999.

Down home entertainment will include winemaker Bob Foley's The Robert Foley Band, and heartwarming performances by granddaughters and 5th-generation Peterson girls Linden Peterson and Josie Collins. Son-in-law Rick Collins also hopes to get his old band back together to perform for this very special occasion.

As an incredible souvenir, you will take home on the night of the party six 1.5L magnums of the Switchback Ridge Limited Production "100-Year Anniversary Blend," signed by the Peterson gang and winemaker Bob Foley. Tonight, take home a 6L of 2011 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (etched and hand painted), one of only four produced and available only through charity auction.

Lot includes: Six Tickets to 100 Year Anniversary Party; Six 1.5L Bottles Switchback Ridge Limited Production "100-Year Anniversary Blend;" One 6L Bottle 2011 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

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ViP Passes to 2014 napa Valley festival del sole and Two-night stay at bardessono for Two Couples  

Auction Item Preview: ViP Passes to 2014 Napa Valley Festival del Sole and Two-Night Stay at Bardessono for Two Couples

Celebrate the art of life with an exclusive VIP experience for two couples during Napa Valley Festival del Sole 2014. At what the New York Times has called "a feast for the senses," enjoy full VIP access to glorious performances and exclusive private events.

Your Festival del Sole VIP experience includes:

  • Don your finest roaring 20's-inspired attire and be transported to the golden age of Hollywood on the lawn at Meadowood Napa Valley. Sip champagne, sway to the sounds of the Concord Jazz All Stars, dine on Meadowood's finest cuisine and raise money for local arts education at the Annual Festival Gala
  • Enjoy an afternoon of art and music at The Hess Collection with a private reception followed by a piano recital and family-style lunch from Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson in the winery's private contemporary Art Museum
  • Watch the sun set over the Opus One vineyards from your prime seats at an intimate concert in the courtyard of the architecturally stunning winery estate created by Baron Philippe de Rothchild and Robert Mondavi
  • Following the concert at Opus One, be dazzled by an extraordinary Patron Dinner at a nearby leading Napa Valley winery
  • Dedicated concierge services from the Festival del Sole Patron Services team to assist with transportation, activities, and more

This package includes two rooms for two nights at Bardessono, an LEED- certified luxury resort in Yountville featuring sustainably designed rooms, a rooftop pool and lounge, and award-winning cuisine from chef Victor Scargle and Lucy Restaurant and Bar.

VIP Passes are valid for Sunday, July 13, and Monday, July 14 only. Venues and performances subject to change.

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Dinner at William Cole estate for eight and A six-bottle Vertical  

Auction Item Preview: Dinner at William Cole Estate for Eight and A Six-Bottle Vertical

In 1999, fourth-generation winemaker William Ballentine and his wife Jane purchased a 19th century ghost winery that had been shuttered since Prohibition. They undertook an extensive restoration project and re-opened the historic winery in 2004.

Experience an intimate dinner for eight guests at the William Cole Vineyards Estate in St. Helena. Your hosts, William and Jane Ballentine, will give you a personal tour of their winery and cellar which dates back to 1869 and share the story of original proprietress Hannah Weinberger, Napa Valley's first female winemaker. Then you and your guests will enjoy a scrumptious dinner prepared by acclaimed Napa Valley Chef Gary Penir, paired with a vertical of William Cole Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Tonight, take home a six-bottle 750ml vertical of William Cole Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lot includes: Dinner for Eight; Six-Bottle Vertical Boxed Set: 2003-2008 Vintages William Cole Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Behrens Family/Drinkward Peschon/Zeitgeist Large Formats with Lunch for four, Framed Poster  

Auction Item Preview: Behrens Family/Drinkward Peschon/Zeitgeist Large Formats with Lunch for four, Framed Poster

For winemakers Les Behrens and Lisa Drinkward, each wine is a low tech labor of love, crushed in one-ton T-bins, punched down by hand, gently transferred to barrel, and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Known for their small production wines made from small, low-yielding vineyards personally selected by the couple, each wine is appropriately named to match its personality.

Visit Les and Lisa at Behrens Family Winery on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley for a tour and tasting for four and a wine-country lunch. As a memento of your visit, you'll receive a framed, limited edition, signed Knockout print.

Also included in the lot is a 1.5L magnum of 2009 The Knockout (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Syrah) that The Wine Advocate says is "is a rich wine loaded with fruit." All bases are covered with a stunning 1.5 magnum of Behrens & Hitchcock 2010 The ChangeUp (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah). Drinkward Peschon, Lisa Drinkward's personal wine project with collaborator Francoise Peschon, offers up a 1.5L magnum of their 2009 Entre Deux Meres Cabernet Sauvignon (rated 94 by Robert Parker). And former Behrens assistant winemaker Mark Porembski includes a 1.5L magnum of his 2011 Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon, for a total of four outstanding wines from this extended family of winemakers.

Lot includes: Tasting and Lunch for Four; One 1.5L Bottle 2009 The Knockout; One 1.5L Bottle 2010 The ChangeUp; One 1.5L Bottle 2009 Drinkward Peschon Entre Deux Meres • One 1.5L Bottle 2011 Zeitgeist Cabernet Sauvignon; Framed, Limited Edition, Signed Knockout print

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