Editor’s Note: The following is just a Sampling of the 35 lots to be auctioned!
PARIS TASTING CHARDONNAY:
- The Paris Tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the event that revolutionized the American wine industry. The “Judgment of Paris” pitted the finest French wines against unknown California bottles in a blind taste test. French experts chose an unknown 1973 Chateau Montelena as the best white wine, shattering the myth that only French soil could produce world class wines, attracting international attention to Napa Valley, and transforming California Chardonnay from a little known varietal to the most popular wine in the United States.
- 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay – The winery created this 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay from the best estate grown grapes. The wine is rich and elegant with citrus flavors, honey, and lightly roasted almonds with a very crisp and delightful finish. Well balanced and truly one of the best Chardonnays you will ever taste.
- To accompany the wine, a book entitled “Judgment of Paris,” by George M. Taber, the only reporter present at the tasting; and a DVD of the movie “Bottle Shock,” starring Alan Rickman, chronicling the events leading up to the fateful day.
STARTING BID: $140
Sponsored by Nancy Strine and Jack Lantzy
FULL CASE OF 2014 PONGA SAUVIGNON BLANC, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND:
Pale straw in appearance with brilliant clarity. Vibrant aromas of ripe citrus and tropical fruits on the nose lead into a refreshing palate full of white peach and grapefruit. The crisp and clean aromas are accented with chalky, mineral tones. A vibrant wine with great acid backbone and a deliciously satisfying finish. Enjoy with a wide variety of seafood, especially oysters on the half-shell, or simply as a brilliant aperitif.
STARTING BID: $85
Sponsored by Studio 105
A Chauffeur driven Limo is the way to go!!
A chauffeur-driven limousine will take one lucky bidder and up to seven friends to visit three area wineries. Enjoy private tastings at Zephaniah, Willowcroft and Breaux, with refreshments along the way, and your own wine expert to enhance your experience.
STARTING BID: $275
Sponsored by Tripp Lowe
AWARD WINING VIRGINIA REDS:
- The Barns at Hamilton Station-2013 Meritage – This reserve blend is highlighted by a blend of the noble grapes: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Aged in 50% new French and American oak, the wine exhibits all the characters of a classic Bordeaux blend. A complexity of aromas that feature berries, toasted oak, vanilla and spice are backed by a moderately tannic, but well rounded wine. The combination of these elements provides for a wine that will improve over time and would be best served between five and ten years from its vintage date. 2016 Governor’s Cup Bronze winner.
- Ingleside 2013 Right Bank – This handcrafted Bordeaux style blend was inspired by wines produced on the right bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, France. The wine is 75% Merlot; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5 % Petit Verdot with a soft, rich mouth feel and complex red fruit flavors. A Silver award winner from the 2016 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic.
- Ingleside 2013 Left Bank – This handcrafted Bordeaux style blend was inspired by wines produced on the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, France. This wine is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. This wine is predominantly black fruit dominant. A Silver award winner from the 2016 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic.
- An autographed copy of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the Evolution of Quality Wine in Virginia.” Written by Richard G. Leahy, this book is an indispensable reference for savvy Virginia wine enthusiasts.
Sponsored by Smith Elliott Kearns & Co.
CATENA ZAPATA VERICAL PACK:
- 2009 Nicolas Catena Zapata (RP-95pts) – Nice dark color, red ripe fruits, cinnamon, vanilla and great tannins..
- long ending…excellent wine
- 2010 Nicolas Catena Zapata (RP-95pt) – A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Aromas of black fruits, berries, cherries, and plums, subtle mocha, rocky limestone. Mouth is hugely complex, black fruits, cassis, and beach sand. Balanced acidity, velvety tannins, long peppery aftertaste.
- 2011 Nicolas Catalan Zapata (RP-95pys) – This is a CS-Malbec blend from 200 different “micro-vinifications”
- representing different rows, altitudes and harvest times and made only in the best vintages. Aged 2 years in French oak and another 2 in btl. (How can it not be perfect?)
STARTING BID: $175
Sponsored by Country Vintner
DESSERT WINES FROM NEIGHBORING WINERIES:
- Willowcroft 2012 Claire – Late harvest Petit Manseng with flavors of citrus, honey, apple, and apricot. Delicious alone or macerate with strawberries overnight and put over cheesecake or angel food cake.
- Casanel Vineyard 2013 Dulce – Sweet white wine with a blend of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Viognier.
- Big Cork Vineyards Raspberry Dessert wine – Warm sweet berries made in a port style. Drink plain or with a piece of dark chocolate.
- The Barns 1910 Red Dessert Wine – Port-style dessert wine with 100% Chambourcin, fortified with Brandy. 18% Alcohol; 16% residual sugar.
STARTING BID: $60
Sponsored by Christian Caine Jewelers
HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES!!! – A SET OF HAWK KNOB CIDERS:
- Appalachian Classic Hard Cider – 100% Virginia grown heritage variety apples, this fruit forward crisp cider will not leave you in want.
- Appalachian Classic Hard Cider Big Brother – Classic aged to perfecton for ten months in the finest Smooth Ambler Bourbon Barrels. adding a notes of butter and oak for a truly complex finish.
- Elderberry Infused Hard Cider – Heirloom apples grown in the greenbrier Valley with just the right amount of elderberries. Crisp fruity perfection.
- Wild Fermented Traditional Cider – keeping American Cider traditions alive, aged in Oak Bourbon barrels.
- Mead – two year aged Cyser, where honey is added to our fresh pressed cider and fermented into wine.
starting bid: $75
Sponsored by Hawk Knob
A BOTTLE OF BUBBLY…AND A WEEK IN ST. MAARTEN:
- A week in St. Maarten – Are you ready for a fun-filled week in the Caribbean sun? If so, this villa at the five-star Simpson Bay Resort & Marina is for you! This one-bedroom, one-bath villa sleeps up to four people (with a fold-out couch), and includes a full kitchen, maid service and other amenities, plus a breathtaking view from the terrace. The island, which is half French and half Dutch, has superb restaurants for dining experiences you won’t soon forget. The resort is on the beach and has a fabulous view of Simpson Bay. It has four tennis courts, five swimming pools – three with swim-up bars, a spa and a casino. You can catch a water taxi to spend the day shopping in Phillipsburg, the Dutch capital, or you can sign up for day sails to neighboring Anguilla, St. Barts or Saba. This is week of which dreams are made!! (Airfare is not included; direct flights depart Dulles in the morning so you can be on the beach in the afternoon.)
- Ingleside Virginia Brut – This Methode Champenoise Brut is considered the best sparkling wine in all Virginia.
STARTING BID: $1,500
Sponsored by Jack Lantzy and Nancy Strine