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MAO RAK (DRUNK ON LOVE) IN THAILAND
TEN MAGICAL NIGHTS FOR TWO
The ultimate romantic vacation awaits you in Thailand
that features stays at three luxurious hotels:

11-Day, 10-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations at all resorts, daily breakfasts, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
***Welcome to The Peninsula Bangkok – Bangkok
3-Night stay
Plus: Deluxe Guestroom with daily breakfast
Valid to 9/30/18
Excluding 12/20/17-1/10/18, 2/10-20/18
At The Peninsula Bangkok, Peninsula luxury is met with sophisticated Thai charm for the ultimate cultural experience. Deluxe Rooms all have views of the Chao Phraya River and the city beyond. Richly
furnished in Thai silk-clad finishes and complete with marble bathrooms, these rooms combine classic luxury with the latest Peninsula proprietary technology. All rooms welcome guests with a teak foyer,
complete with walk-in closets and executive desks.

***Welcome to Banyan Tree Phuket – Phuket
2-Night stay
Plus: Banyan Pool Villa, daily breakfast
Valid to 9/30/18
Excluding 11/3-5/17, 12/21/17-1/10/18, 2/14-20/18, 3/28-4/3/18, 4/13-16/18
Welcome to Banyan Tree Phuket
Come visit the Andaman’s greatest treasure – Phuket Island. Encircling the sparkling waters of a saltwater lagoon, this Banyan Tree luxury resort in Phuket is a sanctuary of hushed repose. Banyan Tree Phuket is nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket where the roads are lined with casuarinas and palms and the
Bang Tao Bay always sparkles in sapphire brilliance. Your spacious Banyan Pool Villas features Thai- inspired décor, his-and-hers private dressing rooms and an open-air oval bathtub. From the interior of
your residence, step right into your private outdoor pool.

***Welcome to Pimalai Resort & Spa – Koh Lanta, Krabi
5-Night stay
Plus: Hillside Ocean View Pool Villa, daily breakfast
Valid to 9/30/18
Excluding Chinese New Year holiday week, Easter weekend, Songkran and Loy Krathong holidays and peak season 12/21/17-1/10/18
Koh Lanta, Thailand is calling…experience peace, serenity, solitude…during a romantic holiday in a
2,150-square foot hillside Pool Villa at Pimalai Resort & Spa, set in a serene rainforest and offering unrivalled ocean views. Enjoy the luxury of your villa, its natural surroundings and refreshing dips in your own infinity pool at Conde Nast Traveler’s Leader Choice Award winner for Best Resort in Asia.
For those who want to enjoy a luxury vacation while knowing they are not contributing to the degradation of the environment, then a holiday at Pimalai Resort & Spa is a perfect choice. Your Pool Villa offers a splendid isolation and has been crafted in such a way that one can hardly see any of the surrounding structures. Pimalai may be quiet but there are a host of things to do; elephant riding, sailing, nature trekking, Thai cooking classes and of course, surrounding islands waiting for your discovery. Nearby small protected islands are part of the Lanta Marine National Park offering great snorkeling and sightseeing trips. Pimalai also offers you a comprehensive Gold Palm PADI dive center. Finally, Pimalai
Spa is a haven for peace, relaxation and tranquility. Subject to availability.
Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/13/19.

Donated by:
Pimalai Resort & Spa
The Peninsula Bangkok Banyan Tree Phuket American Airlines


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SIMPLY INSPIRATIONAL
SOUTH AFRICA, MOZAMBIQUE, BOTSWANA & ZAMBIA


10-Day, 9-Night stay for TWO
Plus: 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/20/18
Feel surprised, delighted and transformed as you discover the sights, senses and spirit of four magical destinations in Africa that you will never forget. This unforgettable holiday for two features:

Azura Benguerra Island – Mozambique
3-Night stay
Plus: Infinity Beach Villa with private pool, all meals, daily sunset cocktails
Built entirely by hand, Azura Benguerra Island has just 20 spacious “beach-chic” designer villas, each with private pool stretching out to the Indian Ocean. They were designed as the ultimate getaway with indoor and outdoor showers, day beds, lounging decks and safas right on the beach. Spend your days fishing, snorkeling, diving in protected reefs or watching the migrating whales and dolphins. Or relax on the beach and indulge in African spa treatments. The choice is yours! Excluding August, October,
12/22/17-1/8/18 and Easter; subject to availability.

Sanctuary Chief’s Camp – Okavango Delta, Botswana
2-Night stay
Plus: Stylish bush pavilion accommodations
Welcome to the former royal hunting reserve of Chief Moremi, in the heart of the Okavango Delta. Wildlife and wilderness are as abundant as action, adrenaline, refinement and relaxation at this remarkable remodeled luxury camp located in the Moremi Game Reserve. Spacious and breezy, your stylish bush pavilion has outdoor showers and generous tubs perfect for a long, indulgent soak. Relax on your covered deck and look out for elephants, giraffes, buffalo and other wildlife as you enjoy the Camp’s excellent cuisine and wines. Consistently ranked among the world’s top safari destinations by Condé Nast
Traveler and Travel + Leisure. Excluding July, August and holiday periods; subject to availability.

Sussi & Chuma – Victoria Falls, Zambia
2-Night stay
Plus: Treehouse accommodations, access to nearby community projects
Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is built on a dramatic bend of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya
National Park, twelve kilometers upstream from the world-famous Victoria Falls. Named after Dr. David
Livingstone’s faithful friends Sussi and Chuma, the lodge is in one of the most beautiful parts of the
Zambezi amidst Jackalberry trees and Phoenix palms. Accommodations are in twelve Sussi tree-houses, connected by wooden walkways. One of only a few lodges in the area able to offer guided walking safaris, Sussi & Chuma was named Zambia’s Leading Safari Lodge by World Travel Awards. Sussi & Chuma also offers access to some extraordinary community projects – a women run bike shop at nearby Nakatindi village, for example. Excluding July, August and holiday periods; subject to availability.

Ellerman House – Cape Town, South Africa
2-Night stay
Plus: Airport transfers, daily breakfast, all beverages, 24-hour guest pantry, daily sunset cocktails and canapés
Named South Africa’s Leading Hotel by World Travel Awards. Set on 1.5 acres overlooking the Atlantic
coast, this stately guesthouse in an Edwardian-era mansion is 1.5 km from Clifton Beach, 4.6 km from
Table Mountain National Park and 6.2 km from Cape Town city center. Guestrooms feature heated floors, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Amenities include full breakfast, secure parking and an airport/local shuttle, plus evening cocktails and a stocked guest pantry. There’s also a farm-to-table restaurant, an outdoor pool, an art gallery/bar and a wellness spa. Excluding 12/15/17-3/31/18; subject to availability.
Winning bidder will receive 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/13/19.

Donated by:
Ellerman House Azura Benguerra Island Azura Boutique Retreats Sanctuary Chief’s Camp Sussi & Chuma
Sanctuary Retreats
American Airlines


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14-NIGHT EUROPEAN CRUISE FOR TWO WITH CELEBRITY
MEDITERRANEAN, GREEK ISLES, NORWEGIAN FJORDS OR SCANDANAVIA/RUSSIA

YOUR CHOICE!!!

Fourteen-Night cruise for TWO
Plus: 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid 7/10/17-7/09/18
Choose a Northern Europe cruise vacation to experience the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Baltic capitals of culture. Or, head south to relax in sunny Mediterranean destinations from Portugal, Spain, and France, to Italy, Croatia, and the sparkling Greek Isles.

With more than 16 countries, Northern Europe cruises offers a spectrum of sights, tastes, and sounds that are sure to satisfy the history seeker, the arts lover, and the explorer in all of us. Europe’s premium cruise line invites you aboard four of the most beautiful ships – Celebrity Reflection®, Celebrity Silhouette®, Celebrity Eclipse®, and Celebrity Equinox℠. Sailing on a cruise through the Mediterranean with Celebrity will be one of the best Europe vacations you’ll experience. Unparalleled itineraries offer unique and culturally immersive experiences in cities like Santorini, Sicily, and Provence. Experience the Mediterranean aboard two of Celebrity’s ships – Celebrity Constellation® and Celebrity Reflection® – for a vacation experience you’ll tell your friends and family about for years to come.

Depending on which cruise you select, Ports of Call may include:

• Gibraltar, United Kingdom
• Cartagena, Spain
• Mykonos, Greece
• Ashdod, Israel
• Catania, Sicily, Italy
• Reykjavik, Iceland
• Cork, Ireland
• Copenhagen, Denmark
• Helsinki, Finland
• Amsterdam, Netherlands
• St. Petersburg, Russia

Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for your precious vacation time. Your Veranda Stateroom provides a private sanctuary where you’ll enjoy both inside and outdoor space, relax in your spacious lounge stateroom or step outside onto the veranda to linger over morning coffee or wonder at evening sunsets. Celebrity’s signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1 includes twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service, and 24-hour complimentary room service. Your stateroom also features custom blended bath products, Celebrity eXhale™ bedding, private mini-bar and interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies. You’ll delight in discovering an array of outstanding restaurants and cafés, a state-of-the-art fitness center and Spa and exciting nightlife with a variety of superb entertainment choices.

Celebrity Cruises has been voted #1 in the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” highly competitive large-ship category; been awarded Best Premium Cruise Line for 9 consecutive years by Travel Weekly and Has won more than 30 Wine Spectator “Awards of Excellence.”

The cruise does not include ground transfers, taxes and fees. Valid 7/10/17-7/09/18, excluding Christmas and New Year holidays; subject to availability. Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/13/19.

Donated by:
Celebrity Cruises
American Airlines


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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER

1979, 1983, 1984, 1985 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Volcanic Hill
1976, 1983, 1985, 1986 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow
1978, 1983, 1985, 1990 Diamond Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Red Rock Terrace
1 bottle each (12 total)
Al and Boots Brounstein found their Napa Valley “dream” property high up on Diamond Mountain in
1967. Upon clearing the land, Al observed the distinctly different soils with varying exposures that existed in close proximity to one another throughout the landscape. Al was an early visionary in the Napa
Valley and appreciated the value of terroir even though it was not a well understood term at that time in
Napa’s history. Al established Diamond Creek Vineyards the following year in 1968 defying conventional wisdom by capitalizing on the divergent soils and deciding to vinify, bottle and label the wines of each
area of the vineyard separately rather than blend them together. This form of vineyard designation was a
definite departure from the way things were done in Napa Valley in the 1960s and 1970s and set a path for the future. This collection represents all three of the major Diamond Creek vineyards from three
sensational decades. When enjoying these wines the winning bidder will capture a sense of history while
observing how the glorious effects of maturing vines, winemaking development and time in the bottle influence the development of truly great wine.

Donated by:
Patty and Bill McCormick


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BORDEAUX VS BURGUNDY

1986 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1986 Chateau Lafleur
2003 Domaine Leroy Richebourg
2003 Domaine Meo-Camuzet Richebourg
1 bottle each (4 total)Madame Lalou Bize-Leroy needs no introduction to anyone familiar with the icons of Burgundy. She is a leader in the international biodynamic growing community and a tireless perfectionist about producing some of the world’s finest wines from far flung Appellations throughout Burgundy. The wines of Domaine Leroy are always highly regarded in every corner of the world and known to fetch premium prices on release and at auction. The Méo family has devoted itself to winegrowing and winemaking for more than four centuries in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. In 1981, the Camuzet Estate was christened Domaine Méo-Camuzet by Jean Méo with the first vintage of estate wines released under this name from the excellent 1983 vintage. The wines of Méo-Camuzet are always in high demand and universally deemed among the finest of Burgundy. Chateau Lafite Rothschild dates back several centuries and is widely regarded among the most collectable wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Originally named to First Growth status in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification, Lafite has continued as the hallmark of this legendary wine producing area. Chateau Lafleur sits across the Gironde on Bordeaux’s Right Bank in the commune of Pomerol and in the shadow of Chateau Petrus. Lafleur is typical of Pomerol’s small and focused vineyards with only 10 acres planted comprised of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. There is an average production of only 1000 cases of the Grand Vin produced per year to satisfy a thirsty and committed worldwide demand. A priceless collection of some of the world’s most sought after wines!

Donated by:
David Doyle


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CHAIRMEN’S LOT
FROM SONOMA TO SEATTLE – AN UNFORGETTABLE EXCURSON FOR FOUR
TO TWO IDYLLIC WINE REGIONS FEATURING THREE RENOWNED WINERIES:
PATZ & HALL, CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE AND COL SOLARE

5-Day, 4-Night holiday for FOUR
Plus: Air transportation, dinners, tastings, show tickets, local transportation, magnums
2013 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch Sonoma
2 magnums
2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series
2 gift box sets
Valid to 5/20/18

From the laidback charm and picturesque beauty of Sonoma County to the lovely town of Woodinville, nestled in Washington State’s Sammamish River Valley, this one-of-a-kind auction lot promises an unforgettable wine odyssey for four lucky guests. Your experience begins in Sonoma County, where you will enjoy two nights of accommodations at the luxurious Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, including a delicious dinner for four at the Inn’s Michelin-starred Santé Restaurant. Your adventure will continue at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall, where you will join with one of the winery’s founders for a VIP food and wine experience. This tasting will include cheese, charcuterie and delicious small bites as you explore Patz & Hall’s acclaimed current-release single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, as well as rare library wines and special limited-production bottlings. While in Sonoma, you and your guests will take in a show from the 2017 or 2018 season of Broadway Under the Stars at the beautiful Jack London State Park.

Next, you and your guests will fly from Santa Rosa to Seattle, where you will travel to Woodinville, the lovely home of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s oldest winery for a wonderful weekend of music, wine and food. Enjoy two nights’ luxury accommodations at the Willows Lodge with dinner one evening at the award-winning Barking Frog restaurant. While in Woodinville, you are invited to Chateau Ste. Michelle for one of our legendary summer concerts. Held outside on the exquisite park-like grounds at the winery, attend the pre-concert reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a selection of our award- winning wines. Afterwards, enjoy the show from seats in the private field reserve section in the winery’s scenic outdoor amphitheater while nibbling on desserts from the Peacock Lounge.

This unforgettable package includes:
Sonoma County, CA:

• Two nights’ accommodations for two couples (two rooms) at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
• Dinner for four at Santé, the award-winning restaurant located at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
• A VIP tasting experience with a winery founder at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall
• 4 premium tickets to a show in the Transcendence Theatre Company’s 2017 or 2018 Broadway Under the Stars lineup
• Airport and Local Transportation for two couples provided by Beau Wine Tours
• Roundtrip airfare from Santa Rosa to Seattle

Woodinville, WA:

• 4 VIP passes to the pre-concert reception
• Four Field Reserve tickets to one concert in the 2017 OR 2018 Chateau Ste. Michelle concert season
• Two nights’ accommodations for two couples (two rooms) at the Willows Lodge
• Dinner for four at the Barking Frog – located at the Willows Lodge
• Ground Transportation for two couples round trip – SeaTac/Willows Lodge in Woodinville

Due to concert and theater schedules, your long weekend must be scheduled on mutually agreeable dates from May through September 2017 or May through September 2018.

Donated by:
Patz & Hall
Chateau Ste. Michelle

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A WILD GUY AND SOME OF CALIFORNIA’S HOTTEST GRAPES
ONE OF THE MOST RIOTOUS WINE ADVENTURES EVER – FOR TEN

Here’s your ticket to spend an afternoon with a producer of some of the most sought after wines and grapes in California – Gary Pisoni. Described as “the new face of American Pinot Noir” and “Burgundian-crazy about his vines,” Gary grows grapes in the Santa Lucia Highlands using meticulous viticultural practices. Over the last 30 years, he has transformed the mountainous property where his parents once grazed a couple of horses and few head of cattle into one of California’s most renowned vineyards.

You are in for an experience like no other when you join this big-hearted bear of a man with a childlike wonderment of how much fun life can be. Gary extends an invitation for your party of TEN to join him at Pisoni-land (“better than Disneyland because you drink wine on the tour”) in the Santa Lucia Highlands
(south of Carmel and on the western slopes of Salinas) for an afternoon of vineyard and cave tours followed by lunch. The day will begin with a jeep tour of the estate – hold onto your hats – and conclude with a candle lit lunch in Pisoni’s fabulous multi-level cave. See for yourself why some of California’s finest Pinot Noir vintners like Peter Michael, Patz & Hall, Siduri and Testarossa are scrambling for grapes from Gary Pisoni’s vineyard. Gary promises that during this fun-filled afternoon some of California’s finest Pinot Noirs will be poured for all to enjoy. See for yourself why some of California’s finest Pinot Noir comes from Pisoni Vineyards. Valid to 5/20/18, at a mutually convenient time.

Donated by:
Pisoni Vineyards & Winery

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2004 PETER MICHAEL LES PAVOTS
3.0L

In 1982 after an extensive search for the perfect California vineyard property, Sir Peter Michael purchased a 630-acre parcel just north of Calistoga consisting of volcanic ridges along the western face of Mount St. Helena. The first red Bordeaux grapes were planted a year later and the legend of the Peter Michael Winery began. The winery is focused on producing world class single vineyard wines in the Old World style that concentrate on depth, balance, elegance and structure. From the beginning, Sir Peter’s goals were three-fold: “One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate.” Although these goals are evident in all Peter Michael wines, they reach even higher peaks in Les Pavots. This flagship Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux style blend is accented with roughly equal parts of Cabernet Franc and Merlot with a touch of Petit Verdot. 2004 was the first in a string of four exceptional vintages in the North Coast wine growing area. Each vintage expressed its own personality and 2004 was perhaps the most opulent of all. Forward fruit with extraordinary depth and luxurious mouthfeel were all descriptors associated with the vintage and Les Pavots expresses these characteristics in classic style. Rated by both Parker and Tanzer at 93 points on release, this memorable wine has continued to develop beautifully in the bottle over the last decade to classic levels expressing the breed of the vineyard and the vintage. The signature of Les Pavots is quite evident in this bottling and truly unique in the world of California’s best wines. A beautifully etched double magnum and true collector’s prize that is rarely seen.

Donated by:
Bonnie and Mitch Bloom

 

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PETER MICHAEL WINERY PRESENTS

2006-2009 Les Pavots
1 magnum each Vertical Collection
2012 Peter Michael Mon Plaisir
2012 Peter Michael Belle Cote
2012 Peter Michael La Carrière
2012 Peter Michael Ma Belle-Fille
1 magnum each Horizontal Collection
8 magnums total
Plus: A private tour, tasting and wine pairing lunch prepared by winery Chef Sarah Heller for EIGHT

In 1982, after a six-year search, Sir Peter Michael and Lady Michael purchased 630 acres of volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley. Drawing inspiration from the great wineries of Burgundy and Bordeaux, the family hired like-minded viticulturists and winemakers to help them create terroir-driven wines that would stand the test of time. Peter Michael Winery is dedicated to the production of handcrafted artisanal wines that reflect the terroir of the individual vineyards.

Here is an 8-magnum collection of both Les Pavots and vineyard designate Chardonnays. Les Pavots is Peter Michael’s flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals from the Knights Valley Estate. While the blend varies from vintage to vintage, typically it is two thirds Cabernet Sauvignon with roughly equal parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Les Pavots captures an elegant refined expression of the terroir embracing the full spectrum of Cabernet family varietal expression with its trademark touch of Herbes de Provence.

La Carrière is the steepest rockiest vineyard on the Knights Valley estate. Typically, La Carrière offers the leanest most citrus like fruit profile with vivid “liquid minerality” that speaks of sea salt and wet stones. Mon Plaisir is the original Peter Michael bottling, produced every vintage since 1987. Historically the wine has been 100% Old Wente clone featuring a rich lemon custard and brioche nose with a silky mouth feel. Located just next to La Carrière, Belle Côte is a contrasting site with thicker soils and an eastern facing exposure. Typically, this wine produces the broadest fattest fruit profile with dominant orange peel, tangerine and marmalade flavors accented with exotic lychee and the estate’s signature wet stone mineral character. At the highest elevation on the estate Ma Belle-Fille is an extension of the same slope as La Carrière, sharing its southeastern exposure and lean soils. Ma Belle-Fille also shares La Carrière’s core of lean citrus flavors and vivid minerality, but with layers of baked apple and nectarine rounding out its profile.

Completing this lot is an invitation for you to bring seven friends and fellow wine lovers to Knights Valley for a rare opportunity to tour, taste and dine at the private estate of Sir Peter Michael. Closed to the public, your private experience will start with an extensive tour of the winery’s estate vineyards. Next, enter the winery for a sit-down tasting of estate grown wines and a sumptuous multi course lunch prepared by winery chef Sarah Heller complemented by a selection of Peter Michael wines. Valid to 5/20/18 at a mutually convenient time.

Donated by:
Peter Michael Winery

 

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DINE AT LA’S MOST SECRET RESTAURANT
DINNER FOR SIX AT TOTORAKU

Dinner for SIX plus hosts, Eric Gitter and Kevin Jones, Proprietors of Epicurus Gourmet
Plus: The Dinner Wines
To start:
2004 Salon Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs
2003 Marcassin Chardonnay Marcassin
With Dinner:
1974 Gaja Barbaresco
1978 Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour
1986 Chateau Haut-Brion
1989 Vega Sicilia Unico
1996 Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie
1998 Penfolds Grange
2003 Harlan Estate
For Dessert
1970 Chateau d’Yquem
Among other surprises! Valid to 5/20/18
“Deep on Pico, in the area of West LA right by the Westfield mall, hidden behind a nondescript Teriyaki facade, lies LA’s most secret restaurant, Totoraku — aka Secret Beef. There’re no reservations — someone who’s eaten there before must invite you, with the chef’s permission. If you can get a seat, expect a competitive BYOB situation and round after round (after round) of delicious red meat.” Jay Weston – Huffington Post

Rumored about by every obsessive food-lover, it’s always described as “that secret Japanese steak house on Pico.” Totoraku is Yakiniku cuisine. Yakiniku, meaning “grilled meat”, is a Japanese term which, in its broadest sense, refers to grilled meat dishes. What’s the attraction? Certainly, it’s not the atmosphere, which is a deceiving storefront on Pico Boulevard. It looks closed and gated, although there is an “A” health rating in the window…but if you knock on the door and mention the name of your host, the charming Japanese woman (Shizumi, wife of the chef) opens the door, holds the curtain aside, and you enter.

When he opened Totoraku, Chef/owner Kaz Oyama decided to pay homage to the secret restaurants his parents took him to as a child in Japan… no signs, no reservations, entry just by invitation, very special food. Now Toto-raku, as he renamed it, serves a kaiseki or multiple course meal of beef, a third of it raw, the rest cooked yakiniku style. There is no website, Twitter, Facebook, Open Table. No email, no walk- ins. The only way to get in is to call the private number on the card which Kaz gives to favored customers and their select friends… and to get a card at the end of your meal from the smiling, black-haired energetic Kaz is the ultimate sign of acceptance.

Tonight, your party of SIX (plus hosts Eric Gitter and Kevin Jones, proprietors of Epicurus Gourmet) is invited to experience this “secret beef restaurant” for what promises to be a truly memorable dinner. Subject to availability at a mutually convenient time.

Donated by:
Epicurus Gourmet
Eric Gitter
Kevin Jones

 

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FIVE DIAMOND LUXURY AT THE GRAND LUXXE IN PUERTO VALLARTA
FOUR COUPLES – ONE WEEK IN PARADISE

8-Day, 7-Night stay for EIGHT
Plus: 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, 2 terraces, 1 dipping pool, 2 Jacuzzi tubs, outdoor dining area, gourmet kitchen, wine bar, dining table for 10, airport transfers
Valid to 12/1/18
Recipient of the Five Diamond Award, Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta offers members one of the most exclusive and luxurious vacation experiences in Mexico. Situated along the eastern edge of the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort, five beautifully designed towers follow the Ameca River to where it meets the Bay
of Banderas. Members often say that Grand Luxxe is like a private oasis within the resort. Indeed, as Grand Luxxe guests, you will experience the most luxurious with vaulted ceilings, private terraces (one with plunge pool), elegant fixtures, plush furnishings — this is your world-class vacation home during a magical one-week holiday for FOUR COUPLES in Puerto Vallarta.

During you holiday, rest assured that everyone can have the vacation experience they desire. From exploring nature to learning a new dance, making a piece of art to exercising, Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers plenty of activities to keep everyone happy and smiling, day after day. This is as much of a destination for golf lovers as it is for beach and pool lovers! Discover one of the best courses in Mexico and an entire academy dedicated to helping players hone their skills and improve their game. Add in some delicious dining options and a Pro Shop offering all the equipment you could need, and you’ve got one exciting place to tee off. Throughout the resort, you’ll discover decadent culinary delights to please every palate. Whether you’re looking to sample gourmet Mexican cuisine or simply craving a light snack, like a crêpe or seasonal cheese plate, you’ll find the fresh fare you desire at one of 20 restaurants. Activities abound and include a full selection of live music, shows, sports, classes, tours, fitness activities, botanical walks and even the popular Sea Turtle Release. And if it’s pampering you’re after, you’ll find two spas, including Spatium, available for the exclusive use of Grand Luxxe guests. Fusing nature and ancient techniques with cutting-edge facilities and results-driven treatments, this spa reimagines a typical day of relaxation as a celebration of pure indulgence. May be booked five months in advance of arrival date; subject to availability. Some holiday blackout periods apply.

Donated by:
Jan and Mike Peters

 

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A VERY SPECIAL PORTRAIT OF GRACE ROSE BAUER

We all know that anyone who meets our Grace Rose falls in love with her. Well, that’s exactly what happened when live event artist, Taylor Gallegos, met our Winemasters ambassador.

Artist Taylor Gallegos captures the scene of your choice, creating a painting live throughout the duration of an event. The painting becomes a beautiful lasting memory of your celebration. A one-of-a-kind heirloom masterpiece for generations to come. Hours prior to Winemasters 2017 “official” opening, Taylor began the composition, capturing the lighting and feel of the Mid West Street back lot. As guests arrived, the scene within the painting was well underway. Throughout the evening, you may have noticed Taylor painting Grace Rose with all her joie de vie.

Now, Taylor would like to offer his gallery quality painting that forever captures the essence of Grace Rose and Winemasters as our next auction lot up for bid. This painting is indeed a priceless treasure just like Grace Rose!

Donated by:
LiveWeddingArt.com
Taylor Gallegos 

 

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CHAIRMAN’S LOT
EXPLORING THE SANTA YNEZ VALLEY
A DREAM VACATION FOR FOUR

4-Day, 3-Night holiday for FOUR especially designed for you by Winemasters Honorary Chairman
Frank Ostini
Valid to 5/20/18 at a mutually convenient time.
Even if you have visited the Santa Ynez Valley, you’ve never seen it like this! Our esteemed and beloved Honorary Chairman Frank Ostini has fashioned a holiday for FOUR you’ll never forget.

Frank Ostini a chef of Hitching Post II fame and Gray Hartley, a fisherman, make handcrafted Pinot Noirs from vineyards in Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills. The Sideways movie really put this label in the limelight but these two terrific partners deserve all the notoriety they receive and the quality of their
Pinot Noirs justify the publicity.

The picturesque Santa Ynez Valley encompasses six communities clustered closely together like wine grapes. From the charming, tiny gem of rural Ballard, the bustling gateway city of Buellton, the vintage western town of Los Alamos, the arts-influenced wine-infused town of Los Olivos and the turn-of-the-
20th-century township of Santa Ynez, to the northern European atmosphere of the city of Solvang founded by Danish-Americans in 1911, it’s relaxing and refreshing to meander and experience them all. The Santa Ynez Valley truly does feel like a world away with endless possibilities. The Valley features both large estate vineyards and small boutique wineries and is a mecca for foodies. Here are the highlights of this spectacular wine and food adventure:

• 4-Day, 3-Night stay at Jim Clendenen’s hilltop Rancho La Cuna ranch home in Los Alamos Valley.
• Dinner at Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta where Chef Vincent Lesage has created a culinary experience that takes a modern approach to the traditional steakhouse. All set against a stunning ocean backdrop.
• Dinner at The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn where Chef Budi Kazali prepares his award- winning gourmet cuisine. This AAA Four-Diamond rated inn is set against quaint and scenic vineyards and orchards in Ballard.
• A special home-cooked “Hitching Post BBQ” dinner prepared by Frank Ostini that features a cooking class on “Santa Maria Style Barbeque” and a selection of Hitching Post Wines. About Hitching Post wines: Frank and his partner Gray Ostini believe that great wines are made in the vineyard. The Hartley-Ostini winemaking philosophy is that they are caretakers who guide the wine into the bottle. As the wine matures it is simply left to gently age in the barrel. This minimalist approach allows Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post wines to reflect the character of the vineyard and the vintage, preserving the essence of the grape. A fitting example of these wines is the Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Highliner. A special wine, it is meant to be the best of their Pinot. And, of course, Highliner became the featured wine in the film Sideways.
• Winery visit and lunch at Au Bon Climat Winery outside Santa Maria. Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat since 1982, creates internationally acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of balance and intrigue as well as artisan, small lots of distinctive wines from a wider spectrum of grape varietals under assorted brands.
• Winery visit and barrel tasting at Hitching Post Wines in Buellton, where you will choose a favorite barrel of Hitching Post Pinot Noir and twelve cases will be bottled and labelled especially for the lucky winners.
• Lunch at Industrial Eats in Buellton where both the restaurant and butcher shop feature food sourced from the Central Coast.
• Lunch at Bell Street Farm in Alamos, a cozy and delicious eatery and market located in Los Alamos and surrounded by gorgeous vineyards and farmland.
• Brunch at Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos where you’ll enjoy only the freshest ingredient sources from farmers’ markets and local producers.
• One afternoon you’ll enjoy a drive-around vineyard tour in Hitching Post Wines

Partner/Winemaker Gray Hartley’s vintage Woodie.
Dates to be determined, pursuant to availability. Please make arrangements well in advance.

Donated by:
Chef/Winemaker Frank Ostini
Hitching Post II Restaurant & Winery
Jim Clendenen
Au Bon Climat
Rancho La Cuna
Angel Oak at Bacara Resort & Spa
The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn
Hitching Post Wines
Industrial Eats
Bell Street Farm
Full of Life Flatbread
Gray Hartley

 

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ARGENTINA FOR TWO
A COUNTRY THAT STEALS YOUR HEART AND TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY

12-Day, 11-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Private wine tours and tastings, some meals, spa treatments, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/20/18
Get ready to pack your bags for an unforgettable holiday for two in Argentina fashioned by Alex
Guarachi, President of Guarachi Wine Partners. Since Alex launched T.G.I.C. in 1984 (now Guarachi Wine Partners), the company has enjoyed success both importing and wholesaling premium wines from many of Argentina’s best-known producers and was named Wine Enthusiast’s “Importer of the Year.” This exceptional trip is created by Alex as an introduction to the wines of Argentina. You will also have an opportunity to explore the winelands of Molinos and enjoy a stay at a five-star resort in The Tierra del Fuego. This singular adventure will take you to:
• Buenos Aires: Discover Casa Rosadas, Teatro Colon and MALBA – while staying 2 nights at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, a private retreat that blends Belle Epoque tradition with contemporary sophistication. This opulent hotel wraps you in sleek panache as you explore the “Paris of South America.” Excluding the Festive Season.
• Mendoza: Discover Plaza Independencia and a host of outstanding wine producers – while staying 4 nights at the exclusive Park Hyatt Mendoza, prominently positioned on the Plaza de la Independencia in the heart of the city. With its striking 19th-century Spanish colonial façade, the hotel boasts of a gourmet restaurant showcasing exquisite regional cuisine, a full spa, hotel casino and the finest personalized service.
• During your stay in Mendoza, courtesy of Guarachi Wine Partners, you’ll enjoy some very special tasting experiences while visiting a few of Argentina’s most renowned wineries.
• Salta: Discover the Andes, Colonial sites and Incan mummies – while staying 2 nights at Finca Valentina in Salta, the beautiful country home owned by Fabrizio Ghilardi and his charming wife Valentina. Your accommodations are a stylishly designed guesthouse with breathtaking views, and you’ll feel like the honored guests of welcoming friends. Your transfers to and from Salta are included.
• Ushuaia: Discover Southern Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Los Glacieres National Park – while staying 3 nights at Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa, a 5-star resort located in Ushuaia at the shore of Beagle Channel. Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and is surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Islands Province, and its superlative location allows you to enjoy the sea, mountains and forests at the same time. Includes Superior Beagle Channel View Guestroom, shuttle service between resort and Ushuaia City and daily buffet breakfast.
Package is valid to 5/20/18, subject to availability and at a mutually convenient time. Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to
use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Travel within Argentina is not included. Miles valid to 1/13/19.

Donated by:
Alex Guarachi Guarachi Wine Partners Fabrizio and Valentina Ghilardi Socompa and Finca Valentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa
American Airlines

 

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DINNER IN THE VINEYARDS AT MORAGA ESTATE
FOR YOUR PARTY OF SIX

Dinner for SIX in the vineyards at Moraga Estate
Plus: 1 magnum 2001 Moraga Red Wine
Valid to 5/20/18 at a mutually agreeable time
Moraga Vineyards is a wine growing estate in the Santa Monica Mountains at an elevation of 600 to 900 feet, five miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Los Angeles community of Bel Air. Grapes are not foreign to this canyon land. The overland expedition of Don Caspar de Portola, which established the route of the
California missions (El Camino Real), passed by Moraga Canyon in August of 1769. In his diary, expedition member Father Juan Crespi mentions a “profusion of wild grapes and Castilian roses in full bloom” in the canyon. Wild roses still exist on the property and are represented on the four corners of the Moraga wine label. From the care of each individual vine, to the selection and blending processes, to the hand labeling of each bottle, every effort is taken to produce wine of distinctive style and quality.

Moraga Estate’s talented Winemaker Scott Rich invites your party of SIX to join him in the Bel Air vineyard for a multi course dinner featuring cuisine created by Chef Joseph Manzare. No one has a more intimate understanding or closer relationship with Moraga Estate and its wines than winemaker Scott Rich. Since 1996, Rich has overseen more than winemaking and vineyard endeavors; he has also acted as
the Estate’s general manger. The wines of Moraga Estate are as much a result of Rich’s skilled craft and grape-growing philosophies as they are reflections of the Estate’s unique terroir. The vineyard is where Rich works his magic creating wines that have earned the praise of such renowned critics as Robert Parker and the Financial Times’ Jancis Robinson (who cited Moraga Estate as one of her favorite California wineries).

Growing up in the Bronx, Joseph Manzare started out in the restaurant business at 14. By 17 he was telling people he was getting ready to open his own place. He obtained practical experience in the kitchen of the New York Hilton and then, as executive chef at the Royalton in New York, he was nominated for a James Beard Award. For many years now, Manzare has been based in San Francisco, opening such highly popular restaurants as Globe and Tres. His focus is always on fresh, organically raised produce, as well as, naturally and humanely raised meats and poultry.

Winemasters Co-chairmen Cynthia and Wade Faerber are adding still another exciting component to this special dinner, a First and Second Growth Bordeaux from their personal cellar. And finally, take home tonight one magnum of 2001 Moraga Red Wine. The 2001 is a luscious wine that fills the mouth with a full viscous texture and finishes with a juicy persistence.

Donated by:
Moraga Estate
Winemaker Scott Rich
Chef Joseph Manzare
Cynthia and Wade Faerber

 

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1997 CALIFORNIA CABERNET CLASSICS
24 BOTTLES

In the minds of the press and collectors alike, the decade of the 1990s will stand out as one of the greatest of all time for Cabernet Sauvignon and its Bordelaise “cousins” in Napa and Sonoma. With a strong kick- off in 1990 and 1991 followed by an impressive 1992, four stupendous vintages from 1994 to 1997 and finishing strong with a powerful 1999 – it was truly a decade for the record books. During the same time, many of the old standards in California Cabernet found a new footing and soared to greatness along with several newcomers rising to the occasion and providing an extra dose of competition to the widening field. 1997 was traditionally focused producing wines of elegance and power ranking alongside all the “big hitters” of the decade. The opulent textures shown in their youth were expressions of the great wines of Napa and its neighboring growing areas offering the perfect template for an impressive aging potential that has been evolving over the past 20 years. This magnificent aging curve has resulted in wines of great breed that are now just hitting their stride and for most, should continue over the next decade. This never- to-be-duplicated collection of 24 outstanding examples of the ’97 vintage features wines across the entire stylistic impression that Cabernet from Napa and Sonoma can produce. From the mountains to the east and west and valley floor from north to south, Napa Valley is well represented with the wines in this collection as are Alexander Valley (Peter Michael Les Pavots and Silver Oak) just to the north and Santa Cruz Mountains (Ridge Montebello) to the south. It would be hard to determine a cumulative score for these stunning wines but a guess of 2300+ would not be out of the question.

• Peter Michael Les Pavots
• Livingston Moffett Vineyard
• Paul Hobbs Hyde Vineyard
• Chateau Montelena
• Dominus
• Corison
• Dalla Valle
• La Jota Vineyard 16th Anniversary
• Spottswoode
• Robert Craig Affinity
• David Arthur
• Far Niente
• Berringer Private Reserve
• Dunn Napa Valley
• Dunn Howell Mountain
• Ridge Monte Bello
• Maya
• Quintessa
• Caymus Special Select
• Philip Togni Vineyard
• Flora Springs Trilogy
• Silver Oak Alexander Valley
• Staglin Family Vineyard
• Joseph Phelps Insignia

Donated by:
Sharon and Hal Lampert

 

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THE GREATEST BORDEAUX OF 1985


1985 Chateau Margaux
1985 Chateau Mouton Rothschild
1985 Chateau Lafite Rothschild
1985 Chateau Haut-Brion
1985 Chateau Leoville Barton
1985 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
1985 Chateau Lynch-Bages
1985 Chateau Pichon Lalande
1985 Chateau Latour
1985 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
1985 Chateau La Mission Haut Brion
1985 Chateau L’Evangile
1 bottle each (10 total)

This extraordinary lot consists of all five of the First Growths and a collection of the “Super Seconds.” All the wines in this once-in-a-lifetime collection came from recognized collectors and since release have been diligently cellared under ideal conditions. Bordeaux’s vintage of 1985 was sensational as it was in other highly esteemed European winegrowing areas. Frost damage in January was a predictor for a smaller more concentrated vintage. A stormy wet spring and hail followed in May. As the weather turned warm and dry for what was to become one of the hottest summers on record, fall saw absolutely beautiful harvest conditions from late September through mid- October. Even with the first reviews (while the wines were still in barrel), 1985 was seen as a stellar year in the classic Bordeaux style. Michael Broadbent was also impressed with the 1985s from the beginning, and when his first truly comprehensive tasting took place in April 1967, he raved with pride about the wines overall. In Broadbent’s The New Great Vintage Wine Book, he gave five stars (*****) to the vintage and to virtually every wine in this collection with only a few garnering four stars (****). With elegance and immense structural complexity, this collection rises to new levels in majestic style representing a vintage that is considered among the finest of the superb 1980s Decade. Broadbent said about the 1985s after his 1987 tasting of 69 wines, “Rarely have I made so many consistently good notes on so wide a range of wines…Claret at its ingenuous best.”

Donated by:
Eric Gitter
Terry Taketa
Barbara and Allen Balik
Keith Jaffee

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND =
IT’S THE ULTIMATE IN WINE AND CHEESE AT THE LAMPERT’S
WITH A EUROPEAN FLAIR FOR TWENTY COUPLES
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

Two years ago, our incredibly generous event Co-chairmen Sharon and Hal Lampert invited 20 couples for: The “Ultimate Wine & Cheese Tasting” presented by The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills in conjunction with the Lamperts. The event was an instant hit and so, Sharon and Hal brought it back last year by popular demand. Once again, the afternoon was nothing short of spectacular. If you missed the opportunity to experience the quintessential wine and cheese pairing, here is one more chance!

“Valhalla for cheese lovers,” “Mecca for cheese aficionados” and “this LA treasure” are some of the hosannas lauded upon the little shop that is The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, a nurturing destination for folks who live to eat since 1967. Owner Norbert Wabnig, General Manager and world renowned Cheese “Monger” Tony Princiotta and their team of Cheese People are dedicated to your satisfaction. The epicenter of cheese and wine education for culinary professionals and amateurs alike, the shop offers monthly themed cheese and wine pairing classes and professional curriculum courses for culinary schools.

TWENTY couples will enjoy a walk-around cheese and wine pairing at Sharon and Hal’s Sherman Oaks estate. Tony and Norbert have been enthusiastically sharing the how’s and why’s of pairing the world’s most magical combo for, oh, a couple of decades now and will do so again at this fun, casual and very informative event. Take a wine and cheese adventure around the world as you taste and learn all about cheeses from all regions. Expand your knowledge of cheese and transform yourself into a real cheese foodie! All of Tony’s cheeses will be grouped and expertly paired with a dazzling array of white wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire and California along with both the Northern and Southern Rhone from Sharon and Hal’s wine cellar.

Following the cheese and wine tasting, you’ll enjoy a Provencal-style hors d’oeuvres luncheon prepared by Epicurus Gourmet in North Hollywood. This newest purveyor of find food was founded by people who are passionate about great food and want to share that passion with you. Epicurus Gourmet brings the warehouse shopping experience to Los Angeles so everyone can eat and drink delicious! A specialty food wholesaler with an emphasis on high-end European imports and European inspired products from home, Epicurus Gourmet offers items perfect for professional chefs, home cooks, and anyone who loves to eat fabulous food. And as the perfect finishing touch? Chocolate fountain desserts from famed Pastry Chef Thomas Henzi will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Chef Henzi is applauded by worldwide media, movie and music moguls alike, for his show-stopping pastries for the internationally televised Golden Globes Awards Show dinner, the Oscar Nominations Luncheon, and the National Recording Academy’s Pre-Grammy Gala just to name a few entertaining affairs. This tasting event will take place on Sunday, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017.

Donated by:
Sharon and Hal Lampert
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Epicurus Gourmet
Chef Thomas Henzi
The Beverly Hilton

 

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A WINE CRUISE FOR TWO WITH AMAWATERWAYS
LEADING THE WAY IN RIVER CRUISING

8-Day, 7-Night cruise for TWO
Plus: Choice of 5 exciting wine regions to explore, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid 2017-2018 season
AmaWaterways offers exclusive wine cruises that showcase the acclaimed wine regions along Europe’s Danube, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone and Seine Rivers. These unique sailings are hosted by top wine experts and feature complimentary lectures, wine tastings, exquisite cuisine with paired wines, and excursions to historic vineyards and wine cellars. Guests learn about centuries-old wine traditions, sample one-of-a-kind vintages and enjoy private wine-themed excursions. Other highlights include: music and newly pressed wine at a rustic Austrian tavern; Alsatian wines in Colmar, the French “Capital of Alsatian Wine”; and a German “Oktoberfest” in the village of Vilshofen, held year-round exclusively for wine cruisers. AmaWaterways River Cruise Line was recently awarded five Gold and two Silver prestigious Magellan Awards, including “Top Honor for Overall River Cruise Line” and “Luxury Ship Restaurant and Design – The Chef’s Table Gold Award.” Love wine? These are the perfect cruises for you!

Enjoy luxurious French Balcony Stateroom accommodations that feature plush down bedding, a cozy sitting area, flat-panel TV, terry bathrobes, slippers, individually controlled air-conditioning, ample closet space and bottled water replenished daily. Bathroom amenities include a shower with multi-jet shower heads, spa bath and body toiletries and a magnifying mirror.

Here are just some of the exciting itineraries from which you’ll choose:

• Paris & Normandy – Begin your journey through northern France in Paris, the “City of Light,” where you will embark your cruise. Visit the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years. Explore Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous from artist’s paintings. Stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches. Visit the charming town of Les Andelys home of the impressive Château Gaillard. Conclude your journey with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and the Louvre in the magical city of Paris.
• Melodies of the Danube – Travel on the beautiful Danube through three European countries.
Experience the sights and sounds that have long inspired musicians, poets and artists. Begin your cruise in Budapest, continuing to Bratislava and Vienna, the romantic birthplace of the waltz. Cruise through the scenic wine-growing region of the Wachau Valley, visit the spectacular Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and explore charming medieval towns. Conclude your adventure in Prague, also known as the “city of a hundred spires” and rich in history.
• The Enchanting Rhine – Begin in Amsterdam, with its legendary canals and distinctive architecture. Visit the majestic cathedral in Cologne, the university town of Heidelberg, medieval Strasbourg and the Black Forest region before concluding your cruise in Basel, Switzerland.
• The Romantic Danube – Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists and poets throughout the centuries. Travel to legendary destinations on a 7-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Explore a 2,000-year old city, savor Wachau Valley wines, and experience the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Vienna and Budapest
• Taste of Bordeaux – Begin with a two-night stay in Paris, the magical “City of Light,” and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s top sights. Continue to Bordeaux, the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. You’ll discover stately chateaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings
of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights before concluding your journey with a two-night stay in the Loire Valley and one night in Paris.
• Provence and Spain – Cruise through France’s legendary wine growing regions, home to such famous vintages as Beaujolais and Côte du Rhône. Enjoy wine tastings at local vintners, marvel at ancient Roman ruins, stroll through medieval villages and shop for Provencal crafts. Your itinerary includes the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avignon as well as Arles, the city where Vincent van Gogh spent much of his life.

Experience for yourself why the beautiful sights and scenery on the AmaWaterways Wine Cruises are a feast for the eyes – and the taste buds!! Winning bidder must “officially” reserve stateroom and cruise as soon as possible. Based on availability and itineraries subject to change. Excludes “Enticing Douro” river cruise.
Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/13/19.

Donated by:
AmaWaterways
American Airlines

 

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THE RARIFIED WORLD OF CHATEAU HAUT-BRION AT “LE CLARENCE”
PARIS FRANCE

Dinner for FOUR in Paris
Plus: 5 rare bottles from Domaine Clarence Dillon accompany your dinner
Valid to 5/31/18
Seize this unique opportunity to discover the newest restaurant in the Golden Triangle of Paris. Hotel Dillon is the new Parisian home of Domaine Clarence Dillon and is located opposite Le Grand Palais. The hotel is home to “Le Clarence” where refined and authentic cuisine will delight the epicurean wine lover in a unique environment re-creating the atmosphere of Chateau Haut-Brion in the heart of the City of Light. This outstanding restaurant and its passionate and enthusiastic team have one ambition: to redefine customer service. Here the only requirement is to take one’s time to savor a moment of pleasure with neither schedule nor set menu. Emotion takes center stage in a cuisine which epitomizes the French way of life. The fine dining experience begins to unfold from the moment you take the main staircase leading up to the restaurant as you re-enter the Age of Enlightenment.

You will first be led to the 2nd floor elegant Grand Salon where a glass of champagne will be served. Then, renowned Michelin starred chef, Christophe Pelé will prepare a memorable meal for you and your guests accompanied by the following rare bottles, presented by Antoine Petrus, “Meilleur Ouvrier de France Sommellerie.”

• 1 bottle of La Clarté de Haut-Brion
• 1 bottle of Chateau Haut-Brion
• 1 bottle of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
• 1 bottle of Chateau Quintus
• 1 bottle of Clarendell Amberwine

This invitation has been personally extended by Robert of Luxembourg who has asked that we tell our bidders, “The vintages will depend entirely on the generosity of your bid!”

Prince Robert invites you to come and discover the unique atmosphere of this Parisian Restaurant, where you will be able to enter the rarefied world of Chateau Haut-Brion while enjoying an exceptional gastronomic feast! Subject to availability.

Donated by:
Prince Robert of Luxembourg
Domaine Clarence Dillon

 

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ENCHANTING ITALY…REKINDLE YOUR ROMANCE!
A TEN-DAY, NINE-NIGHT HOLIDAY FOR TWO

11-Day, 9-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations, case of wine, wine tastings, grappa experience, breakfasts, private museum tour, 200,000 AAdvantage® miles
Valid to 5/20/18

Included in this romantic holiday:
2 nights in Milan. Château Monfort is a five-star luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan. Discover a beautifully restored and elegantly furnished interior with an atmosphere and charm reminiscent of a romantic castle. Totally inspired by the concept of a “fairy-tale ambiance,” Château Monfort is known as an “Urban Château,”, a new context distinguished by a strong identity, creativity and imagination. The hotel’s neo-Romantic style features enchanted gardens, dungeons and guestrooms inspired by the fairy tales and childhood memories. Valid to 6/1/18.
3 nights in Venice. Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice is a cultural and historic landmark set on Venice’s Grand Canal. Leaning majestically on the banks of the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, this 15th-century Palace has been declared a National Monument and still preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble Residence. Classically-styled furnishings emphasize the period ambience while sleek marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art amenities provide contemporary comforts. Daily breakfast included. Excludes certain holidays, festivals and Carnival weekends.

• The “Seguso Experience”- an exclusive journey inside a real Murano furnace. This is a multi- sensory journey shared with the Seguso family that has been making Murano glass since 1397. Seguso is considered the finest glass in Murano with pieces in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA and 75 museums around the world.
• Bonus – The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is pleased to offer tonight’s winning bidders a private after-hours guided visit to the museum’s permanent collection, the Gianni Mattioli Collection and the temporary exhibition on view during the date chosen for the visit. The tour will include a promenade in the Sculpture Gardens and conclude with a glass of Prosecco served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Grand Canal. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is
among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. After hours tour available from 6:30-8:30 pm, excluding Tuesdays.
• In Bassano del Grappa, just an hour’s beautiful drive from Venice, you’ll find Ditta Bortolo Nardini, producer of Acquavite since 1779. The seventh generation Nardini family is offering a grappa experience that includes: a private tour guided by a Nardini family member of the Bolle, an architectural landmark designed by world-renowned architect Massimmiliano Fuksas; a private tasting of the Nardini portfolio; a visit to the Nardini family’s private cellar and lunch with the Nardini family. All part of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Venice! Excluding 7/10-8/31/17 and subject to availability.

3 nights in Tuscany. Experience an unforgettable visit to the Tuscan countryside. Il Borro is an act of faith that takes us back in time. This Tuscan village close to Florence, was built with patience hundreds of years ago and today is the property of the Ferragamo Family, who have carefully restored the estate to its former glory. Now, Sr. Salvatore Ferragamo has graciously extended an invitation to enjoy a three-night holiday in one of the estate’s charming and fully equipped two-bedroom apartments in the medieval village. Plus, an extra special bonus: one 6-bottle case of Pian di Nova from Il Borro Winery, upon arrival. Pian di Nova, a blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Sangiovese, is full bodied on the palate with soft tannins and a long fruity and spicy finish. Excluding peak summer seasonal dates; subject to availability.

• Bonus – Take a drive through some magnificent countryside to the famed winery, Col d’Orcia and enjoy a private VIP visit with tour and in-depth tasting at one of Brunello di Montalcino’s most prestigious estates. VIP visit to Col d’Orcia has no expiration date.

2 nights in Rome. The Hotel Majestic Roma was a grande dame from the day its doors opened in 1889. The Majestic Roma is a veritable jewel of neoclassic elegance, within walking distance to the Borghese Art Gallery and Gardens, the heart of the city’s shopping district, Spanish Steps and Via Condotti where all the major houses of fashion have their ateliers. Each guestroom featuring Egyptian cotton bed sheets and bathrooms decorated with precious Calacatta Arabesque marble, delivers understated elegance, sophistication and elegant modernization. During your stay, you’ll want to experience Hotel Majestic’s new Massimo Riccioli Ristorante Bistro. Peak season not recommended.

Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Travel within Italy is not included. Valid to 1/13/19.

Donated by:
Château Monfort
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ditta Bortolo Nardini
Seguso
Salvatore Ferragamo
Il Borro Estate and Il Borro Winery
Hotel Majestic Roma
Altour – The Leading Expert in Travel
American Airlines

 

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1995, 1996 SPOTTSWOODE CABERNET SAUVIGNON1 3.0L EACH

The Novak family has been growing wine grapes on their historic Spottswoode Estate since 1972 carrying on the tradition first established previously in 1882 by George Schonewald, a German immigrant who settled in Napa Valley during the 1870s. Schonewald christened the property “Esmeralda” before selling several acres to Frank Kraft who built a Victorian farmhouse and beautiful stone wine cellar, both later renovated by the Novaks. It was Mrs. Albert Spotts who named the property Spottswoode in 1910. Mary Novak and her family launched the Spottswoode label in 1982 on the 100th anniversary of George Schonewald’s first plantings with each vintage thereafter receiving rave reviews and accolades from the press and an extremely loyal consumer following. As stewards of their land, the Novak family pursues an elegant, balanced, and age-worthy style that captures the character of the vintage and the complexity of their legendary estate vineyard. 1995 and 1996 are two of the great vintages in Napa Valley from the heralded decade of the 1990s. The 1995 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon expresses a delicate balance and depth of structure typical of the vintage while the 1996 is more about the harmonious nature of complexity, mouthfeel and opulence. Both the 1995 and 1996 Spottswoode Cabernets, presented in rare 3.0L formats, are a tribute to their individual vintages coupled with the underlying thread of an historic property and commitment of the Novak family.

Donated by:
Cynthia and Wade Faerber

 

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BOTTLES AND MAGS

1993 Lafite Rothschild
2009 Denis Mortet Clos Vougeot
2002 Dom Perignon
2013 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
1998 Aldo Conterno Gran Bussia Barolo
1 bottle each
2000 Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco
2004 Pio Cesare Barolo
2006 Fattoria di Felsina Toscana Fountalloro
2000 Pira Barolo Cannubi
2001 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino
2004 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne
1 magnum each (5 bottles, 6 magnums total)
Tonight, you have an opportunity to own some of the great bottles and magnums representing world renowned producers across the globe and vintages from the early 1990s of the 20th century to the early teens of the 21st. From Bordeaux, you have the infamous First Growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild, while Burgundy delivers Domaine Denis Mortet’s Grand Cru Clos Vougeot and Champagne is notably represented by Dom Perignon. Perhaps Italy’s most heralded region of Barolo presents an embarrassment of riches with five legendary wines in magnum and bottle with both Brunello di Montlcino and a superb Toscana Fountalloro rounding out this most diverse county’s contribution. And just for fun, the New World is ably represented by one of Washington State’s finest with the inclusion of Quilceda Creek’s massive and highly rated Cabernet Sauvignon.

Donated by:
Heritage Auction
Halston Brack

 

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SPICE IT UP IN THE SPICE ISLANDS!
EXOTIC ZANZIBAR FOR TWO

9-Day, 8-Night adventure for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations, gourmet meals, spice tour on the island, cooking demonstration/lesson, a stay in the Underwater Room, 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/20/18

• Pemba Island and The Manta Resort
Elevated and crafted along an idyllic beach on the island of Pemba, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and water sports on East Africa’s finest island sanctuary. See the tide come and go while sipping away at a “Lemongrass Ginger Sling”, your feet buried in the warm sand, and a soft
breeze cooling your skin. In the opinion of many, the sound of the breaking waves and a breathtaking sunset over the Pemba Channel makes this one of the most spectacular places on the planet. The resort is focused around a large open planned relaxing area that welcomes you to the sea. Life on Pemba revolves around the ocean tides, and as the day progresses you will witness the ever-changing colors and shades of blue and green as the tide ebbs and flows.
This stunning and exclusive resort is all inclusive. Everything at the Manta Resort is included in your stay, even your laundry. Instead of buffets your meals are served personally to you at your table on the verandah. A hand-picked team will treat you to a mouth-watering variety of fresh locally caught seafood as well as a variety of beef, chicken and vegetable dishes, some of which have a distinct Pemba touch to them. After all you are on the original Spice Island! Most meals are served on the main verandah overlooking the ocean and guests enjoy moving to the pool deck and beach for a change of scenery. If you absolutely must stay in touch, you’ll find free WIFI in the main lounge and dining area.
This romantic holiday at The Manta Resort includes SIX NIGHTS in a Seafront Villa, all inclusive. Guestrooms are spacious, private and designed for a sense of total peace and escape from daily stress. Of course, you can choose to do nothing at all but if you are a diver, the diving round Pemba is nothing else but breathtaking. The untouched coral reef surrounding the entire island makes Pemba one of the top dive sites in the world. Not a diver? Don’t worry; there are plenty of exciting activities waiting for you: explore this remote and fascinating island with the various tours and excursions that range from walks to local villages to guided tours through the ancient Ngezi Forest to searching for the endemic Pemba Flying Fox. But wait…that’s not all!!

• You will receive a personalized spice tour and with your guide, find all the spices you use for your cooking that are growing wild on the island. ALL THE SPICES!! Then, you’ll enjoy a cooking lesson/demonstration to see just how the spices are used in the resort’s gourmet fare.
• And, a new world awaits!
The adventure of a lifetime on Pemba Island is yours with the addition of a TWO-night stay in The Manta Resort’s Underwater Room where you’ll experience a unique view of the underwater world. The Underwater Room is a completely private floating island with your bedroom four
meters below the surface. It is yours to enjoy while sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, lounging and dining on the water deck and sleeping surrounded by a tropical marine environment. Spotlighting the water around you at night from your underwater room will surely take your breath away.

Best time of year: September, October, November and early December before festive season. Holidays excluded; subject to availability. Winning bidder will receive 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles! You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/13/19.

Donated by:
The Manta Resort
Underwater Room
American Airlines