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Intoxicating history and culture, stunning natural beauty

12-Day, 11-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations at all hotels and resorts, spa treatments, daily breakfasts, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/19/19

***Welcome to Pan Pacific – Hanoi
3-Night stay
Plus: Executive Suite overlooking Hanoi’s Westlake, Pacific Club Privileges, daily breakfast, your choice of a cooking class followed by a Vietnamese dinner OR a traditional 90-minute in-room massage
Pan Pacific Hanoi boasts breathtaking views of West Lake, Truc Bach Lake and the Red River. Savor a diverse range of international dishes from the all-day-dining restaurant or indulge in exquisite cuisine at the Chinese restaurant. You’ll also find an indoor pool with natural skylight, well-equipped fitness center and rejuvenating spa. The perfect location from which to explore Vietnam’s capital!

***Welcome to Fusion Suites – Saigon
3-Night stay
Plus: Suite Accommodations, daily breakfast and daily spa treatment
Located in the heart of District 1, just steps from one of Saigon’s oldest parks and a 15-minute walk from the famous Ben Thanh Market, Fusion Suites Sai Gon is an “all-suite hotel” designed to bring peace and harmony to the modern urban adventurer. With a daily spa treatment plus Fusion’s unique “breakfast anywhere, anytime” service, and minimalist contemporary design throughout, it’s the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s most energetic city.

***Welcome to The Anam – Nha Trang
5-Night stay
Plus: Sea View Villa with airport transfers, daily breakfast, daily shuttle service to Nha Trang City and a signature Balinese spa treatment for two.
Plus, either a beach club BBQ dinner for two or a “Mother Home Cooking Dinner” for two.  For these dinners, mothers of the resort’s staff cook their specialty dinners usually reserved for their family gatherings.  This charming presentation offers an opportunity to enjoy authentic home cooking. The Anam’s concept is to deliver an experience of the old “Indochine” era, which is reflected in its architecture, design and service standards, while offering modern and luxurious facilities. Being the first true 5-star colonial beach resort in Vietnam, The Anam harkens back to a bygone era and guests feel as though they have traveled back in time.  The resort’s philosophy says it all: “No Shoes. No News. No stress.”
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 1/24/20. Subject to availability.
Donated by:
Pan Pacific Hanoi
Fusion Suites Saigon
The Anam
Herbert Laubichler-Pichler
American Airlines

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7-Day-6-Night stay for TWO COUPLES
Plus: Luxury accommodations, a private wine tasting with vintner Matteo Bisol
Valid to 5/19/19
Anyone can visit Venice and be part of the usual tourist crowd.  Here is an opportunity for TWO COUPLES to experience Venice and the Venetian Lagoon differently: through the eyes of the very people who are trying to halt the degradation of the city and its ecosystem so impacted by massive tourism.

Two nights at Isola Santa Cristina: A private island of unsurpassed beauty in the Venice Lagoon, Isola Santa Cristina is a natural haven that embodies tranquility and sophistication. The property is home to families of wild peacocks and a vast range of wildlife, its lovingly tended grounds cradling organic gardens and orchards, eco-friendly fish farms, and an ancient chapel. The Villa offers luxurious accommodation and stylish décor that complement the naturally lush environment of the island. This grand estate features an open floor plan with a spacious, light-filled living room, Venetian-style chef’s kitchen, an expansive dining room. Outside, a spacious terrace is perfect for entertaining, with a large fireplace to set the mood or cook in the open air. The villa’s large swimming pool comes complete with stunning teak deck area, gazebo, and lounge chairs.

Two nights at Venissa: A small bridge links the island of Burano in the Venice Lagoon to Mazzorbo, where Venissa stands in the shade of a bell tower in a bucolic setting of vegetable gardens and vineyards. Mazzorbo’s guestrooms are located inside the walled vineyard, together with the Michelin star restaurant and the contemporary Osteria. The rooms are born from the renovation of the manor house of the estate, one of the most beautiful in the Venetian lagoon, where once lived the Venetian Scarpa Volo family.  During your stay in the vineyards, you’ll meet the winery’s owner Matteo Bisol and enjoy a vertical tasting with him of three vintages of Venissa wine.

Two nights at Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri: When it comes to the dreamy city of Venice, there’s no shortage of extravagant hotels. But, why stay among the perpetual crowds of tourists? Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri, a stately 15th-century palazzo, is now a luxury boutique property with nine sleek and spacious apartments, each one gorgeously and thoughtfully appointed with an emphasis on understated luxury and privacy. It is like staying in your own stylish Venetian home, while also having access to personalized service. Located in a residential area, Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri is close to some of Venice’s major tourist attractions like the Frari Church and the Rialto Bridge, yet gently removed from the crowds. A lush garden flanking the canal offers an added respite from the city’s hustle and bustle and is the perfect place for a book or a glass of Prosecco.
Accommodations room choice subject to availability; some backout dates may apply. Package is non-transferrable.
Donated by:
Isola Santa Cristina
Palazzo Morosini degli Spezieri

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8-Day, 7-Night cruise for TWO
Plus: 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles, French Balcony Stateroom
Valid 2018-2019 season
From Luxembourg to Basel with stops in France and Germany

Begin your splendid journey along two of Europe’s most alluring rivers, the Rhine and Moselle. During your cruise, you’ll find that AmaWaterways features an extensive lineup of included tours. Expand your imagination in fairytale villages, such as Cochem, Bernkastel and Riquewihr, where folklore and history come alive in every street. Whimsical fantasies also come to life at Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum and at Schwetzingen Gardens. Encounter fascinating Roman ruins, medieval towns with colorful half-timbered houses and enchanting castles as you cruise along two of Europe’s most captivating rivers. In many cases, you will have a choice of excursions, such as standard tours, bike tours, hikes and Special Interest Tours. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Enjoy luxurious Category C 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.

Love wine? This is the perfect cruise for you!  Experience why these historic wine country regions, beautiful sights and scenery on this AmaWaterways Wine Cruise are a feast for the eyes – and the taste buds!!  CruiseCritc named AmaWaterways “Best River Cruise Line” for the second year in a row for its continued dedication to innovation. And, Town & Country named AmaWaterways Cruise Award Winner for “Best Overall,” “Best Onboard Activities,” “Best On-Shore Activities” and “Best Food.”

Winning bidder must “officially” reserve stateroom and cruise as soon as possible.  Based on availability and itineraries subject to change. 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 1/24/20. 
Donated by: AmaWaterways
American Airlines

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2006-2008 Ridge Montebello
1 magnum each
2006-2008 Ridge Montebello
1 bottle each (3 mags and 3 bottles total) Double Vertical Collection        
Until his retirement in 2016, Paul Draper made the wines and oversaw the vineyards for Ridge, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, for almost 50 years.  Paul is universally recognized as one of the premier winemakers in the world and has received many honors for his expertise, including being named Decanter magazine’s “Man of the Year.”  Paul’s philosophy has always been that the vineyard creates the wine, and every year he produced many single vineyard wines from numerous varietals and blends.  The kingpin of the vineyards – Montebello –surrounds the winery.  Ridge has been making wine from Montebello since 1962, and the character of the wines has always been unique, beautifully expressing the terroir.  The 1971 Montebello was thought to be too “light” in the winery.  But in 2006 the wine was named the grand winner in the 1976 Paris Tasting “Rematch” celebrating the 30th anniversary of this groundbreaking event. This magnum and bottle vertical affords the lucky winner a rare opportunity to sample some of Paul’s great wines from three stellar vintages of the last decade.  And with this double vertical, you will have the chance to either compare the aging characteristics between bottle and magnum from the same vintage or just enjoy each on its own.  Either way, you will appreciate how this collection beautifully expresses each vintage’s character with a consistent vineyard source and true winemaking expertise.  Long favored by collectors and wine enthusiasts, Ridge Montebello has reigned atop the hierarchy of the world’s great wines since its inception.
Donated by:
Ridge Vineyards
Barbara and Allen Balik

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2006 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
2001 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Estate
2000 Harlan Estate
1999 Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Cariad (Inaugural Vintage)
1999 Grace Family Cabernet Sauvignon
1997 Dalla Valle Maya
1996 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select
1993 Bryant Cabernet Sauvignon
1 bottle each (8 total)

Perhaps Dick Grace, of Grace Family Vineyards, unknowingly kicked-off the Napa Valley “Cult” movement in the late 1970s by selling very limited amounts of his stellar Cabernet to an exclusive mailing list (no email in those days) that quickly resulted in a multi-year wait list just to receive the annual offering.  And no doubt Jeanie Phillips of Screaming Eagle raised the Cult demand to a fever pitch with her first Screaming Eagle release of 1992 Cabernet.  Everyone else on this list of Cult Champions joined at various times, and all have received the respect and admiration of the press, trade and wine loving community for producing legendary wines that speak of demanding work, meticulous patience, pristine vineyards, and extraordinary winemaking expertise.  The Cult wines of Napa Valley are some of the most sought-after and treasured wines in the world.  They are all produced in relatively small quantities and offered to a list of avid followers who anxiously await the pre-release announcement reserved exclusively for them.  They know they must act quickly to reserve their allocation so as not to miss out.  The action and prices then rev up as the wines begin to make scant appearances in the secondary auction market.  A collection of this magnitude spanning more than a decade of fine wine from eight world-class producers is rare indeed – don’t let it pass you by!
Donated by:
Patty and Bill McCormick
Claudia Moser and Eric Gitter
Barbara and Allen Balik

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4-Day, 3-Night holiday for FOUR especially designed for you by Winemasters Honorary Chairman Frank Ostini
Valid to 5/20/19 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; the quality of their Pinot Noirs justifies 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, two hours north of Los Angeles. Enjoy Clendenen Family wines and olive oil grown on the property, as you admire the views from the 50-acre hilltop estate.
  • Dinner at Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos where you’ll enjoy only the freshest ingredients sourced from farmers’ markets and local producers. As proprietor Clark Staub cooks a special meal, a local vintner will showcase the best of their Santa Barbara wines.
  • 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. Again, you will be joined by another of our fine vintner friends of the Santa Ynez Valley.
  • 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.
  • Brunch at Bob’s Well Bread, the highly acclaimed Los Alamos bakery deemed “one of the nation’s top 15 small town bakeries” by Travel + Leisure.
  • One afternoon you’ll enjoy a drive-around vineyard tour in Hitching Post Wines Partner/Winemaker Gray Hartley’s vintage Woodie. See the best vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills and the Santa Ynez Valley.

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
The Gathering Table at Ballard Inn
Hitching Post Wines
Industrial Eats
Bob’s Well Bread
Full of Life Flatbread
Gray Hartley

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7-Day, 6-Night adventure for TWO
Plus: Transfers to/from Bartholomeus Klip and pick up and drop off for the Winelands tour from Bartholomeus Klip.
Valid to 5/19/19

Travel Sommelier is a luxury travel concierge company specializing in designing trips focused on safari and related activities throughout the African continent and islands. Their itineraries are tailored in niche markets around the world and offer unparalleled knowledge of local food and wine in these markets.  All their trips are custom-designed for their guests. They pride themselves on possessing intimate, insider knowledge of all the destinations in their portfolio. As company founder Darren Humphreys says, “We eat, drink, sleep, touch, smell and meet the people at each of the destinations and component properties with whom we partner on a frequent basis.”  And just as importantly, the company focuses on conservation efforts and charitable giving.

Tonight, Travel Sommelier has fashioned a unique itinerary that showcases the very best of Southern Africa. BIG 5 Safari, Adventure, Food & Wine – just for you!


  • Zimbabwe: Overnight at Victoria Falls River Lodge:  A true sense of the greatest African river at Victoria Falls River lodge, the most acclaimed lodge above the Falls. This is an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy fly fishing, yoga, river cruising and visit rural communities and schools. Fully Inclusive.
  • Zambia: 3 nights in the most iconic Safari destination in Zambia. Lower Zambezi River Valley, Baines River Camp: A stunning 5-star luxury colonial lodge set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River offering guests the opportunity to enjoy game drive Safaris, Canoe Safaris and Walking Safaris as well as learn about sustainable tourism initiatives and visit wildlife conservation platforms. Fully Inclusive.
  • South Africa: 2 nights in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Bartholomeusklip: This Victorian homestead is nestled in the Swartland and is home to the country’s finest winemakers and cutting-edge wines. The working farm is renowned for its gastronomy and was most recently the set for The Crown television series! Your stay here includes a full day Winelands tour through Swartland from Bartholomeusklip. Fully inclusive.

All arrangements are subject to availability. Any additional services (travel extensions, in country activities, etc.) are to be booked through Travel Sommelier. International and domestic flights are not included; travel insurance is not included (but required); the trip is not transferable.
Donated by:
The Travel Sommelier

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6-Days, 5-Nights, three Wine Country destinations for TWO
Plus: one case of assorted wines and your choice of TESLA Model S or Model X during 48-hour weekend periods both in Southern and Northern California
If you can’t get enough of Wine Country, this specially created holiday for two should satisfy your palate!

Visit the Napa Valley and enjoy:

  • Meadowood Napa Valley – 2 nights’ lodging. Come and enjoy the privacy and natural beauty of a grand country estate.  For the last thirty years, Meadowood Napa Valley has served as the preeminent wine country destination for discerning travelers to the region. No expiration date
  • The French Laundry – Add to the stay a memorable dinner for two at this renowned restaurant with your choice of the Chef’s Tasting Menu or Tasting of Vegetables Menu. The French Laundry has received numerous honors and accolades. Most recently, the Michelin Guide San Francisco awarded The French Laundry their highest rating of three stars for the sixth year in a row, making Thomas Keller the only American-born chef to have two three-starred Michelin restaurants.  Excludes beverages and additional supplements. Subject to availability. No expiration.
  • The Legacy Tour for two aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Return to the golden age of rail travel in vintage Pullman railcars as you enjoy a 6-hour rail tour of Napa Valley. Visit three “legacy” wineries with Italian roots: Robert Mondavi, Charles Krug and V. Sattui.  Enjoy a divine 4-course Napa style lunch prepared by Executive Chef Donald Young.
  • Private behind-the-scenes tour of the Napa Valley with Winemasters Founder and Co-chairman Allen Balik.  Allen is a noted wine collector and recognized authority on California and European wines. As a member of numerous tasting groups, Allen samples between 1,200 and 1,500 wines each year, for pleasure and education. He also serves as a wine industry consultant, evaluating wine for many panels and publications and is a columnist for the Napa Valley Register. Your day will include private tastings with winemakers and vintners plus a wine pairing lunch with a winemaker or vintner as a special guest.

Next stop: Carmel where you will enjoy:

  • L’Auberge Carmel Relais & Châteaux – an overnight stay with breakfast. This Relais & Châteaux property is in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea just blocks from famed Carmel Beach. Originally built in 1929, the historic hotel is known for its graceful architecture, personalized guest services, European-style and elegance. Individually designed guest rooms feature the finest fabrics and linens and enlarged bath areas with radiant floor heating.
  • Highlights of your stay include a wine tasting and dinner at the award-winning restaurant Aubergine. Executive Chef Justin Cogley, a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza prepare skillful, ingredient-driven cuisine that celebrates the bounty of the region.

Final stop: Los Olivos where you will enjoy:

  • Fess Parker Wine Country Inn – 2 nights’ lodgings in luxury accommodations. Each guest room at this 19-room boutique property reflects a wine country elegance, featuring a cozy fireplace and hypo-allergenic comforters. Full daily breakfast included.
  • Indulge in a Chef’s Dinner at The Bear and Star featuring “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Santa Ynez Valley and the heritage of the Parker family.
  • Relish a Barrel Room lunch at Fess Parker Winery. The winery and tasting room are loosely designed after an Australian sheep station and set amid an acre of meticulously landscaped grounds that border the vineyard.
  • VIP tastings at Fess Parker Winery, Addendum, Epiphany, Bubble Shack
  • Explore the Parker Home Ranch on a private tour by horseback, led by Katie Parker McDonald, granddaughter of the late Fess Parker.
  • One case of assorted wines

Los Olivos and Carmel portions of the package valid to 5/19/19; subject to availability.
Donated by:
Meadowood Napa Valley
The French Laundry
Napa Valley Wine Train
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Barbara and Allen Balik
L’Auberge Carmel
Fess Parker Wine Country Inn
The Bear and Star
Fess Parker Winery
Bubble Shack

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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 Bordeaux style blend is comprised of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. 2005 was the second in a string of four exceptional vintages in the North Coast wine growing area.  Each vintage expressed its own personality and 2005 was perhaps the most elegantly structured of all.  Extraordinary depth, balance, style, and luxurious mouthfeel were all descriptors associated with the vintage and Les Pavots expresses these characteristics in classic style. Rated by Parker at 95 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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2007 Peter Michael Les Pavots
Plus: A private tour, tasting and wine pairing lunch prepared by winery Chef Sarah Heller for EIGHT
Visit to Peter Michael Winery valid Monday-Thursday to 5/19/19 at a mutually convenient time.

Sir Peter Michael and Lady Michael purchased 630 acres of volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena in Knights Valley in 1982, after a six-year search. 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.

The 2007 Les Pavots, a Bordeaux varietal blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, is brilliant. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by gorgeously complex aromas of melted chocolate, espresso roast, blackberries, and cassis. Full-bodied with a superb texture, a subtle note of oak, and fabulous concentration, it is more reminiscent of a Right Bank Bordeaux than one expects with this much Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. A thirty-year wine, its impeccable balance and the sweetness of its tannins make it accessible already. Awarded 97 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
Donated by:
Peter Michael Winery

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Dinner for SIX plus hosts, Eric Gitter and Kevin Jones, Proprietors of Epicurus Gourmet
Plus: All dinner wines from the extensive cellar of Eric Gitter
Valid to 5/19/19

“Deep on Pico, in the West LA area 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 Kaz 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.

If you’re wondering about the wines, you are in for quite the tasting experience. Co-hosts Claudia Moser and Eric Gitter are always proud to share the gems from their extensive cellar with the finest examples of Burgundy, Bordeaux, the Rhone and elsewhere in the world. Subject to availability at a mutually convenient time.
Donated by:
Epicurus Gourmet
Claudia Moser and Eric Gitter
Kevin Jones

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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 12/1/19
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 your 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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7-Day, 6-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations, daily breakfasts, special meals, walking tour, premium tastings at two Port lodges, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/19/19
Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. History, great food, and idyllic scenery are just the beginning…here’s what this holiday in Portugal includes.

Amazing Lisbon: 3 nights at the InterContinental Lisbon. A world of inspiration awaits your discovery while staying at this sophisticated Lisbon hotel.  Contemporary luxury and a peaceful location a short walk from the upmarket Avenida da Liberdade boulevard set the scene for your stay. Sophisticated rooms and suites offer views over Eduardo VII park and Lisbon’s historic old town.

  • Bonus: Two tickets for the popular “Taste of Lisboa Food & Cultural Walk.” Enjoy yourself discovering the hidden Portuguese food treasures and food culture, while strolling through the beaten paths and the real Lisbon.

Colorful Porto: 3 nights at the InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas. With its unbeatable setting in a historic palace, this stunning hotel boasts beautifully restored interiors. The hotel overlooks Liberdade Square and is a few minutes’ walk from São Bento station and Lello’s bookshop. Many of the city’s main attractions are nearby, such as the Clérigos Tower.

  • Bonus: a tour and The Graham’s Tasting at Graham’s Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Bonus: a tour and Super Premium Tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Bonus: Dinner for two at Traca.  As local as it gets, you’ll discover seriously terrific food here along with a beautiful presentation and delicious flavors! The ambiance is intimate and romantic, and moderately bustling.
  • Bonus: Lunch for two at Vinum in Vila Nova de Gaia with spectacular overviews of the Douro and Porto.  Enjoy the “Enogastronomic Experience” – a dining adventure you’ll never forget. Vinum’s dining experience brings the best of the Douro, Trás-os-Montes, the Minho, and the Atlantic to the table. Alongside traditional Portuguese cuisine, you can taste the best of the Basque region’s cooking with modern interpretations of traditional dishes.
  • Bonus: Lunch for two in The Orangerie at The Yeatman, a Relais & Chateaux property in Vila Nova de Gaia with stunning views of colorful Porto.

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 1/24/20. Subject to availability.
Donated by:
InterContinental Lisbon
InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas
Taste of Lisboa
Graham’s Port Lodge
Cockburn’s Port Lodge
The Yeatman
American Airlines

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1982 Chateau Cheval Blanc
1982 Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion
1982 Chateau Montrose
1982 Chateau Leoville Poyferre
1982 Chateau Lynch Bages
1982 Chateau L’Evangile
1 bottle each
1982 Chateau Cos d’Estournel
1982 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
1982 Chateau Calon-Segur
2 bottles each (12 total) Horizontal Collection
There is no question that 1982 was a seminal vintage in Bordeaux but differed greatly from the austere on release “must wait to drink” wines of the past.  It was a warmer than normal vintage producing wines of more opulence and early drinking pleasure but still possessing all the needed elements for long-term aging. All the known critics (except Robert Finigan) lined up and extolled the virtues of the vintage and its wines.  In 2008, Nicholas Faith wrote in Decanter magazine that, “1982 was viewed by many as the greatest vintage of modern times. From that vintage, the US got its taste for En Primeur and the Bordelais discovered ripeness.”   Prices skyrocketed in the Futures (En Primeur) market and the rush was on to own whatever the market was able to offer.  On release prices and demand continued to soar; the same situation we see today.  On March 24, 2018, Bloomberg Pursuits continued the praise and said, “The 1982 vintage is rated by critics as among the top of the past half century, with prices reflecting both the quality and the increasing scarcity of the wines.” Parker has raved about the vintage since the En Primeur in spring 1983 and even Michael Broadbent with his “classic Bordeaux palate” rated the vintage with ***** writing in The New Great Vintage Wine Book that it was, “A vintage of great proportions and equally great importance.”  Today the 1982s continue their path of greatness and premium prices, although scarcity is becoming more of a factor as available stocks are far and few between.  This collection of twelve bottles is comprised of nine highly esteemed properties from all the important appellations on both the right and left banks.
Donated by:
Claudia Moser and Eric Gitter
Terry Taketa
Jeff Bonafede 
Barbara and Allen Balik

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2014 Cayuse Syrah Armanda Vineyard
2015 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux Vineyard
2014 Cayuse Camaspelo – Walla Walla Red Wine
1 3.0L each (3 total) Etched, Hand-painted and Signed
Proprietor and winemaker Christophe Baron traveled from his native France to happen on to the little-known town of Walla Walla, falling in love with a few acres of what was considered at the time “useless stone-covered farmland.”  While everyone in the neighborhood continued to mock Christophe’s decision, he quietly turned this piece of neglected farmland into one of the country’s most prized vineyards and the source of some of its most highly acclaimed wines.  The rest is history as Cayuse remains one of the most sought-after producers and the source of a dozen or more individual bottlings each year that are sold only as futures to avid mailing list customers.  The list is full, and the wait is endless to grab a spot, so for most wine lovers, the secondary market and soaring prices remain the only opportunity to garner any Cayuse.  And etched, hand-painted and signed 3.0Ls are virtually non-existent!  The 2014 Armanda Syrah received 99+ points from Wine Advocate and originates from the highest density plantings on the vineyard. The 2015 Cailloux garnered a preliminary 95 to 97 points from Wine Advocate and is described in Jeb Dunnuck’s view as “one of the most seamless and silky in the lineup.”  And the 2014 Camaspelo (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a secret touch of Tempranillo for spice) was awarded 96+ by Wine Advocate and described as “showing more fruit with time in the glass, has a full-bodied, ultra-pure, layered style and plenty of fine tannin…to improve over the next two to three decades.”  For those anxiously waiting to add Cayuse to their cellars, now is your chance!
Donated by:
Sharon and Hal Lampert

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2 nights in Boston
2 nights in Seattle
Plus: America’s Test Kitchen special events on both coasts, round-trip tickets to Boston and to Seattle from Alaska Airlines. Air travel certificates valid to 5/19/19, a gift basket with several cookbooks as well as an ATK apron and Cook, Eat, Drink T-shirt; a day of VIP wine tasting in Woodinville.

America’s Test Kitchen has earned the respect of the publishing industry, the culinary world, and most importantly, millions of home cooks (just ask the best cooks you know). They’re passionate about cooking — discovering why recipes work and why they don’t — and sharing what they learn to help everyone cook with confidence. ATK tests cookware and supermarket ingredients to find the best quality products for home cooks. (And, they don’t accept advertising.) They produce the most-watched cooking shows on public television, filmed on site.  They are also producers of cooking magazines, websites, cookbooks and on-line cooking schools.  This America’s Test Kitchen package includes:

Two nights in Boston:

  • Stay at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. This revered, spirited Boston hotel is shaped by the local culture and independent spirit fueling Boston since its founding. A place of unexpected discoveries with balconies that look out over the city skyline and Back Bay, local artwork adorning the walls and authentic New England cuisine to tempt you.
  • VIP tour of the new America’s Test Kitchen studios and test kitchens
  • Two VIP tickets to watch the taping of the 19th season of America’s Test Kitchen

Two nights in Seattle:

  • Stay at Inn at the Market Seattle. This is the only downtown Seattle hotel located directly in the famous Pike Place Market. Recognized by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast, Inn at the Market is a tranquil hideaway, just steps away from the vibrant atmosphere of Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront. Experience the modern Pacific Northwest style and comfort surrounded by downtown Seattle’s most acclaimed restaurants and iconic landmarks.
  • Two VIP tickets to attend Seattle Eats, America’s Test Kitchen Food & Wine Festival in Seattle set for NOVEMBER 2-3, 2018. Get ready for great company, great food and a celebration of Seattle’s wildest cooking talent.
  • A day of wine tasting in nearby Woodinville with Winemasters Co-chairman Ken Avedisian as your guide.  Enjoy the wines of Dusted Valley, Sleight of Hand Cellars and W.T. Vintners & Raconteur Wine Company.  Plus, a savory gourmet lunch makes this special day even more perfect!

Hotels valid to 5/19/19. Please book all your arrangements as soon as possible.
Donated by:
America’s Test Kitchen
Revere Hotel Boston Common
Inn at the Market
Alaska Airlines
Dusted Valley
Sleight of Hand Cellars
W.T. Vintners & Raconteur Wine Company
Ken Avedisian

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7-Day, 6-Night stay for TWO
Plus: International air travel on Fiji Airways to/from Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles or San Francisco, Inter-island Domestic air within the country of Fiji between Nadi and Savusavu, Vanua Levu; amazing waterfall excursion for two
Valid to 3/20/19
Bula! Welcome to Fiji. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to some of the happiest people on Earth. Known for its luxurious private-islands, all-inclusive resorts, top spas, culinary destinations and outdoor adventures, Fiji is most widely celebrated for its culture, which uniquely welcomes visitors home. Fiji’s white sand beaches and pristine, crystal-clear ocean waters offer an ideal vacation destination for divers, honeymooners and families — or simply, those looking to relax and get away from it all.  This South Pacific holiday paradise includes:

  • 3 nights – Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – SAVUSAVU. Features: Fijian-style Garden View Bure, gourmet meals, two 60-minute “Bobo” massages. Valid 8/1-9/15/18, 11/1-12/16/18 and 1/13-3/20/19.

The intimate, internationally acclaimed Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji overlooks the pristine waters of Savusavu Bay on Fiji’s island of Vanua Levu.  Set amongst elegant palms on 17 acres, it is surrounded by spectacular secluded coastline, a marine sanctuary, pristine coral reefs and exotic marine life.  This socially and environmentally responsible resort is one of the South Pacific’s most renowned vacation destinations. Come experience this award-winning, five-star Fiji resort, where heavenly surroundings combine with an unsurpassed range of activities.  Your elegant Fijian-style Garden View Bure is crafted from local timbers and features premier amenities, providing the ultimate in privacy, comfort and personal service.  All gourmet meals are included along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.  Plus, enjoy complimentary guided snorkeling trips with the resident marine biologist, an outing to a local Fijian village, a trip to the local Savusavu farmers market, glass bottom boat adventure, an excursion to the rainforest with a dramatic waterfall and more!

  • 3 nights – Mamanuca & Southern Yasawa Islands Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises. Valid to 5/31/19.

Winner of Fiji Visitors Bureau “Best Cruise Line” and the Fiji Tourism Awards “Best Fiji Experience.” Set sail for a 3-night cruise with Captain Cook Fiji – and make your holiday unforgettable. From the volcanic Yasawa Islands, to the remote Northern Islands, you’ll cruise some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. You’ll visit places rarely seen by tourists, away from the hustle and bustle so you can truly relax and enjoy what Fiji has to offer.

Highlights of your cruise include, a visit to privately owned Tivua Island where you’ll spend some time exploring the beaches and coral reef. You also have the option of diving a new wreck, Raiyawa. You’ll see many beautiful beaches in the northern Yasawa’s, including Drawaqa Bay and the luxuriant Yaqeta beach. And, you’ll explore the Yasawa cave lagoons. Fijian culture hasn’t been forgotten with the cruise visiting Gunu for a feast and cultural performance, Matacawalevu for the shell market, school and village visit, Sawa-I-Lau for a spot of crab racing (as fun as it sounds!), and then you’ll be heading back on the final night for another cultural performance from the crew.  Enjoy an Ocean Stateroom with outside walkway and picture windows.

  • Amazing waterfall excursion for two –compliments of Tourism Fiji
  • International air travel on Fiji Airways to/from Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles or San Francisco, Inter-island Domestic air within the country of Fiji between Nadi and Savusavu, Vanua Levu

Accommodation, cruise and air travel subject to availability.
Donated by:
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Captain Cook Cruises
Tourism Fiji
Fiji Airways

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Three 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 an hors d’oeuvres luncheon prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering.  The secret recipe for legendary events: the Wolfgang Puck Catering team delivers creative seasonal cuisine and gracious, personalized hospitality in all kinds of settings, iconic venues, and off-site locations. Wolfgang Puck Catering is known for its high profile, grand events that capture headlines. Guests at the Ultimate Cheese and Wine Pairing will enjoy innovative seasonal dishes personalized just for this event by the talented chefs of Wolfgang Puck Catering.

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, OCTOBER 21, 2018.
Donated by:
Sharon and Hal Lampert
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Wolfgang Puck Catering
Chef Thomas Henzi
The Beverly Hilton

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Fourteen-Night cruise for TWO
Plus: 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid 6/15/18-6/14/19
As you cruise through the Far East with Celebrity Cruises, take the opportunity to use all five of your senses. While your eyes will be mesmerized by the colorful tile-clad temples, breathtaking gardens and gravity-defying skyscrapers, take the time to close them for a moment. You’ll smell the rich spices of the Orient as you pass through open-air markets, taste the flavors of Asian cuisine as you dine where locals dine and listen to the sounds of the monks chanting at the local temple. Natural wonders and local cultures will inspire you, the flavors of Orient will please you during a cruise to Asia with Celebrity Cruises.

You have so many choices.  For instance, if you opt for the 14 Night Japan, China & Taiwan Cruise, your ports will include Yokohama, Japan; Shimizu, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan; Shanghai, China; Okinawa (Naha), Japan; Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan; and Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR.

How about the 14-night Southeast Asia Cruise?  Ports of Call include: Singapore, Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; Phu My, Vietnam; Chan May, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

And then, there is the 14-night Japan, Korea and China Cruise featuring stops at Yokohama, Japan; Shimizu, Japan; Kobe, Japan; Kochi, Japan; Hiroshima, Japan; Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan; Nagasaki, Japan; Busan (Kyongju), South Korea; Jeju Island, South Korea; Incheon, South Korea; and Shanghai, China.  And the list of itineraries goes on!

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 Balcony 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 “Best On Board Dining” for the 5th consecutive year by Travel/Age West’s Magazine’s Wave Awards, 2017 Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” in the highly competitive large-ship category; Best Premium Cruise Line for 10 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 6/15/18-6/14/19, 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 1/24/20.
Donated by:
Celebrity Cruises
American Airlines

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12-Day, 11-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Private wine tours and tasting, some meals, spa treatments, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/19/19
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 a very special tour and tasting experience at Bodega Norton
  • 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 5/19/19, 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 1/24/20.
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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Chateau Pavie is classed as a Premier Cru Classe “A” –  the top echelon in the hierarchy of St. Emilion on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The vineyards were originally planted by the Romans as were those of neighboring Ausone. Yet, its history and fame date back to the mid-19th century where in 1850, the “Bordeaux bible” of the day, published by Cocks and Feret, declared in their 1850 first edition that Pavie “is one of the First Classed Growths in St. Emilion.”  High praise indeed and the fame continues today.  1988 was the first of three striking vintages of Bordeaux and awarded **** by Michael Broadbent in his “The New Great Vintage Wine Book” where he also awarded Pavie with ****.  Of the three back-to-back vintages of 1988 through 1990, 1988 was the most elegant and difficult to understand given its original backward nature that began to bloom differently than the more powerful 1989s and more fruit forward opulent 1990s. Nestled in this rare 3.0L format the 1988 Pavie should be drinking near its peak and will be best enjoyed over the next five to ten years.
Donated by:
Cynthia and Wade Faerber

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5.0L (last vintage of Amber Ridge)

The history and grandeur of Kosta Browne Pinots goes back to its early days under the hands-on tutelage of founders Dan Kosta and Michael Browne and continues today.  Located in Sonoma’s famed Russian River Valley, Amber Ridge stands out in the minds of Pinot connoisseurs across the country and abroad.  Rated 94 points by Wine Spectator and with similar scores of the other mainstream critics, this bottling is one to remember. Dark berry and cherry notes on the nose carry through to the palate where they are joined by hints of mint, dried flowers and cola along with a sense of minerality and brought together with a concentrated focus on the fruit elements and a sensual mouthfeel.  This extraordinary wine may be best described by what Connoisseurs Guide had to say, “About as close to the classic Russian River Valley mark for Pinot Noir as any…” and as the last Kosta Browne Amber Ridge bottling, it is a true collector’s item.
Donated by:
Kosta Browne

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3-Day, 2-Night stay for TWO COUPLES
Plus: Luxury accommodations, the “Salon Experience” at Patz & Hall, lunch with the winemaker and grower, dinner for four
2016 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch Etched and Hand-painted, Signed by James Hall
Valid to 5/19/19

Founded in 1988, Patz & Hall is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.  From the beginning, Patz & Hall has exemplified one philosophy:  to work with only the finest vineyards, farmed by California’s greatest winegrowers.  This focus has led them to create lasting relationships with legendary local growers and has given them unprecedented access to the finest sites and clones in Sonoma County.  From these prized vineyards, Patz & Hall makes some of the New World’s most stirring and sought-after single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs—wines that have become benchmarks for their intensity, elegance and complexity.

Two couples are invited to become a “Sonoma Insider” with Patz & Hall for 2 nights in Sonoma.  The couples will stay at the elegant MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa, just off the Sonoma Square.  You will be treated to an exclusive Salon Experience at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall and get the chance to taste several wines only available at the winery.   You will also be taken to one of the key Sonoma vineyard sites to see the blocks where the Patz & Hall grapes are grown and to have lunch in the vineyard with the grower and winemaker. During your stay in Sonoma, you’ll have dinner at a local restaurant, savoring multiple courses paired with a selection of library wines from Patz & Hall.

To share in the celebration, tonight’s winning bidder will receive a special 30th Anniversary 5.0L bottling of a Patz & Hall 2016 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir –  etched and hand-painted, signed by James Hall.

Auction lot components for each couple:

  • Accommodations for two nights at the MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa in Sonoma
  • Salon Experience at the Sonoma House at Patz & Hall + Vineyard visit with lunch
  • Dinner at a local restaurant with library wines
  • Wine as listed above received the night of the auction

To be scheduled on mutually agreeable dates; Transportation not included; non-transferable.
Donor: Patz & Hall

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Dinner for SIX in the vineyards at Moraga Estate – Bel Air
Plus: 1 magnum 2002 Moraga Red Wine
Dinner for SIX in the vineyards at Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard – Carneros
Plus: 3 bottles 2013 Hyde & Sons Pinot Noir
Dinners valid to 5/19/19 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. Moraga Estate’s talented Winemaker Scott Rich invites your party of SIX to join him in the Bel Air vineyard for a multi-course wine pairing dinner.  No one has a more intimate understanding or closer relationship with Moraga Estate and its wines than Scott. Since 1996, Scott has overseen more than winemaking and vineyard endeavors; he has also acted as the Estate’s general manager. The wines of Moraga Estate are as much a result of Scott’s skilled craft and grape-growing philosophies as they are reflections of the Estate’s unique terroir. The vineyard is where Scott 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).  Plus, take home tonight one magnum of 2002 Moraga Red Wine.  The 2002 is a luscious wine that fills the mouth with a full viscous texture and finishes with a juicy persistence.

In 2000, iconic vintner/grower Larry Hyde co-founded HdV Winery, a partnership with Aubert de Villaine, one of Burgundy’s most recognized individuals who was born and raised in the traditions of France’s greatest winemaking techniques. In 2009, Larry and his sons Peter and Chris founded Larry Hyde and Sons winery, which currently produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a range of other varietals.  Recently, the Hydes completed construction on their stunning new winery set in the middle of Hyde Vineyards. The Hydes will pull wines from their extensive portfolio especially selected to complement an exquisite 6-course tasting dinner menu created by Chefs Itamar Abramovich and Nate Smith, chef/owners of Napa’s wildly popular Blossom Catering Company.  Born and raised in Israel, Chef Itamar discovered his love for hospitality and cooking from Bedouins while traveling in the desert during high school.  It is this combined passion for cooking and hosting that never left him, and upon graduation from the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, he and fellow Chef Nate Smith began Blossom Catering Company which was an instant hit. As a special treat, Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese will dazzle you with an elaborate cheese course.
Donated by:
Moraga Estate
Larry Hyde & Sons
Blossom Catering Company
Barbara and Allen Balik
Laura Chenel and Marin French Cheese