29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction
The evening begins with a delicious wine-tasting reception where guests will be welcomed by legendary winemaker Merry Edwards pouring her most recent vintages of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Four Seasons Austin chefs will be passing scrumptious appetizer bites while anxious bidders have a chance to preview on display over 100 live and silent auction lots.
Directly following, guests are seated for an elegant four-course dinner accompanied by an impressive wine selection. The highlight of the evening is the electrifying live auction where spirited bidders compete for rare and fine wines as well as other luxury goods and packages in support of The Wine and Food Foundation of Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center.
For the second consecutive year, the Foundation has chosen Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas as the charitable benefactor to receive a portion of auction proceeds. After last year’s auction, the Foundation awarded Dell Children’s $60,000. This year, the donated funds will go directly to The Children’s Health Express, a mobile health team that delivers primary and preventive pediatric care to school sites and neighborhoods throughout central Texas.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Four Seasons Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701
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Friday at Franklin BBQ
Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get down to business. We’re kicking off Auction Weekend with dinner at Franklin Barbeque! join fellow oenophiles for some of the finest brisket, ribs, sausage and fixin’s our city has to offer.
Aaron Franklin, whose East Austin BBQ joint is legendary, will be firing up his smoker just for Foundation friends and family the night before the 29th Annual Rare & Fine Wine Auction. We’re pairing Franklin’s smoked goodness with the fabulous wines from Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain Vineyard (SMV), which more than a century ago planted the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the mountain’s eastern slopes. Since 1992, SMV’s estate has been one of Napa’s leaders in sustainable winemaking, meaning no herbicide or machine intervention is used.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Franklin Barbeque, 900 E. 11th St. Austin, TX 78702
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2014 Rare & Fine Wine Auction Featured Winemaker, Merry Edwards
Ms. Edwards joins an impressive list of Rare & Fine Wine Auction honored winemakers, including Robert Mondavi, Paul Hobbs, Chuck Wagner, Christian Moueix and others. Just as she blazed the trail for women winemakers in California, Merry is the first female selected as the annual auction’s featured guest.
Merry Edwards is an award-winning winemaker, recently named Outstanding Wine Professional at the 2013 James Beard Awards. Her wines are equally decorated with honors. In 2009, Wine Spectator named the Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2007 to its list of Top 100 Wines of the Year, landing the #9 spot with a classic rating of 96 points on a 100-point scale. In 2006, the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Klopp Ranch Méthode à l’Ancienne 2003 was ranked #21, with a classic rating of 95 points. Most recently, the Merry Edwards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Meredith Estate Méthode à l’Ancienne 2010 received an outstanding rating of 92 points, with the Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2011 earning an outstanding 91 points.
For more information, please visit the Merry Edwards Winery website at www.merryedwards.com.