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Lot #2 Twelve Bottles - Ultimate Champagne Collection

Twelve Bottles - Ultimate Champagne CollectionDonated By:  Tony Gugino and Earlene Siebold, and John and Martha McKenna

 

Estimated Value:  $5,000

 

Celebrate in style with this Ultimate Champagne Collection, one that encompasses top cuvées and great vintages from the finest Champagne houses. This truly impressive collection includes a bottle each of the following:

 

  • 2011 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs
  • 2004 Bollinger R.D.
  • Fleur De Miraval Exclusivement Rosé
  • 2012 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut
  • 2009 Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill Brut
  • 2012 Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame
  • 2002 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé
  • 2006 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé
  • Champagne Krug Rosé Brut
  • 2012 Dom Pérignon Brut
  • 2006 Dom Pérignon Rosé
  • 2003 Dom Pérignon “P2” Plentitude Brut

Lot #3 Live Auction Committee Cellar

nine bottles of wineDonated By:  Travis and Katie Betters, Joel and Katy DiMarco, Bill and Rhonda Goodrich, Mike and Diane Jones, Rufus and Amy Judson, Dr. Mike Maloney and Kara Maloney, Michael and Marilyn Misch, Dr. Josh Weitz and Dr. Lesley Loss, and Jamie and Loren Flaum

 

Estimated Value:  $5,200

 

When members of our Live Auction Committee aren’t finding great lots for the Toast to Your Health Wine Auction, they are acquiring choice wines for their own cellars. Without hesitation, they have generously contributed some of their prime bottles, which we have brought together in one great lot: the Live Auction Committee Cellar. Now THIS is a cellar! Among the wines included are two Bordeaux Grand Cru, a Burgundy Grand Cru, four of the Napa Valley’s most coveted “cult” wines and Australia’s most famous Shiraz. One bottle each of the following comprise the lot:

 

  • 2004 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac, Bordeaux
  • 2005 Opus One Napa Valley Red
  • 1969 Joseph Drouhin Chambertin Clos de Beze (Grand Cru Red Burgundy)
  • 2000 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lelande (Pauillac, Bordeaux)
  • 2004 Chateau Haut Brion (Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux)
  • 2017 Scarecrow Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2012 Schrader LPV Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet
    Sauvignon
  • 1998 Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz
  • 2013 Joseph Phelps Vineyards Insignia Napa Valley Red

Lot #4 Ultimate Bourbon Insider Experience

row of wooden barrels of kentucky bourbonDonated By: Wegmans Food Markets and Flaum Management

 

Estimated Value: Priceless!

 

In 2018 and 2019, the Toast to Your Health Wine Auction offered two-day, behind-the-scenes excursions to Kentucky Bourbon country. Those who bought seats on these excursions have been raving about their experiences ever since. The trips were – by all accounts – extraordinarily fun and educational, too. So, by popular demand, the Toast to Your Health Wine Auction is happy to again offer the Ultimate Bourbon Insider Experience.

 

As in previous years, the Ultimate Bourbon Insider Experience will be hosted and guided by the Wegmans Spirits Team. The fun begins early on May 9, 2023, with a private flight provided by Flaum Management from Rochester to Louisville. Participants then will be whisked to downtown Louisville and their first stop: the Old Forester Distillery. There they will enjoy a private tour of the company’s historic yet beautifully refurbished facility, source of the world’s first bottled Bourbon, followed by a VIP tasting of its excellent range. Next stop is historic Bardstown and the Heaven Hill Bourbon Experience. Lunch will be followed by a visit to the Bourbon 101 Exhibit, which delves into Bourbon history, the distillation process, an overview of mash bills (the mix of grains used to create Bourbon) and more. The group will then enjoy an interactive VIP tasting, followed by a rare opportunity for each person to blend and bottle his or her very own Bourbon to take home!

 

Upon its return to Louisville, the group will check in at the Aloft Louisville Hotel, a boutique hotel situated in the heart of the city’s historic downtown “Whiskey Row.” Then it is off to dinner at a fine restaurant (to be determined) nearby.

 

After breakfast the next morning is a quick trip to Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery, also situated in downtown Louisville. Led by a senior member of the Michter’s team, the rarely offered Legacy Tour will be a deep dive into the process of pot distilling and includes the chance to nose samples of the head cut, hearts cut and tail cut, and learn the characteristics its distillers look for in distillate. The tour concludes with a special tasting of Michter’s products, including some its rarest bottlings.

 

Last stop on the Ultimate Bourbon Insider Experience is the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, home to some of the state’s most illustrious Bourbon and Whiskey brands. Lunch will be followed by a VIP tour of this sprawling facility, one of the oldest continuously operating distilleries in the United States. The group will have the opportunity to taste a selection of Buffalo Trace’s award-winning products and perhaps find some treasures in the gift shop to take home. From here, the group will head back to Louisville for the return flight to Rochester.

 

Ultimate Bourbon Insider Experience is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10, 2023. Seats for this experience will be sold individually at $10,000. A maximum of five seats are available. Incidental expenses and gratuities are not included.

Lot #5 Six Bottles Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Collection in a Custom Toast to Your Health Wine Auction Box

six win bottlesDonated By:  Travis and Katie Betters, Joel and Katy DiMarco, Michael and Marilyn Misch, and Drs. Josh Weitz and Lesley Loss

 

Estimated Value:  $25,900

 

Pappy Van Winkle is the ne plus ultra of Bourbons. It also is very close to being a unicorn; widely known but only occasionally sighted. Pappy Van Winkle production is so limited and demand is so high, few ever have an opportunity to taste this nectar. It isn’t hype, either; Pappy Van Winkle has won nearly every award in the spirits world. One lucky bidder will savor Pappy Van Winkle in all its glory with this six-bottle collection, one that encompasses the full range from this legendary producer. The lot includes one bottle each of Old Rip Van Winkle 10-Year Kentucky Bourbon, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12-Year Kentucky Bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 13-Year Kentucky Rye, Pappy Van Winkle 15-Year Kentucky Bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Kentucky Bourbon and – last but by no means least - Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Kentucky Bourbon. The collection is presented in a beautiful custom made walnut box branded with the Toast to Your Health Wine Auction logo. An impossible-to-duplicate collection and one worthy of princely bids.

Lot #6 Dr. and Mrs. Taubman Intimate French Feast Wine Dinners

Donated By:  Dr. Mark and Lois Taubman

 

Estimated Value:  $5,000/seat

 

An evening of exquisite food and superb wine promises to be a treat for all the senses! Dr. Mark Taubman and Lois Taubman will host two intimate, French-themed wine dinners at their beautiful home in Rochester early in 2023. Chef Pasquale Sorrentino and the talented culinary team from Next Door by Wegmans will prepare and serve these fabulous 11-course(!) feasts that showcase both classic and modern French cuisine.

 

In keeping with the French theme, courses will be paired with exceptional French wines selected by Dr. and Mrs. Taubman. Expect wines from France’s finest regions and producers, including Bordeaux First Growth and Burgundy Grand Cru whites and reds. Also, don’t be surprised if a couple of wines from other European countries sneak into the mix. Spirited conversation regarding the food, the wines and the pairings are sure to enliven this epicurean event.

 

The Dr. and Mrs. Taubman Intimate French Feast Wine Dinners are scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2023 and Wednesday, April 12, 2023. Seats will be sold individually at $5,000. A maximum of 10 seats are available for each dinner.

Lot #7 Ultimate LEGOLAND® New York Resort Adventure

Donated By:  LeChase Construction, Joel and John DiMarco, and LEGOLAND New York Resort

 

Estimated Value:  $31,640

 

LEGOLAND New York Resort is kid paradise brought to life, with rides, shows, attractions and creative activities galore for the young and the young at heart. Situated in Goshen, New York, the resort features seven LEGO theme lands, plus a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel that takes LEGO fun to a whole new level.

 

Now eight will be treated to the Ultimate LEGOLAND New York Resort Adventure. This two-night stay offers private travel, great accommodations, kid-friendly meals (adults will be happy, too), exclusive access to LEGOLAND and – for the parents – a selection of wines to savor before, after and perhaps even during (if needed) the vacation.

 

This adventure for eight (or fewer) begins with a quick private flight from Rochester to Newburgh provided by Joel and John DiMarco. VIP car service will be waiting in Newburgh to take the group directly to the LEGOLAND New York Resort. On arrival, they will check-in for their two-night stay in two Premium Themed Rooms at the LEGOLAND New York Resort Hotel, just steps from the LEGOLAND Resort entrance. These great rooms have separate kid sleeping areas (bunk bed and pull out trundle, sleeps 3 kids) with entertainment centers, LEGO bricks for building and an in-room treasure hunt with LEGO surprises. The adults will find a complimentary bottle of champagne in each room. They all will enjoy complimentary buffet breakfast one morning at BRICKS Family Restaurant, the hotel’s fun eatery, as well as a family-style dinner at Bricks one evening. Plus, the hotel offers nightly entertainment for the children.

 

Two-Day LEGOLAND VIP park passes promise everyone an exceptional LEGOLAND experience. The group will be met by a LEGOLAND Tour Guide, who will show them around the park, and provide LEGO knowledge and insider information. They will enjoy front-of-the-line access to all the rides and reserved seating at all the shows. There will be a complimentary lunch for them each day at a LEGOLAND restaurant and snacks throughout the days. The guests will each receive a complimentary minifigure as a souvenir of their visit and LEGO boxes to take home, guaranteeing the kids will be building with LEGOS for a long time. After late check-out, VIP car service will whisk the group back to the airport for their private flight back to Rochester.

 

Last but not least, there is the wine; a full case of top vintages from Europe and the United States. A bottle each of the following comprise the case:

 

  • 2018 Bachelet-Monnot Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru
  • 2017 Vincent Bouzereau Meursault
  • 2018 HDV Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay
  • 2019 Antinori Castello della Sala ‘Cervaro della Sala’ Umbria IGT
  • 2018 La Clarte de Haut-Brion Blanc, Pessac-Leognan
  • 2018 Latour Martillac, Pessac-Leognan
  • 2015 Pierre Bourée Vosne-Romanée
  • 2015 Clos Fourtet St.-Émilion Grand Cru
  • 2018 Kamen Estate Moon Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2015 Conti Torraiolo Brunello di Montalcino DOGC
  • 2011 La Rioja Alta Rioja Grand Reserva 904 DOCA
  • 2017 Sigaut Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuees Premier Cru

 

Reservations must be made in advance. Package is to be booked a minimum of 90 days in advance and reservations are subject to availability. Private flight likewise is to be booked a minimum of 90 days in advance to assure plane availability. Package is only available at LEGOLAND New York Resort. Stay does not include incidentals or room upgrades. Expires December 31, 2023. No cash value.

Lot #8 Max Rochester Private Dinner

Donated By:  Max Rochester, Provided by Jeff Hefke and Chef Tony Gullace

 

Estimated Value:  $4,000

 

Max Rochester embodies Executive Chef Tony Gullace’s vision of fresh, fabulous food in elegant, yet casual settings. After 20 years, that vision is reality at Max of Eastman Place and Max Chophouse. Both restaurants showcase seasonal ingredients, masterfully prepared and impeccably served.

 

Executive Chef Tony Gullace will create an extraordinary dinner for eight in collaboration with the winning bidder. Together they will choose a theme and customize a menu for this special evening; five-to-seven exquisite courses sure to impress. Chef Gullace also will collaborate with the winning bidder on libations to pair with each course. Selections can include cocktails, beer, wine (Max of Eastman Place features an award-winning wine list) or even spirits. Last but by no means least, the location for this grand repast will be selected by the winning bidder; either his or her private (local) residence, the tasteful Private Dining room at Max of Eastman Place or its newly renovated Private Lounge. Whichever option is selected, Max Rochester’s professional staff will be on hand to make sure this delicious evening goes smoothly.

 

Max Rochester Private Dinner is to be scheduled for a date mutually agreed on by the winning bidder and the donor, and is to be booked at least 90 days in advance to ensure availability. Certificate for this dinner expires on November 5, 2023.

Lot #9 Inside the Ropes at the PGA Championship

PGA Championship at Oak Hill with clubhouse in backgroundDonated By:  PGA of America, University of Rochester

 

Estimated Value:  $27,700

 

The PGA Championship returns to historic Oak Hill Country Club May 15-21, 2023. The restored East Course will challenge the world’s best in the only one of the four major championships limited exclusively to golf professionals. In short, the 2023 PGA Championship will showcase golf at its exciting best.

 

This unique lot will enable two to experience the 2023 PGA Championship in a once-in-a-lifetime way.

 

The PGA of America will provide the high bidder and a guest with “An Afternoon to Remember” on Friday, May 19th. After a superb lunch and a tour of the exclusive Oak Hill Country Club, the pair will step “inside the ropes” to walk nine holes with one of the premier foursomes during tournament play. This is a truly rare opportunity to watch (and hear) golf’s best at close range as they tackle tough shot after tough shot in pursuit of the PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy.

 

During the other days of the 2023 PGA Championship – Thursday, May 18, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 – the duo will have tickets to the tournament, plus access to the University of Rochester’s hospitality chalet nearby. The chalet offers meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day, shelter and air conditioning (should weather be an issue) and a view of the golf action from the deck. It also provides shuttle service to and from the tournament, enabling them to join the gallery or take a break from watching play whenever they wish.

 

A unique opportunity - one not to be missed.

Lot #10 Two Tickets to Super Bowl LVII

Super Bowl promotion cardDonated By:  Kevin and Rachel Glazer

 

Estimated Value:  Priceless!

 

The Super Bowl is the sporting world’s ultimate spectacle. As the culmination of the National Football League (NFL) season, this showdown for football supremacy and the Vince Lombardi Trophy will be played on February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (just northwest of Phoenix). Now two will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience at sport’s most anticipated day with this truly rare and stellar package!

 

Glendale will be only the third city to host three Super Bowls this century. Drawing on that experience, the City of Glendale intends to throw a party that will exceed all expectations! Expect plenty of great food, good music and fabulous parties as Glendale celebrates its unique beauty and culture.

 

Adding to the festivities, the NFL will celebrate Super Bowl LVII in spectacular fashion with the Super Bowl Experience, professional football’s ultimate interactive theme park. Among the highlights will be the NFL Play 60 Zone showcasing the league’s rich history, autograph sessions with legendary NFL players, and the NFL Shop, the marketplace for limited-edition Super Bowl merchandise.

 

Stay tuned, as details of concerts, parties and interactive entertainment for Super Bowl LVII continue to be finalized by the Host Committee and the NFL. It all leads up to Super Bowl Sunday and the grand pageantry of football’s signature event.

 

The Super Bowl is sport’s most coveted ticket and the one sporting event everyone should experience in person. Your opportunity to win two of these tickets and also support a great cause starts now!

Lot #11 Next Door Grand Cru French Dinner

Estimated Value:  $2,500/seat

 

In the worlds of food and wine, France remains the epitome of excellence. Now savor superb French cuisine and classic French wines during this very special Next Door Grand Cru French Dinner.

 

The elegant, private Test Kitchen at Next Door by Wegmans will be the site of this fabulous evening of food and wine. Here the Next Door culinary team will prepare and serve an authentic French feast, drawing on Wegmans’ remarkable selection of farm fresh ingredients.

 

Great French food deserves great French wines, and every course served on this night will be paired with Grand Cru bottlings. The legendary Michael Misch will draw on more than 30 years of French wine experience to select the best vintages to complement the menu. Flutes of Champagne will kick off the evening. Two Grand Cru White Burgundies will follow, including a Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne. Next up will be two amazing Grand Cru Red Burgundies, including a rare 1969 Remoissenet. Bordeaux will be represented by two First Growths: Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Haut Brion. And to conclude the evening, the most famous dessert wine in the world – Chateau d’Yquem.

 

The Next Door Grand Cru French Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Seats will be sold individually at $2,500. A maximum of 30 seats are available.

Lot #12 The Incomparable New York City Experience, Presented by LVMH

Donated By: Moët Hennessy Private, LeChase Construction, and University of Rochester

 

Estimated Value: $23,500.

 

Established in 1987, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) is the world leader in luxury products, encompassing 75 distinguished brands of impeccable quality and reputation. Now LMVH – with a little help from LeChase Construction and University of Rochester – has created The Incomparable New York City Experience for two; two days and one night of exclusive, luxurious pleasures in the Big Apple.

 

The Incomparable New Your City Experience begins with a flight by private aircraft from Rochester to Teterboro Airport, courtesy of LeChase Construction. A private car service will be waiting to drive the lucky couple to their first experience, lunch at a top restaurant in Manhattan. Here they will be met by two members of the LVMH concierge service, who will be their guides for the many experiences to follow.

 

Next stop is the Louis Vuitton Boutique on Fifth Avenue for a private shopping experience. Explore Louis Vuitton’s iconic handbags and elegant fashions while sampling Hennessy Paradis, arguably the most elegant Cognac on earth. They then will head down the street to Bulgari for second private shopping experience. Here the couple will enjoy access to rarest and most exquisite jewelry and watches created by Bulgari, and can try on anything that strikes their fancy. They also will enjoy Champagne throughout – the perfect “baubles and bubbles” experience!

 

After their private shopping outing, the couple will check in to the legendary Plaza Hotel, in the heart of Manhattan and directly across the street from Central Park, for a one-night stay. There they will have a few hours to relax, refresh and prepare for the best dinner of their lives.

 

Dinner will be a Dom Pérignon experience at one of New York City top restaurants – think Per Se, Le Bernardin, or Daniel - hosted by the Moët Hennessy Private Concierge Team. During this spectacular dinner, the winning bidder and guest will explore the legend and the legacy of Dom Pérignon, a humble 17th century monk/cellar master whose efforts to produce the “best wine in the world” created Champagne as we know it. Following dinner, each will be gifted with a LVMH goodie bag filled with unique items from the LVMH brand portfolio.

 

The next day, the couple may depart New York City at their leisure, again traveling by private car service and by private aircraft on their return trip to Rochester.

 

The Incomparable New York City Experience, Presented by LVMH is for two (one couple) and is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, 2023.

Lot #13 Amore Italian Wine Dinner

Estimated Value:  $1,000/seat

 

Italy is home to perhaps the most diverse and dynamic cuisine in the world. Amore Italian Restaurant brings the authentic taste of Italy to the heart of Rochester. The perfect blend of classic and contemporary, Amore features fresh pasta dishes and Mediterranean-inspired, seafood-centric entrées, with a focus on simple preparations and fresh seasonal ingredients.

 

On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, Amore Italian Restaurant will host a spectacular Italian wine dinner. This multi-course feast will feature a one-of-a-kind menu created to showcase the very best of Italian cuisine.

 

Michael Misch, will select top Italian wines to accompany this grand repast. Two superb white wines will lead off the evening, including an outstanding Gaja Chardonnay. Two Brunello di Montalcinos from the fabulous 2017 vintage will follow: 2017 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova Brunello di Montalcino DOCG and 2017 Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona “Pianrosso” Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. Then comes two fabled Super Tuscans: Antinori Solaia Toscana IGT and Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT. A wonderful Italian dessert wine will complete the evening.

 

The Amore Italian Wine Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2023. Seats will be sold individually at $1,000. A maximum of 20 seats are available.

Lot #14 Golden Days and Andrea Bocelli – A Dream Stay in Tuscany

Andrea Bochelli in a white tuxedoDonated By:  University of Rochester

 

Estimated Value:  $17,000

 

The Tuscan sun beckons in the summer of 2023 with this truly extraordinary dream stay in Tuscany, one that includes an exclusive, invitation-only opportunity to see and hear international star Andrea Bocelli perform at his seaside villa.

 

This Tuscan stay for two begins with accommodations for six nights at a charming apartment in Cortona, one of Tuscany’s classic walled hill towns. Spacious and inviting, the apartment features luxurious appointments and a private patio with great views of the town. It is ideally situated for exploring Cortona’s fine museums and many historical sites. Concierge service will be available to assist the highest bidder in planning this exciting experience.

 

Wandering beyond the apartment, the lucky duo will live la dolce vita during their Cortona stay. They will be treated to a truffle hunting expedition, complete with lunch, plus a full-day winery tour that includes visits to two of Tuscany’s wine estates and lunch. Also included is dinner for two at a 1 Star Michelin restaurant, and a personal car and driver for duration of the stay.

 

On the seventh day, their personal driver will take the duo to Fonte Dei Marmi, on the coast of Tuscany, where accommodations at a four-star hotel await. Along the way they will stop in Pisa for a private tour of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Square of Miracles. After settling into their hotel, they will have time to explore this sophisticated beachfront town before changing into white (the dress code is “all white”) for the evening’s big event.

 

Hosted by Andrea Bocelli at his beautiful villa, the invitation-only White Party is one of Italy’s social events of the year. After an elegant dinner, Andrea and other artists – previous years have featured stars like Lionel Richie, Kristin Chenoweth, Elton John and Reba McEntire - will perform for the intimate audience of 500. This will be an evening filled with VIP guests, exquisite cuisine and vino, great music and even a chance to hit the dance floor. As a souvenir of this special night, the couple will receive one piece of memorabilia personally signed by Andrea Bocelli. Of course, their personal driver will be there to take them to and from the party.

 

The next day, the couple will head for the airport, either to catch a flight home or to continue their European vacation.

 

This Dream Stay in Tuscany is scheduled for summer 2023, for dates to be determined. Cortona accommodations are booked with Saturday check-in and Saturday check-out. Transfers from and to the airport at the beginning and end of the stay are included. Airfare, gratuities and other expenses are not included.

Lot #15 Luxurious St. Thomas Stay for Ten

Donated By:  Dr. Shawn and Mrs. Paula Newlands

 

Estimated Value:  $9,000

 

St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a modern paradise. Here beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, grand scenery, superb recreation, fine dining and a vibrant, cosmopolitan ambiance combine in a great vacation destination.

 

Now experience everything St. Thomas has to offer during a one-week stay at Vessup View, a private, luxuriously appointed house with accommodations for ten located on the island’s East End. With five bedrooms (three with king beds, two with queen beds, three with full baths and two with half-baths), Vessup View features a spacious floorplan, a full kitchen and dining room, an infinity pool, spectacular views, and a covered porch and gazebo for outdoor entertaining. Set behind a gate for privacy, Vessup View is a five-minute walk to beautiful Vessup Beach, with four other beaches only a mile away. Also close at hand are the dining, shopping and nightlife of Red Hook (also where the ferry to St. John and Virgin Islands National Park departs) and the resort amenities of the Ritz Carlton St. Thomas.

 

https://prestige-luxury-villas.holidayfuture.com/listings/111753

 

Vessup View Stay is to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates. Bookings are not available during the two weeks beginning December 17, 2023. As the house hosts guests throughout the year, the high bidder will select a week for their stay from those available at the time of booking. Stay must be scheduled no later than January 31, 2023 and completed by April 1, 2024. Current availability can be viewed along with property photographs in the above link. Check-in is at 4 p.m., check-out is at 11 a.m. Renting a vehicle during the stay is recommended, although a driver or taxi service can be arranged upon request.

Lot #16 Cornell’s Jewelers Personal Shopping Experience

jewlery counter and woman wearing many necklaces and ringsDonated By:  Cornell’s Jewelers

 

Estimated Value:  Priceless!

 

Cornell’s Jewelers is Rochester’s fine jewelry destination. The source for extraordinary jewelry for nearly 100 years, Cornell’s Jewelers offers exclusive designer pieces and outstanding customer service at its handsome showroom near Pittsford.

 

The Cornell’s Jewelers Personal Shopping Experience will be customized to the high bidder’s preference; either an intimate VIP fête for two or a private VIP party for up to four couples (eight in total). Guests will enjoy Champagne from Century Liquors & Wines and light bites from The Local Farm Table as they browse precious stones, designer jewelry and watches curated to their interests by their very own Cornell’s Jewelers consultant. A Cornell’s Jewelers gift certificate for $10,000 will enable the high bidder and friend(s) to treat themselves to an exquisite piece (or maybe more!) of fine jewelry. At the conclusion of this two-hour VIP event, each couple will receive a gift bag from Cornell’s Jewelers and go home with a bottle of Champagne, the latter again from Century Liquors & Wines.

 

Cornell’s Jewelers Personal Shopping Experience is to be scheduled in advance for a date of mutual convenience.

Lot #17 Signature Pleasures – Napa Valley and the Finger Lakes

twelve red wine bottlesDonated By:  Constellation Brands, the Sands Family, and The Lake House on Canandaigua

 

Estimated Value:  $7,000

 

Great wine and natural beauty are signature pleasures of the Napa Valley and the Finger Lakes. Now enjoy signature pleasures from both region by being the high bidder on this luxe lot.

 

The lot begins with a case – 12 bottles – of extraordinary Schrader Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In little more than 20 years, Schrader Cellars has become one of the Napa Valley’s most collectible and coveted wines, thanks to its remarkable vineyard sources and enormously gifted winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown.

 

Six bottles each of 2019 Schrader Cellars RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and 2019 Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comprise the case. Full bodied, silky and elegant, the 2019 Schrader Cellars RBS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon received a 96-98 from The Wine Advocate. Powerful, concentrated and structured, the 2019 Schrader Cellars CCS Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon earned a 97+ from The Wine Advocate and was the highest rated (with a score of 99) wine of the 2019 vintage in the recent Wine Spectator California Cabernet issue.

 

A two-night stay for two at The Lake House on Canandaigua represents the signature pleasures of the Finger Lakes. Opened in 2020, the Lake House is the first hotel of its kind on the banks of Canandaigua Lake. The traditional, yet modern main lodge showcases architectural touches reminiscent of old New England and the great camps of the Adirondacks. Bright, airy rooms feature luxurious furnishings, semi-rustic accents, fireplaces and extraordinary views of the lake. The Lake House on Canandaigua already has won several accolades, including being named one of the “Best New Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Included in this stay is dinner for two with wine at the Rose Tavern, the Lake House’s “local farm to table” restaurant and spa treatments for two at the Willowbrook Spa.

 

Lake House on Canandaigua stay is to be scheduled in advance and some restrictions may apply. Stay certificate expires July 16, 2023.

Lot #18 Your Own Private Label Wine, Plus a Napa Valley Experience

Mount Veeder Magic Vineyards logoDonated By: Mount Veeder Magic Vineyards, Napa Valley

 

Estimated Value: $15,000

 

Napa Valley’s Mt. Veeder appellation is famous for bold, flavorful Cabernet Sauvignon. This lot offers a unique opportunity to own a half barrel of Cabernet from Mount Veeder Magic Vineyards, bottled under your own private label! That’s 144 bottles (12 cases) of outstanding estate-grown Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon: meticulously handcrafted, aged in custom-coopered French oak barrels and bottled with a personalized label designed to the winning bidder’s specifications. Whether commemorating a special occasion or simply making a personal statement, this will be a unique Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, one not available for sale at any price.

 

In addition, the winning bidder and up to five guests are invited to visit Mount Veeder Magic, where owner Karen Crouse will host the group at her beautiful home for an exclusive tasting and lunch. A true Napa Valley insider, Karen will act as your personal concierge for the trip, guiding you to the best Napa Valley accommodations and superb local dining spots… and making those hard-to-get reservations. She also will arrange personalized winery tours at neighboring estates, to include tastings of current releases, barrel tastings and samples of rare older vintages.

 

Before dinner at Toast to Your Health Wine Auction, guests will have the opportunity to sample several vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder Magic Vineyards. The winning bidder later will choose his or her favorite vintage for their personal half barrel.

 

“We purchased a full barrel of Karen’s excellent Cabernet with some friends. Our visit to Karen’s classic farmhouse on Mt. Veeder was the start of a fabulous journey. She graciously hosted our tasting of her vintages and guided us through selection, creation of our label and shipment arrangements. This is a wine I am proud to call our own ‘private reserve’; truly a fantastic Cabernet! She organized exclusive tastings with a few extraordinary boutique wineries on Mt. Veeder and she helped us book reservations at Napa Valley’s best restaurants during our visit. A first-class experience throughout.” - Mike and Diane Jones

 

Napa Valley Experience is to be scheduled in advance for mutually convenient dates: some holiday and other blackout periods may apply. Airfare, accommodations, restaurant meals, transportation and gratuities are not included. Package is non-refundable or redeemable for cash. Experience must be completed by November 5, 2023.

For questions about auction items or the auction process, contact Caitlyn Conway at caitlyn.conway@rochester.edu or (585​) 275​-​3591.