39th Annual l’Eté du Vin to Honor ‘Women in Wine’

Nashville Wine Auction’s signature event to take place July 12 & August 2-4, 2018

NASHVILLE, TENN. – May 21, 2018The Nashville Wine Auction announces the 39th Annual l’Eté du Vin themed “Women In Wine” will take place from August 2-4, 2018. This year’s event is headlined by seven distinguished women vintners: Zelma Long, International Winemaker; Vitalie Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger; Shannon Staglin, Staglin Family Wines; Pam Starr, Crocker & Starr Wines; Marimar Torres, Marimar Estate Vineyard & Winery; Lindy Novak, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery; and Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi, Bonaccorsi Wine Company.

Esteemed winemaker and nationally recognized wine collector Tom Black will chair this year’s l’Eté du Vin, the first time he has chaired since 1998. Black has set a record-breaking fundraising goal for this year’s event at $1 million. In 2017, Black received the Norman M. Lipman Award for his many years of generous support and loyalty to the Nashville Wine Auction.

“Twenty years ago, l’Eté du Vin honored women in wine,” said Tom Black. “These were women who pioneered the way for others. We are choosing to bring back that theme to remind us all that women have brought to the wine industry.”

“Additionally,” continued Black, “when women’s treatment in the workplace is currently top-of-mind for everyone, we want to celebrate their importance to the wine world.”

Tickets for all the following events are available at NashvilleWineAuction.com:


The Grand Cru Evening will kick off l’Eté du Vin with a cocktail party at a private home which will be announced next month. Pam and Steve Taylor will be honored as the 2018 Norman M. Lipman Award recipient by Robert S. Lipman. The event is the first opportunity to preview some of the top auction lots and learn more about the organization’s eight cancer-fighting beneficiaries.

Vintners’ Tasting, at Hillwood Country Club, starts three continuous days of celebration. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, a powerful line-up of women winemakers will present their wine.

The Patrons’ Dinners will be hosted at the Thompson and will feature some of the best wines in the world donated by collectors from across the country.

Of course, the events culminate with l’Eté du Vin, the country’s longest-running charity wine auction, at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. This one-of-a-kind evening celebrates “everything wine” with wine tastings and a gourmet dinner as well as silent and live auctions for wine, unique wine experiences and luxury items. Fritz Hatton of Zachys will return as auctioneer for the sixth year in a row.

“This year’s l’Eté du Vin promises to be an outstanding weekend of wine with our women vintner headliners and chair Tom Black’s infectious energy,” said Nashville Wine Auction CEO Holly Whaley. “We are proud that Nashville is home to an internationally recognized wine auction and proud to contribute to important cancer research and patient care.”

Sponsors at this this time include Mercedes Benz of Music City, KPMG, Tennessee Oncology, Servis1st Bank, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Gold Skin Care Center, Rowland-Bradford Group of Raymond James, Dr. Sharon and Bill Piper, The Starling Davis Group, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Citadel Self Storage, Clinical Solutions Pharmacy, Edwards Pharris Group of Morgan Stanley, Gary Musick Productions, Scripps Howard Foundation, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vinglacé and Lindell Jewelers.


ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events – Pairings: Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne & Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies and The Men’s Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $23 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee and beyond. The 2018 list of beneficiaries includes the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



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