It began simply enough. In the summer of 1980, a group of Nashville friends, led by Tennessean critic Homer Blitch and businessman Thomas J. Milam, were looking for a new and entertaining way to raise funds for charity.
What was needed was something elegant but relaxed, an evening filled with good food, great wine, and the laughter of friends. Then inspiration struck: an auction of favorite wines. Most of the bottles sold at the first (Un) Eté du Vin, A Summer of Wine, auction were opened and shared on the spot, with some $3,000 raised. Since that evening in 1980 the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $20 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and the eradication of cancer.
By 1993, l’Eté du Vin had become the nation’s largest one-day charity wine auction outside the California wine industry. Its success has inspired a large number of similar events, but its unique character has never been duplicated.
In January of 2003, l’Eté du Vin became an independent 501(c)(3), dedicated to raising funds to support the fight against cancer, and began funding additional cancer related non-profit charitable organizations.
While l’Eté du Vin continues to contribute to the important work of the American Cancer Society, its horizons have expanded in support of the fight against cancer. To that end, l’Eté du Vin now offers grants of financial support to other local cancer related non-profit organizations. All of the money raised stays in middle Tennessee.
What sets Nashville Wine Auction apart? Part of the answer is the unique assortment of wines available for auction at each event. Part of the answer, too, lies in the events’ friendly and convivial mix of attendees. Finally, Nashville Wine Auction is unique because it has never lost sight of its original purpose. As science grows ever closer to finding better answers for detecting, diagnosing and treating cancer, the organizers and guests of Nashville Wine Auction events find renewed purpose. Nashville Wine Auction remains focused on its mission of uniting the wine community to fund the fight against cancer, which all of us cherish and support.
The Company We Keep
Over our thirty eight year history and tradition, l’Eté du Vin has been honored to host the world’s leading and most respected wine professionals. Acclaimed château and winery owners, winemakers, wine educators, celebrities and entertainers have all participated in our world renown wine events and become part of l’Eté du Vin and our Nashville family. We thank all the Guests of Honor who have graced us with their participation, generosity, friendship and support to help us fund the fight against cancer. Together we do make a difference!
Past Guests of Honor
2018 l'Eté du Vin | Celebrating Women in Wine
Staglin Family Wines
Crocker & Starr Wines
Marimar Estate Vineyard & Winery
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi
Bonaccorsi Wine Company.
2017 l'Eté du Vin | California Collectibles
Monique & Hugh Davies
PlumpJack Estate Winery
CADE Estate Winery
Odette Estate Winery
2016 l'Eté du Vin | Generations of Greatness
2015 l'Eté du Vin | Above the Fogline
Lokoya, Cardinale, La Jota Vineyard Co., Mt. Brave
Chris Carpenter, 100 point Winemaker
2014 l'Eté du Vin | You Had Me at Margaux
Mr. Paul Pontallier
2013 l'Eté du Vin | Pour de France
Mr. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger
Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Mr. Nicolas Glumineau
Martine’s Wines, Inc.
Ms. Martine Saunier
2012 l'Eté du Vin | Gone Country
Mr. Jean-Charles Cazes
Mr. Dennis Cakebread
2012 Special Guest
Mr. Kip Summers
2011 Nashville Crush
Mr. Seth Box
Cheval des Andes
2010 Auction Week Guests
Ms. Ginevra Altomara
Mr. Stephan Asseo
Moët et Chandon
Ms. Dominique Giovine
Morlet Family Vineyards
Mr. Eben Drucker
Mr. David Powell
2009 Grand Auction Guests
Mr. Fredreic Panaiotis
Château Cos d’Estournel
Mr. Jean-Guillaume Prats
Ms. Ann Colgin
Dr. Sebastiano Rosa
Ms. Andrea Immer-Robinson, MS
2009 Premiere Auction Guests
Mr. Dirk Langford
Charles Krug Winery
Mr. Peter Mondavi, Jr.
Mr. Bo Marrett
La Sirena Winery
Mrs. Heidi Barrett
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Mr. Damian Parker
Mr. Laurent Sarazin
Mr. Doug Frost, MS, MW and
Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk
2008 Grand Auction Guests
Mr. Thomas Duroux
Hugel & Fils
Mr. Etienne Hugel
Maison Louis Jadot
Mr. Jacques Lardiere
Champagne Pol Roger
Mr. Patrice Noyelle
2008 Premier Auction Guests
Grgich Hills Estates
Mr. Dave Douzmanoff
Spring Mountain Vineyards
Mr. Jac Cole
Ms. Christina Pallmann & Mr. Tom Johnson
Mr. Chuck McMinn
2007 Grand Auction Guests
Torres & Marimar Estates
Mrs. Marimar Torres
Champagne Veuve Clicquot
Mr. Clement Reid
Ms. Zelma Long
Tenute Silvio Nardi
Ms. Emilia Nardi
Norman M. Lipman Award
Established in 1991, the Norman M. Lipman Award was created to honor individuals of unique gifts and character – individuals as outstanding in their own way as the man for whom the award is named.
Nominees are proposed annually by people who are in some way associated with the wine and spirits industry throughout the world. Requests for nominations are sent in April of each year from the Administrative Office of l’Eté du Vin. Nomination forms must be received by June 1.
Norman Lipman is remembered by many as a person who observed, honored and encouraged achievement in other people. Nominators are asked to continue this tradition by naming a person who they feel is especially worthy of recognition for his or her positive personal attributes. The recipient is then chosen by a selection committee made up of prominent members of the national business community, the media, government and the clergy.
Unlike other awards of national distinction, the Norman M. Lipman Award does not have prescribed criteria for nomination. Instead, it is given in recognition of the most inspiring qualities of its recipient, as defined by his or her nominator. Past recipients have included leading figures from the wine and spirits industry, as well as private individuals noted for their love of wine and their respect for those who produce it. These individuals have been recognized for qualities as diverse as energy, vision, accomplishment, generosity, and leadership.
The public commemoration of the Norman Lipman Award is a specially commissioned sculpture, Man of Love and Wisdom, by Tennessee artist Terry Williams. Created of burnished steel, the twelve-foot statue depicts a figure striding forward in confident leadership. His hand is outstretched, palm up, in a gesture of support and encouragement. On his arm is the heart of love and on his shoulder the owl of divine perception and wisdom.
A special committee was formed to take proposals from young, local artists, and to choose the one which would best commemorate Norman Lipman’s life and relationships with others, and would honor the recipients of the Norman Lipman Award. On permanent loan to Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, where Norman Lipman received treatment and comfort during his final illness, the sculpture is housed in a private atrium where the families of cancer patients can retire for peace and reflection.
Each recipient of the Norman M. Lipman Award receives a small steel replica of the owl from Man of Love and Wisdom, created annually by artist Terry Williams as a unique recognition of his or her achievement.
NORMAN M. LIPMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS
2018 PAM & STEVE TAYLOR, Nashville Tennessee for Creative Generosity
2017 TOM BLACK, Nashville, Tennessee for Generosity and Loyalty
2016 KIX BROOKS, Nashville, Tennessee for Leadership and Community Involvement
2015 DAVID K. MORGAN, Nashville, Tennessee for Wisdom and Leadership
2014 DEBY & KEITH PITTS, Nashville, Tennessee for Generosity and Involvement
2009 MICHAEL BROADBENT London, England for A Passion for Wine Education and Enthusiasm
2006 WILLIAM GOLDRING Louisiana for Philanthropy and Community Service
2005 RICHARD SANDFORD California for Vision and Courage
2004 MICHAEL A. TYE Boston, Massachusetts (Posthumously) for Integrity and Commitment
2003 ANTHONY J. TERLATO Lake Bluff, Illinois for Innovation and Determination
2002 BILLY RAY HEARN Nashville, Tennessee for Passionate Enthusiasm
2001 JAMIE DAVIES Calistoga, California for Dedication and Graciousness
2000 JIM CLENDENEN Los Olivos, California for Leadership and Benevolence
1999 JOHN PARDUCCI Mendocino County, California for Dedication and Altruism
1998 GEORGE L FEHRMANN Franklin, Tennessee for Generosity of Spirit
1997 LOUIS TRINCHERO St. Helena, California for Innovation and Commitment
1996 SAM BRONFMAN II San Mateo, California for Integrity and Philanthropy
1995 MICHAEL J. RICHARDSON Nashville, Tennessee for Dedication and Vision
1994 THOMAS J. MILAM Nashville, Tennessee for Leadership and Commitment
1993 ROBERT MONDAVI Oakville, California for Vision and Determination
1992 MARVIN D. OVERTON, III, M.D. Fort Worth, Texas for Accomplishment and Generosity
1991 MARVIN L. SHANKEN New York, New York for Energy and Integrity