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Uniting the Wine Community to Fund the Fight Against Cancer
Nashville Wine Auction engages local and world wine communities to produce wine related events which raise money to fight cancer. Increased appreciation of wine through Nashville Wine Auction results in an influential charitable organization of importance to its constituents and beneficiaries.

Our Vision is Accelerating Generosity Through the Sharing of Wine
Nashville Wine Auction is a self-sustaining, non-profit, charitable organization which exists solely to raise funds to support the fight against cancer.  The organization’s primary focus is its series of wine-related events and activities. All activities operate within a framework of social and educational events, thus stimulating an environment of “natural giving” by those who love and appreciate wine.  Toward that end, Nashville Wine Auction cultivates participation by the domestic and international wine communities to work in conjunction with businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and communications firms, as well as individuals united in the common goal of winning the battle against cancer.



Jan4_for WebsiteIt 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

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
Jenne Lee Bonaccorsi
Bonaccorsi Wine Company.

2017 l'Eté du Vin | California Collectibles

Schramsberg Vineyards
Monique & Hugh Davies
Hirsch Vineyards
Jasmine Hirsch
PlumpJack Estate Winery
CADE Estate Winery
Odette Estate Winery
John Conover

2016 l'Eté du Vin | Generations of Greatness

Gaia Gaja

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

Château Margaux
Mr. Paul Pontallier

2013 l'Eté du Vin | Pour de France

Champagne Taittinger
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

Château Lynch-Bages
Mr. Jean-Charles Cazes
Cakebread Cellars
Mr. Dennis Cakebread
2012 Special Guest
Arrington Vineyards
Mr. Kip Summers

2011 Nashville Crush

Mr. Seth Box
Cloudy Bay
Cheval des Andes

2010 Auction Week Guests

Casa Lapostolle
Ms. Ginevra Altomara
L’Aventure Winery
Mr. Stephan Asseo
Moët et Chandon
Ms. Dominique Giovine
Morlet Family Vineyards
Mr. Eben Drucker
Torbreck Vintners
Mr. David Powell

2009 Grand Auction Guests

Champagne Ruinart
Mr. Fredreic Panaiotis
Château Cos d’Estournel
Mr. Jean-Guillaume Prats
Colgin Cellars
Ms. Ann Colgin
Dr. Sebastiano Rosa
Moderated by:
Ms. Andrea Immer-Robinson, MS

2009 Premiere Auction Guests

Beringer Vineyards
Mr. Dirk Langford
Charles Krug Winery
Mr. Peter Mondavi, Jr.
Château Montelena
Mr. Bo Marrett
La Sirena Winery
Mrs. Heidi Barrett
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Mr. Damian Parker
Schramsberg Vineyards
Mr. Laurent Sarazin
Moderated by:
Mr. Doug Frost, MS, MW and
Mr. Gary Vaynerchuk

2008 Grand Auction Guests

Château Palmer
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
Twomey Cellars
Ms. Christina Pallmann & Mr. Tom Johnson
Vineyard 29
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

NWAJune-34-1024x683Established 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.


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

Meet the Staff

Holly Whaley

President / CEO Email

Holly Hearn Whaley takes a party very seriously. If there were a gene for communicating a message with a well-crafted celebration, Holly would have it. Her more than 35 years of planning parties, meetings, conferences, classes, retreats, service projects, weddings, galas, camps and even church services seems to add to the mix in whatever setting she’s in. Today, it’s the Nashville Wine Auction. Holly couldn’t resist taking on America’s oldest charity wine auction as Executive Director in March of 2011.

After 20 years as Director of Corporate Communications at EMI Christian Music Group and Executive Director of The Sparrow Foundation, Whaley is using that “Party Gene” for the worthy cause of uniting the wine community in the fight against cancer. The wine is not the only thing that’s driving her to make Nashville Wine Auction the best wine experience in Nashville, it is the loss of her 54 year old mother to breast cancer in the mid-1980s. So now the message is, life is too short to…drink bad wine…or waste one minute not sharing that good bottle with the people you love. And, there’s lots of opportunity for that in Nashville with Nashville Wine Auction’s events that raise cash to crush out cancer.

Holly has served on numerous non-profit and community boards and councils. Barefoot Republic Camps, Inc., the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, and l’Eté du Vin are just a few. She has held many leadership positions as a member of NARAS, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Brentwood, Fellowship Bible Church, as well as participated in community events such as the Nashville Public Library’s Literary Award Gala, the American Heart Association’s Heart Gala, the Iroquois Steeplechase Hunt Ball, and the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Best Cellars Dinner. Holly has been awarded the Ann York Huff Volunteer of the Year by the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce and was honored with Barefoot Republic Camp’s Butler Award in 2007, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra Volunteer of the Month in November 2007, and named EMI Music’s North America Volunteer of the Year in 1997.

Holly resides in Nashville with her husband Dr. Mark B. Whaley, an AACD accredited cosmetic dentist. She has one son, Trevor Redding, a Captain and pilot instructor in the US Air Force, a daughter-in-law Lane Redding, and two grandsons, Huck and Ben.

Theresa Johnson

Event Director Email

A Nashville native, Theresa joined Nashville Wine Auction in 2011 in the role of Finance Manager. By 2012, NWA saw an increased need for an Event Manager and it was a natural transition to incorporate Theresa’s 20 years of event and project planning to the role.

After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Recording Industry Management, Theresa spent 16 years in Corporate Communications at Sparrow Records/EMI Christian Music Group. Here with the guidance of her talented mentor, Holly Hearn Whaley, Theresa was able to combine experience with her servant heart and discovered her true niche of coordinating quality events for others.

In 2005, Theresa “retired” to stay home with two young boys and continued to hone her various event skills by coordinating church VBS, Cub Scout summer camps, and soccer team activities. At the same time, she began working as a part time bookkeeper. As an avid audiobook reader, she was presented in 2008 with the opportunity to start her own audiobook proofing company where for two years she led a team of 10 audiobook proofers.

After volunteering at l’Eté du Vin in 2011, Theresa joined Holly again in a new adventure at the Nashville Wine Auction. “Everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another, my family included. It is a blessing to be able to continue offering my gifts and skills in a new chapter that helps further the mission of Nashville Wine Auction. Plus I get to work with Holly again!”

In addition to her duties at NWA, you might find Theresa reading in her hammock, knitting, leading church activities or enjoying a nice Cabernet Sauvignon by the fire pit. Theresa lives with her husband and two sons in Murfreesboro.

Kristen Koon

Event Assistant Email

Kristen currently serves at the Nashville Wine Auction as the Event Assistant. Kristen first came into contact with the Nashville Wine Auction when she interned back in the fall of 2015. After working directly with Anne Landis, Theresa and Holly, Kristen was hooked with the event planning bug.

Kristen graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a degree in Social Justice with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration and Congregational Leadership, and immediately came to work at the Nashville Wine Auction as the new Event Assistant.

Her job is all about managing event details, which might include anything from wrapping gifts to coordinating rentals to making tasting booklets and wine rings. Kristen likes to see Theresa and herself as the “hands and feet of the Nashville Wine Auction,” and loves the fact that her job looks a little different everyday depending on what events are happening that season.

Her favorite things to do when she isn’t picking up rentals, organizing wine spreadsheets, and or prepping for a Dinner or Tasting are reading, watching movies, hanging out with her church’s youth group, and exploring Nashville in search for the best cup of coffee!

Her favorite type of wine used to be sweet whites but after working with the Nashville Wine Auction for a short period of time, Kristen has resigned herself to the fact that she will never again limit herself to a favorite type of wine, because there are simply too many amazing options to try and pick just one.

Kathy Maynard

Marketing Director Email

Kathy brings a wide-range of expertise to her role as Marketing Director for Nashville Wine Auction. Her areas of responsibility span event marketing, digital/social media marketing, website strategy, sponsorship relations, and overall brand awareness to increase fundraising for the auction.

The combination of unique and amazing events offered by the Nashville Wine Auction paired with the incredible financial support the organization creates for local beneficiaries who fight cancer is what brought Kathy to this role.  She loves the opportunity to help further the mission of Nashville Wine Auction.

Prior to joining Nashville Wine Auction, she held several sales and marketing positions at Capitol Christian Distribution. Her last role was Director of Marketing and Sales Operations where she managed all business to business marketing and sales operation initiatives to support sales and customer service teams.  In addition she co-managed relationships with numerous label, studio and publisher partners at various levels.

Her 20+ years’ experience at Capitol includes retail marketing, project management, customers service relations, event marketing and tradeshows.   She led the award winning execution of the company’s presence at the annual industry tradeshow, ICRS, with over 6 industry awards including CBA’s Total Exhibitor Impact Award for total show promotions and booth presence.   She also led two major redesigns of the distribution website with the most recent project focused on improving customer experience.

Joining the team at the Nashville Wine Auction has afforded Kathy the opportunity to discover new wines, but she still favors a full-bodied cabernet or smooth merlot.

Kathy is a graduate of West Texas A & M University and currently lives in Nolensville, TN with her daughters Hannah and Halle.


Auction Director Email

After graduating from Ohio University with a BS in Journalism, it was the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville that brought Nikki to Tennessee. For several years she worked there as a graphic designer and later did the same for Deloitte in Nashville. She then left the work force to be a stay at home Mom and freelance web designer and somehow during that time managed to discover her passion for creating artwork.

Nikki’s history with Nashville Wine Auction was soon underway as she faithfully donated her wine paintings to the auction. In 2007, she received the biggest compliment of her art career when NWA asked her to be the featured artist for the Summer Premiere Auction. It was in 2013, with both her children in elementary school, Nikki decided to return to fulltime work and the opening at Nashville Wine Auction magically fell in her lap. It was kismet.

Today, as Auction Director, Nikki manages the details of thousands of wine bottles that are donated every year. From solicitation to storage, display to deductions, Nikki’s goal is to have the wine bottles’ experience at the auction streamlined and the customer experience at auction exhilarating!

When not schlepping cases of wine that she is forbidden to consume, Nikki enjoys drinking big reds with rich tannins or anything that falls into the bubbly category. She has aspirations to raise weird chickens in her backyard and has begun the process of attaining her Tennessee auctioneer’s license. BiddittaBidditta!


Jim Lewis, Chair

Owner, Community Hospitality

Tom Baldwin, Vice Chair

Managing Director of Sales, MARS Petcare

Christopher D. Otillio - Secretary/Treasurer

Financial Advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors

Loren L. Chumley, Past Chair

Principal, KPMG LLP

Amy Atkinson

Founding Partner, Amy Atkinson Communications

Ned Braman

Retired EY Assurance Partner, Consultant

Cheryl Chunn

Director of Major Gifts, Nashville Rescue Mission

Eleanor Cobb

Senior Wine Consultant, WineShop at Home

Chase Cole

Partner, Waller, Lansden, Dortch and Davis, LLP

Eric Decker

Retired NFL/Entrepreneur

Ann Eaden

Customer Relations, Beaman Automotive

Jack (Jay) Erter

Hematologist/Oncologist Tennessee Oncology, PLLC

Marjorie Feltus Hawkins

Owner, Feltus Hawkins Design

Michael Gold

Medical Director, Gold Skin Care Center

Brian Junghans

Managing Partner, Cumberland Consulting Group

Tim Kirch

Vice President & Branch Manager, Charles Schwab

Tiffany Kling

Senior territory Manager, IQuity Labs

Lisa Maki

Senior Vice President, Avison Young

Bill Piper

Retired Healthcare Executive

Jim Sloan

Managing Director, Corporate and Investment Banking, Regions Securities/Regions Bank

CT Stevens

Senior Manager, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young

Riley Sweat

Managing Director Raymond James Health Care Investment Banking

Lynne D. Teckman

Proprietor Retired Per Cazo Cellars

Jessie Tretbar

Board Intern

Christie Wilson

President/CEO, The Wilson Group Real Estate Services