INAUGURAL “PAIRINGS” EVENT SELLING OUT FAST Brand New Food & Wine Fundraiser Is Already a Hot Ticket

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 29, 2013) – The Nashville Wine Auction is thrilled to announce that it has already reached halfway to sellout capacity for its brand new fundraiser, Pairings: A Food and Wine Celebration. The inaugural event is nearly two months away, and tickets are selling fast. The fundraiser will feature a full slate of esteemed winemakers showcasing their great wines paired with a four-course dinner created by the region’s most notable chefs.

Pairings will be held Friday, March 8, 2013, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Noah Liff Opera Center. Each course will be prepared by teams of prominent local and regional chefs, and then paired with the perfect selection of wines from Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. Fans of Cabernet Sauvignon likely know of the Stags Leap District as a sub-appellation that produces wines with an intriguing combination of elegance and accessibility or intensity and softness.

The evening begins with an Appetizer Reception featuring a variety of creations from all of the featured chefs. Wines available during the reception will include vintages from the Baldacci Family Vineyards, Chimney Rock, Cliff Lede Vineyards, Ilsley Vineyards, Robinson Family Vineyards, Silverado Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, and Taylor Family Vineyards.

The formal dinner includes:

First Course

Featured Chefs:

  • Will Uhlhorn of Table 3 in Nashville
  • John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, N.C.

Featured Wine:

  • 2012 Taylor Hillside Chardonnay from Taylor Family Vineyards

Second Course

Featured Chefs:

  • Tandy Wilson of City House in Nashville
  • James Beard Award winner Nate Appleman of New York, N.Y.

Featured Wine:

  • 2009 FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Third Course

Featured Chefs:

  • Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville
  • Andrew Ticer of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis
  • Michael Hudman of Hog & Hominy in Memphis

Featured Wine:

  • 2010 SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon from Silverado Vineyards

Fourth Course

Featured Chef:

  • Tandra Watkins of Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark.

Featured Wine:

  • Tomahawk Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Chimney Rock

Vegetarian options for each course will be prepared by Chef Roderick Bailey of Silly Goose in Nashville.

To learn more about each of the featured chefs, visit

In addition, Pairings will include an extensive offering of both Silent and Live auction items, including rare wine offerings, private wine dinners, wine tastings, luxury wine trips and other luxury items. For more information, you can preview these auction items online at

“We all deserve an opportunity to experience the most sumptuous foods with exquisite wines, and if that night also serves to raise much needed funds to fight cancer right here in Middle Tennessee, so much the better,” said Keri V. McInnis, Pairings chairman.

“We are proud of our efforts to date on behalf of cancer patients and research facilities in the Nashville area, and it’s a sign of our continuing success that we are able to expand our calendar in 2013 with a brand new event,” said Holly Hearn Whaley, executive director of the Nashville Wine Auction. “With the culinary talent we’ve assembled and the world-famous Stags Leap District vineyards represented, the availability of tables at the inaugural Pairings event is closing quickly.”

With the launch of the new event, the Nashville Wine Auction is no longer just the host of America’s oldest charity wine auction, but also its youngest. Pairings makes an ideal counterpart to the group’s l’Eté du Vin, which has helped the Nashville Wine Auction raise more than $17 million for various cancer organizations since 1980. All proceeds benefit local cancer research organizations and the treatment and recovery efforts of cancer patients in Middle Tennessee.

For information on purchasing tickets for Pairings, please visit

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Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction is the oldest charity wine auction in the country. It has raised over $17 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care, and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2012 list of beneficiaries includes: American Cancer Society/Camp Horizon & Hope Lodge, The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, Gilda’s Club/Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Williamson Medical Center Foundation.