l’Eté du Vin hosts its first annual Women’s Event to Unite the Wine Community in the Fight Against Cancer


On the evening of November 1, 2011 l’Eté du Vin launched its first annual Champagne and Chardonnay event.

Hosted at Teri Worthington’s lovely home in Belle Meade, the event was Chaired by Amy Smith and Sponsored by Carrie and Tristan Kinsley of The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills along with distributor, Jeanne Boone of Boonedocks Distribution. The all-women event was a huge success in the fight against cancer.

Ladies enjoyed a silent auction featuring over 20 different lots of Champagne and Chardonnay. One “mystery” sale featured 12 different Champagne or Chardonnay for $50.00 each. One lucky lady walked away with a bottle of Dom Pérignon for $50.00! Featured retail donors included, Lindell Jewelers, Juel Salon and Na-Ann’s Interior design. Jewelry by Brooke Worthington along with handbags by Kathy Capp were also featured at the party.

Holly Hearn Whaley, Seema Prasad, Carrie Kinsley, Amy Smith

A delicious fall menu was provided by Seema Prasad, owner of Miel restaurant to include carefully crafted hors d’oeuvres that paired with the wines and satisfied the palate. Wine served for tasting included: Le Baron Blanc de Blancs (France), Ruggeri Prosecco (Italy), Apaltague Chardonnay (Chile) and Starry Night Chardonnay (Sonoma). Party rentals were generously provided by Cynthia Himmelfarb of The Premiere Event.

In typical l’Eté du Vin fashion, proceeds from the event helped provide much-needed funds to local cancer charities including: American Cancer Society’s Camp Horizon and Hope Lodge, Dan Rudy Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club, Make a Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

This year Champagne and Chardonnay featured Gilda’s Club. Executive Director, Sandy Towers, shared how the organization offers counseling to patients, their family and friends to assist throughout the hardship of cancer. A testimonial was given by Kim Amsilli, in attendance with her sister Lea Amsilli about how Gilda’s Club counseled them throughout their father’s struggle with cancer. With over 100 women in the room, tears flowed as the heartfelt story brought to light that in addition to enjoying great wine and friends, they were helping people like Kim and Lea gain the strength and understanding they deserve and needed.

Sandy Towers, Lea Amsilli, Kim Amsilli, Amy Smith

Upon leaving the event, guests were given gift bags that included a bottle of champagne and a $50.00 gift card, donated by Carolyn Linder of Lindell Jewelers in Brentwood.

Overall, the event was an enormous success full of wine, laughter, girl power and netting more than $12,000 to uniting the wine community in the fight against cancer!

For all those who attended thank you for your support! And for those who weren’t able to, we look forward to seeing you at the second annual Champagne and Chardonnay!