l’Eté du Vin

l’ETÉ DU VIN EVENTS

l’Eté du Vin features three exciting nights of wine events

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VINTNERS’ TASTING
Thursday, July 25th

A seated, structured tasting of wines from our guest of honor

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PATRONS’ DINNER
Friday, July 26th

Champagne reception and gourmet dinner featuring premium wines donated by our patrons

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L’ETÉ DU VIN
Saturday, July 27th

 Champagne reception and Silent Auction, seated dinner, and spirited Live Auction

GUESTS OF HONOR

Celebrating 45 years with wines from the 45th Parallel

 

“The ideal latitude for the world’s great wines.”

 

In celebration of our 45th year of funding the fight against cancer, we are featuring wines emblematic of the 45th Parallel North.

 

The 45th Parallel North is a magic band that surrounds our planet between the 40th and 50th parallels of the northern hemisphere, essentially bisecting the great winemaking regions on this side of the equator. Five of the world’s most renowned wine regions lie along the latitudinal range of 45 degrees: the Willamette Valley, Bordeaux, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Northern Rhône.

 

We have invited these Guests of Honor who hail from this esteemed latitude to help celebrate 45 years!

 

One of our Guests of Honor even wrote a book: The Magic of the 45th Parallel!  Olivier Bernard, the charismatic, entertaining, engaging owner of Domaine de Chevalier co-authored this book with Thierry Dussard.  Rest assured, Olivier will share his thoughts on this magic parallel at our Vintners’ Tasting and throughout the weekend!

Beaux Frères
Michael G. Etzel, Founder

Beaux Frères produces world-class Pinot Noir from small, well-balanced yields and ripe, healthy fruit that represents the essence of their vineyard in Willamette Valley.

 

The Beaux Frères story began in 1986 when Michael G. Etzel embarked on a road trip to Oregon with his young family after reading an enticing review of an ‘83 Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley. They came upon a foreclosed 88-acre pig farm and with an investment from Michael’s sister Pat and her husband, wine critic Robert Parker Jr., the dream began to take shape. The winery was named Beaux Frères in reference to the French idiom for “brother in law.”

Ca’ del Bosco
Jacob Gragg, Portfolio Fine Wine Specialist

Ca’ del Bosco, founded in 1969, is one of the world’s foremost producers of Franciacorta, Italy’s most revered sparkling wine from the Lombardy region.  Ca’ del Bosco is located in the province of Brescia in northern Italy.

 

Jacob Gragg joined the group at Ca’ del Bosco in 2019 as Portfolio Fine Wine Specialist, and he’s been sharing his love for Franciacorta ever since.

Domaine de Chevalier

Olivier Bernard, Proprietor

Domaine de Chevalier is located in the Pessac-Léognan appellation of Bordeaux, and is ranked among the Crus Classés for red and white Bordeaux wine in the Classification of Graves wine of 1953 and 1959. They are one of only six estates that are classified as Crus Classé for both red and white wine.

 

Domaine de Chevalier was acquired by the Bernard family in 1983, and at the age of 23, Olivier Bernard began managing the estate.  Olivier perpetuates a spirit of harmony and quest for perfection, which has long characterized their superb wines. Olivier also co-authored “The Magic of the 45th Parallel” with Thierry Dussard which explores this ideal latitude for growing wine grapes.

M. Chapoutier

Alix Romec, US Brand Ambassador

M. Chapoutier is a leading producer of wines from the Rhône Valley recognized for the quality of its cuvées, its pioneering approach to biodynamics, and its parcel selections to reveal the terroirs. Family-owned since 1808, Chapoutier is now managed by 7th-generation winemaker Michel Chapoutier.

 

US Brand Ambassador, Alix Romec joined M. Chapoutier at the end of 2022. He is from the South-West of France and began his wine passion in the vineyards within small appellations like Gaillac, Fronton & Cahors . . . always looking for new “pépites.”

Prunotto
Niccoló Maltinti, Director of Luxury Wines and Education

Prunotto is located in the heart of The Langhe, halfway between Barbaresco and Barolo, on the southeast side of the Tanaro River. Prunotto creates wines from some of the region’s most famous DOC and DOCG appellations, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba and Moscato d’Asti.

 

We welcome US Ambassador, Niccolo Maltiniti back to l’Eté du Vin. Niccolo was born and raised in Florence and joined Marchesi Antinori in 2011, overseeing strategic planning and sales execution for the family’s wines in the U.S.

Zena Crown Vineyard
Shane Moore, Winemaker

Zena Crown Vineyard is located in the Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Since its third leaf, Zena Crown Vineyard has been a sought-after single-vineyard designate for renowned producers like Beaux Frères, Soter Vineyards, and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars. Since the 2013 vintage, Zena Crown Vineyard has crafted site-specific Pinot Noirs under its namesake, capturing the vineyard’s changing moods and expressions.

 

Shane Moore took on the role of winemaker for Zena Crown Vineyard in 2013. He seeks to capture the everchanging moods of the vineyards through wines that summon sights, sounds, and emotions.

45 Years of Funding the Fight

Since its inception, Nashville Wine auction has raised more than
$37 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to cancer research, innovative patient treatment, and caregiver/patient support.  Our events are lively, fun and educational, fostering spontaneous and generous giving by those who love and appreciate wine. We invite you to join us for the 45th Annual l’Eté du Vin.

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CHAIRS

Nancy Allen & Marc Goldstone
Rahel Klapheke Sloan & Jim Sloan

Cheers to our 2024 l’Eté du Vin chairs… who are READY for another wonderful wine weekend of raising funds for the fight against cancer! This crew is composed of longtime supporters who have hosted events in their homes to further our mission.

 

Marc and Jim currently serve on our board, and veterinarian Rahel Klapheke Sloan, owner of Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, has supported our fundraisers for many years, most recently as a 2024 Principal sponsor.

THE AUCTION

l’Eté du Vin offers Live, Super Silent, and Silent Auctions filled with fine wines, exquisite trips, luxury items, and exclusive dinners, tastings, and parties. The Silent Auction opens the week of the event and all the bidding takes place via mobile devices. Registered guests who provide a credit card for the Auction and a mobile phone number will receive a text message containing a personal bidding link to the Silent Auction when it opens. The excitement of the Live Auction takes place on Saturday evening featuring one of the nation’s most accomplished wine auctioneers, Fritz Hatton.

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