Nashville Wine Auction Wraps Up Successful Year of Fundraising in 2013 – Events Raised $956,050 for Local Cancer Charities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 11, 2013) – In 2013, Nashville Wine Auction produced three signature events for the first time in its rich history, including the 34th Annual l’Eté du Vin, the 3rd Annual Champagne and Chardonnay and the Inaugural Pairings: A Celebration of Wine and Food. This year, our generous wine community united to raise $956,050 to fund the fight against cancer in Middle Tennessee.

“This year marked a significant milestone for the Nashville Wine Auction,” said Holly Whaley, Executive Director of the Nashville Wine Auction. “By launching an entirely new event in Pairings, we were able to expand and develop our donor base to a whole new crop of wine and food enthusiasts, who we look forward to seeing at future events! Without the dedication of our patrons, sponsors and volunteers, none of this would have been possible.”

The amount donated to the beneficiaries in 2013 represents a 150% increase from the amount donated in 2011. Nashville Wine Auction’s 2013 beneficiaries included American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Gilda’s Club Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, and Williamson Medical Center Foundation.

The 2013 year started off with the inaugural Pairings: A Celebration of Wine and Food, which made the Nashville Wine Auction home to not only the country’s oldest charity wine auction, but also the youngest! The fundraiser featured a four-course dinner created by award-winning chefs, including Nate Appleman, Roderick Bailey, Tyler Brown, John Fleer, Michael Hudman, Andrew Ticer, Tandra Watkins, Tandy Wilson and Will Uhlhorn. Each course was 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, including 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 34th Annual l’Eté du Vin allowed guests to enjoy a “Pour de France,” tasting through the classic wine regions of France. With Guests of Honor Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger from Champagne Taittinger, Martin Saunier of Martine’s Wines and Nicolas Glumineau of Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, attendees were able to sample the very best of Champagne, Burgundy and Bordeaux. With four events including the film premiere of A Year in Burgundy, a Vintners’ Tasting, a Patrons’ dinner with Chefs Sean Brock and Tyler Brown and the Grand Auction, this was the most ambitious l’Eté du Vin to date!

The year ended with the 3rd Annual Champagne and Chardonnay, held at the beautiful home of Kelly Pappas Crooke. These generous and supportive ladies enjoyed a beautiful cocktail party with wines from Domaine Chandon and Newton Vineyards. After an inspiring speech from cancer survivor, Joanna Montgomery, paddles were raised and bidding was high as the ladies contributed to the most successful Champagne and Chardonnay to date!

Through the Nashville Wine Auction, winning bidders were able to enjoy one of a kind trips, gourmet dinners, rare wine tastings and luxury items all to fund the fight against cancer.

The dates for the 2014 events are:
• Pairings: A Celebration of Wine and Food – February 21-22, 2014
• The 35th Annual l’Eté du Vin – July 31-August 2, 2014
• The 4th Annual Champagne and Chardonnay – October 2, 2014

ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction is the oldest charity wine auction in the country. It has raised over $18 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care, and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee. The 2013 list of beneficiaries includes: American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Gilda’s Club Nashville, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network, and Williamson Medical Center Foundation.

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