The 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin presents Marchesi ANTINORI | A 635 Year Legacy of Winemaking

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NASHVILLE, TENN. – AUGUST 31, 2021 – The Nashville Wine Auction will present its 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin in person on Sat., Oct. 23, at JW Marriott.  This year’s theme is “Antinori … A 635 Year Legacy of Winemaking.”  Niccolò Maltinti, U.S. Commercial Director and Brand Ambassador at Marchesi Antinori, will serve as the event’s guest of honor. The Antinori family has been in the winemaking business since 1385 when patriarch Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild.

l’Eté du Vin was voted the “#1 Event You Missed the Most” in 2020 by Nfocus Magazine readers, and that sentiment is clearly reflected in the ticket sales as all the summer prelude dinners sold out, and the October 15 Patrons’ Dinner has just a few seats left.  l’Eté du Vin Auction night on Oct. 23 tickets are still available here, but they are predicted to sell out as well.

The Nashville Wine Auction launched the ramp-up to l’Eté du Vin with its presentation of “A Summer of Antinori,” which included three gourmet dinners in July, August and with one more scheduled for September. These events featured the large portfolio of Antinori wines and celebrated the history and tradition of this winemaking family. This dinner series was a way for supporters of the Nashville Wine Auction to enjoy the breadth of Antinori wines leading up to l’Eté du Vin. These events sold out very quickly.

“I’m thrilled to have Alessia Antinori in Nashville as our Guest of Honor,” said Holly Whaley, Pres. and CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction. “The generosity and partnership of the Antinori family makes for an extraordinary program, and I know our wine community will enjoy this Italian wine experience. Our supporters have been loving all things Antinori wine this summer, and I predict that this year’s Black-tie Patrons’ Dinner at the Hermitage Hotel will be very, very special.”

“We have so much to celebrate and for which to give thanks this year,” said Board Chair Lisa Maki. “We have come through many challenges together in 2020, and our nonprofit survived, stronger than ever, thanks to our supporters. We want to recognize that. Our staff, leadership, vintners, sponsors, donors and bidders have been with us through it all, even when we were gathering virtually. We are looking forward to getting together safely in person this year to continue our efforts in the fight against cancer.”

Earlier this month, Whaley announced her upcoming retirement from the Nashville Wine Auction after serving more than a decade at the non-profit organization. (see announcement here Whaley To Retire). Her last day as president and CEO will be Nov. 19, 2021, although all expect for her to remain a strong supporter for years to come.

In addition to this l’Eté du Vin being the last one for Whaley at the helm, the Norman M. Lipman Award will be presented to Bill Nunnelly at the Patrons’ Dinner. Artist Revi Ferrer will serve as the featured artist and has donated two works of art: one of Alessia Antinori’s favorite bottles of Antinori wine and the second a collection of great wines from around the world inspired by the l’Eté du Vin logo.

This year’s event co-chairs are Sharon & Bill Piper, and Lynne & Dave Teckman.

“It feels great to finally celebrate our 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin and the Antinori Family together in person for what we expect to be our biggest l’Eté du Vin ever,” said Lynne Teckman.

“I’d like to give a special ‘thank you’ to our sponsors,” said Bill Piper. “Their support has remained strong despite challenges that exist in our world, and that is essential to our organization, our mission, and especially to our beneficiaries.”

Mercedes Benz of Music City, JW Marriott, Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, Avison Young, KPMG, NetJets, Tennessee Oncology, Freeman Webb Company, The Edwards Pharris Group at Morgan Stanley, NFP, Gold Skincare Center, Starling Davis Group, Pinnacle Financial Partners, A-1 Appliance, Gary Musick Productions, Loden Vision, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Chazin & Associates, Clinical Solutions Pharmacy, Foran Glennon, Sherrard, Roe, Voight & Harbison, Scripps Howard Foundation, Nashville Law Offices, Inc and J.P. Morgan.

Nashville Wine Auction Beneficiaries
American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Ascension Saint Thomas Foundation, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, HopeKids, Inc., Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Nutrition Services, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

l’Eté du Vin Patrons’ Party Dinner At-A-Glance

Date: October 15

Honored guest is Alessia Antinori

The Champagne reception will feature an Ineffable Art showing by featured artist Revi Ferrer

Norman M. Lipman Award presentation will be made by Robert Lipman to Bill Nunnelly

Patrons’ Dinner Sponsors: The Edwards Pharris Group of Morgan Stanley and Mercedes Benz of Music City

Alessia Antinori’s bio:

Patrons’ Dinner Chair is Tom Black

Patrons’ Dinner Featured Wines have been donated by private collectors and Marchesi Antinori and include:

Tenuta Montenisa Franciacorta Sparkling Rosé – Marchesi Antinori

Castello della Sala “Cervaro della Sala” – Marchesi Antinori

Antica Napa Valley Chardonnay “A26” Vineyard – Marchesi Antinori

Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino – Marchesi Antinori

Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione – Marchesi Antinori

Tenuta Tignanello “Tignanello” 2018 & 1997 – Marchesi Antinori

Tenuta Tignanello “Solaia” 2017 & 1997 – Marchesi Antinori

The menu for the Patrons’ Dinner will be created by the new Jean-George restaurant in The Hermitage Hotel

Patrons’ Dinner is $1,000 per person


l’Eté du Vin Main Auction Dinner At-A-Glance

Theme: 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin presents Marchesi ANTINORI … a 635 Year Legacy of Winemaking with special guest Niccolò Maltinti

Date: October 23

5:30 pm Silent Auction and ANTINORI Wine Sampling
7:00 pm Seated Dinner and Spirited Live Auction

Features honored guest Niccolò Maltinti, U.S. Commercial Director and Brand Ambassador, Marchesi Antinori

Event co-chairs are Sharon & Bill Piper and Lynne & Dave Teckman

The 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin reception will feature an Antinori Wine Sampling in addition to selections from Château des Jacques, Domaine Ferret, Lyrix Wine, Phifer Pavitt Winery, Silver Oak, Senses Wines, and D.R. Stephens Estate

King Jewelers will be the always-popular “Champagne & Diamonds” sponsor this year. They will also have a pop-up shop during the reception featuring Doves Fine Jewelry by Doron Paloma.

l’Eté du Vin Tickets:

$350 per person through September 7, 2021

The ticket price will go up to $375 per person after that date

Tickets on Sale Here


A Few Featured Auction Lots At-A-Glance

Dinners & Tastings

>  Joseph Phelps Insignia Vertical Tasting in Memory of Phran Galante — Hosted by Sharon & Bill Piper featuring an 12-year vertical of Joseph Phelps Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon.

>  Antinori Vertical Tasting — This features wines from the cellar of Tom Black. Experience Solaia, Tignanello, and Guado al Tasso from the past four decades.

>  Vintage 2005: Another Monumental Tasting of Bordeaux — Experience 32 Bordeaux wines from the cellar of Pam & Steve Taylor. This black-tie tasting will take place on Saturday, November 13 at Saint Elle with special guest Moderator, Lisa Perrotti Brown.

>  Dinner in the Red Zone! — Bid on this intimate dinner with Titans’ Superstar, AJ Brown and one of his teammates and enjoy rare steaks and big red wines in magnum.



>  Antinori’s Italian Escape — This 5-night trip for two couples showcases Italy through the Antinori lens. Experience tours, tastings, meals, and accommodations on the Estates of Guado al Tasso, Villa Tignanello, Castello della Sala Estate, and much more.

More trips online in the auction catalog!


Wine Lots

Marchesi Antinori Tignanello, Beaux Frères, Château Beychevelle, Black by Black, Cardinale, Chappellet Pritchard Hill, Cornell Vineyards, Château Haut-Brion, Joseph Drouhin Les Folatières, Château Léoville Barton, Louis Jadot Corton, Château Lynch-Bages, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Saxum Vineyards, Schrader Cellars Colesworthy, Silver Oak Cellars, Tablas Creek Vineyards, Château d’Yquem, and more!

To preview the entire auction catalog online visit


About the Nashville Wine Auction
Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. This year, Nashville Wine Auction presented Pairings@Home and will host l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest-Running Charity Wine Auction in person on October 23, 2021. #LoveWineHateCancer is a new year-round online initiative. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $27 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to cutting-edge research, innovative treatment, and family/caregiver support.


COVID-19 Guidelines
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, for the safety of our patrons all guests should be vaccinated. We kindly ask that unvaccinated guests wear masks at all times, though we encourage all guests to do so when possible. Please screen yourself for possible symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness. If you’re feeling sick or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we ask that you please do not attend this event and stay home for your safety and for those around you.