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PASSIONATE, SOPHISTICATED AND DEVOTED TO LIVING THE GOOD LIFE
THAT’S SPAIN!

8-Day, 7-Night holiday for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations, breakfasts, VIP wine tastings in three of Spain’s most important wine regions. 1 mixed case of wines from Artesa Vineyards & Winery, Codorníu’s Napa Valley winery, to take home tonight. Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!
Valid to 5/1/20
 
Included in this Spanish adventure:
 
·         3 nights in Barcelona – Hotel Roger de Llúria, a boutique hotel in the center of Barcelona
combines tradition and modernity in an intimate and luxurious setting filled with elegant details. In the heart of Barcelona’s shopping and dining district, the hotel boasts one of the friendliest staffs in the city. Merely mention sites you’d like to visit, and easy-to-follow directions will be provided instantly, along with an offer to secure (for no fee) advanced-purchase tickets to must-see but crowded destinations.
·         Bonus – Close to Barcelona, experience the traditional culture of Cava and discover the flavors and aromas of wines from Penedès. Enjoy a VIP visit to the spectacular Codorníu founded in 1551. Codorníu is the oldest and second-largest producer of Cava, the premier Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine of Spain.
·         Bonus – Experience the Cellers Scala Dei, Codorníu’s Priorat property. Founded by the same families who bought the Cartuja in 1840, Cellars of Scala Dei is the lively history of the wine in the Priorat. Wines are still aged in the old 17th century cava of the Carthusian monks.
·         Overnight in Rioja – Hotel Los Agustinos is in Haro, the capital of Rioja wine and steeped in history.  Since its inauguration in 1373, it has been a convent, military garrison, jail and hospital.  Now it is a beautiful 4**** hotel.  Enjoy a wine tasting arranged especially for you by Hotel Los Agustinos.
·         Bonus – A VIP tasting is at Bodegas Bilbainas, the oldest bottling firm of La Rioja and another Codorníu property.
·         Bonus – A VIP tasting at Codorníu’s Legaris in Ribera del Duero where over 2,000 years of grape growing experience and a radical will to innovate has resulted in the ability to make an excellent wine. These two tastings are courtesy of Codorníu.
·         3 nights in Marbella – 5***** Gran Meliá Don Pepe awaits you for an exclusive beachfront visit and the perfect conclusion to this Spanish holiday.  Located on the Costa del Sol, near the Sierra Blanca, the hotel experience includes avant-garde enrichments of traditional luxury service. Stay in a Premium Sea View Guestroom with daily breakfast and access to the Red Level Lounge.
·         1 mixed case of wines from Artesa Vineyard & Winery. Including their iconic Estate wines for which Artesa is best known, as well as winery exclusives inspired by their Spanish heritage and Napa Valley home.
2014 Codorniu Napa Grand Reserve Brut, Artesa Estate Vineyard, Los Carneros Napa Valley
2015 Codorniu Napa Grand Reserve Brut Rose, Artesa Estate Vineyard, Los Carneros Napa Valley
2017 Artesa Albarino, Los Carneros
2016 Artesa Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Napa Valley Los Carneros
2016 Artesa Chardonnay, Los Carneros
2016 Artesa Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir, Napa Valley Los Carneros
2016 Artesa Pinot Noir, Los Carneros
2016 Artesa Block 91 Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard, Napa Valley Los Carneros
2014 Artesa Limited Release Merlot, Napa Valley
2014 Artesa Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
2014 Artesa Tempranillo, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
2014 Artesa Galatea, Napa and Sonoma Counties

Subject to availability. Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!   You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/20/21.  Travel within Spain is not included.
Donated by:
Hotel Roger de Llúria

Hotel Los Agustinos
Codorníu
Scala Dei
Bodegas Bilbainas
Legaris
Gran Meliá Don Pepe
The Meetings Concierge
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
American Airlines
 

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THE ANDREW MURRAY PERSONALIZED BLENDING EXPERIENCE
FOR FOUR COUPLES

Personalized Blending Experience at Andrew Murray Vineyards in LOS OLIVOS, CA
Plus: VIP tasting, seminar, custom blend and etched magnum each couple creates, dinner for eight at Brothers Restaurant at The Red Barn, overnight stay at Santa Ynez Inn
Valid to 5/18/20
 
Your experience will begin with a greeting from your host, Andrew Murray grape grower/winemaker for his eponymous winery that he started back in 1990. He will lead you through a “Grape to Glass” tour that will teach you all about his winegrowing region and the winemaking processes, with a progressive wine tasting along the way. And just for you, Andrew will pour from his personal cellar, part of his special collection from other wine regions of the world. 
 
Your personalized blending experience, in the form of a multi-sensory seminar, will explain to you the art of blending wine (all requisite materials provided).  This rarely-shared process will equip you with unique, proprietary knowledge as well as your very own blend — developed by you. Andrew and his team will take your final blend instructions and blend up your very own magnum. Andrew will arrange to have it etched with your own personalized information, thus creating a one-of-a-kind special bottle just for you and your guests. Within one month of your event, each couple will receive their custom magnum unlike any other; it will possess their preferred blend in a custom etched bottle.
 
Andrew Murray’s focus and dedication to his craft have culminated in what Robert Parker, Jr. calls, “…one of the shining stars in the Santa Barbara firmament.” This perennially youthful perfectionist has been named “Tastemaker of the Year” by Food and Wine Magazine and is eternally committed to vinicultural Kaizen – the unrelenting pursuit of continuous improvement.
 
Brothers Restaurant at The Red Barn
As chefs, brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols experiment with new dishes and cuisine, but always with that “from scratch” homemade element. Fresh ingredients from local producers and a comfortable and historically interesting atmosphere take you back to the romance of the old west. Experience all the best of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country during a 4-course dinner paired with a selection of Andrew Murray Library Wines.
 
Santa Ynez Inn – Overnight stay for FOUR COUPLES
Nestled in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country, the Four-Diamond rated Santa Ynez Inn offers an atmosphere of understated, unspoiled luxury coupled with warm hospitality for those seeking an indulgent getaway.  Enjoy made-to-order gourmet breakfast, evening wine hour featuring wine pours and light bites, as well as seasonal dessert in the evenings.
Please allow plenty of time for advanced booking; mutually convenient time and subject to availability.
Donated by:
Kristen and Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray Vineyards
Santa Ynez Inn
Brothers Restaurant at The Red Barn
 

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VIETNAM FROM NORTH TO SOUTH
EIGHT MAGICAL NIGHTS FOR TWO AND SO MUCH MORE
Intoxicating history and culture, stunning natural beauty

9-Day, 8-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations at all hotels and resorts, Halong Bay cruise, daily breakfasts, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/18/20
 
***Welcome to Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – Hanoi
2-Night stay
Experience an award-winning 5***** colonial and neo-classical luxury hotel located in the heart of the old city. Hanoi is a magical and charming, and the character, history and romance of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will add an extra special something to your holiday in Vietnam. Guestrooms display either the original colonial grandeur or a stylish neo-classical elegance. All accommodations are equipped with Sofitel’s MyBed, broadband Internet, LCD televisions as well as Hermes & Lanvin bathroom amenities. The perfect location from which to explore Vietnam’s capital!
 
Bonus package courtesy of Sens Asia Travel:
•          Round trip private airport transfers to Hanoi with guide.
•          “Hanoi Senses and the City” – dine and wine plus “A O Show” at the Hanoi Opera House. This wildly popular show depicts the charming beauty and cultural richness of Vietnamese life in the countryside, in contrast with the nation’s racing urbanization and is a unique mix of bamboo cirque, acrobatic acts, contemporary dance, and theatrical visual art.
•          Round trip transfer to Halong Bay for a 2-night cruise.
•          Sens Asia Travel and Bhaya Cruises invites you to enjoy a 01 Au Co Suite (highest cabin category) during a unique 2-night Halong Bay & Gulf of Tonkin Cruise with The Au Co. The distinctive cruise itinerary features an authentic Vietnamese cultural experience that showcases the focus on sustainable tourism with highly recognized projects such as, “Save the Langur’”(in partnership with IUCN), “Community Farm” in the village of Viet Hai on Cát Bà Island and “Clean up the Bay” events.
 
***Welcome to Hotel Caravelle – Saigon
2-Night stay
Plus: Signature Premium Guestroom, Executive Lounge privileges
Since 1959, Caravelle Saigon has been Ho Chi Minh City’s landmark 5***** address in the heart of the business, shopping and entertainment district. This eco-friendly hotel features stylish French and Vietnamese architecture, an outdoor pool lively rooftop bar with nightly entertainment.  Your guestroom has a full-length window overlooking the city plus a flat-screen TV, pillow menu and 24-hour room service. Caravelle Saigon is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s most energetic city.
 
Bonus: “Degustation Dinner Menu for Two” at Le Corto, one of the finest French restaurants in Saigon and just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Caravelle.  Enjoy contemporary French cuisine flavored with local spices.
Bonus: A special package showcasing the South Vietnam area courtesy of Terraverde Travel:
•          Round trip airport transfers.
•          Private English-speaking guide.
•          Vespa Street Food Dinner.
•          Lunch in the Mekong Delta.
•          Day trip to the legendary Cu Chi where an immense network of connecting tunnels will give you insight into the Vietnam war.
 
***Welcome to The Anam – Cam Ranh
2-Night stay
Plus: Sea View Villa with daily breakfast, daily shuttle service to Nha Trang City
The Anam’s concept is to deliver an experience from the “Indochine” era, reflected in its architecture, design and service standards, while offering modern and luxurious facilities. Being the first true 5***** colonial-inspired beach resort in Vietnam, The Anam harkens back to a bygone era and guests feel as though they have traveled back in time.  The resort’s philosophy says it all: “Indochine Charm, Modern Luxury.”  This stunning 30-acre resort was selected as the filming location for this year’s reality TV show The Bachelor.
 
Bonus: Nha Trang Vespa Tours offers a guided tour of the life, culture and history of this gorgeous area.
Plus, the Anam’s General Manager Herbert Laubichler-Pichler will escort you through the heart of the local art community where you will meet painters, sculptures and photographers. Following the tour, Mr. Laubichler-Pichler’s will be your host for an outstanding local dinner. Hear from someone who has lived in Vietnam for a long time and “see” this fascinating country from a different perspective.
 
Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!   You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/30/21. Subject to availability.
Donated by:
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sens Asia Travel
Au Co Cruises
The Caravelle Hotel Saigon
Le Corto
Terraverde Travel
The Anam
Herbert Laubichler-Pichler
American Airlines
 

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CHAIRMAN’S LOT
A WEEKEND IN STAGS LEAP DISTRICT FOR TWO COUPLES

You and your guests will be hosted by Pine Ridge Vineyards for a weekend of wining, dining, and exploring vineyards that includes:

  • 3-Days, 2-Nights at River Terrace Inn in Napa
  • Plus: River View King Guestrooms with jetted bathtubs, private balconies

·         Pine Ridge vineyard tour and lunch for 4
·         Dinner for 4 at Pine Ridge Vineyards paired with wines
·         Tour and Tasting at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars for 4
·         2 3.0Ls, 12 750s of Pine Ridge Napa Valley wines
 
A HUGE thank you to Honorary Wine Chairman Michael Beaulac, for fashioning this extraordinary Chairman’s Lot that immerses two couples in Napa Valley’s acclaimed Stags Leap District. Michael Beaulac has been making wine in the Napa Valley since 1997. As winemaker and general manager for Pine Ridge Vineyards, he oversees winemaking from the winery’s estate vineyards in five appellations: Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros.
 
Pine Ridge Vineyards
>A vanguard of the Stags Leap District, Pine Ridge Vineyards has been producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons since 1978. The winery’s 160 acres are located across five prestigious nested appellations of Napa Valley. This great diversity of terroir inspires winemaker Michael Beaulac to craft wines that reflect the outstanding characteristics of distinct origins.
 
On Friday night you’ll enjoy a delicious four-course dinner, paired with Pine Ridge Vineyards wines, with winemaker Michael Beaulac in Cellar 47, an intimate venue deep within the caves. On Saturday, you’ll join Michael, vineyard manager Gustavo Aviña and geologist Ed Bortugno to learn what makes Stags Leap District so distinctive for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, while visiting two Pine Ridge vineyards and enjoying a casual picnic lunch. After lunch, a tour and tasting at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars will wrap up your day.
 
This lot includes the following Pine Ridge Vineyards Wines:
·         1 3.0L 2015 Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon
·         1 3.0L 2015 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
·         2015 Fortis Cabernet Sauvignon
2 bottles each (2 3.0Ls, 12 bottles total)
 
Hotel stays valid to 12/31/20; subject to availability. Dates for Pine Ridge Vineyards experience to be arranged at a mutually agreement time before 12/1/20.
Donated by:
Michael Beaulac
Pine Ridge Vineyards
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
River Terrace Inn
 

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2015 APPELLATION COLLECTION
A LUXURY COLLECTION
OF 17 STAGS LEAP DISTRICT CABERNET SAUVIGNONS

“2015 is shaping up to be a vintage of opulent, voluptuous wines with real personality and character at the top end.” — Antonio Galloni, Vinous
 
The Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association’s Appellation Collection is the only Napa Valley wine offering comprised entirely from a single appellation. Designed to showcase the quality and distinctive characteristics of the Districtʼs Cabernet Sauvignon, the Appellation Collection offers wine enthusiasts an opportunity to taste their way through the appellation and experience the regionʼs “sense of place.” These wines are no longer (or never were) available in the broad market. The 2015 Appellation Collection provides a fantastic opportunity to explore the signature power and elegance of the regionʼs wines.
 
The 2015 vintage was a wonderfully classic year for Napa Valley. Amidst a string of drought years, the season’s dry start led to an early bud break and minimal vegetative growth, which balanced well with the ultimately much lower than average crop yields. The vintage conditions led to low vigor vines and small berries, creating very concentrated, opulent fruit. With lovely summer weather, peppered by some heat events, it was a very early harvest, and the wines are voluptuous with incredible power.
 
17 PRESTIGIOUS CABERNETS
Baldacci Family Vineyards                               Chimney Rock Winery
2015 Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon               2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Ganymede
 
Cliff Lede Vineyards                                        Clos Du Val
2015 Moon Fantasy Cabernet Sauvignon           2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle
 
Ilsley Vineyards                                               Lindstrom Wines
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon                                 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Malk Family Vineyards                                    Odette Estate Winery
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon                                 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Pine Ridge Vineyards                                       Quixote Winery
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon                                 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

 
Regusci Winery                                                Shafer Vineyards
2015 ‘The Elders’ Cabernet Sauvignon               2015 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five
 
Silverado Vineyards                                         Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
2015 SOLO, Cabernet Sauvignon                      2015 FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Taylor Family Vineyards                                  Steltzner Vineyards
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve                     2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Stags’ Leap Winery
2015 The Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Donated by:
Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association
 

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2006 PETER MICHAEL LES PAVOTS ETCHED
3.0L

In 1982 after an extensive search for the perfect California vineyard property, Sir Peter Michael purchased a 630-acre parcel just north of Calistoga consisting of volcanic ridges along the western face of Mount St. Helena. The first red Bordeaux grapes were planted a year later, and the legend of the Peter Michael Winery began. The winery is focused on producing world class single vineyard wines in the Old World style that concentrate on depth, balance, elegance and structure.  From the beginning, Sir Peter’s goals were three-fold: “One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate.” Although these goals are evident in all Peter Michael wines, they reach even higher peaks in Les Pavots. This flagship Bordeaux style blend is comprised of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. 2006 was the third in a string of four exceptional vintages in the North Coast wine growing area.  Each vintage expressed its own personality.
 
2006 began by displaying tough tannins with a deep structure and hints of beautiful fruit in the background, much  in the style of older Bordeaux. As the next decade began, the tannins softened, and the wine began to blossom in the bottle.  Today, it continues to display a deep structure and layers of complexity.  Extraordinary depth, balance, style and luxurious mouthfeel were all descriptors associated with the vintage as it aged, and Les Pavots expresses these characteristics in classic style. Rated on release by Parker at 96 points and Wine Spectator at 95 points, this memorable wine has continued to develop beautifully in the bottle over the last decade to classic levels expressing the breed of the vineyard and the vintage. The signature of Les Pavots is quite evident in this bottling and truly unique in the world of California’s best wines.  A beautifully etched double magnum and true collector’s prize that is rarely seen.
Donated by:
Bonnie and Mitch Bloom
 

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A VISIT FOR FOUR TO PETER MICHAEL WINERY IN KNIGHTS VALLEY

3-Day, 2-Night stay for FOUR
Plus: Private residence accommodations
3.0L 2012 Les Pavots
Valid to 5/31/20
 
Past Winemasters Honorary Chairman Nick Morlet along with Peter Michael Winery invite two couples to Knights Valley for a memorable two-night stay in one of the winery’s private guest residences.  During your visit to this gorgeous retreat, you’ll appreciate a private wine tasting and vineyard tour.
 
Also included: a 3.0L of 2012 Les Pavots, the wine that has captured the hearts and palates of wine devotees and collectors.  Rich, complex, balanced and finely structured are all descriptors associated with Les Pavots.  Spanning 23 acres, Les Pavots ascends to an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet.  Merlot and Cabernet Franc grow on the cool upper slopes, while Cabernet Sauvignon grows just below.
 
Deep dark color with saturated ruby color and vermillion nuance, 2012 Les Pavots reveals a deep bouquet of Cacao powder, fudge cookies, black cherry, blueberry and blackberry, licorice, with nuances of cedar, cigar box, black tea, graphite, vanilla, a stylish ‘garrigue’ touch and black truffle. Extremely full-bodied, the wine offers the same rich, ripe fruit impressions on the palate. This complex wine will age gracefully for two decades and provides a classic presentation of the estate’s terroir.  Please note that tours at Peter Michael are scheduled Monday through Friday. Subject to availability.
Donated by:
Peter Michael Winery
 

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BASE CAMP: BELUGA LAKE
AN EXCITING ALASKA FISHING & BEAR VIEWING ADVENTURE FOR FOUR

5-Day, 4-Night adventure for TWO COUPLES
Plus: Round trip air travel to Alaska, flight service from Anchorage to Beluga Lake Base Camp, accommodations and all meals for two couples, all fishing and activities included
Valid Summer 2019 or Summer 2020
 
Arrive in Anchorage and stay overnight.  Fly out the next morning to Tordrillo Glacier Bay and Beluga Lake Fish Camp, a unique fully furnished base camp.  Here, you’ll discover the most scenic destination at the foot of the Alaska Range, Mt. Spur and The Triumvirate Glacier along with outstanding on-site fishing.  In fact, this fly-in only camp has access to the finest fishing, bear viewing, sightseeing and wilderness tour options in South Central Alaska.
 
Outstanding food and a great time are guaranteed!  Your generous host Kris Khile will even plan a day of bear viewing if you wish.  You’ll fly back to Anchorage for one final fun night before heading home the next day.   **Option to add people for additional cost. Subject to availability.
Donated by:
Kris Kile
Surgical Specialist of Alaska
Sportsman’s Air Service
 

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KOSTA BROWNE PRESENTS A CANDY STORE OF CLONES
2014 KOSTA BROWNE PINOT NOIR KEEFER RANCH
3.0L
PLUS: A VIP DINNER FOR EIGHT AT KOSTA BROWNE

The history and grandeur of Kosta Browne Pinots goes back to its early days under the hands-on tutelage of founders Dan Kosta and Michael Browne and continues today.  Located in Sonoma’s famed Russian River Valley, Amber Ridge stands out in the minds of Pinot connoisseurs across the country and abroad. 
 
Rated 96 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and with similar scores of the other mainstream critics, this bottling is one to remember. “Coming from the Russian River Valley and an estate vineyard that was purchased in 2012, the rich, gorgeously layered and textured 2014 Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Vineyard offers an exotic fruit profile, with notions of cassis, passion fruit, spice and dried flowers all emerging from the glass. Full-bodied, layered and rich, yet with the purity and precision that’s present in all of these 2014s, drink bottles anytime over the coming decade, and I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see it keep for longer.” This Pinot Noir, according to Wine Spectator, “Gushes with fresh, snappy cherry, raspberry and wild berry flavors enlivened by zesty acidity and firm, fine-grained tannins. Offers a juicy, supple texture and striking velocity to the fruit flavors. Drink now through 2022.”
 
Tonight’s highest bidder is invited to bring a party of EIGHT to The Barlow in Sebastopol where you’ll enjoy a private multi-course dinner paired with an array of Kosta Browne’s acclaimed wines. Great ready for a surprise chef who will wow your senses with seasonal delights!  Valid to 12/31/20 at a mutually convenient time.
Donated by:
Kosta Browne
 

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LUV FROM NICELAND
A 2020 WINTER ODYSSEY IN ICELAND WITH LOCAL LEGENDS
ÝMIR AND HEBBA ARTHURSSON

8-Day, 7-Night magical holiday for TWO
Plus: Business Class Air Transportation in Saga Premium Class with Icelandair; luxury accommodations, some meals, all guided adventures and much, much more
Valid Winter of 2020
 
The New York Times: “Take it from a pro travel writer – you will never, ever find better guides! I felt like I was traveling with my best friends…If I could clone them and replicate them, placing them in every country I visit, I would do it.  These guys are the best, not just in Iceland, but in the world!”
 
Ýmir and Hebba truly are FOODIES and as such, NIceland is a “gourmet heaven” as well as a 5***** guide service. You’ll soon discover their passion for sharing their story, food, nature and culture with their fellow travelers. Every single minute of this singular adventure has been meticulously fashioned only for our 30th anniversary event by Private Gourmet Guide Ýmir Arthúrsson and features:
 
·         Day 1 – Blue Lagoon Retreat and Spa
After your “meet and greet” upon arrival, you will enjoy the SPA in the Blue Lagoon Retreat and charge your batteries for the coming adventures. A short tour with Ýmir will take you exploring the geothermal and remote area around Blue Lagoon (aka Reykjanes Peninsula). In harmony with nature. Blue Lagoon Retreat and Spa features modern, exclusive suites that use clean lines and natural, local textures to create unique, warm, minimalist spaces. The hallmark is the Retreat Spa that transports your mind and body to new dimensions of peace and rejuvenation.
·         Day 2 – Helicopter adventure plus “Reykjavik Food & Wine Tour”
Ýmir will pick you up in a luxury vehicle, driving you to Reykjavik where you’ll enjoy a food and wine tour.  You’ll go by helicopter to the “monster volcano” Eyjafjallajokull where you’ll land on top of the glacier. From there, you’ll tour the unspoiled geothermal highlands, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes from above.  Returning to Reykjavik, dine at one of the city’s finest restaurants, Food Cellar, before retiring at Tower Suites. This unique hotel is situated at the highest viewpoint in Reykjavík and features a small collection of eight exclusive 20th floor suites with sweeping panoramic views.
·         Day 3 – Gourmet Golden Circle and Horseback Riding
Bathe in a private secret lagoon before enjoying an amazing tomato feast from inside a greenhouse. Observe Gullfoss Waterfalls and Geyser before off you go on a horseback ride into nature where you’ll learn about the REAL Iceland. Dine at a local dairy and beef farm before retiring at Iceland Luxury Lodges.
·         Day 4 – ATV in the Highlands, Waterfalls and Volcanoes
Explore the wild and remote highlands on an ATV before stopping for your gourmet lunch prepared on open fire inside a cave.  Walking behind a gorgeous waterfall and other adventures are on Day 4’s agenda that concludes with dinner prepared for you by Ýmir and Hebba before you retire at Iceland Luxury Lodges.
·         Day 5 – Fire & Ice!
Waterfalls and volcanoes are the highlight of Day 5’s adventure as you meander through hidden gorges and majestic waterfalls. Enjoy the famous Black Beach and basalt columns. Back at Iceland Luxury Lodges, you’ll soak in a hot tub before savoring another gourmet dinner prepared for you by Ýmir and Hebba.
·         Day 6 – Magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes is known as one of the top seven most positive and energetic places on earth, and Ýmir and Hebba will show you why. Spend the day exploring the Peninsula, Pebble Stone Beach and spotting wild seals before enjoying a multi-course dinner of local cuisine at Hótel Búðir where you’ll spend the night.  This charming inn is considered one of the most romantic hotels in NIceland.
·         Day 7 – Into the Glacier
Jules Verne wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth and referred to Snæfellsnes Glacier, so you won’t want to miss this adventure! This is truly a magical experience.  Your final adventure takes you to an ice cave where you’ll explore the wonders of nature from the inside. Spend your final night at Blue Lagoon Retreat & Spa.
Please schedule well ahead of desired dates; subject to availability.  Icelandair flights depart from San Francisco; transportation to SFO not included.
Donated by:
Gourmet Guides Ýmir and Hebba Arthúrsson                          
Magical Iceland
Icelandair
Servio
Blue Lagoon Retreat & Spa
Norðurflug Helicopter Tours
Tower Suites
Food Cellars
ATV Iceland
Iceland Luxury Lodges
Hótel Búðir
Into the Glacier
Friðheimar
 

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FIVE DIAMOND LUXURY AT THE GRAND LUXXE IN PUERTO VALLARTA
FOUR COUPLES – ONE WEEK IN PARADISE

8-Day, 7-Night stay for EIGHT
Plus: 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms, 2 terraces, 1 dipping pool, 2 Jacuzzi tubs, outdoor dining area, gourmet kitchen, wine bar, dining table for 10, airport transfers
Valid to 12/1/20
Recipient of the Five Diamond Award, Grand Luxxe Nuevo Vallarta offers members one of the most exclusive and luxurious vacation experiences in Mexico. Situated along the eastern edge of the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort, five beautifully designed towers follow the Ameca River to where it meets the Bay of Banderas. Members often say that Grand Luxxe is like a private oasis within the resort.  Indeed, as Grand Luxxe guests, you will experience the most luxurious with vaulted ceilings, private terraces (one with plunge pool), elegant fixtures, plush furnishings — this is your world-class vacation home during a magical one-week holiday for FOUR COUPLES in Puerto Vallarta.
 
During you holiday, rest assured that everyone can have the vacation experience they desire. From exploring nature to learning a new dance, making a piece of art to exercising, Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta offers plenty of activities to keep everyone happy and smiling, day after day. This is as much of a destination for golf lovers as it is for beach and pool lovers! Discover one of the best courses in Mexico and an entire academy dedicated to helping players hone their skills and improve their game. Add in some delicious dining options and a Pro Shop offering all the equipment you could need, and you’ve got one exciting place to tee off. Throughout the resort, you’ll discover decadent culinary delights to please every palate. Whether you’re looking to sample gourmet Mexican cuisine or simply craving a light snack, like a crêpe or seasonal cheese plate, you’ll find the fresh fare you desire at one of 20 restaurants.  Activities abound and include a full selection of live music, shows, sports, classes, tours, fitness activities, botanical walks and even the popular Sea Turtle Release.  And if it’s pampering you’re after, you’ll find two spas, including Spatium, available for the exclusive use of Grand Luxxe guests.  Fusing nature and ancient techniques with cutting-edge facilities and results-driven treatments, this spa reimagines a typical day of relaxation as a celebration of pure indulgence.  May be booked five months in advance of arrival date; subject to availability. Some holiday blackout periods apply.
Donated by:
Jan and Mike Peters
 

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MAGIA Y MISTERIO!!
AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENT FOR FIFTY COUPLES
AT
THE HOUDINI ESTATE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019
4 PM to 8 PM

FIFTY couples are cordially invited to explore the privately owned, five-acre Houdini Estate in Los Angeles’ famed Laurel Canyon. Originally built in the Edwardian tradition in the early 1900s, the property still has caves, hidden tunnels, terraced gardens, and a deep-water tank where Harry Houdini reportedly practiced his underwater escapes. The secluded estate was the perfect retreat for America’s first action hero!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the time Houdini and his wife, Bess, stayed at the Hollywood Hills estate while he made several films for the newly flourishing “picture business.” Houdini lived in the property’s guesthouse and used the estate’s pool to practice his amazing feats of escape and illusion. The magic and mystery of “The Handcuff King” remain with the grounds where Bess lived for years after he died in 1926 and in which she gave a famous party for 500 magicians.

The estate, its gardens, and a few smaller structures were partially restored after the 1959 Laurel Canyon Fire burned the original 54-room mansion. In 2006, José Luis Nazar purchased the property and lovingly restored the remaining structures and grounds, adding exotic plants to the century-old gardens, walking trails for exploration, exquisite statues and other artwork, and many amusing and whimsical touches. Guests will delight to discover a spring that runs year-round, hidden nooks and crannies featuring remnants of the original quarry on the property, magic tricks they can perform on specially commissioned structures, and photo opportunities galore on a property that is internationally renowned for fashion, music video, and other film shoots. Today, the estate enjoys modern amenities while maintaining the grand mystique and marvel of Harry Houdini. Come and discover magical surprises around every corner!

During this singular event hosted by José Luis Nazar, you will enjoy specially chosen wines of the “Old World, New World and Very New World” from Spain, Argentina and Mexico’s Parras Valley.  Included:
 
•          An array of Vega Sicilia wines from the entire portfolio as presented by Mike Miller and Golden State Wine Company, the exclusive USA importer of Vega Sicilia. Few wines have a history as distinguished as that of Vega Sicilia; today, the market for Vega Sicilia is one of scarcity and increasing demand. The wine’s growing fame and desirability is testament not only to the estate’s enduring legacy but to the world’s craving for wines of history and noble bearing.
•          A selection of Susana Balbo wines, courtesy of Folio Fine Wine Partners, a full-service importer and marketing agency that manages a collection of exceptional wines worldwide. After working for twenty years as a consulting winemaker, Susana founded her own brand in 2000. Over several decades of winemaking in Argentina, Susana has earned a reputation for a pioneering spirit and innovation. Her winemaking approach for the wines that bear her name is to seamlessly apply her human touch and enhance the grape’s innate character.
•          An in-depth tasting of Anclados wines from Valle de Parras, Mexico. This Valley, being the oldest wine region in the continent, has a privileged terroir and perfect weather conditions for production at an elevation of 5,577 ft.
•          A fabulous assortment of hors d’oeuvres and other tasty morsels at food and wine stations presented by Wolfgang Puck Catering, known for creative seasonal cuisine presented at high profile, grand events in all kinds of settings and iconic venues.
•          A stupendous display of cheeses presented by The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, called “Valhalla for cheese lovers” and the “Mecca for cheese aficionados.”
•          A dessert station with magical confections presented by Thomas Henzi, famed Executive Pastry Chef of The Beverly Hilton who is acclaimed for his show-stopping pastries at such entertainment events as the Golden Globes, Oscar Nominations Luncheon, and the Pre-Grammy Gala.
•          An array of spellbinding strolling magicians from the Academy of Magical Arts.
•          Mysterious surprises that will only be revealed on the day of celebration!
Donated by:
José Luis Nazar
Diana Roca and Jesús Villarreal
Anclados
Mike Miller
Golden State Wine Company
Michael Mondavi
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Wolfgang Puck Catering
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Chef Thomas Henzi
The Beverly Hilton
Scott Smith, Scotto Magic
Academy of Magical Arts
 

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2015 CHÂTEAU QUINTUS
2015 CHÂTEAU HAUT-BRION BLANC
1 MAGNUM EACH

Here we see the meeting of the old and new with Domaine Clarence Dillon and its famed estates in Bordeaux.
 
Château Haut-Brion in the Pessac-Leognan region is one of only five First Growths of Bordeaux and equally respected for its highly regarded Red as it is for its very rare trendsetting Blanc.  The 2015 is a blend of 69% Sauvignon Blanc and 31% Semillon but varies from year to year as Haut-Brion Blanc remains as one of the most highly regarded and most valuable white wines in the world.  On the commercial and auction markets it matches the greats of Burgundy in demand and price. The wine offers an ideal multilayered expression of flowers, citrus and white pitted fruits both on the nose and palate with an intriguing finish that will linger on forever.
 
Château Quintus, located in the charming area of St. Emilion on the Right Bank of Bordeaux, is Domaine Clarence Dillon’s newest acquisition. The estate was purchased by the Domaine in 2011, and in 2013 the neighboring estate of Château L’Arrosée was added.  The two properties are now united as Château Quintus. Proprietor Prince Robert of Luxembourg says, "This merger of equals will prove that the whole can be greater than the two parts. I am confident that this vineyard will soon come to rival its Domaine Clarence Dillon siblings as one of the finest wines of our region.”
Donated by:
Domaine Clarence Dillon
 

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1990 BORDEAUX COLLECTION

1990 Château d’Yquem
1990 Château Latour
1990 Château Lafitte
1990 Château Haut-Brion
1990 Château Mouton Rothschild
1990 Château Margaux
1990 Château Cheval Blanc
1990 Château La Fleur-Pétrus
1990 Château Ducru Beaucailou
1990 Château Lynch-Bages
1990 Château Cos d’Estournel
1990 Château Montrose
1 bottle each (12 Total)
Horizontal Collection
 
1990 was the third year in a rare trifecta of great Bordeaux vintages that was not repeated until 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the wines currently on the market. But the "argument" over which of the three was "The Best" has raged on since the mid-1990s.  Unfortunately, the grace of 1988 fell behind the power of 1989 and the opulence of 1990.  For most of the decade, 1989 was getting more attention but for many, the interest has now shifted toward 1990.  Noted British wine authority Jancis Robinson writes, "…1990 is one of my favorite vintages and one whose wines are currently showing even better than the 1982s in many cases, [but] was not widely acknowledged until the late 1990s.”
 
The truly great vintages of the 20th Century such as 1928, 1947, 1949, 1961, 1982 as well as 1989 and 1990, were marked by very hot/dry summers. Some of the best of that group experienced welcome rainfall to cool things down before harvest.  Both climatic conditions occurred in 1989 and 1990, but most vintners agreed that 1990 held the edge with the timing of the rain that allowed better ripening and concentration.  Success with the 1990 vintage was achieved on both the Left and Right Banks as well as in Pessac-Leognan with wines expressing opulence, breadth on the palate, velvety texture and long complex finish.
 
This lot represents the best of what Bordeaux produced from the First Growths, highly regarded "Super Seconds" and fine examples from both Pomerol and St. Emilion.  A collector’s collection of the best that Bordeaux has to offer in what most would agree is one of the greatest vintages of the 20th Century.
Donated by:
Claudia Moser and Eric Gitter
Terry Taketa
Ron Bloom
Suzie and Paul Frank
Kathy Harouche
Sharon and Hal Lampert
Barbara and Allen Balik
 

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PAIRING AN ICONIC WINERY
WITH A MEMBER OF BEST CHEFS AMERICA
FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE DINNER FOR EIGHT

Plus:
2016 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc
1 magnum each
Dinner is valid to 5/18/20 (excluding September, October 2019)
 
Chef Claud Beltran and Lindy Novak, National Marketing Director of Spottswoode Winery will join Winemasters Co-chairmen Marcia and Gordy Kanofsky in their “newly reimagined” and stunning Tarzana home for an evening of wine and food seduction.  Nothing could be better than a famous guest chef creating a five-course meal for EIGHT (plus the Kanofskys) and a member of one of California’s most iconic wine families pouring an impressive array of Spottswoode’s most sought after wines.
 
After being mentored by Master Chef Thomas Keller, Chef Claud Beltran set out to make his own name.  For almost three decades, Claud has established himself as one of Los Angeles preeminent chefs.  In 2013, his extraordinary culinary talents were honored by his inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America, the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs.  Chef Beltran is co-owner and creator of Claud & Company, a catering company creating dinners, receptions, wedding parties, corporate picnics, barbecues, meetings and other events, from intimate wine dinners to large seasonally-themed festival parties.  Claud & Company also operates Bacchus’ Kitchen and Bacchus’ Kitchen Live, two of Pasadena’s hottest new restaurants.  Chef Beltran will guide a custom epicurean adventure matching an array of Spottswoode wines.
 
The Novak family has been growing wine grapes on their historic Spottswoode Estate since 1972 and making their own wines since 1982.  As stewards of their land, the family pursues an elegant, balanced, and age-worthy style that captures the character of the vintage and the complexity of their legendary estate vineyard.  In 1992, Lindy Novak joined her sister, Beth, as part of a dedicated second generation working alongside their mother, Mary, to guide Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. In the more than 20 years since, Lindy has brought her own unique touch to her role as national director of marketing, by building loyal and lasting relationships with Spottswoode’s distributor, restaurant and retail partners. Known for her warmth, humor and thoughtfulness, Lindy oversees Spottswoode’s sales program in 47 states, and is an eloquent ambassador for Spottswoode and the Novak family at tastings, dinners and other key trade and consumer events throughout the country.
 
In addition to this unforgettable dinner, enhance your cellar with two magnums of Spottswoode wines. At a mutually convenient time.
Donated by:
Marcia and Gordy Kanofsky
Lindy Novak
Spottswoode Winery
Chef Claud Beltran
Claud & Co. Catering, Bacchus’ Kitchen, Bacchus’ Kitchen Live
 

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10 TO 15-NIGHT HAWAII CRUISE FOR TWO WITH CELEBRITY CRUISES
YOUR CHOICE OF ITINERARIES!!

10 to 15-night Hawaii cruise for TWO (depending which itinerary you choose)
Valid 10/27/19-9/13/20
There aren’t many places in the world that rival the natural beauty of Hawaii. Surrounded by the vast Pacific Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands are simply in a class of their own. Hawaii cruises and vacations are on many bucket lists because nothing says “vacation” like the soft breezes and warm sun of Hawaii. It’s time to immerse yourself in all the local flavors of a Hawaiian cruise of your choice. Postcards will never suffice in capturing the unique charms of Hawaii!
 
Sail from one gorgeous Hawaiian paradise to the next when you choose either of two remarkable ships sailing these incredible islands. There’s a lot of time to get into the aloha spirit. Step aboard Celebrity Solstice® for her 10-night sailings between Vancouver and Honolulu or choose Celebrity Eclipse® for her 10-to-12-night sailings between Vancouver and Honolulu. She’ll also sail round-trip from Los Angeles for a 15-night Hawaii vacation departing LA on Sunday, October 27th. With overnight stays in both Oahu and Maui and visits to both sides of the Big Island, Celebrity’s Hawaii vacations give you time to do as much (or as little) as you like, from laid-back days on a picture-perfect beach to adventurous hikes through lush tropical rainforests. And, of course, you’re surrounded in modern luxury every moment of your Hawaiian getaway.
 
Celebrity Cruises’ iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for your precious vacation time. Your Balcony Stateroom provides a private sanctuary where you’ll enjoy both inside and outdoor space, relax in your spacious lounge stateroom or step outside onto the veranda to linger over morning coffee or wonder at evening sunsets.  Celebrity’s signature friendly, personalized service with a guest to staff ratio of nearly 2:1 includes twice daily service (makeup and turndown), daily ice service, and 24-hour complimentary room service.  Your stateroom also features custom blended bath products, Celebrity eXhale™ bedding, private mini-bar and interactive Samsung flat-screen television system to view and select shore excursions, order room service, and watch movies.  You’ll delight in discovering an array of outstanding restaurants and cafés, a state-of-the-art fitness center and Spa and exciting nightlife with a variety of superb entertainment choices.
 
Celebrity Cruises has been voted “Best On-Board Dining” for the 6th consecutive year by Travel/Age West’s Magazine’s Wave Awards, 2018 Condé Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Awards” in the highly competitive large-ship category; “Best Premium Cruise Line” for 11 consecutive years by Travel Weekly and has won more than 30 Wine Spectator “Awards of Excellence.”
Donated by:
Celebrity Cruises
 

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ENCHANTING ITALY…REKINDLE YOUR ROMANCE!
A THIRTEEN-DAY, TWELVE-NIGHT HOLIDAY FOR TWO

13-Day, 12-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations, wine tastings, grappa experience, breakfasts, private museum tour and more. 200,000 AAdvantage® miles
 
Included in this romantic holiday:
2 nights in Milan. Château Monfort is a 5***** luxury hotel located in the heart of Milan. Discover a beautifully restored and elegantly furnished interior with an atmosphere and charm reminiscent of a romantic castle.  Totally inspired by the concept of a “fairy-tale ambiance,” Château Monfort is known as an “Urban Château,”, a new context distinguished by a strong identity, creativity and imagination. The hotel’s neo-Romantic style features enchanted gardens, dungeons and guestrooms inspired by the fairy tales and childhood memories.  Valid to 5/31/20.
 
2 nights in Lake Como. About Villa d’Este, it is said: “Timeless beauty lives here.” For centuries a residence of the aristocracy – princesses, marquises, sultans and tsars. And since 1873, an elegant 5***** resort; one of the most celebrated in the world. Overlooking romantic Lake Como, Villa d’Este is surrounded by a wonderful 25-acre private park. Your exclusive Junior Suite Garden View guestroom is a luxurious space with a living area. Are you ready to immerse yourself in this dream scenario? Valid September, October until 11/16/10 and March, April, May 2020.
 
3 nights in Venice. Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice is a cultural and historic landmark set on Venice’s Grand Canal. Leaning majestically on the banks of the Grand Canal, between Ca’ D’Oro and the Rialto Bridge, this 15th-century Palace has been declared a National Monument and still preserves the untouched beauty of an ancient noble Residence.  Classically-styled furnishings emphasize the period ambience while sleek marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art amenities provide contemporary comforts.  Daily breakfast included. Valid to 5/18/20; excludes certain holidays, festivals and Carnival weekends.
·         Bonus – A private tour of Bussandri, the antique furniture purveyor, in the family’s sumptuously decorated villa dating from the 1500s. Your tour will be guided by a Bussandri family member.  After the tour, have lunch with the family and continue chatting about antiquities and the family’s illustrious history. AND THEN…you’ll be offered a memento from the family’s antique collection. Valid to 5/20/20 at a mutually convenient time.

  • Bonus –The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is pleased to offer tonight’s winning bidders a guided tour to the museum’s permanent collection. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is among the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century.  Guided tour, upon availability, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding Tuesday. Valid to 5/18/20.

·         Bonus – In Bassano del Grappa, just an hour’s beautiful drive from Venice, you’ll find Ditta Bortolo Nardini, the oldest distillery in Italy. The seventh generation Nardini family is offering a grappa experience that includes: a private tour of the Bolle, an architectural landmark designed by world-renowned architect Massimmiliano Fuksas; a private tasting of the Nardini portfolio; a visit to the Nardini family’s private cellar and lunch with the Nardini family.  Plus, you’ll be guided through the town to see some of the most iconic spots not on any tourist maps.  All part of a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in Venice!  Excluding 7/1-8/31/19 and subject to availability. Valid to 5/20/20.
 
2 nights in Rome.  With a commanding view of Rome, the Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, will exceed your expectations time and again. Home to the first and only 3-star Michelin restaurant in Rome, La Pergola,15 acres of private park, one of the world’s most prestigious art collections in a hotel, an award-winning luxury Spa with state-of-the-art gym and fitness center, plus 3 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pools. Stay in an Imperial Guestroom with a Rome view.  Excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays. Please book 2 months prior to desired date. Valid to 5/4/20; subject to availability.
 
3 nights in Tuscany. Experience Il Borro Relais & Châteaux during an unforgettable visit to the Tuscan countryside.  This Tuscan village close to Florence, was built with patience hundreds of years ago and today is the property of the Ferragamo Family, who have carefully restored the estate to its former glory.  Sr. Salvatore Ferragamo invites you to stay in one of the estate’s charming and fully equipped two-bedroom suites.  Plus, an extra special bonus: one 6-bottle case of Pian di Nova from Il Borro Winery, upon arrival.  During the visit, you’ll enjoy a tour of Il Borro’s famous wine cellar which houses their impressive art collection. Here, in one of the oldest cellars in Italy, the first ever Chianti wine was produced, and today as then, the magic of winemaking continues with passion and commitment. Valid to 5/18/20, excluding 6/15-9/15/19; subject to availability.
·         Bonus – Visit Col d’Orcia estate and enjoy a private in-depth tasting plus a farm-to-table lunch with Count Marone Cinzano, proprietor of Col d’Orcia, one of Brunello di Montalcino’s most prestigious estates.  Valid to 5/18/20 at a mutually agreeable time.
Winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!   You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP.  Travel within Italy is not included. Valid to 1/30/21. All hotel stays subject to availability.
Donated by:
Château Monfort
Ca’ Sagredo Hotel
Villa d’Este
Il Borro Relais & Châteaux
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Altour – The Leading Expert in Travel
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ditta Bortolo Nardini
Simonetta and Gabriele Bussandri
Villa Bussandri
Col d’ Orcia
American Airlines
 

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QUINTESSENTIAL SOUTH PACIFIC PARADISE – FIJI!!

7-Day, 6-Night stay for TWO
Plus: International air travel on Fiji Airways to/from Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles or San Francisco, Inter-island Domestic air within the country of Fiji between Nadi and Savusavu, Vanua Levu; Nakawaga Waterfall excursion for two; All-inclusive
Valid to 3/20/20
Bula! Welcome to Fiji. Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is blessed with 333 tropical islands that are home to some of the happiest people on Earth. Known for its luxurious private-islands, all-inclusive resorts, top spas, culinary destinations and outdoor adventures, Fiji is most widely celebrated for its culture, which uniquely welcomes visitors “home.” Fiji’s white sand beaches and pristine, crystal-clear ocean waters offer an ideal vacation destination for divers, honeymooners and families– or simply, those looking to relax and get away from it all.  This South Pacific holiday paradise includes:
·         3 nights – Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort – SAVUSAVU. Features: Fijian-style Garden View Bure, gourmet meals, two 60-minute “Bobo” massages. Valid 8/1-9/15/19, 11/1-12/16/19 and 1/13-3/20/20.
The intimate, internationally acclaimed Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji overlooks the pristine waters of Savusavu Bay on Fiji’s island of Vanua Levu.  Set amongst elegant palms on 17 acres, it is surrounded by spectacular secluded coastline, a marine sanctuary, pristine coral reefs and exotic marine life.  This socially and environmentally responsible resort is one of the South Pacific’s most renowned vacation destinations. Come experience this award-winning, 5***** Fiji resort, where heavenly surroundings combine with an unsurpassed range of activities.  Your elegant Fijian-style Garden View Bure is crafted from local timbers and features premier amenities, providing the ultimate in privacy, comfort and personal service.  All gourmet meals are included along with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks.  Plus, enjoy complimentary guided snorkeling trips with the resident marine biologist, an outing to a local Fijian village, a trip to the local Savusavu farmers market, glass bottom boat adventure, an excursion to the rainforest with a dramatic waterfall and more!
·         3 nights – Mamanuca & Southern Yasawa Islands Cruise with Captain Cook Cruises. Valid to 6/20/20.
Winner of Fiji Visitors Bureau “Best Cruise Line” and the Fiji Tourism Awards “Best Fiji Experience.” Set sail for a 3-night cruise with Captain Cook Fiji – and make your holiday unforgettable. From the volcanic Yasawa Islands, to the remote Northern Islands, you’ll cruise some of the most beautiful and remote places in the world. You’ll visit places rarely seen by tourists, away from the hustle and bustle so you can truly relax and enjoy what Fiji has to offer.
 
Highlights of your cruise include, a visit to privately owned Tivua Island where you’ll spend some time exploring the beaches and coral reef. You also have the option of diving a new wreck, Raiyawa. You’ll see many beautiful beaches in the northern Yasawa’s, including Drawaqa Bay and the luxuriant Yaqeta beach. And, you’ll explore the Yasawa cave lagoons. Fijian culture hasn’t been forgotten with the cruise visiting Gunu for a feast and cultural performance, Matacawalevu for the shell market, school and village visit, Sawa-I-Lau for a spot of crab racing (as fun as it sounds!), and then you’ll be heading back on the final night for another cultural performance from the crew.  Enjoy an Ocean Stateroom with outside walkway and picture windows.
·         Nakawaga Waterfall excursion for two –compliments of Tourism Fiji
·         International air travel on Fiji Airways to/from Nadi, Fiji from Los Angeles or San Francisco, Inter-island Domestic air within the country of Fiji between Nadi and Savusavu, Vanua Levu
Accommodation, cruise and air travel subject to availability.
Donated by:
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Captain Cook Cruises
Tourism Fiji
Fiji Airways
 

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CHAIRMAN’S LOT
AN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE FOR EIGHT
AT
THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

v  Cooking Demonstration for EIGHT
v  Chef’s Table Experience for EIGHT
v  Overnight stay for the winning bidder
v  Complimentary valet parking is included
 
Executive Chef David Codney cordially invites your party of EIGHT to join him in the kitchen of The Peninsula Beverly Hills for a special chef’s demonstration and cooking class.
 
At this 5***** hotel, old world charm meets award-winning contemporary dishes at Hollywood’s hottest tables and terraces. Chef Codney oversees all aspects of the hotel’s cuisine, including The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ signature Belvedere restaurant, the only AAA Five Diamond-rated restaurant in Los Angeles (and one of only two in all Southern California). With its rich, 25-year history of exceptional cuisine, the Mediterranean-inspired menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients and wild-caught seafood.  Chef Codney also creates fresh Californian cuisine for the Roof Garden, a favorite with Beverly Hills residents and hotel guests alike.
 
Following the cooking demonstration, the “Chef’s Table Experience” awaits.  Your party will savor each course you have prepared for a custom menu with wine pairings in the kitchen of The Peninsula Beverly Hills.  You are the honored guests of Executive Chef Codney, and an unforgettable dining adventure awaits!
 
Chef Codney, whose passion for cooking developed in high school, joined the 5***** hotel from his role as executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Florida. His career began with an externship at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas following his graduation from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park. The Ohio native cooked under three Certified Master Chefs during his time with Ritz-Carlton and was also a guest chef at James Beard House, the Naples Food & Wine Festival and the Southwest Winter Wine Festival.
 
No need to drive home if you are the winning bidder of this Chairman’s Lot.  Tonight’s winning bidder of this lot is invited to stay over in a sumptuously furnished guestroom where classic luxury meets contemporary lifestyle   Subject to availability at a mutually convenient time. Expires 12/31/19.
Donated by:
Chef David Codney
Peninsula Beverly Hills
 

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ARGENTINA FOR TWO
A COUNTRY THAT STEALS YOUR HEART AND TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY

12-Day, 11-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Private wine tours and tastings, some meals, 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 5/18/20
Get ready to pack your bags for an unforgettable holiday for two in Argentina fashioned by Alex Guarachi, President of Guarachi Wine Partners.   Since Alex launched T.G.I.C. in 1984 (now Guarachi Wine Partners), the company has enjoyed success both importing and wholesaling premium wines from many of Argentina’s best-known producers and was named Wine Enthusiast’s “Importer of the Year.”  This exceptional trip is created by Alex as an introduction to the wines of Argentina. You will also have an opportunity to explore the winelands of Molinos and enjoy a stay at a 5***** resort in The Tierra del Fuego.  This singular adventure will take you to:
·         Buenos Aires: Discover Casa Rosadas, Teatro Colon and MALBA – while staying 2 nights at Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, a private retreat that blends Belle Epoque tradition with contemporary sophistication.  This opulent hotel wraps you in sleek panache as you explore the “Paris of South America.”  Excluding the Festive Season.
·         Mendoza: Discover Plaza Independencia and a host of outstanding wine producers – while staying 4 nights at the exclusive Park Hyatt Mendoza, prominently positioned on the Plaza de la Independencia in the heart of the city.  With its striking 19th-century Spanish colonial façade, the hotel boasts of a gourmet restaurant showcasing exquisite regional cuisine, a full spa, hotel casino and the finest personalized service.
·         During your stay in Mendoza, courtesy of Guarachi Wine Partners, you’ll enjoy 2 very special tour and tasting experiences at Bodega Norton and Kaiken wineries.
·         Salta: Discover the Andes, Colonial sites and Incan mummies – while staying 2 nights at Finca Valentina in Salta, the beautiful country home owned by Fabrizio Ghilardi and his charming wife Valentina.  Your accommodations are a stylishly designed guesthouse with breathtaking views, and you’ll feel like the honored guests of welcoming friends.  Your transfers to and from Salta are included.
·         Ushuaia: Discover Southern Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and Los Glacieres National Park – while staying 3 nights at Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa, a 5***** resort located in Ushuaia at the shore of Beagle Channel.  Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and is surrounded by the Martial Mounts. It is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and Southern Atlantic Islands Province, and its superlative location allows you to enjoy the sea, mountains and forests at the same time.  Includes Superior Beagle Channel View Guestroom, shuttle service between resort and Ushuaia City and daily buffet breakfast.
Hotels valid to 5/18/20, subject to availability and at a mutually convenient time.  The winning bidder will receive 200,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!   You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP.  Travel within Argentina is not included. Miles valid to 1/30/21.
Donated by:
Alex Guarachi
Guarachi Wine Partners
Fabrizio and Valentina Ghilardi
Socompa and Finca Valentina
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires
Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa
American Airlines
 

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WELCOME TO THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE WEST
RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX MAGEE HOMESTEAD IN SARATOGA, WYOMING

4-Day, 3-Night stay for TWO
Plus: All-inclusive – 3 daily gourmet meals, 2 daily activities and Brush Creek branded premium beer, wine and spirits, 50,000 AAdvantage® Miles
Valid to 10/16/19
 
Time seems to stand still at Magee Homestead. It’s a place where beautiful red sunsets and starlit night skies instill strong wonder. The true spirit of the authentic American West is felt around every table, through each conversation, and in moments of deep introspection. Pause from life’s everyday demands and take in the breathtaking beauty all around you.
 
You are cordially invited to engage in an untethered immersive experience at Magee Homestead, a Relais & Châteaux and Forbes Travel Guide 5 ***** property nestled in southern Wyoming. Experience masterful cuisine, richly-appointed amenities and endless exploration for an adults-only ranch vacation. Gift your soul an authentic western thrill of a lifetime.
 
Situated near the Medicine Bow National Forest, Magee Homestead was once a cow camp and hay-producing ranch back in the early 20th century. Today, accommodations are found in a collection of nine historically restored luxury cabin residences for a maximum of 27 guests. After a full day of exploration, you’ll be able to retreat to your accommodations, kick your feet up, and relax. Magee Homestead’s Chef de Cuisine, AJ Buchanio, employs an exquisite farm-to-table approach when crafting meals, utilizing Akaushi beef and fresh ingredients from the Ranch’s greenhouse.  Activities abound and include your choice of two daily adventures including, trail rides, fly fishing, hiking and trail running, ATV adventures and more!  Please book as early as possible; subject to availability.
Winning bidder will receive 50,000 AAdvantage® Miles!  You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/30/21. The gift certificate is non-transferable and subject to availability. Excluding holidays and some blackout dates. Once booked, cancellation fees apply.
Donated by:
Magee Homestead
 

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หลงรักเมืองไทย
IN LOVE WITH THAILAND
The ultimate romantic vacation awaits you in Thailand
that features stays at five luxurious hotels

14-Day, 13-Night stay for TWO
Plus: Deluxe accommodations at all resorts, daily breakfasts, 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles
 
***Welcome to The Siam – Bangkok
2-Night stay
Plus: Siam Suite, daily breakfast, butler service, shuttle boat between the hotel and Bangkok’s central pier
Valid to 5/18/1/20
Excluding 12/24/19-1/5/20, 2/10-15/20, 4/2-6/20
Step into this private urban sanctuary; a stunning, luxury hotel, replete with exquisite art and antiques and set amidst 3 acres of lush gardens on the Chao Phraya River, adjoining Bangkok’s must-see historical and cultural attractions.
 
***Welcome to Banyan Tree Phuket – Phuket
2-Night stay
Plus: Banyan Pool Villa, daily breakfast
Valid to 5/19/20
Excluding 9/26-10/19/19, 9/26-10/7/19, 11/19-12/3/19, 12/20-31/19, 1/1-9/20, 1/22-28/20, 5/1-6/20
Come visit the Andaman’s greatest treasure – Phuket Island. Encircling the sparkling waters of a saltwater lagoon, this Banyan Tree luxury resort in Phuket is a sanctuary of hushed repose. Banyan Tree Phuket is nestled in the enclave of Laguna Phuket where the roads are lined with casuarinas and palms and the Bang Tao Bay always sparkles in sapphire brilliance. Your spacious Banyan Pool Villas features Thai-inspired décor, his-and-hers private dressing rooms and an open-air oval bathtub. From the interior of your residence, step right into your private outdoor pool.
 
***Welcome to Pimalai Resort & Spa – Koh Lanta, Krabi
5-Night stay
Plus: Hillside Ocean View Pool Villa, daily breakfast
Valid to 9/30/20
Excluding Chinese New Year holiday week, Easter weekend, Songkran and Loy Krathong holidays and peak season 12/21/19-1/10/20.
Koh Lanta, Thailand is calling…experience peace, serenity, solitude…during a romantic holiday in a 2,150-square foot hillside Pool Villa at Pimalai Resort & Spa, set in a serene rainforest and offering unrivalled ocean views.  Enjoy the luxury of your villa, its natural surroundings and refreshing dips in your own infinity pool at Conde Nast Traveler’s Leader Choice Award winner for Best Resort in Asia.
For those who want to enjoy a luxury vacation while knowing they are not contributing to the degradation of the environment, then a holiday at Pimalai Resort & Spa is a perfect choice. Your Pool Villa offers a splendid isolation and has been crafted in such a way that one can hardly see any of the surrounding structures. Pimalai may be quiet but there are a host of things to do; elephant riding, sailing, nature trekking, Thai cooking classes and of course, surrounding islands waiting for your discovery. Nearby small protected islands are part of the Lanta Marine National Park offering great snorkeling and sightseeing trips.  Pimalai also offers you a comprehensive Gold Palm PADI dive center. Finally, Pimalai Spa is a haven for peace, relaxation and tranquility.  Subject to availability.
 
***Welcome to 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai
2-Night stay
Plus: Rajah Brooke Suite, daily breakfast
Valid to 5/18/20
Excluding 10/1-10; 12/15/19-1/10/20; 2/1-10/20; public holidays; festive periods.
137 Pillars House boutique hotel in Chiang Mai is a nostalgic blend of historic Thai architecture and sleek modern design, with delicious dining, a sublime spa and dramatic pool. Set in the arty Wat Gate district, it was once home to Louis Leonowens, son of schoolteacher Anna (of Anna and the King movie fame). Your Rajah Brooke Suite extends to an airy vintage tiled verandah overlooking tropical gardens with cane shades for privacy, rattan planter’s chair and plush day bed. You’ll also enjoy indoor/outdoor showers and a free-standing Victorian bath tub in your ensuite bathroom. Subject to availability.
 
Conclude your holiday back in Bangkok!
***Welcome to 137 Pillars Suites – Bangkok
2-Night stay
Plus: Ayutthaya Suite, daily breakfast
Valid to 5/18/20
Excluding 10/1-7; 12/20/19-1/10/20; 2/1-10/20; 4/10-25/20; public holidays; festive periods.
Soaring above the streets of Bangkok, 137 Pillars Suites is a distinctive boutique hotel designed with ultimate luxury in mind. Occupying the uppermost levels of this bespoke building, the exquisitely appointed suites are complemented by a full range of personal services. You’ll find a spa and wellness center, gourmet dining and a skyline-skimming infinity pool.  Each suite bears the name of an illustrious period in Thai royal history. Your Ayutthaya Suite has a private dining table, maxi bar and pantry, butler service and even a guest bathroom. The spacious balcony has a signature 137 Pillars House rocking chair and oversized daybed. Subject to availability.
 
Winning bidder will receive 195,000 AAdvantage® Miles!!!!   You can use your AAdvantage® miles to fly to exciting destinations on American Airlines, American Eagle®, AmericanConnection®, or one of the AAdvantage® participant airlines. The itinerary you choose determines the number of miles you need to use. You can also upgrade using mileage or redeem miles with AAdvantage® participants for car rentals, hotels, shopping, financial services and more! Miles should be deposited into your AAdvantage Account ASAP. Miles expire 1/30/21.amer
Donated by:
The Siam
Banyan Tree Phuket
Pimalai Resort & Spa
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai
137 Pillars Suites, Bangkok
American Airlines      
 

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1999’S MOST DECORATED CABS

1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
1999 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Dominus Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Special Select
1999 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
1999 Araujo Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele
1999 Pahlmeyer Red Table Wine Napa Valley
1999 Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley
1999 Maya Red Table Wine Napa Valley
1999 Peter Michael Les Pavots
1999 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon
1 bottle each (12 total)
Horizontal Collection
 
The 1990s ended with a bang as the outstanding 1999s hit the stage to rave reviews and was compared favorably to the knockout vintages of the decade such as, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and of course, 1997.  An amazing decade that my never be repeated in California’s North Coast or elsewhere in the world.  Totaling all the scores on the 1999s included in this collection by the most influential critics would be in the mid-1100 point range out of a possible 1200 points.  Quite an amazing fete but a showing not unexpected from the dedicated vintners and winemakers in an excellent vintage.  The range covers the Napa Valley from south to north and east to west with a bit of a jump past Calistoga to Knight’s Valley for a complete geological range of California’s finest Cabernet country.
Donated by:
Sharon and Hal Lampert
 

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FIRST AND FOREMOST A SENSE OF PLACE
2015 RIDGE MONTE BELLO
3.0L

Until his retirement in 2016, Paul Draper made the wines and oversaw the vineyards for Ridge, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, for almost 50 years.  Paul is universally recognized as one of the premier winemakers in the world and has received many honors for his expertise including being named Decanter magazine’s “Man of the Year.”  Paul’s philosophy has always been that the vineyard creates the wine, and every year he produced many single vineyard wines from numerous varietals and blends.  However, the kingpin of the vineyards – Monte Bello –surrounds the winery.  Ridge has been making wine from Monte Bello since 1962, and the character of the wines has always been unique, beautifully expressing the terroir.  The 1971 Monte Bello was thought to be too “light” in the winery.  But in 2006 it was named the grand winner in the 1976 Paris Tasting “Rematch” celebrating the 30th anniversary of this groundbreaking event. The 2015 Monte Bello has been greeted with great acclaim before and since its recent release.  James Suckling awarded it with 100 points followed by Anthony Galloni and others with 98 points and the Wine Advocate with 95+ points.  This rare 3.0L bottling will reward tonight’s winning bidder with what will surely be recognized in the upper echelon of California Cabernet Sauvignon collectibles.
Donated by:
Ridge Vineyards