Silent and live auctions
Thank you for joining us for WineFest No. 18—A Toast to Children's Health. At WineFest you will explore the wonderful world of Spanish wine and fine cuisine. We will showcase the beautiful Rioja region and their bodegas and celebrate the internationally-renowned University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. In addition to gourmet fare, spectacular wine, and entertainment, this two-day event will also feature extraordinary live and silent auctions including exclusive globe-trotting travel opportunities, sought-after Reservas, and much more!
Friday and Saturday silent auctions
Friday live auction
Host a port tasting for up to 10 people at your home. There will be eight different ports from Portugal. Grant Bender, a port expert from Kobrand, will lead the two-hour tasting featuring eight different ports. He will pair ruby and tawny ports with a variety of chocolates. The chocolates and ports will be yours to enjoy following the tasting. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donor: Wirtz Beverage Minnesota
Grand View Lodge getaway
Enjoy this fall golf package with three-day-two-night accommodations at Grand View Lodge for four people, including daily breakfast, three rounds of golf on The Pines & The Preserve (12 rounds total), and a special wine dinner for four at the Lodge restaurant.
Donors: Grand View Lodge
Party on the patio
You and 23 of your closest friends are sure to enjoy a three-hour wine tasting at The Wine Company's beautiful Tuscan-style patio, complete with a crushed oyster shell bocce court, fountains, and gardens. Guests will be treated to an outstanding selection of wines from around the world, along with meats and cheeses. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donor: The Wine Company
Land Rover—Winter Weekend Getaway
Enjoy a weekend up north at the cabin of Luther Luxury owner Ted Terp on Clam Shell Lake. This lake home is located on a private one-acre lot on Clam Shell Lake, part of the Whitefish chain of lakes just north of Brainerd. This lake house boasts a huge updated kitchen area with hickory hardwood floors, tongue and groove ceilings, oversized stone fireplaces, and two large family rooms with views from every window. It's four bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 people, with one of the bedrooms sporting double bunks. Snuggle up next to one of the fireplaces with your favorite book, enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, or brave the elements hiking or snowshoeing through scenic snow trails. Nisswa and Cross Lake are minutes away for shopping and you can enjoy one of the many great restaurants in the area or you can cook in.
This weekend includes the exclusive use of this home from Friday evening through Sunday. We will also include a new 2013 Land Rover for your trip, so hope for lots of snow and enjoy your winter getaway. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Luther Luxury, Ted and Cathy Terp
Saturday live auction
Special Appeal—Children's Health Discovery Fund at the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and the Department of Pediatrics is changing the world—setting new standards, breaking records, and driving novel research discoveries. Critical funding raised through this appeal will support the Children’s Health Discovery Fund and give children challenged with childhood disease the gift of adulthood.
Your contribution can make a tremendous difference. Raise your hand high or bid on tablets available during the live auction special appeal. Every bid, regardless of size, will help fund life-changing efforts to benefit countless children in Minnesota and around the world.
What a simple way to make a difference!
Adventure at MOA
Play, shop, and stay during your own Mall of America Adventure. This special package includes:
- One overnight stay at Radisson Blu
- $100 gift card to Crave at MOA
- Two hours of private shopping with Sara Rogers
- $250 MOA gift card
- Four unlimited wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe
- Four passes to Ghostly Gang Plank and Anchor Drop
- Four passes to Moose Mountain Miniature Golf
Donors: Crave, Mall of America, Radisson Blu
Backyard bash with Tim Mahoney and Brian Leighton
Bring 49 of your friends, colleagues, or clients to a spectacular poolside concert featuring wine and the music of recording artists Brian Leighton of GB Leighton and Tim Mahoney at Peggy and Brian Reagan’s beautiful backyard in Mendota Heights, Minn. Guests will enjoy a wonderful menu from Mendoberri, with complementary wine pairings from Mitch and Mary Spencer. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon Sunday.
Donors: Brian Leighton, Tim Mahoney, Mendoberri, Peggy and Brian Reagan, Mary and Mitch Spencer
Best of the Butcher & the Boar with Minnesota Viking John Sullivan
You and 11 friends will enjoy a private reception and dinner at the Star Tribune's 2012 “Restaurant of The Year,” Butcher & the Boar. Your menu will be prepared by executive chef/co-owner and 2013 James Beard nominated Chef Jack Riebel. Your wines will be selected by bar manager/co-owner Jerald Hansen. And your own football update will be provided by Vikings center John Sullivan and three of his teammates. Subject to availability on Friday or Saturday nights in June (7 or 8, 14 or 15, 21, or 22) or any Monday night during the regular Minnesota Vikings season.
Donors: Butcher & the Boar, Southern Wine & Spirits, John Sullivan
Bacchus Wine God
Bacchus Wine God is painted by award-winning artist Luis Burgos, one of the most distinctive figurative painters from the contemporary art scene in Spain. With a colorful career spanning three decades and more than 50 exhibitions in Spain, London, Belgium, and New York City, Burgos enchants the art world with the passionate characters depicted in his work. Burgos studied drawing at the School of Arts and Crafts of Logroño, Spain, and later moved to Barcelona, where he studied at the San Lluis Circle and a private academy. He also studied under painter and restorer Arnaldo Lodosa, with whom he perfected his technique. Burgos, who specializes in painting figures, is known for the arresting facial expressions exhibited in his work. This painting is just over 6-feet-by-6-feet in size.
Donor: Luis Burgos
Minnetonka Beach beer and BBQ bash
Join 49 of your friends, colleagues, or clients at a spectacular outdoor concert in August or September featuring craft beers from Flat Earth Brewing, cult wines donated by Mitch and Mary Spencer, plenty of BBQ, and music of national recording band Rocket Club at Christine and David Hardten's beautiful backyard in Excelsior, Minn. Guests can bring blankets for lawn seating and enjoy a wonderful performance for a great cause. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date.
Donors: Chef Royal Catering, Flat Earth Brewing Company, Christine and David Hardten, Rocket Club, Mary and Mitch Spencer
Exclusive tasting experience
Join 49 of your favorite friends for an exclusive walk-around wine tasting at Haskell’s warehouse in Minnetonka, Minn. You and your guests will have the chance to sip 35 sought-after wines in your Riedel glass and sample lite fare and gourmet cheese. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date. Private venue is in a lower level and is not handicapped accessible.
Donors: Haskell's Wine & Spirits, Phillips Wine & Spirits, The Wine Company, Southern Wine & Spirits, Wirtz Beverage
Springbreak destination: Scottsddale, Ariz.
You and up to five guests will spend seven nights in Scottsdale, Ariz. in a private, two-bedroom casita at the spectacular Four Seasons Residence Club from Sunday, February 23 to Sunday, March 2, 2014. You will also enjoy golfing for two at Pinnacle Peak Country Club with Paul and Elaine Campbell.
Donors: Paul and Elaine Campbell
Krug and caviar dinner with Tim McKee and friends
Your chefs’ dinner will be a one-of-a-kind experience for you and 11 guests in your home, featuring an eight-course menu, where the city’s best chefs will each create one amazing course. The wines will be paired for each course, carefully selected from the cellars of Dale Roberts, Paul Campbell, David Johnson, and Lee Kitzenberg. Bill Summerville, managing director and owner of La Belle Vie, will be your sommelier. Limousine ransportation will be provided for this event. Subject to availability on a mutually agreed upon date.
- Tim McKee, chef de cuisine at La Belle Vie; winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Midwest and one of the most renowned and respected chefs in the Upper Midwest.
- Mike DeCamp, chef de cuisine at La Belle Vie; semifinalist in James Beard Award, Best Chef in 2013 and recognized as the Tastemaker of 2011 by Mpls. St.Paul Magazine.
- Tyge Nelson, executive chef of Chino Latino in Minneapolis, where he prepares items from countries around the equator.
- Jamie Malone, chef de cuisine of Sea Change; winner of the Best New Chef Award in 2013 by Food & Wine Magazine.
- Shawn Smalley, co-owner and chef at Smalley’s Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar, voted Best BBQ in 2011.
- Matt Bickford, chef and owner of Icehouse. Icehouse won the award for The Twin Cities’ Greatest Hits: Burgers by Minnesota Monthly in 2012.
- Jim Christiansen, head chef at the Union, previously in charge of the kitchen at Il Gatto, where his food earned rave reviews.
- Diane Yang, executive pastry chef at La Belle Vie. Yang previously worked at Solera and Aquavit.
Donors: Chefs noted above, Paul Campbell, David Johnson, Lee Kitzenberg, Dale Roberts, Bill Summerville
Rioja Spain getaway
This two-person package includes luxury accommodations for five nights in Rioja, Spain (arrive on Monday, depart on Saturday), transportation between Logroño and the Bilbao airport, car rental for four days in Rioja (Tuesday through Friday), five nights of hotel accommodation in Rioja (arrive on Monday, depart on Saturday), a hotel breakfast, a guided tapas tour of Calle Laurel (Monday evening), three bodega visits with lunch at each bodega (Tuesday—Thursday), and a special visit to the Dinastía Vivanco museum and bodega (Friday). Guests may choose to take the trip to Rioja in the fall 2013 (September/October) or the spring 2014 (April/May). The winning bidder will also take home from WineFest No. 18 a special selection of Rioja wines, including two Blancos, three Crianzas, six Reservas, and six Rioja Gran Reservas, along with a Vibrant Rioja grilling set and apron.
Donor: Vibrant Rioja
"Fore" the Kids—Third annual Champions for Children Golf Classic
Hosted by Minnesota Vikings John Sullivan
Join three friends in a round of golf at the Champions for Children Golf Classic on Monday, June 17, 2013 at the exclusive Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn. This package includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, lunch, on-course food and beverages, a deluxe player gift package, dinner, and much more. On the course, your team will be joined by a surprise celebrity fifth golfer. Foursomes for this event start at $5,000.
Donor: University of Minnesota Foundation, Children's Health Team
Napa Valley boutique vintner's collective
Enjoy a truly special opportunity providing access to nine of Napa Valley's most exclusive, limited production wineries! Indulge in wine tastings accompanied with specially designed food pairings, all while taking in the beauty of Napa's most picturesque estates. You'll be hosted by winery proprietors who will share their passion for creating these fine California wines and guide you through your tasting.
Accommodations for up to six people for five days and four nights in a charming, fully restored 1927 craftsman in the heart of historic downtown Napa. You will enjoy being in walking distance to several exceptional restaurants, tasting rooms, bakeries, and boutique shops. The house boasts a private backyard sanctuary to retire to after a day's indulgence in the valley. Annette and Brian Call will act as your concierge to coordinate your daily agenda to include two private tasting experiences hosted by the following boutique wineries:
- St. Helena Winery: Tour, tasting, and wine country lunch on the property
- Forman Vineyards: Tour, tasting, plus one magnum of Forman Cabernet Sauvignon*
- Gamble Family Vineyards: Land Cruiser vineyard tour and tasting with Tom Gamble
- Gemstone Vineyard: Tour and tasting, paired with amuse bouche to highlight wines
- Redmon Wine: Tour of Ghost Winery, and food and wine pairing with owners, Scott and Lisa
- 750 Wines: Private tasting of four ultra-exclusive wines hand selected by the owners, Monica and David Stevens
- Hartwell Estate Vineyards: Food and wine pairing designed and prepared by the renowned Napa French restaurant, La Toque
- Celani Family Vineyards: Private tour and tasting, and appetizer pairing
- Sodaro Estate Winery: Private tour and wine tasting
- Ehlers Estate: Private tour and tasting
*Package also includes one Magnum of Forman Cabernet Sauvignon.
(Dates are subject to availability during 2013-14 and must be confirmed with the Call's in advance of booking)
Donors: Annette and Brian Call
Watch the Twins win!
June 14, 2013, 7:10 p.m. game
Enjoy a splendid summer evening with your friends at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis as you watch the Minnesota Twins play the Detroit Tigers from the luxurious Twins Stadium Suite. Before the game, 12 of your guests have the opportunity to watch Joe Mauer and teammates take batting practice on the field.
Your package includes:
- A suite with accommodations up to 20 guests with 12 stadium-style seats
- 16 tickets to the game with four additional guests passes
- 12 on-field batting practice passes
- $250 in food and beverage allowances
*Note: individuals using the guest passes will need a ticket to gain entry into the game. The guest passes allow access to the suite but do not serve as tickets into the stadium.
Donors: M.A. Mortenson Company, JoAnne Pastel and Bill Dunlap