Toast to Your Health Wine Auction Features World’s Finest Wines

October 27, 2006

Some of the most sought-after wines will be available at Rochester's premier wine event.

The sixth annual Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction, set for Friday, Nov. 17, will allow Rochester’s wine lovers to sample more than 200 vintages from throughout the world. Festivities will be at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

Considered Rochester’s premier wine event, it benefits the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s comprehensive campaign to expand cancer care and research.

The black-tie-optional event begins at 6 p.m. with two hours of wine tasting and a silent auction.

Then guests will enjoy a five-course gourmet meal prepared by guest chef Tony Gullace, owner of Max of Eastman Place. Throughout the elegant meal, renowned auctioneer David Reynolds of Reynolds and Buckley will auction sought-after vintages from collections around the world as well as one-of-a-kind private events, and trips to exclusive wineries.

Among the exclusive wines available are: six bottles of 1996 California wines: Screaming Eagle, Pahlmeyer, Silver Oak Napa, Bryant Family, Harlan, Insignia; a six-bottle vertical of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1997- 2002; and four bottles of Australian wines rated 98-99 points by Robert Parker -  2001 Clarendon Hills “Astralis” Shiraz, 2001 D’Arenberg “The Dead Arm” Shiraz, 1998 Penfold’s “Grange” Shiraz, 1998 Torbeck “Run Rig” Shiraz.

And, bidders will vie for a visit to Burgundy with connoisseurs Sherwood Deutsch and Michael Misch, of Century Liquor.  They will escort the high bidders on a trip to taste barrel samples of wine in the cellars of Louis Jadot and enjoy a luncheon at Domaine Jadot. The excursion includes a visit to the Domaine of Romanee-Conti to sample incomparable La Tache, Richebourg, Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux wines.

Another highlight of the auction will be an incredible Sauterne Sampling. Owners and winemakers from Chateau Coutet, Chateau Climens, Chateau Guiraud, Chateau Latour Blanche and Chateau Suduiraut, from the region of Bordeaux, France, will travel to Rochester to share their wines. The famous chateaux produce sweet wines that are sought after by connoisseurs all over the world.

Tickets are $225 per person.  Reserve your seats early, as the event continues to sell-out year after year. For additional information or t tickets, call (585) 275-9827.  All tickets include admission to the Rochester Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, Nov. 18, sponsored by the Democrat & Chronicle. A portion of the proceeds from the Rochester Wine & Food Festival also benefit the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center.

The Wilmot Cancer Center is raising $42.5 million to expand its local cancer care and research to help find cures. This comprehensive campaign will lay the foundation to create one of the top cancer centers in the nation.

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