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Silent and Live Auctions

2018-auction

Over the years, we have auctioned off fine wines, exciting travel experiences, and exclusive dinners. One of a kind lots encompass all three.

We invite you to preview our silent auction items, our premier silent auction items, and our signature live lots below.

For questions about auction items or the auction process, contact Scott Verrenti at (585) 273-2833 or scott.verrenti@rochester.edu  


Silent auction

The silent auction will open on Thursday, September 12 at 5 p.m. and close on Saturday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. Bidding will take place via mobile bidding; wine auction attendees with a mobile number on file will receive a text message when bidding opens. If you want to participate in mobile bidding and are not attending the wine auction, please register to bid here by clicking ‘start bidding’ in the upper right-hand corner.

Coming soon: preview our silent auction items.
 

Premier silent auction and “First Dibs” on seats to select dinner seats

The premier silent auction will open on Monday, September 9 at 5 p.m. and close on Saturday, September 14 at 5:30 p.m. New this year: “First Dibs” on select dinner seats will also open Monday, September 9 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 13. Bidding for both premier silent auction items and “First Dibs” will take place via mobile bidding; wine auction attendees with a mobile number on file will receive a text message when bidding opens. If you want to participate in mobile bidding and are not attending the wine auction, please register to bid here by clicking ‘start bidding’ in the upper right-hand corner.

Preview our premier silent auction items


Live auction

Our live auction will take place on the evening of the wine auction, Saturday, September 14, in the main dining area, beginning at 6 p.m.  

Preview our exciting live auction lots.

About Our Auctioneer

Fritz Hatton

Vintner and Wine Auctioneer

Fritz Hatton and his immediate family own Arietta, one of Napa’s top producers of Bordeaux-style blended wines. He is also the nation’s most experienced wine auctioneer, having begun his career in Christie’s Wine Department in 1980. After a 12-year management career with Christie’s in North America and the Far East, Fritz took a musical sabbatical on the West Coast in the early 1990s. He conducted his first auction for the Napa Valley Vintners in 1992, and in 1995, returned to Christie’s as director of Christie’s U.S. Wine Department.

Out of Fritz’s musical and wine country experiences with his winemaker friend, John Kongsgaard, emerged a wine brand with a musically inspired name: Arietta. In 1998, Fritz returned to California to launch Arietta with his wife Caren Hatton.

He remained with Christie’s as consultant and principal wine auctioneer, before joining Zachys Wine Auctions in 2002. Fritz continues to conduct all commercial wine auctions for Zachys, as well as numerous charity wine auctions nationwide, in addition to overseeing the production and sales of Arietta.

Fritz and Caren reside in Napa, California with their two daughters, Libby and Hattie. A native of Michigan, Fritz is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and a summa cum laude graduate of Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. He is one of the first students to enroll in the Yale School of Organization and Management, from which he received an MBA in 1979.

After family and wine, Fritz’s major interest is classical music, and he is just as happy playing the piano as he is encouraging bidders to turn cash into collectible wine.