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Wine Auction Offers Rare Chance to Sample the World's Finest Wines

Rare Vintage Auction To Benefit Kessler Family Burn/Trauma ICU

Monday, November 03, 2003

On Nov. 15, Rochester residents will have the opportunity to sample from among 200 wines—many of them rare and expensive vintages not typically served at such events—at the third annual "Toast to Your Health" wine tasting and auction fund-raiser. To be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Bausch & Lomb Winter Garden, funds will benefit the new Kessler Family Burn/Trauma Intensive Care Unit being constructed at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The black-tie optional event begins at 5 p.m. with a tasting featuring more than 200 vintages, many of them premium wines such as Franciscan Estates’ sought-after Quintessa and Moet & Chandon’s champagne. Wine will be accompanied with hors d’oeurves prepared by Tastings Restaurant.  At 7 p.m., a five-course gourmet dinner specially prepared by chef Jay Cohen of the Rio Bamba will be served, paired with premium wine to compliment each portion of the meal.

Throughout dinner, America’s premier charity wine auctioneer David Reynolds will auction 50 lots of some of the world’s most sought-after vintages, including Opus One and Chateau Montelena. The highlight of the evening is the much anticipated opportunity to bid on a wine buying trip to Burgundy, France. Organized by Sherwood Deutsch and Michael Misch of Century Liquor, the trip is a whirlwind tour of some of the world’s most renowned wine estates including Louis Jadot  and Domaine of Romanee-Conti. The trip will include tours of wine cellars not open to the public, and private samplings with lunches with vintners Aubert De Villaine and Roland Remoissenet.  Bidding on this once-in-a-lifetime trip begins at $10,000!

Tickets are available for both the wine tasting only ($50 per person) or for the entire evening, including the five-course gourmet meal and auction ($195 per person).  For reservations and additional information, call 275-9827 or visit

Strong Memorial is in the midst of a capital campaign to fund a $10 million adult burn and trauma intensive care unit.  The 22-bed unit will greatly increase Strong’s ability to care for critically ill patients suffering from acute trauma or burns.  The new unit will include a family waiting room, centralized nursing stations, step-down patient rooms, and the newest equipment and technology.

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