The 2012 Palm Beach Wine Auction Dinner and Auction was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at The Breakers Palm Beach.  



The 2001 vintage is one where legendary wines were produced. This 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is such a wine. The vintage was earmarked by abundant heat in May and June followed by a cooler than normal July and August. This cooling trend gave the red grapes plenty of hang time and the wine shows it. There is a deep black color with ripe aromas of black cherry and plum. The flavors are mushroom, blueberry and distinctive caramel from the 100% new French oak barrels. The finish lingers with hints of chocolate, ripe plum and tobacco. The tannins are supple and silky with a lingering flavor of black tea. The wine is youthful and friendly now and should continue to develop beautifully for 10-15 years.


  • One 3 Liter specially etched bottle of 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon      

Donated by: Linda Costello

Winning Bid: $1,000




Continuum is the next-generation of Tim and Marcia Mondavi doing what California wine's first family does best: innovating and making excellent wine. Continuum is a Left Bank style Bordeaux blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon from the winery's higher elevation Pritchard Hill estate in Oakville. Red plum and boysenberry fruit rest on the nose and palate beautifully. There are also espresso bean, cocoa nib and pencil lead flavors that add lift and complexity and a nice balancing acidity and ripe, full tannins.

"A remarkable effort, offering riveting, expressive aromas of mocha, currant, mineral, herb, black licorice, tar and pebble, this is intense, structured, balanced, nuanced and firm, finishing with a gutsy, richness and sophistication. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot." Wine Spectator


  • Tour and tasting for four with Carissa Mondavi, granddaughter of Robert Mondavi, at Continuum Estate
  • One Magnum of 2008 Continuum

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable date between parties for tour and tasting

Donated by: Continuum Estate

Winning Bid: $1,300





The Oracle is the exceptionally balanced, full-bodied flagship red blend made by the Miner Family Winery from grapes grown at Stagecoach Vineyard in the eastern hills of Napa Valley (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot). In Greek mythology, the oracle was a source of inspiration and revelation. We hope that you will find the answers to life's most compelling questions while enjoying The Oracle with friends and family.


  • One 3 Liter bottle of 2007 Miner Family Winery “The Oracle”

Donated by: Miner Family Winery

Winning Bid: $1,000





For those of you who may not yet have had the pleasure of meeting Sean Larkin, he is a man you will not soon forget. His wines are of similar caliber, with the 2008 vintage marking the 10th Anniversary of Larkin Wines with each vintage having received no less than 90+ points from esteemed wine critic Robert Parker. Larkin is a gregarious man, the only Scottish Lad in Napa, who makes outstanding Cabernet Franc in Napa Valley and produces the Jack Larkin wines proudly named in honor of his young son. Extremely limited production, these two bottles are one of a kind, produced specially for the Palm Beach Wine Auction. 

“Sean Larkin's main project is producing these two brilliant wines (Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon) that seem to score highly no matter what the vintage.” Robert M. Parker

Includes one 6 Liter bottle each of:

  • 2008 Larkin Cabernet Franc
  • 2008 Jack Larkin Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Larkin Wines, Inc.

Winning Bid: $1,400





Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier of The Breakers, Palm Beach, has opened her first namesake Wine Shop and Academy. At nearly 1,800 square feet, and with 400 personally selected offerings spanning regions all over the globe priced as low as $13, the shop brings Philip's extensive and encompassing experience to the heart of West Palm Beach. The shop will also offer wine education programs utilizing Virginia’s extensive experience. Programs will range in focus from regional knowledge to food and wine pairings, as well as how to buy wine and build a cellar. Costs for the programs will be $25 to $50 per class, depending on the subject matter. A limited number of eight-week classes will be offered for those looking to immerse themselves completely within Virginia’s full range of knowledge.

Virginia became the tenth woman in the world to earn the extraordinary accreditation of Master Sommelier (there are now 21). This achievement was complemented when she earned the national title of "Best Sommelier of the United States" in 2002 from the American Sommelier Association. Virginia has also been on the Board of Directors for the Court of Master Sommeliers.


  • A Wine Class for twelve taught by Virginia Philip - Master Sommelier. Explore, learn and taste 6 wines on the topic of your choice from one of the following selections:
    - Whites and Reds of California
    - The Wines of Burgundy
    - The Wines of Bordeaux
    - The Wines of Tuscany
    - Whites and Reds of Spain

Please note:
Wine Class is 1½ hours and is in Store only

Donated by: Virginia Philip Wine Academy

Winning Bid: $1,300





Only a handful of these rare bottles from one of the Rhône’s greatest producers are made each year. 

“The 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle is a pretty, dark ruby/plum-colored effort displaying aromas of camphor, loamy soil, pepper, herbs and red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, soft, round and expansive, it is an endearing Hermitage to enjoy over the next decade. The dramatic differences between the 2007 and 2009 are remarkable when these two wines are tasted side by side.” Robert M. Parker


  • One 6 Liter Imperial of 2007 Hermitage La Chapelle

Donated by: Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $3,000





Ristorante Primo e Secondo is a popular eatery in Montreal's Little Italy that attracts a number of famous politicians, businessmen and refined gourmands. Primo e Secondo features a simple, no frills decor and lets the food do all the talking. The minute you walk through the doors and catch a whiff of what's cooking you'll understand why Primo e Secondo has been garnering rave reviews.

Quebec and Canada critics unanimously agree that Europea Restaurant will surprise you with a sampling of “culinary art at its finest.” Fill your senses as you discover the best of Quebec food products, exquisitely prepared by Chef Jérôme Ferrer. Discover a modern and creative cuisine and an attractive wine list in a warm and intimate ambience. Share an unforgettable experience in a unique setting in the heart of downtown. A definite must in Montreal.


  • Three night stay for two couples in two deluxe rooms at the Omni Mont-Royal
  • Buffet breakfast at Le Petit Opus Cafe of the Omni Mont-Royal
  • Dinner for four at Primo e Secondo
  • Evening at Europea Restaurant for four including cocktails, small appetizers and tasting menu with wine pairings

Donated by: Cindy and Ted Mandes

Winning Bid: $3,500





Colgin Cellars presents this special edition wooden box that holds a rare horizontal of each of the five wines produced from the outstanding 2004 vintage: Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine, IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine and IX Estate Syrah. Simply said, these are exquisite, small production, handcrafted red wines from hillside vineyards in Napa Valley. 

Includes one .750 Liter bottle each of 2004 Colgin Cellars:

  • Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine
  • IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine
  • IX Estate Syrah

Donated by: Colgin Cellars

Winning Bid: $2,800





Visit the caves of Robert Sinskey Vineyard where you will learn about the subtleties of winemaking and the sweat and toil that go into the winegrowing of RSV wines. You will finish the tour with a plate of food prepared by the Vineyard Kitchen and taste through a flight of Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s finest wines.


  • Three .750 Liter bottles of 2006 Robert Sinskey Marcien Proprietary Red
  • “Cave Raider Tour” for four people

Please note:
- Tour requires a reservation
- Certificate is non-transferable and expires January 2013

Donated by: Robert Sinskey Vineyards

Winning Bid: $600




Louis XIII has assembled this unique opportunity to experience the King of Spirit at your home (South FL area) with 8 guests. The evening will start with a Charles Heidsieck Champagne reception served with hors d’oeuvres and then culminate with a Louis XIII Moment guided by the Louis XIII Brand Ambassador, Mathieu Levy. Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac is a blend of 1200 eaux de vie, aged from 40 to 100 years. Since its first release in 1874, it has been the cognac of elite and dignitaries like Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.


  • Four .750 Liters bottles of Non-Vintage Charles Heidsieck Champagne
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • 1 oz serving of Louis XIII for each guest

Donated by: Louis XIII de Rémy Martin

Winning Bid: $2,400 



Cakebread's Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is clear, dark garnet in color with complex, spicy, cedar-like scents and background aromas of cassis and dark berries. On the palate, the texture is rich and smooth with flavors reminiscent of cassis with a hint of chocolate set in a structure of balanced fruit and tannin. These flavors are confirmed on the finish, which is marked by rich, ripe fruit and discreet impressions of oak and spice.


  • Twelve .750 Liter bottles of 2004 Cakebread Dancing Bear Ranch Proprietary Red Wine     

Donated by: Steven M. Gottlieb and Laurie Raber-Gottlieb

Winning Bid: $2,000




Founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. This winemaking tradition has grown to include seven meticulously farmed Estate vineyards, located throughout the various microclimates of the Napa Valley. Focused on quality and consistency, these Estate vineyards are an essential element in making wines of distinction. One of the first wineries to pioneer Merlot as a premium varietal, Duckhorn Vineyards now makes several elegant Merlot and distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings that showcase the characteristics of its various vineyard sites. In addition, the winery is known for its acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs. Duckhorn Vineyards unveiled “The Discussion,” a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend representing the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio in the 2006 vintage.

Includes one Magnum each of:

  • 2010 Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2009 Migration Russain River Valley Chardonnay
  • 2007 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2005 Duckhorn Three Palms Vineyard Merlot
  • 2007 Duckhorn "The Discussion" Estate Grown Napa Red Wine
  • 2006 Paraduxx Napa Red Wine
  • Private lunch for six hosted by Margaret Duckhorn

Donated by: Connie Frankino

Winning Bid: $4,000




One of the very few truly subterranean cellars on the island of Palm Beach will be yours for the evening.  Ten guests will enjoy an evening from start to finish of culinary genius accompanied by wines to delight the palate.  


  • Dinner for ten in the private wine cellar of David Lambert

Please note:
- Mutually agreeable date between parties
- Valid thru January 2013

Donated by: David Lambert

Winning Bid: $10,000




For over 170 years, the name Tiffany & Co. has been synonymous with romance, style, quality and luxury. Few American companies have such an illustrious history. Their story tells of the celebrities and heads of state who have worn their designs of gold, silver and precious stones; the ground breaking designers who have lent them their vision; and, at the heart of it all, the growth of a true legend into the worldwide jewelry phenomenon.

Chuck Wagner’s Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is the stuff that California legends are made of. With its dark purple color, sweet cassis compote flavors and lush, silky texture, this wine absolutely explodes in the mouth with incredible richness and depth. Very simply, this is a mind-boggling wine in every sense of the word.

Includes six Magnums each of:

  • 2005 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2007 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Tiffany & Co.

Winning Bid: $7,000




“The wine of the vintage? There are only 10,000 cases of this extraordinarily rich, dense 2002 that is as powerful as the 2003 (even the alcohol levels are nearly the same, 12.85%). It is dark ruby/purple to the rim, with notes of English walnuts, crushed rocks, black currants, and forest floor, dense, full-bodied, and opulent, yet classic with spectacular aromatics, marvelous purity, and a full-bodied finish that lasts just over 50+ seconds. Huge richness and the sweetness of the tannins are somewhat deceptive as this wine seems set for a long life. Administrator Frederic Engerer seems to be more pleased with what Latour achieved in 2002 than in any other recent vintage. Hats off to him for an extraordinary accomplishment in a vintage that wouldn’t have been expected to produce the raw materials to achieve something at this level of quality.” Robert M. Parker


  • One 6 Liter Imperial of 2002 Latour     

Donated by: Madeline and Roderic Fink

Winning Bid: $5,700




Experience the pastoral tranquility of Oregon wine country from our luxurious Winery Hill House retreat. This fabulously appointed “home away from home” is the perfect place to start your adventures and the ideal sanctuary at the end of a memorable day among the vines. Situated high atop the Dundee Hills, Oregon’s premiere wine growing region, you will immerse yourself in all that we have to offer, pamper yourself with the very best of this undiscovered wine country, and enjoy life…the Oregon way.


  • Three night stay for two couples at the private hideaway on the grounds of the prestigious Domaine Serene Winery
  • A bottle each of the award winning Domaine Serene Chardonnay and Pinot Noir upon arrival
  • A VIP tour of the landmark five-level gravity flow winery

Please note:
Expires January 25, 2013

Donated by:  Domaine Serene

Winning Bid: $4,000





It took thousands to crown Louis XIII King of France. More than four centuries later, a single bottle of the cognac that bears his name still requires nearly 10,000 individuals to produce.

“Louis XIII is not a Cognac,” they say at Rémy. “Put simply, it’s a moment.” A moment of pleasure fit for a king. Each hand-crafted Baccarat crystal decanter of Louis XIII contains a blend of 1,200 Cognacs, ranging in age from 40 to 100 years old and requiring the combined expertise of three generations of Cellar Masters. A solid gold collar and signature fleur-de-lys crystal stopper adorn every decanter. Its Baroque-style glass and design recall the grandeur of the Baroque era of King Louis XIII, while its noble taste pleases palates the world over today.

From its form to its finish, Louis XIII Rémy Martin Grande Champagne Cognac is a royal drink indeed.

Includes one bottle of:

  • Louis XIII de Remy Martin Grand Champagne Cognac

Donated by: Barbara and Jerome Golden

Winning Bid: $3,400




An extraordinary five course, seasonal tasting dinner in your Palm Beach area home for up to 12 guests, prepared by Café Boulud’s Chef de Cuisine Jim Leiken and Chef Pâtissier Arnaud Chavigny. As if this weren’t enough, we also are including a few bottles of some great wine to share with your friends. World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud needs no introduction to those who appreciate the absolute best in fine cuisine. His culinary genius is responsible for some of the greatest restaurants in the world today.


  • A five course seasonal tasting dinner prepared in your Palm Beach area home for up to twelve guests
  • Consultation with Sommelier, Mariya Kovacheva
  • A case of 2006 Relentless Cabernet Sauvignon

Please note:
- Valid March through November 2012 only and contingent upon the chefs’ availability 
- Wait staff not included and must be provided or paid for by the dinner host/purchaser**
Kitchen equipment and service ware not included and must be provided by dinner host/purchaser**

**While wait staff and equipment rentals are not included, Café Boulud’s Catering Director, Emily Marrah, will be happy to assist you in making arrangements in these areas if you wish. She can be reached at 561.366.4461 or emarrah@danielnyc.com.

Dinner donated by: Café Boulud

Wines donated by: Daniel J. “Rusty” Staub

Winning Bid: $7,000





Throw a party for the very best friends you have if you’re the winning bidder for this spectacular lot of great Bordeaux. All of the big names are here from all over the wine world: Château Lafite, Château Latour, Chapoutier, Guigal, Château Troplong Mondot…and on and on.

Includes one .750 Liter each bottle of:

  • 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 1990 Beaune-Bressandes - Henri Germain
  • 1990 Chinon "Les Picasses" - Olga Raffault
  • 1990 Corton Charlemagne - Bonneau du Martray
  • 1990 Hermitage - E. Guigal
  • 1993 Aloxe-Corton Les Vercots - Tollot-Beaut
  • 1993 Ermitage Le Pavillon - Chapoutier
  • 1994 Chambolle-Musigny - J.J. Confuron
  • 1994 Château Clinet
  • 1995 Château Latour
  • 1995 Château Troplong Mondot
  • 2003 Chorey-Cote de Beaune - Tollot-Beaut

Donated by: Margaret and Ed Dudnyk

Winning Bid: $7,500




In 1996 when food and wine entrepreneur, Leslie Rudd, purchased a 55-acre estate in Oakville, an appellation recognized for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon, he realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in Napa Valley. Today, the red, rocky soils have been replanted and a stone winery with 22,000 square feet of subterranean caves has been built. This picturesque site is flanked by the renowned vineyards of Dalla Valle, Plumpjack, Harlan Estate's Bond, St. Eden Vineyard, Screaming Eagle, and Phelps Backus. Tonight, thanks to the generosity of Leslie Rudd, we are proud to offer two couples a VIP experience to remember for a lifetime.


  • Three nights stay for four (2 double rooms) in Napa Valley
  • Lunch and private tasting at Rudd Oakville Estate
  • Lunch and private tasting at Mt. Veeder Estate
  • Private dinner at Edgehill Estates
  • Wines specially selected by Leslie Rudd

Donated by: Leslie Rudd, Rudd Vineyards and Winery

Winning Bid: $7,500




When PBWA Chairman, Ted Mandes, talks you should listen. For years now, he’s been advising that one of the greatest undiscovered treasures in the wine world is Ed and Trish Snider’s Beau Vigne. Well, let’s say the cat’s out of the bag and, unless you were hatched on another planet, you now know all about these fantastic wines. In fact, when none other than Robert Parker tasted them, he was just floored. “This is one of my favorite unheralded producers in Napa Valley. The wines have off-the-charts richness, great balance, and the potential (at least in the case of the Juliet and the Reserve) to be aged for 20 or more years. There is a striking purity and intensity to these wines that merits serious attention. They all come from a small nine-acre vineyard in the Stags Leap appellation.”

“There is a purity and richness to this bottling I absolutely love.  The deep red color is fantastic and is ever so inviting.  This is the widest mélange of fruit and character in the profound Beau Vigne lineup.  This wine lives up to its position of a Reserve.  The nose begins as brooding of black fruit but shortly builds to include lively mountain terroir.  What is “mountain terroir?”  It is the racy and complex array of red fruit that shows itself in higher elevations.  In support of the fruit is warmth from barrel vanillin, espresso ice cream and biscotti center.  The notes of confection on the nose are amazing.  The palate drinks of youth with absolute potential.  Driven by dried herbs, forest and tobacco notes, black berry and black stone fruit surface right through to the front of the palate.  The balance of this wine sits high.  In its youth, it is nervy and complex with a huge future ahead.  The tannins of this mountain based cabernet could use a decade to yield.  The day that time comes, there will be bliss.  But for those who consume this wine at a young age, you will definitely not be disappointed.  Cellared well, this wine should survive and drink well into its late teens or even twenties (+2028). 100% Cabernet Sauvignon” Kirk Venge, Beau Vigne


  • One specially boxed Magnum of 2009 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 

Donated by: Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

Winning Bid: $1,200





  • One specially boxed Double Magnum of 2009 Beau Vigne Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon     

Donated by: Palm Beach Wine Auction Committee

Winning Bid: $2,400




In 1982, Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael Winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: 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. Given this commitment to the product, only a limited quantity will ever be made.


  • A two night stay at the Peter Michael Winery guest house for four people
  • A private tour and tasting for four people
  • Two Magnums of 2006 Les Pavots Red Blend
  • Two Magnums of 2007 Cuvée Indigene Chardonnay   

Donated by: Suzanne and Paul Beers

Winning Bid: $5,000




Unless you’d rather wither on a five year waiting list vine behind 3,000 other Switchback-deprived Cabernet lovers, here’s an opportunity to not only be taken on a private limo, EZ Pass ride right up to the front of the priority “short” list, but to also have some of their amazing wines sent directly to your door for the trip, and in rare bottles you’ve never seen before, like Magnums and a rare Six-Liter bottle. Switchback Ridge fruit produces intensely flavored wines with explosive, palate-coating fruit and is sourced exclusively from the Peterson Family Vineyard in Calistoga. The property has been in the Peterson family since 1914 and encompasses nearly 100 acres located at the mouth of Dutch Henry Canyon. For over 75 years the property was primarily maintained as a farm and plum orchard, with vines intermingled amongst the trees. In 1990, the orchards were replanted to vineyard, where there are currently 19 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Syrah vines, in addition to a three acre 50+ year old Petite Syrah block that John Peterson helped plant as a ch