Spot the Rarities at the 2019 Palm Beach Wine Auction

There are liters, magnums, double magnums, Jeroboams and one Imperial on the 2019 Palm Beach Wine Auction list, which should please most oenophiles.

Translation: This is one of the largest, most expensive live wine auctions in the country and it’s happening at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 24.

That the five-course dinner and live auction benefits the arts education programs for the Kravis Center is as wonderful as the bubbles on the welcoming glass of Krug Grande Cuvée.

Auction chairman and founder Ted Mandes started this fundraising effort 12 years ago, and the more than $4 million raised to date has allowed more than 2.5 million children to attend performances and workshops.

You don’t have to attend the sure-to-be-amazing dinner from Chef de Cuisine Zach Bell and Chef Jeff Simms in order to bid on the double magnum of 2005 Chateau Lafleur Pomerol (starting bid $6,500). It’s more fun to be in the room for the bidding, but you can peruse the rarities online.

For the second year, bidding will be allowed online up until 3 p.m. the day before the live auction.

Along with wine, there is jewelry, clothing and some “experiences,” up at auction, which include dinner for 12 at the James Beard House (starting bid, $3,000); a vacation for two couples to Manhattan that includes a Yankees game, a Broadway show, first-class airfare and dinners and wine (starting bid, $10,000), trips to France, Napa Valley and more. Tickets to the dinner/auction are $1,000 per person.

The auction Sommelier is Brian Chamis, of Café Chardonnay in Palm Beach Gardens, and The Vine Post shop in Juno Beach. The Auction Director is Michael Troise, now retired from NY Wines/Christie’s Fine and Rare Wine Department, who works as a consultant in the private equity field of wine investment management.


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