Sunday, May 22, 2022

Stellar Wine Auction Benefits Kravis Center for 13th Year

If you want to be surrounded by the best wine in SoFla, this is your event. Or if you’d like to try wines that taste about $1,000 per bottle. Or if you’d like to bid on auction items that include trips to the south of France or Italy, here’s your ticket. 

There’s so much wine at the Palm Beach Wine Auction, that your cork will spin. It’s a charity event: The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach receives the proceeds of the Jan. 20, 2020, auction to support its highly popular Arts Education programs. Those art events have brought more than 2.6 million students to the Kravis Center, and the wine auctions have raised more than $4 million to help that happen.

The only hitch is the excess at the auction itself, where there are so many corks popping that it sounds like New Year’s Eve fireworks. The $1,000-a-bottle (and up!) labels swirl around tables, large wine-glass-shaped, numbered paddles are flung up as the auction item descriptions float overhead like the bubbles in the MV Kruf Grande Cuvee Champagne being sipped.

Fancy a one-of-a-kind, in-home dinner prepared by some of the best chefs in South Florida? How about rare verticals and top vintages from Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, Château Haut-Brion, Château Lafleur, Château Lafite, Château Margaux and Château Palmer, along with other hidden gems? Or luxury travel and dining experience lots with trips to Napa Valley, as well as trips to Cognac and Bordeaux, Tuscany, and New York. All will be up for auction.

Ted Mandes
Founder and Chairman Ted Mandes, photo by Julia Duresky/CAPEHART

This year, the auction will be held at 1000 North’s private club in Jupiter, which is right on the Jupiter Inlet. Part of the fun will include a mariachi band, hand-rolled cigars and live music inspired by the Gipsy Kings. 

Founder and Chairman of the event is Ted Mandes, along with co-chairmen couple Patrick and Milly Park, and new Vice Chairman Lois Pope. 1000 North Executive Chef Lee Morris will oversee the five-course dinner, with Café Chardonnay’s Sommelier Brian Chamis (he’s also co-owner of The Vine Post). Tickets are $1,250 each.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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