Dave Osborn, Diana Biederman | Naples Daily News
The 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival live auction Saturday generated millions of dollars at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburon.
Last year, the Naples Children & Education Foundation awarded more than $22.6 million to 50 Collier County nonprofits supporting underprivileged and at-risk children. The foundation is the founding organization of the Wine Festival, which raised more than $23 million last year, the majority of which was collecting from live bidding of auction lots Jan. 29, 2022.
The fundraiser, since its 2001 inception, has raised nearly $270 million for the foundation.
Here’s the lots and their winning bids:
Lot 1: An Ode to Krug Clos du Mesnil
Two twosomes scored a four-day trip to Champagne and Krug Clos du Mesnil vineyard. The lot includes a visit and vertical tasting of Clos du Mesnil plus an “in the middle of the vineyards” lunch experience. Chef Arnaud Lallement of the Michelin-starred L’Assiette Champenoise will prepare a private dinner, followed by a musical experience in the Krug Yurt….
Sold for: $260,000
Lot 2: King of the Road and Prince of the Cellar
The lucky winner owns a completely restored 1968 Vintage Ford Bronco with a new steel body finished in “Naples Cabernet Reserve Red” and a custom oak leather interior with diamond stitching…and a collection of 25 large format bottles from each of the 2023 Naples Winter Wine Festival’s participating vintners.
Sold for: $480,000
Lot 3: Test Your Vintner’s Palate at the Napa Valley Reserve
One couple’s dream of becoming vintners comes true with a membership to Napa Valley Reserve plus six cases of Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit the winery, work the harvest and get involved in blending. …Accommodations at Meadowood Napa Valley and dinner at The French Laundry round out this experience. Business class airfare from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco is included for four.
Sold for: $180,000
Read all about the 50 lots sold and see photos and video on naplesnews.com
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