Rare, elegant wines will reign at the 2015 Palm Beach Wine Auction

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by Tina Ashchian Dec 2014

The eighth annual Palm Beach Wine Auction will take place on Jan. 29, 2015 with a seasoned talent sharing a sampling of his favorite wines. The chair of the auction for the past eight years, Ted Mandes, will be selecting his favorites as more than 200 guests gather with goblet-shaped paddles to bid on rare vintages while sampling the finest cuisine by a team of world-class chefs.

The 2015 event will feature more than 40 lots of remarkable wines and spirits from around the globe as well as exceptional luxury travel experiences under the direction of Michael Troise, retired Auction Director for NY Wines/Christie's Fine and Rare Wine Department.

“If the food and wine pairings at the 2014 Palm Beach Wine Auction which we attended are any indication of the 2015 event, it will be the ‘must attend event’ for any food and wine lover,” Yvon Ros, Director of Sponsorship and Special Events for The James Beard Foundation in New York, said in a press release.

Here are some of Mandes’ “can’t-miss” wines this holiday season for every budget and taste:

Sparkling: 
Schramsberg Blanc de Noir or Brut Rose, each about $30.
“Schramsberg has consistently been one of the great sparkling wines from California.”

Whites:
Susan’s Blanc, Rudd Winery, 2013, $150.
“This wine is from the winery’s Mt. Veeder Estate. Only 80 cases of this were made. This wine will be served at the auction.”

Alex Gambal Puligny Montrachet 2013, $85.
 “Gambal’s an American living in Burgundy for the past 26-plus years and makes wonderful white Burgundies. He’s the first American to own Grand Cru Batard-Montrachet vines.”

Beau Vigne Bacigalupi 2013, $80.
“This wine comes from the legendary Bacigalupi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley that won the 1976 blind tasting in Paris. The grapes went into the 1973 Chateau Montelena that won in 1976. Those vines were planted in 1961.”

Javillier Bourgogne des Forgets, $30.
 “A very affordable white Burgundy.”                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Reds:
 • Adobe Road Beckstoffer George III 2009, $90.
“We’re serving this one at the auction. These are grapes from one of the most sought-after vineyards, which is Beckstoffer.”

Raymond Usseglio Cuvée Imperiale 2012, $80.
“Raymond and his father and his brothers make some of the best-tasting Rhone wines one can buy.”

Domaine Serene Reserve Pinot Noir 2012, $70.
“A classic pinot noir from Willamette Valley.”

Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2012, $40.
“Donald Patz continues to make elegant and affordable wines.”

And when money is not an issue, Mandes says go grand with Krug Grande Cuvée champagne, at about $200 a bottle. It’s the only champagne served at the Palm Beach Wine Auction.

Since its inception, the Palm Beach Wine Auction has raised more than $2 million for education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Programs include the S*T*A*R (Students and Teachers Arts Resource) Series, which brings thousands of students to the Kravis Center each year for diverse performances in theater, dance and music.

The 2015 Palm Beach Wine Auction will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2015, at The Mar-a-Lago Club, 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach. Tickets are $1,000, by invitation only. Call 561-651-4320 or visit www.palmbeachwineauction.org. For more information on the Kravis Center’s education programs, please visit www.kravis.org/education.