Once every three years, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents its Wine Auction, a highly anticipated event for lovers of fine wine and luxury living.
The 10th triennial auction event, chaired by our very own Susan Blankenbaker Noyes, founder of Make It Better Media, will be held on Friday, February 10th and will feature wine gems from around the world as well as amazing, unique dining opportunities with some of Chicago’s finest chefs and restaurants.
The many one-of-a-kind dining opportunities, which are available for online bidding, include:
Charlie Trotter Opens His Home for the Lyric
For the first time ever, Charlie Trotter opens his home for a dinner for eight, including wines from the Willamette Valley’s Evening Land Vineyards, served by Master Sommelier Larry Stone. Valued at $20,000+.
New Restaurant, Old Wines!
Carlos and Debbie Nieto have donated a 5-course dinner for six at Nieto, their new, upscale bistro in Highwood; Johnson Ho of Pantheon Wine Shoppe is bringing the wine, and that’s always a treat. Valued at $5,430.
Extravanganza For 12 at L20
This ten-course dinner at the glamorous L2O will be in an oh-so private room so that there’s plenty of room for the 20 amazing bottles hand-selected by Master Sommelier Jay Fletcher and donated by Mr. and Mrs. James Sandner. Valued at $14,850.
French Fantasy Dinner In Your Home
Host a wine-tasting dinner in your home that will give you bragging rights for years! The delectable meal will be prepared by Calihan Catering and paired with wines from Knightsbridge, including a 1982 and 1970 Château Mouton Rothschild; 1996 Château Lafite Rothschild; 1996 Dom Pérignon Oenotheque; 2003 Maison Louis Jadot Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles; and a 1955 Rieussec Grand Cru Sauternes. All this and eight tasting sets of Riedel Vinum glassware. Ooh-la-la! Valued at $8,025.
The Best of Chicago and California
The very hot Chicago Cut Steakhouse pairs with Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars to tickle your taste buds. Each course is paired with current wines and library releases. The winning bidder will also take home a magnum of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ 2007 CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery’s flagship wine. Donated by Chicago Cut and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. Valued at $3,425.
Les Nomades Provides a Thrill
Enjoy dinner for eight at this Zagat All-Star with wines and sommelier service provided by Chicago’s Tenzing Wine & Spirits. Chef Chris Nugent’s brilliant food will sing when paired with these wines. Valued at $2,000.
Additional dinners include:
A Bubbly Affair Champagne Party for up to 30 Guests at MICHAEL
Dream a Little Dream Dinner and Wine for Six at Piccolo Sogno
Zagat’s Number One Five-Course Dinner for Two at Oceanique
Dine with Lettuce Entertain You: 10 Gift Certificates
The Peak of Perfection: Dinner and Wine for Eight at Everest
Tuscany in Chicago: Dinner and Wine for Ten at Coco Pazzo
Viva Italia! Dinner for Six at Vivere
Wine and Opera: Six Course Dinner for Two at TRU
Napa in Chicago: Wine Dinner for Six at Naha
Wine in the Willows: Dinner and Wine for Ten at Courtrights
Cult Classics with the Clarys: Gourmet Dinner
Want to see all the great items available for bidding? Visit the Lyric Opera’s Wine Auction site, or you can visit the auction page directly.