pops a cork
Express Staff Writer
Valley Wine Auction was uncorked last weekend, under sunny cloudless
this year, "Piazza Americana," was played out over the weekend
in decorations and style.
and Lisa McMurray from Boise toast each other during the Wine
Auction on Friday night. Express photo by Willy Cook
represented this year at the Vintner’s Dinners Thursday evening
included Frog’s Leap, Far Niente, Silver Oak and Pine Ridge.
evening, the Wine Auction was held at River Run Lodge, where the
featured wines were in the emerging Cal-Ital tradition. These include
wines made in California from Italian wine grape varieties and using
bottle of Schramsberg sparkling wine is opened upon sale as the
traditional start of the auction.
$48,500 was raised for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Scholarships.
Valley Center for the Arts volunteer J.J. Somer holds aloft Lot 38,
a 3-liter Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which ultimately fetched
$9,500. Express photo by Willy Cook
level of in-house and out-of-house scholarships SVCA provides is unique
in my professional experience," said Sam Gappmeyer, director of
SVCA. "The money raised at the auction is a key element."
auction went on to raise about $400,000 to help fund the Center and its
programs for the next year.
dinner, revelers danced the night away to the dulcet tunes of the Peter
Sun Valley Symphony tent on Saturday afternoon, more than 120 wines were
poured by vintners and representatives.
Lewis from King Estate Winery in Oregon pours a taste of one of
their wines, represented by S&C Importers during the Wine Tasting on
Saturday. Express photo by Willy Cook
that evening, at the gala picnic, sponsored by Tom Lenze of Smith
Barney, more than 1,500 people partook of a sumptuous picnic.
wines were poured and picnics spread, the Fabulous Toast Points played.
At evening’s end a Vespa was raffled off and won by Benjamin Wood, a
part-time resident of the valley.
by way of Idaho—a perfect blend.