Friday, July 16, 2010

Bacchus, take note

Wine Auction event starts July 22

Express Staff Writer

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction weekend includes a grand tasting of fine wines, above. Photo by

Top chefs, vintners and wine enthusiasts will make their way to Sun Valley next week for the 29th annual Sun Valley Center for the Arts' Wine Auction. The three-day event will take place Thursday, July 22, through Saturday, July 24.

The Wine Auction is often ranked among the top 10 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator magazine. Proceeds from the auction account for more than half the operating budget of the nonprofit Sun Valley Center for the Arts, which provides arts and humanities programming for the Wood River Valley.

Events include vintner dinners on Thursday, the Wine Auction Gala on Friday—featuring a live and silent auction—a wine tasting on Saturday and the Wine Auction Picnic & Concert on Saturday evening. Most events take place in and around Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Additional Wine Auction weekend events include a Riedel Wine Symposium on Friday with Maximilian Riedel, 11th-generation glassmaker and CEO of Riedel Crystal America, and "The Power of Pinot," a symposium with master sommelier Fred Dame on Saturday.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $600 for individual events, and patrons can purchase packages. For tickets and details about times, locations and parking, visit or call Christl Holzl at 726-9491, ext. 15. Attendees at all Wine Auction events must be 21 and over.

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