2012 Jackson Hole Wine Auction – February 22, 2012

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Join the road trip west as one of the nation’s preeminent charity wine auctions focuses on California growing regions.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – February 22, 2012 – A who’s who of extraordinary chefs and winemakers are making the journey to Jackson Hole for the 18th annual celebration of food and wine benefiting the education and outreach programs of the Grand Teton Music Festival. This year’s wine auction focuses on California vineyards and wineries and will also feature brand new events.

The three-day series of events opens Thursday, June 21 with the “Premiere Wine Tasting.” Wine Spectator writer and noted critic Matt Kramer will provide key insights and approaches to tasting fine wine as guests are treated to such notable California vineyards as Flowers, Hanzell, Chateau Montelena, Staglin Family Vineyards and Far Niente. That same evening JHWA presents the local’s favorite, “Taste of Jackson Hole,” which highlights a select group of winemakers and Jackson Hole’s finest regional chefs at Couloir atop Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

A new addition for 2012, the “Food and Fashion Trunk Show Luncheon” will open up Friday’s events. Hosted by New York Restaurant owner Drew Nieporent, this gathering will showcase designers from one of Jackson Hole’s top boutiques, Goodie 2 Shoes. In addition, this event will present wines from a special group of female winemakers known to the Jackson Hole Wine Auction as the “Women of Wine.” Also that afternoon is a special “Hole in One Challenge” for a chance to win $250,000 at one of the valley’s most challenging Par 3’s – Shooting Star’s beautiful 10th Hole. A “Scotch & Cigar Tasting” will follow this contest. Festivities continue into the night with the “Signature Private Dinners” held in select premiere Jackson Hole homes, where guest chefs are challenged to pair their cuisine with fine wines from visiting vintners and winemakers.

Saturday, June 23 will be the culmination of an unforgettable weekend, starting with a “California Boutique Wineries Tasting” at Il Villagio Osteria. Here, guests will discover small, little-known vineyards and wineries from various growing regions of California. The main event begins in the Teton Village Commons at 4:30PM with Champagne, hors d’oeurves, and the chance to bid on an exclusive array of over 120 Silent Auction items. Then the excitement moves to Walk Festival Hall for the Live Auction led by auctioneer Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. of Chicago. This year’s Live Auction will present a superb lineup of wine collections and travel adventures. Following the auction, featured chefs and vintners will unveil an exceptional feast of signature dishes and paired wines at the Gala Dinner hosted by Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. Few places offer such unparalleled access to the leading names in food and wine with one of the most gorgeous backdrops in the country, don’t miss out on the 2012 Jackson Hole Wine Auction!

Learn more about the 2012 Jackson Hole Wine Auction on its brand new website – www.jhwineauction.org

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 16.

2012 Jackson Hole Wine Auction sponsors include Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Shooting Star, Hertz Overland West Inc., Noble Travel, Kobrand Corporation, Inkaterra Authentic Nature Travel, Butterfield & Robinson, Rusty Parrot and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Inc.

Special Guests

Featured Vintners
Ackerman Family Vineyards
Chateau Montelena
Far Niente
Taylor Fladgate
Peter Michael
Staglin Family Vineyard
Domaine Carneros by Taittinger

Featured Chefs
John Besh – August, New Orleans
Sam Choy – Kai Lanai, Hawaii
Tyson Cole – Uchi, Austin
Ben Ford – Ford’s Filling Station, LA
Brennan Froeschner – Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Gabriel Kreuther – The Modern, NYC
Donald Link – Herbsaint, New Orleans
Nancy Oakes – Boulevard, San Francisco
Kent Rathbun – Abacus, Dallas
Kevin Rathbun – Rathbun’s, Atlanta
Toshio Tomita & Ricky Estrellado – Nobu, NYC

Events Schedule

Thursday, June 22
Premier Wine Tasting
5pm – 7pm
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Taste of Jackson Hole
6pm – 9pm
Couloir, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort

Friday, June 22
Silent Auction Preview
Walk Festival Hall

Food & Fashion Trunk Show & Luncheon
12pm – 3pm
Shooting Star’s Alpine Barn

Hole in One Challenge/Scotch & Cigar Tasting
3pm – 5pm
Shooting Star Par 3 #10

Signature Private Dinners
Select Premier Jackson Hole Homes

Saturday, June 23, 2012
California Boutique Vineyards Wine Tasting
1pm – 3pm
Il Villagio Osteria

Gala Silent Auction
4:30pm – 6:30pm
Teton Village Commons

Gala Live Auction
6:15pm – 7:30pm
Walk Festival Hall

Gala Dinner
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

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