Naples Winter Wine Festival reveals wine lots

Off-the-charts wine lots of historic proportions will headline the live auction at the Naples Winter Wine Festival on Jan. 26 when 550 guests gather under the auction tent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

The festival’s wine lots include a 65-bottle complete vertical of Château Mouton Rothschild Artist Label series; the keys to Cliff Lede’s estate and Porsche for a one-month Napa Valley immersion; instant ownership of a vineyard property in Argentina; a vintner-led trip to Paris and Bordeaux with private dinners and tastings with world-renowned vintners; and perfect- and near-perfect scoring bottles of Rhône Valley’s most lauded wine, Château Beaucastel.

All of the funds raised by the festival benefit Naples Children and Education Foundation’s mission of supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.

The Naples Children and Education Foundation has raised more than $107 million at the Naples Winter Wine Festival since 2001 to create and expand charitable programs serving underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. As a direct result of the investments of NCEF, more than 150,000 children have had their lives improved. Festival events span three days, beginning with Meet the Kids Day, during which guests interact with children who have benefited from festival proceeds. Guests enjoy wine tastings throughout the weekend. They also attend intimate dinners prepared by famous chefs at private homes of NCEF trustees and supporters, with wines selected and poured by renowned vintners and top sommeliers.

A festival highlight takes place at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples with a culinary showcase and live auction. A wine-down party that evening and brunch the next day bring festivities to a close. Festival ticket packages are $8,500 per couple; $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. Information: (888) 837-4919 or www.napleswinefestival.com.

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