A Culinary Evening with California Winemasters Raises $1.52 Million
The 18th annual Culinary Evening with California Winemasters raised an impressive $1.52 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Held at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, the event bested last year’s total by 9% and is one of the top charity auctions in the nation.
The evening began with a tasting featuring over 60 California wineries. This was followed by a silent auction of 700 lots and then a live auction of 46 lots. There were several notable bids at the event, and everyone seemed to be in the spirit of helping the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; an extremely worthy cause.
A dinner for three couples at the French Laundry including a vertical tasting of Gemstone from 1997 to 2003, and an overnight stay at Meadowood Resort, went for $15,000. One of the more remarkable lots was a dinner for eight at Garric Cellars as well as three bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon for the rest of the top bidder’s life. The winning bid was $10,000, but the winery’s owners, Ricardo Cajulis and Gary Ochwat, graciously agreed to award the runner-up the same lot for $9,000.
A few of the other notable lots was a magnum of 2003 Screaming Eagle that went for $7,500, a 3 liter of Harlan Estate brought in $6,600, and a 9 liter bottle of 2004 von Strasser Reserve with a dinner at Grace Restaurant was sold for $12,000.