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Nashville’s ‘Best Women’s Party’ to be Held in Downtown Penthouse this Year and

Men’s Dinner Party to be Held at Josephine

The Nashville Wine Auction will hold the eighth annual Champagne & Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies on Oct. 11, 2018, at a downtown penthouse. Also on the same evening, the male counterpart of this fundraising event, The Men’s Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn, will be held at Josephine in 12 South.

Named Nashville’s “Best Women’s Party” in Nfocus Magazine’s past readers’ polls, Champagne & Chardonnay is an exclusive cocktail party where ladies will enjoy a beautiful evening with their girlfriends while raising money to fund the fight against cancer. Co-chaired this year by the dynamic duo of Rahel Klapheke Sloan and Christie Wilson, the event will feature a Sparkling Silent Auction filled with fine wine, unique wine experiences and other luxury items.

Champagne & Chardonnay will be hosted by Mercedes-Benz of Music City in a penthouse owned by Joe Agresti in the Westview Condos of Nashville. Guests will be able to enjoy the gorgeous view of downtown throughout the event. [The address of this location will be provided to ticket purchasers upon purchase and to media upon RSVP.]

The Men’s Event was started in 2015 and has since become a highly anticipated dinner party event for gentlemen who enjoy red wine, big steaks and are eager to support the Nashville Wine Auction’s mission of raising money to fund the fight against cancer. The culinary team at Josephine has planned an exceptional four-course dinner for this year’s attendees.

Champagne & Chardonnay and The Men’s Event have become two of the fall’s most anticipated wine events,” said Holly Whaley, President/CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction. “In what’s already been a record year for the Nashville Wine Auction, I fully expect our fall events to break records as well. 

“With Mercedes-Benz of Music City sponsoring Champagne & Chardonnay this year, and our creative co-chairs, Rahel and Christie, we have refreshed our vision for this popular event and plan to create a dazzling party for the ladies.”  said Whaley. “While fewer women will be able to obtain tickets to this always-sold-out event, we know these changes will only enhance the overall experience for all involved.”

The wines for the evening are generously donated by The Wine Shoppe of Green Hills, Billecart Salmon, Champagne Dumangin and William Cole Vineyards. Guests of Champagne & Chardonnay will enjoy a premier selection of Rosé, Vintage, and Brut champagne and carefully crafted Cuvee Jane Marie chardonnay presented by Jane Maire Ballentine herself,alongside exquisite passed hors d’oeuvres.

The men will enjoy sharing favorite wines from their cellars as well as wines from Fantesca Estate & Winery, Gemstone Vineyard, Vineyard 7 & 8, and La Jota Vineyard Co.

People interested in making a reservation to either event may call the Nashville Wine Auction office at 615.329.1760 or visit

Champagne & Chardonnay at a glance

· $250 per person ($200 is tax deductible) – $1,000 per patron ($850 is tax deductible)

· New this year is the Patron Package for Champagne & Chardonnay which is $1000 per patron and includes early admission to Champagne & Chardonnay, a special Patrons’ gift and an invitation to a private wine tasting hosted by Table 3 with special guest Beth Debauche on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

· $250 ticket includes ladies’ cocktail party and hors d’ouvres

· Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Music City and will be in the home of Joe Agresti at the Westview Condos in downtown Nashville

· Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

· Co-chairs: Rahel Klapheke Sloan and Christie Wilson

The Men’s Event at a glance

· $250 per person ($200 is tax deductible)  

· Cocktail reception and four-course dinner

· Josephine, 2316 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

· Valet parking provided

· Jacket, no tie

· Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm

· Co-chairs: Harvey Crouch, Jim Lewis and David Osborn

Every prior Champagne & Chardonnay event has sold out well in advance, and with fewer tickets available this year, people are strongly encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Sponsors for Champagne & Chardonnay include Mercedes-Benz of Music City, St. Thomas Health Ascension, Parker’s Paws Animal Hospital, The Wilson Group, Kemp & Rice Orthodontics, Mark B. Whaley DDS, John Navin & Associates Inc., The Carroll, Jones, Beckman Group, The Row Title & Escrow and The Wine Shoppe of at Green Hills. Sponsors for The Men’s Event include Charles Schwab, Vaco and Community Hospitality (owners of Josephine).


Nashville Wine Auction’s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events – Pairings: Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne & Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for Ladies and The Men's Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn. Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $24 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee and beyond. The 2018 list of beneficiaries includes the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer Network and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


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