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Announcing the Featured Wineries, Chefs and Auction Items Participating in the Popular Weekend

The Nashville Wine Auction announces the featured wineries and chefs that will be part of Pairings: Nashville’s Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend taking place on February 22-24, 2018. Pairings is a three-day celebration of the unique relationship between exceptional wine and delicious food. This year’s Pairings will feature a partnership of chefs from Nashville and New Orleans.

“Pairings has an event for everyone – whether you like intimate events with a dozen people or a six-course dinner with hundreds of wine enthusiasts,” said Holly Whaley, President/CEO of Nashville Wine Auction. “All you need is a passion for exceptional wine and food. I’m so grateful to the chefs from Nashville and New Orleans and the two dozen West Coast winemakers who are helping the Nashville Wine Auction fund the fight against cancer.”

Winery List for the Pairings events. The 10 wineries featured Saturday night are listed first and bolded, then the additional wineries participating in the other related events are listed in alphabetical order.

· Blackbird Vineyards

· Donelan Family Wines

· Kistler Vineyards

· Terra Valentine Winery

· William Cole Vineyards

· Bougetz Cellars

· D.R. Stephens Estate

· Gamble Family Vineyards

· Phifer Pavitt Winery

· Spire Collection

· Arrington Vineyards

· Broadside

· Darioush

· Foretell Wines

· Giornata

· Harumph Wines

· Hirsch Vineyards


· J. Bookwalter

· Northstar

· Patel Napa Valley

· Saint Helena Winery

· Somnium Wine

· Williams Selyem

All 26 vintners listed above will be part of Wined Up! on Friday night.

The three visiting New Orleans chefs are featured at Wined Up! on Friday. Both the Nashville chefs and the New Orleans chefs will be featured on Saturday night at the Pairings dinner.

Featured Chefs from New Orleans

· Aaron Burgau, Patois & Central City BBQ

· Alex Harrell, Angeline

· Brian Landry, Borgne

Featured Nashville Chefs

· Nathan Duensing, Marsh House

· Garrett Pittler, City Winery

· Levon Wallace, Gray & Dudley

Pairings is chaired by Virginia and Stan Kweller; Melinda and Eddie Wayland; and Mary Fetsch and Dan Burchfield.

The celebration will begin with Private Vintner Dinners on Thursday, Feb. 22. Attendees will choose from 13 intimate dinners featuring winemakers at restaurants and private homes throughout Nashville. These special dinners will allow attendees an opportunity to meet winemakers and enjoy outstanding multi-course meals from Nashville chefs. The Private Vintner Dinners are chaired by Melanie Cansler and Jodi Pfaff Gillman.

Wined Up! will take place Friday, Feb. 23, at City Winery. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste curated wines from 24 featured West Coast wineries along with specialty small plates prepared by visiting chefs from New Orleans. The Silent Auction will feature 125 lots of fine wines and luxury items.

Nashville’s “Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend” will culminate on Saturday, Feb. 24, with the Pairings Gourmet Dinner and Live Auction. Nashville chefs will team up with chefs from New Orleans to create a six-course menu perfectly paired with wines from featured vintners. The live auction, once again hosted by auctioneer Charles Antin from Zachy’s, will include fine wines, unique dinners and tastings, one-of-a-kind trips and luxury items.

A few of the featured auction items this year include:

The Perfect Pair, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

20 lucky bidders will join Pam and Steve Taylor for an afternoon of perfectly paired Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Union Common. An experience you won’t want to miss!

William Cole – Back for More!

Kristen and Brian Junghans are teaming up with William Cole for a repeat performance in their home for 10 couples. Second chances don’t come around often, so make plans to bid for this stellar line up of food, wine and good times with William Cole and the Junghans!

Living Large

Join us for an evening of large fun! This event features more than 10 different California varietals including Schramsberg, Chappellet, Merry Edwards and Arietta in 1.5L, 3L, 6L and 9L large format bottles. Gather your friends and make sure to sign up for a large time!

Experience the Wonder of Walla Walla

Visit the impressive wine scene in Walla Walla, WA in this exciting fi ve-day trip for four. Itinerary includes Woodward Canyon, Northstar, L’Ecole No. 41 (and much more!) and a stay at the historic Marcus Whitman.

Take the Plunge! Diving Deep into Saint Helena Wineries

Three-night stay for six at the Saint Helena Winery Guest House with a tasting itinerary including Arietta, Gemstone, Revana Estate, Vineyard 7&8, Celani Family, Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards and more!

Sun Valley and Suzanne Phifer Pavitt – Two Shining Reasons to Celebrate

One lucky couple will win four nights of wining and dining at the Sun Valley Wine Auction Extravaganza in Idaho, as special guests of Suzanne Phifer Pavitt.

Wanna Go To Willamette?

If Pinot and Chard from the Pacific Northwest are your thing, be sure to invest in this 4 night trip for four! Experience Beaux Frères, Domaine Serene, Penner-Ash, Bergström, Stoller Family and more!

Of course, guests will be able to bid on excellent wines, including:

Araujo Estate, Beaux Frères, Black by Black, Cakebread Cellars, Cardinale, Caymus Vineyards, Château de Beaucastel, Château LaFleur, Château Pichon Lalande, Duckhorn Vineyards, DuMOL, GAJA, Ken Wright Cellars, Krug, Ravenswood, Ridge Vineyards, Schrader Cellars, Silver Oak Cellars, Taylor Family Vineyards… And wines from all of our Guest Vintners!

To make reservations for Pairings, please visit or call 615-329-1760.

Nashville Wine Auction Beneficiaries: American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge, Gilda’s ClubMiddle 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

ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION: 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: The Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend, l’Eté du Vin: The Country’s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction, Champagne and 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 $23 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee.


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