NWA 2021

Co-Chairs Bill & Sharon Piper, Lynne & Dave Teckman.

The Nashville Wine Auction raised $2.1 million at the 42nd Annual l’Eté du Vin, which was held Oct. 23 at the JW Marriott. This year’s total was $900,000 higher than the previous record set in 2018. Proceeds from l’Eté du Vin will help fund the fight against cancer by supporting nine local non-profit organizations whose purpose is directly related to cancer research, innovative patient treatment, and caregiver/patient support.

“A huge part of our mission is bringing together and uniting the wine community to raise money for cancer-fighting organizations in Middle Tennessee,” said CEO/President Holly Whaley.

This year’s Guest of Honor was Marchesi Antinori, whose family has been making wine for 635 years and is the fifth-oldest winemaker in the world. Six Antinori wines were featured at the evening’s reception, including Calafuria Rosato 2020, Tenuta Guado al Tasso Vermentino di Bolgheri, Castello della Sala ‘Bramito del Cervo’ Chardonnay Umbria IGT 2019, Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri, Tenuta Guado al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore, and Antica Mountain Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.

Antinori wines were also featured at three sold-out dinners held across Nashville this summer.

Other featured vintners were Château des Jacques, D.R. Stephens Estate, Domaine J.A. Ferret, Senses Wines, Silver Oak, Phifer Pavitt Wines, and Lyrix Wines.

The top three lots sold in the live l’Eté du Vin auction included:

• An exclusive trip for four people to Italy, hosted by the Antinori family at four of their Estates in Umbria, Chianti Classico, Bolgheri, and Rome. The lot sold for $70,000.

• Two private dinners hosted by Tennessee Titans’ General Manager Jon Robinson and his wife, Jaimie, along with Kix Brooks, master distiller Drew Kulsveen, and winemaker Suzanne Phifer Pavitt. The two dinners raised $96,000 combined.

• The 1855 Classifications of Bordeaux Dinner Tribute to Nashville Wine Auction’s beloved patrons Ann and Glenn Eaden sold for $72,000.

This year’s event chairs were Sharon and Bill Piper and Lynne and Dave Teckman – all longtime supporters of the Nashville Wine Auction. In addition to the Antinori dinners this summer and the auction on Oct. 23, l’Eté du Vin included a Patrons’ Dinner at The Hermitage Hotel on Oct. 15.

Whaley will step down as CEO/President upon her retirement on Nov. 19 of this year.

Loren Chumley will take over as CEO/President in January 2022.

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