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Boca Raton Historical Society Uncorks 4th Annual
Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction. . .
Stellar Wine and Lifestyle Lots Up for Bid

BOCA RATON, FL – (February 15, 2006) - The Boca Raton Historical Society has a tasty message for food and wine lovers. Its time to revel! A weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary delights will tempt the savvy palates of patrons at the Fourth Annual Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction as they are invited to sip, savor and bid at the event’s world-class auction, all to support educational causes in Boca Raton. On tap are eight Vintner Dinners on Friday evening; wine seminars; The Grand Tasting, a sumptuous Saturday luncheon food and wine tasting on the green at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park , and The Bacchanal Dinner and Auction on Saturday night.

“ The wineries participating in Boca Bacchanal come to us from some of the world’s great wine producing countries: Italy, Spain and the United States,” states Chris Kearney, Vice president of National Distributing Company. “They bring an international flavor that compliments the great lineup of chefs, including two who are coming to us from Spain, making this a tremendous wine and food event. But, importantly, wine is also a lifestyle. At the auction bidders will be vying for an outstanding array of distinctive lifestyle packages and impressive wine lots.”

The centerpiece of Boca Bacchanal is The Bacchanal Dinner and Auction at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, which features rare wines and lifestyle lots at live and silent auctions and a multi-course dinner displaying the culinary talents of the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners. Orchestrating The Bacchanal evening will be Master Auctioneer Dawn Marie Kotsonis and Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, who will preside over the delectable dinner..

These outstanding chefs include Drew Van Leuvan (Spice, Atlanta, GA; Darren McRonald (Bellavitae, NY,NY); David Aragon Diez and Juan Antonio Cortes-Campo (El Legado de Castille y Leon, Madrid, Spain): Philippe Reynauld (The Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo, FL); Anrea Curto Randazzo and Frank Randazzo (Talula, Miami, FL); Chip Ulbrich (Bateaux, Beaufort, SC); Michael Touhy (Woodfier Grill, Atlanta, GA) and Clay Conley (Azul, Miami, FL).

Presenting Vintners are Justin Baldwin, Proprietor, Justin Winery, Paso Robles, CA; W. Clarke Swanson, Jr., Proprietor, Swanson Vineyards & Winery, Oakville, CA; Javier Schoendorff, U.S Brand Ambassador, Bodegas Ramon Bilbao, Rioja, Spain; Rolando Beramendi, Global Brand Ambassador, William Grant & Sons, NY, NY; Eli Parker, Wine Maker, Fess Parker Winery, Los Olivos, CA; Michael Weiss, Chairman of Wine Education, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY (presenting 2480-Hollywood and Vine Cellars, Napa Valley Kathryn Hall, Napa Valley , and L’Aventure, Paso Robles, CA; John Williams, Owner/Wine Maker, Frog’s Leap Winery, Rujherford, CA and Emilia Nardi, Owner, Tenuta Silvio Nardi, Tuscany, Italy.

Presented by the Boca Raton Historical Society March 10- 11, 2006, this year’s edition of Boca Bacchanal benefits the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. Sponsors include National Distributing Company, Boca Raton Magazine, The Boca Raton Resort & Club; The Wine News; Carla Marsh Public Relations; Legal Sea Foods; Crown Wine & Spirits; Cendyn; Publix Supermarkets Charities; JM Family Enterprises, Inc.; Classy 92.1; Master Design Group; and the R.A. Ritter Foundation

Spearheading the event are Honorary Chairs - Mike and Cathy Arts; Chairmen -Peter and Ginny Page; Wine Chairman-Chris Kearney of National Distributing Company; Chefs Selection Chair - Carla Marsh; Vintner Dinner Chairs – Pattie Damron and Kathy Biscuiti; Grand Tasting Chairmen – Mary Glynn Toomey, Lisa Warren, Ann Rutherford; Auction Chairman – Brad Mitchell; The Bacchanal Dinner Chairmen - Jon Summersfield and Heidi Bruno; Website – Robin Deyo; Chef Liaison - Laurie Saunders; Wine Seminars – Julia Johnson and Vintner Dinner Liason – Donna Geisert.

For information on Boca Bacchanal package rates and accommodations partners please call 561.395.6766, ext. 101 or visit the event Website at www.bocabacchanal.com. Please note: All Boca Bacchanal sponsors and weekend package ticket purchasers receive priority for event selections. Limited number of tickets and space available.

COMPLETE LIST OF CHEF AND VINTNER PAIRINGS FOR VINTNER DINNERS, AND ALL AUCTION LOTS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

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Preview of Select Auction Lots:

The Best of Atlanta

An unforgettable two-night stay in cosmopolitan Atlanta for four will be highlighted by a memorable evening of wine and food at the original Chops/Lobster Bar. This award-winning steak and seafood restaurant is expanding nationally, with the first location opening at Boca Raton’s Royal Palm Place in late 2006. Custom-designed by Executive Chef Will Eudy, this five-course meal will highlight the finest steaks and the freshest seafood, plus wines selected by its sommelier to complement each course. The accommodations in Atlanta for the foursome (two rooms) will be at the exquisite Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. Close to the shopping and nightlife of downtown Atlanta, the Four Seasons offers a new level of southern hospitality. Roundtrip airfare for four departing from Florida is courtesy of Delta Air Lines. The best is yet to come…but you’d better bid high!

(Flights, hotel and dinner require advance booking and are subject to availability; some holiday restrictions apply; hotel and dinner must be used by March, 2007. )

Opening Bid: $3,000
Includes: Two-Night Atlanta Package for Four
Donors: Chops/Lobster Bar, Atlanta, GA
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
Delta Air Lines, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Lot 38
Tenuta Silvio Nardi
Three Decades of Brunello

Brunello is a Tuscan grape characterized by extraordinary concentration, acidity and extract. Closed, austere and unapproachable when young, wine made with Brunello (Sangiovese Grosso) blossoms with age. These three bottles from Tenuta Silvio Nardi – 1980 Brunello di Montalcino Reserva, 1990 Brunello di Montalcino and 2000 Brunello di Montalcino – demonstrate the impressive way Brunellos evolve in the bottle. They will also whet the high bidder’s appetite for the second element of this lot: a tour and tasting at Tenuta Silvio Nardi in Tuscany, hosted by Emilia Nardi. Visit is to be scheduled in advance; August, harvest and December are blackout dates; transportation and accommodations are not included.
Opening Bid: $1,500
Includes: Three 750ml Bottles

Lot 28
Home Wine Cellar

This package of furniture and wine racks from Bay Colony Wine Cellars is everything you need for a home wine cellar, except for the wine and a cooling unit! Begin with two mahogany-finish wood wine racks, each with a capacity of 200 bottles and a display row for 20 of the finest and/or most interesting wines in the collection. These are versatile racks that can handle Bordeaux, Burgundy and most Champagne bottles.

Also included are a hand-crafted highboy tasting table and two stools with leather seats created from reclaimed wine barrels and casks sourced from the Napa Valley. The time-worn patina and markings that appear on the materials are a testament to their origins. Each piece of furniture is numbered, signed and dated, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. Production of items from these rare wood tanks (which held wine for decades in a winery near St. Helena) is limited and this furniture represents irreplaceable pieces of wine history.
Opening Bid: $2,000
Includes: Two Wine Racks, Table and Two Chairs
Donor: Bay Colony Wine Cellars, Naples, FL

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Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction
Winefest Events

Vintner Dinners - Friday, March 10, 2006
Eight superb Vintner Dinners featuring acclaimed chefs and prized vintners, invited from across the country and around world, are hosted at private residences in various locations in the Boca Raton area. Call for reservations and complete list of chefs, vintners and venues. $300 per person.

The Grand Tasting

Saturday, March 11, 2006
11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park Ampitheater
Tickets: $ 75 per person (Gate) (Pre-event purchase - $60 per person)
Free Parking
www.bocabacchanal.com

Wine Seminars
Once again, Michael Weiss, Chairman of Wine Education at the Culinary Institute of America and author of Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America's Guide to Wines of the World, will be leading two fascinating wine seminars.

Seminar One:
The Revenge of the Fearless Taster (Sipping well is the best revenge!) 11:00 AM

Do you ever feel intimidated by a lengthy wine list, or wish that you knew which wine complemented the food on your menu? Enjoy a guilt-free exploration of wanton white wines and refined reds. Don't worry—this is all about learning to enjoy your wines! You will have the opportunity to sample different styles of white and red wines. The seminar will include clues on tasting wines, and possible food pairings for the specific wines we will taste. The tasting will focus on wines from California and Italy, and include an ‘insider’s look’ at what shapes their personalities.

Seminar Two:
The Big Red Challenge
(The Iron Chef has nothing on us!) 1:00 PM

Enjoy a tasting of exclusively red wines at this fascinating seminar. We will compare two classic growing regions of Europe, Rioja from Spain, and Montalcino from Italy. We will discuss what shapes the textures and flavors of these wines, as well as the foods of the regions in which they are produced. Additionally, we will taste a "flight" of four syrah based wines—three from California and one from Italy—and discuss Syrah’s increasing popularity and its potentials with different cuisines.

Wine seminar ticket price: $10/person Limited seating. Reservations suggested.

The Auction and Dinner - Saturday, March 11, 2006 - Set at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Bacchanal Auction & Dinner will be a delicious fantasy of sensational food and great wine presented by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Wineries, presided over by Resort Executive Andrew Roenbeck, and followed by an exciting auction orchestrated by respected master auctioneer Dawn Marie Kotsonis.

6:00 PM Reception, Dinner & Auction
Admission: $250 per person

NOTE: Special Ticket Packages including all events are available. Call 561-395-6766 x 101 or visit the website at www.bocabacchanal.com

PHOTO ID: Chefs Jon Hanley and Chris Valentine of Legal Sea Foods will be representing one of the 30 top local restaurants participating in the Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting on Saturday, March 11 at Mizner Park in Boca Raton.

PHOTO ID: Helping to organize the fabulous Bacchanal Dinner and Auction are (L-R) Chef Andrew Roenbeck of the Boca Raton Resort & Club; John Summersfield; Heidi Bruno and Chris Kearney of National Distributing Company . Photo by Tom Brodigan Photography


PHOTO ID: Chef Andrew Roenbeck with Chef Khalia Morris of Ruth's Chris

PHOTO ID:Chefs Ernesto De Blasi (Caffe Luna Rosa, Delray Beach); Julian Greaves (Sol Kitchen, Delray Beach); Jeffrey Lewis (Gigi's Tavern, Boca Raton); Esteban Arguedas (Absinthe, Boca Raton)

PHOTO ID: Chefs Fred Dornetshuber (Max's Grille, Boca Raton); Pasquale Lena, (Ristorante Luna Rosa, Deerfield Beach); Silvio Schvam (Gaucho Rodizio, Pompano Beach)

PHOTO ID: Front row L-R - Roxana Garciga (National Distributing Company); Mary Glynn Toomey (Grand Tasting Co-Chair); Julian Greaves (Chefs Advisory Chair) ; Ann Rutherford (Co-chair)

Back Row L-R Fred Dornetshuber, Jeffrey Lewis, Silvio Schvam, Estaban Arguedas, Pasquale Lena

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