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Learn How to Bid at a Wine Auction from Christie's Master

BOCA RATON, FL – (January 21, 2005) -- The Boca Raton Historical society will host a Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction "pre-event" on Thursday, February 10, 2005, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton. On center stage will be Richard Brierley, head of North American Wine Sales for the famed international auction house, Christies. He will share his expertise on how to bid at a wine auction. The evening will also include delicious "by the bite" specialties and a superb variety of wines provided by National Distributing Company, Inc. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased by calling 561-395-6766 X 101.

"Mr. Brierley is an expert and a world renowned authority on auctions", said Kathryn Gillespie, Co-Chairman of Boca Bacchanal Winefest & Auction. "Our auction is the highlight and culmination of our fundraiser, and will feature prime wines in case, groupings and single bottle formats, outstanding lifestyle lots, such as tickets to shows, luxury cruises, and trips to very attractive destinations such as Italy, California and Aspen. We thought it would be very informative and great fun to have a person with Mr. Brierley's credentials enlighten us on the best way to bid at an auction."

Boca Bacchanal Winefest and Auction is a weekend affair, planned for March 18, 19, 2005, spotlighting fine wine gatherings; a Friday evening of superb vintner dinners featuring celebrated chefs and prized vintners, set in historic sites and grand estates in Boca Raton and Saturday afternoon's Grand Tasting, offering wine seminars presented by Michael Weiss of the Culinary Institute of America and a luncheon food and wine tasting on the green at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park. The centerpiece of the festivities will be held Saturday night at the Boca Raton Resort & Club with a wine reception, multi-course dinner and live and silent auctions.

The Boca Raton Historical Society will also present its first Boca Bacchanal Awards of Excellence to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the enjoyment of food and wine. This year's recipients are celebrated Italian cookbook author, teacher and culinary consultant Marcella Hazan and legendary vintner Warren Winiarski, of the famed Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley.

Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraising event of the BRHS and is held to promote children's causes in Boca Raton. The Boca Raton Historical Society is actively committed to education (specifically, Heritage Education), and the fundraiser will center on improving and augmenting educational opportunities for students from pre-school through college.

Proceeds from Boca Bacchanal 2005 will benefit the Heritage Education Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society, the George Snow Scholarship Fund which provides need-based college scolarships for young people to reward excellence, and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's "Golden Bell" Education Foundation providing assistance to local schools in grades K thru 12th.

For more information on Boca Bacchanal, such as event schedules, profiles of participating chefs and vintners, or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Boca Raton Historical Society at 561.395.6766 X 101 or visit the event website at

About Christie's

Christie's very first wine sale was in December 1766 in London, making Christie's the world's oldest and most experienced auctioneer of fine wines. Today, auctions take place in Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore and Tokyo. Interest in fine wine continues to grow and values have escalated enormously over the last 30 years.

About Richard Brierley

Head of North American Wine Sales - Wine Rockefeller Center - New York

Dedicated to keeping Christie's Wine Department at the forefront of innovation and client satisfaction, Richard Brierley brings to Christie's his invaluable experience of the international fine wine market, the auction world, and the internet. Prior to joining Christie's he was a Senior Account Manager for an online wine trading company. As a specialist and auctioneer at a major auction house in both London and New York, Mr. Brierley developed a series of successful themes for wine sales. A graduate from the University of Hull, England, and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux, France, Mr. Brierley began his career in wine at the Epernay cellars of Moet et Chandon in Champagne. He holds a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and is fluent in French and Italian. Tel: +1 212 636 2266

PHOTO ID (L-R) Boca Baccahnal Co-Chair Kathryn Gillespie, Boca Raton Historical Society president, Peter Page; National Distributing Company representative Saby Diaz.

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