2016 Wine Auction

2010 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon2010 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon – Friends of the Smokies Board Secretary, Nancy Daves, recommends Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon. With aromas of black cherry, raspberry and a hint of cocoa along with flavors of black currant mingled with rose petals and smoky overtones this wine is the perfect conclusion to any day. A silky mouth feel and balanced tannins create an elegant finish to this classic Napa Valley wine. Courtesy of Gerry and Nancy Daves.

2007 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon2007 Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon – North Carolina Friends of the Smokies Board Member, Laura Webb suggests this elegant and tasteful cabernet sauvignon. With citrus blossom, blackberry jam, and dried currants this is a perfectly balanced bottle of wine. You will notice dark chocolate and black cherry as well as damson plum on the finish. Truly a delicious choice. Courtesy of John Hoskins and Laura Webb.

2011 Avignonesi Grifi Toscana2011 Avignonesi Grifi Toscana – Friends of the Smokies Board member, Cindi DeBusk visited this winery while biking through Italy and reccomends this bottle. Bright ruby red colour with intense aromas of violets, raspberries, red currants and sweet cherries with underlying hints of liquorice and cumin. The taste is warm and full-bodied with fine, long tannins and a long, spicy finish. Courtesy of Pete and Cindi DeBusk.

Avignonesi Capannelle 50 & 50Avignonesi Capannelle 50 & 50 – Cindi Debusk, Friends of the Smokies Board Member also recommends this bottle. She visited both wineries while biking through the country. A historic collaboration between Avignonesi from Montepulciano and Capannelle from Gaiole in Chianti, 50 & 50 brings forth all the silky elegance of the Merlot and the distinct, rustic charm of the Sangiovese. It is very rare for two competeing wineries to collaborate on a bottle, but these two put their differences aside and made a delicious wine. 50 & 50 has a deep, dark ruby color. The 2010 vintage is elegant and refined, with fresh notes of red and black berries, backed up by sweet spices and an underlying, balsamic touch. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and silky soft, with an elegant, fruity core and a long lingering, pleasantly dry finish. A wine for long ageing in the bottle. Courtesy of Pete and Cindi DeBusk.

2014 Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Franc North Carolina2014 Biltmore Reserve Cabernet Franc North Carolina – Current Friends of the Smokies board member and grandson of a founding board member, Chase Pickering recommends this wine crafted from North Carolina’s finest locally grown Cabernet Franc grapes. It is medium-bodied with great structure. Blackberry aromas mingle with earthy notes as flavors of ripe berries and vanilla give way to soft lingering tannins. Courtesy of Chase and Clary Pickering.

2012 Antler Hill Chardonnay Russian River Valley2012 Antler Hill Chardonnay Russian River Valley – Enjoy this chardonnay recommended by North Carolina Friends of the Smokies board member, Chase Pickering. This wine is handcrafted with fruit from one of Biltmore’s small partner vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Taste the region’s expressive minerality in this unoaked Chardonnay. Tastes of tropical fruit mingle with flavors of green apples and pears. Courtesy of Chase and Clary Pickering.

2012 Amuse Bouche California Wine 750ml2012 Amuse Bouche California Wine 750ml – Amuse-Bouche noun French (literally, ‘that which amuses the mouth’): tantalized by food or wine. Friends of the Smokies board member, John Mason recommends this Pomerol-style wine made from the finest merlot and cabernet franc vineyards in Napa Valley. Courtesy of John and Dee Mason.

2011 Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina2011 Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Blanc de Blancs North Carolina – Friends of the Smokies board member, Chase Pickering, recommends this delicious Biltmore wine. It is thier finest sparkling wine crafted from North Carolina Chardonnay grapes and features tiny bubbles. This golden wine bursts forth with tropical and citrus flavors. Courtesy of Chase and Clary Pickering.

HollerDesign — CheeseBoard LargeHollerDesign Cheese Board – Calling all cheese connoisseurs! This board is constructed of locally sourced, responsibly harvested lumber; most of which originates from a farm located in Cainsville, TN. The land, which has been part of the Alexander family since 1829, supplies them with a variety of lumber which they then mill themselves in thier very own sawmill: CowBlade Sawmill. They take great pride in utilizing lumber sourced from the family property. Each board is hand selected for its unique character and finished with food safe mineral oil. Each board also features the HollerDesign signature bowdock circular wood inset with its “born on” date. Measures 12″ x 16″ x 7/8″ Courtesy of Holler Design.

2012 - Plaid ApronWine Dinner for 4 at The Plaid Apron – The Plaid Apron was started in May 2011 by Drew and Bonni McDonald. Drew’s passion for food started young in his family’s kitchen where he learned the true art of southern cooking. Right out of culinary school he landed a job at Blackberry farm in Walland, TN. Drew has a large place in his heart for the cuisine from the South Pacific and his food philosophy has forever been impacted by what he learned and ate over there. Drew and Bonni felt Knoxville was the place to create what has become The Plaid Apron. Also enjoy a bottle of 2010 South African Robertson Winery Chardonnay – The grapes for this wine were picked at a very ripe stage and as a result they obtained a depth of flavor and concentration of fruit. Twenty percent of the wine receives oak treatment, whilst the balance is tank fermented to retain the fruit character. A medium to full bodied chardonnay with a fresh citris fruit character that harmonises with the subtle toasty vanilla flavors of French oak. Pairs well with chicken, roast, seafood, pizza, veal and curry. And don’t forget to enjoy a red wine as well with the 2008 Banfi Centine Touscana – Ruby-red with intense with notes of cherries, plums, and violets. Rich flavors of cherry and leather. Supple tannins and good acidity. Courtesy of Warehouse Liquors and The Plaid Apron.

Handcrafted Oak Barrell FurnitureHandcrafted Oak Wine Barrel Chair – Wine and spirits barrels are made from oak that has been cut to form the shape we all recognize. A shape that is almost organic in how it lends itself to incredibly comfortable (not to mention sturdy) furniture. The compound curves of the barrel staves are at home as seating surfaces. The beauty and patina of the old wood and the versatility of the staves themselves led the Rowans into the furniture business. While no two barrels are alike and no two pieces of our furniture the same, you will appreciate the continuity of the barrel’s impact in the appearance of this piece. Courtesy of Rowan Furniture.

Wine Cooler17 Bottle Wine Cooler – Danby’s compact countertop wine cooler takes up little space, but offers big storage. Designed to provide a convenient and economical alternative to chilling wine in the fridge, this model has a 17 bottle capacity. Suitable for any kitchen or bar setting. Courtesy of Charter Communications.

Meerlust Rubicon 19951995 Meerlust Rubicon Stellenbosch South Africa – A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23 % Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. This wine has a intense purple, almost black appearance with a light rim. On the nose the wine has powerful, ripe berry and black currant aromas supported by elegant plum and vanilla scents. Hints of clove spice and cedar wood are testimony to the barrel aging and youth of the wine. The palate has a mouthfilling bouquet of berry fruit and ripe plums, supported by fine tannins and fresh acidity. The wine also has a velvety, rich mouthfeel and a long lingering aftertaste. Courtesy of Breese and Kathryn Johnson.

Opus OneOpus One – Friends of the Smokies Board Chairman, Dan Matthews, recommends Opus One. Matthews says of the wine, “Bob Mondavi and his wife invited me to have lunch at their hilltop home overlooking their vast vineyards in Napa Valley. He asked me to try a wine that he and the Rothchild family of Europe collaborated on in an attempt to create America’s finest wine. After my first sip, I exclaimed to the Mondavis, ‘It is! It is!'” Courtesy of Dan and Deener Matthews.

GelmorangieGlenmorangie Tusail Private Edition Single Malt Scotch Whiskey – Glenmorangie Tùsail Single Malt Whiskey is the only sixth expression in Glenmorangie’s Private Edition collection (tùsail means original in Scottish Gaelic). The whiskey is crafted from Maris Otter barley, a type of winter barley that is bred specially to brew whiskey and recognized for its ability to impart rich, rustic flavors. Following distillation, Glenmorangie Tùsail was matured in specially selected casks. It has an aroma of buttered biscuits, toffee and earthy minerals that give way to notes of brown sugar, barley, cinnamon, maple syrup and molasses on the palate. The finish lingers, and has hints of roasted nuts and butterscotch.


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