2017-02-09 / Top News

Naples Winter Wine Festival uncorks another smashing success

SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


1. Christine Ferragamo and Salvatore Ferragamo 1. Christine Ferragamo and Salvatore Ferragamo IT WAS A “BRIGHT SUNSHINY DAY,” INDEED.

At the close of bidding, the tally for the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival’s live auction hit $15,066,000, bringing the total amount raised since the festival’s inception in 2001 to more than $161 million. Bidding for the online auction remained open for a few more days and at closing Jan. 31 generated an additional $183,396 for children in need. Online bids came from people in 21 states beyond Florida, and one came all the way from London, England. Donations specified for children’s health care, this year’s on-the-spot Fund a Need beneficiary, raised $1.6 million to provide the medical attention all children deserve in the areas of oral health, mental health, primary care and vision.

Festival guests from around the world came together to bid on 62 live auction items ranging from once-ina lifetime wine and culinary experiences to limited-edition cars and exotic travel packages. All auction lots were donated, and all proceeds support the festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Through annual grants awarded to more than 40 nonprofit organizations, NCEF has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 children. Grants made possible by this year’s event will be awarded on March 13.


2. Valerie Boyd, Denise Cobb and Nancy Masterson 2. Valerie Boyd, Denise Cobb and Nancy Masterson The live auction’s top single bid of $480,000 went to the 2017 McLaren 570 GT, the latest edition of the recently launched Sports Series, the most luxurious and refined McLaren ever made.

Additional auction highlights:

¦ Two separate bidders each will enjoy a week-long cruise to either the Bahamas or the Caribbean aboard a 126- foot Feadship yacht formerly belonging to Malcolm Forbes, all for a total of $600,000.


3. Jim Fligg and Martha Fligg 3. Jim Fligg and Martha Fligg ¦ A private jet trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast went for $460,000, featuring dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as a host of other exclusive fashion and wine experiences.

¦ $450,000 was raised for a live performance by country music legend Darius Rucker, plus a private dinner prepared by Silver Oak Chef Dominic Orsini and a custom guitar signed by Mr. Rucker and David Duncan of Silver Oak.

¦ A winning bid of $360,000 was made for the first Audi MY18 R8 Spyder to be physically delivered in the United States, a sleek machine that races to 124.3 mph in just 11.8 seconds.

¦ And in celebration of the National Parks System’s 100th anniversary, a winning bid of $340,000 will bring travelers on a luxury excursion through our nation’s most striking landscapes.

In the online auction, the top bid of $13,000 went to a golf experience at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, with transportation to Jacksonville from Naples via private jet. An $8,000 bid reserved one week in a three-bedroom cottage with private dining at Linville Ridge, a luxury summertime refuge in the North Carolina mountains. And $7,000 bought a rare collection of Aloft and Dark Matter Wines, as yet unavailable to the public, along with a private dinner with the Mondavi family at their Howell Mountain property.


4. Guitarist Monty Powell leads NWWF trustees Jeff Gargiulo, Valerie Boyd, Scott Lutgert, Denise Cobb, Bill Cary, Brian Cobb, Simone Lutgert and Debbie Cary in a celebratory song. 4. Guitarist Monty Powell leads NWWF trustees Jeff Gargiulo, Valerie Boyd, Scott Lutgert, Denise Cobb, Bill Cary, Brian Cobb, Simone Lutgert and Debbie Cary in a celebratory song. The weekend began with a pre-festival tasting and luncheon at which a select few guests experienced a vertical tasting of 10 celebrated vintages of cult winery Harlan Estate.

Throughout the festival, guests enjoyed wine from more than 30 of the finest wineries representing three continents, five countries and 12 wine-producing regions.


5. Ann Colgin, Tom Wamser, Anne Wamser, Julia Van Domelan and Scott Lutgert 5. Ann Colgin, Tom Wamser, Anne Wamser, Julia Van Domelan and Scott Lutgert This year’s Honored Vintner was fourth-generation Bordeaux winemaker Pierre Lurton. Culinary master Wolfgang Puck returned to the festival, this time as Chef de Cuisine, and was joined by 17 additional celebrity chefs with a collective 11 Michelin Stars, 13 James Beard Awards and 10 James Beard Award nominations. ¦



6. Lewie Card and Becky Card 6. Lewie Card and Becky Card

7. The top single bid in the live auction was $480,000 for this 2017 McLaren 570 GT. 7. The top single bid in the live auction was $480,000 for this 2017 McLaren 570 GT.

8. Auctioneer Humphrey Butler is a beloved veteran of the NWWF live auction. 8. Auctioneer Humphrey Butler is a beloved veteran of the NWWF live auction.

9. Sweets for the crowd, created by a team of pastry chefs from The Ritz-Carlton 9. Sweets for the crowd, created by a team of pastry chefs from The Ritz-Carlton

10. Bruce McEver, Anne Welsh McNulty, Susan Stielow and Art Cherry 10. Bruce McEver, Anne Welsh McNulty, Susan Stielow and Art Cherry

11. Elliott Singer, Bill Beynon, Retta Singer, Nena Beynon, Denise Cobb and Susie McCurry 11. Elliott Singer, Bill Beynon, Retta Singer, Nena Beynon, Denise Cobb and Susie McCurry

12. Terry Noble and Bette Noble 12. Terry Noble and Bette Noble

13. Dave Gibbons, Rick Kash, Jeannelle Brady, Katrina Lundmark-Kash, Carol Walter and John Walter 13. Dave Gibbons, Rick Kash, Jeannelle Brady, Katrina Lundmark-Kash, Carol Walter and John Walter

14. Pastry chefs from The Ritz-Carlton: Lerome Campbell, Emily Fredricks, Sebastien Thieffine, Neisha Lynae James, Paige Fuhrman, Diana Wen and Christopher Prancel 14. Pastry chefs from The Ritz-Carlton: Lerome Campbell, Emily Fredricks, Sebastien Thieffine, Neisha Lynae James, Paige Fuhrman, Diana Wen and Christopher Prancel

15. Some of the many children who have benefitted from programs and services made possible by grants from the Naples Children & Education Foundation are always special guests. 15. Some of the many children who have benefitted from programs and services made possible by grants from the Naples Children & Education Foundation are always special guests.

16. The Southwest Florida United Community Choir 16. The Southwest Florida United Community Choir

17. Flash dancers liven things up. 17. Flash dancers liven things up.

18. Tim Mondavi, Martha Fligg, Anne Welsh McNulty, Bob Evans, Jim Campbell, Carmen Campbell, Denise Cobb and Terry Edwards 18. Tim Mondavi, Martha Fligg, Anne Welsh McNulty, Bob Evans, Jim Campbell, Carmen Campbell, Denise Cobb and Terry Edwards

19. Joan Clifford and Bob Clifford 19. Joan Clifford and Bob Clifford

20. Ed Staros and Tricia Staros 
IVAN SELIGMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY 20. Ed Staros and Tricia Staros IVAN SELIGMAN / FLORIDA WEEKLY

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