Cabernet for Connoisseurs

Cabernet for Connoisseurs

Family House values the health, safety, and well-being of our families, staff, volunteers, friends, and supporters. So, it is with deepest regret that I inform you that the 25th Annual Cabernet for Connoisseurs event scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco has been postponed.

We do expect to revive the wine event at a more appropriate time in the future, and we promise to keep you posted.

Family House’s leadership, Board of Directors and UCSF medical staff are closely monitoring the coronavirus crisis as it relates to our families and the organization. As always, the safety of our families is foremost in all decisions made. We anticipate no disruption in services to our families and will continue housing 80 families in need every night.

This is a critical time for all of us; at Family House our wine event raises one quarter of our operating budget, so we ask that you consider donating generously to Family House. As always, Family House appreciates all financial support you can provide in order for us to continue delivering the high level of care of our families that we all expect.

We so appreciate you, our loyal friends and donors for your years of support. Together, we will get through this difficult time.

25th Annual Wine Tasting, Dinner, and Auction

March 28, 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel San Francisco (600 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108)

5:30 pm – Wine Tasting & Silent Auction
7:00 pm – Dinner & Live Auction
Honorees: Pam & George Hamel, Jr.

For 2020 tickets and sponsorship information, please contact Camilla Burraston at

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An evening of fine wine, fun and inspiration!

This exclusive event boasts exceptional wine tastings from world-class vintners and a gourmet dinner, as well as silent and live live auctions featuring renowned wines, unparalleled luxury and travel packages, and truly one-of-a-kind experiences. This singular event appeals not only to the wine connoisseur, but also to anyone who enjoys festive indulgence in the spirit of generosity. All funds raised benefit Family House, providing care and comfort for families with children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Event Co-Chairs:

Scott Miller and Jeff Smith

Event Committee:

Carolyn Duryea, Linda Goldfarb, Steve Goldfarb, George Hamel III, Susie Heller, Kimberly Jones, Lorcan Kearney, Shaina Kerrigan, John Kugler, Mourad Lahlou, Adriel Lares, Mark Orsi, Bill Shea, Brad Singer, Dan Toney, Faith Wheeler, Michelle Yoshinaka

2020 Participating Vintners

* Indicates vintners who have generously donated to the live auction, but will not pour at the event.

Live Auction Preview

Buy a Spot: Rock the Casbah

Buy a Spot: Rock the CasbahA lush, green oasis, somewhere in Morocco. A sultry summer evening. As the sun sets and the stars begin to twinkle, the night comes alive with a thousand and one delights. The guests are welcomed with world-class wines and lavish food cooked over a live fire by great chefs. There’s music to rock the night away in a dreamscape of carpets and candlelight. There are belly dancers and ballet dancers, henna tattooing, and a sumptuous tearoom serving delicacies and sweets. And you’re invited. Okay, it’s not in Morocco: it’s even better.

It’s right here in the Napa Valley at the stunning estate of designers John Hurley and Justin Hafen. And it’s hosted by Chef Mourad Lahlou (Mourad, Aziza) and SF Ballet’s Principal Dancer Mathilde Froustey. Join them on August 8, 2020 for a night of fabulous food prepared by 10 great chefs—including Michelin-starred chefs Mourad Lahlou, Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, Bar Crenn), and Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood, The Charter Oak)—paired with a selection of very special wines and signature cocktails by Thad Vogler of Bar Agricole.

As you wander through the property, you’ll feast on American wagyu beef seared on an Argentine grill, spit-roasted lamb cooked over a wood fire, handmade couscous, and an endless array of delicacies prepared right before your eyes. And in between bites, you’ll drink, dance, and enjoy entertainment throughout the evening by soul/pop/funk big band The Fell Swoop and dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Looking for an unforgettable way to celebrate the magic of a midsummer Napa Valley night? It doesn’t get any more rockin’ than this. Oasis attire, if you desire.

Three ways to attend on August 8th:

VIP Experience: $1,500 per guest

  • VIP guests will enjoy a pre-party rooftop reception from 5:00pm-6:00pm, featuring Continuum 2016 (awarded 100 points by James Suckling and Antonio Galloni), champagne, caviar and special appetizers by each of the participating chefs.
  • 5:00pm arrival
  • Limited to 50 guests

Special Guest Experience: $1,000 per guest

  • Unbelievable food, drink, and entertainment.
  • 6:00pm arrival
  • Limited to 200 guests

Guesthouse Overnight Experience for four people: To the highest bidder

  • Win an overnight stay at two 1-bedroom guest houses on the property, each accommodating one couple. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the event comes together, meet the chefs, and spend the night in style. Includes a special visit the following day to Opus One for a tour, vineyard experience and lunch.

Donated by: John Hurley & Justin Hafen; Mourad Lahlou & Mathilde Froustey; Susie Heller; Snake River Farms
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Napa Valley Culinary Immersion: Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Binder and Master of wine Lisa Perrotti-Brown delight the senses at the world-class Morlet Family Vineyards for 6

Lisa Perrotti-Brown | Morlet Family Vineyards | Chef Elizabeth Binder for SixYou and up to five guests will experience an unforgettable multiple-course dinner at Luc and Jodie Morlet’s estate guest house in St. Helena. This intimate meal will feature library and 100-point wines from Morlet Family Vineyards paired with delicious cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Elizabeth Binder. As you enjoy each beautifully presented dish, you will have the amazing opportunity to learn from Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Throughout the evening, Lisa will share her expertise about wines from around the world.

Your sojourn in wine country includes a 3-night stay at the Morlet family’s estate guest house, where you will wake up each morning to breathtaking views of upper Napa Valley. You will be treated to a private tour of the historic Morlet Family Winery, and to commemorate your visit, each couple will receive a signed magnum of Morlet Family Vineyards 2017 “Passionnément” Cabernet Sauvignon from the prestigious Oakville appellation.

To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date, excluding the months of September and October. Expires August 31, 2021.

Includes: 3-night stay for up to six at the Morlet Family Estate Guest House in St. Helena; Dinner featuring Morlet Family Vineyards wines paired with Chef Elizabeth Binder’s cuisine and wine education shared by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW; Private tour & tasting at Morlet Family Winery in St. Helena; 3 signed magnums of Morlet Family Vineyards 2017 “Passionnément” Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Luc and Jodie Morlet, Morlet Family Vineyards; Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW; Chef Elizabeth Binder, Hand-Crafted Catering
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European Luxury Cruise: River Boat Tour for 2

European Luxury Cruise: River Boat Tour for 2 Discover some of the world’s most acclaimed wine regions with an unparalleled experience aboard a romantic river cruise. From luxurious rooms to culinary masterpieces, there’s no better way to explore Europe’s most exquisite wine regions. The motto aboard the ship? “No request too large, no detail too small.” Whether you choose to sail the Rhine or the Danube, extraordinary scenery, exclusive treasures, and exquisite landscapes lay ahead, with every detail perfected. This trip of a lifetime is yours for the taking! Your experience includes:

  • Seven-night/eight-day 2020 European Boutique River Cruise in a riverview stateroom
  • Cruise includes all gratuities onboard and onshore, all onboard dining, unlimited alcoholic beverages, tours & excursions, onboard fitness center, wellness classes, use of bicycles & Nordic walking sticks, Wi-Fi, and airport transfers
  • Transfers to and from airport to ship and ship to airport are complimentary, so long as the passengers are embarking and disembarking on the cruise start and end date

Details: Expires December 31, 2020. Blackout dates: May, June, and September 1-October 15. Travel must take place before April 3, 2021. Excludes Portugal and Russia. Excludes suites and junior suites.

Donated by: Uniworld River Cruises & Ellen Bettridge, CEO
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Private Dinner for 10 by Traci Des Jardins, featuring wines from the cellar of Bill Shea

Private Dinner for 10 by Traci Des Jardins, featuring wines from the cellar of Bill SheaEnjoy an evening of spectacular Spanish-influenced California cuisine, personally prepared by Traci Des Jardins, alongside wines from the cellar of Bill Shea 
in the warm and intimate private dining room of The Commissary, set in one of the oldest buildings in San Francisco. With your multi-course meal, enjoy these stunning wines:

2009 Crystal Champagne, 2015 Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Clavoillon, 2014 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagney, 2002 DRC Richebourg, 2002 Vogue Musigny, 2002 Dujac Charmes Chambertin, 2014 Harlan Cabernet, 2007 Araujo Cabernet, 2007 Dalla Valle Napa Cabernet, 1985 Lynch Bages, 1990 Chateau d’Yquem, and 1963 Taylor Port.

Traci Des Jardins has been part of the San Francisco food community for more than 30 years, opening several award-winning restaurants including Jardiniere, Arguello, The Commissary, Public House, and Transit. Traci has won the James Beard Foundation Award for best chef in the Pacific region, Food & Wine‘s “Best New Chef,” and San Francisco Magazine‘s “Chef of the Year” awards. She was also named the James Beard Foundation’s “Rising Star Chef of the Year.”

The Commissary is Chef De Jardins’ restaurant partnership with the Presidio Trust and Bon Appetit Management Company: a cozy space reminiscent of years past, with décor featuring fixtures and accents that highlight the Presidio’s history. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before March 28, 2021.

Donated by: Traci Des Jardins; Elizabeth & Bill Shea
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Quel Beau Lieu! “What a beautiful place!” 5 Boutique Wineries, a Glorious 2-Night Stay, and 2 Dinners for 10 at Beaulieu Garden Estate, plus 10 Signed Magnums

Quel Beau LieuPrepare for an unforgettable experience of high-end local cuisine paired with premiere micro-production wines from the Napa Valley: Anomaly Vineyards, Behrens Family Winery, Drinkward Peschon, Relic Wine Cellars, and Zeitgeist Cellars. Stay for two fabulous nights at the historic Beaulieu Garden Guest House set among the picturesque vineyards in Rutherford, plus dinner for 10 prepared by renowned first-class chef, Dave Cruz (previously of Napa Valley’s Bouchon and Ad Hoc, and now San Francisco’s Little Gem).

Upon arrival to the Beaulieu Garden Estate, you will be welcomed by both the CEO and Chairman of Family House.Your first evening will kick off with a special dinner catered by Lindsay & Lorcan Kearney and Dagmar & Patrick Sullivan featuring locally sourced foods with herbs straight from the garden on property. It will be complemented by an assortment of Beaulieu Vineyard wines. The next morning your day of fun begins when you will sip local coffee and enjoy a light breakfast featuring pastries from famed Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery, before your hospitality and tour guide extraordinaire takes you to each of the wineries for a private tour and tasting. This private oenophile experience will be playfully paired with delicious small bites by some of Napa’s finest chefs.

As the day winds down, you will be chauffeured back to the Beaulieu Garden Guest House where you can relax for a bit before the evening begins with a sabering and champagne toast from a magnum bottle of world-class champagne. Your private dinner of culinary creation by Chef Dave Cruz will allow for each course to be masterfully paired with a vintage library wine – hand selected – from the vintners’ personal collections. For the coup de grace, you will receive ten magnum bottles, one current release and one library vintage, all exclusively signed by each winery owner and winemaker.

This extensively classic and truly unforgettable Napa experience is for 10 people and will be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before March 28, 2021.

Donated by: Anomaly Vineyards; Behrens Family Winery; Drinkward Peschon; Relic Wine Cellars; Zeitgeist Cellars; Chef Dave Cruz; Dagmar & Patrick Sullivan; Lindsay & Lorcan Kearney
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Magnums for Days…

Magnums for Days...Take home this exceptional collection of magnum masterpieces from some of Napa Valley’s finest – 10 in all!

Includes 10 Big Bottles: 1.5L 2009 Bressler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2016 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2016 Dalla Valle Maya; 1.5L 2014 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2015 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2016 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2013 Robert Foley Kelly’s Mountain Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2013 Robert Foley Mt Vedeer Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2014 Robert Foley Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon; 1.5L 2014 Robert Foley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Bressler Vineyards; Dalla Valle Vineyards; Melka Estates & Winery; Robert Foley Vineyards
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BUY A SPOT: The Mabon—VIP in the House

The Mabon: VIP in the House for 2Celebrate the 2020 harvest in style as Hourglass Estate’s honored guest at the winery’s infamous harvest party, The Mabon. Preeminent party-throwers and proprietors, Jeff Smith and Carolyn Duryea, will treat you to a rockin’ good time that you won’t soon forget. Enjoy a multi course dinner prepared by Josh Mitchell of Napa Valley Heritage Catering in the Hourglass caves, along with delicious glasses of Hourglass wine. After dinner, join the other guests to continue the festivities with amazing performances by Hourglass’s house band Wristrocket and a special guest headliner. Come howl at the moon! The Mabon will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Buy a Spots are limited to 24 guests.

Tickets: $1,250 per person

Donated by: Hourglass Estate
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“Lights, Camera, Kitchen—Action!”

Lights, Camera, Kitchen-Action!Have you ever dreamed of starring in your own cooking show? Are you the next Rachel Ray or Bobby Flay? Maybe you’re even bigger, but you just haven’t gotten your Cooking Show Big Break… Well, HERE IT IS!

Even if you’re unsure or just a little shy—our Emmy award-winning culinary-TV team of Susie Heller, Paul Swensen, and Amy Vogler will take you from planning to prep to production and post, and make you look like the pro you’ve always wanted to be. You’re secure in the expert hands that have produced the likes of Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Martin Yan, José Andres, Joanne Weir and Lidia Bastianich.

In preparation for your big day, you and Susie will meet for a pre-production session to plan a show tailored to your favorite recipes and cooking style. All the prep will be taken care of, so when you show up at Susie’s kitchen studio in Napa, everything will be ready for your “closeup.”

When you return to your daily life, the footage will be edited, with graphics and music added, and in a short time, you will receive a digital master copy of the finished show to share with your friends, family, and send out for award-consideration….

To be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date before March 28, 2021. Lot includes:

    • Personalized cooking show experience for one on-camera “star,” plus up to 
 3 guests who can watch the day-of production and shoot (and can join 
 the winner on camera for the final scene, eating food prepared by the star)
    • Pre-production planning meeting with Susie Heller
    • Digital copy of edited cooking show video

Donated by: Susie Heller, Heller Media; Paul Swensen Productions; Amy Vogler, Wooden Spoon Kitchen
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“Carnivale du Vin” New Orleans for 2

Carnivale du Vin New Orleans for 2Your New Orleans adventure in the heart of the historic French quarter begins with a stay at the luxurious Hotel Monteleone. The feasting begins on Thursday, November 5th with a special multi-course dinner at one of Emeril’s restaurants, featuring local cuisine and fine wines.

On Friday, throw on your boots for the 10th annual “Boudin, Bourbon & Beer” festival adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Over 70 of the nation’s best chefs share their interpretations of the popular southern sausage dish—boudin! You will also be treated to beer and bourbon tastings and live music under the stars.

Wrap up your weekend on Saturday night at the 16th annual “Carnivale du Vin.” Enjoy G.H. Mumm champagne, a wine reception with acclaimed guest chefs, and a multi-course wine pairing dinner prepared by Chef Emeril Lagasse, his culinary team, and the NOCCA culinary students. Ranked as a “Top Ten U.S. Charity Auction” in Wine Spectator, the evening boasts one of the best collections of silent and live auction packages and concludes with a kicked-up dance party!

To commemorate your weekend of world-class wine and food in New Orleans, Alden Lagasse and Dan Kosta will send you home with two 5L etched & hand-painted bottles of AldenAlli Pinot Noir.

New Orleans experience on November 5-8, 2020. Excludes airfare and ground transportation.

Includes: 3-night stay at the Hotel Monteleone for two (November 5-7, 2020); Dinner for two at an Emeril Lagasse restaurant; Two tickets to Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, November 6, 2020; Two tickets to Carnivale du Vin, November 7, 2020; Two 5L etched, hand-painted bottles AldenAlli Pinot Noir

Donated by: AldenAlli Winery; Emeril Lagasse Foundation
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Weeklong Italian Villa Stay for 14

Weeklong Italian Villa for 14Villa San Lorenzo is a stunningly restored 17th century stone villa situated on 14 acres (with a 3 acre nebbiolo vineyard on the property) in Piedmont, Italy with views of the rolling mountains and the Italian Alps from your deck, swimming pool, and al fresco dining area. This 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom villa will be your home for a week as you explore the region and its multitude of wineries, restaurants and outdoor markets. Enjoy a pasta making class, a truffle hunt (in season) and a visit to a local cellar producing Barolo wines. The property is completely private, nestled in the Alta Langa hills, just minutes from town with authentic and incredible restaurants and specialty artisanal food and wine shops. Your visit will include:

  • Six night stay at Villa San Lorenzo, Piedmont for up to fourteen people
  • Hands on traditional pasta making class, followed by dinner with wines paired perfectly with each pasta
  • An evening of storytelling about Piedmont using wine and food as the guide and reference point
  • Depending on the season (autumn is the best!), embark on the truly spectacular experience of truffle hunting with an expert guide and his dog
  • A visit to one of the region’s top cellars, where you’ll meet the owner/winemaker and have a private tasting of the region’s famed Barolo

To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before April 30, 2021.

Donated by: Clay McLachlan
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Bring Home Cabernet for Connoisseurs

Pouring Vintners LotAs you marvel at the amazing wines being poured throughout the Cabernet for Connoisseurs event, know that the fun doesn’t have to end. One bottle from each and every winery present will be yours to sip and savor in the comfort of your own home. If you are a cabernet sauvignon lover, this lot is for you! Enjoy exclusive, small batch treasures made by some of the most well-known winemakers in the world. These wineries represent the best-of-the-best, and they are yours for the taking.

Includes: Forty 750ml bottles from the 2020 Cabernet for Connoisseurs vintners

Donated by: Pouring vintners from the 2020 Cabernet for Connoisseurs event
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First Class Four Seasons Maui for 4

First Class Four Seasons Maui for 4See and be seen or find a hideaway-style sanctuary along the golden crescent of Wailea Beach. Inhale the fragrance of plumeria as you dip into our adults-only infinity pool or set out to explore the island. Four Seasons Maui will customize each step of your journey, then welcome you back to unwind in the most spacious accommodations on the island.

Start your adventure in style with 4 first class roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines direct to Maui from San Francisco. Enjoy 3 nights in an Ocean-View Room at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Your group will be delighted with a private dinner overlooking the beach as only Four Seasons Maui can deliver:

After a consultation with your chef, the culinary team will customize a six-course menu to delight your senses. Start with a champagne toast upon arrival, followed by wine or cocktail pairings with each course. You will be served by your own personally-dedicated waiter for the evening, surrounded by magnificent views and beautiful tabletop décor. To be scheduled before March 28, 2021 Blackout dates apply.

Includes: Two Ocean-View Rooms for 3 nights; Four Seasons’ Ultimate Private Dining experience for 4; Four first class Alaskan Airlines roundtrip flights between SFO and Maui; $100 gift certificate to Merriman’s

Donated by: Four Seasons Resort Maui; Alaska Airlines
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Warriors Up Close and Personal for 4

Warriors Up Close and Personal for 4Make it a night to remember at Mission Bay’s new Chase Center, with a VIP Golden State Warriors experience for four. Start the night with dinner at the exclusive and all-inclusive JP Morgan Club. Before the game begins, sit courtside for warm ups and get your adrenaline flowing to cheer on the 6-time Champions. Then get ready for your up-close and personal perspective, with four Sideline Club Seats. During the game, consider who just might be your favorite player, since you’ll also get an autographed basketball from your player of choice. Post-game, relive the highlights at a meet and greet with a player or coach, and later, recall the excitement with friends as you sip from your family signed & etched 5L bottle of Domaine Curry.

Game experience to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable regular season home game during the 2020-2021 season.

Includes: Four Sideline Club Seats at a regular season 2020-2021 Warriors home game, with access to pre-game warmups and a post-game meet and greet; All-inclusive dinner for four at the exclusive JP Morgan Club; Signed basketball from a player of your choice; One 5L etched, family signed bottle of Domaine Curry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Domaine Curry; The Golden State Warriors
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Savor the Delights of Darioush & Fantesca for 8

Savor the Delights of Darioush & Fantesca for 8Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi open their winery home—and their hearts—for a memorable evening imbued with the Persian tradition of ta’arof, a concept of graciousness and hospitality exemplified by the Khaledis. Eight guests will enjoy a wonderful evening that starts with a tour of the winery followed by a beautifully prepared 4-course dinner designed by the Khaledis’ private chef, to complement the depth and complexity of the exceptional wines of Darioush. After dinner, retire for the evening at The River Terrace Inn, a casually elegant Napa hotel in the heart of downtown.

Your second day will lead you up the valley to Fantesca Estate & Winery. “The Italian character Fantesca could always be counted on to charm the audience.” You and your guests will certainly be charmed on your private tour and tasting through the caves, savoring the wines created by Heidi Barrett and Tony Arcudi, then settle down for lunch surrounded by the remarkable land and unparalleled Spring Mountain views that make Fantesca so special.

The winning bidder will take home 4 bottles of Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 bottles of The King Richard’s Reserve Pinot Noir. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before March 31, 2021 (subject to availability, certain blackout dates apply).

Includes: Private dinner at Darioush Winery Estate for 8; Fantesca Estate & Winery tour, tasting, and lunch for 8; 4 bottles of 2014 Darius II Cabernet Sauvignon; 4 bottles of The King Richard’s Reserve Pinot Noir; 1 night for 4 couples at the River Terrace Inn

Donated by: Darioush Winery; Fantesca; River Terrace Inn
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Go Big or Go Home with These Epic Wines

Go Big or Go Home with These Epic WinesFor many wine lovers, really big bottles are the ultimate cellar treasure. These behemoths enable the wine within them to age very slowly. They are also extraordinarily rare. The winning bidder will take home four 3L’s and one 6L of collectible Napa Valley treasures. Lot includes 5 big bottles:

  • 6L 2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (in wood box)
  • 3L 2010 Hourglass Estate Blueline Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 3L 2015 Lamborn Family Zinfandel
  • 3L 2009 Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select (in wood box)
  • 3L 2016 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Hourglass Estate; 
Lamborn Family Vineyards; 
Pride Mountain Vineyards
; Shafer Vineyards; Switchback Ridge
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New York Nights for 4

New York Nights for 4Join Zachys Senior International Specialist and tonight’s auctioneer, Charles Antin, for an unbelievable dinner for two couples at the one and only Eleven Madison Park in New York City!

Over a multi-course tasting menu at one of the best restaurants in the world, you’ll do a “side by side” of Mouton Rothschild 1996 (100pts) and 2000 (100pts) and Family House’s favorite Shafer Hillside Select 1994 (99pts) and 2004 (100pts). Your New York experience will be enhanced by a two-night stay at The New York Edition on Madison Ave., evoking the intimacy of a private home in an iconic neighborhood. Visionary design by Ian Schrager embraces the style, elegance, and energy of New York City. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before March 28, 2021. Airfare not included.

Includes: Dinner for 4 with Charles Antin at Eleven Madison Park; Two rooms for two nights at The New York Edition

Donated by: Charles Antin; The New York Edition; Zachys
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Aaron Pott… A Life of Wine for 4

Aaron Pott... A Life of Wine for 4The pursuit of incredible wine is anything but easy, and no one knows this as well as Aaron Pott. You and 3 friends will savor the fruits of his labor and spend an evening with him enjoying his wines and each other’s company. Two couples will spend two nights at the Saint Helena Winery guesthouse with a tour and tasting at this invitation-only winery. Continue your exploration of Aaron’s wines at Blackbird Vineyards in Napa with a tasting for four. Join Aaron for dinner at The Charter Oak Restaurant for an evening of delicious food and wine. In addition to your wine country experience, Anthony Perliss of Perliss Estate will host a tasting for up to 8 people in the privacy of your own home, featuring a vertical of Perliss Estate, The Ravens Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Serpents Semillon. Tonight, take home a selection of wines. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date (excluding harvest season) before March 28, 2021. Lot includes:

  • 2 nights at St Helena guesthouse for 2 couples (valid for check in Mon-Wed)
  • Dinner at Charter Oak with Aaron Pott for 4
  • Tasting with Anthony Perliss for up to 8 people
  • Tasting at Blackbird Vineyards for 4
  • 1.5L of 2013 Blackbird Vineyards Paramour
  • 1.5L of 2016 Perliss Estate The Ravens Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1.5L of 2016 Perliss Estate The Serpents Semillion
  • 2 pack of 2016 Bernard Magrez Napa Valley
  • 3 pack of 2016 Seven Stones Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: Bernard Magrez; Blackbird Vineyards; Perliss Estate; Pott Wine; Saint Helena Winery; Seven Stones
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Napa’s Finest for 10

Napa's Finest for 10Ten people will spend 3 days and nights reveling in some of the best aspects of wine country! Long Table Estate, high on the hillside of Mt. Veeder, feels like the top of the world, with breathtaking 360 panoramic views. Designed for indoor-outdoor living, enjoy spectacular sunrises, lounge by the sun-drenched pool, and delight in sweeping views from the hot tub overlooking the vineyard. During your stay you will be treated to some of Napa’s most exclusive winery experiences, including:

  • HALL’s “Ultimate Cabernet Experience” at its vibrant, 150 year old property in St. Helena boasts wine, art, history, architecture, technology, and a lush landscape
  • Gourmet lunch and tasting in a spectacular setting at Kelly Fleming Winery
  • Tour of Vineyard 29’s state-of-the-art winery and caves, with tastings of both Vineyard 29 and CRU Wines, along with a curated lunch and expansive views of the valley
  • Experience an exceptional and distinctively “Napa” dining experience hosted by Pulido~Walker, all from the comfort of the gourmet kitchen at Long Table Estate. An acclaimed local chef will expertly prepare unique culinary fare perfectly paired with Pulido~Walker’s remarkable single vineyard designate wines, crafted by renown winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown
  • In addition to this incredible getaway, take home a 5-magnum vertical of Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Donated by: HALL Wines; Kelly Fleming Wines; Pulido~Walker; Vineyard 29; Jeff and Mindy Strauss
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Day on the Bay for 6

Day on the Bay for 6Three couples will spend a day on the San Francisco Bay cruising in style aboard the immaculate Princess V50 yacht Journey with captains Diane and Anthony Demattei. Journey provides exhilarating, memorable site-seeing tours in and around the Bay, with landmark sights including the Presidio, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Coit Tower, and the Ferry Building.

Embarking out of Richardson Bay along the Sausalito harbors, Journey will cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge along the Marin Headlands, and back along the SF Bay Frontage. Continue south along the Embarcadero waterfront under the Bay Bridge into Mission Bay, past Oracle Park and the new Chase Center, then cruise east across the Bay. Marvel at the Oakland Estuary and Jack London Square, savoring the views from beneath the Bay Bridge, as you go past Treasure Island, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, down the Raccoon Strait and back to Port.

As you cruise along, enjoy a custom curated menu of hors d’oeuvres, lunch, and drinks, and a selection of white wines from Orsi Family Vineyards. You will also take home 12 bottles of Orsi Family Vineyards. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date (excluding holidays and associated weekends) before March 28, 2021.

Includes: Bay Cruise for 6, with hors d’oeuvres, lunch, and drinks; Two 6-packs of Orsi Family Vineyards

Donated by: Diane and Tony Demattei; Orsi Family Vineyards
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Ode to Pam Hamel

Ode to Pam HamelAs a proud grandmother of three grandchildren, Pam Hamel has rediscovered simple pleasures through the eyes of her grandchildren… such as introducing them to Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals! Inspired by The Sound of Music, we’ve created a one of a kind lot containing a few of Pam’s “favorite things.” With Pam as your guide, you will experience:

  • Visit the Wellendorff Boutique in the 
Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, where you will 
select a beautiful custom ring ($10,000 value)
  • Enjoy a $5,000 shopping spree at the 
San Francisco Loro Piana boutique, with, 
if you wish, Pam as your guide/advisor
  • A VIP experience for four at the Snow Polo 
Championship in December 2020:
    • Private roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to Aspen, Colorado
    • Upon landing in Aspen, your VIP experience begins with accommodations 
at The Little Nell, and all-access passes to 
the glamorous and exciting world-class 
Aspen Snow Polo tournament
    • Enjoy VIP access while watching the polo 
matches, culminating with the Snow Polo 
party at the end of the tournament
    • The winning bidder will go home with a 
Flexjet Polo Team-branded Horse Kit, 
including a winter blanket, saddle pad, 
and leg wraps
  • Enjoy a weekend for four at Hamel Family
 Wines’ Armor Plate Vineyard House, 
with a Reserve Tour and Tasting. While in 
Sonoma Valley, join Pam in her Kenwood home 
cinema for a viewing of The Sound of Music

Go home tonight with a three magnum vertical of Hamel Family Wines Pamelita Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, including the 2016 vintage, described by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate as an “incredibly sexy Cabernet.” Shopping experiences and HFW stay to be scheduled on mutually agreeable dates before March 30, 2021, and may be used separately. Aspen Snow Polo Championship experience will take place December 17-December 20, 2020.

Includes: One custom Wellendorff ring ($10,000 value); $5,000 gift certificate to Loro Piana; Private round trip airfare for four from San Francisco to Aspen; Two hotel rooms at The Little Nell in Aspen; VIP access to the Aspen Snow Polo Championship (December 17-20, 2020); 3-bottle magnum vertical of Pamelita Reserve (2014, 2015, 2016); 2-night stay for two couples at Hamel Family Wines Armor Plate House; Reserve Experience for 4 at Hamel Family Wines; Film Screening of The Sound of Music at Pam and George Hamel’s private home cinema

Donated by: Christoph Wellendorff; Loro Piana; Flexjet; Pamela & George Hamel, Jr., Hamel Family Wines
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Sonoma & Napa: The Best of Two Valleys for 4

Sonoma & Napa: The Best of Two Valleys for 4A visit to northern California’s wine country often begins with one question: Sonoma or Napa? Take pleasure in both wine worlds with wineries Hamel Family Wines and Dana Estates who have teamed up to offer a spectacular celebration of wine, food, and fun from both mountainsides. Stories of terroir reign in the uniquely expressive wines of both producers, transporting you to a place and time unique to each location and vintage. Two couples will enjoy private tours, tastings, and food experiences at both wineries, including two 1-night stays at their stunning properties.

In addition, the two couples will spend one night in the private residences at Mayacama Golf Club where they will enjoy a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. After golf, join the vintners from Hamel Family Wines and Dana Estates in the Mayacama wine caves for dinner featuring wines from their cellars. The winning bidders will leave with three magnums from each winery. As a special bonus, you’ll also be added to their coveted allocation lists for future releases. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date before March 28, 2021. Lot includes:

  • 1 night stay for two couples at The Armor Plate House at Hamel Family Wines
  • Private tour, tasting, and lunch for two couples at Hamel Family Wines
  • 1 night stay for two couples at The Residences at Mayacama Golf Club
  • Golf for two couples at Mayacama Golf Club
  • Dinner with the vintners of Hamel Family Wines and Dana Estates in the wine caves at Mayacama Golf Club
  • 1 night stay for two couples at the Dana Estates Lotus House
  • Private tour, tasting, and lunch for two couples at Dana Estates
  • 6 magnums (three from Hamel Family Wines and three from Dana Estates), and coveted allocation list access for both wineries

Donated by: Pam and George Hamel, Jr. of Hamel Family Wines; Hi Sang Lee of Dana Estates
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Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, and Saint Joseph’s Arts Society for 16

Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, and Saint Joseph's Arts SocietySam Kaplan has been on the ground floor of some of Napa Valley’s most exciting wine projects in recent history, helping to plant vineyards, build wineries, and cement reputations with wines that speak of the unparalleled sites in which they’re grown. Sam currently works with Arkenstone, Memento Mori, and his own label Maxem, and was recently awarded 100 points by Jeb Dunnuck for the Memento Mori 2016 Dr. Crane and 99 points for the 2016 Las Piedras.

You and up to 15 guests will join Sam in the visually stunning space that is Saint Joseph’s Arts Society for dinner prepared by Chef Anthony Yang, who has mastered his craft at some of the top restaurants in the country (The French Laundry, Bouchon, Per Se, and Michael Mina). Located in a 22,000-square-foot National Historic Landmark church, Ken Fulk’s Saint Joseph’s Arts Society is dedicated to bringing art and creativity to the forefront of our lives, to inspire the soul, and enhance the beauty of our surroundings.

Savor wines from Arkenstone, Memento Mori, and Maxem in this incredible space, then sit down for a wine-pairing dinner by Chef Yang. Just in case you are left yearning for more…. you will also get to enjoy a lunch, tour, and tasting for 10 at Arkenstone on Howell Mountain. The winning bidder will take home 2 magnums. Dinner to be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date, Monday through Thursday (excluding holidays) before March 28, 2021.

Includes: Dinner for 16 at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society
; Lunch, tour, and tasting for 10 at Arkenstone; One 1.5L bottle of Arkenstone
; One 1.5L bottle of Memento Mori

Donated by: Arkenstone Estate Winery, Memento Mori, Maxem, Saint Joseph’s Arts Society
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Mountain vs. Valley Experience for 6

Mountain vs. Valley Experience for 6 Napa Valley is 30 miles from south to north and spans 6.5 miles between the Vaca Mountain Range and Mayacamas Mountain Range. Wines from the Valley Floor and wines from the Mountain Side uniquely represent certain characteristics based on the terroir of each site-specific location.” 3 couples will have the chance to taste and learn about these characteristics and differences.

Enjoy a lunch, tour, and tasting at O’Brien Estate in the Oak Knoll Appellation where the wines reflect the soil & microclimate of the Napa Valley. Scott Lewis will then host you at V Wine Cellar in historic Yountville to taste a selection of wines from both the Napa Mountain and Valley Floor. Relax for the evening at the boutique North Block Hotel, named #1 Resort Hotel in California in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and #1 Hotel in Northern California by in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards.

Day two begins at the top of Spring Mountain with a VIP tasting at Sherwin Family Vineyards. Enjoy world-class wines in an idyllic setting overlooking the Estate’s vineyards. Then head to Pride Mountain Vineyards, where intensely flavored wines reflect and honor the unique growing conditions at 2100’ elevation. Your Estate Experience tour and tasting will be followed by a gourmet picnic lunch with stunning views of Mount St. Helena and verdant vineyards. To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable dates before March 28, 2021. May be used separately.

Includes: 3 rooms for 1 night at North Block Hotel (available Sunday through Thursday); Lunch, tour & tasting at O’Brien Estate; V Wine Cellar tasting; Tour and tasting at Sherwin Family Vineyards; Tour, tasting and premium picnic at Pride Mountain Vineyards

Donated by: North Block Hotel; O’Brien Estate; Pride Mountain Vineyards; Sherwin Family Vineyards, V Wine Cellars
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Ultimate LA Weekend: Taylor Swift Concert + Personal Style & Shopping Experience for 2

Ultimate LA Weekend: Taylor Swift Concert + Personal Style & Shopping ExperienceTwo close friends will experience the best of Los Angeles with a weekend on the town. Fly VIP on JSX Airlines from Oakland to Burbank. On your first day in SoCal, your itinerary begins with breakfast at your luxury Beverly Hills accommodation, and then you’ll meet up with professional stylist Candace Hanna for a personal style and shopping experience at the Citadel Outlets.

Before your trip, talk one-on-one with Candace about your taste and style, and she’ll customize a three-hour shopping experience with pre-selected pieces, based on your tastes and budget. Candace’s mission is to help her clients look and feel their best: “Fashion can be intimidating, but style is for everyone.” Enjoy a late lunch at one of L.A.’s hip downtown restaurants, and drop off your purchases back at your home base before heading out for Taylor Swift’s sold out 2020 Lover concert, one of only 3 U.S. stops on her 2020 world tour.

Fans can’t stop talking about Swift’s Miss Americana documentary, and “Swifties” will have the chance to sing their hearts out from two floor level seats, making the most of the Lover Fest West concert experience. Spend one more night in L.A. before flying back to the Bay Area with your new purchases and amazing memories in tow.

Includes: One hotel room for two nights in a luxury Beverly Hills hotel; Two tickets to the Taylor Swift concert on July 25, 2020; Private shopping experience with Candace Hanna; Roundtrip airfare for two on JSX from OAK to BUR

Donated by: JSX Airlines; Style by Candace
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Your Support Matters

Founded in 1981, Family House is a pediatric guest house for families with a child being treated for a serious illness at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco. More than just housing – Family House offers care, comfort and a worry-free environment. As a is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, it is the generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and events like Cabernet for Connoisseurs that allow us to provide our vital services 100% free of charge to all families who stay under our roof.