A Standout Auction for Wine Lovers at the Naples Winter Wine Festival

This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival—anannual food-and-wine event to benefit underprivileged children in Collier County, Fla.—has an exceptional list of rare wines up for auction, and has enlisted top chefs and wineries to present a series of unusual food-and-wine pairings. The headline event of the three-day festival—which takes place from January 25 to 27—is a live auction at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Lots include a complete 65-bottle vertical collection of the Château Mouton Rothschild Artist Label series (1945–2009), which includes labels designed by Salvador Dalì, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol; and the opportunity to own 2.5 acres of a private Argentinean vineyard estate. Travel packages are also up for grabs, many of them built around VIP access to events including the America’s Cup in the San Francisco Bay, the Kentucky Derby, and a panel seat at Robb Report’s 2014 Car of the Year event, with a stay for two at Meadowood Napa Valley and wine to take home.

The stellar list of chefs and wineries participating in the dinners includes Michael Anthony of New York’s Gramercy Tavern, Lee Hefter of Spago in Beverly Hills, and Julian Serrano of Picasso at the Bellagio Las Vegas; and Colgin Cellars, Krug, Darioush, and more. Tickets for the Naples Winter Wine Festival are available to just 580 guests from $8,500 per couple. (888.837.4919, www.napleswinefestival.com)

The iconic Kentucky bourbon makes a comeback…
The multi-vintage Champagne is a blend of 142 wines from 11 different years…
Photograph courtesy of hotel Matlali
Savored rather than shot, these tequila-based beverages give the spirit the respect it deserves…
Photo by Holly Houk
Contrary to popular opinion, not all Havanas are stellar stogies. Here is how to make the most of...
Sommeliers have their own version of the desert-island question: If you could drink from only one...
These aged tequilas prove that the once derided spirit has come into its own…
The limited-edition distillation pays tribute to the Norse god Odin…
The spirit distinguishes itself by employing Japanese ingredients and techniques…
Photo by Jeff Elkins
The cigar combines an Ecuadoran wrapper with Honduran and Dominican filler tobaccos…
Worldwide talents are leaving their marks at a Provençal winery.