Saturday Evening Live Auction May 16, 2015

1. Heads or Tails

Stand up and have a great time, and possibly win a gourmet dinner for ten (in your home) with perfectly paired wines
Dinner donated by Executive Chef Jeremy Goldsmith from Gonzaga University and Sodexo
Wines donated by City Vineyard

Tonight’s spectacular chef, Sodexo’s Jeremy Goldsmith from Gonzaga University, will carry on the tradition again this year by providing our lucky Heads or Tails winner with an evening of fun and dining. You and nine of your friends will feast on Jeremy’s culinary masterpieces and sip fantastic wines specially selected by City Vineyard in the comfort of your home. The perfect dinner party! Please join in the fun, good luck!

2. Freemark Abbey Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, 6 x 750 ml

Lot-2-Freemark-Abbey-Cabernet-SauvignonSponsored by Catherine Lane Interiors

The 2008 Bosche vineyard Cabernet is big, floral, juicy, and rich. The winemaker calls it a wine with great sex appeal. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded it 92 points.

3. Eyrie Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay 2010, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-3-Eyrie-Vineyards-Chardonnay1Sponsored by Meridian Ltd.

From the internationally famous Eyrie Vineyards, Eyrie’s Original Vines Reserve is made from some of the oldest, finest Chardonnay vines in Oregon, originally planted by the legendary David Lett. The grapes come from a collection of clones known as the “Draper Selection” (unlike most American Chardonnay, which is produced primarily from a single clone known as “108”). The Draper Selection descends from a variety of European clones imported in the mid 1930s and contributes greatly to the complexity of the wine. At a trade gathering of Willamette producers, the Eyrie 2010 Chardonnay was rated 92.

4. Seven Hills Vineyard L'Ecole 41 Perigee 2002, 1 x 6 liters

Lot-4-L-Ecole-Perigee1Donated by Louise King

2002 marked the debut vintage of Perigee, a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. It was released in 2005 and was rated 93 by Wine Enthusiast, and 94 by Wine & Spirits, which also named it to the Super Cabernet List, the top 18 wines of the year (2005). The wine is presented in a beautifully etched six-liter bottle that shows L’Ecole 41, the old 1915 Frenchtown schoolhouse which now houses the Seven Hills winery.

5. Prunotto Vigna Colonnello Barolo Reserva 2008, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-5-Prunotto-Barolo1Sponsored by Larry Petersen and Chuck Hingle, Holland & Hart LLP, John Crist, Crist, Krogh & Nard LLC

The region of Barolo is made up of dozens of little hills that vary greatly when it comes to soil types, and the wines reflect this. Colonnello is a small, four-acre vineyard atop the Bussia vineyard in Barolo. The vineyard is so remarkable that Prunotto has a new small winery and tasting room dedicated specifically to the wine from this vineyard. The building sits in the middle of the vines and all of the production, from grape growing to crushing to aging the wine is done within a 150-yard swath of land, the grapes never see a truck. 100% Piedmontese Nebbiolo and rated 95 by the Wine Enthusiast, 93 by Galloni, and 91 by Tanzer

6. A Golfer's Perfect Day

  • Four rounds of 18 holes of golf at Briarwood Country Club (cart not included)
  • Gift card ($200) to TEN at the Northern Hotel
  • Four $100 gift cards to The Tee Box

Donated by Briarwood Country Club, TEN at the Northern Hotel, The Tee Box
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Every golfer’s dream day, a golf outing with four golf buddies to Briarwood Golf Course and dinner at TEN at the Northern Hotel, where you can relive all the birdies, eagles, fantastic drives and incredible putts! Each player will receive a $100 gift card to The Tee Box to purchase necessary equipment so everyone is set for a “par”fect day.

7. Wine Lovers Paradise

  • Air transportation to and from San Francisco
  • Accommodations for two nights
  • Beringer Vineyards VIP tour and tasting for two

Donated by Albertsons and Beringer Vineyards

Wine lovers will enjoy this escape to wine paradise,Napa Valley. You and a companion will relax and enjoy a wonderful experience in the Napa Valley-wine paradise, one of the premier areas of world famous wine making. Two nights’ accommodations are included. The trip will be highlighted with a VIP tour and tasting for two at Beringer Winery, the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley. Enjoy the beautiful vineyards, the quaint surroundings and, of course, the fantastic wines! Ah, paradise.

8. Stillwater June by Neil Jussila

  • Artist framed, original acrylic on canvas
  • Finished piece measures 503/4″ x 39″

Donated by Neil Jussila

With a palette of soft shades of blue, white, brown and green, this original acrylic by retired MSU Billings art professor, Neil Jussila, captures the beauty of the Stillwater. Well known for his contemporary style, Neil helps you escape to the beauty of the river in this unique and creative piece. Another show-stopper that would be a beautiful addition to your home or office.

9. Fabulous Feast at The Rex

  • Dinner and wine for six and limo service

Donated by Gene Burgad and The Rex and Limo Scene and Carriage Company

Gene Burgad invites you to be his special guest at The Rex! This memorable evening will begin as your limo arrives to pick up six fortunate diners. Stop at the bar to enjoy cocktails as the outstanding staff at The Rex begins the preparation of your classic five-course dinner complete with wines specially selected to enhance the cuisine! You will dine in leisure, anticipating a sweet finale accompanied by a 20-year-old Tawny port. When you are ready to wrap up this memorable evening, your limousine will be waiting to deliver you safely home.

10. Broncos & Black Hawk!

  • Accommodations for two for two nights at The Crawford Hotel in Denver, Denver Broncos tickets for two,
    accommodations for two for two nights at Ameristar Casino – Resort – Spa in Black Hawk, CO, $100 VISA gift card
  • Dates: December 12-15, 2015
  • Transportation not included
  • Game: Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders, Sunday, December 13

Donated by Greg and Eileen McDonald, Ameristar Casino – Resort – Spa and Altana Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Calling all Broncos fans! Here is your opportunity to see Peyton Manning in action. Join all the fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders on December 13, 2015. Cheer on the team on their quest for the Super Bowl. A $100 VISA comes with this experience. As well as having a great seat, you will be treated to access to the exclusive Stadium Club. You will enjoy two night’s accommodations at The Crawford Hotel, Denver’s newest luxury hotel, located in the iconic Denver Union Station.

Next, spend two nights at the beautiful Ameristar Casino – Resort – Spa in Black Hawk, CO. This luxurious facility was rated among the nation’s elite and has earned the prestigious AAA Four Diamond designation. Enjoy the wonderful amenities: full-service spa, roof-top pool and hot tubs and four diverse and equally delicious restaurants.

11. Spring Valley Vineyards Uriah Red Blend, 2012; Sharilee Petit Verdot, 2011; Nina Lee Syrah, 2011; Kahterine Cabernet Franc, 2011; Fredrick Red Blend, 2011; and Mule Skinner Merlot, 2012; 4 bottles each of the 2012 vintage, 24 x 750 ml

Lot-11-Spring-Valley-Asst-lotSponsored by EBMS

Set amidst the rolling wheat fields of southeastern Washington, 12 miles northeast of Walla Walla, Spring Valley Vineyard is part of land that the Corkrum and Derby families have been farming for over a century. Spring Valley Vineyard’s current limited production wines are all named in tribute to family members who struggled and succeeded in farming the same land where the vineyard and winery now stand. Uriah Corkrum was the patriarch; Sharilee Corkrum Derby the granddaughter of Uriah; Frederick, Uriah’s son and Shari’s father; Nina Lee, Frederick’s wife; Katherine, Uriah’s wife; and Mule Skinner, named for Fredrick Corkrum’s job in the days before tractors. Mule Skinner has not been rated, but all of the others rate from 90 to 93.

12. Alpha Omega Propietary Red Blend Vertical 2009, 2010, 2011. 4 bottles each, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-12-Alpha-Omega-Proprietary-RedSponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Alpha Omega’s Proprietary Red is a classic Bordeaux-style blend with a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also a greater presence of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot than is customary. This type of blending tends to make a wine that is denser, with more diversity in its profile. The 2010, for example, is 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot. The Propietary Red has always been highly rated: the 2009 rated 90+ by Tanzer, the 2010 rated 92 by the Wine Advocate, and the 2011 just released.

13. Gordon Brothers Estate Syrah 2002, 2 x 1.5 liters

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Decanter Magazine, Britain’s answer to Wine Spectator, spectacularly awarded Gordon Brothers 2002 Reserve Syrah at Decanter’s 2006 International Wine Competition. Of the 6,311 entries, only 95 received regional awards and only 29 received international awards. The Gordon 2002 Syrah received one of each and was the only American winery to receive an international award. The 2002 Syrah was also rated 90 by Wine and Spirits. Presented in two magnums.

14. Regal Ruby

Donated by Sharon and Garde Peterson

Show her she is the queen of your heart with this beautiful ruby necklace. This 3.57 ct ruby is an oval, standard brilliant cut accented by three brilliant-cut diamonds. Watch her excitement as she wears this show-stopping piece. You will be her “king” forever!

15. Don Melchior Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-15-Don-Melchor-Cabernet-SauvignonSponsored by Don and Marilyn Floberg

Winemaker notes: “[Number] 9 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2014. Deep cherry red in the glass. The aroma of this wine is elegant and complex, brimming with notes of black currants and spice complemented by chocolate and tobacco. Soft tannins give way to evolving freshness with an elegant, persistent finish.” This wine was rated 95 by Wine Spectator and 96 by James Suckling.

16. The Fellowship by Sandra J. Merwin

  • Original acrylic impasto on two stretched canvases creating a diptych
  • Finished piece measures 48″ x 60″

Donated by Sandra J. Merwin

Sandra Merwin is known for her dramatic motion and bold confident paint strokes that convey movement, spirit and energy. Kinetic energy springs from her paintings as she uses line, color, texture and light to translate motion and the feeling of fluidity in a style that is uniquely hers. The Fellowship was created to celebrate the horse spirit in a contemporary style. A bold and beautiful statement for any room.

17. Dine, Wine and Jazz

  • Dinner and wine for ten with jazz entertainment with service at the home of the lucky bidder

Donated by Executive Chef Jeremy Goldsmith of Sodexo at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA; Executive Chef Martie Jaramillo of Sodexo at MSU Billings in Billings, MT; Bill & Mary Kennedy/Kennedy’s Wine Market; and MSU Billings Jazz Club

Your toes will be tapping and your tastebuds will be dancing! Chef Jeremy and Chef Martie will create a spectacular dinner for ten, Bill and Mary Kennedy from Kennedy’s Wine Market will pair accompanying wines perfectly, and the MSU Billings Jazz Club, comprising of musicians from the MSU Billings music program, will provide the entertainment! What a lineup for food, wine and jazz lovers!

Dinner will be served in the home of the lucky bidder, but don’t worry; all the work will be done for you. Sit back, dine, sip wine and enjoy the music.

18. Renwood Fiddletown Reserve Zinfandel 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-18-Renwood-Special-Reserve-Fiddletown-ZinWinemaster Lot
Renwood’s Reserve Zinfandel is one of the top Fiddletown wines; it has received more awards than any other wine from the region. Winemaker Joel Shebl says, “This wine is loaded with aromas of cherry cola, oregano and butterscotch. Ample and integrated tannins give this wine a chewy, complex texture that combines with rich flavors of raspberries, black currant and luxurious dark chocolate. Cranberry oil lingers on the long finish. Enjoy now and through August 2018.

19. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, 6 x 750 ml

Lot-19-Ridge-Cabernet-SauvignonSponsored by Holiday Station Stores

The Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet is an exceptional example of the 2011 Napa vintage. It is highly rated: Antonio Galloni rates it at 93 while Parker gives it 95 points and calls it “a wine of exceptional textural finesse.” The 2011 Monte Bello is composed of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon (the highest since the 1980s), 8% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc, and it should evolve over the next thirty years.

20. Girlfriends' Spa Day

  • Spa day for four
  • Four $50 gift cards to Joy of Living
  • $100 gift card to Lilac

Donated by Sanctuary Spa, The Joy of Living and Lilac

Bid high and win this package for four at Sanctuary Spa and Salon! What a great way to spend a day of pampering and relaxation with your girlfriends. Each patron will enjoy a facial, manicure, pedicure, shampoo & blow-dry and make-up application. Tea and snacks will be provided during your services. Can you think of a better way to spend a day?
Before you head out to dinner, you can slip next door to spend your Sanctuary Spa Day gifts, a $50 The Joy of Living certificate for each of you.Your girlfriends’ day continues with a dinner at Lilac. A spectacular ending to a day of friendship and extravagance!

21. Wine Masters Mixed Lot: Renwood Amadore Ice Zinfandel 2012, Gordon Estates Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2012, 6 bottles each, 12 x 375 ml

Lot-21-Gordon-Estate-Renwood-Dessert-WinesOur Winemasters have joined forces to offer us two luscious, highly rated, limited production, and otherwise unavailable dessert wines. The perfect way to end an evening of dining and wine.

22. Fun in the Mexican Sun for Two

  • Accommodations for two adults at Secrets, Maroma, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, for three nights, four days, all inclusive. Some restrictions apply
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Travel Cafe, Delta Vacations and AM Resorts

A dream vacation awaits you in Riviera Maya, Mexico at Secrets Maroma. Tucked away on one the most pristine and famous beaches in all of Mexico, this AAA Five Diamond resort is the perfect setting for adult adventures, relaxation and romance. While you are a guest, you will enjoy elegant accommodations, a world-class spa, a diverse array of international restaurants and 13 swimming pools. Riviera Maya offers incredible kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and windsurfing, a playground of unlimited possibilities! This package is a perfect getaway for fun in the sun!

23. Chateau Beaucastel Vielles Vignes Rousanne 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-23-Chateau-DeBeaucastel-Vieilles-VignesSponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

This Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc was rated 97 by Wine Advocate and 95 by Wine Spectator. It is fashioned from 100% Rousanne grapes coming from a single parcel of vines planted in 1909. It is considered one of the greatest white wines of France and only 6000 cases are produced. The grapes are harvested when slightly overripe. This exceptional wine must be drunk within three years or after 15 years.

24. Stag's Leap SLV Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, FAY Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, 6 bottles each, 18 x 750 ml

Lot-24-Stags-Leap-CabsSponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Stag’s Leap FAY and SLV Cabernets are fashioned from grapes from single parcels of land, while the Cask 23 is a blend of SLV and FAY. Stag’s Leap Cabernets are big and bold, and, in recent years, highly rated. The winemaker notes that Cask 23 “combines the signature perfume notes of FAY vineyard with the structure and minerality (sic) of S.L.V.” Cask 23 is rated 92 by Vinous, FAY is rated 93 by James Suckling, and SLV is rated 94+ by Vinous.

25. Emerald City Extravaganza!

  • One night’s accommodations for two at River Cove Bed & Breakfast in Post Falls, Idaho
  • Three night’s accommodations at W Seattle
  • Dinner for two at Rock Creek Seafoods & Spirits with Executive Eric Donnelly, our 2014 Guest Chef Dinner chef
  • Two tickets to the Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series – Woodinville Wine Country Blues Festival featuring Taj Mahal, Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Musselwhite and Doug MacLeod on Sunday, July 26, 2015
  • Dates: July 23-27, 2015
  • Transportation not included
  • Gift card donated by Rock Creek Seafoods & Spirits

Sponsored by the MSU Billings Foundation

Pack your bags and begin your adventure on Thursday, July 23, when you take off for Seattle via Post Falls, ID! Enjoy your first evening in Post Falls and a restful night’s sleep at the Pine Cove Bed & Breakfast. The next morning you will take off for Seattle and three glorious nights, beginning on Friday, July 24, at W Seattle. One evening, while in Seattle, enjoy dinner at Rock Creek Seafoods & Spirits, acclaimed restaurant owned by Executive Chef Eric Donnelly. Chef Eric joined us in 2014 and was the featured chef at the Guest Chef Dinner. On Sunday, July 26, get ready for the Woodinville Wine Country Blues Festival! You will enjoy reserved seating for the concert, set in the picturesque outdoor amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. As you return home, you will take with you wonderful memories of an unforgettable visit to the Emerald City.

26. Summers in Red Lodge, by Kira Fercho

  • Original oil on canvas
  • Finished piece measures 28″ x 60″

Donated by Kira Fercho

Once again we are fortunate to have MSU Billings alumna, Kira Fercho’s masterful artistry in our auction. Kira uses beautiful colors and texture to take you to beautiful Red Lodge and memories of special summer fun. Her vivid use of colors and bold brushstrokes reveals a painter who is not only fun but educated in the style of impressionism. Kira’s work continues to gain acclaim regionally, as well as nationally. Here is your opportunity to own one of Kira’s original works and enjoy the beauty of Red Lodge every day!

27. Montana Distillery Tour

  • Accommodations for four for four nights, three dinners for four, distillery tours and tastings for four, $100 VISA gift card
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Gallatin River Lodge, Bozeman, MT; Bozeman Spirits, Bozeman, MT; WildRye Distilling, Bozeman, MT; Doubletree by Hilton, Missoula, MT; Montgomery Distillery, Missoula, MT; The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, MT; Whistling Andy Distilling,Big Fork, MT; Glacier Distilling, Coram, MT; Altana Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Enjoy a sampling of Montana’s cocktail culture.

Beautiful Montana countryside, handcrafted spirits that emphasize Montana style and taste and four friends ready for a roadtrip! A $100 gift card is included with this experience. Bozeman is your first stop, where you will enjoy a night’s stay at the beautiful Gallatin River Lodge, located on a 300-acre ranch next to the Gallatin River. While in Bozeman you will enjoy tours and tastings at the Bozeman Spirits Distillery and WildRye Distilling. A culinary feast awaits you at the restaurant at the Lodge.

The next day move on down the road to Missoula and two nights at the Doubletree by Hilton. A tour and tasting at the Montgomery Distillery is a highlight of the stay. Dinner overlooking the river at Finn & Porter one evening will be a special treat.

Third stop on the tour is in Whitefish at The Lodge on Whitefish Lake. Not only will you be in awe of the beauty of your surroundings, but you will enjoy two distillery tours in the area, Whistling Andy Distilling in Big Fork and Glacier Distilling in Coram. Following the day enjoying the spirits of the area, settle in for a delicious dinner at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake.

The roadtrip is complete, great friends, delicious food, fun tours and the Montana distillery experience, incredible!

*This tour can be taken all together or as stand-alone getaways… your choice.

28. Renwood Grand Wren Zinfandel 2012, 12 x 750 ml

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Wine Enthusiast writes, “Encapsulated in a big, beautifully etched bottle with black wax closure, Grand Wren is a grand statement‚Äîan explosion of smoke, leather and ripe fruit. It’s smooth in texture, but with streaks of bright acidity throughout. The finish is big and bold, with a Port-like intensity.” Grand Wren combines great structure and opulent flavors. Because it balances subtlety and robustness this wine will age gracefully.

29. Beaverhead Summer Twilight, by Russell Chatham

  • Original lithograph – #61 of 275
  • Finished piece measures 57″ x 46″

Donated by former EMC First Lady Kathryn Carpenter
Framing donated by The Frame Hut & Gallery

Russell Chatham, self-taught painter/printmaker, uses his incredible talent to emphasize the beautiful Montana landscape. Chatham captures the spectacular sights of a Montana countryside at twilight in this exquisite lithograph. The lithograph process is lengthy and complex; each plate is hand drawn or painted prior to printing. This artist truly brings the beauty of Montana to life. Originally owned by Bruce and Kathryn Carpenter, who were instrumental in the creation of the first Wine & Food Festival.

30. Oregon Pinot Noir Festival, Delicious!

  • Accommodations for two nights at the Allison Inn in Newburg, OR, two tickets to the ¬°Salud! Pinot Noir Festival, two nights at The Heathman Hotel in Portland, OR
  • Dates: November 13-17, 2015
  • Transportation not included

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Pinot Noir is what put Oregon wines on the map internationally and is the most planted grape in the state by far. Inspired by the similar characteristics of the Burgundy region in France, Oregon staked its reputation on Pinot Noir with much success.

Here is your opportunity to taste the wonderful Oregon Pinot Noir wines surrounded by the beauty of snow-capped mountain ranges, rolling hillsides, working vineyards and agricultural farmlands. This two-day event, headquartered at the famous Allison Inn in Newburg, Oregon, surrounds guests in the luxury of premier lodging in the Willamette Valley.

The package includes two tickets to the ¬°Salud! Cuvee Tasting & Auction at Ponzi Vineyards Oregon on Friday, November 13; two tickets to the Dinner and Auction Gala at The Allison Inn on Saturday, November 14; two nights’ accommodations at The Allison Inn (November 13 & 14) with transportation to the Friday auction and breakfast on Saturday morning.

After enjoying the festival, take a short drive to Portland and experience one of the most culturally electrified cities in the northwest. The historic Heathman Hotel, in the heart of downtown Portland, is the city’s premier luxury property, a refreshing blend of historic excellence and modern hospitality. The Heathman Hotel is the perfect base for two nights as you explore this incredible city and its mix of open scenic spaces and parks combined with a bustling city life and diverse neighborhoods. Enjoy a winery tour or two while in Portland, specially arranged for the lucky winner of this package!

Pinot Noir, Portland and Pacific Northwest Playground, Paradise!

31. Rogue Chefs Do It Again!

  • Dinner for eight with wine pairings for each course
  • Service at Juliano’s Restaurant, Billings, Montana

Donated by Executive Chef/Owner Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant and Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex

The Rogue Chefs are at it again! Two of Billings’ most popular chefs will again delight eight lucky people with their creative culinary talents. Chef David and Chef Carl collaborate on a magnificent multi-course dinner including superb wine pairings. This is an experience your tastebuds will never forget, and neither will you!

32. Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger 2002, 6 x 750 ml

Lot-32-SALON-Brut-ChampagneSponsored by past Wine & Food Festival Chairs Dona Hagen, Dottie Hollatz, Pat Petersen, Donna Sweeney, Susan Schwidde, Billie Ruff, Ben Ripley, Sharon Weatherwax-Ripley, Evelyn Noennig, Cara Schaer, Jane Howell, Joe Howell, Stella Fong, Joan Holbrook, Kay Berry, Amy Gibler Brown and Julie Linderman

Winemaker’s notes: “Salon 2002 is what we French might call “une belle ame”, a noble soul, the soul of Champagne Salon. Salon 2002 is the very essence of Salon, representing everything Salon has ever stood for. Its self-assurance and power give it the poise of a ballerina.” The 2002 Salon is only the 35th vintage since the house was founded in 1905. It is made only from Chardonnay grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; Wine Enthusiast rates it 100 and says, “Even after 12 years, it still needs to age further. Drink from 2018. James Suckling gives it 99 points and says, “It’s magnificent to drink now, but shows great texture and structure for ageing. Best since 1982.” Wine Spectator and Decanter both rate it 98.

33. Gordon Brothers SIX reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, 1 x 9 liters

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In 2013 Decanter Magazine awarded just three Gold Medals for North American Cabernet Sauvignon. Two of the Golds went to California producers; the third was awarded to the 2010 Gordon Brothers SIX. This outstanding wine is presented in an equally outstanding package, a 9-liter etched bottle. The etching includes the 2015 Wine Festival logo; needless to say, it is the only such bottle in the world.

34. Big Napa Valley Cabs from the Wine Lovers Group: Darioush Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011; Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008; Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009; Stag's Leap Wine Cellars FAY Cabernet, 2011; Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999; Casa Piena Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008; 6 x 750 ml

Lot-34Donated by the Wine Lovers Group – Sheryl and Ralph Costanzo, Lori and Hal Forseth, Sandy and Ken Kunkel, Carol and Jim Spielman, Mary and Bill Underriner, and Stella Fong and Joe Dillard

Big and Bold. The three D’s of Napa Cabs, dense, dark, and deep, are all here. These are the kinds of wines beloved of Robert Parker and, in fact, he rated a couple of them 95 and 96. All rated from 93 to 96, they are highly recommended for fans of powerful California wines.

35. Wonderful Waikiki

  • Accommodations for two at the Park Shore Waikiki for three nights and four days, and roundtrip airline tickets for two on Delta Airlines
  • Some restrictions apply

Donated by Travel Cafe, Delta Vacations, Aqua Resorts and Delta Air Lines

Oahu is known for its bounty of entertainment possibilities, including outdoor enjoyment: golf, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddling, sailing, and hiking. In addition, enjoy exploring historical sites, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, botanical gardens, and historic plantations. This is also the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and warm ocean breezes. There is something for everyone.

Delta Air Lines will fly you to paradise for three nights and four days. Park Shore Waikiki is an oceanfront hotel perfectly located fronting world-famous Waikiki Beach and situated between picturesque Diamond Head and the excitement of Waikiki. Amenities include ocean-view pool with sundeck, retail shops and restaurants.
Sun, white sand beaches and endless entertainment possibilities, wonderful Waikiki!

36. The Teton's Mount Moran by Karen Johnson

  • Framed, original oil painting on canvas
  • Finished piece measures 531/2″ x 291/2″

Donated by Karen Johnson

Billings artist Karen Johnson masterfully captures the beauty of one of the most spectacular places in the Tetons. The rich colors emphasize the incredible landscape, the river, trees, and mountains. You can enjoy that beauty every day of the year with this original piece. Enjoy the pristine beauty of Karen’s artistry as you escape to the Tetons in your own home.

37. Distinctive, Delicious, Daring, Troyka Chef's Dazzle

  • Dinner for ten with wine pairings for each course
  • Service at Juliano’s Restaurant, Billings, Montana

Donated by Executive Chef/Owner Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant, Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex and Executive Chef Michael Callaghan of Callaghan Enterprises

Triple the awesome and you will have this unique and delicious experience. Three talented chefs, together in one kitchen, preparing an out-of-this-world dinner for you and nine friends. This one-of-a-kind dinner can be yours to sip, savor and enjoy.

Ten lucky people will dine on the culinary creations of the three chefs, paired perfectly with wines that will complement every bite. Definitely a night to remember!

38. Foundation Trustees' Lot

Lot-38-Foundation-LotA mixed lot of twenty-six bottles of wine, each selected on behalf of one the Foundation’s Trustees. These are elegant premium wines from around the world which exemplify good taste and will be sure to complement your wine cellar.

The wines are:

2000 Chateau D’yquem
2004 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Beaulieu Vineyard George De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapesttry
2010 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red Blend
2009 Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir
2009 Rodney Alex Crown Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Caparzo Brunello di Montalcono La Casa
2004 Dom Perignon Champagne
2010 Cherry Pie Pinot Noir
2008 Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block
2009 Villa Antinori Solaia IGT
2006 Don Melchior Cabernet Sauvignon
2009 Kokomo Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir
2007 Silver Oak Twomey Merlot
2007 Sbragia Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23
1999 Schramsburg J Schram
2010 Ponzi Reserve Pinot Noir
2004 Banfi Summus
2007 Benessere Phenomenon
2010 Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Ponzi Aurora Chardonnay
2010 Termanthia

39. Lots for Scholarships

Donated by YOU!

Again this year, we are asking you to join in spirited, generous bidding to provide scholarships to MSU Billings students. The scholarships you fund will allow us to assist deserving students and reward those who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic excellence. Scholarships also allow the University to attract and retain talented students. Please raise your bid cards high and help us soar to new heights this year!

40. Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay 2011, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-40-Ridge-ChardonnaySponsored by Laughlin Construction and Doug Kirby, Owner, 24th Street State Liquor Store

International Wine Report included the 2011 Ridge Monte Bello Chardonnay in their top 100 wines of 2014. They also declared that it was “absolutely delicious” and gave it 94 points. Antonio Galloni rated it 93.

41. Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2010, 12 x 750ml

Lot-41-Testamatta-ToscanaSponsored by Morrison-Maierle Systems

Bibi Graetz’ 2010 Testamatta is a Tuscan single-vineyard Sangivese. Wine Spectator says, “It shows how good a pure Sangiovese can be,” and rates it 93. James Suckling (in November of 2013) said, “Needs at least four to five years of bottle age still. Try in 2017,” and rated it 98. Kerrin O’Keefe rated it 95.

42. Vine & Dine Under the Big Sky

  • Weekend fun at the Vine & Dine Festival in Big Sky, MT. Package includes accommodations for two for two nights
  • Vine & Dine tickets: two tickets to four wine tasting workshops and two tickets to the Stroll
  • $100 VISA gift card
  • Dates: August 14 – 16, 2015
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Big Sky Resort and Altana Federal Credit Union

What could be better than sampling wonderful wines under the great Montana sky? You and a friend will enjoy a weekend of wine, food and fun in Big Sky at the second annual Vine & Dine Festival this August. The festival offers a variety of experiences in the Mountain Village that are designed to increase your knowledge and enjoyment of wine and food through exciting activities, seminars and demonstrations.

You will enjoy two nights at the Huntley Lodge in Big Sky, a perfect headquarters for all the fun. During the festival you will attend four wine-tasting workshops plus the Stroll. A $100 VISA gift card comes with this experience. Pair your love of wine and food with a weekend in beautiful Big Sky and the result is perfection!

43. Clos Troteligotte Malbec 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Lot-43-Clos-Troteligotte-K2-MalbecSponsored by UBS Financial Advisors, Montana Wealth Advisors, Timothy Schruth, Bill Royer, Todd Vralsted, Sandy Berkram, and Scott Hatler

The wine is 100% Malbec; it is made in Cahors, in the southwest of France, by winemaker Emmanuel Rybinski. The family vineyard, entirely replanted by Emmanuel’s father in 1987, is certified sustainable, organic and biodynamic. Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast writes, “This dense and dark wine is showing as much tannin as fruit at this stage. It’s powerful, the dark fruits ripe and seriously structured. Spice, berries, coffee and a tense, mineral texture are all part of the mix. It needs considerable aging, so don’t drink before 2019, 95.” In addition Wine Enthusiast ranks it at number 43 of the top 100 wines of the world.

44. The Eagle's Nest, by Zack Garretson

  • Bronze statue, #3 of 35, produced in 1981

Donated by Maggie Downs and Clyde Goldberg

The beauty of the majestic eagle captures your attention in this wonderful bronze by Zack Garretson. The detail in this work brings this creature to life and the protective nature of a mother for her babies. This bronze is a wonderful Montana keepsake and would be perfect on a table or shelf in a home or office.

45. Dunham Syrah 2001, 1 x 6 liters

Lot-45-Dunham-Cellars-SyrahDonated by Louise King

The 2001 Dunham Syrah received a Double Platinum from Wine Press Northwest and a rating of 97 from Wine Magazine (UK) as well as lesser awards in 2003. The winemaker, Eric Dunham, passed away in 2014. Barbara Mosher of Dunham Cellars wrote to us, “We don’t make those special etched bottles any more for regular sale (usually only for specific auction lots, and even then not very often) so it is a very rare bottle. And signed by Eric makes it precious in my book! The original artwork [on the bottle] is still on display in our Hangar Lounge.”

46. Bruccella Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 1 x 750 ml; Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 1 x 1.5 liters; Merlot 2012, 1 x 750 ml; Cuvee Katrina Eileen 2012, 1 x 750 ml

Lot-46Donated by Don and Ellen Alweis and Jasons

Bruccella is a high-end Napa winery with very small production. The uber reserve Katrina Eileen is usually so exclusive that it does not get submitted for ratings and is almost impossible to find outside the mailing list. It is a¬†tiny production 100% Cabernet that¬†showcases the best that the¬†varietal can be. The Merlot, which is 97% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, is almost as scarce as the Katrina. Only the Cabernet Sauvignon, which is usually 90% Cabernet with the rest made up of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, has been consistently, and highly, rated. Robert Parker, in particular, has always given the Bruccella Cab high marks. He rated the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 93, the ’10 95, the ’09 92, the ’08 95, and the ’07 96. The 2012 has yet to be reviewed.

47. Rombauer Chardonnay 2013, 4 x 3 liters

Lot-47-Rombauer-ChardonnaySponsored by NorthWestern Energy

Rombauer is one of California’s most important Chardonnays. The 2012 vintage was rated 92 by Wine Spectator and number 41 in their top 100 wines of 2014. The 2013 Rombauer is not yet widely reviewed, but Wilfred Wong of says it is “so well made; ripe peach fruit in the aromas; delivers well on the palate; smooth and layered in the finish, with excellent firmness. A first-class choice ,” and rates it 90. Delivered in a large format.

48. Take Home the Store!

Here is your opportunity to restock your cellar, start a cellar, or maybe you just love wine! This lot is for you! Tonight you can take home one bottle of each of the wines featured in our Wine Store, 60 fantastic bottles of wine to enjoy!

Lot includes two bottles of each of our winemasters’ wines.

Wines include:
Gordon Estate Rose
Gordon Estate Chardonnay
Gordon Estate Reserve Chardonnay
Gordon Estate Merlot
Gordon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Gordon Estate Syrah
Gordon Estate Tradition Red Blend
Gordon Estate “Block 3” Merlot
Gordon Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Gordon Estate Late Harvest Gewurztraminer
Zonin Ca’ Bolani Refosco
Zonin Piattelli Grand Reserve Malbec
Sans Liege “EN GEDI”
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon
Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry
Cono Sur Reserve Especial Pinot Noir
Cono Sur Sparkling Brut
Ty Ku Sake White
Robert Hall Meritage Red Blend
Ca’ Momi Bapa Chardonnay
Tobin James Rock ‘n Roll Syrah
Enzo Boglietti Nebbiolo
Stags Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay
Conn Creek Anthology
Ponzi Williamette Valley Pinot Noir
Rodney Strong Symmetry
Wish Red Blend
If You See Red Blend
Hidden Legend Huckleberry
Jacques Copinet Champagne Brut
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut
Renwood BBQ Zinfandel
Renwood Red Label California Zinfandel
Renwood Black Label Clarion
Renwood Black Label Premier Old Vine Zinfandel
Renwood White Label Fiddletown Zinfandel
Renwood Black Label Grandpere Zinfandel
Renwood White Label Gold Crest Zinfandel
Renwood White Label Timberline Zinfandel
Renwood Amadore Ice Zinfandel

Thank you for participating in this year’s festival!