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Monday, 07 May 2007 01:40

Saturday night was the Ann Arbor Art Center's 25th annual WineFest benefit auction. Hundreds of wine fans and local glitterati donned their finery for what Sally and I call "Ann Arbor's best party of the year".  MichWine tasting panel members Rich and Karen Brown co-chaired the bash, which typically raises about 25% of the Art Center's annual budget.

We'd donated a five-year vertical of Quilceda Creek Cabernet from Washington that included a couple of 100-pointers. After a spirited burst of bidding, the lot sold for $3000 to WineFest Honorary Chair Tom Shelton, President of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. Wretched excess, but for a good cause.  By way of thanks, I poured Tom and his wife, Laurie -- a Dexter, Michigan native -- tastes of the 1996 Quilceda that happened to be on our table (and almost ready to drink).

 
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