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Once in a Lifetime Trip to Alaska
If you enjoy adventure, fishing, float plane rides, fantastic wine and great company in a majestic setting, then this is the trip for you! Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation Board Member Tina Pidgeon will host you and three guests for four days, three nights at this invitation-only corporate retreat located on the Agulowak River near Dillingham, Alaska. Arrive at this nestled inholding within the Wood-Tikchik State Park by float plane. You'll soon be fishing with experienced, friendly guides, kayaking or paddle boarding along the river, trying your hand at skeet shooting or archery, or hiking to the top of Bumyuk. Reading a book on the porch or by a cozy fire counts as an activity, too! Enjoy meals with the welcoming, knowledgeable staff and other guests in the dining hall, and you might just spot a bear by the river snagging its meal. Package includes travel between Dillingham and the retreat, lodging, and meals. Airfare to and from Dillingham, AK not included.
Grand Cru Wine Tasting for Eight at the Union League of Philadelphia
Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation Board Member Peter Kreindler will share his extensive, one-of-a-kind grand cru collection with you and seven guests at this exclusive dinner and wine tasting in the luxe, private wine room of the Union League of Philadelphia. You'll begin with hors d'oeuvres, accompanied by fabulous Laurent-Perrier champagne, provided by Kathleen Poyser. A four course dinner will follow, accompanied by carefully selected vintages including the 2008 Domaine Remoissenet: Corton-Charlemagne (96 Points), 2008 Domaine Remoissenet: Le Montrachet (92 Points), 2001 Domaine Leroy: Richebourg (92 Points), 2002 Domaine Roumier: Bonnes-Mares (93 points), 1990 Chateau Latour (98 Points), 1990 Chateau Margaux (100 Points), and 2001 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (not rated). These highly rated, rare wines are among the best produced, earning acclaim by Robert Parker as "magnificent", "legendary" and "a triumph."
For an even more memorable evening, you and your guests will delight in a pre-dinner concert by musicians from the Philadelphia Orchestra. This 30-minute musical spectacular will feature Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster David Kim, Principal Harpist Elizabeth Hainen DePeters, and Violist and Fox Chase Foundation Board Member Anna Marie Petersen. Available for one mutually agreed upon date.
One 12-Bottle Case of 2010 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Pauillac
From an estate known for producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines in the world, this vintage is no exception. The sensational Pichon-Longueville Baron is opaque purple, with loads of charcoal, licorice, incense and some exotic Asian spices along with abundant cassis liqueur, blackberry and hints of roasted coffee and spring flowers. Full-bodied and opulent with relatively high tannins, this vintage needs five to six years of cellaring, and should keep 30+ years. (97+ Points)
One 12-Bottle Case of 2005 Château Pavie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru
Classified by Robert Parker as a "tour de force in winemaking" and a top Bordeaux of its year, the 2005 Château Pavie Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is beautifully rich, full and multidimensional. Dense, opaque purple to the rim, with a gorgeously promising nose of blackberries, cassis, graphite and cedar wood just beginning to emerge, this beauty is intense and full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, a majestic mouthfeel and a total seamless integration of tannin, wood, and alcohol. Enjoy now for the next 50-100 years! (100 Points)
This year's In Vino Vita offers a one-of-a-kind experience for a select group of attendees! Rob Floyd, a celebrity mixologist and liquid chef with special ties to this year's event, will be bringing his unique blend of cocktail creation and storytelling to Philadelphia in the Spring of 2022. You can find Rob on hit TV shows including Bar Rescue or live on stage performing his signature Cocktail Theatre.
This year, a limited number of tickets are available to an evening of fine food and drink with Rob Floyd at the home of Chief Academic Officer Glenn Rall, PhD and Eileen Rall, AuD. Be prepared to sign up for an unforgettable evening of learning and enjoyment!
This three bottle auction lot in its original wooden case is every wine enthusiast's dream! The 2003 Screaming Eagle boasts an opaque ruby/purple color as well as classic, pure, crème de cassis, cedarwood and hints of Asian soy sauce and forest floor notes. The multidimensional aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, silky-textured, opulent, rich, atypically big wine that is impeccably well balanced. This rare find is one of the candidates for "Wine of the Vintage." Enjoy now or cellar for the next decade. (98 Points)
In a year known for producing great wines of richness and depth, the 1982 Chateau Latour is the best of the best. The medium garnet colored vintage belts out powerful notes of star anise, dried roses, sandalwood and new leather with a core of kirsch, blackberry tart, dried mulberries and black currant pastilles. Full bodied, rich, spicy with bags of fruit and tons of savory fireworks, it finishes with epic persistence. This collectable magnum is already great, and gets better with age! (100 Points)
Laurent-Perrier has been the Champagne sponsor of In Vino Vita for five years now, and National Accounts Manager Kathleen Poyser and husband Patrick have become good friends to this event and Fox Chase. We are pleased to welcome them back this evening and look forward to seeing who wins this unique and delicious offering.
It's a battle of the pairings! You and seven guests will win an exclusive Laurent-Perrier "High Low Tasting." This in-home tasting will include four Laurent-Perrier Champagnes (two bottles each of Ultra Brut, La Cuvée, Rosé and Grand Siècle) paired with your typical "high end" foods such as fine cheeses and caviar compared with more unconventional Champagne pairings such as fried chicken and pizza.
It's sure to be a close race and you're likely to discover some pairings that you didn't expect to wow you!
Special thanks to Kathleen for sharing so graciously with us tonight and through the years.