Dinners with the Vintners
If you’ve ever been to a Vintner Dinner, you know it’s the epitome of luxury. Held in magnificent private homes, these small sit-down gatherings feature some of the country’s best chefs rising to the challenge of creating a multicourse meal worthy of the exceptional wines that our generous vintners have chosen to share with a select handful of guests. If you’ve never been, maybe now is the year to indulge yourself. But don’t feel guilty—because of your support at the Wine Auction, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is able to offer world-class arts and humanities programming to our entire community.
Booth Residence, Debbe and Spike Booth
Pride Mountain Vineyard, Stuart Bryan Winery Owner
Executive Chef John Tesar of Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas, Texas
Join Debbe and Spike Booth at their home in north Gimlet for an evening under the stars to support the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Set in the forest at the edge of the Big Wood River, this gracious and welcoming home boasts a superb collection of late 20th-century plein air art and also receives frequent visits from elk, deer and foxes. Speaking of stars, the chef for this Vintner Dinner is John Tesar, known for his stylish, modern American cuisine prepared with classic European techniques—and for the big personality he showed off on Top Chef Seattle. Not without their own honors, Pride Mountain Vineyards has been recognized six times as one of the Top 100 Wines of the World over the last decade. Stuart Bryan, winery owner, will lead you though an impressive selection from the family winery – including rare library wines. The pairing of celebrated chef John Tesar, owner of Spoon Bar & Kitchen and Stuart Bryan, owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, is sure to be beyond extraordinary.
Cleveland Residence, Kirsten and Brad Cleveland – SOLD OUT!
A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Scott Mason of Enoteca and Ketchum Grill
Canihan Family Cellars, Bill Canihan, owner
Schramsberg Vineyards, J. Davies Estate Vineyards, Hugh Davies, owner
Start out on the deck with perfectly framed views of Mt. Baldy enjoying bubbly from Schramsberg with bon vivant, Hugh Davies, and then proceed to dinner in a gorgeous outdoor garden setting. Join Kirsten and Brad Cleveland as they welcome fellow supporters of the arts to their French country home on a hillside in Bitterroot—the backside of Dollar Mountain—for an evening of fantastic food and merriment. Schramsberg, founded in 1862, is a vineyard alive with tradition. The Center is fortunate to be a part of the 151 year old tradition as Hugh and his family has been a part of the Wine Auction since its inception. Enjoy the history of Schramsberg with another local tradition, Scott Mason. The local chef of Ketchum Grill (and, more recently, Enoteca) fame will create an amazing multicourse meal. Rounding out the perfect partnership for the evening is Bill Canihan of Canihan Family Cellars, who loves Sun Valley so much that five years ago he bought a home here. He’ll be showing off Canihan’s gold-medal winning Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet Franc, all estate-grown and dry-farmed in certified organic vineyards. The ingredients are in place for a fabulous evening – all that is needed is you.
Dondero Residence, Carey and John Dondero – SOLD OUT!
A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Antinori & Antica Napa Valley Estate, Kim Wiss, Winery Manager and Estate Chef
Barbara Young and Heinz Schlosser, The Catering Company, Ketchum, Idaho
This secluded home in Gimlet has floor to ceiling glass doors that open onto a large patio where dinner will be served. Woods surround the property and deer are frequent visitors. Although the home is just steps from the Big Wood River, you will feel like you’re miles away from civilization. This year Barbara and Heinz take the helm in the kitchen at the Dondero residence creating a sumptuous dinner flawlessly paired with notable wines from Antica Napa Valley and Antinori Family Wine Estate. Kim will delight the guests with a promising array of premium Cabernet wines from the single-vineyard Antica portfolio and share harmonizing wines from the cellars of Antinori. She will share unique winery-only delights from the family estate, Antica, and luxurious wines from the Tuscan vineyards of Antinori. The Antinori Family has been making wine for more than 625 years and 26 generations (since 1385!). If you dream of big reds, this is the dinner for you. But don’t fret; Kim is bringing some extraordinary Chardonnay and Rose to tempt your taste buds. You can’t go wrong with this impressive lineup.
Merry Edwards Winery, Merry Edwards Winemaker and Owner with Ken Coopersmith, husband and partner
Blackbird Winery of the Bespoke Collection, Paul Leary, President
Cristina Cook, Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery, Ketchum, Idaho
Your opportunity has arrived to spend an evening under the Tuscan sun of Cristina Cook. No plane ticket is required for you to be transported to a sublime food and wine experience. Tuscan-born chef Cristina Cook has opened the doors of her Ketchum restaurant and you’ll be treated to her exquisite creations paired perfectly to the exceptional wines from Merry Edwards and Blackbird. You’ll be in expert hands from the moment you step through the door. Paul Leary, from Bespoke Collection and Blackbird Winery, will present their hard-to-get, elegantly–styled and appropriately balanced wines and he will be joined by legendary winemaker Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery, who was recently inducted into the CIA Vintners Hall of Fame and was also the 2013 recipient of the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits and Beer Professional. Current library selections and special large format bottles from these two producers will add a crowning touch to this truly unique event in Cristina’s garden patio, under the chandeliers and starlight.
Hickey Residence, Dawn Ross & Doug Hickey and Katherine & Buffalo Rixon and Rob Cronin
FAILLA Winery, Ehren Jordan, Winemaker and Owner and Anne-Marie Failla, Owner
Hayfork Wine Company, Haley Wight, Winemaker
Ramie and Brendan Dennehy with Chef Derek Holliday of Zou 75, Hailey, Idaho
Perched above the meadows of the north valley, this hillside Vintner Dinner offers a spectacular setting with panoramic views of Baldy and the Boulder Mountains. This contemporary home melts into the natural landscape. You will be greeted by rock and glass details envisioned by architect Mark Pynn. Sip wine while gazing out at the valley below and enjoy an exceptional meal in the gardens alongside a sleek fountain. Complementing the gorgeous setting is cuisine from a south valley favorite, Zou 75. Zou 75 was nationally recognized in 2003 by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Top Ten best new restaurants in the country and they are continually recognized locally for excellence in the valley. Known for their distinctive blend of fresh ingredients, they are sure to present an unforgettable menu paired with the coveted wines of FAILLA and Hayfork. Failla’s single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have more in common with wines from Burgundy than with their neighbor’s offerings. Named 2008 Winemaker of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, French-trained winemaker Ehren Jordan focuses on cool-climate grape sources to produce food-friendly wines of crisp acidity and layered complexity. Haley Wight will share her high-scoring “sexy” Cabernet Sauvignon which harmonizes beautifully with FAILLA wines. She is sure to share some winemaker lore, as she is part of one of the original Napa Valley families. Stunning views, outstanding wines, fine company and mouthwatering delicacies will all be yours for the taking during this magical evening.
Hitchin Residence, Jill and David Hitchin – SOLD OUT!
A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Landmark Wine and JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, Jim Gerakaris Winery Sommelier
David Fox of Silver Fox Catering, Ketchum, Idaho
Jill and David Hitchin named their home “Chanteclair,” and the melodious name suits this peaceful, romantic setting, with national forest on three sides and a spectacular view of Griffin Butte. The house blends harmoniously into its natural setting; indoors, the European-style décor features antiques and mementoes from the couple’s international travels. Not only is the home exquisite but the hosts are too. You will become fast friends with Jill and David by the end of the evening. And caterer David Fox is no stranger to the Vintner Dinner. He has created many exceptional menus over the years in support of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. David is a master at pairing a meal of fresh and unique ingredients with premium wines. Since 1974, Landmark has been dedicated to producing handcrafted, ultra-premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourcing grapes from unique vineyard sites throughout California to create rich, balanced wines. JUSTIN consistently receives top honors around the world, including a place in Wine Spectator’s world-wide Top 10 list in 2000 and 93 points for the 2009 ISOSCELES, further establishing JUSTIN as a leader in luxury Bordeaux variety winemaking. With a match-up of outstanding wine, warm hosts, and a brilliant chef, you won’t want to leave.
Mills & Campanale Residence, Alma Mills and Dr. Ralph Campanale – SOLD OUT!
A Wells Fargo Private Bank Dinner
Ambassador Vineyards, Allison & Nathan Engman and Michael and Pamala Towers, Proprietors
Kenefick Ranch, Dr. Tom Kenefick, Proprietor
Chris Kastner from CK’s Real Food, Hailey, Idaho
The home of Alma Mills and Dr. Campanale is the quintessential Sun Valley setting with ponds, sweeping mountain views and rich blue skies. It is an Italian Villa with covered decks and verandas were you will feel the warmth of the Sun Valley setting. It is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and a forward thinking meal prepared by Hailey local, Chris Kastner. Chris Kastner, of CK’s Real Food, makes eating and buying local the theme of his Hailey restaurant and he also believes in sustainability, which is why he grows a garden behind the dining room. The ingredients for your exquisite meal will, most likely, come from right down the road. CK is a master of pairing local ingredients with wines and newcomer, Ambassador Vineyards, is thrilled to introduce their portfolio of wines. Ambassador Vineyard produces 100% Estate Grown Washington State wines from their outstanding vineyard located on Red Mountain. They are committed to making wines of the finest quality that reflect the richness and diversity of the Red Mountain terroir. Partnering with Ambassador Vineyards is Kenefick Ranch Vineyard & Winery, the award winning winery from Calistoga, CA in Napa Valley. The Kenefick family‘s labor of love, which was started by retired neurosureon Dr. Tom Kenefick has proudly culminated in stellar reviews and consistently high scores year after year. All Kenefick Ranch wines are 100% estate grown and sustainably farmed.
In this charming setting, Dr. Kenefick and the proprietors from Ambassador Vineyards will be pouring exceptional varietals while Chris Kastner works his wizardry in the kitchen. It is an evening sure to tantalize the senses.
Pyle Residence, David Pyle and Trish & David Wilson
Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS Chris and Heidi Figgins, Owners
Retour, Lindsay Woodard, Proprietor
Callie and Maeme Rasberry, Rasberry’s, Ketchum, Idaho
The Pyle home, a newly constructed residence nestled into the side of Knob Hill, was built with every detail in mind. Entertaining is what this house does best. You will be greeted by a sweeping staircase that leads past an indoor grotto and into an expansive great room flowing out into a mountainside terrace. Enjoy the views from this extraordinary mountain perch while you are treated to a delectable feast prepared with utmost attention by a pair of gifted local caterers and restaurateurs, Callie and Maeme Rasberry. They will do the honors in the kitchen, producing an endless array of cuisine with the freshest ingredients. Chris and Heidi Figgins from FIGGINS Family Wines Estates will come bearing gifts from the Washington State tradition. Lucky guests at this dinner are treated to a free-flowing sampling of legendary Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS wines. Lindsay Woodard, a star at crafting glorious Pinots for Retour, completes the triumvirate of wine excellence at this dinner.
Sargent – Wolff Dinner, Julie & Preston Sargent and Robin & Tim Wolff – SOLD OUT!
Kosta Browne Winery, Dan Kosta Co-Proprietor
Phifer Pavitt Wine, Suzanne Phifer Pavitt, Proprietor
Executive Chef Beau MacMillan of elements, Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Chef Tyler Stokes, dashi, Ketchum, Idaho
A few years ago, Beau MacMillan, renowned Food Network celebrity chef and Iron Chef America winner, teamed up with Dan Kosta of Kosta Browne Winery for a Vintner Dinner and they had so much fun they’re back at it again. Chef MacMillan’s ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food should not be overworked, but rather appreciated for its simplicity and natural perfection. This echoes the belief behind the Kosta Browne label:”It is our charge to guide each vineyard to its optimum flavor potential”. Kosta Browne’s Dan Kosta and Tony Lombardi bring their “A” game to this unique setting along the river. Not to be overshadowed, Suzanne Phifer Pavitt, up and coming Cabernet Sauvignon producer and a new-comer to the Sun Valley Auction, brings new meaning to “Date Night.” Her single vineyard Cabernet with the catchy name, Date Night is gaining wide acclaim and she is thrilled to bring her bounty to the table for you to taste. Suzanne’s offering complements the perennially sold-out Pinots from Kosta Browne. Kosta Browne has a sizeable fan club in the valley and they are sure to draw an enthusiastic crowd at this event. Located in a transformed park setting in the heart of Ketchum, this dinner will be at the top of the list for guests looking for fun and excitement in wine, location and epicurean fare.
*Join your hosts at a distinctive park setting along Trail Creek adjacent to the Sargent home. The Lucy Loken Park is a hidden gem in the heart of Ketchum.*
Shubin – Woodward Dinner,
Sharon & Bill Shubin and Marji & Woody Woodward
Lokoya, Christopher Carpenter, Winemaker
The Donum Estate, Anne Moller-Racke, President and winegrower
Chef Laurent Loubot of Michel’s Christiania, Ketchum, Idaho
There is no more classic “Sun Valley” location than the garden terrace at Michel’s Christiania, where French-born chef and Olympic ski coach Michel Rudigoz has fed and charmed countless diners over the past two decades. The restaurant’s history stretches even further back—as a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway. For one enchanted evening, the restaurant will be closed to the public and this storied locale will be the setting for classic French cuisine prepared by French trained chef, Laurent Loubot. Guests will sample wines from the highly regarded wineries of Lokoya and The Donum Estate. Anne Moller-Racke will shower you with special edition Pinot Noir. Christopher Carpenter, the famed Napa mountain winemaker, will entertain you with stories of his remote vineyards and his trials in making his world-class wines. Sharon & Bill Shubin and Marji & Woody Woodward, cherished Sun Valley Center supporters, are the hosts for this incredible evening of gastronomic and vintner excellence. Be a part of the celebration as they raise a glass to arts and culture in the Wood River Valley.
* This dinner hosted on the terrace at Michel’s in the heart of Ketchum
Walker Residence, Amy & Gordon Walker, Jr.
Kistler Vineyards – Tom Bonomi, President, Classic Wine LLC
Col Solare, Rob Bigelow, Master Sommelier on behalf of Col Solare
Chef Ryan Stadelman of Globus, Ketchum, Idaho
Located in the private Golden Eagle neighborhood at the end of the road is the Walker residence, a home surrounded by ponds and wildlife. Guests will be seated outdoors with sweeping and unobstructed views of the mountains accentuated by waterfalls cascading into the nearby pond. If you are lucky you might find an elk meandering through the yard as you enjoy an exceptionally prepared meal from Le Cordon Blue culinary school graduate, Ryan Stadelman. The Globus Executive Chef is inventive and creative with his menu. He is sure to amaze guests with a meal that is both unique and festive. Rob Bigelow of Col Solare will present Cabernet gems from the Red Mountain region in Washington State. He will showcase some of the finest wines being made on Red Mountain, “home of some of the best Cabernet in the state.” Fortunately for guests of this prestigious dinner, world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Kistler Vineyards will be poured. This small family- owned winery consistently produces 95+ point wines for over 30 years. The Wine Advocate declared Kistler wines as “some of the most thrilling wines being made in California today.” With top food and winery talent like this, who knows what heights this evening could achieve?