Pairings: Nashvilleâ€™s Ultimate Wine and Food WeekendÂ will feature celebrated chefs from Charleston and Nashville this year.
Pairings with CharlestonÂ will take placeÂ Feb. 21-23, 2019.
This highly anticipated three-day celebration of exceptional wine and food partners Nashvilleâ€™s chefs with chefs from different â€œfoodie citiesâ€ each year â€“ and this yearâ€™s pairing with Charleston chefs promises to be memorable and, of course, delicious.
â€œEvery year, the wine and food gets better atÂ Pairings,â€ saidÂ Holly Whaley, President/CEO of the Nashville Wine Auction. â€œWe have wanted to present a Charleston/Nashville pairing for years, and we are so excited to finally be doing that this February. The chefs from Charleston are excited to wow event participantsÂ during three nights of unparalleled wine events to help fund the fight against cancer.â€
The Nashville Wine Auction is the countryâ€™s longest-running charity wine auction and has raised tens of millions of dollars over the years for local cancer-fighting nonprofit organizations.
While the Nashville Wine Auctionâ€™s summertime signature event â€“Â lâ€™EtÃ© du VinÂ â€“ is targeted toward experienced wine collectors,Â PairingsÂ is aÂ more accessible series of wine events targeted to explorers and enthusiasts. However, with the addition of theÂ Collectorsâ€™ Showcase, serious wine collectors will be able to find wines for their cellars, allowingÂ Pairings with CharlestonÂ to have something for everyone this year.
Donnie CountsÂ fromÂ City WineryÂ will serve as host chef for Pairings. Joining him from Nashville areÂ Trey CiocciaÂ andÂ Chad KellyÂ fromÂ The Farm HouseÂ andÂ Black RabbitÂ as well asÂ Jeffrey RhodesÂ ofÂ Butchertown HallÂ and the soon-to-openÂ Liberty Common. The Charleston chef representatives includeÂ John ZuckerÂ ofÂ Cru CafÃ©, Jim SteinÂ fromÂ McCradyâ€™s,Â andÂ Kevin JohnsonÂ ofÂ The Grocery.
Chef Matt BollusÂ fromÂ 404 KitchenÂ will serve as emcee forÂ Pairings with Charleston.
Friday and Saturday events will take place at theÂ City WineryÂ located at 609 Lafayette Street in Nashville.
Pairings with CharlestonÂ events at a glance:
- Day 1 â€“ Feb. 21, 2019 â€“ Private Vintner Dinners
These popular events consist of 10 intimate dinners hosted by featured vintners in private homes and restaurants throughout Nashville. Attendees meet and socialize with winemakers while enjoying outstanding multi-course meals from Nashville chefs. This yearâ€™s Private Vintner Dinners are chaired byÂ Melanie Cansler, Virginia Kweller and Jodi Pfaff Gillman. Private Vintner Dinners range from $225 to $300 per person. Dinners begin at 6:30 pm
Â (details will be available online Monday, January 7, 2019)
- Day 2 â€“ Feb. 22, 2019 â€“ Wined Up!
Wined Up!Â is held the second night of Pairings weekend and is a fun, accessible, wine-tasting party.Â New this yearÂ is the specialÂ â€œCollectorsâ€™ Showcaseâ€Â floor which will feature rare and collectible wines.Â Wined Up!Â brings together 26 vintners for Nashvilleâ€™s best wine-tasting party and will feature specialty small plates prepared by Charleston chefs as well as a silent auction with 125 lots of fine wines and luxury items. Â Wined Up!Â is $125 per person;Â Collectorsâ€™ ShowcaseÂ is $250 per person. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction starts at 6 PM.
- Day 3 â€“ Feb. 23, 2019 â€“ Pairings
This is the highlight of the weekend where participants will indulge in a five-course wine dinner with featured chefs from Nashville and Charleston while raising paddles in the spirited Live Auction. Nashville chefs will team up with chefs from Charleston to create perfectly paired dishes with wines from featured vintners. The live auction, once again hosted by auctioneer Charles Antin from Zachys, will include fine wines, unique dinners and tastings, one-of-a-kind trips and luxury items. Pairings $275 per person. 6:00 pm Wine Tasting; 6:45 pm Gourmet Dinner featuring 5 chefs and vintners with Live Auction.
The Nashville Wine Auction plans to raise more than $400k this year at theÂ Pairings with CharlestonÂ events, which will be the highest amount forÂ Pairings WeekendÂ raised to date.
For more details and to make reservations, please visitÂ http://www.nashvillewineauction.com/pairingsÂ or call 615-329-1760.
Sponsors forÂ Pairings with Charleston:
TheÂ presenting sponsorÂ for this event isÂ ServisFirst Bank.Â Additional sponsors includeÂ City Winery, John Navin & Associates, Tennessee Oncology, Chazin & Company, Charles Schwab, Scripps Howard FoundationÂ and more to be announced soon.
Donnie CountsÂ fromÂ City WineryÂ will serve as host chef for Pairings. Joining him from Nashville areÂ Trey CiocciaÂ andÂ Chad KellyÂ fromÂ The Farm HouseÂ andÂ Black RabbitÂ as well asÂ Jeffrey RhodesÂ ofÂ Butchertown HallÂ and the soon-to-openÂ Liberty Common. The Charleston representation includesÂ John ZuckerÂ ofÂ Cru CafÃ©, Jim SteinÂ fromÂ McCradyâ€™sÂ andÂ Kevin JohnsonÂ fromÂ The Grocery.
PairingsÂ is chaired byÂ Dr.Â Jack Erter, Noelle Daugherty, Will DonnellanÂ andÂ Alexa Cox.
Wineries â€“ All are featured at Wined Up!
+ = Wineries featured at Private Vintner Dinners
* = Wineries featured Saturday Night
Â Arrington Vineyards
- Bonaccorsi Wine Company +*
- Byron Winery
- Clif Family Winery
- Coursey Graves + *
- D.R. Stephens Estate +
- Dunn Vineyards +
- Fantesca Vineyards +
- Frias Family Vineyard +
- Harumph Wines
- Italics Winegrowers +
- Kanzler Family Vineyards +
- Kelly Fleming Wines
- Kistler Vineyards + *
- Lombardi Wines +
- PATEL Napa Valley + *
- Peay Vineyards + *
- Penner-Ash Wine Cellars +
- Phifer Pavitt Winery +*
- Relic Wine Cellars
- Roy Estate
- Schramsberg Vineyards
- The Spire Collection + *
- William Cole Vineyards + *
- Williams Selyem + *
- ZD Wines + *
Vintners participating in their firstÂ Pairings WeekendÂ includeÂ Brett deLeuzeÂ fromÂ ZD Wines,Â Lynn and Ron Penner-AshÂ ofÂ Penner-Ash Wine Cellars,Â Breauna and Alex KanzlerÂ ofÂ Kanzler Family Vineyards,Â Jenne Lee BonaccorsiÂ ofÂ Bonaccorsi Wine Company,Â Tony LombardiÂ ofÂ Lombardi Wines,Â Fernando FriasÂ ofÂ Frias Family Vineyards,Â Kelly FlemingÂ ofÂ Kelly Fleming Wines, Cabell CourseyÂ ofÂ Coursey Wines,Â andÂ Shirley RoyÂ ofÂ Roy Wines.
Nashville Wine Auction Beneficiaries:
American Cancer Societyâ€™s Hope Lodge, Gildaâ€™s Club Middle Tennessee, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish FoundationÂ® of Middle Tennessee, PearlPoint Cancer Support, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Saint Thomas Cancer NetworkÂ andÂ St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital.
ABOUT NASHVILLE WINE AUCTION:Â Nashville Wine Auctionâ€™s mission is to unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer. Throughout the year, Nashville Wine Auction hosts four major events â€“Â Pairings: The Ultimate Wine and Food Weekend,Â lâ€™EtÃ© du Vin: The Countryâ€™s Longest Running Charity Wine Auction,Â Champagne & Chardonnay: A Sparkling Evening Just for LadiesÂ andÂ The Men’s Event: Honoring the Life and Spirit of Billy Ray Hearn.Â Established in 1980, the Nashville Wine Auction has raised more than $24.5 million for organizations whose purpose is directly related to treatment, patient care and eradication of cancer here in Middle Tennessee.