It’s Beneficial To Indulge at the Berkshire Museum Wine Auction
These aren’t times for hedonism—unless your self indulgence can be construed as philanthropic, too. If you’re an oenophile or sybarite, the Berkshire Museum’s Biennial Wine Auction on Saturday, May 30, in Pittsfield offers many ways to splurge on yourself while also supporting the museum’s educational programs that bring arts and enrichment opportunities to a diverse group of public school students. It’s a crucial fundraiser for the museum, which raised $242,000 at its 2007 wine auction.
There will be both silent and live auctions with James Ritchie who runs Sotheby’s wine department in North America overseeing the bidding. He will offer up 40 lots that include the “Great Guigals,” which are three different bottles of 1989 Cote Roties of Rhone from E. Guigal (value: $3,000); a red-and-white duo of Ch. Lafite Rosthschild, Pauillac, 2000, an extraordinary Bordeaux, and Ch. d’Yquem, Lur Saluces 1990, the premier Sauternes (value: $2,250); membership in the Les Trois Emme Barrel Club, which entitles you to help produce a Bordeaux Size barrel of wine at the vineyard in New Marlborough, MA, and which will result in 25 cases of wine that are yours (value: $7,000+); a six-course dinner party for six at Wheatleigh with wine pairings and grappa tastings (value: $1,850). Even if you are a teetotaler, there are other temptations on the auction block, including four lower box-seat tickets to a Red Sox game, roundtrip limousine from the Berkshires to Fenway Park and dinner at Fenway’s EMC Club, or a week in a two-bedroom townhouse at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster on Cape Cod.
During the cocktail hour, as guests sample wines and Taittinger Champagne, they can view a special exhibition, “Vintage Time,” which features 18th and 19th century vintage clocks and pocket watches and a selection of shelf clocks from the collection of William I. Milham, who was a professor of astronomy at Williams from 1901-1942. After the live auction, there will be dinners in the Ellen Crane Memorial Room (tickets: $350) and on the stage of the Colonial Theater down the block ($150.) To be sure, there will be plenty of wine to drink at both dinners.
Berkshire Museum Biennial Wine Auction
May 30, 2009
Cocktails at 5:30 PM; auction at 6:30 PM; dinner at 8 PM