Wine, food and a smashing good time |

Wine, food and a smashing good time

Wren Wertin

Today, the sixth annual Vail Valley Wine and Art Auction picks up where the inaugural Vail Wine and Food Festival leaves off. Those with even a passing fancy for good food and fine wine are invited to the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Lodge at 6:30 p.m. The event starts promptly at 7 p.m.

The evening event includes dinner, music and “a collector’s dream auction.”

It’s the first time the auction and the festival have teamed up, but it’s a natural fit. Though the dinner and auction are not included in the festival pass, a block reservation is being held for festival attendees. Tickets are $125 per person, and are available by calling 926-1494 or visiting

The dinner will be prepared by four local five-star chefs, including Michael Glennon of Vista Restaurant, Michael Irwin of Juniper Restaurant, Michel Perrigaud of Michel’s Bakery and Chef Jean Luc Voegele of the Sonnenalp Hotel and Resort. Wine will be paired with each course, and will include Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, Hendry, The Hess Collection and Trinchero Family Estates.

Though the cuisine of the evening will be entirely first class, the main event happens on the auction block. A live and silent auction will offer rare items donated by wineries and private collectors, as well as original art from international artists and local galleries.

All proceeds will go to charity. In years past, the Vail Valley Wine Auction has raised more than $90,000 to benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center and the Vail/Eagle Valley Rotary Foundation, scholarship funds and more. This year the event will be establishing a culinary scholarship.

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