Symphony of the Americas Wines of the World Tasting, Auction and Dinner Vintner Host Penfolds Winery with Ewan Proctor

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 06:00 PM

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23 rd Wines of the World Auction & Dinner
It’s almost time for the annual Symphony of the America’s Wines of the World vintner tasting tour, come out and help us to celebrate our 23nd year. If you are into wine, this is the party for you. Our special guest is Ewan Proctor, of Penfolds Winery in south Australia, one of the world’s greatest wineries and there will be Grange- Australia’s greatest wine on the table tonight in the VIP.
This unique evening begins with wine samplings of many of the finest vintners from around the world plus special appetizer preparation and presentation stations by local chefs combined with an elegant dinner prepared by our celebrity chefs. South Florida’s premier non-profit event Auctioneer, Gordon Latz will lead the live auction of wines, wine tours and unique one-of-a-kind opportunities. There is dancing to the Symphony of the Americas Dance Band and a late night Cigar and Cognac Bar completes the evening.
Come as a VIP and enjoy the champagne reception, passed hors d’oeurves and a private reception with our 2018 Vintner Honoree who is traveling from Australia for the event. Several of Penfolds specialty wines will be featured at the in the VIP Room as well as some from the Treasury Estates portfolio with wineries like Beringer, Beaulieu and Stags’ Leap Winery from Napa Valley.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
2301 SE 17 Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
This year’s event is limited to 300 guests. This is an upscale event attracting food and wine enthusiasts including sponsors and supporters of the Symphony, affluent and caring members of our community - including many south Florida Chaine des Rotisseurs members and various wine club members.

For Reservations/Tickets Click Here
VIP Wines

Penfolds  and Tresaury Estates

Penfolds Grange Bin 95 Shiraz 2010 Red Australian Wine 750 mL

Penfolds Bin 389 2016
Price: $75.00       Sale $66.00

Penfolds Shiraz St Henri 2013
Price: $97.50       Sale $85.80

Penfolds RWT Shiraz South Australia 2015
Price: $149.00    Sale $131.12

Penfolds Grange Shiraz south Australia 2000
Price: $450.00    Sale $359.00

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2014
Price: $177.00    Sale $155.76

Beaulieu Cabernet Sauvignon George de Latour Napa 2013
Price: $169.50    Sale $149.16

Stags Leap Winery “The Leap” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2015
Price: $101.25    Sale $89.10


Menu for VIP by Wine Watch

Cheese and Charcuterie Selection

Orange Glazed Pork Belly Bites

Duck Confit Spring Rolls with Plum dipping sauce

Sesame Tuna and scallion Tartar with citrus Miso Aioli

Truffle Mushroom and Gruyere Beef Slider


About our Honored Vintner Penfolds’ Ewan Proctor

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Ewan Proctor is a multi-award winning hospitality and wine industry professional with 20 years of international experience across a broad spectrum of the food and beverage world. His expertise ranges from boutique wineries to luxury brands, exotic destination cruising and 6 star resorts to rustic contemporary regional dining.
Ewan received his initial training at some of Sydney’s most acclaimed dining venues, alongside chefs and sommeliers who were at the heart of the emerging modern Australian cuisine.
Moving to Melbourne, Ewan quickly began to gather awards from the Australian press, winning Best New Restaurant at Bistro Guillaume at Crown Casino in 2009. After a couple of vintages focusing on Pinot Noir at Tarrawarra Estate (Yarra Valley) and Bass Philip (Gippsland) Ewan made an international move, taking the helm of a specialist importer of wines for the Maldives resort market. Returning to the Yarra Valley, Ewan successfully guided the Healesville Hotel to Best Regional Restaurant status, winning a record three-in-a-row Best Beer List titles along the way.
Ewan joined Penfolds as Head Sommelier of Magill Estate Restaurant in 2013, and relished the opportunity to team with Australia’s most iconic wine brand. Ewan’s dynamic way of presenting the full cellar of wines spanning 6 decades of Penfolds history, helped to place the Magill Estate Restaurant among the top 10 restaurants in Australia.
In February 2015 Ewan joined the Shanghai office of Treasury Wine Estates as Penfolds Brand Ambassador for Greater China, becoming North Asia Head of Education in April 2016. Highlights of his time in Asia included two Global Launches of the Penfolds Collection in Shanghai and Hong Kong, re-corking clinics in Taiwan, Singapore and Tokyo, and launching the 100-point multi-vintage sensation G3 in October 2017.
Ewan is thrilled to be Penfolds Ambassador and Head of Luxury Education and enjoys connecting with new partners and consumers. Ewan holds degrees in Communications and International Studies from the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Genova, Liguria. Italy, and is fluent in Italian, French and English.

Founding Sponsor:
Wine Watch

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Wines of the World Tasting Line Up:

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Penfold’s Bin 51 Riesling 2017
Price: $37.50   Sale $33.00

Penfold’s Bin 311 Chardonnay 2016
Price: $37.50   Sale $33.00

Penfold’s Max’s Cab / Shiraz 2015
Price: $19.50   Sale $17.16

Minuty M Rose 2017
Price: $18.50   Sale $16.28

Etude Pinot Noir Grace Benoist Ranch Carneros 2016
Price: $31.50   Sale $27.72

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley 2015
Price: $24.00   Sale $21.12


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Heitz Cellars

2016 Heitz Cellars Chardonnay Napa
Price: $27.75       Sale $24.42

2017 Heitz Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Napa
Price: $27.00       Sale $23.76

2013 Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Price: $57.00       Sale $50.16

2012 Heitz Cellars Trailside Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Price: $102.50    Sale $90.25



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Charles Krug Winery

2017 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena-Napa Valley
Price: $16.75       Sale $14.74

2017 Charles Krug Chardonnay Carneros-Napa Valley
Price: $19.25       Sale $16.94

2017 Charles Krug Pinot Noir Carneros-Napa Valley
Price: $30.50       Sale $26.84

2014 Charles Krug Merlot Napa Valley
Price: $23.75       Sale $20.90

2015 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Price: $35.00       Sale $30.80

2014 Charles Krug Family Reserve Generations Napa Valley
Price: $67.50       Sale $59.40


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Goldschmidt Vineyards


2014 Fog's Edge

2014 Gracepoint Zinfandel


2014 Game Ranch Oakville Napa
Price: $108.75    sale $95.70

2014 Game Ranch PLUS


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Guarachi Wine Partners

Tension Red
Price: $18.75      Sale $16.50

Tension White
Price: $17.25      Sale $15.18

Tension Rose
Price: $19.50      Sale $17.16

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Sleight of Hand Winery


2015 Enchantress Chadonnay Yakima Valley
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

2016 Conjurer Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

2014 Archimage Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley
Price: $52.50       Sale $46.20


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Puro Uno


2012 Puro Uno Malbec Limitado Mendoza
Price: $35.00    Your Price: $30.80               Quantity in Stock: 60

2011 Puro Uno Mega Malbec Mendoza
Price: $75.00       Sale $66.00

2008 Puro Uno Malbec Gran Reserva Mendoza
Price: $60.00    Your Price: $52.80

2012 Puro Uno Mega Malbec Yuroz  Artist Series Mendoza
Price: $120.00    Sale $105.60      

2012 Puro Uno Cigar Bar Late harvest Malbec (375ml)
Price: $37.50       Sale $33.00


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Alejandro Fernandez Wines


2014 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Alejairen La Mancha
Price: $28.50       Sale $25.08

2014 Condado De Haza Ribera Del Duero Crianza
Price: $20.25       Sale $17.82

2012 Tinto Pesquera Crianza Ribera Del Duero
Price: $34.50       Sale $30.36


World of Wine Guide

2016 Priorato De Razamonde Treizadura Ribero
Price: $14.50       Sale $12.76

2016 Casa De Abril Red Blend Castilla La Mancha
Price: $17.50       Sale $15.40

2016 Azienda Agricola Walter Nardin Pinot Grigio Venezia
Price: $14.50       Sale $12.76

2016 Casa Abril Godello Valdeorras
Price: $17.50       Sale $15.40

2016 Channe Rose Cotes De Provence
Price: $19.50       Sale $17.16

2012 Whole Heap Vines Barbera d'Alba
price: $22.50       Sale $19.80


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Silent Auction

Longshadows winery

3 Liter Longshadows Sequil Syrah  - donated by Longshadows winery made by John Duvall former winemaker for Penfolds Grange
Retail $250

Donated by Alejandro Fernandez

1 bottle of Alenza Gran Reserva 2006 ( only produced 7 times in 40 years)
1 Bottle of Millenium 2008 ( only produced 4 times in 40 years)
Retail Value $250.00

Goldschmidt Vineyards

3.0 signed 2014 Yoeman
Retail Value $600



Champagne Tribaut Brut Origine Magnum
Retail Value $95


Puro Uno

Puro Uno Mega Malbec Mendoza 2012 X 2

Puro Uno Mega Malbec Mendoza 2012 Magnum X 2

Puro Uno Mega Malbec Syrah Cabernet Franc 2012 X 1

Puro Uno Mega Malbec Syrah Cabernet Franc Magnum 2012 X 1

Retail Value $1000


Sleight of Hand Cellars

A mixed 6-pack of Magnums of Sleight of The Levitation (Syrah) and The Conjurer (Bdx Blend).

Retail Value $555


World of Wine Guide

Quinta Vale Maria Douro Magnum 2011
Retail Value $150


Live Auction


Lot #1

6 Liter 2005 Leoville Barton
Saint Julien

Léoville Barton’s 2005 has an inky ruby/purple color and shows fairly high tannin levels, but the balance is slightly better that the Langoa Barton, which is very hard. This is probably a 30-year wine and needs at least another 20 years of cellaring, and while the tannins are high, they are balanced more thoroughly and competently. With deep cassis and red currant fruit, the wine is earthy, spicy, medium to full-bodied, and needs at least another decade. Drink it between 2025 and 2050. Robert Partker Jr. 92-96 , Wine Enthusiast 97, Wine Spectator 96

Donated by Dale & Barbara Roberts
Total Value: $1,200


Lot #2
Jeraboam of ____ Champagne (5L)
12 bottles of assorted champagne

Donated by Jerry Rosenthal
WOW Co-Chairman
Value: $1,000 ?


Lot #3
A lot of Pinot Noir??
Donated by __________
WOW Organizing Committee
Value: $0000


Lot #4
Four Bevan Cult Wines
2014 Bevan Cellars “Sugarloaf “, Napa Robert Parker 100 pts
2014 Bevan Cellars Wildfoote, Napa Robert Parker 100 pts
2014 Bevan Cellars Tin Box, Napa
2014 Bevan Cellars McGrah. Napa

Donated by Dale & Barbara Roberts
Total Value: $1,000

Lot #5
Top Chef!

The Perfect 10 for your Large Format Bottle Dinner
Carlos Fernandez, executive chef for years at his Hi-Life Café, and known for his culinary top talent and acclaimed appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef television program, will come to your home and share some of his cooking secrets, while preparing a dinner for 10 guests. Courses will include a soup, salad, fish, meat and dessert. Carlos and the Symphony will provide the food provisions, as well as wine pairings for each course if needed.
(Please schedule at least 4 weeks in Advance)
Donated by Chef Carlos Fernandez
Value $2,000

Lot #6
Penfolds, the Australian Experience

A Tasting for 4 at Penfolds with Dinner and Pairings at Magill Estate
Come down under and combine your trip with this extraordinary estate tour and luxury wine tasting. This tasting tour includes a 9-course dinner paired with Penfolds luxury and iconic wines at the acclaimed Magill Estate restaurant.
This package also includes a two night stay at the __________ Hotel.
Donated by Penfolds Winery
Value:  $ 5,000+++Priceless


Lot #7
Cabo San Lucas Getaway
Immerse Yourself in Ultimate Splendor

cabo_san_lucas_1024_x_768The ultimate Mexican Getaway, spectacular Cabo San Lucas is located on Baja California's most exclusive and private Beach, along the Pacific Ocean side. Just a few steps from  Land's End and the famous natural arch, Playa Grande is a charming, Mexican hacienda style all suite resort that sits on eight acres of beach, only a few steps from the sparkling Pacific Ocean and a few minutes’ walking to downtown Cabo. Resort features restaurants, beachfront water sports, horseback riding, Thalasso Therapy spa, outdoor Jacuzzis, and more!  This is a dramatic setting to relax and enjoy your dream vacation under the sun.  Getaway week is for a deluxe Penthouse suite 2 Bedroom  unit G1601, accommodates 2 couples  (sleeps 6). Available date for your vacation begins on Sunday October 13-20, 2019
Donated by Sheila Bechert
VALUE: $4,000


Lot #8
The Ultimate Cruise 
UP to a 12 Day Cruise Anywhere Holland America Cruises in the World for Two

 Step aboard one of the five-star ships of Holland America Line, and you will experience a voyage unlike any other.  You can choose any cruise for two (sharing one stateroom) up to twelve days in length (based on minimum ocean view stateroom subject to availability) to a variety of destinations.  Your journey will include extraordinary dining, spacious staterooms, elegant surroundings and days filled with new discoveries and gracious pampering by an award-wining crew.  Choose to partake in as many – or as few – activities as you wish, from the renowned Greenhouse Spa and Salon, to cooking demonstrations and wine tasting in the Culinary Arts Center, and much more. Or simply relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery
The certificate has no expiration date.  ( Includes a one stateroom level Upgrade). Stateroom upgrades are available at an additional cost.

Airfare to and from departure and arrival ports not included, however guests may purchase at an additional cost. Does not include taxes, onboard charges, shore excursions, hotel services charges and cannot be used for Alaska Cruise Tours, World Cruises, Holiday Cruises (Christmas and New Year) or Grand Cruises.  See Charity Cruise Certificate for details and restrictions.

Cruise the Mediterranean, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Asia, the Baltic, Bahamas, Panama Canal, Cuba and the Caribbean.
Donated by Holland America Line    
Value:  Up to $6,600


Lot #9
Friends Night Out
Oliver Saucy 1
Dinner for 6 Friends at Darryl and Oliver’s Café Maxx in Pompano Beach.  Enjoy a Five Course Tasting Menu personally selected for you by Chef Oliver Saucy.  (Please make reservations in advance, Sunday thru Thursday) Gourmet dinner courses can be paired with the following champagne:
2 btls  – Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne Rose non vintage 
Wines to take home tonight
Tax & Gratuity Not Included  
Donated by: Darryl and Oliver’s Café Maxx
Champagne donated by:
WOW Organizing Committee Co-Chair,  Jerry Rosenthal, 
Value: $2,000


Lot #10

Original Oil on Canvas 50 x 40
Artist Original ~ DUAIV
Donated by ~ DUAIV
Value: $23,000


Lot #11
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Carlos D’Antonis, tenor
Wine and Song your way
Internationally acclaimed tenor, Carlos D’Antonis, a winner on America’s Got Talent, and also an accomplished chef, will spend the evening in your home or location of choice, sharing his culinary talents in the kitchen, with one of his favorite pasta courses, as well as present
a mini salon concert for the dinner guests.
(If this location is outside South Florida, winning bidder must provide
coach airfare travel costs for the Artist)
Value:  $ 5,000


Lot #12
VIP California Tasting Tour for Two

Napa Valley Hotel Stay - 2 nights stay at the Luxurious, 24 suite, Kathrine Hall’s Senza Hotel (formerly La Residence) including pool, spa and ideally located to some of Napa’s top winerys.

Plus - 2 nights stay in a deluxe room at the magnificent new hotel to be announced.

Tours and Tastings Tours and/or Barrel Tastings at such legendary California Vineyards such as Beringer, Stags Leap Winery, Beaulieu Vineyards, Darioush, Joseph Phelps, Pine Ridge, Duckhorn, Sterling, and others of your choice to be mutually chosen and arranged by Wine Watch.  Airfare not included.

Donated by Andrew Lampasone, The Wine Watch Founding Sponsor
Value: $3,000


Lot #13
Zulu Nyala Camera Safari
Zulu Nyala Safari Game Lodge Ethnic Styled Suites & Pool deck

Six days and six nights for two in luxury air conditioned accommodations at
Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge or Hemingway Luxury Tented Camp.
These luxurious settings host elegant colonial or stunning stone-and-thatch hilltop lodges, brimming with the finest comfort and hospitality.   Cool lounges, wide verandas, sparkling swimming pools and tennis courts make being “in camp” a relaxing and pleasurable experience. Zulu Nayala Game Reserve  is located on a 5,000 acre private preserve and an accompanying  12,000 acre adjoining preserve.  A total of 25.75 Square Miles of wilderness preserve hosting the following wild life and more.
Travel to Africa means going back in time and capturing the thrill of something entirely different – an adventure of a lifetime to experience the magic of the Southern tip of Africa – one of the richest wildlife conservation regions. You will see elephant, endangered black rhino, leopard, cheetah, lion, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, nyala and many more species of plains game including the largest population of white rhinos in the world.

Package includes:
3 Delicious Meals per day prepared by the finest ethnic chefs, with an African flavor, of course
2 Game Viewing activities per day, guided by professional guides in open game viewing vehicles,
in the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve. 
This is the exact filming location of “I Dream of Africa”, starring Kim Basinger
Trip is good for 24 months from the purchase date.
It does not include airfare, side trips, personal beverages, gratuities, or phone calls

Donated by Zulu Nyala Safari
Value: $6,000
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Lot #14
Private Chef Experience in Your Home

Chef Ari Roloff will create a three-course gourmet dinner masterpiece in your home or residence of your choice for a total of 8 people. Menu choices will be mutually decided upon in advance, and the three courses will be
paired with specially selected wines for each course.
Wines will be chosen and provided by Chef Ari.
** Does not include holidays. Please make reservations at least 4 weeks in advance. Good for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.  Venue chosen by winning bidder must have a full kitchen and table settings, glassware, flatware.  Food is prepped off-site, however cooking/ and finishing will be required at the dinner location
Offer expires December 31, 2019

Donated by Chef Roloff ~ La Toque Blanche
WOW Organizing Committee Member
VALUE:  $ 2,000


Lot #15
A Gift from the Heart

We ask you to contribute a fixed dollar amount in support of the varied Symphony of the Americas performance and educational programs.
Please raise your paddle if you would like to make a contribution so that we can acknowledge and thank you.
Value:  Significantly Important
Your contribution will be acknowledged in the Symphony of the Americas program books for our concerts during the 2018-19 season.


Dinner Hosts

Dinner Host - Penfolds Winery - Ewan Proctor

Penfolds Chardonnay Max's Cuvee
Price: $19.50      Sale $17.16

Penfolds Shiraz Max's Cuvee
Price: $19.50      Sale $17.16


Dinner Host - Goldschmidt Winery

2016 Fog's Edge

2014 Game Ranch PLUS


Dinner Host - Antares Steve Dormer

Tribaut Blanc De Chardonnay Champagne
Price: $43.50      Sale $38.28

Tribaut Brut Rose Champagne
Price: $43.50      Sale $38.28


World of Wine Guide - Rick Musica

2016 Priorato De Razamonde Treizadura Ribero
Price: $14.50       Sale $12.76

2016 Casa De Abril Red Blend Castilla La Mancha
Price: $17.50       Sale $15.40


You can also trade in your vintage wines to get tickets to the Symphony event this year!


Wine Donors

On Friday, November 16, 2018, the Symphony of the Americas will host its 23nd Annual Wines of the World Vintners Tasting Tour, Gourmet Dinner and Auction at Pier 66 Hotel & Marina in Fort Lauderdale.

The Organizing Committee is looking for individuals with wine cellars to help us expand our wine offerings in the auctions of the Wines of the World. We hope that you will contribute wines AND take this opportunity to join us at this year’s event honoring the internationally acclaimed vintner Penfolds.

In consideration of your generous donation we offer you the following opportunities to attend Wines of the World:
Reserve attendance for ONE Ticket            $500 to $699
Reserve attendance for ONE VIP Ticket     $700 to $899
Reserve attendance for TWO Tickets          $900 to $1,299
Reserve attendance for TWO VIP Tickets   $1,300 or more

All wine donations must be rated by Wine Spectator or Robert Parker and have a rating of 90 points or above to qualify. Wine must have been properly cellared and be in a condition to support the rating. Pricing in the above categories will be set at the lowest realistic Wine Searcher USA retail prices.

For your convenience, a donation form is attached, with a telephone number to call for further information. Please visit our website, for a preview of this year’s event which features many of Penfolds wines, combined with a gourmet dinner spotlighting our area’s top chefs.

All Wines proposed for submission are subject to approval by wine committee members: Andrew Lampasone, Jerry Rosenthal and James LaBonte. Other unrated and specialty wines may also be considered by the committee. Individual wine bottles may be offered in a single lot in the silent auction or combined into various lots for the live auction.

Your support will help the Symphony of the Americas bring the best of classical music to the multi-cultural population of South Florida and continue outreach concerts, educational programs, ensembles and orchestral performances presented to Broward County school children.

James LaBonte                          Jerry Rosenthal

               Wines of the World Co-Chairs



Benefiting the Symphony of the Americas
Fort Lauderdale's own professional Symphony of the Americas, under the direction of its award-winning Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, recently celebrated its 28th Anniversary of bringing the best of classical music to the multi-cultural population of South Florida. Its International Guest Artist Series is presented in its performance home at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Outreach concerts reach audiences throughout South Florida, as well as a myriad of educational programs with ensembles and full orchestra. The internationally renowned Summerfest, hosts an acclaimed European chamber orchestra each summer, joined by selected members of the Symphony of the Americas for six weeks of performances in Europe and throughout Florida and Central and South America.
The Symphony takes a leadership role in fostering cultural relations with the Americas, initiating musical exchanges throughout Europe, the US, Central and South America. As a collaborator with community organizations and various South Florida cities, the Symphony performs outreach concerts throughout Palm Beach County as well as in Weston, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood and Miami – all woven into the fabric of our community in parks, museums and libraries. Performances are captured on compact discs distributed nationally and internationally.

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