Tom Black Chairs Wine Auction to Benefit the French-American Cultural Foundation
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(Nashville, TN – November 26, 2008) - For the first time ever, all 61 châteaux listed in the historic 1855 Médoc classification and all 26 châteaux listed in the 1855 Sauternes classification will donate a bottle of their wine to compose two rare and unique auction lots. All are from the remarkable 2003 vintage, making this the trophy collection that will transform your cellar into the talk-of-the-town!
These unprecedented offerings will be auctioned on December 3, 2008 at an extraordinary black-tie fundraising dinner to be hosted by the French Ambassador Pierre Vimont taking place at his Washington, DC residence. The Chairman of this exciting event is Nashville entrepreneur and renowned sales trainer and author, Mr. Tom Black. The Tom Black Center for Excellence is among the numerous ventures in which we have come to know this dynamic businessman. Black is internationally recognized as one of the world’s top wine experts and is the owner of the largest wine collection in the United States, approaching 30,000 bottles. Black has staged wine auctions for charity for nearly two decades.
Proceeds from the event will benefit The French-American Cultural Foundation (F-ACF) which is a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages cultural, artistic and educational exchanges between France and the United States. In addition to presenting visual and performing arts at the French Embassy, the F-ACF collaborates with major cultural institutions like the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art to bring French programming to the United States, and helps to foster a healthy relationship between the two countries. The F-ACF also publishes France Magazine, an elegant and upscale quarterly magazine showcasing the best in French culture, travel and art to readers throughout the United States.
“On behalf of the French Ambassador to the United States, and myself, I would like to express our gratitude for the honor of hosting this prestigious event,” says Tom Black, “Let’s make a memory together and experience the magic of time and art captured in a bottle.”
The guests of honor will include Philippe Castéja, President of the Conseil des Grands Crus Classés en 1855; Jean-Michel Cazes, owner of Château Lynch-Bages and other famous estates; Jean-Paul Kauffmann, a renowned author and wine expert; and celebrated wine critic Robert Parker.
This spectacular soirée will also feature guest chef Thierry Marx of Pauillac’s famous Château Cordeillan-Bages who will cross the Atlantic to prepare the dishes that have made him one of the most lauded chefs of his generation.
In addition, a silent auction will offer guests a chance to pick up some fabulous holiday gifts, including premier grand cru wines, many with 100-point ratings; a weekend at a Relais & Châteaux property; and Baccarat crystal stemware.
This celebration of terrior and talent will be an experience of a lifetime that no serious wine enthusiast will want to miss! Tickets are open for sale to the public at $1,000 per person and $12,000 per table. It is no surprise that so many are traveling to Washington, DC next week when we consider these words from Tom Black, “Your participation also represents a donation that will help to strengthen French-American cultural ties and friendship.”
To be included among some of the best in the wine business and be present for your opportunity to own a piece of Bordeaux’s legendary history, you may reserve your seat by contacting Karen Taylor of the French-American Cultural Foundation at (202) 944-6042.
For more information or media interviews, please contact:
Tom Black Center for Excellence Inc. 214 Overlook Circle, Suite 152 | Brentwood, TN 37027
The French-American Cultural Foundation (202) 944-6042 (615) 377-7752