Saturday, March 5, 2016

Auction Item #514: Seven-Day Wine Tour through Germany’s Riesling Country - Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction (2016), Washington DC, USA

Picture: Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, and Christian Schiller at a Heart's Delight Event in 2015

Heart’s Delight is an annual four-day celebration in Washington DC, USA, bringing together winemakers, celebrity chefs, gourmands, and wine enthusiasts to raise money for the American Heart Association. The events are not cheap, but high-class and tax deductible (partly). Over the past 14 years, the events have raised over $12 million for the American Heart Association, helping to support research into the number one cause of death in the United States.

This year, Heart’s Delight will take place from Wednesday, March 9 to Saturday March 12, 2016 and on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

As every year, there will be exciting dinners with celebrity chefs and winemakers at embassies, private homes and top restaurants, tastings, receptions, after-dinner-parties as well as auctions. At a special side event, Annette and Christian Schiller will host Sophie Schÿler Thierry from Château Kirwan, a second growth, which is owned by the Schÿler family, at Evo Bistro in McLean, Virginia, for lunch.


Wednesday March 9: United States of Wine - The United States of Wine celebration will showcase some of the best in American wine. Highlighted wines will be presented by owners and winemakers and will include a live auction featuring large format bottles direct from the winery. The reception will be followed by our new BYO-style Collectors Dinner in the company of the participating winemakers.

Thursday March 10: Thursday offers a series of intimate wine dinners with an international flair in homes, restaurants and Embassies with a host, chef and winemaker at each.

Dinner 1, for example:

Host: His Excellency, The Ambassador of France to the United States, Gérard Araud
Sponsor: General Dynamics
Wine: Château Montrose presented by Hervé Berland
Residence of the Ambassador of France, 24 guests - US$2,000/ticket

Friday, March 11: Vintners Dinner - This year, this evening will feature a retrospective of the 16 years of Vintners Dinner history, including the wines of Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Haut-Brion, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Latour and Château Margaux. The dinner is followed by a live auction led by Sotheby’s Jamie Ritchie featuring wine directly from the cellars of our friends from Bordeaux in grand format. There will also be an award presented to the Congressional Honoree. US$ 15.000 for a table of 8.

Saturday, March 12: Saturday begins with a virtual tour of Bordeaux, including a unique wine tasting of the 2013 vintage. The adventure continues with exciting seminars and food prepared by some of the nation’s top chefs, making Heart’s Delight the place to discover the latest in epicurean trends and new talent. Guests will also enjoy wine from the world’s best vineyards as well as the opportunity to bid on exclusive travel packages, dining experiences and rare and exceptional wines during the spirited silent and live auctions.

Wednesday, April 20: Congress Has Heart: United States of Wine Reception - This Capitol Hill celebration will showcase some of the best in American wine and will host Members of Congress – some will be pouring wine from their home state. Special Invited Guest, Speaker Paul Ryan, will be presented with the Congress Has Heart Award. New Vintage Reception - Congress Has Heart will be followed by the New Vintage Reception for young professionals to network and learn more about the American Heart Association’s mission. This new generation of leaders will come together to make a difference in their community while having fun.

Pictures: Impressions from Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction 2015 (Source: Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction 2015)


During the events, there will be a series of live and silent auctions. Guests (as well as absent bidders) will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive travel packages, dining experiences and rare and exceptional wines during the spirited silent and live auctions. ombiasyPR and WineTours donated a “Seven-Day Wine Tour through Germany’s Riesling Country”.

Auction Item #514: Seven-Day Wine Tour through Germany’s Riesling Country

Estimated value: US$4,200
Auction Item # 514
Donated by Ombiasy PR & Wine Tours

Picture: Kaub in the Mittelrhein Valley with the Castles Pfalzgrafenstein and Burg Gutenfels - Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2016)

This seven-day tour (May 5-11, 2016) lets you explore the regions that are quintessential to understand Riesling and the concept of terroir: The Rheingau, Mittelrhein, Ahr, Mosel, and Nahe wine regions. You will visit many picturesque wine towns and take a cruise on the romantic Rhine River with its castle- and vine-ribboned bank; the Mosel valley with its dizzying steep vineyards; delving into 2,000 years of history and tasting premium wines at 16 world-class wine estates, such as J.J. Prüm, Leitz, Molitor, Zilliken, and Meyer-Näkel. The tour starts and ends in Frankfurt am Main. You will travel with the husband and wife team Dr. Christian Schiller, wine writer, and Annette Schiller, organizer of wine classes, wine tours, and wine events. Their expert knowledge about German wines and their personal relationships with the wine estate owners and winemakers will give you an unparalleled, personal, and authentic experience and an inside view behind the scenes of premium German wineries.

Spot for 1 person. Flight to and from Frankfurt is not included in the tour. Six nights accommodation, transport in the wine regions, all visits and sightseeing, all wine tastings, and meals are included.

ombiasy WineTours: Impressions from Previous Tours to Germany

Pictures: Impressions from Previous Germany Tours by ombiasy WineTours, with Ernst Loosen, Helmut Dönnhoff and Steffen Christmann

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Seven Day Wine Tour to German Wine Country: Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting and Auction (2015), Washington DC, USA

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