Wine & Dine With ‘Wine Advocate’ Parker For $25,000


wine-advocate-robert-parkerRepublished from Wine Searcher.

Share wines from Robert Parker’s cellar over lunch with the man himself. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

If you’ve got a spare $25,000, maybe you and 10 friends can have lunch with Robert Parker – unless somebody else wants to pay more.

Parker has donated lunch for 11 with 24 wines from his cellar to the Heart’s Delight auction later this month in Washington, DC.

The Wine Advocate critic played an integral part in creating the Heart’s Delight event, according to auction committee co-chair David White. He attended the first five years, from 1999 to 2004 and last attended in 2009. White said Parker has donated lunches like this three times before. Each time they went for $25,000, but the minimum starting bid was much lower. This year, Parker set the minimum bid at $25,000. The money raised goes to the American Heart Association.

The wine list for the lunch is not yet available but at one previous such auction lunch in 2012, Parker brought 2001 Screaming Eagle, 1997 Peter Michael “Les Pavots” Cabernet, 1991 Dalla Valle “Maya”, 1997 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet, 1996 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet and 1985 Chateau Montelena Cabernet. And that was just the California red flight. He also brought seven red Bordeaux wines, six Châteauneuf-du-Papes, three white Burgundies, two Sonoma Chardonnays and a bonus 1977 Fonseca Port.

“It was a fantastic experience,” said Fred Salter, an Orange County real estate developer, who paid $25,000 for the 2012 dinner at the Charleston restaurant in Baltimore. “He’s a very approachable guy, very down to earth. The shame was that no human being, not even Mr. Parker, could consume all that wine.”

White, who also runs the Terroirist wine blog, told Wine Searcher: “While my preference is generally for wines that Parker might criticize as ‘better fed to wild boar than the human species’, I can’t be the only wine geek who would give a limb to attend this lunch. Parker’s palate is much more diverse than people give him credit for, so I’m sure we’d find plenty of wines to bond over.”

The lunch will be scheduled by the auction winner and Parker at a mutually agreeable restaurant and date in the Washington area. The website for the Heart’s Delight Wine Auction has an absentee bidder form, so you don’t have to go to Washington on April 25; you just have to spend a lot of money.

“Twenty four bottles for 12 people over lunch?” asked White. “Sounds about right.”

For more information, visit the Heart’s Delight website.