This year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival—an annual food-and-wine event to benefit underprivileged children in Collier County, Fla.—has an exceptional list of rare wines up for auction, and has enlisted top chefs and wineries to present a series of unusual food-and-wine pairings. The headline event of the three-day festival—which takes place from January 25 to 27—is a live auction at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. Lots include a complete 65-bottle vertical collection of the Château Mouton Rothschild Artist Label series (1945–2009), which includes labels designed by Salvador Dalì, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol; and the opportunity to own 2.5 acres of a private Argentinean vineyard estate. Travel packages are also up for grabs, many of them built around VIP access to events including the America’s Cup in the San Francisco Bay, the Kentucky Derby, and a panel seat at Robb Report’s 2014 Car of the Year event, with a stay for two at Meadowood Napa Valley and wine to take home.
The stellar list of chefs and wineries participating in the dinners includes Michael Anthony of New York’s Gramercy Tavern, Lee Hefter of Spago in Beverly Hills, and Julian Serrano of Picasso at the Bellagio Las Vegas; and Colgin Cellars, Krug, Darioush, and more. Tickets for the Naples Winter Wine Festival are available to just 580 guests from $8,500 per couple. (888.837.4919, www.napleswinefestival.com)
— Christina Garofalo