They call Nashville the “Music City,” welcoming visitors with music that no other city could ever offer and a true spirit of Southern Charm. If you’re ready to kick up your heels, Nashville-style, this auction lot may be singing your song.
The two fortunate couples who take home this lot will spend four nights and five days enjoying a Honky-Tonkin’ Nashville experience created to show you the best and brightest of the city, including the music, food and lifestyle. You’ll start your journey with five hours of private air transportation, arriving in Tennessee and making your way to the luxurious Beaux-Arts style Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. This storied property has played its part in the history of Nashville, hosting such big names as Charlie Chaplin, President John F. Kennedy and Dinah Shore.
Then, it’s onward to the city, where you’ll meet one of your VIP guides: Grammy Award® -winning performer and songwriter Billy Dean. Billy knows just about every musician in this town, making him the perfect person to lead you backstage at such landmarks as the Grand Ole Opry and lead you to your front row seat at the perennially-popular Bluebird Café. You’ll also hear a performance by the multi-Grammy Award® nominated group The Time Jumpers, and take a recording studio tour with Frank Rogers, producer of such artists as Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley. You’ll also walk the Honky Tonk with Billy, enjoy access to several of the top clubs and take a visit to Robert’s Western Wear.
Vintner Jeff Gargiulo and Paul Fleming, iconic American restaurateur and founder of such beloved eateries as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, will take you and your traveling companions on a Nashville culinary adventure exploring local markets, smokehouses and, yes, Southern fried chicken. Sean Brock, former chef from The French Laundry, will also join the winners for their culinary tour through Nashville. As both a collector and a vintner, Jeff will take you through the very diverse and rich Nashville wine and spirits world, including visits to local wineries and distilleries, as well as a tasting with local collectors. Jeff will be certain that each meal is accompanied by the appropriate wine. For the grand finale of this musical and culinary adventure, Billy, Paul and Jeff will host the group at a private dinner at the Catbird Seat—one of Nashville’s top restaurants, sitting down for dinner with legendary country music star, Charlie Daniels and a select group of Nashville songwriters and performers.
And lest you fear there will be no time for any leisurely pursuits, never fear: Valerie Boyd and Jody Fleming stand at the ready to accompany the group and will organize some shopping and afternoon spa excursions.
Your toe-tapping keepsake for this journey will be two custom guitars, built by Taylor Guitars, as well as two Double Magnums each of Gargiulo’s highly sought-after 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Gargiulo Vineyards’ winemaker, Kristof Nils Anderson commented that “the 2016 growing season was nearly perfect. It started early, had nice March rains of nearly five inches, but was then a mild and dry summer. Fall remained dry until harvest was complete, and our vineyards achieved full ripeness. The wines are all balanced but very expressive. Another classic Gargiulo vintage.”
This lot is something to sing about – bid high!
Private Airfare to Nashville, Tennessee is not to exceed five (5) hours and is only to be used for this auction lot. Visit to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates. All ground transportation, meals and activities mentioned are included. The Time Jumpers show will be on a Monday evening. Depending on the dates selected for the trip, the winning couples may be able to attend a Charlie Daniels concert at the Grand Ole Opry.
Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards, Jody & Paul Fleming and Billy Dean