2 – 3 Liter 2018 Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
4 – 1.5 Liter 2018 Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
12 – 750ml Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (2 each: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Three (3) night quintessential New York City experience and three (3) night getaway to Sonoma County wine country for two (2) couples
Roundtrip, Private Air from Naples, Florida to New York, New York for two (2) couples
New York, New York:
Three (3) nights’ accommodations at the Knickerbocker Club for two (2) couples, considered the most exclusive club in the United States
Four (4) tickets to a Yankees game, with seats adjacent to the Yankees dugout
Four (4) tickets to the Broadway show Hamilton
Private tour of the Whitney Museum of American
Private tour of the Asia Society Collection
Lunch at the Blue Hill at Stone Barns paired with Cornell wines, including a tour of the farm and culinary gardens
Exclusive tour of Tiffany & Co.’s bespoke jewelry
Private shopping excursion on Madison Avenue
Hair consultation and hair cut at famous Fekkai Salon for four (4) people
Intimate dinner at the home of Vanessa & Henry Cornell and a tour of their wine cellar
Private car service for the duration of the stay
Sonoma Valley, California:
Three (3) nights’ accommodations on the Cornell Estate in Santa Rosa, California for two (2) couples
Intimate winemaker dinner at the Vineyard House overlooking the Cornell Estate, paired with wine
Private tour and vertical tasting of the Cornell Estate Cabernets
Exclusive, customized experiences at premium partner wineries, based on the personal preferences
Private car service for the duration of the stay
The winning bidder on this lot will experience the best of the Big Apple and an intimate look at one of California’s finest boutique wineries. Regardless of whether you’re interested in fashion, sports, art, theater or wine, there’s something here for everyone!
Your journey begins on a private jet from Naples to New York City, where you’ll stay at the Knickerbocker Club. The Knickerbocker Club was founded in 1871 and is considered to be the most exclusive club in the United States and is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world. Members have included John D. Rockefeller, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John Jacob Astor IV and J.P. Morgan.
During your stay, you’ll enjoy some of the finest cultural offerings in the city, beginning with the almost-impossible-to-get tickets to Hamilton. Through a combination of traditional show tunes, R & B, pop, hip-hop and soul, the highly acclaimed musical tells the story of one of our Founding Fathers through the lens of contemporary vision. Hamilton won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and received 16 nominations and 11 awards at the 70th Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.”
Your party will experience private tours of both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Asia Society Collection. Located in Greenwich Village, the Whitney spans three 1838 townhouses and is the leading institution devoted to the art of the United States. The Asia Society, founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller III, has centers here in the U.S. and around the world. Initially focused on promoting greater knowledge of Asia in this country, the Park Avenue branch houses the Rockefeller collection of Asian art and augments it with rotating exhibits.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy a visit to Yankee Stadium, home of the winningest franchise in baseball. The new structure replaced the original 1923 stadium in 2009 but is rich in history, nonetheless. Monument Park is a dedicated space with plaques honoring the 37 greatest Yankees of all time. The lower level of the museum features a Ball Wall with hundreds of balls autographed by players and a special tribute to Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series. With restaurants, lounges and social spaces, the stadium is a city unto itself. And you will enjoy the game from what may be considered some of the best seats, adjacent to the Yankees dugout, where you feel like you could reach out and touch the players.
Enjoy a private shopping excursion on Madison Avenue. Your New York shopping experience will culminate in an exclusive visit and tour of Tiffany & Co., the city’s first jeweler. Catering to discriminating buyers for 180 years, Tiffany’s offers the opportunity to design your jewelry purchase in a way that reflects your unique personality.
For the culinary high point of your New York visit, you’ll travel to the Hudson Valley for lunch at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, one of the most coveted tables in the state. Opened in 2004 by the Barber family, the restaurant holds Two Michelin Stars and was rated the best restaurant in the United States by Eater. In the dining room, a former dairy barn, Dan Barber’s ever-changing creations are sourced from the surrounding farm and pasture. Lunch will be paired with wines from Sonoma’s Cornell Vineyards, after which you’ll receive a tour of the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.
Get ready for the best haircut of your life: Frédéric Fekkai is the world’s preeminent celebrity hairstylist, having coifed Wall Street titans as well as film stars such as Kim Basinger, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver and Renée Zellweger. A leader in the clean beauty revolution, he uses natural, botanical ingredients to make his clients look better than they ever thought possible. You will sit back and relax as a stylist in his salon will offer each guest in your party a world-famous cut and style.
Before you leave Manhattan, you’ll spend an evening at the Upper East Side residence of Henry and Vanessa Cornell, owners of Cornell Vineyards. Over an intimate dinner paired with Cornell wines, you’ll hear the background of the couple’s remarkable journey and prepare for your upcoming visit to the vineyard.
Despite a lifetime of tasting and collecting European wines, Henry Cornell decided to start his vineyard in California—largely because he fell in love with a wild, rugged 240-acre parcel in the Mayacamas Range, just west of the Spring Mountain District. On the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain, winemakers Elizabeth Tangney and Françoise Peschon are producing what Antonio Galloni called “gorgeous mountain Cabernets endowed with real class and pedigree.”
During your time at Cornell Vineyards, you’ll experience both world-class wine and unparalleled hospitality. You’ll spend three nights at Cornell’s secluded guest house and enjoy a private dinner with the winemaking team, as well as a tour of the vineyard and a vertical tasting of the sought-after Cornell Estate Cabernet. The Cornell team will then work with you to arrange VIP visits to some of their partner wineries in the surrounding areas.
By the end of your visit, you’ll understand why the Cornells chose this enchanted place for their winery, and you’ll realize why their Cabernets have achieved cult status among connoisseurs. But don’t worry… you’ll have plenty of wine to take home to remember your stay. Your cellar will be augmented with a vertical collection of Cornell Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013-2018 vintages, along with four Magnums and two Three Liter bottles of 2018 to put away for your future enjoyment.
New York City and Sonoma County are waiting for you: Raise your paddle high!
Travel to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates and all activities stated are based on availability. Trip must be completed within one year of the Festival. Winning bidders must agree on a travel date with the Cornell team no later than 60 days after the Auction. Roundtrip, Private Air to New York is on a Challenger 350 or comparable plane. Airfare to California is not included. Private car service will be available for both the New York trip and the Sonoma trip. Meals included with wine as stated above. All gratuities for stated activities are included. The baseball season runs April through the end of September. If travel dates outside of April through September are requested, the Yankees game will not be available. Private shopping to be coordinated with the Cornell team and is based on availability. Haircut will occur at a Fekkai salon. If Frédéric Fekkai is not available, another world-class stylist at the salon will take care of you.
Vanessa and Henry Cornell of Cornell Vineyards