Following the presentation of the 2013 ArtCare Award for Excellence in Civic Arts Patronage awarded to Mrs. Diane B. Wilsey, on behalf of the San Francisco Arts Commission and San Francisco Art Dealers Association, the Opening Night Preview Benefit provided guests with first access to the artwork, elegant catering (including specialty cocktails courtesy of Diageo), as well as a fantastic performance by the SF Jazz High School All-Stars Combo.
Among numerous Opening Night sales, Brian Gross Fine Art sold a major Robert Arneson self-portrait bronze for $200,000, and Alex Meyerovich Gallery reported the sale of a David Hockney lithograph for $65,000.
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Guest arrived to the black-tie affair and were lead through a progressive cocktail hour which highlighted Mike’s many accomplishments. Accomplishments such as the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that bested several white Burgundy wines in the Judgement of Paris, which Mike was the noted winemaker behind and his induction to the Culinary Institute of America Vinetner’s Hall of Fame as well as the Smithsonian; were all featured in various way’s throughout the winery venue.
There was a wonderful four course dinner prepared by Chef Shannon Kelly of Oak Av. Catering Company whose dishes highlighted the pairing of many great Grgich Hills Estate Wines and the Inaugural release of the Paris Tasting Chardonnay.
It concluded with a beautiful, heartfelt thank you from Mike, and him signing bottles and taking pictures, with all the guest that were in attendance. Overall it was a memorable and stunning evening, in celebration of one of Napa Valley’s most beloved individuals.