Starting today online and culminating on October 7 with an in-person dinner and awards ceremony in London, wine and spirits collectors will have the opportunity to bid on some of the most popular bottles and experiences. unique, rare and iconic in the world, and in the process contributes to a deeply important cause. According to official documents from The Golden Vines Fine Wine, Rare Spirit & Experience Global Online Auction, the proceeds “will go to the Gerard Basset Wine Education Charitable Foundation to fund wine education programs on diversity and inclusion around the world. , including Taylor’s Port Golden Vines Diversity Scholarships. In addition, they continued, “Institutional and community groups around the world have had the opportunity to submit funding requests to be considered for Foundation grants to be awarded in 2022.”
This auction marks the second anniversary of the death of beloved sommelier and wine professional Gérard Masset, a giant in the field who, prior to his passing in 2019, held an unprecedented combination of titles and accolades, including Master of Wine , Master Sommelier and World’s Best Sommelier, a title he won in 2010. He also received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) and the Order of Agricultural Merit. His professional accomplishments are legendary, and this auction is meant to raise funds for a cause he was passionate about in life: mentoring and helping aspiring professionals in the wine and hospitality industry.
And the prizes are extraordinary. Each includes either exceptionally rare bottles or unusual bottle sizes from some of the world’s best producers of wine and spirits, as well as a unique experience related to this lot. Bordeaux enthusiasts will have plenty to consider, including a 2006 Chateau Cheval Blanc jeroboam, a night at the Chateau and an on-site wine dinner with winemaker Pierro Clouet. Burgundy lovers have the opportunity to bid on a night in Morey-Saint-Denis at the Domaine des Lambrays, a stay that will include a dinner with the winemaker Jacques Devauges and pairings emphasizing their wines from the 1930s. Collectors of Italian wines can bid on a lot that includes a lunch with Angelo Gaja, or a different lunch with Priscilla Incissa della Rocchetta in addition to a 1985 Sassicaia magnum and a 2009 double magnum. A huge six liter bottle from 100 points Penfolds Grange 2016, Champagne Moët & Chandon 1921, wines and experiences from Egon Muller, Glenmorangie, Château Margaux, Krug, Biondi-Santi, Harlan Estate, Colgin Cellars, Heitz, Mayacamas, and more are all available.
The auction, hosted by Liquid Icons, is being held to raise money for, as their documents put it, “the Golden Vines Diversity Scholarship, Internship and Mentorship Program, [which] will include two scholarships for prospective black and ethnic minority students wishing to undertake the Masters of Wine (MW) and Master Sommelier (MS) programs, open to applicants from around the world. These scholarships, worth up to £ 55,000 for each fellow, will cover their entire course and exam costs, as well as the loss of income during their internships. They will also be set up with an internship program that will include a diverse set of work and mentoring experiences with some of the best wineries in the world… ”
Scholarship applications will be judged by a leading specialist in the international wine world, including Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Nina Basset FIH, Carlton McCoy MS of Heitz Vineyards, Rajat Parr of Sandhi Wines and Clement Robert MS of The Birley Clubs and Annabel’s. In addition, they will each become mentors for the recipients throughout their professional and academic development. This is a very important cause and an opportunity for wine and spirits collectors to experience some of the world’s most iconic producers in a much more unique and personal way than is usually possible.