Heart’s Delight Hot Lot: Eat with the Emperor of Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine Events | Posted on 04-25-2012

As we mentioned last week, we are posting some of our favorite auction lots that are available for bidding, live or by absentee bid, from the Heart’s Delight Wine Tasting & Auction taking place May 2-5 in Washington, DC. More information on attending and bidding can be found in the original post.

He’s been called the Emperor of Wine. The Million-Dollar NoseThe Great and Powerful ShnozThe Man with the Paragon Palate. His influence on the world of wine is unmatched. He is, quite simply, the “world’s foremost wine guru.”

His name is Robert M. Parker, Jr. And he wants to have dinner with you.

Lot #15 during the live auction portion of the Vintner’s Dinner on Friday, May 4, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine with Robert Parker, nine of your friends, sixteen(!) of Mr. Parker’s own wines, and a tasting menu from a James Beard award finalist.

The venue will be Charleston Restaurant in Baltimore, MD. Helmed by Chef Cindy Wolf, Charleston is the best restaurant in town, and it happens to be Mr. Parker’s favorite. He eats there all the time!  Here are just some of the things he’s said about it:

And the wines. Oh, the wines! No one knows exactly just what he will be popping from his legendary cellar, but at past charity dinners he has hosted, the wines have included First Growth Bordeaux, Grand Cru Burgundy, Cult California wines, Super Tuscans and more. Needless to say, you won’t be disappointed.

And, despite how you may feel personally about Mr. Parker, his palate, his opinions, or his influence, you cannot doubt that he is a fascinating man and would make for an interesting dining companion. Although I haven’t met him myself, reports are that he is good guy to boot. One former auction winner had this to say about his experience having dinner with Robert Parker:

While strong, he was gentle. Our thoughts on wine and food mattered to him. He was gracious and kind. Simply put, he was a regular kind of guy, rather than the “king” he is often made out to be.

His wife of over thirty years, Pat, (they started dating in seventh grade) was equally charming and knowledgeable about food and wine. Together they were the perfect couple to spend an evening with.
Our group spent the evening talking about everything from favorite restaurants, the state of wine in the USA, raising children, favorite wines, and so many other things. And of course, all this occurred over what can only be called an embarrassment of riches served up through fantastic food and wines. With each course Parker had selected three wines. As we moved through the dinner, he shared his thoughts on how and why he had made these selections.
Words cannot express how much I enjoyed this evening. The company, the food and the wines were all extraordinary. It was a rare opportunity and an evening I will cherish for a very long time.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the lucky winner of this lot (and his or her friends!). It’s estimated value is $10,000, but others are already speculating that the bidding may peak much higher. Gather your friends and family, gather your wallets and credit cards, and be prepared for a night that will be priceless!
(Remember, even if you are not attending Heart’s Delight, you can register and place your bid through an absentee form.)

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