Auction Tip # 8, Be Prepared for The Lightning Round

lightening round

For the first time, our live auction will include a selection of flash lots, sold in rapid-fire fashion. The auctioneer will start the bidding high and go down. The first bidder to raise his or her paddle will win the lot. However, if two bidders raise their paddles at the same time, then the bidding will go up. Think of this as a "Buy It Now."


What We're Drinking in The Lightning Round...  


This lot includes:  
+ 1998 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (RP 90-92)  

+ 1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (WS 93, RP 90-93)  

+ 2000 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

+ 2001 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (RP 95)  

+ 2002 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (WS 91)  

+ 5L 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain (RP 94)  

Donated by:

Supporters of DCWAF 




This lot benefits: Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center  

Each year Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is honored to accept a hand-selected case of wine from our friends and founding board members Mike (Chi Chi Miguel) and Valerie Thompson. This philanthropic couple continues to support the children of Northwest Florida through their hard work and generous donations. It is with pride that we offer once again Chi Chi Miguel’s finest selection of wines.  

This lot includes:  

+ 2000 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 91)  

+ 2005 Joseph Phelps Backus Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 92, RP 94)  

+ 2005 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 95, RP 99)  

+ 2006 Saxum Broken Stones Syrah (WS 96, RP 97)  

+ 2007 Revana Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 97)  

+ 2009 David Arthur Elevation 1147 (RP 94)  

+ 2009 Kosta Browne Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (WS 95)  

+ 2010 Alpha Omega To Kalon South Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 92)  

+ 2011 Colgin IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine (WS 90, RP 92)  

+ 2011 TOR Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 92)  

+ 2012 Realm The Tempest (WS 91, RP 96)  

+ 2013 Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalon RBS Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 92, RP 98)  

 Donated by: Mike & Valerie Thompson 




Our mountain of magnums has grown since last year, you don’t want to miss out on this special selection of 15 magnums!  

This lot includes:  

+ 1.5L 1997 Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 91)  

+ 1.5L 2012 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon ($500) (RP 99+)  

+ 1.5L 2000 Darioush Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($100)   

+ 1.5L 2005 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ($300) (RP 92)  

+ 1.5L NV JCB N°69 Crémant de Bourgogne  

+ 1.5L 2006 Joseph Phelps Insignia (WS 94, RP 94)  

+ 1.5L 2012 Joseph Phelps Pinot Noir Pastorale Vineyard (RP 93)  

+ 1.5L 2002 Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Chafen Vineyard (WS 93)  

+ 1.5L 2012 Orin Swift Papillon Napa Valley Red Wine (WS 91, RP 93)  

+ 1.5L 2010 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 91, RP 92+)  

+ 1.5L 2012 Paul Hobbs 2012 Russian River Chardonnay (WS 90, RP 90-93)  

+ 1.5L 2003 Peju Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 90)  

+ 1.5L 2012 Sapiro Podere (RP 90-93)  

+ 1.5L 2009 Spring Mountain Vineyard Elivette   

+ 1.5L 2012 Staglin Family Vineyards 30th Anniversary Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 93, RP 96)  

Donated by: Dana & Glenn Armentor, Jim & Sherre Bunch, Jeanne Dailey, Don & Cathy Hay, Jim & Vicki Matthews, Chuck & Glenda Palmore and supporters of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation 





Ambrosia de Gualtallary was described by Robert Parker as a new name to follow in Argentina as they rated Ambrosia’s 2011 Precioso malbec at 93 points. Ambrosia’s vineyards have been hailed as one of the top 3 terroirs in all of Latin America. Ambrosia is nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Andes mountains in Gualtallary, the premier spot for viticulture in Argentina. The high elevations, sandy limestone soils, warm days and cool nights combine to make wonderful red wines.  

This lot includes

+ 6- 1.5Ls 2012 Ambrosia Precioso Malbec (RP 93) 

 + 6- 1.5Ls 2012 Ambrosia Vina Unica Malbec (RP 92)

+ 6- 1.5Ls 2011 Ambrosia Vina Unica Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 91) 

Donated by: Ambrosia 



Jean Phillips, a former real estate agent, bought the 57-acre Oakville vineyard in 1986, which was planted to mix of varieties, most of which Phillips sold to various Napa wineries, except one-acre, approximately 80 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon. For this one acre of Cabernet, Phillips sought the opinions of Robert Mondavi Winery employees on the commercial potential of her wine before hiring Richard Peterson as a consultant, and subsequently met Peterson's daughter, Heidi Peterson Barrett, who became Screaming Eagle's first winemaker. The entire vineyard was replanted in 1995, through a combination of very low production numbers and highly positive reviews (wine critic Robert Parker awarded the wine 99 points), which resulted in Screaming Eagle becoming one of the most celebrated and expensive wines in Napa Valley.   

This Lot Includes:  

+ 3 750ml 2013 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon (RP 97+)  

Donated By: Supporters of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation 




This a truly special bottle, signed by Garen Stalin and in a rare 6L format!  

Garen and Shari were able to purchase this Rutherford Bench estate in 1985 after spending many years learning about wine together. Their longtime dream to farm a vineyard and produce wines of great quality was something they wanted to share with their family. To encourage active participation Brandon and Shannon were offered a small cash gift to invest in the vineyard. Today all members of the family work in day-to-day operations of the vineyard and winery. Shannon serves as President, Brandon as Director of Marketing Communications, Shari as Chief Executive Officer and Garen as the Public Relations Manager.  

This lot includes:  

+ 6L Signed 2001 Staglin Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (WS 94, RP 94)  

Donated by: Lamar and Tracy Conerly 

Where The Lightning Round is Taking Us... 


High Rollers in Low Places

Place your bets and prepare to take yourself and 5 of your luckiest friends to the high stakes table with Jane Solomon and Colin Mayo. Jane and Colin will chaperone a VIP day trip on their Pilatus to Biloxi Hard Rock Casino. Whether you have an affinity for rolling the dice or have mastered your poker face, the house always wins when you are living it up with Colin and Jane.

If you are all in for this trip, expect to leave ECP or Destin at 10am on the Pilatus with Jane, Colin, yourself and 5 guests for a Champagne ride to Biloxi Hard Rock Casino. Upon arriving, you will join the High Society and spend the day gambling followed by a late lunch at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Your lunch will be held in a private room to debate your game strategy and boast your winnings over great wine selected from Jane’s private cellar. Once you are refueled you will have a second wind in the casino to double up. Around 7pm, after you win it big you’ll hit the plane to head home. The plane ride home will include dessert wine and a guaranteed fun time! It sure is nice to have friends in low places!  

This lot includes:  
+ One-day trip for 6 on Pilatus Jet to Biloxi, Mississippi. (Plane seats 8)  

+ Fuel.  

+ Champagne, Wine, drinks, and snacks included.

+ VIP status at Biloxi Hard Rock.  

+ Late lunch at Ruth Chris in private room with wine.  

Restrictions: Trip must take place on a mutually agreeable date with Pilatus is available.  

Donated By: Jane Solomon & Colin Mayo  



Taste of the Track

This lot benefits: Emerald Coast Autism Center  

Race off to the Hudson River Valley region for a thrilling weekend at the Courtyard Marriott in Middletown. Located just 90 minutes outside of New York City, Monticello Motor Club's Taste of the Track offers all the luxury typically reserved exclusively for members of this premier automotive country club and private racetrack. Whether you've never driven on a track before or you're a track fanatic, the Taste of the Track offers the perfect experience for everyone. Give yourself a taste of life as a member of the most exclusive motorsports country club in North America, and enjoy the thrill of high-performance driving in a safe and controlled environment.  

This lot includes:  
 + 2 Night stay at the Courtyard Marriott Middletown

+ Access to Monticello Motor Club's (MMC) private 4.1-mile road course  

+ Hours of seat time in MMC's high-performance fleet vehicles  

+ Access to karting track and off-road course  

+ Concierge services and catered meals  

+ Access to full clubhouse amenities and a full facility tour  

Donated by:  Monticello Motor Club and supporters of Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation 


This round will interrupt the regularly scheduled live lot auction very briefly. Remember auction tip #9, and be ready for the lightning round... before you know it, these lots will be #GoneInAFlash



- Michaela Mayo 

Published on Friday, March 18, 2016