Arts & Cutlure: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host the Bacchanal! Wine Gala and Auction on November 13 at the PAFA in Philadelphia. The affair will feature internationally distinguished winemakers and celebrity chefs. Bacchanal! 2010, Pinot on the Palette, will celebrate the best of Pinot Noir from around the world. This is the the twelfth anniversary of the event. Bacchanal! has become a nationally regarded fine wine and auction event in the Philadelphia area that has raised approximately $3 million to help fund PAFA's student scholarships and education programs.
PAFA's prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award will be given to four leading Pinot Noir producers from around the world. Michael Dhillon ,winemaker and proprietor of Bindi Wines, Australia; Grace and Ken Evenstad, proprietors of Domaine Serene Winery, Oregon; Jacques Lardiere , winemaker and technical Director for Maison Louis Jadot, France; and Larry Maguire , proprietor of EnRoute Winery, Russian River Valley,California.
Throughout the week preceding Bacchanal! a series of exclusive gourmet winemaker dinners will take place in private homes, each pairing a distinguished Pinot Noir winemaker with a local celebrity chef. In addition, plans are underway for Bacchanal! 2010 to be preceded by a Pinot Noir symposium and wine tasting event. The Haverford Trust Company will be the presenting sponsors for Bacchanal! 2010 is co-chaired by Timothy P. Speiss and June Marshall Smith.
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school of fine arts and museum.