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Wine Auction Event to Benefit STOP CANCER

Photo Courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields
Your love of wine could benefit a good cause at Bonhams & Butterfields summer wine auction on June 18. The auction house will offer a selection of vintages, with the seller's proceeds allocated to benefit STOP CANCER, a nonprofit volunteer organization located in Los Angeles.

The organization seeks out and funds the most promising and innovative scientists in their early research of all forms of cancer prevention, treatment and cures. It was founded in 1988 by Dr. Armand Hammer in partnership with Sherry Lansing, President of the Sherry Lansing Foundation.

The wines sold to benefit the organization will be 35 lots primarily from California producers such as Cardinale, Corison, Hess Collection and Kenwood, several of which are presented in original wooden cases. Items of note include a case of Cardinale Meritage, 1987 (est. $380-500); a case of Corison Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990 (est. $250-380); a case of Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 1985 (est. $350-480); and a case of the Kenwood Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 1991 (est. $350-480), among others. The wines have been donated fom the considerable private collection of the owners of Peppone's restaurant in Los Angeles.

Additional highlights from Bonhams & Butterfields' June auction will include several collections of important Bordeaux and Burgundy vintages, as well as the first wine produced by Inglenook following Prohibition in 1933, among others. A case of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 2000 carries an estimate of $24,000 - 30,000 and a case of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 is estimated at $10,000 - 13,000.

The auction takes place June 18, 2011, 10 a.m. in San Francisco, simulcast to Los Angeles but why let the cancer-fighting wine activity end there? That same day STOP CANCER is hosting its second annual wine tasting event at Siren Studios in Los Angeles from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The tasting of California wines includes offerings from Rombauer Vineyards, Saddleback Cellars, Frank Family Vineyards, Behrens Family Winery, Robert Sinskey Vineyards and Whitehall Lane Winery. There is also a luxury silent auction and a gourmet chocolate bar featuring treats from K Choclatier by Diane Kron, DJ, dancing, wine tasting & sales until 11:00 p.m.

Stay the night at the W Hollywood and enjoy a special group rate for attendees of Sip. Savor. STOP CANCER. Connoisseur level tickets cost $115 and can be ordered online at

Deidre Woollard

Deidre Woollard has been writing both fiction and nonfiction for years. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Spalding University and her short fiction has been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She served as the lead editor on for six years writing about real estate, auctions, jewelry and luxury goods.

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