Festival of Wines Gala Auction Items


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1. Escape to an Island, Off an Island

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, sits on an island, off an island, at one of the four corners of the Earth. A two-night stay for two in the Inn’s Labrador Suites includes ground transfers from Gander International Airport, use of all facilities (contemporary art gallery, heritage library, digital cinema, rooftop saunas, and hot tubs) and all meals (excluding alcohol) enjoyed in the Inn’s dining room, named among the top three “Best New Restaurants of Canada” by enRoute magazine. During your stay, you’ll enjoy a half-a-day island orientation with a community host. Be prepared for fresh perspectives and insights, stories and laughter, and allow yourself to be oriented to this “Salty Narnia” by the people of the place. It’s exactly what you’d expect to find at one of the four corners of the Earth.

Approximate value: priceless!

Donated by: Fogo Island Inn, Air Canada


2. Exclusive Dinner with the Mayor at Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Music of ABBA

Enjoy an exclusive dinner with Mayor Mike Savage, his wife Darlene Savage, and eight of your guests onsite at the Dalhousie Arts Centre on Saturday, October 28, 2017. After dinner and drinks, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Finland’s own pop group Rajaton before taking your seats for a night to remember with Symphony Nova Scotia’s The Music of ABBA.

Approximate value: priceless!

Donated by: Dalhousie University, Aramark, The Office of the Mayor, Symphony Nova Scotia


3. Exclusive Rare Wine Collection

Hand selected from a local wine collector’s cellar, these wines will be sure to dazzle your guests for any occasion. Described in wine reports as “A silky, seductive wine”, “balanced and harmonius”, “Amazingly rich and elegant”, “A wine of power and range that is just hitting its stride”, you won’t be happy until you bring these home to savour. These bottles offer a rare taste into one of the most respected wine regions in Europe: Pauillac, Bordeaux, France.

  • 1982 Château Lafite Rothschild
  • 1985 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
  • 1986 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Approximate value: priceless!

Donated by: Jason Roth


4. Trip for Two to Spain

This trip for two to Barcelona includes economy airfare and three nights’ accommodations. You will enjoy winery tours in Penedes, at both Mas La Plana and Jean Leon Winery, along with lunch at Restaurant Mas Rabell Torres. You can also enjoy dinner at La Vinateca Torres restaurant in Barcelona. No restricted date; trip must be taken within the 2018 calendar year.

Approximate value: $5,000

Donated by: NSLC


5. Soar onto Sable Island

This one day, once-in-a-lifetime trip for up to five people departs in the early morning from the Halifax International Airport private air strip. Sable Island, 300 km south-east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is renowned for its wild horses and shipwrecks. It is also an island with a fascinating geology and natural history that reflects the challenge of surviving wind, waves, and isolation. You will be talking about this experience for years.

Approximate value: $7,500

Donated by: Armour Group, The Bertossi Group

The date for redemption of this auction prize must be confirmed several weeks in advance. It is possible to get to Sable Island between May 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018. This program may be rescheduled on extremely short notice due to any number of weather or ground conditions which could lead to possible delays or change of excursion date. The authority to cancel or postpone this program lies with Parks Canada and Maritime Air Charter. There is a risk of being stranded on the Island for an indefinite period of time.


. Private Chef’s Dinner at Ratinaud

The Kitchen Table at Ratinaud offers a private 8 course tasting menu with wine pairings for you. The private dining room consists of 14 seats at the communal table and 6 seats at the kitchen bar! A perfect event for the holiday season!

Donated by: Ratinaud


2. Katharine Burns Original; Powerful, Atmospheric, East Coast Inspired

Katharine Burns is an exciting emerging artist, with two sold out shows thus far at Argyle Fine Art gallery. The ocean is a constant inspiration. She’s pleased to be working on an original piece for the auction with the support of the gallery.

Donated by: Katharine Burns and in partnership with Argyle Fine Art


3. Retreat to Historic St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

A getaway for two couples to the Algonquin Resort tucked away in beautiful St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea. Enjoy a relaxing two nights’ stay for two couples with two rounds of golf for four on the newly re-inspired Rod Whitman designed course. Each couple will have their own charming and relaxing guest room. Valid from July 28, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

Approximate value: Priceless

Donated by: The Algonquin Resort and Southwest Properties


4. Courtside with the Toronto Raptors

Be a part of the action with two courtside seats near the Toronto Raptors bench for a home game during the 2017/18 regular season. Included in this package is a $250 Gift Certificate for dinner and access to the Platinum Club at the Air Canada Centre before the game. Game to be confirmed with Office Interiors with some flexibility to the winning bidder.

Approximate value: Priceless

Donated by: Office Interiors and Ricoh


5. Exclusive Winery Tour with Carl Sparkes

Enjoy a guided winery and vineyard tour for eight guests at Jost Vineyards. Following your tour, dine in the Grand Tasting room for a structured wine tasting with a paired five course lunch hosted by Carl Sparkes, owner of Devonian Coast Wineries.

Donated by: Devonian Coast Wineries


 6. Hockey Night in Halifax: Mooseheads from the Skybox

A luxurious SKYBOX for a party of 15 to catch a Mooseheads game on January 19, 2018 (vs. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles). Includes a $300 food and beverage credit. Date is firm and package cannot be transferred to another night.

Approximate value: $1000

Donated by: Labatt Breweries


7. The Wonderful World of Whiskey

For every Whiskey connoisseur, this basket will be sure to delight. Included: Ardbeg Corryvreckan, Ardbeg Perpetuum, Glenmorangie Bacalta, Glenmorangie Tusail, Glenmorangie Lasanta, Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban.

Approximate value: $675

Donated by: Charton Hobbs