Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation Fundraising Events

The Grand Auction
The CBWCF’s main event features auction wines that rival those at the most famous charity auctions and provides a forum for local restaurants to feature their culinary skills. The Grand Auction typically attracts more than 700 people and is believed to be the most successful event of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region. World-class wine auctioneers such as Ursula Hermacinski, Dave Reynolds and Fritz Hatton hold court at this event, which has produced revenues averaging over $1 million each of the past several years.

Wine, Women and Fishing
This fishing tournament organized exclusively for women anglers supports efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. Typically, more than 30 boats participate, with ladies catching and releasing blue and white marlin along with a variety of meat fish. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Vintner of the Year Dinner
Each year about 50 guests gather to enjoy superbly paired wines and food during an elegant gathering that honors vintners and wineries deemed to have made significant contributions to the wine industry.

Honorees Year
Ann and Dick Grace, Grace Family Vineyards 2009 (Inaugural Event)
Daphne and Bart Araujo, Araujo Estate 2010
Managing Director Paul Roberts, Bond Estates 2011
Hi Sang Lee, Dana Estates 2012
Lindy and Mary Novak, Spottswoode Estates 2013
Tim and Carissa Mondavi, Continuum Estate 2014
Cherie and Philippe Melka, Melka Wines 2015
Grace Family Vineyards, Dana Estates and Tierra Roja 2016
Amanda Harlan, The Mascot 2017

Special Dining Events
Featuring extraordinary wines paired with fabulous foods, as well as educational components that are a part of the Foundation’s charter, past events have featured Robert Foley Vineyards, Pride Mountain, Aratas,  Mollydooker, AurburnJames, Trespass, Artinori, Tierra Roja, Futo and other wineries.