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Wine Auction Lots Announced

Tue, Apr 28th 2015 10:00 am
The Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner will take place Saturday, May 2nd. It is one of Camp Good Days' largest fundraisers.
The Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner will take place Saturday, May 2nd. It is one of Camp Good Days' largest fundraisers.

The Camp Good Days' Wine Auction Dinner Committee has released some of the items up for auction this weekend. View them below! 

To purchase tickets to the Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner, call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or email Brittany Wilson at bwilson@campgooddays.org. 

San Francisco Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Enjoy a weekend in San Francisco enjoying the 20th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival!  On Saturday Sept 12th, 2015, you and a guest will enjoy Ghirardelli chocolate tastings and wine pairing at the pavilions!

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival hosts over 50 vendors, culinary demos by top dessert professionals, a Silent Auction, and the popular Chocolate & Wine Pavilion. Come sip and savor premium samples from local wineries and gourmet dessert vendors in the heart of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival.

That night, you and your guest will enjoy a private wine tasting with our FLIWC judge and San Francisco wine blogger Deborah Grossman.  Accommodations are provided at the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, Premier San Francisco Hotel from September 11th, 2015 to September 13th, 2015. The hotel stay is only valid that weekend, and the reservation will be transferred to the winning bidder's information.  Plan to travel in style with a $500 gift card to Delta Airlines.

Value: Priceless
Minimum Bid:  $900

2016 FLIWC Judge Experience

Ever wanted to experience the life of a Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Judge?  Next year it could be you!  Spend the entire weekend being treated as a FLIWC wine judge, dining and tasting with all the professionals.  Your weekend starts Friday night at the welcome reception, and Saturday and Sunday you will sit through the entire flight schedule with the judges.  Finally, Monday you will accompany all the international judges on the wine tour of the Finger Lakes!   Hotel stay for the weekend is provided by the Rochester Plaza Hotel.  Start practicing your wine judging now by taking home a case of FLIWC medal winning wines!

Value: Priceless

Stack Your Rack...Judge's Wine Cooler

This year the FLIWC Committee asked all of our judges—sommeliers, educators, enologists, winemakers, and 7 Masters of Wine!—if they would donate bottles of wine from their personal collections to help you build yours!  All of the bottles were graciously donated to Camp Good Days, and stored in a temperature controlled wine cellar.  Not only will you receive these exquisite bottles of wine, but you will also be getting a 149 bottle wine storage cabinet to display all your collection!  The unit is stainless steel with wooden shelves, is temperature control, and six-feet tall.  It will be delivered and filled with all the wines from the FLIWC Judge's Collection.

Value: Priceless

Winemaker's Table for 14 at Ravines Wine Cellars Barrel Room

Ever wanted to sit down with a winemaker and pick their brain about their favorite wines and foods?  This is now your chance!  You and thirteen (13) of your friends are invited by Morten and Lisa Hallgren, the owners and winemakers of Ravines Wine Cellars, to drink and dine with them at the Ravine's Barrel Room in Geneva, NY.  Ravine's will be presenting cuisine that reflects the seasonal variations and local agriculture scene that will pair beautifully with some special wines. 

Value: Priceless

Be a Zoo Keeper!  

You and three others will experience a rare opportunity to see what goes on behind-the-scenes of a day-in-the-life of a zoo keeper!  Shadow veteran keepers that have called the Seneca Park Zoo home for more than twenty-five years.  Watch them provide top-notch care to our animal ambassadors and get up-close animal experiences along the way.  Hear stories about their long-time keeper work at the Seneca Park Zoo.  Then enjoy lunch with the Zoo Director where you'll get the inside track on the Zoo's animal collection and updates to our facilities.  Zoo staff will snap photos of you in action to always remember this one-of-a-kind experience! Restrictions: No one under 6 years of age may be in your group.

Value: Priceless

Donors: Seneca Park Zoo/Seneca Park Zoo Society

Lunch and Tasting with 1911 Spirits

Enjoy lunch with you and nineteen (19) of your friends at the Apple Hill Campus in Lafayette, NY!  You and your guests will be treated to a delicious lunch and drinks prepared by Chef Liz Fischer and enjoy a full tasting of the 1911 products.  After lunch you will enjoy a private meet and greet with a family member about how they make their spirits and ciders, as well as the history of the 100+ year old family business.  Winner must contact Danielle at Beak and Skiff to set up tour date.

Value: Priceless

Dinner at Jeff Metzger's House

You and 7 of your friends will enjoy dinner and wine in an 1860's historical home on East Ave.  This private home holds the world's largest Tiffany's lamp collection in the world.  Not only is the house filled with Tiffany's lamps, but it is also decorated with American and French art nouveau; this is an art lover's dream!  Dinner and wine is graciously donated by Jeff Metzger.  This auction item is available after June 15th, based on a mutually agreeable date.  It must be used within one year of purchase.

Value: $1,000

Sailing on Lake Ontario

Looking for adventure on a sail boat?  Look no further than Lake Ontario!  Enjoy a 3 hour sailing excursion with Captain Peter Pape and five of your friends on a 35-foot modern sailboat with all the amenities.  All of your snacks, beverages and crew are provided!  Day or Sunset cruises available, must be used by September 1st, 2015 on a mutually agreeable date. 

Value: $1,500

Create Your Own Bubbly

Bring out the amateur wine maker in you!  Two couples will be able to dosage their own cases of sparkling wine, guided by Winemaker Steve DiFrancesco at Glenora Wine Cellars.  In addition to the case each couple makes, you will get to split one case of Glenora Brut '05.  The case you make can be picked up at the winery after your dosage experience!  Must call Kerry for available appointment times, some blackout dates apply.  Must be used by May 2nd, 2016.

Value: $1,080

Viva Las Vegas!

You and a guest will enjoy 4 nights/5 days at Caesar's Palace!  The accommodations will be from October 1st, 2015 to October 5th, 2015.  On Friday, October 2nd, head to the Bellagio Hotel and see the Cirque du Soleil "O" Aquarium show!  That Saturday and Sunday, you will enjoy the days at Pahrump Winery, a long-time supporter of the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.  That weekend is their annual Grape Stomping Festival!  Enjoy a weekend of wine tasting, live music, and art to enjoy.  Included will be a gift certificate to their restaurant, Symphony.   Travel in style with a $500 credit towards a Southwest Airlines flight!

Value: $2,700

Minimum Bid: $1,300

Finger Lakes Flight

Enjoy a 45 minute scenic flight over Keuka Lake for 2 adults.  You'll take off from the Penn Yan Airport and enjoy the beautiful views that the Finger Lakes have to offer!  You'll see some Finger Lakes International Wine Competition wineries from the sky, as well as the aerial view of Camp Good Days and Special Times.  The flight must be arranged with the Penn Yan Airport, and is only valid June 1st, 2015 to August 31st, 2015.  After your flight you two are welcome to come have lunch with the campers of Camp Good Days and tour our facilities.  Accommodations for two are provided at the Garden Room at The Gridley Inn for two nights in Waterloo, NY.

Value: $1,500

Black Button Distilling for 20

Need a break from wine tasting?  Why not try some locally made distilled products and challenge your taste buds!  Enjoy a private tour for 20 at Black Button Distilling facilities and taste their vodkas, gins, and whiskey with all your friends.  If you're looking to be adventurous, try the apple pie moonshine, it's not quite what you remember mom making though!

Value: $750

Dr. Konstantin Frank's Chateau Frank Tour

Looking to travel where the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Best of Riesling came from?  It's in your own back yard!  You and 9 friends can experience this once-in-a-lifetime tour of Chateau Frank, the sparkling facility at Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars.  Then tour the Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, which produces the riesling!  After your tour you'll enjoy a VIP tasting experience with Fred Frank, President and Owner of Dr. Frank's, and Meaghan Frank, General Manager and certified wine judge.

Value: Priceless

Extreme Pumpkin Carving

Are you a passionate artist looking for a new media to work with?  This Halloween, why not try and up the ante with your decorations by doing some extreme pumpkin carving!  Up to 10 people can enjoy this group activity with Carver Extraordinaire, Frank Russell for a 3 (three) hour lesson in carving.  Enjoy a case of wine to go with this group activity.  Frank will provide the pumpkins and the outing is only valid for October 2015.

Value: $1,000

Hand Painted Rain Barrels x 6

Each of these rain barrels were hand painted with love by the campers of Camp Good Days from 6 programs: Doing A World of Good (DAWG) 1, DAWG 2-Our international program for children ages 13-17 with cancer or sickle cell anemia; Teddi's Team- our program for children 8-12 who have or had cancer or sickle cell anemia; RCSD Leadership Program- our program for children in the Rochester City School District who are transitioning from 6th to 7th grade; Brain Tumor Family Weekend- our weekend retreat for families wherein one member is dealing with a malignant brain tumor; Women's Oncology- our program for women who are dealing cancer.  After being hand painted, the rain barrels were finished by artist Susan Weber-Blohm.

Value: priceless

Ride of Your Life

On Friday June 12th, 2015 arrive at the Watkins Glen International Track and meet BMW Instructor David Palermo.  Take a tour of the garages and pits and meet some of the drivers and see their rides.  Sit shotgun with David as you experience the ride of your life in a 1973 Corvette Powered Datsun 240Z.  Enjoy 8 laps along the 3.2 mile track and reach speeds up to 135 miles per hour!  Want to try the drive yourself?  Bring your own car on the track!  Follow the pace car down the FrontStretch into the Ninety, twist, climb and claw your way up through the Esses and onto the BackStretch, braking as you hit the Inner Loop and navigate the Carousel turn, then drop off the face of the earth into the depths of the turn-heavy Boot, climb your way out into Turn Ten, regain your senses and make a run for the finish line!  Want to relive the experience?  You'll be able to show your friends with a video filmed by the GoPro camera that will be attached to your helmet for a point-of-view experience throughout the track.  "It was great!" says Dr. Ali Lovey, the winner of the experience last year!

Value: Priceless

Cincinnati Package for 2

Spend four amazing days in Cincinnati and experience everything the city has to offer (July 16th-July 20th, 2015)! Receive Cincinnati Reds merchandise before visiting the Reds Hall of Fame Museum and take a tour of Great American Ball Park with an opportunity to go onto the field! On Friday July 17th, get first-hand experience at an exclusive batting practice with the Cincinnati Reds, while they warm up, then stay to watch them take on the Cleveland Indians, and enjoy a post-game fireworks display. You will also have tickets for the games on Saturday and Sunday! During your stay, visit with FLIWC Judge Clay Mitchell and enjoy a five course tasting menu with wine pairings at the wonderful restaurant, 20 Brix.  Accommodations include four nights (July 16th-July 20th) at the Residence Inn, Cincinnati Airport, with a deluxe breakfast buffet included for Saturday and Sunday.

Value: $1,700

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting with Holly Howell

Twenty of your best friends will be treated to a memorable evening of WINE, CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE in your own home! Holly Howell, wine columnist for the Democrat & Chronicle, will serve as your personal "sommelier" and host for the night. Invite good friends to share some of the world's tastiest artisanal cheeses and delicious handmade chocolates, each paired with this year's Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Gold Medal winning wines! We will include (2) two cases of Gold Medal Wines and plenty of cheese and chocolate to tantalize your palates. You'll pick up some great hints on food and wine pairing, while enjoying an educational evening that is guaranteed to be fun for everyone!

Value: $1,500

Experience the Magic of Wine & Spirits with SWE

You are invited to the 39th annual Society of Wine Educators (SWE) Conference in New Orleans, LA, August 12-14, 2015.  For over 38 years the SWE Conference has provided a unique opportunity for educators, students and enthusiasts to come together and learn more about the world of wine and spirits.  The conference will be hosted at the Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter.

The 2015 New Orleans conference will have over 60 sessions, informative bonus sessions, over 55 accredited speakers (some of them being FLIWC judges!) and an elegant gala dinner.  The conference is designed with you in mind, you will experience an incredible education, have great networking experiences and you'll enjoy some world class wine and food!

Winner must cover lodging and travel expenses.

Value: $1,200

Albert Paley Studio Tour

Do you have a passion for art?  Then you'll love this opportunity to meet Albert Paley!  Tour this nationally known artist's studio right here in Rochester, NY with nine (9) of your friends.  Ask him all your burning questions, and find out if you have what it takes!  After the tour, enjoy a wine tasting at the studio; there's nothing better than admiring some art while drinking wine!  Winner will also receive 2 art books filled with Albert Paley's works.

Value: $1,250

White Linen Camping

Do you think life has become too electronic-based?  Do you want to connect with nature in beautiful Kennedy Meadows Resort, CA?  This package is for one guest only.  You will enjoy what is known as "White Linen Camping" and will spend 6 nights in the wilderness, unplugged from the world!  Your mode of travel will be horseback, and you will carry all your belongings for the week.  Enjoy fly fishing, relaxation, and gourmet meals (who knew, in the wilderness?) with John Rosica.  This package must be used by October 1, 2016 and must be booked on a mutually agreeable date.  Travel to California is not provided.

Value: $2,295

Porsche Bike

Ready to ride the roads in style?  Enjoy this brand new Porsche Bike S.  Porsche Bike S is made for a high performance frame, of 7005 hydroforming aluminum.   It comes equipped with an 11-speed Shimano system, hydraulic disk brakes, and 29" wheels.  The bike itself weights 24.2 lbs.  We always want you to be safe, and a bicycle helmet will be included in your purchase.   Looking to ride around town and get noticed?  Wear the Tour de Teddi jersey's you'll receive with this package and show everyone your Camp Good Days spirit!

Value: $4,000

Starting Bid: $1,500

Boston Trip

Interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes of ESPN?  You and three friends will get to now!  On September 4th, travel to Bristol, CT for a behind-the-scenes view of ESPN Sport Center and NFL Live Studio. 

Then, enjoy lunch at the recently renovated Cafeteria, where who knows what celebrity you will meet!  After that, travel to Boston, MA where accommodations are provided at Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall.  Saturday afternoon, watch as the Boston Red Sox take on Philadelphia Phillies.  

Value: $2,300

Take Me Out to The Ball Game...

Are you America's favorite pastimes biggest fan?  Travel to Omaha, Nebraska on June 22nd and June 23rd to find out!  This year, the College World Series has gone to the Midwest, and you and a guest will be going to see Game 1 and Game 2 of the Finals.  Who knows, maybe you'll catch a fly ball!

Value: $1,000

New York Sports Package

Be a "hometown hero" and support all your local sports teams with this local sports bonanza package!  First, enjoy a signed memorabilia from the Rochester Rhinos.  Does your child want to get on the field at Frontier Field?  Your child can be batboy (or girl!) for a night and help the Red Wings win.  Next up, cheer on the Rochester Knighthawks with 2 tickets to a game of your choosing, and enjoy your very own signed Knighthawks lacrosse stick!  Invite three friends and the four of you will enjoy a Rochester Lancers game; you can wear the jersey they gave you.  Finally, you and fifteen of your closest friends will get to cheer on the Rochester Amerks from a suite!  

Don't want to stay in Rochester? No problem!  Invite 3 of your friends and travel all over New York to support your state's teams!  Start off the tour by going to Buffalo, NY on October 4th with three of your friends, and watch as the Buffalo Bills take on the N.Y Giants.  Afterwards, head to Syracuse, NY and cheer on the Syracuse University's Men's Basketball Team from 100-level tickets as they play an ACC opponent.  Finally, back up to Buffalo you'll go to watch the Buffalo Sabres from Club-level seats.   All of the games included in this package must be mutually agreed upon dates with the winners and the donors.

Value: $2,750

Minimum Bid: $1,000

South Africa Trip

Get a little adventurous and head to South Africa!  Travel to Excelsior Winery in Ashton, South Africa for a truly wild getaway for two.  Enjoy two nights at the Excelsior Wine Estate & Manor Guesthouse in a standard luxury room, with breakfast both mornings.  One night of your stay, enjoy a homemade gourmet dinner at the resort.  Practice your wine-making skills and do a blending course at Excelsior Winery, as well as taste some fabulous South African wines!

During your stay the two of you will enjoy a round of golf at Silwerstrand Golf Course in Roberston, a short trip from the resort.  This golf course is the only golf course in the valley of wine and roses! Air fare is not included in this package.

Value: $2,250

A November Getaway for Two

Get a little fun in the sun and travel to St. Pete Beach, Florida!  On Sunday November 8th, 2015 get ready to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the N.Y. Giants.  Afterwards, enjoy two nights at TradeWinds Island Resorts.  Spend your time soaking up the sunshine!  While in Florida, travel just down the road to Florida Orange Groves Winery, a Finger Lakes International Wine Competition medal winner, and enjoy a private tour with the owners!  Then taste some fabulous Floridian wines, and see how they compare to the cold-climate Finger Lakes wines you're used to.

Value: $2,100

Minimum Bid: $500

A Vermont Skiing Getaway

Hit the slopes with your ski bunny in lovely Vermont!  Enjoy two (2) nights for two people at Mount Snow Resort in West Dover, Vermont. 

During your entire stay hit the slopes with two (2) adult 2day lift tickets. Need some more skiing action?  Enjoy two more full days of skiing at Stratton Mountain Resort, lodging not included.  Based on availability, and blackout dates do apply to both resorts.

Value: $750

Private Tasting for 20 at Lisa's Liquor Barn

Find nineteen (19) of your friends and take a little "stay-cation" in Rochester for some wine tasting!  Head to Lisa's Liquor Barn in Penfield, NY and enjoy an intimate wine tasting in their private tasting room.    Take a trip around the world, tasting wines from all the major wine regions, and plan your next actual vacation based on your palate preferences!  Contact Lee Ann at Lisa's for availability, not available November or December 2015.

Value:  $1,000

A Canandaigua Tour for 10

Grab nine (9) of your friends, and travel to the fourth largest Finger Lake!  Visit the historic Canandaigua Wine Company, where best-selling Arbor Mist and Manischewitz Kosher Wine are made.  Lean about the state-of-the-art facility they are producing internationally known wine from.  From there, travel to the New York Wine and Culinary Center and enjoy an hour long wine, cheese and charcuterie reception at the Upstairs Bistro.  Must be a mutually agreed upon date for both venues.

Value: $1,300

A Big Bubble Blast!

"Tiny bubbles" ... Is this a good or bad thing to have in your sparkling wines? Find out during a seminar conducted in the Educational Theatre at the New York Wine & Culinary Center by Lorraine Hems, a judge at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Lorraine's also a Lecturer of beverage courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator, and instructor of WSET certification courses. While enjoying award-winning sparkling wines from around the world, you'll learn about the different ways Champagne and other sparklers are produced. The winner of this fun event will learn how to sabre and have the opportunity to open a bottle during the seminar! The room can accommodate up to 40 guests and all of the wines are included in this package. This event will take place on a mutually agreed upon date for your group, Lorraine and the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY.

Value: $3,000

Athletic All-Star!

Is your child an all-around athlete?  Keep your child at the top of their game by going to sports camp in the summer, and a team clinic in the winter.  July 13th, 2015-July 17th, 2015, your child will become the next John Wallace and practice basketball skills at Nazareth College.  Under the leadership of Kevin Broderick, Head Basketball Coach of the Golden Flyers, your basketball star will learn to dribble, pass and shoot like the best of them!

It's now wintertime, does your child love hockey?  Does he aspire to be the next Rory Fitzpatrick?  The Rochester Hockey Academy, run by Rory, is donating a team clinic for 16 aspiring hockey stars!  The coaching staff at the Rochester Hockey Academy will put your team's hockey skills to the test, running through power skating, shooting, puck handling, and hockey IQ.    This team clinic will happen at the Paul Louis Arena.  Want to deck out your athlete?  Enjoy a $100 gift card to Valenti's Sport!

Value: $1,200

Wine Tasting in Your Home

David Male, Chairman of the FLIWC, is offering a special wine tasting opportunity; invite 8-12 people to your home and Mr. Male will do the rest.  He will bring a case of 12 medal winning wines from the competition that will include: a sparkling wine, two whites, two reds, and a dessert wine, as well as tasting glasses, tasting sheets, pates, French bread, crackers and cheeses to compliment each wine.  If you have a particular country or style you prefer, David will work with you to make your personal wine tasting party an event to remember.

Value: $500

Get the Party Started!

Want to be the most popular person in the room?  You and dozens of your friends can enjoy this 6L (1 Imperial) of Champagne Drappier Carte d'Or!  This large format French champagne is iced and ready for you all to enjoy.  What a marvelous way to end the evening with great food, great wine, and great friends!  Let us know how many glasses you need, you know everyone in the room will want one!

Donated by FLIWC Judge Bill Frank

Value: $500

Tattinger 3L description

This rare Jerobaum, the equivalent of 4 bottles, is made from a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier wines from at least 35 villages. It'ss made by one of the few remaining family owned and operated Champagne houses in France.The high proportion of Chardonnay (40%) is unique among fine non-vintage Champagnes. The presses are located in the vineyard for immediate pressing of the hand-picked grapes and then cold fermented. After resting until the end of winter, the wine is blended, and the final cuvée undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle in Taittinger's cool cellars. The aging of Brut La Française on the lees for almost 4 years more than doubles the legal minimum of 15 months. This extra time in the cellars allows the wine to reach the peak of aromatic maturity, and the result is a delicately balanced Champagne, known for its consistently excellent quality.

Value: $325