The 17th Annual Vintage Bouquet Charity Wine Auction

(June 12, 2005 - Beverly Hills, CA)  Sunny afternoon, smart friendly attendees, excellent wine, delicious food, fine silent and live auctions, and a marvelous door prize -- all this added up to yet another wonderful Vintage Bouquet Charity Wine Auction, presented every summer by the Barristers of the Beverly Hills Bar Association to fund law-related education and community service projects.

(L-R) Vintage Bouquet Co-Chair Damon Heilweil; committee member Leigh Leshner; and Vintage Bouquet Co-Chair Mark Aldrich. All are member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers.

The three hour event raised $54,000 for the bar association's community education and outreach programs and took place once again at the historic Greystone Mansion, in the hills of Beverly Hills.  Premium wines were poured to match the delectable offerings from top L.A. restaurants.  Some edible highlights: Crustacean's lightly fried crab treats and veggie spring rolls, yum... delicious ravioli from LAX's Encounter Restaurant... pleasing Polenta with Mushrooms from Piccolo Paradiso... Chipotle's mexican food, a hit as always... and Rosti's amazing eggplant and cheese creation.  Participating wineries included Niebaum-Coppola, Blackstone Winery, Carina Cellars, Quady Winery, and many more.  Non-alcoholic drinks included Fiji Water and the refreshing/healthy trio of Carpe Diem carbonated drinks (in flavors Kefir, Gingko and Kombucha). Musical entertainment was of the jazz variety; silent auctions of rare wines and unique wine packages plus travel packages and dining certificates rounded out the afternoon.  Guests were even able to take home some of La Brea Bakery's excellent bread (sourdough or French baguette).

(L-R) Vintage Bouquet Co-Chair Damon Heilweil; Beverly Hills Bar Association Barristers President Tom Vidal; and Vintage Bouquet Co-Chair Mark Aldrich with Lawry's The Prime Rib staff Nancy Diamantidis, Jose Flores and Joel Castillo.

Note: although the BH Bar Association benefits from the event, lawyers and non-lawyers alike attend every year, so don't assume you must be proficient in legalese to attend!  Make sure to include the Vintage Bouquet event on your social calendar for next year.  You are guaranteed a great time. 

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