A celebration for wine. A benefit for arts and education.
Experience the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings while enjoying spectacular wines paired with food from world-class chefs. Delight in exclusive Vintner Dinners, an unforgettable Auction Gala and a lively Wine Tasting and Vine & Dine.
Let the good times roll and help us uncork summer in the mountains! Your participation in the Wine Auction festivities is vital to sustaining The Center’s year-round arts and education programs for adults, youth and families.
The Sun Valley Center Wine Auction is the premier annual fundraising event for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the Wine Auction make up 50% of the Center’s budget and directly support our programs in art education. Your gift has a profound impact on this community, giving students of all backgrounds an opportunity to be immersed in the arts— engaging their senses, passions, and curiosity. Arts education develops improvisational skills and self-expression, enhancing confidence, teaching empathy, and strengthening creativity. Creativity is at the core of problem-solving and problem solving is the foundation of a competitive and innovative workforce, an entrepreneurial society, and an engaged citizenry.
TOR WINES, ST. HELENA, CALIFORNIA
TOR KENWARD, PROPRIETOR
TOR Wines is a critically acclaimed small, family-owned winery specializing in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay. Tor Kenward, a legendary Napa Valley vintner for over four decades, is a champion of single-vineyard wines.
CHEF DUFFY WITMER
THE PIONEER SALOON, KETCHUM, IDAHO
The Pioneer Saloon, renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, is typical of an earlier Idaho where ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake and a drink. The iconic restaurant serves authentic Idaho cuisine—fresh vegetables, prime cuts of meat and of course, potatoes.
About the Dinner
Get ready for a truly unique Idaho experience at this special Vintner Dinner. Hop aboard the shuttle that will whisk you away to Jan and Michael Quinn’s charming waterfront cabin at Pettit Lake in the Sawtooth Mountains, where you will experience a spectacular evening of food, wine and friendship in one of the most gorgeous settings on the planet. Longtime Ketchum restaurateur Duffy Witmer will be concocting an Idaho-inspired menu while you enjoy a cocktail cruise around the lake on pontoon boats, hired especially for the occasion, as the sun sinks behind the mountains. Then dine lakeside under the stars while Tor Kenward from TOR Wines regales the crowd with stories about his early days in Napa with Julia Child, Robert Mondavi and friends. (See TOR Wines website for some of these stories.)
Robert Parker, “Tor Kenward has put together an impressive portfolio of wines. His stuff is exciting, which is not that all surprising given his rich wine-tasting experience of multiple decades.” Duffy’s creativity with the freshest local ingredients will only be matched by the sell-out wines Tor will have for you to sample, including the celebrated Beckstoffer To Kalon. To Kalon is probably the most famous, well-known vineyard in Napa, first planted in 1868. Some of the most venerated dirt in the world, Beckstoffer To Kalon comes with a pedigree of game-changing California Cabernet Sauvignon. The stars are aligning for this magical evening, and we think you’ll agree!