Jean-Charles Boisset, the event's featured vintner, and Sydney Ross. (Martin LeFlore)
Metro Detroit dignitaries and socialites came out in full force Saturday night to enjoy a luxurious evening of world-class wines, fashion and art, all to benefit Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. “The Art of Wine,” the 32nd annual Detroit International Wine Auction, took place for the first time at Detroit’s historic Cadillac Square.
More than 500 guests arrived in fine black-tie attire, starting the evening with two cocktail receptions, wine tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.
Enhancing the luxury, crystal chandeliers and glistening candle arrangements were displayed throughout the tent with sleek handmade glass sculptures by CCS alumna April Wagner adorning each table. An exquisite five-course meal prepared by Andiamo’s was served with a perfect pairing of fine wines.
The evening’s featured vintner, Jean-Charles Boisset, worked the room, delighting guests with his European charm and fascinating stories about wines from his Boisset Family Estates. During the live auction, the featured Vintner’s Grand Lot — a once-in-a-lifetime trip with Boisset to Burgundy and Paris and an opportunity to attend the highly touted Hospices de Beaune event — sold for $70,000. Boisset had nine cases of his most exclusive wine, a 2009 Bouchard Aine & Fils Clos du Rois, shipped from France especially for this occasion.
Chairing this year’s auction and gala were Cathy and Nate Forbes of the Forbes Co. and Karen and Matt Cullen of Rock Ventures. With Cadillac as the evening’s presenting sponsor, several sleek Cadillacs, including the first one ever made, were on display throughout the venue.
Tickets to “The Art of Wine” were $500 to $5,000, and more than $1 million was raised. The money will fund scholarships at the College for Creative Studies as well as provide free art classes for at-risk youth.