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November 7, 2017

Lot 9 – Grower Champagne Trip with Legacy Winemaker Rollin Soles

Live Auction Lot 9 – Grower Champagne Trip with Legacy Winemaker Rollin Soles There are many things that make winemaker Rollin Soles notable. His mustache. His jokester personality. The fact that Lyle Lovett was his college roommate. And that’s not even including his remarkable talent and storied career in the wine business. Who else but […]

Live Auction Lot 9 – Grower Champagne Trip with Legacy Winemaker Rollin Soles

There are many things that make winemaker Rollin Soles notable. His mustache. His jokester personality. The fact that Lyle Lovett was his college roommate. And that’s not even including his remarkable talent and storied career in the wine business. Who else but Rollin has had wines named among the “Top 100 Wines of the World” by Wine Spectator thirteen times? Who else but Rollin had their first vintage of ROCO Winery, a then-new venture, poured in the White House? No one. For these, and many, many more reasons, Rollin Soles is this year’s Legacy Winemaker. From his role as winemaker at Argyle that ushered in an era of international renown, to his passion and creativity with ROCO Winery and continued success, Rollin is truly a legend creating a legacy for vintages to come.

When Rollin began making wine in the Willamette Valley with the launch of Argyle in 1986, it wasn’t Pinot Noir he produced. It was sparkling wine made from purchased Pinot and Chardonnay. He’s been in the bubble business since back in the day, and he’s about to bring the bubbles to you with a once-in-a lifetime trip to the world of grower Champagne. Two couples will join Rollin and Corby Soles of ROCO Winery, and Bryan and Abigail Maletis of Fat Cork, who will ensure your adventure is packed with fine wines and food, local winemakers, laughter, and plenty of tales to take home.

Beginning March 16, 2018 stay three nights at the five-star, boutique La Villa Eugène Hôtel on Avenue de Champagne in Épernay. This exquisite small hotel is a 19th century house that has been renovated to offer luxury and comfort. It is within walking distance of the charming town of Épernay with lovely shopping and restaurants. Your days will begin with a grand breakfast at the hotel and two days visiting vineyards and wineries, meeting the producers, tasting their wines, and dining with them. These venues and experiences are not available to the general public.

On Friday, the Soles have arranged for you to experience the historic grand caves of the House of Bollinger. The underground world of the House’s cellars reveals the full importance of time at Bollingers. Enjoy lunch at the age-old family home while enjoying beautiful Champagnes. After lunch, the afternoon will continue with an additional winery visit and tasting.

On Saturday, Fat Cork’s Bryan and Abigail Maletis will host visits to three distinctly different grower Champagne producers. First, walk the caves of Jean Luc Gimonnet of Gimonnet-Oger, who specializes in extended age Champagnes, and experience Jean Luc’s skill for disgorging very old cuvées “into the wind”. Oger is spectacular for Blanc de Blancs! Your second stop is with Adrien Redon, where the next generation of Champagne producers thrives. Here, the father, Pascal, has handed most of the reins to his son, Adrien. Witness how generations can successfully keep businesses in the family and taste the passion that youth can bring to such an old wine region. Next, Alexandre Lenique: a shining example of modernity in Champagne. You’ll taste the cutting edge of fine winemaking in Champagne and experience amazing clarity and precision in these wines.

Package Includes:
• Three nights for two couples at the La Villa Eugène Hôtel in the Champagne region of France from March 16 – 19, 2018
• Breakfast each morning and all meals for two days
• Hosts and travel guides, Rollin and Corby Soles of ROCO Winery and Bryan and Abigail Maletis of Fat Cork to accompany you on your trip
• Tour, lunch, and Champagne at the House of Bollinger followed by additional winery visit and tasting

• Visits to Gimonnet-Oger, Adrien Redon, and Alexandre Lenique
• Four $500 travel vouchers

Package Notes: Buyers of this package will arrive on March 16 and depart on March 19, 2018. Dates are non-negotiable. Airfare and ground transportation not included.

Donated by Rollin and Corby Soles/ROCO Winery and Bryan and Abigail Maletis/Fat Cork

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