Filed under: Wine
Celebrations are abounding in Monterey, California as Ventana Vineyards relishes their recent Sweepstakes Award given by the San Francisco Chronicle for their 2007 Arroyo Seco Reisling. The top award for the Chronicle's Wine Competition highlights the best white wine out of more than 4,700 entries. The judging is left to industry experts, wine writers and wine buyers to discern the best of the best. The wines produced by Ventana Vineyards are 100% estate grown on a sustainably-farmed, 400 acre area in Monterey. It is currently priced on their website for $18 per bottle.
A luxe new coffee table book called Dream Homes: Coastal California (Panache Partners, $34.95) showcases over 40 of the region's finest architects, designers and builders. Focusing on Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties, it features 250 photographs of breathtaking designs such as the Villa Beaumont pictured above, an Italian-Renaissance country villa in Santa Barbara by Sorrell Design based on the work of the great 16th-century architect Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola. From multimillion dollar classical revival mansions to modernist beach dwellings, no expense has been spared in realizing clients' dreams (hence the title). See the gallery for a tour.
Gallery: Dream Homes: Coastal California
On Aug. 15th and 16th RM Auctions is staging its 23rd annual Sports & Classics sale during the famed Monterey Auto Week in California, featuring 15 milestone Ferraris and more. In May, RM set a new world record for the most expensive car ever sold in auction history: $11 million for a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder formerly owned by actor James Coburn. Starring in the Monterey sale is a very similar car, a 1961 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, which is estimated at $3.7 million - $4.2 million but could well go for much more (the Coburn car sold for nearly double its estimate).
Also on offer: a 1962 400 Superamerica Coupe Aerodinamica, est. $1.5 million - $2 million, one of only 17 made; a 1967 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, est. $1.6 million - $1.8 million; a 1973 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, est. $1.4 million - $1.6 million, one of the last examples ever produced; a 1965 Ferrari GTB/6C Berlinetta, est. $800,000 - $1 million, pictured above; and a 1964 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta finished in green, est. $700,000 - $800,000.
Gallery: Milestone Ferraris at Monterey
Who doesn't like their wine experience with a side order of gorgeous scenery? Monterey Wine Country's 11th Annual Great Wine Escape Weekend on November 9-11 offers a wide variety of wine adventures including wine and food integration seminars, open houses at the wineries, guided wine country tours, winemaker dinners and the Grand Finale at Quail Lodge. There are over 20 winemaker dinners which offer a chance to meet the faces behind the labels and taste vintages paired with food by local chefs. The winemaker dinners are $95. There is also a shuttled dinner in Carmel that starts at the Cima Collina tasting room, in Carmel then heads to Grasing's Coastal Cuisine for appetizers, salad and wines from Michaud Vineyard followed by a main course and dessert at the Carmel Chop House paired with wines from Pessagno Winery. The dinner is on Nov 9 and costs $165. The Wine Enthusiast's Signature Dinner is on Nov 10 and takes place in the Marinus Restaurant at Bernardus Lodge. Chefs Cal Stamenov of Marinus Restaurant and Annie Somerville of Greens Restaurant. The dinner will be accompanied by Monterey Country wines which are all rated 90+ points by Wine Enthusiast's Magazine) Monterey County wines. This dinner costs $250. The Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa offers a package that includes three nights accommodations (double occupancy) in an Ocean View Room, plus Palate Pleasers, Winemaker Dinner on Friday or Saturday, Monterey Wine Country Tour with Boutique and Hidden Gems Wine Tasting and the Grand Finale for $1,556.
[via Avenue Vine]
Last week at an auction at the Monterey Jet Center in Monterey, CA, a Ferrari previously owned by actor Steve McQueen was won by an unnamed phone bidder. It was a 1963 Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso that McQueen had had restored and custom painted a unique shade of metallic brown. He reportedly drove it as his primary vehicle for almost 4 years, until he got a new Ferrari that took its place. The car was expected to go for around $1 million, but after some "spirited bidding" the final sale ended up at $2.3 million.
Filed under: Luxury Cars & Autos
The upcoming auctions in Monterey in August are certainly bringing out the pricey cars this year. First we saw a Mercedes which could bring $3 to $4 million. Now check out this 1958 Ferrari 412S racing car which RM Auctions will offer at the Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction at the Portola Plaza Hotel on August 19. The previous record for a car sold at auction in North America is $6.5 million but this one could go for as much as $8 million. The auction listing says that this car may be one of the greatest sports racing Ferraris ever built and it has a long history of vintage racing.
[via Inside Line]
[via Inside Line]