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Join us on October 9 for Georgia Aquarium's 9th Annual Aqua Vino. Sample wines from around the world, and taste the best cuisine Atlanta has to offer. You also don't want to miss our amazing live and silent auctions.
Proceeds benefit Georgia Aquarium’s Sea Turtle conservation and research initiatives.
Georgia Aquarium's 9th Annual Aqua Vino - Hosted by Jeff Corwin
October 9, 2014
Georgia Aquarium and Oceans Ballroom
VIP Tasting: 6 - 10 p.m.
Grand Tasting: 7 - 10 p.m.
Aqua Vino provides guests with an unforgettable evening featuring the best in food and wine while enjoying the backdrop of the Oceans Ballroom and the Aquarium's galleries. The VIP Tasting is from 6-10 p.m., and the Grand Tasting is from 7-10 p.m.
Enjoy and sample more than 200 fine wines from around the globe, gourmet fare from Atlanta’s premier restaurants and a live, silent and wine auction. All proceeds from Aqua Vino support Georgia Aquarium's Sea Turtle conservation and research initiatives.
Television host, author and biologist, Jeff Corwin shares his support of the conservation efforts of the Georgia Aquarium by hosting this year’s Aqua Vino event. Jeff is executive producer and host of the Emmy-Award winning weekly series, Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin from Georgia Aquarium, airing weekends on ABC stations nationally. Each week on Ocean Mysteries, Jeff opens viewers’ eyes to the extraordinary stories that lie beneath our oceans while enhancing our understanding about our ocean's life-sustaining value to the planet.
See pictures from Aqua Vino 2013:
Grand Tasting: $150
Members Rate - $125 per person
Grand Tasting includes:
Champagne Patron: $1,000
Champagne Patron includes:
Corporate Host Sponsorship: $3,000
Purchasing a table at Aqua Vino is a great way to entertain your top clients or reward your top employees, while supporting Georgia Aquarium. This package provides great branding exposure and recognition to all event guests. Please contact Hiroshi Okuda at email@example.com if you have additional questions. Print deadlines do apply.
CORPORATE HOSTS:AGL | Ascent
2014 In-Kind Partners:
OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSORAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine
DECOR PARTNERYour Event Solution
RESTAURANT MEDIA PARTNERDining Out Magazine
RESTAURANT SUPPLY PARTNERBruce's Best
Caricature Artist Sponsor:
VIP Gift Sponsor:
Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies
Mobile Bidding Technology Partner:
2014 Wine ListBelow is a list of the participating distributors and wineries to be featured at Aqua Vino 2014. Check back soon to see the full wine list, closer to the event.
If you are interested in donating wine to our Silent Auction, we are happily accepting donations. Please email AquaVino@georgiaaquarium.org. Your donation will support Sea Turtle Research and is fully tax-deductible.
|Alexander Valley Vineyards||www.avvwine.com|
|Barefoot Wine & Bubbly||www.barefootwine.com|
|Bacco Fine Wine||www.baccofinewine.com|
|Bronco Wine Company||www.broncowine.com|
|Crane Creek Vineyards||www.cranecreekvineyards.com|
|Hope Family Wines||www.hopefamilywines.com|
|McManis Family Vineyards||www.mcmanisfamilyvineyards.com|
|Montaluce Winery and Estates||www.montaluce.com|
|Terra Valentine Winery||wwww.terravalentine.com|
|The Wine Group||www.thewinegroup.com|
|Wine Sellers Ltd||www.winesellersltd.com|
|Merchant du Vin||www.merchantduvin.com|
|SweetWater Brewing Company||www.sweetwaterbrew.com|
Below is a list of our 2014 Restaurants. As space is limited, restaurant participation is by invite only.
2014 Restaurant List
2014 Silent AuctionWe are in the process of accepting items to be included in our amazing Silent Auction for 2014. If you are interested in donating, please download and complete this form and return to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the list of items from 2013!
Cuisine & Wine:
2014 Live AuctionWe are busy working to finalize our Live Auction items. Serious inquiries may email email@example.com. At this time we are not accepting items on consignment.
Check out some of this year’s fabulous items!
Luxe Las Vegas
Famous for its relaxed days and action-packed nights, glittering Las Vegas never fails to deliver a great time. You and a lucky guest will enjoy two round-trip flights with United Airlines from Atlanta to Sin City. Once you arrive, a limousine will whisk you away to check in for two nights in a luxurious suite at either The Venetian or Palazzo. Spend your days perusing the Strip, lounging poolside or trying your hand at a casino run. The luxury continues as you’re pampered with spa services for two at Canyon Ranch’s SpaClub, one of the largest day spas in the world. Enjoy a romantic gondola ride for two at The Venetian’s Grand Canal and dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s CUT Steakhouse. Viva Las Vegas!Compliments of The Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Restrictions – The offer is based on availability and is at The Venetian and The Palazzo’s discretion. Valid October 2014 through September 2015 and is not valid during certain blackout dates. Trip certificate is non-refundable, non-transferrable and non-negotiable and may not be sued in conjunction with any other discount, promotion or offer or redeemed for cash.
One of a Kind Steve Penley Painting
The lucky winner of this lot will enjoy a one of a kind painting by one of the most celebrated artists in America, artist Steve Penley. With this piece, Penley’s talented paint brush brings to life his second marine life painting ever (we sold the first at Aqua Vino last year). It’s a unique and rare piece that could be yours!
Compliments of Steve Penley
In-home Chef Dinner
For a culinary experience you can’t buy—a collection of Atlanta’s most celebrated chefs—you won’t want to miss! Some of our city’s best culinary talents will converge in your home for an evening of culinary bliss! Chefs Scott Warren (SOHO), Chris Hall (Local Three) and Austin Rocconi (of the upcoming Paces & Vine) will create a meal you and your guests won’t soon forget. The “icing on the cake” at your one of a kind meal will be a signature dessert from Highland Bakery and cake artist Karen Portaleo. If you're planning an occasion, over-the-top-business event or celebration in the coming year, this is the perfect opportunity to allow us to handle the planning (and dishes) with Atlanta’s top culinary talent.
Compliments of the participating chefs and their restaurants. Restrictions – In-home dinner valid Sunday – Thursday. Based on chef availability. Blackout dates apply. Expires 10/9/15.
Wine Down in California - for Six
If you agree that sharing really good wine is always more fun with a group, this lot is designed for you! Score the winning bid, and you’ll enjoy airfare for six compliments of Southwest Airlines to California’s wine country. No visit to northern California’s rolling hills would be complete without tasting experiences, so you’ll be treated to VIP visits to Terra Valentine (St. Helena), Meadowcroft (Sonoma) and Trefethen (Napa). Delicious wine, great food and terrific company are just a paddle raise away!
Compliments of the participating wineries and Premium Wine Partners. Restrictions – Expires 10/9/15. Winery reservations based on availability. Blackout dates apply.
Cash in on a Mountain Lake Escape
A mountain and lake getaway is just a bid away! Raise your paddle to score this four day, three night stay at Bear Lake Reserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains, nestled near Cashiers, North Carolina. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with wine and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies and a breakfast basket, packed with locally made treats. The breathtaking views are just the start: you’ll enjoy 18 holes of golf at the majestic mountain Jack Nicklaus golf course (cart use included), a pontoon boat for the afternoon and complimentary use of the Lake Club, pools, Jacuzzi, theatre room, fitness center, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, disc golf and tennis. Use the included $100 dining credit at the Lake Club restaurant, where the food rivals the spectacular views.
Compliments of Bear Lake Reserve. Restrictions – Stay is limited to two guests, reservations based on availability. Not available for bookings on holiday weekends. Expires 12/31/15.
Bogle Farm Fun
With room for up to 14 guests (plus children!), Bogle Farms offers a unique two night weekend stay at their 300 acre family farm located near LaGrange, Georgia (and nearby Callaway Gardens). The successfully bidder will be entitled to reserve a two night weekend at the farm which includes three cabins, pool and four bedroom Garden Cottage for a total of 10 sleeping beds, outdoor pavilion and miles of walking trails. The farm is also home to horses, goats, chickens and many animals. The perfect family or corporate getaway, not too far away.
Compliments of Bogle Farms. Restrictions – Blackout dates apply. Stay is for non-holiday weekends. Expires 10/9/15.
Miles of Island Fun on Grand Cayman
Get ready to say hello to plenty of fun in the sun with a five day, four night trip for two. You’ll start your island getaway with round-trip tickets on Cayman Airways to beautiful Grand Cayman Island from Tampa (with Atlanta to Tampa airfare on Southwest Airlines included). Once you’ve landed, you’ll be whisked away the gorgeous Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa (all on-islands are part of this island getaway). You and your lucky guest will indulge in fun in the sun on world-famous Seven Mile Beach. Believe us: it’s enough to get you hooked on island living!
Compliments of Cayman Island Department of Tourism. Restrictions – the package is based on availability and subject to hotel and airline discretion. Valid through 10/1/15. Advance reservation is required. Blackout dates apply and include Dec 15 – January 4, and February 14-21 and Easter Week. Winner is required to pay applicable CI and US taxes.
Willkommen to the Friendly Skies
Raise your paddles and get your passports ready. The winner – and one lucky guest – of this lot will jet set to any one of Lufthansa’s destinations around Europe. Your pair of economy class seats can take you from Atlanta to Germany, France, Britain, Italy and beyond.
Compliments of Lufthansa. Restrictions – Tickets are valid on Lufthansa operated flights only. Tickets are valid 10/9/14 – 10/8/15. Reservations may be made within 90 days of departure, but must be completed 3 weeks before departure. Tickets are valid 3 months from date of issue (all travel must be completed before tickets expire). Voucher may not be combined with any other promotion and is only applicable to Lufthansa destinations in Europe. Reservations are subject to availability at time of booking and all travelers must travel together. The tickets are non-transferable. Tickets are issued electronically. Tickets are not upgradable (mileage or complimentary). Winner and companion are responsible for all expenses not specifically stated (including and not limited to applicable taxes and governmental fees, airport charges, local transportation). Tickets may not be used in conjunction with any other special promotion, in conjunction with infant or children’s tickets, nor are they eligible for mileage credit in any program in which Lufthansa participates. The passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary passport and/or visa.
Wine Paradise: Right at Home
Wine lovers, aspiring sommeliers and oenophiles, get ready to bid! You won’t want to miss this exciting lot, which includes 12 cases (that’s right – a dozen!), including special large format bottles. You and 9 of your closest friends will experience an expert wine class and tasting from Stacey Sondek, CSW, FWS – Wine Director at Tower Beer Wine and Spirits. It will be an unforgettable experience right in your own home!
Compliments of Premium Wine Partners, Stacey Sondek and Tower Beer Wine and Spirits. Restrictions – Advance reservation required for in-home experience with Stacey Sondek, based on availability. Expires 10/9/15.
We would like to recognize several individuals who have donated countless hours and resources to assist in planning and fundraising for Aqua Vino.
Next Wave Society
Aqua Vino Event Chair:
Joanna Cheng – Creative Financial Staffing
Aqua Vino Event Co-Chair:
Jason Lunsford – Continuity Risk Partners
Silent Auction Volunteer Committee: