Each year a variety of pre-events, including wine tastings, vintner dinners, and wine workshops, are held in anticipation of the Manhattan Wine Auction. The events are suited for every wine aficionado, from the beginner building their cellar to the expert looking for access to rare vintages.


Past Events

Champagne Kick-Off

The traditional Champagne Kick-Off was held on September 9th at the private home of Kim and Jon Friedman.

Thank you to Alice Mai, Chef de Cuisine & General Manager at Fishing With Dynamite, who prepared an incredible menu of “old school” traditional seafood fare and “new school” dishes highlighting flavors from around the globe.

Thank you to Jeff Bonafede with Uncorked Wine Shops, South Bay’s favorite retail shop that features award-winning wines and champagnes, who poured an amazing selection of their favorite champagnes.

Reserve Room Preview featuring Arrow&Branch, Domaine Della and Donelan Family Wines

The Manhattan Wine Auction Reserve Room Preview featuring Arrow&Branch, Domaine Della and Donelan Family Wines was held on Thursday, June 2nd on the rooftop of Shade Hotel. Thank you to all partners for an incredible evening.

Vintner Dinner featuring Memento Mori Winery

The Vintner Dinner featuring Memento Mori Winery and Chef Jack McLoughlin was held on Thursday, June 2nd at a private home in Manhattan Beach. Thank you Chef Jack McLoughlin for preparing an incredible four-course seated dinner and to Memento Mori for sharing a selection of their spectacular wines.

Tin Roof Bistro – Dinner & Wine Tasting

A longtime favorite of friends of the Wine Auction, Tin Roof Bistro, hosted an amazing Cellar Dinner and Wine Tasting on Wednesday, May 11th. The night began with a wine Happy Hour followed by an incredible dinner paired with amazing wines that our guests brought to share.

Vintner Dinner – March 26

The Vintner Dinner Series with Chef Yasmina Ksikes and Saint Helena Winery was held on Saturday, March 26 at the private strand home of Jimmy DeSisto. Thank you to Chef Yasmina and her team, along with Lesley Keffer Russell the General Manager of Saint Helena Winery and our host Jimmy DeSisto, for an incredible Vintner Dinner in Hermosa Beach.

Champagne Kick-Off – October 7, 2021

Longtime supporters and wine enthusiasts, Kim and Jon Friedman, hosted guests for the traditional Champagne Kick-Off. Thank you to partners Fishing With Dynamite, MB Post, and Zachys Wine & Spirits for supporting this special evening.