Saturday Evening Live Auction May 14, 2016


Master of Ceremonies and Commentator: Dan Carter
Auctioneer: Merton Musser, Musser Brothers Auctioneers

1. Heads or Tails

Stand up and have a great time – and possibly win a gourmet dinner for ten (in your home) with perfectly paired wines Dinner

Donated by Executive Chef Jeremy Goldsmith from Gonzaga University and Sodexo Wines Donated by City Vineyard

Tonight’s spectacular chef, Sodexo’s Jeremy Goldsmith from Gonzaga University, will carry on the tradition again this year by providing our lucky Heads or Tails winner with an evening of fun and dining. You and nine of your friends will feast on Jeremy’s culinary masterpieces and sip fantastic wines specially selected by City Vineyard in the comfort of your home. The perfect dinner party! Please join in the fun – good luck!

2. Tenet GSM Red Blend 2013, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Doug Kirby, Owner, 24th Street State Liquor Store

This is a Washington state Rhone blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre – hence GSM. This wine demonstrates the potential for Washington blends to compete with Chateauneuf du Pape. Wine Advocate rates it 95 and says, “…the wine is full-bodied, has no hard edges, a big, layered mid-palate and blockbuster length. Count me impressed.”

3. Rodney Strong Rockaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

The 2012 Rockaway was rated 94 by Wine Spectator, who called it “a remarkable wine…” while Parker said it is “…impressively endowed and built for the long haul…90+.” It is a huge Napa Cabernet from an outstanding vintage.

4. Boekenoutskloof Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Syrah 2013. 6 pack of each, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Boekenoutskloof is one of South Africa’s premier wineries, perhaps the finest in the Franschhoek Valley. Production is small and highly allocated; only 89 cases of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon and 189 cases of the Syrah came to the US. The 2013s are not yet rated, but in the past decade, the Wine Spectator has rated Cabs from this vineyard in the 90-93 range, and the 2011 Syrah was given a score of 92 by Wine Spectator.

5. Brittan Vineyards Basalt Block Pinot Noir 2011, 2012, and 2013, 12 of each vintage, 36 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Robert Brittan was a top winemaker in California before returning to Oregon, in 2004, to begin to craft cool-climate Syrahs, Chardonnays, and Pinots. Since it began production in 2006, the critics have rated this Willamette Valley winery extremely highly: the 2012 Pinot was rated 94 by Wine Spectator, and the 2011 received a 94 from Robert Parker, and the 2013 vintage also was rated 94 by Wine Enthusiast.

6. Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Chardonnay 2014, one Salmanazar of each, 2 x 9 liters

Sponsored by Holiday Station Stores

Large format! Rombauer is an important California producer of Chardonnay. Wilfred Wong of rates the 2014 at 92 while Wine Spectator rates it 90 and says, “[it has] an elegant, graceful style that’s easy to enjoy.” The 2013 Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon typifies Napa Valley Cabs. Elegant and stylish, with plenty of ripe fruit and firmness, it is truly a delicious wine. Rated 90 by Wilfred Wong.

7. Best Friends’ Day Out

  • Spa day for two
  • Two $50 gift cards
  • to Joy of Living
  • $100 gift card to Lilac

Donated by Sanctuary Spa, Joy of Living and Lilac

You and your best friend will enjoy a day of pampering compliments of Sanctuary Spa. You both will enjoy a facial, manicure, pedicure, shampoo & blow-dry and make-up application. Tea and snacks will be served during your services. Before you head out to dinner, slip next door to spend your Sanctuary Day Spa gifts – $50 The Joy of Living certificates for 
you both. Complete your day with your bestie with dinner at Lilac. A spectacular way to end your day of friendship and fun!

8. Wine Haven

  • Air to and from San Francisco
  • Accommodations for two nights
  • Beringer Vineyards VIP tour and tasting for two

Donated by Albertsons and Beringer Vineyards

Wine lovers will enjoy this retreat to wonderful wine country… Napa Valley. You and a companion will relax and enjoy a wonderful experience in the Napa Valley, one of the premier areas of world-famous wine making. Two nights’ accommodations are included. The trip will be highlighted with a Beringer Winery (the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley) VIP tour and tasting for two. Enjoy the beautiful vineyards, the quaint surroundings and, of course, the fantastic wines! Relax, enjoy, savor…

9. ‘The Line and Edge’ by Neil Jussila

  • Original acrylic on canvas
  • Finished piece measures 36″ x 46″

Donated by Neil Jussila

Bold color and clean lines are the highlight of this wonderful piece by retired MSU Billings art professor Neil Jussila; well known for his contemporary style. This would be a show piece in any setting and spark art lovers’ conversation. Another spectacular piece that would be the perfect addition to your home or office.

10. Rogue Chef’s Dinner Creation

  • Dinner for eight with wine pairings for each course
  • Service at Juliano’s Restaurant, Billings, MT

Donated by Executive Chef/Owner Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant and Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex

The Rogue Chefs are at it again! Two of Billings’ most popular chefs will again delight eight lucky people with their creative culinary talents. Chef David and Chef Carl collaborate on a magnificent multi-course dinner, including superb wine pairings. This is an experience your tastebuds will never forget – and neither will you!

11. How About Those Broncos?


  • Accommodations for two for two nights at The Crawford Hotel in Denver, Denver Broncos tickets for two, passes to the exclusive Stadium Club and parking pass, $150 VISA gift card
  • Dates: October 8 & 9, 2016
  • Transportation not included
  • Game: 2015 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos vs. Atlanta Falcons,
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016

Donated by Greg and Eileen McDonald, Altana Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

They went all the way in 2015, and now you have the opportunity to watch the reigning champions at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the Broncos take on the Atlanta Falcons on October 9, 2016. Along with having great seats, you will be treated to access to the private Stadium Club. A stadium parking pass and $150 VISA gift card are included in this package. Enjoy two night’s accommodations at the Crawford Hotel, one of Denver’s newest luxury hotels, located near the iconic Denver Union Station. A mile-high delight!

12. Massolino Barolo Serralunga d’Alba 2010, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Kelly Colt Interior Design

Serralunga is the Massolino house blend, sourced from various vineyards in the Serralunga commune. 2010 was a great vintage in Barolo, and this wine reflects the character of the region. 94 points from Wine Enthusiast and 93 from Wine Spectator.

13. Foundation Director’s Lot

A mixed lot of 25 bottles of wine, each selected on behalf of one of the Foundation’s Trustees. These are elegant premium wines, from around the world, which exemplify good taste and will be sure to complement your wine cellar. The wines are:

Chateau D’yquem, 2000
Stags Leap Cellars Fay Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009
Beaulieu Vineyard George De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Perrier Jouët Belle Epoque Brut, 2006
Alpha Omega Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Penfolds RWT Shiraz, 2013
Silver Oak Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Clos Du Val Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcono La Casa, 2006
Dom Perignon Champagne, 2005
Cherry Pie Pinot Noir, 2013
Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block, 2009
Villa Antinori Solaia IGT, 2009
Moet Grand Vintage Rose Champagne, 2006
Kokomo Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir, 2009
Justin Isosceles, 2012
Sbragia Cimarossa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23, 2005
Schramsburg J Schram, 1999
Stonestreet Bear Point Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Groth Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz, 2002
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010
Banfi Summus, 2004

14. Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 2013, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Laughlin Construction

Chassagne-Montrachet, located in the south of the Côte de Beaune, produces, along with the other villages of the Côte de Blancs, the most famous white wines in the world. This wine, as with others from Maison Joseph Drouhin, is generous and elegant. This wine has not been rated, but past vintages have generally been 90 or above.

15. Ruby, Ruby

Donated by Sharon and Garde Peterson

Her finger will never feel more special or look more beautiful. This exquisite ruby ring boasts a 2.42 carat marquise-cut ruby set in 14 Karat yellow gold. This eye-popper will be the talk of all who see it.

16. ‘Blue Dancers: Running Free’ by Sandra J. Merwin

  • Mixed Media
  • Finished piece measures 35″ x 56″

Donated by Sandra J. Merwin

This is a truly unique artwork, loaded with dynamic energy. This original painting takes the traditional line and form of horses and creates an expressive, contemporary artwork on a custom-stretched canvas.

17. An Evening in Paradise!

  • Dinner and wine for eight
  • Accommodations in four luxury cabins for eight people for one night
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Colin and Seabring Davis, owners, Chico Hot Springs 
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Chico Hot Springs, where old meets new and friendly Western hospitality has been a tradition since 1900. Nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Absaroka Mountain Range, Chico Hot Springs is a Montana paradise. A weekend get-away that will mix delicious food, fine wine, and luxury accommodations in a beautiful mountain setting. Colin and Seabring Davis, owners of Chico Hot Springs will host four couples (eight people) for an overnight stay in their luxury cabins and treat you to an elaborate dinner prepared by their executive chef and paired with wines from their personal cellar! Enjoy dinner, dance in the lounge, soak in the hot springs, enjoy good friends – a true Montana treasured escape.

18. Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Morrison-Maierle Systems

The 2012 Private Reserve is a powerful testament to the great blending skills of Beringer and the excellent 2012 vintage. Robert Parker rates it 96 and calls it “… a classic, quintessential Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 20-25 years.” (Beringer’s winemaker, Laurie Hook, was our wine master in 2006.)

19. Score the Perfect Day!

  • Four rounds of 18 holes of golf at Briarwood Country Club (cart not included)
  • $200 gift card to The Windmill
  • Four $100 gift cards to The Tee Box

Donated by Briarwood Country Club, The Windmill, Donna Fredericks, Prudential Financial, The Tee Box
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Every golfer’s dream day… a golf outing with three golf buddies to Briarwood Golf Course and dinner at The Windmill where you can relive all the birdies, eagles, fantastic drives and incredible putts! Each player will receive a $100 gift card to The Tee Box to purchase necessary equipment so everyone is set for a perfect “par” of a day.

20. Antinori Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso 2010, 2011, and 2012, 6 bottles of each vintage, 18 x 750 ml

Sponsored by EBMS

Robert Parker called this wine “a star on the vast stage that is the Antinori wine empire.” Critics love it: The 2012 was rated 95 by Wine Spectator, the 2011 95 by Robert Parker, and the 2010 97 by Robert Parker. The 2012 was number 71 on Wine Spectator’s list of the top 100 wines. The wine is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

21. ShannonRidge Vineyard & Winery High Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Buck Shack Red 2012; one of each, 3 x 1.5 liters


This lot includes three magnums of wine, which Joy will autograph for the lucky bidder.

22. White Sand, Crystal Clear Water… Escape to Mexico


  • Accommodations for two at the Barceló Maya Beach resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, for three nights, four days, all inclusive
  • Travel available May 14 – December 31, 2016, some restrictions apply
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Travel Café, Delta Vacations and Barceló Resorts

The Barceló Maya Beach five-star hotel is located within an incredible all-inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, on one of the most amazing beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. It stretches 1.2 miles, where you will find white sand, crystal clear waters and a coral reef.

Stay at One Hotel and Play at Four! This innovative idea lets Barceló Maya Beach guests access a large complex with indoor and outdoor public areas, spread across four hotels, the Barceló Maya Beach Hotel, Barceló Maya Caribe Hotel, Barceló Maya Colonial Hotel and Barceló Maya Tropical Hotel, all part of the Barceló Maya Beach Resort. Facilities boast the new Dolphinaris at Barceló dolphinarium, three restaurants, pools, hot tub, fitness center and mall. Enjoy activities such as tennis, paddle tennis, basketball, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Get away to the sun and fun in beautiful Mexico!

23. Bodega Numanthia Termanthia 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy

Forbes called Termanthia Spain’s best red wine, and in 2004, Robert Parker awarded Numanthia’s flagship wine a perfect 100. The 2012 has yet to be reviewed, but Antonio Galloni wrote of it, “I also had the chance to taste the newly bottled 2012 version of this wine when I visited the bodega this fall and it looks to be a stunner. It’s densely packed with dark fruit flavors; although a bit inscrutable right now, it’s clearly destined to be a remarkable wine.”

24. Massolino Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva 2008, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Don and Marilyn Floberg

Massolino is one of the great and most recognized Barolo producers, with a rich history of winemaking. The Riserva is their premium wine sourced from the Vigna Rionda. 97 points and a cellar selection from Wine Enthusiast.

25. Eat, Drink & Be Merry in the Emerald City


  • One night’s accommodations for two at River Cove Bed & Breakfast in Post Falls, Idaho
  • Three nights’ accommodations at Inn at the Market in Seattle, Washington
  • Dinner for two at Miller’s Guild – owned by Executive Chef Jason Wilson
  • Two tickets for the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series featuring Josh Groban on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
  • Dates: August 21-24, 2016
  • Transportation not included

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Pack your bags and take off for a musical adventure! Leave Billings on Sunday, August 21, stopping for the night in Post Falls, Idaho, and enjoy a restful night’s sleep at the Pine Cove Bed & Breakfast. The next morning, you will head west to spend three nights in Seattle, beginning on Monday, August 22, at The Inn at the Market – in the heart of Pike Street Market.

On Tuesday, August 23, you will travel to Woodinville to enjoy the magical music of Josh Groban – set in the picturesque outdoor amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. One night while in Seattle, you will feast on a delicious dinner at Miller’s Guild, acclaimed restaurant owned by Executive Chef Jason Wilson, our 2013 Guest Chef and home-cooking-school chef in 2015 and 2016. A trip to remember, filled with memories, music, food and the sights and sounds of Seattle.

26. ‘Let There Be Light’ by Karen Lynette Johnson

  • Framed, original oil on wood panel
  • Finished piece measures 24″ x 48″

Donated by Karen Lynette Johnson

Billings artist Karen Lynette Johnson once again delights us with her masterful brushstrokes. The rich colors of the sun rising and shedding light on the beautiful setting would be a wonderful addition to your home or office. The view is spectacular and one of which you would not tire.

27. L’Ecole No 41 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve 2004, 1 x 6 liters

Donated by Louise King

Large Format. This is a special release from L’Ecole No 41 as an homage to the winery’s founders, Baker and Jean Ferguson. It blends Cabernet and Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot from older Washington vineyards. It was rated 93 by Wine and Spirits and is presented in a beautifully etched 6 liter bottle. Signed by the winemaker. Ready to 
drink now.

28. Charles Krug Generations 2005, 2012, Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, 2010, 2011, one magnum of each vintage, 5 x 1.5 liters.


Large format. These wines represent the pinnacle of Napa Valley winemaking from the Peter Mondavi Sr. family. Both wines are Cabernet Sauvignon blends with the percentage of Cabernet varying with the vintage. These are premium wines, all of which have been rated 92 or better.

29. ‘Evening River’ by Russell Chatham

  • Original lithograph – #63 of 275
  • Finished piece measures 29″ x 25″

Donated by former EMC First Lady Kathryn Carpenter
Framing Donated by The Frame Hut & Gallery

Once again, we are thrilled with the beauty of Montana captured by famed artist Russell Chatham. This lithograph displays half landscape and half sky in blues and grays, and a silvery river bend in the distance, and trees framing the sides. Russell Chatham’s characteristic soft, gauzy lights cast a visual stillness and peace. The artist truly brings the beauty of Montana to life. Originally owned by Bruce and Kathryn Carpenter, who were instrumental in the creation of the first Wine & Food Festival.

30. Fabulous… The Rex Way

  • Dinner and Wine for Six and Limo Service

Donated by Gene Burgad and The Rex and Limo Scene and Carriage Company

Gene Burgad invites you to be his special guest at The Rex! This memorable evening will begin as your limo arrives to pick up six fortunate diners. Stop at the bar to enjoy cocktails as the outstanding staff at The Rex begins the preparation of your classic five-course dinner, complete with wines specially selected to enhance the cuisine! You will dine in leisure, anticipating a sweet finale accompanied by a 20-year-old Tawny port. When you are ready to wrap up this memorable evening, your limousine will be waiting to deliver you safely home.

31. Lots for Scholarships

Donated by YOU!

Again this year, we are asking you to join in spirited, generous bidding to provide scholarships to MSU Billings students. The scholarships you fund will allow us to assist deserving students and reward those who demonstrate outstanding leadership and academic excellence. Scholarships also allow the University to attract and retain talented students.

32. Hot Jazz in the Big Easy


  • Accommodations for two for four nights at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, 2017 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival tickets for two
  • Dates: April 28-May 1, 2017
  • Transportation not included

Donated by The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Immerse yourself in three days of this cultural festival which showcases unforgettable music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine and craft artisans from the region and around the world. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been called “the country’s very best musical festival” by Life magazine and never fails to please music fans from around the world.

Accommodations for two at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel will set you in the French Quarter, where you will experience the unique excitement of New Orleans, its culture, and its people. Walk to the famous Café du Monde and enjoy coffee and a beignet as you watch the French Quarter activity around you. Louisiana hospitality and show-stopping music at its very best!

33. Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Chateau de Beaucastel has long been considered one of the greatest wines in France. It is famously known for its elegance, balance and aging potential. Wine Advocate rates the 2012 at 96 and says “… I think [it] might end up being the best Beaucastel since the 1990.”

34. Dom Perignon P2 Blanc 1998, 6 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

P2 stands for 2nd Plentitude and indicates that this is the second release of the 1998 vintage. This wine, however, has had extended aging – 13 years to be precise – on the lees. It is in a completely different league than the initial release; it is a rare and very special wine. Rated 97 by James Suckling and 98 by Wine Spectator. Two 3 packs.

35. Shannon Ridge Gourmet Feast


  • Lamb dinner for four to six people, six bottles of Shannon Ridge olive oil, case of Shannon Ridge High Valley Petite Syrah, 12 x 750 ml

This yummy package includes one case of Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Syrah, six bottles of Shannon Ridge Olive Oil, and an assortment of Shannon Ridge naturally raised lamb. Yum!

36. Montana Heritage Tour – At Your Leisure


  • Accommodations for two for six nights, various attractions and meals in Great Falls, Butte and Helena
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Great Falls businesses: Hotel Arvon, Celtic Cowboy Sip-N-Dip, CM Russell Museum, Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Mighty Mo Brewery, Black Eagle Brewery, Bowser Brewery; Butte businesses: Copper King Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Finlen Hotel, Uptown Café, Casagranda’s Steakhouse, Underground City Tour, Butte Chamber of Commerce Trolley Tour, Headframe Distillery, Our Lady of the Rockies; Helena businesses: The Carolina Bed & Breakfast, Montana Historical Center, Gates of the Mountains, The Parrot Confectionery

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Montana is rich with amazing history. Here is your opportunity to vacation in Montana and enjoy the offerings of three incredible cities under the Big Sky. First stop is Great Falls. This package includes two nights in a luxury suite at the historic Arvon Hotel (includes breakfast each morning), $50 gift certificate for the Celtic Cowboy, gift certificate for a “Swim with a Mermaid” at the Sip-N-Dip, two tickets to the CM Russell Museum, two tickets to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, two tickets to the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, and $20 gift certificates to the following breweries: Mighty Mo Brewery, Clack Eagle Brewery and the Bowser Brewery.

Next stop… Butte, America! Two days in Butte will allow you to immerse yourself in one of the most famous towns in Montana. You will enjoy a trolley tour through town, the Underground City Tour and a trip to the amazing Lady of the Rockies. Lunch at the Uptown Café, dinner at Casagranda’s Steakhouse, drinks at the Headframe Distillery. The historical fun continues with a night stay and tour of the Copper King Mansion Bed & Breakfast and a night at the Historic Finlen Hotel.

Final destination is our capitol city – Helena. Two nights at The Carolina Bed & Breakfast will be your home base as you tour the incredible historic offerings in Helena. A private behind-the-scenes tour of the Montana Historical Center, tour of our state capitol, the Old Governor’s Mansion, ride on the Last Chance Train, and a historic downtown walking tour, including a backroom tour at the Parrot, and finishing with a one-pound box of chocolates from the Parrot for home. Also enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Gates of the Mountains aboard a tour boat that will showcase the wooded slopes, rugged rock formations and placid beauty of the timeless Missouri River.

* This tour can be taken all together or as stand-alone getaways… your choice

37. ‘Red Lodge Weekend’ by Kira Fercho

  • Original oil on canvas
  • Finished piece measures 36″ x 60″

Donated by Kira Fercho

MSU Billings alumna Kira Fercho dazzles us with her incredible ability to bring the beauty of Red Lodge to life on canvas. Her vivid use of colors and bold brushstrokes reveal a painter who is not only fun but educated in the style of impressionism. Kira’s work has been recognized regionally and nationally as her reputation grows. Here is your opportunity to have one of her pieces to enjoy and cherish. Enjoy the beauty of Red Lodge every day!

38. Wine, Dine and Jazz

  • Dinner and Wine for Ten with Jazz Entertainment with service at the home of the lucky bidder

Donated by Executive Chef Jeremy Goldsmith of Sodexo at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Kennedy’s Restaurant & Catering and MSU Billings Jazz Club

Your toes will be tapping and your tastebuds will be dancing! Chef Jeremy will create a spectacular dinner for 10, Bill and Mary from the Kennedy’s Restaurant & Catering will pair accompanying wines perfectly, and the MSU Billings Jazz Club – comprised of musicians from the MSU Billings music program – will provide the entertainment! What a line-up for food, wine and jazz lovers!

Dinner will be served in the home of the lucky bidder, but don’t worry, all the work will be done for you. Sit back… dine, sip wine and enjoy the music.

39. Penfolds Grange 2010, 6 x 750 ml

Sponsored by past Wine & Food Festival Chairs Dona Hagen, Dottie Hollatz, Pat Petersen, Donna Sweeney, Susan Schwidde, Billie Ruff, Ben Ripley, Sharon Weatherwax-Ripley, Evelyn Noennig, Cara Schaer, Jane Howell, Joe Howell, Stella Fong, Joan Holbrook, Kay Berry, Amy Gibler Brown, Julie Linderman, Randy Holbrook

Penfolds Grange is an Australian wine icon, and 2010 is the 60th anniversary of its introduction. The Wine Advocate called it “near perfect” and awarded it 99 points, while James Suckling gave a perfect rating of 100 and wrote, “The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise.” This vintage is 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

40. Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 2013, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Another Maison Joseph Drouhin offering from the Côte de Beaune, this is a wine of great finesse, distinguished and elegant. The color is pure and bright, with light glints of white gold. Rated 91 by James Suckling and 90 by Wine and Spirits.

41. Charles Krug Vintage Select Cabernet Reserve 2012, 12 x 750 ml


This is the Mondavi Family’s ultra-premium wine: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot. Highly rated it was given 94 points by James Suckling, who said, “One of the best wines from here in ages, emulating the legendary greatness of the 1974 cabernet.”

42. Batter Up!


  • Accommodations for two for three nights at Hotel Ändra in Seattle, Seattle Mariners tickets for two, dinner for two at Matt’s in the Market, $150 VISA gift card
  • Dates: July 16-18, 2016
  • Transportation not included
  • Games: Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, July 17, and Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox, July 18

Donated by Paul and Teresa Casey and Executive Chef Shane Ryan, Matt’s in the Market, and Altana Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Sweeping views of Seattle’s downtown skyline, breathtaking sunsets over Puget Sound, combined with excellent views of the game from all angles, are just a few of the reasons Seattle Mariners home field baseball games are an experience unequalled in Major League Baseball. Here is your chance to see the Mariners take on the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field in Seattle from box seats on the aisle, row 16, behind home plate on the first base side. Can it get any better, baseball fans?

Arrive in Seattle on July 16 and enjoy three nights at Hotel Ändra, in the heart of downtown Seattle and a short walk to the incredible Pike’s Street Market. One evening, enjoy dinner at Matt’s in the Market, compliments of our 2016 Guest Chef, Shane Ryan. Enjoy the Emerald City, feast on delicious cuisine and sing your heart out at the seventh inning stretch… truly a home run experience!

43. Tantalizing Treasures from the Troyka Chef’s

  • Dinner for ten with wine pairings for each course
  • Service at Juliano’s Restaurant, Billings, Montana

Donated by Executive Chef/Owner Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant, Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex 
and Executive Chef Michael Callaghan of Callaghan Enterprises

Triple the awesome and you will have this unique and delicious experience. Three talented chefs, together in one kitchen, preparing an out-of-this-world dinner for you and nine friends. This one-of-a-kind dinner can be yours to sip, savor and enjoy. Ten lucky people will dine on the culinary creations of the three chefs, paired perfectly with wines that will complement every bite. Definitely a night to remember!

44. Bibi Graetz Testamatta Colore 2007, 6 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Larry Petersen and Chuck Hingle, Holland & Hart LLP, John Crist, Crist, Krogh & Nard LLC

Bibi Graetz is a young winemaker with an almost cult-like following. He makes unique small-production super-Tuscans. The 2007 received a perfect 100 in 2004. Colore is 1/3 Sangiovese, 1/3 Canaiolo, and 1/3 Colorina. It is rated 94 by the Wine Spectator.

45. Staglin Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, 2010, 2011, two bottles of each vintage, 6 x 750 ml

Donated by Don and Ellen Alweis and Jasons

Staglin makes small- production premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2009 and 2010 were rated 95 and 97 by Parker. 2011 was a more difficult vintage, but Galloni said, “Staglin’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon might very well turn out to be one of the best wines of the year” and rated it 94.

46. ‘The End and the Beginning,’ by Mike Capser

  • Bronze statue, #49 of 75
  • Produced in 1981

Donated by Maggie Downs and Clyde Goldberg

Billings’ artist Mike Capser once again shares his incredible talent with us in this beautiful bronze with brown patina sculpture. His eye for detail and his love of Montana history shine from this wonderful piece. This is a perfect piece for your home, office or cabin.

47. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Bin 707 is a house blend with grapes sourced from five of South Australia’s premier wine regions. The result is a wine with a bold style and great density. Rated 98 by James Suckling and 95 by Wine Spectator, this is the top Cabernet from this legendary Australian vineyard.

48. Sand, Surf, Sun… Happiness in Hawaii


  • Accommodations for two at the Outrigger Waikiki for three nights and four days, and roundtrip airline tickets for two on Delta Airlines
  • Travel available May 14 – December 10, 2016
  • Some restrictions apply

Donated by Travel Café, Delta Vacations, Outrigger Resorts and Delta Airlines

Oahu, is known for its bounty of entertainment possibilities, including outdoor enjoyment: golf, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, stand up paddling, sailing, and hiking. In addition, enjoy exploring historical sites, Honolulu zoo, botanical gardens, and historic plantations. This is also the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine and warm ocean breezes. There is something for everyone.

Delta Air Lines will fly you to paradise for three nights and four days. Outrigger Waikiki is located on world-famous Waikiki Beach. Stroll the golden sands, paddle out to breaking surf, enjoy close-by attractions, including: Diamond 
Head, Koko Crater Trail, Waikiki Aquarium and Kapiolani Park.

Sand, surf and sun… find happiness in Hawaii on this fabulous getaway.

49. Walla Walla Vintners, Walla Walla Valley Select Cabernet Franc 2003, 1 x 9 liters

Donated by Louise King

Large Format. Rated 89 by CellarTracker. The 2003 Cabernet Franc is a Walla Walla Vintners’ classic. There are four astonishing Walla Walla vineyards represented in this full-bodied wine.
This blend contains 88% Cabernet Franc and 12% Merlot to round its complexity and frame its structure. Presented in a 9 liter bottle. Ready to drink now.

50. Stonestreet Winery Upper Barn Chardonnay 2013, Rockfall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, one 6-pack of each, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

The Upper Barn Chardonnay comes from one of the older Chardonnay vineyards in northern California. Robert Parker rates the 2013 as 93 and says it is “a beauty and certainly one of my favorites…” The Cabernet is also low production and is rated 94 and a cellar selection by Wine Enthusiast.

51. Orcas Island Dream


  • Five-day condominium stay
  • Accommodations for up to four people, $150 VISA gift card
  • Available October 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017
  • Transportation not included

Donated by Sue and Eakle Barfield, Altana Federal Credit Union

Dream away on beautiful Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands – also known as “the emerald isle” and the “gem of the San Juans.” Enjoy five glorious days in a luxurious two-bedroom condominium, just 50 yards from the beach. Orcas Island is a combination of lush forest, pristine valleys, placid lakes and stunning mountains, all wrapped around a beautiful fjord. Spend your time whale watching, sailing, kayaking or golfing. There is something for everyone! Close your eyes and imagine the beautiful sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between.

52. Massolino Barolo Margheria 2011, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation

Wine Advocate says that the southern and western exposures and dense soils of the Magheria vineyard help to shape an opulent expression of the Nebbiolo grape. Rated 93 by Wine Advocate and 96 by Wine Spectator. Two 6 packs.

53. Brittan Vineyards Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013, 12 x 750 ml

Sponsored by Meridian Ltd.

This is the fourth vintage of Chardonnay released by Brittan vineyards. While production is still extremely small – only 310 cases released – has received critical acclaim. 94 points and a clear selection from Wine Enthusiast, who called it, “A thrilling wine…”

54. Bogle Phantom 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, one of each vintage, 4 x 3 liters

Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation Large format.

Phantom is one of the most popular California red blends. It is primarily Petit Syrah and Zinfandel with a small amount of Mourvedre. It has won numerous awards and received good scores from the critics, such as a score of 90 from Wine Enthusiast for 2011.

55. Take Home the Store!

Here is your opportunity to restock your cellar… start a cellar… or maybe you just love wine! This lot is for you! Tonight you can take home one bottle of each of the wines featured in our Wine Store – 60 fantastic bottles of wine to enjoy! Lot includes two bottles of each of our winemasters’ wines.

Wines include:
Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
Charles Krug
Chardonnay, 2013
Charles Krug Merlot, 2013
Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Divining Rod
Chardonnay, 2013
Divining Rod
Pinot Noir, 2013
Divining Rod
Red Blend, 2013
Divining Rod Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Purple Heart
Red Wine, 2013
Charles Krug Reserve Generations, 2012
Charles Krug Reserve Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir Sierra Mar Vineyard, 2011
Amore Fasti Grenache, 2012
Penfold’s Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, 2006
Loscano Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
Murietta’s Well The Spur Red Blend, 2013
Left Coast Cellars Wine Pinot Noir, 2014
Bodega NQN Malma Universo Malbec, 2010
Joseph Carr
Chardonnay, 2013
Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Maryhill Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
Ca’ de Calle Reserva Red Blend, 2011
Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay, 2014
Freemark Bosche Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
Rombauer Diamond Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007
Spring Valley Uriah Red Blend, 2012
Shannon Ridge High Elevation
Sauvignon Blanc, 2015
Shannon Ridge High Elevation Chardonnay, 2014
Shannon Ridge Vigilance Chardonnay, 2014
Shannon Ridge High Elevation Wrangler
Red, 2013
Shannon Ridge High Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013
Shannon Ridge High Elevation Petite Syrah, 2013
Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Red, 2012
Shannon Ridge Single Vineyard Malbec, 2013
Shannon Ridge Single Vineyard Two Bud
Zinfandel, 2012
Shannon Ridge Single Vineyard Barbera, 2012
Shannon Ridge Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013