Live Auction – Saturday, May 18

All guests at the Fine Finish under the “Grand” Tent event on Saturday, May 18 are invited to bid on live auction items. 

1. Heads or Tails
Dinner donated by the exceptional chefs at Sodexo; Wines donated by City Vineyard
Stand up and have a great time – and possibly win a gourmet dinner for ten (in your home) with perfectly paired wines. Tonight’s spectacular meal is prepared by the exceptionally talented chefs from Sodexo. They will carry on the tradition by providing our lucky Heads or Tails winner with an evening of fun and dining. You and nine of your friends will feast on 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. Portal del Priorat Clos de Portal Tros de Clos, 2011, 2012, 2013
a magnum of each, 3 x 1.5 liter
Sponsored by Doug Kirby, Owner, 24th Street State Liquor Store
Portal del Priorat is the winery founded, about 15 years ago, by Alfred Arribas when he shifted his focus from architecture to farming and winemaking. Arribas is now one of Catalonia’s emerging superstars and the Tros de Clos is one of the reasons why. The wine is 100% Cariñena (Carignan) from vines planted in 1911 which are biodynamically farmed. All of these vintages are rated 93 or higher by Guia Penin.

3. Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Vigna la Casa, 2013, 12 x 750 ml #17 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2018
Sponsored by Roc House
Brunello di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called “Brunello” in the town of Montalcino. Wine Advocate says, “Caparzo is my go-to producer when I’m looking for classic Brunello with a more accessible and immediate personality.” Wine Spectator rates it 95 and number 17 on the list of top 100 wines of 2018.

4. Timeless
Donated by Jim & Babe Ronquillo, Marie Antoinette Kelley
Custom designed. Handmade. Beautiful. Craftsman Jim Ronquillo has devoted many hours bringing this wonderful piece to life. This cedar chest is sure to become a family heirloom. Add to this work of art a beautiful blanket titled Lord of the Yellowstone by Montana artist Marie Antoinette Kelley. The blanket depicts the artist’s original oil painting of a bison roaming Yellowstone National Park. Two timeless treasures that will be family heirlooms for generations to come.

5. Chateau Miraval Rosé, 2017, 1 x 6.0 liter
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
An Imperial bottle of Miraval Rosé. The estate in the Côtes de Provence is still jointly owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and the wine is made for them by the Perrin family. Wine Enthusiast says, “This
wine exhibits great sophistication” and rates it 91, as does Jeb Dunnuck.

6. Experience Napa Valley…
Donated by Albertsons and Treasury Wine Estates
Air to and from San Francisco
Accommodations for three nights
Private tour and tastings at Beringer Winery, Sterling Vineyards and Beaulieu Vineyards for two

Wine lovers, here is your rare opportunity to experience private tastings at three of Napa Valley’s most awarded and historical properties! Beringer Winery is California’s longest continuously operating winery, established in 1876; Sterling Vineyards, a Napa Valley icon, was founded in 1964 by Sir Peter Newton; and, Beaulieu Vineyards, founded in 1900 by George De Latour, was made famous through wines of “The Maestro” André Tchlistcheff.

You and a companion will enjoy three nights’ accommodations and lunch at one of the properties, and exclusive discounts on retail and wine purchases at each winery are included. Enjoy the beautiful vineyards, the quaint surroundings and, of course, the fantastic wines! Relax, sip, savor…

7. Dinner with the Chancellor and Mrs. Edelman
Donated by Chancellor Dan and Mrs. Sandee Edelman
Five lucky couples will enjoy a dinner at Chancellor Dan and Mrs. Sandee Edelman’s home. Gourmet dinner, spectacular wines and wonderful company – a perfect evening! Bid on your chance to join this incredible party!

8. Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc Roussanne Vieilles Vignes, 2017, 6 x 750 ml
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
This wine is made from the grapes from 100-year-old Roussanne vines giving very small yields. Typically 500 cases are produced. While the 2017 has yet to be reviewed, the 2016 received a 96 from Wine Advocate and a perfect 100 from Jeb Dunnuck. This wine has been called the Montrachet of the Rhône.

9. Christmas Shopping Extravaganza… an Exclusive Christmas Shopping Party
Donated by Gainan’s Flowers and Garden Center and Total Transportation
Private Christmas shopping experience for ten at Gainan’s Midtown Flowers
Tapas and wine for ten
Limousine ride to and from the party
$50 Gainan’s Flowers and Garden Center gift cards for each shopper
To be mutually agreed upon between lucky bidder and Gainan’s Flowers and Garden Center (between November 7, 2019 and December 14, 2019)

Christmas is right around the corner and you and nine of your friends will be ringing in the holidays at an exclusive private shopping experience at the beautiful new Gainan’s Midtown Flowers! No crowds, pressure or rushing… take your time and experience the beautiful surroundings and take in the wonderful items available to you.Your “sleigh” – limousine – will transport you to and from the party so you will not have to worry about driving…or how to get all of your purchases home safely! Enter the winter wonderland and immerse yourselves in holiday cheer. While there, you and your guests will feast on specially prepared tapas, perfectly paired with delicious wines. At the end of the evening, your Christmas shopping will be finished and your holiday spirit will be energized!

10. Massolino Barolo DOCG Parafada, 2012, 12 x 750 ml
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
In 1957, Parafada was the Massolino family’s first prime parcel of Serralunga and it is still home to their oldest vines. Galloni says it is the deepest of Masolino’s Barolos and rates it 92. The winemaker says it is the perfect Barolo for aging. Suckling and Parker rate it 93, while Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator rate it 95.

11. Blue Beauty
Donated by Chancellor Dan & Mrs. Sandee Edelman
Spectacular diamond-and-sapphire necklace with a 14-karat gold, diamond-shaped pendant mounting. The 0.16 carat “AA” quality, cornflower-blue Montana yogo sapphire is surrounded with 31 brilliant-cut diamonds, totaling approximately 0.15 carat. Accented by 14k white gold, 18-inch, fine chain.

12. Broadview Plain 29 by Neil Jussila
Donated by Neil Jussila
Finished piece measures 70 1/2” x 37 3/4”
Neil Jussila is a professor emeritus and a Vietnam veteran who received a combat infantryman badge. His work, set against the backdrop of the Montana landscape, is about being fully alive in the moment.

13. Clos du Val Three Graces Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, 2 x 1.5 liter
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Three Graces is Clos du Val’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon (with 1% Cabernet Franc). The 2014 was rated 95 by Vinous and 94 by Wine Enthusiast. Each magnum is presented in a wooden box.

14. Hey Batter, Batter!
Donated by Dr. Dan and Mrs. Sandee Edelman
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Two nights’ accommodations for two at the InterContinental Hotels Chicago Magnificent Mile, Chicago White Sox box seats tickets for two, two GO Chicago cards
Transportation not included
June 14 & 15, 2019
Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees, Saturday, June 15, 2019

June is a perfect time to visit Chicago… the Navy Pier on Lake Michigan, the Art Institute of Chicago, John Hancock Observatory, Shedd Aquarium… not to mention the Magnificent Mile! Your trip will be filled with shopping, dining, and… BASEBALL!

On Saturday, June 15, 2019, you will join Chancellor Edelman in an All-Star Suite at Guaranteed Rate Field to watch the Chicago White Sox vs. the New York Yankees! Theater-style seating, bar area and plenty of room to socialize – plus watch two of the oldest and most celebrated teams in MLB.

You will enjoy two nights at the InterContinental Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile – in the heart of Chicago and walking distance to some of the finest dining, shopping and entertainment in Chicago. Included in this package are two GO Chicago cards, which include 29 attractions including the Shoreline Architecture River Cruise. This trip is a home run!

15. Massolino Barolo DOCG Margheria, 2012, 2 x 1.5 liter
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Massolino is one of the great and most recognized Barolo producers, with a rich history of winemaking. The Wine Advocate says that the southern and western exposures and dense soils of the Margheria vineyard help to shape an opulent expression of the Nebbiolo grape. Rated 95 by Wine Enthusiast and 96 by xtraWine.

16. Broncos Fever!
Donated by Greg and Eileen McDonald/McDonald Land Development
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Two nights’ accommodations for two at the Crawford Hotel in Denver, Denver
Broncos tickets for two, passes to the exclusive Stadium Club, and parking pass
Transportation not included
Saturday, September 28, 2019 and Sunday, September 29, 2019
Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars on September 29, 2019

How about those Broncos? You and a friend will have the opportunity to cheer on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High as the Broncos take on the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 29, 2019. There is nothing like the roar of the Orange Crush fans and the excitement of being at the stadium on game day! Along with having great seats, you will be treated to access to the private Stadium Club and a parking pass.

Enjoy two nights’ accommodations at the Crawford Hotel, one of Denver’s newest luxury hotels, located near the iconic Denver Union Station. A mile-high delight!

17. The Sweet Spot by John Armstrong
Donated by MSU Billings alumnus John Armstrong
Framed original oil painting
Finished piece measures 25” x 21”
Montana’s big sky, gentle rolling river, views from every angle…that is what makes our state so special. Billings artist John Armstrong has captured the “sweetness” of Montana in this original painting, which would be an excellent addition to your home or cabin.

18. Alpha Omega Napa Proprietary Red Wine, 2014, 12 x 750 ml
A Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection
Sponsored by Don & Marilyn Floberg
This wine is Alpha Omega’s premium Bordeaux blend. It consists of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Petit Verdot, and 5% Merlot. This highly regarded wine was rated 95 by Wine Enthusiast. Only 750 cases were produced.

19. Billings Historical Tour
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Hosted by Dr. Jim and Anne Nichols, Mike and Cara Schaer, Mike and Sherril Burke
Historical Progressive Dinner for up to 10 people hosted at three locations in one of Billings’ Most Beautiful Historical Neighborhoods
Carl Kurokawa & Seth Carlson of Juliano’s Restaurant
Jim Carlson of MorningStar of Billings
To be mutually agreed upon between lucky bidder, hosts and chefs. Available August and September, 2019, Sunday or Monday

Take a walk back in time through one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Billings, designated as a Montana National Register of Historical Places. Three residences – each hosts one course of your progressive dinner prepared by one of Billings’ most notable chefs.

Appetizers and champagne will be served at the home of Dr. Jim and Anne Nichols (239 Beverly Hill Boulevard). The original homeowners, Mr. & Mrs. R.G. Bonell, shared their own ideas with architect Chandler Cohagen to create this interesting home. The site of the home, an angular intersection of North 32nd Street with Beverly Hill and Colton Boulevards, contains seven lots – a generous property, but impossible to have used efficiently with a conventional square house. For that reason, the plan is itself angular, fitted to the grounds handsomely and with the utmost economy of space.

Dinner course with wine will be served at the home of Mike and Cara Schaer (1109 North 32nd Street). This beautiful Craftsman style home was built in 1915 for original owner Arthur J. Cunningham. A one and one-half story home boasts a gable dormer on the front side of the home, and Craftsman-style posts span the entire width of the large, open front porch. Mike & Cara Schaer are the sixth owners of this beautiful home.

Dessert and coffee will be served at the home of Mike and Sherril Burke (2101 Locust Avenue). This stately home was built in 1934 by Mearl & Frances Fagg – current homeowner Sherril Burke’s grandparents. The architect was Chandler Cohagen, who also designed several other homes in this area. Mike and Sherril Burke purchased this home from Frances’ estate in 1993 – making them only the second owners of the home and keeping it in the Fagg family.

20. Winemaster Lot – Arsonist Red Blend Silk Screen, 2016, 12 x 750 ml
This is Matchbook’s brilliant inversion of a left bank Bordeaux blend: 52% Petite Verdot, 26% Malbec, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon. Does it work? Wine Enthusiast thinks so; they say, “This is a concentrated and truly dry Bordeaux-style blend,” and “firm tannins and good acidity give it plenty of structure, so it will easily stand up to steaks, chops and ribs” and rated it 90.

21. Montana Appie by Parker Ford
Donated by Parker Ford
Original wrapped mixed Media – acrylic
Finished piece measures 18” x 24”
Grace your wall with this wonderful original painting by Billings artist Parker Ford. Horses still play an important part in the Montana lifestyle and Parker highlights their beauty in this piece.

22. Foundation Directors’ Lot
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation Board of Trustees
A mixed lot of twelve 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:
2015 Joseph Drouhin Chablis ‘Vaudesir’
2015 Joseph Drouhin Mouches Rouge
2013 Groth Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Rodney Strong Brothers Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Justin Isosceles Gift Box
2006 Moët Grand Vintage Rose Champagne
N/V Pommery Brut Rose Champagne
2014 Witchery Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Massolino Barolo Margheria
2013 Rombauer Diamond Select Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
2008 Dom Perignon

23. All That Jazz in Woodinville!
Donated by Altana Federal Credit Union
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Three nights’ accommodations at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington
Two tickets for the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series Double Vision Revisited, featuring Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller on Saturday, August 3, 2019, two winery tasting room visits, $150 VISA gift card
Transportation not included
August 2, 3 & 4, 2019

Check into the Willows Lodge on August 2, 2019 for two nights in this intimate, award-winning lodge. A landmark of Northwest luxury in the heart of Woodinville wine country, Willows Lodge offers comfortable rooms with fireplaces and soaking tubs, award-winning restaurants with wine cellars to match and a world-class spa.

On Saturday, August 3, prepare for the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series Double Vision Revisited, featuring Bob James, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller.

Enjoy all Woodinville has to offer on your final day, August 4. Use the $150 VISA gift card provided by Altana Federal Credit Union for shopping, wines or restaurants. Also, while in Woodinville, you will enjoy a VIP tasting at the Bookwalter Tasting Studio and the Dusted Valley Woodinville Tasting Room.

24. Winemaster Lot – Penfolds St. Henri Shiraz, 2013, 6 x 750 ml
Penfolds is the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand of 2019. St. Henri is a time-honored alternative expression of Shiraz and an intriguing counterpoint to Grange. St. Henri is more approachable and elegant though less powerful, perhaps, than Grange. It is, in any event, a premium red wine and Robert Parker rates the 2013 at 97 while Suckling has it at 96.

25. Sunset Basking, by Karen Lynette Johnson
Donated by Karen Lynette Johnson
Framed original oil on wood panel
Finished piece measures 24” x 36”
Billings artist Karen Lynette Johnson captures the romance of a beautiful fall sunset in this original painting. The vibrant yet warm colors will complement any room and provide the magic of the season year round.

26. Autumn French Getaway in Burgundy, France
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Five nights’ accommodations in a 14th century hotel in Noyers, France
Champagne reception
Two dinners, two lunches
Chocolate making lesson
French dessert making class
Château visit
Field trip to medieval villages for two travelers
Airplane ticket & transportation to Auxerre, Burgundy not included, but you will be picked up at the train station in Auxerre.
October 1-6, 2019

Travel to Noyers – a medieval Burgundian village in the French countryside – listed as “one of the most beautiful villages” in France with a small, intimate group of only six guests hosted by La Châtelaine Chocolat owners Wlady and Shannon Grochowski. Enjoy the scents of autumn, eat and sip authentic Burgundian dishes and wine, considered by many to be the best in France.
You will share the kitchen and learn sercrets from the Grochowskis in a chocolate making class and a French dessert class. You’ll discover the little village where the movie “Chocolat” was filmed. Explore local markets for seasonal produce, hunt for French antiques, picnic in the countryside, visit a wine vineyard, walk through the woods, enjoy meals by candlelight, and explore surrounding villages.

There will be a Pop-Up Brocante from a local antique dealer. You will also learn about food and prop styling, as well as photography.
Can you imagine a finer way to spend a week than in the Burgundy region of France taking in the sights, sounds and flavors of this incredible country?

27. Night Lodge, by Kevin Red Star
Donated by Kevin Red Star
Framed signed original acrylic
Finished piece measures 14 7/8” x 15 5/8”
Sponsored by Rimrock Art & Frame, MSU Billings Foundation
Kevin Red Star’s art is honored throughout North America for its authenticity. It presents a shining vision of centuries-old Crow (Apsaalooka) culture through the eyes of a thoroughly contemporary consciousness. His work is equally respected in the world of museums and private collections for his unique imagery and artistic productivity, and for the enduring value of his work.
We are honored to have two of Kevin’s works in our auction tonight!

28. Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, 2013, a 3 bottle box of each, 6 x 750 ml
Sponsored by Larry Petersen and Chuck Hingle, Holland & Hart LLP, John Crist, Crist Krogh & Nord LLC
The 2012 Monte Bello was #7 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2016
Ridge is the Most Admired Wine Brand in North America for 2019. 
Ridge Monte Bello is always special. The 2012 consisted of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. It was rated 98 by Antonio Galloni, and 96 by both the Wine Advocate and Decanter. The 2013 is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot; it was rated a perfect 100 by both Decanter and the Wine Advocate, and also 99 by the International Wine Report and 98 by Galloni.

29. Rogue Chefs Tease Your Tastebuds!
Donated by Executive Chef/Owner Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant and Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of the Fortin Culinary Center, formerly of The Rex
Dinner for eight with wine pairings for each course
Service at Juliano’s Restaurant, Billings, Montana
The Rogue Chefs are at it again! Two of Billings’ most popular chefs will again delight eight lucky people with their creative culinary talents. Your evening will begin at Juliano’s Restaurant with appetizers. Chef David and Chef Carl will collaborate on a magnificent multi-course dinner including superb wine pairings. This is an experience your tastebuds will never forget – and neither will you!

30. The Cross of the Millennium Maquette: Deluxe Edition
Clear acrylic resin that bears the engraved signature of artist Frederick Hart, #915/2000
Donated by Chancellor Dan and Mrs. Sandee Edelman
Artist Frederick Hart was one of the first to harness the potential of acrylic resin as a medium for cast figurative sculpture that required undercuts as well as flexible molds. This piece simultaneously represents the birth, death and resurrection of Christ – one of his earliest and most ambitious works in this medium.

31. Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche, 2015, 6 x 750 ml
Sponsored by Holiday Station Stores
A few vineyards throughout the years have been considered heirloom treasures for their incomparable quality. The Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche belongs to this select group. Domain Joseph Drouhin has been in charge of the vineyard’s cultivation and vinification since 1947 although the property has been in the hands of the Laguiche family since 1363.

Wine Spectator states, “An impressive mix of peach, citronella, honey, butter and baking spice flavors are matched to a creamy texture in this opulent white, backed by a lively structure, terrific harmony and a long, smooth aftertaste that echoes the fruit, honey and spice notes.” The 2015 is a stunning Chardonnay that can be enjoyed through 2028. It is rated 96 by John Gilman and 95 by Wine Spectator. Only 150 cases imported.

32. Minnesota Football Adventure
Donated by Roger and Darla Huebner
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Accommodations for two at the Radisson Blu Mall of America for two nights, tickets for two to the Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles football game on October 13, 2019
$200 VISA Gift Card
Transportation not included
October 12-13, 2019

You and a friend can join the fans at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on October 13, 2019 for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles game. Take in the excitement of being in the stadium as the teams take the field and battle for the “W”!

Enjoy two nights at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, an elegant hotel that gives you direct access to the Mall of America for the ultimate in style and convenience. You will also have easy access to the Metro Transit Light Rail to explore the area. Have fun spending your $200 VISA gift card at the mall, the game or any of the great restaurants in the Twin Cities. What a great sports fan getaway!

33. Winemaster Lot – Arsonist Red Blend, 2015, 6 x 1.5 liters
Six magnums of Arsonist’s unique take on a Bordeaux-style blend. Enough Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon for six dinner parties. Rated 90 by Wine Enthusiast.

34. Gets Down, by Kevin Red Star
Donated by Kevin Red Star
Sponsored by Rimrock Art & Frame, MSU Billings Foundation
Framed, signed original acrylic
Finished piece measures
16 3/8” x 14 1/2”
Another incredible piece by Kevin Red Star! Above and beyond accuracy, Kevin’s deep experience is expressed in the color and composition of image after image. Each one is a complete statement in itself; each remains in the mind’s eye long after viewing it. Each element, no matter how small, has specific meaning and significance within the context of tradition.

As part of this auction lot, Kevin Red Star is offering a painting event at his Roberts studio for four people! Wine and food are included. Imagine working alongside one of Montana’s most acclaimed artists – a dream afternoon! Note: event arrangements to be set at least a month in advance.

35. Penfolds Grange, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 3 bottles each, 15 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, Cara Schaer, Jane Howell, Joe Howell, Stella Fong, Susan Carlson, Joan McCoy, Kay Berry, Amy Gibler Brown, Julie Linderman, Randy Holbrook, Susan Walton, Sheila Christopherson
Penfolds is The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand of 2019. Over the past 26 years, the Saturday night auction has featured First Growths, Grand Crus, Napa superstars, and even Grange. None of the previous lots can match this offering, which is unrivaled in size, scope of vintages, quality of wine, and reputation of the winemaker. Five vintages are represented; at least two of the five were rated a perfect 100 and the others were very close to perfection. If you can contemplate comparing a range of perfect and near-perfect wines, this collection cannot be topped.

36. Diamond and Gold Beauty
Donated by Greenleaf’s Jewelry, Inc
Beautiful 14k yellow-gold, interlocking loop-style pendant mounting with gold beads on one side and twenty-one diamonds prong-set on the other side, totaling approximately 0.12 carat attached to a 14k yellow-gold adjustable chain with lobster claw clasp. This necklace will complement any outfit and make your special someone feel extra-special whenever it is worn.

37. Moonrise Over the Beartooth, by Ben Stringer
Donated by Ben Stringer
Framed original oil
Finished piece measures 24” x 48”
Billings artist Ben Stringer casts a romantic spell in the original piece. Pair the beauty of a moonrise with the beauty of the Beartooth Mountains and you have a spectacular piece that you will enjoy for years to come.

38. 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.

39. Aspen Totem, by Kira Fercho
Donated by MSU Billings alumna Kira Fercho
Original oil on canvas
Finished piece measures 10” x 60”
Once again Kira Fercho dazzles us with this spectacular painting. Imagine walking through the aspens on a fall afternoon, take in the reds and golds against the blue skies – you can enjoy this moment year-round with this incredible piece. Definitely a show-stopper in any room!

40. Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, 12 x 750 ml #24 on James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines in the World 2018
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Beringer Private Reserve is a small-production wine with fruit chosen from the best lots of Beringer’s reserve vineyards in the Napa Valley. The 2015 was rated 99 by James Suckling and 95+ by Wine Advocate. It is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petite Verdot.

41. Winemasters Lot – Penfolds RWT Shiraz, 2016, 6 x 750 ml
Penfolds is The World’s Most Admired Wine Brand of 2019. Another beautiful expression of Shiraz from Penfolds. Jeb Dunnuck says, “The 2016 Shiraz RWT is a brilliant, brilliant wine, and I suspect the finest version of this cuvee ever produced” and rates it 99. Wine Advocate calls it “Penfolds’ embodiment of Barossa Valley Shiraz” and rates it 97, while Suckling gives it a 96.

42. Jazzin’ Dinner Party
Donated by Sodexo and Bill & Mary Kennedy
Dinner and Wine for Ten with jazz entertainment and service at the home of the lucky bidder
Your toes will be tapping and your tastebuds will be dancing! Our spectacular Sodexo chefs will create a spectacular dinner for ten, Bill and Mary will pair accompanying wines perfectly and the MSU Billings music students 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.

43. Witchery Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, 12 x 750 ml
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Witchery Wine is a new winery – founded in 2009 – with a cult following due to the intense effort that goes into their wines, fruit sourced from Napa’s most desirable AVAs, and minuscule production. Rated 92 by Cellar Tracker. Only 150 cases of the Spring Mountain Cabernet were made.

44. Mariners Double Delight!
Donated by Paul and Teresa Casey
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Accommodations for two for three nights at Inn at the Market in Seattle, Seattle Mariners tickets for two, Seattle City Pass for two
Transportation not included
September 24, 25 & 26, 2019
Seattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros, September 25 and Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A’s, September 26

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 Oakland A’s 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 September 24 and enjoy three nights at Inn at the Market, on Pike Street Market. While you are in Seattle, use your City Passes to take in the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour, Museum of Pop Culture or Woodland Zoo and Chihuly garden and Glass or Pacific Science Center.

Enjoy all Seattle has to offer… major-league baseball, delicious cuisine and sightseeing… an entertainment grand slam!

45. Villa Antinori Tignanello, 2015, 12 x 750 ml #24 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Another star from the fantastic European 2015 vintage. The Antinori Tignanello is a super Tuscan blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The 2015 is rated 98 by James Suckling, 97 by Wine Spectator, and 96 by Wine Advocate.

46. Red Lodge Dining Getaway
Donated by Carbon Fork – Executive Chef/Owner Eric Trager and Red Lodge Reservations/Chad and Briane Kruckenberg, Owners
Four course dinner with wine for up to eight people at Carbon Fork Restaurant in Red Lodge and one-night stay at a vacation home that will accommodate up to eight people

Escape to Red Lodge for an overnight adventure complete with dining and accommodations. Executive Chef Eric Trager will prepare a four-course dinner, paired perfectly with wines, for up to eight people at his restaurant, Carbon Fork. Your package also provides a one-night stay in a vacation rental in Red Lodge that will accommodate you and all of your guests so you can enjoy a fun-filled evening in Red Lodge with no worries of traveling home!

A getaway with friends in one of Montana’s most beautiful spots – can it get any better?

47. Dancing Spectrum
Donated by MSU Billings Student Terri Porta, Terri Porta Fine Art
Contemporary mixed media sculpture comprising steel, acrylic panel and acrylic paint
Finished piece measures 12” x 18”
Acrylic panels suspended in an array of color, this sculpture is a study of how light can reflect and bounce through translucent films. Enjoy the sensational piece in your home or office and celebrate the creative talent of one of Billings’ talented artists.

48. Aloha Paradise!
Donated by Travel Café, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Delta Air Lines
Partial ocean view accommodations for two at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort for three nights and four days, and roundtrip airline tickets for two in economy comfort on Delta Air Lines
Package valid until May 18, 2020, based on availability, blackout dates include, but are not limited to, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s and Presidents Day.
Offer is valid for one year – expiration May 18, 2020 – and is based on availability.
Some restrictions apply.

Bordering the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers a relaxing destination where the blue Pacific and Oahu’s island spirit welcome you. This Honolulu hotel is situated at the western edge of the Waikiki resort district at Waikiki Beach Walk® near Fort DeRussy Park. Kapiolani Park, Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Aquarium are less than a mile away. Venture to downtown Honolulu and historic Pearl Harbor. Snorkel the living reef at tranquil Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and marvel at the wild and pounding winter surf on Oahu’s North Shore. Stop by the Outrigger Activities Center for island tours, catamaran eco-sails and snorkel and dive adventures.

49. Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, 12 x 750 ml
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
2013 was a fabulous California vintage and BV’s Georges De Latour Cabernet reflects this. This is a true Napa Cab – 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petite Verdot. Reviewers say it will drink well in 2020 but could be cellared for up to 40 years. Rated 98 by, 97 by James Suckling, and 96 by the Wine Advocate.

50. Experience Billings Culinary Scene
Donated by Shea & Jill Dawson/Thirsty Street Brewing Company, Executive Chef Nick Steen/Walkers Grill, Veronika Baukema/Veronika’s Pastry Shop
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Job shadowing of three of Billings best culinary talents for two – work alongside the masters and enjoy fruits of your labor

To be mutually agreed upon between lucky bidder and professionals

Have you ever wondered what it takes to brew that beer that quenches your thirst? Prepare that gourmet meal you so enjoy? Create that incredibly delicate pastry you indulge in? This is your chance to meet the people who dazzle your tastebuds and shadow them as they create the food and drink you love!

You and a companion will spend time with three of Billings’ most talented as they demonstrate what it takes to be the best. You will have the opportunity to be in their work space and assist them as they create their specialties. Once you have finished, you will enjoy what was created and have time to “chill” with the creator. Experiences will be scheduled with each depending on availability of all parties. Three separate dates are encouraged so you will not have to rush your experience.

51. Take Me Away… to Mexico
Donated by Travel Café and AMResorts
Accommodations for two adults at Secrets the Vine All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico, for three nights, four days
Transportation not included
Based on availability, blackout dates include, but are not limited to, Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, New Year’s and Presidents Day. Offer is valid for one year – expiration May 18, 2020 – and is based on availability.
Some restrictions apply

You and your special someone will enjoy three nights at the Secrets the Vine All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico. This chic, contemporary, adults-only haven combines the natural beauty of the Yucatan Peninsula with the sophistication and Unlimited-Luxury® of an authentic world-class resort rated Four Diamond by AAA. Secrets the Vine is bordered by the cerulean waters of the Caribbean and white sandy beaches in stunning Cancun. Secrets the Vine, in the heart of Cancun Hotel Zone, offers over 3000 varieties of wine, sommelier-led daily wine tasting, plus wine pairings and education.

This outstanding resort offers two infinity pools, terrace pool, outdoor ocean view whirlpool, five a la carte restaurants, buffet venue, grill and café. Activities are endless – dance lessons, yoga, beach and pool volleyball, scuba diving and snorkeling. Take in the live musical performances and gala shows.

The possibilities are endless!

52. Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV, 3 x 1.5 liter
Sponsored by Laughlin Construction
Three magnums of Delamotte’s lovely non-vintage champagne. The Chardonnay for this blanc de blancs is sourced from the grand crus Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger and Cramant and aged for four to five years on the lees. Wine Advocate says, “[It] offers a beautifully intense and chalky bouquet [and] … the palate is tight and straight” and rates it 92. Wine and Sprits rates it 93.

53. Leonetti Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999, Leonetti Cellars Reserve Red Blend, 2009, 2011, 3 x 750 ml
Donated by Margit Thorndal
Leonetti Cellars Reds are famous for being intense, complex, and very tight, needing a few years to unwind and show their full potential. Despite the names all of these wines are, in fact, left-bank Bordeaux style blends. The ’99 Cabernet is 89.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.4% Merlot, and 2.1% Petit Verdot, while the ’09 Red is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot, and the ’11 Red is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. These wines were rated by Wine Advocate, Wine Spectator, and Wine Enthusiast with scores ranging from 93 to 95.

54. Wander Whitefish
Donated by The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Great Northern Brewing Company, Altana Federal Credit Union
Three-night stay for two, $100 gift certificate to the Boat House Restaurant, private tour and tasting at Great Northern Brewing Company, $150 VISA gift card

Whitefish… nestled at the edge of Glacier National Park, this community offers breathtaking opportunities to experience the millions of acres of mountains, forests, lakes and rivers. Year-round fun – so much to do! Snow skiing, play in the water, stroll the 40+ miles of Whitefish Trail, theatre, live music, art galleries. In addition, award-winning cuisine, world-class wine selections and great service. A gem of western Montana!

Enjoy three nights at the AAA four-diamond award-winning Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Luxurious accommodations in one of the most beautiful settings in Montana. Enjoy dining at the award-winning Boat House Restaurant – the only restaurant on Whitefish Lake! Use your VISA gift card to take in some of the great offerings of the area.

Finally, a private tour and tasting at the Great Northern Brewing Compnay – one of the most sophistivcated brew houses for its size in the country – where their beers are made in the tradition of artisan brewing. Ahhh!

Wander Whitefish…

55. Roserock Zephirine Pinot Noir, 2015, 12 x 750 ml
Sponsored by Jim & Lin Roscoe
A consistently top-quality Oregon Pinot. Wine Spectator calls it “an indisputably unique wine” and rates it 98. Both Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast rate it 93. This wine can be enjoyed for at least 10 years.

56. Orcas Island Dream
Donated by Sue and Eakle Barfield, Altana Federal Credit Union
Five-day condominium stay
Accommodations for up to four people, $150 VISA gift card
Transportation not included
Available September 15, 2019 – June 15, 2020

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. Use your $150 VISA gift card for local treasures, food, or fun activities. 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.

57. Maal Paciencia Malbec x.xi.xii, Non–Vintage, 3 x 750 ml
Sponsored by MSU Billings Foundation
Maal Wines is a Mendoza, Argentina wine company that produces only Malbec wines. Paciencia is their signature wine: for three consecutive years the best barrel of Malbec of the vintage is chosen and from the blend of those three barrels a non-vintage wine is obtained (hence x.xi.xii). Only 900 bottles of Paciencia are made every three years, and an hourglass is included which should be run three times as the wine breathes before drinking it. Presented in a wooden box.

58. 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:
2018 Penfolds Eden Valley Riesling
2016 Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Penfolds Max’s Chardonnay Wrap
2016 Penfolds Max’s Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
2016 Penfolds Max’s Shiraz
2014 Penfolds BIN 28 Kalimna Shiraz
2016 Penfolds BIN 311 Chardonnay
2016 Penfolds BIN 389 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz
2015 Argyle Brut
2017 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
2014 Tenet Red Blend
N/V Ty Ku Sake Platinum
N/V Nicolas Feuillatte Rose Brut
2017 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc
2017 Cavaliere D’Oro Chianti Classico Reserva
2016 Villa Antinori II Bruciato
2015 Go Ru 18 M Monestrell-Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Bodega Numanthia
2015 Bouza Monte Vide Eu
2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin
2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge
2017 D’Orsay French Rose
2017 Miraval Rose Jolie-Pitt and Perrin
2016 Elqui Carmenere Limited Release
2014 Garage Wine Company Portezuelo Carignan
2014 Freemark Abbey Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Alpha Omega Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 JNSQ Rose
2016 Justin Isosceles
2015 Dusted Valley Olsen Vineyard Chardonnay
2015 Tooth & Nail The Stand Petite Sirah
2016 Shannon Ridge Buck Shack Bourbon Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Matchbook Chardonnay
2017 Matchbook Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Matchbook Petite Syrah
2016 Matchbook Petite Verdot
2017 Tinto Rey Verdejo
2018 Tinto Rey Rose of Tempranillo
2015 Tinto Rey Tempranillo
2015 Tinto Rey Super Tinto
2017 Arsonist Chardonnay
2016 Arsonist Red Blend