Spend an elegant evening bidding on wine for Charity

By Lynette Carrington

Spend an elegant evening bidding on wine for Charity

British celebrity auctioneer and TV reporter Lindsey Alexa Gundersen will help bid call

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal has long been known as an elite and forward-thinking auction house. This time, it is inviting wine enthusiasts and distinguished collectors to break with tradition on the eve of Valentine’s Day and spend an elegant evening bidding on classic, vintage and modern bottles of wine while raising much-needed funds for the non-profit OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community & Justice for Kids).

The inaugural “Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction” takes place 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at J. Levine’s upscale auction house, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in Scottsdale, on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Rd. and Shea Blvd. (Of particular note: Online bidding is welcome, but since state laws prohibit shipping of wine, if an online bidder wins, arrangements would need to be made to pick up the wine at J. Levine Auction & Appraisal in Scottsdale.)

“OCJ Kids is a small but mighty non-profit that is truly making a difference in the lives of the ‘faceless generation’ – foster kids,” Josh Levine, J. Levine owner and auctioneer, said. “Whether you’re a wine aficionado or you appreciate a nice blend, you’ll find great value at purchasing wine at auction.” The auction house will donate its commission from the more than 300 bottles of classic and vintage wine to OCJ Kids.

Photo Credit Cliff Gaines/A1 Studios.

The fine wine auction features more than 150 lots of individual and grouped wine bottles from the collection of Richard Beine, including reds, whites, desserts and mixed blends as well as several noteworthy vertical collections. Guests can bid on a rare and noble 1967 Chateau d’Yquem Lur-Saluces Sauternes, estimated to be worth $1,500, or choose a more moderate 1988 Graham Vintage Port, known for its remarkable richness and firm tannic structure, with an estimated value of $60.

To understand the importance of this collection and this auction, one must first know the beautiful love story behind these wines. Richard Beine loved fine wine and art and shared those passions with his wife, Pam Beine Galloway.

Beine was a former president for Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and had traveled the world. He had also been a board member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs in Newport Beach, the largest and oldest international food and wine society. Beine and Galloway’s extensive travels afforded them opportunities to collect prestigious wines from many regions. Beine proposed to Galloway with a 2000 bottle of Justin Paso Robles Isosceles, with a beautiful proposal written on the bottle and an engagement ring tucked into the bottom well of the bottle. Even the couple’s wedding invitations were sent to guests with bottles of fine wine. The couple was wed in a lavish ceremony just outside of Verona, Italy.

Nearly 400 bottles of highly collectible wines have been in pristine refrigerated storage since Richard’s passing and the majority of them will be available at the J. Levine auction. Galloway will soon be moving from her Scottsdale residence to be closer to her son in Chandler. To view the catalogue of vintage and modern wines, and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.ocjwineauction.com.

Rare bottling of 25-year-old Glenlivet Royal Wedding Reserve Single Malt Whisky, bottled for the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981. Hand numbered 742 out of 1,000, the script on the lid of the wooden presentation case reads: "A limited bottling of 25 year old The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch Whisky to mark the occasion of the wedding of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales." Year 1981. Estimated to be worth between $1,000 and $2,000, the Scotch Whisky will be auctioned as part of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal's "Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction" on Sat., Feb. 13 to benefit OCJ Foster Kids. Photo credit: Cliff Gaines/A1 Studios.

Guests will be treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, Valentine’s chocolates, wine tastings and mixing demonstrations and live music prior to the auction starting at 7 p.m. VIP sponsorship guests will have access to the auction house’s upstairs private wine tastings and demonstrations throughout the evening, among other sponsorship benefits.

In Arizona alone, more than 20,000 children are in foster care, group homes or crisis shelters. The majority of these kids were placed in foster care due to neglect. In 1992, Tammie and Gary Webb founded OCJ Kids, a North Phoenix based nonprofit that helps to ease the many transition points of children that enter, are in, and getting ready to transition out of foster care.

Tammie Webb was connected with this special auction event through a bartender that is familiar with J. Levine and the events the company does. “Danille Underwood is a bartender who does events with J. Levine and she knew of us. When they started talking about wanting to try their hand at doing a community involved event and giving back to the community,she suggested that they contact us,” states Tammie Webb. “I’m totally impressed with J. Levine Auction & Appraisal. They are amazing people. I’m certainly glad we’re doing this project together.”

Tammie and Gary Webb had been working as community-minded pastors and upon realizing their focus needed to be on the unique needs of foster children who experience so much upheaval, they devoted their full time and attention to OCJ Kids. From community outreach, special events and camp experiences to in-home connections, transition success centers and career development centers, OCJ Kids works to address children in all stages of transition by offering a listening ear, comfort, support, resources and tools to help make their lives a bit less stressful.

In bringing the “Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction” to fruition, British celebrity auctioneer and TV reporter Lindsey Alexa Gundersen will help bid call at the wine auction. "Bordeaux is still widely considered to be the 'blue chip' of the wine investment world - and even though we have gone through a period of fluctuating prices, it's still a number one category at auction,” Gundersen states. “I was therefore keen to team up with J. Levine when I saw the inventory for this event, which includes an exceptional star-studded collection of the world's finest premier crus. It is sure to spin a lot of interest among genuine wine aficionados."

Gundersen continues, "I'm particularly looking forward to presenting the Glenlivet Royal Wedding reserve whisky, as I've seen the price going up hugely in the last year, from around $900 to well in excess of $2,500! With a reserve of $250 in this upcoming auction, it's sure to create a lot of excitement and competitive bidding on the night of the event!"

Advance tickets for the cocktail chic event are $100 or $125 at the door. A portion of proceeds will benefit OCJ Kids. For details about upcoming auctions, visit www.jlevines.com or call (480) 496-2212.

Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction Information

Benefitting OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community & Justice for Kids)

Date:Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016

Time:6-10 p.m.

Location:J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, 10345 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale

Highlights:Delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine tastings and mixing demonstrations, live music and more prior to the auction starting at 7 p.m. The event features more than 150 lots of individual and grouped wine bottles from one consignor’s collection, including reds, whites, desserts and mixed blends as well as several noteworthy vertical collections.

Attire:Cocktail chic

Tickets:$100 or $125 at the door.

To purchase tickets, visit www.ocjwineauction.com or call (480) 496-2212.