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Naples Winter Wine Festival, Naples, FL, January 28-30, 2011

The eleventh anniversary celebration of the Naples Winter Wine Festival raised more than $8 million for at-risk and underprivileged children totaling $82.5 million for the last ten years. NWWF brings many of the world's finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. The June 2006 ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. The event brings many of the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.

The trustees’ vision of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) made the dream of the Naples Winter Wine Festival a reality. The vision was based on creating an exquisite event, with proceeds benefiting local charities that assist underprivileged and at risk children. These two goals drive the trustees to make the festival a huge success, and once again this year, the festival was recognized as the most successful charity wine auction by Wine Spectator. 

Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose vision is to make a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of children’s lives. NCEF is committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at risk children in Collier County. Since its inception in 2001, the Naples Winter Wine Festival has raised more than $82.5 million for children in need.

Guests plan their social calendars around attending this extraordinary event, flying in from all over the world. In fact, tickets often sell out before the RSVP deadline. Ticket packages to this exclusive three-day affair for approximately
600 guests are:

Double Magnum
$7,500 per couple

Jeroboam
$20,000 with reserved seating for a party of four at the same vintner
dinner and at the same table on auction day.

Tickets are sold for the entire festival only. It is not possible to buy tickets to individual events.

Meet the Kids Day Tour and Grant Luncheon
Friday, January 28, 2011, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Departing from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
Experience firsthand how funds raised by the Naples Winter Wine Festival are transforming children's lives. You will have the opportunity to meet several children’s charities, tour an NCEF beneficiary center and interact with the children whose dreams are being realized through your generosity. Afterwards, enjoy a luncheon and wine tasting with acclaimed vintners. 
Attire: Casual

Vintner Dinners
Friday, January 28, 2011, evening (times vary)
Private homes
Enjoy an intimate, exclusive private dining experience at one of 17 elegant homes in Naples. Each dinner is illuminated by the expertise of a renowned vintner and the culinary talents of one of the world’s greatest chefs. Each event will be a dream come true for all who attend. Dinner parties will be small affairs. Hosts will announce the attire for the evening.

2011 Uncorking A New Decade
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
Join us under the tent where the sky’s the limit when the bidding begins at Naples’ world-class wine auction.  Set on the Grand Lawn of The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, lunch will showcase the culinary talents of The Ritz-Carlton’s chefs paired with the best wines from around the world.  The most exceptional wines, dining experiences, custom travel packages and one-of-a-kind treasures will go to the highest bidders.  Bid High!  Bid Often!  It’s All for the Kids!
Attire: Resort Casual

Wine Down
Saturday, January 29, 2011, following the Auction
Location Mercato
Carry on the day’s festive mood at the after-auction party. This fun, laid-back affair will be the perfect antidote to the gavel-to-gavel excitement. Unbelievable wines, casual food and live music will beckon guests to kick back, celebrate auction wins and enjoy friendships created during the weekend.
Attire: Casual

Celebration Brunch
Sunday, January 30, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
End this extraordinary weekend with a salute to Southern hospitality at the farewell celebration brunch. The fabulous brunch will be a fitting finale to the weekend celebration for guests, sponsors, vintners and chefs.
Attire: Casual  

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