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Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction

Saturday, October 9, 2021
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chase Center on the Riverfront
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE (Map)

October 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This fundraiser will feature passed hors d’ oeuvres, an upscale four-course gourmet dinner with wine pairings – each course prepared by an award-winning chef – a live auction of premier wines and luxury travel, live entertainment, and professional photography.

These sponsors help raise much-needed funds to ensure that no senior in Delaware is on a waiting list to receive a hot, nutritious meal.

2021 Presenting Chefs

Jonathan Poyourow

Jonathan R. Poyourow

Johnson & Wales University
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI

First Course

  • Risotto of vanilla butter
  • Poached Maine lobster
  • English Pea
  • Asparagus
  • Arugula
  • Saffron-laced Nage
  • Herb Oil and Crisp Rye

Deb Paquette

Etch and Etc.
303 Demonbreun Street
Nashville, TN

Second Course

  • Charred baby romaine
  • Smoked black bean sultanas pasilla sauce
  • Cocoa-roasted carrots
  • Orange duck fond vinaigrette
  • Tortilla whip
  • Jalapeno almonds
  • Blackberries
  • Cabrales blue cheese micros

Jose Garces

Garces Group
Philadelphia, PA

Third Course

  • Sous Vide angus prime beef tenderloin (cooked in beef fat)
  • Mushroom escabeche
  • Espelette Béarnaise
  • Papas a la chapa
  • Creamed spinach puree

Amber Croom

Amber Croom

And 4 Dessert
3425 Sinclair Lane, Rear of the Building
Baltimore, MD

Fourth Course

Port Wine Chocolate Cake

  • Dark chocolate cake with layers of raspberry-violet jam and port chocolate ganache.
  • Finished off with fresh raspberries, candied violets and whipped mascarapone.

Entertainment (After Party – 10:00 pm)

What the Funk Band

Make It a Night!

The Westin Wilmington: Special hotel room rate for Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction guests: $139 per room. Saturday, October 9, 2021, to Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Last Day to Book: Friday, September 13, 2021

Wine Pour Donors

Cocktail Hour

Bourbon Bonal Breeze

Enjoy one of the smoothest bourbon cocktails you will find in Wilmington. A blend of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Bonal, sugar, and orange juice designed to make you want more. Get the Bourbon and the Bonal from Swigg Wine, enjoy the cocktail at the Wine Auction and at Snuff Mill Restaurant-Butchery!


Cocktail Hour

2019 Sisters Forever Unoaked Chardonnay

The 2019 Sisters Forever Unoaked Chardonnay is a blend of 93% Chardonnay, 5% Viognier and 2% Albarino. This wine has aromas of fresh lemon, lime merengue and banana cream pie. The palate is balanced with good acid and flavors of marshmallow fluff and stone fruit. Three months of lees aging gives this wine a nice structured finish that is not found in most Unoaked Chardonnays

2017 Claret

The 2017 Claret is a true Bordeaux blend using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This wine has aromas of Rainier Cherries, blueberry jam and strawberry smoothie. The palate is clean with excellent acidity and medium tannins. More strawberry fruit and hints of white pepper lead to a fresh fruit forward finish with balanced acidity.

2016 Ezio Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 “Ezio” Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas dark black fruit, brambleberry, cherry cola and cocoa powder. The palate has bright cherry acid, it is intense and well-integrated oak. Layers of fruit with rhubarb, blackberry, brambleberry, with mocha and hazelnut. The medium plus finish has a pleasant touch of lingering oak.

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First Course

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Fermented and aged in French oak for six months. Notes of apple and pear with a light, creamy finish.


Second Course

Premium Reserve Malbec 2017

Intense ruby red color with violet hues.

Aromas: Ripe red and black fruits such as plum, raspberry, blackberry, violet and notes of chocolate and dulce de leche.  Mouth:  Powerful, voluminous entrance; with strong and velvety tannins.  Very persistent and delicate finish.

white horse winery

Third Course

Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet France

This Cabernet is made of 100% New Jersey grapes, ripe black cherry on the nose. Medium body with pomegranate and black pepper on the palate. Complex finish.

Vance Kershner


De Krans Cape Vintage Reserve, 2015 Port Blend

The 2015 Cape Vintage Reserve received an excellent rating of 96 points and was judged the Best Overall Fortified Wine of the Year in South Africa. Tim Atkin, who tasted over 1700 South African wines describes it as “Rich, dense and hedonistically perfumed. It’s dark, plush and very sweet with beautifully judged tannins and rich bramble and blueberry fruit. Drink between 2025 and 2040. This wine has too many awards and medals to mention. This is a small production wine and has very limited distribution in the United States.



Marquee Sponsor

Virtual Sponsor

Lead Sponsor

Vance Kershner

Marquee Communications Sponsors

Celebrity Chefs' Brunch Sponsor: MainLine Today


Vineyard Connoisseur

Dr. Jonathan & Cara Burke

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Grand Wine Master

Fulton Private Bank logo white horse winery

Vaughn and Heather Hardin


Master Sommelier

Donati Family Vineyard

Innovative Hospitality Solutions, Inc.

Wine Collector

Ashton Pools by Design Dan and Kathy Dugan Bill & Helen Stimson
Adam Chesia “The Wine Guy” Pat & Greg Schulze

Wine Enthusiast

Dale and Todd Cochran Keen Compressed Gas Co. Charles S. Reskovitz, Inc.
Porter Ford Stephen Pearson Richard and Jessica Rollo
Ben Fournier Photography PNC Bank Susan Teiser and Patrick Giacomini
Jeanne Griffith, CRPC Porter Construction, LLC

2020 Sponsors

Arthur & Janice Beebe

Steve & Jane Goldberg

Ed & Elyse Reznick

Kathy & Jim Berg

Harry’s Hospitality Group

Bill & Mary Ann Santora

Robert & Bernadette Buccini

Highmark Delaware

Michael T. Schubert

Dr. Barry Roseman & Dr. Laurie Jacobs

Craig Schwartz & Elizabeth Barry

Clear Channel Outdoor

Nationwide Property & Appraisal Services
Ryan & Wendy Hernberg

Brock & Yvonne Vinton

Gerret & Tatiana Copeland
Proprietors of Bouchaine Vineyards
Mike & Dana Nestor

Westover Capital

Diane & John Danzeisen Rob & Kristen Poppiti

Sarah & Gary Willoughby

Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine

As we enter our fall fundraising season, we are implementing revised policies to help to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and guests at Meals On Wheels Delaware events.

  • All staff and event volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination.
  • All staff and volunteers will wear face masks when social distancing can’t be maintained and when interacting closely with guests.
  • Guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test result taken within 3 days of the event date.
  • Guests will be asked to mask when not seated.
  • Social distancing measures will be implemented wherever possible.

This policy is subject to change based upon the recommendations of the CDC and State of Delaware. Attendees will be informed of all changes via email. Fully Vaccinated means at least 14 days after their final COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Past Cellar Masters’ Wine Auction Presenting Chefs

2019 Cellar Masters Wine Auction Presenting Chefs

2018 Cellar Masters Wine Auction Presenting Chefs

2018 cellar masters wine auction presenting chefs