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Leading charity wine auction celebrates 10 years

On Saturday, May 3, Able Australia (formerly The Deafblind Association) will join forces with Australia’s leading winemakers to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Australian Charity Wine Auction (ACWA).

This premier annual event offers guests the opportunity to bid on unique and premium wines not available anywhere else in the world.

Since 1999 this event has successfully raised in excess of $850,000 to help people with deafblindness and other multiple disabilities; people who rely heavily on their sense of taste, smell and touch in much the same way as winemakers and wine lovers do.

Event organiser Dana Henderson says “This year is looking to be our biggest and most exciting yet. We have only started to see the beginnings of this year’s auction line up and there are still a large number of wines and experiences on the way that will not be available anywhere else. We are expecting over 400 collectors, wine enthusiasts and serious buyers to attend.”

The black tie event also features a Champagne and Oyster Bar, pre-dinner wine tastings, and a three course meal prepared by talented chef Joseph Vargetto of Oyster Little Bourke. The dinner will be matched to seven exceptional wines including the 2002 Stonewell Shiraz from Peter Lehmann.

Guests will be entertained throughout the evening with live music and performances, including a special performance on the piano by one of the people Able Australia supports, Michelle who is deafblind. Her ability to play such complex and beautiful music, despite not being able to hear what she is playing, will stun even the harshest critic.

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary, Able Australia has started to assemble an amazing auction list featuring some exclusive and outstanding lots:

• ‘The Ultimate Collection’ – a collection of 44 wines rated 94+ points by wine critic and long time supporter Jeremy Oliver • A growing list of uniquely bottled 6lt Imperials from Mount Mary, King River Estate, Punt Road and more • Two years use of a rare Seppelt “Brandy Nook” storage alcove, stocked with 36 cases of premium wine and dinner for 20 guests each year • An exclusive chance to cook with guest chef Joseph Vargetto in the kitchen at Oyster Little Burke and then sit down to your meal with the restaurant closed to the public and champagne provided • The chance to have an in-your-own-home chocolate truffle cooking course plus a year’s supply of hand made truffles • Also, premium wines from: Peter Lehmann, Moss Wood, Cape Mentelle, Henshcke, Cullen, Petaluma, Clonakilla, Jasper Hill and more.

“All money raised from the event goes directly to providing support to deafblind and disabled people; the services that this event will help fund do not receive government support so without the generosity of wineries and the people bidding on the night, they simply won’t continue to be there for people,” Dana said.

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