Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming celebrated her 57th birthday this year with the announcement of the release of Fleming Jenkins Victories Rosé. The wine was created by Peggy and her husband, physician and winemaker Greg Jenkins, to raise funds for breast cancer research. 100% of the net profits of this and future vintages of Victories Rosé will be donated to charities supporting the cause.
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A free children’s concert kicked off the three-day event. The educational program was performed by the Russian National Orchestra and narrated by NBA star John Salley. Friday evening dinners were held at Hartford, Trefethen, Hanzell and Jordan wineries. Cardinale Winery wined and dined this year’s featured artist, actress Jane Seymour, along with Seymour’s husband, James Keech.
The wine auction luncheon was held Saturday at Chalk Hill Estates. Fabulous auction packages and lively banter from auctioneers Fritz Hatton and Fred Furth kept the bidding moving. Joe and Jennifer Montana paid $380,000 for the evening’s top lot: an 80th anniversary edition Rolls Royce Phantom.
Costs for Imagine are entirely underwritten, allowing 100 percent of the proceeds to go to the event’s selected charities, which include a Russian foundation that brings the arts into Moscow orphanages, youth shelters and homes for disabled children. In America, the proceeds will fund family concerts and grants to organizations that serve at-risk children. For more information on next year’s event, call 707.838.4306. — Jayne Russell