The Houston Symphony Wine Dinner & Collector's Auction held in February on stage at Jones Hall was one of 2020's last festive events. (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Chairs Pat Studdert & Carolyn Faulk, Valerie & Tracy Dieterich (Photo by Wilson Parish)
John & Lindy Rydman, John Mangum, Lisa Rydman & Eric Lindsey (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Steve & Joella Mach, Tara & David Wuthrich (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Alan Stein, Bobbie Nau, Marc Grossberg, Elizabeth Stein (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Master Sommelier Guy & Kim Stout (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Andrea & Bill White, Beth Madison, Geraldina Wise (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ann & Jonathan Ayre at the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner and Collector's Auction (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Harris Kempner, Robert Sakowitz (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Anthony & Lori Speier (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Betty & Jesse Tutor (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Bob Weiner, April Lykos
Brian McCulloh, Kirby Lodholz (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Brian Teichman & Andrew Cordes
Dr. Devinder & Gina Bhatia (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Dom Perignon at Houston Symphony Wine Dinner & Collector's Auction
Eric & Terry Cheyney (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Fran Peterson, Cheryl Byington, Beth Wolff (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Tony Bradfield, Tom Regan (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Isabel David, Ishwaria Vivek (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Janet Gurwitch & Ron Franklin (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Paul & Rita Morico (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Quentin & Aerin Smith (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ralph Burch, Vicki West (Photo by Wilson Parish)
Shelley Reeves, Ellie Francisco
Rosemin Premij, Farida Abjani, Lisa Valentin, Dipti Patel (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Steve Wyatt & Joyce Echols (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Viviana Denechaud, Christie McCartney, Katy Nelson, Jessica Bertuccio (Photo by Wilson Parish)
A taste of Paris fills Jones Hall as the Houston Symphony takes over the stage for the annual Wine Dinner & Collectors Auction in February of 2020. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
We would guess that more than a few of the black-tie-attired guests were stumped by the “Judgment of Paris, Act II” theme for the Houston Symphony Wine Dinner & Collector’s Auction. If you weren’t thinking wine in 1976, you might have missed the premiere Judgment in which California wines formally challenged French.
California won in a monumental upset.
On this night, two California and two French vintages were pitted against one another in a blind dinner tasting on stage at Jones Hall. Master sommelier Guy Stout invited the 330-plus symphony supporters to select their favorite between the two whites and the two reds, labels covered as staff from Tony’s poured the wines from Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods, that were paired with the scrumptious multi-course menu from Tony’s.
It was all part of the evening that focused on wine beginning with the champagne reception (Dom Perignon, no less!) and silent auction that included 113 rare and spectacular wines, spirits, trips, dinners and experiences enticing the posh partygoers.
It was a spirited prelude to dinner that took place in a stage set of murals recalling Paris street scenes and the Eiffel Tower shimmering in the distance. The Events Company provided the ambience that included towering trees and a bountiful flower cart.
Applause, applause for event co-chairs Valerie and Tracy Dieterich and Carolyn Faulk and Pat Studdert. Also taking bows for the evening’s $560,000 success were honorary chair Robert Sakowitz and Collector’s Auction chair Bob Weiner.
PC Seen: Houston Symphony CEO and executive director John Mangum, Robin Angly and Miles Smith, Lindy and John Rydman, Lisa Rydman, Ann and Jonathan Ayre, Margaret Alkek Williams, Bobbie Nau, Tony Bradfield, Beth Madison, Kimberly and James Bell, Joella and Steve Mach, Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia, Vicki West and Ralph Birch, Elizabeth and Allen Stein, Andrea and Bill White, Beth Wolff, Cheryl Byington, Viviana and David Denechaud, Farida Abjani, Tammie and Andy Johnson, Marla Hurley, Kusum Patel, Kirby and David Lodholz.