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PAFA Bacchanal Wine Gala Toasts Land Down Under

Photo credit: PAFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Photo credit: PAFA Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) will host its 18th Annual Bacchanal Wine Gala and Auction “Celebrating the Wines of Australia” next month on Saturday, November 12. The flagship fall soiree raises funds to support the next generation of artists through student scholarships and education programs.

This year, the prestigious Australian winery Hentley Farm will receive the Thomas Jefferson Award, a Bacchanal tradition honoring exceptional members of the wine industry. Past winners include Chateau Lynch-Bages, David Ramey, Marchesi Antinori, Robert Mondavi Winery, and Maison Louis Jadot.

Named Australian Winery of the Year in 2015 by James Halliday, Hentley Farm specializes in site specific, small production shiraz and Grenache wines from the Barossa Valley.

Bacchanal guests will enjoy a silent auction and wine tasting before a live auction led by Sotheby’s auctioneer Hugh Hildesley and four-course dinner prepared by Best of Australia award-winning chef Lachlan Colwill of Hentley Farm’s Relais & Chateaux restaurant.

Leading up to the Gala, winemaker dinners pairing celebrity chefs with Australian wines will be held on on Thursday, November 10. The Premier Vintner Dinners will feature the Hentley Farm team with winemaker Andrew Quin, chairman and owner Raymond Spencer and Chef Lachlan Colwill. The Benefactor Vintner Dinners will feature other Aussie wineries, including the proprietor and director of Two Hands Wines, Tim Hower, and the sommelier of Woodlands Wines, Aaron Meeker. Tickets to the winemaker dinners may be sold separately.

To purchase Bacchanal tickets or reserve a table, visit PAFA’s website.