Cotes du Coeur Big Bottle Night

Wine enthusiasts gathered last night at the White Rock home of Teresa and John Amend, also known as Mount Vernon, to peruse the large format offerings that will line “Big Bottle Alley” at the annual Cotes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction & Celebrity Chef Dinner on April 6 at the Hilton Anatole benefiting the American Heart Association.

While sipping glasses of wine provided by Grailey’s Fine Wine and noshing on bites created by Chef Jerimy Holt guests viewed dozens of bottles in anticipation of what the Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association hopes will be the best auction to date. From magnums of 1991 Napa Valley Silver Oak to more recent vintages from Hall, Philip Tongi and stunning Numanthia, to the bottle that won “Best in Show” last night, a Jeroboam of 2003 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir donated by Rich and Trisha Allen, the anticipation for this year’s auction is high.  Cotes du Coeur is the largest and most successful event put on by the American Heart Association in the nation, with over $18 million raised in the past 21 years.

There are two more lead-up events for the 2013 Cotes du Coeur event, including the chef announcement party, once again led by Chef-Chair Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill on Feb 24, and the auction catalog review party on March 21, all culminating with the Grand Tasting on April 5 and the big night April 6. For tickets and information visit the Cotes du Coeur website here.