Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2018

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My wife, Jen, and I are anything but homebodies, although we do love our home. We enjoy getting out, entertaining and being entertained. We attend a lot of fundraisers, and relish the opportunity to socialize and learn more about the people we're rubbing shoulders with. During a November trip to the Big Easy (you can read all about it in Letting e Good Times Roll In New Orleans), we enjoyed an especially serendipitous encounter at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Carnivale du Vin, a gala featuring a charity wine auction that's raised $20 million over 10 years to benefit children's causes. Carnivale du Vin is a black-tie event that begins with a lavish reception and silent auction, and concludes with music and dancing. In between, Emeril and celebrity chefs prepare a five-course dinner complete with fabulous wine pairings, this year from ree Sticks Wines, Chateau d'Esclans, Domaine Serene, Riverain Vineyards and Macauley Vineyard. e main event is a "Top Ten U.S. Charity Wine Auction" (as ranked by Wine Spectator magazine). Jen and I have witnessed numerous very generous auction items at charity events, but we were truly amazed by some of these: a vacation at a château in Burgundy's Côte d'Or, a Tahoe rodeo weekend with Emeril, a roomful of magnums and...well, you get the idea. I confess we felt a bit giddy over the whole affair. We may attend plenty of fundraisers, but how often do you walk into a party where Emeril Lagasse is chatting up the guests? Once seated, as always, we introduced ourselves to everyone else at the table. I explained that we publish a luxury lifestyle magazine. One tablemate introduced us to his wife, and told us that he's in the wine business. Jen and I are wine lovers: she leans towards red, I lean towards white, with both of us meeting in the middle over a glass of rosé. As it turned out, we were seated with Paul Chevalier, the exclusive U.S. agent for the number-one-selling rosé in the world, which happens to be our favorite, Whispering Angel. is delicious bottling is a bit of a phenomenon in the wine world, the go-to wine for so many of us who love the way it pairs with salads, seafood, Asian food and so much else. Like the metaphorical whisper of an angel, it seems to disappear almost as quickly as it's poured. Of course, we thanked Paul for his wonderful rosé. We told him it's been a focal point of so many of our meals and evenings. I'm sure he's used to these kinds of compliments, though he was gracious enough to pretend otherwise. Fundraisers are like that sometimes: there's a wonderful "click," and your table can feel like its own fabulous party. We enjoyed the company of the other guests that night, and Jen and I will certainly remember an evening well-spent. Because something wonderful can happen when you turn to the person next to you. As I've said before in these letters, life is too short to stay at home; we need to sniff the air, smell the roses, and let the angels dance on our palates. Sometimes, experience is its own reward. Jeffrey Cohen From the Editor-in-Chief 30

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